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Q: Since a squirrel is considered a rodent, am I allowed to trap them and take them out into a rural area and release them?

A: Under Waterloo city ordinance, a property owner is allowed to trap small animals to alleviate a nuisance or other problem. This is provided the trapper uses a wire cage box trap and removes the pests from private property. Such traps must be checked every 12 hours.

Q: Why didn’t The Courier print the death of Harry Dean Stanton, a veteran Western actor?

A: Unfortunately Stanton died on a Friday — Sept. 15 — and on Sunday, Sept. 17, all of page A2 was taken up with local news copy. We place celebrity news on page A2 when there is space.

Q: Will we get a Social Security increase next year?

A: The Social Security Administration hadn’t made an official announcement as of the day this was received, but a cost-of-living adjustment of about 2.2 percent is expected, according to financial analysts.

Q: Which reporter at KWWL was Miss Missouri a few years back?

A: It was Jessica Hartman.

Q: Where can I take the books I want to donate to the Lions Club books sale in October at Crossroads Center?

A: Call Jim Tierney at at 232-1002 for information.

Q: Regarding the question about the Boy Scouts swimming naked, why was it only the boys back then swam naked?

A: No one seems to have a good explanation for that. Some suggest it was in deference to female modesty, but there was no consideration for boys who may have been modest.

Q: Can you reprint the cake recipe in the Sept. 20 paper that had apple pie filing, yellow cake mix, candy chips, etc.?

A: Toffee Apple Crunch Cake

1 package yellow cake mix

1 21-ounce can apple pie filling

1 cup chopped pecans

½ cup Heath toffee bits

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, cold and cut into small pieces

Vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Spread pie filling in a 9- x 9-inch baking pan (I used a 3.6 quart Pioneer Woman baking dish, and it worked fine.) Break up lumps in dry cake mix and pour evenly over top of fruit filling; swirl with a knife until cake mix is just moistened. Sprinkle with pecans and toffee bits. Dot with butter, covering as evenly as possible. Bake for about 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out fairly clean. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for about 1 hour. The cake will still be slightly warm, perfect for serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Makes 12 servings.

Q: Now that “Two Broke Girls” has been canceled, what is Kat Dennings doing?

A: She was recently cast in a lead role opposite wrestler-turned-actor John Cena in the YouTube Red animated comedy “Dallas & Robo.”

Questions 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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