Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ambulance Animated

Oyens, in northwest Iowa is slightly smaller than Alvo and is facing a shortage of volunteers to provide emergency medical transport for their citizens. They quit responding to medical emergencies on February 1st. 2 adjoining agencies are splitting their response area - patients in Oyens now have to wait for a transporting service from Le Mars or Remsen to take them to a hospital. Follow the link below to the local television coverage.

Oyens, Iowa Voluteer Ambulance Service may stop transporting patients

Daily Sentinel Newspaper

Newspaper article explains why they shut down

Oyens census data

2010 census: 103 people, 42 households, and 30 families residing in the village. 35.7% of the households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.6% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.

The median age in the city was 40.5 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.4% were from 25 to 44; 29.2% were from 45 to 64; and 14.6% were 65 years of age or older.

2000 census:  132 people, 48 households, and 39 families residing in the village. 39.6% of the households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.0% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 14.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.

Population ages: 27.3% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years.

 

Alvo census data

 

2010 census: 132 people, 52 households, and 37 families residing in the village. 42.3% of the households had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.8% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The median age in the village was 30.7 years. 29.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 9.8% were 65 years of age or older.

 

2000 census:  142 people, 58 households, and 41 families residing in the village. 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.8% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. Population ages: 24.6% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years.

Comparing the two rescue squads

Oyens has one ambulance and 6 EMTs - Alvo has 2 ambulances and 5 EMTs; they run 10 to 20 calls per year in a response area of 36 square miles; our response area is about twice that and our call volume is about 4 times theirs. Their closest hospital is 5 miles away and ours is 16.8 (to St. Elizabeth). The average age of the Oyens EMTs is mid-50s ours is a little bit less (thanks Kelly and Ryan). They may lose half their EMTs due to burnout. We usually lose people due to them moving away. Their city does not provide workmen's compensation insurance. The Village of Alvo provides that coverage as well as an accicental death policy for both EMTs and firefighters. Our village also pays for vehicle insurance and the medical radio contract with the City of Lincoln. It is very difficult for them to recruit new members - guess what - we are almost in that same boat - except for Kelly and Ryan. The main reasons people use to justify not volunteering is the same in both states: 1 - length of time to become trained and licensed; 2 - mandatory continuing education requiring unreimbursed travel; 3 - loss of family time for people in the work force; and 4 - inability for volunteers to respond from their primary job without penalty. In Iowa, the county supervisors actually support EMS financially, but the money division is based on call volume (departments with high call numbers don't need extra financial support). Cass County does not provide any financial support to Alvo Rescue.

Folks - this is not an isolated problem, but the solution is not going to be creating another taxing authority to hire paid EMS workers. Establishing a regional ambulance district or districts will not happen overnight if at all and does not fix the problems we have today. First of all, EMS funding in Nebraska is not a priority of state, county or local government. We can survive through billing for service although Medicare does not pay 100% of the bill - how about 40%?

The short and sweet, to my mind - is community support from everyone, not just the people we take to the hospitals. 

 

What happened on Febrary 11th?

 

2013 Citing frail health, Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation effective February 28, 2013; he is the first Pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415 - Couldn't have anything to do with what he knew about the pedophile priests?
2012 American singer and actress Whitney Houston dies suddenly at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in California at age 48
2011 North Korea places requests with its worldwide embassies to appeal for aid to feed its population - Communism doesn't grow crops.
2010 A European Union summit discusses the possibility of bailing out Greece's economy
2006 Dick Cheney accidentally shoots friend in a hunting accident - Maybe if he had gone to Vietneam, he would known how to handle a weapon.
1998 KVBC-FM (Las Vegas) offers Monica Lewinsky $5M for interview - Now that must have been a REALLY slow news week.
1998 Lyrics to "Candle in the Wind 1997," auctioned for $442,500
1997 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of New York Jets
1995 Danyon Loader swims world record 400m freestyle (340.46)
1995 Mark Foster swims world record 50m butterfly (23.55 sec)
1995 Sandra Volker swims European record 50m backstroke (27.67 sec)
1995 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1993 Howard Stern's radio show begins transmitting to Rochester, New York on WRQI - Good thing he wasn't on TV.
1993 Irina Privalova runs world record 60m indoor (6.92 seconds)
1993 Janet Reno selected by Clinton as U.S. Attorney General
1992 Michael Johnson runs indoor world record 400m (44.97 sec)
1991 UNPO, Unrepresented Nations and People Org forms in Hague
1990 James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson to win heavyweight boxing crown - Even Iron Mike had some bad days.
1990 Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, freed in South Africa
1990 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1989 Barbara Clementine Harris consecrated 1st female bishop (Episcopalian)
1989 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
1988 Anthony M. Kennedy appointed to Supreme Court
1987 Philippines constitution goes into effect
1987 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 Activist Anatoly Scharansky released by U.S.S.R., leaves country
1986 Iran begins Fajr-8 offensive against Iraq
1985 Jordan king Hussein and PLO leader Arafat sign accord
1984 10th space shuttle mission (41-B)-Challenger 4-returns to Earth
1983 "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Ricky" and "Buckingham Blues" debut LP
1983 4th largest snowfall in New York City history (18"(46 cm))
1979 43 million watch "Elvis!" on ABC
1979 Iran's premier Bakhtiar resigns, Ayatollah Khomeini seizes power - Another religious zealot who was a waste of oxygen.
1978 China lifts a ban on Aristotle, Shakespeare, and Dickens - Religious right asks "Who are they?"
1977 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean)
1976 Clifford Alexander, Jr. confirmed as 1st black secretary of Army
1975 Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for Conservative leadership
1974 Titan-Centaur Test launch fails - Wouldn't want to have been close to that one.
1973 1st sub 17-minute 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
1971 U.S., U.K., U.S.S.R., others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
1970 26.37 cm (10.38") of rainfall, Mount Washington, New Hampshire (state 24-hour rec) - Thought it snowed up there in February
1970 Japan becomes 4th nation to put a satellite, Osumi, in orbit
1969 Diana Crump becomes 1st U.S. woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
1968 Jeffrey Kramer survives 76-m jump, Washington Bridge, Hudson River New York - Bet it left a mark - that's 247 feet straight down
1966 San Francisco Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year
1965 Beatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox
1964 Beatles 1st live appearance in U.S.; Washington D.C. Coliseum
1964 Taiwan drops diplomatic relations with France - French don't care.
1963 Beatles tape 10 tracks for their 1st album
1963 CIA Domestic Operations Division created - And you thought only the NSA spied on US citizens starting in this century
1962 Beatles record "Please, Please Me"
1961 Trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem
1960 Jack Paar walks off his TV show
1958 1st flight with black stewardess, Ruth Carol Taylor, Ithaca New York
1953 President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple - They both were executed in the electric chair.
1950 "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hit #1
1948 John Costello follows Eamon Da Valera as premier of Ireland - Could this have been the beginning of the Irish mafia?
1945 1st gas turbine propeller-driven airplane flight tested, Downey, California
1945 Yalta agreement signed by FDR, Churchill and Stalin
1944 German troops reconquer Aprilia Italy
1944 U-424 sunk off Ireland
1943 General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe
1943 Transport nr 47 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1942 "Archie" comic book debuts
1941 Lieutenant-general Erwin Rommel arrives in Tripoli
1941 Sicherheitsdienst complains about Dutch anti German sentiments - Those SS guys were so misunderstood.
1935 1st U.S. airplane flight with auto slung beneath fuselage, New York
1932 73 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in February
1928 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St. Moritz, Switzerland
1927 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
1927 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
1922 "April Showers" by Al Jolson hits #1
1922 U.S. intervention army leaves Honduras - That's the political term for "We invaded them." 
1916 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents its 1st concert
1916 Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth controlNot only that, she founded the first Mother Earth magazine which was described as an anarchist journal advocating women's emancipation (she was sent to jail several times).
1902 Police beat up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels
1899 -15 degrees F (-26 degrees C), Washington, D.C. (district record)
1899 -61 degrees F, Montana (record low temperature)
1895 -17 degrees F (-27.2 degrees C) in Braemar, Grampian (UK record)
1861 President-elect Lincoln takes train from Spingfield Illinois to Washington D.C.
1861 U.S. House unanimously passes resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state
1854 Major streets lit by coal gas for 1st time
1852 1st British public female toilet opens (Bedford Street London)
1812 Massachusetts Governor Gerry signs a redistricting bill-1st "gerrymander"
1811 President Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years
1810 Napoleon marries Marie-Louise of Austria
1809 Robert Fulton patents steamboat
1808 Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pa - You'd think we could do better in over 200 years.
1794 1st session of U.S. Senate open to the public
1790 Society of Friends petitions Congress for abolition of slavery
1766 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia - Pretty good, since there wasn't a constitution yet.
1752 Pennsylvania Hospital, the 1st hospital in the U.S., opened
1573 1st European, Francis Drake sees the Pacific (from Panama)
1531 Henry VIII recognized as supreme head of Church in EnglandHe was on a mission from God.

 

Spring is getting closer - only 37 days away!

 

 

Date Sunrise Sunset Sun hours
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:23:00 AM 5:57:00 PM 10:34:00
Thursday, February 13, 2014 7:22:00 AM 5:58:00 PM 10:36:00
Friday, February 14, 2014 7:21:00 AM 5:59:00 PM 10:38:00
Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:20:00 AM 6:00:00 PM 10:40:00
Sunday, February 16, 2014 7:18:00 AM 6:01:00 PM 10:43:00
Monday, February 17, 2014 7:17:00 AM 6:03:00 PM 10:46:00
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7:16:00 AM 6:04:00 PM 10:48:00

 Births on February 11th

1847 - Thomas Alva Edison, Milan Ohio, lit up your life (held 1200 patents)
Inventor Thomas EdisonInventor Thomas Edison (1847)

1887 - Grace Copple, Alvo, Nebraska

1898 - Leo Szilard, Hungary, physicist/A-bomb worker/peace activist
1909 - Max Baer, Omaha, Nebraska, American heavyweight boxing champ (1934-35)
1919 - Gretchen Fraser, Tacoma Wash, slalom skier (Olympic-gold-1948)
1919 - Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born actress (d. 1995)
1921 - Lloyd Bentsen, (Sen-D-TX, 1971- )/1989 Dem VP nominee)
1926 - Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun)
1930 - Alevtina Koltschina, USSR, cross coutry relay skier (Oly-gold-1960)
1934 - Mary Quant, Kent England, fashion designer (Chelsea Look, Mod Look)
1934 - Tina Louise, NYC, actress (Ginger-Gilligan's Island, Julie-Dallas) Eye candy
1934 - Mel Carnahan, American politician (d. 2000) - John Ashcroft, the incumbent senator, was beaten even though Mel died in a plane crash before the election
1936 - Burt Reynolds, Mich, actor (Evening Shade, Strip Tease, Cannonball)
1938 - Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic-gold-1964)
1938 - Manuel Antonio Noriega, Panamanian general/dictator (-1990) - CIA shill and drug dealer
1940 - Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
1941 - Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil '66/'77/'88)
1942 - Archie Andrews, comic book character (Archie)
1953 - Jeb Bush, American politician - The smart brother
1962 - Sheryl Crow, American musician
1964 - Sarah Palin, American politician - John McCain might have won with a different vice-presidential candidate

1969 - Jennifer Aniston, Sherman Oaks California, actress (Rachel-Friends) - Better eye candy and way smarter than Sarah
Actress Jennifer AnistonActress Jennifer Aniston (1969)

1971 - Damian Lewis, British actor - Band of Brothers, Homeland
1972 - Kelly Slater, American surfer
1975 - Kim Weir, Miss USA-Nebraska (1997)

 

Who died on the 11th?

1650 - Rene Descartes, philosopher "I think therefore I am", stops thinking

1899 - George Morgan, 1st English motorist to die in an motor accident, dies - "I yelled whoa and pulled on the reins - only there weren't any."
1931 - Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine), dies at 76
1961 - Patrice Lumumba, 1st premier Congo, murdered at 34 - What goes around comes around.
1963 - Sylvia Plath, poet/novelist (Ariel), kills herself in London at 30
1976 - Lee J Cobb, actor (12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies at 64
1982 - Eleanor Powell, tap dancer/wife of Glenn Ford, dies at 69 of cancer
1986 - Frank [Patrick] Herbert, sci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65
1994 - William Conrad, actor (Cannon), dies of a heart attack at 73
2000 - Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)
Jaws Novelist Peter BenchleyJaws Novelist Peter Benchley

2006 - Peter Benchley, American author, dies at 65
2012 - Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48 - What a waste

 "Every morning you get up, you're the youngest you'll ever be......." - Rat, from the comic strip 'Pearls Before Swine'.

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