cyclist news

Cyclist's round-the-world trip ends
Science Daily (press release) - USA
PORTSMOUTH, England, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A British adventurer crossed the English Channel Thursday after a four-year charity bicycle ...

Community Newswire - UK
... Over the last four years the cyclist has ridden across five continents and 60 countries without any support to help raise money for the Hope and Homes for ...

DWI arrest after cyclist hit
The Jersey Journal - Jersey City,NJ,USA
Bayonne police say two whiskey-swigging Texans got a taste of Northern justice on Tuesday after they struck a bicyclist with their pick-up truck. ...

Hazell makes big impression
Chesterfield Today - Chesterfield,England,UK
... Long-distance cyclist Chris Hopkinson, who less than two months ago announced his retirement from racing, has had an apparent change of heart and will be ...

bicycle news

Deputy: Alcohol Played Role In Fatal Truck-Bicycle Collision
Click 2 Houston.com - Houston,TX,USA
Deputies question two women about an accident that killed a bicyclist in northwest Harris County, KPRC Local 2 reports. Authorities ...

Bicycle boom pushes Zimbabwe inflation to 411 pct
Reuters South Africa - Johannesburg,South Africa
By Macdonald Dzirutwe. HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's inflation has spiked higher on the back of the humble bicycle, according to government statisticians. ...

Alcohol being blamed on fatal bicycle accident
abc13.com - Houston,TX,USA
(11/10/05 - KTRK/KATY, TX) - Alcohol may have played a role in a deadly crash near Katy Thursday morning. According to investigators ...

Tainan man rides around his two story bicycle
Taiwan Headlines - Taiwan
Each day, Chang rides around on what looks like a two-story bicycle. Wherever he rides on his bike, he gets strange looks, but Chang does not mind. ...

EMT News

Lifeguards Push for EMT Training
KGMB9 - Honolulu,HI,USA
... They strengthen their skills in cervical spine immobilization as well as bandaging and splinting," EMT trainer and paramedic Ian Santee said. ...

Homeowner, An EMT, Unable to Save One Year Old Girl in Fire
KSDK - St. Louis,MO,USA
... Hicks has delivered babies, and helped countless people working as an EMT for 20 years, but the early morning fire in his own home proved one of his biggest ...

Casco EMT Arrested For Rape
WCSH-TV - Portland,ME,USA
Cumberland County sheriff's deputies arrested 31-year-old Scott Mondor of Harrison for gross sexual assault. They say Mondor made ...

Chamber honors Bucks' bravest
Doylestown Patriot - Doylestown,PA,USA
... Haberzettl - This young German native joined the Central Bucks Ambulance Corps as a volunteer corpsman and EMT in training just eight months ago. ...

FYI: UIL has not outlawed HS indian mascots
Lufkin Daily News - Lufkin,TX,USA
... licensed Journ....(more). EMT INTERMEDIATE/PARAMEDIC or LVN needed to work 40 hours a week in a st....(more). Restaurant Popeye's ...


Chicken Soup for the Sole

On Tuesday night, when I finally got home from having been at work overnight on Monday into Tuesday and having been at my refresher class all day on Tuesday, I wearily made myself some chicken soup... not the canned stuff- I cook it myself in a glass cassarole in the microwave. Anyway, when I set about eating it, I promptly spilled it onto my left foot giving myself quite a severe burn. I spent nearly two hours trying to ice it and keep it cold, but the pain kept getting worse and when I saw the skin sloughing off I realized that about half of the top of my foot had a second degree burn on it... So I finally went to Manchester Hospital and got treated.

Well, it's been a couple of days now and I've been to my own doctor, I've got a bit of a cellulitis infection going for which I've got oral antibiotics and a sulfa cream for the burn... I've missed three work shifts too. Hopefully I'll be healed enough to go back to work on Monday night for my next rotation.

Veterans' Day Essays

In honor of Veterans' Day.
Here are some very moving essays written by Middle School Students from th Greater Hartford area. All of the essays were printed in the Hartford Courant and the winner and the two runners up got to read their own essays on the air with local Conservative radio host, Brad Davis.
Here are the essays as printed in newspaper along with links to the children reading the top three essays.
Enjoy... and keep a kleenex handy...

Audio Clips Via: http://www.talkofconnecticut.com/includes/news_items/news_items_more.php?section_id=2&id=145

The Hartford Courant congratulates the students who participated in the 2005 Annual Veterans Day Poster/Essay Contest. The contest, sponsored in partnership with the CT Veterans Day Parade Committee, invites 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Greater Hartford to convey, in words and pictures, what it means to be a military veteran.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Valerie Stickles
Grade 7, Captain Nathan Hale Middle School, Coventry
2005 Winner

A man boarding a boat,
Waving to his wife,
He may never see her again,
This may end his life.

He feels the boat take off,
He's headed on his way.
His daughter starts to cry,
"Why did Daddy go away?"

His family is getting smaller,
Now they look like ants.
As they disappear,
He gets one last glance.

What is lying ahead for him?
Will he live to tall the tale?
As he approaches the dock,
He hears a soldier wail.

War is horrible, it is death,
Man killing his own brother,
Is that what we're on Earth for?
Just to kill one another?

This man is a veteran,
He made it through it all.
Although he lost an arm,
He still stands strong and tall.

He made it through the terror,
Thinking he would die.
He made it through the killing,
And the late nights when he would cry.

He made it through the missing
His wife and family so,
He made it through not being able
To see his daughter grow.

He sacrificed his life
To protect the USA,
He put himself in danger
Every single day.

When it comes to protection,
Veterans are the key.
This man is a hero,
That's what a veteran means to me.

Freedom Fighters
By Steven Apicello
Grade 7
Vernon Center Middle School
2005 Runner-Up

What is a veteran? Is it a soldier, a person in the air force, someone fighting in the marines? That's not what they are to me. They are freedom fighters, answering the call of duty, responding to our prayers, and most importantly that they help fight for our country, the United States of America.

Through the years we have faced many challenges that we will recognize forever. One war that we have never forgotten and never will is the Revolutionary War. In 1861 to 1865 there was another war we will always remember, The Civil War. In our union, we fought with 2,213,363 service members against 600,000 – 1,500,000 confederate soldiers. We also couldn't forget World War 1 and World War II. Still the most terrifying event that changed our lives was September 11, 2001. We pledged every day to our flag, prayed for them, and saluted those who had saved other's lives by giving up theirs. The tragic nightmare will remind us to make our world a better place.

When Francis Scott Key wrote the star spangled banner almost two hundred years ago, he called America "the land of the free and the home of the brave." Those words still stand strong today as they did back then. Throughout our history American soldiers, marines, air force, and coastguards have bravely answered to defend for our freedom and rights. That is why we as Americans should respect our veterans and thank them for what they have done for all of us, and that is why President Dwight D. Eisenhower said these words: "Now therefore I, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, do hereby call upon all citizens to observe Thursday, November 11th as Veteran's Day. On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, on foreign shores to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that there efforts shall not be in vain."

I would like to personally thank the veterans for their bravery and dedication. However I would like to thank my Papa and remember my Papa Nick for their years of service to our country. Thank you!

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Ashley Enns
Grade 6
Canton Intermediate School
2005 Runner-Up

What it means to be a veteran is to feel the DUTY to protect our country and to fight for what you believe in. It means to LOVE your country enough to sacrifice your life if necessary. It means to have FAITH in God, your country, and your beliefs.

What it means to be a veteran is to risk your life to help others HEAL when they could not do it on their own. It means to be APPRECIATED by the people you have fought for and protected. It means to have HONOR in everything you do and say.

What it means to be a veteran is to take PRIDE in your service to our country. It means to be PROUD you stood for something.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Ashley Pinero and Ada Sierra
Grade 6
Pulaski Middle School, New Britain

To me a veteran is someone who loves this country very much. A veteran must love their country in order to leave her or his family for freedom. Not just for their freedom but for all of ours. That is what being a veteran means to me.

What being a veteran means to be is to be brave. To be brave is to stand up, and face your enemy for freedom, protecting your country out of danger, and living in peace. That's what being a veteran means to me.

To be a veteran means to be proud of yourself. A veteran has to be very proud of what they are doing for our country and for us. Why? Because there are many people who want to hurt our country. But, those people who are now joining the military, and our veterans, they are protecting our country from harm. That is what being a veteran means to me.

What being a veteran means to me is to die for this country, to not want this country to be ruled by bad people, and to always protect it. Because if you don't love this country, why would you fight for it? Veterans fight for this country because they love it. They'll do anything for this country, even die for it. That is what being a veteran means to me.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Darianna Gonzalez
Grade 6
Pulaski Middle School, New Britain

Being a veteran means leaving your family. When veterans leave their family they become very sad because they will miss them.

When people first join the military they have their arms and their legs. Veterans, sometimes lose their arms and their legs, and are never the same as they were before.

Veterans usually can't eat or take a bath. At war they get hungry and dirty. But sometimes there is no eating or taking a bath at war.

Veterans don't get paid a lot of money, but they still die saving this country. They die because they love this country, and all of us.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Geround Kelley
Grade 8
Pulaski Middle School, New Britain

I think we all have a lot to thank veterans for. If it had not been for these veterans defending citizens of the United States in past wars, we may not be free right now. These men and women dedicated their lives to our freedom, and this took a great deal of bravery and sacrifice. Many veterans even died, and I have seen on the news where many more are still dying, and families are losing their loved ones. It is very sad that thee people lost their lives, but they knew the risks and felt it was their duty and honor to fight on our behalf.

My definition of a veteran is any man or woman who fought in a war and served for our country. Some people only honor those veterans who have passed on, but I believe all veterans deserve special thanks and recognition. Veterans' Day is the day the United States sets aside for this purpose; however, I believe we should all try to honor veterans as often and as much as we can.

Many of my friends have family members who are veterans, and so do I. My grandfather was a veteran. If only he was alive today, he could help me write this essay and explain to me how he served our country. Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away before I was born, so I do not know much about his service, but I know he served, and I am proud that he was a veteran.

Women can be veterans, too. My friend's mother served as a nurse in the United States Army. She cared for injured soldiers hurt during the war. We should remember and thank all the women who served our country.

Both of my brothers want to join the Army, and although I don't think I want to, I support their decision, and one day I will be proud to honor them as veterans. This is what I know about veterans, I hope to learn more about them in the future. God bless those who have lost family members who served our country. We thank the veterans and their families for all that they have done.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Ajeela Williams
Grade 6
West Middle Elementary School, Hartford

What does it mean to be a veteran? A veteran is a man or woman that use to work in the United States armed services. Veterans have done many wonderful things. They fought for our country and helped us get our freedom. Veterans fought in many deadly battles. Many of them watched as their close friends died in combat. They risked their lives for our so that we could have our rights and freedoms. Due to their courage, we have many freedoms such as freedom of speech and religion. Freedom of speech is when I can say anything I want. If I really wanted to, I could walk outside and yell, "I hate Bush", and no one will or can do anything to me. In other countries people don't have the right to practice freedom of speech or their own religion. Their ruler or President might hang them, chop off their heads, or might even make them stand in a line and shoot them one by one! Veterans fought so we don't have to worry about such awful things. That's why I'm thankful that our country has veterans. Veterans fought so hard to serve our country. When veterans were in battles, many of them got hurt really, really badly. When they got hurt, they got rushed to an emergency room. As soon as they recovered, they went straight back into battle. Veterans tried their hardest to win these battles. Some of them wouldn't have surrendered at all. They would've fought to the death. Every morning, in my class, we all say the Pledge of Allegiance. It is very important to me that we say the Pledge of Allegiance because it shows respect for our country and for our brave veterans. God bless America and God bless our veterans!

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Shamiel Samuels
Grade 6
West Middle Elementary School, Hartford

A veteran is a man or woman that has served in the United States armed services. However, being a veteran means so much more than that! A veteran is a well trained person that fought in the army, marines, or air force. They gladly risked their lives to fight against countries that threatened our freedom. It makes me feel happy and comfortable knowing that there are such brave veterans that have fought for our country.

It is important to my class for everyone to say the pledge of allegiance in the morning at 8:10. It shows respect for our country and for the veterans that fought to preserve our freedom. In America we have the privilege of having many freedoms that people in other countries do not. For example, we have freedom of speech and the freedom to practice whatever religion we want. They are the ones that make our world a better place to live in. Veterans are the ones who risked their lives for our freedom, so I think they should get a lot of respect. People in the army can be very stressed and tired of working but they still keep their heads up high and do their best to win every battle they are faced with.

We are so lucky to have very brave veterans because they worked so hard to serve our country. They fought in many hard battles to protect our country which helped us gain our rights and our freedoms. Veterans are hard working people. People should have respect for what they have done. Maybe if people didn't care about the veterans, they wouldn't care about their job and we probably wouldn't have any freedom.

Hardworking, brave, loyal, and unselfish are adjectives that describe what I feel it means to be a veteran.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Moriah Perrett
Grade 6
Andover Elementary School

Whether it is in an office, on a battlefield, or at a switchboard, it takes a hero to be a veteran. Bravery and patriotism are characteristics of veterans. Veterans' Day was created to honor all people who have served, fought, and died for our country and our freedom. People who served in the military and gave their services, risked their lives, and lost their lives for us are all veterans: They deserve our thanks.

When people think of veterans, a word that might come to mind is hero. Soldiers leave their homes, families, and friends to fight for our country and the freedom we believe in so strongly. If a brother, cousin, uncle, or friend gets killed during a battle, veterans keep going. They need to wait until a later time to grieve, cry, and mourn their lost companions. Soldiers endure loss, blistering cold, scorching heat, trench foot, and more. That is a Hero.

Being brave does not mean wearing a red cape, moving faster then a speeding bullet, or having massive muscles; it means doing ones duty, even when it is unpleasant or seemingly unbearable. During an attack or a battle, there may be bombs falling, bullets flying, blood, pain, and the death of soldiers and civilians. It takes bravery to live through that. Years later, when veterans are safely home, nightmarish scenes are often still vivid in their minds. The soldier, the veteran, does not complain. When young men and women enlist in the armed forces, they know the dangers they face. They still enlist and are willing to risk their lives for the freedom of their country because they believe. They feel proud. Soldiers leave home, go overseas, fight for our country, and either die proud or come home proud. That is Bravery.

Veterans are extremely patriotic because they risk their lives in battle for America. Patriotism means a great deal to veterans because they have such a strong love for Lady Liberty, the U.S.A. To go through all of the pressure and loss of war for our country shows they have true patriotism and love for America. Veterans go through numerous hardships and sleepless nights for our freedom. To this day, veterans from World War II remember The Battle of Normandy and how much American blood was spilled that day. They are true patriots in America's history.

Veterans are extraordinarily heroic, brave, and patriotic. They fight for our freedom and our country. They live among us proudly. Veterans love America and all that she stands for dearly.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Loren Madore
Grade 6
Andover Elementary School

In a nursing home, three men sit around me. They are wearing uniforms decorated with badges and pins. They talk to me about the days when they were in the war and protecting our country was their first priority. These men trained for many weeks so that when danger came they would be ready. Each saw things most people would see only in nightmares and were willing to give their lives so we could be free. These men are veterans.

Veterans work very hard so that if they need to go to battle they are prepared. They have to practice for many weeks and train in lots of different situations, on land when they are in the Army and at sea if they are in the Marines. Our veterans are very dedicated and take time away from their families to serve our country. They set good examples to people around the world. When veterans are not on duty, they like to have fun just like any other person. You might see one in the mall or at the movies. Maybe you have a family member who is a veteran.

Some veterans go through the most terrible things that people can experience. They are forced to kill people and even watch friends die. These are pictures most see only in nightmares. Such things make veterans' jobs terrible. Some veterans are nurses or doctors, and they help wounded soldiers. This is a job that is hard to bear.

Some veterans have gone into battle and not come out. One of those veterans was Christopher Hoskins. Christopher was a loving son and brother who died in Iraq along with many other soldiers. I had the privilege to attend his funeral in his hometown of Killingly, Connecticut. Many important people attended, such as government representatives for Connecticut. I even met some of Christopher's elementary school friends. He is very important will be remembered. Christopher paid the ultimate price in defending our country. I live a safe life thanks to his service.

Veterans are extraordinarily important people. They work so hard for all of us. They train hard and, when sent to battle, see disturbing things that might haunt them for the rest of their lives. Many die so that we can live free, unlike many other countries in the world. So next time you see a veteran, think of him or her as someone exceptional. Honor veterans for their service, and thank them for their dedication.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Lisa Murawski
Grade 7
East Hartford Middle School

Did you know that each and every day soldiers are fighting for the rights of our country? On Veteran's Day, we recognize those who fought for our rights, freedom, and our country. These soldiers put their life on the line for our nation. These veterans have all went through the pain of seeing people die, and knowing at any moment that it might have been them. All veterans' have three things in common: love, honor, and respect for America. All veteran's helped serve our country in one way or another, whether it was making sure all the planes were ready to fly, serving food to the soldiers, or getting out there and fighting. I appreciate these veterans. Some people do not understand how much work they have done for us. Whether these veterans fought in Iraq or in World War II, they all gave up their time for America. I cannot imagine the feeling of being there and fighting, to be so scared and so brave at the same time. Next time you are able to take a glimpse of the American Flag, take a moment and think of all the veterans that served our country. I am proud to be an American.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Rumanah Kasliwala
Grade 7
East Hartford Middle School

Happy Veterans Day to all!! Today I will be talking about what happened on Veterans Day. In 1918, on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, in the eleventh month, the world rejoiced and celebrated. After four years of bitter war, an Armistice was signed. The "War to End All Wars" was over. On July first it was Armistice Day and that day a man named Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the day and name to Veterans Day. They honored all the people who served the world, state, country, and the whole Universe. Today the Armies, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and the Navy helped our country. Today will be Veterans Day 2005 and I think they all deserve a thank you and we should tell them what a wonderful job they did in serving their country. Veterans Day is a day that is very important for everyone. People should remember what they did for your life and how they saved your life. Would you risk your life? I don't think so, but they did. Today is a day you should appreciate. Armistice Day officially received its name in American in 1926, through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar congressional action. Armistice Day is a day to honor everyone and it was originally commemorated by the Germans signing a paper to end World War I.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Ashley Kinney
Grade 7
Mabelle B. Avery Middle School, Somers

To me, being a veteran means fighting for and protecting the people and the country that they love. It means making a lot of sacrifices, having courage, and knowing people have respect for them. It takes a lot of courage for people to say that they want to be in the military. They do it because they believe in and love our country and want to fight for those reasons. Soldiers know that joining the military means they will have to make sacrifices such as leaving the comfort of their home, leaving their family, and knowing that they have a chance of dieing. They know that their family understands that this is something that they want to do. Those people, the ones that stand up and take the challenge of going to war, know that the people in their country have a lot of respect for them. Without them, there would be no United States of America. It would be taken over by the terrorists and they would want to use their own cultures and their own holidays. The veterans are very brave. They not only fight on our land but all over the world. Veterans have helped us in so many ways for many centuries. That's what being veteran means to me.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Cassidy Caravella
Grade 6
Mabelle B. Avery Middle School, Somers

BOOM! BANG! "Look out there goes a bomb!" Someone could get hurt! Someone could be killed! But do they stop to say that? No! They stand up for our country whether it means LIFE or DEATH! They may know how to defend themselves, but letting go of their wife/husband, and children? That can be a very difficult thing to do. Yes, it may seem like they were leaving you forever, but with years of experience, there's a good chance that they would come back alive! We love them! We adore them, and we take care of them. When we send canned foods and clothes to them, they are proud to be serving our country. That's why we now have 50 stars on our bright, beautiful flag that stands for freedom. But if they didn't fight in those terrible wars, there might still be starvation, or even wars happening all over again. Just like Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I have a dream," and so do they. We have a dream so powerful that nothing can stop it. Or dream is to make it so there's peace on each, and happiness, and some day, the people who fight for us in the Army and Navy, will make that dream come true. And you know what? They still are. They are so great they deserve a day of their own. It's day to rest and enjoy and a day for us to than them. That's what Veteran's Day is all about. The people who were, and still are fighting for the ones they love, protecting people from terrible deaths, are fighting for the U.S.A.! (The United States of America!), for FREEDOM, and you know what… It's working!

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Brooke Ballard
Grade 6
Mabelle B. Avery Middle School, Somers

To me being a veteran means being willing to give your life to America because you could have died in the war. Giving your life to America shows that you love your family because you were fighting for them. The people that are usually a Veteran are loving, happy, brave and caring. I think that the veterans of America were not only soldiers but also were heroes to everyone. Every morning they probably woke up knowing it might be the day they die for their country. I had a great grandpa that got shot twice in World War II and he has a purple heart. My mom now keeps it in a safe place. I also had another great grandfather who fought in World War II, and a grandfather who all fought in the Korean War. A lot of people would not take the job of being a soldier knowing that they could die at any time. The people that took the job were not selfish because they were fighting for their families and America. The people that fought in the war made it so that we can have freedom today and go where we want to go and do what we want to do.

Freedom is worth fighting for. Well people fight for their families and for the freedom that we have today, not all people have that. People also fight for the country so that all of us can live here and go to school here and so we can have food to eat and clean water to drink. I respect the veterans for what they have done for me. They should all be remembered as heroes.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Kathleen Ayotte
Grade 6
St. Martha School, Enfield

A veteran is any person that has served in the Armed Forces. These veterans risk their lives to help and protect our country. We should give our respect and honor to these brave people on Veterans Day. Many of these honorable veterans are now dead, but others are alive right now. Many people today have relatives that are veterans. My own uncle is a veteran, and he wears a tattoo showing that he was in the navy. A lot of veterans are very smart people with college degrees. Some travel throughout the whole world both on land and on the seas. They make numerous sacrifices such as leaving a good job, leaving their families, and leaving schools. Veterans may be subject to very bad injuries which may even lead to death. They chance this for us and our country.

During one of the wars my great, great uncle helped out a great hero when he was in danger and needed a ride. I am proud of him. You should also be proud of what the veterans have accomplished. I was so interested that I looked up information about the following veterans: Kevin John Joyce, Thomas Joseph Conners, and Dwain Ursy Mcgriff. I am so glad that the names of veterans are printed on the Wall in Washington, D.C. They deserve our respect and appreciation on Veterans Day.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Nichole O'Brien
Grade 7
St. Martha School, Enfield

A veteran's life is a good life: traveling the world, getting to see famous places, and being honored on Veterans Day.

Even though being a veteran has its ups, it can also have its downs. While in the Armed Forces, veterans may have to risk their lives to protect our country and our way of life. Risking arm and limb for people they don't know seems really special to me. Awarding medals and citations is the least we can do for them. Families that wait by the phone to see if their family member is OK are always relieved to see them come home and be honored with parades, celebrations, and awards. That is the happiest possibility in the world for them.

Veterans make a great difference in our community. Just knowing I am safe makes a big difference to me. That is why on this Veterans Day we should respect, honor, and thank our veterans for the great work they have done for us.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Katie Kupchunos
Grade 7
Vernon Center Middle School

Have you ever wondered why you and I are safe, free, and protected? We are safe, free, and protected because Americans step up to the plate and risk their lives for ours. If they die they will die with honor and respect. They have walked out onto war grounds to see us live free, safe, and protected. They are VETERANS!

Anyone who went on war grounds is a veteran. A veteran is a person who has had experience at war, and/or a person who had served in war. Basically someone who is willing to die for their country is a veteran. For example what Nathan Hale said, "I only regret that I have, but one life to lose for my country." He in my eyes is one of our veterans. In a 1993 encyclopedia is read that 87 million veterans fought in war including the 27 million still living. Lon times ago when war was around 18 year old boys and older men were going to war. Some were only 18 year old boys and they had to see the horror and pain of war, watching people die before them. It is very hard to go to war so we owe veterans a lot. Without veterans our future would be different. The past veterans have helped shape our future. In other words veterans are everyone's heroes and we owe them a lot.

Did you know that you didn't have to carry around a gun to be a veteran? They could have been a cook, mailman, mechanic, support personal, driver of a car, computer operator, medics, supply officer, file clerks.

In my opinion you don't even have to be on war grounds to be called a veteran. You could have been someone who worked at a base. For example my uncle Jim is in the air force, but he hasn't' been on war grounds with a gun. He is a mechanic who works on the planes at a base in Texas. In my eyes my uncle Jim or anyone else who is like him is a veteran.

Do you know where we would be without veterans? I believe our country would be broken, who knows we could be ruled by Japan without our veterans. To answer the question, what it means to be a veteran? Being a veteran means stepping up for their country, someone who knows the risk of being at war, but will stand up tall and fight for their country. Someone who is honored all over America and someone who makes us safe, free, and protected. We owe them a lot! Who knows where we would be without them. God Bless America and Thanks to Veterans!

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Stewart Henderson
Grade 7
St. James School, Manchester

Veterans mean a lot to me. I value the fact that someone will risk their life so that we can be free. Many of these veterans died because they stood up for what was right. To protect us from fear, many brave people have lost their lives.

Many people sacrificed their lives for our freedom. 116,708 Americans died in World War I. 417,316 GIs lost their lives in World War II. In the Korean War 33,651 U.S. servicemen died, and 58,168 Americans soldiers died in Vietnam.

Now in Iraq many people are fighting to keep our country safe from terrorism. They are making sure that we are safe. They are enforcing law in a place that needs it.

I understand what it means to be a veteran from hearing the stories about my grandfathers. Both served our country during World War II. They were brave men who enlisted right after the attack on Pearl Harbor because of their sense of duty to America. One of my grandfathers was in the Army and served here in the U.S., while the other served aboard a Coast Guard ship in the South Pacific. I'm proud of their dedication to our country and its principles.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Tyler Detorie
Grade 6
Canton Intermediate School

Being a U.S. military veteran is such an incredible honor. I should know, my dad flew his A-10 Thunderbolt II in the Iraqi Freedom War. I would love to be a veteran too and have a whole country worth of people look up to me, like I do to my own dad, but its just way too scary for me. Just think about it, having millions of foreign people shoot at you from the ground or from big bombers in the sky. It's scary period, even if you're in an airplane. Being a veteran means that you sacrifice your own life for your country. Not only do the veterans sacrifice their lives for us, but they also sacrifice time from their families, and in my dad's case, his primary job as a commercial pilot. All of the veterans didn't only fight in the war because they were called upon to do it, but because they wanted to help our country and protect us from the Iraqi tyranny. My dad was quoted saying "Primarily, I wanted to serve my country and fly jets" to the Farmington Valley Post. What it means to me to be a veteran is great respect, pride, and honor. All these traits are definitely earned by our U.S. veterans.

What It Means To Be A Veteran
By Kristie Nardini
Grade 7
John F. Kennedy Middle School, Plantsville

I would like to tell you about my two favorite veterans. But first of all, what is a veteran? Why are they so special? What did they do?

Well, veterans are people who used to serve in the war. Veterans are so special because they helped make the world the way it is today. Without soldiers, black people would still be slaves! But we won the war mostly because of our soldiers, and are lucky to have veterans that survived. So many people are happy to have their loved ones back home. As an honor to them, we celebrate the 11th day of the 11th month as Veterans Day.

So, who are my two favorite veterans? One of them is my grandfather Daniel Robert Nardini. He was in the navy for World War 2. He signed himself up when he was 18. Daniel was a signal man on the USS Long Island. He visited Japan but did not see any combat. I love my grandfather and he is so special to me.

My other favorite veteran is my grandfather John Wesley Hosmer. He wanted to be in the army when he was 17, but he only weighed 122 lbs, and you have to be 130 lbs. In June of 1944, he graduated from high school. On July 4th he joined the service. He wanted to be a pilot but did not have good enough eyesight. So instead, he became a military policeman and was in combat. He told himself that if he ever came back from the war alive, he would be a minister praising God. Well, this veteran was true to his own word. He returned from the army and went to seminary school. Then my grandfather became a minister in Connecticut. He married my parents and baptized my sister and me. Now my grandfather is in God's house.

Both of my grandfathers are veterans of World War 2. I am so glad that they have a day dedicated to them and all of the other veterans who have made such a difference in this world.

This essay is dedicated to Grandpa Nardini.

In memory of Grandpa Hosmer.

Copyright 2005, Hartford Courant

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Big Easy travels road to recovery

Give them a couple of years and it all will be such prime real estate, most people won't be able to afford to live there! Just you wait!
The Washington Times Insider

By Audrey Hudson
November 10, 2005

Major swaths of New Orleans remain uninhabitable two months after Hurricane Katrina hit, but about a third of its population has returned, businesses are slowly reopening and construction workers are arriving for the enormous task ahead.
    The amount of debris to be removed -- 50 million cubic yards -- would span 5½ football fields piled a mile high, says Nicol Andrews, spokeswoman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    "It's a staggering amount of debris," Miss Andrews said.
    As Congress decides how to fund rebuilding the area's infrastructure, local leaders are determining which areas to repopulate and prioritizing the task list for reclaiming the city, 80 percent of which was under water for weeks after several parts of its levee system failed.
    A major part of reopening the below-sea-level city is deciding what to close, what to demolish and when to begin.
    The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans is considering closing a number of churches, including the 163-year-old St. Augustine's Church in the country's oldest black neighborhood, as city inspectors try to determine what houses are salvageable.
    Meanwhile, eight of the city's more than 120 public schools are scheduled to reopen this month, and the archdiocese has opened three of its more than 50 schools and expects to open seven more in January.
    "It's hard, but every day it gets better and we're coming back," says Colleen Rangel, a real estate broker who added that "some ZIP code areas are completely unpopulated."
    "Things are getting back to normal, the women and children are coming home, but we still have a lot of challenges ahead," Mrs. Rangel said. "Nationally, we've been forgotten, but we knew all along that it's up to us to rebuild."
    The party is still going on in the French Quarter where more than 60 businesses, mostly bars and restaurants, and 10 major hotels have been inspected by city officials and reopened.
    Molly's at the Market on Decatur Street stayed open through both Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
    "Someone had to keep it going," said employee Karina West. "Tourists are already in town, we even had a couple come down here for their honeymoon," she said.
    Curfews remain in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the residential areas, now home to about 150,000 people -- down from nearly 500,000 -- and between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on the streets of the French Quarter and Central Business District.
    "Bourbon Street is swinging again," said Missy Staggs, an insurance adjuster assigned to the city six weeks ago. "It's a good time for people to come here because crime is down, all of the hoodlums have run out. It's so beautiful, I've fallen in love with the place."
    As for the rest of the city, "it's devastated, it's bad," Miss Staggs said.
    Citywide, about 15 percent of 3,507 restaurants are open, and economic development officials say a lack of manpower and housing remains a major obstacle.
    "If people can't live here, people can't work here," said Brittany Gay, spokeswoman for the Greater New Orleans Inc., an economic development corporation.
    Officials at Louisiana State University are threatening to shut down its medical school and health sciences center unless Congress and the state send an infusion of money.
    Dr. Larry Hollier, dean of the LSU Medical School told the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday the school has lost more than $88 million and has laid off more than 1,000 employees and 350 faculty members.
    "We're in a tailspin. We have a disaster about to hit," Dr. Hollier said.
    Tens of thousands of homes marked by rescue workers with a spray-painted red "X" denote where nearly 900 bodies have been recovered, and many neighborhoods are only open to "look and leave visitation." Residents are urged to get tetanus shots from a dozen mobile hospitals and health clinics before venturing into the devastated area.
    Local leaders also fear that Superdome damage may give San Antonio car dealer Tom Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints, an opportunity to move his team to either his hometown or to Los Angeles, where pro football has been absent for a decade.
    This week, the state Legislature convened a special two-week session to take on everything from building code regulations to oversight of levees to tax relief and a nearly $1 billion deficit in the $18.7 billion budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
    The state attorney general's office this week said it is investigating whether the collapse of canal floodwalls during Katrina warrants criminal or civil action. Attorney General Charles Foti said Monday he wants to know whether poor construction or design flaws contributed to the wall failure.
    The Orleans Parish district attorney's office also confirmed it started a preliminary investigation into the materials used in the floodwalls.
    c This article is based in part on wire service reports.

Only half see press as fair to Bush

It's always nice to know that you're not alone! Talking with some people, I really wondered how many people actually believed the stuff being spewed forth from the MSM!
The Washington Times Insider

By Jennifer Harper
November 10, 2005

About 50 percent of Americans say the Bush administration is being treated fairly by the press, the lowest number since President Bush was elected, and an increasing percentage say the press is too critical of the president, according to the Pew Research Center.
    "There has been a notable rise over the past two years in the percentage who say the press is too critical of the Bush administration," the survey released Tuesday stated.
    Many stories that appear to methodically build a case against Mr. Bush might not resonate with readers and viewers.
    "Iraq, Katrina, CIA leak, Harriet Miers. Things couldn't get any worse for Bush. But they just did," noted the Associated Press yesterday in an account of the Virginia governor's race, won by Democrat Timothy M. Kaine.
    "Dark days: Singed by the special prosecutor and rattled by the Harriet Miers mess, Team Bush is in turmoil," Newsweek stated this week.
    Only 34 percent of the respondents in the Pew survey deemed White House press coverage "about right," down from 48 percent in a similar survey taken in 2003.
    Among Republican respondents, 25 percent said the press is fair to Mr. Bush, down from 50 percent two years ago. Democrats have noticed press vitriol to a point -- 68 percent think the president is getting a fair shake -- down from 71 percent.
    Although the public may be increasingly leery of White House coverage, Americans still prefer their press in a watchdog role. The survey also found that six out of 10 think press criticism of political leaders helps keep them on track.
    In the meantime, other research confirms a press vendetta against the Bush administration long before laundry lists of troubles appeared.
    "No second-term media honeymoon for Bush," announced the District-based Center for Media and Public Affairs in mid-July.
    Their analysis of 250 print and broadcast stories about the president in his first 100 days of office this year found that 67 percent of them criticized Mr. Bush.
    At the same time, coverage of Mr. Bush was declining -- down 60 percent from the amount he received during the first 100 days of office in 2001, when the stories numbered 619.
    The Pew survey of 1,201 adults was taken Nov. 3 to 6, with a margin of error of four points. The poll also addressed Mr. Bush's favorability numbers, the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. and other topics. The complete findings can be viewed online at http://people-press.org.

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Rioters are Muslims, but don't say it

The people suffering over there have my deepest sympathy, I hope that this unrest can be resolved soon. However I am not optimistic because it seems that Europe is seeing the results of their hubris towards their immigrants.
Hopefully we won't make a similar mistake over here.
The Washington Times Insider

By David R. Sands and Sharon Behn
November 10, 2005

The rioters who have burned out neighborhoods in cities across France for a fortnight are overwhelmingly of North African and Arab ancestry, overwhelmingly young, overwhelmingly male, overwhelmingly cut off culturally and economically from the larger French society -- and overwhelmingly Muslim.
    But saying they're Muslim is a subject of angry dispute. French officials downplay the religious connections, and some newspapers, particularly in the United States, avoid identifying the rioters as Muslim.
    For the moment at least, the frenzy may be subsiding. With curfews in Paris and more than two dozen other cities, and a 12-day state of emergency in effect, French authorities reported yesterday a decline in reports of violence. Car burnings fell by nearly half. But vandals attacked a number of sites, including a large store in the north and a newspaper warehouse near Nice.
    Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who has taken a hard line on quelling the violence, ordered the deportation of 120 foreigners detained by French police since the unrest began.
    Mr. Sarkozy, who has denounced the rioters as "scum," said, "I have asked regional prefects to expel foreigners who were convicted -- whether they have proper residency papers or not -- without delay."
    Most of the rioters do not appear to be foreigners, but French citizens, young men from first- and second-generation immigrant families from Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia -- former French colonies -- and other North and West African nations.
    Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin blames the rioting on "structured groups," apparently euphemism for "Muslim," but French officials say they have no evidence that international Muslim radical groups are involved in promoting the violence.
    "For the moment, we see no link at all with the networks that we work on," French anti-terrorism judge Jean-Francois Ricard said in Paris. Arrest figures released so far indicate that most of the hoodlums are young and male. About half are younger than 18.
    They're technologically savvy. Investigators say the rioters are using the Internet, cell phones and text-messaging to coordinate attacks. Der Spiegel, the German newspaper, quoted one of the text messages from one rioter to another: "We aren't going to let up. The French won't do anything and soon we will be the majority."
    Alexis Debat, a former French government counterterrorism analyst, says the ringleaders are "hard-core delinquents" from impoverished Muslim neighborhoods that surround many French cities. They have criminal records that include petty theft, vandalism and drug dealing, but investigators say they see few obvious links to fundamentalist Islamic movements that have declared war on the West.
    "This is a problem of poverty and opportunity, not a problem of Islam," he says, noting that there were fewer incidents in neighborhoods where radical Muslim organizations were strongest.
    But Mr. Debat says the ringleaders have been joined in the streets by a much larger group of second-generation North African and Arab immigrants who are turning to Islam because they feel alien both in France and their ancestral homes.
    "The only possible identification left for many of them is Islam," he said. "They feel betrayed by France, and I don't blame them."
    Reporters for the French newspaper Le Monde spent a night on the streets with a group of rioters near the city of Aubervilliers. "It's like driving a dog into a corner," one of the rioters told them. "We are not dogs, but we are reacting just as any animal would do."
    They complain of rough intimidation by the French police, condemning as "blasphemy" the tear-gas bomb fired at a mosque in Clichy-sous-Bois, the Parisian suburb where some of the first riots took place, for which a government official has apologized. Rioters, for their part, have torched synagogues and churches to cries of "Allahu akbar" -- the Arabic slogan, "God is great."
    Robert S. Leiken, an immigration scholar at the Washington-based Nixon Center, speculates that the riots could lead to a split between moderate and more radical Islamic jihadist groups, especially if the government does not make lasting reforms.
    He notes that the head of a leading moderate French Muslim organization was pelted with rocks when he appealed for calm earlier this week. "We may be seeing a split inside the French Islamic community. It makes sense that the jihadists would very much want this [violence] to spread."

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House Drops Arctic Drilling


Republicans have battled Democrats to open ANWR to oil drilling for more than a decade, but now that drilling is closer than ever with the Senate approval of petroleum exploration last week, a tiny band of moderate House Republicans stands in the way.

A group of 25 Republicans led by Charles Bass (R-NH) wrote to the House Republican leadership on Tuesday and threatened to withhold support for a $54 billion deficit reduction package "unless a provision on drilling in ANWR was removed." Despite pressure from some Senate Republicans to remain strong, Republican moderates remain defiant.

Tell these Republicans to SHUT UP!!!!

The names of the Republican moderates who signed the Bass letter are as follows:

Charles Bass - NH
Nancy Johnson - CT
Frank A LoBiondo - NJ
Rodney Freylinghuysen - NJ
Sue Kelly - NY
Jim Saxton - NJ
Wayne Gilchrest - MD
Jim Gerlach - PA
Vernon Ehlers - MI
Jim Leach - IA
David Reichert - WA
Mark Kirk - IL
Mike Ferguson - NJ
Rob Simmons - CT
Christopher Shays - CT
Sherwood Boehlert - NY
Jeb Bradley - NH
Mike Castle - DE
James Sensenbrenner - WI
Jim Walsh - NY
Timothy Johnson - IL
Michael Fitzpatrick - PA
Jim Ramstad - MN
Bob Inglis - SC
Mark Kennedy - MN

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Police chief injured in bicycle spill

The accident didn't happen to him in the Line of Duty, as I thought at first from reading the headline. Still, however, a brother has been badly injured. I pray for his speedy return to health... and cycling!
As an aside, the headlight on my own bike has a 3 LED backup system in case of failure of the main bulb. It's one of the reasons I chose that model.


Chief David Massey

Ocean Pines police chief David Massey suffered life-threatening injuries when he fell from his bicycle after a nighttime collision with a pedestrian last week, but he is in stable condition after surgery in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma unit, his wife said.

"He's still really hurting bad," Pam Massey said from her husband's hospital room Monday, where the veteran officer was recovering following surgery Friday.

"He had a really bad spill on his bike and had a hip injury that was not a routine hip injury," she said. "It was a ball-and-socket injury where the ball was driven into the socket."

The police chief's wife said her husband often rides his bike at night for exercise and recreation. His bike is outfitted with a headlight, and he wears a helmet and reflective gear, but a malfunction with the headlight contributed to the collision with the pedestrian as he rode through the Pines, she said.

"It was one of those freaky things where his light went out on the ride and things got worse," she said. "He swiped a pedestrian -- and we heard (the pedestrian) was all right -- but I'm sure it surprised both of them."

Shock trauma staff reported that Massey was in stable condition following his surgery. Massey's wife said Atlantic General Hospital doctors determined that he needed to be transferred there after seeing the severity of his injuries.

"We went to AGH and the doctors said he needed to be here," Mrs. Massey said. "The doctor here, after the surgery, said it was a life-threatening surgery. It makes you realize how much you have to cherish what you have."

Massey, who just last month saw his police department become accredited by the state, has started some rehabilitation on the hip fracture and will need an indefinite amount of time for rehab after leaving the hospital, his wife said. Massey, who retired as chief of the Ocean City Police Department in 2002 after 28 years of service on the force, was selected Ocean Pines chief in 2003.

Ocean Pines police said Lt. Greg Schoepf would take on police chief duties until Massey is released from the hospital and is able to return to work.

"He can put no weight on his left leg and he will have to rehab, but we don't know how long," Mrs. Massey said. "But I can see him getting better everyday. As anybody who knows him knows when he asked for his coffee and newspaper for the first time yesterday morning, that's a good sign."

Originally published Wednesday, November 9, 2005

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& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!

bicycle news

Man on bicycle hit; driver flees the scene
Miami Herald - FL,USA
A 55-year-old Allapattah man on a bicycle was struck and seriously injured Wednesday evening by a van driver who pulled alongside the bloody victim, looked ...

Police chief injured in bicycle spill
Ocean Pines Independent - Ocean City,MD,USA
Ocean Pines police chief David Massey suffered life-threatening injuries when he fell from his bicycle after a nighttime collision with a pedestrian last week ...

City Council discusses bicycle, walking paths
The Spokesman Review - Spokane,WA,USA
... "I want to make sure that we have bicycle paths, but I don't want to develop a Comprehensive Plan that requires the building of an extensive bicycle network ...

State park receives grant for bicycle trail
Brown County Democrat - Nashville,IN,USA
In accordance with Gov. Mitch Daniels' INShape Indiana initiative, the DNR will administer $1,025,103 in federal grants on six ...

City unveils plan for bicycle routes
Rocky Mount Telegram - Rocky Mount,NC,USA
Area residents who fancy traveling on two wheels had a chance to view a proposed Rocky Mount Bicycle Plan last week at the Kate and Billy Harrison Family YMCA. ...

Five questions with ‘The 9-11 Cyclist’

I've been following Don Boehly's travels for the past year or so. I have great respect for what he's doing and I wish him well. He doesn't collect money directly, but instead asks people to donate directly to recognized charities that support emergency responders and their families.
I think, however, I may drop him a note suggesting he add the NAEMT's fund for EMSers to his list. He seems to have overlooked it.

Don Boehly, who calls himself "The 9-11 Cyclist," spent the night at Columbia Fire Department headquarters Tuesday.

For Boehly, a 50-year-old from Grayson, Ky., South Carolina was his 32nd stop on a 50-state bicycling tour he began in September 2004 to benefit Sept. 11 charities, law enforcement agencies and military personnel.

A handyman by trade and cyclist by hobby, he carries about 100 pounds of gear and travels 30 to 50 miles per day.

People can make donations to charities directly on Boehly's Web site, www.9-11usa.com.

How much money has your trip generated?

"I don't know. I prefer not to know."

What has been your scariest experience on the road?

"Right over the guardrail in California, I spotted a .357 handgun and just down the road, a prison road crew. All I could think was those guys getting a hold of that thing, so I called California Highway Patrol."

Where did you have your best meal?

"San Francisco (fire department) hit me with a shocker. The last day I was there we had rib-eye steaks with calamari at Station 1."

How will you get to Alaska and Hawaii?

"I'm hoping to get sponsored this year for Hawaii and Alaska — a flight or cruise to Hawaii and a flight to Alaska.

"The distance riding through Canada to get to Alaska is about the same as driving from the East Coast to the West, and I don't relish the thought of going through a foreign country with grizzly bears."

You plan to wrap up the tour in New York on Sept. 11, 2006. What then?

"Another tour. This will be a book tour."

— Allyson Bird

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UN Asks Israel To Join Peace Keeping Forces

Is the U.N. actually warming towards Israel after all these years? It's hard to believe.
Israel Hasbara Committee - www.infoisrael.net

By Amihai Zippor

(IHC News, 09 November 2005) The UN has asked Israel to join its peace keeping forces adding the Jewish state to a number of countries that contribute soldiers to help in hot spots around the world.

According to a memo released to the public from UN Department head Ronny Adam at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the UN has specifically asked for IDF medical units, which include helicopters.

Israel is well known for its search and rescue teams that have been mobilized hundreds of times after Palestinian terror attacks or while providing relief for countries struck by natural disasters.

If Israel agrees to the terms, the UN has offered to buy Israeli night vision, telecommunication and other equipment.

The request by the UN is the latest in a string of improved relations with the world body and other international organizations.

Aside from a warming by certain Arab nations towards higher levels of diplomacy with the Jewish State, Israel is also currently in negotiations to have Magen David Adom, its equivalent to the Red Cross, be accepted into the International Red Cross.

The Red Cross has excluded Magen David Adom from full membership for some 57 years because it insists on using its Star of David emblem instead of the well known red cross used by most countries or the red crescent preferred by Islamic nations.

Red Cross officials are now willing to settle the dispute by introducing a new red crystal where by Israeli officials will be ale to insert a red Jewish star inside the crystal when working overseas.

Source: Original text contributed by the author, IHC reporter.

Copyright © Israel Hasbara Committee, 09 November 2005.

Permission is granted to use this material on condition the Israel Hasbara Committee is properly credited and that it is not for commercial purposes.

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Magen David Adom News

UN Asks Israel To Join Peace Keeping Forces
Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription) - Brooklyn,NY,USA
... Arab nations towards higher levels of diplomacy with the Jewish State, Israel is also currently in negotiations to have Magen David Adom, its equivalent to the ...

ambulance news

Ambulance crew witness a miracle
Wakefield Observer - Beverly,MA,USA
Such was the case for Saugus firefighters and EMTs when a Wakefield woman gave birth in Ambulance 1 outside Sears Automotive on Route 1 on Tuesday, Nov. 8. ...

Local ambulance boss Morgan set to retire
Vail Daily News - Vail,CO,USA
... Medical Center -- then not much more than a ski-town clinic -- just as the administrator was talking to another employee about an open ambulance driver's ...

Voters say 'no' to sales tax for countywide ambulance
Claremore Daily Progress - Claremore,OK,USA
Proposition 2 would have formed a countywide emergency management services district that would have included ambulance service and a centralized dispatch system ...

Ambulance service bid 'still too high'
The Jersey Journal - Jersey City,NJ,USA
The Jersey City Medical Center's latest bid to provide emergency ambulance services for the Jersey City's residents is still too high, city officials said ...

No New Ambulance Service For Rogers County
A privately-run Rogers County ambulance service has been in dire straits in recent months, but voters sounded rejected a half-cent sales tax increase that ...

EMS News

Commissioners to vote on EMA/EMS split today
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune - Tiffin,OH,USA
The Seneca County Commissioners will vote on four resolutions, two supplemental appropriations and an appropriation adjustment Thursday as part of their board ...

EMS on call for Operation Christmas Child
Cochrane Times - Cochrane,Alberta,Canada
Cochrane Times -- Keeping Cochrane residents healthy is a regular job for Cochrane EMS, but today, Wednesday, Nov. 9, they will ...

$1M grant to aid Orange EMS
Durham Herald Sun - Durham,NC,USA
By Emily Coakley : The Herald-Sun. HILLSBOROUGH -- Orange County will be getting new communications equipment for its first responders ...

paramedic news

Sheriff under fire over lean sentence for paramedic attacks
Scotsman - United Kingdom
CAMPAIGNERS and politicians have criticised the sheriff who allowed two Glasgow men who beat up two paramedics to escape a jail term. ...

Paramedic cleared of assault
ic NorthWales - North Wales,UK
A PARAMEDIC was yesterday cleared of assaulting his wife by throwing a bottle of cleansing lotion at her. Adrian Brian Jones denied ...

Fiery Copperopolis race decided
Union Democrat - Sonora,CA,USA
... votes. Challenger Shawn R. Qualls, 40, a paramedic backed by his district colleagues, garnered 24.7 percent, or 553 votes. Another ...

Judge Issues Stay As Clock Ticks On NC Execution
WRAL.com - Raleigh,NC,USA
... Cromer ordered the execution stopped to allow a paramedic who treated victim Mildred Adams, McHone's mother, to testify about her patient's dying statement. ...

Tennessee Highway Patrol Searches For Driver Who Hit Tri-Cities ...
Bristol Herald Courier - Bristol,TN,USA
The Tennessee Highway Patrol needs your help finding the driver responsible for hitting a Tri-Cities ambulance, injuring a paramedic, and leaving the scene. ...

emergency medical service news

Washington Co. EMS Food Drive
Bristol Herald Courier - Bristol,TN,USA
Jim "Doc" Jones with Washington County's Emergency Medical Service said, in the past, Tri-Cities residents would have donated more than a ton of food ...

Mother, baby, grandmother injured in Casey crash
Danville Advocate - Danville,KY,USA
... Jeannie Mullins' 9-month-old daughter, Gentry Mullins, was taken to Casey County Hospital by the local Emergency Medical Service. ...

Recognizing National Collegiate EMS Week

I had never even heard of the National Collegiate EMS Week until I read this article. That motivated me to find the parent organization, the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation.
I'm sorry the week's almost done, but I'd like to wish a happy & safe National Collegiate EMS Week to all the EMSers working hard to keep our young people safe. I'm sure many parents rest easier knowing that you're out there.
Hamilton College
Hats off to the Student Volunteers of HCEMS
Contact: Ciara Putrello (cputrell)
Phone: (315) 859-4676
November 9, 2005

Hamilton's HCEMS team.
Hamilton's HCEMS team.
While many students carry their books, cell phones and ipods around campus, there are others who are required to carry a defibrillator and medication to assist community members who might suffer severe asthma attacks or pass out from a heart irregularity. These students are the members of HCEMS, Hamilton College Emergency Medical Services. The week of Nov. 7 is National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Week and Hamilton is proud to recognize its student volunteers.

HCEMS is a New York State approved Emergency Medical Agency under the medical direction of Dr. David Petrie and the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. These dedicated students provide coverage 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week for the campus community throughout the academic year, and respond to 80-90 medical emergencies each semester. They balance their academics and activities with volunteering much of their time, which means being on-call and attending to urgent medical situations. Time management and organization is key for their daily routine.

Members of HCEMS are New York State certified EMTs who volunteer an average of 30 hours or more a week on-call. Most of the members of HCEMS take the EMT course on campus during the spring semester of their freshman year, which involves a three-hour class twice a week, and several six-hour Saturday morning labs during the spring semester. Beyond the initial course, members are required to take weekly review quizzes and attend review sessions every three weeks.

HCEMS members work hard to provide excellent prehospital emergency care and their efforts have not gone unnoticed. This is a week to show appreciation to the many students at Hamilton and across the nation who volunteer their time to serve our campus community as EMTs. If you see any of the members of HCEMS, let them know how much you appreciate their commitment and service to Hamilton.

The current active members are John Adams '06, Tom Arm '08, Allison Chou '07, Pat Cooke '06, Rich Deitchman '07, Ashley Deline '06, Ruth Duggan '08, Max Falkoff '08, Brandie Hall '07, Aram Kudurshian '06, Samir Majmudar '06, Ryan Messier '08, Heather Michael '07, Tamar Nobel '08, Phil Odusote '07, Dan Seeger '06, Ben Stephens '08, Gabe Tash '06 and Denroy Thomas '07.

To learn more about HCEMS visit its Web site at http://hcems.hamilton.edu


Good New Law on the books in WA

It sounds like a good, sensible law. I just hope that Washington is different then Connecticut because here the cops don't even know what the law is! I see kids w/out helmets, after dark w/out lights, two or three to a bike, going the wrong way on the sidewalk (yes, all these things at once!) go right by cops w/out the officers batting an eyelash. However, I get pulled over while legally riding in the right wheel path of a road... more than once too!
Law boosts bike safety
If flashing red lights and yellow rain coats weren't enough, now there's a new state law drawing drivers' attention to bicycle safety.
"This is great," said Squeaky Wheels bike advocacy group president Dana Berg. "It's one more way to make vehicle drivers more aware of the safety implications around bikes and the danger of their cars."
The recently passed law makes it illegal to pass another vehicle when a bicyclist or pedestrian is approaching from the oncoming lane.
It also requires, for the first time, that motorists pass walkers and bikers from a "safe distance."
The law was initiated after a deadly crash in Walla Walla last year.
Eight bicyclists were riding in a single file on Highway 124 when a car passing a cattle truck struck and killed one of the cyclists, 50-year old teacher Ann Weatherill.
"This new law is just plain good sense," said Bainbridge Police traffic officer Rob Corn. "It gives us more power to issue citations and make arrests. No law covered this before. But now it's in the books."
Berg believes the law would have meant stiffer penalties to the motorist who hit island cyclist Chris Stanley from behind last year on Highway 305.
Stanley, an art teacher, was critically injured and the driver was cited for driving inattentively and on the shoulder. This new law could add infractions for driving "at an unsafe distance" to the list, she said.
Corn said similar incidents are common on Bainbridge Island. He said a bicyclist was recently struck and injured by a passing motorist on Ferncliff Avenue.
"This law fits that to a tee," he said. "The bicyclist wasn't given clearance and was clipped at the handlebar. We could cite (the motorist) for being inattentive. But this adds an enhancement and makes things more specific."
Still, Corn looks forward to a possible amendment to the new rule.
"Passing at a 'safe distance' is in the eye of the beholder," he said. "I'd love to see (the law) set a specific number of feet that is appropriate."
– Tristan Baurick

Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!

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Re: [PresidentGeorgeWBushGroup] House Drops Arctic Drilling

On 11/10/05, PATRICIA FERS wrote:
I knew about Simmons but not about Chris and Nancy.

I am going to save a ton of money next year when I
don't give to these candidates..


Pat Fers
I did write Simmons an email, which I'm attaching to the end of this message, expressing my disappointment in his position on ANWR. However, unless he gets a true conservative challenger in a primary, I don't think I'll withdraw my support from him. His positions are quite the mixed bag ( click here for Simmon's positions on the issues), he's still better than having a Democrat in the seat.
And we don't want to loose that majority in Congress because then President Bush would have a much harder time pushing his agenda including getting strict constructionist judges appointed.

Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!

Dear Congressman Simmons;

I heard the other day that you and the rest of the Connecticut Republican Congressional Delegation were going to withhold your support for the current bill for the Federal Budget over a provision allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Northern Alaska. Now I've gotten word that the House Leadership has caved in to your demands and removed the ANWR drilling provision from the bill.

Now, I realize that our congressional district is one of only eighteen Republican held districts that voted for John Kerry last year. I also realize that you have to take this fact into account when you cast your vote representing all the residents of the second district. However, I voted for you because you're a Republican and I sort of expected that you would act at least a little like one of us.

Our dependence on foreign oil is crippling. We are vulnerable to foreign powers that control the lifeblood of our economy and at the same time we are helping to fund the terrorist enemies of our way of life. How much of the money we have paid to the Middle Eastern oil moguls has ended up being used to buy explosives and bullets to kill our soldiers?

After Hurricane Katrina hit and gasoline prices topped $3/gallon for a while, it didn't affect me personally very much because I use my bicycle to get to most places. In fact I had a secret smile when I would pedal past a gas station. However, now that winter is setting in and heating fuel prices are through the roof I would like to point out that while high gasoline prices are inconvenient, high heating prices can be, quite literally, deadly. The elderly, especially those who live on fixed incomes, are very vulnerable to cold and to turning down their thermostats too much in order to save money.

It is my understanding that any environmental impact in ANWR due to oil drilling would be minimal at most. We're talking about a few dozens of acres of development in the midst of thousands of square miles of wasteland that even the caribou avoid because it's so desolate.

The Senate version of the bill still contains the ANWR provision. Since, in my profession as a Paramedic, I really don't care to pick up old ladies who died of hypothermia, I'm hoping that you'll support the provision when it comes back to you for a vote.