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Community Pledge

Community Pledge

We, as a member of the business community, honor the spirit of Mitákuye Oyás’in (We are all Related) and acknowledge that we are all...

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Tips for a Safe and Healthy Winter

Tips for a Safe and Healthy Winter

As the temperatures get colder, make sure you know how to stay warm. Wear warm winter clothes and plenty of extra layers, and listen for radio or television reports of travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service. Play it Safe Outdoors Unfortunately, we don’t have downy penguin coats to keep warm. When going outside, do not leave areas of the skin exposed to the cold. Learn to recognize the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite. When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it. Victims of hypothermia are often elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating, babies sleeping in cold bedrooms, and people who remain outdoors for long period. Warnings signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95°, the situation is an emergency—get medical attention immediately. Driving in a Winter Wonderland Driving in severe winter weather can be dangerous and lead to accidents. Be sure to prepare a winter emergency kit for your car. Include blankets, a flashlight, a shovel, an ice scraper, water and snacks, and a first aid kit. Make sure your car is serviced and has a full gas tank before a storm. Consider signing up for an all-weather driving course in your area to practice winter driving skills, and know what to do if you ever become stranded in your car. Stay Warm and Save $$$ Huddling is great, but may not be enough to keep you warm when winter weather hits. Learn how to prepare your home for winter weather and save on your electricity and heating bills. Insulating walls and attics, and putting weather-strips on doors and windows keeps heat inside and maximizes warmth. Handle Heating Equipment Safely When you need to warm up, take proper precautions and review instructions before handling heating equipment and fires. Have your heating system serviced by a qualified technician every year. Make...

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New Colonial House!

New Colonial House!

Check out this great video released the Colonial House Restaurant & Bar that shows the transformation of their new space. We are proud to have been part of such a fun and amazing project. If you haven’t yet, make sure you visit their new location just a few blocks North of their old...

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Coming full circle

Coming full circle

Glenn Barber was featured in an article about the Westhills Village in the October Issue of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Investment Report. Back in 1984, Glenn participated in the ground breaking ceremony of the Westhills Village as the General Contractor. Thirty years later, he participated in a ribbon cutting of the newest expansion, this time as a resident. Click on the picture to read the full story!...

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Fall Into Safety

Fall Into Safety

Get Your Flu Shot ​​Autumn is the start of flu season, and it’s recommended that everyone 6 months and older gets vaccinated against the flu. Learn more on flu prevention and check out these common myths about the flu vaccine. Reduce Fear this Halloween Halloween is a fun-filled time for children, but there are many dangers associated with the holiday unrelated to ghouls, goblins and witches. Parents need to take the necessary Halloween safety precautions to make sure their children remain safe while still having fun. Check out our infographic on safe costume choices to help keep kids safe on Halloween. Drive Safely as it gets Darker Daylight Saving Time ends every year on the first Sunday in November. This means it starts to get darker earlier. As we set our clocks backward by one hour in most areas of the country, here are some tips for driving at night. Green Cross Tip: When you change your clocks, it’s also a great time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.   Source: National Safety Council...

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