Salem Community Patriot July 22, 2011 - 7
Contractors Award Don Meisner Scholarship
Salem Family Resources’ Summer
Parenting & Play Groups Host Girl Scouts for Bronze Medal
Lindsay Jones accepts gifts to Salem Family Resources from Girl Scouts Emily MacIver and Jamie Mastrogiacomo, Troop 10095
Kurt Meisner, Mary Meisner, Zachary Meisner, Dale Gerry II, and Nate Meisner
submitted by Greater Salem Contractors Association On Thursday, June 17, the Greater Salem
Contractors Association’s awarded the Don Meisner Scholarship. The recipient, Zachary Meisner, was presented a certificate of achievement and a check. Zachary’s essay, “If I could be anyone in the world, who would I be and why would I want to be that person,” won him the $500 award. On hand to help accept the award were his
father, Kurt Meisner; his grandmother and 46-year member, Mary Meisner; and his older brother, Nate. Presenting the award was Scholarship Committee Chairperson Dale Gerry II.
Zachary graduated from Salem High School this past June and plans to pursue a career in Biomedical Sciences at UNH this fall. The GSCA wishes him the very best of luck. The mission of the Salem Contractors Association is to advance the building industry of the Salem area by providing a forum for the interchange of information and experience of member contractors and associated trades, and to secure cooperative action and proper consideration of issues affecting the building industry for the common good of its members. To learn more about the Association and its benefits, call President Dale Gerry II 329-4808 or visit www.salemcontractors.org
submitted by Cindy Jury, Salem Family Resources- Success By 6 Salem Family Resources’ popular summer
Parenting & Play Groups played host to Girl Scouts from Troop 10095 as they worked for their Bronze medal.
Girl Scouts Emily MacIver and Jamie Mastrogiacomo visited groups over the course of several weeks and introduced materials they created to accompany the summer theme of the Rainforest. The more than 60 children
who are attending groups this summer were delighted with a set of Folkmanis puppets and popular books purchased with funds raised by the Girl Scouts. Parenting & Play Groups include parents and their young children who meet once a week with a group leader for fun, age-
Take Care of Pets in the Heat
by Stephen Crawford, State Veterinarian, NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food It’s high summer and the recent heat wave reminds us to take precautions to protect pets from dangerous heat-related illnesses. Pets left in a closed vehicle parked in direct sunlight can be at risk for hyperthermia-related illness and death. Although the risk increases during the hot summer months, leaving a pet in a closed vehicle at any time of the year can raise the level of risk. Studies show that full exposure to sunlight is more critical than the ambient air temperature as a factor in determining internal vehicle temperature. How quickly a pet can suffer a heat-related illness will vary depending on the particular conditions. For example, air and surface temperatures of a car will differ depending on how long the car has been parked, whether it is in direct sunlight, and the degree of ventilation.
Residents of New Hampshire, as well as visitors to the State, should be aware that “it shall be a cruelty to confine an animal in a motor vehicle or other enclosed space in which the temperature is either so high or so low as to cause serious harm to the animal” (RSA 644:8-aa). The following tips are important preventive measures for pets.
• Do not leave a pet unattended in the car on a warm or sunny day. Cars quickly heat up to a dangerous temperature, even with the window slightly open. Pets in a closed vehicle may suffer irreversible organ damage or die. If you see an animal in distress in a parked car, contact the nearest animal shelter or police.
• Shade and water are a must. Use care when leaving a dog outdoors unattended, either loose or on a chain or tether. Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun. An enclosed doghouse may not provide adequate ventilation to offer relief from heat. It is also important to provide plenty of fresh water. Heat stroke can be fatal for pets as well as people.
• When taking a dog for a walk on a hot day, plan for shorter walks mid-day, when temperatures peak, and longer walks in the morning and evening, when it’s cooler. Hot sidewalks or asphalt
can damage the pads on a dog’s paws, so walk on the grass when possible.
Recognize the signs of heatstroke in pets. In case of an emergency, it’s important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress caused by exposure to extreme temperatures. When in doubt, contact your veterinarian immediately. Some signs of heatstroke are: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, and unconsciousness. If the animal shows symptoms of heatstroke, take steps immediately to gradually lower her body temperature and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. If you fear your pet may be suffering heatstroke, following these tips could save its life: • Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area. • Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet’s head, neck, and chest, or run cool (not cold) water over your pet.
• Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. • Take your pet directly to a veterinarian. For more information about this and other animal health issues, contact the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, Division of Animal Industry, at 271-2404, or visit www.ag
appropriate children’s learning activities, stories, snack, parent support, and discussions about raising children. Summer groups include Friday field trips to local low-cost/no-cost destinations for families with young children. Groups run now through August 12. Limited openings are available.
More information about all programs is
available by contacting Salem Family Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org
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