Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New Belgium Brewery Increases Canning

New Belgium Brewery announced that, on Tuesday, it's brand new canning line became fully operational. The new line multiplies their ability to can by six times what they did before. It also is capable of not only doing the normal twelve ounce cans, but "tall boy" sixteen ounce ones as well.

The eighth largest brewery in the country will not be expanding it's production however. It plans to stick with a max of 920,000 barrels a year at this point.

Coors Light Iced T

Molson Coors has announced their newest product, Coors Light Iced T. Yes, now there's an iced tea beer.

The company will be releasing Iced T in Canada, starting in April. Depending how it does there, they'll bring it to the States as well.

They are also busy expanding other lines including Blue Moon and Batch 19. And they're working on targeting expanding markets in China and India.

Niagara Bottling Plant Coming to Aurora

Aurora City Council approved a deal, Monday, that will bring a Niagara Bottling plant to town. Prologis Park, near E-470 and I-70 will be the home of the 177,000 sq. ft facility. The company plans to bring thirty-six full time jobs to it's $30 million area.

The plant would use 300,000 gallons of water daily, six days a week. Less than one percent of the water Aurora produces. But in an area that is regularly under water restrictions during the summer, it is of concern to some residents. Also of concern was that the city council made the decision without any public hearings.

Utah to Ban Sex Ed

A new law in Utah would effectively ban sexual education. House Bill 363 would keep schools from teaching safe sex, and only allow abstinence to be taught. The bill also makes it illegal for teachers to discuss premarital sex or homosexuality, even if asked by a student.

Supporters of the bill say that the law puts all the power into parent's hands. Opponents argue that it is out of touch of reality.

Teaching abstinence is highly important, but some students will not follow that path, no matter what. To be effective a program should emphasize abstinence, but also explain safe sex practices. Condoms, birth control, and abortion pamphlets should not be passed out. But students need to know the importance of safe sex. Also the emotional and mental toll that promiscuity can bring should be talked about, just as much as the danger of disease.

Robert B. Sherman, Dead at 86

Robert B. Sherman died of natural causes Tuesday, at the age of 86. A World War II Army vet, who enlisted at the age of 17. Fighting in Europe he earned a purple heart after being shot in the knee, and was amongst the troops who discovered the Dachau concentration camp.

Robert came back from the war, with the goal of becoming a writer. His younger brother Richard wanted to compose symphonies. It was their father who challenged them to work together. There was their success.

Their first song, "Gold Can Buy Anything (But Love), was recorded by Gene Autry. "Tall Paul" their second song became a hit for Annette Funicello, in 1959. During the early 60's they began to write songs for Disney movies, including "The Parent Trap", as well as a song called "It's a Small World". It was then that Walt Disney called them into his office, and showed them a book that he wanted songs written for. The book was about Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins, was their biggest success. Practically every song was a total hit, and is still now. They continued to write music and songs for many Disney movies and TV shows including: "Winnie The Pooh", "The Jungle Book", "Bedknobs and Broomsticks", "The Sword in the Stone", "The Aristocats", "The Happiest Millionaire", and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". They also continued to write songs for non Disney movies, artists, and musicals.

Never will Robert B. Sherman's works and creativity be forgotten.

210,000 Jeep Libertys Recalled

209,724 Jeep Libertys of the 2004-2005 model are being recalled due to potential issues brought on by excessive corrosion.

No accidents have been reported due to this problem, but complaints were starting to come in. Nine incidents of fractures in the rear lower control arms were attributed to excessive corrosion due to road salt. All vehicles that could be effected will be recalled and have the arms replaced.

States effected are: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington DC.