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2010 U.S. Census
By Taylor Trahan
It is now March and the U.S. census is quickly approaching. The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States and is mandated by the Constitution to take place every ten years. Every citizen is required to take a simple survey that asks ten questions about your life. If you do not take the survey and mail it back in the time allotted, you will be visited by a census taker who will ask you the questions directly from the form.
Brian Sullivan, a census taker, comments “You cannot avoid the census, so make sure you do it or you will be visited by people like me.”
Although some may feel as if the census is not important and don’t feel the need to take the survey, it actually plays a huge role in federal funds. The 2010 Census will help communities get more than $400 billion in federal funds each year for various services as well as infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, public works projects, job training centers, senior centers, and more. Many people use census figures to sponsor and support causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, find pools of skilled workers, and more.
The information gathered also determines the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The government made the 2010 Census extremely easy and straight-forward this year and it would be appreciated if every U.S. citizen complied with the government’s simple demand. The ten questions will take a matter of five minutes to answer and the mailing package even provides a postage-paid envelope so you can mail it back with absolutely no trouble. In order for your community to benefit from the 2010 U.S. Census and receive funds to improve our society, please fill out the survey as soon as possible when it arrives in your mailbox in mid-March.
Accompany slices of cake with fresh berries and whipped cream
½ cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
12 tbs (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter
¾ cup sugar
12 oz almond paste
Grated zest of 1 orange
Grated zest of 1 lemon
½ tsp almond extract
1 tsp kirsch
1 tsp vanilla extract (real vanilla not imitation)
2 tbs apricot jam, warmed with 1 tbs water
¼ cup toasted sliced almonds
Sift together the flour and baking powder, set aside
Beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the almond paste, orange and lemon zests, almond extract, kirsch and vanilla. Beat till light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat until smooth and blended, one more minute. Fold in the flour mixture until smooth and lump free. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
Transfer the cake pan to a wire rack and cool for one hour. Turn the cake out onto a plate . Brush the top with the apricot jam and sprinkle with the toasted almonds.
Weird Weather in 2010
By Meghan Riehl
This winter’s weather has been much different from other winters. An abnormally warm November led to a stormy and cold December. Most people expected the snow to keep falling when the New Year began, however, our region has not had many storms since. The strangest part of this winter is that regions south of us have received several more feet of snow than we have. Why is this happening? A weather phenomenon known as El Niño.
El Niño is a pattern caused by the temperature of the Pacific Ocean. Every 3-7 years, the Pacific Ocean’s surface becomes warmer than usual, which causes changes in the weather patterns in North America. The National Weather Service states that “Warmer ocean water in the equatorial Pacific shifts the patterns of tropical rainfall that in turn change the strength and position of the jet stream and storms over the Pacific Ocean and the U.S.” This strange pattern that takes place far away in the Pacific Ocean affects the snowfall thousands of miles away in southern New Hampshire.
The position of the jet stream affects the storms over America. It affects the position of storms, which therefore affects the type of precipitation falling. This will explain why Washington D.C. has received more snow than we have, simply because of the position of the jet stream.
There is nothing we can do to prevent El Niño. It is a natural phenomenon that brings abnormal winters and weather patterns to North America.
Start by going green
By Hailey Vincent and Leeann Kinzler
We have seen it everywhere- on TV, in magazines and newspapers, going green is the new “thing”.
You see recycling bins everywhere, but is that really enough? People say it is hard going fully green and giving up a way of life you have become so used to. Changes as small as not letting the water run when you are brushing your teeth can make a huge difference when billions of people contribute to this. Here at Timberlane, we have an environmental science class, which we highly recommend. The environmental class is taught by none other than Mr. Pederson, so who better to talk to about going green then Pederson?
When asked why he decided to study environmental science, Pederson simply replied “Logic. We are living things and need the environment to live.”
Pederson believes apathy and ignorance are a huge part in why there are problems in the environment. If you go back to the power outages, people went crazy, all because we as people are getting farther away from the environment.
“Some believe they are above the environment. We need to look at the environment from a scientific approach and not a political one,” says Pederson. “We should be trying to remove ignorance with education, not crazy environmentalist companies.”
Pederson goes on to explain an example of not being environmentally conscious, which is the earthquake in Haiti. If Haiti hadn’t resorted to deforesting their lands for money and had better knowledge of the environment, the earthquake might not have been as devastating as it was.
While being informing, there is good news to this story as well. While it may be hard to believe, Timberlane is doing its part in being environmentally friendly. From recycling to Jim Hughes recent efforts in earning the school an Energy Star rating, Timberlane is setting an example for schools everywhere.
As for Pederson, he says he is going green with his wallet, and when we say this we mean he is supporting local environmentally friendly companies, as well as local farms. This is a simple way to help the environment that we can all take part in, especially just being careful were you buy your food from. Find a local farm in your neighborhood, buying from them can help the environment as well as the economy.
We believe Pederson is making a huge difference in the environment by teaching students at Timberlane to think twice about the environment and to get outside!
Getting out of a 4th Quarter Slump
By Brian Sullivan
I have a problem that every student faces at some point during their four years in high school. For the class of 2010, it is known as "senioritis". For everyone else, it is just considered slacking. Although my grades have been fairly good throughout my time at Timberlane, I have become a grade-A slacker myself. Accordingly, as my fellow procrastinators will probably tell you, this is the time of the school year when an academic slump is nearly inevitable. How well a person can recover from this fourth quarter slump is what separates plain underachievers from successful slackers like myself. Fortunately, I have learned some tricks to help make sure laziness does not get out of hand as we get close to the end of the school year.