Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Move Over Silver.....

White Replaces Silver as Favorite Car Color

After more than a decade as the world's favorite car color, silver is falling in popularity to white. PPG Industries, the leading supplier of automotive paints, says 25 percent of the vehicles it supplied in the 2013 model year were white, up 3 percent from the prior year. Silver and black tied for second, with 18 percent each.

White dominates in Europe, North America and Asia. Only in South America is silver still king.

Apple Inc., with its all-white stores and gadgets, made white a high-tech color. The variety of whites — from flat shades to creamy pearls — is also contributing, says Jane Harrington, PPG's manager of automotive color styling.

But if you don't relish a whiteout on the freeway, never fear. Automakers are currently scouting colors for the 2016 and 2017 model years, and Harrington is showing them some eye-popping options, from a pink-tinged bright red developed in Asia to a rich dark gray with faint green highlights.

Eleven different browns — from light copper to dark chocolate — and an equal number of grays are part of PPG's annual color show for automakers at its automotive center in the Detroit suburb of Troy. There are six yellows and seven greens, from seafoam to dark olive. One notable absence: Powder blue, which is increasingly confined to electric cars or hybrids.

Harrington and her international team determine color trends by watching fashion, architectural paint colors and other predictors. She thinks we'll see more deep jewel tones like teal and more earthy metallics, like reddish orange, in the coming years. With the end of the recession, drivers don't mind being showy again, she says

Car buyers could also see taxi-like yellows and other flat, bright colors, which are growing in popularity thanks to small, funky entries like the Kia Soul.

Pastel tones, like mint green and very light pink, are also in the mix.

PPG will take its color tour on the road to Los Angeles, Europe and Asia and will then start working with individual automakers on their choices. Companies typically choose eight to 10 colors for every model. PPG won't say how many cars it supplies paint for each year, but it works with every major car company.

"They think about the vehicle and how that color will translate," Harrington said. "That color, sparkle and finish helps define the car's character."


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Soldier thought to be unconscious salutes upon getting Purple Heart

There wasn't a dry eye in the hospital room during last week's Purple Heart ceremony for Army Ranger Josh Hargis. Hooked to a breathing tube in a military hospital in Afghanistan, Hargis had lost both his legs in battle, and doctors thought he hadn't yet regained consciousness when the ceremony began at his bedside. However, Hargis lifted his bandaged hand, with a little help from an attending doctor, in order to salute a commanding officer who had presented him with the medal. "I cannot impart on you the level of emotion that poured through the intensive care unit that day," the commander wrote in a letter to Hargis' wife, according to Fox News. "Grown men began to weep, and we were speechless at a gesture that speaks volumes about Josh's courage and character."


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pearl Jam

  • Date: October 11, 2013
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Address:
    1001 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Cost: From $62.00 to $62.00

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

5 tools you should keep in your car

This small tool could save your life in the event of an accident. Made in the Netherlands, LifeHammer can help you escape from an overturned or damaged vehicle by cutting through jammed seatbelts and breaking car windows. LifeHammer mounts easily with double-sided tape or Velcro and has a luminescent pin to help you find it in dim light or darkness. Think of it as your own personal Jaws of Life.
Kobalt Multi-Drive Wrench
One wrench to rule them all. This tool offers the capability to work with dozens of different sizes and styles of nuts and bolts in the convenience of a tool that's just 10 inches long and weighs only a couple of pounds. Each end of the Kobalt Multi-Drive Wrench features a four-sided rotating spline with a fixed small socket spline on one end and a larger, interchangeable spline head on the other.
Smittybilt Recovery Strap
You never know when you'll need a tow. At 30 feet long and three inches wide, with a 30,000-pound capacity and double-stitched webbing, the Smittybilt Recovery Strap can pull you out of a sticky situation. You can also use this strap for pulling fallen debris out of your way or moving heavy loads around your shop.
Schumacher SpeedCharge
Schumacher SC-1200A SpeedCharge can boost your car's battery in a hurry—up to two times faster than your average portable charger. Features include multiple charging modes, electronic push-button controls, microprocessor control, and fully automatic operation, which combine to make this a great tool for giving your car battery a boost when it's running low.
Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool
 It can strip and bend wires, cut through plastic, and even open beer bottles, this multi-tool is a great addition for your safety kit. Along with a name synonymous for quality, the Leatherman Wave includes two different kinds of pliers, wire cutters, knives, a saw, scissors, files and a multi-bit screwdriver.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Chad's Corn Maze

2013 Maze Opening Day is October 4th!
The maze is not haunted, good for all ages!
(Kids 3 & under are free)
PHONE: 724-238-9066
Fri. & Sat. 6pm-11pm (last entrants at 10pm)      Sunday 5pm - 9pm (last entrants at 8pm)
$6 General Admission *3 and Under are Free - *Must be accompanied by adult
Bring a flashlight!!   Please: No Running. No Smoking. No touching corn. Stay on paths. No Food/Drink in maze.
Located 1.3 Miles from Ligonier, PA along Route 711 South. Look for the Giant Pumpkin!

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