Sunday, April 29, 2012

Top 10 Highlights of the Welcome Home Veterans in Media

1. The United States Naval Academy Marching Band opened up the ceremonies in Media, Pennsylvania for the Delco Veterans Welcome Home Parade on Saturday April 28th, 2012.





2. Veterans old and young greeted each other on the street with respect. Thank you was easily flowing along with loud continuous applause.




3.  The Warriors Watch motorcycle riders were the initial ambassadors leading the parade down State Street.



4. Pride in our military and in our country was flowing through the streets.



5.  Flags were waving and the touching part of the day was the flag-passing ceremony that you got to witness the passing the flag from one generation of veterans to the next.




6. No campaigning today.  Politicians marched among the soldiers in support.  That was just nice to see.





7. Lt. Col. Mark O’Hanlon, of Nether Providence Township served in Iraq in 2009 and Cpl. Russell L. “Rusty” Carter, of Springfield Township, who served in Afghanistan were the Grand Marshalls of the parade.



8. Cpl. Carter was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds he received.



9. Every branch of the military were represented and many in the crowd wore there hats proudly stating which war they served in and the various ships they were on.



10.  America does not always support a war but there is no dispute America supports our troops.  That was evident in Media on Saturday.



No matter what the age of the veteran I saw, they all have earned honor and certainly deserve our respect.



Welcome Home to All and a big Thank You for supporting All of us. If you missed it, here is a slideshow of what it looked like.



After the parade, booths were set up in front of the court house in support of jobs for vets.

Read more about the event as covered by Times correspondnet Susan L. Serbin.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Top 10 Ways and Reasons to Properly Dispose of Expired Medications

1. On April 28th, 2012 from 10AM to 2PM, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) organized an opportunity to safely turn in drugs, no questions asked. If you missed this event, you can still safely dispose.


2. Click on this Take Back Initiative link to find a location near you, all you need is a zip code. Since this event has expired, you can save this link and check back for the next opportunity. Usually is is also done in October. You can also check with you pharmacy, they may have options.


3. The FDA lists several ways to dispose of no longer needed medications.

4. The first recommendation is to follow the instructions on the medication's label, do not flush it down the toilet unless specifically stated on the label.

5. The main reasons to dispose of the medication, of course, is to prevent it from getting into the wrong hands.  Medications are prescribed for only one person and for a particular ailment and should never be shared.  See a doctor if you are sick.  Never share a medication.  It would be nice if pharmacies or doctors could take back medications that cause an adverse reaction.  We are all too quick to set those aside and say, "I ain't taking that stuff, it makes me sick".  Read the label or call your doctor if this happens.

6. Another very good reason is to keep out of reach of children of all ages and possibly some one who has a problem with drugs and any ole drug will do. National Prescription Take Back Days are a great opportunity to do this.

7. If you miss the date and still want to properly dispose of drugs, you have a few more suggestions from the website.

8. Remove the medications from their original containers, place them in a sealed plastic bag mix them with an undesirable substance such as coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw into the trash.  Make it unappealing for someone or something that may go rooting through your trash.

9.  Also remove or scratch out any information on the labels from the medication container, this protects your privacy and also I would think if there were additional refills listed, if could prevent anyone trying to use that information.

10. Please check this updated page on the FDA's website for recommended list of drugs you may safely flush with minimal potential risk to the environment.  The belief here is, it is safer to flush the medications on this list rather then the life-threatening risk of these medications being available and ingested by mistake.

This clears out you medicine cabinet and can also clear your conscious.  If you ever have any questions about disposal of medications, your local pharmacist can always make recommendations, as well.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Top 10 Road Trip Songs

1. Cruisin Jefferson Starship

2. Rocking Down the Highway Dobbie Brothers

3. Radar Love Golden Earring

4. Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf

5. Truckin Grateful Dead

6. Green Onions Booker T and the MG's

7. Cruisin Smokey Robinson

8. Just Like Heaven The Cure

9. Born to Run Bruce Springsteen

10. Roadhouse Blues  The Doors

Far too many of these songs that seem to come on the radio in the warm weather.  Crank em Up!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Top 10 Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

1. I grew up in the Delaware County and have passed the Tinicum Marsh many times and I thought the wildlife refuge was always there and I kept saying some day I want to go there and see it.



2. Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum, Pennsylvania provides shelter for birds of all feathers.


3. Everyone has a motivator and this bird that has been flying over my house has upped my curiosity.  He wasn't dropping into my bird feeder so I figured I would have to go to him. He or she does have a companion and I spotted them again in the Ridley area.  I think they like Wawa.



4. Hot on their trail I was following them, I wasn't driving or texting (its illegal now) or talking on the phone at the same time but I did have my camera hanging out the window of the car.  I was a passenger. Even with a telephoto lens it was hard to get a close look.  I just named him Hawk.  I was pretty excited when I pulled into the parking lot off off Route 420 of the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.  I was later to find out this was the west side.



5. I couldn't wait to see the eagles, the osprey, the egrets and all the other wonderful species that use this protective land as a home and the others that will use this area as a safe stopping ground on their way to another destination.



6. It did take some adjustment for me to realize, this is not the zoo and all these birds are not sitting behind cages waiting for me to come and peer at them.  This was a natural habitat.

7. I started to view the area differently.  I come from the burbs so I am not staring at tall buildings all the time and I see my fair share of nature in action but this area is special.



8. The first different thing I noticed was the sound.  Plenty of birds are there and they are singing and chirping and communicating.  I naturally was assuming they were communicating with me and I tried to repeat and mimic there sound. My poor translation skills must have given me away.  They were leading me with their signals where they were but quickly flew off or went higher into the trees. It was tough to get good focused pictures.




9. The place is immaculate, I saw very little trash and I was there a week prior to the Earth Day event to clean up Darby Creek.  The Friends of  Heinz Refuge have a lot of activities going on and you can check their website link for more information.






10. Also this Friday evening, April 27th from 8PM - 10PM as part of Philadelphia Science Festival Week you can meet at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge visitor center for Astronomy and Wildlife Night. Check their website for an array of upcoming activities.



I did not get to see too many birds while I was there.  I think they were on to me, but I will try again. I may approach it from another angle.  I did get to see an interesting sight that I wasn't expecting.  The fishermen that were there claim they are catfish.  They looked pretty aggressive to me.  You can check out my Youtube link to see what you think.




I did not take the following video it was sent to me via email but this is an osprey and they are known to hang out at the Heinz Wildlife refuge.  Check out this Youtube link.  They are amazing and there is a slight possibility my Mr. Hawk is an osprey.




Here is the link if the picture is not working.



Pretty amazing stuff!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Top 10 April 25th is DNA Day

1. The Swiss biochemist Frederich Miescher first observed DNA in the late 1800s.   Nearly a century passed from that discovery until researchers unraveled the structure of the DNA molecule and realized its central importance to biology.


2. April 25th commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA.

3. DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms.

4. For those who have the curiosity and do not work in a lab doing these kinds of things, I found a link to an informative article on ehow.com, "How is DNA prepared for visualization in Electrophoresis?"

5. Gene therapy which seeks to insert new DNA into a person's cells, is being studied as a potential cure for many different diseases.

6. DNA is used by modern scientist to create disease resistant crops.


7. DNA is generally used to solve crimes in one of two ways. In cases where a suspect is identified, a sample of that person’s DNA can be compared to evidence from the crime scene. The results of this comparison may help establish whether the suspect committed the crime. In cases where a suspect has not yet been identified, biological evidence from the crime scene can be analyzed and compared to offender profiles in DNA databases to help identify the perpetrator. Crime scene evidence can also be linked to other crime scenes through the use of DNA databases.


8. DNA evidence is generally linked to DNA offender profiles through DNA databases. In the late 1980s, the federal government laid the groundwork for a system of national, state, and local DNA databases for the storage and exchange of DNA profiles. This system, called the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), maintains DNA profiles obtained under the federal, state, and local systems in a set of databases that are available to law enforcement agencies across the country for law enforcement purposes. CODIS can compare crime scene evidence to a database of DNA profiles obtained from convicted offenders. CODIS can also link DNA evidence obtained from different crime scenes, thereby identifying serial criminals.   

9. DNA matching can be determined by blood, semen, bone, hair, skin and saliva.

10. DNA is your blueprint and the theory is, it is extremely unlikely two people would possess identical DNA.

In my own personal opinion, it would be a wonderful thing to determine where disease comes from and stop it in its tracks at the same time, we should be very cautious in our objectives.  Who really knows what is abnormal?  It is an interesting science but I think I am more fascinated by personalities and people with many facets.


Let's all celebrate "DNA" day it makes us who we are. For the record, I am merely a blogger.  I am not a medical professional or a scientist but I admire both.  My apologies if I made any mistakes in the descriptions above.  I am human and it should state that in my DNA.

Sources and additional reading:
"Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute."
Department of Justice
ehow.com "How DNA is Used by Living Things"
How Stuff Works:  How DNA Evidence Works


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top 10 Places We Get Candidate Information

1. Internet

2. Television news

3. Newspaper

4. Word of Mouth(friends who know)

5. Negative Ads on Television

6. Ads in the Mail

7. Watching Debates

8. Candidate's Website

9. Phone Solictitations from Special Interest Groups

10. Door to door or attend a local rally



Then what do you believe? Vote your own conscious and don't believe everything you hear and read.  Do your own homework.

Today April 24th is Primary Day in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.


I have brief videos of the two political rallies I attended in the blog if anyone has an interest.  I have very brief clips on Ron Paul simply because the weather was so bad on Sunday, I was afraid I would ruined my cameras. You can go to all the candidate's websites to obtain more information.  Here are the links to Mitt Romney and the Ron Paul blogs and videos that I have.  I don't mean to slight Newt Gingrich, I simply did not attend any appearances he may have made in Pennsylvania.  I am not promoting any candidate in particular because I feel that is strictly a personal choice.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Top 10 Ron Paul Rally in the Rain

1. Ron Paul supporters gathered at Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA in strong support of the Republican Presidential candidate.




2. Despite the inclement weather the crowd came early and stayed.  Many were prepared for the weather with umbrellas and ponchos but it was still a wet and damp day. He seems to have a determined and supportive following.


3. As an unbiased observation, I can say that his crowd of supporters was much larger then the gathering Mitt Romney had in Broomall, PA, a few weeks ago.  Comparing that to the polls, I must say I was surprised and there was a Flyers game going on at the same time.  The Flyers are tough competition in the City of Brotherly Love.


4. Musician Jordan Page of Indianapolis sang at the rally as well as Tatiana Moroz.




5. Michael Scheuer, the former head of the CIA unit that tracked al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden spoke on foreign policy.


6. James Padilioni who leads the group Students for Liberty at West Chester University warmed the crowd.



7. Dr  Paul spoke of the debit crisis and an attack on our civil liberites.

8. Ron Paul says there were very few sunshine patriots four years ago and they stuck around and there are even more supporters today.  I can attest he had a lot of rainy day fans there.  People that stuck it out.



9. Ron Paul assured the crowd there are two reasons candidates drop out of a race, money and nobody comes out to support you.  He said he has the money and he also has a rainy day crowd, in for the long haul it looks like.



10. All were invited to the Phreedon 2012 After Party at the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia.  We opted for a drive home among the victorious Flyers fans and some dry clothes and hot tea.  Despite the weather, I was still glad to attend the rally and get a feel for what voters are thinking and supporting.

The Pennsylvania Primary will take place today Tuesday April 24th.  If you are a registered Republican you have a choice among three candidates. Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul.

Top 10 Spotting Nature at Work on Earth Weekend.

Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and organized by Denis Hayes in 1970. 

The official day is April 22nd but the larger events are often celebrates on the weekend before or after the 22nd


To mark Earth Day NASA is running a video contest, it officially begins on April 22nd and ends on May 31st, 2012. Click on the NASA link for more information.  The winner will receive special behind the scene access to a special satellite launch in January.


The National Mall in Washington, D. C. held a special rally with various musical guests including Dave Mason!


Solar Compacting Trash Receptacle.  Check out the YouTube video.  This one is on 4th Street in Philadelphia.


Waste management, Scooping the Poop Campign.




Introducing a new trees to the streets of Philadelphia, April 21st, 2012.  This is number one of five that lined 2nd Street in the city.




The sound of the bells at Christ Church in Philadelphia add a special melody to a beautiful spring day in downtown Philadelpia.



 Little Free Library in Philadelphia conserves space by recycling books. You may take a book and return it when you are done and you can also donate a book.  The box is about the size of a standard microwave. It is a gift from friends who wanted to "pay it forward". This can also be found as you stroll along on 2nd street in the City of Brotherly Love.






10.  Providing a safe environment and let nature take its course. The clever location is under a deck, just inside the beam where you have to be able to fly to get to it.  Not my idea.  It was devised by a bird brain. 



What have you done lately to support this planet earth?  It is never too late to start.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Top 10 Record Store Day Saturday April 21st 2012



1. The fifth annual "Record Store Day" is April 21st 2012.


2. Record Store Day promotes independently owned record stores.


3. When is the last time you went to a record shop and reminisced and flipped through albums and artists and came home with a new one and an old favorite?

Record store in Innsbruck, Austria


4. Check this link at recordstoreday.com for a participating store near you.

5. Follow this link to special Record Store Day Exclusive Releases which will not be available anywhere else in the same format.



6. Follow this link to Record Store Day Limited Run/Regional Focus Release.



7. Follow this link to Record Store Day First Release.


8.  What would you think would be the number one all time selling album?  I will list it at the end of this blog.  Try and guess first and then follow the link that lists the Top 10. I owned 5 of the 10 and now own 4 of those on CD's.  I must know how to pick 'em, at least 50% of the time.  There are many of my favorite artists that did not make the list and I say, huh? You're kidding me! The best selling in just the United States differs slightly from worldwide but #1 is #1 on both.

9. Who do you think are the Best Selling Music Artists?  Here is a little hint, I had "She Loves You" on a Swan label and I have no idea where it is today.  UGH!!! I could have been a contender or at least a little richer today had I been more diligent with my collection.




10.  The last independent record store I have been to is  A. K.A in Philadelphia.  There are lists,  I think spin.com has one out of the best independent record stores.  Check them out or one near you on Saturday April 21st, 2012 Record Store Day.



Michel Jackson's Thriller is the Number One All-Time Selling Album.  I guess if you dispute it you can't "Beat It"!

I can't imagine there is anyone in the whole world that doesn't have a favorite album or at the very least a favorite song.  Album collecting was always a cherished hobby and it has been making its way back.



Maybe look for The Last Waltz in honor of Levon Helm.  It is a great double album by The Band.

May he rest in peace and the Weight be lifted.

Top 10 The Truth About Tulips



1.   It may not be your first clue, but the tulip is a definite notable sign of spring.  Their flowers appear out of nowhere.

2.  Actually not true, everything comes from somewhere and the volumes I have read, have them originating in the Pamir, Hindu Kush, and Tien Shan mountains. Not Holland?


3. Last year, in Amsterdam  I looked for tulips everywhere, nary a one but I did see a windmill in May.  From reading after my return, I learned the season can be anywhere between March and May depending on the previous season's temperature, but you might be safe visiting in mid-April.  I am not a forecaster.  I also missed the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. this year by one week.


4.Tulips bloom in the spring and grow from a bulb.  All the nutrients are stored within that brown bulb and are typically planted in the ground in October.  If you already have established plants you can leave them in the ground, some gardeners are more systematic and dig them up, store them in a cool, dry place and replant them in the fall. The flowering bloom of the tulip lasts about a week or two, in my garden anyway. There are also tulips seeds, which is new to me so I might just try that this year. Tulips grown from seed often take up to 5-8 years for plants to reach flowering size. I think I just changed my mind.


5. Tulips come from the lily family.  Okay, who knew that, botanists and really smart people that would get it right on jeopardy? Perhaps I am the last to know.


6. Red and yellow are the most popular colors and are seen most often. Hang in there it gets interesting.


7. Many tulip species can cross-pollinate with each other, and when wild tulip populations overlap geographically with other tulip species or subspecies, they often hybridize and create genetically mixed populations.  Now that sounds like an interesting concept. I found that out reading about tulips on wikipedia.



8.  All right let's give it to them. Holland is the main producer of commercially sold tulips in the world but in the United States, Michigan and Washington state have a hearty crop going on and if you happen to be in the area the Tulip Time Festival takes place in Holland, Michigan from May 5th to the 12th.  It sounds like a bucket list for tulip lovers everywhere.


9.  I did promise interesting.  Variegated varieties, the multi-colored ones sought after during "tulip mania" originated from a virus called what else, the "tulip breaking virus".  The tulip-breaking virus or the mosaic virus was carried by the green peach aphid and very common in Europe in the seventeenth century.  The fantastic colorful result made the tulips more appealing and more sought after.  The virus is pretty much eradicated today, we have chemicals.  Today's brilliant colors result from breeding and genetic selection.



10. Did I mention tulip mania? C'mon who knew? Tulip mania was a period during the Dutch Golden Age when tulips sky-rocketed in price, sometimes 10x's the annual income of a skilled laborer.  Tulip prices reached their peak in the winter of 1637 and collapsed rather quickly. It is considered the first speculative bubble (economic bubble). The bubonic plaque didn't help matters either  If you knew that one, go to the head of the class and tell us all what to invest in next or what to avoid.

Who would have thunk it "Tulips and the Economy"?
All I can offer is the Iris is starting to show signs of growth.
Ya might wanna think about it.

You can google "tulip mania" it is an interesting subject. 

What has that potential today?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Top 10 All Good Things Orange

1. Orange Juice (fresh squeezed)

2. Carrots

3. Cantaloupe

4. Peaches

5. Creamsicles

6. Cuties (what I call clementines)

7. Pumpkins

8. Sweet Potatoes

9. A basketball (never say never, they are looking good this year.)

10. T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, bumper stickers, anything orange that accompanies a Philadelphia Flyers emblem. It's all good.

Go Flyers!

Let's all glow and wear orange.

Let's get Flyered up!

Game time 7:30pm

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Top 10 Talking About Taxes

1. Tax Deadline 2012 is TODAY Tuesday April 17th due to the 15th falling on a Sunday.  Hallelujah!! 


2. I've watched the news and all those folks that pay their taxes at the very last minute.  Must be postmarked by midnight, right? Or you could e-file, it is received instantly. Why do they wait?

3. Nobody likes to pay the piper, the rich, the poor but there is a reason for it.

4. I found two websites that are interesting whatwepayfor.com is one.

5. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities great article "Misconceptions and Realities About Who Pays Taxes".

6. You can also obtain a receipt for taxes paid at whitehouse.gov

7. Do you have to pay this year? Maybe you should check on those deductions and make adjustments.  Some people like to have less taken out and pay at the end.

8. Or are you getting a windfall return? Will you spend it wisely?  Paying down your debt if you have it is a good place to start, just saying.

9. Is it true the rich get richer by paying less taxes? Eventually every one has to pay someone.

10. Do you still have to file your taxes?  You have till midnight.  Stop procrastinating get to it and may the force be with you to get moving a little bit sooner next year.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Top 10 Spring Opening Baseball Season in Nether Providence

1.The parade began at Nether Providence Elementary School on Saturday at 10:30 am and ended at Hepford field. The Garden City Fire Company alerted the neighborhood just in case you didn't know the day was "Opening Day" for the new baseball season. Spring has arrived!


2. The Nether Providence Cub Scout Pack 145 of Wallingford also participated in the opening ceremonies.




3. Then the crowds started to form. Parents and children out on a beautiful spring day, April 14th, 2012.



4. Nether Providence has nine fields in the township that will be filled with little league and softball players in the coming months.  Here is a link to directions to the fields.



5. Teams range from the T-Ball League 5 and 6 year olds to the Jr. American League 13-19 year olds.



6.  Seth Shore, President of NPAA  welcomed the crowd of anxious players.



7. A moment of silence was held for Zach Rufo, a 12 year old middle school student who suddenly passed away on April  11th.  Services for Zach will be held at the Cavanagh Funeral Home in Norwood, Monday April 16th. Calling hours will be 4PM until the Memorial Service at 7:30PM.  Burial will be private. Donations can be made in Zach's honor to the George Slick Endowment Fund 200 Providence Avenue, Wallingford, PA 19086.  The community mourns the family's loss.




8. Hats over hearts and the National Anthem was song by Jay Peichel.



9.  The traditional first pitch was thrown out by Seth Shore and successfully caught by his son, David Shore.



10.  The Philadelphia Phillies home opener was April 9th.  It looks like they are not the only game in town anymore.




and NPAA has hot dogs and Rita's Water Ice!



If anyone would like to share sports opening day photos of your town, send them to delcotopten@gmail.com and I will try and add them in this blog throughout the season