Summit Up 05-24-10: Where the wind makes us sneezy |

Summit Up 05-24-10: Where the wind makes us sneezy

Special to the Daily/Laurie Rambaud

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column wishing the wind would die down.Don’t get us wrong, a little wind never hurt anyone. It makes the air smell fresh, a cool breeze feels nice on a hot day, and it’s helpful for seeds looking for a place to grow.But the wind in Summit County Saturday was something awful! It stirred up some unidentified substance into the air, giving us the worst allergies ever. We’re talking teary eyes, itchy throat, running nose, the works. As we staggered and sneezed into Breckenridge’s City Market, all we could think about was getting to the pharmacy for a hefty dose of Claritin. And let me tell you, that stuff works. It’s amazing. If you know what caused my tortuous allergy attack, write into and enlighten us. We’re more than curious.***We also have a congrats in order. Marty Ferris recently wrote in to say: “Congratulations to Emily Ferris and Chris Lindsey on their engagement. Emily is a 2005 Summit HS graduate, and she and Chris are both University of Georgia graduates. Emily is the daughter of Rich & Marty Ferris of Breckenridge. A June wedding is planned.”It’s almost summer, and romance is in the air. Bring on wedding season!***So, it was Summit County’s annual Clean-Up Day Saturday, and we’ve got to give a shout out to all the hard-working folks who made our community clean and sparkly. Their handy work looks amazing, and it was exciting to see all the winter’s leftover trash bagged up and awaiting pick up. We wonder though, how many pounds of trash are collected each year for the local clean-up days? Is that even tracked? If it is, e-mail us. Again, we’d love to be enlightened. And speaking of clean-up days, how many of you loyal Summit-Up reading Summit Countians out there lent a hand to help pick up the place and then washed down the tons of collected trash by participating in the zero-waste picnics held in every town throughout this fair mountain paradise of ours? Have comments, pics, angel alerts, scum alerts from over the weekend? Send them our way at ***Speaking of trash, the bears are out and everyone needs to be watching their garbage. Somewhere on this page you’ll see a photo of a bear getting busy with someone’s leftovers. This isn’t good because a bear eating people food will make it both tame and dangerous. Remember the woman near Aspen who fed the bears and was mauled to death? Well, you should. Keep your trash locked up and out of the open. It could save a life, yours and a bear.The Colorado Division of Wildlife provided the following simple precautions to reduce or eliminate your chances of creating conflicts with bears:• Keep garbage in a secure building or a bear-resistant trash can or Dumpster.• If you don’t have a place to store garbage, ask the trash company for a bear-resistant container, or order one. Many suppliers advertise containers on the Internet.• Place smelly food scraps in the freezer until garbage day.• Rinse out all cans, bottles and jars so that they are free of food and odors before putting them out for recycling or pick-up.• Put out garbage cans only on the morning of pick-up. Do not put out garbage the night before.• Wash garbage cans regularly with ammonia to eliminate food odors.• Don’t leave pet food or pet dishes outside.• Don’t leave food in your car, lock car doors. Bears are smart and many have learned to open car doors.• When camping, store food and garbage inside a locked vehicle. Keep the campsite clean. Don’t eat in the tent. In the backcountry, hang your food at least 10 feet high and 10 feet away from anything a bear can climb.• Bears are not naturally aggressive toward people and prefer to avoid contact. If you see a bear in your neighborhood make it feel unwelcome: Yell at it, throw sticks and rocks at it. But never approach a bear.***We’re out, getting a tan because Vitamin D is good. Still wearing sun-tan lotion though.

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