Our trip downey ocean

Record Observer - - Opinion -

The fam­ily made its an­nual jaunt downey ocean last week for the Fire­men’s Con­ven­tion, and we were treated to nice weather with the ex­cep­tion of the vi­o­lent storm that hit late Tues­day af­ter­noon, but cleared for the big pa­rade on Wed­nes­day.

We ar­rived at the ocean in time to see most of the Thuner­birds air show that they put on once a year or at least some­times, at the re­sort. When those planes fly over­head, the sound bar­rier is al­most bro­ken. It is ear-shat­ter­ing. I was amazed at the pi­lot of one plane who went straight up, then turned and came straight down al­most to the edge of the wa­ter be­fore lev­el­ing off and zipping along the top of the waves.

It was only Butch Kauf­man and I rep­re­sent­ing Good­will Fire Com­pany at the con­ven­tion hall meet­ings, but I was glad to say hello to a num­ber of fire­fight­ers around the state I only get to see once a year. As usual, the joint me­mo­rial service Sun­day evening was an im­pres­sive cer­e­mony, and if you get a kick out of see­ing and hear­ing bag­pipes and drums, the open­ing cer­e­mony on Mon­day is the place to be.

I was happy to see sev­eral other Good­will fel­lows show up Tues­day morn­ing as our own Ralph Starkey, a long­time mem­ber, was hon­ored by in­duc­tion into the state as­so­ci­a­tion’s hall of fame. It was a well-de­served trib­ute to Ralph; hope­fully you will see a photo I snapped later. I could not get a de­cent shot when he was up on stage.

And be­fore I for­get it, we saw some­thing late Tues­day af­ter­noon that you will not see of­ten; an empty ocean­front beach. The storm was ap­proach­ing and the life­guards asked ev­ery­one on the beach to leave be­cause of the threat of light­ning and storm. It was a very odd view to look out from our bal­cony at the ho­tel to see the beach empty. How­ever, the storm did not stop a few folks from walk­ing the board­walk with um­brel­las or pon­chos. ••• OUR BATHING BIRDS I have a chore that hap­pens three or four times a day dur­ing the sum­mer. It is fill­ing the bird bath that sits back by the rose gar­den. Our feathered friends re­ally and we try to con­trib­ute when we can to those we know about.

But I just have to won­der about the re­quest let­ter from the Me­mo­rial Sloan Ket­ter­ing Can­cer Cen­ter that came in the other day. It was in a large en­ve­lope, and en­closed with the “please send money” let­ter, was a very nice-look­ing tote bag as a FREE gift. Now I don’t know what it costs to have those bags made, but if they send out sev­eral thou­sand let­ters with those tote bags, you have won­der how much it costs in ad­vance. And you know darn well, ev­ery­one who gets one of their let­ters does not re­turn it with a fat check.

••• A GOOD DEAL Speak­ing of ask­ing for money, you may have re­ceived a let­ter from theGood­will Fire Com­pany EMS di­vi­sion re­cently con­cern­ing the an­nual am­bu­lance drive. Yes, we need the money to keep two emer­gency am­bu­lances on the go as we ran 1,310 am­bu­lance calls last year; or about three a day. If you join the am­bu­lance plan, we bill your in­surance com­pany, and any un­paid bal­ance the in­surance peo­ple do not pay, the am­bu­lance plan cov­ers you and fam­ily mem­bers. It may be used as many times as nec­es­sary for the next year. If you wish, you may call the fire­house at 410758-1422 and leave a mes­sage. Some­one will get back to you with any in­for­ma­tion you need.

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