Out and About – Week of April 11th

Beware, for the Tax Man cometh. If you haven’t met with your tax person yet, you might want to make arrangements soon. I applaud those who have submitted their tax information and paid what they owed. I also envy those who are getting money back. The latter is getting harder to do every year.
I try my best to let everyone know about local blood drives, because it’s something we should all be concerned about. We become concerned when we or a loved one is in need of blood due to an accident. The American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive this Friday, April 15, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 625 South Douglas, in Three Rivers. The hours are a bit different from the usual blood drive, as they will run from 1:30 until 7 PM. If you are a regular blood donor, you know what to do and what to expect. If you’ve never given blood, someone there will guide you through the process.
I was unaware that Midwives were still in existence. I thought that they only existed during the days of covered wagons. Surprise, Surprise! They do exist and we have three of them at Three Rivers Health, here in Three Rivers.
You might ask yourself, “Why do I need a Midwife with all the modern conveniences that accompany today’s medical industry?” Several reasons to make use of a Midwife would include: a higher satisfaction with the childbirth experience; less chance of having a Cesarean birth; a lower rate of labor induction and augmentation; significant reduction in the incidence of third and fourth degree perineal tears; and a better chance to breastfeed your newborn.
One of the benefits of being a male is that I’ve never given birth, nor will I ever experience the joy of childbirth. Anyway, my tolerance for pain is way too low.
For more information on childbirth, you may want to look into a FREE Birthing class being offered at Three Rivers Health. This class is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM. For more information, or to sign up, contact the Obstetrics Department at (269)273-1995.
I think we can put away the snow blowers now. I’ve already run my snow blower out of gasoline, so it is ready for having the next six months off. Whether or not you do this, or put a stabilizer in the gas tank, is up to you. You can check with five friends on the best alternative and get five different opinions. Hopefully, one of your friends is a small engine expert.
Lake Superior has a reputation of being probably the stormiest of the Great Lakes. There was even a song written about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Here are a few nicer facts about the big lake:
It covers approximately 31,700 square miles.
The average depth is 483 feet.
In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes later on the western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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