July 2013 Healthbeat

Karen’s Kolumn is written by Karen Dolley, R.N. and Grange Friend… we appreciate her knowledge and her willingness to share! 

bicycle_racer_5606Now that school is out for the summer motorists will see many more bicycles on the roads. About 85 million adults and children ride their bicycles for recreation and fitness every year. Unfortunately, adults and children can be injured or killed in bicycling accidents. More than 600 children die in bicycle accidents every year. It is important to follow bicycle safety rules.

Maine bicycling laws can be found at www.maine.gov/mdot/bikeped/safety/laws. Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle operators. They may use public roads, designated bike paths, and bike lanes. Bicycles are not required to be on shoulders or in bike lanes/paths in Maine. Sidewalk riding is not prohibited by state law but may be prohibited by local ordinances. Bicyclists must stop at red lights and stop signs. They must yield to pedestrians in marked crosswalks. Bicyclists must ride with traffic and obey lane markings. Almost one-fourth of all bicycle-car crashes result from bicyclists riding against traffic.

Cyclists under the age of 16 must wear bike helmets. All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bike helmets every time they ride. A helmet is the most effective way to prevent a potential head injury. Football helmets can’t be substituted for bike helmets. The majority of bike crashes happen near home, in driveways, or in designated bike paths. So wear a bike helmet all the time, not just when  bicycling on streets. Help your child to develop “the helmet habit”! Replace bike helmets every five years. Always replace a bike helmet if it has had an impact.

Hand signals should be taught to children before they are allowed to ride in the street. Always signal your intent to turn and to stop.

It is never safe for a child to ride a bicycle at night. Adult bicyclists must have and use headlights, rear reflectors and pedal reflectors at night. Wear bright reflective clothing.

All bikes must have brakes that work.

For more information visit www.healthychildren.org., the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, or the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.

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Bookworm Schedule — June and Beyond!

Reading is fun!“Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”

– Nathaniel Hawthorne

We’re sad to say that we’re finished bookworming for this year… but that doesn’t mean no more reading and it doesn’t mean there won’t be lots going on!

Friday, June 7th Several bookworms will be at school to help celebrate Arts Alive! A fun-filled day for everyone!

Wednesday, June 12 is the last day of school!

Friday, June 21st Valley Grange meets to elect officers for the upcoming year (2013-2014).

Some other important dates throughout the summer:

Thursday, July 18th is the annual Pomona Grange Picnic and auction at the Boomsma’s! Janice and Walter will furnish hamburgs and hotdogs… bring a salad or dessert to share… Bill usually makes the beans! Arrive any time after 5 PM for some horseshoe pitching… bring lawn games… just sit and feed the mosquitoes…  the grill starts sizzling at 6 PM… and we have a short but fun auction (bring a few items to donate) beginning around 7 PM.  This is not just for Grangers!  Picnic is “potluck” — hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided by Janice and Walter… bring a salad or dessert! We usually wind up with the traditional marshmallow roast! This is not just for Grange members!

Saturday, July 20th there will be a really cool “Then and Now” fashion show at Valley Grange, sponsored by the DUV (Daughter of Union Veterans). You’ll see Civil War Era garments as well as contemporary fashions.  The show starts at  6:30 pm – advance sale tickets $8.00 each.  Refreshments available. Call Mary Annis at 564-0820 for more information or tickets. Tickets are also available at Label Shopper.

Saturday, July 27th is The Guilford River Festival… hope to see you there! (Students, you might run into a bookworm who will ask you how your summer reading is going…)