July 24, 2014

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Blueprint For Baseball

The Northwest Region Coalition for Roadway Safety sponsored the St. Joseph Mustangs baseball team this season. The team is part of the MINK league and is made up of college players from around the country. This year had the largest attendance of any Mustangs season so far, and the NW Coalition had the opportunity to educate all the attendees about roadway safety. As part of the sponsorship, we were able to set up a table display at four games throughout the season. We chose to focus on a different aspect of traffic safety each game: seatbelt safety, distracted driving, impaired driving and child passenger safety.

At our most recent game we focused on child passenger safety. This was also the last game of the season and a sell-out crowd. A local crash survivor, eight year-old Kaleb, threw out the first pitch from his wheelchair. While he's beginning to walk a bit, the incident three years ago left him mostly in a wheelchair.

Kaleb, then five, was sleeping in the back seat, not in a child safety seat, when the car in which he was riding was involved in a crash. Ray Staggs, an emergency room trauma nurse who works on the NW Coalition, has stayed in contact with the family and was the one who contacted them to participate in Coalition events at the game. Kaleb's parents agreed right away, as they're always willing to talk about child passenger safety and the impact the crash had on their family's life.

Table on CPS Night

Senior General Services Technician Lana Allen, Emergency Room Nurse Rachel Marmaud and Senior Office Assistant Amber Dydell manned the table on Child Passenger Safety Night at the Mustangs game.

Kaleb throwing first pitch

Crash survivor Kaleb throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the July 19 Mustangs game. Mark Sonnenmoser, an emergency room nurse, spoke about the importance of child passenger safety after Kaleb's first pitch.

General Manager does the Ball Toss

Mustangs General Manager Ky Turner even took a break from his game day duties to try his hand at the ball toss. St. Joseph Health Department's Stephanie Malita and St. Joseph Safety and Health Council's Sue Lober (not pictured) helped at several games with the ball toss activity.

Ball Toss

Children of all ages tried their hand at the new Buckle Up! Arrive Alive! ball toss at each Mustangs game. Several kids came back multiple times over several games to give it a try. Everyone who tried was asked about their buckling up habits and given a prize for always buckling up.

Northwest District Accepts The Corporate Challenge
Heartland Wellness Connections is sponsoring this year's Corporate Challenge in St. Joseph. After a couple years' absence to recover from flag football and kickball injuries, the Northwest District team is back! While we may not always win, it's a great time for employees to get together outside work, socialize with each other, meet employees from other companies around town, and just have a great time. Many thanks go to Senior Information Systems Technologist Dave Earls for coordinating this year's team.
Maintenance Crew Leader Kevin Lytton, Seasonal Maintenance Worker Mindy Marsh and Senior Information Systems Technologist Cindy Gamache working together at the volleyball event.
Miniature Golf
Senior Highway Designer Mike Mooney and Highway Designer Josshé Palm wait for their turn at miniature golf against a team from Boehringer Ingelheim.
Senior Office Assistant Amber Dydell lines up her shot in the dart tournament.
MIniature Golf
Senior Information Systems Technologist Cindy Gamache watches as Senior Information Systems Technologist Dave Earls putts through the Eiffel Tower.
Senior Information Systems Technologist Cindy Gamache's daughter Jessica helped fill in on the bowling team.
Senior Highway Designer Jeff Burns plays in the pool tournament.

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Marcia Johnson
Customer Relations Specialist
Northwest District

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