Aged gouda crowned top U.S. cheese
GREEN BAY, Wis., March 14 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin cheese maker's aged gouda was hailed as the best cheese in the country at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay.
Marieke Pentermen, proprietor of Holland's Family Cheese of Thorp, Wis., was awarded the top prize Wednesday night at the Legends Club Room, Lambeau Field Atrium, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Thursday.
"Can't believe it, can't believe it," Pentermen said. "This is awesome."
A tarentaise from Spring Brook Farms in Reading, Vt., took second place in the contest and a medium cheddar by Team Cracker Barrel Natural Cheese, Agropur Weyauwega, Wis., placed third.
John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, said the event raised $14,000 for Paul's Pantry, a food charity founded in 1984 by Leo Frigo following his retirement as president of Frigo Cheese.
"We had a great night," Umhoefer said. "We had about 250 people here from Green Bay to watch it and help out Paul's Pantry so we're very happy with it."
Man plans to meet all his Facebook friends
BURLINGTON, Conn., March 14 (UPI) -- A Connecticut man said he raised $5,000 online to fund his trip to visit all 788 of his Facebook friends in person.
Ty Morin said the aim of his "Friend Request: Accepted" project, which he is funding with donations received on Kickstarter.com, "is to reconnect with people. No more hiding behind the screen of social media," CNN reported Thursday.
"Stop looking down at your phone and pretending you're texting your BFF when you walk by an old friend from high school. Let's get out there and remind people what it's like to have a face to face conversation with someone," Morin said on his Kickstarter page.
Morin said he plans to take a picture of each person performing an activity they love. He said he will use a classic 8x10 folding camera to take pictures, which will take extra time.
"The idea here isn't to get everyone in a room and fire off hundreds of pictures one after another. I want to sit down with everyone and witness what gets their blood pumping," he said.
Police: Man drunk-dialed 911 three times
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 14 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested a man accused of drunkenly calling 911 to complain that his phone wasn't working and his drug dealer was mad at him.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Gary Alan Pockrandt, 51, called 911 three times in the early hours Wednesday from his St. Petersburg home, the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times reported Thursday.
The report said deputies visited Pockrandt's home after the first two calls, in which the man complained his phone wasn't working, and they found no emergency.
Pockrandt was arrested after his third call, in which he lamented that his drug dealer was mad at him.
Deputies said Pockrandt smashed his phone on the ground before being arrested.
"This was a new phone," the arrest report states. "So it is believed it only dials 911 until it is activated which [Pockrandt] could not do in his intoxicated state of being."
Pockrandt was arrested on a misuse of 911 charge and jailed in lieu of $150 bail.
Phone accessory measures blood alcohol
BURLINGAME, Calif., March 14 (UPI) -- A California company said its product, the Breathometer, is designed to help smartphone users prevent drunken driving and drunken dialing.
Michael Yim, founder and chief executive officer of Breathometer, said the company began taking preorders for the product Wednesday and will begin shipping the keychain-size devices during the summer if it can raise $25,000 in starter funds on website Indiegogo, Tribune Newspapers reported Thursday.
Those donating $20 or more will be among the first to receive the devices, Yim said.
The Breathometer plugs into a smartphone's headphone jack and users blow into it, creating data that are sent to an app on the phone.
"Breathometer wasn't created just to address the risks associated with drinking and driving," Yim said, "but to help people, their friends and family, all to make smart and safer choices when consuming alcohol. Real-time BAC [blood alcohol content] measurement is the first step."