Under the watchful eyes of State Fire Marshal Edsel Smith and Randolph County Office of Emergency Management Director Marvin Hill, the emergency power generator at Elkins High School was put through tests at 10 a.m. on Monday. According to Hill, the system functioned perfectly, powering the kitchen, cafeteria, bathrooms, hallways and other critical parts of the facility.
"The school can now be used as an emergency shelter in the event of a natural or manmade cataclysmic event," Hill said. "We hope, of course, that it never has to be used for that purpose. But should it be needed, it is now ready."
4-H Camp Pioneer has also been designated as an emergency shelter and is equipped with an emergency power generator. It was tested and certified for service in late September. That generator - in the event it is ever needed - will power the entire site.
Snopes.com is circulating a warning regarding an e-mail that's floating around the Internet purporting to be President-elect Barack Obama's acceptance speech and has a Trojan horse attachment. Once opened, the Trojan horse steals all passwords and user IDs. Warnings have been issued to anyone who might receive this message that they not open the message and delete it immediately. These e-mails, according to the Web site, appear to be from legitimate news sources and will try to lure the recipient into clicking on a link that will direct them to a malicious Web site or open an infected video clip or attachment.
It is tax time again and with it comes the season when everyone's Social Security number receives a great deal of attention - and Internet hackers know it. As a friendly reminder, here are a few "safety tips" issued by the Council of Better Business Bureaus to keep in mind when asked for your SSN.
Generally, any business can ask for your SSN, but there are very few entities that can actually "request" it. State agencies such as the department of motor vehicles, tax departments and welfare departments may request it. Also, keep in mind that your SSN is required for transactions involving taxes, banks and brokerages. Employers also have a legitimate need for your SSN. But before you get too free with your SSN, consider the following:
- Ask if the business accepts alternate identification. If they don't, you can refuse to do business with them. Keep in mind, however, that you may be refused whatever product or service you are seeking.
- If possible, never give your SSN to anyone over the telephone.
- When you discard receipts, copies of credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, bank checks and statements, expired credit cards, credit offers you get in the mail and mailing labels from magazines, tear or shred them.
The owners of Especially for You, formerly A Little Touch of Used, have announced their plans to "move on."
The two said they have much appreciation for their customers and "we've had a good time seeing and talking to old friends and making new ones.
"We've met a lot of genuine and sincere people coming through our shop," the two said. "We had a nice Forest Festival and Christmas, and that gave us a chance to tell our customers that we were moving on. So again, thank you to everyone."
We all heard for the better part of our lives that all work and no play makes Jack - and Jill - a dull boy - and girl. Here's a little humor that was sent to me by a friend who occasionally fills in at a school as a substitute teacher. It is titled "Retarded Grandparents" and supposedly was reported by a teacher.
I hope those that read this, especially teachers, will have a smile creep across their face and experience a sense of connection with the child that penned it:
After Christmas, a teacher asked her young pupils how they spent their holiday away from school. One child wrote the following:
"We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma and Grandpa. They used to live in a big brick house in Wisconsin, but Grandpa got retarded and they moved to Florida. Now they live in a tin box and have rocks painted green to look like grass. They ride around on their bicycles and wear name tags because they don't know who they are anymore. They go to a building called a wreck center, but they must have got it fixed because it is all OK now. They do exercises there, but they don't do them very well. There is a swimming pool, too, but they all jump up and down in it with hats on. At their gate, there is a dollhouse with a little old man sitting in it. He watches all day so nobody can escape. Sometimes they sneak out and go cruising in their golf carts.
"Nobody there cooks, they just eat out. And, they eat the same thing every night - early birds. Some of the people can't get out past the man in the dollhouse. The ones who do get out bring food back to the wrecked center for pot luck.
"My Grandma says that Grandpa worked all his life to earn his retardment and says I should work hard so I can be retarded someday, too. When I earn my retardment, I want to be the man in the dollhouse. Then I will let people out so they can visit their grandchildren."