PARENTS URGED TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE THIS FOURTH OF JULY
With the month of July just around the corner, and the sounds and sights of fireworks already in the minds of young children, parents are urged to keep safety in mind. One of the biggest dangers to children during the 4th of July are sparklers, firecrackers, and bottle rockets.
State Fire Marshall Dave Foreman says that sparklers can burn at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and remain extremely hot long after the sparks are gone. It's also noted that, firecrackers and bottle rockets may not light the first time. And many injuries are reported from trying to re-ignite a firework.
It's recommended to closely supervise children playing with novelty fireworks, and to keep them away from firework "shooting" areas. Discuss firework safety with your kids. Tell your children to never keep fireworks in their pockets, and teach them how to "Stop, drop and roll", should their clothes catch fire. Also show them how to put out fireworks by using water or a fire extinguisher.
Throughout the U.S. the majority of injuries during the July 4th Holiday season are to children, ages 5-14. Sparklers have accounted for more than half of the injuries for kids under 5. In all, approximately 4,850 children, ages 14 and under, are treated in ER's every year.
QUILTS ON DISPLAY AT BOND COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Tedra Johnson Quilts are currently on display in the Bond County Courthouse courtesy of the Our Common Ground Arts Council. The public is invited to come to the Courthouse and see the beautiful quilts.
There will be various quilts displayed throughout this year.
OHIO MAN MAKES TRIP TO VANDALIA ON NATIONAL ROAD
An Ohio man estimates that he has bicycled at least 10,000 miles in his lifetime, 300 of those spent on the National Road recently. John Ludway, of Cleveland, Ohio, began his journey in Vandalia, Ohio on June 18th. He trekked across the "Road that Built a Nation" to Vandalia, IL, where he arrived Sunday, June 24th.
Members of the National Road Association of Illinois hosted a reception for Ludway, where he shared stories from his trip. Ludway commented that it was an excellent ride, despite the heat and headwind early in the week. He was lucky enough to dodge thunderstorms, while enjoying the ability to document his journey with pictures of the places and people he met.
Ludway, averaging 40 miles per day, highlighted his trip with the covered bridge in Greenup and Bluegrass festival in Casey. Ludway is a member of Adventure Cycling, a 42,000 member non-profit organization promoting bicycling to those of all ages.
TUNE INTO WGEL FOR
NASCAR TICKET GIVEAWAY
8 Tickets, 2 Races 1 Winner, it is the WGEL NASCAR Giveaway, and it’s your chance to win four tickets to the NASCAR race on July 14 and July 15th at Chicagoland speedway in Joliet Illinois. 1 lucky winner will win all 8 tickets, and you can register to win, no purchase necessary, at McDonald’s restaurant in Greenville and Highland, Chubby Chassis and Scott’s Package Store. And listen to NASCAR Today Monday through Friday at 5:15PM for more chances to register. You can register until Today, June 29th and we’ll draw the winner the week of July 2nd.