wonderline

The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: Is the water main project completely done now?

A: Yes it is pretty much finished.

The YNT ran a story earlier this week, recapping the story of how this project was planned, financed and eventually constructed, with just some finish work still remaining.

The city’s former more-than-100-year-old water main running down Lincoln Avenue and some side streets has been completely replaced.

Let’s recap.

In July of 2017, the first meeting between city officials and property owners was held, so they could be informed about how this project was going to affect them.

In March, 2018, the city accepted the construction bid from Van Kirk Brothers. The construction contract called for the work to be done by Sept. 30, 2019 – the contractors well beat that deadline.

In April, 2018, the city council approved the issuance of water revenue bonds, not to exceed $4.3 million, for the project. The indebtedness is to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.

The $4.3 million price tag for the project included the costs of construction, engineering, contingencies and the updating of the city’s water master plan.

The actual construction work started in August, 2018.

The work began in the area of the Lincoln Avenue underpass and gradually made its way south . . . and the work continued through a long winter, despite bouts of heavy snow, rain, extremely cold temperatures and adverse conditions.

There will be some additional concrete repair work in the next few weeks, due to some issues throughout the project.

Q: Do all the fireworks stands in the City of York have to have a permit? I didn’t see many in the last month of building permits and just wondered.

A: Yes, everyone who has a fireworks stand in York has to obtain a building permit.

Perhaps the reader only saw one or a few building permits for fireworks stands because other permits were issued earlier than the others and were included in a different month’s grouping of permits.

Q: How much water should a young tree get after it is first planted?

A: They should be amply watered but not too much to the point where they experience root rot.

It’s best to consult the business where you purchased the tree and then also talk to experts who know what they are doing, as every tree is different, every yard is different, etc.

Q: I heard that the majority of fireworks set off on the Fourth of July – which is the birthday of the United States – are made in China. So China even makes the majority of the money off our nation’s birthday?

A: According to numerous sources, the majority of fireworks in the United States (95 percent) are manufactured in China and exported to key resellers across this country. Most fireworks are made in factories scattered through Liuyang, a part of the Hunan region of China.

Q: Why do we set off fireworks on the Fourth of July?

A: On the first Independence Day celebration, held in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, when the country was still in the midst of the Revolutionary War against Britain, citizens came together to watch their new nation’s sky illuminated in a grand display meant to raise spirits, according to the Huffington Post.

It was supposed to be a morale booster. The news spread and the Fourth of July celebration with fireworks took hold in other places.

It soon became an age-old tradition that obviously continues today.

Q: What are the most eaten foods on the Fourth of July?

A: They are (in order, according to polls in USA Today, on the Food Network, and other sites): hot dogs, hamburgers, wings, potato salad, cupcakes, ribs and corn on the cob.

Q: What’s the difference between just a regular lime and a Key Lime?

A: There are large differences between Key Limes and “Persian” limes.

A Key Lime is really a class of fruit in its own right. It’s much smaller than a “Persian” lime, the peel is thinner, it’s juicier, it has a higher acidity and a very distinctive aroma.

Q: When was the first Fourth of July celebration?

A: Many may assume that the first celebration took place on July 4, 1776. But it actually occurred later.

“The Philadelphia Evening Post” published the full text of the Declaration of Independence in its July 6 newspaper. The Declaration of Independence was publicly read from the State House in Philadelphia on July 8. Shouting and firing of muskets followed the public reading, representing the first celebration of independence.

As publications spread and the Declaration was read at town meetings and church services, Americans lit bonfires, fired guns and rang bells.

The following year, no member of Congress thought about commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence until July 3 – so the first organized celebration occurred on July 4, 1777, in Philadelphia.


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