Monday, February 27, 2012


Crime Scene Investigators at First UM Church!  Ok, so this week's column was Isaac's idea.  I simply must give him credit for this crazy story.  Click the link above to read what happened at First Church this weekend.  He actually did suggest "CSI FUMC" when we returned Saturday evening from a fundraiser.  Here are just a few pictures of the characters mentioned in the story...
Yosemite Sam
Road Runner
Porky Pig
Here is our little crime solver, Violet!  Who knew scotch tape and conctruction paper could be so much fun?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dedicating this column to Violet for her 12th Birthday!  Keep on growing girl!

HB 4442 Will "Die" Today,0,4944369.story

Today is the deadline for Delegate Poling to decide to bring HB 4442 to the House of Delegates for a vote.  How unfortunate that the proposed legislature to provide our public schools with AEDs will die today.  Hopefully, it doesn't take someone in our beautiful state of West Virginia dieing to understand the importance of this life saving equipment.

The Education Committee needs to hear from us!  AEDs save lives and should be considered just as essential as fire extinguishers and smoke alarms.  YOU may need one someday!  Please contact Delegate Poling asap by emailing her at

Friday, February 17, 2012

WHAG 25 Hott Interview on AEDs

"WV Bill Would Put Defibrillators in Schools" is the interview from NBC25 that happend on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.  Thanks to all for watching.

I'm so proud of my Hotts!  And, hoping HB4442 will become a law!

Monday, February 13, 2012

AED's on Hott Flashes Today

Today's column, on Valentine's Day Eve, is "Have a Heart".  Please share and make HB4442 a law.  Just email Delegate Poling by saying "I want HB4442 to be a law in West Virginia!"  Put HB4442 in your subject line and email

Thanks for the heart!
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Friday, February 10, 2012

Have a Heart - HB4442

It is no accident that God has managed to introduce some new legislation that is very near and dear to my "heart" this Valentine's Day season.  So, today, I am asking you to spread the word and "have a heart" to help make HB4442 at law!

The purpose of HB4442 is to require AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in ALL public schools. This bill has been presented by Delegate Cowles and is under consideration of the Education Committee, chaired by Delegate Mary Poling (D-Barbour).

AEDs save lies. Just a single second of time can make the difference between life, death, even quality of survival. Placing AEDs in all public schools will not only benefit our children but also the numerous and countless members of the community at large that attend gatherings at school facilities.

My family has quite a personal interest in seeing that this "bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-5-27, relating to requiring automated external defibrillators in public schools" becomes law. You see, not long ago, I was deeply afraid to send my three young children to school. Earlier, their father was diagnosed with an unusual heart condition called Brugada Syndrome. This illness causes an unusual heart arrhythmia which is not only fatal, it is also genetic. Not long before the 2010 school year began, our genetic doctor from WVU instructed us that in order for our children to be safe, it was imperative that they have access an AED at school facilities. At that time, Warm Springs Intermediate did not have an AED.

Thanks to the generous heart of the Seeley Foundation and the awesome support form our local school superintendent, Dave Banks, we were able to provide one AED in each school in the county. The Hott Family's Story can be found here:  This blog post is exactly what I read to our Rotary group seeking finances to purchase our school an AED.

More AEDs are essential to save lives and their timely accessibility to a cardiac incident is imperative for a victim’s recovery. Not only for children with medical needs but also for a community at large, will AEDs availability provide immediate assistance. Just last week, a 12 year old boy in upstate New York heart stopped when he was hit in the chest with a lacrosse ball. He was only administered CPR; an AED was not available to restart his heart.

Please help make HB4442 at law! Just email/write/call Delegate Poling and place “HB4442” in your subject line. Encourage your friends to also write as well. HB4442 can save lives and protect our children.
Forward your letters to
Mary M. Poling (D - Barbour)
District 40
Capitol Address:
Room 434M, Building 1
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305
Capitol Phone: (304) 340-3265
Business Phone: (304) 457-2206

THANK YOU! Let's make HB4442 a LAW! It could be your heart that needs it!