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Winner (June 28): Droppin’ followed by CarolD and the Driver

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Winners (July 05): Chris, young Dave, and CarolD

The June 28 game was notable for its outdoors / camping theme and it’s indoor cook out. Mistress Daphne returned after fighting fires in Nevada and California to manage both the game and the roasting of the S’mores. Rosebud was leading in the game until she tried her first S’more. After that she lost interest in the game and just concentrated on making more S’more’s. Pluto, who grew up in the South Bronx, which is not exactly camping territory, crashed and burned early.

We learned about hobo dinners and cowboy coffee, but most importantly learned that black bears can run at speeds up to 35 miles an hour and have an incredible sense of smell, so be careful out there in the woods.

Good question!: Ticks must be connected to their hosts for at least how long to pass Lyme disease?

Choices: a. a minute   b. an hour   c. 36 hours   d. just a bite

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Answer: 36 Hours

Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise:

Preventing tick bites
While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks
Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
Walk in the center of trails.
Repel Ticks with DEET or Permethrin
Use repellents that contain 20 to 30% DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.

Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body
Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors.
If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.
If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry.

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