Boating SafetyWritten by Jordan Walt
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·Be prepared for weather: Check weather forecast before going on water and be equipped for changes. ·Know where you are: The Coast Guard recommends having charts, a GPS (Global Positioning System) and a reliable means of communication on board. ·Know how to contact Coast Guard: Marine radio is preferred method to communicate on water because it broadcasts to other boaters in vicinity. If using a cell phone on water, test it for a maritime emergency by dialing *CG (*24). There is no charge or penalty for calling to test signal. ·Do not drink and drive: According to Coast Guard, a boat operator with a blood alcohol level of .10 percent is 10 times more likely to be killed in a boating accident than a boat operator with a blood alcohol level of zero. Operating a boat while drinking is illegal in several states. Remember that effects of alcohol are exacerbated when combined with sun exposure and being on water. Established in 1995, AIC Insurance Agency is an independent insurance agency offering a full range of insurance products including auto, home, life, and commercial. For information and quotes on insurance coverage, please visit AIC Insurance Agency at 14000 SE Johnson Rd. Ste. 210 Milwaukie, OR 97267 or call (503) 653-8287. Travelers, second largest writer of auto and homeowners insurance through independent agents, is a member of St. Paul Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance. Travelers carries a variety of comprehensive, competitive boat and yacht products offered by a staff of specialists for vessels with values up to $5 million. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.
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Andy Griffith Show Family LessonsWritten by T Frady
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Today we have more than made sure our kids have material things. They have video games, televisions in their room, so many toys there is not enough time to play with them, but we shirk our responsibility on biggest, most important part of raising a kid, part where you actually raise them up to be adults. Fun and toys are great. Every child ought to have fun, but they should be slowly growing up too. So my humble suggestion is like Andy Taylor said make sure your boy or girl can stand on their own two feet. No opportunity is too small to begin instilling these important lessons. It's just like Bible says "Train up a child in way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. "
Taking your kid fishing like Andy did Opie is not that bad either. If that isn't your cup of tea then surely you can enjoy going to park with your kid or playing something outside. Most kids never seem to want to venture outside anymore. They're missing an important part of development and growing more and more obese every year. Health is another important aspect of life that kids need to take responsibility for. Even children are developing diabetes, which they wouldn't have normally, due to diet and lack of physical activity. The fact of matter is, in long run protecting our kids from facing consequences of their actions today will mean greater consequences later down line. So be like Andy and open window and let your kid hear birds, and don't be afraid to let him or her pay for a broken window occasionally.
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