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Police Blotter: Your Weekly Update

police_barney.1From Your Stanwood Police Department:

On 8-14-14, residents in the 6800 block of 277th St NW came home to find their back door unlocked, their dogs loose in the home (they had been kenneled) and a driver’s license missing. Nothing else appeared missing or damaged.

On 8-15-14, a two year old child was bit by a stray cat in the 6900 block of 288th St NW.

On 8-15-14, a 48 year old Concrete man was arrested on a warrant in the 8800 block of Viking Way.

On 8-16-14, a vehicle parked in the 27000 block of 92nd Av NW was damaged; apparently a victim of a hit and run.

Norman W. Wilson: Are You Grounded?

Susanna and Earthingby Norman W Wilson, PhD

Do you remember when—when you got a bad mark on your report card, and you were grounded? How about when you stayed out later than you were supposed to and got grounded. Have you heard, “she’s well grounded and level headed”? Sure you have. But what about being grounded as in electrical grounding.

Every day, you are bombarded with hundreds maybe thousands of electrical currents from being wired to the world: computers, cellphones, land line phones, printers, radios, television, fax machines, tablets, cameras, lamps, overhead lighting, batteries in toys and of course Earth is blasted with megawatts of lightning. Have you ever stopped to think what that is doing to your physical and mental well-being? Maybe you suffer headaches, get muscle cramps for no apparent reason. Do your toes suddenly cramp up?

Mary E. Trimble: A Few Days Off

An excerpt from Tubob: Two Years in West Africa with the Peace Corps

by Mary E. Trimble

We desperately needed to get away, to have some R&R. My husband Bruce had projects to finish up before we left, and I didn’t want to miss Friday clinic, so we set a date for Saturday to go to Banjul, capital of our host country, The Gambia We’d get some business matters taken care of and then take a few days off to soak up sea breezes in Bakau.

Friday’s clinic was interminable with close to 300 patients. At the end of the day I had just enough energy left to pack for our trip. We couldn’t wait to go. When our friend Tombong stopped by that morning, we made arrangements for him to stay during the nights as our night guard. Daytimes, with all the coming and going, were not a concern.

Bruce had arranged for a driver and had made a list of project supplies to get and things to do while downriver. I planned to see Sister M’Boge, the head nurse for the Health Department, and also try to find visual aids to use when I was on trek. Our trips downriver never seemed to be only for pleasure, but at least they were a pleasant break in routine and climate.

via A Few Days Off | Mary E. Trimble.

Patricia Bloom: The Dog Days of Summer

by Patricia Bloom

Summer is upon us and for your service dog or companion animal, here are some tips for helping your furry friend stay cool, no matter how high the temperature.

The All-Important Water Bowl

It is probably obvious, but it’s also important to remember that the water dish you filled to the brim can disappear quickly. Dogs can lap up the water, accidentally tip the bowl over, or the water can simply evaporate in the heat. So, be sure you check there is plenty of drinking water, whether your dog is inside or outside the house. We like to add ice cubs to the dog’s bowl, to keep the water cooler longer and, of course, lots of dogs like to play or chomp on these cool cubes. For dogs whose water bowl is outside, it is best to use a ceramic bowl or one that doesn’t absorb heat. Also, try to put the bowl in a shady area, moving it if necessary as the sun shifts.

via The Dog Days of Summer | My Magic Dog.