Marine Silver Star Recipient Honored by Military History Institute

 Today the city of Escondido will unveil a bronze bust of former resident and hometown hero Richard J. Gannon. Born and raised in Escondido, Gannon was killed in combat in Iraq in 2004 while giving aid to a wounded Marine. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his bravery and gallantry in action. The date marks the 20th anniversary of his death.

Gannon who was married to his high school sweetheart Sally, also an Escondido native, was a company commander in the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division out of Twentynine Palms. Gannon attended Cornell University on a Navy scholarship and received his commission as a Marine officer in 1995.

Military service is a tradition in the Gannon family. His father Richard, another Escondido local, is a Marine who survived the Tet Offensive in North Vietnam in 1968. A recipient of the Bronze Star for gallantry in combat himself, Rich lives in Escondido with his wife Theresa.

After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Gannon told his family that the fighting he saw was not as intense as what his father encountered in Vietnam, but, he said, “I have learned to face my own fear of dying.”

“He was a very goal-oriented person, but he matured beyond achievement,” his father said. “He was an exemplary leader … When he was with you, he was present, which is a very rare quality with young people.”

The bust will be gifted to the city by the Military History Institute, an organization that promotes US military heroism. The bust has special meaning for the director of the institute, former Marine Major and local North County resident, Craig Gottlieb.

“Rick was my roommate at Cornell and at The Basic School. He was a salt-of-the-earth Marine and a good friend,” Gottlieb said. Other Marines call Gannon “tougher than a two-dollar steak.”

Gannon is buried at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, California. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife Sally, and their three children.

The bust was created from photographs of Gannon by renowned sculpture Dave Venell of Phoenix, Arizona. Venell, who specializes in art depicting military history, jumped at the chance to honor Gannon.

In addition to his mother and father, Gannon was survived by his wife, Sally, and four children – Connor, Patrick (now deceased), Richard III and Maria.

Two duplicate busts will be created by the artist and donated to Cornell University and the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, VA. To donate, click here.

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“The Silver Bullet Solution: Is It Time to End the War on Drugs?,” by James E. Gierach, Now Available from Histria Books

 Histria Books is pleased to announce the release of The Silver Bullet Solution: Is it time to end the War on Drugs? by James E. Gierach. This thought-provoking book is published by Gaudium Publishing, an imprint of Histria Books dedicated to outstanding works of non-fiction in a variety of fields.

What’s been missing the past 30 years that prevented voters and leaders from hearing or acting upon the Gierach call —and that of Civil Society —for legalized, controlled, and regulated drugs and drug markets? Why the public repulsion from the Silver Bullet Solution to the many-tentacled, drug-prohibition monster?

Have you lost a child to fentanyl or heroin overdose? Are you worried about losing a loved one to drug addiction or drug accident? Is your neighborhood threatened by violent crime and gangs? Do you believe the World War on Drugs (62 years old) has been a dismal failure and that ongoing drug seizures by the ton are evidence of that failure? This book offers answers to these challenges and more, and it broadcasts the idea that there is something “you can do” about it. You can help the new public opinion evolve.

Jindrich Voboril, National Coordinator for Drugs Policy of Czech Republic says, “United Nations’ recreational drug-control conventions serve an endless “World War on Drugs,” though the UN Charter foundational purpose is ‘to maintain international peace and security.’ Gierach’s book challenges world leaders, again, to abandon intuitive, drug-war intolerance, as did his 2014 draft of a proposed amendment of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.”

James E. Gierach is a retired Chicago-area attorney, former Cook County prosecutor, and drug policy reformer.

Silver Bullet Solution, 320 pp., ISBN 978-1-59211-338-5, is available at and from all major book retailers. The book is also available in eBook. Titles published under the various imprints of Histria Books are distributed worldwide by the Independent Publishers Group (IPG). For information on publishing with Histria Books, please visit or contact us at

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ACEC/MA Announces Silver Engineering Excellence Award Winners for 2023

Nominations open for 2024 Engineering Excellence Awards through October 3rd.

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BOSTONSept. 8, 2023PRLog — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) has named the 2023 Silver Engineering Excellence Award winners and is accepting entries for the 2024 awards now through October 3, 2023.

The Engineering Excellence Awards are an annual celebration of engineering excellence, honoring projects worldwide that demonstrate innovation, creative problem-solving, and engineering’s unique ability to improve our world. For more information about entering the competition and to download the entry form:

Silver ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence Award winners:

  • BSC Group, Inc.  for the Pocasset River Dredging project for the town of Bourne, MA. Overcoming decades of environmental challenges, safety concerns, projected cost overruns, and technological and physical barriers, the Town of Bourne successfully dredged the bottom of the Pocasset River.
  • Fuss & O’Neill, Inc for the Ashuwillticoo Rail Trail Extension project for MassDOT Highway Division.  The project provides a safe, ADA-compliant facility that provides users access to great recreational activities, as well as connection to commercial areas and places of employment.
  • Gill Engineering Associates, Inc for the Acceler-8 I-90 Bridge Replacement project for MassDOT.  Using NEXTD beams was crucial to the success of the project. This innovation reduced material and fabrication costs, diminished construction schedule risk, increased underside clearances, and allowed the successful use of single stem NEXTD beams.
  • HDR for the I-91 Rockingham Bridges for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The $50 million I-91 Rockingham Bridges are the first four-span spliced precast concrete girder structure and are the last of three major bridge replacements on I-91 in Vermont.
  • McFarland Johnson, Inc. for the MassDOT Design Project for the Burgin Parkway Access Road in Quincy MA.  This new bridge and road project successfully created a unique access point that provides a gateway to a portion of Quincy that was badly in need of a makeover.
  • SLR International Corporation for the Wolf Swamp Fields project in Longmeadow, MA. The town contracted with SLR to perform engineering studies, work with local stakeholders, and identify alternative concepts to improve field conditions to meet the demand of increased and more effective and efficient recreational use.
  • Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for the “B-DC and B-C Roadways Project” at Logan International Airport involved the construction a new two-level roadway between Terminals B and C to serve as enabling detour roads to facilitate the replacement of the existing roadway system, and providing a future HOV connector between terminals.
  • VHB for Google Headquarters for Boston Properties.  To accommodate Google’s growth in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this project team created a space that injected life into the public realm, maximized the site’s development potential, and contributed to the building’s targeted LEED Gold certification status.
  • Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc. for The Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT) developed the Tool to make preliminary climate resilience analysis more broadly accessible; provide consistent, risk-based design standards recommendations; inform climate resilient capital planning and procurement; and provide a unified and automated online viewer that supports evaluation of projects.

For more information on ACEC/MA, visit their website at

Hong Kong – Red flag lowered at Silver Mine Bay Beach

Red flag lowered at Silver Mine Bay Beach


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     Here is an item of interest to swimmers.

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced today (August 5) that since the water off Silver Mine Bay Beach in Islands District is now suitable for swimming, the red flag has been lowered.

     The red flag was hoisted at the beach earlier on after a red tide was found.

Silver Jubilee of WIPS (Forum for Women in Public Sector) formation day celebrated at Visakhapatnam Steel Plant

Silver Jubilee of WIPS (Forum for Women in Public Sector) formation day was celebrated in VSP today in a grand manner. Addressing the women employees of RINL, Shri Atul Bhatt, CMD, RINL-VSP in his address, lauded the exceptional contribution by the women fraternity of RINL in turning around the company after six years of making losses.” I am very happy to note that Women in Public Sector (WIPS) of RINL, which was established in 1997 has completed 25 long and successful years and is celebrating silver Jubilee this year”, Shri Atul Bhatt said.  He congratulated all the women employees of RINL on this special occasion and appreciated them for their active role in improving the awareness on the role of women in the society.

Shri Atul Bhatt congratulated Ms.PV Sindhu, for bagging the prestigious gold at the Commonwealth Games in Badminton women’ singles competition and said that it is matter of pride for entire RINL family that Ms. PV Sindhu is the brand ambassador of RINL.

Shri Atul Bhatt complimented Ms. Sheela Priyadarsini, Chief General Manager & head of the department -Materials Management, RINL for efficiently handling the extremely complex supply chain management of steel plant. “It is heartening to note that more number of women are joining RINL and it is a matter of pride to note that women are increasingly and gradually seen marching into domains which were once reserved only for men like the armed forces.I would like to compliment WIPS of RINL for their active role in improving the awareness about the role of women in society and the various programmes they undertake for this cause.”, Shri Atul Bhatt added.

Shri Atul Bhatt thanked Dr.GitanjaliBatmanabane for her gracious presence and said that her presence and message will certainly inspire the women participants to scale greater height in professional life.

The Guest of honour, Dr Gitanjali Batmanabane, Pro-Vice Chancellor, GITAM Institute of Medical Sciences and Research(GIMSR) highlighted the need for women to develop the culture of courage to encounter the difficulties being faced in the society for success in their life. She said that India is known for youngest population and next gen women would play a dominant role in variety of fields. Dr.Gitanjali Batmanabane, Shri Atul Bhatt and Directors of RINL felicitated some of the women employees of RINL and also gave prizes to winners of various competitions held on the occasion.



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