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Letter To The Editor

September 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dear Editor,

I consider myself fortunate to be involved in the many safety programs run by USPS®.

These include our Youth Poster Contest, Co-Op Charting, and Vessel Safety Exams for the Coast Guard and of course being their district Safety Officer and following all the great activities run by our 18 local squadrons from Brooklyn to East Hampton.

Young boating classes for pre-teens were taught from Oyster Bay Boat Basin to the Southold Yacht Sailing Marina; I assisted in a NY State Boating class of five two-hour sessions– all 34 members passed.

Through the efforts of USPS® members, hundreds of free Vessel Safety Checks and Co-Op

Charting Reports were done to assist the US Coast Guard. Other community activities included information displays, demonstrations of safety equipment such as life jackets, fire extinguishers and flares. Posters were hung at marinas and stores, and many safety pamphlets were distributed from Wantagh County Park to Patchogue Pier.

Some top events include: A NOAA Weather Seminar at Brookhaven Laboratories and a Girl Scout Safety Night, both presented by Ann Peltier of Oyster Bay Squadron; Peconic Bay Squadron’s Safety Booths in Greenport and Riverhead by Lawrence Hynes; a Safety Demonstration and Youth Poster with Free Pizza and Soda Night run by Sewanhaka Safety Officer Cdr. Steve Burke; and Jones Beach Safety Officer  Marty Seconhouse was interviewed on the Long Island Radio Group discussing boating safety and responsibilities.

As the 2011 boating season ends, remember there will be over 700 deaths and 3,600 injuries. Innocent children will die because of unsafe boaters. Remember to wear your lifejacket.

P/C  Joseph M Ruggieri, SN

United States Power Squadron® Dist-3 Safety Officer

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