Washington County Weekend Post

September 24, 2021

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METRO — Cold weather can take its toll on a property, especially in regions of the world where winters are harsh. Most parts of the landscape are vulnerable to damage from winter storms, but trees may be especially susceptible. By the end of winter, many homeowners wonder if their trees would benefit from some profes- sional TLC. Tree services provide a host of services. While fall is a popular time to remove trees from a property, doing so in spring is not unheard of, especially if trees were affected by winter storms and now pose a threat to a home and the people who live inside it. Homeowners considering tree services can explore the following ways that some professional arbor attention can protect them and their homes. ■ Tree services can help protect a home's foundation. Old trees that stretch well into the sky can be captivating, but they also can pose a threat to a home's foundation. Such trees may have especially large root zones that may extend beneath walkways and even a home. In the latter instance, foundations may crack as roots try to stake their claim to the ground beneath a home. According to the home improvement resource HomeAdvisor, homeowners pay an aver- age of just over $4,000 to repair foundation issues, though major problems can cost considerably more than that. A professional tree service can remove aging trees that might be beautiful and awe-inspiring but still pose a threat to a home and the areas surrounding it. ■ Tree services can improve visibility. Trees that have aged a bit since their last trimming might affect the view of a proper- ty from inside a home. Overgrown branches can compromise residents' ability to see and experi- ence the natural beauty just outside their windows. The average homeowner may be able to trim short trees on his or her own, but if views from the second floor of a home or higher have been compro- mised, it's much safer to call a professional tree service. Such services have the right tools and experi- enced personnel necessary to safely trim high branches on tall trees. ■ Tree services can help prevent future dam- age. Even if trees made it through a recent winter unscathed, that's no guarantee next winter or even the coming seasons of spring, summer and fall won't ultimately prove their undoing. Travelers Insurance notes that weath- er-related roof damage, including damage resulting from falling limbs and branches weighed down by snow during the winter months, accounted for more than half of all Travelers property loss claims between 2009 and 2016. According to BNC Insur- ance and Risk Advisors, homeowners may be liable if a tree they knew posed a threat falls onto a passerby or a neighbor's property and causes damage or injury. Having all trees properly trimmed each year, but especially those that can fall on your home and your neighbors' homes, may prevent future damage and legal issues. Tree services can ensure trees maintain their awe-inspiring beauty and help homeowners protect their homes and their belongings. 6B • WASHINGTON COUNTY POST • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 GMTODAY.COM ACROSS 1. Numbers cruncher 4. Creator 10. A type of center 11. About spring 12. Equal to 64 U.S. pints (abbr.) 14. Precursor to the EU 15. Something that can be cast 16. Gold-colored alloy 18. A salt or ester of acetic acid 22. A hard coating on a porous surface 23. A type of detachment 24. Filmmakers need them 26. Promotional material 27. __ Blyton, children's author 28. Short, sharp sound 30. Feeling of intense anger 31. Popular TV network 34. Island entry point 36. Disfi gure 37. College army 39. One who's revered 40. Long, winding ridge 41. Football stat 42. Stealing 48. Hawaiian island 50. More raw 51. In one's normal state of mind 52. Daniel LaRusso's sport 53. Tropical American monkey 54. Measures heart currents 55. Midway between south and east 56. Knotted again 58. Born of 59. Value 60. Soviet Socialist Republic DOWN 1. Mother tongue 2. Removes potato skins 3. True 4. Early multimedia 5. The making of amends 6. Discovered by investigation 7. Small arm of the sea 8. More seasoned 9. Atomic #81 12. Type of pear 13. Chemical compound 17. One's mother 19. Vietnam's former name 20. Snow forest 21. Church offi cer 25. Hardens 29. Ancient 31. Advertising gimmick 32. Subatomic particle 33. Not fresh 35. Loosens 38. Religious symbols 41. Film 43. Orthodontic devices 44. Grilled beef sandwich 45. Journalist Tarbell 46. Brooklyn hoopsters 47. Japanese social networking service 49. Romantic poet 56. Dorm worker 57. Poor grades ANSWERS FOR THIS WEEK'S CROSSWORD SERVICES .COM Southeast Wisconsin For assistance call 262.306.5000 or conleyclass@conleynet.com Place your ad 24/7 @ www.gmtoday.com/classifieds HOME REPAIR & IMPROVEMENT HEALTH CARE CONCRETE TREE TRIMMING PAINTING © ADOBE STOCK How tree services can protect your property METRO — Immuniza- tions are an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Physicians and various health organizations advise that children and adults adhere to a specific sched- ule of vaccinations that can help them develop antibodies to fend off a variety of illnesses. Unfor- tunately for kids who fear needles, most immuniza- tions are administered intravenously. Children fearful of needles are typically hesi- tant, if not petrified, to receive their immuniza- tions. However, failure to receive recommended vac- cinations increases a child's susceptibility to various diseases, and kids who do not receive their immunizations may be running afoul of the law. The American Academy of Pediatrics' immunization schedule calls for children to get the bulk of their vaccines before age two. However, additional vac- cines must be administered later in life. And while many children outgrow their fear of needles as they approach adolescence, some may still resist. To make the immunization process less painful for children, parents can take certain steps. ■ Put on a smile. Children take their cues from their parents. If you show nerves or let on that you are nervous about the immunization shots, your son or daughter may take note of your apprehension and become even more scared of needles than he or she already is. Make light of what is going to happen if the child understands what the visit is all about. Downplay any discomfort and resist the urge to say "don't worry." It may actually give the child the impression there is some- thing to worry about. ■ Be open and honest. Older children may appreci- ate hearing the truth instead of being told a tall tale about the immuniza- tion process. Explain that the needle will only briefly penetrate the skin, meaning the procedure will be done very quickly. ■ Don't make shots a form of punishment. The threat "behave or the doctor will give you a shot," is not helpful at all. It will only compound fears of shots and paint the picture that they are a punishment rather than a necessity. ■ Listen to concerns. Let your child speak to you about why he or she is nervous about receiving a shot. Offer your support in a warm, matter-of-fact way. ■ Offer a distraction. Let the child hold a video game or incentivize the process by promising a sweet or favorite treat, which can take your child's focus off of the shot being administered. ■ Hold your child. Kids may find that sitting on a parent's lap assuages their fears. For older chil- dren who can't fit on your lap, let them hug you or hold your hand for comfort. ■ Use a topical anes- thetic. Ask the doctor or nurse if there is a numbing swab or spray that can be used to take the bite out of the needle. ■ Lead by example. Take your child with you when you receive vaccina- tions, so that he or she can witness that the process is both quick and painless. Immunization shots are seldom fun for children or adults, but there are strategies to make the entire process less painful. © ADOBE STOCK Help kids overcome a fear of needles

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