Posts by Nathan Moench

Issue #36 – Interview with a Clark County Firefighter

The Circles team went to 575 E. Flamingo Rd, to talk to a fire fighter.

We were able to interview Greg Blackwell about what it is like to be a fire fighter.

The fire station opened in 1991, it combined 2 different stations into what is now the area fire station and the administration building.

Q. Who has been here the longest?

A. One engineer is at 36 years with the department.

Q. How many employees in total at the station?

A. 13 at station.

Q. What equipment do you use to put out fires?

A. Primarily we use the fire hose.

Q. What can you tell us about fire safety?

A. It is important to have a fire alarm and also a proper fire pan in place.

Q. How long does training take to become a firefighter?

A. Preferably the academy is 24 weeks long.

Q. Do you need any degree in the field?

A. No, GED required and 18 years of age.

Q. Who inspired you to become a firefighter?

A. My father, and the show called Emergency.

Q. How many times do they train a day?

A. They train 16 hrs. a day for fire training and 8 hrs. Of medical training a month.

Q. How much weight do you have to carry to put out fires?

A. The gear is 30lbs and the equipment is up to 100lbs .

Q. What kind of utility trucks are used throughout the day?

A. They have utilities such as pumps, water tanks, hoses, ground ladders, and tools, etc.

Q. How often do you clean and organize the equipment?

A. They keep all of their equipment clean daily.

Q. How many fires do you put out in a day?

A. On average, twice per day.

Written by: Amy Toner

Pictures by: Cassandra Hitchcock, Jeremy Holland, Eric Washington, Amy Toner and Justin Freeman.

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Issue 36# – Camping Check List

Make Sure Your Ready This Season………..

Needs for Shelter

Tent

Tent stakes/Hammer or Mallet

Ground Cloth/Cot

Tarp

Bedding/Sleeping Bag

Mat or Carpet

Cooking Essentials

Skillet

Water Proof Matches

Water

Utensils

Ice Chest/Cooler

Personal Gear

Pocket Watch

First Aid Kit

Sunglasses/Sunscreen

Flashlight

Compass

Pocket Knife

Flare Gun

Illustrations by: Sarah Verace, Elizabeth Suarez, Briana Brooks, Jeremy Holland, AMy Toner, Nathan Moench

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Issue #34 – Galaxy Icing

Ingredients:

1 box cake mix

1 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)

2-3 Tablespoons milk (add additional milk if too thick)

Gel food coloring(red and blue)

Edible glitter (sprinkles)

Directions:

Prepare cake according to directions on box.

Combine the milk and sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Stir well with a whisk or tablespoon until properly combined.

Separate glaze into 4 equal parts, placing them into 4 small bowls (or cups).

Add 1 drop of red food coloring to one bowl, this should make a pink color.

Add 2 red drops and 2 blue drops of food coloring to one bowl, this should make a purple color.

Add 1 drop of blue food coloring to one bowl, this should make a light blue color.

Add 5 drops of blue food coloring to one bowl, this should make a dark blue color.

Drizzle the glaze over the cake, one color at a time.

Using a spoon gently smear colors together to create a space effect.

Finish off by sprinkling edible glitter (sprinkles) to the glaze for the stars.

TIP: Prior to glazing the cake, we frosted the cake with white canned frosting to give us a smooth and even texture for the glaze.

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Issue #34 – Space Cookies

Ingredients:

Snickerdoodle Cookies

Black fondant

Different colors of icing

Candy Eyeballs

Step 1: Place cookie on plate.

Step 2: Choose icing: blue, green, or purple.

Step 3: Roll out fondant on a cutting board.

Step 4: Start decorating your cookie the way you want it!

Step 5: Use a knife and a toothpick to spread over cookie.

Step 6: Put on eyeballs or any other things you would like on your cookie.

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Issue #33 – Santa Shaped Cookies

Ingradients:

Graham Cracker Square

Red decorating icing

Mini marshmallows

White icing

Assorted round sprinkles

Directions:

1. Turn your square graham cracker so that it looks like a diamond.

2. Add a layer of white icing all over the top of the graham cracker.

3. Take the red icing and fill in the top corner of the diamond to make it look like Santa’s hat.

4. Add one marshmallow to the tip of the red icing.

5. Add two round sprinkles in your choice of color for the eyes and a red one for the nose.

6. Use the mini marshmallows to fill in any empty spots up to the nose area making it look like Santa’s full beard.

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Issue #32 – Southern Nevada Beagle’s Rescue Foundation

Circles magazine visited SNBRF and had a great time interviewing Regina Harman, meeting the rescue dogs and learning about this awesome rescue operation. SNBRF is a non-profit, all volunteer foundation dedicated the rescue of Beagles, Beagle mixes, hounds and little and education about responsible dog and puppy ownership.

They provide rescue and adoption services primarily in Las Vegas, Henderson, and the rest of Clark County Nevada, they find permanent homes for Beagles who have been surrendered by their owners or have been abandoned or abused. SNBRF does not house dogs and puppies in a shelter as many rescue groups do, our dogs are cared for in healthy, safe, loving foster home environments.

All the dogs are pre-screened for behavior, temperament and health conditions prior to placement. This includes being spayed or neutered. They always welcome any donations. They can be found on Facebook and https://southernnevadabeaglerescue.com

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Issue #32 – DIY Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients

Peas
Green Beans
White Rice
Chicken Breast

The dog food recipe contains rice, meat, green beans, peas and it was a very easy recipe to make for your dogs and it is very healthy for the pets to eat.

Directions

Step 1: Boil chicken (No seasonings added) Boil until fully cooked.

Step 2: Cut chicken to bite-sized pieces.

Step 3: Mix rice and chopped chicken.

Step 4: Add 1 can of peas and 1 can of green beans, mix together

Experience

Michelle: “Making this healthy food was a really fun experience for me.”

Jeremy: “Making the cake was really fun and exciting. I really enjoyed pouring the ingredients and mixing them all together.”

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Issue #32 – Dog Parks of Las Vegas

Circles Magazine visited one of the dog parks in Las Vegas. the name of the park is called Dog Fanciers park. We interviewed Paulie Cunningham about different dog parks. He told us that fanciers is his favorite park in Las Vegas. Paulie has 2 dogs, he has a whipput greyhound mix name Reggie she is 17 years old and he also has a pit-bull named Angel and she’s 7 years old.

We asked what was his “favorite thing about the park ?’ he said dogs get to socialize and have lots of fun, he said dogs always staying at home isn’t good for the dog. He has been to 5 different parks around Vegas with his dog’s, so he is a bit of a dog park connoisseur.

He mentioned the park at Atlantic and Lewis that is by his house, be doesn’t like it, and Dessert Breeze Dog Park, he tells us that is the worst no one watches their dogs. He tells us that indoor park (that just opened) serves beer, he doesn’t think that beer and dogs don’t mix at all. He told us that Barkin Basin and Woofers parks, are really good to take your dog at and let them enjoy running around and playing with other dogs. His dog angel was on the news Fox 5 the night before 4th of July she ran out the house, she got spooked by the firecrackers and ran out an open door.

He did an intense search for her and put up flyers and even contacted the Fox 5 News and Angel was spot lighted. Paulie is the bass player for a popular band in Las Vegas, called Smashing Alice and an avid dog lover.

Clark County Dog Fanciers Park 5800 E. Flamingo Rd Las Vegas Nevada 89122

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Issue #32 – Pet Technology

  • Hoison is an Automatic Pet feeder machine. Designed to help feed your dogs, cats, or any other animal. If you’re running late, stuck in traffic, or unable to feed your pets in any way, simply log on to the Hoison app on your cell phone and with the click of a button you can dispense your pets breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Hoison feeder is equipped with an HD camera and microphone, so you can see and communicate with your pets. You’ll be able to check-in with your pets, and it can give you a peace of mind that they are not alone. You can tell them that you love them, that you will be home soon, and reward them, with a nice dinner all from the convenience of your phone.

  • Pawscout is a low energy Bluetooth radio signal with a range of approximately 300 feet. You can use the Pawscout App on your cell phone to locate your pet and set a virtual pet leash that alerts you it the pet moves outside of the range. If your pet is out of range, you mark your pet as lost. You will be notified of your pet’s location if he or she passes by anyone with the Pawscout App. To best protect your pet, ask friends, family members, neighbors, and caretakers to install the Pawscout App. Tracking will not work unless your pet is within 300 feet of someone with the Pawscout App.

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Issue #32 – How To Respect Animals

All animals should be respected with loving owners that will be dedicated to their wellbeing. There are many different ways to care for your pet’s needs. This is includes their diet, exercise, and proper training. Feeding your pet’s healthy food will keep them fit and happy for a long healthy life. Socializing your pets is always a great idea. Having your pet interact with other animals and people. This will keep your dog active and friendly when entering different environments. Making sure your pets has annual check-ups with a vet is a must. Micro-chip your pet is an easy way to relocate them in case they are lost. Taking your pets to the groomers to get their nails clipped and bathed is recommended. Most of the times they put bows on their little ears that make them oh so cute.

 

  • Run your dog up and down the stairs.

  • Set up obstacle courses.

  • Make your dog work for its treats.

  • Keep away and fetch.

  • Take a socialized outing

  1. Check labels for nutritional value

  2. Avoid feeding shelf-stable foods as a staple diet

  3. Introduce fresh whole foods

  4. Feed a variety of ingredients rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties

 

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