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It takes time to create blog entries and not everything that happens, merits an entry. So, we've created this 'news' section, to keep readers up-to-date with our misadventures and accomplishments. Read about it here FIRST, before it makes it into a blog entry.

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ArtiZine Fire

January 24th, 2010  · stk

NewsBrief: [Firefighter of the Year] Scott was awarded firefighter of the year • [ArtiZine] Scott introduces a new word to the world.

Fireman of the Year

North Cedar Fire Hall - At the annual Awards Night Dinner, held last night at the fire hall, Scott Kimler was named "Fireman of the Year".

A number of fire hall members congratulated Scott, also known as "Iceman", after he collected his plaque from the Deputy Chief.

Scott is thrilled to have been recognized for his contributions to the fire department. In addition to responding to emergency calls and his role as recording secretary, this year Scott and his U.K. business partner, redesigned the fire department website, which they also host. In August, Scott helped submit a $12,500 grant proposal to equip the hall's new fitness room. In December, Scott spearheaded efforts to allow hall members a voice in the selection committee, which appoints the Fire Department's Chief Officers.

We asked Scott how he came to be called "Iceman".

He laughed and said, "When we got our locker name plates, mine was misspelled as Kilmer. The guys started calling me 'Val' or 'Iceman' after the role played by Val Kimler in the movie Top Gun. At one point, I cut it up and re-arranged the letters, but then the guys started monkeying with it. At various times it read Kiler, Kimer or just plain Kim. When the department didn't issue me a new name plate, I took matters into my own hands and had a new one made, which solidified my nickname, as my locker now sports the only nickname in the hall - "Iceman"!

"I think I might have sparked a trend," he said, "as the officers are now talking about posting nicknames, in addition to firefighter's real names, above the lockers.

Congratulations, Scott!

ArtiZine

Randsco Campus - Chief Editor of the Randsco rag, Scott Kimler, addressed a throng of reporters, all gathered to learn about Randsco's latest invention.

"The details in your media kits," explained Scott, "but let me provide some background."

"As many of you are aware, the Internet is killing the traditional print media business. Magazines, newspapers and other such companies are dying, as online magazines, blogs and other resources are booming."

A chorus of agreement was heard within the assembled crowd.

"We have over 10 years of blogging experience, since before the term blog was part of our modern lexicon. All along, we've noticed that most blogs are boring, presenting all content from within a single design platform. Recently, some bloggers are breaking this trend by publishing uniquely designed content with every post. They're calling these blogs blogazines.

Blogazines, while beautiful, are infrequently updated, contain only individually-styled content and require that "normal" content be hosted from a separate blog. Randsco is the first online blog to introduce a blend of individual and templated styling, along with magazine and "normal" content. The front page appears to be a single template, but the full article presents uniquely-styled content.

"We call this new type of post an ArtiZine, which is derived from combining the word article and magazine - because the whole blog is not magazine-like, only certain articles."

One reporter asked, "How is someone supposed to tell regular articles from artizines?"

Scott said, "Lead articles will soon contain a graphic label and a sortable ArtiZine category. Anyone will be able to quickly find all the ArtiZines on Randsco."

"While they are fun to author," said Scott, "artizines do involve non-trivial styling, graphics and layout efforts. Because of this, not every article we publish will be an artizine, but that's the whole point. While it's more challenging than either a blog or a blogazine, it is a more realistic method of holding all published content under one roof.

Example Arti-zine Articles on Randsco

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Snoozy Hot New NCLEX Fairy

November 22nd, 2009  · stk

NewsBrief: [Snoozy Newsy] Been awhile since we posted any news • [Hot Tub Progress] Just waiting for the rains to subside • [New Maran Eggs] Maran pullets begin to lay • [NCLEX Exam] Rachel now a licensed RN in California • [Tooth Fairy to Visit] Alex has a loose tooth!

Snoozy Newsy

Hutton House - It has been a while since reporters have been invited to the Randsco campus. When questioned about the lack of news, Editor-in-Chief Scott Kimler, did not appear very apologetic.

"We are aware that it's been a while since our last news conference. What can I say? Life has gotten busy."

Before proceeding with the day's events, he talked about Randsco's commitment to journalism.

"I've been a journalist at Randsco since I was 25 years old," he said, "and one of the things I've learned is that you can't be apologetic if there are lapses in news entries. If you are, you're journaling for the wrong reason. You just pick up when you left off and move forward."

One reporter asked if this meant we can expect more news articles moving forward.

"I can't predict the future," he said, "But we certainly hope so."

Hot Tub Progress

The Back Yard - Developer delays, financing issues, worker strikes, weather and equipment failure have all played a role in the delay of the Hutton House Hot Tub project.

"Not if you ask Rachel," Scott said, jokingly, "It's all my fault!"

The Kimler's picked up a hot tub from a fire hall buddy, Travis, at a bargain rate in 2008. The tub was pulled out of an in-deck installation, when Travis' family was moving to Japan and renting out their rural Cedar home.

"We don't want the liability," explained Travis, "Since we're going to be renting.

Design differences kept the project from moving forward, till this year, when Scott gleaned some paving stones from a nearby contractor.

"Rather than pour a concrete pad," explained Scott, "We used paving stones to form a level surface on which to place the tub."

A large, covered deck was planned around the tub and work has been slowly progressing during the autumn months. A 70-foot trench, which holds electrical cables and a water line, was dug by hand. The paving stone pad was built and laid. Six-by-six posts were set and a 2x6 pressure-treated deck substructure was built.

Lately, November rains have put a damper on progress, as there is a local flood watch and for the past couple of weeks, nothing but rain.

"When it clears," explained Scott, "we'll be building the roof and then laying the deck boards. After that, will be time to set the pump in place and make all the necessary electrical connections."

"If you ask me," said Rachel, "none of it is happening fast enough for my liking. I want to soak in that hot tub!"

Scott just rolled his eyes and pulled his "honey do" list from his back pocket and unfolded it. Holding the list high in the air, the bottom of it touched the ground.

New Maran Eggs

Hutton Hen House - It appears that the three Maran chickens, which are recent additions to the growing Kimler brood, finally hit egg-laying age.

Maran chickens are famed for their deep mahogany-colored eggs. Originally a regional fowl from France. They are not as prolific layers as our ISA-Brown hybrids, but the quality of the egg is superb; they taste excellent and have great structure (even if they are a tad small, since they're pullet eggs).

NCLEX Exam

California - Reporters learned that Rachel Kimler, a Registered Nurse currently practicing in British Columbia, has successfully completed her NCLEX exam.

The NCLEX (National Council Licensure EXamination) is a computerized adaptive exam designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry level. Passing the comprehensive $300 exam is a requirement for obtaining a nursing license through (an elected) State Board of Nursing.

In Rachel's case, she applied through the State of California.

Making application to the California State Board of Nursing, studying for the NCLEX exam and preparing for the test, was nearly a year-long commitment by Rachel.

The test can last up to 5 hours, depending on the number of questions asked. Anywhere from 85 to 205 questions may be asked, depending on the applicants response. (The computerized adaptive testing poses a question and if the response is incorrect will "adapt" and pose additional questions, on that particular topic, in an effort to determine the applicants knowledge in that particular area.) The test is terminated after the computer is 95% certain that the candidate's ability is either above or below the passing standard.

Finishing the test quickly, is either a sign that the candidate knows their stuff, or doesn't.

Test results are mailed to candidates 6-8 weeks after the exam date.

"I was biting my fingernails for six weeks," said Rachel, "I finished the test quickly and was afraid I might have really muffed it!"

The letter arrived recently at the Hutton House. Rachel passed the exam and is now a Registered Nurse in the State of California.

"Yay!" she exclaimed, "And look, I get a plastic card, which is a lot nicer than the flimsy piece of paper I got from British Columbia!"

Though the Kimler's have no immediate plans of moving to the United States, they said, "It's nice to know that if we do, Rachel is already set up to work there."

Congrats Rachel!

Tooth Fairy to Visit

Alex's Room - Alex Kimler, who turned six years old on October 3rd, has her first loose tooth!

"Look," she says, opening her mouth, grabbing her lower right central incisor and wiggling it back and forth, "See?"

Just watching her wiggle the tooth sent a shiver down my spine!

Alex is eager to have her wiggly tooth removed and the family discussed methods for its removal.

"We could always tie a string around it and then tie the other end to a door knob, then slam the door shut, yanking out the tooth!" Mom suggested.

Alex was relatively keen on this idea.

"Hey," Dad said, "Go fetch the pliers from the garage. We can have that puppy out in a flash!"

"Ewe," squealed Alex, cupping her hand over her mouth, "Noooo!"

The dentist had a much more humane and practical method of tooth removal, one which resonated with Alex.

"Give her a caramel-covered apple!"

No matter the method of removal, it looks like the "Tooth Fairy" will be making visits to the Hutton House for the next while.

"Wonder what the going rate for teeth is?" pondered Dad.

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First Live Rider Break-In Facility

April 28th, 2009  · stk

NewsBrief: [Live Fire II] Scott attends advanced firefighting training • [New Maintenance Facility] Randsco campus grows • [Rider Mower] Maintenance equipment donated to company • [Break-in Reported] Rachel's car is broken into

Live Fire II

Maple Ridge - Last weekend, three firefighters from North Cedar - including Scott Kimler - joined nine other Vancouver Island firefighters in a 'live fire' exercise at the Justice Institute training facility in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

The focus for the two-day course was training firefighter personnel in the role of "company officer", when approaching various live fire situations. Training included a morning lecture on fire fighting theory (use of foam and foam types, properties of propane and BLEVE situations). An afternoon was spent in live fire exercises applying foam onto various hydrocarbon fires, as well as safe approach and shut-down of an ignited, venting propane tank. An entire day was spent rotating through various roles in a variety of live fire exercises in the 4-story, concrete "Burn Building" on campus.

It was a grueling and exhausting, but fun, two days.

"It was great meeting other guys from various [Vancouver Island] fire halls," said Scott Kimler, from North Cedar.

Of the nine other participants, six were from Colwood, near Victoria, two from Salt Spring Island and one from Eucluelet.

Justice Institute technicians ignited several rooms afire, using a number of wood pallets. Teams of four entered the building, named either as "Attack 1" or "Attack 2" - charged with fire assessment, suppression, ventilation, search and rescue. The third group acted as RIT, setting up a RIT staging area and conducting a 360-degree evaluation of the "structure", looking for hazards and secondary means of egress.

To give you an idea of conditions inside the "Burn Building", one of the firefighters from North Cedar, received first-degree burns on his knees, from the heat of the concrete floor.

"It was bloody hot," said Scott Kimler!

New Maintenance Facility

Hutton House - Those on the 5-acre Randsco main campus at "Hutton House" may notice the new, temporary maintenance building, in the northwest corner.

"It's hidden in the trees," reported the construction foreman, walking a group of reporters to the site of the new structure.

The new building provides storage and a base of operations for the Randsco campus landscaping maintenance crew, which - up till now - has been forced to share space with the poultry management department.

"We're very happy to have our own space," said Scott, chief of the landscaping maintenance crew, "Not that we don't like the poultry people, but it is a tad stinky over there!"

The new treated canvas and metal pole struture is the first new building to be erected on the Randsco campus since the property was purchased three years ago.

Randsco president and Editor-in-Chief, Scott Kimler, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony said, "This heralds a new era for Randsco. Our company is growing. We're adding more employees and building revenue - day-by-day, month-over-month and year-by-year. While we're hoping to replace this temporary facility with a new, state-of-the-art facility, this building is a demonstration of our growth and proof that we're on target with our 10-year plan."

Reporters were led on a tour of the new facility and then treated to a wine-and-cheese bruncheon at the main campus headquarters, overlooking the newly mowed pasture and enjoying the sun-dappled beauty of the cafeteria patio.

1st Cabin Trip

Julia Passage - Randsco executives took the company yacht "Blue Yonder" to the floating corporate hideaway in the Barkley Sound, two weeks ago. Reporters are just learning about the trip, apparently the first of the season.

"We didn't want to make a big deal about it," said Scott, during a phone interview, "It was a short three-day excursion and we're happy to report that the trip went well and - more importantly - the corporate yacht ran through her paces without incident."

The long Yellow Point winter is over and warmer days are ahead. Lucky Randsco staff and important guests are often treated with weekend trips to the remote and beautifully-situated floating company retreat, which is located on the doorstep of the Pacific Rim National Park.

"Unfortunately," said Scott, "I came down with food poisoning and the trip - for me anyway - was marred with flu-like symptoms. I spent most of the trip confined to bed."

Rider Mower

Hutton House - It was reported earlier that Randsco had built a new, albeit temporary, maintenance storage facility on their main campus. In a later press release, Randsco announced that they had received a generous donation of a riding lawn mower, which became the first piece of equipment to be stored in the new facility.

"We are very thankful for the generous gift," wrote Scott Kimler, President and Editor-in-Chief, "The donors, Georgina and Richard, have given us their older mower, in favor of their new John Deere tractor/mower.

The new riding lawn mower is a 15 horsepower, rear-bagger model with electric start and night-operations capabilities.

"No more grass! No more grass!" shouted 5-and-a-half-year-old Alex with glee, riding atop the mower in the lap of the head of the Randsco maintenance department. The duo mowed the pasture in a third of the time it took staff to mow the pasture with the gas-powered, push mower.

Alex laughed going uphill, downhill, under branches, over bumps and around tight turns. She was even allowed to "drive" and managed to keep a straight track, in large part.

"Alex is a lot of fun," said the groomsman, after dumping a bag of grass into the poultry yard, "She loves riding the mower and helped me mow the whole pasture - staying up till 9 PM, which was way past her bedtime!"

"The "new" mower will be a welcome addition to the Randsco campus," said Rachel, "It means less time will be spent on mowing and they'll be more time for other projects!"

Break-in Reported

Nanaimo - Rachel dropped Alex and a friend off at the Nanaimo Aquatics Center for swimming lessons, then drove the short distance to the Buttertubs Marsh Bird Sanctuary parking lot. There, she locked the car and began jogging, following the nature trail that rims the marshy pond in the center of the sanctuary.

Her first hint that something might be awry, was when she spotted a man sitting on a rock near the parking lot area.

"He just looked suspicious," Rachel said, during her interview with the police, "but I wasn't paying much attention and don't remember much about his appearance."

When Rachel returned from her run, she discovered that the passenger window of her Subaru station wagon had been broken and that a thief - presumably the same suspicious-looking man - had stolen her canvas handbag. Inside was her jacket, wallet, hospital identification card and an envelope containing roughly $50 in coins (Alex's "Girl Guide" cookie sales money).

Rachel notified the police, but because she had moved the car (to pick up Alex and her friend from swimming lessons), they wouldn't "investigate".

Distraught and feeling violated, Rachel called Scott, to relay the news. Rachel returned home and began the process of canceling credit cards and taking inventory of all that was lost.

The car window was replaced the next day and the guy at the shop installed the window, free of charge. This helped to restore Rachel's faith in humanity, but still, the hassle and sting of the theft loomed large.

A couple days later, Rachel's hospital ID turned up - at the hospital and Rachel received a telephone call from a man who had found her bag, on a wooded trail near Vancouver Island University. The bag, her jacket and Alex's Girl Guide money were all intact. The only thing that was - ultimately - taken, was the wallet.

"The crazy thing," explained Rachel, "was that the back hatch to the car was open and there was a $250 depth sounder, in a box, sitting out in the open."

The smash & dash has shocked everyone at Randsco.

"Gee, we think of Nanaimo as being a small town and relatively insulated from this kind of crime," said one staff member.

The man who found Rachel's bag, declined comment, but did say that he routinely walks that particular path and has - on several occassions - found stolen belonging tossed into the woods.

"Someone is breaking into cars in the Buttertubs parking lot and has been, for some time," he said.

Hopefully, the RCMP is aware of the activity and will catch those responsible.

Aside from the major inconvenience, cost of repair and feelings of violation, the thief didn't manage to get much monetary gain.

"I had less than $20 in my wallet and none of the cards I'd canceled had any recent, illicit activity posted," said Rachel.

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Emergency Aussie Yahoo Sale

April 1st, 2009  · stk

NewsBrief: [Aussie Top 10] Tourism Queensland announces tomorrow the Top 10 "Island Caretakers" * [Eggs 4 Sale] Rachel sells eggs to Nanaimo nursing staff * [Aircraft Emergency Training] Scott attends weekend firefighting training at the local airfield * [Yahoo Hacked] Rachel's Yahoo!Mail account is hacked and Yahoo customer support is pathetic

Aussie Top 10

Queensland, Australia - Scott didn't make the Top 50 list for "The Best Job in the World", but still, the show goes on.

Julia Yalovitsyna, from Russia, was eliminated because of her involvement in a porn scandal. Achim Dold, from Germany, withdrew his application for unknown reasons.

Forty eight remain. Clare Wang, from Taiwan, was declared the wild-card applicant, because her video received the most votes - by a wide margin (151,000+ votes, compared to 2nd-place Mitchell, with 55,000+ votes).

Tourism Queensland will announce, tomorrow, which of the 47 remaining applicants they have selected as the Top 10. All eleven will be flown to Australia for interviews.

UPDATE: Tourism Queensland announced early on April 2nd that they would be selecting 15 applicants for an expense-paid trip to Australia, rather than 10. (The wild-card - Clare Wang - will be going regardless and she'll bring the total number of applicants selected for a trip to Australia to 16). (tourism queensland news item)

The move is an acknowledgement by Tourism Queensland that the Top 50 have generated "incredible media coverage and support ... in their respective countries". (My guess is that they decided the media coverage far exceeded the $20k AUS or so extra it will cost them to offer a paid trip to the five extra candidates).

Good luck to all the Top 50 candidates who are anxiously awaiting to find out if they're one of the 15 that will be selected!

 

Yahoo Hacked

Yahoo!Mail Server Somewhere - Two weeks ago, someone from Australia hacked into the Yahoo!Mail server and broadcast a SPAM message to everyone in her Yahoo address book. The message was short and contained a link to some SPAM website.

We've been trying to work with Yahoo!Mail customer support to determine the nature of the email break-in and despite multitudes of messages, the Yahoo!Mail support staff has been very un-helpful.

"Most Yahoo!Mail customer service representatives don't read our message content," said Scott, exasperated with the lack of cooperation and assistance, "They just send back some automated message or try to throw up some other unhelpful roadblock."

The incident wasn't a one-off, as it happened again, last night.

"This is most frustrating," said Rachel, during a cell-phone interview, "and I'm thinking about swapping my account to gMail, because of the grief Scott's gotten from Yahoo!Mail customer service."

Aircraft Emergency Training

Nanaimo Airport - Last weekend, Scott - along with other North Cedar Fire Department members - participated in a joint training session at the Nanaimo Airport.

Because of the recent fire department boundary changes, different departments will now be responding to emergency calls at the Nanaimo Airport. The airport now falls within Cranberry's fire-protection district and they will now be responsible for any and all emergencies calls. In the event of a large-scale emergency, Cranberry will be calling on their neighboring departments - North Cedar and Ladysmith - to provide mutual aid.

The training provided an introduction and overview of aircraft emergencies, firefighting and rescue priorities, tools and techniques and got the new departments interacting with airport staff, equipment and learning airport procedures.

The two-day classroom course went well and there will be follow-on training and a mock emergency scenario training event, at the airport, this coming autumn.

 

Eggs 4 Sale

Nanaimo Hospital - With seven laying hens, the Hutton House hens have been producing more than Scott, Rachel and Alex can consume. Rachel has begun to take the extras (couple dozen eggs per week) to the hospital, to sell for $3 a dozen, to other nurses.

The labor and delivery department, where Rachel is now working, seems to be keen on the brown, free-range eggs. Rachel has more customers than the hens can keep up with in eggs!

At the moment, profits are used to "grow the company", so to speak - quite literally - as the hens are producing enough to keep themselves in feed.

Scott and Rachel have given some thought to expanding operations, which would require the acquisition of more birds, chicken coops, fenced-in runs and a permanent barn.

"If we can sell $2500-worth of eggs," explained Rachel, "we would qualify for 'farm status', which would lower our property taxes and provide several other benefits."

So far, the Hutton House hens are ambivalent about Rachel selling their eggs.

"There's been some squawking," said Scott, jokingly, "but usually, it's about laying the eggs and not selling them!"

Expansion of the egg business will be discussed at the next Randsco board meeting, expected to take place sometime this summer. No decisions will be made till all parties involved have their say. Any shareholder who cannot attend the meeting, may vote by proxy.

Though we can't determine which way company execs are leaning, we're fairly certain that Rachel holds the majority vote.

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Reef Cruise Go Firehall Dog

March 14th, 2009  · stk

NewsBrief: [Run Dog Run] Dog terrorizes Hutton House Hens | [Liars Go Live] Lindsay Kenney website goes live | [Reef Her Madness] Tourism Queensland Top 50 Update | [Alaskan Cruise] In the cards for the Kimlers? | [Firehall Field Trip] Alex's kindergarten class stops by.

Run Dog Run

Hutton House Chicken Run - For the past two days, some dog has been terrorizing our 7 chickens!

Rachel spotted a dog, out the living room window, by chance.

"There's some dog running down our driveway," she said.

"So?" said Scott, with his usual interest in odd animal behavior.

"So ... he's running toward the chicken coop!" said Rachel, excitement building in her voice.

Afraid that the dog might scare a bird to fly out of the fenced-in run and into "jowls of death", Scott raced outside. The dog was in a fervor, running around the fenced-in chickens, barking at them, which created quite a bit of feathered excitement, from the frightened birds. Scott yelled at the dog, which ran away.

The dog loped off the property, back out the driveway and Scott was relieved that Rachel had spotted it, by happenstance, at the same moment it spied "the girls".

Relief turned to frustration the following day, when Scott again spotted the dog, running around the chicken run, barking and scaring most of the chickens into the coop. This time, however, when Scott gave chase, he realized that the dog had been pestering the girls for quite some time - it had created a rutted path, all around the fenced-in run.

We don't recognize the dog and don't know where it lives, but it's grown suddenly interested in our chickens and we're not certain what we can do to dissuade it. Our poor chickens are being terrorized and spend most of their day in the chicken coop, afraid to come out.

Because it's the weekend, the regional animal services department is closed and besides, we're not sure what they could do, as they're a good 45 minute drive from where we live.

"It would sure be nice to know where the dog lives," said Rachel, "I'd have a talk with its owner, for sure!"

Scott moved the wireless driveway monitor, which is a heat-sensor, aiming it at the chicken coop. "At least we'll get a signal, the minute he comes back."

Meanwhile ... egg production has tapered a tad, as the girls are fearful of a certain, four-legged menace.

Liars Go Live

Vancouver, B.C. - Scott and Yabba have been working for the Law firm of Lindsay Kenney for a number of months, coding, designing and inventing for their new web design.

"Great News!" said Scott, "It went 'live' last night!"

"The site might bounce around for a bit, till the nameservers are propagated around the web," explained Scott, "and there's a known DNS issue, that LK Law's IT staff need to sort, but you should be able to hit the site at - http://lklaw.ca."

"It's hot!" said Scott, about the new design, look and custom features - including Scott's pure-css technique (Photo-caption Zoom) and custom javascript/PHP coding by Yabba.

Reef Her Madness

Queensland, Australia - Though Scott's bid for the "Island Caretake" ended when he found out that he didn't make the Top 50 cut, he's been having fun following the progress of those that did make the short-list.

He's performed a quantitative analysis of all 50 applicants, posting the results in an interactive table that many are using to see how the applicants rank against each other.

"It was surprising to see how many didn't demonstrate any knowledge or experience about the Great Barrier Reef Islands," said Scott, "Especially as this was one of the 'key points' that Tourism Queensland claimed to be evaluating."

Something smells fishy and it's NOT the reef!

Meanwhile, one of the applicants, a 20-year-old girl from Australia, named Hailey Turner, has embarked on a round-the-world tour, to promote her application.

"It's mad!" said Scott, "But it's also fun and exciting!"

Kinda raises the question - What would you do to land a $150k "Dream Job"? How much time, effort and resources would you be willing to commit?

In more scandalous news, it turns out that one contestant is embroiled in a porn scandal and another received professional help from her countries top TV News station, to make her video (leaves many wondering the quality of her own material, should she be selected "Island Caretaker")

For those readers in Canada, a heads-up: Starting this week, Canada AM will be hosting a different Canadian applicant each morning (there are 7 Canadians in the Top 50). They'll showcase each applicant's video, plus have an interview with each.

Alaskan Cruise

Hutton House - Sources close to Randsco staff have heard rumors that Scott, Rachel and Alex might be planning an Alaskan cruise with Norweigen Cruise Lines, early this summer season. No details have been released, though it was rumored they'd be traveling with friends.

Firehall Field Trip

North Cedar Fire Department - The morning and afternoon kindergarten classes at Woodbank Elementary visited the fire hall last week. Scott was one of 5 firefighters that hosted the youngsters. Alex's class (afternoon) had fun and Alex (as well as her Dad) were excited about the event! The two groups watched a safety video, aimed at teaching kids about fire safety, helped firefighters "suit up" (w/SCBA) and got a chance to fire water from a 1 1/2" nozzle, at a distant target. Fun stuff!

Pictures and more to follow in an upcoming Randsco article.

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