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--Cicero (55 BC)
--Cicero (55 BC)
Friday, April 3, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
For the past six years, one of our very own Xerox colleagues, Colonel Christian Klinefelter has been serving in the U.S. Army. Last week, he came back to Xerox as a product specialist, and received a warm welcome from his team in the Ohio Valley/Michigan CBU.
“We’re honored to have Christian back on board with us,” said Brian Leedy, vice president for Ohio/ Michigan CBU. “While risking his life to serve and protect our country, he learned many new ways to work with people, and is a real asset to his peers and the company.”
When Colonel Klinefelter was mobilized in January 2003 to train U.S. troops for battle, he didn’t hesitate. Generations of his family fought in active battles – his father was a World War II tank company commander, his grandfather served in World War I, that man’s grandfather served in the Civil War and one of his great grandfathers served in the Revolutionary War. While Colonel Klinefelter was commissioned when he was 21, he was never presented with the opportunity to serve in battle until the Iraq war.
Following his two-year, U.S.-based training mission, Colonel Klinefelter was deployed to Iraq. He spent four years in a variety of influential roles from training 3,000 Iraqi soldiers and deploying them into the Battle of Fallujah, to being a key leader with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Baghdad managing $15 billion of Iraqi reconstruction projects.
“Overall, it is good to be home. I am looking forward to taking the skills I developed in the field and using them in my new role,” said Colonel Klinefelter. “I’ve interacted with people from so many backgrounds and held various training and advisor positions in Iraq. This will help me better understand and work with team members and clients. Having a world view on foreign affairs and the global business climate will also allow me to better counsel customers on how Xerox can position their company for success.”
Colonel Klinefelter has been honored with two Bronze Star Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, a Bronze deFleury Medal, and a Legion of Merit. For the servicemen and women still serving, Colonel Klinefelter says his thoughts are with them and that he’s proud of their ongoing dedication to serving the country.
He has been married to Katherine for 33 years and has four children that are 18, 20, 24 and 26 years old. His youngest son, Christian, is hoping to carry on the family tradition of serving in the U.S. military by joining the Army ROTC program at University of Toledo this fall.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Adults are gray overall; during breeding, the plumage is usually much worn and stained, particularly in the migratory populations.
They have a red forehead, white cheeks and a long dark pointed bill. They have long dark legs which trail behind in flight and a long neck that is kept straight in flight. Immature birds have reddish brown upperparts and gray underparts.
Photo by Laurel Valchuis
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Not only will seniors avoid having to pay taxes on the withdrawal, but they can also keep their retirement account intact so it's better poised to recover when the market does. Plus, withdrawing money now could be detrimental to a retiree's nest egg over the long term: Tapping your savings in a year when the market underperforms could deplete your savings much sooner than expected.
There’s one caveat to consider regarding the required minimum distribution rules. Seniors who turned 70 ½ in 2008 and who have until April 1, 2009, to make their minimum required distribution still need to do so. Although it may feel like a 2009 withdrawal, it’s technically for 2008 and the MRD rules are still in effect for last year.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Recently at the Hanson Public Library
The John P. Tobin Memorial Children's Book Collection was unveiled with a reception for invited guests. Family and friends who contributed to the library fund in Mr. Tobin's memory gathered to see the current collection. We expect to expand the selection as time goes on.
John Tobin enjoyed using the library frequently, and this generous legacy, envisioned by his wife Marjorie, will hopefully encourage youngsters to appreciate what the library has to offer them, and also become life-long library patrons.
Pictured are members of the Tobin family around a display created to showcase some of the volumes in the collection
I have been asked by a military friend of this organization to help get out the word. Please provide any support you can to this worthwhile cause. Thanks
Post 9/11 Foundation Mission
The Post 9/11 Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to honoring and assisting first responders and veterans who have served our nation in the aftermath of 9/11. We endeavor to create grass roots awareness, community support, and tangible assistance for those who have served in the Military, Government, Police, and Firefighter communities, as well as other great Americans who have answered the call to duty since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
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Monday, January 19, 2009
19 January 2009. Made my goal of 5 miles a day today. Actually doing 5.4 per day in under 1.5 hours. It’s a proven fact that people who listen to music while they exercise tend to workout more frequently and are less likely to quit their exercise regimen.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK
The Outstanding Public Debt as of 16 Jan 2009 at 05:53:05 PM GMT is:
The estimated population of the United States is 305,472,096 so each citizen's share of this debt is $34,740.11.
The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.37 billion per day since September 28, 2007!
Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Barack Obama collected Spider-Man comics as a child, so Marvel Comics wanted to give him a "shout-out back" by featuring him in a bonus story, said Joe Quesada, Marvel's editor-in-chief.
"How great is that? The commander in chief to be is actually a nerd in chief," Quesada said. "It was really, really cool to see that we had a geek in the White House. We're all thrilled with that."
The comic starts with Spider-Man's alter-ego Peter Parker taking photographs at the inauguration, before spotting two identical Obamas.
Parker decides "the future president's gonna need Spider-Man," and springs into action, using basketball to determine the real Obama and punching out the impostor.
Obama thanks him with a fist-bump.
Marvel comics have featured most presidents, but generally in walk-on roles, Quesada said.
"I think President Nixon might have appeared on the cover, but not in a good way," he said.
Obama has said that as a child, he collected Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books. His Senate Web site used to have a photo of him posing in front of a Superman statue.
The Obama story is a bonus in Marvel Comic's Amazing Spider-Man #583, available in comic book shops nationwide on Jan. 14 for $3.99 and is expected to sell out, with half the covers devoted to Obama.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus), also known as Capitaine, are plentiful in the Florida Keys on many coral reefs and are considered to have high quality, soft and tasty flesh. The fish is a large wrasse of the western Atlantic. It has fourteen dorsal spines, eleven dorsal soft rays, eleven anal spines, and ten anal soft rays. The coloring varies but is usually brownish red with a black spot at the bottom of the dorsal fin. Their habitats are often over coral reef areas. The fishs' diet is mainly mollusks, crabs, and sea urchins. The Mexican hogfish is often a pinkish color with a fleshy bump on the males for head. The Hogfish is first a female then a male. The color pattern changes drastically between juvenile and adult.
The head of the male resembles a pig's snout.