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Member Appreciation Day - Saturday, July 14, 2018

Attention Members... Come join us for some fun! We are throwing a Luau just for you.

Our pig roast will start at 3:00 pm and the band Alexanders will start at 5:00 pm. Don't miss out on this great evening of fun.

Hawaiian Shirt and Sandals? ... great idea!
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Boy Scout Troop #279
Boy Scout Troop #279 meets at the Big Walnut F.O.E. each week. We are proud to help out local scout troop with our place to meet!

  • Troop Meetings every Monday night 7-8:30 pm (September 1st, 2017 - July 31st, 2018)
  • Crew Meetings 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month 7-8 pm (September 1st, 2017 - July 31st, 2018)

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Click Here to download and print the Patrol Leaders Council (PLC) Meetings Schedule
Click Here to download and print the Camp Out Schedule

How July 4th became America's birthday

July 4, 2018 marks 242 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Before the Declaration, 13 colonies existed under the rule of England's King George III. There had been growing unrest, particularly because the King levied taxes on the colonists, who had no political representation to the King or Parliament. When unrest became open rebellion, King George sent in troops.

In 1774, the colonies sent delegates to Philadelphia for the First Continental Congress. After trying to work out differences with England, the colonies formed the Second Continental Congress in May of 1776. The delegates determined that further negotiations with England were hopeless.

On June 28, 1776, Thomas Jefferson presented the first draft of the Declaration of Independence to Congress.

On July 4, nine colonies voted in favor of the Declaration. Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted against it, Delaware was undecided, and New York abstained. But the Declaration was approved.

John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. It is said that he signed his name "with a great flourish" so "King George can read that without spectacles!"

By the 1800s, parades, picnics, and fireworks were firmly established as part of America's Independence Day traditions.
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Fireworks: Dangerous to use

The numbers tell the tale. From Prevent Blindness America, here are the facts about fireworks:

In 2010, 8,600 people were treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries.

There were three fireworks-related deaths.

6,300 of the injuries (73 percent) occurred during a one-month period around the Fourth of July holiday.

Sparklers (1,200), firecrackers (900), and bottle rockets (400) accounted for the most injuries last year.

The parts of the body most often injured were hands and fingers (estimated 1,900 injuries), legs (1,400), eyes (1,300), and the head, face and ears (1,000).

Bottle rockets, firecrackers, sparklers and Roman candles account for most eye injuries.

Sparklers, often given to young children, burn at 2000 degrees or even hotter - hot enough to melt copper.

For children under the age of five, sparklers accounted for the largest number of estimated injuries in that age group, with 300 injuries (43% of the total).

The major causes of injuries are due to delayed or early fireworks explosions, errant flight paths of rockets, debris from aerial fireworks, and mishandling of sparklers.

Fireworks cautions:

  • Don't put firecrackers in a bottle, can, or container of any kind.
  • Choose a site that is away from flammable material.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy to put out grass fires and fireworks that don't go off. Never try to relight them.
  • Never touch a 'dud' firecracker or rocket. Douse with water.
  • Any eye injury should be seen by an emergency room doctor. Never press, rub, or touch an injured eye.