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May 2, 2012

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Page 6 Local preschoolers field trip to Arizona Western College The Little Scholars' Preschoolers enjoyed their tour of the AWC/ Quartzsite Learning Center and seeing their art on display for Week of the Young Child. Ms. Kilwein gave us the tour and Ms. Eileen came to read to us in our Preschool. We also went to the Library to see our art displays and had a picnic at Town Park. Thank you to Pastor Rita and Joanne Winer for reading to us this week, too! We feel special! Tips to avoid rattlesnakes Leave it alone. Most bites occur when individuals or dogs provoke the rattle- snake or if you try to capture or kill it. Rattlesnakes only bite or attack in self- defense, so the best way to avoid being bitten is to leave the rattlesnake alone. In 1988 two doctors at the University of Southern California Medical Center What should I do if I encounter a rattlesnake? analyzed 227 cases of venomous snake- bite, covering more than a decade, and found that 44 percent occurred during accidental contact, such as stepping on the animal. More than 55 percent, how- ever, resulted from the victim's grab- bing or handling the creatures, and in 28 percent of these cases, the victims were intoxicated. The doctors' con- clusion was that the typical snakebite Get out and vote on May 15th ! Don't let Foster's Chicago style politics stop you from voting. DON'T FEAR THE BULLIES AND INTIMIDATION! May 15th Voters WILL be protected from intimidation Paid for by Michelle Lukkasson, PO. Box 3190, Quartzsite, AZ 85359 Quartzsite Coachworks On Site RV Repair A/C • Electrical • Plumbing • Roof Repair • All Appliances CALL TODAY! 760-799-2370 RV Specialist PO Box 5082 • Quartzsite, AZ 85359 Serving the RVing Community since1977 victim is male and under thirty, with a blood-alcohol concentration of more than 0.1 percent at the time he is bit- ten. Yet only 0.2 percent of all snake- bite victims die each year, and most of them receive no medical treatment or fi rst aid. (Steve Grenard, Aug. '00) Very few people are actually bitten by rattlesnakes, yet because the bite is ex- tremely painful and can be fatal, you should always keep alert and watch where you step or put your hands when you are at home or in the fi eld. Be careful after dark as well, for on warm nights rattlesnakes are out and about searching for food. Most rattlesnakes, when disturbed, normally try to withdraw, but if they think they are cornered, the explosive sizzling buzz of their rattle is an un- mistakable warning to retreat and is a sound that will long be remembered. you can see the path and where you step or reach with your hands. Use a walking stick or other device Be sure to walk or hike in areas where to rustle the shrubs along the side of route to alert snakes of your presence. Wear high boots or hiking boots, long pants and gloves (when using your hands to move rocks or brush). Don't put your hands or feet in ar- now have a new national emergency phone number - 1-800-222-1222 I'm a self talker, I murmur and grumble. People think I'm talking to them. After school I worked in a parts store, stocking shelves. Muttering where does this or that go? Then answering myself. The Boss said, "If you are going to ask questions, let me answer one now and then." I dislike interruptions. Provided by Elmer London & Desert Messenger Just Rambling... Nature's Nuggets BUYS & SELLS GOLD We pay 80% of Spot & Up Gold Sand Concentrates Placer Gold 24 Mesh Size up to Nuggets In Quartzsite over 15 Years! Quartzsite Licensed Business 928-927-5479 Call Richard eas where you cannot see such as on a ledge, in a crevice and use caution when you pick up rocks or debris where a rattlesnake may be hiding. If you need help with a venomous bite or if you have a poisoning emergency, call your Poison Center immediately. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911. Poison Centers across the country Lisa DeHaven May 2, 2012

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