The body language here suggests that no one touched the ball before it went out of bounds, during the Slaters' last second 61-60 loss to the Warriors in a game played at Bangor Tuesday night. PHOTO GALLERY) (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz.
Bangor and Pen Argyl girls vie for a rebound during the Slaters' 37-23 win over Pen Argyl in a game played at Pen Argyl Monday night. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Haley Burns
Bangor's Seth Benton (30) keeps the dribble alive, during the Slaters' last second 61-60 loss to the Warriors in a game played at Bangor Tuesday night. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz.
Pen Argyl's Abby Strouse is in full stride on her way to the basket, during the Slaters' 37-23 win over Pen Argyl in a game played at Pen Argyl Monday night. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Haley Burns
Bangor's Shavaughn Morris passes to a teammate, during the Slaters' last second 61-60 loss to the Warriors in a game played at Bangor Tuesday night. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz.
Bangor's Nicole Robinson (shoots from three-point range) during the Slaters' 37-23 win over Pen Argyl in a game played at Pen Argyl Monday night. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Haley Burns
Pen Argyl's Madison Mennel (white) controls the opening tip, during the Slaters' 37-23 win over Pen Argyl in a game played at Pen Argyl Monday night. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Haley Burns
The surprising truths about 5 common cat myths
(BPT) - Americans’ love affair with pets continues to grow with approximately 69 million households owning a pet, according to American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, pet ownership has tripled since the 1970s, and today there are 74.1 million owned cats alone. Felines are great companion animals, but there is still a surprising amount of widely accepted misinformation about cats – and it’s causing a multitude of issues.
“Cats are fantastic pets for both young and old, but misconceptions can cause a host of problems for cats, from their individual health to overpopulation,” says Esther Mechler, president of Marian’s Dream: Philanthropy for Animal Advocates. “Understanding the facts isn’t just interesting, as it can literally help you save lives.”
Check out these top five cat myths and the surprising truths behind each:
Myth: There are plenty of shelters and foster homes to help pets in need until they find their forever home.
Fact: Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, including 3.4 million cats, according to ASPCA.org. “More than 70 percent of cats in shelters do not find homes,” says Mechler. “Fostering is limited and unfortunately many shelters refuse to admit cats if no empty cages are available. This begs the question of where these unwanted cats can go. Millions of cats are euthanized annually or abandoned into the wild – where they often face injury, sickness and death.”
Myth: Cats don’t need to be spayed or neutered until they are 6 months old.
Fact: Most shelter cats are fixed at two months of age prior to adoption, but many households cats are not fixed until much later, which dramatically increases the odds of unexpected litters. By six months, most cats have gone through at least one heat cycle and many have already produced a litter. “‘Fix felines by five’ is our recommendation,” Mechler says. “This reduces the chance of unwanted litters and benefits the cat’s health and the community as a whole. Don’t delay longer than five months!” Learn more at www.mariansdream.org.
Myth: Cats won’t mate with their siblings or parents.
Fact: Cats do not limit which cats they mate with – this includes littermates and parents. This is another valid reason to proactively spay and neuter cats by five months of age. “A surprising number of people do not realize that siblings can and will reproduce,” says Mechler. “But it happens all the time, so expect it.”
Myth: Limiting unwanted litters is the only reason for spaying.
Fact: “Cats spayed before their first heat cycle have a 91 percent lower risk for developing mammary cancer,” says Mechler. “This is a wonderful benefit, because mammary gland cancer kills an estimated 75,000 cats every year. In fact, cats have a greater risk – by 1,500 times – of dying from mammary gland cancer than from contracting rabies.”
Additional benefits of spaying and neutering include many positive behavioral changes, such as:
* Reduced roaming behaviors
* Reduced aggression
* Reduced marking
* Reduced howling and other heat-related behaviors
Myth: Cats mate most often in the summer.
Fact: Cats may seem to mate all year long, but peak mating times correlate with the seasons (equinox). When the days start to get longer in January and February, additional sunlight signals a female cat’s pituitary gland to start ovulation and she will go into heat. “This is why spring is considered kitten season,” says Mechler. “After about 62 days of gestation, litters are born and there is always a flood of kittens going into shelters each spring. But cats can get pregnant at almost any time late winter or throughout the summer in most regions, even just few weeks after giving birth to a litter.”
In conclusion, pet owners are often unaware of how early cats can go into heat – to prevent mammary cancer, unwanted litters and ‘bad behaviors’ like howling, spraying and roaming it is best to have them fixed by five months of age, as recommended by Dr. Richard Speck in The Case for Neutering at Five Months of Age published in Today's Veterinary Practice.
Marian’s Dream continues to work hard to inform people and their vets about the importance of earlier spaying and neutering through the “Fix by Five” campaign. Learn more and find a qualified vet near you atunitedspayalliance.org/program-locator-map.
A Georgia teenager fell out of a moving car when she lost her balance while trying to twerk out of the open door.
Brittany Symone, 18, from was twerking to K Champ's Lil Bit while a friend drove along until she suddenly lost her balance.
She fell out onto the road in an embarrassing accident caught on camera and uploaded online by her friend.
The friend, who goes by the name 'CatFish' tweeted: "Good thing I caught it on camera."
She also posted a video on Vine saying that her friend was not hurt, but just a little "ashy".
The clip has gone viral since it was posted online, getting more than six million views.
Messinger Street Bridge (Viaduct)
The west bound lane of the Messinger Street Bridge (Viaduct) between First Street (Rte 191) and Murray Street in Bangor has been closed.
After a recent inspection it was determined that the westbound lane of the bridge needs to be closed and detoured due to in-creased deterioration to the bridge.
Eastbound traffic will not be affected.
This restriction will be in effect until construction of the new bridge, estimated to begin in late 2015.
Motorists will have two detour options:
Pen Argyl Academic Wall of Fame Nominations
It is time for the Pen Argyl High School Alumni Association to select the 2015 Inductees to the Academic Wall of Fame.
This honor is bestowed on a select number of graduates or past district educators each year who have distinguished themselves through community service, academic accomplishments, as well as, advancements in their chosen profession. The creation of this distinction was to set an example of what is possible for all present and future Pen Argyl students!
This honor is different from the PAHS Athletic Hall of Fame where chosen Alumni are honored for their athletic contributions while at Pen Argyl High School.
Anyone can nominate a PAHS graduate for the Academic Wall of Fame honor. Our Academic Wall of Fame Inductees have made a meaningful contribution to the world around them, and the Pen Argyl Alumni Association is proud to bestow this honor. To nominate a graduate, please contact Jim or Heather Hunter at 610-863-9443 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2015.
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