As weather gets colder, brush up on fire safety

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A list of safe home heating tips was listed in the November Athena city newsletter. Eighty percent of home heating fires occur during October through March, according to the Oregon State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson.

First step is getting your fireplace, woodstove and other heating appliances inspected for safety.

Other tips for home fire safety can be found at www.ubne.ws/9dGS4s.

Speaking of fire, Athena's volunteer fire department got plenty of bang for its bucks at a recent Boise auction. The members came home with two used thermal imaging cameras, a used fire truck that pumps 1,500 gallons per minute and will allow six fire personnel to ride in the cab. With 8,000 miles on the truck, there are plenty of fire runs left in the vehicle.

Firefighters paid for the equipment with money they earned through fund-raisers.

From trains to bikes. Negotiations are taking place to purchase railroad land in Athena to build a bike park.

DAYTON - Kellyo and Rosie Gallaher roped in a lot of loot during 20 days of Senior Timed Event Rodeos in Prosser, Benton City and Sunnyside, according to the Dayton Chronicle.

Kellyo won the Sombrero Arena All-Around Champion saddle, Butch Wise Memorial All-Around horse blanket, five champion buckles for tie down roping, breakaway roping, ribbon roping, heeling and All-Around Cowboy for the 50-59 age group.

In the same age group for cowgirls, Rosie won the Butch Wise Memorial All-Around Cowgirl horse blanket, reserve champion ladies barrel silver bridle, champion buckle in ribbon roping with Kellyo and the champion buckle for the 50-59 All-Around Cowgirl.

Anyone interested in the Senior Circuit can call Rosie at 337-6366.

PRESCOTT - Friends of the Library are looking for ideas on what to do with the lot between the library and the Tuxedo Bar and Grill. The library owns the lot, and the Friends are eager to put the space to good use. Contact the library at 509-849-2411 with ideas.

The Lions Hall needs a new roof, and the Lions Club is holding an event Nov. 20 to raise money. Frog Hollow Band will provide live music, and there will be a silent auction, beer and midnight breakfast. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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