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August 2011

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Used Freedom Lift Available

Dennis Lammers of Saskatchewan is offering an older GMC 1/2 ton pickup with a Freedom Lift mounted in the back, which will take someone in a wheelchair from the driver's seat to the seat of a combine, tractor, or other hard-to-get-to location. The lift can be remotely operated so the user is completely independent.

or call Dennis 306-493-3009 or 306-227-5273.

Rebels with a Cause

The National Geographic reports an increased demand for accessibility as the baby boomers "are joining forces with disability and senior groups to add muscle to the cause of increased accessibility in travel. 'They don't intend to let hip replacements and insulin shots stop them from traveling,' says Rains. 'Nor will they be pandered to, stigmatized, or written off.'"
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Vermont Farmers are Raising the Bar

A Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS = Roll Bar/Seat Belt Kit) is 99% effective in protecting tractor drivers in the event of a rollover. The Vermont Rebates for Roll Bars Program has a hot line (1-877-767-7748) in partnership with New York, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania to inform farmers about which roll bar kit is available for their particular tractor and how much it will cost. Time and money may no longer be an obstacle! Call the hot line today and protect your family from unnecessary harm. Maybe it's time to Raise the Bar for safety on your farm!

An impressive number of Vermont farmers (198) have registered to install a new roll bar and seat belt kit on their tractor since the Vermont Rebates for Roll Bars Program started only seven months ago. That is probably because VT farmers know a good deal when they see one! The program, run by UVM Extension, offers a 70% rebate (up to $765) to farmers wishing to retrofit old tractors with a new roll bar kit. These rebates are 100% fundraised for in house, so any donation to support these VT farmers choosing to be safe would be welcome. You can help raise a bar by calling the ROPS UVM Extension Office (1-866-260-5603) and help stop the number one leading cause of death and serious injury for farmers.

London 2012 Olympics: Oscar Pistorius Qualifies for World Championships and London Games

Multiple Paralympic Gold Medallist Oscar Pistorius has broken his personal best record in the 400m, qualifying him to represent South Africa in next month's world championships and the London 2012 Olympics.
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