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With the exception of people in Hawaii and most of Arizona, people across the U.S. will “spring ahead” this weekend as daylight saving time begins. At 2 a.m. Sunday, clocks will be adjusted forward one hour. While most phones and many newer digital clocks, appliances and electronics automatically adjust, don’t forget to change those that do not in your home, apartment or vehicles. In addition to changing your clocks, the beginning and end of daylight saving time are also good times to do safety checks around your home.

Replace batteries in all smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms

Use fresh batteries and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure these devices are working properly. Also replace any smoke alarm that is 10 or more years old and any carbon-monoxide alarm that is 5 or more years old with a new model.

Check storage areas for hazardous materials

Materials that are outdated, no longer being used or in poor condition, including paint, should be properly disposed of. Materials that are kept should be out of reach of children and pets.

Program thermostats for savings

You can save up to 20 percent on their heating (and cooling) costs by lowering (and raising) their thermostats by 5° F at night and 10° F during the day if no one is home. In addition, more money can be saved by replacing incandescent lightbulbs with compact fluorescent ones. Motion or light sensors on outdoor lighting can also be installed so that fixtures are in use only when needed.

Update your disaster plan

People should have plans in place and necessary supplies on hand for properly responding to a natural disaster or other cataclysmic event.

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Here’s to you Jimmy Buffett! He sold out in less than 1 hour for the Kansas City concert- I didn’t get my ticket- want to see a concert someday soon.

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It’s about time that we end discrimination-if they are willing to give their life- they should be able to serve without fear of being kicked out of the service because of who they are or who they love.

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The Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon decreased school revenue by $87 million. As a result of eroding tax bases- schools in the Kansas City area (Kansas and Missouri) are seeing MAJOR cuts. Kansas is worse than Missouri (they are broke!)

  • Shawnee Mission- $9-11 million in cuts
  • Blue Valley- $6 million
  • Kansas City Kansas- $15 million
  • Olathe- $19 million

Over in Missouri we have seen:

  • North Kansas City- $9.3 million (8 social work jobs cut)
  • Liberty-$4 million- (counselors and middle school social workers)
  • Raytown- $4 million

The most recent was the closing of 28 of 61 schools in the Kansas City Missouri school district with 700 positions cut. The district needed to cut $ 50 million to prevent bankruptcy.

All these cuts are for the 2010-2011 school year. Park Hill is facing $500,000 this year but we were told that during the 2011-2012 school year we would face the same situation other districts are facing today. Yes, they cut non- teaching positions (me) but we will wait and see. Good luck leaving no child behind with this siution on the horizon. Where is the bail out for our kids? Oh…I know, after sixteen months after Freddie and Fanny were seized to prevent their collapse, the companies remain wards of the state, running a tab that has now exceeded $125 billion in what has become the single costliest component of the federal bailout for the financial system. We are going to hell in a hand basket!

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On January, 18, 2010, people of all ages and backgrounds will come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned. Dr. Martin Luther King devoted his life’s work to causes of equality and social justice. He taught that through nonviolence and service to one another, problems such as hunger and homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome. Dr. King’s teachings can continue to guide us in addressing our nation’s most pressing needs—poverty, economic insecurity, job loss and education.

Volunteer with Americans across the nation on the 2010 King Day of Service and make a real difference in your community.

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School has been cancelled Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (they have 297 school closings for tomorrow). Snowed 6 more inches tonight but will have 40-50 mph winds tomorrow and temps at -30 below. I think Alaska is warmer than Kansas City.They have said Kansas City has not had weather like this in the last 25 years- I think we got New York weather! Hope everyone is staying warm.

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Don’t often post political stuff but…didn’t agree when it started (Bush), don’t agree now to continue it (Obama)…bring our soliders home to be with their families- there are other ways to solve conflict besides killing.

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World AIDS Day has become a time to reflect on the daunting challenges we face in the battle against this tenacious killer. Although huge strides have been made over the past two decades, we are, in many respects, continuing to lose ground as new infections outpace our ability to deliver treatment. Of 33 million people in the world who are HIV positive, only about 4 million are on treatment. Despite nearly a quarter of a century of treatment and research, nearly two million die from AIDS every year (nearly 2 million children under 15 are infected with HIV). The pandemic only gains momentum: nearly three million new cases of the disease occurred this year, and only a small percentage of these patients will receive treatment before they die. World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for all of us – individuals, communities and political leaders – to take action and ensure that human rights are protected and global targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care are met.

Take Action

There are many ways you can take action in response to HIV/AIDS:

  • get tested for HIV
  • practice safer methods to prevent HIV
  • decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
  • talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
  • provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • get involved with or host an event for World AIDS Day in your community.

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Woodstock was a music festival, held at Max Yasgur’s 600 acre dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Thirty-two acts performed during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly half a million concertgoers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history.

A lot of 40 year anniversaries are popping up this year, causing people to ask me what the heck was going on in 1969. 1969 was a year of transition.

January 10 – After 147 years, the last issue of The Saturday Evening Post is published. The Post was no longer relevant. Norman Rockwell’s America was gone because hippie vegetarians refused to eat turkey on Thanksgiving or even wear shoes and a shirt to the dinner table.

January 12 – Super Bowl III: The New York Jets of the American Football League defeat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts of the National Football League, prompting a decade of commercials featuring Joe Namath..

January 20 – Richard Milhouse Nixon succeeds Lyndon Baines Johnson as President.

January 30 – The Beatles give their last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.

February 24 – Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the First Amendment applies to public schools: something many Americans had long prayed for.

March 17 – Golda Meir becomes the first female prime minister of Israel.

April 9 – The Harvard University Administration Building is seized by close to 300 students, mostly members of the Students for a Democratic Society.
April 20 A grassroots movement of Berkeley community members seizes an empty lot owned by the University of California to begin the formation of “People’s Park.” These events started a college league for student protest which ends with the shootings at Kent State, Ohio in 1970.

June 1 – In Montreal, Canada, Give Peace a Chance (which brought about the end of the Viet Nam War) is recorded during the famous bed-in for peace by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

June 22- Judy Garland dies of an “accidental overdose” of seconal capsules.

June 28 – The Stonewall riots in New York City mark the start of the modern gay rights movement in the U.S.

July 14 – Football War: After Honduras loses a soccer game against El Salvador, rioting breaks out in Honduras against Salvadoran migrant workers, prompting a brief Salvadoran invasion of Honduras. U.S. sports fans continue to insist that the baseball “World Series” is the biggest sporting event on the planet.

July 16 – Apollo 11 lifts off, headed for the moon.
July 18 – Edward M. Kennedy drives off a bridge on his way home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts. Mary Jo Kopechne, a former campaign aide to his brother who was in the car with him, dies in the incident, along with Paul McCartney. Teddy thus kills his Presidential hopes, saving potential assassins all the trouble.

July 20 – The Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle lands on the lunar surface. The world watches in awe as Neil Armstrong takes his historic first steps on the Moon.

August 9 – Inspired by Armstrong’s moon walk, for the cover of their last album, the Beatles have their photo taken walking across Abbey Road.

August 9 – In response, members of a cult led by Charles Manson murder Sharon Tate and her friends at Roman Polanski’s home in Los Angeles.

August 15–18 – The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York. This three days of peace and love, sex and drugs failed to end the war but did establish a new marketing demographic: the Woodstock generation.

August 17 – Category 5 Hurricane Camille, the most powerful tropical cyclonic system at landfall in history, hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing US$1.5 billion in damage (1969 dollars).

September 2 – The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Centre, New York. Thousands of New Yorkers immediately draw out all their savings and go bankrupt just because it is so damned convenient.

September 20 – The very last Warner Bros. cartoon of the original theatrical Looney Tunes series is released: Injun Trouble.

September 26 – The Beatles release their Abbey Road album, receiving critical praise and enormous commercial success.

September 26 – The Brady Bunch premieres on ABC.

October 16 – In an ironic parallel to the NY Jets defeat of the Baltimore Colts in January, The “miracle” New York Mets win the World Series, beating the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 1, prompting a brief invasion of New York by Baltimore.
October 29 – The first message is sent over ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet.

October 31 – Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., with the stated intent of global domination.

November 9 – A group of “Amer-indians”, in response to Warner Brothers cartoon, “Injun Trouble”, seizes Alcatraz Island for 19 months

November 10 – Sesame Street premieres on the National Educational Television (NET) network.

November 15 – Dave Thomas opens his first restaurant in downtown Columbus, Ohio. He names the chain Wendy’s after his 8-year-old daughter, Melinda Lou.

December 1 – Vietnam War: The first draft lottery in the United States is held since World War II . Several resisters decide not to play until the pot gets really big.

December 2 – The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut.

December 14- Jackson Five made their 1st appearance on “Ed Sullivan Show”.

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Neil W. McAllister

NEIL W. McALLISTER, 78, of Litchfield Park, AZ and of Auburn, NY passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Matthew House, with his family by his side. Born in Cleveland, OH, he was the son of the late John and Margaret Green McAllister. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving at home during the Korean War. Neil retired from Parker Hannifin in Glendale, AZ as General Manager for 36 years. He was an avid tennis player, and enjoyed his family, especially watching all his grandchildren as they participated in sporting events, plays and concerts. Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Helen Lewis McAllister; two daughters, Laura Arnold, of Litchfield Park, AZ, Melissa Emmette (Tim Groenenboom), of Eagle Rock, MO; three sons, Neil John (Debbie) McAllister, of Memphis TN, Michael (Linda) McAllister, of Seattle, WA and Stephen (Marlo) Herbert, of Auburn; a brother, Paul McAllister, of Sandusky, OH; a sister, Catherine (Jerry) Dodd, of Atlanta, GA; 12 grandchildren Matt, Kim, Christopher, Erin, Katya, Nathan, Haley, Aubrey, Teddy, Joey, TJ, Gia and by several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Joan McAllister and by a brother, Richard McAllister. Graveside services will be held in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Solon, OH., Aug. 3 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the Matthew House, 43 Metcalf Ave., Auburn, NY 13021 in memory of Neil.
Note: Matthew House is a not for profit, non-denominational comfort care home. Our mission is to provide a home for people with terminal illness to die with dignity and in comfort.

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I haven’t posted anything on the recent events at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, because I didn’t really know what to say. It is a tragic thing to lose so many lives, and especially so many that are so young. One of the girls was from my town here. It hit us hard because we live only 2-3 hours away from where this took place. VCU is nearby and they have been honoring those fallen. Yesterday was Virginia Tech Day and everywhere that you went people were wearing maroon and yellow. Even the Boston Red Sox carried a small VT logo on their uniforms yesterday. It is scary and unfortunate and I will never understand what could bring someone to do something so cruel. Right now I just want to ask people to pray for the families, friends, and faculty of Virginia Tech. There are some amazing photos on the front of their website, which has now changed too. They thank everyone who came to help, list the names of the fallen, and this quote:

We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness … We will prevail …
— Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor, poet, activist

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“May nothing evil cross this door,
And may ill fortune never pry
About these windows; may the roar
And wind go by.”

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“We come here to remember those who were killed,
those who survived and those changed forever.
May all who leave here know the impact of violence.
May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity.”

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Here’s a new twist scammers are using to commit identity theft: the jury duty scam. Here’s how it works:
The scammer calls claiming to work for the local court and claims you’ve failed to report for jury duty. He tells you that a warrant has been issued for your arrest.
The victim will often rightly claim they never received the jury duty notification. The scammer then asks the victim for confidential information for “verification” purposes.
Specifically, the scammer asks for the victim’s Social Security number, birth date, and sometimes even for credit card numbers and other private information � exactly what the scammer needs to commit identity theft.
So far, this jury duty scam has been reported in Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington state.
It’s easy to see why this works. The victim is clearly caught off guard, and is understandably upset at the prospect of a warrant being issued for his or her arrest. So, the victim is much less likely to be vigilant about protecting their confidential information.
In reality, court workers will never call you to ask for social security numbers and other private information. In fact, most courts follow up via snail mail and rarely, if ever, call prospective jurors.
Action: Never give out your Social Security number, credit card numbers or other personal confidential information when you receive a telephone call.
This jury duty scam is the latest in a series of identity theft scams where scammers use the phone to try to get people to reveal their Social Security number, credit card numbers or other personal confidential information.
It doesn’t matter *why* they are calling � all the reasons are just different variants of the same scam.
Protecting yourself is simple: Never give this info out when you receive a phone call.

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