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2007-02-07 09:01:11

By Linda N. Weller, The Telegraph, Alton, Ill. Feb. 7--ALTON -- Monday's frigid, single-digit temperatures weren't fit for man or beast, but they were perfect for suited-up Alton firefighters finally getting to train in ice rescue techniques -- in the water. "This is an impromptu training; when we get ice, we use it," said instructor Capt. Matt Fischer. "It's a great opportunity for us," Alton Fire Chief John Sowders said. "We do a lot of training, and we've trained in regular water, but...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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