Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and potentially dangerous gas that is produced when fuel is burned without enough air for complete combustion. If inhaled in large quantities for a prolonged period of time, it can cause unconsciousness, brain damage and death.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include fatigue, headaches, dizziness, nausea, coughing, irregular breathing, overall paleness and cherry-red lips/ears. If you ever experience these symptoms, immediately open the windows and doors to ventilate your home, call 911 or the local fire department and get outside into fresh air.

Here are some simple ways you can protect you and your loved ones from carbon monoxide poisoning:

* Hire a qualified contractor to ensure that your gas equipment is operating safely and efficiently and that your home is properly ventilated.

* Have your chimneys and flues cleaned

* Ensure burner flames are blue, not orange.

* Never use a gas range for space heating.

* Never use a charcoal grill indoors.

* Use a carbon monoxide detector.

Medicare enrollment

The final days of Medicare open enrollment are here. The deadline to make changes is Dec. 7. Do not delay, get your appointment now by calling 272-3620.

Not sure if you want to change? All it takes is less than an hour of your time. Check it out and feel secure you have the best plan for your combination of prescriptions.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the RSVP volunteers and Duane Riley, who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Transit news

It is time to renew your eligibility to ride the Mini Bus in 2013. Be sure to ask the next time you schedule the bus. Don't delay so you don't lose your service!

Never ridden the Mini Bus? Get an application now before the weather turns bad. Let us do the driving.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Life Writing group meets at 1 p.m. Zumba begins at 5:30 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band meets at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Zumba starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by duplicate bridge at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

Dec. 5 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Finney County Library outreach is at 11 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:30 p.m. The Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Music is provided by The Last Resort. The recommended donation is $5. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Lasagna, Corn O'brien, tossed salad, French bread, lemon bars.

Friday: Turkey casserole, mashed potatoes, ginger carrots, wheat bread, ambrosia.

Monday: Sweet/sour chicken, rice, Italian vegetables, wheat roll, strawberries and pears.

Tuesday: Beef stroganoff with noodles, California vegetables, wheat bread, apricots.

Dec. 5: Beef stew or ham and beans, green beans, corn bread, mandarin oranges.

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