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Winners & Losers 2/27/14

Winners

Tracy Barnes
This world-class biathlon competitor gave up her spot on the United States Olympic team to her twin sister, Lanny. The sisters have been awarded the Pierre de Coubertin trophy, which is given to those athletes who exemplify the spirit of sportsmanship in Olympic events or through exceptional service to the Olympic movement. Tracy is an online student with Columbia Southern University, based in Orange Beach, Ala.

Chain Reaction Teen Volunteer Center
The local advertising agency idgroup has selected Chain Reaction Teen Volunteer Center as the second annual Brand on Us recipient. Chain Reaction impacts the lives of local teens from ages 13-18 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties with safe, meaningful and educational volunteer activities. Through idgroup’s Branding From the Core® process, Chain Reaction stakeholders will be engaged in developing clarity around brand identity, image and culture.

Pensacola Fire Department
Last fall, Autism Pensacola held its second annual safety conference to train emergency first responders on the needs of those with autism. After the training, members of the Pensacola Fire Department wanted to be sure their co-workers also had proper training. They brought back Capt. Bill Cannata, statewide coordinator for the Massachusetts Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition, for six training sessions this month.

Losers

Escambia County Animal Services
This county agency continues to have issues. Last week after reports of several botched surgeries at its animal shelter, Dr. Alphonso W. Steward, III, veterinarian for the Escambia County Animal Shelter, resigned. A team has been formed, including staff from Human Resources, Risk Management, the County Attorney’s office and Animal Services to investigate current equipment, protocols, and policies and procedures within the Surgery Suite to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all animals in the care of Escambia County Animal Services. We’ve heard this before.

Greyhound Racing
State Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach) and several lawmakers have joined forces with animal-rights groups to call for changes in the state’s decades-old greyhound racing industry. At a press conference in Tallahassee, Gaetz pointed out that some pari-mutuel facilities run dog races, which he called “barbaric,” only to keep their license so that they offer other forms of gambling.

Hot Pockets
Comedian Jim Gaffigan jokes about Hot Pockets being a “Pop-Tart and fill it with really nasty meat.” He may be right. Nestle has recalled some of its Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets because they may have been affected by a recall by Rancho Feeding Corp. last week of 8.7 million pounds of “unwholesome meat products.”