June 6, 2012
Summer sickness isn't limited to humans -- watch for these common hot weather pet problems. Paw burns or cuts What it looks like: Your pet will likely be limping or avoiding walking on the affected paw, says Kim Hammond, owner and director of Falls Road Animal Hospital. The paw might be red, and the pad might be cracked, he said. What to do: If the pad is torn, raw or bleeding, Hammond recommends you take your pet to its vet for a checkup, as this can lead to infection.
May 20, 2011
Folks, it's been so rainy the past few days that next week's forecasts of 80+-degree days could feel like a shock. And if this is the first time you consider firing up your cooling system, your electricity bills a month from now might seem even more shocking. So, consider taking some preventative measures Saturday (while temps are still in the high 70s) to keep things cool without blowing your budget. The Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program suggests these tips: Change to More Efficient Light Bulbs.
July 6, 2010
We can't do anything to change the weather, so we might as well accept it. Complaining about record high temperatures is so yesterday. According to the forecast it could also be so today, so tomorrow and possibly so Friday. Instead of whining about big heat, members of previous generations used it to improve their powers of humorous description. When the temperature soared, they said it was hotter than a hen in a wool blanket, hotter than a burnt boot, hotter than the hinges of Hades, hotter than the devil's underwear, hotter than love in haying time, or hotter than blue blazes.
August 8, 2011
At this writing, it is positively chilly - 91 degrees. But warmer temperatures are on the way. After all, it is summer! Well, this summer Melinda Cianos' dream came true. When one embarks on a big undertaking, it's always nice to have the love and support of family, friends and neighbors. Melinda certainly had it, and her achievement of a bachelor's degree in education - at age 45 - is the result! "People talk about a village, and that is exactly what Rodgers Forge is," she said.
July 26, 2012
Temperatures in the 90s returned to Harford County Thursday and were expected through Friday, if not longer, prompting the county to take steps to protect residents. With the heat index expected to reach nearly 105 degrees on Thursday, Harford County government, in cooperation with Harford County Public Library and the Harford County Health Department, once again used local libraries as cooling centers for the public. One incident involving heat exposure was reported on the opening day of the Harford County Farm Fair in Bel Air Thursday afternoon.
June 10, 2001
Some sports demand hot weather; others go on despite it. If your're training or playing in hot weather some things to think about: * Can you train very early, or late, to avoid the heat of the day. * Think water. Drink lots -- before, during and after exercise. The days of depriving athletes of water in hot weather went away at least 25 years ago. Water, some say, is preferable to high-calorie sports drinks, which may be more suitable for exceptional athletes. * Think shade when your're stretching or cooling off, be it trees, tents, umbrellas or other souces to avoid direct sun. * Wear a hat, if at all possible.