What can be done to run-down buildings?

Q: What’s holding up fixing the eight two-story housing units behind the old Adams School near Marshall and Washington streets, Findlay? Windows are broken and doors are wide open. — Barbara Munzy, Findlay.
A: The uncompleted units are about 10 years old and owned by R&F Development of Washington Street, according to Hancock County records.
They have an array of outstanding violations, and frustrated officials, including the county prosecutor, are trying to find the owners, said city Zoning Administrator Todd Richard.
The company has no telephone listing and its principals may have skipped to Asheville, North Carolina, he said.
Q: There are hoses hooked up to city fire hydrants all over the University of Findlay campus to water its new sod. Is the university paying for these millions of gallons of water? — Anonymous, Findlay.
A: “The cost of the water being used to restore the university’s grass is paid for as part of the insurance claim,” said UF spokeswoman Brianna L. Patterson.
Q: Is some of our blood really blue and only turns red when we bleed?
A: Our blood is always red.
It is bright red when oxygenated, that is, when it receives oxygen from the lungs and flows through the body.
It is darker red when depleted of oxygen after delivering it to red blood cells.
The myth probably comes from the color of our veins, which look blueish-green because of the tissue, not the blood. — University of California at Santa Barbara via Martha Esbin, “Librarian’s Muse” blog, Toledo.

Q: I’ve heard about The Courier’s Member Rewards, or what used to be called Reader Rewards. How do I get this?
A: We call all subscribers “members” now, and they get access to our Member Rewards program when they activate the digital side of their membership.
Member Rewards at www.thecourier.com includes offers from more than 75 retailers, in our area and beyond.
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Q: I see people using the U.S. flag as a bandana or as a shirt. Is that right?
A: “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up in folds, but always allowed to fall free,” states United States Code. — Congressional Research Service, 2008.
Q: What point on Earth is closest to space?
A: This is a good bar bet.
The easy answer is Mount Everest, whose summit is 29,035 feet above sea level.
But, Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo, standing at 20,565 feet above the sea, benefits from Earth’s 26.5-mile bulge at the Equator.
Chimborazo is only 60 miles south, and Everest is 1,680 miles north, of the Equator.
Chimborazo’s summit is about 131,450 feet above Everest’s, and the closest place on Earth to space. — Workman Publishing Co.
Q: What did Mark Twain (1835-1910) say?
A: “Let us be thankful for the fools; but for them the rest of us could not succeed.”
No fools write to Just Ask, The Courier, P.O. Box 609, Findlay, OH 45839, or to Send an E-mail to justask.

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