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PAGE 6 THE PRESS JUNE 26, 2013 BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Fourth of July in this time period. Topping the list of injury DO not allow young children to play is a widely celebrated national holiday and causes were sparklers, a favorite among chil- with or ignite fireworks a substantial part of many Fourth of July cel- dren and generally thought to be reasonably Never shoot off fireworks in metal or ebrations, both leading up to and during the safe in the minds of many parents and adults, glass containers as these materials can ex- holiday, is the novelty and fun of fireworks. The young, who tend to be especially at- plode and release shrapnel As we celebrate this day in honor of our na- tracted to the spectacle of using fireworks, Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks tion's independence, however, we must are suffering the greatest negative impact as that have not ignited fully not forget the danger that fireworks may a result. In terms of gender, males are Always keep a bucket of water on hand pose to our eyes and to our vision. During overwhelmingly impacted, comprising 68% in case of a malfunction or fire this year's Fourth of July holiday celebra- of fireworks-related injury occurrences. If an accident does occur, minimize tions, the North Dakota Optometric Asso- "As adults and parents, we must take the damage to the eye and help potentially save clarion (NDOA) and the North Dakota So- reins in promoting the safe use of fireworks a person's sight by following these guide- ciety of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (ND- to everyone within our circle of family and lines: SEPS) urge all citizens to exercise caution friends," advises current NDOA President Seek medical attention immediately, and safety when enjoying all types of fire- and Bismarck area optometrist Dr. Taya even for seemingly mild injuries. "Mildly" works. Patzman. "As an eye doctor, I have seen damaged areas can worsen and end in seri- Outside of injuries to the hands and fin- firsthand the devastating results of fireworks- ous vision loss or even blindness gers, eye injuries are the most common in- related accidents to the eye. Most of these Shield the eye from pressure. Tape or juries from improper use of fireworks. Ac- injuries could have been avoided." cording to the U.S. Consumer Product Dr. Monte Leidenix, an Eye Physiciansecure the bottom of a foam cup, milk car- Safety Commission (CPSC (M.D./ophthalmologist) practicing in Bis- ton or similar shield against the brow, http://www.cpsc.gov/), an estimated 9,600 marck and President of the North Dakota So- cheek, and bridge of the nose Do NOT rub the eye or apply pressure. fireworks-related injuries were treated in ciety of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, sug- If any eye tissue is torn, rubbing might cause 2011. In a study conducted by CPSC staff gests you attend a public fireworks display of fireworks injuries from June 17-July 17, as a safe, patriotic way to honor the Fourth more serious damage 2011, injuries to the eye were the second of July and to ensure the health and safety Do NOT attempt to rinse out the eye. most common fireworks-related injuries of your family. This can be even more damaging than rub- as measured, accounting for nearly 1 in 5 The sale or distribution of a sky rocket, bing cases. While fireworks-related injuries typ- customarily known as a bottle rocket, is il- Do NOT give aspirin/ibuprofen (or oth- ically result in burns on other parts of the legal in North Dakota, although many oth- er non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to body, contusions, lacerations, and lodged for- er consumer fireworks are legal for purchase try to reduce the pain. These medications eign bodies are common in terms of fire- and use. If you do choose to use fireworks thin the blood and might increase bleeding works damage done to the eye. this Fourth of July, please follow common Do NOT apply ointment or any med- Of concern in this study are results sense safety guidelines: ication without consulting a licensed eye showing that children and young adults un- Provide adult supervision to older chil- doctor der 20 years of age accounted for over 30 dren at all times ' Editor's Note." This article was submitted percent of all estimated injuries caused by Instruct children to leave the area ira- North Dakota Optometric Association and fireworks, and over 1 in 4 children under the mediately if their friends are using fireworks the North Dakota Society of Eye Physicians age of 15 suffered fireworks-related injuries without adult supervision and Surgeons. By Nicole Poolman safety, in higher education funding to duced local school property tax- BISMARCK, N.D. -- I have The minimum teacher salary benefit both students and tax- es by over $660 million. That's always believed the most im- was increased by,22%,:and the payers. From. now.. on,. we will putting real money back into the portant job .our,. legislature has js .... leg !a pLe,, o,cr d..,fttD.ding fund our umversmes based on )oockets of our state's orooerty to provide an exceptional edu- directed at classrooms by $187 the number of credtts sudress- z owners. .... cation for our children. I am million. A new funding formu- fully completedrfiiher than fall While some might suggest proud of the work we did this la was passed to ensure long- enrollment numbers. Our col- i otherwise, the facts speak for last session and commend my term property tax relief and fur- leges and universities will no themselves. Republicans stood colleagues for their commit- ther improve adequacy and eq- longer race to enroll students in tall on education and provided ment to our children and our uity in our funding distribution the fall; instead, the focus will the kind of educational resources schools, to our local school districts.i shift to encouraging students to our children need to succeed. Here are just a few of the It was a great session for pass classes and graduate in a highlights: kids who also want to pursue more timely matter. This is good This legacy legislation will ben- We increased education fund- higher education. We invested news for students, their par- eriC generations to come, and I ing $477 million to $1.7 billion. $10 million in merit-based schol- ents, and the taxpayers of North am thankful to have been part of That's almost $9,000 per student arships and $21 million forDakota. a session so important to our in this next school year. We needs-based scholarships. Both In addition to dramatically in- children and the future of North also provided millions of dollars of these programs will consid- creased funding for schools and Dakota. for schools facing issues of rap- erably drive down student loan our children, we also brought Editor's Note: Poolman (R) is id enrollment and $3 million dol- debt. significant relief to local property a Senator in the North Dakota lars in grants to improve school There were key changes madetaxpayers. This session, we re- Senate for Bismarck District 7. low bid for the building itself, at $25,500. The total was far in excess of what the board had at its disposal, so Park River promised to increase its contribution from $7,000 to $15,000. [Remember fi'om last month's news that Thomas Johnson's mansion, just north of the Lutheran Church cost $4,700. The people of town in 1913 pledged A LOT of money for a com- munity cause.] The total amount does not provide for the finishing of the top floor, which will remain unfinished for the present. Also not included at the present time is the two-storey wing to the south that would have housed the carpentry shop and the gym. Construction will begin imme- diately (13 June). Work is to be completed no later than November 15. The outside will be of North Dakota brick, chocolate brown in color, the base will be stone, and the floor will be birch. Vivian Birder graduated with a law degree from Notre Dame. Sey- mour Anderson, Lars Wambem and Anna McDermott graduated from the University. The Park River Carnival and Baseball Tournament took place on June 24-25. The Park River baseball team did not do well, but the bal- loon ascension was a success. The balloon rose until it was barely visi- ble, about 1500 feet above the spectators, then the performer jumped out. He fell about a third of the way before his chute opened. He landed on the Ole Stevens farm southeast of town. The balloon reached the ground before he did; it turned upside down and all the gas escaped. Mrs. John Kohnen is the new president of the district WCTU. She also ran unsuccessfully for the school board, receiving 30 votes. INKSTER, N.D. -- A benefit his mind by contributing to his and poker run will be held for benefit. Gary "All' Helland the aflemoon of Organizers are asking for any and Saturday, July 13 in Inkster, ND all help/support you can give Alf, with a dance following, whether it be in form of a monetary Alf was severely injured I a donation, door prizes &/or silent motorcycle accident one year ago; auction items. most of that time was spent recov- Please help us make this a suc- ering in the hospital. This has re- cess! Any and all contributions are suited in Alf accumulating astro- nomical medical expenses, greatly appreciated. Now that Alf is home again, in Please make you checks payable addition to the medical burden he to Gary Helland and send them to: has incurred, his home needs to be Julie Rachac renovated to accommodate his dis- Gary Helland Benefit abilities. He has a custom prosthetic PO Box 41 leg and limited use of his arm. Alf Fordville, ND 58231 has still found a way to maintain his If you have any questions please great sense of humor and apositive email them to: Julie.rachac@af- outlook on life. Please help us ease country.corn 9 FARGO, N.D. -- Entries are be- Dakota residents or those who go to mg sought for the 2013 North school in North Dakota. Five-di ...... Dakota Make It With Wool contest, visions are offered: Madefor O ch- The contest will be held August 10 ers; Pre-teens (ages 12 & der)i at Rheault Farm, 2902 25th Street juniors (ages 13-16);semors (ages South, Fargo and will be held in conjunction with the Fargo Park District Fiber Arts Festival. 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