AAA Winter Driving Tips
Thursday, 21 November 2013 10:31
See and be seen are simple rules to remember for winter driving. So that others may see you, completely clear your vehicle of snow and ice. This includes brushing the snow and ice away from two of your most important communication tools – your turn signals and brake lights. Always use your headlights, even during the daylight hours. All windows and outside mirrors should be clear of ice and snow. Before heading out on the roadway, safely store all heavy or hard objects in your trunk. During a crash, any unsecured items in your vehicle could become deadly projectiles. It is always important, especially during dangerous and hazardous weather conditions, to wear a safety belt and make certain all passengers are buckled-up, as well. Adjusting your speed to the prevailing road conditions is extremely important. Skids often occur when motorists drive too fast for the road conditions or brake too hard. Firm, steady pressure on the brake should be used. Always increase your following distance, even when you are stopped in traffic. If your vehicle is rear ended, having a safe margin of space in front of your vehicle may help to prevent a second collision. When a crash occurs, your driver air bag may deploy. For that reason, keep your hands properly positioned on the steering wheel to prevent hand injuries. Your vehicle’s owner manual provides instructions on hand positioning. If you have young, inexperienced teen drivers in your family, restrict their driving privileges until you have had the opportunity to teach them safe winter driving skills in an empty parking lot.
Fill an Empty Stocking Donations
Thursday, 21 November 2013 06:57
Leo Brinda Post 90 and the Sons of the American Legion in Valentine are sponsoring the annual Fill An Empty Stocking and Share the Gift of Reading projects. Parents and guardians who wish to sign up their children need to fill out the forms at Union Bank & Trust on Highway 20 in Valentine before December 18.
A Christmas tree poster will be placed in the Veterans Club window, with each un-adopted family of children represented. Each note will display the family number, gender and age of each child in that family. Local residents may choose a number and adopt a “family of children”. Please phone 376-2443 to adopt on or BEFORE December 18. After adopting, select gifts of your choice, wrap them, mark them with age, gender, and family number; and then drop them off on the porch at 427 North Main Street.
The deadline to turn in “adopted family donations” and books is Thursday December 19.
Books are also needed for children of all ages (1-18). Please donate books in new or in very good condition that you know your own children or grandchildren would enjoy. Drop boxes for books are located at the Valentine Library Lobby, Plains Trading Company Booksellers, and at Valentine Elementary School. These books will be sorted and distributed to the children who benefit from the “Fill An Empty Stocking” project chaired by the American Legion Family.
Delivery of these Christmas gifts and books will take place on Saturday December 21 at 8AM. For more information please phone 376-2443. Post 90 and the Sons are hopeful that no children will be left out and are very grateful for the community’s help with this annual holiday project that fills the heart of both the giver and the child.