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Can we classify this as at all ironic? From an article in BizJournals sent to me by my friend Cathy T.:

Under California’s Prop. 65, consumer products that contain toxic levels of 1,4-Dioxane must have warning labels stating they may cause cancer. 1,4-Dioxane is typically produced as a byproduct when cleansing and moisturizing products are processed.

The suit, California v. Avalon Natural Products, also names as a defendant Austin-based Whole Foods Market Inc., which manufactures the 365 brand sold in the company’s stores. Beaumont Products Inc., maker of the Citrus Magic brand, and a Lakeport, Calif.-based company are also named.
The attorney general alleges the companies should have put warning labels on products containing high levels of 1,4-Dioxane, stating that they may cause cancer.

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Suicide Prevention

I got this email today. As a person who has lost at least one friend to suicice, I can attest that any help you can contribute is well appreciated.

Dear SPHS Band Directors,

Last October I lost a family member to suicide. My mother and I have decided to create a team in memory of my great-aunt Marilyn.

I would like permission to post a flyer in the band hall to educate and recruit walkers for our team and to raise donations. Below is the standard donation letter with more info on the community walk.

I will be joining with thousand of people nationwide this fall walking in AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

My personal fundraising goal is $150.00. I would appreciate any support that you give me for this worthwhile cause.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 30,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP’s mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.

I hope you will consider supporting my participation in this event. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP. Checks should be made payable to AFSP and are 100% tax deductible.

Thank you for considering this request for your support. If you have any questions about the Out of the Darkness Community Walks or AFSP do not hesitate to contact me.

Tyler R.

Please visit my Community Walk fundraising page if you would like to donate online or see how close I am to reaching my personal goal:∂icipantID=123822

An ex-student’s plight

One of my ex-students is going to Baylor and has applied for a special scholarship. As part of this application process, he had to create a video and it has to be voted on as the best video in this competition and he gets the scholarship. He’s currently in 2nd place and is 1/10th of a star away from 1st…and 5th. Would you mind going online and voting 5 stars for him? The voting ends tonight at 10:59 pm central time. Thanks.

Brandon’s video

Brian Ibanez Info

There’s never a good time or way to pass on bad news so I’m just going to bite the proverbial bullet and post this.

I was in John Lopez’s office a few weeks ago when a call came in. I heard John say “Brian Ibanez” and thought maybe it was someone calling for a reference or something. Turned out, it was his brother in law trying to get some pictures of videos of when Brian was in the SWT Drumline.

Brian and his wife were hit and killed by a drunk driver about a month ago, leaving two young children behind. His brother in law now has custody of the kids and wants to share as many memories of Brian as he can with them. John is gathering pictures and videos of Brian to send to his brother in law sometime in the next week or so.

I know that he didn’t leave SWT in the best of terms but youth can be a time of making bad choices while trying to figure out who you are. From the conversation John’s had with Brian a few years or so ago, it seems as though he’d found his way and he knows that many of his decisions were wrong and how they hurt his friends.

If you have any fun memories you’d like to share – pictures, videos, stories, whatever – with Brian’s kids, you can email them to me or send them on to John Lopez. He’s still at SWT/Tx State. Also, please pass this on to others who were around the Bobcat Drumline/Marching Band from 1996 on. Thanks for your time on this.

Here are pics I found and scanned in. Brian played on the top (or smallest) bass drum.
Brack 1996 #1

Brack 1996 #2

PASIC 1996 #1

PASIC 1996 #2

Pre-PASIC Exhibition 1998