Chamber Chat: air pollution is unhealthy for everyone

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Did you know…..In Oklahoma, ground-level ozone, the primary component of smog, is a health and environmental concern from May to September.  Ozone is formed by nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds mixing in the presence of intense sunlight.

Chamber President Mary Coffin

Automobiles and gasoline-powered engines are a primary source for these pollutants.  Industrial machinery, lawn and garden equipment, recreational boats, drying paint and charcoal grills are some of the other sources.  Little or no wind further adds to situations when high amounts of ozone can be created.

While air pollution is unhealthy for everyone, some people are at increased rick because of their age or health situation. Those groups include people with asthma, adults over 65, children under 18, and persons with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.  Please be careful in the extreme heat this summer.

It’s great to see so many new businesses starting up in Guthrie!  Twice the Ice, Prairie Wolf Spirits, Harrison’s Chicken House, Bill’s Cowboy Club, Pioneer Dreams Cheesecakery, Kenney’s Irish Pub, Johnny Boys Concession, Silver Lake Spa, Western Tower Services and Shady Lady Old Time photos, Mary & Dutch Hinkle!

We are also seeing an increase in individuals  and businesses who have been around for years joining the chamber this year;  Mark Ekiss, Guthrie Bicycles,  Maupin Enterprises, Price Purvis, Oklahoma Old Photos, The See Spot Run and Crossroads Clinic. We even have folks from Crescent; Tri-Lift Services, Oklahoma City; afhmarketing and Marshall Oklahoma, Frontline Genetics have joined!

Join the Guthrie Library, Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30p.m. for their informative and transformative workshop, hosted by Denise Kennemer, journaling and adult education expert. Learning different ways to write in your journal adds color, perspective and dimension to your reflective writing. With the help of these journal tools, you can gently but powerfully explore the various aspects of yourself, your life and your relationships with others.

Are you a certified Healthy business? Do you want a healthier workforce? Do you want to increase business and lower insurance costs? If you answered yes to any of these questions you should come to our next Educational Series. Tuesday, July 10th at noon. The cost is ten dollars for non members, members are free.

Due to the holiday there will be no Chamber Coffee this week. Next week’s coffee will be hosted by Vintage 89 located at 121 W. Harrison.  Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!


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