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Are you ready for some... Fireworks? by Lisa Delaney
The July 3rd fireworks and air show is coordinated annually by the four stations of Radio Dubuque (AM 1370 KDTH, 92.9 KATFM, 97.3 The Rock and 101.1 The River) and the Dubuque Jaycees. 2016 will be the 31st Annual show and promises to be bigger and better than ever!
Dubuque’s Independence Day Spectacular is dedicated annually to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who help protect the freedoms we enjoy today. Many military aircraft have been featured in the shows over the years. In their flyovers, U.S. Air Force pilots have reported that they estimate the Tri-State crowd size to be in excess of 250,000 people. It has evolved into the biggest community event in the tri-states.
Although the celebration can be seen from all over the Tri-State area, “Show Central” is located in the AY McDonald Park next to the Hawthorn Boat Ramp just below Lock and Dam 11. If you are planning to celebrate in this area, or anywhere near, please remember to arrive early (probably before 4pm) and pack and plan to be there through the end of the fireworks. It is often very hot that time of year and you are strongly encouraged to keep your pets at home.
The Air Show will begin at approximately 6pm and the line-up includes: The United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team; The Aerostars Flight Team; Mike Whiskas and the Lucas Oil Pitts Plane; a US Navy F-18 Hornet and a US Army Chinook Helicopter. And then at Dusk…the fireworks extravaganza! For a listing of all events associated with this years’ celebration, log onto KDTH.com and click on the Fireworks icon.
The only way the radio stations and the Jaycees have the ability to put on this show each year is through the financial support of good corporate citizens. Thank you to EVERYONE for your past and present support, we couldn’t do it without you!
Low Sodium ... Or Not
Low-sodium foods are everywhere on grocery-store shelves, and it’s assumed those are the ones we
The British Journal The Lancet recently set off a firestorm when it reported the result of research: High sodium intake is bad for those with high blood pressure, increasing cardiovascular events and death. (OK, that’s no surprise.) However ... low sodium intake is bad for those with or without high blood pressure and is associated with cardiovascular events and death.
To read it again: Very-low sodium intake can cause cardiovascular events and death, whether or not you have high blood pressure.
This was no small-population study. McMaster University in Canada and National University of Ireland-Galway looked at 130,000 people in 49 countries.
Why is it that low intake of sodium can potentially be bad for us? We’re left mystified, because the study only mentions “adverse elevations of certain hormones.”
A 2014 study with 101,000 participants in 17 countries found the same results, with an average amount of sodium being a lot less risky for cardiovascular events and death than very low sodium intake. This study got specific with the numbers (including a chart) and showed that the sodium intake suggested by the American Heart Association is very near the low-sodium level that causes problems.
Then there’s the other study that shows that adequate sodium helps to fight infection.
The firestorm started when the American Heart Association jumped in and called the Canada-Ireland study flawed and not valid. There are some illnesses and situations, however, that can be made worse by a low-sodium diet.
What do we do with this conflicting information? We track our sodium intake and let our doctor know what it is, and we take the advice we’re given. We have to decide whom to trust.
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My Mother, a Friend, and a Photograph by Bob Bucko
Left: Bob Bucko as a child with his mother Anna.
Right: Marvin Ney, Paramount Ambulance
Aging parents are a challenge faced by everyone at some point in time. As an only child, when my mother began to age and could no longer live alone, the weight of the situation fell solely on my shoulders. During this time, I was shown true kindness and a genuine caring that seems to be a trait that we, as Midwesterners, take
My mother, Anna Bucko, was living in Philadelphia, almost 1,000 miles away from my home in Dubuque, Iowa, and was in declining health. With the support of her Catholic Christian community in Philadelphia,
my mother was able to continue interacting with her church groups and still spend quality time with her friends. Unfortunately, her medical issues became too severe. She was moved into a rehabilitation facility
and unable to return home. I was informed by her doctors that she would need a higher level of care and needed to be placed in an assisted living facility with nursing services.
The physical distance between us during this time was proving difficult. We both wished for her to be close to family here in Dubuque. However, we discovered that it would cost close to $20,000 to medically transport her by air ambulance from Philadelphia to Dubuque. We were stunned.
I was still in Philadelphia attending to my mother when, at the “All the Way Home” Tri-State Veterans Conference, my wife Diane began chatting with a man named Marvin Ney. While speaking with him, she learned that he was the director of operations at Paramount Ambulance, a company owned by his wife, Maria Ney. After one simple conversation about our problematic situation, Marvin took the reins.
Diane explained to Marvin that although we felt my mother was medically stable and fit to fly, we did not feel comfortable with her traveling without some sort of medical escort.
Marvin Ney of Paramount Ambulance and Anna Bucko enjoy a moment on the Caring Coach during the ride from Philadelphia to Dubuque
Within hours of his conversation with Diane, Marvin had made air travel plans for himself and my mother for the next day. He then called to advise me on the proper arrangements I would need to make to have my mother discharged and he flew to Philadelphia that afternoon. The next morning my mother and I met Marvin at the Philadelphia International Airport. When we pulled up
to the terminal, Marvin was waiting on the curbside, with wheelchair in hand, ready to escort my mother back home.
Although my mother could walk with assistance, she was no longer able to stand on her own. Marvin introduced himself and my mother eyed him skeptically when he asked if she knew how he was going to get her from our car to the wheelchair. He bent down with a big smile and said “Hug me like your grandson” and before she knew it he had lifted her out of the car and lowered her into the chair. The ice was broken, my mother’s skepticism turned into trust, and in a few moments, they were on their way. Marvin was a true, caring gentleman that my mother took an immediate liking to and what fun she had! He sent photographs of them to us along the way, laughing and smiling, which was very comforting to me during the entire ordeal as I had to stay behind to secure my mother’s belongings.
Thanks to Marvin and his staff, the return trip to Dubuque was carefully organized and became one of my mother’s greatest memories. Before their flight left that morning at 7:30, Marvin had already arranged wheelchair transport for their connecting flight in Chicago to navigate the terminal. First class seating was used for additional space and comfort.
Upon arrival at the Dubuque Regional Airport, Paramount Ambulance’s staff was ready and waiting to transport her to the assisted living facility we had chosen for her in Dubuque. It was unbelievable - Mom arrived in her new apartment just before lunch, less than 24 hours after my wife initially spoke with Marvin!
Thanks to Marvin and Paramount Ambulance, my mother was able to safely travel across the nation in the twilight of her life and spend her last days close to family and loved ones. He continued to visit her at the facility until the very end. His compassion, generosity, and humanity are exemplary characteristics of a true caregiver and are a reflection of all that we hold dear about being Dubuquers and Midwesterners. I look often at the photo he and my mother took on the plane ride and I know that at the end of her life, my mother had an exciting adventure and made a new friend she held very dear.
Family and community were part of my mother’s core values and we were blessed to have Marvin offer his service and expertise in bringing her back to be with
her loved ones safely. Since this trip, I’ve learned that my mother’s story became the inspiration behind Paramount’s new Caring Coach for long distance medical transport. Marvin, his family and the
Paramount team are committed to doing anything they can for others and the Caring Coach is a wonderful extension of their compassionate contributions to
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