The Bennington Rescue Squad will be hosting the riders as they arrive and will be the starting point of their journey. “We have chosen Bennington to honor our fallen brother Dale There are three starting points this year, Bennington, Portland Maine, and Paintsville, Ky., and all will converge in Washington. There are 18 riders thus far who will start in Bennington and a total of 88 riders throughout. The group is not the National EMS Memorial Service, but supports their efforts. “We hope to help as many people as we can in the 2010 National EMS Memorial Bike Ride by embarking on a full-scale fund raiser to expand our mission that will assist families of EMS personnel who have become severely ill, injured or have died due to their EMS involvement,” states Jennifer Frenette, president of the Muddy Angels Inc. Read More, National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Set BENNINGTON — The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, also known as “The Muddy Angels,” will be beginning their trek to Washington, D.C., in Bennington on Saturday, May 15. The “Muddy Angels” are a family of caring individuals who have an interest in EMS and ride bicycles. They honor Emergency Medical Services personnel who serve every day, those who have become sick, injured or died while performing their duties, and any fallen EMS brethren. They also want to see recognition of EMS as a profession, a reduction in debilitating injuries and line of duty deaths in EMS, along with a national EMS accountability system.
Amanda Lam opened SuperKidz Club with her husband, Kevin Ong.A new indoor playground business has opened in the Mission West Shopping Center.Superkidz Club features 9,500 square feet of (nearly) top-to-bottom playground equipment, including obstacle courses, nine slides, swings, a spiderweb tower and other climbing structures, a ball pit and even a play zone where kids can shoot foam balls at unsuspecting adult targets. Located at 6753 Johnson Drive next to Planet Fitness, the playground first opened in mid-February.Amanda Lam, who owns SuperKidz Club with her husband, Kevin Ong, said they built the indoor playground business keeping their two young daughters, ages 2 and 4, in mind.“We want to provide what they have enjoyed out of state and bring this to Kansas City so kids in the community can share that too,” Lam said. “Play is essential for kids growing up, and it will be wonderful if they get screen time off and more playtime together. We just want to keep the kids more physically active.”SuperKidz Club is located at 6753 Johnson Drive in Mission.Lam and Ong want to encourage adults to join their children as they explore the playground.“The whole philosophy behind that is I want to make sure that families can build on better bonding through playtime,” Lam said. “We encourage parents to go in, participate, play with kids.”Lam said the playground’s location next door to Planet Fitness is also convenient for parents who want to sign up for “sitter services” and drop off their children for a few hours so they can squeeze in a workout.The playground also has four party rooms and a concessions area. Lam and Ong have targeted the business toward kids age 1 to 15, but already, staff have noticed age demographics of customers frequently range from 4 to 12.Coming soon to the new playground space are arts and crafts classes. Plus, Lam and Ong are planning to open other SuperKidz Clubs in the metro area. The couple, who lives in Staley, Missouri, said they picked Mission for their first SuperKidz location, citing the city’s ideal proximity between families in Kansas City, Missouri, and Overland Park.“The city of Mission is small enough that I think it’s very easy to work with,” Lam added. “They’re very friendly.”
Share Share on Facebook Email Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest Recently, my wife and I went through one of the more excruciating experiences of our lives – the euthanasia of our beloved dog, Murphy. I remember making eye contact with Murphy moments before she took her last breath – she flashed me a look that was an endearing blend of confusion and the reassurance that everyone was ok because we were both by her side.When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of a pet, they probably think it’s all a bit of an overreaction; after all, it’s “just a dog.”However, those who have loved a dog know the truth: Your own pet is never “just a dog.” Many times, I’ve had friends guiltily confide to me that they grieved more over the loss of a dog than over the loss of friends or relatives. Research has confirmed that for most people, the loss of a dog is, in almost every way, comparable to the loss of a human loved one. Unfortunately, there’s little in our cultural playbook – no grief rituals, no obituary in the local newspaper, no religious service – to help us get through the loss of a pet, which can make us feel more than a bit embarrassed to show too much public grief over our dead dogs.Perhaps if people realized just how strong and intense the bond is between people and their dogs, such grief would become more widely accepted. This would greatly help dog owners to integrate the death into their lives and help them move forward.An interspecies bond like no otherWhat is it about dogs, exactly, that make humans bond so closely with them?For starters, dogs have had to adapt to living with humans over the past 10,000 years. And they’ve done it very well: They’re the only animal to have evolved specifically to be our companions and friends. Anthropologist Brian Hare has developed the “Domestication Hypothesis” to explain how dogs morphed from their grey wolf ancestors into the socially skilled animals that we now interact with in very much the same way as we interact with other people.Perhaps one reason our relationships with dogs can be even more satisfying than our human relationships is that dogs provide us with such unconditional, uncritical positive feedback. (As the old saying goes, “May I become the kind of person that my dog thinks I already am.”)This is no accident. They have been selectively bred through generations to pay attention to people, and MRI scans show that dog brains respond to praise from their owners just as strongly as they do to food (and for some dogs, praise is an even more effective incentive than food). Dogs recognize people and can learn to interpret human emotional states from facial expression alone. Scientific studies also indicate that dogs can understand human intentions, try to help their owners and even avoid people who don’t cooperate with their owners or treat them well.Not surprisingly, humans respond positively to such unqualified affection, assistance and loyalty. Just looking at dogs can make people smile. Dog owners score higher on measures of well-being and they are happier, on average, than people who own cats or no pets at all.Like a member of the familyOur strong attachment to dogs was subtly revealed in a recent study of “misnaming.” Misnaming happens when you call someone by the wrong name, like when parents mistakenly calls one of their kids by a sibling’s name. It turns out that the name of the family dog also gets confused with human family members, indicating that the dog’s name is being pulled from the same cognitive pool that contains other members of the family. (Curiously, the same thing rarely happens with cat names.)It’s no wonder dog owners miss them so much when they’re gone.Psychologist Julie Axelrod has pointed out that the loss of a dog is so painful because owners aren’t just losing the pet. It could mean the loss of a source of unconditional love, a primary companion who provides security and comfort, and maybe even a protégé that’s been mentored like a child.The loss of a dog can also seriously disrupt an owner’s daily routine more profoundly than the loss of most friends and relatives. For owners, their daily schedules – even their vacation plans – can revolve around the needs of their pets. Changes in lifestyle and routine are some of the primary sources of stress.According to a recent survey, many bereaved pet owners will even mistakenly interpret ambiguous sights and sounds as the movements, pants and whimpers of the deceased pet. This is most likely to happen shortly after the death of the pet, especially among owners who had very high levels of attachment to their pets.While the death of a dog is horrible, dog owners have become so accustomed to the reassuring and nonjudgmental presence of their canine companions that, more often than not, they’ll eventually get a new one.So yes, I miss my dog. But I’m sure that I’ll be putting myself through this ordeal again in the years to come.By Frank T. McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, Knox CollegeThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.
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Matt Smith has thanked Fulham fans and described his former club as “a special place” after completing a deadline-day move to QPR.The 27-year-old striker switched across west London for an initial fee of £500,000 and signed a three-and-a-half year contract at Loftus Road.Writing on his Twitter account, Smith said: “From the bottom of my heart, a massive thank you to everyone associated with Fulham Football Club – not least you fans, for all your support in what’s been an incredibly enjoyable period of my career.AdChoices广告“I’ll always be especially proud to say that I’ve pulled on the Fulham shirt and wheeled away to celebrate goals in front of the Cottage. It’s a special place.“I’ve made some amazing friendships at the club, as well as behind the scenes, so wish you and everyone else at FFC nothing but the best for the future.”Smith had been unable to establish himself as a first-team regular since joining Fulham from Leeds United in 2014.He made 53 appearances for the Whites, 33 of them as a substitute, and scored nine goals. Embed from Getty Images Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles People from Local Area Become Rich – Thanks to This New £250 Investment x This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s Deleted. x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x These Twins Were Named ‘Most Beautiful in the World,’ Wait Till You See Them Now x 20 Actors You Didn’t Know Were Gay – Number 16 Will Surprise You x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
It is important to note that statewide, the 2015 baseline grades do not include learning gains, which are an important part of Florida’s school grading formula. This is due to 2015 being the first year of the administration of the FSA. For this reason, the state is also reminding the public that the 2015 baseline school grades should not be compared against previous years’ results.“We are committed to providing a high-quality education to all students. Our dedicated teachers, administrators and staff are working hard each day to deliver rigorous, innovative and supportive learning environments in our schools,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “While there were significant issues associated with the state’s implementation of the 2015 FSA, we are continuing to analyze data, sharing best practices, and maintain our focus on doing what’s right for students.”Highlights of 2015 Baseline School Grades for BCPS:BCPS maintained its proportion of “A” grades, despite the change to the more rigorous standardized assessments and school grade criteria.Among the traditional schools, the number and percent of “A” grades increased from 63 (30 percent) to 69 (33 percent).One school, Tropical Elementary School, increased its grade by two letter grades to obtain an “A” in 2015.Despite the change in assessment and grade criteria, nearly two-thirds (125 schools or 61 percent) of BCPS traditional schools maintained their grade from the prior year.Overall BCPS earned a “B” grade, the same grade as in 2014 and an improvement from 2013. Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie On Friday, February 12, 2016, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) released the 2015 baseline school grades, which are based on the administration of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) taken by students in the Spring of 2015. The state also released District grades, with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) earning an overall B grade in 2015, under the state’s new standards and school grade formula.