4 sim­ple ways to win­ter­ize your home

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pas­tor Dyanna Cou­ture stan­dard­newz@gmail.ca • 403-644-3998

As win­ter ap­proaches, home­own­ers know they must do cer­tain things to ready their homes for the com­ing months. Wrap­ping up the grill and clos­ing the pool are no-brain­ers, but home­own­ers also must pri­or­i­tize win­ter­iz­ing their homes to en­sure homes with­stand the win­ter.

Win­ter­iz­ing tasks range from small to big, but each can pro­tect a home and its in­hab­i­tants and some can even save home­own­ers a sub­stan­tial amount of money. The fol­low­ing are four sim­ple ways to win­ter­ize your home. If your home has a chim­ney, chances are you have not used it since last win­ter. Dur­ing that time, the chim­ney has likely ac­cu­mu­lated some dirt and grime, and may even have served as home to some un­in­vited crit­ters. As the sea­son for fire­side chats ap­proaches, have your chim­ney ser­viced by a pro­fes­sional so it’s ready for use and you are not greeted by some un- wanted guests upon ing your first fire. light- Au­tumn days, par­tic­u­larly late au­tumn days, can be gusty, and strong winds can cause branches to fall off trees. Branches big and small can cause dam­age to cars, sid­ing and roofs, and smaller branches can get clogged in gut­ters, po­ten­tially caus­ing gut­ters to back up and lead­ing to leaky roofs that dam­age a home’s in­te­rior. Take a walk around your prop­erty at least once per week dur­ing the fall, clear­ing any fallen limbs and trim­ming branches that ap­pear one strong gust away from fall­ing off of trees. Re­move any branches that are hang­ing over your home and drive­way so they don’t pose a threat to your house or ve­hi­cles. When tem­per­a­tures get es­pe­cially low, pipes with wa­ter still in them can freeze and burst, po­ten­tially lead­ing to sig­nif­i­cant wa­ter dam­age. When you no longer need to wa­ter the lawn and when tem­per­a­tures get too cold to wash your car in the drive­way, be sure to shut off the wa­ter sup­ply to out­door spig­ots and sprin­kler sys­tems. Once you do that, drain them so no wa­ter is sit­ting in the pipes when tem­per­a­tures dip. There are many ways to win­ter­ize a home, and home­own­ers should take ev­ery pre­cau­tion nec­es­sary to en­sure their homes are safe and warm as the cold weather sea­son ap­proaches.

The Stan­dard Hall was packed on Novem­ber 11 for the com­mu­nity’s Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice. A beau­ti­ful lunch was also served by the Stan­dard Lionettes. Thank you to ev­ery­body who works so hard to bring this ser­vice to our com­mu­nity, so we can hon­our and re­mem­ber those who have served in our armed forces. Thank you es­pe­cially to all the veter­ans in at­ten­dance.

Ground has bro­ken for the Mem­ory Lane Project! Thank you to the com­mu­nity for their on­go­ing sup­port of this project.

The Stan­dard Li­brary presents “Story and Craftiv­ity” on Satur­day at 3:00 pm. Come and play bingo and make a Snow­man But­ton Fam­ily. Regis­tra­tion is re­quired, please. The Stan­dard Cast-Ons meet ev­ery Tues­day at 7:30 in Novem­ber at the li­brary. Bring your knit­ting or your de­sire to learn to knit with you and en­joy some good com­pany.

Nazareth Lutheran Church is look­ing to bor­row some scaf­fold­ing to reach some in­te­rior lights that are burnt out. If you could loan your scaf­fold­ing, please call trustee Richard Cou­ture at 587-727-0545.

Nazareth Church is pleased to an­nounce the up­com­ing bap­tism of Reid Ras­mussen on Novem­ber 27. Also, that day is their monthly Soup Sun­day. Come for the bap­tism, stay for the soup! A free will of­fer­ing is taken to sup­port the Nazareth Church Women’s min­istry.

The Mem­ory Lane Cash Cal­en­dar is off and run­ning! The win­ners last week were: Novem­ber 7-Rusty Stromsmoe, Novem­ber 8- Larry Casey, Novem­ber 9-Gault Baalim, and Novem­ber 10 was Elmer Jensen. Con­grat­u­la­tions! Check out the Stan­dard Com­mu­nity Facebook Group to keep track of win­ners!

There will be a Foot Clinic at the Stan­dard Se­nior’s Cen­tre on Novem­ber 17 begin­ning at 9:30 am. Ev­ery­body is wel­come to come, but please re­mem­ber to book your ap­point­ment through Donna Firkus (403-644-3849) or by call­ing the se­niors dur­ing cof­fee in the morn­ing. The next clinic af­ter this won’t be un­til De­cem­ber 29.

Need a coat for the com­ing win­ter for you or a mem­ber of your fam­ily? County Coats will be at Stan­dard on De­cem­ber 7 from 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Thanks to the com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing this great en­deav­our.

As al­ways, sub­mis­sions can be made to stan­dard­newz@ gmail.com or to Pas­tor Dyanna Cou­ture at 403-644-3848. Please try to have your sub­mis­sions in by early evening on Sun­day!

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Trim­ming hang­ing branches and re­mov­ing de­bris from their yards pre­pare their prop­er­ties for win­ter. is one sim­ple way home­own­ers can

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