It seems that everytime we turn around we are bombarded with new warnings about platics and the dangers they pose. The latest warnings are about Micro plastics and Nano plastics that appear to be everywhere and in large(dangrerous) quantities. Now, the latest sad news is that these micro plastics are in our food and worse yet in the food chain. This includes the grains and veggies we eat as well as the livestock such as beef, pork, chicken etc. In addition, these plastic particles are also coming from the food processing side of things as well. They are even finding plastics as well as micro plastics inside of sea creatures. At this point it appears there is very little we can do to “eliminate” these particles from our lives, however we can reduce our exposure in a number of ways. First and foremost we can eliminate our use of plastic in the home. In our house we have systematically changed our tuperware containers to glass containters and have started to purchase more items in glass, aluminum and tin containers.This will NOT eliminate our exposure but will help to reduce it. We can also take time out to contact various food companies and let them know our thoughts on this. As always, every little bit helps.
Hope everyone stay safe for the holiday and as always Remeber what today is all about. The very freedoms we hold dear, the freedoms that set us apart from other nations, these are the freedoms our forefathers fought and died for. Freedom is a wonderful thing, and it must be protected and cherished. Happy 4th to you all.
We hope everyone is having a wonderful and safe holiday, but please remember to take some time out to Honor our fallen Heros. Without their sacrifice we would not have the many freedoms we have come to take for granted. We must keep thier memory alive and instill in our children and our grandchildren why we have this Holidaay and why we Honor those who served.
Well as if we havent had enough drama and bad news in the last 2 years, there is yet another emerging crsis that affects all of us
Im talking about “PFAS” or “Forever chemicals”. They are refered to as forever cheicals because they do not break down in the enviorment nor the human body . They basially last “forever”. These cheicals are linked to many cancers and limited findings show that PFAS are also related to low infant birth weights, effects on the immune system, thyroid hormone disruption. It has also been shown that the chemicals have been linked to reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney and immunological effects in laboratory animals, and have caused tumors and increased cholesterol levels.
And it seems to become worse with each new scientific study….
As if all this wasnt enough, it turns out that this problem is “National” and probably gobal as well.
No, this isnt a local small chemical spill or an accidental spill contaminaing the land and water of a small local area. This problem is massive. These chemicals have been found in the soil, water supply, food products, food stotage containers and even fast food wrappings. These chemicals are used to make waterproof clothing, water repellant carpet, non stick cookware, and firefighting foam used in towns all aross the country. And “yes” it can get worse and it did. Turns out that many farmers were using “Industrial sludge” to fertilize their farm land. This contaminated the crops and the chemicals leeched into the water supply. and state governmets allowed this to happen.
In the last 3 months alone we have seen reports from
Maine, Delaware, NJ,Wisconsin,Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky, dealing with contamination from these various “forever chemicals” Solving this problem is complicated but much is being done by many States to address this issue, And there are some things you can do as wel to limit your exposure to these chemicals. In the meantime you can get more info from the CDC and EPA
This new strain of the coronavirus has all of spooked to some degree or another. We have provided 2 links so you can get more info and stay uptodate in the coming weeks. As for SAFETY FACTS, as with all flus, and flu like viruses, the main way to protect yourself and your loved ones is
1. Avoid sick people (of course). Also avoid being near someone coughing or sneezing. Cover your face when coughing or sneezing using a tissue and then discard the tissue into the trash. Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes as this can infect you if you have the virus on your hands.
2. Wash hands, and wash surfaces around the home or workplace. Viruses can be spread from surcaces like doorknobs and other handles, tables, counters,etc. Use disinfecting wipes and hand sasnitizer. Your hand sanitizer should be at least 60% alcohol.
3. If possible stay home if you are sick, also go to your Dr. if you think you are coming down with something
The CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The world Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public.
Be safe and well.
Retired police chief Robert Bane passed away last Sunday. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends, he was a great man and will be missed. He had a long career in law enforcement, with many jobs as patrolman in several towns and finally he came to work here in Paxton. He was a patrolman at first and then worked his way up and became our poice chief in 2006. He always treated people fairly and with respect, and always tried to help people too. I had the pleasure of dealing with Mr. Bane on several occasions at city council meetings and other times and I feel honored and grateful to have known him. He worked very hard to make our community a safer and happier place to live. We will all miss him..