Rose Mary Buehler

Rose Mary Buehler

Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta

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The Miami-Dade County Public Works and Waste Management Department (PWWM) will utilize the services of a contractor to conduct mosquito control aerial spraying operations this evening.

Miami-Dade County will provide the pesticide, Dibrom (also known as Naled), which is certified for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida. The aerial mosquito control flight will take place no earlier than 2 hours before sunset until 2 hours after sunrise, over Homestead, Florida City, the Redlands, and Kendall (see attached PDF map). The flight operations are weather permitting.

Thursday, 07 August 2014 21:05

Environmental Groups Lag Nation in Diversity

Mainstream environmental groups are not mirroring the increasing racial diversity in the United States, according to a new report.

While minorities make up 36 percent of the population, they account for no more than 16 percent of the staff of environmental organizations – a figure that hasn’t budged much in several decades.

The report’s author Dorceta E. Taylor, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, says more diverse hiring reflects a real institutional commitment to change.

Miss.—Mississippi, along with the rest of the nation, is aging rapidly as the huge baby boomer generation, 78-million strong, surpass age 65. As they confront both their own health issues and those of their elderly parents, the demand is growing for better eldercare options, especial for rural and inner-city seniors.

Besides inner-city nursing homes, discussed in part one of this series, personal care homes (PCHs) are intended to provide seniors a home-like setting for residents who don’t quite meet the criteria for nursing home placement, but may not have the funds for assisted living. PHCs, called board-and-care homes in other states, also tend to be the choice for Mississippi residents suffering from dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and emotional disorders that hinder their abilities to live independently.

A nursing home stay can be temporary. Roderick Ephram couldn’t be happier about that. His mother, Willora Ephram, better known as “Peaches,” returned home recently from Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Clinton, Miss., after recovering recently from pneumonia.

Peaches Ephram, age 90, is considered the matriarch of Jackson, renowned for having operated Peaches Restaurant in the Farish Street Historic District for over 50 years. It was her establishment where Barack Obama made a campaign stop in 2007, in his run for the White House.

“I couldn’t give her the care she needed at home,” said Roderick. “She was very weak. It took three months for her to recover and get the rehab she needed.”

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