Sum­mer Heat, Smoky Skies Im­pact Re­gion’s Res­i­dents

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGINNIS

The sky­rock­et­ing tem­per­a­tures last week joined with vis­i­ble smoke in the River­bank area, mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for those who were par­tic­i­pat­ing in out­side ac­tiv­i­ties.

The heat was one thing, with the usual reme­dies em­ployed: find­ing shade when pos­si­ble, hold­ing out­door prac­tices in the evening, af­ter the heat of the day, and mak­ing sure to stay hy­drated.

Mid-af­ter­noon skies seemed of­ten to be as dark, with the smoke, and dreary as evening time.

The sun looked as dark and or­ange as it usu­ally is close to sun­set.

By week’s end, the smoke was clear­ing some of the larger state fires were mov­ing to­ward con­tain­ment. And the tem­per­a­tures be­gan to peak at less than the cen­tury mark.

Some res­i­dents also took ir­reg­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties to find their re­fresh­ment.

On Satur­day morn­ing, eques­tri­ans Lana Clay­ton and her friend Kristi Abra­ham took their horses from the east end of Cross­roads down to the shop­ping cen­ter at the west end, uti­liz­ing the drive-thru at Star­bucks. Not for the steam­ing hot cof­fee the chain is known for, but in­stead, par- tic­i­pat­ing in the re­vi­tal­iz­ing cool­ness of iced tea.

Yes, they reg­u­larly make the trip, get­ting in line with the cars which wait there. And what if one of their mighty steeds makes a de­posit in the drive­way, you won­der? Well usu­ally, they come equipped with a shovel, and trans­port the fer­til­izer to the nearby shrub­bery.

Else­where in the Cross­roads neigh­bor­hood that morn­ing, young en­trepreneurs were out on their street cor­ner, sell­ing re­fresh­ing glasses of lemon­ade to passersby, whether on foot, in cars that stopped, or even to those on horse­back, on their way back home.

The young­sters sold the cool bev­er­age at a good clip, too, quickly need­ing to mix a re­fill batch.

They in­cluded Piper Ramirez, 8; Sa­man­tha Thorne, 7; and Ry­der Ramirez, 3; the young trio earn­ing some money while sell­ing the re­fresh­ing bev­er­age.

On lo­cal tele­vi­sion news sta­tions over the week­end, fore­cast­ers were call­ing for much less smoke in the val­ley, with slightly lower tem­per­a­tures, pos­si­bly slightly lower than the av­er­age highs. But by the week­end, the short-lived re­prieve will be over, as the tem­per­a­tures are pre­dicted to re­turn to the triple dig­its.

RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

On Satur­day, young res­i­dents of a Cross­roads neigh­bor­hood sold home­made lemon­ade to passersby, both on foot, in ve­hi­cles, and even on horse­back. From left, Piper Ramirez, 8; Sa­man­tha Thorne, 7; and Ry­der Ramirez, 3, serve their thirsty pa­trons dur­ing the warm but not yet hot morn­ing hours.

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