Take out the trash…
Simple enough, right? Maybe not There is more to it than just filling the cans and dragging them to the curb. Johns Disposal Service is in charge of the garbage pickup in Lake Geneva. Collection days are every Monday for homes on the Southside of Main Street and every Wednesday for the residents North of Main Street. Recycling is done every other week and bulk pick-up is picked up monthly on the second collection day. Of course, everyone knows the schedule, but there is more to it than that.
Placement of the cans is important for, not only the garbage men, but for cars, including mailmen traveling on the roads, and for the street department, especially during snow removal efforts and brush pick-up times. The cans need to be placed with the handle away from the street within two feet of the curb (either way depending on the road conditions) and this may require some extra snow removal during winter. Probably the most common garbage offense is misjudging the distance between the cans, which needs to be six feet to allow the truck’s automatic grabber to lift each receptacle efficiently without knocking the other container over. This behavior would seem to be common sense (and a no-brainer) but can that distance can easily become overlooked or simply not given a lot of thought of on the night before the trash is to be collected the following day. When people being serviced begin to suffer from committing repetitive mistakes it isn’t uncommon to see garbage cans tagged in friendly bright-colored reminders. Johns Disposal has been serving Lake Geneva well for a long time and has excellent manners and an outstanding track record. Help them out.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
Any suicides are too many, and this month is dedicated to bringing awareness and prevention to the terminal act of suicide. Research shows that people who are having thoughts of suicide often feel relief when someone reaches out to them in a caring way. Results show that acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation. Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the ways we call all take to help those around us who may not be able to be very forthcoming about motivators. Some key risk factors and characteristics that make it more likely for someone to have suicidal thoughts are mental disorders, alcohol, and other substance use disorders, hopelessness, a history of trauma or abuse, job or financial loss, loss of a relationship, lack of social support or isolation and stigma with asking for help, are just some risks associated with suicide. Some warning signs to look for are talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live, talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain, talking about being a burden, increase the use of alcohol or drugs, acting anxious or agitated, sleeping too little or too much, withdrawing or isolating from everyone and extreme mood swings. Those are just some of the signs everyone around can all look for in our loved ones. Suicide is not inevitable for most of these people in great need but by starting a conversation, providing support, and directing those in need to help can prevent suicide and save lives.
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