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Billy T —  Friday, April 18, 2014

Sunshine: Friday April 18, 2014

Billy T —  Friday, April 18, 2014

Window washers at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital this week continued what is fast becoming a popular tradition to help put a smile on the faces of sick children.

The Chicago Tribune reports that three Lurie window washers donned superhero costumes — Captain America, Spider-Man and Batman — on Tuesday in an effort to cheer up and surprise the young patients while they went about their work. Nurses call the new tradition, which started last year, “Superhero Day.”

Window-washing crews in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Alabama, California and elsewhere have all joined the fun.
While Lurie neuro-oncologist Dr. Stewart Goldman told the Tribune he has no scientific research to back it up, he feels the “Superhero Day” event and the positive feelings it inspires can help the hospital’s young patients heal.

“There is power in laughter and joy and excitement,” Goldman said.

Q: In a recent survey Liver was noted as the #1 worst food. What was the # 2 answer?

A: Lima beans

Winner: Patty Price

Houghton College to Host Art Exhibit

Billy T —  Thursday, April 17, 2014

HOUGHTON, N.Y. - An opening reception for the Senior Art Majors Exhibition will be held Saturday, April 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The reception will be held in the Center for the Arts atrium and will include comments by the art department faculty at 7:30 p.m., followed by music and refreshments.

The Senior Art Majors Exhibition features work in a variety of media by graduating seniors in Houghton College’s art department. The exhibition, a culmination of four years of studio work, is designed, installed, and hosted by the 2014 graduating seniors.

“It’s a time for the students to assume the role of ‘first viewer’ and hopefully get to realize that the work, once created, begins to take on a life of its own apart from the direction of the maker,” states professor of art, John Rhett. “This exhibition is a way for the students to see the work from initial concept to final presentation, in a way that moves beyond simply turning it in as an assignment.”

“There is always thought-provoking work to be seen, in a variety of media, and the level of craft and sophistication of ideas is consistently very high,” says Rhett. “It’s also wonderful for friends and relatives to see the work of their loved ones presented so well. The opening reception is celebratory, crowded and great fun.”

The Senior Art Majors Exhibition is open April 26, through May 10. Visitors may browse the gallery from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit

Sunshine: Thursday April 17, 2014

Billy T —  Thursday, April 17, 2014

Eight-year old Aussie baseball fan Brendan showed he’s a truly great kid during a Los Angeles Dodgers game vs. Team Australia in Sydney last month. After a player attempted to throw a foul ball to another kid in the stands and missed, a security guard ran over to retrieve the ball and gave it to Brendan instead.

The move prompted the first child to throw a tantrum. But instead of walking away with his new souvenir, Brendan did the right thing and simply turned around and handed the first child the ball, which quickly calmed him down. “My son has a lot of empathy, he just naturally handed the ball to the other kid,” “It was really rewarding as a parent, we are very proud of Brendan, it was lovely.”

Guess we know who the real winner of the game was.

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Q: 11% of people said they gave this up for Lent. What?

A: Swearing

Winner: Marcia Bortle

image009April 16, 2014…Hornell, NY…St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) has received a grant in the amount of $5,450 from the Bethesda Foundation to enhance its Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training.   The funds will be used to purchase instructional DVD’s and interactive equipment used in the classroom to demonstrate the latest EMT skills, techniques and technologies.

“EMS – or Emergency Medical Services – is a vital part of our communities,” said Teri Symonds, SJMH course coordinator.  “The majority of local residents depend almost exclusively on the services of Emergency Medical Technicians for safe, effective and timely care during medical emergencies.  They make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of residents in our rural area.”

There are approximately twenty ambulance groups in Steuben County, the majority of which are staffed by EMS volunteers.   SJMH sponsors annual EMT certification training for about thirty students by providing instruction, equipment, space and staff supervision.  Once certified, the majority of students give back to local communities as EMS volunteers.

“Our goal at SJMH is to provide the most current, student-friendly training,” said Jennifer Sullivan, SJMH President & CEO.  “We take great pride in preparing these committed individuals for the indispensable role they play in serving others, and we are grateful to the Bethesda Foundation for supporting this essential program.”

“Our board of directors fully endorsed the EMT grant request,” said Fred Marks, Bethesda Foundation Executive Director.  “The proposal clearly outlined the need and positive impact the grant will have to our communities and neighbors.”  Created in 1986, the Bethesda Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization devoted to the funding and support of health-related projects and scholarships in the Hornell area.

For more information on the Emergency Medical Technician program at St. James Mercy contact Teri Symonds at607-324-8890 (

Sunshine: Wednesday April 16, 2014

Billy T —  Wednesday, April 16, 2014

628x471There are no lifeguards at Ocean Beach because there shouldn’t be any swimming in that churn of frigid fast-breaking waves that can pull you under so fast that nearby beachcombers would never know it happened.

The moment surfer Tony Barbero spotted a flash of red t-shirt and a boy floundering in the icy water, he knew the kid was in big trouble.

Barbero, a 17-year-old high school student and firefighter’s son, powered through the waves, grabbed the boy and pulled him up on his surfboard. He rescued that boy on Wednesday and brought him to shore on his board, then turned to see the kid’s uncle bobbing face down in the waves. He left his board, dove back into the sea and swam out to pull in the uncle, unconscious and struggling for life.

Barbero is an authentic hero – and that’s not a term to be used lightly. He’s the ordinary guy, suddenly thrown into a life-and-death moment, who did everything right … and more.

“I wasn’t going to let that happen,” said Barbero, “Not on my watch.” Read the complete story here.

Photo caption: S.F. fire Capt. Joe Barbero puts his jacket on his son, Tony, who rescued two people Wednesday at Ocean Beach. Photo: Beck Diefenbach, Special To The Chronicle

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Q: We all gotta do this from time to time but only 11% of people do it on Wednesday. What?

Answer: Grocery shopping

Winner Keith Wilcox

Sunshine: Tuesday April 15, 2014

Billy T —  Tuesday, April 15, 2014

o-GRAHAMS-GIFT-570Kids these days are obsessed with rainbow looms, but one kid turned his obsession into a way to raise money for a good cause. Ten-year-old Graham Fowler, who suffers from a rare form of skin cancer, began weaving bracelets to pass the time while driving to doctors’ visits.

But after the Minnesota grade schooler posted a picture of his work on Facebook, and someone asked if they could buy one, he had a brilliant idea. Graham’s sister helped him start a Facebook page, Graham’s Gift, where he could sell his bracelets to raise money for cancer research. And since October he has raised close to $10,000 from about 8,000 bracelets. Each bracelet sells for $1 and always features a special yellow bead, symbolizing child cancer researchAll the proceeds go to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Said Graham, “I want to do this so that kids can get better.” So simple, but so well said.

Story courtesy of Huffington Post