Daily Archives: January 23, 2010

Traveling vet to fill void in Aroostook County – Bangor Daily News

(Traveling vets are all over Northern California, especially in areas where there are personal and commercial cattle ranches and dairy farms. I hope she stays busy enough to stay in business. — KM)

 Traveling vet to fill void in Aroostook County – Bangor Daily News.

Haiti dispatches from Maine journalists

Here is a link to more dispatches from and about Haiti.

‘Earth had turned to Jell-O’ during quake, Mainer recalls

Austin Webbert and a group of his college classmates were relaxing at a downtown restaurant in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

It was a Tuesday afternoon, the day a 7.0-magnitude earthquake turned most of the Carribbean capital into rubble, killing tens of thousands.

Webbert’s group was taking a break from the volunteer work they had undertaken in Cit Soleil, a slum on the outskirts of the Haitian capital.

“We had just left the building and gotten into our SUV when the earthquake happened,” Webbert said. “I was shocked to see the restaurant heave up and down off the ground before slumping over.”

The 22-year-old college student from Wayne was on his fourth trip to the nation of 9 million. He evacuated to the Dominican Republic late last week, then landed in Miami on Saturday.

Click here to read the rest of “‘Earth had turned to Jell-O’ during quake, Mainer recalls” by the Kennebec Journal’s Matthew Stone.

Mainers prepare to help Haiti amputees

Even as initial responders to the Haitian earthquake struggle to get food, water and medical care to survivors, some Mainers are working to prepare long-term help for hundreds who were maimed in the disaster.

Adam Cote, a former congressional candidate, is heading to Haiti on Monday with a group from the company he works for, Global Relief Technologies, to gather data on amputees who need artificial limbs. He will use the technology the company designs to collect names, addresses and medical data, make measurements of damaged limbs, snap photos and generate wrist bands with bar codes that will help doctors and nurses identify the patients and access their records.

The information will be sent to New England Brace, a New Hampshire-based company with an office in Lewiston, which plans to lead an effort to provide prosthetics for the injured.

Cote, who lives in Portland, said the company is donating the time and equipment. He plans to be in Haiti for up to two weeks, working with Helping Hands for Haiti, a group that has been staffing hospitals and building schools in the impoverished country for about a decade. The organization’s hospitals were destroyed in the earthquake, but it has set up field hospitals in the capital, Port-au-Prince, which was devastated by the quake, Cote said.

“They are telling us there are probably 2,500 to 3,000 amputees” who will need help, Cote said.

Click here for the rest of “Mainers prepare to help Haiti amputees” by the Portland Press Herald’s Edward E. Murphy.

Idealist.org: The long road to recovery – and how you can help

The first thought might be to rush in to volunteer when faced with such a tragic situation as the earthquake in Haiti. The images and stories coming out of that very poor country are terribly sad and rightfully are spurring incredible generosity to charities helping there.

But, as this Idealist.org blog entry by Erin Barnhart indicates, waiting may be the very best thing to do for those not trained to deal with such disasters. Follow the link to the bog.

Things I hate, hate, hate

Here are 10 things I hate. Not in a particular order.

  1. Water up my nose.
  2. Extremists – conservative, liberal or religious.
  3. Mint
  4. See No. 2 – I really, really hate that sort of thing.
  5. Arrogance – especially when it’s mixed with ignorance.
  6. Indifference – it’s nearly worse than arrogance mixed with ignorance.
  7. Unnecessary rudeness – but then again, rudeness may be always unnecessary. Well, almost always unnecessary.
  8. Liars
  9. Cheats
  10. That I can hate.