October 8, 2011
Keeping track of your personal financial history is becoming more and more complicated these days, as credit card companies change their rules, new regulatory laws are enacted, and our exposure to fraud and identity theft increases. The libraries in Delaware County want to help you understand your credit report with a program entitled, “Credit Reports: Reading Your Credit Report” offered at two locations in the next few days.
Presented by the Consumer Credit Counseling of Ohio, this program is part of the “Making Cents” series, a collaborative set of programs on financial literacy for all ages. “Credit Reports” will be at the Delaware County District Library’s Orange Branch on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m., and will be repeated at the Community Library of Sunbury on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m.
The Delaware Library’s Ostrander Branch will present a family program on financial literacy called “Right on the Money” on Saturday, October 15 at 11 a.m. Filled with fun facts about money, coin tricks, origami with currency, and stories to help your children learn more about money, this program has been a great hit with kids and their parents.
The “Making Sense” financial literacy series, sponsored in part by the Friends of the Delaware County District Library and the Delaware County Bank, continues through mid-December. Check the web sites or call the Delaware County District Library, the Community Library of Sunbury, and the Wornstaff Memorial Library in Ashley for more information on these programs and upcoming ones.
Can baseball fans who get hit with a ball sue the team or the player?
According to Black’s Law Dictionary, no. While being a baseball fan can be a dangerous prospect, in the last few decades the courts have consistently come down in favor of the teams, leagues, and stadiums when it comes to lawsuits regarding spectator injuries. Most of these cases get dismissed under the doctrine of assumption of risk, a defense in tort law that prevents a plaintiff from recovering damages if the defendant can show that the plaintiff voluntarily and knowingly assumed the risks inherent to the activity they were participating in when they got hurt. In the case of baseball, this means that spectators are usually considered to be assuming the risk that a ball, bat, or glove may leave the field and hit them.
Where is Riker’s Island and what is it?
Riker’s Island is New York City’s main jail complex, as well as the name of the 413.17-acre island on which it sits, in the East River between Queens and the mainland Bronx. As noted in World Book Encyclopedia, the island itself is part of the borough of the Bronx, though it has a Queens ZIP code. The jail complex, operated by the New York City Department of Correction has an annual budget of $860M, a staff of 7,000 officers and 1,500 civilians to control an inmate population of 14,000. The official permanent population of the island, as reported by the United States Census Bureau in 2009 was 11,355. The island is thought to be named after Abraham Rycken, a Dutch settler who moved to Long Island in 1638 and whose descendants owned Riker’s Island until 1884, when it was sold to the city for $180,000. It has been used as a jail ever since.
Who is Rudd Weatherwax?
Ruddell Bird “Rudd” Weatherwax was an American actor and animal trainer. He and his brother Frank Weatherwax are best remembered for training dogs for motion pictures and television. Frank’s collie, Pal, became the original Lassie, handled by Rudd for the 1943 MGM film “Lassie Come Home.” He also handled the dogs for the Lassie television series which ran from 1954 to 1974, and trained Spike for the 1957 feature film “Old Yeller.” I checked in Merriman-Webster’s Biographical Dictionary and found this information.
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