POLL: Do you have a boat or personal watercraft? No: 100.00% (2) Yes: 0.00% (0) Total Responses: 2 For Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, water safety is a very personal matter. In 1947, his father drowned in an accident when Hammond was just 4 years old. During a news conference on water safety Thursday at Chester Frost Park, Hammond recalled the tragedy. He said his 25-year-old father was duck hunting from a canoe on Lake Kissimmee in Florida when his boat overturned. He had been wearing lace-up hunting boots that he couldn't get off and he wasn't wearing a life jacket — mistakes that cost him his life. Hammond said he was too young to remember the incident, but the tragedy resulted in all the children in the family being made to learn to swim, and it made Hammond safety conscious when it comes to the water. "I've always been sensitive about people being careful around water," Hammond said. Waterways of every size will be covered with craft ranging from houseboats and bass … [Read more...] about Officials urge water safety over Memorial Day weekend
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TAMPA, Fla. - If you're looking for something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area. When: 7:10 p.m.Where: Tropicana Field at Cost: Click here for ticket information Info: The Tampa Bay Rays will host the Baltimore Orioles for a 3-game weekend series at Tropicana Field! First pitch is Friday night at 7:10 p.m. When: 8 p.m.Where: Carol Morsani Hall at 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, TampaCost: $17.75Info: In honor of Memorial Day, the orchestra salutes the American spirit, with music from America’s greatest popular composers, from John Philip Sousa to John Williams. When: 8 p.m.Where: Tampa Improv at 1600 East 8th Ave C-112, TampaCost: $20Info: Tony has entertained audiences in some of the nation’s hottest comedy arenas including Caroline’s, The Boston Comedy Club in New York City, The Peppermint Lounge in New Jersey and many more! He also tours the country playing theatres and areas as part … [Read more...] about What’s happening in Tampa Bay this Memorial Day weekend?
Millions of Americans will use Memorial Day weekend to take a break from life's rigors. But for those needing a blood transfusion following an accident or for others who are in the hospital battling cancer, the upcoming holiday weekend creates an added hurdle to their healing. LifeSource is urging area residents to donate platelets now before the long Memorial Day weekend. This will help boost a low supply and meet the transfusion needs of patients during the upcoming holiday. Currently, platelet usage by hospital patients in the Chicago area is slightly higher than average while in some areas it is considerably higher.Platelets are a special component of blood that helps control bleeding. They have a shelf life of only five days so it's extremely important to continuously replenish the supply."Right now, we're seeing an increase in the number of platelets needed by patients," Eva Quinley, LifeSource Regional Director said. "We work hard to efficiently manage the community blood … [Read more...] about Low supply of platelets raising concerns heading into Memorial Day Weekend
WASHINGTON — Memorial Day weekend travel will be especially fraught this year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. How bad, exactly? Think “record numbers.” More than a million D.C.-area residents (1,053,400, to be exact) are expected to be traveling at least 50 miles on the road, in a plane or on trains and cruise ships this holiday weekend — a record high, AAA said. (By comparison, only 748,500 residents traveled during Memorial Day weekend in 2009.) “We’re not even counting the people who are traveling less than 50 miles,” said John Townsend II, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s manager of public and government affairs. The breakdown locally, per AAA and the transportation analytics company INRIX: Nearly 939,000 automobile travelers are projected this weekend, an increase of 4.9 percent over last year. About 85,000 air travelers are anticipated, an increase of 7.5 percent. Almost 30,000 travelers using other modes are projected, an increase of 1 … [Read more...] about Record travel volume predicted for Memorial Day weekend
Memorial Day weekend once marked the beginning of summer, a holiday when some people opened their beach houses and the less affluent cooked hot dogs in the backyard. That, of course, was before people went to the beach all the time and cooked out whenever they felt so inclined.It also was a time when communities were more aware of the patriotic meaning of Memorial Day as a time of remembering those who died in defense of the nation.Portsmouth staged a big parade to mark the day beginning in 1884. It has marched down High Street for 133 years and has the distinction of “the oldest continuous Memorial Day parade in the nation.”And it will be here on May 28, stepping off at 10 a.m. at I.C. Norcom High School and marching on High Street to Crawford Street.The parade too has changed with the years as most high school bands have moved away from playing Sousa marches and other music once featured on patriotic occasions, and many organizations don’t have military-style … [Read more...] about Get ready, get set, it’s time for an event-packed Memorial Day weekend in Portsmouth