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Watch for Kids!
I know school has been out for some time with this COVID-19 virus and now that the weather is warm, I would call your attention to the fact that kids are out, playing outside, walking, riding bikes and crossing the streets and we should be on the look out for them.
Last week, as I was mowing the lawn at our home on Maple Street in Glenwood City, I noticed two young, well not so young boys walking westward on the south side of the street just a couple of lots to the east of my house.
Each of these two had in tow a handheld communication device, which I will call a cell phone. As they walked they went down the couple of steps at our neighbor’s house and onto Maple Street with their noses firmly into the phone and paid no attention to on coming vehicles.
Lucky, the only vehicle on the street was a westbound nice blue pickup truck driven by a beautiful young lady who quickly noticed the two boys and brought her pickup to a halt that allowed the two boys to pass to the other side. They did not notice the pickup, and they were not paying any attention to their surroundings.
As they walked down the north sidewalk of Maple Street and crossed Third Street they did not look at that crossing either, still with their noses in that device. So keep a keen eye out for our children at play.
While I am on the subject of safety, everyone knows that it’s lawn mowing season, and as I drive around the countryside I have allowed myself to look over the lawn mowers and especially the lawn tractors. I see some of them have the discharge guard either removed from the mower deck or they have it tied up so that it does not plug up the discharge.
The danger here is if you pick-up something hard, like a pinecone or stone, they become a missile and can hurt someone or cause damage. I must relate that a few years back my lawn tractor engaged a small rock and expelled it, with the guard in place, and it took out the back window of my car.
So keep those guards in place. Go to the internet and look up lawn mower safety and get the job done without injury or damage.
“I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough neither. The more one reads the more one sees we have to read.” – John Adams
Thanks for reading! ~Carlton