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Showing posts with label Pennsylvania. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pennsylvania. Show all posts

Saturday, August 13, 2011

20 injured in Pennsylvania bus accident

The Greyhound bus was traveling from Philadelphia to Columbus, Ohio, a company spokeswoman said.NEW: A Greyhound bus overturns, injuring at least 20 peopleThe bus was headed from Philadelphia to Columbus, Ohio

(CNN) -- A Greyhound bus overturned in southeastern Pennsylvania early Saturday, injuring at least 20 people, a transportation spokesman said.

All of the injured have been relocated from the scene off the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County and between 20 and 25 passengers people were transported to hospitals, said turnpike spokesman Carl DeSebo.

Helicopters were on standby, but no one was airlifted, he said.

Four passengers were uninjured and picked up by another Greyhound bus, company spokeswoman Maureen Richmond said. A total of 28 people had been on the bus, she said.

The bus originated in New York with a destination of St. Louis, she said. The bus was on the Philadelphia to Columbus, Ohio leg of the trip at the time of the accident, she said.


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Monday, June 27, 2011

School bus crash injures 15 children, 8 adults in Pennsylvania

(CNN) -- Fifteen children and eight adults are recovering from injuries after a school bus slammed into a car and rolled over near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, authorities said.


The bus, carrying 22 people, was on its way to a children's camp when the wreck occurred Sunday, the Pennsylvania State Police said in a written statement.


Everybody on board the bus was taken to area hospital with injuries ranging from minor to moderate, the statement said. The driver of the car was also being treated for injuries, it said


Authorities said the crash took place when the driver of a Cadillac attempted to pass the bus but failed to see oncoming traffic. The driver, identified as 79-year-old Edward Shaffer of Hagerstown, Maryland, overcorrected and ended up in the path of the bus, it said.


The force of the crash caused the bus to roll over, the statement said.

Emergency crews were forced to extricate three children who were pinned in the bus, police said. Shaffer was also extricated from his car, police said.


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Monday, May 2, 2011

Whoopie pies spark food fight between Pennsylvania, Maine

BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. — It consists of two round, textbook-thick, palm-sized chocolate cakes that sandwich a creamy vanilla filling to create one sinfully rich snack. It's the whoopie pie, a snack so beloved that residents in two states have cooked up a good-natured tug of war over which place is its rightful home — Maine or Pennsylvania?



A baker makes whoopie pies at the S. Clyde Weaver market in East Petersburg, Pa.

By Matt Rourke, AP


A baker makes whoopie pies at the S. Clyde Weaver market in East Petersburg, Pa.

A state legislator in Maine whipped up passions when he introduced a bill in January to make the whoopie pie Maine's official state dessert. Like a group of chefs tweaking a recipe, a legislative committee has since dropped "dessert" in favor of making the snack Maine's official "treat."

No matter — residents in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County say that's just baloney. Those round mounds of cakey goodness originated from kitchens of the area's Amish families, dating back generations, they say.

"We've had this thing going with the whoopie pie here for years and years and decades," John Smucker, CEO of the family-run company that owns the Bird-in-Hand Bakery, said as kitchen workers busily put together a batch of red velvet whoopie pies. "And all of a sudden they try to enter into the picture ... It's just a bunch of nonsense."

At the S. Clyde Weaver store in East Petersburg, staff piece together their version of the traditional chocolate-with-vanilla-filling variety.

By Justin David Graybill, AP


People hold signs at a whoopie pie rally held Feb. 19 at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa.

"We do the original," baker Nancy Rexroad said. "When something's the original, you can't improve on it."

Maine state Rep. Paul Davis got things brewing with a bill to laud the whoopie pie. Davis got the idea from speaking with people at the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, which last year attracted 4,000 visitors to Dover-Foxcroft, part of Davis' district.

Amos Orcutt, president of the Maine Whoopie Pie Association, was one of the Mainers who lobbied Davis to make a stand. In a phone interview, Orcutt, whose full-time job is president of the University of Maine Foundation, said he got steamed after reading a New York Times story on whoopie pies in March 2009 that cited food historians on the likelihood that the whoopie pie got its start in Pennsylvania.

"Having grown up in Maine, I used that well-worn term 'appalled and aghast,' so I started looking into it," Orcutt said. "A lot of our older alumni said, 'Oh no, I remember whoopie pies as a child."

Davis said he's been told Maine whoopie pies may date back as far as 1925. The website for Labadie's Bakery in Lewiston, Maine, says bakers there started making whoopie pies that year.

About the time he read the Times story, Orcutt said a local high school's mock legislature exercise proposed a "bill" to give the whoopie pie the official dessert designation.

"One thing led to another, and folks kept saying, 'Well, gee, you've got to do something about it,'" Orcutt said. Davis estimates that about 400 to 500 bakeries — from commercial operators to small-town markets to individuals who sell kitchen-baked goods at farmers markets — sell whoopie pies.

Word of Davis' bill reached the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau in Lancaster, and organizers there decided to answer back. They touted a website — www.saveourwhoopie.com — that likened Maine's actions to "confectionary larceny."

Area residents say Amish and other Pennsylvania Dutch families have passed down whoopie pie recipes for generations. Smucker said his bakery's recipe dates back at least 50 years to his grandmother's kitchen. Further west in Pennsylvania, the treats were also known in the Johnstown area as "gobs."

Dan Neff, owner and president of the S. Clyde Weaver market, said he suspected that one possible origin for the whoopie pie was home cooks looking for a creation to replace cream-filled doughnuts, which would be difficult to make in a home kitchen.

Smucker relayed another story passed on in Bird-in-Hand about the origin of the "whoopie pie" name in 1958, in which one in a group of young Amish women exclaimed "whoopie" when checking on the progress of her cakes in the oven. (Several variations of the story have made the rounds.)

It's also about that time, Smucker said, that whoopie pies started to become a more popular snack in the larger community.

Residents are backing their bakers. Visitors bureau spokesman Joel Cliff said about 1,700 signatures have been collected for an online petition "objecting to any other state, county or town claiming the whoopie pie as its own."

The Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn, in Strasburg, makes over 100 different flavors for its Whoopie Pie Festival which started six years ago — or several years before the Maine event.

And 21-year-old Josh Graupera of Lancaster got so worked up after hearing about Maine's move that he and a friend organized a rally in downtown Lancaster on Feb. 19 attended by 100 people, including one person who carried a sign "Give Me Whoopie, or Give Me Death."

"We thought we would organize as many people as possible to stand up and say, 'You're not going to take our heritage from us,'" he said. "This is a Lancaster County tradition."

All sides say they're turning up the heat all in good fun.

"They can have their lobsters," Graupera said.


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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Whoopie pies spark food fight between Pennsylvania, Maine

BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. — It consists of two round, textbook-thick, palm-sized chocolate cakes that sandwich a creamy vanilla filling to create one sinfully rich snack. It's the whoopie pie, a snack so beloved that residents in two states have cooked up a good-natured tug of war over which place is its rightful home — Maine or Pennsylvania?



A baker makes whoopie pies at the S. Clyde Weaver market in East Petersburg, Pa.

A state legislator in Maine whipped up passions when he introduced a bill in January to make the whoopie pie Maine's official state dessert. Like a group of chefs tweaking a recipe, a legislative committee has since dropped "dessert" in favor of making the snack Maine's official "treat."

No matter — residents in Pennsylvania's Lancaster County say that's just baloney. Those round mounds of cakey goodness originated from kitchens of the area's Amish families, dating back generations, they say.

"We've had this thing going with the whoopie pie here for years and years and decades," John Smucker, CEO of the family-run company that owns the Bird-in-Hand Bakery, said as kitchen workers busily put together a batch of red velvet whoopie pies. "And all of a sudden they try to enter into the picture ... It's just a bunch of nonsense."

At the S. Clyde Weaver store in East Petersburg, staff piece together their version of the traditional chocolate-with-vanilla-filling variety.

By Justin David Graybill, AP


People hold signs at a whoopie pie rally held Feb. 19 at Penn Square in Lancaster, Pa.

"We do the original," baker Nancy Rexroad said. "When something's the original, you can't improve on it."

Maine state Rep. Paul Davis got things brewing with a bill to laud the whoopie pie. Davis got the idea from speaking with people at the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, which last year attracted 4,000 visitors to Dover-Foxcroft, part of Davis' district.

Amos Orcutt, president of the Maine Whoopie Pie Association, was one of the Mainers who lobbied Davis to make a stand. In a phone interview, Orcutt, whose full-time job is president of the University of Maine Foundation, said he got steamed after reading a New York Times story on whoopie pies in March 2009 that cited food historians on the likelihood that the whoopie pie got its start in Pennsylvania.

"Having grown up in Maine, I used that well-worn term 'appalled and aghast,' so I started looking into it," Orcutt said. "A lot of our older alumni said, 'Oh no, I remember whoopie pies as a child."

Davis said he's been told Maine whoopie pies may date back as far as 1925. The website for Labadie's Bakery in Lewiston, Maine, says bakers there started making whoopie pies that year.

About the time he read the Times story, Orcutt said a local high school's mock legislature exercise proposed a "bill" to give the whoopie pie the official dessert designation.

"One thing led to another, and folks kept saying, 'Well, gee, you've got to do something about it,'" Orcutt said. Davis estimates that about 400 to 500 bakeries — from commercial operators to small-town markets to individuals who sell kitchen-baked goods at farmers markets — sell whoopie pies.

Word of Davis' bill reached the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau in Lancaster, and organizers there decided to answer back. They touted a website — www.saveourwhoopie.com — that likened Maine's actions to "confectionary larceny."

Area residents say Amish and other Pennsylvania Dutch families have passed down whoopie pie recipes for generations. Smucker said his bakery's recipe dates back at least 50 years to his grandmother's kitchen. Further west in Pennsylvania, the treats were also known in the Johnstown area as "gobs."

Dan Neff, owner and president of the S. Clyde Weaver market, said he suspected that one possible origin for the whoopie pie was home cooks looking for a creation to replace cream-filled doughnuts, which would be difficult to make in a home kitchen.

Smucker relayed another story passed on in Bird-in-Hand about the origin of the "whoopie pie" name in 1958, in which one in a group of young Amish women exclaimed "whoopie" when checking on the progress of her cakes in the oven. (Several variations of the story have made the rounds.)

It's also about that time, Smucker said, that whoopie pies started to become a more popular snack in the larger community.

Residents are backing their bakers. Visitors bureau spokesman Joel Cliff said about 1,700 signatures have been collected for an online petition "objecting to any other state, county or town claiming the whoopie pie as its own."

The Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn, in Strasburg, makes over 100 different flavors for its Whoopie Pie Festival which started six years ago — or several years before the Maine event.

And 21-year-old Josh Graupera of Lancaster got so worked up after hearing about Maine's move that he and a friend organized a rally in downtown Lancaster on Feb. 19 attended by 100 people, including one person who carried a sign "Give Me Whoopie, or Give Me Death."

"We thought we would organize as many people as possible to stand up and say, 'You're not going to take our heritage from us,'" he said. "This is a Lancaster County tradition."

All sides say they're turning up the heat all in good fun.

"They can have their lobsters," Graupera said.


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

AP: Pennsylvania is approving gas drilling permits with scant review

By Mel Evans, AP

Ann Dixon of Philadelphia holds a sign against drilling for natural gas near the Delaware River, and Al Kaufmann, of Damascus, Pa., holds a sign in favor of drilling.

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Ann Dixon of Philadelphia holds a sign against drilling for natural gas near the Delaware River, and Al Kaufmann, of Damascus, Pa., holds a sign in favor of drilling.

And the regulators say they do not give any additional scrutiny to requests to drill near streams and rivers, even though the waterways are protected by state and federal law.

Staffers in the state Department of Environmental Protection testified behind closed doors last month as part of a lawsuit filed by residents and environmental groups over a permit that DEP issued for an exploratory gas well in northeastern Pennsylvania, less than a half-mile from the Delaware River and about 300 feet from a pristine stream.

MORE: About gas 'fracking'STORY: New York's drilling moratoriumSTORY: Fracking the Haynesville Shale in LouisianaTheir statements, obtained by The Associated Press, call into question whether regulators are overburdened and merely rubber-stamping permit applications during the unprecedented drilling boom that has turned Pennsylvania into a major player in the natural gas market, while also raising fears about polluted water and air.

The agency has denied few requests to drill in the Marcellus Shale formation, the world

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