That's Life - August 24, 2022

Last week I mentioned the annual Tools For School Program and the great need to help less fortunate families with providing school supplies for their children.

If you are making a donation you can drop off cash or cheques at all of the municipal offices in Kneehill County.

There are donation boxes or cans at Carbon Grocery, Balkwill Pharmacy, in Trochu and IDA Pharmacy in Three HIlls or call Kneehill Regional FCSS at 403-443-3800 for more information. For a tax deductible receipt for donations over $25, please make your cheque payable to Kneehill County - Tools for School. As mentioned last week, if you or your organization would rather donate supplies or sponsor a child, please call the FCSS office for a list of supplies needed. The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6.

Hat’s off to crews involved in the Main Street Beautification Project here in Three HIlls. The sidewalk, curb and gutter portion of the project is now complete along with the removal of trees and stumps. Street traffic is now open again to all businesses between third and fifth avenues.

There is more to come with the planting of new (specially selected trees), more flower barrels as well as benches and bicycle racks. There is also some additional work being done on the northwest corner of fifth avenue and main street to help with stormwater flow and cut down on pooling. Although some items are on back order, the project has come in ahead of schedule and on budget.

So, here we are heading toward the final week of August. We have experienced very high daily temperatures and that can result in heat illness. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very real concerns and they shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Signs of heat exhaustion include skin rash, muscle cramps, dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, heavy sweating, headache, rapid breathing, extreme thirst, dark urine and decreased urination.

If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids, water is best.

Heat stroke results in high body temperature, confusion and lack of coordination, dizziness/fainting and no sweating but very hot, red skin.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately. While waiting for help - cool the person right away by moving them to a cool place, if you can. Apply cold water to large areas of the skin and fan the person as much as possible.

In closing I would like to remind everyone that we live in farming communities and harvest is underway. Keep a watchful eye when operating a motor vehicle as there will be farm equipment on our roads as well.

If you are heading out for some summer fun be sure to play it safe and play by the rules.

That’s Life.