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I want all my friends and family to watch this - in case I need you. I've watched it - in case you need me. Please watch - and then share. This short video illustrates the best demonstration and gives the simplest explanation of exactly what to do if someone near you collapses and is presumably having a heart attack. You could very well save the life of a friend or loved one. Someone you share this video with might save your life!
- Lee Shake

Heart Attack Prevention

How many of you have seen this video? I would not be afraid to use an AED now. How about you?This is very good; I mean GREAT info so please send on.

Heart Rescue

Please watch this video and pass it to everyone you know. I've seen the AED's in public places, but never knew how easy it is to use one.
- Lee Shake


Do you have a painful burning sensation in the center area of your chest in the area of your breast bone (sternum)?

This is where your esophagus food pipe is, and it may be being burned with digestive acid that has refluxed up from your stomach.

Do you feel acid come up into your throat or wake up with a bitter taste in your mouth?

You probably have Acid Reflux and need to consult with your doctor.

Your stomach has pyramidal glands in its lining. They secrete and squirt out and hydrochloric acid into your stomach to aid in digesting food. This acid in your stomach is normal and necessary, but it should not regurgitate back up into your esophagus (food pipe.)

The acid normally stays in your stomach to aid in digestion, because there is a valve called the esophageal sphincter, at the top of the stomach leading to your esophagus which prevents the acid from going up there and causing damage.

However, sometimes the valve is loose or gets pressure on it, and the acid reverses and squirts up into your food pipe. This inflames the lining of your esophagus, and over time can cause ulcers, which can bleed, and scars to form.

These scars can cause narrowing of the esophagus and cause food to get stuck when you try to swallow.

Also, this kind of chronic acid irritation can cause the cells in the lining of the esophagus to change and mutate. This can cause a condition called Barrett’s esophagus where the mucosa is widely damaged, which raises the chances of cell mutation and the development of cancer of the esophagus.

Therefore it is important to maintain the integrity of your esophagus and stomach. Each one has to have a certain acid base pH level.

Some causes of Acid Reflux:

1-  Have your Physician check to see if you have a bacteria in your stomach called Helicobacter Pylori. If you do, this can be easily treated with an antibiotic.

2-  Sometimes we are born with a loose or faulty esophageal sphincter muscle between the bottom of the esophagus and the top of the stomach.

3-  The esophageal sphincter can be stretched or relaxed, making it inefficient.

4-  Having excessive abdominal fat can push upward on the sphincter at the top of the stomach and allow the acid to reflux back up into the esophagus where it doesn’t belong.

5-  Smoking stimulates acid release.

6-  Eating fatty meals.

7-  Eating big meals.

8-  Excessive abdominal fat can push upward on the sphincter and the acid refluxes back upward.

9-  Tight belts and clothing.

10- For some people, eating within 3 hours of lying down can push acid up.

11- Bending over or doing exercises that place the head in a downward position.

12- Aggravating, or trigger foods, cause the esophageal valve to stay open, or relax, allowing acid to reflux back up into the esophagus.

Common triggers of Acid Reflux:
(different for each person)

Know your triggers and avoid them.

a.    tomato sauce

b.    fatty foods

c.    smoking

d.    chocolate

e.    alcohol

f.     peppermint (relaxes the valve)

g.    soda, especially colas

h.    coffee, tea

i.      sausage, cold cuts, butter

j.      many more

All of the above can boost acid levels or keep the valve open and push acid up into esophagus.

What you can do:

1-    Avoid fatty foods

2-    Avoid all of your trigger foods like pepperoni pizza

3-    Lose weight

4-    Eat smaller meals of vegetables, lean meat, fish, certain fruit

5-    Avoid standing on your head or doing exercises where your head is down, especially shortly after eating

6-    Avoid abdominal crunches if they cause burning

7-    Sleep with upper body slightly elevated

8-    Lie on your left side when sleeping

Medications to decrease acid:

1-  Antacids, over the counter, will neutralize stomach acid instantly. If you have to take them all the time see your doctor.

2-   H2 blockers over the counter, like Pepcid and Zantac, will reduce acid production.

3-   Proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec and Nexium are very efficient in cutting the acid for longer periods of time and can be taken ahead of time to shut down some of the acid pumps in the lining of your stomach.

4-   See your doctor if you are using the bove medications frequently.

Good health to you!

Patricia Naeder Izzo, RN, BS, Medical Advisor

Arrivals & Passings

By Pat Reischour

Arrivals and Passings

Watch for frequent updates.

Mary Maureen Donohue

An old SI name:

Frank Scarangello, 89
CEO of Scaran Heating and Air Conditioning

THS, Class of '42. Also founding member of South Shore Band.
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FDNY NYPD Trumpet Taps By Fontaine Piper

Project Home

Missing Classmates Lists

Old: Click on the year below to get to the appropriate list.

1958 1959

New: Click on the year below to get to that class directory, and concentrate on the "Unknown" status = Missing.

1956 1960 1961 1965 1966 1967

Class Reunion Information!!

Click on the Year (below) to get the latest info or see the pictures!

1956     1957

1958     1959

1960     1961

1963     1965

1966     1968

1970     1980


July 4 Maxine cartoon 1

July 4 Maxine cartoon 2

July 4 Maxine cartoon 3

Horse Zebra cartoon


*Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers.
Now they drink like their fathers.

*You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone.?
*That's common sense leaving your body.

*I don't like making plans for the day because then
the word "premeditated" gets thrown around in the courtroom.

*I didn't make it to the gym again today.
That makes five years in a row.

*I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim.
I feel so much better saying I went to the jim this morning.

*Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers,
if you find one, what's your plan.?

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Special Scenes sent to me by my sister, Mary Ann Sullivan, '47:

Special Scenes Between Humans and Animals

-Lee Shake

I doubt you have ever seen anything like this!

Flying Over America - Simply Beautiful!

- Lee Shake

Sent in by Arthur Mattei.

Well worth a minute of your time!


This is pretty short and if you hadn't seen it yet, it's worth a couple of minutes. A movie theatre in Hong Kong encouraged its patrons to leave their mobile phones switched on. And well done VW; you certainly got my attention!

Sent in by Herb Bradley, THS '59:

This is awesome! Over 170 (my guess) video clips, edited, spliced together, fast moving, comprehensive of nature’s wonderful creatures, with music. I watched it twice. Enjoy. One of the very best email items. Show it to youngsters.


Pretty amazing photography.

Click this icon to read Pat Naeder‘s "Medical Advisor" article for February.

Medical image Lets Talk Brain Nutrition.
By Pat Naeder

To view past "Medical Advisor" columns, click this!

How Wolves Change Rivers
This is worth a few minutes. Fascinating.

The Trumpet wishes these friends a very
Happy Birthday!

(To get on our Birthday List, please email Ellen (Lutter) Petersen)

(If your Birthday is in these months,
the animated Happy Birthday icon)


Present      JULY
2)Linda Kuczera (Margolis) THS '65
2)Irene Grant (Peterson)'55
4)Ed Pearson'60
5)John V. Burnham '60
7)Georgia Ruberg (Nisi)'62
7)Diane Ryan (Yervasi)'68
8)Peggy Wanaselja (Muntz)'67
8)Rose Destefani (Taylor)'52
9)Grace Hall (O'Keefe) '60
11)Dianne Muller (wife of Charles Muller THS '60)
13)MaryAnn Santulli (Palmer)'69
14)Kathy Ritchie'67
14)Stephen Szasz '60
15)Ben Bardes '60
15)Margaret Porter (Pluta)'60
15)Linda Heinbockle (Huegli)'59
16)Ruth Burney (Doran)'67
16)Elizabeth Pantzer (Hauber) '62
17)Carmelia Vaiana (Morrissey)'58
19)Marion Taylor (McClarin) '58
19)Bruce Erickson'59
20)Eloise Koenig '60
20)Marsha Pierce (Cox)'59
21)Charles "Chuck" Bourne '59
22)Peter Gunther'60
23)Patricia "Trish" Messana (Cirigliano-Vitale) '65
23)Doris Odson (Whitman)'56
24)Joanne Irish (wife of David Irish- THS '65)
25)Joanne Greten (Carlsen) '61
27)Lester Taylor'58
27)Joyce Appelt (Simonson)'60
27)Rosemarie Minarik (Karr) '57
29)Frank Malta'59
29)Bill Welcher'65
29)Henri Bulterman'67
29)William Hooley'69
30)Patsy Garrigan (Morris) '57
30)Alan "Al" Carey'67
31)Bob Simmons '

Present      August

The Talking Centipede

                    A single guy decided life would be more fun
                    if he had a pet.

                    So he went to the pet store
                    and told the owner
                    that he wanted to buy an unusual pet.

                    After some discussion,
                    he finally bought a talking centipede,
                    (100-legged bug),
                    which came in a little white box
                    to use for his house.

                    He took the box back home,
                    found a good spot for the box,
                    and decided he would start off
                    by taking his new pet
                    to church with him.

                    So he asked the centipede in the box,
                    "Would you like to go
                    to church with me today?
                    We will have a good time."

                    But there was no answer
                    from his new pet.

                    This bothered him a bit,
                    but he waited a few minutes
                    and then asked again, 
                    "How about going
                    to church with me
                    and receive blessings?"

                    But again,
                    there was no answer
                    from his new friend and pet.
                    So he waited
                    a few minutes more,
                    thinking about the situation.

                    The guy decided
                    to invite the centipede
                    one last time.

                    This time he
                    put his face up against
                    the centipede's house and shouted,
                    "Hey, in there!
                    Would you like to go
                    church with me
                    and learn about God?"

                    YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS ......

                    This time,
                    a little voice
                    came out of the box,

"I heard you the first time!

I'm putting my shoes on!"


  Everybody needs a little humor now and then:

  I tried to catch some Fog. 
                 I mist.
  When chemists die, 
                 they barium.
  Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
  A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray 
                 is now a seasoned veteran.
  I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. 
                 He says he can stop any time.
  How does Moses make his tea? 
                 Hebrews it.
  I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. 
                 Then it dawned on me.
  This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, 
                 but I'd never met herbivore.
  I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.
                  I can't put it down.
  I did a theatrical performance about puns . 
                 It was a play on words.
  They told me I had type A blood, 
                 but it was a Type-O.
  PMS jokes aren't funny, period.
  Why were the Indians here first? 
                 They had reservations.
  Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. 
                 I hope there's no pop quiz.
  Energizer bunny arrested. Charged with battery.
  I didn't like my beard at first. 
                 Then it grew on me.
  How do you make holy water? 
                 Boil the hell out of it!
  Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her job 
                 because she couldn't control her pupils?
  When you get a bladder infection, 
                 urine trouble.
  What does a clock do when it's hungry? 
                 It goes back four seconds.
  I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. 
                 Then it hit me!
  Broken pencils are pointless.
  What do you call a dinosaur with a extensive vocabulary? 
                 A thesaurus.
  England has no kidney bank, 
                 but it does have a Liverpool .
  I used to be a banker,
                  but I lost interest.
  I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
  All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen. 
                  Police have nothing to go on.
  I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
  Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.
  Velcro - what a rip off!
  Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.
  Venison for dinner? Oh deer!
  Earthquake in Washington - 
                 obviously government's fault.
  I used to think I was indecisive,
                  but now I'm not so sure.

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