Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes


I made chocolate cupcakes from scratch over the weekend. They turned out very moist. The homemade icing is not the texture that I wanted but not bad. My daughter gave her input for the next time we make them. She wants to add a cream filling.

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Life for the Past Few Days

Don't get me started. Life has been nothing but chaos!

Steel Valley reverses itself, closes school for asbestos
Friday, September 19, 2008
By Mary Niederberger, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For the second time this week, Steel Valley Superintendent William Kinavey closed Park Elementary School in Munhall after parents expressed outrage that they weren't notified earlier of the asbestos in the roof.
The school will remain closed until the asbestos is removed. Starting Monday, Park's 350 students in grades 1-5 will attend half-day school sessions at the district's other elementary school, Barrett in Homestead.
Dr. Kinavey said Barrett students will attend a morning session at their school and then be dismissed to accommodate Park students who will attend an afternoon session.
Those arrangements will continue until all asbestos is removed from the Park building and tests are taken to make sure there is no asbestos in the air or on any surfaces in the building.
The superintendent's decision was made last night during what was supposed to be an informational meeting for parents and staff with Don Horgan, asbestos supervisor for the Allegheny County Health Department, and Joseph Grad, of the firm Environmental Safety & Training. Mr. Grad's firm tested eight core samples of the roof, six of which tested positive for asbestos.
The meeting quickly turned confrontational after parents found out that Mr. Grad had informed district officials there was asbestos in the roof eight days before the district sent a letter to parents informing them of the situation.
Parents were also enraged that only two rooms and a hallway at Park were tested. Those tests came back negative and the results of those tests are what prompted Dr. Kinavey's previous plan to reopen Park today.
Parents repeatedly asked why they weren't informed earlier.
Dr. Kinavey did not directly answer that question nor did Mark Cherpak, director of operational services.
Mr. Grad said his firm had its test results on the roof's core samples back on Sept. 5 and that he left messages with the district that day. He said he spoke personally with district officials on Sept. 8 and forwarded an e-mail report indicating there was asbestos in the roof. He said he instructed district officials to stop work on the roof and to contact the county Health Department.
The district did not contact the health department until Sept. 11.
In addition, Acting Board President Pam Terrick said she instructed administrators to write a letter to Park parents on Sept. 9 informing them of the asbestos in the roof. She said she gave that directive after Mr. Cherpak informed the board of the situation.
But Dr. Kinavey said he didn't send the letter because he didn't want to "panic" the community.
Health department officials have said the asbestos in the roofing material is not airborne and is highly unlikely to cause health problems.
It's uncertain how long the school will be closed. District officials initially said it would take 18 days to remove the asbestos, but last night Dr. Kinavey said it might only take eight days, now that children will not be in the building and work may be done more quickly.
Mary Niederberger can be reached at mniederberger@post-gazette.com or 412-851-1512.
First published on September 19, 2008 at 12:00 am

Sunday, September 14, 2008

His Mojo is Back



Today I woke thinking "What should I make for breakfast today? Do they want sausage & eggs or sausage & pancakes?" I'll make my decision while I drink my needed cup of joe. As I enjoyed my first cup down to the last drop, I heard alot of pots banging in the kitchen. So I got up to investigate who was in my kitchen. It was hubby. He had the eggs out, along with some ham & slices of bread. My first thought was, Ok, I won't have to make breakfast for him. Maybe the kids & I will have cereal. Oh good, less to clean up.

As I was half way done with my second cup of coffee, he brought me a plate with his version of ham & eggs. Wow! He hasn't cooked me breakfast in years. Not even on Mother's Day. It must be an adrenaline high that he has been on since Friday. You see, he has his second interview for the branch manager position at his company. He is flying to Chicago on Tuesday for it, so please keep your fingers crossed for us.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Pink Pyranha

My daughter had her first soccer game yesterday for the fall season. And of course, mom was down for the count. (Yes, I was cursed with the "Crud". Thanks to some of kids at school. )
She had 3 goals! Call it Murphy's Law. Hubby said that she was on fire. Dad's nick name for our soccer star is the Pink Pyranha.


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