Sunday, August 30, 2009

AAA Appeal - Schools Are Open - Help Us Keep Children Safe

Here is a appeal from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education "School’s Open - Drive Carefully" Campaign!

Did you know that 50% of children struck by cars near schools are hit by parents driving other children to school? *

This is one reason why the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education would like to remind you that in just a few days"School’s Open - Drive Carefully".

Here's a checklist of ways you can help to keep our children safe:

  • Slow down near schools and in residential areas.
  • Drive with your headlights on - even during the day - so children and other drivers can see you.
  • Look for clues such as AAA School Safety Patrollers, bicycles and playgrounds that indicate children could be in the area.
  • Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs of
  • Practice extra caution in bad weather.
  • Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students.
  • Make a gift of $20.09 or any amount to the 2009
    Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education "School’s Open - Drive Carefully" Campaign!

* Source: Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Volunteer for the CPCUG at the Montgomery County Fair Aug 14 to 22

  o  Email from Barbara Conn of the Capital PC Users group

Montgomery County Fair runs August 14 to 22. CPCUG needs help staffing our Internet Cafe, which will be  open to the the public from 10 am to 10 pm. If you can volunteer a few hours (most shifts are 4 hours), you'll have fun and get a free Fair Ticket for the day.
       To volunteer, visit our signup form:
       If you volunteered before this link was posted, please visit the Web page cited to ensure that  you are listed for your chosen timeslot(s). Thanks!
    o  Get tweets with CPCUG event information, reminders, and computer and technology tips!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Help ! Friends of the Rockville Library needs Volunteers

I love the Rockville library and I wanted to seek the local area readers of this blog to see if they could help ;

Message from Aileen Klein  : (I have removed her phone number and email but pls comment here or email me from my contact info on this blog and I will send the info to you-Thanks)

We have just received an email from the manager of the Rockville library that the books donated to the FOL are becoming a problem.   The reason for this is that we do not have volunteers committed to a regular schedule who would come in to sort and pack the books.   Currently our books are taking up all of the staff work space and it is against county policy to have the library staff handle donated books (nor do they have the time).   As we are all aware, the library patronage has increased as the economic downturn has occurred and thus the library staff has their hands full handling all of the extra work that has created.

As you know, book sales are our main source of revenue and without the donated books we would not be able to help the library buy the necessary items that we have been providing, nor would we be able to pay for the programs that we sponsor.

Sorting books, is actually a lot of fun.   We really need people who could commit to at least once a week for a few hours on a regular basis (if you have more time, we can use whatever you have).   If you only have one day a month, we'd still love to have your help.   Perhaps you have a spouse who has some time to spare?

Please consider this carefully, we are at a critical point where if we do not find volunteers we may have to turn away donated books and that would hurt the public in many ways.

There is no special talent involved in sorting books.    If you send me an email, and tell me you are interested, we will show you exactly what to do.   There is really no right or wrong method, so don't worry, it's fun!

If you know of someone who would like to do this and is not a member, please let me know.  

Thank you all for your support.


Aileen Klein 

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The White House Beer summit & WTO

Dana Milbank wrote a great article -" Beer Summit Wasn't One for the Guinness Book " where is concentrates on the brands , corporate origins and appropriateness and also gives a very colorful choice of beer selections for other politicians.

While I thought the President's choice of a BudLight was as American as it gets - Dana Milbank says " The president's beer of choice was made by a Belgian conglomerate" LOL :) I hope in that same vein the King Fisher brewed in NJ/Ny becomes an American Beer ( I have to confirm that King Fisher US is brewed here and not Bangalore)

I am beer fan and was thrilled that the US has gone from the Ping Pong Diplomacy to Beer Summits. If the US and the Russian presidents can solve the issue with a Vodka summit the Cold war will never be back . This takes care of the western world.

Manmohan Singh India's Prime Minister according to press reports is a Teetotaler but I bet he loves his lemonade ( i.e Nimbu Pani) so we have the option of a Lemonade Summit.

Thinking about the Islamic countries, when we decide to have a summit with Iran we call it the Doogh Summit ( Doogh is a combination of yogurt, water (or soda) and dried mint.) or have it off camera so non one knows who drinks what.

I like this idea. I am also glad that despite the pressure the President drank Bud Light ( Belgian company). Red Stripe is a Jamaican Beer ( made by a British company) and as Dana Milbak reports "Biden, for his part, went with a nonalcoholic Dutch beer, Buckler". Crowley's choice with the name "Belgian Ale" in it is brewed in Denver Colorado and no overseas connection except the name ( comment here if I am wrong). I hope they served it with a slice of orange.

BTW off topic but the web site of the Blue Moon Brewing Company is pretty cool.

In conclusion what you drink and what you drive may be as American as Apple pie but you never know where it is made or who owns the company making it. As for me I am going to have a King Fisher or a CusQuena beer when the President invite me over to the White House. What about you ?