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July 4, 1991 | By Marjorie Keen, Special to The Inquirer
Rick and Norma Kasper of Downingtown like adventurous vacations, such as white-water rafting in West Virginia and camping out west with their two children. They just bought a 15-foot fishing boat. On a recent Saturday, as part of a free "hands-on" boating and water safety class on Marsh Creek Lake in Upper Uwchlan, the Kaspers deftly hand- paddled a swamped canoe to the safety of the shore. "There are no traffic lights out on the water," said Rick Kasper, a West Whiteland police officer.
NEWS
March 21, 1991 | By Laurie Halse Anderson, Special to The Inquirer
With spring on the way, some restless children may already be dreaming of the hot, lazy days of summer that will soon follow. Days full of fishing, canoeing or just splashing in area lakes and creeks will beckon as soon as the last school bell rings. That worries members of the Telford Diving Company. The volunteers in the company have one of the most difficult and heart- wrenching jobs - water rescues and recoveries. They're called to the scene to rescue people in danger of drowning.
NEWS
June 7, 1992 | By Marc Schogol, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
More than 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered with water, and almost 100 percent of you will spend some time in, under or on top of that water in the next three months. Swimming, diving, scuba diving, surfing, body surfing, windsurfing, sailing, power boating, canoing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, water skiing, Jet- skiing - America takes to the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, reservoirs, swimming holes and swimming pools every year from Memorial Day through Labor Day. As a nation, we're all wet all summer long.
NEWS
May 14, 1992 | Inquirer Correspondent / DAVID SWANSON
Army ROTC cadets at Pennsylvania State University's Ogontz campus put youngsters to the test on Saturday. As part of Adventure Day at Ogontz, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Montgomery County stopped to learn water safety, mountaineering and rope-bridge building; ran an obstacle course, and competed in a tug of war.
NEWS
October 27, 2002 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For Kay Hunt, volunteerism is in the blood. From her grandparents to her parents and then on to Hunt and her siblings, her family has a tradition of helping and supporting others. "My mother was one who said you have to give of yourself," Hunt recalled. When Hunt was a child growing up in Camden before World War II, she said, neighbors knew each other and stepped in to help when they were needed. She remembers baby-sitting for neighbors and not even thinking of getting paid for it, and putting flags on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day. "We just didn't think of not doing it," she said.
NEWS
March 14, 1993 | By Marc Freeman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Do not distract the lifeguard . . . only swimsuits may be worn in the pool . . . no one permitted in unguarded pool . . . no playing with rescue equipment . . . After Esther Fagan finished reviewing a list of 21 proposed "pool rules" for a revised school district swimming policy, School Board President Andrew Reilly pondered aloud: "Yeah, but can they get wet?" "Carefully," answered Fagan. Before anyone soaks even one toe in a district pool, the school board should enact a revamped set of aquatic guidelines, according to recommendations presented by a task force at a board meeting Wednesday night.
NEWS
May 13, 2010
Barbara Benck Steel, 78, of Upper Gwynedd, an aquatics instructor and coach, died of pulmonary fibrosis Wednesday, May 5, at home. Mrs. Steel was an aquatic instructor in the Wissahickon School District for 26 years until retiring in 2000. She was also in charge of instruction for the Wissahickon Aquatics program, including "moms and tots" classes, water safety, and lifeguard training. From 1978 to 1990, she coached the girls' swim team at Wissahickon High School. The team won the Suburban One League championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989, and five girls she coached set school records that still stand, said Peter Bunting, retired aquatics supervisor for the Wissahickon School District.
NEWS
July 10, 1988 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
Like most parents, Janet Lowe of Beverly is concerned about keeping children away from drugs. But she's not content with just talking about preventing drug abuse. This Beverly resident's answer to the problem is "the Enforcers. " They're not a rock music group or a bunch of vigilantes but a club of about 25 young people, ages 6 to 19, who live in Lowe's neighborhood. Their task is to talk to other young people about drug and alcohol abuse as well as crime prevention and fire and water safety.
NEWS
July 10, 1988 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
Like most parents, Janet Lowe of Beverly is concerned about keeping children away from drugs. But she's not content with just talking about preventing drug abuse. This Beverly resident's answer to the problem is "the Enforcers. " They're not a rock music group or a bunch of vigilantes but a club of about 25 young people, ages 6 to 19, who live in Lowe's neighborhood. Their task is to talk to other young people about drug and alcohol abuse as well as crime prevention and fire and water safety.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2012
Have outdoor fun and receive tips on how to save lives and prevent child drowning by signing the Water Watcher Pledge at Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park. Adults 18 and over who take the pledge will receive free spectator admission in honor of Pool Safely Week through July 29. Beginning Friday, the Sambulance Safety Squad from the park's nonprofit educational safety program will give out pool and water safety information. Those who sign the Water Watcher Pledge promise to apply pool safety in their lives.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2012
Have outdoor fun and receive tips on how to save lives and prevent child drowning by signing the Water Watcher Pledge at Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park. Adults 18 and over who take the pledge will receive free spectator admission in honor of Pool Safely Week through July 29. Beginning Friday, the Sambulance Safety Squad from the park's nonprofit educational safety program will give out pool and water safety information. Those who sign the Water Watcher Pledge promise to apply pool safety in their lives.
NEWS
May 13, 2010
Barbara Benck Steel, 78, of Upper Gwynedd, an aquatics instructor and coach, died of pulmonary fibrosis Wednesday, May 5, at home. Mrs. Steel was an aquatic instructor in the Wissahickon School District for 26 years until retiring in 2000. She was also in charge of instruction for the Wissahickon Aquatics program, including "moms and tots" classes, water safety, and lifeguard training. From 1978 to 1990, she coached the girls' swim team at Wissahickon High School. The team won the Suburban One League championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989, and five girls she coached set school records that still stand, said Peter Bunting, retired aquatics supervisor for the Wissahickon School District.
NEWS
May 27, 2004 | By Vernon Clark and Susan FitzGerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Theirs was a tense and somber vigil as about 20 of William "Willie" Brown's relatives and friends gathered under cloudy skies at river's edge at Penn Treaty Park. Just feet away in the rain-swollen Delaware River yesterday afternoon, a pair of officers on a small police boat dragged the river in search of Brown's body. Brown, an 18-year-old North Philadelphia resident who attended school in Maryland, is believed to have drowned there Tuesday when he went in for a swim. It would be the second drowning this week in the rivers that course through the city.
NEWS
October 27, 2002 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For Kay Hunt, volunteerism is in the blood. From her grandparents to her parents and then on to Hunt and her siblings, her family has a tradition of helping and supporting others. "My mother was one who said you have to give of yourself," Hunt recalled. When Hunt was a child growing up in Camden before World War II, she said, neighbors knew each other and stepped in to help when they were needed. She remembers baby-sitting for neighbors and not even thinking of getting paid for it, and putting flags on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day. "We just didn't think of not doing it," she said.
NEWS
June 9, 2002 | By Rosalee Rhodes FOR THE INQUIRER
As part of a nationally recognized training program, Underwood-Memorial Hospital will twice this summer offer a two-day Safesitter training course for youths ages 11 to 13. The first session will be held July 22 and July 24, and the second session is scheduled for Aug. 20 and Aug. 23. The courses will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Underwood-Memorial's main campus in Woodbury. The registration fee is $40. For more information, call 856-845-0100, Ext. 2456. Lourdes Health System/Rancocas Division's Art at Rancocas Gallery will present "A Feast of Flowers," an exhibition of 16 professional floral artists, June 15 to Aug 15. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
NEWS
August 2, 2000 | By Evan Halper, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Neighbors of an Upper Bucks County property where 3,200 tons of toxic sludge were dumped in the late 1960s - and where investigators declared there was no health threat 20 years ago after visiting the wrong site - soon will find out if their water is threatened. The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in the next few weeks will release a "health consultation" that assesses public risk from the toxic material, which has turned up so far under the old Watson Johnson landfill on Pumping Station Road and in drinking wells.
NEWS
July 21, 2000 | By Will Van Sant, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Last year, pupils at Waterford Elementary lugged bottled water to school along with their lunches and books. The reason, Superintendent Gary Dentino said, was radium in the school's well. After a Department of Environmental Protection inquiry and a retooled filtration system, the water should be safe for drinking this fall, Dentino said. The radium was detected in 1998, he said. Only Waterford Elementary, which has the most sophisticated filtration system of the three schools serving the township, was found to have radium-contaminated water, he said.
NEWS
December 4, 1998 | By Seth Borenstein, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
New drinking-water standards announced by President Clinton yesterday are expected to protect most of the nation from dangerous contaminants while adding $2 to many monthly water bills. The new rules, which go into effect in two years, would require 13,000 municipal water suppliers to use better filtering systems to remove the parasite cryptosporidium - which sickened 400,000 people and killed 100 people in Milwaukee in 1993 - and possible cancer-causing byproducts of disinfection chemicals.
NEWS
August 27, 1996 | By Gwendolyn Crump, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Less than a month ago, Ikeah Whatley, a 20-month-old Willingboro girl, wandered out her family's back door on Torrington Lane and drowned in an in-ground pool six to eight feet deep. Last weekend, Saeed Abwadeh, a 2-year-old Philadelphia boy, drowned while visiting his aunt in East Greenwich Township, police said. Marla Venora, trauma program manager at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, says drownings of this type can almost always be prevented. In these and several other recent accidental drownings in swimming pools, she said, children were let out of sight of adults.
NEWS
July 2, 1995 | By John Murphy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Above water, life is good for members of the borough's dive rescue team. One just became a father. Another pursues wildlife photography. At the team's weekly meetings in Borough Firehouse No. 6, the mood is relaxed. They chat, snack on chili dogs, and lounge on a fat blue sofa, watching sitcom reruns. They wouldn't mind if it got even better. That's because they all know that days which barely register a pulse can quicken with the stop of a heartbeat. News of a drowning, a car plunging into a river, a child slipping through the ice, pumps adrenalin into the veins of this six-member team.
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