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  • Sticking Together While Skiing: Make Plans Before You Hit the Mountain

    Sticking Together While Skiing: Make Plans Before You Hit the Mountain
    Long story short, my husband, Paul, and I had a miscommuncation while skiing in Vermont last weekend with the boys.  At a crossroads of many paths, I skied off with our 10 year old, thinking Paul was following behind with our 8 year old.  But, all of a sudden, Paul appeared at the top of our chosen trail, with no Ben.  "I thought he was with you," he said.  "I thought he was with you," I replied, feeling huge amounts of fear.  All I could think was:  what if he veered onto a Black Diamond and had fallen, and was stuck somewhere alone, scared?  There were so many choices as to where he could've gone...how long would it take to find him?  He knows our home phone number but not our cell phone numbers.  My cell phone wasn't even charged.  I started to panic.  My husband thought he might have gone ahead of us, so, Sam and I skied down a bit and waited while Paul ran back up to the crossroads.  Thankfully, Ben was there, talking to a mountain employee, doing exactly what he should have done, in that situation.  The whole episode lasted only about 10 minutes but it rattled me to the core.  The boys are getting bigger now.  There is more risk for this happening.  And, we hadn't prepared for it at all.  We headed back to our hotel room and made a plan.  First, we charged our phones and made sure all were working properly.  Then, we put notes in the boys' pockets with all cell phone numbers and instructed them to, just as Ben had, find an employee in a blue jacket and call us.  We also devised a meeting point.
  • 'Tis the Season to Travel

    By Jim Gorzelany CTW Features As the song says, "Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go." Holiday road trips are an annual ritual for many families, but experts caution motorists to make sure their cars are ready for the...

    Parents Share Tales Of Navigating State's Mental Health System For Children

    HARTFORD — Mary Jo Andrews, Carol Poehnert and several other West Hartford mothers of children with mental-health problems had quietly met for eight years, usually over dinner, to share their experiences and frustrations, and to trade tips and...

    Pool Safety Sidebar

    INFO BOX 1: Pool safety requirements The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act (Chapter 515, Florida Statutes) requires one of the following pool safety measures for pools built after Oct. 1, 2000: - A fence with self-closing, self-latching gate...

    Park District looking to hire lifeguards

    Park District looking to hire lifeguards
    Forget business attire. Ditch the cubicle. Get paid more than minimum wage. Sound appealing? This job allows shorts in its dress code, comes with a lakefront view and pays $13.38 an hour. But applicants have to be physically fit and know how to...