Saturday, June 20, 2009

SOS!!! "Summer of Sleuthing -- Save Our Ancestors"

Dear Family Historians and “Wannabes”,

Here’s a great opportunity to fulfill a personal and/or family goal this summer. “Summer of Sleuthing—Save Our Ancestors” (SOS) is a family summer activities program sponsored by the Family History Library to introduce families to the fun of family history. With a series of weekly challenges, families can participate in activities that will help them learn more about themselves and their ancestors. Program materials are available online at or by clicking the following links:

Preschool Children Family History Summer Challenge:
Children Family History Summer Challenge:
Teenager Family History Summer Challenge:
Adults’ Family History Summer Challenge:


Sleuthing Family Picture to Color:
Ideas for Interviewing Relatives:
Questions for a Life Story:
Clothes Make the Ancestor:
My Journal—All About Me:


Pedigree Chart:
Picture Pedigree Charts:
Family Group Record:



Dave Williamson
Family History Consultant


I thought of sharing few tips with you. I lost my daughter yesterday while working on my yard. Usually she is good at telling me where she is going for example that she is hot and she going inside or that she wants to run a little. Yesterday my daughter failed to do so, and suddenly she was gone when I looked up...vanished in the air so the speak...panic set in etc...We had a happy ending luckily and I found my daughter at my neighbor's house visiting her dog.

I have cut and pasted an article here to quote site. It teaches parents well how to prepare and teach their children in case of an emergency. At the end you'll find website that give you further information.

-Page 1 of 2 @2007 The Center to Prevent Lost Children. All rights reserved. “Don’t Talk to Strangers and Other Parenting Myths” “Don’t Talk to Strangers and Other Parenting Myths” No doubt, parenting is tricky. Parenting information changes all the time plus everyone feels compelled to give their personal, often contradicting, opinions. Unfortunately, even some of the basic “rules” of parenting can’t be trusted. Here we discuss four such myths that can make life or death differences.

MYTH #1: I am a careful, watchful parent and my kids are well behaved so they will never get lost. It happens to virtually everyone: 7 out of 10 children will experience being lost at least once in their lives1. 90% of families will be impacted and the traumatic memories of these incidents will forever remain in the minds of both the parent and child1. We teach our children to be curious and independent but then we scold then for getting accidentally lost. Therefore, it is actually good parents that realize this is a common situation. They proactively teach their children that getting lost can be dangerous and they all know what to if it happens. While most incidents result in safe returns, both children and adults often retain traumatic memories for the rest of their lives.

MYTH #2: Don’t talk to strangers. When a child gets lost, he/she may be too scared, too young, or simply unable to communicate to assist an adult that is trying to help find the child’s caregiver. One of the best safety practices is to tell your child to find another mommy if he/she gets lost. There is an important difference in empowering your child to ask a stranger for help versus having a stranger approach your child unsolicited. Mommies are easy to identify and find in most family venues – plus mommies are usually eager to help (and least likely to harm) a distressed child.

MYTH #3: Don’t put identification outside of your child’s clothing. Safe identification includes a cell phone number that is visible and easily accessible on a child. If the child is lost, another person can quickly call to reunite the onsite caregiver. Do not hide the information in a shoe or in the child’s clothing. You do not want a stranger undressing your child to find such a clue. Even if your child knows their home phone number, you don’t want to continuously be dialing your home voicemail to see if there is any information about your lost child. Many parents worry about having a child’s name visible. Even though most children will willingly give a stranger their name, there are dozens of other ways that a predator can lure your child away. However, putting the child’s address is actually very dangerous because in the wrong hands, your home can become a target. Whether going to a mall, to a ballgame, or to school, young children should always have safe identification visibly on them.

MYTH #4: My entire family dresses in the same color when we go to a crowded place. It may be cute but it is rather ineffective to put your family in the same colors unless they are very bright. A small child can be much more easily spotted if they are in bright green or bright yellow. Wearing such colors (hats, shirts, jackets, etc.) can make it easier for you to see them. If you need to get other people’s help to find a lost child, the bright colors make it easier for them too. It is more helpful to describe a child’s physical attributes (hair color, eye color, height, weight, etc.) when you can also note that they are wearing a unique color. Keep that clothing as a special outfit for when you do venture away from home. This will help you remember what the child is wearing should you need to recall that under stress.

These four parenting myths are just some of the unfortunate bad parenting advice that has been passed down for generations and not been updated given new technology and information. Realize that these myths can be very harmful to your child and be a smart parent by preparing yourself and your family. With less effort than it takes to put on a seatbelt, teach your children not to get lost and what to do in case it happens.

About The Center to Prevent Lost Children (CPLC) The Center to Prevent Lost Children (CPLC) provides parents, grandparents, teachers and other caregivers critical information that prevents children from getting lost – and helps find them safely when it happens. Through live and recorded seminars, CPLC provides “Away from Home Tips” and product/technology advice. Seminars are delivered in schools and day care centers, religious & civic organizations, YMCAs, hospitals, and corporate settings to adults and/or children. CPLC Family Safety consultants also work with employees in venues such as retail stores, amusement parks, airports, beaches and sporting events where children often get lost. For more information about attending or sponsoring a lost child prevention seminar or if you want to work with a CPLC Family Safety Expert, contact us at or 508.881.5664.

More website addresses that might interest you to read. everyone has their own approach and maybe one of these can help you design your own emergency plan in case one of your little ones go missing.

Some sites to visit:


List of health products that could be hazardous to you or your loved ones. Check your supplements, medicine cabinets etc and get rid off them, return them to the retailer/manufacturer for a refund/credit.

Fun Express Expands Nationwide Recall of Water-Based Face Paint - May 22, 2009
FDA Alerts Consumers to Recall of Water-Based Face Paints - May 12, 2009
FDA Warns Consumers to Stop Using Hydroxycut Products - May 01, 2009

FCIC web address: Products
Government web address:

Web address for the FDA. You can learn here how to report a problem to FDA with a product.

Here is a list of FDA JUNE 2009 RECALL list:

June 2009
June 19, 2009 - Unilever United States, Inc. Conducts Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Imported Knorr® Kosher Soup Mix - Chicken Vegetable Flavor with Pasta Due to Undeclared Allergen
June 19, 2009 - NestlĂ© USA’s Baking Division Initiates Voluntary Recall
June 16, 2009 - Smith Dairy Announces Voluntary Recall on SMITH'S Tea with Lemon in Gallon Size Only
June 15, 2009 - Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Stamina-Rx Dietary Supplement Products
June 13, 2009 - Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC Announces the Recall of all lots of Soft Mexican Cheeses due to Possible Listeria Contamination
June 11, 2009 - R. E. Kimball. and Company, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Wheat in Clam Chowder and Corn Chowder
June 11, 2009 - Knouse Foods, Inc. Announces Recall of Apple Sauce in Glass Jars
June 11, 2009 - FoodScience Corporation Recalls Kid’s Multivitamin for label Error
June 10, 2009 - Indian Groceries & Spices, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Nirav Golden Raisins
June 10, 2009 - Bao Ding Seafood Co. Issues Alert on Uneviscerated Fish
June 10, 2009 - Sconza Candy Company Voluntarily Initiates Nationwide Recall of Trail Mix, Organic Chocolate Peanuts and Organic Toffee Cashews and Peanuts Because of Possible Health Risk –SECOND RELEASE.
June 05, 2009 - NY Fish Inc. Recalls Imperial-European Style Smoked Salmon Because of Possible Health Risk
June 05, 2009 - Le Pain Quotidien Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Noir Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread
June 04, 2009 - Provide Commerce, Inc. Initiates Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Items Containing Peanuts Due to Recall by Peanut Corporation of America
June 04, 2009 - Provide Commerce, Inc. Initiates Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Items Containing Pistachio Nuts Due to Expanded Recall by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc.
June 02, 2009 - In-Shell Pistachios Due To Possible Health Risk


Here is a list of consumer products been recalled. If you have any, return to get refund, take it back for a replacement or repair.

Consumer Products
Viking Range Corporation Recalls Built-In Refrigerators Due to Injury Hazard; Doors Can Detach - June 16, 2009
Laceration Hazard Prompts Recall by Starbucks of Coffee Grinders; Made by Tsann Kuen - June 16, 2009
W.P. Appliances Inc. Recalls Wolfgang Puck Toaster Oven/Toasters - June 12, 2009
Six Reported Deaths Prompt Urgent Re- announcement of Blair Recall of Women’s Chenille Robes - June 11, 2009
LaJobi Recalls Bonavita "Cabana" Drop Side Cribs Due To Entrapment and Strangulation Hazards - June 09, 2009
Hair Dryers Recalled by Vintage International Due to Electrocution Hazard - June 03, 2009
Bicycles Recalled by REI Due to Fork Failure - June 02, 2009
Home Depot Recalls Patio Umbrellas Due to Risk of Impact Injury - May 28, 2009
Trampolines Recalled by Skywalker Holdings; Enclosure Problems Can Result in Fall Hazard - May 26, 2009
Samsung Recalls to Upgrade Certain Cell Phones; Could Fail to Reach Emergency 911 in a No-Service Area - May 22, 2009
Bunn-O-Matic Recalls Single Cup Tea/Coffeemakers Due to Burn Hazard - May 21, 2009
Ross Stores Recalls Benches Due to Fall Hazard - May 21, 2009
Gothic Cabinet Craft Recalls Bunk Beds Due to Fall Hazard - May 21, 2009
Norco Recalls Bicycle Frames Due to Crash Hazard - May 20, 2009
Cannondale Recalls Bicycles; JD Forks Can Lose Alignment, Posing Crash Hazard - May 20, 2009
Trek Recalls Bicycles; JD Forks Can Lose Alignment, Posing Crash Hazard - May 20, 2009
Engine Block and Battery Heaters Used on Polaris Snowmobiles Recalled Due to Shock Hazard - May 19, 2009
Composite Decks Recalled by Louisiana-Pacific; Decks Can Deteriorate and Break, Posing Fall Hazard - May 19, 2009
Digital Clamp Meters Recalled by Fluke Due to Shock Hazard - May 19, 2009
HP Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Hazard - May 19, 2009
Lumetique Recalls Botanika Candles Due to Fire Hazard - May 13, 2009
Dahon and REI Novara Folding Bicycles Recalled Due to Fall Hazard - May 13, 2009
Richard Abraham Herder KG Recalls Torque Wrenches Due to Risk of Injury - May 05, 2009
Wagner Spray Tech Recalls Paint Sprayers Due to Electrical Shock Hazard - May 05, 2009
Popcorn Machines Recalled by DTX International Due to Burn Hazard - April 30, 2009
Hair Dryers Recalled by Universalink International Trading Due to Electrocution Hazard - April 29, 2009
HMI Industries Recalls Floor Cleaners Due to Burn Hazard - April 29, 2009
Under Armour Recalls Athletic Cups Due To Injury Hazard - April 28, 2009
Leg Curl Fitness Machines Recalled by Paramount Fitness Due To Crushing Hazard - April 27, 2009
Women’s Chenille Robes Recalled by Blair Due to Burn Hazard - April 27, 2009
Toaster Oven/Broilers Recalled by Haier America Due to Burn or Electrical Shock Hazard - April 23, 2009
Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles Due to Fall Hazard - April 22, 2009
Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles Due to Serious Fall Hazard - April 22, 2009

Government web address:


Check your freezers, food storage, pantry, fridge etc for any of the following products in the list below.

Food Products
Oregon Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination - June 02, 2009
Illinois Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products That May Contain Foreign Materials - May 29, 2009
Union International Food Company Recalls White Peppers Because Of Possible Health Risk - May 29, 2009
California Firm Recalls Beef and Pork Products Due To Undeclared Sulfites - May 22, 2009
Illinois Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination - May 21, 2009
California Firm Recalls Frozen Pork Sausage Products Due To Undeclared Allergens - May 14, 2009
New Mexico Firm Recalls Red Pork Tamale Products Due To Undeclared Allergen - May 14, 2009
New York Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination - May 04, 2009
New York Firm Recalls Hot-Pot Seasoning Products Imported From an Unapproved Source - April 29, 2009
Michigan Firm Recalls Frozen Meat and Poultry Pasta Products Produced without Inspection - April 26, 2009
Washington Firm Recalls Turkey Soup Products Due to Undeclared Allergen - April 17, 2009

FCIC web address: Products

Goverment recall web address:


Here we have a list of automobile recalls. If you have a vehicle in this list, take it to the dealer and have them correct the problem.

Automotive Products
GM Recalls 35,038 Model Year 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 Vehicles for Brake Lamp Problem - May 20, 2009
Honda Recalls 12,894 Model Year 2008 CBR1000RR Vehicles for Water Pump Issue - May 19, 2009
Volvo Trucks Recalls 127,764 Model Year 2001-2008 VHD, VNL, VNM and VT Trucks - May 18, 2009
Hyundai Recalls 91,202 Model Year 2002-2003 Hyundai Sonata Vehicles for Laceration Hazard - May 15, 2009
Volkswagen Recalls 25,594 Model Year 2006- 2009 Jetta 5th Generation Equipped with 2.01 Engine for Loose Screw - May 14, 2009
Paccar Recalls 112,736 Kenworth C500 Trucks Equipped with Caterpillar C15 Engine for Oil Leak Problem - May 14, 2009
Nissan Recalls 362,891 Model Year 2003-2007 Murano Vehicles for Air Duct Issue - May 14, 2009
Volkswagon Recalls MY 2006-2009 Jetta 5th Generation Equipped with 2.01 Engine - May 13, 2009
GM Recalls 27,188 Model Year 2009 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade Hybrid, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Suburban, Tahoe, Tahoe Hybrid, and Colorado; and GMC Yukon, Yukon Hybrid, Yukon XL, and Canyon Vehicles for Fuel System Problem - May 11, 2009
Off-Road Motorcycles Recalled by KTM North America Due to Front Fork Failure - May 07, 2009
Ducati Recalls MY 2008 Desmosedici RR Motorcycles - May 07, 2009
Ducati Recalls 396 Model Year 2008 Desmosedici RR Motorcycles for Harness Issue - May 07, 2009
Jaguar Recalls Model Year 2007 - 2009 XK Cars - May 07, 2009
Jaguar Recalls 112 Model Year 2007-2009 XK Vehicles Fitted With Run Flat Tires - May 07, 2009
GM Recalls 15,393 Model Year 2009 Chevrolet Traverse Vehicles for Brake Problem - May 06, 2009
GM Recalls 1,243 Model Year 2010 Chevrolet Camaros Equipped with a V8 Engine for Cable Insulation Issue - May 06, 2009
Chrysler Recalls 37,407 Model Year 2009 Dodge Ram Light Duty Pickup Trucks with Manual Temperature Control for Windshield Defrosting Issue - May 05, 2009
Ford Recalls 8,735 Model Year 2009 F-150 Trucks for Brake Light Problems - April 29, 2009
Jaguar Recalls 2004 XJ Vehicles for Service Brake Defects - April 22, 2009
Mazda Recalls 25,400 Model Year 2010 Mazda3 Vehicles for Electrical Issue - April 20, 2009
Hyundai Recalls 85,036 Model Year 2001-2003 Santa Fe Vehicles - April 20, 2009
Hyundai Recalls 175,765 Model Year 2001- 2004 Sonata and Model Year 2001-2004 XG300 and XG250 Vehicles - April 20, 2009
Hyundai Recalls 170,610 Model Year 2001-2003 Elantra and Model Year 2003 Tiburon Vehicles for Corrosion Issues - April 20, 2009

FCIC website address: here you find the goverment recall lists


How many of you agree this monkey should be recalled? Poor thing it has been playing music way too long.
Its difficult to keep up what is been recalled at times.., we normally find out what is not safe to use and why mainly in the News. Sometimes some items do no make it to the News just because it isn't sensational enough or has not caused a stir such as the tainted milk in China or led in the toys.

Here is a FCIC list of Children's items that are recalled. In the end you'll find the website address that you can add to your bookmarks to keep abreast on recalls. Keep your family safe.

Children's Products
Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Winterbee Due To Strangulation Hazard - June 10, 2009
LaJobi Recalls Babi Italia Pinehurst and Bonavita Hudson Drop Side Cribs; Risk of Entrapment and Suffocation - June 09, 2009
Outdoor Playset Gliders Recalled by Backyard Play Systems Due to Fall Hazard; Repair Kit Provided - June 04, 2009
Children’s Loungewear Recalled by Warm Biscuit Bedding Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standards - June 04, 2009
Bugaboo Recalls Strollers Due to Risk of Brake Failure - June 02, 2009
Outdoor Play Sets Sold Exclusively at Toys R Us Recalled by Step2® Due to Fall Hazard; Swings Can Break - May 27, 2009
Trampolines Recalled by Skywalker Holdings; Enclosure Problems Can Result in Fall Hazard - May 26, 2009
Girl’s Hooded Sweatshirts Recalled by Ely and Walker Due to Strangulation Hazard - May 21, 2009
Folding Toy Beach Chairs Recalled by Build-A-Bear Workshop Due to Laceration Hazard - May 19, 2009
Fushin USA Recalls Youth Model ATVs Due to Risk of Injury to Young Riders - May 19, 2009
Eddie Bauer Play Yards with Rocking Bassinets Recalled by Dorel Juvenile Group Due to Suffocation Hazard - May 19, 2009
Children’s Hooded Jackets with Drawstrings Recalled by Jason Evans Associates Due to Strangulation Hazard - May 07, 2009
Children’s Jewelry Craft Kits Recalled by Action Products International Due to Risk of Lead Exposure - May 05, 2009
Ambler Mountain Works Recalls Children's Knitted Hats Due to Choking Hazard - May 05, 2009
Jardine Announces Second Recall Expansion of Cribs Sold by Babies'R'Us; Cribs Pose Entrapment and Strangulation Hazards - April 30, 2009
Gap Recalls Children’s Coats; Toggles Can Break and Detach Posing Choking Hazard - April 30, 2009
Dinosaur Play Sets Recalled by DND Imports Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard - April 29, 2009
SportsPlay Equipment Recalls Playgrounds Due to Violation of Lead Paint Ban - April 22, 2009

FCIC Website address: Products
In this thread, feel free to share your experiences with toy, food etc safety with kids. If you have found that something may have a flaw but has not been recalled, share it with us here...