November 21, 2014

Friday / Weekend Open Lines

The first automatic toll collection station went into service this month in 1954. It was installed at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway. Motorists dropped coins into a wire mesh hopper, triggering a green light that told them to go ahead. The idea soon caught on at toll roads around the […]

Thursday Open Line

One of the most renowned of America’s historically black colleges was founded on this date in 1866 as the Howard Theological Seminary. Named after Civil War general and post-war Freedmen’s Bureau director Oliver O. Howard, the seminary changed its name to Howard University just two months after its founding. While not the first college to […]

Handcrafted Holiday Market Vance County Regional Farmers Market November 22, 2014

The Vance County Regional Farmers Market is pleased to announce their Inaugural Handcrafted Holiday Market. Come out and shop with over 20 artisans and crafters as they display their handcrafted wares for your shopping pleasure. You will find everything from knit scarves to handcrafted soaps to painted decor to fresh baked goods. Saturday, November 22nd, […]

Wednesday Open Line

Today is Geographic Information System Day, falling squarely in the middle of Geographic Awareness Week. Both the GIS industry, and geographers overall, hope to increase understanding of geospatial issues and the relationships between people and their environments. Concurrent with these occasions is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Census Bureau’s Topologically Integrated Geographic […]

Tuesday Open Line

We still use the word “dial” to refer to the act of calling someone on the phone — even though likely most of us now have never used a rotary phone or seen one, except in old movies and TV shows. Push-button, or touch-tone, phones made their debut on this date in 1963. At the […]

Monday Open Line

We still use the word “dial” to refer to the act of calling someone on the phone — even though likely most of us now have never used a rotary phone or seen one, except in old movies and TV shows. Push-button, or touch-tone, phones made their debut on this date in 1963. At the […]

Friday / Weekend Open Line

The often impressive or alarming appearing swings in the New York stock exchange must be kept in perspective. In the long run, the market has made steady advances. Recently closing at over 17,000, it was on this date 42 years ago that the Dow Jones Industrial Average first topped the 1,000 level. Developed by Charles […]

‘Starring North Carolina’ premieres this weekend

“Starring North Carolina!,” at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, is the first major exhibit about the state’s role in the film industry – a story that spans 100 years. Opening this Saturday, the blockbuster exhibit celebrates North Carolina’s films, television shows, cast members and production crews. Some 3,000 films and television programs have […]

Thursday Open Line

Even the most mundane items we take for granted have to be invented by someone. This month 110 years ago, that someone was Connecticut inventor Harvey Hubbell. In November 1904, he received a patent for the world’s first detachable electric plug: the two-, now sometimes three-prong plug familiar to us today. Remarkable as it sounds, […]

Wednesday Open Line

November is National Family Caregivers Month, honoring the great number of relatives, friends and neighbors involved in caring for those Americans needing assistance in the home. The nonprofessional caregivers render an important and devoted service, not just to the recipients, but society. In an aging nation, volunteer caregiving lessens the strain on the country’s medical […]

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