July 10, 2014
MY HEART overflowed with grief last week when I heard of the accidental drowning death of 14-year-old Corinthian "Corey" Hammond. Not that I didn't care before about child safety, but now, being a mother has worked its way into every facet of my life, including this column. Being the mother of a young child made Corey's death strike closer to home than ever, and my heart goes out to his mother and the unimaginable grief I know she must be feeling. That's why this column is not only dedicated to Corey's memory, but also to the importance of swimming and water safety.
July 4, 1991 |
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.
March 21, 1991 |
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.
June 29, 2016 |
Federal officials say the drinking water in Horsham Township is safe, but with mounting concern over contaminated water and a lack of answers about long-term health effects, officials in the Montgomery County town vowed Monday night to take extra steps to make their water even safer. "We understand that people have lost confidence in our water supply," Township Councilman Gregory Nesbitt told dozens of residents at Monday's meeting, where the council considered actions beyond federal guidelines to reduce the contamination in drinking water to an undetectable amount.
June 7, 1992 |
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.
May 14, 1992 |
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.
October 27, 2002 |
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.
March 14, 1993 |
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.
November 27, 2015 |
Six years ago, a strong, sudden rip current pulled Josias Sterling out to sea. The 19-year-old Olney native, son of Haitian immigrants, had never learned to swim. The loss of "a good son," a St. Joseph's Prep alumnus and Temple University student, a rugby player whose sunny joy seemed to draw everyone to him, still sears. On Friday, after the Thanksgiving dishes are washed and the leftovers stored, hundreds will gather in his memory, as they do every year, on the rugby pitch that brought him so much happiness.
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.