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THE RESULTS ARE IN

We asked: What should be done with the Buffalo Zoo? Should a new site be built on the waterfront, or should the old site in Delaware Park be renovated? We gave you both sides of the issue and you responded.

City and county planners, take note: Most of those who contacted us say Delaware Park is the best place for the zoo. Says one: "I intern at the zoo with the elephants and they are perfectly happy where they are. Their home is dedicated to Lulu and they would not want to leave that home, because it has special meaning to them and everyone who knew Lulu." Another notes that the zoo has warm-weather animals -- giraffes, tigers, cheetahs -- that might not fare so well on the waterfront.

Those in favor of relocating to the waterfront find the open space appealing. "I really like animals," says one caller. "I think they should have more room to roam around and play." Another would like to see the zoo share space on the waterfront with an aquarium with sea creatures.

Voters on both sides of the issue called for the city to clean up Delaware Park.

NeXt wants to thank the many senior citizens who called in to vote for the Delaware Park location. However, because the poll was for children and teens, we did not count those votes in the official tally.

SOMETHING TO DO

Share the fun of an Irish hooley at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster. The Dady Brothers will sing and swing along through a freewheeling show of jigs, reels and airs, Irish instrumentals and pub favorites, and there will be an impressive array of traditional folk instruments. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $6 children. For information, call 683-1776.

CREATIVE RESEARCH

On March 13, sixth graders at City Honors School recognized the female figures whom we honor during Women's History Month with place settings. Sound unusual?

James Verso, a teacher at City Honors, asked each sixth grade student to choose a famous woman whom they thought influenced history and to create a place setting describing her life. For example, a place setting of Harriet Tubman included a broken plate signifying that her skull was fractured when she was a child, a cloth napkins to show that she would wipe her brow with a cloth while transporting slaves, and a placemat surrounded by a broken chain to show that she broke the bonds of slavery.

Each student was also asked to write a short biography on their subject. These projects on women, from Sacagawea to Grandma Moses, were displayed on the first floor of City Honors School, a feast fit for a queen!

-- Chloe Evans, City Honors

DESIGN IT

Bandages are not just for cuts anymore. They've become fashion statements, and that fashion statement could be yours if you enter the Curad Design Your Own bandage Contest. Curad invites kids ages 14 and under to take design matters into their own hands a create the ultimate in cool-looking bandages. Use whatever you like, sports, flowers, food or hobbies in your design. Winning entries will be featured on the Curad Design its, the only bandages designed by kids for kids. Grand prize is a trip for four to Orlando, Fla., and a tour of Nickelodeon Studios. For contest rules, write Curad Design Your Own Bandage Contest, 1243 Hanley Industrial Court, St. Louis, Mo. 63144 or on the Internet at: elwellmo@i1.net.

Q. Which clock in the United States tells what the exact time is?

A. Since 1845, the Naval Observatory in Washington has been helping people set their clocks accurately. Back then, a ball fell at noon every day, as a signal to ships on the Potomac River. Today, by law, the observatory's master clock keeps the official time for the United States. It's on target to within one billionth of a second each day, a spokesman says.

Actually, this master clock is made up of about three dozen atomic clocks. They work by measuring energy given off or absorbed by certain atoms. This energy is so regular that it's great for keeping time. Most of the observatory's atomic clocks measure microwaves that act on atoms of an element called cesium. In fact, one worldwide definition of a second is the time these microwaves take to send out 9,192,631,770 wavelengths!

To pick up the time from the master clock, people can use phone, computer or satellite links. For information, visit the observatory's Internet site: http://www.usno.navy.mil/

Americans can also get atomic clock time from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, another government agency.

-- Knight Ridder

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