13 days until Election Day!
"Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote." - William E. Simon
The soup was awesome!!
If you missed the annual Methodist Church Soup Supper, you need to go to church on Sunday and ask forgiveness. Homemade soup, homemade salads and dessert - it just doesn't get any better than this. The Church Basement Ladies - Annette, Linn, Pat, Debra, Linda, Trisha, Mary, Bonnie, Pastor Dorthea and future church basement lady Tory (helped by Mark and Brandon) once again proved that a few hard-working people can cooperate to create something special. This group of dedicated women support their church not only with soup - they organize the spring Country Music Show and provide the desserts at the Alvo Car Show. They bring in some funds for the church, but what they really do is build a better community. Thank you very much, ladies.
Completely useless facts for the week.....
You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
Coca-Cola would be green without coloring.
It's against the law to sneeze or burp in church in Nebraska. (But it's OK to sleep.)
Earth is the only planet not named after a god. (Probably bothers the religious right.)
One quarter of your bones are in your feet.
Halloween Doesn’t Need to be a Dangerous Night for Children
Child pedestrian deaths double on Halloween night
On a potentially dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians, Safe Kids USA and FedEx urge parents to prepare children to act safely and drivers to take extra precautions. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.
Kids need proper safety instruction before they go out trick‐or‐treating,” says Jane Husz, Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass. "Many kids will be out trick‐or‐treating while it is dark when it is more difficult for drivers to see them. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. For example, children younger than age 12 should not be alone crossing streets on Halloween without an adult. If older kids are mature enough to go trick‐or‐treating without adult supervision, parents should make sure they go in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting."
In preparation for Halloween, Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass will team up with Walk This Way program sponsor FedEx to provide kids with reflective materials to promote visibility, including zipper tags that can be attached to costumes and trick‐or‐treat bags, as well as important safety information to children, parents, and drivers.
Drivers need to be extra alert as there will be more children on the streets and sidewalks – and those kids may be focused on gathering candy and the excitement of the holiday rather than being careful while crossing streets. "Safe Kids and FedEx urge drivers to slow down on neighborhood roads to make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, but also to help save lives," added Jane Husz, Sarpy/Cass Department of Health & Wellness..
Top safety tips Safe Kids USA recommends for parents:
· Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
· Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
· Slow down and stay alert ‐ watch out for cars that are turning or backing up and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
· Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct a child's vision, so choose non‐ toxic face paint and make‐up whenever possible instead. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.
Top safety tips Safe Kids USA and FedEx recommend for drivers:
· Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick‐or‐treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
· Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
· Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
While pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents and kids should also be careful when dealing with candy. "While kids never want to wait to dive into their candy, it is best to check sweets for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them," says Jane Husz, Safe Kids Coordinator Sarpy/Cass “Remind children to only eat treats in original and unopened wrappers."
About Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass
Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 19. Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Sarpy/Cass was founded in 2006 and is led by Sarpy/Cass Dept of Health and Wellness. For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween, as well as throughout the year, visit www.safekids.org.
For More Information, Contact: Jane Husz,402‐339‐4334x210
For all you witches, goblins and ghosts getting ready for next weekend, the best time for spells is the dark of the moon (new moon) - which will be on Thursday the 23rd at 4:57 PM CDT (it won't be dark yet but the spells won't weaken much by waiting until it's completely dark.)
|Date||Sunrise||Sunset||Sun hours||Days until Winter|
|Wednesday, October 22, 2014||07:45 AM||06:35 PM||10:50||60|
|Thursday, October 23, 2014||07:46 AM||06:33 PM||10:47||59|
|Friday, October 24, 2014||07:47 AM||06:32 PM||10:45||58|
|Saturday, October 25, 2014||07:48 AM||06:31 PM||10:43||57|
|Sunday, October 26, 2014||07:49 AM||06:29 PM||10:40||56|
|Monday, October 27, 2014||07:50 AM||06:28 PM||10:38||55|
|Tuesday, October 28, 2014||07:52 AM||06:27 PM||10:35||54|
Only four Nebraska counties have parts of their land abnormally dry.....
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"Life's short, eat dessert first." - Village Inn
"Life's too short to take seriously." - anonymous
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins - all of them imaginary." - H.L. Mencken
Apology for a short newsletter - rescue call this morning, poll election official traning this afternoon and Straight No Chaser at the Lied. More later. Dave