Basket Bash 2010
This years Basket Bash was again a Sell Out and a Huge Success thanks to all of you!! We gave away over approximately 300 prizes that included baskets and individual items. Everything from saddles to bed linens could be found somewhere in the room. We hope a great time was had by all! We want to thank all those who helped prepare for the event and especially to Amy Wheatley for her organization skills. This was the best Bash we’ve had so far and we received alot of compliments from people who’ve never been to it before to people who’ve attended every year. Our Awards ceremony began with a new “Founders Award” dedicated to the memory of our Humane Police Officer “Mrs. Elaine Gower”. Mrs. Jan Dillon was the very first recipient and we were very honored to present it to her. Rheinhold Schmitt and Scott Downs were both presented with the Presidents Award by Pres. Bryce Le Jeune. Recipients of the V.I. P. awards were as follows (picture above center from left to right , back row): Sharon Volpatti, Richard Dillon, Lynne Donnelly, Patrick Donnelly, Roger Foley, Janice Foley, Amy Wheatley, (front row left to right) Rose Coffman, Judy Klosky and Janice Dortenzo, (Bruce Klosky and Patrick King not pictured) A big thank you to our table sponsors Springhouse Tack Shop , Bruce & Kim Paxton, Ken & Karen Martin, Tom & Jeannie Wright, Muddy Paws Pet Supply, Chestnut Hollow Farm, Horizon Stables, Equine Magic Therapeutic Services, Kathy Burkley, Double Tree Farm, Tim Saloom and to our other sponsors Tractor Supply and Budweiser.
Barn Fire Prevention
Although a serious threat because its rapid spread and destructiveness, horse barn fires are largely preventable. Take steps to reduce the chances of fire in your facility. Fortunately, much of fire protection involves simple, common-sense prevention measures.
1. Remain Calm 2. Survey the Scene
• Fire requires a fuel source, oxygen and an ignition source and goes through four growth stages: incipient, smoldering, flame and heat production.
3. Call 911 or Fire Department
• Baled hay can be its own source if it is baled too wet. Wet hay should be monitored for heat build-up, caused by microbial respiration. • Store hay and bedding in a separate building from horse stable if possible. • Minimize fuel and ignition sources in and around the barn. Be sure to store and dispose of combustible materials properly. • Keeping the barn neat and clean has aesthetic appeal, will minimize the risk of fire, and increase the chances of escape during a fire. •
Post and enforce a No Smoking Sign.
• Be sure that the facility ia accessible to emergency vehicles and that the ground around the building is sturdy enough to support them. •
An effective tool for preventing fire spread is to separate the buildings.
All barns should be outfitted with a lightning protection system and inspected regularly. Only certified professionals should install and inspect the system.
Having multiple water hydrants around the barn will give more options for early fire suppression.
Know where additional water sources (e.g. ponds) can be located.
Have at least one charged ABC- type fire extinguisher every 50 feet.
4. Evacuation • Be sure wiring and all electrical equipment is rated for agricultural use, is in good working condition, is free of cobwebs and is housed in PVC conduit. Wires with UF-B ratings are preferable. • Design stalls with two exits that open into a secure, enclosed area and be sure that any swinging doors do not obstruct pathways. • Have halters and lead ropes easily accessible on stall doors. • Post written emergency information at each phone. This information should include written directions to the facility and a list of commonly kept combustibles. •
Post and practice evacuation routes.
• A more elaborate fire protection system may incorporate building design, early warning devices, and fire suppression systems. • In you do have a barn fire, don’t put yourself or some else in danger. Think Out Your Actions!
Information from the PennState - Agricultural Research and Cooperative Extension Pamphlet
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