Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 PM EST this afternoon for snow... sleet and freezing rain. Additional snow accumulation of 2-4 inches possible and .1inch of ice. Flash freeze potential when temperatures will plunge in the wake of a cold front this afternoon. This will cause any water on roads to refreeze causing hazardous conditions for the afternoon commute. Gusty northwest winds could also lead to areas of blowing snow late in the day. Hazardous travel conditions will continue this morning. Sharply falling temperatures this afternoon will refreeze any standing water on roads... walkways and parking lots.
This hardy group from Slate Belt Girl Scout Troop 81053 braved 16-degree temperatures and a bitter-cold wind to sell Girl Scout cookies at the Merchants Bank in Wind Gap Saturday morning. Sbtt Photo Larry Cor
Bangor Councilwoman Bonnie LaBar and husband Ronald are dressed in period attire they wore during Bangor's 100th anniversary held in 1975. They and others appeared in a fashion show at Eunikue Fashion in Bangor to commemorate Bangor's 140th anniversary. Bonnie LaBar and Sharon Davis of the Slate Belt Community Partnership helped arrange the event and plan to stage other activities during the year. Eunikue Fashion will hold its own fashion show February 28 at 1:00pm. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's Lauren Zanette dives for a loose ball during the Knights' 45-30 loss to NDGP played Thursday at Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's Sarah Sampson (22) dribbles to the side during the Knights' 45-30 loss to NDGP played Thursday at Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Derek Kaiser (white) is fouled going for the ball during the Slaters' 67-36 win over Moravian Academy in a game played at Bangor. (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) (Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
Heimlich Heroes Training
BPT) - Three siblings sit in their kitchen enjoying a bedtime snack of sliced oranges. One of them accidently takes too big a bite and suddenly his face is red and he can’t breathe. A routine activity has turned into a choking emergency. Without a second thought, an older sibling wraps his arms around his brother and performs the Heimlich maneuver. The orange slice is dislodged. Oxygen is restored. They all can sleep soundly.
“It happened too fast for me to be nervous,” Louis Fritz of Walton, Kentucky, says of his heroic act.
Thankfully, Fritz was able to recognize the signs of choking and perform the Heimlich maneuver with confidence - saving his younger brother’s life.
Choking is the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Over the years, the Heimlich maneuver has saved an estimated 50,000 U.S. lives, and thousands more worldwide. Although most people don’t consider themselves heroic, one organization is passionately working to teach people that anyone can be a Heimlich hero.
A Deaconess Associations, Inc. initiative, Heimlich Heroes is a free interactive program designed for children ages seven and up. By the end of their basic one hour training, students are taught how to recognize the signs of choking, minimize or eliminate the risk of choking and properly perform the Heimlich maneuver.
Over 4,000 people across 22 states have been trained or have registered with Heimlich Heroes for training free of charge.
“Our goal is to train as many young people as possible,” says Terri Huntington, program manager, “Children are curious and excited that they have the potential to save a life.”
The Heimlich Heroes training kit includes an instructional video, learning materials for students based on their ages and the Heidi or Hank training doll. These 42-inch dolls feature an internal diaphragm, lungs and a windpipe. The dolls’ plastic mouths expel a peanut-sized foam cushion when the maneuver is performed correctly.
Practicing the maneuver on a doll helps children learn the approximate amount of pressure they need to exert and it builds confidence in performing it. When faced with a choking emergency, trained children are then ready to spring into action and save a life.
“The kids are so much more conscious about choking hazards and took the training a lot more seriously than I even expected them to,” Jessie S., a school nurse who administered the training in Texas. “It was so easy to put together and we had no problems at all. We really look forward to doing it again next year.”
Although the basic training session only lasts an hour, extended lessons that align with the Common Core curriculum are available for school use.
Fritz learned about the Heimlich maneuver from reading a hospital poster a few years prior. Other children are learning about it from parents and guardians, movies (like Mrs. Doubtfire) and Scouting organizations.
“I had never actually practiced the Heimlich maneuver before I had to use it on my brother,” reflects Fritz, “I think it’s important for all kids to be trained because you never know when you might need to save someone from choking.”
Heimlich Heroes is specifically designed to help children, teachers, sitters, parents and other youth leaders become equipped to handle a choking emergency and prevent needless deaths. “Training is simple, free and easily accessible. Investing even just 45 minutes can mean the difference between life and death,” explains Huntington, “Anyone can be a Heimlich Hero.”
To access free training materials and learn how to bring Heimlich Heroes to your school or organization, visit www.heimlichheroes.com/anyone
Bangor's Shavaughn Morris (11) passes to Derek Kaiser (20) during the Slaters' 67-36 win over Moravian Academy in a game played at Bangor. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
A three-year-old sausage dog has been turning heads on an Australian beach because of his enthusiasm for surfing.
Basil the dachshund and owner Jess Coles are a regular sight at Torquay beach, near Melbourne.
Miss Coles, 21, revealed that Basil had been surfing with her on her loangboard since he was a pup.
And although the little dog was scared of the sea at first, he now lapped up any chance to brave the waves.
"He's pretty brave for a little dog," she said. "He's definitely got a bit of attitude - he thinks he's a German shepherd, not a sausage dog."
"I get lots of people yelling out, 'Oh, there's a surfing sausage' - the little kids love it."
Pen Argyl Academic Wall of Fame Nominations
It is time for the Pen Argyl High School Alumni Association to select the 2015 Inductees to the Academic Wall of Fame.
This honor is bestowed on a select number of graduates or past district educators each year who have distinguished themselves through community service, academic accomplishments, as well as, advancements in their chosen profession. The creation of this distinction was to set an example of what is possible for all present and future Pen Argyl students!
This honor is different from the PAHS Athletic Hall of Fame where chosen Alumni are honored for their athletic contributions while at Pen Argyl High School.
Anyone can nominate a PAHS graduate for the Academic Wall of Fame honor. Our Academic Wall of Fame Inductees have made a meaningful contribution to the world around them, and the Pen Argyl Alumni Association is proud to bestow this honor. To nominate a graduate, please contact Jim or Heather Hunter at 610-863-9443 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2015.
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