Wednesday, March 30, 2011

If you can't afford a quarter maybe you can send a dime

There was a song with the lyrics, "If you can't afford a quarter maybe you can send a dime". Put a quarter, dime, or dollar in an envelope now before you forget it. Charity begins at home and If your home is/was Versailles or would like to adopt Versailles as your home, please send a donation.
Kacy Nonaka Indiana Brown, 7, Grace Nana Brown, 6 of Versailles
Memorials may be given to a fund established at United Community Bank to help offset the family’s medical expenses. Donations for this may also be made at the funeral home.

Brown Fund
Stratton - Karsteter
Funeral Home
P.O. Box 84
Versailles, In 47042
Phone: 812-689-1171

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ask dot com toolbar ..... it stinks

As careful as I am I still get tricked into something. The hackers are getting smarter and smarter as time goes on. Today I started my Firefox Browser and there at the top was a Ask search toolbar. A quick search of how to remove it, but all I found was more tricky scam remover software. A look at from the control panel ad and remove software, but no help, Ask toolbar was not listed. But from firefox tools located at the very top was listed toolbars. From there it was an easy task to remove it. But now my Google toolbar was gone. Liking the Google toolbar I had to re-install it. All I can say, "Careful what you click on or read the fine print as you install updates or programs".

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Warning - UPS

Another warning about an email stating your UPS package will be delivered in 3 days.
DO NOT read this email as it contains mal-ware or virus. It is sent from Russia not the USA. I must stress This is a very dangerous email, Delete it !

Three Mile Island accident 3/28/1979

The accident began at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 1979, with failures in the non-nuclear secondary system, followed by a stuck-open pilot-operated relief valve (PORV) in the primary system, which allowed large amounts of nuclear reactor coolant to escape. The mechanical failures were compounded by the initial failure of plant operators to recognize the situation as a loss-of-coolant accident due to inadequate training and human factors, such as human-computer interaction design oversights relating to ambiguous control room indicators in the power plant's user interface. In particular, a hidden indicator light led to an operator manually overriding the automatic emergency cooling system of the reactor because the operator mistakenly believed that there was too much coolant water present in the reactor and causing the steam pressure release. The scope and complexity of the accident became clear over the course of five days, as employees of Met Ed, Pennsylvania state officials, and members of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) tried to understand the problem, communicate the situation to the press and local community, decide whether the accident required an emergency evacuation, and ultimately end the crisis. The NRC's authorization of the release of 40,000 gallons of radioactive waste water directly in the Susquehanna River led to a loss of credibility with the press and community.
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline - 3/27/1975

The task of building the pipeline had to address a wide range of difficulties, stemming mainly from the extreme cold and the difficult, isolated terrain. The construction of the pipeline was one of the first large-scale projects to deal with problems caused by permafrost, and special construction techniques had to be developed to cope with the frozen ground. The project attracted tens of thousands of workers to Alaska, causing a boomtown atmosphere in Valdez, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. Click image to enlarge.
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Google's name

Google derived its name from the word "googol", a term coined by then nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of the American mathematician Edward Kasner. The story goes, Kasner had asked his nephew to invent a name for a very large number - ten to the power of one hundred (the numeral one followed by 100 zeros), and Milton called it a googol. The term was later made popular and in Kasner's book, Mathematics and the Imagination, which he co-authored with James Newman. Later, another mathematician invented the term "googolplex", which represents ten to the power of a googol - a substantially larger number.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Paul Dixon

I was talking to a friend about the old TV shows we watched when we were kids. Paul Dixon was one we both remembered. When I returned home I looked up a few shows we talked about and here is what was found about Paul Baby....... Jack

The Paul Dixon Show after having aired on the DuMont network from September 29, 1952 to April 8, 1955, premiered on Cincinnati's WLWT in 1955. The show began as a half-hour program, but later expanded to 90 minutes with co-hosts Bonnie Lou and Colleen Sharp. Avco Broadcasting Corporation, who owned WLWT, syndicated Dixon's show in other markets where they owned TV stations, including Columbus and Dayton, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. "Paul Baby", as he came to be known (the nickname was given him by a prop boy) had a breezy style and a sense of humor that appealed to housewives and others alike.
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See a YouTube video
of WLW-TV early shows

GoldStar Chili now open

GoldStar Chili now open in Versailles, In.
Look at the photos at the end

See the before GoldStar photos
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Jack Demaree

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Supermoon March 20, 2011

A supermoon is a full or new moon that coincides with a close approach by the Moon to the Earth. The Moon's distance varies each month between approximately 220,000 mi. and 254,000 mi. due to its elliptical orbit around Earth.
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Tri-State Tornado March 18, 1925

The Tri-State Tornado of Wednesday, March 18, 1925, was the deadliest tornado in U.S. history. With 695 confirmed fatalities.
Crossing the Wabash River into Indiana, the tornado struck and nearly totally demolished Griffin, devastated rural areas, impacted Owensville, then roared into Princeton, destroying half the town. The tornado traveled ten more miles (16 km) to the northeast before finally dissipating at about 4:30 p.m. around three miles (5 km) southwest of Petersburg. In Indiana, at least 71 perished.
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From Wikipedia encyclopedia

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

B-17 Flying Fortress bomber Pilot passes

This photo is of a B-17 that I flew on this past year. After only airborne for 45 minutes total, I have the greatest respect for Mr. Gay. A hero indeed after 51 missions.
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Greeley Gay of Versailles 1918 - 2011
After Pearl Harbor, with more serious intention, he was enrolled in the Army Air Corps, training as a pilot. He received his pilot’s certification and his wings on June 26, 1943, and headed to Europe in the late fall of 1943. Piloting a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber out of an 8th Air Force base in the midlands of England, he flew twelve missions over France and Germany. He then transferred to the 15th Air Force in Foggia, Italy. He flew the remainder of his 51 bombing missions over Italy, France, Germany and Eastern Europe. He received the Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters. He returned to the US in late summer of 1944, and continued instructor’s training and flying training missions over the US. He was discharged from the Army as a First Lieutenant in the Summer of 1945.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Lee Petty - birth date 3/14/1914

Lee Arnold Petty (March 14, 1914 – April 5, 2000) was an American stock car driver in the 1950s and 60s. He was one of the pioneers of NASCAR, and one of its first superstars.
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Master's Message by: Betty J. Demaree

AuthorHouse, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 252 pages
I was born in the state of Maine, but my parents brought me to Indiana when I was very small. I have lived in Southeastern Indiana most all my life. My husband is a Vietnam veteran. I married young and I am still married to the same man. I have two children and two grandchildren. The writing bug bit me many years ago and for almost three years I wrote and distributed a newsletter, which consisted of biblical teaching, inspirational segments and short stories. I have spent endless hours sitting in front of the computer applying the story telling to the screen in front of me and then sending it on to numerous people hungry for an opportunity to escape, if only for a short time, into a world of imagination. The teaching area of my letters and the inspirations were a means of getting God's message out to those who cared to listen. Hence, the title of my book. "The Master's Message." We have all been told from time to time that we are incapable of accomplishing our dreams. Why is it that we buy into all that negativity? I am an ordinary human being, with an ordinary background, in an ordinary life and I have proven that anything is possible if you just step out and have faith. We all have God given gifts and talents and if it is our desire then it is God's desire also, providing it is used to be a blessing to someone. I hope that this book blesses you. The one who is reading this now is hopefully one of many, but nevertheless, if only one is touched, then my job is done.
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Laughery Creek Bridge

The Laughery Creek Bridge is an abandoned truss bridge on the border of Dearborn County, Indiana and Ohio County, Indiana. It crosses Laughery Creek. This bridge was built in 1878. The Wrought Iron Bridge Company, a prolific late 19th century bridge company, constructed the bridge. The bridge is seated on stone abutments. The deck surface is not original and is currently concrete. The bridge, nearly 300 feet in length, is a single span pin connected triple intersection Pratt through truss, and is the only example in the world of this truss type. After closing in the 1970s, the bridge fell into serious disrepair, landing it on the Indiana’s 10 Most Endangered places list in 1993. A combination of federal funds and matching funds from Dearborn and Ohio Counties allowed the bridge to be refurbished and converted to pedestrian use in 2009.
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Amateur radio (ham radio)

Amateur radio (ham radio) is the licensed and private use of designated radio bands, for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. Amateur radio, like other regulated radio services, operates under rules that limit the maximum power and the technical and operational characteristics of transmissions. Amateur radio stations are issued with a designated call sign to allow identification of stations. The power of amateur radio equipment is restricted, and operators must not cause interference to other authorized radio users. They may not broadcast to or communicate with the public with their equipment. They are only allowed to communicate with other licensed operators. National regulations governing amateur radio use are coordinated under international agreements since radio frequency transmissions can cross multiple national boundaries.
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Above photo is of WB9OTX Jack Demaree
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

This I promise

I received an email today that was indeed very moving, but at the end it wanted the reader to forward it to at least 3 people. I never forward any message that states this phrase at the end. It did get me thinking tho, so I am posting a thought here. If you see a soldier in a restaurant, buy his/her lunch. They are living on a small budget and every cent counts. You don't have to forward this to 3 people and good luck will not come with a phone call this night, but a warm feeling will be in your heart, This I promise.

Two great pages

Smithsonian Wild

Prairie Farmer
Don't forget to change your location for the correct map.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Jasper Bilby - Osgood Indiana

Mr. J. S. Bilby, formerly Chief Signal Man in the Coast Survey died at his home in Osgood, Ind., on July 18th, 1949. Mr. Bilby had a long and meritorious career with the Bureau. He entered the service in 1884 and retired in 1937, at the age of 73. His most noteworthy accomplishment was the design and construction of the Bilby Steel Tower which is used by all triangulation parties now.

Survey towers were used by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey surveyors from the mid-1800s through the 1980s to obtain the clear lines-of-sight needed to conduct the surveys that are the backbone of our nation’s spatial reference framework. One of the most enduring and widely used types of towers was the Bilby Tower, designed by Jasper Bilby in 1926.

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Versailles or near

Thanks to Ken Akers, a few new photos have been added to
The Versailles or near page. See them HERE
If you have an old photo that you want others to see send
it to me with tidal and who its from.
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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Lye Soap Making

I guess you have to be old like me to remember your grandmother making soap. It was a big square block and was yellow. I have thought of this many times but never knew just how she made soap. I did a search and found this page on lye soap making. This summer I'm going to give it a try.
Read how to make soap here

Here is a you tube video about lye soap that I also found. I can remember Paul Dixon back in the 50s singing this song.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

restocking fee

I buy most of my computer, audio, video, & etc. from New Egg online company. I have never had a problem, that is till now. I ordered a very low end open box computer, when it arrived it was defective. I then checked how to return it for a refund. This is when I got the big surprize, a very big re-stalking fee plus the shipping back. I urge you to read the return polices of not only New Egg but any online or brick and mortor store.
A quote from New Egg, "Refunds are subject to a 15% restocking fee, which is deducted from the refund amount".