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WORTH TALKING ABOUT ….

*  AND IT STILL APPLIES: "The report identifies Congress itself as being dysfunctional. We therefore call upon each of you to have the courage to be part of the solution, and embrace fundamental change in the way the Congressional committee oversight system operates." –Testimony of Beverly Eckert before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform Hearings to Review 9/11 Commission Recommendations; Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004.

*   THE HUMAN: The most intelligent of any species on the planet and yet has done the most to destroy the very system that keeps everything alive.

 *   As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

    ---H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

*   IT COULDN'T BE DONE:  Somebody said that it couldn't be done, but with a chuckle replied "maybe it couldn't," but he'd be one who wouldn't say till he'd tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin on his face. If he worried, he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.

    Somebody scoffed "Oh, you'll never do that, at least no one has ever done it," but he took off his coat and he took off his hat, and the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, without any doubting or quiddit, he started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.

    There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, there are thousands to prophesy failure; there are thousands to point out to you one by one, the dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, just take off your coat and go to it, just start in to sing as you tackle the thing that "cannot be done" and you'll do it.

     –Edgar A. Guest.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT …. OPINIONS ….

 Mosquito Spraying Set for Adams and York Counties today

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) West Nile Program will conduct a mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in parts of East Berlin, Adams County and Paradise Township, York County.

 

Truck-mounted, Ultra Low Volume (ULV) spray equipment will be utilized to spray Duet at a rate of 1.0 oz/acre. This product is designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. The spraying will begin late in the evening.

 

Weather conditions and other unexpected events could delay or cancel this spray operation. The rain date for this event will be Monday, Aug., 2018.

 

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.

 

Individuals can take a number of precautionary measures around their homes to help eliminate mosquito-breeding areas, including:

 

• Dispose of cans, buckets, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar containers that hold water.

• Properly dispose of discarded tires that can collect water. Stagnant water is where most mosquitoes breed.

• Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers.

• Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year as the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug drains.

• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

• Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths.

• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.

• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers.

 

If a resident has stagnant pools of water on their property, they can buy Bti (short for Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis) products at lawn and garden, outdoor supply, home improvement and other stores. This naturally occurring bacterium kills mosquito larvae, but is safe for people, pets, aquatic life and plants.

 

Additionally, these simple precautions can prevent mosquito bites, particularly for people who are most at risk:

 

• Make sure screens fit tightly over doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of homes.

• Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

• When possible, reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk during peak mosquito periods, usually April through October.

• Use insect repellents according to the manufacturer's instructions. An effective repellent will contain DEET, picardin, or lemon eucalyptus oil. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

 

For more information about West Nile virus and the state's surveillance and control program, please visit www.westnile.state.pa.us.