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AAA Mid-Atlantic: The Thrill is Gone at the Gas Pump
Friday, 06 March 2015
The Week Gas prices across the country have seen significant jumps in the past few weeks, primarily due to refinery outages and issues.  The national average has moved higher for 39 (through Friday) consecutive days, the longest streak of... Read More...
Monmouth County Parks Volunteer Docent Training Available
Friday, 06 March 2015
MIDDLETOWN, NJ —  The Monmouth County Park System has added another training session for prospective docent volunteers on Sunday, March 15.  In addition to the morning session held at Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown from 11... Read More...
IMAGE County Corrections Officers Graduated March 4, 2015
Friday, 06 March 2015
PHOTO: Graduates of the 30th Basic Course for County Corrections Officers FREEHOLD, NJ - Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden is proud to announce the graduation of 20 recruits from the 30th Basic Course for County Corrections Officers. The... Read More...
Art Society of Monmouth County Winter Break 2015 Photo Exhibit
Friday, 06 March 2015
MONMOUTH BEACH, NJ - Monmouth Beach Cultural Center until March 14 Reception from 1-3pm. Free and Open to the public. Another wonderful show of the artistic work of local photographers is on display at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center until March... Read More...
Women-Know Your History
Friday, 06 March 2015
The American Heart Association | American Stroke Association encourage you to learn your family health history this March, during Women’s History Month. Robbinsville, NJ —  Women have played a vital role in our history.  They’ve lead... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Snowed In
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 06 March 2015
It started during the night and continued the whole day.  This time the weatherman was right.  We got lots of snow.  It was beautiful... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - March 6, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 06 March 2015
The older you get the more coffee you drink.  That would explain the whole coffee with lunch at the diner: http://bit.ly/1B0OBSS Move over craft... Read More...
IMAGE Winter Deja Vu
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 05 March 2015
As winter storm Thor pummels the Mid-west and the Northeast with snow and ice, Governor Christie once again declares a state of emergency, schools... Read More...
IMAGE Winter of Discontent
by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
Just four months ago, angry and energized voters swarmed to the polls to give Republicans control of the Senate and increase their House of... Read More...
IMAGE Bay Birds Attempt to Avoid Bay Ice
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 02 March 2015
Brrrrrrrr. No doubt this was a cold winter season. Just how cold? February officially made it into the record books as the coldest February in... Read More...

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danvance_120Boy Scout Troop 1230 of Mankato, Minnesota, could be the first in America consisting entirely of members with a a specific disability. (If you know of another, please email.) Their disability is type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes, which a National Institutes of Health website defines as a lifelong disease, often beginning in childhood, when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels.

In a telephone interview, Scoutmaster Vickie Parsons said, "I'm a pediatric nurse practitioner at Mankato Clinic and work with about 80 kids with type 1 diabetes from southern Minnesota. The idea began when the mother of an affected child asked about whether we knew of another child with type 1 diabetes her daughter could meet."

The next day, a physician, who also was the father of another affected girl, asked the same question. The physician happened to be a Boy Scout leader and knew the Scouts accepted boys and girls. In time, a Type 1 diabetes troop was born.

Given the age range of children, the boy/girl mix, and the substantial physical limitations of children with type 1 diabetes, Troop 1230 employs a specially designed, adaptive program. It meets six times a year for outings, including one overnight camp.

Said Parsons, "(Type 1 diabetes) never goes away. Each time someone with it eats carbohydrate foods, they have to give themselves a shot. A kid will take at least three insulin shots a day and sometimes up to eight. Some kids wear (insulin) pumps, which are inserted every three days. An active kid might have to poke her finger to draw blood ten times a day (to discern her blood sugar level)."

Type 1 diabetes symptoms vary considerably depending on whether the person's blood sugar is too high or low, with worst-case scenarios leading to ketoacidosis, seizures or death.

Said Parsons, "At camp, the kids get to do all the fun stuff just like the other kids. We have adults and counselors with type 1 diabetes to show them there isn't anything they can't do."

The "troop" was the best thing her clinic had done so far to help kids with type 1 diabetes, she said. Often these children feel isolated and different because of their physical limitations, and don't know other children with the same disability. The group also facilitates parents meeting parents.

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