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Q: On the New England Patriots football field there’s a symbol that looks like a tomahawk or a fireplace. What is it and what is its significance?

A: You might be looking at the logo for Gillette Stadium, where the team plays — it’s a stylized combination of a lighthouse and a bridge, meant to recognize the area’s colonial heritage.

Q: An article ran Jan. 21 in The Courier for the store Frugal Finds. What is the address for that store?

A: It’s at 316 W. Fifth St.

Q: For DirecTV do you still need a phone line to a receiver?

A: According to a service representative for the company, “For DirecTV you won’t need any phone line since our service is satellite.”

Q: Is there someone in the area that will take VHS tapes and transfer them to DVDs?

A: We know Walgreen’s offers the service; you may be able to find other businesses as well.

Q: Ginger Zee is on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” When is her baby due?

A: She’s due in February.

Q: On “My Two Dads” does Greg Evigan sing the theme song? Does he actually sing and play keyboards? What has happened to him in the last several years?

A: Evigan is a musician and composer, and he did sing the theme song. He’s still a working actor. He’s done a few TV movies in the last few years, and he’s on “General Hospital” these days.

Q: How many times do you have to walk around the inside of College Square Mall to equal a mile?

A: According to the mall, one complete lap around the inside of the mall equals 5/8 of a mile. One complete lap around the outside of the mall equals 7/8 of a mile.

Q: Is it true a vehicle recently fell through the ice at Big Woods Lake? If so, was anyone hurt?

A: Black Hawk County Conservation Board officials noted a four-wheel ATV did go through the ice at Big Woods Lake. It was retrieved from the lake in a timely manner and no one was hurt.

Q: There is a storage unit two miles north of La Porte City on Highway 218 owed by Jeff Rottinghaus that has applied for an outside storage permit. A few years ago he was turned down for the permit. What has changed that would allow them to issue it now?

A: Black Hawk County zoning ordinances allow someone who has had a request turned down to reapply after a six-month period. Nothing has to change, and the applicant has to pay the application fee again. The matter will go to a public hearing before both the Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

Calls are taken on a special Courier phone line at 234-3566. Questions are answered by Courier staff and staff at the Waterloo Public Library.

Calls are taken on a special Courier phone line at 234-3566. Questions are answered by Courier staff and staff at the Waterloo Public Library.

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