Daily Archives: March 8, 2010

Volunteers sought to pack meals for Haiti earthquake victims

Students from Mead Middle School package meals for shipment to earthquake victims in Haiti

Students from Mead Middle School package meals for shipment to earthquake victims in Haiti

City Hall, Numana and the Salvation Army are hoping to find volunteers to package boxes of food on March 20 and 21 for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

The effort will take place in the Expo Hall of Century II. For more information, visit www.millionmeals.net.

Volunteers will pour rice,  soy, freeze-dried vegetables, vitamins and other products into plastic bags that will be distributed by the Salvation Army at camps for earthquake survivors in Haiti. (The meals are said to taste like a bland rice casserole.)

Haiti’s situation is still dire. “Those needs have not diminished whatsoever,” said Major Douglas Rowland, of the Salvation Army.

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City will fight zebra mussles with copper ions

Zebra MusselsHow do you kill a bunch of mollusks that are rapidly reproducing and threatening water intake pipes?

Copper ions. These elemental properties apparently prevent zebra mussels from reproducing and from attaching themselves to water intake pipes and other water filtering systems.

The city explains it like this: “This simple process is comprised of two copper plates with an electrical charge which releases copper ions into the water. The level of copper is enough to inhibit eating, breeding and settling of zebra mussels.”

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