Friday, October 12, 2007

a tiny bit more on sgt Jason Lantieri

(from what i posted yesterday)

later, i'll attempt to get a link to his myspace page and post it.

once again, my thoughts and prayers for his family and friends

By News Channel 8's Crystal HaynesPosted Oct. 11, 2007Updated 6:17 PM
Killingworth (WTNH)_ If a picture is worth a thousand words, then perhaps a YouTube video posted on Army Sergeant Jason Lantieri's MySpace page while he was serving in Iraq says it all.
"Just another day at the office," the caption reads.
His family says his decision to be there was natural for him.
"This was part of the adventurous side of Jason. Part of what he wanted to see, more of the world. He wanted opportunities that he thought this was his ticket to try new things but I know he counted on coming home," said Kathy Miller, Lantieri's Foster Mother.
So did his family. They tell News Channel 8, Lantieri was killed October 10 due to an accident while working on a transportation unit.
His family says he was supposed to come home this summer, but his tour was extended......

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has ordered flags to be placed at half-staff after a 25-year-old Killingworth soldier was killed in Iraq.

Jason Lantieri, an Army sergeant who grew up in Killingworth, died accidentally in Iraq Tuesday after he was pinned between vehicles that were being moved, his family said Thursday.

Lantieri joined the Army two years ago and was due home in December, said his mother, Kathleen Miller of Clinton. She said the military told her family Wednesday morning that her son died in an accident.
"We don't have all the details," Miller said in a phone interview. "Our family is devastated. He was a pretty special person, full of fun, full of life. He went into the service looking for an adventure."
Lantieri graduated from Haddam-Killingworth High School in 2000 and earned a business degree from Western New England College in Springfield, Mass...............
An Army paratrooper who grew up in Killingworth died in Iraq when he was accidentally pinned between two vehicles this week, his family said Thursday.Sgt. Jason Lantieri, 25, joined the Army two years ago and was due home in December for a break, said his mother, Kathleen Miller of Clinton. She said a military official came to her home Wednesday morning to tell her that her son died Tuesday in an accident."We don't have all the details," Miller said in a phone interview. "Our family is devastated. He was a pretty special person, full of fun, full of life. He went into the service looking for an adventure."
Military officials said that Lantieri was injured during late night vehicle maneuvers near Iskandaryah, which is about 30 miles south of Baghdad. The incident is under investigation.He was assigned to Echo Company, 725th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based in Fort Richardson, Alaska.Lantieri was supposed to come home over the summer, but his unit's deployment was extended, Miller said.......
(images were from channel 30 site)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

some horrid news

to the friends and family of Jason Lantieri my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Killingworth soldier killed in Iraq

by News Channel 8's Annie Rourke

Killingworth (WTNH) _ A 25-year old soldier from Killingworth is the latest Connecticut casualty of the Iraq War.
Jason Lantieri was killed early this morning in Baghdad, Iraq. The Department of Defense has not yet released the details of his deaths, but News Channel 8 has learned that he was on active duty and in the Army Airborne Division.
Lantieri graduated from Haddam-Killingworth High School in 2000. Killingworth Today reports he graduated from Western New England College in 2004..........

Governor Rell Orders Flags to Half Staff to Honor Fallen Soldier
The Hartford Courant
11:32 AM EDT, October 11, 2007
Governor M. Jodi Rell has ordered U.S. and state flags lowered to half staff in honor of Sgt. Jason Lantieri of Killingworth, who was killed October 9th in Iraq.The 25-year-old Lantieri, a soldier in the Army's 25th Infantry Division, died during operations in Baghdad."This is a tremendous loss, and I ask that we unite as a state to honor the sacrifice that Sgt. Lantieri has made on our behalf," Governor Rell said. "Our most sincere condolences go out to Sgt. Lantieri's family and friends. We can all continue to honor Sgt. Lantieri's service by keeping in our thoughts and prayers the men and women now risking their lives overseas to serve our nation."........

WNEC grad killed in Iraq
Posted by bdewberr October 11, 2007 11:18AM
By Bea O'Quinn
A 25-year-old Western New England College graduate was listed among the latest casualties of the Iraq War, a college spokesman confirmed today.
Jason Lantieri, of Killingworth, Conn., a small town near Middletown, was killed early Wednesday morning in Baghdad, Iraq.
"I'm hearing he really was a good kid and one of those kids that does leave an impression," Stephen Roulier, a college spokesman, said, noting that many friends of Lantieri had contacted the college upon learning of his death.
Lantieri graduate from the college in 2004 with a degree in business management, Roulier said.
According to other media reports, the Department of Defense has not yet released the details of his death. He was on active duty and in the Army Airborne Division.
Lantieri is the 39th person with ties to Connecticut to die in Iraq or Afghanistan.

talk to your daughter

from flimsy sanity with a hat tip to cv rick

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a shout out to sgt barry albert

(thank you for serving)

and EVERYONE who is helping him and his family. makes my heart feel good

the windsor locks american legion post 36

heroes to hometowns

helmets to hardhats

the local (windsor locks area) boy and girl scouts


all the other volunteers who are pitching in now and in the future

welcome home sgt albert (i know it's not official until december)

A New Kind Of Army Called To Duty

By LYNN DOAN Courant Staff Writer

WINDSOR LOCKS - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Barry Albert came to on the side of a road, somewhere between Baghdad and Al Hillah."Pappy, Pappy, wake up!" a fellow soldier yelled. At first, Albert, 43, thought he was in bed - that was how his roommate usually woke him up in the morning. Then he felt the shrapnel digging into his upper thigh and remembered the four explosives, hidden in the utility pole along the road.One had blown out two tires on the Humvee he was driving. Two had ploughed through the truck, turning it within seconds into a metal heap of Swiss cheese. Another had found its way to his left leg............

................Albert is one of many injured soldiers now returning from war to find volunteers working on their homes or building new ones.The Windsor Locks American Legion Post 36, which is spearheading the renovations at Albert's house, heard about Albert's injury a couple months ago. Coincidentally, the group had established in February a program, "Heroes to Hometowns," to help returning soldiers like Albert. The program is modeled on a set of guidelines published by the national American Legion and is meant to give injured soldiers a local way to receive a battery of services, from financial assistance to snow shoveling.Albert became the first soldier to be helped by Heroes to Hometowns................

picture: STAFF SGT. BARRY ALBERT, 43, and his wife, Susan, are staying in a hotel while their home in Windsor Locks is being renovated and made accessible to a wheelchair with the help of a program by the local American Legion post and a host of other volunteers. Albert lost his leg in May after explosives hit his convoy in Iraq. (BOB MACDONNELL / October 1, 2007)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

happy halloween

pauline basso is up for re election

i'd think twice about voting for her if that's what you plan on doing

how horrid is this?
Danbury politician apologizes for racist e-mails
by News Channel 8's Erin Cox
Danbury (WTNH) _ A Republican councilwoman from Danbury has sent an apology to the NAACP for sending racist e-mails to her friends.
News Channel 8 obtained copies of the offensive e-mails distributed by Pauline Basso. The e-mails take shots at illegal immigrants, Muslims and Africans.
"I'm just appalled. I can't believe someone who has a position as she does would do this," said Danbury resident Sonnie Council.
Rev. Ivan Pitts of the NAACP says, "We are outraged, deeply concerned and insulted."
In Danbury, undocumented workers have been a hot button issue.
"It is scary that someone in elected office is sharing these feelings," said Wilson Hernandez of the Ecuadorian Civic Center........

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

remember october 14th!

free speech party rundown from cool justice report
(if you click on the flyer it will open bigger in another window)

yarns i scooped up the other day

here's what i picked up at sit-n-knit the other day (ALL on sale. well the yarns were. i got some needles and a book as well)

in the middle the noro kureyon (100% wool). the black and white is bingo mouline (100% merino). the four skeins to the left are, haco. 2 of sapphire jade and 2 of deep blue ocean (100% hadn dyed marino). the orange/grey/brown is cool wool grossa, merino big print (100% merino). the light blue is kathmando aran tweed (85% merino, 10% silk, 5% cashmire) it is SO soffffffffffffffttttttttttt. the hanks are malabrigo merino (kettle dyed 100% wool) in jewel blue and frank orhre (i LOVE this yarn. i made my log cabin baby blanket out of it) and the big puffy colored balls are action ny yarns (70% acrylic and 30% wool).

Monday, October 08, 2007

there's a yarn sale

at sit-n-knit in west harford center (i think their old wethersfield store as well) through the week.

i got mine (i'll post a picture in a day or two)

i guess the angels didn't say enough prayers

my beloved bosox swept 'em

By Dan Shaughnessy, Globe Columnist

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Manny Ramírez's towering walkoff home run - if a baseball lands in the Charles River does it qualify as a "splash hit?" - and the Red Sox charter aircraft both returned to earth sometime Saturday morning and throughout Red Sox Nation it feels like 2004 all over again.

There have been a lot of good nights at Olde Fenway since the Sox vanquished the Yankees (and Cardinals, by the way) three years ago, but this is the first time it's felt like the golden days of October '04.
Curt Schilling, one of the seven holdovers from that championship season, gets the ball today in a potential clinch game against the Angels. The Sox are on the threshold of advancing to the American League Championship Series and the Franconamen appear locked and loaded - ready for anything the Indians, or Yankees, can throw at them in the next round.........