THE OGDEN VALLEY NEWS Page 18 Volume II, Issue X 15 May 2000 Trees By Johanna Droubay you old man with leafless beard in winter who needs you skinny old man on a hilltop looking for a place to sit Someone waits for you to fall so they can grind your bones into sawdust and make plywood desks for office cubicles I can see your mother’s wooden eyes pressed like meat in my poetry paper I climb carefully into your old lap and I sit with you while together we watch the last blue sky rain down to earth and hide away forever in my heavy hair and your knotted arms and gray presides like your weathered skin I fly away to heaven and leave you with my rotting body you tired old man they make you stand guard at my grave I thank you for that, sir Liberty Junior Posse Anyone ages 8 through 17 Liberty Arena @ Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Call Marv or Madelyn Evans 745-3415 THINK OF THE FUTURE The Ogden Valley Land Trust a non-profit organization For more information call (801) 745-2048 Eden Bowery Dedication June 3rd 8:45 a.m. Flag Ceremony 9:00 a.m. Breakfast $5 per person $2.50 for kids 10:00 a.m. Playground & Bowery Ribbon Cutting The original trustees from the Eden Park will do the ribbon cutting for the Bowery. The Swanson Foundation will cut the ribbon for the playground. For More Information HEATSTROKE: What You Can Do to Prevent It Although there is still snow on our surrounding mountains, and the winter resorts are just shutting down for the season, the colorful bulbs of spring are a sure sign that summer is right around the corner. Summer brings with it fond memories of long sun soaked lazy days, hot summer nights and, unfortunately, summer related illnesses. What causes heat related illness? Heat related illnesses such as “heatstroke” or sunstroke,” occur when your body is not able to keep itself cool. When the air temperature around you rises, your body relies on the evaporation of sweat to cool itself down. The evaporation of sweat is slowed down considerably by humidity, so on hot humid days, you will feel more uncomfortable because of the increased moisture in the air. When sweating is not enough to cool your body, your body temperature rises and you may become ill. Common symptoms of “heatstroke” are headache, dizziness, muscle aches or weakness, dark or orange urine, pale or gray skin, slow pulse, nausea and vomiting. How you can prevent heat illness: ● Stay indoors in air-conditioned areas when possible ● Drink plenty of water before beginning outdoor activities. Drink extra water throughout the day—one eight ounce glass every twenty minutes or so while avoiding coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages ● Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing ● Wear a hat or use an umbrella ● Slowly and gradually increase your outdoor activity ● Schedule any vigorous outdoor activity for the cooler hours of the day ● Take frequent breaks from activities ● If you have a chronic medical problem, consult your physician before engaging in any warm weather activity What should I do if I get the signs of heat illness? Go to a shady, cool area right away. Remove any excess clothing and begin to sponge your body with cool to lukewarm tap water and slowly begin sipping on other fluids. Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the following warning signs: ● Hot dry skin but not sweaty ● Confusion ● Loss of consciousness ● Vomiting ● Respiratory distress Note: This information provided by Dr. Stephanie Patton Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) In 1985, Mexico City suffered a devasting earthquake. More than 14,000 people died and 500 buildings were destroyed. After the earthquake, 800 trapped victims were rescued by non-professional, “average citizens”, however, 100 of these untrained volunteers were killed while trying to save others. The Los Angeles County Fire Department looked at these statistics and determined these odds were unacceptable. They developed a program to train volunteers. This was adopted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency andit is now being taught natinwide. Utah has one of the best programs. In a large scale disaster, neighbors will be attempting to rescue neighbors. Why not be trained in the things you will be attempting to do anyway? Training will allow you to respond with greater efficiency and safety. We have a particular situation in the Valley, since most of the citizens work on the other side fo the mountains, but the children are here. We will also be isolated for what could be an extended period of tiem, with minimal professional safety personnel available, and no medical facilities. The Emergency Management Department of Weber County provides training3 to citizens of the County upon request. The OgdenValley has sponsored three such training sessions. We invite you to be a part of this organization and receive the training you will need to better help yourself, your family, neighbors and the community you live in. Ther is a class fee of $25. This provides the training as well as your personal safety equipment. The classes are held for three hours, once a week, for seven weeks, so there is a time commitment. C.E.R.T. training will teach you to: Determine the safety of a damaged building. Size up a fire and correctly use a fire extinguisher. Triage and treat victims. Use proper leverage and cribbing techniques. Do light urban search and rescue. Do victim extrication. The training addresses disaster psychology for the victim and the team member. The Valley C.E.R.T. organization meets on the second Wednesday of each month. For more information contact: Linda Spencer at 745-0805 or 3998473. Senior Meals Meals provided at the Ogden Valley Branch Library. Ma y 1 8 : Roast Pork with Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Carrot Medley, Lime Grapefruit Salad, Cinnamon Sliced Apples and Cornbread Muffin. May 25: Oven Fried Chicken, Baked Beans, Spinach, Pineapple and Apricot Salad / Yogurt Dressing, Chocolate Cake and Whole Wheat Roll. June 1: Turkey Steak with Gravy, Skinny Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli and Cauliflower Pear and Cranberry Salad, Butterscotch Pudding and Dinner Roll.