September 28, 2009

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Trucking champ claims second title

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man who won a second national truck driving championship says he was once was so nervous competing he could barely work the clutch.

Mick Simpson of Indian Trail, N.C., won his second American Trucking Associations national championships for skilled driving last month in Pittsburgh, but he wasn't always so calm, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Sunday.

Simpson told the newspaper that during his first forays into competitive driving, his leg was shaking so bad I could barely hold the clutch down. Now, however, after four North Carolina state titles and two national crowns, the driver for Family Dollar stores has driven 3.5 million miles without an accident.

He said nerves of steel are needed at nationals but competing is a great thrill.

It's a real high because of the intensity of it, Simpson said.

Drivers in the competition take trucks through a series of maneuvers designed to measure precision in stopping, negotiating tight spaces and making turns.

Boston celebrates Marshmallow Fluff

BOSTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Bostonians say there's nothing like their beloved Marshmallow Fluff, a sugary local confection celebrated during the weekend at the city's Union Square.

Fans of the treat -- made of corn and sugar syrups, vanilla flavor and egg white -- gathered Saturday in Boston to honor the local favorite at the annual What the Fluff? festival, The Boston Globe reported.

The creamy white stuff was created in 1917 by Archibald Query and has been locally made ever since. Its manufacturer, Durkee-Mower Inc., is based in Lynn, Mass.

The newspaper said one Fluff recipe, the Fluffernutter sandwich -- in which the marshmallow treat is combined with peanut butter -- is under consideration by Massachusetts legislators as official state sandwich.

Kate Doyle, 22, of Brookline, Mass., told the Globe she spent about six hours cooking up a fluffle truffle for the festival, in which she took a Fluffernutter sandwich and combined it with crumbled chocolate cake.

(Fluff is) so cheap and tastes delicious, Doyle said.

N.Y. firefighters tie knot atop ladder

EAST MEADOW, N.Y., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Two members of a Long Island, N.Y., volunteer fire department say they chose firefighting as their wedding theme, right down to the bride's veil and boots.

Saturday's nuptials in East Meadow included a line of fellow firefighters with crossed pike-poles and vows exchanged by Mary Carlson and David Paganini in buckets atop the tower ladders.

When the ceremony is over, I was wondering if they were going to spray them with the hose or throw rice, guest Marie Salemy told Newsday.

Newsday Sunday said the bride and groom are members of the East Meadow Fire Department and met at their 2004 Christmas party. The ceremony was held at a fire station with more than 50 fellow firefighters and emergency medical technicians in attendance.

Fire engine sirens blared when the deal was sealed.

S.C. 'anchor farm' preserves sea relics

GEORGETOWN, S.C., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A massive early-19th century ship's anchor found off the coast of South Carolina will become part of an underwater anchor farm, state officials say.

The 1,400-pound anchor, discovered last spring by a state Department of Natural Resources trawler, would have been too expensive to move, especially since its historical significance is undetermined. So instead, it will become part of state's Cooper River Heritage Trail, The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier reported.

The newspaper said the trail is actually a series of underwater historical sites identified by buoys and underwater plaques. The Anchor Farm, where several other historic anchors have also been deposited, is part of the effort and is unique, Chris Amer, the state's underwater archaeologist, told the Post and Courier.

Amer said submerging the anchors in the fresh water of the Cooper River preserves and protects them without the costs of restoring iron.