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2 - November 28, 2013 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook Heaven Is A Lot Like By Charles Mattox " Vhen you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all." . Theodore Roosevelt "It is a rough road that leads to the heights of great- nes& " Lucius Annaeus Seneca I played rough as a boy growing up. Some foils will tell you that I'm still a little 'rough around the edges' but I've never believed that in my heart. I've always felt that I didn't really have any 'edg- es' when I've examined the subject; just an abundance of 'rough around.' I suppose I come by my roughness natural-like; suppose when I examine my father's genealogy, I am genetically-predis, posed to be of a rough cut. It is the nature of a bird to fly and a fish to swim. It is the nature of a man to survive. I grew up in an environ- ment that I don't think could be accurately de- scribed as harsh, but it wasn't a cake-walk either. I know in my heart that our family lacked an abun- dance of material wealth, and thus we lacked the fi- • nancial tools to buy a rich- er lifestyle, though I know that nurtured a keen sense of resourcefulness and in- genuity in my siblings and me. It also tattooed a strong work ethic onto us and into US. And when I say 'richer' lifestyle, I use that term only in a material sense of wealth. The kind of wealth I carry in my mind, heart and soul; is difficult to measure, but it purchases my peace of mind on most days and that can be a pricey commodity in our world. My mother spoiled me and occasionally I have moments of class, I know I get that kind of thing from my angelic mother, though my classy moments are few and far between. Thanksgiving nears, and I am reminded of my mother's delightful feasts she would prepare. I can hear the chatter around the table, the TV plays in the background and the children of the Mattox clan are playing, always playing and sometimes through the years, playing rough. There's one thing that can be said for playing rough and .I'm talking about learning things. When you play rough you learn things the hard way. Do you know how bad it stings to get hit in the up- per lip with a frozen corn cob, hurled like a Nolan Ryan fastball from a minia- ture King Arthur, defend- ing a castle made from to- bacco stalks? I know exactly how that feels. It's usually more painful than sword-fighting with broken tobacco sticks; usually that is. I don't think anyone in our family could tell you who the roughest kid was in our extended dan. We all had our glory days. It seemed that whenever my cousin Mark Hawkins and I would get together, ei- ther one of us, or both of us, would end up bleeding, limp'mg, knocked out, or "all of the above!" No, I'm not kidding. As I look back on it, it does seem amazing and pretty much a miracle that we survived our childhood. We didn't wear helmets with our bikes. We sometimes rode dou- ble on our bikes. Sometimes we'd ride on the handle bars of our bikes. Often we wrecked our bikes. Maybe my imagination is starting to run a little bit, but I'm not sure we some- times didn't play bumper cars with our bikes. I believe we technically called it "playing chicken." Hey, I didn't say we were the brightest kids in the world. I always had a 'good arm' and we used to prac- tice throwing rocks at tar- gets in the fields around the small family farm and along Fleming Creek at Martha Mills. I was a decent baseball player as a youngster and even into my early teen years. I had a decent fast- ball and good control but was known for my curve- ball. I made a few of the big boy's drag their bats back toward the dugout after strike three. Whenever I see a good throw in baseball, or an old friend reminds me of a baseball game we played in during our younger days I think about one of the best throws I ever made in my life. It was when I nailed cousin, Mark, with a golf- ball sized rock. I was in the open and he was pelting me with rocks while he hid behind an old sycamore tree, down along the creek. He was completely hidden except for one knee. He walked with a limp for a week after I made that amazing throw. Mark was always big- ger and stronger than me, always a better athlete, al- ways more popular, always more confident, and right- fully so, but that throw sur- prised him and I believe in just a small sense made him look at me in a more respectful light. I always laugh when I think about that, getting one over on old cousin Mark. God, that was sweet. We played quite a bit of tackle football back then tOO. Sometimes we even had a real football for a foot- ball, not that it mattered, the important thing was running over someone or tackling someone. Grandma Hawkins was putting on a shindig one year around this time and we were playing in the basement. I was about five or six years old, no older than seven, for sure. Rough kids, tackle foot- ball and a concrete floor, can only add up to one thing. I still have the scar on my chin all these years later. I played rough as a boy growing up. TOY SAFETY TIPS Provided by your Bath County Emergen- cy Management Office for clarity. They should be clear to you, and when ap- propriate, to the child. • . Discard plastic wrappings on toys imme- diately, which can cause Toy Safety Tips for Holi- suffocation, before they be- day Shoppers come deadly playthings. Safety Measures By using common sense Always allow plenty of ex- tra space between you and Turkey Fryers other vehicles to minimize A longtime food favor- the need for quick stops. ' ire in the southern United Acceleration, turning, States, the delicious deep- and passing also present fried turkey has quickly dangers during winter. Ac- grown in popularity thanks celerate slowly to avoid loss to celebrity chefs such as of traction and subsequent Martha Stewart and Emer- As the holiday season and these safety sugges- loss of control. Turn slowly, il Lagasse. approaches, the U.S. Con- tions, holiday shoppers can with caution, to avoid slid- We're worried by the in- sumer Product Safety make informed decisions Commission (CPSC) urges when purchasing toys for gift-givers to keep safety children. in mind when choosing Stephanie Stewart, Bath toys f0r yoffil °'children. County Emergency Man- The CPSC estimates that agement Office, has pro- ing into a stationary object creasing reports of fires re- or the path of an oncom- lated with turkey fryer use. ing vehicle. Avoid sudden Based on UL test findings, movements. Pass with care the fryers used to produce because passing lanes are those great-tasting birds not maintained as well as are not worth the risks. more dren are treated in hospital announcement. For more emergency rooms for toy- information, Stephanie can related injuries each year. be reached at 606/674- By always reading labels 6056. and being safety conscious, parents and caregivers can WINTER DRIVING help prevent toy-related SAFETY TIPS injuries. CPSC requires la- bels to be on all toys mar- Winter Driving Safety keted for children from Tips three to six years old if the The leading cause of toys pose a choking hazard death during winter storms to children under age three, is transportation accidents. These labels tell consumers Many accidents could be two critical things: that a avoided if drivers tooktime toy is not safe for younger to learn and practice these children and why it is not tips for driving safely dur- safe. Before CPSC issued: ing snowy and icy condi- these labeling require- ti0ns. ments, it was more difficult Perhaps the deadliest for consumers to know that danger of all is "black ice." certain toys they bought Black ice forms on a road- for older children could be way, usually due to snow a danger to younger• kids. melting, and re-freezing. CPSC has the most strin- Since it is almost invis- gent toy-safety standards in ible, drivers fail to recog- the world, and toys on store nize black ice conditions shelves are safer because of and may drive at normal the day-to-day compliance speeds-often resulting in work by CPSC. very serious accidents. Choosing Appropriate Always be alert to the pos- Toys , sibility of black .ice when Parents and grit-givers temperatures are near or can help prevent toy-relat- below freezing. Pavement ed injuries and deaths by that looks dry but appears always readi ,labels and darker in color and dull- being safety conscious. The looking should alert you to following tips will help you the presence of black ice. choose appropriate toys Failing to allow enough this holiday season - and all time to stop is a major cause than t20,000 chil- vided this public service driving lanes. Again, leave And, as a result of these extra space between your- tests, serf and other vehicles so there's room to maneuver in case something goes wrong. During a skid, steer cautiously in the direction you want the car to go. Here are some other tips you should remember for driving safely in winter: • Always use your seatbelt. • Turn on your headlights during adverse weather conditions. Over- cast skies and falling snow limit visibility. It is impor- tant to see and be seen. • Like all the signs say, bridges and overpasses freeze before the roadway. Use extra caution on these. • Remember that driving in winter weather conditions causes physical and mental fatigue and re- duces reaction times. Get plenty of rest and adequate nutrition. Don't drive while you're sleepy or on medi- cation that causes drowsi- ness. • Prepare your ve- hicle well ahead of time. Check fluid levels; tire pres- sure, lights, and the battery. Have a mechanic give your vehicle a winter check-up and make any necessary repairs. year round: • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills, and interest level of the intend- ed child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards to younger children. • For infants, tod- dlers, and all children who still mouth objects, avoid toys with small parts, which could pose a fatal choking hazard. • For all children under age eight, avoid toys that have sharp edges and points. • Do not purchase electric toys with heating elements for children under age eight. • Be a label reader. Look for labels that give age recommendations and use that information as a guide. • Look for sturdy Construction, such as tight- ly secured eyes, noses, and other potential small parts. • Chec instructions, of winter driving accidents. During slippery conditions stopping distances can triple. Driving at a slower speed, anticipating stops at traffic lights and intersec- tions, and applying brakes sooner than normal will help ensure accident-free stops. When braking, brake carefully with short, rapid application of the brakes. • Stock an emer- gency kit containing heavy clothes and a blanket, trac- tion material such assand or kitty litter, tire chains, a small shovel, first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables, and a bright cloth to use as a flag. TURKEY FRYING SAFETY The following is a list of candidates who have filed to run in the May 2014 Primary Election in Bath County, as of Fri- day, Nov. 22: - County Judge Execu- tive: Walter Shrout, Bob- by Rogers, Gary Hunt, Ttm Ray - County Clerk: Roger Coyle Property Valuation • Administrator: Jacky Watson - Jailer:Norman Crouch, Glen Hartley - Sheriffi Johnny Botts - Road Commissioner, District 1: Ricky Purvis - Road Commissioner, District 2: Ray Toy Here's why using a deep- fryer can be dangerous: • Many units easily lip over, spilling the hot oil within the cooking pot. • If the cooking pot is over filled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner/flames causing a fire to engulf the entire unit. • Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too, may result in an extensive fire. • With no thermo- stat controls, the units also have the potential to over- heat the oil to the point of combustion. • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards. Here are some tips for safer use: • Turkey fryers should always be used out- doors a safe distance from buildings and any other e.t* • Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages. • Make sure the fry- ers are used on a flat sur- face to reduce accidental tipping. • Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermo- stat controls. If you don't watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire. • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. Even after use, nev- er allow children or pets near the turkey fryer. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot, hours after use. • To avoid oil spill- over, do not overfill the fryer. • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter. • Make sure the tur- key is completely thawed and be careful with mari- nades. Oil and water don't mix, and water causes oil to spill over, causing a fire or even an explosion hazard. • The National Tur- key Federation recom- mends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird thawed in the refrigerator. • Keep an : all-pur-_ pose fire extinguisher- 7-" nearby7. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Remember to use your best judgment when attempting to fight a fire. If the fire is manageable, use an all- purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, imme- diately call 911 for help.