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WEDNESDAY, APRIL ] 5, 2015 Montana SIDNEY HERALD In the presence of awe onight, a ,tall oak in my ~:; neighbor s backyard has been struck by lightning and I find myself stand g in the presence of awe. I toss around frivolously the word awesome like alphabet soup to magpies, assured their intelligence will guide them to the let- ters necessary to create the words implied by my declaration, discarding the unnecessary to fall away like rain! All at once, or moment by moment, most every- thing seems or has seemed awesome to me! At times, I am disgusted with my own tendency toward drama, but because I have a melanchol- ic personality, the positive maintains the pink shade of my eyeglass lenses, that they not fade away to grey. But the word awe is not within the context of my day-to-day vocabulary. When it is used, it emotes from the deepest chambers of my be- ing alluding to my Creator and His creation. It is a special word. Tonight, a tall oak, with whom I have had the plea- sure of admiring from my kitchen window for 18 years was struck by lightning and I find myself standing in the presence of awe. With fire trucks and ac- companying attendants de- parted, removal of branch and limb from the roof ac- complished, and temporary repair of damage complet- ed, I finally come face to face with it. It stands upright, like a banana, with its bark laid upon the ground like radial peelings as if it could be all zipped up and made whole again. Some are perfect in their width and height, holding the fibrous internal tissue together like band-aids. The visible spring wood is bright yellow. The flash of my camera, with the black- ness of night in the back- ground, makes for the most vivid photo. It glisten with moisture and I touch it. The biologically raw aroma of fresh wood. hovers. It would .take three of me to em- brace it, ten of me, stand- Word ing feet to pearls shoulder to reach its cur- rent height, Donna Clements and thrice that to reach its previous height. Snapped branches show early signs of leafage, fresh and full of its lifeblood, chlorophyll. With the circulatory system now destroyed, they will soon turn yellow, jaundiced from the stress. Though obviously, it has given up the ghost, its broken posture does not alter its state of majesty. There are splinters of itself as big as surfboards at its feet and the size of travel umbrellas as far as fifty feet away. One neighbor testi- fied to viewing the actual touchdown and resulting fireball, which explains the faint smell of smoke. The point of contact with the roof appears massive but miraculously, as the weight of the entire one side made impact, only four or five punctures wounds are detected from the inside of the attic. The entire opposite side lay upon the opposite neighbor's carport. This is as close to the unfathomable power of lightning as I have I ever come. Contemplation upon this magnanimous creation and the force of electric- ity which anointed it, stirs fear and reverence for the Creator. Tonight, a tall oak in my neighbor's backyard has been struck by lightning and I find myself standing in the presence of awe. Donna Clements is'a profes- sional writer and inspiratus. You may reach her by phoning 252-326-9194 or ernailing dc@donnaclements.corn. I CLEANING J PRODUCTS I~ For Stainless 4064.0.s Servi.e I li st G,ass F 406.433.7586 Office I t. 0nt nte[ nses 406.433.7596 Fax I [ Wholesale Dis ribuI Sidney, MT I L6 8 E. Main St. Sidney 433-2910 Use ExlTeme Caution on Controlled Burn, Free Estimates Professional Installation Pifer's Auctioneers DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2015 TIME: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm PLACE: Church of the Nazarene 606 9th St SW Sidney The Women's Men*d-A-Heart Bereavement Retreat is offered at no cost to all women who have sz ered a loss. In our community, types of losses may include death of a loved one, divorce, s Tarations, military deployments, etc. Morning snack and lunch will be serVed. Please call the Hospice qffice at (406) 488-213'8 by Wednesday, April 15 to pre-register. SIDNEY HEALTH CENTER HOSPICE Visit us online: SUBMITTED Outstanding students Fairview High School held its installation for the National Honor Society Thursday night. in one ARTICLE FROM THE NPHW.ORG WEBSITE SUBMITTED BY JOLIE BRODHEAD, RCHD In Honor of National Public Health Week! Let's celebrate our accomplish- ments and talk about what it will take to become the healthiest nation in one generation! The accomplishments of the public health community over the last two decades are significant. To become the healthiest nation in one generation: experts need to support the integra- tion of public health and primary care; policy decision-makers need to understand and support funding for both a strong public health workforce and prevention programs proven to ad- vance health, both national and local policy decision-makers need to expand the consideration of health implica- tions in all the policies they create, and the general public needs to make healthy choices for themselves and demand that everyone has an equal op- portunity to make those same choices. FACTS AND STATS Some of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century" according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (and we agree) include: Healthier mothers and babies - Infant and maternal mortality rates have decreased in the United States. Environmental interventions, im- provements in nutrition, advances in clinical medicine, improvements in access to health care, improvements in surveillance and monitoring of dis- ease, increases in education levels and improvements in standards of living contributed to this remarkable decline. Immunizations - Today" U.S. vac- cination coverage is at record high levels. National efforts to promote vaccine use among all children have helped eradicate smallpox and dramat- ically decrease the number of cases of polio, measles and other diseases in the U.S. Motor vehicle safety- We've seen a huge reduction in the rate of death attributable to motor vehicle crashes in the United States, which represents the successful public health response to a great technologic advancement, the motorization of America. The response has spanned government, public health and driver and passenger behavior. Family planning - Increased con- traception use, public health education and other factors mean that, today" Americans face fewer unintended pregnancies and are far more likely to achieve desired birth spacing and family size. Tobacco as a health hazard - Dur- ing 1964-1992, approximately 1.6 mil- lion deaths caused by smoking were prevented thanks to substantial public health efforts. Decline in deaths from heart attack and stroke - Still the country's top kill- ers, the public health community has helped achieve remarkable declines in deaths from both diseases: since 1950, deaths from cardiovascular disease have declined 60 percent and stroke rates have declined 70 percent. For more, visit about/history/tengpha.htm http:// Mid-Rivers Communica- tions, Circle, recently made donations totaling $11,000 to Emergency M dical Service (EMS)/ambulance service providers and fire depart- ments in the area. Donations are made to these providers annually in recognition of the vital ser- vices these entities provide to Mid-Rivers' members, em- ployees, and facilities. This year, 21 EMS service provid- ers and 34 fire departments have received a donation. Local providers .in receipt of this donation include the Sidney Fire Department, Fairview Fire Department, Lambert Fire Department, Savage Fire Department and theRichland County Ambu- lance Service. WINDOWS DOORS EQUIPMENT AUCTION FAR M & CONSTRU TI ON EQU I PME N T Trucks & Pickups Trenchers Attachments Farm & Ranch i Supplies Pipe & Concrete Eq uipment Generators Power washers ATV s & Much More!! , Mmak or Jim Sabe at 701.523.7366! Sidney Fire Department April 1 1: Grass fire McKenzie Counly National Grasslands off 15111 St. NW Aprll ! 2: Responded to a report of a tank fire North of Sidney. None found. i "Disaster Restoration Specialists" Since 1986 ' ,Residential , .Commercial OF MONTANA, INC. ." i T i!' Kevin R. McPherson, D.D.S. 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