This blog is of, by and for the progressive members of our Jefferson County community. Our mission is to provide information about fellow progressives for all to view, to provide a forum for forward looking candidates and to offer other varied items of interest. Your opinion is important to this blog and if you wish to write us an item or send us a picture please email it to THIS BLOG IS NOT AN OFFICIAL BLOG OF THE JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE

Sunday, January 25, 2009


The Jefferson County Democratic Committee right after the last election in November took a new additional direction. Of course our major mission is political but it was decided that we would also embark on a program titled 'Discover the Meaning.'
The concept was to reach out in a non-political way and use the human resources of our group to help worthwhile community endeavors.
Sandy Cole stepped up to head the effort. So far we have rung Salvation Army Christmas bells, collected non perishable food for area pantries and last night we helped our public TV station raise some funds in this troublesome economic climate. The event was the Antique and Collectable Auction. We manned phones, worked as floor managers, wrote board bids and even served as auctioneers. There were even some bids coming from our group. Station Manager Tom Hanley seemed pleased with our efforts.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell was charming as always in front of the cameras. Chairman Sean Hennessey was everywhere doing everything, as usual. Manning the phones were Doris Mclallen, Nancy Brown, Pat Youngs, Ted Ford, Matt Barbalich, Mary Kiechel, Sandy Cole, Mark Pacilio and Steve Hunt.
Ron Cole was a floor manager and Mike Stone and Scott Mclallen were wearing the headsets as bid posters. All of us were pleased to help out a little.
Sandy will have us out again in another venture soon I'm sure. Thanks everybody for all you do.

Remember the 1st Three Letters....S.T.R.

My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word.
I agree.

If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

Please read:


During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening

Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 PM Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead .

It only takes a minute to read this...

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.


Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR . Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(I.e. It is sunny out today)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke --------
Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this:
Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue..
If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.