Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dierks Chamber Banquet

Monday night I got to go the Chamber of Commerce Banquet in Dierks.I really enjoyed it.I laughed harder than I have in a long time.Mr.Eudy that did the entertainment was hilarious.It is always good to see people recognized for their contributions to their community.
The Dierks Chamber always puts on a good show at the Pine Tree Festival.This year looks to be as good as everyone has come to expect.A show as big as the festival is almost a year around effort and they already have begun planning for 2008.
Dierks Chamber you do a good job.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Kick off report

We had our campaign kickoff and fundraiser saturday night.We had a good night and it was a success.I want to say thank you to everyone who came,and to the folks who did the calling.I really want to say thank you to my family who worked very,very hard in preparation and during the event.My family has been and continues to be most supportive and I thank God for them.
I hope to have some pictures of the kickoff posted soon.
It is really humbling to have people have enough faith in you to work and help in your campaign.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

county preparedness

The tornadoes that roared through the state earlier this week showed us once again the need to be prepared.There were 55 people killed in the storms across the southern states.
What can we do to be prepared for this type of storm? The first reccomendation that I make when I am asked this question is always buy a weather radio. These radios are silent until the National Weather Service issues an alert then a tone sounds and the alert is heard.They come as simple or as elaborate as you like they can flash a lamp or sound a remote alarm.They range in price from 25$ to over 100$.
The second thing we can do is to educate our selves about these storms.The national Weather Service web page is a great source of information.
Consider a safe room. An interior closet can be converted to a safe room.
Be prepared to be without electricity for a few days.This means ready to eat food,flashlights,and in the winter an alternate source of heat.
Do a web search on preparedness and follow through on some of the advice you find.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

visits in the county

I am enjoying getting around the county visiting with people and going to community events.One new event for me was the "wild game supper"sponsored by Central Baptist Church at Mineral Springs.The food was great and Mark Davis a proffesional Bass Fisherman from Mt.Ida spoke.I even tried the barb-b-que beaver.
Last Saturday I went to the Center Point chili supper.I've been going to Center Point benefits for years and they allways have good food.The community center at the Point is really nice,the people there have every right to be proud.I remember meetings at the old fire dept.building and how everything had to be crowded in.Now they have a nice new building with plenty of room.
Monday I went to the North Howard community council meeting.They put me to work helping get fire dues letters out.The dirt work has begun for thier new fire station.The dept.has grown and they are stacking trucks in their station.I know they are anxious about a new building.
Tuesday I went to the Howard county Search and Rescue team meeting at HMH.I confess that lately I've not been making the team meetings but it was good to get back to them.The team is going to be working on some training and recruitment efforts.
The severe weather that roared thru Arkansas on tuesday is a reminder of how much we depend on our emergency services. I am proud to speak up for the fire depts and the HCSAR team when ever I can

Saturday, February 2, 2008

The other side

Working as an EMT, I see one side of patient care. I recently got to see the other side of it. Last Friday a virus and I collided and the virus won. I tried to tough it out but by Sunday afternoon I had rigors and was in the ER at Howard Memorial. This is tougher than you think because working with the ER staff every day, you know they are going to have a lot of sugestions for you, these suggestions generaly include a lot of pain. I was really hoping the Ambulance wouldn't come in while I was there because I knew they would have a lot of remedies. Unfortunateley the ambulance did come in, and they did have a lot of suggestions and each suggestion involved a lot of discomfort for me.
Fotunately for me the doctors didn't listen to any of thier suggestions. That won't stop me from offering my ideas when I find them in the ER.Thats what friends are for.
The down side of this was that I was not able to attend the Chamber Banquet last Monday.In fact I wasn't able to do much of anything until Thursday.I understand the banquet was a tremendous success and That chamber manager Tammie Smith did an excellent job.My congratulations to her and to all the winners.
I plan on being at the Center Point chili supper tonite and hope to see you there.
Remember Campaign Kick off and fund raiser Febuary 9 at the Howard county Fair Barn at 6:00 pm.