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Sunshine: Wednesday April 9, 2014

Billy T —  Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The first time on a roller coaster can be a thrill at any age — but it must be especially awesome if you’ve waited nearly eight decades for the experience.

Ria Van den Brand, a grandmother from the Netherlands who took her first coaster ride at the ripe young age of 78.

She had also never flown in an airplane before. As part of the “Firsts” marketing campaign from telecom giant Vodafone, she and 71-year-old An Bernaards both took to the air for the first time.

The coaster ride was to help prepare Van den Brand for her maiden flight.



Sunshine: Tuesday April 8, 2014

Billy T —  Tuesday, April 8, 2014

elderly_with_dog-APvideoMeals on Wheels programs and their volunteers deliver hot meals daily to thousands of elderly people nationwide. Sometimes the food gets shared with the pets in the home.

San Diego’s “Animeals” program addresses that problem by providing free pet food to owners who can’t afford it otherwise.

“We feed 250 animals every week,” said a spokesperson.

Doing a search on “Animeals” in Google reveals that many programs like this have been serving pets and their owners in other regions of the country too. The mission is to feed as many hungry pets as possible. A great concept and certainly a sunshine story.






Sunshine: Monday April 7, 2014

Billy T —  Monday, April 7, 2014

rotary6426b97ab.preview-300Members of the Dansville Rotary Club have pledged $25,000 to the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department project at Noyes Health, Dansville.

The money will be contributed in annual donations of $5,000. The first installment was recognized March 25.

“Rotary is very big on supporting the community and we think the hospital is a big part of the community,” said Jenni Leuzzi, co-president-elect of Dansville Rotary.

Dansville Rotary President Christine Gunn and Jon Shay, co-president-elect of Dansville Rotary mades the presentation to Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard as other members of the Rotary Club gathered around.

The $7.3 million emergency department expansion will provide space, privacy and new technology. The new 10,000 square foot department will replace the facility’s current 3,000 square foot emergency department which opened in 1972.

“It’s a beautiful building,” said Rich Tyler, project manager for Pike Construction Management, which is overseeing the project.

“When you are done with a project and the brick matches the old brick and the new building looks like it’s always been there, then you’ve hit a home run — and I think this one does that.”

The new facility will feature eight emergency rooms large enough to accommodate a patient’s family along with medical staff treating the patient, telemedicine capability and a five-bay observation unit converted from the existing emergency department. The new department will also include work space for emergency medical services personnel who transport patients to the hospital. The existing facility does not have a dedicated space for emergency medical technicians.

The project is scheduled to be completed this summer.

Story and photo courtesy of the Livingston County News

Sunshine: Friday April 4, 2014

Billy T —  Friday, April 4, 2014

My granddaughter Madison Spencer is in the 3rd grade at Wayland-Cohocton Central School. Her birthday is today April 4th. When her mom asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said that she really didn’t need anything, so she only wanted money. When her mom asked her what she needed money for? Madison answered nothing for myself.  Madison plans on donating all of her birthday money to the Galisano Children s Hospital.

When Madison was only 6 weeks old she had to have surgery to repair Pyloric Stenosis. She feels that if they hadn’t taken such good care of her that she might not be here today. She brought tears to her mother eyes.

We are so proud of our Birthday Girl. Happy Birthday Madison Avery Spencer

Grandma- D. Merrills, Wayland, NY

Sunshine: Thursday April 3, 2014

Billy T —  Thursday, April 3, 2014

8schoolsFor most high schoolers, getting into an Ivy League college would be a miracle, but for one Long Island student it was a piece of cake. In fact, he didn’t just get into one, he got into all eight.

Seventeen-year-old Kwasi Enin, a senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic who scored in the 99th percentile on his SATs, applied to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia, but didn’t expect such a rousing response.

“By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one,” he said.

And getting into an Ivy League college is no easy feat, with less than 9% of applicants receiving acceptances from the prestigious universities. So imagine everyone’s shock when Kwasi got into every one of them (as well as Duke, and SUNYs Stony Brook, Geneseo and Binghamton).

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my 15 years as a high school counselor,” said Nancy Winkler, Kwasi’s guidance counselor. “He’s going to be a leader in whatever he chooses.” And Kwasi, who says he’s leaning towards Yale, has already set a huge goal for his future.

“I’m thinking of being a cardiologist or neurologist,” he said. “A doctor is a community leader, a protector, someone who people turn to … when they need help.”

Sunshine: Wednesday April 2, 2014

Billy T —  Wednesday, April 2, 2014

One waitress in California just had the best shift ever. It was a normal day at Los Angeles’ Spring Street Smoke House, until Chelsea Roff received four incredible tips: $1,000 in cash, a free trip to Hawaii, a new job opportunity and a new car.

As it turns out, the extraordinary tips were part of’s Prank It Fwd project, which aims to raise funds for social change campaigns. (The site donates $1 to nonprofit organization for every 1,000 views.)

For the most recent prank, chose Roff because of her background and nonprofit work. These tips changed her life.

“She’s dealt with her share of life’s challenges, but despite them she’s dedicated herself to helping others, even creating a non-profit yoga organization to help other women,” Now this is the type of prank we can get behind.

Story courtesy of Huffington Post

Sunshine: Tuesday April 1, 2014

Billy T —  Tuesday, April 1, 2014

KIDNEY1Substitute teachers often get a bad rap, but this one deserves a medal. Cindy Santos was subbing at a kindergarten class in Pennsylvania last September when she met five-year-old Katelynn Ernst, who was in need of a kidney transplant. She couldn’t stop thinking about the little girl who went through 10-hours a day on dialysis. She eventually came across the Facebook page Katelynn’s Kidney Journey, and decided to find out if she could help.

Lo and behold, after getting tested, Cindy turned out to be a match, and last December donated her kidney to Katelynn.   “There was no denying this was the right thing to do,” Cindy told Today. And the surgery didn’t only help Katelyn. Turns out doctors discovered that Cindy had a medical condition herself that was actually helped by the transplant surgery. Talk about even more good news!



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Sunshine: Monday March 31, 2014

Billy T —  Monday, March 31, 2014

deer_in_zooThousands of people in Ukraine lined up to bring fresh food for the animals and money for the operation of the Kharkiv Zoo when its officials declared an emergency after government funds had dried up.

Two days after the announcement, the zoo announced that it had received 77,603 visitors over three days. From families to business people, friends of the zoo brought vegetables, fruit, bread and money – lots of it. $124,159 was earned through ticket sales and donations during that weekend.

“We sincerely thank everyone who helped the zoo during these difficult days,” said the zoo in a statement. “To our call of ‘Save the Kharkov Zoo!’ it seems like the entire city responded. This weekend our zoo saw huge lines for tickets, tons of food, and lots of positive emotions. Your help and support for our neighbors on planet Earth revealed the compassion, kindness, and love that will always be part of humanity.”

“Everyone who came to the zoo during these days was able reach out to the wonderful world of animals, observe them, look into their eyes, and become more pure and more kind. Your actions showed us that the zoo is our city’s treasure, cared for and protected by all its residents.”

The zoo, which opened more than a century ago, also received support from caring people outside of Kharkov and the Ukraine. Moved by the plight of the elephant living there, Kate Woolf, the founder of the Lotus Elephant Sanctuary, set up an online fundraiser at GoFundMe for international supporters, and it raised $5,000 in five days. An expat American living in Kharkov first blogged about the problem, and later set up a Facebook page to spur donations and let people know what is happening. Get Katherine’s updates at

Sunshine: Friday March 28, 2014

Billy T —  Friday, March 28, 2014

cab_engagement_NYPost-vidAfter four years of dating, John Tracy made it his mission to track down the same taxi cab that his fiancé’s grandfather drove for 40 years so he could ask her to marry him inside. Her grandfather Berek Kempinski drove cab with medallion 8D99 from 1955 to 1995. “Losing him was tough to her,” Tracy said. “Whenever we were walking around, she’d see anything near that, and she’d let out an, ‘Oh, shucks! That was so close — 8C99!’ ”

Lesley Frankel has looked for that cab medallion, her entire life while on the streets of New York City and hadn’t found it.

Tracy decided he wanted to pop the question in Cab 8D99 so he went on a mission to find it and thanks to twitter he did. Sergio Cabrera drives it now. Cabrera agreed to set it up so when Tracey and Frankel hailed the next cab coming down the street it would be Cabrera in 8D99.

Frankel recognized the medallion immediately! She said “I was in complete shock and I was shaking”. As the two settled into the back seat Tracey told her he wanted spend the rest of his life with her- then slipped a 1.6 carat diamond on her finger. She said yes!! Sunshine!


Courtesy of the NY Post

Sunshine: Thursday March 27, 2014

Billy T —  Thursday, March 27, 2014

n-BHAMILTON-large570Surfer Bethany Hamilton already won our hearts, and now she’s a different kind of champion. The 24-year-old won the Surf N Sea Pipeline Women’s Pro, a major surfing event in Oahu, Hawaii, last week.

It was her first win in almost ten years. Hamilton, who’s known as the “Soul Surfer,” made headlines back in 2003 when, at age 13, she lost her left arm in a shark attack. But instead of letting the accident end her career, Hamilton got back on her board just a month later. And a year after that, she took home her first title.

Hamilton’s inspirational story was the subject of an autobiography, as well as a 2011 movie, Soul Surfer, starring AnnaSophia Robb. Of last week’s win, Hamilton said, “I usually lose so this was great,” calling her success “a pleasant surprise.”

Courtesy of Huffington Post