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Spikes Corner-Winter Pet Care

by The Rullo Team

Brrrr… Spike Rullo here… Talking about Winter!

 

Winter is a time when your beloved fur babies need a little extra care. Here is a compiled list of tips to protect your pet from the dangers of winter.

 

If your pet spends most of the time in the backyard, you might want to keep them indoors during the freezing months, especially if you live in bitterly cold areas. No one wants an icicle for a pet -- they’re simply not that cuddly. But If you must keep your pet outdoors, consider this, your pet’s fur coat isn’t enough protection during winter. Provide your dog with a warm, dry and draft free shelter outside. The shelter should also comply with any state laws that apply.

 

It takes more energy to stay warm when it's cold so outdoor animals will eat more during the winter. Likewise, fresh, running water is vital for maintaining your pet's health. Keep an eye on the water bowls and make sure they haven’t turned into little skating rinks for fleas (boo, fleas!). While ice pops might be a fun treat, your pet really doesn’t want to have to lick a frozen lump of ice to get his water.Meanwhile, Indoor animals have different dietary needs. They conserve energy by sleeping more in the winter. Dogs and cats also exercise much less when they do go outside, so you may need to adjust their amount of food accordingly. After all, no one wants an overweight pet!

 

Frostbite is a serious problem during winter, especially for paws, tips of tails and ears. This makes it even more important in keeping your pet warm, especially if they’re an outdoor pet. Get special booties, coats, and maybe a hat for your pet during their walks. Look for early warning signs of frostbite such as firm, waxy skin and blisters.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etYwoEOdhD4

 

 

The worst of all the wintertime chemical spills is antifreeze, which often leaks from a car's radiator. It may taste delicious to your cats or dogs, but it is extremely deadly - even the smallest sip can be fatal! If your pet starts acting "drunk" or begins to convulse, take him to the vet immediately. Better yet, keep your pets away from the garage and clean up any accidental spillage. You should also not let your dog wander too far during his walks. Who knows what dangers lie in your neighbors' driveways?

 

If you live in an area with cold and icy winters then you are probably accustomed to salt on the sidewalks and roads. However, the types of salt (typically calcium or sodium chloride) used to melt ice and snow and keep it from refreezing are somewhat harsh on delicate paws -- not to mention they corrode concrete and damage the beautiful vegetation. Protect your pet's paws, and keep him warm during walks, by outfitting him with booties.

 

Cars are particularly attractive to animals in the winter-time, especially frigid cats that love to climb up under the hood and curl up on the warm motor. This, as you can imagine, has led to many mishaps when motorists start their car… ouch! Avoid such accidents by tapping your car's hood before starting the vehicle. Sure, you may wake Kitty from her deep slumber, but she'll thank you in the long run.

 

Wintering with your pet is mostly common sense. If you’re cold, your beloved pet will most likely be cold too. So snuggle up, keep your pet warm and safe and sooner than you can say "Jack Russell," we’ll all be hitting the beaches for some summertime fun.


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Fall Lawn Care

by The Rullo Team

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather and have a great looking yard in the spring! 

Below are a couple of things you can do now before the snow flies.

 

 LAWN CARE:

Contrary to popular opinion, fall is the best time of the year for lawn care. Fertilization, weed and thatch control, establishment of new lawns, and renovation of poor quality lawns should be done over the next few weeks.  Now is the time to prepare so that you start next spring with a healthy lawn. 

  • Keep mowing until your lawn stops growing.  Don’t mow too short, if anything, leave it a little bit long.
  • Don’t starve your lawn. If you live in the northern U.S., fertilize one more time around Thanksgiving.
  • Kill broadleaf weeds like dandelions and ground ivy. Time your herbicide application around the first time there is frost in your area or when the temperature dips to at least 40°F overnight.

 

SPRING FLOWERING BULBS:

“When fall is in the air, it’s time to put spring in the ground”.  Autumn is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs.  Bulb experts usually recommend planting bulbs when the nighttime temps drop into the low 50’s or 40’s for two weeks, although you can even plant in December as long as you can still dig

 

  • Choose a spot where the soil drains well. 
  • Spring-flowering bulbs like sun, but you can plant them under trees that will still be bare when the flowers bloom. 
  • The rule of thumb is the planting hole should be about 3 times the length of the bulb; dig individual holes or a wider hole that can hold a number of bulbs. 
  • Plant them pointy side up

Sure, it is delayed gratification, but the appearance of flowers and a beautiful lawn at the end of a bleak winter will be worth the wait.

 

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Leaves Are Falling!

by The Rullo Team

                         

2015 Tri-Cities Leaf Collection Schedule   

 

Be sure to check the 2015 Leaf Collection Maps and Schedules for boundaries, schedules and availability.


 

St. Charles

Leaves must be on the parkway by 6:30 a.m. on your area’s designated day even though it may take several days to pick up the piles in your specific area.

This program is funded by a portion of the fee collected on the utility bills of eligible homeowners. Check your utility bill or call Utility Billing at 630-377-4426 with questions about your eligibility for this program.

 http://www.stcharlesil.gov/services/leaf

 

 

Geneva

 Residents must place their leaves on the parkway no later than 7:00 A.M. of the day of your scheduled

pickup period. If leaves are placed on the parkway after the collection crews have gone by, they will not

return until the next scheduled pickup date.

Each year, the order in which the zones are collected is alternated to provide equal service to all residents. Collection this year will require approximately 2-3 work days to complete each zone

 http://www.geneva.il.us/DocumentCenter/View/1063


 

 

Batavia

 Residents are asked to rake leaves to the space in the parkway no farther than 6’ behind curb and not in street by 6 a.m. on the Monday of your scheduled week.

Leaves will be collected in designated areas, rain or shine.  Crews will not return to an area once they have made one pass during the scheduled weeks. 

 http://www.cityofbatavia.net/581/Leaf-Collection

Another Geneva Commuter Parking Lot

by The Rullo Team

New Fourth Street Commuter Parking Lot Coming This Fall!

A minimum of 70 new commuter parking spaces will be coming to downtown Geneva this fall. Trees and brush have been removed from the future parking lot at Fourth Street and Crescent Place. Construction is set to begin in October and is expected to be completed by mid­-November, weather dependent. The parking lot will be designated for commuter permit parking during the day but will be open for free public parking during the evenings and weekends. The project has been a high priority in the City's Capital Improvement Program. The parking lot and expansion of the Third Street Commuter Parking Deck were needed to accommodate parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific's future plans to add a third rail line, which will remove 145 existing surface parking spaces. For more information about the Fourth Street parking lot construction, call Assistant Public Works Director Brian Schiber at 630-­232­-1501 or send him an email [email protected]

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Trick or Treating Times

by The Rullo Team

 

It's that time of year again, when little goblins and ghosts will be going door to door trick-or-treating. Children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between their City’s recommended Halloween hours:

  • St Charles recommends that you limit trick-or-treating to 3 to 7 pm on October 31
  • Geneva children and parents are encouraged to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between the City’s recommended Halloween hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 31. **Families also are invited to two additional candy collection opportunities in Geneva. Participating downtown businesses will be offering free Halloween treats to children from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 29, and Geneva Commons will host trick-or-treating from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 25.
  • Batavia’s suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31

To assure that all little superheroes, princesses and scary monsters

have a fun and safe Halloween experience this year, parents should take an active role in this process

by making sure their families follow these safety tips:

 

Young children should be accompanied by their parents or another responsible adult.

 If there is a chance children will be out after dark, at least one member of each group should carry a flashlight.

Teach and stress to children to watch for traffic. Walk only on sidewalks and cross the streets at intersections.
 
Bicycles and skateboards should be left at home.

Use stick-on reflective material generously.

Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.

Do not trick-or-treat at a house if there is no light on.

Ensure costumes fit and are worn in a manner that prevents tripping.

If children wear masks, make sure they can see clearly and their visibility is not obstructed.

Stay within familiar neighborhoods.
Carrying hard props such as swords and daggers should be substituted with soft foam rubber materials.

 

 

For more tips and guidelines on Halloween safety, please visit:

 http://www.halloween-safety.com/


Daylight Savingstime

by The Rullo Team

Spring Ahead ~ Fall Back

 

On Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 2:00 a.m., set your clocks back one hour … or you could just turn your clocks back before you go to sleep in order to save yourself the hassle. Don’t worry about your cell phones because they reset themselves. If you’re out still partying for Halloween, many bars and restaurants are staying open that extra hour, which means another hour of fun, but you’ll have to check with your local establishments! 

 

 

 

This is also the perfect time to remember to change the batteries in you smoke and CO detectors!

 

 

 


Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.

 The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks). 

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.

 

 


Route 38 Road Construction To Start This Spring

by The Rullo Team

Resurfacing work zone (approximate)

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be resurfacing Route 38 this spring, beginning at the western border of Kane County and ending at First Street in downtown Geneva. The project will start at soon as the weather allows (late March/early April) and is expected to conclude in June. Visit the City of Geneva website for information on lane closures, alternate route suggestions, work times, and additional construction activities that are planned for the project.

All are invited to attend a Route 38 construction meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 16 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 109 James Street. The Geneva’s Public Works Department staff and the IDOT contractor will provide a project overview and answer audience questions.

If you have additional questions about the construction, contact Brian Schiber, Geneva’s Assistant Director of Public Works, at 630-232-1501 or at [email protected]

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YEA! THE DAYS ARE GETTING LONGER!

by The Rullo Team

Sunday, December 21 was the first day of the winter solstice.  On that day in Chicago, the sun came up at 7:15am and the sun set at 4:49pm, which means we had 9 hours and 34 minutes of daylight; less daylight than any other day during the year.

Even though the 21st is the shortest day of the year, it doesn’t mean that the latest sunrise and the earliest sunset occur on this day. In Chicago, the latest sunrise will occur on January 4th at 7:18am and the earliest sunset has already occurred on December 9th.  These dates change depending on your location, i.e.: how close you are to the equator or to the north/south poles. 

Really what this means is that Spring is just a few months away!

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Road Construction On Keslinger Road

by The Rullo Team

Starting on 8/11/14 and for the next 3 weeks, from 6am to 6pm, the County will be working on removal and replacement of more than 2 inches of asphalt on KESLINGER ROAD from RANDALL ROAD west to BRUNDAGE ROAD. For lane closures and traffic advisories, visit the City of Geneva website. For information on other county projects, visit the Kane County Division of Transportation site.

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KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET - SATURDAY & SUNDAY August 2-3, 2014

by The Rullo Team

Sat. 12-5, Sun. 7-4.

Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 South Randall Road, Saint Charles, IL 60174

Admission $5 adults, children 12/younger free.

"The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere", up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques and collectibles indoors and outside. A country breakfast is served on Sundays. For more information, call Fred Robinson at 630-377-2252, or visit the Kane County Flea Market website.

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