The On Ramp

The Blue Mountain Internet Customer Newsletter

 Issue # 67 May 2009 
Greetings from the Editor  by Carol Hall May is Special  by Rochelle Helms
Introducing Twitter  by Rochelle Helms Wordfind  by Staff
Travel  by Rebecca Sheridan Classic Cameras  by Michelle Mook
Get into the Season  by Rochelle Helms Always Be Careful  by Mike Rochelle
Crossword  by Staff Satellite TV!  by KJ Newby
Ouch!  by Tony Abrego PictureFind  by Staff
Stenciling Anyone?  by Gena Bybee Kudos  by Matt Stephens
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Greetings from the Editor
by Carol Hall

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Greetings to all of you! I hope you enjoy this edition "The On Ramp"!  I have included a variety of articles that are not only interesting, but informative as well.

As a reader of "The On Ramp", and obviously an avid Internet user...I bet you have some great tips, information or stories to share with other readers!  I would love to publish please send your articles to me at

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May is Special
by Rochelle Helms

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Two things I remember from grade school and the month of May...first was May Day. See this link for facts about May Day. May Day

Second I remember making tissue-paper flowers for my mom. Here's some fun craft projects for May Day with the kids (or by yourself): May Day Crafts

This is the cutest flower I have seen and you could have the kids choose the picture they want to use: Photo Bouquet 

There are several sites that offer craft projects for Mother's Day. This one, I found, was the most inclusive: Mothers Day Crafts

I love facts and history. Did you know you can find out what happened in history month by month? Here is some of what happened in the month of May: History Place

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Introducing Twitter
by Rochelle Helms

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I'm sure by now you have heard of Twitter. The micro-blogging site has been highlighted on Oprah, Larry King, CNN and many other places. I plan on introducing you to Twitter in this article. I was introduced to Twitter by one of our technicians, Michelle, a few months ago.

It's a great tool to update all of your social networking sites at once. (I.e. Facebook, Myspace, Flickr, blogs, etc.) Click the previous link to learn what micro-blogging is all about. 

When you have someone on your list that you want to get updates from, it is called following.

I use Twitter to:

  • Follow friends so I can read what is happening in their lives
  • Follow interesting people...some that make me laugh with their ideas and their take on life
  • Follow my local newspaper...I receive breaking news as it happens
  • Follow people in the technical field who provide information relevant to what I am interested in. Like TechCrunch
  • Follow The Onion for comedy
      So, I can see that my best friend is asking if we can get together for lunch at the very same location as I get local breaking news! I don't have to go to several programs and sites to find all the information I am looking for, I find it all on my Twitter.

      Here is a great link for Twitter beginners. Twitter Tutorial for Beginners 

      Here's a blog full of basic information on Twitter and what everything means. Twitter Beginners Guide

      Once you get a little better you can use tools like a power search. Twitter Power Search

       Anything and anyone you are interested in are more than likely found on Twitter. You can follow Oprah. Or get headlines from CNN.

      Did you know a shrimp's heart is in its head? You would if you followed Strange Facts

      The possibilities are endless. I don't want to overwhelm you with so much information that it gets overcomplicated. So start clicking and see what all the hype is all about!

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      by Staff

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      Congratulations to Sue R of Hermiston, OR for winning the drawing for the April 2009 Wordfind! Sue received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!
      Visit our May 2009 wordfind.

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      by Rebecca Sheridan

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      The economy has without a doubt made it more difficult to allow all those vacation plans come true. However there are still ways to "get your travel on" without breaking the budget.

      Check out these links, you may be surprised!

      Smarter Travel


      TravelMole  (This site requires you to set up an account and login, but it is FREE)

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      Classic Cameras
      by Michelle Mook

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      Several years ago, I bought an old Polaroid Land camera at a flea market in Missouri. I knew literally nothing about the camera when I bought it, not even if I could still get film or batteries for it.

      Luckily, when I got home and onto the Internet, I found The Land List, a complete repository of all things known about all of Polaroid's many land cameras. There I learned where to buy film and how to alter the camera body to take modern batteries. I've taken many wonderful shots with my $1 classic Polaroid camera and gotten much enjoyment out of it due to the free information I found on the Internet.

      Recently I bought an Argus C3, an old 35mm camera affectionately called "The Brick" by photographers due to its blocky shape and heavy weight. Since the camera was so old, I needed to know what kind of maintenance I could do on it and how to do it. Once again, I found the answers online at the Argus Collectors Group website. The camera can be almost entirely disassembled and serviced, and I found wonderfully detailed exploded diagrams and instructions.

      My latest camera purchase was a Yashica Electro 35 GSN. This is another classic 35mm film camera, and there's a wealth of information about its care and feeding available at a website called Yashica Guy.

      You've probably switched to digital photography; nearly everyone has these days. But if you've got an old camera up in your attic, you can probably find online everything you need to know about finding film and batteries for it, as well as fixing and using it.

      And don't forget that you don't even have to get prints; most labs will happily do only developing and scanning without making you pay for prints, so all you have to take home is your negatives and a CD!

       Film photography can be a wonderful and inexpensive hobby!

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      Get into the Season
      by Rochelle Helms

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      URLs In This is my favorite season, when everything is new again. I wanted to find some things to do with the kids with a Spring theme. I found a bunch of short stories to read to (or with) your little people: Apples for the Teacher

      Here are some great Spring craft project ideas for the kids: Kids Turn Central

      Maybe you home school your kids. I saw this website about outdoor home schooling but, you don't have to have a home school kids to enjoy this activity: Take Home School Outside

      Here's a cute link for Spring themed kids riddles and jokes: Cute stuff: Spring Riddles

      I love the sun and Spring means it is time to get outside. Here is a link with some ideas to get the kids outside: Healthy and Fit

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      Always Be Careful
      by Mike Rochelle

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      Today web threats are as prevalent as ever. If you look at your spam, you will find attempts to gain your identity, steal your bank account info, or just make you life rotten by increasing your suspicions on every email you get.

      Here at BMI, we keep up on threats that can harm you and your computer.  If you ever have a question regarding your security, please contact us.

      For some insight on cybercrime, please visit the following


       US Department of Justice

      Cyber Crimes Center

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      by Staff

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      Congratulations to Gail B. of Otis, OR for winning the drawing for the April 2009 Crossword! She received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!
      Visit the May 2009 crossword now.

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      Satellite TV!
      by KJ Newby

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      We are proud to announce that BMI is now offering Satellite TV to new and existing customers! We have great packages to fit any budget including:
           -HD channels
           -Movies on demand
           -Your favorite local channels

      There are also free interactive services along with extra channels of coverage for golf and tennis Grand Slam events, including The Masters.

      This service is through America's #1 satellite television service and is #1 in customer satisfaction!

      So what are you waiting for, give us a call today at 1-800-485-5006 and get the best in satellite television for a low monthly cost or visit us today at

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      by Tony Abrego

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      Sports are popular with kids in today's world and we eagerly enroll our kids in soccer, baseball, football, basketball and more. As competition becomes intense however, sometimes injuries result.   Hamstring injuries are among the most common. Here are some sites I have found online that help to understand how the hamstring works when doing sports and how to remain injury free:


      Southwest Orthopaedic

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      by Staff

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      Congratulations to Sharon V of Kooskia, ID for winning the drawing for the April 2009 Picturefind! Sharon received a $25.00 credit on her BMI account!
      Visit our May 2009 picturefind.
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      Stenciling Anyone?
      by Gena Bybee

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      Here is a guide to stenciling on the Internet. Stencils and supplies, how to stencil and how to make your own stencils, custom made stencils and more. Fun!

      Craft Site Directory

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      by Matt Stephens

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      "Thanks Michelle for all your help. I think the problem has finally been resolved with loading Norman. You've been so patient with me and I really appreciate it. Thanks so much,"
      - Deanna B. Pendleton, OR

      "I just wanted to say thank you for your quick response. I must say that I have had the best customer service with this company so far, it refreshing. Thank you yet again."
      -Kristen P., Lakewood, CO

      "It is I who thanks you all and Rochelle in particular with getting me back online today. I was on a cruise to Australia and New Zealand and then came home and ordered a new Dell PC which came with no way to hook up online for internet or anything else. My last Dell!!!! I am very grateful to Michelle for her help in getting me back on line and being so nice and thorough and helpful in the process! It is so good to be able to get and receive emails again. I thank you all and you all have been great. A Grateful Client"
      -Dottie F., Silverdale, WA

      "Michelle, Thank you for your help and information this morning. This is why we appreciate having a local internet service provider."
      -Cheryl C., Walla Walla, WA

      "I wanted to thank everyone at BMI for the outstanding service, have been with you since the beginning but just hooked up to the wireless high speed internet service. It is fast and rock solid dependable. Thank you for providing a top notch service!"
      -Randy K., Walla Walla, WA

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