The second annual MS Charity Golf Tournament is being held at Semlin Valley Golf Course on August 12. Photo by Wendy Coomber.

Local News Briefs: The second annual MS Charity Golf Tournament is coming up

Plus Miracle Treat Day, a new bus service to 100 Mile, and how to beat the heat.

Miracle Treat Day

Dairy Queen is holding its 15th annual Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, August 10. The Cache Creek Dairy Queen is taking part in the event, which will see proceeds from every Blizzard treat sold on that day donated to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, one of 14 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) member hospitals across Canada.

Every day, 4,900 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network hospital for treatment. Since the partnership began in 1984, Dairy Queen has become a top contributor to CMN, with more than $125 million raised to-date in support of sick and injured children across North America.

MS charity golf tournament

Talarico Excavating and Contracting, along with NGN Sales and Services and TW Dynamic Enterprises, is excited to present the second annual MS Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 12 at the Semlin Valley Golf Course in Cache Creek.

Registration is $75 for an 18-hole, four ball best ball shotgun start at 10 a.m. There will be prizes for the longest drive, longest putt, and KP (closest to the pin). There will also be lots of prizes and raffles, with a live band and auction following at 7 p.m. (open to everyone; admission by donation).

To register, call NGN Sales and Service at (250) 453-2242.

New bus service to 100 Mile

At the open council meeting of July 24, 2017, Ashcroft council approved a change to the Ashcroft-Clinton Para Transit System that will see a trip from Ashcroft to Clinton and then on to 100 Mile House added on the last Monday of each month.

The service replaces the Clinton-Ashcroft-Kamloops run on that day.

The Monday service is very well used by Clinton residents and used to a lesser extent by Ashcroft and TNRD Area “I” residents. Clinton residents had approached Clinton councillor Wayne Marchant to ask if one of the Monday trips could be revised to allow a trip to 100 Mile, as a number of people in Clinton have physicians in 100 Mile. A weekly service from Clinton to 100 Mile was cancelled several years ago.

When the query was brought to the Para Transit Committee meeting in Ashcroft on April 5, 2017, it was decided that this would be an opportunity for Ashcroft and TNRD Area “I” residents to travel to a different community for lunch and shopping. The bus driver polled Ashcroft and Area “I” riders to get their opinion on the proposed change in service, and they were in favour.

BC Transit and Yellowhead Community Services (the transit operator) agree that the change can be accommodated with virtually no changes to the driver’s schedule or the budget. Preliminary discussion indicates that the bus will leave Ashcroft at 9 a.m.; leave Clinton at 9:45 a.m.; and arrive in 100 Mile at 10:45 a.m. The bus will then depart 100 Mile at 3:15 p.m.; arrive in Clinton at 4:15 p.m.; and be back in Ashcroft at 5 p.m.

There may also be an opportunity to provide service to residents who live in TNRD Area “E”. A stop could be arranged at the 70 Mile store, which would not increase the travel time, and would provide a safe access point for users of the service.

BC Transit has indicated that the change in schedule could be implemented very quickly. For information about the Para Transit bus schedule, go to http://www.yellowheadcs.ca/.

Beat the heat health-wise

Temperatures around British Columbia are soaring, and are set to remain high, so people of all ages and states of health need to be aware of keeping healthy and safe in the heat.

Too much heat can lead to weakness, disorientation, and exhaustion, and in severe cases can lead to heat stroke (also known as sunstroke), a life-threatening medical emergency.

Those most at risk of heat-related illnesses are infants and children up to four years of age; people 65 years or older; those with heart problems and/or breathing difficulties; and healthy individuals who do a lot of physical activity or work in a hot environment.

Symptoms of heat-related illness can range from mild to severe. They include pale, cool, moist skin; heavy sweating; muscle cramps; rash; swelling, especially of the hands and feet; fatigue and weakness; dizziness and/or fainting; headache; nausea and/or vomiting; fever; confusion and decreased mental alertness; and hallucinations.

In the late stages of heat stroke there can be red, hot, dry skin; seizures; and unconsciousness/coma.

When recognized early, most mild heat-related illnesses can be treated at home by moving to a cooler environment; drinking plenty of cool, non-alcoholic fluids; resting; taking a shower or cool bath; and wearing lightweight clothing.

Beat the heat Hydro-wise

BC Hydro is anticipating that peak hourly demand over the next few days will be between 7,500 and 7,800 megawatts, which would break the previous summer record of 7,468 megawatts set on August 11, 2014.

Typically, during a heat wave BC Hydro sees a spike in peak electricity demand as customers turn on fans and air conditioners, and refrigeration and freezer units work harder.

There are a number of ways to keep cool and save money on Hydro costs during a heat wave:

Close the drapes and blinds. Shading windows can block out up to 65 per cent of the heat.

Position a fan by an open window or door in the evening when temperatures are cooler to direct the cool air in.

Use ceiling fans where possible, as they are the most efficient option for cooling. Make sure the fan is rotating counter-clockwise to help direct the cool air down.

Hang laundry to dry, instead of using the dryer. This will keep unnecessary heat out of the house.

Use smaller appliances, such as microwaves, crockpots, and toaster ovens, to avoid having to turn on the oven.

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