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Sights & sounds of remembrance

May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

About 900 Scouts, plus families and friends, weathered the heat Saturday morning to participate in the 10th annual flag decorating ceremony at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. When it was over, each of the 15,200 gravesites at the cemetery was decorated with an American flag. (Liz Sheaffer / Gazette)

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Summertime myths vs. facts

May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

By Nancy Churnin, The Dallas Morning News

Emergency-room professionals have their own name for the long, lovely, lazy days that kids look forward to in summer: trauma season. Because that’s when hospitals see a spike in drownings and heat-related accidents.
Here are some of the biggest misconceptions about popular summertime activities, according to several local experts.

MYTH: Pool parties are safe as long as adults are around.

FACT: Many drownings happen when adults are close by. The problem is too much commotion. The key is to have a designated adult watching the water because that is where the danger is. The pool should be free of excess toys that can block the view of the water.

MYTH: You don’t have to worry about sunburn on cloudy days.

FACT: You can get a severe sunburn on a cloudy day. Overcast weather, no matter how cloudy, doesn’t affect how much harmful UV exposure someone receives. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises using clothing and hats to avoid sun exposure, particularly for babies younger than 6 months, and applying sunscreen of at least 15 SPF that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

MYTH: Heat isn’t a problem until July or August, when temperatures peak.

FACT: Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are more prevalent early in the season, because our bodies haven’t had a chance to acclimatize.

MYTH: Floaties keep little ones safe in the water.

FACT: Floaties are designed for fun, not safety. They give a false sense of security, can deflate and can slip off.

MYTH: The kids will be fine in the pool for the short time it takes to answer the phone or get a cold drink.

FACT: In a minute, a child can go under water. In two or three minutes, the child can lose consciousness. In four or five, the child could suffer irreversible brain damage or die. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death for children 1 to 14 years old, second only to car and transportation-related accidents.

MYTH: Children need to drink only when they are thirsty.

FACT: By the time a child is thirsty, he or she may already be dehydrated. If a child weighs 100 pounds or less, he or she should be drinking five or six ounces of water or sports drink every 15 minutes or so.

MYTH: It’s safe to keep kids in car seats when the driver gets out for a quick errand.

FACT: The temperature inside a car can rise quickly in the summer, leading to brain damage, kidney failure and death in minutes. When outside temperatures are between 80 F to 100 F, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to more than 170 F. With an outdoor temperature of 83 F, internal car temperatures can reach 109 F within 15 minutes, even with windows rolled down two inches. Children are less able to handle extreme heat than adults.

MYTH: Loving parents or caregivers would never forget a child in a car.

FACT: It happens in the U.S. as many as 15 to 25 times a year from spring through early fall when children fall asleep in the back seat and stressed and preoccupied parents forget them, according to The Washington Post. Products such as the Cars-N-Kids Car Seat Monitor can remind a parent; the $40 device plays a lullaby on sensing a child’s weight after the car has stopped. Experts at also recommend visual cues, including putting a stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when it’s not occupied and moving the toy up front in the passenger seat when the child is in the car. The stuffed animal in the passenger seat is a reminder that the child is in the back.

Sources: Dr. Philip Ewing, physician in the emergency department at Children’s Medical Center; Dr. Mark Till, chairman of emergency medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas; Terri Ford, community health outreach manager at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth; and Dr. John F. Marcucci, emergency department medical director at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.

Indians to lose Sizemore for 6-8 weeks

May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

NEW YORK – Grady Sizemore will have surgery on his left knee next week and is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks.
Cleveland’s three-time All-Star has a deep bone bruise in the knee he injured May 16, and the condition and stability of the cartilage beneath his kneecap will be assessed during the […]

Indians lose to Yankees as lead, game slips away in seventh

May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

NEW YORK – After the Indians learned they will be without Grady Sizemore for at least a month or two, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter reminded Cleveland that it has more problems than just a missing star center fielder.
Teixeira hit a three-run homer after Jeter sparked a rally with a two-out, two-run single, A.J. Burnett […]

Tribe notes: Huff says he’s ready to go, a day after getting hit in head by line drive

May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

NEW YORK – Even a few hours after he took a line drive off his head, Indians pitcher David Huff was cracking jokes and trying to make people laugh.
A day later, he thought he’d be ready to make his next start.
New York’s Alex Rodriguez hit an RBI double off the side of Huff’s head in […]

Hundreds gather to place flags on 15,200 gravesites

May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Don Kumhall lifted the bugle to his lips and the morning abuzz with the voices of children excited about honoring veterans softened to a hush.

The mournful notes of taps sounded from Kumhall’s horn at the close of the 10th annual gravesite-decorating ceremony at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman on Saturday.

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Obituaries for May 31, 2010

May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Delores J. Cornman
Ovella Nichols
Jeanette K. Polk
Hershell Romey Pruitt

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When child’s play becomes an adult argument

May 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

By Nicole Paitsel, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

Madison Voirol, 14, sends text messages to her best friend every day. Madison recently moved to Yorktown, Va., with her family, which includes an Army-employed dad, so the girls now live states apart. But their friendship is staying strong, and Madison’s mom, Erin, has a theory to explain it.

“It’s been very good for our girls to see us argue and remain friends,” Erin says about her relationship with Madison’s playmate’s parents. “The girls have also argued. It is important to know that you’re not always going to get along with somebody, but it doesn’t mean that you don’t care for each other.”

Conflicts between parents of young playmates are common because there can be so many contributing factors, says Jason Hart, who has a doctorate in psychology and teaches at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.

If handled properly, the conflicts can be a teaching moment for the children.

“You have to go with your gut instinct,” Erin says. “You have to decide what is more important: do you want to prove that you are right, or do you want to save the friendship and maybe teach your child something in the process?”

In many cases — and in Erin’s case — the majority of these conflicts arise during the elementary school years.

“During those years, they’re playing on their own with their friends, and the moms are no longer right on top of the kids all of the time,” Erin says. “You get into more arguments based on what the kids tell you.”

That is one of the top reasons for conflict, Hart says.

Conflicts also arise over invasions of personal space, exclusion from peer activities and competition over resources — toys, for example. Parents often can disagree about the nature of the problem (who started it) and how to resolve it.

Feelings of anger and jealousy also can occur, Hart says, if parents overstate their child’s achievements or if one set of parents sees a situation as unjust.

“Consider a case in which children from both sets of parents are equally qualified to gain acceptance into the gifted program at school,” Hart says. “The children from one set of parents are accepted into the program, but the children from the other set of parents are denied. Jealously, anger, and/or resentment are common reactions. These negative emotions may be the stage for subsequent conflicts.”

For the most part, Erin has been able to resolve all of the disagreements between herself and the parents of her children’s friends. But, once in a while, there is a conflict that only can be resolved by terminating the friendship.

“As much as we like to support each other and want to support each other, there’s still a little competitiveness among parents,” she says. “Your child is No. 1.”

Preventing conflict between children

Jason Hart, a psychology professor at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., gives these tips.

Don’t intervene every time. Through conflict, children often learn to manage their emotions, to adopt the perspectives of others, and to strengthen their conflict resolution and problem solving skills.

Model appropriate behavior. If the parents do not handle conflict well, the children will often follow their bad example.

Encourage and support pro-social behaviors (e.g., sharing of toys). Do not ignore opportunities to inform your children that they are doing a good job. Praise is one effective method for reinforcing positive behaviors in children.

Preventing conflicts between parents

Take the other parents’ perspective. For example, if your friend’s child forcefully snatches a toy from your child, think how you would feel if the situation were reversed. Allow the other parent the opportunity to handle the situation. A pet peeve of many parents is having others reprimand their children before they are given the chance to respond.

Pick your battles. Conflicts range from minor to major. If a parent is motivated to win every minor battle, the resulting war will often lead to the termination of the relationship.

Remember that you don’t have to be friends. There is no rule that says that you must be best friends with the parents of the other child.
Conversely, the children are under no obligation to be best friends just because the parents share a tight bond. You should not put pressure on your children to be friends with your friends’ children.

Fright turns to delight: Indians rally past Yankees; Huff OK after getting hit in head by line drive

May 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

NEW YORK – David Huff lay motionless on the mound for nearly six minutes, struck in the head by Alex Rodriguez’s line drive. His Cleveland teammates gathered nearby, the crowd stood in stunned silence.
“It was very scary,” Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe said. “One of the first times in baseball I was fearful for someone’s life.”
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LeBron makes local appearance but stays mum on future

May 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

CLEVELAND – Fresh from a postseason vacation, LeBron James was back among Cleveland fans for the first time since the Cavaliers’ playoff flop.
The reunion was somewhat awkward.
James, whose impending free agency could change the course of several NBA franchises, was a guest judge at an amateur dunk contest that drew a large crowd because of […]