Just a Few Winter Scenes

I made a quick trip down the King's Highway today and of course took my camera for company.. it doesn't talk and ask "are we there yet".   Here's a few shots of what I saw for those of you who haven't been on the island during the winter months.

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And the Storm Continues

The largest storm so far this winter continues to deposit snow and blow strong winds across the island.  Roads are full of drifts despite our County crew being out there plowing.  The island school, as well as many others in northern Michigan, was closed all day Tuesday.  Hopefully things will calm down some for Wednesday.  No way was I out taking pictures in this.

Way To Go, Lindsay and Sue!

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With the wind howling more than 35 miles an hour and the temperature at a chilly 25 and the wind chill around -1, Lindsay Kenwabikise, 5th grader, braved the elements to attempt shoveling a path from the school just before the students were let go for the day.  Despite the school custodian having cleared the walkway previously, the winds and snow had already filled it in completely.  Next time, Lindsay, please find a hat and mittens before heading out into weather, or better yet, talk one of those big high school boys into doing it.  Thanks go to Sue Heller, who took over for Lindsay.  Great job both of you!

Winter Scenes

At the present time the island is in the thralls of a dandy blizzard and because I'm partial to warmth and have no particular urge to go out and brave the elements (not to mention that the pictures would just be white) here's some scenes I took on Saturday morning on a hike back to Font Lake.  Once the storm lets up I'll be outside again to see the results.

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Get hands on.  Learn CPR.

Beaver Island  residents learn to save lives with CPR  

February 3, 2003 –Would you know what to do in a cardiac emergency?  During the month of February – American Heart Month – Beaver Island EMS in cooperation with the Beaver Island Rural Health Center and Charlevoix Area Hospital is teaching community members to know how to respond by offering free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes.  The classes are being offered through a partnership with the American Heart Association.

            The class takes place on Saturday, February 22, 2003 , at Beaver Island Community School , from 1 pm – 5 pm .  Residents interested in participating can call the BIRHC at 448-2275 to register.

            Cardiovascular disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer and many deaths—about 250,000 per year—occur suddenly and without warning due to sudden cardiac arrest.  A victim is likely to die within minutes if CPR and defibrillation do not occur.  CPR can add critical minutes to a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s life by pumping blood and oxygen to vital organs such as the heart, brain and lungs.  The signs of sudden cardiac arrest include an abrupt loss of consciousness, collapse and the loss of normal breathing.  The majority of all sudden cardiac arrests occur at home (75-80 percent) and only about 5 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive.

            “When performed effectively, CPR doubles the chance of survival. These classes provide a great opportunity for residents to learn a skill that may save the life of a friend or family member,” said Joe Moore, BIEMS Chairperson.  “CPR is a vital, life-saving skill that everyone needs to know, and when your spouse, parent or child’s life is on the line, the training allows you to overcome your fear and act quickly and confidently  We know that CPR and Early Access to 911 works right here in our community.  Do you remember the Ace Hardware cardiac arrest in the not so distant past?”

Instructors will train participants using the American Heart Association’s Family and Friends course.  This is a community CPR course and does not meet CPR certification requirements of employment or required professional credentials.  However, the state Good Samaritan law protects all persons trained in CPR.  The course lasts about 4 hours and is based on the American Heart Association’s longstanding guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care. 

In addition to training local residents, the American Heart Association’s life support courses are used to train more than six million people each year.  The courses are provided through a network of 3,500 training centers and 250,000 instructors and are available year-round.  Log onto americanheart.org for more course information.

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