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June 2008
Celebrate Spirit of Freedom on Flag Day - June 14, 2008

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Nothing symbolizes our country’s values and traditions more than the Flag of the United States of America. The image of Betsy Ross sewing the first flag at the request of George Washington or the marines raising the flag on the summit of Mount Sarabachi on Iwo Jima during World War II, have left an indelible image of duty and honor. The red, white and blue is known around the world as a beacon of freedom and liberty.

Flag Day was first observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress adopting the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. That same year saw Congress ask that all public buildings fly the flag on June 14. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Flag Day as a national celebration. However, the holiday was not officially recognized until 1949 when President Harry Truman signed the National Flag Day Bill, officially designating June 14 as National Flag Day.

June 14 marks the celebration of Flag Day, an occasion not only to display and respect “Old Glory,” but also to celebrate the ideals of freedom, patriotism, and democracy.

Flag Day was first celebrated when a Wisconsin schoolteacher, teaching his students about the importance of our flag as symbol of national unity, thought there should be an annual celebration of our flag. He picked the June 14 anniversary of the adoption of the “Stars and Stripes” as the celebration date.

As Ruth Apperson Rous says in her celebrated poem, “I Am the Flag”; I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity.”

West Nile Virus in Ontario

Two crows collected this month in Ontario were carrying West Nile virus, the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has confirmed.

One bird was collected May 9 near G St. and Imperial Ave., the other on May 15 near 4th St. and Mountain Ave. Quite a few green pools, which are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, have been found in that area.

Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile virus when they feed on infected birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. The mosquitoes can then spread the disease to humans and animals when they bite them.

The combination of hot weather and foreclosed homes, where swimming pools can become stagnant and green, has increased the risk of mosquito-borne disease transmission in the area, according to the vector control district.

When mosquitoes start surfacing -- as they are now -- it's important for people to take steps to protect themselves.

The CDC advises people to use insect repellant when going outdoors; wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks when outdoors; consider staying indoors at night or early in the morning, when mosquitoes are most active; and mosquito-proof homes by draining standing water and repairing torn screens.

For more tips and information about West Nile virus, go to www.cdc.gov.
To report a dead bird, call the California Department of Public Health at 877-WNV-BIRD or go to www.westnile.ca.gov.

Protection Against the Heat

The heat wave at the end of last month should be a wakeup call for everyone to prepare for summer heat waves. By following simple steps to keep cool during extremely hot weather, we all can safely enjoy California this summer.

“Seniors, infants and young children, and people with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable to health problems during hot weather and should take extra precautions," said Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Morton went on to say, “Check on your elderly family members, neighbors and friends during extremely hot weather to make sure they are safe and comfortable. Remember to drink plenty of fluids, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and pace yourself when outside."

CDPH recommends the following tips to stay cool:

Turn on air conditioning, swamp coolers, portable or ceiling fans to help keep rooms cooler. Increase your fluid intake, especially water, regardless of your activity level. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages such as coffee, soda and tea. If you or someone you know is feeling ill from the heat, remove them from the heat immediately, offer water and seek medical help or call 911. Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. If you work outside, be sure to begin drinking fluids well before your job begins and to keep drinking fluids. Try to arrange your work, if possible, in the cooler hours of the day.

At the same time you need to set thermostats between 78 and 80 degrees, rather than at a lower temperature while you are at home and that will keep you comfortable and save energy. Also, setting the thermostat at 85 or turning off the air conditioner while you are away will also help conserve energy statewide.

Additional tips on preparing for heat-related emergencies are available on the following:

San Bernardino County Office of Emergency Services
FAX: (909) 356-3965
Email: sbcoa@sbcfire.org
Visit us on the Web: www.sbcfire.org

Tenth Anniversary Senior Barbeque

We continued our tradition of holding Senior Barbeques on Saturday, June 1, 2008. Over 150 seniors enjoyed chicken dinners and a day of bingo. Most attendees walked away with either door or bingo prizes. The barbeque took place at the Chino Senior Center.

My wife Sue and I were there to greet guests as they arrived. My staff, event sponsors, and the Mayors and City Council Members from Chino and Chino Hills served the attendees. Everything was free of charge. Over three-dozen businesses and individuals provided prizes for the event. A good time was had by all.

Celebrate Spirit of Freedom on Flag Day - June 14, 2008

West Nile Virus in Ontario

Protection Against the Heat

Tenth Anniversary Senior Barbeque

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