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Philip Robert Bianco                                        March 21, 1943 - Sept 2, 2008

Philip R. Bianco
Philip Robert Bianco, 65, of Bradenton, Florida died Tuesday, September 2 at home in East Boothbay.He was born in North Adams, Massachusetts on March 21, 1943, the son of Dr. Harvey and Helen Naughton Bianco.He is survived by his wife, Patricia Nichols Bianco of Bradenton, Florida; daughter, Jessica Bianco of South Boston, Massachusetts, and daughter Megan Bianco and grandson, Nicholas Maney of Vernon, Connecticut; brother, John Bianco of Grosse Point Park, Michigan and, Buddy, the beloved German Shepard dog.

Donations may be made to the Lung Cancer Alliance at http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/ or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at http://www.dana-farber.org/


London Times Obituary- Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.  No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. 

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: 

knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; accidents may happen; if it ain't broke don't fix it; life isn't always fair; maybe it was my fault

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His healt began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.  Reports of a 6- year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissingg a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. 

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. 

He declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun screen or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. 

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches b ecame businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and thhe burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.  She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. 

Common Sense was preceded in deathbm by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason. 

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

I Know My Rights

I Want It Now

Someone Else Is To Blame

I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.   He will be missed

George Carlin on Death


                                                                Rick "Peg Leg" Johnson


John H. "Stoney" Dionne                    September 15, 1952 - August 22, 2009

‘We’ve lost an icon’


         Friends, family reflect on life of          John‘Stoney’Dionne

By Seth Koenig and Darcie Moore, Times Record Staff
Monday, August 24, 2009 2:05 PM EDT
TOPSHAM — John H. “Stoney” Dionne, whose annual charity motorcycle rides raised thousands for children fighting cancer, was called an “icon” and a “king among men” this morning by those who knew him.

Dionne, 56, died Saturday at Mid Coast Hospital after a battle with cancer.

“From the time he was a little boy in school, if there was an underdog, John was at their side,” recalled Will Dionne, Stoney’s father, this morning. “He had a soft spot for all the people, not just the little cancer patients.”

In 1995, as president of Local S6 of the Machinists union, Dionne met President Bill Clinton to tout the union’s uniquely cooperative relationship with Bath Iron Works. But through his life outside the shipyard, he met and influenced thousands of others.                                                                                                                                                                                    John H. “Stoney” Dionne, center, shakes hands with then-President Bill Clinton during a 1995 visit to Bath Iron Works. Dionne, a former president himself — of Local S6 of the Machinists union — was given a ring from the commander in chief. Dionne, 56, a tireless advocate and fundraiser for children’s cancer programs, died on Saturday.

Courtesy of the Dionne family
“He’s probably one of the most popular motorcyclists in the state of Maine, if not the East Coast,” said Steve Marois, producer of the television show, “Ridin’ Steel,” which Dionne co-hosted. “For 29 years, he’s been organizing Stoney’s Lobster Runs. ... He was probably the epitome of the American biker. He represented freedom. So many people looked up to him. We’ve lost an icon. That’s what we’ve lost. ”

With a bushy beard and a wardrobe filled with black leather and flame designs, Dionne’s friends and relatives described him as a case where the looks were deceiving.

“He looked one way and he acted another way,” said Lisa White, who met Dionne nine years ago through her boyfriend, Gerard “Grizz” Galipeau. “He looked like a biker and sang, ‘Born to be Wild,’ but he was mild. He had this soft-spoken calmness that touched your heart and a great sense of humor.                                                
“When people talk about good people in their lives, he’ll always be mentioned,” she continued. “He wasn’t just a good man, he was a king among men.”

During the 29-year history of the annual Stoney’s Lobster Run, Dionne helped raise thousands for various charity programs, in recent years programs focused on children’s cancer.

“Stoney was one of the biggest, most kind-hearted man I knew,” Galipeau said this morning “He wouldn’t put a bad eye to anyone. We’re all going to miss him. He’s just done so much for so many people, especially the children fighting cancer. And now he’s died of cancer. It really blows your mind.”

Stoney’s brother, Dick Dionne, said his brother always loved children.

“My brother wouldn’t hurt a fly,” he said. “He gave that impression. He was a biker — a ‘tough guy.’ But deep down inside, he was such a soft person.”

Dick Dionne said he could recall numerous stories about his brother to illustrate the great guy he was, “all the way through.” Like the time he brought a bag of collectible toy Beanie Babies to a children’s hospital.

Dick Dionne said Stoney’s family just learned of the Beanie Babies, and heard from a cancer survivor who was inspired by that act of selflessness.

“She said he changed her mind that day and she was going to fight (the cancer),” Dick Dionne recalled.

So it was a special gift that Dick Dionne said he and his brother probably would not have otherwise experienced, when he took his brother to the Maine Children’s Cancer Center in Scarborough to be mapped out for radiation a few weeks ago, and Stoney got to meet some of the kids there. The two got a tour of the whole facility, and it was a special day for both, Dick Dionne said. They were treated like celebrities, but were just there for the children, he said.

Will Dionne shared that, “Until my son got sick three months ago, I really didn’t know any of the things he was doing. I knew Stoney’s Lobster Run would raise some funds for cancer. ... People have been coming out of the woodwork telling us of the things that he’s done, and it was amazing to both his mother and me.”

“We were very proud of the fact that he’d done all of those things, be we hated to find out in those circumstances,” he continued.

Stoney Dionne was also remembered as a musician — who used to play at weddings and lounges — and as an artist. Dionne painted signs and operated “Stone Man Signs” in West Bath.

“He painted quite a few pictures that were beautiful,” said Will Dionne. “And he was very meticulous, because if he started a painting and he made a booboo, he scrapped it.”

Nelson Barter, Harpswell Neck fire chief, said that Stoney had also served for a few years with the fire department as a firefighter, in the 1980s or early 1990s. Barter said he was one of the few who didn’t know Stoney as a biker. As a firefighter, “He was always there. He was a guy who, if something was going on, he was one of the guys who was going to show up and he was always willing to do whatever needed to be done.”

Dick Dionne said this morning that the family will continue to hold Stoney’s Lobster Run, and the ride will still be held to help children. Though other memorial runs may begin, Dick said, the Lobster Run will not become a memorial to his brother, because he wouldn’t have wanted that.

“I’ll tell you, it’s not easy,” he said of losing his brother. “But he’s going out in style, we’re making sure of that.

“I know he’d say, ‘Don’t cry for me’ — he’d want us to celebrate, to go out in style,” Dick continued. “He’s happy now. He’s in Heaven now, with all those children who didn’t make it. And he has so many friends from all walks of life, and I don’t care if they were hard-core bikers. He had friends from all walks of life. Even the doctors in the hospital, they were so wonderful to us. They really cared. They knew they were dealing with a special person. They all did all they could, as did everybody. They did all they could to help. ... I don’t want people to be sad, but more or less lucky to have known him. Remember him, always remember him, and don’t ever forget him.”     news@timesrecord.com

Thank you to everyone who purchased a patch already.  Together we have donated over 3 thousand dollars to our friend's favorite charity, Maine Children's Cancer Program.   We have received 500 more stoney patches and again we will give all proceeds to help children fighting cancer and their families!

Facts About Cancer in the U.S.

According to the 2006 American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures, an estimated 1,399,790 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer and 564,830 people will die from some form of this disease annually. Cancer varies by climate and region. In the U.S., cancer is diagnosed more often in the Northeast and areas of the South. Cancer is more common in men than in women. One in every two men and one in every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in his or her lifetime. Cancer is more common with increasing age.




Female Breast Cancer: Risk Factors, Prevention & Early Detection

Breast Cancer in the U.S.

Breast cancer rates in the United States are among the highest in the world. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, accounting for 32% of all cancer in women. It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths (after lung cancer) among U.S. women. According to the 2006 American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures, an estimated 212,920 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,970 people will die from this disease annually. The incidence of invasive breast cancer in the United States increased 34 percent from 1975 to 1999 and has recently started to decrease. The mortality rate has declined since 1989. Although early detection (using mammograms) accounts for some of this increase in incidence, other factors play a role. From 1996-2002, 90.1% of White females and 77.3% of African American females survived for at least five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

  • One of the strongest risk factors is older age.
  • Some genetic factors are believed to play a role in a small number of breast cancers, such as having a close female relative (mother, sister, daughter) with breast cancer or inheritance of the breast cancer gene BRCA1 or BRCA2.
  • Other factors related to a woman's medical history may increase risk, including:
    • First full-term pregnancy after age 30, or never having borne a child.
    • Being overweight (mainly after menopause).
    • A history of breast, ovarian, or endometrial cancer.
    • A typical hyperplasia or a high degree of dense breast tissue.
    • Long term use of high doses of estrogen (such as oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy).
  • Some environmental exposures may contribute to breast cancer risk, such as high doses of radiation in infancy or from puberty through the childbearing years or more than two drinks of alcohol a day.

Prevention of Breast Cancer

Most women with breast cancer do not have any known risk factors besides older age. However, some studies suggest that there are fewer cases of breast cancer among groups of women who do the following:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid prolonged use of estrogen
  • Do not drink excess amounts of alcohol

Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Why is early detection important?

  • Cases detected early (local disease) have about a 98% chance of living for at least five more years.
  • Cases detected at the distant stage (when disease has spread to another part of the body) have only a 26% chance of living for five more years.

How to Improve your Chances of Detecting Breast Cancer Early

  • Have a health care provider examine your breasts every year.
  • Learn from your provider how to examine your own breasts and do it every month.
  • Get your first screening mammogram when you turn 40 and earlier if your provider advises because of other risks factors, such as:
    • a close female relative with breast cancer
    • a biopsy with "atypical hyperplasia"
    • carrying the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2
  • Get a screening mammogram every 1-2 years between 40 and 49 years of age and every year after age 50.