Today kids all over the nation will be celebrating Halloween. It’s important to keep some tips in mind, when trick-or-treating with your children. Here are some great tips from Peggy Yee, Northern Virginia Real Estate:
Top 10 Halloween Safety Tips
Trick-or-treating can be one of the most fun Halloween events for your kids. However, it can also be potentially dangerous because it happens outside in the dark. Here are some Halloween safety tips to make sure your kids come home safe and happy:
- Never go into a stranger’s house – Only get candy from houses that give it to you at the door. If someone invites them in, tell them to just say “no, thanks” and leave immediately.
- Use the buddy system – Kids should never go trick or treating without a sibling, friend, or parent. If they are going out without parents, make sure you know the area where they will be trick-or-treating.
- Set a curfew – If you aren’t going trick or treating with your kids, set a time that they need to be home by or a time for them to check in with a phone call. That way, you know that they are safe.
- Eat a snack / dinner before trick or treating – By eating something beforehand, your kids won’t be as tempted to eat their treats before they come home…which leads to the next tip…
- Always cross streets at interections and walkways – Make sure your child knows how to cross a street and to only cross at designated intersections.
- Always check candy before giving it to your child – Make sure none of the candy is open or looks like it was tampered with. If you have small children, make sure the candy is not a choking hazard.
- Go on your local police website and search for sex offenders in your neighborhood - While this may seem overly precautious, you may want to steer clear of these houses or areas.
- Wear something reflective in your costume and carry a flashlight – It’s going to be dark out by the time you go home, so make sure cars can see you at night. Put reflective tape on the costume and trick or treating bags.
- Create well fitting costumes – Kids will be running from house to house, so make sure their costume is suitable for running. Make sure face marks still allow your child to see their full range, make sure capes are not too long to trip over, and ensure any swords are not too sharp. Have them wear gym shoes.
- Choose flame resistant materials for costumes – Since there can be candles and other open flames at houses, choose a fire resistant material for costumes to avoid burn injuries.
Hide-A-Way Lake issued a notice this afternoon for emergency preparedness for the community:
In preparation for the weather/rain from Tropical Depression #13 (which could become Tropical Strom Lee):
• The lake valves were opened on Friday morning.
• Sand and sand bags are available behind the firehouse. Please bring a shovel as you will need to fill your fill your own bags. Please take only what you need as bags are limited.
• Please ensure your culvert/drainage in front and around you property is clean of debris.
• Please secure all items which could become projectiles in strong wind.
• Trash service is still scheduled for Monday, September 5th. Please ensure that your trash does not end up blocking the drains. After the trash is picked up, please remove your garbage can.
• The pool has been closed for the weekend and Labor Day, unless the weather changes.
• The restaurant will be open:
Saturday, September 3, 2011:
8:00 am-10:30 am: Breakfast Buffet with Omelet Station at Waters Edge only $7.95 for Adults, $5.95 for Children 12 to 5, and FREE for Children 4 and Under.
Sunday, September 4, 2011:
11:00 am-2:30 pm: Summer Blowout Buffet- Come out and help us send summer off with a bang. Waters Edge is happy to present a menu of fried chicken, BBQ brisket, vegetables, soup and salad bars, as well as tempting sweets. This is only a portion of what we have planned. You must come to see the rest, and bring along your family and friends as we bid farewell to Summer 2011. The cost of this buffet is only $10.95 for Adults, $5.95 for Children 12 to 5, and FREE for Children 4 and Under!
• HAWL Maintenance Department and equipment is ready to help clear any tree debris from the roadways. We also have a contractor on standby if needed to help clear the roads.
• The water system and gate system generators are ready should the electricity goes out.
HAWL stresses the necessity for all property owners to take safety precautions for you, your pets, and your property.
Community-wide communication will be made through the Guard House Entrance Gate should phone service become inoperable. Pending electricity and cable outages, HAWL will update the website (www.hawlms.com) with information as necessary.
Come DownTown to Picayune for the CD Release Party for Godspeed3, Picayune’s own Christian Rock Band!
Being that the John C Stennis Space Center is located within 10 minutes of downtown Picayune, just inside the Hancock County line, Picayune is extremely dependent on the NASA Space Program for it’s economic life and growth. I feel it’s important to note a message that came from Senator Roger Wicker this morning, addressing our concerns about the future of the Space Program, and the future of not only Hancock County, but Pearl River County as well.
After the Shuttle: The Next Space Age
From Senator Roger Wicker
Wicker Says Mississippi Will Continue as Aerospace Leader
The landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center this week closes a remarkable chapter in America’s space program.
President Obama announced early last year that human space flight would be discontinued after the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle.
The end of the shuttle era, however, will not be the end of American leadership in space. According to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, “Our destinations for humans beyond Earth remain ambitious. They include: the moon, asteroids, and Mars. The debate is not if we will explore, but how we’ll do it.”
Our Space Legacy
Space exploration has long been an emblem of America’s courage and can-do spirit. Just as the Apollo program defined a generation by putting the first man on the moon – a milestone that celebrates its 42nd anniversary this week – the Space Shuttle program has carried our sense of wonder and adventure for 135 missions. The International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope are among its many noteworthy achievements.
Mississippians have been at the forefront of aerospace technology since the beginning of the space program and will be essential to future discoveries among the stars. The NASA Reauthorization Act, which provides funding for NASA through 2013, recognizes the importance of the Stennis Space Center in fulfilling these future endeavors. As a member of the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, I will continue to support Stennis and make sure its facilities are utilized to the best of their capabilities.
50 Years of Service
Stennis – which employs more than 5,000 and is home to approximately 30 federal, state, academic, and private organizations – has made a monumental impact on our state. As the space center celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, we must remember the Mississippi families who have helped this country reach its space dreams.
Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun recognized the state’s contributions and ingenuity from the beginning. “I don’t know yet what method we will use to get to the moon, but I do know that we have to go through Mississippi to get there!” he famously quipped.
Since then, each space shuttle’s main engine has been tested in Hancock County. Last year alone, the groundbreaking work at Stennis generated an economic impact of $616 million within a 50-mile radius and $875 million across the globe.
Model for the Future
The future of space exploration has already begun in Mississippi. The A-3 Test Stand, a one-of-a-kind test facility currently being built at Stennis, will provide the rocket propulsion testing and simulated altitudes needed to prepare NASA’s next fleet of rocket engines for deep space travel.
Commercial companies continue to turn to Stennis for upcoming space projects. Orbital Sciences Corporation partnered with Stennis last year to test its Aerojet AJ26 rocket engines for commercial cargo flights to the International Space Station. The company has committed to eight of these ISS missions through 2015.
The journey to space will still go through Mississippi long after the retirement of the Space Shuttle. The historic final flight of Atlantis comes with a look back at what we have done – and what we still hope to do.
Pearl River County, MS, is getting ready for the 2011-2012 School Year, which starts in August. In order to get kids enrolled for this coming school year, the school systems are holding registration on the following dates:
Pearl River Central School District (PRC):
All students register at the PRCHS Cafeteria at 7407 Hwy 11, Carriere, MS:
June 27th – Last Names A-Co
June 28th – Last Name Cr-Hi
June 29th – Last Names Ho-Mis
June 30th – Last Names Mit-Sm
July 1st – Last Names Sm – Z
New Students must fill out the following paperwork to bring with them: 2011-2012 Registration Packet – New Students ONLY
Returning Students must fill out the following paperwork to bring with them:2011-2012 Registration Packet – Returning Students ONLY
Picayune School District:
July 18th – District Registration 11:00am – 7:00pm
July 19th – District Registration 8:00am – 3:00pm