November 27.......................... 3.1 December 22...........................0.5 December 24...........................1.6 December 26...........................2.0 December 27...........................0.5 December 29...........................3.5 January 15...............................0.2 January 16...............................2.0 January 25...............................1.0 Janaury 28...............................1.0 February 1...............................1.5 February 2...............................1.0 February 5...............................0.6 February 8...............................4.8 February 13.............................0.5 February 15.............................0.5 February 19.............................1.0 TOTAL...................................25.5
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Library hosting 'Get Writing, Get Published' Program
Authors John Evans and Donna Brennan of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers’ Group will host a discussion about writing for publication at the Bangor Public Library on Wednesday, February 27, at 6:30 PM. Evans’ published work includes A Tom Sawyer Companion, a YA novel The Cut, as well as essays, reviews, and articles. A Dead Issue, a mystery, is scheduled for publication this year. Donna Brennan, GLVWG’s 2013 Conference Co-chair, was a technical writer in the corporate world for over ten years. She is a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She has completed one novel and is working on a second. She also has written short articles for family magazines. The workshop will address both fiction and non-fiction writing. Among the topics for discussion are research for content and markets, elements of storytelling, agents, and resources for writers. For more information, call Barbara Brandt at 610-588-4136.
Road crews resurface a portion of the controversial Route 512 detour on Ridge Road Friday near Bangor.Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
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Bangor's Shane Reider (14) and teammates Colton Freeman (rear left) and Jeremy Ringland hope to grab a loose ball, during the Slaters' 63-51 loss to Parkland in a District 11 AAAA quarter final game played Saturday at Pleasant Valley.Sbtt Photo Kaitlyn McCollian
Bangor's Alex Colton (52) shown here driving to the basket led his team with 14 points, during the Slaters' 63-51 loss to Parkland in a District 11 AAAA quarter final game played Saturday at Pleasant Valley.Sbtt Photo Kaitlyn McCollian
Bangor's Morgan McCollian (44) scored 18 points leading the Slaters to a 57-37 win over East Stroudsburg South in a District 11 quarter-final game played at Pleasant Valley Friday night. Bangor advances to the semi-finals to play Pocono Mt. West Tuesday at Stroudsburg.Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Chandler Zungolo drives across the lane, during the Slaters' 57-37 win over East Stroudsburg South in a District 11 quarter-final game played at Pleasant Valley Friday night. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor sophomore Rebecca Fish works on the scenery for the school's production of Annie next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Craig Paine Theater in the school. This is the first year that the scenery has been designed and painted exclusively by Bangor students. (New photo tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Mike Kreider works on the painting of scenery for Bangor High School's production of Annie next Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Craig Paine Theater in the school. This is the first year that the scenery has been designed and painted exclusively by Bangor students. (New photo tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Plow driver buries cars on purpose
The snowplow driver calling himself Dogg has been ticking off a lot of people. Mark Hussey, who plows the streets of Lowell, Mass., for a private contractor, made a video of himself as he buried cars in the white stuff and blocked driveways by pushing back the snow shoveled off of them. The worst part: He's loving every minute of it. The video, which he posted on YouTube, has caught the attention of the winter-weary Web—and confirmed some people’s fears that snowplow drivers make their lives more difficult on purpose, leaving the roads clear, but everyone else pretty much stuck. Hussey filmed himself through the windshield of his snowplow after a Feb. 10 storm dropped two feet of snow on the area. The local Fox 25 News station interviewed the 47-year-old, whose video showed the joy he took in doing his job just a little too aggressively. "Oh, I'm sorry, was your car down there?" Dogg is heard at one point as he buries one sedan in snow. "You want to find your car? You come see me, I'll let you know where your car is." Needless to say, residents are not amused. Al Bedard, who was digging out in Dogg's wake, told the Fox station, "It's very aggravating. You want to throw a shovel at him. It's very aggravating," Dogg claims he’s just doing his job, which is to widen the streets. And there's no doubt he enjoys it. He says on his video, “If you’re plowing, I know you’re not having as much fun as I am.”
Woman held for Furby attack on man
Police have arrested a woman for assaulting her live-in boyfriend with a Furby toy during a row over a post on Facebook. Officers say Ashley Trimmer, 27, of Moor township, Pennsylvania, threw the soft toy at her boyfriend, William Ley, striking him on the side of his face. She then allegedly threw a Sony Playstation controller at the other side of his head, causing some bleeding, reports The Smoking Gun. Moon police Chief Leo McCarthy told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that officers had to make an arrest when people were injured in cases of domestic assault, no matter how minor. Trimmer was charged with simple assault after the incident, which happened in the early hours of the morning. She was released after her mother posted $2,000 bail
Rat Tales Abound in NYC
NEW YORK -- At the height of Superstorm Sandy, city residents watching seawater pour into the subway system couldn't help but wonder: What will become of all the rats? Four months later, that's still a mystery. And experts aren't so sure about stories of hoards of displaced rodents fleeing the flood zone and taking up residence in buildings that were previously rat-free. TV stations and newspapers have been rife with reports about rats infesting parked cars and fleeing the East River waterfront for the brownstones of Brooklyn Heights and exterminators enjoying a boom in business. For some city officials, the last straw came a week ago when a rodent problem forced a two-day closure of Magnolia Bakery, a Manhattan landmark often credited with starting a national cupcake craze. Within days, a city councilwoman floated a proposal to create a $500,000 emergency rat mitigation program for storm-impacted neighborhoods. But the city's health department, which collects reams of data about the rat population and maps infestations looking for trends, said rodent complaints actually had declined since the late October storm, which was spawned when Hurricane Sandy merged with two other weather systems. "The Health Department conducted extensive inspections in flood zones after Hurricane Sandy, provided guidance to home owners and baited the area. But we did not see an increase in the rat population," the agency said in a statement. "Large storms can flush out rats, but they also drown many rats, and the net effect of large storms is often a decrease in the rat population." The number of rodent-related citations issued by health inspectors has dropped as well. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the city's subway system, the nation's largest, also dismissed tales of rats being stirred up by Sandy. "We noticed no unusual rat activity or rodent activity in the wake of the storm," agency spokesman Charles Seaton said. He also said that when water was pumped out of flooded tunnels and stations, there weren't large numbers of rat carcasses left behind. The idea of a mass rat migration drew ridicule from Richard Reynolds, who leads a group of dog owners who conduct urban rat hunts. "What happened to the rats? Nothing! We're finding rats right where we've always found them," he said. "I think this whole idea that there has been some kind of major relocation of rats is just good news media fodder."
Preventing medication fraud and abuse starts at home
Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions across the United States. More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs and much of the abuse begins at home, according to a national survey on drug use and health. In fact, more than 70 percent of those who illegally use prescription pain relievers obtained them through friends or family, including surreptitiously raiding the home medicine cabinet. However, a recent study revealed that only 19 percent of parents are concerned about the misuse of narcotic pain medicines in their own families, showing that many do not recognize the severity of the problem. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are opioids or narcotic pain medications. When used along with other prescription medications like benzodiazepines and muscle relaxers, they deliver a cocaine-like high. Abuse accounts for 84 percent of patient-related prescription drug fraud, according to research by Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager. "Narcotic pain killers can be essential in the treatment of a variety of serious medical conditions; unfortunately they can also ruin lives when used improperly or abused," says Jo-Ellen Abou Nader, senior director of Express Scripts' Fraud, Waste and Abuse program. "Ending the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse demands constant vigilance and this includes proper storage and disposal of these medications." Abou-Nader offers some simple do's and don'ts you can follow at home to reduce the risk of drug fraud and abuse: Do: * Keep drugs out of reach: Be sure to store your medications in a locked area out of children's reach. Ask your pharmacist if they can provide medication bottles with child-resistant caps. * Keep track of your treatments: Keep a list of the medications in your home, especially those prone to abuse. Periodically count the medications remaining in the container and make sure that it's the correct amount according to the prescribed dosage. * Dispose properly: If specific disposal instructions are provided on the label, follow them. Otherwise, remove the medication from their original containers or vials, mix them with an undesirable substance such as used coffee grounds, kitty litter or saw dust and place them in a sealable bag that can be disposed in the trash. Also, people should take advantage of the next DEA Drug Take-Back Day on April 27. Don't: * Make it easy: Don't store narcotics or potentially addictive drugs in a medicine cabinet. If that is the only option, add a lock to the cabinet and hide the key. * Save for next time: Once your condition has been treated and your prescription regimen complete, properly dispose of the drugs. Never keep extra medication for potential use in the future. * Share your medicine: The specific drug and dosage was selected specifically for the person it was prescribed for and could lead to dangerous drug interactions and serious side effects if used by someone else. By following these simple steps you can help protect your family and friends against the nation's costly problem of prescription drug fraud and abuse. For more resources and information about prescription fraud and abuse, visit Express Scripts' Healthcare Insights blog at lab.express-scripts.com.