Operation Pumpkin getting set up
By Marlene Deschamps
Operation Pumpkin which has been in force for several years now is a go again. Operation pumpkin was started to deal with the large amount of vandalism that was taking place in the days leading up to Hallowe’en. Because of this program, the vandalism has been brought down and has become almost extinct. But in order to keep things that way, the program will continue.
The OPP will be policing the streets in force along with their usual help.
SO--be wise--stay at home and don’t get involved in any form of vandalism that will land you in hot water.
In keeping with the message of safe streets, please be careful on Hallowe’en so that all the young ones can go trick or treating safely. Everyone wants it to be a fun, safe night for all the little ghosts, goblins, princesses and super heroes that come knocking o our doors.
Trick-or-treaters to receive glow sticks
Family and Children’s Services and the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition have teamed up for a second-straight year to help make Hallowe’en safe for district youngsters.
Together they have ordered 2,000 glow sticks for kids to wear over their costumes while trick-or-treating on Hallowe’en next Tuesday night.
The glow sticks will be distributed to students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 at schools throughout the district as part of “Project Safe Hallowe’en.”
“It’s district-wide for the first time this year,” noted Betty-Anne MacKintosh, manager of community services at FACS.
FACS first began distributing the glow sticks in 2003 from their former office on Scott Street. The following year, they handed them out from Kitowski Trucking’s “spooky trailer.”
Last year, FACS teamed up with the RRVSC for the first time and set up a booth at the “Scott Street Scare” to hand out the glow sticks.
This year, because both the “spooky trailer” and “Scott Street Scare” are not being held, the two organizations approached both local school boards for permission to distribute the items.
On Monday, MacKintosh and RRVSC chair Grace Silander visited Marnie Dutton’s Grade 1 class at J.W. Walker School in Fort Frances to show them the glow sticks and to remind them not to open them until just before going trick-or-treating.
“It’s part of your costume,” Silander explained to the children, noting the glow will last long enough for Hallowe’en, but no longer.
The glowing sticks make children more visible to motorists in the dark, preventing accidents.
“Kids tend to think more of the candy than their own safety,” Silander noted, asking motorists to be especially cautious on Hallowe’en night.
“Look for the lights and be aware,” she stressed.
MacKintosh said a safety tip sheet also will go home with each child this coming Monday, along with the glow sticks, to help keep kids safe.
For parents with children not in school, free glow sticks will be available at the FACS office in Fort Frances until 6 p.m. on Oct. 31.
They also will be available at the municipal offices in Emo, Devlin, Rainy River, and Atikokan, as well as the FACS office in Atikokan.
Project Safe Hallowe'en
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Family and Children’s Services and the Rainy River Valley Safety Coalition are very pleased to provide the children of the District with glow sticks to help keep them safe as they trick-or-treat on Hallowe’en evening. The glow sticks are to be worn as a necklace on top of the children’s costumes. Once activated, they glow brightly and will last all evening; however, will likely not last more than one day. Please wait until your child is ready to leave for trick-or-treating before opening the packages. Simply open the package, tie the string on the glow stick, shake and bend.
Hallowe’en Safety tips:
• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement, or contact with flames.
• Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and bags for greater visibility.
• Masks can block eyesight. Consider non-toxic and hypoallergenic make-up or a decorative hat.
• Make sure all costumes and wigs are flame resistant.
• Think twice before using simulated knives, guns, or swords. If such a prop is used, be sure they do not appear authentic, and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
• A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children when trick-or-treating. If Children are unaccompanied, teach them their home phone number and how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
• Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkways. Check around your property for lower pots, low tree limbs, support wires, or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.
• Have children stay on well-lit streets and always use sidewalks. They should never cut across yards or use alleys.
• Confine, segregate, or otherwise prepare all household pets for the evening which often contains frightful sights and sounds.
• Advise children never to enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
• No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.