John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
In this bitter cold weather you must be careful of getting frostbite. Your children are very able to get frostbite without you knowing about it. If they get wet boots or shoes, you should check their socks and make sure that they get on a dry pair as soon as possible to prevent frostbite.
When I was delivering the mail as a mailman, I almost never wore a glove on my right hand. This was done so that I could seperate the mail while delivering it. At minus 20 degrees, I still did not wear a glove on my right hand. If I got cold hands, I would pump them and restore circulation and heat to them. This pumping action kept my hand warm at all times. Wet snow was worse than dry cold on the body. When my hands cracked open at times and bled, I would use udder balm or hoofsaver lotion from Farm & Fleet to restore my hands to normal. I do not recommend not wearing gloves to anybody. I had to do this in order to seperate the mail from house to house. Ice on the sidewalk, steps or porch was a great hazzard.
When it was minus 33 degrees wind chill outside, and I was delivering mail in the inner city one day. I openned the gate and walked in the yard and noticed that the gate was still in my hands. If you openned any door in this cold weather, it was common to have the door stick to your hands. The wood and metal get very stiff in cold weather and can come off of the hinges very easily. You must be careful when you open any door in bitter cold weather.
My main concern is your children and grandchildren in this cold weather. Please make sure that they are dressed warm enough for the weather. Frostbite is sneaky and you can get it without much warning. Please keep an eye on your children and protect them as much as possible.
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