The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: When will the water main work start downtown?

A: It is expected that the work will start in June. The News-Times will provide more information as the time grows closer and updates will be provided throughout the project so the public and businesses can plan accordingly.

Q: A while back, the York County Commissioners purchased a new motorgrader. I was just curious as to whether it is here yet, if it is being used and where it is being used.

A: According to York County Commissioner Bill Bamesberger, the new maintainer/motorgrader is in the county’s possession now, it was delivered to its service area around Henderson and went into service on Tuesday of this past week.

Q: Has the cause of the explosion at Cancrete manufacturing in York been determined yet?

A: The state fire marshal’s office is still investigating that situation.

York Assistant Fire Chief Tony Bestwick says this investigation will likely take some time.

Q: Have other Americans ever married British royalty? Or is Meghan the first?

A: The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signified the first time that an American was welcomed into the British royal family.

She is the first American to be part of the British monarchy. There was one other American woman to marry within the British royal family, but when Wallis Simpson married King Edward VIII, he had to abdicate the throne to do so. Prince Harry will retain his title and his spot in line for the throne.

Q: Why was Oprah invited to the royal wedding?

A: According to several media reports, Oprah Winfrey was invited to the royal wedding because of her philanthropy work and because she is doing a televised interview special with Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother. Apparently, all parties felt Oprah needed to experience the royal wedding as part of that soon-to-be televised interview.

It has been reported that in March, Doria spent six hours at Oprah’s home discussing the interview and discussing the wedding experience will be part of the future special.

And then there is the fact that Oprah is . . . well . . . Oprah.

Q: We were at Kentucky Fried Chicken the other day and I had this funny thought . . . which I guess is a Wonderline question. Who was Colonel Sanders?

A: Colonel Harland David Sanders was an American businessman, best known for founding Kentucky Fried Chicken (now known as KFC) and later acting as the company’s brand ambassador and symbol. His name and image are still symbols of the company. The title of colonel was honorary – he was a Kentucky colonel, not of the military rank.

Sanders held a number of jobs in his early life, such as steam engine stoker, insurance salesman and filling station operator. He began selling chicken from his roadside restaurant in North Corbin, Ken., during the Great Depression. During that time, Sanders developed his “secret recipe” and his patented method of cooking chicken in a pressure fryer.

The first KFC franchise opened in Utah in 1952.

Colonel Sanders passed away on Dec. 16, 1980. At the time of his death, there were an estimated 6,000 KFC outlets in 48 countries.

Q: Once a month or so, I get this really strong craving for lemon – anything with a lemon flavor. The older I get, the more this happens and the more intense this strange craving becomes. Why on earth would I suddenly crave the flavor of lemons?

A: We looked up several nutritional websites about this one. The common thread of information is that if someone is craving lemon or lime or vinegary foods, they could be low in stomach acid. When stomach acid isn’t adequate, the sites said, it could start a cascade of digestive dysfunction leading to discomfort, constipation and more.

We also found where some nutritionists say citrus cravings are sometimes a way the body is responding to hormonal changes – which could be why the craving gets more so as this person gets older.

And maybe the person is in need of more Vitamin C.

So in other words, go ahead and indulge the lemon craving. But keep in mind that natural lemon and citrus is what the body wants, so don’t just have a piece of lemon drop candy, for example. Give your body the real thing.

Q: Who had more husbands – Zsa Zsa Gabore or Elizabeth Taylor?

A: Zsa Zsa Gabore was married nine times.

Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times – but she only had seven husbands, as she married Richard Burton twice.

So Zsa Zsa had more husbands than Liz.

Q: When was the first Memorial Day commemorated?

A: In 1868, Civil War Commander in Chief John A. Logan declared the first official Memorial Day in 1868.

He was the commander of the Grand Army of the Republic.

He issued what was called General Order Number 11, designating May 30, as a memorial day.

He declared it to be “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

The first national celebration of Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) was on that date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Q: Who wrote “Taps” and what is the origin of this song that is played at Memorial Day ceremonies and military funerals?

A: It was arranged by Union Army Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield, an American Civil War general and Medal of Honor recipient who commanded the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Division in the V Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac while at Harrison’s Landing, Va. It was officially recognized by the United States Army in 1874.

It became a standard component of U.S. military funerals in 1891.


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