Q: I’m getting mailings for donations from several veterans/military groups. If we wish to support our military and their families, how can we find out which ones use our money wisely and truly help? — Karen S., rural Findlay.
A: The American Institute of Philanthropy rates charities, including veterans’ charities, at www.charitywatch.com.
Or, try charitynavigator.com, publicintegrity.org, or greatnonprofits.org, among others.
But, why not think locally? You can talk to the vets about their programs.
Mainstream groups with hometown posts help vets and can always use a donation, such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, and others too numerous to list here.
And, if you want to help military families, check the Armed Forces Family Network, sponsored by the American Red Cross’ Hancock County chapter. — Various sources, Peter Mattiace.
Q: How long has the Hancock County Courthouse been on “lockdown,” that is, with only one entrance? It was once a center of our lives. — Phyllis Martin, McComb.
A: Sheriff Michael E. Heldman recalls the Main Street door was locked during his first year in office, 1997, after county commissioners built the glass-enclosed entrance on the west side.
At first, deputies used hand-held metal detectors to screen visitors. Now, folks walk through a metal detector. — Steve Dillon.
Q: “I Love Lucy” reruns are on all the time, but I never see reruns of “The Lucy Show,” which aired from 1962 to 1968. Why not? — K.H., Findlay.
A: Some fans say its syndication into the late ’80s was a very good run. Others say “The Lucy Show” reruns would compete with “I Love Lucy,” the reruns champ.
Q: Why call it a “hot dog”?
A: When German immigrants started selling variations of sausages, some were thin and long, like dachshunds. They called them “dachshund sausages,” then hot dogs. — dictionary.com.
Q: Why hasn’t Pepsi put Pepsi-NEXT in 24-packs? Are they going to? I have trouble finding it. — Anonymous.
A: We received no response when we asked PepsiCo, maker of Pepsi products. Have you asked retailers simply to sell you a case?
Q: What’s the epitaph for House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill (1912-1994)?
A: “I’ll see you in apple blossom time.”
Q: What is “mozzarella di bufala?”
A: It’s Italian for mozzarella cheese made from the milk of water buffalo.
All buffalo milk cheeses are higher in calcium and protein, and lower in cholesterol, than those from cow’s milk.
Buffalo mozzarella is a fresh, soft, semi-elastic, textured cheese belonging to the “pasta filata” family. To make pasta filata cheese, one must heat the curd to when it can be stretched and formed into shapes. — Martha Esbin, “Librarian’s Muse” blog, Toledo.
Q: Does “Kentucky” mean anything?
A: From the Iroquois ken-tah-ten, it means “land of tomorrow.”
Q: What did Mark Twain say at his first football game in 1900?
A: “Well, say, this beats croquet. There’s more go about it!”
What else beats croquet? Just Ask, The Courier, P.O. Box 609, Findlay, OH 45839, or Send an E-mail to justask.