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Q: Were the astronauts of the International Space Station able to watch the eclipse in August?

A: According to NASA, they passed through the moon’s outer shadow and so saw a partial eclipse.

Q: What was the name of the Studebaker dealership that was on Jefferson in the 1950s and ‘60s?

A: A Courier ad from May 1955 lists the Hawn Motor Co. at West Fifth and Jefferson. According to the ad, people could “get the new Studebaker driving thrill!”

Q: What is an address to write to Josh Gates of “Expedition Unknown?”

A: Try writing him in care of Brady, Brannon and Rich Talent, 5670 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 820, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Q: If the yes vote for gas utilities passes in Traer, will the Traer Municipal Utilities board members receive a pay raise?

A: “There is not an anticipated pay increase,” said TMU general manager Pat Stief, adding, “It hasn’t even been thought about.”

Q: What is an address of the place in Des Moines where we write for a copy of our birth certificate?

A: Write to the Iowa Department of Public Health, Lucas State Office Building, 321 E. 12th St., Des Moines 50319-0075. You also can check details at

Q: I saw in sign in Waverly that said pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks per Iowa law. Is that true?

A: Of course. You must yield to pedestrians in or about to enter a crosswalk, according to the Iowa DOT.

Q: Do other major countries — like in Europe, Asia, Africa — have daylight savings time?

A: About 70 percent of countries use Daylight Savings Time. According to an NPR report, “Australia and most of Europe join us but most African and Asian nations skip daylight saving time. India and China don’t enforce it, for example.”

Q: Why were a number of trees cut down on Greenhill Drive between Progress and Greenhill Circle?

A: Those ash trees along Greenhill Road were infested with the emerald ash borer.

Q: How long do shingles normally last if a person has them on their neck and up into their ear?

A: According to the National Institutes of Heath, most cases of shingles last three to five weeks. But some people will have them for significantly longer.

Q: How much does the honor flight cost for the entire day? Is it $100,000?

A: Organizer Craig White has said in the past that one trip costs about $100,000 with a cost of about $600 per veteran.

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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