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Be Safe, stay cool
It would appear that winter is upon us, so I would like to remind you
all of some basic things you need to be ready for. As an example, do you
have your outside faucets for the garden hose covered? If not, I would
suggest you do it today. The same goes for any outside pipes or water pipes
exposed to the extent that they may freeze. Get them covered before you end up
with a swimming pool in a location in your house you had not planned on.
Going to the family car do not only check your anti-freeze level
but also check your battery. If it is one that needs water, make sure you are up
to the proper level. If you have studs for your tires, remember two
critical things. They keep you going in snow and ice but
do not stop you faster. Keep plenty of space between you and
the car ahead in snow and ice conditions. And on wet or dry pavement,
remember that you are no longer stopping on rubber, but metal studs. They will
not stop you as quickly as rubber. So again, keep extra space between
you and the car in front, or your insurance rate will go up after the accident.
As to the season at hand, remember that around public places
especially, there will be a great deal more traffic, and children going to and
from holiday activities, shopping and parties, so keep alert and keep it slow.
I want all of you to have a great holiday season, and also not to
make someone else's a very unhappy occasion, due to an accident that
hurts someone. Stay alert and watch what is going on around you.
If shopping, put your holiday treasures in the trunk or keep them
covered with something. Whenever possible, put your items in your car,
and if more shopping is needed in that area, move your car to another
location. There are those who will be watching as you leave the car, and
drop over to do a little "shopping" of
their own, but not inside the stores.
Alert. I have received information for the children of Preston that
there will be a visit at the Preston Fire Station by a well-known man in a red
suit, with a white beard and a large bag over his shoulder. He will be dropping
by the Preston Fire Station for the children of Preston from 2 to 4 p.m.
on Dec. 18. It is a grand time for children of all ages, so be sure to be there.
It is the season in which we should do more than normal to assist those
in need, to understand and forgive those who have perhaps stepped on our
toes. It is a time when efforts to show love and understanding to all should be
our goal, not to get all upset over incidents that may really upset you but did
not really cause you any real harm, like the less-than-thinking driver that
cuts you off on the freeway or the person in the fast lane at the checkout
stand that waits until after all is run up to start looking for their checkbook
or credit card. Yup, they are not thinking about you. But instead of getting a
bit angry, just consider those behind you by being ready yourself.
Thought for the week: No, I have not been writing much this last
year. It's a long story not worth going into at this time. I do intend with
my newfound focus to get back into the swing of things and give you
local news and perhaps some things to think about that I would love to hear
Until next week, be safe and stay cool.
Preston News Notes author,
Bill Hebert, can be reached at
P.O. Box 918, Preston, WA 98050