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  • Breakaway: Go Big!

    November 4, 2011 by  
    Filed under Blogs, Breakaway

    How many of us can say that we have taken that extra step to move outside of our comfort zones to something new? Messing up, trying again and again to succeed, just to know that it could be done?

    Well these guys have. Cory Cotton and his buddies have taken the ultimate leap and tried just about anything to make amazing basketball shots. How? By thinking big, then GOING BIGGER.

    Check it out!


    Safe and Fun Stuff to do with the Family

    September 5, 2011 by  
    Filed under Blogs

    If easy meals is what you’re looking for, you may want to check out the Crockpot Girls. They’ve gained quite a following of fans who love crockpot cooking. You can learn about some great recipes, and check out their reviews under the “discussions” section of their page here.


    Try their breakfast casserole!



    Response to Hurricane Irene

    August 29, 2011 by  
    Filed under Blogs

    They say it’s the calm after the storm, but for many of our family and friends, it may not be so. WGTS 91.9 would like to hear about your experience throughout the hurricane weekend. Feel free to share your story or any prayer requests you may have here.


    Hurricane Irene

    We usually tend to forget what is really pressing at the moment and we turn our thoughts to things that reflect what is really important to us, such as our family and friends.

    At WGTS 91.9, we always want to hear your story, feel free to share your thoughts on the hurricane, or whatever may be in your heart here

    Here are a few tips to prepare yourself and your family for Hurricane Irene:

    -Have cash because with no power, there will be no access to ATM machines.

    -Fill up your tank with gas before the electricity shuts down at gas stations.

    -Have fully charged phones, in case of power failure. Keep in mind that you may not have any service at all.

    -Carry extra batteries and have a radio by your side to keep you updated on the storm.

    -Make sure you have enough supplies for your pets, because most emergency shelters will not allow pets.

    -Be prepared with non-perishable food for several days and a manual can opener for canned foods. Also, grocery shopping should be done by today, just in case the stores close because of power failure or if their are long lines.

    -Have enough bottle water and water for bathing and flushing of the toilet.

    -As for cleaning, be sure to trim any tree branches that may be harmful during the storm. If you have any patio furniture or loose plants outside, it would be safe to bring them inside or secure them. Clean out your rain gutters and make sure storm drains are not blocked.


    To create a safety kit click here

    Where I Found Hope

    August 9, 2011 by  
    Filed under Blogs, Chaplains Corner

    Saturday night, the Sheraton Premiere  not only provided an escape from the unbearable heat from the week, it was not only a shelter from the rain that fell all day, but it was a refuge from an economy crumbled around me.

    It was a sanctuary where I could forget for a moment that my boss wants to fire me and the mole on my chest looked worse this morning.

    Saturday night, the Night of Hope at the Sheraton Premiere was a shield protecting me from the fear that I’ve already suffered from.

    It was a retreat where I found God again.

    It  was a retreat where I found myself again.

    Where I found hope again.

    I think we can connect with God through music. I saw that happen right in front of me when Heather Williams and the WGTS Gateway Praise Band shared moments of worship on stage. And in those moments everyone in the room came together in way I’ve never seen before.

    I saw the same thing happen at the prayer stations, while Chaplain Terry Johnsson shared a few thoughts and even when people dropped of school supplies for Backpacks of Hope.

    I hope you can share in those moments too through the videos below and the pictures here.

    Surviving the Extreme Heat

    July 20, 2011 by  
    Filed under Blogs

    During this time of year it is very important to become familiar with the dangers of extreme heat and the importance of taking the necessary measures to prevent serious health risks. This article covers many frequently asked questions about extreme heat and their answers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (www.cdc.gov)

    1. What happens to the body as a result of exposure to extreme heat?

    People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly. Other conditions that can limit the ability to regulate temperature include old age, youth (age 0-4), obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug use and alcohol use.

    2.Who is at greatest risk for heat-related illness?

    Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to four years of age, people 65 years of age and older, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications.

    3.What is heat stroke?

    Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

    4.What are the warning signs of a heat stroke?

    Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following: An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F) Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating) Rapid, strong pulse Throbbing headache Dizziness Nausea Confusion Unconsciousness.

    5. What should I do if I see someone with any of the warning signs of heat stroke?

    If you see any of these signs, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim. Do the following: Get the victim to a shady area. Cool the victim rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the victim in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the victim with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the victim in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously.  Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102°F. If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions. Do not give the victim alcohol to drink. Get medical assistance as soon as possible.

    6.What is heat exhaustion?

    Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment.

    7. What are the warning signs of heat exhaustion?

    The warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following: Heavy sweating Paleness Muscle cramps Tiredness Weakness Dizziness Headache  Nausea or vomiting Fainting The skin may be cool and moist. The pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. See medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.

    8. What steps can be taken to cool the body during heat exhaustion?

    Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. Rest. Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath. Seek an air-conditioned environment. Wear lightweight clothing.

    9. What are heat cramps and who is affected?

    Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms – usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs – that may occur in association with strenuous activity. People who sweat a lot during strenuous activity are prone to heat cramps. This sweating depletes the body’s salt and moisture. The low salt level in the muscles causes painful cramps. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. If you have heart problems or are on a low-sodium diet, seek medical attention for heat cramps.

    10. What should I do if I have heat cramps?

    If medical attention is not necessary, take the following steps: Stop all activity and sit quietly in a cool place. Drink clear juice or a sports beverage. Do not return to strenuous activity for a few hours after the cramps subside because further exertion may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical attention for heat cramps if they do not subside in 1 hour.

    11. What is heat rash?

    Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. It can occur at any age but is most common in young children. Heat rash looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. It is more likely to occur on the neck and upper chest, in the groin, under the breasts, and in elbow creases.

    12. What is the best treatment for heat rash?

    The best treatment for heat rash is to provide a cooler, less humid environment. Keep the affected area dry. Dusting powder may be used to increase comfort.

    13. Can medications increase the risk of heat-related illness?

    The risk for heat-related illness and death may increase among people using the following drugs: (1) psychotropics, which affect psychic function, behavior, or experience (e.g. haloperidol or chlorpromazine); (2) medications for Parkinson’s disease, because they can inhibit perspiration; (3) tranquilizers such as phenothiazines, butyrophenones, and thiozanthenes; and (4) diuretic medications or “water pills” that affect fluid balance in the body.

    14. How effective are electric fans in preventing heat-related illness?

    Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness. Consider visiting a shopping mall or public library for a few hours.

    15. How can people protect their health when temperatures are extremely high?

    Remember to keep cool and use common sense. Drink plenty of fluid, replace salts and minerals, wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen, pace yourself, stay cool indoors, schedule outdoor activities carefully, use a buddy system, monitor those at risk, and adjust to the environment.

    16. How much should I drink during hot weather?

    During hot weather you will need to drink more liquid than your thirst indicates. Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour. Avoid drinks containing alcohol because they will actually cause you to lose more fluid.

    17. Should I take salt tablets during hot weather?

    Do not take salt tablets unless directed by your doctor. Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. These are necessary for your body and must be replaced. The easiest and safest way to do this is through your diet. Drink fruit juice or a sports beverage when you exercise or work in the heat.

    18. What is the best clothing for hot weather or a heat wave?

    Wear as little clothing as possible when you are at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will provide shade and keep the head cool. If you must go outdoors, be sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going out and continue to reapply according to the package directions. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It also causes pain and damages the skin.

    19. What should I do if I work in a hot environment?

    Pace yourself. If you are not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or at least in the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.

    Please feel free to check out the following links for more information, answers to any additional questions, and a video which will guide you through the steps of avoiding the dangerous hazards of summer.



    Good Samaritan

    June 7, 2011 by  
    Filed under Blogs, Stories of Hope

    The WGTS Friendraiser is a time to give, share, and support your fellow listening family. We all see strangers every day: at work, on the road, at the store, the mall, at lunch, wherever you may be when you are out, you see strangers. These strangers may be WGTS listeners just like you. You are all part of the listening family, and all benefit from the results generated by the support of you and your fellow listeners. You hear the stories on air; we share the prayers and praises. The strangers you see, your fellow listeners, are going through a lot: depression, divorce, addiction, health problems, financial troubles, unemployment, relationship issues, legal trouble, the list goes on.
    Today, right now, don’t walk by these strangers. Be a “WGTS Good Samaritan” and lend a helping hand, reach out to those who are struggling, hurting, and broken. You can reach out and help by calling us at WGTS: 877-948-7919. Make a difference, be a “Good Samaritan”, and help us in continuing the trend of changing lives here at WGTS 91.9 FM.

    Monday Morning Miracle

    June 6, 2011 by  
    Filed under Blogs, Stories of Hope

    The WGTS praise and prayer time Monday morning heard from over 250 listeners, sharing their praises, offering their prayers, and requesting prayer for their own lives. One of the callers, Susan from Westminster shared with us her praise and thanks to God for the miracles He performed in her life and for her daughter. In 2004, her daughter was shot, and it took over 50 units of blood to save her life. But the doctors said even that shouldn’t have spared her. Susan was convinced that through prayer, God performed a miracle and saved her daughter. God helped them forgive the shooter, her daughter had to relearn everything through therapy, and by His grace she is alive when she shouldn’t be. These are the kind of stories we hear every day at WGTS, and it’s all made possible by the support and prayers of our listening family; listeners just like Susan. So call us today, we would love to hear from you. Pray with us, and for your fellow listeners.
    Call 877-WGTS919 (877-948-7919) Support WGTS 91.9 and be a part of changing lives.

    Power of Prayer

    June 6, 2011 by  
    Filed under Blogs, Stories of Hope

    “Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise.” James 5:13
    This morning, our friend Shale from Westchester called in and shared her story of the importance of prayer and church family.  Her son was recently in an accident in which he fell and hit his head. His head was swollen; he then blacked out, and later had a seizure. While he was in the hospital, their church family visited, bringing comfort and words of encouragement. The church family prayed with Shale and her son, that God would spare his life, that His will be done. Soon after, the boy was released from the hospital, and he made a full recovery. Through this time, Shale knew she wasn’t alone, and it was then that she realized the power of prayer and the importance of church family.
    Call WGTS today and share your praises with us. Pray with us, and for your fellow listeners. Help us in letting them know they are not alone, and that they have a family here at WGTS.
    Call 877-WGTS919 (877-948-7919) Support WGTS 91.9 and be a part of changing lives.

    The Gift of Joy

    June 6, 2011 by  
    Filed under Blogs, Stories of Hope

    Brook and her husband have struggled with adoption. They went to their church and gave in the request. They got a call that a Christian ministry in Taiwan for mothers would be able to help them adopt. They are waiting to meet the mother & get a child. God made a way & he will provide the finances to give a child a great home.