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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Musings: KC Chiefs Get-Away sold out

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  • Musing along! “Voluntold.”
    New verb of the day in the City of Leavenworth Parks and Recreation -- when the boss (I do not wish to mention Ms. Anderson's name) asks us to assist with a project, we are actually being “voluntold” to be involved with the project.
    I was just musing about the number of projects I have been voluntold for during my brief 18 month tenure with the City of Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department.
    Yeah baby! The 9-0 KC Chiefs Get-Away tickets have been sold out for over a week for Chiefs' November 24 game against the San Diego Chargers.
    Next year, we will put the tickets on sale during August. All of you that missed out this season, need to not postpone what you can do today or you will miss out again!
    The late entry deadline for Bitty Basketball and Youth Basketball is Tuesday at 8 p.m.
    Be sure to get your children signed up and let all of your friends know. There is a $10 late registration per child at this time.
    We will only be taking a waiting list on Wednesday.
    Hear ye! Hear ye! Calling all runners! Remember the ongoing registration for the High Noon Saloon Rudolph Red-Nose Run.
    Early registration, which guarantees the registrant a race shirt, is November 29.
    Antlers, Okla. has already sent us “fun stuff” for our race packet!!!
    That rumor I threw out last week that High Noon Saloon is whipping up a special concoction for the race is quickly gaining momentum!
    Don't forget that High Noon is laying out an awesome pasta buffet after the event for all of the participants.
    I am going to love it when RD Johnson is feeding 1,000 participants! Won't that be a blast!
    Volleyballers, remember the open gym time for playing volleyball on Monday evenings in the Riverfront Community Center gymnasium.
    All-comers are welcome to join in -- the more the merrier!
    The gym is available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enter through the front of the Community Center. Individuals may not enter through the south gym doors.
    There is a $2 fee for residents and a $2.50 fee for anyone living outside the city limits of Leavenworth. Come one! Come all!
    By the way! The Leavenworth Parks and Recreation float will be in full force on Monday in the Veterans Day Parade!
    Not to be outdone by the NCAA -- who played an intercollegiate game on a naval ship -- LV P&R has mounted its own basketball goal on the float to play basketball during the down times throughout the parade!
    I may even challenge Ms. Anderson to a little one-on-one for volun-telling me for this assignment!
    Page 2 of 3 - Come out and support all of our veterans in our community and throughout our wonderful country!
    Health tip of the week -- brought to you by St. Luke's Cushing Hospital
    Wash those hands!
    Wash those hands -- it can reduce your toxic exposures.
    As you know, hand washing with basic soap and water effectively prevents the spread of infection.
    It also prevents the transfer of toxic chemicals from your hands to your mouth.
    Scientists have found that children actually ingest more chemicals off their hands than from mouthing toxic products directly, such as arsenic from playing on older wooden swing sets or fire retardants found on some electronics.
    Timing is important -- be sure that children wash hands before eating, and for those who put their hands in their mouths frequently, after playing too.
    A word about hand sanitizers: These waterless cleansers can be convenient, but are designed to kill bacteria -- not to remove dust and dirt, which is often how chemicals migrate.
    Washing with soap and water, on the other hand, kills bacteria and more thoroughly removes grime from hands to reducer any toxic exposures
    Skip the anti-bacterial soap -- it offers no benefits.
    Anti-bacterial soaps do kill bacteria and microbes -- but so do plain soap and water.
    A U.S. FDA advisory committee found that use of antibacterial soaps provides no benefits over plain soap and water.
    The main reason to avoid anti-bacterial soaps is its active ingredient: triclosan (and the related triclocarbon).
    Triclosan is an anti-bacterial chemical found in many consumer products, and it's nearly ubiquitous in liquid hand soap.
    It is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and even low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function.
    Further, the American Medical Association recommends that triclosan not be used in the home, as it may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
    It also affects the natural environment. Wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemical, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources.
    That's especially unfortunate since triclosan is very toxic to aquatic life.
    Choose safer soaps. Knowing what ingredients to avoid is important, but identifying safer alternatives is an equally important next step.
    We recommend "plain" soap and water for the most effective and least problematic hand washing.
    Always check the ingredient list! When you're at the store, read those labels.
    Fragrance, triclosan and triclocarbon will be listed, making it easy to leave them on the shelf and find safer soaps.
    There are liquid and bar soaps and hand sanitizers that don't contain triclosan or fragrance, another ingredient we recommend avoiding.
    Page 3 of 3 - You can find liquid hand soaps that don't contain triclosan, triclocarbon or fragrance in our Skin Deep database.
    Prefer bar soap? Choose from these that have no triclosan, triclocarbon or fragrance.
    If you like the convenience of waterless hand sanitizers, alcohol-based sanitizers are a better bet because they don't contain triclosan or triclocarbon.
    We suggest you choose one that doesn't contain fragrance. You can find products without these ingredients in our Skin Deep database.
    Remember: Hand sanitizers don't prevent hand-to-mouth chemical transfers as well as soap and water, because their purpose is to kill bacteria, not to remove the dust and dirt that can harbor chemicals.
    Also, when washing with water, product ingredients are partially washed off, whereas all ingredients in hand sanitizers are left to fully absorb into your skin.
    Philosophical note
    The success of a program and/or an organization is measured by the level of integrity of that program and/or organization.
    Remember: The goal for all of our programs is that the program policies and procedures are fair for the masses, fun for all and safe for everyone!
    Keep musing along. Enjoy your week!
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