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Firehouse visits cheer 90-year-old

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Every few weeks, Reuben “Dobb” Kass boards a city bus or train at the North Hollywood subway station near his home, and heads off on another adventure. It doesn’t matter that the retired New York City firefighter is legally blind with only limited peripheral vision, or that he just turned 90 on Sunday. Vision and age have nothing to do with these little adventures Dobb makes. Memories and camaraderie do. “One day a few years ago he wandered into our station, introduced himself, and sat down,” says Los Angeles Firefighter Mike Hayes from Station 105 in West Hills. “Dobb’s trying to visit as many stations in the city and meet as many firefighters as he can. Just hang out for a few hours talking to them. Everybody loves him.” A few weeks ago, Dobb – who got his nickname as a kid from his older brothers in Kansas by passing the time sliding down the neck of an old, blind swayback horse named Dobbin – took the Metrorail to Vermont Avenue, a part of the city he had never visited before. “I asked someone where the closest firehouse was, and stopped in for a visit for a few hours. Wherever I go, the doors always open because all firemen are brothers, here or in New York. Retired or not. It doesn’t matter.” True, said the half-dozen firefighters from Station 105 who turned the tables on Dobb on Sunday, dropping in at a 90th’s birthday party being held at his daughter’s West Hills home. That’s when they saw the video Dobb made last year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Engine Company 69 in Harlem. “The guys back there searched the pension rolls to see who was still alive from the old days, and they found me,” he said. Sitting in the North Hollywood fire station near the Valley Village home where he and his wife, Frances, have lived since 1959, Dobb faced a video camera for the first time. In mesmerizing detail, he told the current firefighters of Engine Co. 69 and his own family the story of how he “died” at the big Harlem warehouse fire in the spring of 1943. He was a 27-year-old fireman working the graveyard shift when the alarm at Engine Co. 69 summoned him to a three-story warehouse fire. “When we got there, Jim McCarthy and I stretched some hose, called for water, and went in. The warehouse was filled with burlap rags, and the last thing I remember, Jim and I were crawling on our hands and knees on the second floor.” The rest of the story would be told to them later in the hospital. Because of the steel-shafted windows, it was hard to ventilate the warehouse and the men were overcome by smoke. “They found us laid out on top of a bale of rags,” Dobb said. “We were brought out, and a doctor from the hospital in Harlem pronounced us dead. “They wrapped us in blankets and laid us out on the sidewalk.” The fire raged on, and a second alarm was sounded. Riding in one of the fire ambulances was retired Dr. Harry Archer, 93, and working for the New York City Fire Department for $1 a year. “We were pointed out to him as being dead,” Dobb said. “One of the guys told us later that Archer said, ‘Who says so?’ He immediately put oxygen masks on us, and had other firemen straddle our shoulders, and push down on our backs with their elbows. “I woke up lying in a blanket on the sidewalk,” Dobb said. “Jim McCarthy did, too. They told us later that Dr. Archer, none too politely, suggested the doctor from the Harlem hospital return to medical school. “For the grace of God and that second alarm, I wouldn’t be here today.” But you are, Dobb – surrounded Sunday on your 90th birthday by loving family and brothers on the Fire Department. You can’t beat that. Happy birthday, and keep on visiting all those fire stations in the city. Old doc Archer would be proud. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Infographic: African alliances help boost regional prosperity

first_imgRegional alliances of African countries have one goal in common: to increase economic cohesion and so improve the lives of citizens, as sovereign nations align their priorities to achieve a wider prosperity. Graphic: Mzwandile MakgobaResearch: Priya PitamberClick image for a larger view.Sources: Comesa, SADC, Ecowas, Eccas, CEN-SADlast_img

Leadership conference set for farm and food community

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Members of Ohio’s food and farm community are invited to the 2016 Farm and Food Leadership Forum. The event is for those with a desire to build leadership ability, develop business skills and and network with community professionals. The Forum will take place Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, Columbus. The event, open to the public, is hosted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and takes place the day prior to the organization’s annual meeting. Reservations can be made through local county Farm Bureau offices.Those who will benefit from the conference include farmers, agribusiness professionals, animal breeders, agritainment operators and others with a connection to food and farming.Nationally recognized speakers include Michele Payn of Cause Matters who will talk about using social media to your advantage; Tim Hodges, the Gallup Education Practice, who will discuss developing individual strengths; and Mark Levin, an expert on building membership organizations. Other topics include identifying the best health care options for small employers, communicating agriculture’s message, and agribusiness insurance solutions.Along with educational sessions, a Community Showcase will feature exhibits from leading Farm Bureau business partners such as Nationwide, Grainger, Sherwin-Williams and two of Ohio Farm Bureau’s newest benefit providers, Rocky Brands/Lehigh Outfitters and Member Savings Advantage. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals group will also host two rounds of the Discussion Meet competition.Registration is $75 per person, which includes lunch. Reservations are due Nov. 16.last_img read more

The optimal conditions for planting corn and soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers are beginning to speculating on when the weather will begin to favor planting season. In any case, growers want to get out in the field early, when possible. Since it’s truly a game of luck, Stine Seed regional sales agronomist Bill Kessinger has some thoughts on the optimal time for planting corn and soybeans. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

No sign of any let-up in lawyers’ strike

first_imgThere was no let-up in the lawyers’ strike in Odisha even as the Police Commissionerate here on Thursday took action against four policemen, who had allegedly assaulted a lawyer on Tuesday.Demanding arrests of the erring policemen, the agitating lawyers have decided to continue boycotting of courts indefinitely. “The situation will be reviewed on Monday,” said the High Court Bar.The day also witnessed picketing of lawyers at places in the vicinity of the High Court while lawyers across the State abstained from court works in response to a call given by the Bar Council.last_img read more

‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead

first_imgG.D. Agarwal, 86, who was on a fast to save the Ganga, died following a heart attack on Thursday. Formerly a professor in the civil engineering department at IIT-Kanpur who had adopted the name Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, the environmentalist was vocal on disallowing hydroelectric projects in Uttarakhand along the Ganga.In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June, he declared his intention to go on a fast as several of his demands had not been met.Agarwal’s key demands included a special law to deal with pollution and encroachment on the Ganga, and maintaining the environmental flow of the river to prevent pollution. He was subsisting on a diet of honey, lemon and water and, according to a senior official in the Water Ministry who was abreast of his activities, had given up water in the last week.“He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, and succumbed to a heart attack,” the official told The Hindu.last_img read more