Bike Saftety Is For Everyone, Especially Your Children by Shannon Lubraggie


With spring and summer fast approaching, I thought now is a good time to start thinking about bicycle safety and offer up some of the pro’s best tips!

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Bike riding is lots of fun, but accidents unfortunately happen. The safest way to use your bike is to use it for transportation, not play. According to, “every year about 300,000 kids go to the emergency department because of bike injuries, and at least 10,000 kids have injuries that require a few days in the hospital. Some of these injuries are so serious that children die, usually from head injuries.”

Here’s another reason why you should always strap on your helmet: in many states it’s the law! The reason being is that many bike injuries involve head injuries, so a crash could mean permanent brain damage or death for someone who does not wear one while riding. To protect yourself and your family from a brain injury, make sure your helmet fits correctly on every ride.

Bicycle helmet use should not be optional for anyone in your family; everyone should have one on each and every time they decide to ride. This will not only protect the brain and head, but the face as well.

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Parents and caregivers please read the following rules to ensure proper safety.

  • Bike helmets should have a sticker that says it meet standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If your helmet doesn’t have a CPSC sticker, try to find one that does.
  • Wear a bike helmet EVERY TIME YOU RIDE, even if you are going for a short ride.
  • It should be worn level and cover your forehead. Don’t tip it back so your forehead is showing. The straps should always be fastened.
  • Bike Helmet should not be too big or too small. Never wear a hat under your helmet
  • Make sure the straps are adjusted so they’re snug enough that you can’t pull or twist the helmet around on your head.
  • Take care of your bike helmet and don’t throw it around.
  • Many bike helmets today are lightweight and come in fun, cool colors. If you don’t love yours as it is, personalize it with some of your favorite stickers!
  • Reflective stickers are a great choice because they look cool and make you more visible to people driving cars


Bicycle riding is a great way to get exercise, fresh air, and lots of laughs, but there’s an important factor that we all need to consider, and that is safety. Please take the time to share this with your loved ones as we prepare for the warm months.

Happy Spring!


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Boy with autism brought to tears as teacher snatches mic at Thanksgiving play —

NUTTER FORT, W.Va. — “Why would she do that?” That’s the question one mom can be heard asking in a video after a teacher in West Virginia snatched the microphone just before a six-year-old boy with autism was about to deliver his closing line at a school Thanksgiving play, WDTV reports. Now plenty of people…

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“Why would she do that?”

That’s the question one mom can be heard asking in a video after a teacher in West Virginia snatched the microphone just before a six-year-old boy with autism was about to deliver his closing line at a school Thanksgiving play, WDTV reports.

Now plenty of people online are asking the same question, as the video showing the little boy’s heartbreak has gone viral.

Children in Thanksgiving costumes approach the microphone one-by-one to thank the audience for coming at the end of the school play. When it was six-year-old Caleb’s turn, a teacher grabs the microphone from the stand.

Caleb exclaims, “Oh no!” as he sees his moment in the spotlight snatched, left to stand in his turkey costume on the stage as he breaks into tears.

Caleb’s mom, Amanda, was filming the play, and found herself brought to tears by the incident. She posted the video to social media.

“I left in tears because one teacher Mrs. Linsey I think her name is grabbed the microphone from Caleb and in a mean way,” Amanda’s post reads.  “My son is a little different I know this but his heart is so big and he loves everyone. What does it matter if he wanted to say gobble gobble he was the turkey after all. I’m sick of kids that are not considered “normal” be treated the way they are.”

Comments on the post have been supportive of Caleb, who Amanda says has a mild form of autism. The online community’s response to the teacher’s behavior was swift condemnation.

The public outcry has prompted the superintendent of schools to look into the incident.

“It’s a mistake that was made. There was no malice,” Harrison County Schools Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin explained. “This teacher, as all of our teachers, truly care about these young boys and girls. The program was over, at least as I understand, and the teacher had taken the microphone.”

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Ohio police officer saves 7 yr old who was trying to sell teddy bear for food

As the City of Milwaukee becomes the latest city to face race riots due to the death of an accused Black man by police, another side of what the nation’s police officers see in their duties appears. On August 9th, an Ohio police officer showed with this actions how those who serve and protect do so for the betterment of their communities and that their everyday heroism is overlooked. The actions of police officers across the country are under a microscope but too many times the only actions that are reported are those of conflict.

Franklin, Ohio Police Officer Steve Dunham was on duty, Tuesday, when a call came in that a child was trying to his sell toys in front of a store because he needed money to eat. The child was 7 years old and was trying to sell his teddy bear. Officer Dunham approached the boy, who Dunham said was “really nervous at first.” Chief Russ Whitman stated what Dunham reported that the boy stated that he had not eaten for several days. Fearing for the health and welfare of the boys reported brothers, ages 11, 12, 15 and 17, the officer called in for help to check on their welfare while Dunham took the child out to eat at Subway sandwich shop. As officers were going to check on the boy’s sibling he was able to sit at the police station, watch cartoons with a dispatcher for a few hours and wait until a family member picked him up.

Officers who arrived at the home found the other children living in deplorable conditions. Officer Dunham stated that at the home that they found garbage and liquor bottles everywhere, and there was a strong smell of cat urine. Officers noted that there was a substantial risk of health and safety by neglecting the cleanliness in the residence, having a large amount of bugs and spoiled food throughout the residence, not having properly prepared and packaged food for the minor children to eat.”

There were two parents, Tammy and Michael Bethel, were in the home who were then taken into custody for and charged then with five counts of child neglect. The parents told police they were unaware that the 7-year-old had even left the home. They pled not guilty after their arrest but will have pre-trial conference in September. Child Protective Services contacted another family member to pick up the boys. The parents were allowed to remain free while the case continues through the judicial system.

Chief Russ Whitman said of his department’s actions, “I’m very proud of my officers for what they did, but officers across the nation go above and beyond every single day,” Whitman said. “We just happened to be put in the limelight. You can find stories like this everywhere with police officers every day. That’s why we get into this business, to help people.” Continuing the Chief said, “treated them like their own kids, and that’s exactly what law enforcement does in situations like this. How would we want someone to treat our kids?” Whitman told WLWT. “Hopefully, these officers’ actions change these kids’ lives and maybe change the lives of the parents to become better parents.”

Nikki Hawkins, the victim’s advocate who was called to the scene, wrote about the officers involved and the good work that took place helping these children. She wrote on the Facebook page of the police department that “We see sad cases all the time and sometimes it just feels like ‘another day in the life’, but you all fed this little boy and his brothers and made him feel safe in the middle of a nasty situation The way you treated and took care of this little guy touched my heart. Thank you for taking the steps to not only keep him safe and healthy, but also going the extra mile to comfort him and show him that people care about him. I’m lucky to work beside officers like you.”

You have the power to help restore a little sanity to the world. — Ramblings of an Eccentric Mind

Percussion ensembles have long offered a safe haven for the quirky, odd, and eccentric people among us. We are losing one of these places. Please read and support the restoration of one of these places.

In the wake of another horrific event of hate and intolerance, I want to write about a place where the opposite is true. Many of you have read about the recent demise of the Upper Darby High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble.  (If you haven’t, please take a minute to follow this link for a quick overview. It will help you understand what the rest of this post is talking about. Parents, students push on to keep indoor drumline in Upper Darby). What I want to share is how this organization and many others like it, offer a place where being different is not only tolerated but accepted and encouraged.

I am a geek.  In fact, I am a geek among geeks.  I am a misfit, an off-brand shoe, a strange individual, and an oddity. This is a fact and one that I revel in. But I am 49 and it has taken me 45 of those years to learn to love this about myself. For a high school kid, being something different is not okay.  It is a time and place where you are supposed to be figuring out who and what you are, but if that person is too far removed from the acceptable norm…forget it. You are probably going to learn to hate high school. But in an indoor percussion ensemble, being odd is not only accepted, it is often celebrated.

I have been involved in a lot of percussion ensembles over the years – both in my own right as a costumer, and as the wife of a celebrated instructor/writer/director.  I have seen what these groups offer to the misfits of society – to the “me” of this world.  Now don’t get me wrong – it’s not an anything goes kind of place. You have to contribute and want to make the ensemble better.  But if you do, you will become part of something that will be there for you when you most need it. Please continue to read this at

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