Thursday, August 19, 2010
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
Boats used by the Coast Guard to rescue people stranded on ice in the Great Lakes region soon will be plying much warmer waters.
Three of the flat-bottomed air boats, along with 10 crew members from the Coast Guard stations at Belle Isle, the Saginaw River and Marblehead, Ohio, are headed to the Gulf of Mexico to aid in the cleanup and coastal protection efforts in the oil spill resulting from the April 20 explosion of a BP deep-sea oil rig, Lt. Wade Hedinger said Wednesday.
The rig disaster is spewing thousands of gallons of crude into the gulf daily, threatening marine life, waterfowl, coastal marshes and other sensitive ecosystems.
The boats, which have air propellers, can skim water as shallow as 6 inches, so they can crawl up onto ice -- and penetrate the gulf's murky nooks, where oil has collected.
"They can operate in much shallower water and we can get into some shallower water, such a bayous and lagoons," Hedinger said.
Petty Officer William Frank was among the Coast Guard volunteers who headed south with the boats in tow Wednesday to join 29 pollution inspectors and federal on-scene coordinators who were deployed there May 20.
"It was the right thing to do, to help people get some good results out of what's going on down there and helping with the cleanup," the 32-year-old Wyandotte resident assigned to the Belle Isle station said, explaining why he wanted to be a part of this assignment.
An eight-year veteran of the Coast Guard, Frank never has been to the gulf. His tour of duty there will be 30-60 days.
"I think it's a sad thing, a very sad situation," he said. "A lot of volunteers are going down there. ... It's our waterways, and I'm hoping we get good outcomes out of this."
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Monday, May 31, 2010
Woke up to a beautiful, and HOT, Memorial day. Felt re-energized and full of creativity for the day. Worked on the SOSNews, did a little research for my children’s book, and then it started to look like rain. Remembering I had this blog that I loved creating and posting too, but sometimes…time seems to slip away from me and I didn’t post as much as I wanted. Heck I’m not sure anyone really reads it and I’m just blowing hot air into some cyber-lost world that has no home for my words. BUT today is the day I restart my post and try to make sense of all that is rolling around in my head. I’m always open for people to post to the blog, as it is as much yours as it is mine, or simply reply to what has been posted so I know I’m not alone. Come on, give it a try…it won’t bite you, well not at first J: http://www.sosnewsktsebj.blogspot.com.
Now back to that rain…I love when it rains, in the spring, in the summer, and in the fall. Not so much in the winter, but sometimes that is nice too, because it washed away the dirty snow that has been beaten and battered by all the movement of life around it and shows the dull road rash of city life. A little rain is refreshing to all the seasons, and especially for me. It must be the Aquarian in me-Water Bearer-that just takes to lakes, rivers, oceans, and RAIN.
There is just something about having your windows open, hearing the faint sound of rollin thunder in the far distance, and the pitter-patter of the rain hitting the roof and the cement outside my windows. Today…is a good day.
The rain to me is like a cleansing ritual. The smell of wet grass, earth under my bare feet, the cool breeze drifting across my skin, and the rain falling gently upon my head is just blissful. I looked up to the sky, arms wide open, and I just take a deep breath in and smiled. Yes…today is a good day.
When was the last time you played in the rain? You should try it someday…it can revive you and make you lighter in spirit.
Well off to finish the SOSNews and getting ready to send off the Vol2. SOS Travelin’ Journal. Sorry it’s been so long, but I promise it will find itself in your mailbox very soon and I hope that you have found some peace, laughter, and love within its pages.