When Katie Stagliano was in third grade, she planted a cabbage in her family’s small garden. When it grew to an astounding 40 pounds, she donated it to a soup kitchen, where it was made into meals for 275 people (with the help of ham and rice). “I thought, ‘Wow, with that one cabbage I helped feed that many people?’” says Katie, now entering sixth grade. “I could do much more than that.”
Visitors to the Cincinnati Zoo are marveling at the sight: Nearly four acres of solar panels over a vast span of concrete parking lot.
Billed as one of the largest public urban solar displays in the country, the $11 million solar canopy will do more than help control the zoo’s $700,000 annual electric bill when it’s turned on by the middle of next month.
During every game they play, professional hockey players are called upon for game-changing plays in literally fractions of a second. There’s little time for thinking and the best players are often known for their ability to adapt and react in the blink of an eye, all while trusting their instincts.
It’s hard to gauge exactly how those hockey instincts translate to real life situations. But when Florida Everblades center Drew Larman heard a woman scream for help at a local grocery store earlier this month, he didn’t have time to think, only to react.
Ashland firefighters and paramedics are now equipped to give first aid to the smallest members of the family — pets.
Thanks to a donation from Project Breathe, Ashland Fire & Rescue carries oxygen masks on all five of its engines. Last week, firefighters received training on how to use the masks and do cardiopulmonary resuscitation on dogs, cats, ferrets, gerbils and even reptiles who have inhaled smoke.
"The purpose is to rescue pets that have been involved in fire so we can help the whole family," said Division Chief Greg Case, who is spearheading the project.
The smaller animals, such as pet birds and lizards, should be placed entirely inside the oxygen mask, said veterinarian Dr. Alice Sievers, who led the training. With larger animals, which tend to fare better in smoky and stressful conditions, the masks should be fitted around their noses or heads, depending on their size, she said.
Nearly a month after her dog Lola disappeared in a fire that destroyed her home, she found the pet alive Monday among the ashes of her burned-out and boarded-up house in Hyde Park.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her after all that time,’’ said Acevedo, standing outside the blackened house on River Street. “I hugged Lola in my arms, and I cried and cried. I cried more than I did when I was standing in front of my house watching it burn down.’’
Masi Oka, television star from Heroes and Hawaii Five-O, definitely has a vested interest in Japan. That’s because he was born in Tokyo and has friends and relatives living in the devastated country. Oka appeared on CNN yesterday to talk about his plans for a national TV telethon to benefit the people of Japan, and hinted that George Clooney might be one of the A-list celebrities who have already signed on for the national fundraising effort.
Oki explained to CNN that he had plans to travel to Japan this week for business, but those plans were altered after the 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The actor’s Tokyo-based family members are all well and accounted for, but a lot of his friends are still trying to track down relatives following the disaster. “I was very lucky,” Oka said. He decided that he could be more helpful in Los Angeles. “It was more effective for me to be in L.A. spreading the word to help the Japanese from the Hollywood side.”
A Brigham team of more than 30 specialists worked for about 15 hours to replace Wiens’s lips, nose, facial skin, the muscles that animate his face, and the nerves that power them and provide sensation.
“Dallas is looking forward to giving his daughter a kiss again,’’ Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of the Brigham’s burn unit and the plastic surgeon who led the transplant team, said in an interview after yesterday’s announcement. “It’s such a simple human function that we take for granted.’’