wonderline

The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: I was sorry to hear that Mitch Doht will no longer be the public works director for the city. How long has he been in this job? And what is he going to do now?

A: Doht has been the public works director for the City of York since December, 2013. Prior to that, he was the highway superintendent for York County for two years.

He is going to work for the University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension as director of the Nebraska Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). He said the mission of LTAP is to provide technology development to local governments across the state in transportation and highway safety.

Q: How many Wonderline questions has Mitch Doht answered over the course of his career in York and York County?

A: A lot.

We went through our digital archives and tried to count them all. We found 623 separate Wonderline questions answered by Mitch over the years, as he worked as the county highway superintendent and the city public works director – but there were probably more that we just didn’t see.

In other words, Doht has been a much appreciated Wonderline-question-answerer. His forthcoming responses to readers’ questions over the years have been valuable . . . and he always found a way to bring them with a positive light. We wish all the best to Mitch in next endeavor and say thank you for our great working relationship over the years.

Q: I’m wondering if the Lively Livestock 4-H Club and the local FFA kids are still involved in their flood relief efforts?

A: Yes, they certainly are. They are still taking donations and have been busy coordinating with others in delivering hay and feed to the flood-stricken areas of the state.

If you want to participate in their ongoing effort, please call Amy at 402-366-1332 or Rachelle at 402-710-2661 or Jason at 402-366-5231.

Q: At the introductory news conference when Bill Moos, Husker AD, introduced Fred Hoiberg as the new Husker basketball coach, mention was made of Mr. Hoiberg’s many relatives here in Nebraska. One of the relatives mentioned by Fred Hoiberg was a famous uncle at Clearwater. Who is this uncle and what made him famous in the Clearwater area? My wife is a native of Clearwater, which is our interest in this person. Thank you.

A: During that press conference, Coach Hoiberg said, “My Uncle Dennis is a Clearwater, Nebraska legend. He’s a Nebraska high school hall of famer” in basketball.

That is all we could find.

If someone else has information about this person, please leave a message with the Wonderline and we will pass that along.

Q: When was the microwave oven invented? People I work with say they don’t remember having them when they were kids, so we are just curious as to how long they’ve been around.

A: The first microwave ovens for home use were introduced by the Tappan company in 1955.

Q: Now that it’s nice out, we consistently have motorcycles without mufflers going by our house. Why aren’t motorcycles required to have mufflers like other vehicles are?

A: Actually, they are required to have mufflers.

According to Nebraska state law (Statute 60-6,286), motorcycles “must be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise or annoying smoke.”

Q: Does the city, as an entity, have to pay for water?

A: Yes. There is a water line item expense in all pertaining departments’ budgets.

Q: Years ago, in the Wonderline, there were some remedies for getting rid of spots on windows. I’m going to be washing all my windows this weekend and I just thought it would be great if you could share those again. The winter weather has left us with a lot of water spots.

A: Here is the answer that ran several years ago:

We went to a number of sources and asked a few people and the consensus seems to be the same: use white vinegar. It can be mixed with water – but for really tough hard water spots, use full strength vinegar from a spray bottle.

We’ve also found a suggestion to softly scrub the area with an SOS pad . . . but it also comes with a reminder to not scrub too hard.

At this point, we think the vinegar solution is the best bet.

Q: The president of the United States obviously lives at the White House.

Where does the vice-president live?

A: The vice-president of the United States and his or her family live in the “Admiral’s House” on the corner of 34th Street and Massachusetts Avenue in the District of Columbia. The house was designated in 1974 as the home of the vice-president.


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