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Month: January 2006

Driving Seniors Around Town

Driving Seniors Around Town

At some point in an person’s life, they have to decide if they should still drive their car. Loss of independence must be weighed against personal safety. It isn’t always easy for someone to admit they are too old to drive. Portland, Maine has come up with an innovative solution. Senior citizens can join a program whereby they donate their old car in exchange for free rides. This is how it works. You donate your car to the program. The…

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One Thousand Laps

One Thousand Laps

If awards were handed out for perseverance, John Stumpf would earn one. He set a goal for himself in 1994. He wanted to run 1000 laps around Lake Merritt in Oakland, Calfornia before he was 60. On Saturday, 3 years shy of the deadline, he made his goal. Decked out in a tuxedo, he and his dog, Milo, set out for the last 3 and a half mile jaunt. The tux was a salute to his family who dared him…

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Landfill Crafts

Landfill Crafts

We all have alot of junk. Some of it recyclable, some heading for the landfill. Would’t it be nice if some of that junk could be used to create something useful? Shoshana Berger and Grace Hawthorne have created a magazine just for that purpose. It’s called “ReadyMade”. The concept is to reuse those throwaways and create something new. It takes the the “do it yourself” concept to the recycle bin. Each issue is filled with ideas on how to take…

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Coach Carter Returns

Coach Carter Returns

Did you see the film Coach Carter? It’s about Ken Carter, a man who returns to his former high school to coach the basketball team. The school is one of the worst in the state. Teachers expected little of the students and many slipped through the system. When Coach Carter took over, he made academic achievement as important as winning games. When his team went 13-0 but did not meet his academic requirements for playing on the team, he shut…

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Smart Cart A Success

Smart Cart A Success

Students at James Logan High School were sick and tired of cafeteria food. They complained that the food was greasy and there were no healthy choices. Alot of them brought their own lunches. Members of the Youth Humane society, a student club, took action. They lobbied the school administration for six months. The administrators finally caved in and decided to humor the teens. They’d give allow them to sell some healthy items and when they failed they wouldn’t have invested…

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