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Questions of the Week — Readers ask about pumpkin sale, old appliances, hoarder houses

The following questions were asked recently on the Wonderline:

Q: Will St. Joe’s be having their pumpkin sale again this year? Just thought I’d check, seeing how it was so dry, then so wet, then so hot and there was hail in some parts of the county.

A: Yes, the St. Joseph School will again be having their pumpkin sale.

The sale will take place at the school on Sept. 22, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Fortunately, the pumpkins were able grow just fine at the farm they come from each year.


Q: My neighbor seems to think he can put old appliances out by the trash dumpster and the trash company will pick it up. That’s not the fact, right? They won’t pick it up, will they? Doesn’t he have to take them to the landfill himself and pay a fee?

A: Yes, he has to take the appliances to the landfill himself and pay a specific fee. Large appliances like refrigerators and stoves are not picked up by refuse companies with regular trash.


Q: How do they know such an exact count for attendance at Volleyball Day at Memorial Stadium?

A: Every ticket is counted as people enter the stadium. So the computerized counters can give them an exact total. Plus, there is also the total of tickets sold, which is substantiated by the gate counters as well.


Q: Why was Labor Day created?

A: The holiday is rooted in the late 19th Century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to “recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity and well-being.”

On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.


Q: What can be done about a house in York where the resident is hoarding? It is not just an eyesore, it is a health hazard for those who live nearby. And it’s awful in a neighborhood where the houses and yards are well-kept, but this place is drowning in garbage.

A: If this property is a health hazard, concerned individuals can contact the city offices about the issue and they can contact the resident about cleaning up the property. If the resident is unable to remedy the situation on their own or refuses to do so, a certain process can be started toward alleviating the situation.


Q: I have a puppy and he sure sleeps a lot. How much sleep do young puppies need?

A: Many sources say the following: An 8-week-old puppy will sleep about 20 hours a day. A 3-month-old puppy typically sleeps 12-16 hours a day. At four months, puppies sleep between 11 and 15 hours a day. At six months, puppies start to sleep about as much as they do as adults, averaging about 10-14 hours.


Q: I had a beautiful big eggplant in my garden but it tasted awful. It was so bitter, I threw it away. Why?

A: If an eggplant gets too big, it becomes too bitter.

A ripe eggplant is still shiny and firm but has a little give to it. If it starts to appear dull and matte and soft, it’s too ripe. If it starts to turn yellow, it’s definitely too ripe.

It’s better to harvest too early when the fruits are small than too late when they are full of hard seeds and taste horrible.

If the flesh is creamy and the seeds are still small and soft, it is good. If the seed cavity is full and the seeds are crunchy, it’s too mature and will not have great flavor.


Q: I am going to try to save my flower seeds this year. I heard I was supposed to store them in paper bags over the winter. Is that true?

A: Yes, that works best.

Allow the seeds to dry indoors in warm, dry air. Then store the dry seeds in paper envelopes or paper bags. Avoid plastic because it can trap moisture – and if the seeds mold, they cannot be used.


Q: Can anyone just walk into a courtroom and watch proceedings? Or do you have to be a defendant or a lawyer to go inside?

A: The courtrooms are open to everyone during court proceedings. Be mindful that if going to court proceedings in York County, you will have to go through a metal detector first. There is limited seating inside the courtrooms, but these proceedings are open to the public, not just the defendants and the attorneys.



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