The calendar says that Spring has arrived and, in anticipation of actual Spring-like weather, Town employees are preparing parks, open spaces, hiking trails, and sports fields for your enjoyment. The Town’s 2018 Summer Day Camp and Activity Camp Brochure, which lists programs and activities for students, will be delivered to most homes via “backpack mail.” This information is available at www.guilderlandrec.com or at Town Hall, Parks Department, and local libraries.
On Tuesday, April 10th at 7:00pm at Town Hall, the Town and the Lyme Action Network will provide a presentation on Lyme and tick-borne diseases. Professor Holly Ahern, SUNY Adirondack (Microbiology), a nationally recognized expert on Lyme disease, will explain the nature of tick pathogens, strategies to avoid tick bites, problems with diagnostic testing, and treatment options. State Senator George Amedore, a member of the State Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, will provide updates on the State’s efforts to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases, including enhanced funding in the recently approved State budget. The presentation will be videotaped and added to the Town’s on-demand video library available at www.townofguilderland.org/town-meeting-videos. This presentation is timely with the anticipated opening of the Town’s hiking trails, open spaces, parks and sports fields.
On Saturday, April 28th from 8:00am to 2:00pm, the Town is holding the first of two Household Hazardous Waste Days at the Highway Department’s garage on French’s Mill Road. Over the past two years, this event has set records for the number of participants and volume of materials. Before heading over, please review the list of acceptable items on the Transfer Station’s page on the Town website or call the Transfer Station at (518) 861-6776. The bi-annual Confidential Document Shredding event will take place at the same place and day except that it ends at Noon. Please limit your confidential material to four standard paper boxes. Residents can pick up free passes at Town Hall, Transfer Station or Parks Department.
On Saturday, April 28th at 10am at Tawasentha Park, the Town, Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, Guilderland Public Library and several Veterans’ organizations are holding the opening ceremony of the Guilderland Hometown Heroes Banner program. The program consists of 28 banners (25 at Tawasentha Park, 3 at the Guilderland Public Library) honoring local veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Enduring Freedom veterans and active duty members of all five military branches. As part of this special event, Tawasentha Park will be the temporary home of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. On the morning of Thursday, April 26th, the Moving Wall will be escorted to Tawasentha Park by American Legion Riders Post 977. On Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th, visitors are invited to visit the Moving Wall. I want to thank the dozens of volunteers who have tirelessly worked to make this special celebration of our hometown heroes possible.
I was recently honored to accompany Senior Paramedic Supervisor Jay Tyler as he responded to 911 emergency calls. The Town Emergency Medical Service Department responds to every 911 call and provides pre-hospital medical care to the sick and injured in the Towns of Guilderland and Knox. Over the past year, the EMS Department responded to 6,227 emergency calls – an average of 17 calls per day. For whatever reason, Senior Paramedic Tyler received only two emergency calls over our day and a half together (for my police ride-along, there were no tickets or emergency calls over four hours, an exceedingly rare occurrence).
The Town’s EMS response is coupled with the arrival of a private ambulance company which can provide basic life support and transportation to a hospital. The Town’s EMS response is by NYS certified paramedics who provide advanced life support consisting of invasive techniques such as IV therapy, tracheal intubation, administration of medications, ekg monitoring and transmission, and medical control privileges. The Town’s EMS Department employs the most advanced procedures practiced by pre-hospital providers and is recognized by its peers as setting the benchmark for providing superior emergency medical services. The Town’s emergency response is overseen by Dr. Donald Doynow, the Department’s Medical Director, who responds to emergencies such as cardiac arrest, severe trauma, pediatric emergencies and difficult airway calls.
As with my joining a Town police officer on his patrol and serving as a “wingman” (kind of) for a Highway Department employee operating a truck plowing snow, my time with Senior Paramedic Tyler was relatively brief and not nearly enough to experience the wide-ranging medical issues that he and his fellow paramedics might face on any call. But even that limited exposure was sufficient to witness Senior Paramedic Tyler’s singular devotion to helping persons in need and his dedication to the highest standards of medical care. It was very insightful to see a highly trained paramedic’s quick assessment of a patient’s medical needs, comforting of family members, working closely with the ambulance crew, and relaying important information to hospital emergency room physician and staff. I want to thank the Town’s EMS paramedics for their dedicated service to residents.
Thank you again for taking the time to read these notes and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Peter G. Barber