Batter down your hatches! That’s not a misprint; this war is about baking. Sassy Cakes, 837 Fourth Ave. S., Naples, will be featured in an episode of “Cupcake Wars” airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the Food Network.
“Cupcake Wars” is a reality show in which four chefs and their assistants compete against each other for a $10,000 prize. The teams are eliminated during three separate rounds. The first round is judged on taste alone, the second according to taste and presentation, and then in the final round contestants must create a 1,000 cupcake display on which they are judged.
Owner Bayah Harrison and her assistant, Sara Ruganis, are one of the teams. Will they win? You’ll have to watch to find out.
ABC-7’s new co-anchor
Courtney Robinson is joining ABC-7 in Fort Myers as the 6, 7 and 11 p.m. co- anchor, according to Darrel Lieze-Adams, executive news director and manager of marketing/promotions for Waterman Broadcasting Corp.
Robinson comes to Southwest Florida from WJLA/NewsChannel, in Washington, D.C., where she has been a reporter since 2008.
According to WJLA’s bio, Robinson previously worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor for WSET-TV, in Lynchburg, Va.
“While in Lynchburg, she covered a number of stories, including the shootings at Virginia Tech and the death of the Reverend Jerry Falwell,” the website reads.
“Her reporting from the Virginia Tech campus earned her the second of two consecutive Virginia Associated Press awards for Outstanding Effort by an Individual Reporter.”
Robinson graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is a Fort Bragg, N.C., native.
Richard writes: “In the paper you announced this new channel as 26-2; is this a misprint? What is the number for Naples Comcast and is it on now?”
Paul also says: “Bill, I have Comcast cable and was wondering what channel I can get Me-TV on? No 26-2 on my lineup. Thanks.”
Me-TV (Memorable Entertainment Television), which I first told you about a few weeks back, is a digital sub-channel of ABC-7. The channel features classic television shows like “MASH” and “Hogan’s Heroes.”
To answer your question, 26-2 is an over-the-air signal for those of you with a digital TV and antenna. Comcast subscribers do not get the channel just yet, but Barbara Hagen, a Comcast VP for this area, tells us it will be added to their lineup soon.
Paul also asks: “I was told by a Comcast serviceman that we are still only receiving a 750 signal. When will we get up to 1080?”
Paul, according to Hagen, Comcast delivers a full HD signal (or 1080p, with 1080 as the number of lines to the screen and the p standing for progressive, which is the way the scanning is done). Maybe the serviceman meant your TV is not delivering the full signal. For instance, my first digital TV delivered a 720 picture.
Check the paperwork you received with your TV. That could be what the serviceman meant.
If you confirm your HD TV can deliver a 1080 signal, schedule an appointment with Comcast. They’re always willing to check your signal, especially if you live in a high-rise, where signal problems are more commonplace.
I continue to receive inquires about Comcast’s channel 25, the one that features the NOAA weather radar and local forecast.
For those of you who missed by June 3 column, Comcast tells us an equipment failure led to the radar and local forecast being removed from that channel.
Once an upgrade is complete, the channel will return to normal.
That’s the good news. But there is a catch. If you have an older TV, you may have lost that channel entirely as it has been converted from an analog to a digital signal.
However, you can get a converter box or digital adapter, which Comcast is providing to customers free of charge.
Call 432-9277, visit Comcast.com or drop by your nearest Comcast office.
Bittersweet trail ride on PBS
“Sweetgrass” is being billed as the last real Western.
According to information provided by PBS, Lawrence Allestad and family were among the last of the traditional sheep herders of the American West:
“Under a public grazing permit that had been handed down in his Norwegian-American family for generations, Allestad was the final rancher to drive his herds into Montana’s rugged Absaroka-Beartooth range north of Yellowstone to fatten on sweet summer grass.
“The family members and their hired hands conducted the drives much as their pioneer forebears had — on horseback, with dogs for herding and guarding, and armed with rifles to frighten away bears and wolves. Over the years, better gear — walkie-talkies, four-wheelers and cellphones — took some of the edges off a hard life, but still the work remained exhausting and dangerous for both men and animals.
By 2001, Allestad realized not only was he the last old-time sheep rancher, but he was also about to make his last old-time sheep drive.”
Allestad proposed that “someone ought to make a film about it.” Luckily for anyone interested in the American West or traditional ways of life — or the sheer beauty of mountain wilderness — two adventurous filmmaker-anthropologists, Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, decided to do just that.
“Sweetgrass” premieres on PBS’ “POV” (Point of View) at 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Bill Green is a Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com journalist and a professional couch potato. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.