Thursday, August 7, 2014

Old Mill Pond "Safe Buckets"

Old Mill Pond School - Palmer, MA

This past spring the staff and teachers at Old Mill Pond went through ALICE training which helped them prepare for the event of an intruder or attack on our school. As unpleasant as this is to think about as parents, the training suggested placing a "Safe Bucket" in each classroom. This is a 5 gallon bucket that would be filled with such things as gloves, safety glasses, a hammer(for breaking windows to exit school), rope (to tie off door hinges to prevent entry into a room) and more. School Principal, Jackie Haley and the PTO are working together to try to get these safe buckets in place by the beginning of our school year. We have 54 classrooms with an approximate cost of $20 per bucket which is almost $1100. We are asking for your help today in making safe buckets a reality for the coming school year. Any donations made are greatly appreiciated and will be passed on for the purchase of these materials. If anyone would like to donate but does not feel comfortable doing so through Go Fund Me please email PTO Co-Vice President Karyn Perry at for more information. Thank you for your consideration and please share this with other OMP families!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sara Evans - Slow Me Down

If all that's left to do is walk away, 
then baby I'm as gone as yesterday.
But if there's something you still need to say,
you need to say it now.

Hurry up and slow me down... Slow me down...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Yuengling arrives on March 3rd!!!

Craft Brewers Guild and the awesome Pennsylvania brewery Yuengling held a swanky casino bash on Tuesday at the Seaport World Trade Center to celebrate the beer's arrival in Massachusetts--and the full-flavored, all-American, lager with plenty of street cred flowed freely! 

Yeungling was last sold here in Massachusetts 20 years ago! It's long awaited return is March 3rd and it won't be hard to find! "Everyone in Boston is looking for the product," Yuengling chief operating officer David Casinelli told the Boston Herald before the party. Three Yuengling beers will arrive here in the first wave: Yuengling Light, Black & Tan, and flagship Traditional Lager. 

The brewery was founded in 1829, making it the nation's oldest beer maker. It holds a unique niche in the American beer market. Yuengling is going to reshape the sophisticated Boston beer scene and don't be surprised when it steals tap handles and shelf space away from both craft brews and the big domestics!

Yuengling is a super easy-drinking beer sold at the same price as premium brands like Bud, Miller, and Coors, but with more color and flavor.  It is currently sold in 14 states; Massachusetts will be the 15th. The brewery has multipled from about 200,000 barrels annually sold 20 years ago to more than two million barrels per year today! Owner Dick Yuengling landed on the Forbes 400 last fall with a net worth of $1.4 billion!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Drugs and Money... It's a lethal combination...

Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. Gabriel Bouys/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, was found dead by a friend at about 11:30 this morning in his New York West Village Manhattan from an apparent drug overdose. Investigators found a syringe in his arm and an envelope containing what is believed to be heroine. That makes an overdose pretty apparent. He had undergone drug addiction treatment in the past and recently lost his battle with sobriety last year.  He had been clean for 25 years.  

He is the father of three children - daughters, Tallulah and Willa; and a son, Cooper -- with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell. Prayers for his family in this difficult, difficult time. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Don't be afraid to follow your passion...

Many of us are afraid to follow our passions, to pursue what we want most because it means taking risks and even facing failure. But to pursue your passion with all your heart and soul is success in itself. The greatest failure is to have never really tried.  

In life, it's rarely about getting a chance; it's about taking a chance.  You'll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing will NOT work! Most of the time you just have to go for it.  And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should... You either succeed, or you learn something... It's truly a win-win.