Friday, June 8, 2012

@MassStatePolice: Missing Tewksbury boy reported found safe by Tewksbury PD.

BOLO: Missing Juvenile From Tewksbury MA

Missing Juvenile From Tewksbury

Name: Anthony McNeil
Age: 14
Height: 5’2″
Weight: 120
The missing juvenile was last seen by his father the morning of Thursday June 7th when he dropped him off at the Wynn Middle School wearing dark jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.  Anthony called his father’s work phone from his residence at approximately 3:30 pm and informed him that he would be going down to the Livingston St. fields to watch the baseball games and that he could pick him up at approximatly 5:30 pm. The father (Dennis McNeil) went to the area numerous times between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm and Anthony was not there. If you have any information call the Tewksbury Police Department at (978) 851-7373 ext 0 or 911.

1.5 Million Acres Need to be Protected

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Dear Reader,

A vast stretch of roadless forest high in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho. Lush, alpine river valleys just a few hours from Seattle. The wild, rocky coasts of Maine.

Right now, Congress is considering a package of bills that, together, would permanently protect close to 1.5 million acres of amazing wild places like these.

Email your Senators and Representatives today and tell them to protect these majestic landscapes.

We all know that gridlock in Congress is a serious problem. In fact, Congress hasn't passed any legislation protecting wilderness in over three years. In that time, we've seen Big Oil, Gas and Coal get bolder and bolder, attempting to drill, frack and mine their way through our public lands.

This year, Congress has the opportunity to turn this around by pulling together these bills into a huge package of public lands protections. These proposals were offered by members of both parties and enjoy bipartisan support. But it's still difficult for good bills to see the light of day in this gridlocked Congress.

That's why your Senators and Representative need to hear from you – if they support a package of historic wilderness protections, you'll have their back.

This proposed omnibus wilderness bill would give greater protections to public lands in 12 states across the nation. One of these places is the Organ Mountains of New Mexico. These desert mountains are extremely diverse, and are home to species that don't exist anywhere else in the world.  Unfortunately, they are also threatened by mining and urban sprawl. Passing this legislation would protect these amazing mountains from the worst damage.

All around the nation, the oil, gas and coal industries are trying to open our public lands to be mined, drilled and fracked. But with this important legislation, some of our most special wild places can be protected for future generations.

Take action today to protect 1.5 million acres of mountain, desert, shoreline and forests for future generations.

Thank you for all that you do for our wild places.

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Sarah Hodgdon
Sierra Club Conservation Director

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Going on a Hike... Hike Safe.... It's your Responsibility!

Have a great time hiking in New Hampshire's vast wilderness but please prepare properly before you head out!
A. Plan your destination
B. Notify friends and family:
  • of where you are going
  • what trails and mountains you are hiking
  • who is with you
  • how long you expect to be gone (day or multiday)
  • map it out
  • check your gear

For Summer Day Hikes:
The Ten Essentials:
1. Map (Terrain maps can be found online or in many bookstores)
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2. Compass (know how to use it)

3. Warm Clothing:
■ Sweater or Pile Jacket
■ Long Pants (wool or synthetic)
■ Hat (wool)

4. Extra Food and Water (A healthy, average-sized person can produce as much as 32 oz of sweat during per hour of moderate to vigorous exercise.  Trail bars or mix are great for a quick energy boost)

5. Flashlight or (Headlamp so your hands are free)

6. Matches/Firestarters

7. First Aid Kit/Repair Kit

8. Whistle (uses a lot less energy than yelling if lost, and is more apt to be recognized as a sign of distrress)

9. Rain/Wind Jacket and Pants and/or Poncho (Weather can change rapidly)

10. Pocket Knife

Pleasure trip or serious hiker?  Please take the next 8 minutes of your life to watch this video, it could save you a lifetime.  Expect the unexpected and be prepared, the conditions can change very quickly in the New Hampshire Mountains.  You will enjoy your trip more with the peace of mind that you are prepared for what the conditions may throw at you.

"hikeSafe: It's your responsibility" highlights the experiences of three avid hikers and the lessons they have learned in the mountains of New Hampshire. Though the mountains are beautiful -- and hiking can be incredibly fun -- the mountains must also be respected, and hiking must be approached with full understanding of its demands. These hikers share their knowledge, sometimes earned through discomfort and even danger. Whether lost alone on a wilderness trail, buffeted by icy ridgetop gales, or forced to spend an unplanned night out by a raging river, the hikers speak earnestly and candidly so that others may benefit. The hikers stress the hikeSafe responsibility code, which encourages outdoor enthusiasts to be fully prepared for the challenges of the outdoors.

Some quick FACTS:

Three hundred twenty-one incidents involving 457 subjects were analyzed. The mean age of the subjects in the incidents was 35.6 years, with 64.5% men and 35.4% women; 73% of the subjects resided in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. At the time of the incident, 57.3% of the subjects were hiking. Injuries precipitated 39.3% of the rescues, whereas lost and missing persons accounted for 41.4%. Fractures accounted for 33.7% of the reported injuries; 49.7% of the injuries were to the lower extremities. Sixty-four of the subjects (14%) died; 32.8% drowned, and 23.4% died from cardiac events. Volunteers were used in 53.3% of the rescues, a rescuer was injured in 2.5% of the incidents, and at least 36.4% of the subjects were transported to a hospital.


Three states besides New Hampshire – Hawaii, Oregon and Maine – have laws allowing agencies to bill for rescues!
$25,000 is the going fine in New Hampshire.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

MLB - BOS Home Run TOP 5TH - TOR 5 BOS 1 - K Shoppach homered to right center.