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STRIVES TO "LEAD" OThERs (Edi. note: The following article appeared in the July 12, 2002, issue of The Sentinel newspaper in Colorado and features Airman First Class Joshua Meyer, son of Daniel Meyer and grandson of Robert and Mary Lou Meyer of Ortonville.) :g:g :g:g* succeed at prep school, why he&apos;s how the 'big picture' is "I've seen students with 4.0 grade point averages not get into the Academy without attending a prep c.urse first. Approximately one-thir of the 4,000 cadets enrolled at the Air Force Academ.v hawe attended a 3'ear of college or some t31ae of prep schrd y He "lland said. Meyer has wanted to join the Academy as far back as he can remember. " 320th one step closer to fulfill- since he was 6 years old flm the United States Air Y arts Wednesday, when he ;tates Air Force School located at the Colo. people and I _olarship worth $39,000 Airman tlgram. The Air Force will pay Plus, he boot. from active non-accredited school is in math, English and basic khe first step m opemng the the United a collegiate mark and achievement Percent of airmen who attend I earn a spot at the Acmdemy, Col. Carol Holland, Liaison slots are reserved for LEAD. The program, initi- elourages commanders to outstanding young @plying for an hear people saying, qf I can't Academy, then I'm not going. "said Holland. prep school is in up to successfully pace and following four years." a to Holland. 2e eandi- the 58O and 24, Reading: 24, Math: 25 25). Call" update 800,000 Inesota Department of reporting that 796, 418 telephon e registered on the Lg "Do Not registration began Iternet and telephone systems will continue to 24 hours a day, seven 1, 2003, telemarketers to purchase a new list every three could face civil f up to $1,000 per repeat offenders could all telemarketing in Minnesota Department will maintain the list Department is residents tbat , charge to register phone numbers on the Call" list and besides number, no additional financial information is toll-free "Do Not phone number is Internet registration available through the of Commerce web site: US. Even though Meyer earned good grades from Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif, he didn't pursue his dream right away and decided to enhst instead. He arrived at Warren during Christmas of 2000, after completing security forces technical training school at Lackland .Air Force Base, Texas. "There's a difference between barfing a dream and knowing how to fulfill it," said Holland. "It's extremely, important to start early and take the SAT and ACT in your aophomore year in high .school. For those promising airmen who got a lat* start, the prep school is an excellent way to earn an Academy appointment." In the future, Meyer would like to become a pilot or work in intelligence. He's currently a security response team member who main- tains the security of 10 .Minuteman III mis- sties and their launch fhcilities - the silos that store and discharge a missile - and a missile alert facility - the building from which members ctnltroI the- mid, ties and their supporting asset& It's a hard job. I'. means spending three days or more in desolate locations removed from farmiy and friends. SRT members work at least 12-hour days or more m the freezm cold or blistering sun driving a mind numbing 25 miles per hour on washbearQ or washed out dirt roads to check and recheck the secu- rity of Warren's assets and personnel. As a member of a t-wo-person team, he's cooped up in a vehicle patrolling anywher from 75 to 100 miles in an average day. Even though he knows his job doesn't appear glamorous and can be monotonou., it's critia| U) providing nuetear deterrence for the nation. As an atrman 1st class, he's personally responsible for more than $500,000 in equip- ment to include night vision goggles and a $30,000 vehicle. Those numbers are pretty impressive to anyone, and Air Force airmen in every specialty are given enormous responsi- bility in defense ofous nation. However, Photo tb gh .ggg He philhp Airman Ist C!ass Joshua Meyer, 320th Mi,s:,t[e Squadron, poses with his a#poimmenZ certificate to the United States Air [brce Academ 3 preparatory School in Colorado Springs, CU.a,  a;ued a $39K. Meyer has big dreams. Eventually he would like to become either the national security advisor or the secretaxT of state. "I want to give somethi'ng back," he said. "When I get up to the group or wing commanders level, I want to see what I can do fbr the Air Force anti airmem I think when you want to do something it's about what you make of it." Meyer is the eighth airman from Vearren to attend the prep school through LEAD since 1995. The process to get selected to the prep school ahme took him more than a year and requires approval from everyone in his chain of command. Gen. Lance Lord, Air Force Space Command commander, nominated Meyer for the appointment. For Meyer spending an extra year at the prep school has a big pay-off. "I believe getting a good education is an investment that will give back more than you put in." His advice to those who want to attend the Meyer said he semetimes feels his peces may not Academy: 'ou can't listen to negative people. always see their importance in the "big pictm'ef You can't let anything discourage you." "I want people tx, know theyre important For more information about the LEAD and they matter. When ! look at the people program. ROTC or t he Academy, contact Sue rm workiag ;,e. : - i 5onk aLvays see saris- Wilson az the base education <*ffice at "72- faction.  "..'a;,z m  ,9iair t the:n,Lk  ?- : :::" 5 :,{!.n az ; 35-934, : g'=, : ac'-.,it es 2 : e - 2:- " :7 ;h{ A r 7-':'" -r-,__..:. _= .... = ............ a: :"' "'ac(*Za '. : "" " :* "rv5 : z_ ," "e ::,ec_e e 5i % az:.-e-: A='>,:'-. ,, ,,, Comfortable Reading "Newspapers come into your home, almost like part of your family. You greet them ia your bathrobe, carry them into your breakfast room, lounge with them in the den. They may be the only companions you actually take with you into the bathroom-" - ASNE Bulletin, a publication produced by managing editors.:/ Ttme loss from work is on immense problem in terms of human suffering and economic impact. The only disorder to cause more time loss from work than back pain is the common cold. Numerous studies show that chiropractic care is both a safe and effective way you deal with back pain, neck pain, headaches, tendonitis, carpol tunnel syndrome, muscular and joint injuries. Our office procedures include thorough examination, promote fast relief and eady return to work. Proper care of an acute injury is the best advice to preven t it from becoming a chronic ongoing disabling problem. 320-839-2323 Office Hours: M-W-F 8:,3(m - 5:00pm; - Tues.-Thurs. 8:30om - 12noon; Sot. by appt. r Five RIDES is offering another volunteer opportunity. of the frail and elderly need assistance to access As a volunteer RIDES Escort you would these persons to access services to maintain daily functions by helping them during transport. uiries call Prairie Five RIDES at toll free. :1-877-757-4337 from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM S'l00are the gifts...Care, comfort Cmpassio O 20 YEARS OF HOSPICE CARE IN 2002 Spiritu entucky poet, novelist and essayist Wendell Berry, celebrates life in God's light. Through his writings he encourages us to appreciate God's order in all of life. "You see," my mother said, and laughed, knowing I knew the passage she was remembering, "finally you lose everything." She had lost parents, husbands, and friends, youth, health, most comforts, and many hopes. - A Timbered Choir Wendell Berry As shadows lengthen, giving many griefs and illness greater claim on our lives, spiritual care becomes one of life's essentials, a way to affirm one's life and one's place in the world while easing transitions into eternity. Hospice incorporates spiritual care as one of its guidelines of practice. Along with pain and symptom management, family and emotional support, spiritual care claims its place in the Hospice philosophy of "caring for the whole person". Spiritual Care at the end of life is available for both patient and family. Spiritual Care encourages patients and families to draw upon beliefs and practices for strength and comfort, knowing that spiritual reassurance and pastoral ministry is provided according to one's wishes and needs. Hospice Chaplains join with pastors, priests, rabbis, and spiritual caregivers to Hospice "" r/ provide ongoing and ; comprehensive spiritual care. Besides pastoral ministry and sacramental services, spiritual care includes all those practices and rituals which calm and nurture one's soul, including music, liturg B readings from sacred texts, devotional resources, and reflection and meditation. ttospicc provides spiritual care to pcople of all faiths as well as people with "no faith". While ttospicc rcspccts all religious tradi- tions, it also respects a person's right not to have rcligious practice or preference. Sometimes a person does not actively practice a religious life, yct their life and philosophy is richly spiritual. Both Western and Eastern rcligions, as well as Native American beliefs arc included in Hospice spiritual care. "Spiritual carc in Hospice supports the cxcrcisc of each trson unique spirituality, with thc hope that meaning and love may be found in thc prcsence of suffering and dcath." (Guidelines flr Spiritual (;are in Hospice.) The spiritual person is not there To be seen and heard, but To see and to hear... To be part of a moment When eyes and ears might open. (t'oem hy Jutiette Jones, NH I'CO Steering Committee) -Rev. Beverly Crute, Ph.D, Rice Hospice Chaplain Community Tree Lighting Set for Sunday, December I at 5 p.m. n Sunday, mr 1, at 5 p.m., Rme Hospice and The Grief Center at Rice would like to invlte all mbers of Our Hospice communities to participate in a special holiday tree lighting ceremony. This is the ninth year that trees will be lit simultaneously at each of the Rice Hospice locations. The trees will be lit in memory or in honor of a loved one. Fellowship and refreshments will add a special touch to this ceremony at each location. Tree lighting events will be held in the following locations: - Near the entrance to the Pleasant View Apartments Bemoa - Northeast comer of Benson Hospital - visitors' entrance Dawsoa - Behind Johnson Memorial Hospital Falls - In front of the Granite Falls Hospital - In front of the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital near the parking lot Ortoavilk- In the south solarium of the Ortonville Hospital P - In front of Kor0nis Manor 'dlmar - Sdvig Park near Rice Memorial Hospital "By lighting the trees outside we feel they can be enjoyed many evenings by the entire commu.mty," said David Rivers, coordinator of the Grief Center at Rice. "During the holiday season, memories of special people and the wonderful time we spent with them more vivid. We see this as a way of remembering our loved ones in a very special way.  Members of the community are invited to "Share a Memory" of a loved one with a light, and/or by attending the tree lighting ceremony. All gifts will go to support The Grief Center which serves west central Minnesota, including Appleton, nson, Dawson, Granite Falls, Montevideo, Ortonville/Graceville, Paynesville and Willmar. For additional information, please call David Rivers, The Grief Center at 320-231-4714. If you would like a Speaker for your group, please call Hospice at 320-231-4450 or 1-800-336-7423. II I Ill l Ill II Illll I I I I ii i i i Foe morn  aiMiII   onlact lhe central Hospice Office in Wilhnar at 320-231-4450. & Nundng Hem Bemlon swut County eensoq. Hosp Rice Hospice Satemtes lscmd In the following lltals: Dawson Montevideo Johnson Men-rlal Health Chippewa County Montevideo Servk:es Hosal Granite Falls Ortonville/Graceville Granite Falls Munlcipal  Ortonvllls Area Health Services &Manor Paynesvle Paynesville Area Health Care Systems Wtlimar Rice Memorial Hospital Nov. 26, 2002 <" ,On/ INDEPENDENT . Page 3b