White House Outlines Policies for Reopening Int’l Travel


Aircraft operators must verify testing and vaccination status and maintain contact information of their passengers arriving from international destinations beginning November 8 under a revised policy released from the White House yesterday. NBAA welcomed the release of the policy to enable foreign travelers to enter the U.S. again after they have largely been prohibited throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the revised policy that was issued through a presidential proclamation, incoming non-citizen, non-immigrant travelers must be fully vaccinated before boarding an airplane, with limited exemptions.

NATA advises though that the policy also tightens testing requirements. Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens, as well as foreign nationals, must furnish a negative Covid-19 test taken within three days of travel into the county. However, in a change, non-vaccinated individuals now must have taken the Covid test within one day of travel.

The policy provides some exceptions to the vaccination requirement for foreign nationals, including medical and travel for emergency or humanitarian reasons. Those arriving with non-tourist visas from countries with low vaccine availability would be exempt as well. In addition, the vaccine requirements apply to those aged 18 or older.

Further, operators must retain contact information of arriving passengers to enable public health officials to trace travelers who may have been infected or exposed to Covid-19.



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White Beach welcomes new events partnership | News


A blockbuster event partnership has been announced, combining Ibizan powerhouse the Night League and the White Beach in Dubai.

In a first of its kind entertainment deal, the city will welcome its debut winter event residency presenting performances by an unbeatable line-up of DJs.

Following a successful first season at Ushuaia Ibiza, Palmarama will take over the luxurious beach club fusing organic elements and nature with the biggest names in house and techno music including the likes of Andrea Oliva, Artbat, Bedouin, Black Coffee, Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex, Nicole Moudaber, Tale of Us and more.

Designed as a Mediterranean oasis filled with luscious trees and greenery, fire breathers, contortionists, and dancers’ fuse with the sounds of the biggest names in the business to deliver a truly out of this world experience.

Jamie Jones will take to the stage on Friday, October 29th, with a set to energize and enchant the dance floor.

A globally respected and highly accomplished artist, label boss at the seminal Hot Creations, founder and curator of the worldwide Paradise event series and member of cross-genre band Hot Natured, Jamie Jones has achieved iconic status in the electronic music world.

Taking inspiration from Palmarama Ibiza, and in line with current government guidelines, guests are invited to purchase a seated or standing table with an extensive selection of food and beverages available to enjoy tableside.





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Great white shark Hali pings off Martin County


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MARTIN COUNTY — A new great white shark made its Treasure Coast debut Friday morning.

“Hali,” a roughly 700-pound, 10-foot-long female juvenile shark, pinged about 15 miles off Martin County at about 10:42 a.m., according to shark research and advocacy group OCEARCH

Named to honor the residents of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Hali is a newcomer first tagged by OCEARCH on Sept. 12. She has been making her way south along the U.S. East Coast ever since, now passing by the Treasure Coast. 

In the last 24 days, Hali has traveled 1,665 miles.  

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Great white shark migration

More fishy friends might be on the way. 

Sharks migrate for mating and birthing purposes, timed by seasons of the year as changes in water temperature alert varying species when it’s time to move.

Great white sharks are making their annual move south now to warmer waters off Florida’s shore and into the Gulf of Mexico. 

OCEARCH has been able to learn a lot about sharks’ migratory patterns through its satellite tracking, founder Chris Fischer told TCPalm last year

Juvenile and male sharks appear to travel a one-year migratory loop consistently from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, down the East Coast, circling the tip of Florida, into the Gulf of Mexico and later returning to the Nantucket region. 

Researchers believe pregnant female sharks change patterns slightly, moving down into what is known as the “North Atlantic shared foraging area” that stretches from North Carolina to Cape Canaveral. Then they swim deep offshore to grow their babies. 

The “stragglers” of the white shark migration will leave Florida to head back north by June or July, but year-round sightings could happen.

Shark bites on the Treasure Coast

There have been a string of reported shark bites on the Treasure Coast recently and at least seven overall this year:

Catie Wegman is TCPalm’s community and real estate reporter. You can keep up with Catie on Twitter @Catie_Wegman, on Facebook @catiewegman1 and email her catie.wegman@tcpalm.com. 

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White House, Airlines Say Vaccine Mandate Won’t Impact Holiday Travel


Recent speculation about Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and airline staffing shortages due to upcoming vaccine mandate deadlines would seem to be unfounded. The White House and two major U.S. carriers have just stated that they don’t foresee the Biden administration’s vaccination order for federal and federally-contracted employees causing holiday travel complications.

To clarify, the vaccine mandate for federal employees dictates that they be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22 without an approved exemption, while the deadline for employees of federal contractors is December 8.

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With the deadlines falling around the busy Thanksgiving and end-of-year travel periods, fears emerged that a substantial number of unvaccinated airline and TSA employees might cause staffing shortages just when loads of Americans are trying to travel.

But, according to Reuters, White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters on Wednesday that, “Vaccination requirements will not impact holiday travel.” He explained, “The requirements for federal workers and contractors will not cause disruptions to government services that people depend on. Agencies have the flexibility necessary to enforce the mandate without impacting critical operations.”

Zients added, “The point here is to get people vaccinated, not to punish them. So, agencies will not be removing employees from federal service until after they’ve gone through a process of education and counseling.”

On Thursday, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly likewise asserted that the vaccination issue would not disrupt holiday travel. “We are not on a campaign here to force everybody to get vaccinated…We want our employees to know that nobody is going to lose their job on December 9 if we’re not perfectly in compliance,” he explained. He also said unequivocally, “We’re not going to fire anybody who doesn’t get vaccinated.”

On an earnings call yesterday, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said that he doesn’t expect any employees to leave the company because of the vaccine mandate. “We think we’re not going to see anyone leaving American. I don’t think anyone’s going to want to leave American because either they choose not to get vaccinated or they don’t have a religious or medical (exemption),” he said.


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Mature man receiving a vaccination. (photo via iStock/Getty Images E+/Geber86)

Parker disclosed, “We don’t anticipate any operational impact,” and said that American is “highly confident” that it will have enough staff to fly its holiday schedule as planned, even if unvaccinated workers with approved exemptions have to comply with new testing requirements.

Since “fully vaccinated” means 14 days need to have passed since receiving the final dose of a vaccine, federal employees, including TSA workers, must receive their second dose (or single dose with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) by November 8. Employees of companies that contract with the federal government, meanwhile, can receive theirs by November 24 at the latest.

The Cargo Airline Association, a trade group that represents FedEx, United Parcel Service and other cargo carriers, on Monday expressed in a letter to the White House that, “It will be virtually impossible to have 100 percent of our respective workforces vaccinated by December 8…Sliding this date into the first half of 2022 will allow association members to meet the demands of the e-commerce revolution during the holiday season.”

FedEx told Reuters yesterday that it’s “engaged with the relevant government agencies” about implementing the vaccination guidelines in a way that won’t interfere with deliveries during the bustling holiday shopping season.





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Labor Day: Fun facts, travel tips, picnic fare and that rule about white


The first Monday in September is set aside to recognize the social and economic achievements of American workers. It’s also a last hurrah of summer, as family members and friends get in that last trip, party or other warm-weather special event. Here are some fun facts about Labor Day and suggestions on how to make the most of the holiday.

How it started

Observation of Labor Day evolved during the late 19th century, in the throes of the Industrial Revolution, as activists called for a holiday to celebrate workers’ contributions to the nation’s strength and prosperity.

Before it became a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by individual states. New York was first to introduce legislation, but Oregon was first to pass a law recognizing Labor Day, on Feb. 21, 1887 — followed that year by Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. By the end of the decade, Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 more states got on board.

On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act, then signed into law by President Grover Cleveland, making the first Monday in September of each year a federal holiday.

Who gets credit?

Two men with similar names have been credited with proposing a holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, in 1882 suggested setting aside a day to honor laborers “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

Another view, bolstered by recent research, says machinist Matthew Maguire proposed the holiday that same year while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

The two men didn’t appear to clamor over credit — both attended the country’s first Labor Day parade in New York City in 1894.

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President Joe Biden took part in Pittsburgh’s 37th annual Labor Day Parade on Sept. 3, 2018.

 

The three P’s

Labor Day is traditionally celebrated with these three P’s: parades, picnics and parties.

Unfortunately, Pittsburgh’s Labor Day was canceled for the second year, because of lingering pandemic concerns. But that still leaves picnics and parties.

Other popular ways to spend the long weekend include:

• Swimming

• Day trips

• Shopping Labor Day sales

Pack a picnic

If your Labor Day plans include a good, old-fashioned picnic, here are seven of the top foods (or six foods and one beverage) to take along, according to the National Day Calendar:

• Fried chicken

• Pasta salad

• Deviled eggs

• Watermelon

• Sandwiches

• Lemonade

• Brownies

Travel trends

Labor Day weekend is traditionally a top travel time, but this year, to travel or not to travel has been the question. According to Conde Nast Traveler, many Americans have kept this year’s Labor Day plans flexible, because of uncertainty over spread of the delta variant.

“There’s been a lot of interest this summer for travel,” said Jim Garrity, AAA East Central director of public affairs. “People are being a little more cautious because of the changing regulations and virus situation, but our summer travel booking figures are rivaling 2019, so people are anxious to get on the road and travel again.”

Travel data company Arrivalist predicted a 1% drop in Americans hitting the road this weekend, compared to 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, and a 10% decrease compared to 2019.

Trip Advisor reported an early August trend of last-minute travel bookings. The trend emerged last year in response to a rise in refundable and flexible booking options.

Trip Advisor also says that most Americans are traveling domestically this year (perhaps out of necessity), with cars.com reporting that 90% of summer travel is taking place in private vehicles.

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It’s no longer a fashion faux pas to wear white after Labor Day. Here, Tracy Showman (left), Suzanne Ward, Ann Richmond and Missy Smeltz wear the de rigueur white apparel at the 2019 Westmoreland Croquet Club Tournament.

 

Wearing white

The old rule of fashion was that white clothing was appropriate only between Memorial Day and Labor Day. How that rule evolved is open to debate, according to Southern Living. Obviously, lighter-colored clothing is cooler than dark duds in the dog days of summer.

One theory says that wearing white was a marker of class distinction. City dwellers wore dark clothing to mask the urban grime they picked up as they moved about. The wealthy, who could afford to summer in the country, wore white to indicate their social standing.

By the 1950s, the rule was touted by fashion magazines and became popular with the middle class — though not everyone was on board. French fashion designer Coco Chanel notoriously wore white all year-round.

Today, it’s more about fabric than color. Labor Day is the time to pack away your white cottons and bring out your white wools.

As fashion designer Michael Kors tweeted in 2013, “Ignore the old rules. White after Labor Day is glamorous.”

Get out and celebrate

Still looking for something to do on this last official weekend of summer? Here are last-minute options for music, family fun, food, shopping for fall decor and more.

Allegheny County Music Festival: Popular Pittsburgh band The Commonheart headlines the annual festival, also featuring Funky Fly Project, Meeting of Important People and Sierra Sellers. Music kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheatre.

Food trucks and Hop Farm Brewing Co. will be on site beginning at 6 p.m.

Suggested donation of $20 per car and a 50-50 raffle benefit the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund, which assists children and youth receiving services through the Department of Human Services and the Juvenile Section of the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

Details: alleghenycounty.us

Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival: The 28th-annual event promises about 200 indoor and outdoor exhibits at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds in Mt. Pleasant Township. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Monday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Vendors will offer floral designs, embellished clothing, scented candles, jewelry, soft sculpture, functional and decorative wood, pet items, seasonal home decor, ceramics, flags, adult beverages, gourmet prepackaged and ready-to-eat foods.

The festival also features live music and children’s activities.

Admission is $6.50, $6 for ages 65 and older, $3 for ages 12-15.

Details: familyfestivals.com

Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival: The five-day festivities continue from noon- 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday and noon-7 p.m. Monday at the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers on the Steel City’s North Side.

The extravaganza includes food, music, rides and games, a Steelers Experience and appearances by Steely McBeam.

Admission is free; some elements require paid tickets.

Details: heinzfield.com

Labor United Celebration: Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation Department celebrates “the proud tradition of labor in Western Pennsylvania” with the annual two-day event in Northmoreland Park in Allegheny Township. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday.

Festivities include live music, Zerbini Family Circus, bingo, arts and crafts marketplace and flea market with more than 150 vendors.

Parking and admission are free. Purchase of the $4 all-day activity pass includes unlimited access to midway rides, petting zoo, horse-drawn trolley rides, circus, kiddie train rides, bounce houses and other activities.

Details: co.westmoreland.pa.us

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@triblive.com or via Twitter .





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The benefits of white vinegar and COVID safety


Noise, dirt and dust has been at an all-time high at my house these past two weeks. Contractors are installing new natural gas lines all up and down our street. Fortunately, they don’t show up to work before 8 a.m. unlike a couple of lawn mowing companies that care for yards in the neighborhood. They have been here as early as 7 a.m. — one of them being the one that takes care of our yard. There is nothing like a riding mower starting up right under your open bedroom window and waking you from a sound sleep. I have a promise it won’t happen again following a conversation with one of the workers. We’ll see.

I had a frantic call from my granddaughter last week asking how she could get red popsicle out of her beige carpet. Apparently, while she was transferring clean clothes from the washer to the dryer, her 2 year old got a popsicle from the freezer, ate most it and laid it down on the carpet and set about playing. I turned to my friend who had been in the carpet business for more than 43 years for a possible solution. The response? The multi-use household friend — white vinegar. Pour a little on a clean cloth, blot the stain, let sit a couple of minutes, then blot up with another clean cloth and warm water. Just – don’t rub, I told her, and you may have to do it more than once. A few hours later she called quite relieved that it had worked and the stain was completely gone. The relief was because their home, constructed in 2005, was under contract and they would be moving into their newly constructed home the first of November. She didn’t want to have to replace carpet before closing. Good old household vinegar saved the day.

As summer began, citizens began participating in what in years prior to COVID seemed normal. There were outdoor graduations, festivals, fairs, barbecues, church dinners and folks felt comfortable to give a hug again.

Then the Delta variant of the coronavirus reared its ugly head and ravaged across the country and our state sending public and other health officials to issue warnings of exposure to the variant and issuing pleas for folks to take action to protect themselves. Health officials have stressed the need for folks to take all precautionary measures to prevent being a victim — the most effective being to get the vaccine. Even so, there have been some breakthrough cases of those who have been vaccinated — but few of those required hospitalization. I’ve been accused through social media of tooting my horn when I allegedly don’t care about my own health. That is far from the truth. I see my doctor on a regular basis, eat as healthy as possible, exercise some and followed the advice of my doctors and got the vaccine and booster. In addition, I wear a mask when away from home unless I’m outdoors and more than 6 feet from anyone. In doing so, I feel I am not only protecting myself but others I may encounter. I don’t feel that requiring me to wear a mask on an airplane or to attend a show or enter a restaurant or health care facility is taking away any of my freedoms — but instead showing respect for others.

The Buckeyes have a bye week but will travel to Indiana on Oct. 23. I hope the bye week does not take away their zeal to play their best.

Let me leave you with this quotation by Abraham Lincoln: “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”

Until next week, wash your hands, keep your distance especially indoors, wear a mask, be respectful and for heavens sake, get the vaccine.

Brenda Donegan is a former Marion Star staffer. She may be reached at brendadonegan55@gmail.com.



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Valley leaders urge White House to reopen bridges, as travel restrictions ease


HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Starting in November, people from the European Union will be allowed to fly into the United States with proof of vaccination. But these new rules laid out by the Biden Administrations do not apply to people in Mexico wanting to cross through land bridges.

Borders have been closes to non-essential travel since March 2020. Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez said this has had an effect on South Texas.

“Traditionally Mexican shoppers in some of our major retail areas represent 40% of our sales,” Cortez said. So, when you have those numbers and sales missing it’s having a huge impact.”

According to U.S Representative Henry Cuellar, the new travel rules set in place will allow Mexican nationals to fly into the U.S. But not opening the borders has not only had a negative impact on the local economy but the entire country.

“I’ve calculated it, since March of 2020 until now that we have lost over $30 Billion because the Biden administration does not want to open up the border restrictions to the land ports,” Cuellar said.

Congressman Cuellar said he has given the Biden Administration ideas on how to open the ports of entry in a safe way, but they have not gone through with any of those options. Now Cuellar is urging the White House to reopen the border before it is too late for local businesses.

“You are going to have businesses shut down. Some of them forever because they just can’t keep this up,” Cuellar said. “I am hoping that they open this up soon, I have given them a map way to open up.”

But it is not just local businesses that have been suffering since the borders have been closed.

“It’s a tragedy because it is not only hurting our economy, but it is hurting the relationships with our families there is a lot of family relationships between Mexico and the United States,” Cortez said. “Unfortunately some of them have not been able to come over and spend time with their families.”



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White House Lifts Ban on International Travel | News


The Biden administration has announced plans to lift the ban on international travel into the U.S. for foreigners who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The ban, first enacted by the Trump administration in January 2020, prevents travel from 33 countries, including members of the European Union, India, China, Brazil, South Africa and Iran. As vaccination rates increase globally, with more than six billion vaccine doses having been administered worldwide, the end of the ban after 18 months of closed borders is a step towards reopening and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 

Starting in early November, foreign nationals will be able to enter the U.S. as long as they have proof of full vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test within three days of travel. While no quarantine period will be required upon reaching the U.S., the C.D.C. will require airlines to obtain contact information of travelers as part of a new contact tracing system to limit travel-related spread of COVID-19. 

The new regulations allow for unvaccinated Americans to travel back to the U.S. as long as they have proof of a negative COVID-19 test within one day of flying and test again upon landing. 

Lifting the ban will revitalize the U.S. tourism industry, which has been devastated by the pandemic. Spending from international travel decreased by 79% in 2020, leading to job and revenue loss. It will also allow families separated by international borders to reunite after a year and a half of separation. 

Opening up travel to members of the EU will serve to ease tensions between the U.S. and Europe. The travel ban is among several issues in discussion at the UN General Assembly this week, and European allies of the U.S. have long demanded a lift of the ban. Reopening transatlantic travel is hoped to improve the Biden administration’s relations with Europe. 

The new regulations are the latest of a series of legislative actions by the Biden administration to encourage vaccinations. More than half of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, and vaccinations are picking up pace in the EU. Travelers from countries that were not on the banned list, who currently do not need to be vaccinated to fly to the U.S., will be affected by the new legislation as well, as they too will need to be vaccinated come November in order to enter the country. 

While the new regulations allow a significant number of Europeans to resume travel to the U.S., they bar many travelers from parts of the world where vaccination rates are lower, including Africa and many parts of Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Vaccine hesitancy and lack of access in these areas will prevent large numbers of foreign nationals from entering the U.S. 

The Biden administration has provided a general outline of the updated international travel policy, but several details of the new protocols are still yet to be released. These include details of the contact tracing system and the process by which foreigners will prove that they have been vaccinated. 



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‘Angel in white uniform’ inspires doctor


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Greater Columbus community has benefited from Dr. Ian Baird’s medical skills for 50 years.

But Baird likely would have spent that half-century practicing in Scotland had it not been for an encounter in a Columbus hospital hallway late one night in 1967.

As was the custom for most British doctors-to-be at the time, Baird spent a summer working in America during his time as a medical student at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He served his stint at Grant Hospital (now OhioHealth Grant Medical Center).

“One night about 3 a.m., I was seeing a young lad with asthma, and an angel in a white uniform walked down that hallway,” Baird said.

The angel’s name was Becky, a nurse and Worthington native. They began dating and were married by year’s end.

“He was very good-looking and had a great accent, and he was pretty flirtatious,” Becky Baird said. “It was just a fun time.”

Ian Baird, 76, might say the same about his career, which ends upon his retirement Thursday, wrapping up exactly 50 years as an infectious disease doctor at the same hospital: OhioHealth Riverside Methodist.

The Bairds lived in Scotland for two-plus years after their marriage as Baird finished school, then stopped in New York for an internship before his residency at Riverside began on Oct. 1, 1971.

“You very rarely think of anybody who practices as a doctor seeing patients for 50 years, but Dr. Baird has,” said Joe Gastaldo, OhioHealth’s medical director of infectious diseases, who considers Baird a mentor.

Both Bairds say the reason Ian stayed in the field so long was the people.

“He really loves his work,” Becky said. “He loves seeing patients, and honestly, Riverside has become his second home. They have always been so supportive of him.”

Ian agreed, though he was a bit more low-key in his reason for working five decades.

“I still felt I was able to do the job satisfactorily, still able to get out of bed in the morning and go to work,” he said. “I always found it interesting and challenging. As an infectious disease doctor, I take care of everything from the tip of the head to the tip of the toes.

“It’s not like when you’re a kidney doctor or a heart doctor and you only work on kidneys or hearts. I get the brain and the feet and everything in between.

“And no matter how long you’ve been in it, you always see something new. Just recently, in fact, I saw my first case of leprosy.”

(Not to worry, Baird said, leprosy is highly treatable.)

His last year and a half, of course, has largely been spent dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

But over a 50-year career, Baird has seen plenty of other scary diseases emerge. Legionnaires’ disease was one of the first, he said (it was discovered in 1976), but dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic starting in the early 1980s was a defining chapter in his career.

“We went from 1982 until 1995 — 13 years — of being able to diagnose it and do crisis intervention, but the outcome was always bad,” Baird said. “Nowadays, if you have HIV, you can take medication and live as long as the next person.”

Becky recalled the AIDS epidemic as “a pretty hard time,” and added, “So many young people were dying, and he worked incredible hours, I think he touched many, many lives during that period.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the latest challenge, of course. Baird said the debate over vaccination is “disappointing.”

“The only thing that works is immunization,” he said. “Every death that occurs in this country from this date forward is completely preventable.”

Gastaldo said he and his colleagues made sure Baird worked from home before vaccinations became available.

But that isn’t Baird’s strong suit, Gastaldo said. Where he excels is dealing with patients.

“The mold that he came from as a physician is no longer being used to create physicians,” Gastaldo said. “If you think about his career, when he was being trained as a med student, the types of technology like CAT scans and MRIs didn’t exist. So his education was very much about being the physical exam expert, the clues you get from a detailed physical exam — having the patient stand up and move this way or do that. That art, or craft, is not there as much as it used to be.

“We have been, and continue to be, a better health care system because of him.”

In retirement, Ian said he plans to spend time with the couple’s two children and six grandchildren.

Son Hamish is an Upper Arlington resident and president of Remington-Davis Clinical Research, a company founded by Becky in 1992. Daughter Meghan lives in Shaker Heights, outside Cleveland.

They also plan to travel, continuing their regular trips back to Scotland. And work in their flower gardens at their home just west of Upper Arlington, Becky said.

That suits Ian just fine. It means more time with his angel, even though neither will be wearing a white uniform anymore.

“She’s still absolutely gorgeous,” he said.

Dr. Ian Baird and his wife Becky answer questions at their home in Upper Arlington on September 22, 2021. Dr. Baird retired Sept. 30, exactly 50 years to the day after he started as an infectious disease doctor at Riverside Methodist.

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