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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 13, 201 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Plenty of people complained when fore-cast- ers botched their predictions for record snow- fall along much of the East/Coast. But Allen Queen decided to do something about it, fill- ing his pickup truck with snow and driving nearly 400 miles from his home in Provi- dence, Rhode Island, to Glen Burnie, Mary- land, so that his 4 year-old grand-daughter, Sophia, could finally build her own snowman. "Everything else in the neighborhood is dry," said Sophia's father, Julius. "Then there's this random snowman in our yard. Carlo Scostumato claims the only person who's constantly wrong and still keeps his job is the weatherman. Giuseppina, cosce storte, says, "Weather forecasters are so unpredictable we never know how wrong they're going to be." Teachers are often called heroes, and Kistina Buhrman is living proof. The eight- grade math teacher in Lake Alfred, Florida, was filling in for the bus driver in December, driving students to school along a busy Florida interstate. When smoke began bil- lowing from the back of the bus. Buhrman quickly pulled over and safely evacuated all 38 kids just before the bus burst into flames. Despite her heroics, Buhrman is surprised by all the attention. "I didn't expect that any- one would care. I was just doing my job," Buhrman said. 'What's what this world is all about: people helping people." Bless herT Ready for this? When Ricardo Brown of Spo- kane opened a Comcast cable bill, he found his name listed as "A-hole Brown." He and his wife hgd recently canceled their service, and the company's "retention specialist" was apparently angry that he couldn't persuade them to stay on. The company said the responsible employee "will no longer be work- ing on behalf of Comcast" Good decision. Gifts, after Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll handed the New England Patriots a Super Bowl victory by calling for a pass into heavy traffic from the one-yard line, leading to a game-ending interception. If the pass hadn't been intercepted, a sheepish Carroll said, "it was really a good play." Second acts, after reclusive author Harper Lee announced that she was publishing a long-awaited sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, which will be her first novel in more than 50 years. Ugh. Cockroaches, after the owner of a vegan restaurant in Australia refused to exterminate the roaches in his kitchen because "killing little insects" violated his beliefs. He paid a $12,000 Fme instead. Guess the fine bugged him. Naming rights, after fans at the PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open had to contend with puddles of raw human waste when a row of Crowd Pleaser port-o-potties overflowed. Unbelievable. A British woman has abstained from smiling for the past 40 year in an extreme attempt to ward off wrinkles Tess Christian, 50, told the Daily Mail that she adopted a permanent poker face as a child to prevent laughter lines around her mouth, eyes, and forehead "My dedication has paid off," she said. "I don't have a single line on my face." Although Christian never smiles- not even at the birth of her child-she insists she's a happy person. "I love life," she said. "I just don't feel the need to show it by walking around with a rictus grin on my face." Moron? A truck driver caused a miles-long traffic jam in Alabama after he took both hands off the wheel to pull out a loose tooth and crashed his 18-wheeler. The driver was cruising along interstate 20 when he decided to perform the extraction. But as he grappled with the troublesome tooth, he lost control, jackknifed, and veered off the road. A police- man who responded to the scene backed up the driver's tale of dentistry gone wrong, not- ing, "He had the tooth in his shirt pocket as proof." As a man gets older he suspects that nature is plotting against him for the benefit of doc- tors and dentists. With the state already in severe drought, California had its driest January since record keeping began in 1849. January is usually Californias wettest month, but ro measur- able rain fell on many parts of the state, in- O O O cluding San , , Francisco. Huh? One in four Americans agrees with the statement that "God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event," according to a poll by the Public Reli- gion Research Institute. Amen. The lab market may be improving, but many adult Millennials are still living with Mom and Dad. The fraction of young adults between the ages of 25 and 34 living with their parents increased last year, reaching 17.7 percent for men and 11.7 percent for women, the Census bureau reports. A recent poll reports 91% of Democrats, 78% of independents, and 51% of Republicans think the government should be fighting cli- mate change. So reported the New York Times Stanford University. A cure for baldness? More than half of all men are affected by male-pattern baldness by the time they reach 50. But after decades of searching, scientists may finally have found a way to reverse the syndrome. In a pioneering experiment, researchers at San Diego's Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute successfully used human stem ceils to grow new hair on laboratory rats. Wow! Yes. It is good news for you baldies, Americans plan to spend an average of $142.31 on Valentine's Day gifts this year- about $8 more than last year, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation. More than half of survey respondents say they plan to buy candy, while 40 percent will buy flowers, and 12 percent intend to pur- chase jewelry. More than 20 percent say they plan to buy a Valentine's Day gift- averaging $25-for their pet. Gee, we have often mentioned the illustri- ous Steven Sebestyen. Well, he once served as the Deputy Registrar of Motor Vehicles. He is a graduate of Stonehill College. It would require a few pages to cover his background and accomplishments. Gobble this upI Americans ate 4.25 billion avocados last year -- more than double the amount consumed in 2005, and nearly four times as many were sold in 2000. So Mitt Romney has backed out for a run for the presidency. Well, his father George Romney once :called me to congratulate me for the good job we were doing for the New England Rambler dealers. Yes, my ad agency at that time handled the advertising for the Rambler Dealers' Association. Ernie Boch was one of the Rambler dealers. Quit protecting your kids from the reality of your paycheck, said Rob Lieber in The New York Times. It's not uncommon for parents to "push our children's money questions aside, sometimes telling them that their queries are impolite" Trying to protect kids "from the realities of everyday financial life makes little sense anymore, given the responsibilities their generation will face." Let it be known, the first Italian American to receive the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor, was Luigi Palma di Cesnola, a Union General in the Civil War, who later became the first director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City Wee bit of show biz stuff from the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Singer Frankie Laine's father wanted Frankie 10 become a pharmacist. Harry dames played drums before he began playing trumpet. Perry Como had been an RCA recording artist longer than any singer with any label. Frank Sinatra crooned 73 songs on Tommy Dorsey record- ing dates, many of which became quite famous. A few of the songs: "I'll Never Smile Again," "There Are Such Things," "Fools Rush In," and "Delores." Despite rumors, Elvis Presley did not collect teddy bears, His col- lection came from fans all over the world. It inspired "Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear," a hit song in 1957. And movie actress Debbie Reynolds had a big hit with "Tammy" which stayed on the charts 23 weeks back in 1957. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli C(OPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ili i i BREADED CUTLETS (Veal, Chicken or Turkey Slices) 2 pounds thinly sliced meat* (approx. 1 4-inch in thickness) (*Use veal, chicken breast, chicken tenders, turkey breast, or sliced beeJ) 2 cups flavored bread crumbs 1 or 2 beaten eggs 1/2 cup of olive, canola or vegetable oil 3 paper plates Place prepared bread crumbs in a bowl. Beat eggs in a separate bowl. With a fork, dip a slice of meat of choice into the beaten egg. Then place it in the bread crumbs. Thoroughly cover both sides of meat with bread crumbs. Place breaded meat in a separate plate. Continue in this fashion until all meat slices are breaded. Heat one-quarter cup of oil in a skillet. Carefully place breaded meat slices in heated oil and cook to golden brown ori both sides. Remove from skillet and place on paper plate to absorb excess oil. Continue frying in this fashion. Add more oil to skillet if needed to complete the frying. FOR BAKING: To use less oil and avoid frying, spread a small quantity of oil on a cookie sheet. Place the breaded meat slices on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle a small portion of oil over each meat slice. Cover with aluminum foil and place in heated 350F oven. Check after fifteen minutes. Turn over slices as bottoms brown and cook uncovered until fork tender. Depending on thickness of meat, some meat slices may take longer than others. NOTE: I remember Mama making use of the remaining bread crumbs in the.plate by adding them to any leftover beaten eggs. She then shaped the mixture into one or two bread patties. When I was a child, I stood at the stove watching with a watering mouth as she fried the cutlets and the bread patties. I waited for her to give me the bread treat to enjoy before supper. Today I smile quietly when I see one of my grandchildren stand- irtg beside me, waiting for that special treat before supper. SuessLink (Continued from Page 3) known as BYF's HOPELINE) irl order to be considered for a position this summer. Teens interested in apply- irlg must meet the following requirements: Must be a full-time resi- dent of the City of Boston Must turn 15 years old, on or before Sunday, July 5, 2015 Cannot turn 19 years old, on or before Friday, August 14, 2015 Must be legally permitted to work in the United States *** If interested applicants are having difficulty regis- tering online, visit the Department of Youth En- gagement and Employment at 1483 Tremont Street, Roxbury 02120 or call 617- 635-4202 for assistance. Applying for a summer po- sition with SuccessLink does NOT guarantee a job, but young people can take steps to increase their chances of employment. The department will be host- ing the 3 ra annual Teen Job Fair at the BCYF Recreation Center at Madison Park on Saturday, February 21 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Partici- pants will have an opportu- nity to meet potential sum- mer employers, win prizes, interview for positions, and more. Interested applicants can also apply directly to sites to increase their chances of employment. Teens interested in at- tending the job fair can pre- register for the event and get more information at: http: / / successlinkjobfair. I DIAMONDS 1 ROLX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Here For information about advertising in the Post:Gazette, call 617-227-8929.