Don’t-miss events at the fair

You may not think of a rural/suburban fair as fast-action. But hold onto your hats, because the fair has plenty of thrills:


It’s back! The Washington County Fair returns for its 142nd year

Riders show off their skills in the horse show at the Washington County Fair. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Though August may be the last full month of summer, the warm-weather fun isn’t over yet.
The Washington County Fair will return for its 142nd year July 31 - Aug. 4, with plenty of mouthwatering fair treats, family fun, musical entertainment, cute farm animals and more. This year’s fair will offer many new attractions in addition to the scores of traditional favorite activities.
The fair attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year, said Fair Manager Dorie Ostertag, and she and the fair board are crossing their fingers for sunshine.


Talk to teens about driving — it may be a lifesaver

The ultimate goal when our kids start driving is to ensure their safety and the safety of others. That starts with establishing expectations. The good news is that by setting boundaries, we are making the roads safer for everyone.
Summer is the deadliest time of year for teenage motor vehicle accidents. If they haven’t yet, parents and their teen drivers should discuss safe driving habits such as always wearing a seatbelt, no texting while driving, and never driving while intoxicated.
Research shows teens whose parents set rules are half as likely to get in an accident, according to the the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Reducing accidents not only saves lives but also saves money through reduced insurance costs.


What to know if your child’s hurt

As summer heats up, millions of kids are outside enjoying warm weather and their time off from school. When kids are more active, though, they can be more vulnerable to potential injury. The nation’s emergency physicians are ready to handle any childhood emergency.
Of the 130 million visits to emergency rooms in 2010, almost 25 percent were made by children under the age of 18 and more of those emergency visits occur in the summer compared with the rest of the year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A trip to the emergency department for a sick or injured child doesn’t have to be a scary experience. It’s the responsibility of a parent or guardian to prepare for the visit ahead of time.


Parents as key as pencils to student success

It’s easy to get excited when back-to-school time rolls around, but how do children and their parents keep that energy going all year long?


Make summer vacation happy with simple safety tips

Summer is officially underway and if you’re planning on traveling in the next few weeks, you’ll have a lot of company. The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Statistics reports that in recent years, Americans have taken around 650 million long distance summer trips between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. And the average summer long-distance trip is 284 miles one-way.


Bruentrup Heritage Farm to unveil new dairy exhibit

The gazebo at the Bruentrup Farm was constructed with funds from the late George Rossbach’s family. The dedication and the opening of the dairy exhibit will be at the upcoming “Dairy Day at the Farm” to be held June 15. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

If you’re looking for relief from a hectic urban schedule, be sure to mark your calendars for “Dairy Day at the Farm” on Saturday, June 15, at Maplewood’s historic Bruentrup Heritage Farm located at 2170 E. County Road D. The Maplewood Historical Society will be unveiling its brand new dairy exhibit and gazebo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


What kids can learn from a game

Regardless of what the scoreboard says, learning the basics of sportsmanship can help kids score big, whenever they compete.


Wake up to the benefits of breakfast

Ninety-three percent of Americans agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet less than half (44 percent) are eating breakfast every day. Here are a few ways breakfast helps to improve your day.


Choosing child care

Choosing child care for your infant is a very important decision, one that should only be made after you have conducted in-person interviews with the caregivers and visited the site to assess the quality of care provided.
Here are some important things to look for, as well as some helpful questions to ask potential caregivers before choosing child care for your infant.


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