Tales From the Donut Line at Brown’s

first_imgMatt and Kara Lefever of Richmond, VA were first in line for Brown’s Donuts on a recent hot, sunny day. BomThey wait in line to get on the Parkway from Exit 7-S. They wait in line to purchase beach tags.  So why in the world would they wait in line during 98 degree heat and stifling humidity to purchase a few donuts?Well, if you are talking about Brown’s Restaurant, located on a remote stretch of the Boardwalk at St. Charles Place since 1976, and “they” are Ocean City visitors and locals, the question really isn’t a question at all.“It’s a family tradition,” said Matt Lefever of Richmond Virginia, at the head of the line with sister Kara. “We have been coming to Ocean City for many years. The donuts here are great and we have just made it a family tradition. We like the cinnamon-sugar.”Easton PA’s Jonathan Tanis, in line with 3-year-old son Noah, had a similar story.“The donuts here are the best. We’ve been coming here for a long, long time.”His favorite? “Vanilla glazed.”The breakfast line (foreground) and donut line at Brown’s restaurant.Inside Browns on a recent morning, things were humming at a frenetic pace: staff was hustling to turn over tables and seats at the counter for breakfast. The fast service kept the other line for food very short outside the building.The donut line is something altogether different. On most summer days, people begin lining up well in advance of the restaurant’s 7 a.m. opening.  In this case, even the first person in line will still be doing some waiting. The “donut team” will be ready.  Proprietor Melissa Brown calls the three-person squad “a well-oiled machine.” However, that doesn’t mean the donut window will open early.Mauro Rigante of Central New Jersey is a veteran of the line who gave a knowing grin. “You could set your watch by it. They don’t open at 6:59 and they don’t open at 7:01.  When that window opens you know that it’s 7 a.m.”Brown said her husband Jim, the son of original owners Marjorie and Harmon Brown, has worked at the restaurant since he was 13 and feels strongly about that consistency and punctuality.“He really cares about our employees and needs that time before 7 a.m. for coffee with them and talk about what’s going on with them. At 7, then it’s time to open the doors and let everybody come inside.”OK, not everybody. The folks in the donut line wait patiently in the hot sun, rain, or whatever conditions might be present.  It’s all about waiting for their chance to step up to the window and order one of the six varieties:  Powdered, cinnamon, chocolate glazed, vanilla glazed, honey, and of course, plain.The family-run business, now in its second generation, has jump-started its third. The couple’s four kids, Hailey, Cynthia, and twins James and Paige range in age from 16 to 12 and all work at the restaurant.For Brown’s complete menu and more information, visit the website at www.brownsocnj.com.Jonathan Tanis and three-year-old Noah, of Easton, PA, wait for donuts at Brown’s Restaurant.On some days, the queue grows to a lengthy proportion and stretches as far as the lifeguard headquarters building at 1st Street.  Usually it’s not that long. Regardless of length, it always moves along quickly. The diverse group of people are chatty and upbeat, bonded by their mutual love of Brown’s donuts.Several years back, a yellow line was painted along the boardwalk to control the queue during peak bike-riding hours. And the Brown’s employees will come out to the line and offer water during the hottest days.“Our customers are the greatest,” Melissa said. “We want to make sure everyone is safe when there is a lot of bike and pedestrian traffic, and we want them to stay hydrated when it’s hot.”Last weekend, a bicyclist adjusting his speed to navigate the knot of people gathered at Browns was heard to say “they must be some fantastic donuts.”Kevin McCormack of Bethlehem, Pa. said waiting in line was no big deal.“Everything is fresh. We would wait more than an hour (if necessary). It’s a good, quality product.”His wife, Mary McCormack was taking no chances and ordered six dozen donuts for themselves and other family members. “If you do the math it works out to about three donuts per person,” she said.  “Nobody can eat just one.”When adventure coach Patt Osborne regained her sense of smell and taste after two years without them, Brown’s donut line was one of first places she visited.Fitness guru Patt Osborne of Haddon Township, NJ is the founder and CEO of Boomer Chick Adventures, a company that specializes in outdoor adventures designed for baby boomer aged women.  The half-day, full day and weekend events usually center around hiking, kayaking standup paddle surfing or some other other invigorating activity.  Check out her website at www.boomerchickadventures.com for more details.So what was Osborne doing in a donut line of all places?“I recently recovered from an upper respiratory issue, during which I lost my senses of taste and smell… for more than two years,” she said.As the aroma of the freshly-made donuts wafted across the boardwalk, Patt’s presence there suddenly made a lot more sense.“Besides, I only eat one,” she said with a chuckle.last_img read more

U.S. utility-scale solar purchases rising sharply—SEIA

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Procurement of solar energy by U.S. utilities “exploded” in the first half of 2018, prompting a prominent research group to boost its five-year installation forecast on Thursday despite the Trump administration’s steep tariffs on imported panels.A record 8.5 gigawatts (GW) of utility solar projects were procured in the first six months of this year after President Donald Trump in January announced a 30 percent tariff on panels produced overseas, according to the report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and industry trade group the Solar Energy Industries Association.As a result, the research firm raised its utility-scale solar forecast for 2018 through 2023 by 1.9 GW. The forecast is still 8 percent lower than before the tariffs were announced. A gigawatt of solar energy can power about 164,000 homes.In every segment of the market except residential, system pricing is at its lowest level ever, the report said. Utility projects make up more than half the solar market.Utilities are eager to get projects going because of a federal solar tax credit that will begin phasing out in 2020. Next year will be the most impacted by the tariffs, Wood Mackenzie said. Developers will begin projects next year to claim the highest level of tax credit but delay buying modules until 2020 because the tariff drops by 5 percent each year.In the first half of the year, the U.S. installed 4.7 GW of solar, accounting for nearly a third of new electricity generating capacity additions. In the second quarter, residential installations were roughly flat with last year at 577 MW, while commercial and industrial installations slid 8 percent to 453 MW.More: U.S. utility solar contracts ‘exploded’ in 2018 despite tariffs: report U.S. utility-scale solar purchases rising sharply—SEIAlast_img read more

Thieves steal 17 Monkeys from a Zoo

first_imgLion TamarinsTwo families of endangered monkeys were stolen from a zoo in central France over the weekend, the sanctuary’s director said on Monday.Rodolphe Delord said the thieves broke into the zoo in Beauval over the weekend avoiding security cameras and patrols, and took seven golden lion Tamarins and 10 silver Marmosets.“These are extremely rare, extremely fragile monkeys that are part of an international breeding program,” he told AFP, adding that the golden lion tamarins belong to the Brazilian government.“We have absolutely no idea how such a thing could have happened,” he said. “The thieves were experts. They knew exactly which to take.”The zoo is currently looking through CCTV footage and the French police and veterinary services have been informed, Delord said.Lion tamarins   are small New World monkeys named for the mane surrounding their face.They are mostly found in the Eastern rainforests of Brazil.Lion tamarins weigh up to 900 grams (2 pounds) and are about 30 cm (12 inches) long, with tails about 45 cm (17 inches) long.They jump through trees using their fingers to hold on to branches and their claws to dig under the bark to search for insects to eat. They also eat some snakes, small lizards and small fruits.Lion tamarins tend to live in family groups, with both parents sharing different tasks of child-rearing the yearly twins. The mother nurses her young every two to three hours, and the father carries the babies on his back.last_img read more

Girls’ basketball: Ellsworth tops Lake Region in Thanksgiving tourney

first_imgBAR HARBOR — The Ellsworth girls’ basketball team defeated Lake Region 50-36 at Saturday’s preseason Mount Desert Island Thanksgiving Tip-off tournament.Ellsworth finished the day 1-1.The Eagles led Lake Region 29-23 at halftime.Ellsworth pulled ahead in the third quarter, outscoring Lake Region 12-7 to take a 41-30 lead. The Eagles never gave up their lead.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textKate Whitney led Ellsworth with 13 points, while Caitlin Bean and Katelynn Bagley each added 10.Ellsworth lost its first game of the day 47-31 to Greely.Whitney was the leading scorer with nine points. Maddie Card scored eight.Ellsworth will kick off its regular season on Friday at Foxcroft.last_img