Volunteers with the Friends of the Rappahannock and the Falmouth Flats Fly Fishers—say that three times fast—showed others the basics of fly tying, making knots and casting during an introductory session Saturday at old Cossey Pond in Fredericksburg.
Mired in a disaster zone, rural area far from hospital, or natural area miles from an access point … accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many recreational accidents are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable.
The press release sounded like a hopeful herald of the new year -- "Chesapeake Bay Health Improves." I, for one, filled in imaginary exclamation points when I read the headline.
The fine print of the January 2 release of Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) annual Bay health scorecard told a slightly different story: the score at the end of 2012 stood just one point higher than the 2010 assessment, earning a 32 out of 100 or a "D+" grade-- still a long way from a really healthy ecosystem.