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THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012 • PAGE 5 s comin CLASS OF 1953 (preparing to pose) - (front row, l-r) Jean Hughes Wilks, Carolyn Stew- art Nobles, Genell Kilpatrick Church, Jean Morgan Cook, Lucille. Pyburn Willette and Wayland McAdams; (middle, l-r) Imogene Quinley Danley, Effie Chandler Akins, Mamie Cox Clary, Edith Foley Kelley, Leonard Nobles and Navis Scheffer Spring; (back, l-r) Hub- bart Byrd, Glen Fortenberry, Ronald Dunn, Hugh Hinson, Nolan Moore, Jim Carter, Billy Barnes, Bruce Caraway, Wayland McAdams and Truett Maddox. SPOUSES OF CLASS OF 1953 - (front row, l-r) William Willette, Martha Byrd, Merle Carter, F, lizabeth Barnes and Sylvia McAdams; (back, l-r) Sandy Moore, John Cook, J.B. Clary, Jean Maddox, Raymond Kelley and Mabel Caraway. Not pictured: Cleveland Dun- ley. i l Twenty one members of the graduating Class of 1953, Covington County High School, and their guests, gathered together at Bean's Restaurant in Flora- la to celebrate the 59th year anniversary of their gradu- ation. It was held on Friday, June 29 prior to the Annual Masonic Celebration the fol- lowing• day. What a great time it was for the ones who attended! The class has always been close-knit and they welcome a chance to get together any time that they can. After many greetings of hugs and hand shakes, the class members put on their name tags and found places to sit at the purple and gold draped tables. This was fol- lowed by everyone selecting the food of their choice and much conversation as they ate the delicious food. Several announcements were made and a letter was read from Carolyn Petrey Allen, expressing her re- grets for not attending and sharing with the class some experiences she has had since they last saw her. She now lives in Arkansas and was sorely missed by every- one. May photographs were taken and it was quite a chore to get everyone to pose and "smile pretty" in close quarters, but it was fun, just trying to get orga- nized. This was the largest crowd attending the reunion in several years. As everyone bade a fond farewell to their friends and I classmates, they expressed the anticipation of being together next year, to cel- ebrate the 60th year. What a,group! Thos`e attending this fun- filled event were: Mamie and J.B Clary, Carolyn and Leonard Nobles, Billy and Elizabeth Barnes, Jim and Merle Carter, Jean Wilks, Effie Akins, Nolan and San- dy Moore, Genell Church, Jean and John Cook, Lu- cille and William Willette, Ronald Dunn, Hugh Hin- son, Imogene and Cleveland Danley, Navis Spring and daughter, Sharon Reilly, Truett and Jean Maddox, Hubbart and Martha Byrd, Edith and Raymond Kelley, Wayland and Sylvia McAd- ams, Bruce and Mabel Cara- way and Glen Fortenberry. The 100 degree heat wave may have passed - for now - but the high heat remains dangerous, especially for older citizens. The Alabama Department of SeniSr Ser- vices is encouraging seniors and their caregivers to take necessary precautions. Below are some safety tips that you may find help- ful in preparing to battle the heat. This would be a good time to check on your el- derly neighbors, friends and family. Some senigr centers will be staying open additional hours to provide a place to stay cool. To find a "co01 zone" near you call your local Area Agency on Ag- ing at 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-800-243-5463). HOT WEATHER SAFETY TIPS FOR SENIORS Stay inside in an air conditioned facility as much as possible. Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Some medications and health conditions can ~ause inability to tolerate heat. Discuss these with your doc- tor. - Call your friends and check on them and have a friend or loved one check on you. Identify an out-of-town contact to call in case it is too difficult to call someone in-town. - Wear lightweight, light- colored clothing. - Keep a list of emergency phone numbers next to your phone. Stay hydrated. - Have an Extreme Heat Plan in place. FH&R EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH SIGNS OF MEDICAL EMERGENCY Signs of Heat Exhaustion - Cool, moist or pale skin - Heavy sweating - Headache Nausea or vomiting . - Dizziness Exhaustion Signs of Heat Stroke - Hot, red skin Changes in conscious- ness - Rapid, weak pulse - Rapid, shallow breath- ing - High body temperature WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF EMERGENCY - Heat stroke: If you think someone is having a heat stroke help is needed fast. Call 9-1-1. Move the person to a cooler place apd try to Florala Health and Re- hab would like to congratu- late Marla Hogan for being chosen as Employee of the Month for May 2012. Marla has been a valued employ- ee since February of 2012. Marla is a Certified Nurs- ing Assistant and is also the Sponsor Support Group Coordinator for the facility. Marla organizes" monthly meetings for sponsors and staff to discuss particular topics associated with resi- dent care. Marla is dedicated to ensuring that residents are cared for with dignity and respect. FH&R thanks Marla for her hard work and dedication to their home. Residents living in and•around the Florala, Alabama community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. First Baptist Church will host Life Line Screening on July 20. The site is located at 23593 5th Avenue in Florala. Four key points every person needs to know: - Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability - 80% of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke - Preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke - Screenings are fast, noninv.asive, painless, affordable and convenient Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, ab- dominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information regard- ing the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit our website at www.lifelinescreen- Pre-registration is required. The Arbor Day Foundation has a booklet that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The booklet, What Tree is That?, is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization. what Tree Is That? is a fun, easy-to-use tree identifica- tion guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinct characteristics of many tree spe- cies. Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide one of the most user-friendly resources to have. Its beautiful,'full-color illustrations are in precise detail to depict natural colors, shapes and tex- tures, so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps. The Arbor Day Foundation offers this booklet to help people identify trees in Alabama and throughout the East- ern and Central regions of the United States. what Tree Is That? uses a umque step-by-step approach to identify the species of each tree. The booklet explains what to look for in the shape of the leaves and differences in the leaf stems and twig structures, specifics on the fruits and flowers and the details of buds and bark. "Our what Tree Is That? pocket brochure is an ideal resource to help people develop a greater appreciation for trees," said John Rosenow, founder and chief'executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The Arbor Day Foundation strives to help people enjoy and •appreciate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that." What Tree is That? is also available as an online inter- active version at The Arbor Day Foundation offers this unique, one-of-a-kind online tool so people can identify trees using the internet. To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send your name and address and $5 for each guide to What Tree Is That?, Arbdr Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at cool the body by a cool bath, wrapping wet sheets around them or fan them until help arrives. Heat stroke is a life-threatening situation. Heat cramps: Get to a cooler place and rest in a comfortable position. Lightly stretch the affected muscle and replenish fluids. Give a half glass of cool wa- ter every 15 minutes. (Do not give liquids with alcohol or caffeine in them, as they can cause further dehydra- tion, making conditions worse.) Heat exhaustion: Get out of the heat and into a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and ap- ply cool, wet cloths, such as towels or sheets. If the per- son is conscious, give cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Give a half glass of cool wa- ter every 15 minutes. I)OltlATE THE GIFT OF LIFE. FH&R MAY RESIDENT OF THE MONTH Florala Health and Re- hab would like to announce Mr. A.G. Drake as Resident of the Mo/~th for the month of May. Mr. Drake was born in Butler County, Garland, AL. He is the 8th child of 10. Mr. Drake has always enjoyed, and continues to en- joy, watching TV and being around family. He is a mem- ber of the First Unity Mis- sionary Church of Andalu- sia AL. Today, Mr. Drake brings smiles to Florala Health and Rehab through his occasional spoken words and his laughter. FH&R loves having him as a mem- ber of their family. A $1,000 grand prize is being offered to the last poet standing in a free con- test sponsored by the Celes- tial Arts Society. There are 50 prizes totaling $5,500. Poems of 21 lines or few- er on any subject and m any style will be judged by the contest director, Dr. James Cameron. "I encourage po- ets to send in the poem they're most proud of," he says. "I know this contest will produce exciting dis- coveries!" Entries must be received by July 31, and may be sub- mitted by mail to: Free Po- etry Contest, P.O. Box 761, Medford, Oregon 97501. Or enter online at Those sending entries should include their name and address on the same page as the .poem. A win- ners list will be sent to all entrants. Build a Brighter Future withLBWCC's ' Adult Education Program LUR,.EEN B. WALLACE COMMUNITY COLLEGE