The Norwegian Elkhound – A Hardy, Versatile Breed with Viking Roots

A supporter of animal rights, Steubenville, Ohio, resident Cody Saltsman condemns the practice of inhumane laboratory testing of animals for product development. He and his family have rescued a number of abused cats and dogs over the years. Cody Saltsman currently has a Great Dane and Norwegian elkhound as family pets. The latter breed is unique in that it has strong ties with the Spitz, from which it was bred for specific elk and moose hunting purposes.

Categorized as a hound for its hunting ability, the Norwegian elkhound has skills that extend to guarding and defending the home and herding. The hardy breed came about during the Viking era. The hound had to survive freezing temperatures while navigating a rugged terrain of thickly forested mountains. While elkhounds have been bred for many centuries, Norwegian elkhound pedigrees stretch back only to the late 19th century with the breed first gaining American Kennel Club recognition in 1930.


Key Club Participates in Pennies for Patients Campaign

Cody Saltsman is Steubenville High School graduate who gave back to the community by participating in the Key Club during all four years of high school, serving as a senior representative during his final year. In his time working with the organization, Cody Saltsman engaged in a wide variety of community service, including such as Pennies for Patients, a benefit drive devoted to raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, one of the Key Club’s numerous charitable contributions.

Pennies for Patients was founded in North Carolina in 1995. The organization encourages students in schools around the country to compete in collecting coins of all values as a challenge. The class from each school that collects the most change wins a pizza party. Schools with the top collections earn additional prizes, such as sports equipment, computers, and other electronics. More than 10 million students throughout the country participate in Pennies for Patients annually over the campaign’s three-week period.

The Key Club participates not only in Pennies for Patients, but also in numerous other charitable causes, such as the Salvation Army’s Bell Ringing program, whose participants collect money for those in need throughout the holiday season. For more information, visit

Chinese Scientists Learn More about Ball Lightning in 2014

High school graduate and athlete Cody Saltsman is a resident of Steubenville, Ohio. Enthusiastic about science, Cody Saltsman lists astronomy and physics as two of his favorite academic subjects.

Shortly after 2014 drew to a close, the UK branch of business and technology news publication Business Insider published an article covering the 11 most phenomenal physics discoveries made during the year. The groundbreaking findings that made the list ranged from topics such as nuclear fusion to quantum data teleportation and sun particles.

One of the most fascinating discoveries came from Lanzhou in China and was published in the January edition of Physical Review Letters. Chinese scientists announced that they had solved the chemical composition of the phenomenon known as ball lightning, which is a lightning sphere or disk spanning up to 10 feet across and appearing in the sky for seconds before disappearing. The scientists were able to take a spectrum of the lightning, the colors of which revealed the presence of soil minerals such as silicon, calcium, and iron. This discovery supported the supposition that the phenomenon is composed after lightning strikes the ground, creating a floating silicon sphere in the air.

Swimming Safety for Dogs

An animal lover and animal rights activist, Cody Saltsman enjoys spending time with his two family dogs. In the warm-weather months, Cody Saltsman takes the opportunity to swim with one of his dogs.

Many dogs love to swim, but it falls to the owner to keep the dog safe in the water. To achieve this, an owner should first realize that his or her dog does not necessarily swim well. All dog owners should bring their dogs to shallow water and test their swimming abilities before attempting to swim with them in deeper pools. The owner should also determine whether he or she can pull the dog back to safety if the unexpected occurs.

Owners should plan to swim with their dogs and should take care that the dog does not swim away too far. Because many dogs will swim until they exhaust themselves, owners should watch the dog for fatigue and ensure that the dog knows how and where to get out of the pool. Furthermore, it is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the swimming area is safe and that the dog seems contented. If a dog seems fearful or reluctant, an owner should not request that the animal swim.

The Siberian Husky

College student Cody Saltsman supports campaigns that benefit people and animals. Along with supporting animal welfare, Cody Saltsman enjoys playing with his family’s two dogs. He considers the Siberian Huskies his favorite breed because of their markings and eyes.

Medium-sized dogs, Siberian Huskies were originally bred in Asia by the Chukchi Tribe before earning international recognition during the early 20th century. Due to their upbringing in cold climates, they were successful in winning sled races and even completed a 650+-mile trek to bring medicine to people in Nome, Alaska, in only five days. During World War II, the US Army utilized them for a search and rescue team.

Known for their distinctive gray, black, and white coloring, Siberian Huskies have thicker coats than most dogs. Although they are a clean animal, they require brushing at least once a week, and more during shedding periods. Additionally, they have expressive almond-shaped eyes that are usually blue, brown, or heterochromic.

Siberian Huskies are also beloved because of their pleasant personalities. They are very comfortable around other dogs due to their heritage as pack animals. Regularly looking to make friends, these dogs also get along with children and other members of a family. However, they are energetic, and owners should provide them with ample room to run around.

A Day to Remember – Pop Mosh Band

A recent high school graduate, Cody Saltsman plans to pursue a career in physical or respiratory therapy. In his free time, Cody Saltsman enjoys playing football, star gazing, and listening to his favorite band, A Day to Remember.

Formed in Ocala, Florida, in 2003, A Day to Remember plays a blend of emo, metal, and hardcore music that many of its fans refer to as “pop mosh.” The original five-member band consisted of Jeremy McKinnon on vocals, Neil Westfall and Tom Denney on guitar, Joshua Woodard on bass, and Bobby Scruggs on drums. The band released its first full-length album, And Their Name Was Treason, in 2005, but it only sold a few thousand copies.

The album did, however, attract the attention of the prominent Chicago-based Victory Records, and the band went on to release three more albums under the Victory label with its new drummer Alex Shelnutt and new guitarist Kevin Skaff, who previously played with Four Letter Lie. Following a dispute with Victory Records, A Day to Remember self-released its latest album, Common Courtesy, in 2013.

The band is currently on tour in the United Kingdom and will return to the United States for shows starting in December. For a list of upcoming show dates and locations, visit

Organizing a Canned Food Drive

Humanitarian Cody Saltsman dedicated much of his high school career to aiding others through initiatives such as raising money for a local family that lost their home and daughter, teaching elementary school students how to read, and collecting money for children with leukemia and lymphoma. Cody Saltsman also participated in canned food drives, such as those hosted by the Salvation Army in honor of Veteran’s Day.

When developing a canned food drive, organizers need to make several decisions to produce a successful event. The first involves choosing an organization that will serve as a base for collecting boxes and distributing the food. The website contains an extensive list of relevant local entities around the country. Organizers must then select what food they want to obtain. While many food drives will accept most nonperishables, others might place a greater emphasis on more healthy or culturally appropriate options.

Once these initial matters are arranged, the organizers must determine how to implement the drive. Depending on their goals and resources, they might choose between a single-site drop off or multi-site drop offs. Moreover, they may set up donations at an event that will have a lot of attendees, such as a sports game or a fair. Finally, they must advertise the food drive, which can be done through flyers, the Internet, and traditional promotional techniques.