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Community A word from 1st Capital Bank about... MONTEREY • SALINAS • KING CITY • SAN LUIS OBISPO www.1stcapital.bank (831) 264-4000 Your 1st Choice in Community Banking "Our local bankers have years of community banking experience and are dedicated to building long-term client relationships. We get to know our customers on a very personal level and provide an exceptional level of service, local decision making and customized banking solutions." "1st Capital Bank was founded as a true 'community bank'. Community banks serve a very important role in our local communities." Member FDIC Kurt Gollnick Chairman of the Board 919 Iverson Street, Salinas, California 93901 | 831.422.6391 | www.palmaschool.org How Boys of Promise Become Men of Character Palma is a team school — not just on the playing field, but in the classrooms and around the campus. It's a brotherhood that creates a culture of inclusivity and unparalleled achievement. It's the school that turns peer pressure into peer power, turning boys of promise into men of character and respect. Make plans to attend the Open House on Sunday, November 6th, and discover the power of a Palma Education. Join the team. Be a Chieftain. LOCAL VALUES Palma is a private, Catholic college-preparatory school for boys in grades 7 through 12. Students in Palma School's Introduction to Salinas Valley Agriculture class learn "hands-on" in the on-campus garden. Central Coast Motorsports Spectacular Comes to Salinas Gold Star Buick GMC presents the Central Coast Motorsports Spectacular on Sunday, October 2nd.This family-friendly event fea- tures non-stop motorsports action including popular Monster Trucks, Motocross Jumpers, and Truck and Tractor Pulls. Gates open at noon with motorsports action starting at 2pm. The Monster Truck event, sponsored by Coors, fea- tures eight Monster Trucks competing in an arena full of crushed cars and dirt ramps. Seven of the eight trucks have been announced: Big Foot, Raminator, Hooligan, Terminator, Bounty Hunter, Iron Outlaw and Jail Bird. The Motocross Jumpers will take jumps off of ramps over ten feet tall and fly at least 90 feet through the air hitting tricks before landing. Four motorcycle jumpers will perform again this year. Truck and Tractor Pulls feature different classes of trucks and tractors show- casing their horsepower as they pull a two-ton sled across the dirt floor. Get there early and enjoy treats from a variety of food vendors before you take your seats. Mini Monster Trucks will be a part of the enter- tainment line up and there will be an autograph party immediately following the event near the cowboy stat- ue at the south end of the complex.Tickets are on sale now at the Salinas Sports Complex Box Office at 1034 N. Main Street in Salinas. Ticket prices are $10 for children ages 2-12, $20 for adults and $25 for box seats for all ages. Visit the Box Office Monday-Friday between 10am and 6pm, or call 800-549-4989 or you can order tickets online at salinassportscomplex.com. A pit party on Saturday, Oc- tober 1st from Noon to 5pm will allow fans to check out the monster trucks up close and get driver autographs between 2pm and 4pm. Photos by John F. Gay Jr. Photos by John F. Gay Jr. PLEASE RECYCLE THIS NEWSPAPER. Safety Essential When Visiting a Farm The nursery rhyme does not state, "Old MacDonald had a farm and on this farm there was a bunch of danger- ous things." But maybe it should? Farmers perform an essen- tial service, providing food and other products that con- sumers commonly take for granted. The inner workings of a farm are something to treat with respect. Most of the families who live and work on a farm under- stand the potential hazards of such an environment. However, individuals visiting a farm may be unaware of these dangers. Understand- ing farm safety helps keep everyone safe. According to the organiza- tion Kids Health, the age groups at greatest risk for injury on farms are children ages 3 to 4 and teenagers ages 13 to 14. Most injuries can be prevented, though, with a little education and precautionary measures. There are many different forms of machinery on a farm to help keep it working efficiently. These items can pose serious safety risks. Although tractors are the type of farm equipment that causes the most injuries, some adults still think it is safe to allow children to ride along. Injuries that may result from farm machinery include pinching of clothing or parts of the body, where a person may become trapped in the gears or components of equipment; cuts from equip ment that shears crops; bruising or cuts from projec- tiles thrown by mowers or other field equipment; and crushing or trapping injuries from machinery that falls or tips over. Part of the excitement of visiting a farm is seeing and petting the animals. Although many animals may be docile and domesticated, they can still be unpredict- able. Animals that are star- tled by yelling or loud noises also may become restless and dangerous. Children should understand that animals may uninten- tionally cause injuries. It may be in a horse's defense mechanism to kick when it is scared. To avoid such inju- ries, never approach animals from behind. Also, when baby animals are present, a female may be protective of her brood and go on the defensive. Another inadvertent injury that may occur is from bacteria or viruses from the animals. Animal feces may contain bacteria, and there may be other micro- organisms on the animals themselves. It is a smart idea to always wash your hands aer handling a farm animal to prevent the spread of disease. Here are some other pre- cautions that can be taken when visiting a farm. * Don't allow children to wander around unsuper- vised. * Rides on farm equipment should be discouraged. * Before starting machin- ery, operators should locate children and other guests and clear them from the work area. * Don't allow children near machinery. * Children under the age of 16 should not be allowed to operate any farm vehicles. * Watch for hand tools or other equipment, and keep children away from them. * Do not touch animals unless a farm worker allows it. Then follow his or her instructions. * Don't provoke farm animals or attempt to startle them. * Supervise children around ponds, feeding troughs or manure lagoons. It only takes a few inches of water to pose a drowning risk. Farms are interesting places to visit, especially for chil- dren. Safety should always be a priority when visiting a farm.

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