:: Number of years between the founding of the city and its incorporation- 19
:: This Sunday marks thirty years since the closing of the Hearth’s Delight Confectionaries factory, here in the heart of the city. Here are some of the fondly-remembered candies and sweets manufactured by this hometown Willy Wonka: Caramel Flats, Chocolate Hailstones, Dices, Ring-O-Ding-A’s, Strippies, Freaking Flip-Outs, Comfort Bar, Silver Nuggets, Sticks N’ Stones, Peach Boys, Rev-Em-Ups, Red Snappers, Mouth Umbrellas, Sasquatch Bar and Coconut Sasquatch Bar.
:: Square miles annexed to the city since 1970 (2005)- 9.1
:: Only resident of the city to be featured on a foreign nation’s postage- local poet Jakob Kaczala on Poland’s .25 zloty (about 33 cents) stamp
:: Current Value (in dollars) of a mint-condition copy of the stamp- 25 cents
:: The top sandwich at the As You Like It Deli (the one on Casper Street)- The Krazy Katâ€” sauerkraut, chopped liver, and peanut butter on one slice of rye and one pancake.
:: Today marks the eighty-seventh birthday of locally-born food scientist Professor Alfred Cash Delaney, inventor of the mini-marshmallow. Professor Delaney has described his time spent developing his compact culinary creation as “very difficult.”
“People tell me ‘It’s just a small marshmallow,’ what’s the big deal?'” said the Professor during a 1976 interview, “I say to them, ‘Why don’t you try to make a very tiny television set, see how far you get!'”
:: Cause of yesterdayâ€™s traffic snarl on the Westbridge Bridge: A parakeet named Cassius playfully escaped from his cage in owner Laura Prescottâ€™s 1984 Nissan Sentra and playfully pecked at Prescottâ€™s neck while she drove, sending her into the guardrail. Cassius was uninjured. Ms. Prescottâ€™s condition was not known as of press time.
:: The No-Smoking ordinance passed in 1999 prohibits smokers from lighting up inside restaurants, bars, theaters, common areas in multi-family residences and within fifty feet of school properties, but oddly enough allows smoking in churches, libraries and gymnasiums.
:: Number of major-party vice-presidential candidates born here (1804 â€“ 2004)- 3
::In six of the eight school districts within the city, the following elective sports are acceptable alternatives to regular Phys.Ed classes- Bowling, Beginner SCUBA, Intermediate SCUBA, Crossbow Hunting and RC Demolition Derby
:: Until 1992, an ordinance banned the use of two-letter state codes on outgoing official city correspondence. The ordinance was lifted in 1997, briefly reinstated in 1998, and then lifted again.
:: Number of statues in the city dedicated to Santa’s reindeer- Eight
– D. Andrews, B. Grossblatt, S. Levinson, J. Morris