December 4, 2018

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The holiday season is here! At Mayers Memorial Hospital District we want you to have a safe and happy holiday. There are a few simple tips to follow when decorating, putting up outside lights, preparing meals, and holiday travel.

Decorating: Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs or flammable items. Possibly opt for the flameless candles. Keep your tree stand filled with water, so it doesn’t dry out quickly. Keep the tree away from heat sources. Use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors. Check the UL label if you are not sure. Turn off all lights overnight or when you are not home. Do not use more than three stands of lights per extension cord.

Outside Safety: When putting up lights or other decorations use a SAFE ladder. Do not stand on chairs, etc. A straight extension ladder should be placed one foot away from the surface it rests against for every four feet of ladder height. Use ladders with slip resistant feet and wear clean, dry slip resistant shoes. Always keep three points of contact on the ladder - whether 2 hands and one foot or two feet and one hand.

Food Safety: When preparing food always wash and sanitize kitchen surfaces, hands and cooking equipment. Thaw food in the refrigerator, cold water or the microwave. When reheating - bring the temperature to 165 to eliminate any bacterial growth. Be smart as a holiday host when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Provide options for designated drivers.

Winter Travel: Be prepared for emergency situations by having a winter “survival kit” in your vehicle. Include items such as flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, reflective triangle, ice scraper, snow brush, wooden matches in a waterproof container, high energy foods, canned foods and can opener, water.

Prepare your vehicle for the winter by checking brakes, spark plugs, fluid levels, battery and tires.

 Make sure someone knows your itinerary and check in with them upon safe arrival.

 Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Intermountain Fall River Mills Branch
of AAUW Announce Acholarships
Each year the Intermountain Fall River Mills Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) strives to improve the lives of local women. One of its primary goals is to provide annual scholarships to local women who are working to complete their college education.

The money necessary to fund these activities comes from fundraising activities such as the biennial Kitchen Tour and the Soup, Salad and Sweets Luncheon, as well as donations from dedicated supporters in our communities.

The AAUW Intermountain Fall River Mills Branch is pleased to announce this year’s four scholarship recipients. Kayla E. Jones ($1000) graduated in 2015 from Humboldt State University with a BS degree in Kinesiology and is now completing her second year at Plymouth State University for a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.

Marinda E. May ($1000) is a senior at Humboldt State University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work while working full time at Mayers Memorial Hospital.

Mariah Maier ($750) is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University and planning, after graduation, to work on medical and emergency units before following the higher educational path in nursing care.

Jessica Stadem ($500) is attending Grand Canyon University for a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Health Science. Her future goals include helping to create a crisis stabilization program to offer services and support for individuals in the Intermountain area with mental health and substance abuse problems.

Please help us to congratulate the 2018 award recipients and encourage other women in the community to apply next year. Your financial support of this program will be greatly appreciated. Donations can be written to AAUW (with “Scholarships” on the memo line) and mailed to AAUW P.O. Box 761, Burney, CA 96013.

For more information about the AAUW programs or how you can help, please contact Branch President Patricia Bergman at 530-336-5361.

(l-r)Bailey Small, Lexi Robbins, Jaron Barrios, Joanna Jasperse, King Luzio Ineguez, Queen Madison Ronquist, Luke Boyes, Nina Mejia, Jeffrey Kask, Alexis Easley, Gavin Dobson, Morgan Herndon and Crown Bearer Rorke Overton and Flower Girl Cashlyn Watkins.