One main theme that is prevalent for the month of August is summer and heat! It has been and it is hot, and the heat can be unbearable for some.

How to stay cool on these hot summer days becomes a priority, so how can we do just that? Stay hydrated, water is essential for keeping you cool during hot weather. Avoid sugar and sugar free drinks as they decrease the ability of your body to store water. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink, drink plenty of water before engaging in activities. Choose cooling foods to eat, such as fresh raw food, vegetables and fruit, ice cream, frozen yogurt and popsicles. Eating smaller meals tends to keep your core temperature down while eating large meals require the body to work harder. Protect yourself from the sun, staying out of the sun when it is at the hottest avoiding activities in the noonday sun. Limit your sun exposure between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm each day.
Wear sunscreen, though not cooling, sunscreen helps prevent sunburn which, along with being painful and harmful to the skin, can be dehydrating. Stay in the shade, retreating to the shade as much as possible. This can lower the temperature from 5 to 15 degrees cooler. Dress to keep cool, wearing lighter clothing and loose clothing can help keep you cooler, wearing a light color is even better. Keep your head covered, wearing a wide brimmed hat will provide shade and choose a light color. Also, wearing caps that are light colored will help the top of your head. Keep your house cooled, using your air conditioner or a fan, keeping the blinds, curtains and shades drawn.

Another way to stay cool during these hot summer months? Think of a cool refreshing splash pad in Lions Park along with an outdoor pool!!! Remember the sounds of the children playing in the outdoor pool while driving or walking by the Lions Park. Remember the smiles and the laughter from the children playing in the pool. Who does not wish for those days to be back?

Friends of the Aquatic Center Committee has been meeting regularly for approximately 2 years to bring Phase I of the Aquatic Center to fruition – a Splash Pad!!! As progress continues, ground breaking will be coming soon! Phase II would include an outdoor pool! The committee will be holding its 2nd Annual Water Fest on August 26th at the Lions Park, features will include Ontario Fire Department, water slides, food, fun and more! Hours will be from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. It will be awesome!

As the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce and Rural Development Initiatives have come together to “Put the Awe in Ontario”, this would certainly add one of the Awe’s we are looking for.  Beautification and a swimming pool were at the top of the survey findings. Working with the Rural Development Initiatives has been inspiring to move forward. Some of the support provided by RDI has now come to an end and it will be the responsibility of the community to complete. It all starts with Community Pride! Think of great things that already exist in Ontario and who is already
doing great things. Listen to things being said and change the negative talk and negative perception into positive talk and positive reality.

Let’s focus on the “Awesome”!