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March 17, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Monday, March 17, 2014

Early traffic, weather and community news for your weekend

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s going on today and this weekend:



Traffic:



Cullman City Street Department’s patch crew will work on Cherokee Ave. SW. Due to weather conditions, drivers are asked to be especially watchful for workers.



Weather:



Today: A 20 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 51. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.



Tonight: A 20 percent chance of rain before 8 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.



Best bets for today:



Bosom Buddies Support Group: This group will meet at 6 p.m. today in the CRMC Community Education Center (1912 Highway 157, POB II, Cullman 35058) in the Depot Room. Info: Mary Dyer at 256-734-8729.



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 9:30 a.m. today in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church, 305 Arnold St. NE, Cullman 35055. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.



Therapeutic swim night: Family members and individuals with disabilities/delays can enjoy a free swim (6 to 8 p.m. today) at the Aquatic and Wellness Center, 1636 Field of Miracles Dr. SW, Cullman 35055. Individuals with disabilities must be present for family members to swim. Stop at desk and say you are with Therapeutic Program. Info: Civic center at 256-734-9157 or Rhonda Davis at 256-962-2208.



MS program: On March 17, 2014, the Joanne P. LaGanke MS Support Group will be hosting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society AL/MS Chapter’s program presented by Tracy Tracy. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the North Central Neurology Associates, 1809 Kress Street, Cullman 35058. Finger foods are suggested as a pitch in for all attending. RSVP to Randy E. Bennett at 256-531-7841 or email to jpl.ms.al.randy@gmail.com.



CRMC’s Volunteer Services’ uniform/shoe fundraising sale: Cullman Regional Medical Center Volunteer Services will host a uniform and shoe fundraising sale from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, March 17; 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in CRMC’s Colonel Cullmann Room, POB 2, 1912 Alabama Highway 157, Cullman 35058. Proceeds benefit CRMC Volunteer Services; cash, check and credit card payments are accepted. The event is sponsored by CRMC Volunteer Services and the Uniform Place of Cullman. Footwear will be on site to properly fit shoppers for shoes. Info: CRMC Volunteer Services Coordinator at 256-737-2600.



Lap Band seminar: Dr. Mac Cottingham, Horizon Surgical, will hold a free seminar on the Adjustable Lap-Band System procedure at Cullman Regional Medical Center at 6 p.m. March 17, at CRMC’s Ave Maria Room located in Professional Office Building II (1890 Highway 157, Cullman 35058). Info: Horizon Surgical at 256-736-2263.



Today’s tidbit:



Happy St. Patty’s Day to all our Irish readers, and to those who are Irish only on this day every year! I’ve searched high and low, and finally came up with a few Irish blessings, prayers and witticisms. Enjoy!



An old Irish blessing: May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.

If you’re enough lucky to be Irish, you’re lucky enough! –Irish saying

Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers. –Unknown

An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold onto one blade of grass to keep from falling off the earth. –Irish saying

There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were. –Irish saying

Irish diplomacy is the ability to tell a man to go to hell so that he looks forward to making the trip. –Irish saying

An Irishman has an abiding sense of tragedy which sustains him through temporary periods of joy. –Irish saying

The Irish forgive their great men when they are safely buried. –Irish saying

Anyone acquainted with Ireland knows that the morning of St. Patrick’s Day consists of the night of the seventeenth of March flavored strongly with the morning of the eighteenth. –Unknown

Irish blessing: May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.

Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck. –Unknown

A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. –Unknown

The list of Irish saints is past counting; but in it all no other figure is so human, friendly, and lovable as St. Patrick, who was an Irishman only by adoption. –Stephen Gwynn

St. Patrick… one of the few saints whose feast day presents the opportunity to get determinedly whacked and make a fool of oneself all under the guise of acting Irish. –Charles M. Madigan

May misfortune follow you the rest of your life, but never catch up. –Irish saying

May your home always be too small to hold your friends. –Irish toast

Irish prayer: May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.

May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten. –Irish blessing

May God bless and keep in good health your enemies’ enemies. –Irish blessing

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past. –Irish saying

Here’s to you and yours and to mine and ours. And if mine and ours ever come across to you and yours, I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours as mine and ours have done for you and yours! –Irish toast

May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live. –Irish saying

Drink is the curse of the land. It makes you fight with your neighbor. It makes you shoot at your landlord-and it makes you miss him. –Irish saying

It ain’t easy being green. -Kermit the frog



10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. CRIMEANS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO JOIN RUSSIA

Crimea’s parliament declares the region an independent state following a referendum where 97 percent voted in favor of splitting from the Ukraine. Ukraine’s new government in Kiev calls the referendum a “circus” directed at gunpoint by Moscow.

2. OBAMA TO PUTIN: US WON’T RECOGNIZE CRIMEA VOTE

U.S. officials reaffirm that the White House and European Union will impose penalties on Russia if it annexes the strategic region.

3. WHAT’S NEXT IN SEARCH FOR MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINER

Malaysia says searches have begun in both the northern and southern corridors of a vast swath of Asia where the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is believed to have ended up.

4. WHY ARMY WILL DROP SEX ASSAULT CHARGES AGAINST GENERAL

Lawyers for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair say he will plead to lesser charges after the prosecution’s case crumbled as questions arose about whether the accuser lied in a pre-trial hearing.

5. HOW CHINA SEEKS TO GROW

China has announced plans to expand its cities and improve public services that would allow millions of rural resident to migrate to urban jobs.

6. A PILL THAT’S EASY TO SWALLOW

A study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and stroke. The pills are so packed with nutrients you’d have to eat a gazillion candy bars to get the amount being tested.

7. PISTORIUS SAID TO HAVE A “GREAT LOVE” OF GUNS

The manager of a firearms training academy also testified that Pistorius once recounted going into “combat mode” after hearing a possible intruder in his home. It turned out to be a laundry machine.

8. WHO WILL — AND WON’T — BE MARCHING IN THE NYC ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio is out, as is Guinness sponsorship, because gay groups are not allowed to march openly. Ireland’s head of state will be there, reasoning the parade is about “Irishness and not sexuality.”

9. WHY CHRIS BROWN IS HEADED BACK TO COURT

The Grammy-winning R&B singer is facing a court hearing over his dismissal from rehab, which landed him in jail over the weekend.

10. A LOOK BEHIND THE NCAA SEEDINGS

Florida earns the overall No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament, but reigning national champ Louisville draws a No. 4 seed. The rankings are proof that to the tournament selection committee a game is a game, no matter when it’s played.