What’s up with traffic light on Bigelow?

Q: Will Findlay install traffic-actuated signals at Bigelow Avenue and North Main Street? With the timed signal, you wait forever. It was one of the best-controlled intersections, but all was lost when they repaved North Main. Good job repaving, but it’s havoc now. — Mike Laube, Findlay.
A: “The paving was completed under a separate contract ahead of the mast arm and camera installations. Other intersection upgrades should be complete later this summer,” said Paul Schmelzer, city service-safety director.
“The single lane northbound will take a bit of getting used to for some, but the new configuration should allow increased traffic flow during peak times.”
Q: There has been a steel plate covering a portion of Hancock County 236, near Cass Township 213, for some time. Why has the repair been delayed, and when will it be completed? — Neil Schaller, Van Buren.
A: “American Electric Power is constructing a new substation on Hancock County 216 that requires the transportation of equipment that exceeds the legal load limits,” said Steve Wilson, project manager for the Hancock County Engineer’s Office.
“The steel plates were placed by American Electric Power to protect shallow culverts from being crushed.” — Denise Grant.
Q: What’s behind the word ketchup?
A: It comes from the Malay word kichap, a brine of fish. U.S. sailors added tomatoes to create the sauce. — dictionary.com.

Q: The insignia on our warplanes is a white star in blue with red and white bars. Where did it come from?
A: Air warfare once required insignia that could determine friend from foe at a glance.
A simple red star identified the first American warplanes before World War I. (Ironically, it was later adopted by Soviet air forces.)
During that war, U.S. aircraft used a circle insignia similar to that of Britain and France.
Between the wars, the Army’s insignia was a blue circle, a white star within, and a red dot within the star.
During early World War II, some U.S. pilots in battle confused that red dot with the stand-alone red disc on Japanese aircraft. So, in 1943, the dot was removed and flanking white horizontal bars were added.
This developed into the white star in a blue circle with red and white horizontal bars when the U.S. Air Force was formed in 1947. — Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin, August 1943; Brian’s Squadron Patches of World War II.
Q: Where is Michael Jackson buried?
A: His body is in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery, Los Angeles. He died June 25, 2009.

Q: How many emirates are in the United Arab Emirates? What’s an emirate, anyway?
A: There are seven: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sarjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Quwain.
An emirate is headed by an emir, who is a chieftain or prince.
The United Arab Emirates is a U.S. ally on the Persian Gulf. — Workman Publishing Co., dictionary.com.

Q: What did Mark Twain (1835-1910) say?
A: “Always avoid violence. In this age of charity and kindliness, the time has gone by for such things. Leave dynamite to the low and unrefined.”
Don’t light that fuse without asking Just Ask, The Courier, P.O. Box 609, Findlay, OH 45839 or Send an E-mail to justask.

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