River Hebert -
Hello from River Hebert
Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there. I hope you enjoy your day with your families.
I would like to start our column this week with something that most of us have been watching on the news or reading reports about; this is the H1N1 virus. I understand that allot of people are upset and worried about this and rightly so, with the way the world is today anything is possible. The technology of being able to travel around the world in 24 hours is wonderful. However, like everything else, it too comes with a price. I guess the price in some cases is bringing home a souvenir that you didn't know you had and really didn't want; a souvenir in the form of an infectious or intermingled disease that would not have originated in your country. But that's technology! In truth it is not the virus itself that they are afraid of. It's the chance that it could mix with another bug and become a super bug. As I write this to you there are 38 confirmed mild cases of H1N1 in Nova Scotia and, yes, they do expect the numbers to rise. However, we should not panic! Yes, there have been major reports and warnings all week but no one knows for sure how big or little this thing will be. Yes, there are deaths but please keep in mind that most of these are in the country where the disease originated from. Until we are told otherwise there is no reason to panic, just go on with your daily life and don't be afraid that if someone coughs around you, they have H1N1. Right now our youngest daughter has a terrible cough but she has been fighting a cold off and on all winter. Do I worry that is H1N1? Like I said she has had the cough pretty much all winter but I would be a fool if I didn't keep an eye on it. In retrospect, here is a segment that I have taken from a Department of Health news release dated 2003. "It is estimated that between 300 and 400 people die each year in Nova Scotia because of complications from influenza. In addition, every year in Nova Scotia about 20,000 visits to doctors and more than 2,500 hospitalizations are the result of complications from influenza."
So I guess what I am trying to say is until I am told otherwise I do not intend to panic or be afraid of carrying on with my life. I will however make sure to follow these common sense practices that I have listed below.
Practice healthy habits to help stop the spread of influenza
* Wash your hands often with soap and water. This removes germs from your skin and helps prevent diseases from spreading.
* Use waterless alcohol-based hand gels (containing at least 60 per cent alcohol) when soap is not available and hands are not visibly dirty.
* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in a wastebasket.
* If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
* Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing, using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand gel.
Now, on a more upbeat note...
Mother's Day Event
The Heritage Models Museum Committee, management and staff would like to wish every mother a Very Happy Mother's Day. To show Mom how very special she is, they had decided to host a special Mother's Day event.
When: Sunday, May 10
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The Heritage Models Museum, 1868 Main St River Herbert off Hwy 242 Phone Number 1-902-251-2442
The day will include:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a tour of Heritage Models and view the models that depict the history, culture and heritage of the area. View the home of the late Amos King Seaman, his grindstone quarry and the Seaman Flour and Feed Mill. There is also a photograph of his family at their home. There are many great models to see and admission is by donation.
Free tea and coffee all day
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Book signing by local author Jamie Heap. Heap's book is entitled "Lord of the Land The Reign of Amos King Seaman"
You can purchase for Mom this special book for Mother's Day and have Jamie sign it. The cost is $15 per book.
12-2 p.m. Barbecue
We hope that you will join us to celebrate that very special person a.k.a. "Mom"
A Very Special Thank You
The 1442 River Hebert Army Cadets would like to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone, who graciously made donations to our annual barbecue/bake sale: IMP, Scobeys, Superstore, Wal-Mart, Polycello, Ron Baker and Son Trucking, H.G Dow Farm and Forestry, Ben's Bakery, John Reid A&J Superette and the River Hebert Co-op for allowing us to hold our event in their parking lot every year. And last but not least to the residents and parents who support our event each year; even when we change the date due to bad weather. It is your support that gives us the ability to host such events. We would also like to announce the winner of the 50/50 was Mrs. Barb Beardsley. We hope you enjoyed the day with us and we look forward to cooking for you again next year. We invite all of you to our annual parade on Thursday, May h, starting at 6:45 p.m.
Summer Soccer Returns to River Hebert for Second Season
River Hebert Summer Soccer will run from June 15 to Aug. 12; below is a list of information and important dates to remember. However, first a big thank you is sent to our major sponsor Carter's Sport Cresting and to Maritime Pressure for providing new nets for the little ones!
Please mark the following dates on your calendar
Soccer registration: Friday, May 22 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration location: River Hebert Co-op
Cost: $25 per child; family rates are available.
Restrictions: Every child is required to have shin pad and cleats.
First night: Monday, June 15
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Locations: High school soccer field.
Canteen: Opened at each game pop and water $1
Game cancellations: Will be announced on the Amherst radio station by 3 p.m. that day and posted on the Facebook page.
Players photos: Wednesday, July 8 and will be taken by Duane Beaten Envelopes will be provided with package info on them.
Last night of soccer: Wednesday, Aug. 12, when parents will play the kids.
End of the season pizza party: Friday, Aug. 14
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Brookside Curling Club
We hope to see allot of old and new faces on the field this year! We hope everyone has a great season!
Before closing, I would like to take this time to send out a big thank you to Angie and Darrell Fagan, who play an instrumental part in bringing summer soccer to our children each year. From all of us, thank you!
Hints on how to handle telemarketers
Hint No. 1 -Tell them 'Hold on, please" while putting down your phone and walking off instead of hanging up immediately. This will bring their sales time to a halt and it won't be long before they hang up.
Hint No. 2 - Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?
This is a machine that records the time of day that you answer the phone.
When you notice there is no one there, immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, six or seven times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system.
Hint No. 3 - How many times have we received those annoying ads with our phone or power bill? Well try this! When you send your bill payment into the company make sure to enclose in the envelope the ads that they so graciously sent you. Also some junk mail you receive has postage-paid return envelopes. Use this envelope and return it to the company who sent it to you. It won't cost you anything but it will them and, if you do it enough times, chances are they will stop sending it to you.
Annual cadet review
When: Thursday, May 7
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Location River Hebert District High School
We encourage everyone to come out and support the youth of our community