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== Mosquito invasion in Southcentral Alaska leads to run on supplies ==
  
== Antilles School Class of 2013  28 seniors graduate from Antilles School ==
 
  
 
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Each spring, it seems, the air of Alaska is filled with the buzz of mosquitoes and the whines of people declaring that this is undoubtedly the worst bug season they've ever experienced in their umpteen years in the far north.
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This year they may have a case.
Adding to the celebratory air, graduate Christopher Cilliers tooted his own horn on stage - a large green toy horn, that is, which was hidden under his robe.
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"Mosquito populations are fairly high everywhere," said Janice Chumley, integrated pest management technician at the Kenai Peninsula District office of Cooperative Extension Service.
This fun-loving, hard-working class of 28 is eager to start its journey into adulthood.  
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Why? Because of weather we had nine months ago. Southcentral Alaska experienced an extremely wet fall followed directly by snow. The snow covered and insulated the http://www.agoshow.net/2009-All-Star-Boston-Red-Sox-20-Youkilis-Blue-Jerseys-4/ - 2009 All Star Boston Red Sox 20 Youkilis Blue Jerseys ground before it could freeze very deep.
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"It was a perfect overwintering blanket for insects," Chumley said.
Salutatorian Rana Daas could not believe it happened so fast.  
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How perfect wasn't immediately apparent because breakup came late this year; much of the state got smacked by a snowstorm a month ago. The extended cool weather delayed the hatchout, Chumley said. "But the minute it warmed up, all of those successfully overwintering sites produced clouds of mosquitoes."
"It all comes down to this one moment," she said. "I can't wait go to college. I will miss family, but I love the idea of living alone and becoming an adult."
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The same conditions are also helping boost populations of other bugs, she added.
There were ups and downs along the way, but each graduate rose to the occasion.  
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A post on the  asking whether mosquitoes were http://www.agoshow.net/2009-All-Star-St.Louis-Cardinals-4-Molina-Red-Jerseys-6/ - 2009 All Star St.Louis Cardinals 4 Molina Red Jerseys worse than normal drew 100 responses from around the state within an hour. Most agreed that the mini-vampires were horrid and gave anecdotal examples.
A self-professed "math and science guy," Jordan found writing to be his biggest challenge.
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"We have thousands and thousands in our yard every day! We have a few tiki torches, a candle repellent, a bug zapper, a homemade trap and even while using bug dope, they don't seem to be phased one bit."
"I worked hard at it and I guess today is the true test," he said, laughing as he prepared to read his valedictorian speech later in the ceremony.
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"Out of CONTROL this year! Walk outside and its like within 5 seconds you are surrounded. My son is getting sooo swollen. His poor face looked like Quasimoto. We have gone through 4 cans of bug spray and I don't think it even works."
At the podium, Jordan recalled the achievements of the Class of 2013 and looked forward to good things to come.  
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"My poor 1 year old is covered in bites from the walk from the car to the door."
"We have grown up to be great artists, chess champions, actors, philanthropists, national champion athletes, and most importantly, scholars. All in all, we have been meaningful contributors to our Virgin Islands community," he said. "We are in the upper level of talent here, and I know this high level of achievement will continue through the rigors of college."  
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"I have at least 75 bites! My sister has too many to count ... the mosquito repellent wasn't working at all!"
In her speech, Rana cited fond and amusing memories from her time at Antilles School, and credited their teachers with steering them in the right direction and making a difference in their lives.
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What is not anecdotal is the fact that the Anchorage store shelves on which mosquito control products are usually stocked have become bare in the past few days.
Her family, too, was a crucial part of her success.  
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On Saturday, the Lowe's Home Improvement store in South Anchorage was out of Mosquito Magnets, a popular device that uses propane and a chemical scent to lure 'skeeters to a low-pressure vacuum that sucks them into a net container where they soon die. "We have a damaged one at the (Muldoon) store, none at Tudor and here we have minus one," said a Lowes customer service clerk. "Someone said they saw them at Walmart."
"I love you and thank you, Mom and Dad. The tassel was definitely worth the hassle," she said.
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But the Midtown Walmart Superstore didn't have any either. Nor did The Home Depot or other stores that usually stock Mosquito Magnets or similar mosquito traps. In addition, stores were low or out of zappers, citronella candles, yard torches and other such products designed to keep mosquitoes away.
Proud father Greg Ebenholtz beamed in anticipation to see his daughter, Danielle, walk by in the opening processional.  
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"I had 12 running feet (of shelving) with mosquito products. It's all bare," said Tim Craig, owner of Anchorage True Value Hardware in swampy Sand Lake/Jewel Lake, a neighborhood where one reader reported "visible swarms even in paved areas."
"I'm overwhelmed," he said. "It's been rewarding having her here at Antilles. There are a lot of great mentors here. I wish everybody good luck in the next stage of their lives."
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On Monday morning, Craig said he was down to "Two cans of repellent and a couple boxes of mosquito coils"
Corinne Van Rensselaer was delighted for her son, William, and his classmates on this momentous occasion.  
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Alaska Industrial Hardware reported having hand-carried propane powered fogger units, "But only at our Kenai store."
"They are a wonderful class full of unique and brilliant individuals," she said. "I'm absolutely thrilled and very proud."
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Complaints that this year's blood-suckers laugh at repellent may be exaggerated, but at least one woman was seen recently wearing a mosquito net hat as she walked her dog in the Bayshore Area.
Antilles School's college counselor, Chris Teare, was doubly proud.
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For those hoping to beef up their anti-mosquito arsenals, different stores gave different estimates for when new supplies would arrive -- anywhere from the last week of June to September.
All of this year's graduates will continue on with higher education, including his daughter, Isabelle.
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The Mosquito Magnets, however, should be in stores no later than the middle of next week said Gary Bucy, owner of Alaska Housewares, Inc., the Alaska distributor for the machine.
More than 50 merit scholarships were offered to the class, totaling $2.6 million.
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To get the most efficient use of the Mosquito Magnet, Bucy said, it's critical to clean out the system with CO2 cartridges sold for the machine every time the propane tank is switched. "That and the Octenol (the attractant) are what's important," he said. "Fortunately, there's plenty of both in stock."
"I'm very proud of my daughter as a father and of every graduate as their college counselor," he said. "To both the child that I love and the students I have tried to help any way I can, I congratulate you."Valedictorian: Jordan Ladd
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Bucy, a lifelong Alaskan, didn't think this year's mosquito crop was anything unusual. "It's just that, after last year, when we didn't have many, with the sudden warm weather it's a little more intense," he said.
Salutatorian: Rana Daas
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"In Fairbanks, it's even worse. They're just slamming and slamming us and, as late as this season started, in my opinion, they're going to keep slamming us for a few more weeks."
Number of graduates: 28
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Reach Mike Dunham at or 257-4332.
Number of graduates going to college: 28
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Colleges attending: Agnes Scott College; Babson College; Drexel University; Flagler College; Connecticut College; Fordham University; Georgetown University; Marine Mechanics Institute; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Northeastern University; Ohio Wesleyan University; Stetson University; Trinity College; Valencia College; University of Colorado at Boulder; University of Miami; University of North Carolina at Wilmington; University of Ottawa, University of South Florida Tampa; University of Southern California; The University of Tampa; University of the Virgin Islands; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Yale University
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Total scholarships awarded: $2.6 million
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The only bigger bank deals so far this year were United Bankshares Inc. (UBSI) agreeing to buy Virginia Commerce Bankcorp Inc. (VCBI) for $495 million in April and Chile-based Banco de Credito e Inversiones SA saying in January that it would spend $883 million for City National Bank of Florida from Spain-based Bankia SA.
 
 
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"You've got to kind of swallow this one and move on," said Patrick Sharp, who scored his ninth goal of the postseason. "We know what's on the line in this series and going into Boston's going to be tough, but we're ready for the challenge. We'll find a way to be better for Game 3."
 
The Blackhawks squeezed out a 4-3 triple-overtime thriller in Game 1 but couldn't pull this one out, with their stars once again invisible, much like their power play.
 
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were quiet again, just as they were in the opener, and the Blackhawks couldn't take advantage when they had the advantage. They were 0 for 3 on the power play for the second straight game and are now 7 for 57 in the postseason.
 
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Otherwise, Rask was simply outstanding in net again, getting through that early siege and finishing with 33 saves.
 
"It does get frustrating," Chicago's Dave Bolland said. "You're getting pucks at the net. Things aren't going in. You do get a sense of frustration. That frustration, you have to leave it alone and you've got to keep throwing it at the net. You hit a hot goalie, you hit a hot goalie."
 
The Blackhawks sure have hit their share of late but simply kept rolling along.
 
They had won eight of nine after falling behind 3-1 to Detroit in the Western Conference semifinals, taking out Jonathan Quick and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings in five games before winning that epic opener in this series.
 
They simply ran out of steam in this one.
 
"We just didn't continue playing the way we were playing," Toews said. "We let them have the puck a little bit too often. And you, know, we didn't hang on to it. We didn't move our feet with the puck. We were too easy to check."
 
He thought the whistle was "a little too quick" on that wraparound. Hossa said he didn't hear it blow and thought he had a goal.
 
"I just tried to battle for the space, and all of a sudden, I saw the loose puck," he said. "I tried to put my stick at the puck. I just felt the puck was crossing the line, and the refs ... decided no goal."
 
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It would help if their top stars converted on offense. Sharp and Hossa each have 15 points. So does Kane, but four of his six goals came in the final two games against Los Angeles. Toews, meanwhile, has found the back of the net just once.
 
"We know what we're getting ourselves into heading to Boston and how well they play in their building, but it's not going to change our mindset at all," Sharp said. "We're going to play our best game, we're going to have to. There a good team over there, so I don't think anyone's expecting anything different."
 
 
 
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The National Environment Agency has advised Singaporeans, especially the elderly, young children and people with respiratory problems, to avoid prolonged exposure outdoors.
 
Melissa Cheah, a financial sector worker, said her office has discussed the possibility of advising employees to wear protective face masks.
 
Singapore's Environment Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said his agency is offering assistance to Indonesia to put out the forest fires.
 
Hospitals and clinics are bracing for more patients in the week ahead.
 
"Based on what we have seen over the years, when the haze hits us, it takes about three to four days before we see all these additional patients coming in for medication," said family physician Sarani Ng Omar, who expected a rise in asthma-related cases, nasal problems and eye inflammation.
 
 
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AKRON, Ohio For Chris Blackwell, the arrival of one special therapist during his four-hour dialysis sessions is truly music to his ears.
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When Akron Children's Hospital music therapist Sarah Tobias visits him every week or two, the constant whooshing sounds of the dialysis machine are replaced with the strumming of her guitar and the soothing blending of their voices.
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On a recent morning, Blackwell smiled and tapped his feet in the dialysis chair as he sang along with Tobias to the catchy song, "Somebody That I Used to Know."
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"All my life, I liked to use music as a way to release," said Blackwell, 19, of Canton, Ohio. "It's depressing being in this chair so long at my age."
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Music therapy is one of several supportive services Akron Children's provides for free to patients, families and [url=http://www.agoshow.net/2009-All-Star-Seattle-Mariners-51-Ichiro-Blue-Jerseys-5/]2009 All Star Seattle Mariners 51 Ichiro Blue Jerseys[/url] staffs through its Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center.
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Along with Tobias, the center employs a full-time art therapist and contracts with area poets and experts in theater, dance, pottery, jewelry-making and other genres to provide a variety of experiences.
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Since the center opened in May 2011, the program has offered services to thousands of patients.
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"It's music and it's art, but it's really any sort of creative therapy that would be helpful to any particular child," said Dr. Sarah Friebert, medical director of the hospital's Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center. "Different kids respond to different types of therapy."
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Hospitals typically can't bill insurance companies for these and similar support services, she said. Akron Children's seeks donations and grant support to fund the $240,000 annual budget for expressive therapies.
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"We rely on philanthropy and kind-hearted people," Friebert said.
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More research is needed to support "the mounting evidence to show these types of therapies are very helpful treatments to complement mainstream health care," she said.
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Music therapy, for example, can be used to manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication and help with physical rehabilitation, according to the American Music Therapy Association.
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"It's just not recognized yet by insurance companies that this is a valuable piece of the holistic healing puzzle," Friebert said. "We all know that when you are engaged in something creatively, you are using different parts of your brain. It also touches your soul and your spirit."
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Tobias, who has degrees in psychology and music therapy, joined Akron Children's about a year ago as the hospital's full-time music therapist.
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"I get to be a counselor, but I also get to be a musician and use the music to facilitate the counseling session," she said.
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Some patients need to "get it all out" by banging on a drum, she said. Others improve their range of motion to help with their occupational or physical therapy by playing a small harp.
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In Blackwell's case, Tobias started working with him in the dialysis unit about six months ago after he asked whether the hospital had anyone to help him learn to play the guitar.
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The instrument was a gift from the family of a former fellow patient whose father played guitar while Blackwell sang along to pass the time when they had treatments each week. Since then, the patient has received a transplanted kidney and no longer needs dialysis.
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Blackwell must undergo dialysis at the hospital three times a week until he gets a kidney transplant. His jam sessions with Tobias often draw the attention of fellow patients and staff members who stop in the doorway outside his room to listen.
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"You should go on American Idol," Carolyn Kovatch, a medical assistant in the unit, said after listening to them on a recent morning.
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Blackwell responded with an appreciative laugh and a wide, infectious grin that lit up his face.
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After singing one song with Blackwell, Tobias read the lyrics line by line as they talked about the meanings.
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"Just praying to a God that I don't believe in," she said. "Tell me about that line."
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"We all get to a point in our lives when we fall to our knees and just pray," he said.
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"Desperation," she said, nodding. "I haven't thought of it that way."
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The line opened up a discussion about Blackwell's faith and how he has been coping with his serious illness.
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"It's a safe way to talk about what they're feeling," Tobias said after their session.
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When his medical problems are behind him, Blackwell wants to draw on his experiences and love of music to become a worship leader.
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"I love being an inspiration to others," he said. "It energizes me."
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Mosquito invasion in Southcentral Alaska leads to run on supplies

Each spring, it seems, the air of Alaska is filled with the buzz of mosquitoes and the whines of people declaring that this is undoubtedly the worst bug season they've ever experienced in their umpteen years in the far north. This year they may have a case. "Mosquito populations are fairly high everywhere," said Janice Chumley, integrated pest management technician at the Kenai Peninsula District office of Cooperative Extension Service. Why? Because of weather we had nine months ago. Southcentral Alaska experienced an extremely wet fall followed directly by snow. The snow covered and insulated the http://www.agoshow.net/2009-All-Star-Boston-Red-Sox-20-Youkilis-Blue-Jerseys-4/ - 2009 All Star Boston Red Sox 20 Youkilis Blue Jerseys ground before it could freeze very deep. "It was a perfect overwintering blanket for insects," Chumley said. How perfect wasn't immediately apparent because breakup came late this year; much of the state got smacked by a snowstorm a month ago. The extended cool weather delayed the hatchout, Chumley said. "But the minute it warmed up, all of those successfully overwintering sites produced clouds of mosquitoes." The same conditions are also helping boost populations of other bugs, she added. A post on the asking whether mosquitoes were http://www.agoshow.net/2009-All-Star-St.Louis-Cardinals-4-Molina-Red-Jerseys-6/ - 2009 All Star St.Louis Cardinals 4 Molina Red Jerseys worse than normal drew 100 responses from around the state within an hour. Most agreed that the mini-vampires were horrid and gave anecdotal examples. "We have thousands and thousands in our yard every day! We have a few tiki torches, a candle repellent, a bug zapper, a homemade trap and even while using bug dope, they don't seem to be phased one bit." "Out of CONTROL this year! Walk outside and its like within 5 seconds you are surrounded. My son is getting sooo swollen. His poor face looked like Quasimoto. We have gone through 4 cans of bug spray and I don't think it even works." "My poor 1 year old is covered in bites from the walk from the car to the door." "I have at least 75 bites! My sister has too many to count ... the mosquito repellent wasn't working at all!" What is not anecdotal is the fact that the Anchorage store shelves on which mosquito control products are usually stocked have become bare in the past few days. On Saturday, the Lowe's Home Improvement store in South Anchorage was out of Mosquito Magnets, a popular device that uses propane and a chemical scent to lure 'skeeters to a low-pressure vacuum that sucks them into a net container where they soon die. "We have a damaged one at the (Muldoon) store, none at Tudor and here we have minus one," said a Lowes customer service clerk. "Someone said they saw them at Walmart." But the Midtown Walmart Superstore didn't have any either. Nor did The Home Depot or other stores that usually stock Mosquito Magnets or similar mosquito traps. In addition, stores were low or out of zappers, citronella candles, yard torches and other such products designed to keep mosquitoes away. "I had 12 running feet (of shelving) with mosquito products. It's all bare," said Tim Craig, owner of Anchorage True Value Hardware in swampy Sand Lake/Jewel Lake, a neighborhood where one reader reported "visible swarms even in paved areas." On Monday morning, Craig said he was down to "Two cans of repellent and a couple boxes of mosquito coils" Alaska Industrial Hardware reported having hand-carried propane powered fogger units, "But only at our Kenai store." Complaints that this year's blood-suckers laugh at repellent may be exaggerated, but at least one woman was seen recently wearing a mosquito net hat as she walked her dog in the Bayshore Area. For those hoping to beef up their anti-mosquito arsenals, different stores gave different estimates for when new supplies would arrive -- anywhere from the last week of June to September. The Mosquito Magnets, however, should be in stores no later than the middle of next week said Gary Bucy, owner of Alaska Housewares, Inc., the Alaska distributor for the machine. To get the most efficient use of the Mosquito Magnet, Bucy said, it's critical to clean out the system with CO2 cartridges sold for the machine every time the propane tank is switched. "That and the Octenol (the attractant) are what's important," he said. "Fortunately, there's plenty of both in stock." Bucy, a lifelong Alaskan, didn't think this year's mosquito crop was anything unusual. "It's just that, after last year, when we didn't have many, with the sudden warm weather it's a little more intense," he said. "In Fairbanks, it's even worse. They're just slamming and slamming us and, as late as this season started, in my opinion, they're going to keep slamming us for a few more weeks." Reach Mike Dunham at or 257-4332.


This article includes updated information about the arrival schedule for Mosquito Magnets.


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