Check Presented to Library

Sylvester Junior Woman’s Club treasurer Stacey Smith presents a check for $1,000 to sponsor the library’s summer reading club to Leigh Wiley at the Margaret Jones Public Library. SJWC sponsors Ken Scott’s Magic Show, Ziggy’s Animals, Juggler Ron Anglin and Savannah Balloons programs. Summer library programs are great for continuing students on their reading programs while out of school for the Summer. Thank you to the library staff for all the hard work you put into these programs. Make plans now for your children to attend.

Ribbon Cutting Held at the Coop

Huff’s Chicken Coop held it’s Ribbon Cutting on June 1, 2017, at 11:30 AM. On behalf of the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce and The Worth County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors, we would like to congratulate Huff’s on their Ribbon Cutting and encourage you to give them a call today. Support our businesses in Sylvester-Worth County they are Worth It! Call (229) 821-3314 to get your order from Huff’s Chicken Coop.

Source: Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce

Keeping Our Children Safe on Bicycles

May is the perfect time for enjoying the outdoors and bike riding with your family. Riding a bike is a great way to get kids outside and encourage them to stay active, but without precautions in place, it can be a cause of serious injury. Here are some simple rules to follow to keep the little ones safe. 1.  Make sure your child’s helmet meets the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards. 2.  A helmet should sit on top of the head in level position, should not rock forward, backward, or side to side. 3.  Helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly. 4.  When the helmet is positioned on your child’s head, the rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows. 5.  The straps should form a “V” under the ears when buckled. 6.  A helmet should hug the head when the mouth is opened wide. If you ever have any questions, please visit safekidsgeorgia.org

Taking a Ride….

With June being Hot Air Balloon month it brought back several memories of my hot air balloon ride a few years back on Labor Day. Larry and I went with some of our friends to Callaway Gardens to enjoy their Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival. We had a blast! Not everyone took a ride in the balloon but I did along with my friend, her daughter and her mother. We laughed so much but it was so much fun. It was almost dark and the balloons were glowing and I could not have asked for a better first ride in a hot air balloon. It was so much fun and we all suggest that you start making plans now to go to the Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens. You will not regret it.

Know the Facts about High Blood Pressure

Sponsored by the CDC, National High Blood Pressure Education Month raises awareness about the impact high blood pressure can have on health. Written as two figures, blood pressure is measured as the pressure when the heart has pumped (systolic) and when the heart is in between beats (diastolic). When the heart pumps blood, blood pressure is higher than when it is in between beats. The systolic measurement will be higher than the diastolic measurement. Normal Blood Pressure Levels: Systolic < 120mmHg Diastolic > 80mmHg At Risk Blood Pressure Levels: Systolic 120-139mmHg Diastolic 80-89mmHg High Blood Pressure Levels: Systolic 140mmHg or higher Diastolic 90mmHg or higher. Also know as hypertension, high blood pressure increases the risk of serious diseases and conditions such as heart disease and stroke. In the US, heart disease is the most common form of death whilst stroke is the third leading cause. Other risk factors of high blood pressure include congestive heart failure & kidney disease. In the US, approximately 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure, however most people are not aware they have this condition due to a lack of signs or symptoms. High Blood Pressure Education Month encourages people to look at various lifestyle factors which may be contributing to high blood pressure. It is well documented that high levels of sodium (salt) is linked to high blood pressure. In the US, the majority of people consume more than twice the level of recommended sodium intake. Guidelines recommend up to 2,300mg of sodium per day for an adult. Those at higher risk should consume even less (up to 1,500mg of sodium a day). Higher risk groups include those who have diabetes, kidney disease, existing high blood pressure and African American people. It is also recommended that people eat potassium rich foods which help lower blood pressure. Potassium rich foods include fish, green leafy vegetables, bananas, citrus fruits and potatoes. Lifestyle changes which can help reduce blood pressure, include maintaining a healthy body weight , regular exercise, quitting smoking and following a healthy low sodium diet rich in fruit and vegetables. There are many affordable blood pressure monitors available for the consumer making it convenient to monitor your blood pressure at home. If you have any concerns about your blood pressure, please check with your local physician.

Keeping Children Safe in the Sun

The risk of developing skin cancer will be substantially reduced for children who learn to “Block the sun, not the fun!”  Sun Safety for Kids is dedicated to reducing the incidence of skin cancer through teaching and promoting sun protection to children. During the hour, while you are contemplating the subject of sun safety, one more American will die from skin cancer.  It remains the most common type of cancer in the United States despite being such a preventable disease.  Keep your children safe! Encourage or require the use of Sun-protective hats, long clothing,
sunscreen and UV-blocking sunglasses. To complement more reliable methods of reducing skin exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation (such as sun avoidance, clothing, and hats) sunscreen can be very useful.  However, limitations to the effectiveness of sunscreen include the following common user errors which are Failure to apply enough, uneven application / missed spots and Failure to re-apply. Because some amount of UV radiation might pass by the sunscreen, unintentional sunburn can occur.  Think of these products as a back-up to other, more effective, and sun safety strategies. The sun emits a broad spectrum of radiation that includes harmless visible light as well as ultraviolet radiation.  The bands of wavelengths that damage human skin are categorized as UVA and UVB.  UVB rays are the main cause of the skin turning red, or exhibiting a sunburn.  They can fracture the DNA in skin cells, resulting in mutations.  UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and are the main cause of wrinkling, and discoloration.  They cause the formation of damaging atoms called free radicals, and can inhibit the immune system from doing its job to prevent cancer.  It is important to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB. If, and only if a sunscreen effectively filters out UVA rays as well as UVB rays (which is highly desirable) it may be labeled “Broad Spectrum.”  When shopping for sunscreen, always look for a product labeled “Broad Spectrum SPF” rather than simply “SPF.”  Certain antioxidants can augment the broad spectrum protection.  Look for a mention of antioxidants on the product label but unfortunately there is not yet any rating system to help you compare antioxidant effectiveness between products. Probably the greatest drawback with sunscreen is that most people do not apply a sufficient dose.  The SPF number is determined by the manufacturer using a “standard” application amount (required by the FDA) of 2 milligrams of product per square centimeter of skin.  For the average adult in a bathing suit this would be a little more than one ounce, or approximately a shot glass full.  (That’s one quarter of the typical 4 oz. sunscreen bottle.)  When a person applies less than the “standard” amount, only a fraction of the labeled SPF will be achieved.  Studies have shown that the average person applies less than half the “standard” amount of sunscreen, which results in an SPF of only about one third of that labeled on the bottle.  Spray on sunscreens is particularly subject to under dosing.  By contrast, if more than the “standard” amount is applied, the SPF achieved will exceed that labeled on the bottle. UV causes some sunscreen ingredients to gradually deteriorate on the skin’s surface in response to sun exposure.  Sunscreen can also dissipate due to sweating, rubbing, and penetration into the skin.  To maintain maximum effect, sunscreen should be re-applied every two hours.  A single application before coming to school cannot be expected to adequately protect a child for afternoon physical education. These products must be applied liberally and, as with paint, two coats are better than one.  Thus, Sun Safety for Kids coined the phrase:  “Put on a lot. And don’t miss a spot!”
Information brought to you by sunsafetyforkids.org

Build A Better World

The Margaret Jones Public Library has a Summer planned with great events that you will not want your children to miss. This year’s theme is “Build A Better World”. If you have not been by the library yet, please make a point to stop by soon. They have an awesome display that is with Lego’s building a better world. I feel that it is important to teach our children to build a better world for all of us and why not let them learn that while teaching reading during the Summer. Many children and even parents ask why is it important to read during the Summer? Let me explain. Children who don’t read over the summer experience summer learning loss. That’s right — kids don’t just feel like they’ve forgotten some of what they’ve learned — they actually do forget it. And the effect is cumulative. Kids who lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates by the end of 6th grade. By joining the Summer Reading Club and attending free library programs, kids can prevent this from happening. The Summer Reading Club encourages kids to read whatever they want, which helps instill a love of reading for recreation. Studies show that kids who read for fun often out-perform kids who don’t in school. The Summer Reading Club and all of its associated activities are absolutely free, offering everyone safe, educational opportunities throughout the summer. Be sure to call the library today for a list of events or follow them on facebook at Margaret Jones Public Library.

Summer EOC Testing

Summer EOC testing will take place on June 27th – June 29th. You are to report to the WCHS cafeteria at 8am. This testing session is for students completing EOC courses in Summer School or students that missed the main administration in the Spring and need to makeup an EOC for a course they completed during the 2016-2017 school year.  EOC courses: 9th Grade Literature/Composition, American Literature/Composition, Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, Physical Science, US History, and Economics.

Source: WCSD Web Page

It Wasn’t Just A Three Day Weekend

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day however Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee. In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael. When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

Bring out the BBQ

May is National BBQ Month. Just about everyone loves to BBQ. There are so many different types of BBQ and sauces to enjoy. Here is a sauce to try this summer while you are eating some good ole BBQ.

2 cups ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup minced onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons water
3 cloves garlic crushed
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
fresh ground pepper to taste

Blend onion and water into a puree. Heat a medium sauce pan over a medium heat. Add olive oil. When oil is warm, pour in onion puree. Simmer until slightly browned. Add remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly and simmer for about 20 minutes. ENJOY!