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Being prepared helps overcome fear of fire

Cathy Walton-Smith

In our skies theres a mist from the smoke of a distant fire. Yes, the smoke from California is here and we think, there but for fortune go us.Throughout this year, Ive talked with neighbors and friends about the fear of fire. Whole supplements in our newspaper have been dedicated to our dead trees augmenting the danger of fire. Before that, it was the drought. California has shown us that once a fire is started, it doesnt care if the trees are green, or red, or blue . . . or snow on the ground they all burn just as hot.But, its silly for us to sit shaking in our boots. In the 20 years that Ive lived here, the threat of fire has been minimal. Yet, we can alleviate some of our fears by taking action and being prepared.Access Street signs and addresses should be clearly visible; driveways wide enough and not too steep for heavy fire and water trucks.Water Supply Our wells can be pumped dry in a matter of minutes. Consider having an emergency water supply tank of 2,500 gallons, and a way to pump water if the power is out.Defensible Space Clear a minimum of 15 ft. of all trees and flammable vegetation, around your house. Keep the dry grasses and weeds mowed down. Dispose of all slash. Know how to turn off the gas and electricity.Plan your Escape Have two suitcases always packed . . . one with your important valuables and papers, and one with a survival kit including water, blanket, candy bars, etc. Plan your route and methods of communication.Being prepared will make much of the fear go away. The ever-popular Crab Night is back at the Sagebrush BBQ and Grill. Every Friday night throughout the winter season its all-you-can-eat king crab. What a great way to end our week!The Grand Lake Brewing Company has expanded its menu, and is now serving quesadillas and pizza. What a nice combination pizza and beer!Thanksgiving is just around the corner . . . only three weeks away. Our merchants are busy organizing for Olde Fashioned Christmas shopping, and the Grand Arts Council is busy organizing the Christmas Craft Bazaar. This year, the bazaar will be bigger and better than ever. It will be in the elementary school gym, where there is more room. A few booth spaces are still available. To reserve one to sell your crafts, call Barbara Ahrens at 627-3097 or Linda Carlson at 627-3895.Daylight Saving Time is over this Sunday. This year we enjoyed the longest stretch of summer daylight ever. Now we will enjoy 4 months of earlier morning sun and earlier evening darkness as our days get shorter and shorter. Dont forget to change your clocks or youll be late for church.Auditions for the Grand Arts Councils Holiday Melodrama are Nov. 4 & 5, 6-8 p.m. at the Community House. Our production, Trapped in A Villains Web . . . or Weave me Alone, has 9 female and 5 male roles, including several small roles perfect for novice actors of all ages. Join in this fun production the week of Christmas to New Years.While youre out and about this week ask Dinah Brown where she keeps her rocks . . . ask Lou McGrath if he always cries when its cold . . . and ask Napoleon how he likes his job guarding the boardwalk.For the next few weeks many of our stores and restaurants are on the fall schedule Are you open today?. . . No, but maybe tomorrow, check back.There is no joy in Mudville.


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