BLET member pilots CSX Santa Claus
Thousands of children and families turned out on November 17 for the
65th annual CSX Santa Claus Special. The annual train follows a 110-mile
stretch in the rural mountain communities of Eastern Kentucky, western Virginia
and Northeast Tennessee, and is one of Appalacia's most anticipated holiday
10 years of safety SENSE at CSX
SENSE, or Structured Employee Network for Safety Empowerment, was formed
on the CSX property by the BLET in response to unsafe working conditions
and fatal accidents.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the SENSE program. Safety has
improved dramatically at CSX over the past decade, thanks in part to SENSE.
BLET members are now taking the opportunity to reflect on the past 10 years,
in hopes of furthering the program for years to come.
'A Sirius Christmas' for BLET
member in Iowa
The book gets its name from the star Sirius, which BLET Division 6 member
David Lahner says is the brightest star in the Northern hemisphere. The
book's main character sees the star in the sky at night and, along with
other groupings of stars, reminds him of the Star of Bethlehem.
"The book has Santa Claus in it, but it really conveys the true
meaning of Christmas," Lahner said.
Angel Tree tradition continues
at BLET National Division
BLET National Division staff continued their annual tradition of generosity
and goodwill by participating in the Salvation Army's "Angel Tree"
program. Every year, BLET employees donate gifts of toys, clothing and candy
for underprivileged children in the Cleveland area.