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More Than Just News!

August 2012

Dawson Trail Dispatch

Local Artist’s Work Featured on American Tourist Mag By Marianne Curtis A young painter from Steinbach will have her work on display in Duluth, Minnesota at a fine art festival. Thirty-eight year old Amanda Klassen has been chosen to be among many artists with displays at the Art in the Bayfront Park Art Fair. While there, she will be teaching an abstract acrylic painting class. One of her paintings has also been chosen to grace the cover of the Art Fair brochure. Klassen is no stranger to attention when it comes to her artwork. For the past two years, she has had a display where she also painted while

visitors watched. “I have displayed my artwork and painted at this event two years in a row,” said Klassen. “When I applied for this Bayfront Art Festival in May and found out they had chosen my artwork for the cover of their brochure, Cindi Rempel Patrick’s name popped into my head because I’d started doing things in Steinbach,” stated Klassen. “Two pictures are going to be on billboards, one of me painting and one of the paintings that will also be on the brochure. The artwork they chose was a piece I painted at Steinbach’s Movie Night Under the Stars and I thought of her again, since she invited me to paint at that

event.” The piece that was chosen was actually painted during Steinbach’s Movie Night Under the Stars. “I asked some girls if they would like to offer some artistic advice,” Klassen explained. “As they chose colors and spaces on the canvas I continued to paint.” The result was a bright abstract painting. Klassen’s artwork will be on the front cover of 20,000 brochures printed and sent to prospective art buyers all over Minnesota.

During Steinbach’s Movie Night in the Park Amanda Klassen painted a piece with the help of local girls. It will now grace the front cover of a brochure to be distributed throughout Minnesota.

Stay Cool Babe! Are we ever having a summer full of hot and sunny days! For the heat lovers, it’s wonderful. “Beach” weather, they call it. Camping by the water, picnics in the shade, swimming in the pool, and all those activities are what puts the fun into summer. But, the fun soon fizzles out if you’ve had too much of that heat. For those who work in this type of heat and for those who are heat sensitive, it is tough. For those with medical conditions that prevent sweat (Anhidrosis, HSAN-IV, and Ichthyosis) or are enduring pregnancy, MS, menopause, perimenopause and taking certain medications, it becomes a serious concern to keep cool. Overheating of the body (hyperthermia) due to environmental heat exposure can cause a spectrum of disorders ranging from heat cramps, heat rash, heat tetany (getting stressed in the heat causing symptoms of hyperventilation, respiratory problems, muscle spasms, tingling and numbness), heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion, and the most severe, heat stroke (body temp of over 40.6 degrees Celsius). Do not ignore the effects of the heat. Signs and symptoms that your body send you are important. Profuse sweating, weakness, nausea, vomiting, headache, light-headedness, pale skin, dark urine (dehydration), dizziness and rapid heartbeat are all warnings. If heat exhaustion continues without proper intervention it can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs and can even cause death ( Here are ways to stay cool and tips to prevent heat illnesses: - find shade and stay in it - drink plenty of fluid (not alcohol or caffeine drinks, they dehydrate) - drink cold drinks like slushies and eat popsicles, etc. - use fans/air conditioners - splash water on yourself every now and again (sprinklers, cool showers, wet cloths to pat yourself) - be active in the early part of the day - rest regularly and lie down if you have any of the symptoms - wear light colored cotton clothing (remove excess clothing or roll up sleeves and pants) - use cooling talc powder to assist body cooling - avoid heavy meals, excess fat and high cholesterol food - eat light fresh fruit like watermelon, peaches, cantaloupe and pears. - sit with your feet in a pan of cool water Think of your body as a radiator of sorts. The heart pumps the blood to the rest of your organs and back again. Cool off an area with a cold compress, a wet cold cloth or a cool water splash where you have pulse points. These points have more blood flow; like your head, neck, chest, or groin area. The cooler blood will be carried back to the heart, thus cooling the rest of your body and aiding in the treatment of heat exhaustion. If after trying these relief techniques, you still have signs or symptoms of heat exhaustion it is very important to get medical attention. If you get heat stroke, it is very serious and must have proper care. Each year 6,200 people are hospitalized for heat stroke, which has many long lasting effects. In 2005, 180 people in Canada died of heat stroke (Research heat exhaustion on Google). Well, there you have it my friends. It isn’t just sun block that’s required out there on those hot, sultry days. Go out, have fun, but remember to keep your body temperature down. Be ‘Cool’ Babe! Raylene Snow is the owner and operator of Raylene’s Wellness Spa located on Hwy 210 South, halfway between Ste. Anne and Giroux.

The finished piece.

Ritchot Adds Twisters to Emergency Plan

Ten Digit Dialing in Effect The last weekend of July began the switch to 10-digit dialing and Manitobans are reminded to make sure their home alarms and any preprogrammed dialing devices have had the 204-area code added to them. Beginning July 29, callers who do not use the 204 area code will hear a recorded message reminding them to add the area code. This automated message may disrupt some automated dialing systems, so the public is reminded to add the area code to all their preprogrammed phone numbers. Ten-digit dialing becomes mandatory on October 20. Calling 911 for emergency services is not affected.

Residents in the RM of Ritchot who lose their home in a twister can expect some financial assistance from the municipality. Council recently acknowledged that one of the possible threats facing residents in the municipality is tornados. “The Ritchot Emergency Plan deals with specific hazards and threats which might affect the safety of Ritchot residents,” noted council. “One of those threats are the possibility of tornadoes coming through an area and damaging homes.” The municipality will loan to residents’ monies for accommodations and food for a 24-hour period following damage to a home by a tornado, which makes the home unsafe. The maximum assistance is $250. Residents are expected to reimburse the municipality once their insurance claims are processed.

Dawson Trail Dispatch August 2012  

Southeast Manitoba news and features

Dawson Trail Dispatch August 2012  

Southeast Manitoba news and features