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Beyond the Boilerplate

December Newsletter - Curated by Boilersource

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We will be closed Friday, December 22, and Monday, December 25. We will also be closed Friday, December 29 and Monday, January 1.

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News You Can Use

In Case You Missed It – Nicor Webinar Presents Commercial Gas Heat Pumps – What You Should Know And How This Energy Efficient Technology Can Earn Rebates
Our own Tony Ranallo presented for Nicor’s Energy Efficiency Program, and shared Robur’s Gas Heat Pump Technology.

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Webinar Opportunity!



Geoff Halley

Last month we heard that Geoff Halley passed away on Sunday, November 19th. Geoff spent his final years in the boiler industry as ABMA’s Technical Director from 2000-2019 and was recognized by the association in 2017 for his years of service.  Tony Ranallo shared that he had the honor to know Geoff during his time at Kewanee Boiler.  He was a friend and mentor Tony truly admired. “I loved to hear his stories about his work at De Havilland Aircraft Corp. and the Apollo program.  I am glad I had the chance to work with him and he certainly left his mark on our industry, “shared Tony.

Geoff’s career in the boiler industry began in the 1970s when he worked at Kewanee Boiler and he began to engage with ABMA. Geoff was Chair of ABMA's Joint Technical Committee (1981 – 1986) and was a member of several boiler industry advisory or working groups to the USEPA and USDOE. He was the Editor of ABMA's Packaged Boiler Engineering Manual and Instructor at boiler industry technician training schools offered by ABMA/NBBI, and boiler manufacturers. He authored several papers on boiler-related topics, published in The National Board Bulletin, Boiler Systems Engineering, and Maintenance Management, and co-authored three chapters of the Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. Geoff also served as a member of the ASME CSD-1 Committee, and the National Board Inspection Code Sub-committee on Installation on behalf of ABMA.

Geoff will always be remembered for his vast boiler knowledge, dedication to our industry and most of all, his love for his wife Sylvia, family, and friends.


Entertainment & Amusements

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Brain Teaser

Five cousins are celebrating New Year's Day. Using the following clues, determine each person's age, birth date, and birth time.

Names: Alvin, Donna, Jerry, Laura, Steve (Donna and Laura are girls)
Ages: 28, 29, 30, 31, 32
Months: February, May, June, August, October
Dates: 9th, 11th, 15th, 29th, 31st
Times: 6:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM


  • Two of the boys were born in a leap year.

  • Neither girl was born in the morning.

  • Both girls were born in the first half of the month.

  • One of the boys was born three hours later in the day than one of the girls.

  • No one celebrated a golden birthday last year, and no one will celebrate a golden birthday this year.

  • The five people are: Alvin, the person who is 32 years old, the person born in August, the person born on the 11th, and the person born at 9:00 AM.

  • The person born at 6:00 AM is older than the girl born on the 15th, who is older than the boy born in October.

  • Jerry was born earlier in the year than the person born on the 11th, who was born earlier in the year than the person who is 28 years old.

  • The person born in May was born earlier in the month than the person born at 7:00 PM, who was born earlier in the month than the person who is 30 years old.

  • The person born on the 29th was born earlier in the day than the person who is 31 years old, who was born earlier in the day than the person born in June.

  • Steve and Donna have the two closest birthdays.

Alvin, 28 years old, born on October 31st at 5:00 PM
Donna, 29 years old, born on June 11th at 7:00 PM
Jerry, 32 years old, born on February 29th at 6:00 AM
Laura, 30 years old, born on August 15th at 2:00 PM
Steve, 31 years old, born on May 9th at 9:00 AM

The Answers

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Monthly Recipes


These yummy, seasoned saltine crackers are sure to disappear as quickly as you make them. An excellent addition to your cheese platters and appetizers during the holidays.


  • 1 lb unsalted saltine crackers (4 sleeves)

  • 1 cup canola oil

  • 1 (1 ounce) packet ranch dressing mix

  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Line crackers on ends (like dominoes) in an air-tight container.

  2. In a small bowl, mix oil, dressing mix, peppers, and garlic powder.

  3. Stir until all ingredients are well mixed.

  4. Continue to stir to prevent the pepper from settling on the bottom of the bowl.

  5. Spoon mixture evenly over crackers, like drizzling icing on a cake.

  6. Close lid tightly and flip the container over every 5 minutes for about 20 minutes. Lightly shake back and forth to make sure all the crackers are coated.

  7. Store in a ziplock bag. Will keep for about a week – if they last that long!

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