June 6, 2016 |
I don't water lawns. I consider it a waste of a precious resource, and years of experience have taught me that the grass will come back after a dry or hot spell. I do water our gardens, though, and I've just hooked up a diverter to one of the garage downspouts that is convenient to our raised beds, for both watering by hand and setting up a drip-irrigation system. I attached two rain barrels to the diverter, and they filled up in a few hours on one of May's many rainy days. The diverter I chose closes automatically when the barrels are filled, and whatever rain falls from then on is directed into the splash block and away from the garage's foundation.
January 20, 2016 |
Brent crude traded near a 12-year low in London, briefly dipping below $28 a barrel, as the lifting of international sanctions on Iran paves the way for increased supply amid a global glut. Futures fell 1.3 percent after earlier dropping as much as 4.4 percent in London to the lowest since November 2003. Iran is beginning efforts to boost output and exports by 500,000 barrels a day now that restrictions have ended, Amir Hossein Zamaninia, deputy oil minister for commerce and international affairs, said Sunday.
November 27, 2015
Black Friday isn't just about holiday shopping anymore. It's now the darkest day on the annual beer calendar, when bars flush the light lagers from their spigots and make room for luscious porters, stouts and other black brews. Here are some of the local highlights. Special brews Founders KBS: Though this heavy-duty "breakfast" stout (11.2 percent alcohol) normally shows up in the spring, savvy bar managers often keep a keg around for Black Friday. The added aging only enhances its vanilla and coffee flavors.
July 10, 2015
BUZZ: Hey, Marnie, I saw something weird at the state store yesterday - brown gin! What's that about? Marnie: I'd bet that was a barrel-aged gin, Buzz. Buzz: Why would someone put gin in a barrel? Beer, bourbon, wine, sure. But gin? You put gin in a tonic. Marnie: Well, gin and tonic is certainly refreshing, especially at this time of year. But, gin is far more versatile than most people realize. Buzz: Really? Marnie: Nowadays we think of vodka as the ultimate base for mixed drinks, but 100 years ago gin was king of the cocktail kingdom.
June 29, 2015 |
DOVER, Del. - The battle for country music's soul is being waged on side-by-side stages this weekend at the inaugural Big Barrel festival at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway. On Friday night on the main stage - the same stage where Paul McCartney and Snoop Dogg played last weekend at the Firefly fest - Blake Shelton, star judge of the music reality show The Voice , headlined. His set took turns pleasing genders in the multigenerational crowd. Shelton took the stage to a recording of "Something Bad," a duet between wife Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, who are scheduled to top the Big Barrel bill Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
December 9, 2014 |
The problem is not having too much of a good thing. It's knowing what to do with it. Cranberry growers have had abundant harvests over the last few years, flooding the market with fruit now finding its way into new products and markets. Nationally, they produced 8.5 million 100-pound barrels of cranberries this year, compared to 6.8 million in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in the big Ocean Spray agricultural cooperative in New Jersey and other states as well as Canada and Chile turned out 7 million barrels, a steep rise over the 4.9 million in 2010.
October 22, 2014 |
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. says it has recovered 2,550 barrels of crude oil that spilled into a Louisiana bayou last week from its Mid-Valley Pipeline. The pipeline remains out of service indefinitely until repairs can be done. The Philadelphia company estimated last week that as much as 4,000 barrels - 168,000 gallons - spilled from a break in the underground pipeline. The Mid-Valley system, which transports crude oil from Texas to Midwestern refineries, terminates near Detroit.
August 8, 2014 |
BREAKFAST at the Comcast tower in Center City. Lunch at Pat's King of Steaks in South Philly. Dinners and drinks at some of the city's swankiest joints. That's the flavor of Philly that 18 members of the Democratic National Convention's 2016 site-selection committee can expect to taste Wednesday and Thursday when they come calling, right after spending two days touring Brooklyn, N.Y., to see how that borough fails to measure up to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
July 17, 2014 |
Never mind that the sky looked dark and threatening. Two dozen pickleball players still showed up on a recent Wednesday evening to play on the outside tennis courts at Chestnut Hill's historic Water Tower Recreation Center. Holding her paddle, Cindy Haughey, 63, stood waiting her turn near the blue court lines, as two mixed doubles teams rallied perforated balls. "I play tennis, but I like this more. It's a lot of fun," said Haughey of Chestnut Hill, who comes twice a week to play pickleball, a hybrid of racket and paddle sports.
June 1, 2014 |
Philadelphia will fight to keep the 76ers practice facility on its side of the Delaware River. After reports that the team was near a deal with Camden to build a practice facility and team headquarters on the waterfront, Mayor Nutter contacted The Inquirer with an adamant message Friday afternoon: the facility belongs in Philadelphia. "This is the best sports town in the U.S.A., the fourth-largest media market in the country, this is the Philadelphia 76ers we're talking about - Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Allen Iverson," Nutter said.