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Addicts run Commonwealth Games 5K as a release

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For a few of the Coventry Commonwealth Games 5k runners their journey began long before the starting shot was fired.
   
Six months ago, Matt Satterwhite and Matthew Mitchell had never laced up their shoes to hit the pavement.
   
Mitchell says, at least not for a race.
“Unless it was blue lights behind me, no,” Mitchell said.
   
Mitchell can joke now, but that’s because he’s on the right road.
   
After years of alcohol and drug abuse Satterwhite and Mitchell turned to the Roanoke Rescue Mission for help.

“I just needed a new lease on life, so I came to the mission to receive that,” Mitchell said.
“Before this (I was) just always in trouble using drugs and alcohol the whole time,” Satterwhite said.
   
Getting clean and sober doesn’t always mean getting fit and trim.
   
It just so happened Tammy Wiley approached the Rescue Mission with the idea of getting a group together to start running and eventually enter a race.

“I think it’s a sense of accomplishment, getting out early at 6 o’clock in the morning and running and then actually being able to participate in a race and finishing and completing the 5k,” Wiley explained.
   
Wiley says volunteering to help train folks in the substance abuse program is actually a blessing to her, and her fellow runners are now family.

However, Satterwhite says running is a gift.

“Depending on drugs and alcohol for the last 20 years as a stress relief you need something and running has pretty much taken the place of it,” Satterwhite said.

Sponsors helped pay for the Rescue Mission group to run in Saturday’s race.
   
Also, running shoes and clothing was donated.

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07/18/2010 at 12:16 pm

Kids Clean ‘Oiled’ Animals At Audubon Zoo

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The Audubon Zoo is using the Gulf oil spill crisis as a teaching tool to help kids learn about the spill and its relationship to animals by using a hands-on approach that allows children to clean “oiled” animals.

 At Audubon Zoo’s Discovery Walk, children are learning about the crisis through an oiled animal exhibit that gives them the chance to act like volunteers in a rehabilitation center.

 “I’m cleaning turtles … because they have oil on them,” young Anna Hutchinson said.

 Kids participating in the exhibit will gown up, glove up and pick a plastic oiled turtle to clean. It’s actually covered in a vegetable oil cocoa mix.

 “Sea turtles are actually what Audubon Nature Institute is involved in, so we bought some plastic turtles and played with the kids and this is what came out of it,” said Audubon Zoo Education Director Brenda Walkenhorst.

 Walkenhorst said the idea was sparked by zoo campers, who asked so many questions about how the spill affects animals. She wanted to provide answers in an understandable way.

 “The oil spill is a huge natural disaster and people should be more concerned about marine wildlife and how endangered they are,” said student Miriam Donavan.

 Children also get to see a simulated cleanup effort, using Q-tips as absorbent boom and dishwashing liquid as dispersants.

 “Everything makes it worser because of the chemicals,” Aiden Couvillion said. he Audubon Zoo is using the Gulf oil spill crisis as a teaching tool to help kids learn about the spill and its relationship to animals by using a hands-on approach that allows children to clean “oiled” animals.

At Audubon Zoo’s Discovery Walk, children are learning about the crisis through an oiled animal exhibit that gives them the chance to act like volunteers in a rehabilitation center.

“I’m cleaning turtles … because they have oil on them,” young Anna Hutchinson said.

Kids participating in the exhibit will gown up, glove up and pick a plastic oiled turtle to clean. It’s actually covered in a vegetable oil cocoa mix.

“Sea turtles are actually what Audubon Nature Institute is involved in, so we bought some plastic turtles and played with the kids and this is what came out of it,” said Audubon Zoo Education Director Brenda Walkenhorst.

Walkenhorst said the idea was sparked by zoo campers, who asked so many questions about how the spill affects animals. She wanted to provide answers in an understandable way.

“The oil spill is a huge natural disaster and people should be more concerned about marine wildlife and how endangered they are,” said student Miriam Donavan.

Children also get to see a simulated cleanup effort, using Q-tips as absorbent boom and dishwashing liquid as dispersants.

“Everything makes it worser because of the chemicals,” Aiden Couvillion said.

SOURCE: Kids Clean ‘Oiled’ Animals At Audubon Zoo

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07/13/2010 at 8:57 pm

Dog “Cries” When Her Soldier Returns Home

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A dog freaks out over a soldier’s return from Iraq in this touching video. The dog freaks out when the soldier (their father) returns from war after an extended leave in Iraq.  Although I don’t know the full story behind the soldier’s return, the dog’s reaction to his return is really adorable!

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07/04/2010 at 11:55 am

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Nation’s oldest postal worker retires with 3,856 unused sick days [VIDEO]

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 At age 95, the nation’s oldest postal worker is ready to call it quits. Chester Arthur Reed is walking away from his job as a mail handler and forklift operator in California. Now, he wants to see the world.