Neighbors and friends,

By Ventura Tounsel

Please enjoy the poem below written by a US Navy Veteran. As you read it, hear his heart and know the men and women of Post 109 are proud to be a part of this community and we forward to continuing to serve in it, making it the great community it is.

Our Beginning

The Fourth of July
The 1770’s, both good and bad
we were in a new land, both happy & sad
The British controlled, & were demanding & bold
but we had brave people who didn’t like to be told
Town meetings were held & great speeches rang out
they wanted to make sure everyone knew what the rule was about
But the British had an army, uniformed & armed
they had food & shelter & felt very charmed
They never suspected the commoners would rise
and when they did, it was a disastrous surprise
Through terrible conditions the common folk endured
but they were determined, challenged & demurred
Through starvation and sickness, the death toll was high
but despite all the hardships they never went awry
Sure there were deserters, too sick to go forth
they went in all directions, east, south, west and north
But Washington pleaded, and gave it his all
seeing his suffering, with them, they together stood tall
In the end their freedom was won
they returned home in peace once the fighting was done
We must always remember the sacrifices from those who devoted their lives for the cause of freedom and are still doing so on this very day

Peter Cacciolfi, US Navy 1951-1955

From all of us down at Post 109, we wish our community a fantastic Independence Day and would like to invite you to the Post on Saturday, 3 July as we celebrate the birth or our nation. Party starts at 11am!

These things need to be repeated, so once again- it’s hot, it’s dry, it is July

By Charlotte Herdliska Corona de Tucson Fire Department

Summer is here and it is a hot one. You may have heard of people collapsing out in our public spaces and being rushed to the hospital. What you usually don’t hear about is the number of people collapsing at home or on private property. It happens all too often, and the outcome is not always good. It is very difficult to fully recover from a heat related incident. Dehydration is a serious event and far too often it is fatal.

Please take care when walking your pets. The ground, asphalt, sidewalks are so much hotter and can easily burn your pets’ paws quickly. Place your hand on the ground, can you hold it there for a full minute? Without pain? Neither can your pet.**

Signs and symptoms of dehydration.
Dehydration is a very serious event, the fastest way to tell if you are getting dehydrated is to note your urine output, how often and the color. If it is dark (tea color) you need to drink more water! Many medications and illnesses can complicate dehydration and affect your urine output. Most people should urinate between six and eight times a day. But if you’re drinking plenty, it’s not abnormal to go as many as 10 times a day. You may also urinate more often if you’re taking certain medications, like diuretics for high blood pressure. Many medications can increase dehydration so drinking more water is very important.
Other signs that you may be dehydrated:

Increased thirst
Dry mouth, chapped/cracked lips
Tired, sleepy, low energy, fatigue, loss of strength
Decreased urine output
Urine is low in volume and more yellowish or darker than normal
Hot and or dry skin
Muscle cramps, weakness

Dehydration Overview

Dehydration is a condition that can occur when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of individual cells and then out of the body than the amount of water that is taken in through drinking. Medically, dehydration usually means a person has lost enough fluid so that the body begins to lose its ability to function normally and then begins to produce symptoms related to the fluid loss. Although infants and children are at highest risk for dehydration, many adults and especially the elderly have significant risk factors.


These things need to be repeated, so once again- it’s HOT, it’s DRY, it is July

As of this writing it has not rained here in Corona for more than 90 days and that was just a sprinkle. IT IS HOT AND DRY. “Wildfire season is here, anyone can be affected by fire during this season. A “it won’t happen here” mindset has caused untold heartache and sorrow.

Here are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of your home going up in flames from wildfire:

CLEAR off dead vegetation and anything that can burn from your roofline, gutters, decks, porches, patios and along fence lines. Look at your patio, deck, porch…got seating? With cushions? Rugs? Cloth awning? These will burn, get them off the porch. You could in an emergency throw them into the middle of the yard to burn freely away from your home. Think of falling embers and what an ember can ignite. REMOVE any wood piles you may have away from your structures. Rake under your deck, remove any combustible mulch away from your structures.

IF ORDERED TO EVACUATE: Close your windows, make sure all windows and doors are closed tightly and seal up any pet doors. If you have a cooler, turn off the blower, but leave the water running onto the cooler pads. Remove items from your porch, chairs, cushions, door mats, potted plants, cloth awnings or shade cloth: ANYTHING THAT CAN, WILL BURN!
Be prepared: prepare in ADVANCE, waiting till the last minute can cause frustration and panic. Have a “GO” bag at the ready and please review the 5 P’s of Evacuation. Know where these items are now, so you can find them easily. A practice run is not a bad idea.

5 P’s of Evacuation

People and pets and other animals/livestock and supplies.
Prescriptions with dosages, medicines, medical equipment, vision and hearing aids, batteries and power cords, face coverings, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.

Papers including important documents (hard copies and/or electronic copies saved on external hard drives or thumb drives), insurance papers, contacts.

Personal Needs including clothing, water, baby supplies, food, cash, credit cards, first aid kits, phones, and chargers. Items for people with access and/or functional needs, such as older adults and children.

Priceless items including photos, irreplaceable mementos and other valuables.

I advise everyone to check out:
Stay safe out there folks, you and your family are important to our community.

Please contact your local fire department for a free property FIREWISE evaluation:

FM Charlotte Herdliska Corona de Tucson Fire Department (520) 762-9370
Travis Mooney Rincon Valley Fire Department (520) 647-3760

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