April 23, 1992 |
"All-terrain" now includes water. As their yearlong senior engineering project, Widener students (from left) Dave Brittain, Dave Simunov, Steve Casalena (driver) and Julie Rohm modified a mini-baja all-terrain vehicle so it could be driven on land and water. They tested it successfully on the Delaware River in March and showed it off to faculty members and fellow students on Crum Creek earlier this month. The modification of eight- horsepower ATV cost about $1,600. The vehicle was one of 28 engineering projects presented April 7.
July 19, 1987 |
Taking a detour around summer's dog days, youths found the fountains around the Philadelphia Museum of Art a most comfortable watering spot last week. Some splashing and soaking made the season's heat and humidity almost forgettable - so long as the fun lasted.
July 26, 2012 |
When the mercury hits 90 and above, tempers can get pretty fired up, too. But another glass of water or a slice of watermelon might help, because irritability is a classic side effect of dehydration. The first physical sign is thirst, of course. But other symptoms are more subtle. You might get a headache. You can become cranky, forgetful, tired, and dizzy, and your skin appears dry and wrinkly. Remember the old admonition to drink eight glasses of water a day? Well, in 2004, the Institute of Medicine issued new general fluid recommendations indicating women should drink 11 cups per day and men 15 cups.
January 26, 2013 |
Our Jan. 11 entry about a hairline crack in a countertop brought some expert advice and more questions, proving once more that one should never take anything for granite. The hairline crack under discussion was about 22 inches long, and was in front of the sink. The countertops are five years old, and the installer is out of business. Marty Jensen of Blue Bell spent 44 years in the granite business, and, though retired, troubleshoots for trade organizations. He said the crack may be the result of a natural fissure or could be a pressure crack caused by the method of installation.
June 10, 1987 |
Dear Polly: I'm confused. One expert says to water the garden in the evening so the water doesn't evaporate in the sun. Another expert says never water at night since it can promote disease. What's the best time to water the garden? - Jenny Dear Jenny: It really depends on the climate where you live. If you live in a dry climate, watering in the early evening gives the water many hours to seep into the soil without the heat of the sun causing significant evaporation. In a humid climate, however, watering at night leaves the plant leaves moist for many hours, which can promote fungal diseases.
May 27, 1986 |
"Water. " A comedy starring Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro and Leonard Rossiter. Directed by Dick Clement from a screenplay by Ian La Frenais, Bill Persky and Clement. Photographed by Douglas Slocombe. Edited by John Victor Smith. Music by Mike Moran. Running time: 91 minutes. An Atlantic release. At the Mark I, 19th and Market Sts. The British film industry remains dead and buried, despite a huffing, puffing periodic attempt to revive it. In the past few years, this cause has produced a batch of films that, at best, can be called "curious": The impressive films ("The Long Good Friday," "A Private Function" and "The Missionary")
June 26, 1988 |
As the hot weather settles in, let's talk about watering. The clear liquid that flows so easily from our taps is a precious gift and it's our responsibility to make sure we use it wisely. To ensure that every drop that leaves the tap makes it to the plants, replace broken washers and leaky faucets. When you water, do it thoroughly, soaking the plants so the water goes deep into the soil. If you water superficially, you encourage plants to send out surface roots, making it even harder for them to tolerate a drought.
July 1, 1987 |
If you've managed to squeeze a long weekend out of this holiday, do try to spend some of itdrought-proofing your garden. Spring seemed to bring plenty of rain, but we've had the rain shorts since April. The moisture that was in the soil is beginning to get used up. Unless, of course, you managed to put down 4-6 inches of organic mulch, or black plastic, or an inch or two of newspaper where the soil was still lovely and damp. This year I decided to try one of the new weed-stopping fabrics in my plot at Southwark/Queen Village Garden.
June 6, 1998 |
They call it "Cool Cape May. " And this weekend, it'll live up to its name. The Jersey shore's escape spots - like Philadelphia itself - are having a spell of blanket weather. And we don't mean beach blankets. With daytime temperatures running about 8 degrees cooler than usual for this time of year, it's time to break out the sweatshirts for mornings and evenings. "It's probably not a good weekend for swimming," Accu-Weather meteorologist Mark Tobin said yesterday, with the ocean temperature hovering around 52. The weekend will be ideal for a walk on the beach or boardwalk, though - mostly sunny, with highs around 72. There's a chance of a thunderstorm tomorrow afternoon.
May 22, 2011 |
BUTTE LAROSE, La. - The final holdouts had mostly packed up and left as water from the swollen Atchafalaya River inched toward their homes, their frustration and hope painted on signs outside their now-abandoned homes. "Nothing left worth stealing," read one. "Stay strong. Believe," urged another. "Our hearts are broken, but our spirits are not. We will come HOME," are the words Kip and Gwen Bacquet spray-painted on the plastic liner that covers the entire first floor of their house.