Behind tall fences topped with razor wire, tidy buildings and acres of lush lawns barely soften the hard reality of incarceration at Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility in Massillon, Ohio. At any time the maximum security detention center is a temporary "home" to about 300 boys between the ages of 12 and 21 who have committed crimes ranging from felony 1 through 5. It’s easy for ordinary people to ignore places like this. Out of sight, out of mind ... but Lisa and Mike Randazzo are far from ordinary. Each week they reach out to those behind the tall fences…
July 13, 2007 found my wife, Mary, and me on a plane bound for Bogotá, Colombia, South America. I had been issued an invitation to judge their National Draft Horse Show a year before, in August of 2006, when I met with a group of Colombians while they attended the National Belgian Show at Davenport, Iowa. After visiting the Belgian show the Colombians traveled to Indiana, Ohio and points east where they purchased a group of Belgian and Percheron horses to be imported to Colombia. We arrived in Bogotá about nine o’clock in the evening and were met at the…
(From the general news sources of the period, a childhood memory or two, and the great old song which was popular in the late summer of 1933.) On June 22, 1933, Adolf Hitler, a madman by any standard, and his Nazi party had seized complete control of the government of Germany. All other political parties were outlawed. Hitler even threatened to take children from parents who opposed him. This man was both evil and insane–as well as head of the German government. Scarcely a month later, on July 26 of that year, this ex-corporal from the first World War announced…
(From the general news sources of the period and the Belgian and Percheron publications of that time.) It was the era of COLD WAR being waged on far-flung places without the days and nights of bombed cities, ship sinkings and battlefield confrontations of the armies of the two powers. World War II was recent enough to provide many families with vivid memories of the still fairly recent real war. Now the two major powers (once allies not so long ago) contested in other ways. So we will take a brief look at some of those arenas that marked late 1958.…
(From the general news sources of the day and the Autumn 1982 Draft Horse Journal.) The political atmosphere was about as poisonous as a bottle of arsenic. The so-called Cold War was calling the shots–extremism spawns its own versions of hell on earth. For instance ... a man reviled in France as the alleged "Butcher of Lyons" turned out to be a man named Klaus Barbie who was also a spy for us–the U.S.A. At the end of the hot war, American officials rewarded him by helping him escape to Bolivia. Finally, years after the war had ended, he was…
Disclaimer - This article is intended as general discussion and information on the topic covered, and is not to be construed as rendering legal advice. If legal advice is needed, you should contact an attorney. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of the author. In the previous issue of The Draft Horse Journal I wrote about Jim and Chris Johnsons’ struggle with the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine. The Johnsons are teeth floaters and Jim Johnson received a letter from the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine directing him to cease and…
Scientists state the escalating price of fossil fuel, coupled with climatic change, will alter the social structure of man on earth. Cities will shrink in size, while towns and villages are expected to grow. Purportedly farms will become smaller in size. Rail and water transport will replace transport by truck; the demand for electrical power will increase exponentially. Energy from nuclear power sources, from the wind, tides and, sun, will successfully be harnessed. It is going to be a different world! Will the power draft horses can generate be harnessed in this new world? Draft horses such as Windermere's Deidra,…
The number of rural animal veterinarians is diminishing rapidly nationwide. So if you still have one, it would be beneficial to know how to get the most from the one you have. Recently I read an article by a rural DVM entitled “Before you Call the Vet.” In the interest of expanding on his suggestions, I will try to clear up and remove any confusion you might have. Suggestion #1 -“If you have no intention of paying for your vet’s services, do not call.” On the surface, this seems self-explanatory. But to be more specific it definitely includes the spotted…

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