(MADISON) – In the last five years, 48 people in Wisconsin died as a result of extreme heat. Health officials say some of these cases could have been prevented. That’s why Governor Walker has declared June 8, 2017 as Wisconsin’s Heat Awareness Day to remind everyone of the dangers associated with extreme heat.

“People need to be aware of who is at greatest risk and what can be done to prevent the loss of life,” says Major General Don Dunbar, Adjutant General and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security Advisor. “A majority of heat related deaths occur in homes without air conditioning. Most of the victims are living alone with a limited support system.”

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health analyzed death records submitted to the Office of Vital Records from the years 2011-2015 where heat was an underlying or contributing cause of death. The most heat-related deaths occurred during the heat wave in 2012, when 26 deaths were reported. In 2015, the most recent year for recorded death data, only one heat-related death was reported in Wisconsin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are on average 658 deaths in the U.S. each year caused by extreme heat. This is more than those caused by tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and lightning combined.

Many victims of heat-related deaths are socially isolated. This is why it is important to check in on family, friends, and neighbors during extreme heat. Those most vulnerable include very young children, the elderly, and people with heart disease or high blood pressure. Individuals who are on certain medications may also be more susceptible to illnesses during extreme heat events. Of the Wisconsin residents that died of heat-related causes in the last five years, more than 70% were older than 65.

Remember these tips:
•Stay Cool: Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and avoid direct sunlight.
•Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
•Stay Informed: Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside. Watch for any extreme heat alerts.

People at higher risk of a heat-related illness include:
•Infants and young children.
•People 65 years of age and older.
•People who are overweight.
•People with chronic medical conditions.

Where you are most at risk:
•Homes with little or no air conditioning.
•Cars (Never leave people or pets in a car).

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Brooklyn Summer Reading Program – Dane County Library Service

Readers of all ages are invited to join.
Register starting the second week of June and complete your reading record by the last week in August.

Youth Summer Reading Program.
Children 15 and under, may set their own reading goals (suggested goal: ten books or ten hours). The Summer Reading Program allows children to earn a small prize and a free pass to the Madison Mallards, Eugster’s Farm Market, Dan County Fair, Schuster’s Farm.

Adult Summer Reading Program. Complete a slip for each book read – novel, cookbook, poetry, magazine, travel – they all count! Each slip enters you in a WEEKLY drawing for a Barnes & Noble gift card. All participants will be entered in the grand prize drawing for Kindle Fire: June 12 – July 29.

SPECIAL EVENT, JULY 27th, 6:30 pm
Noelle Tarrant of ZOOZORT brings live animals from different parts of the work for a hands-on interactive program. Children will learn about natural animal behavior emphasizing habitat, nutrition, conservation and appreciation, sparking an interest that will last a lifetime.

Statement from Village Board Regarding 4th of July Fireworks

Brooklyn Fireworks was a tradition that was stopped in 2016 due to lack of volunteers and funds. Since then residents and businesses in the community have inquired if it will return. While it will not return under the Village’s leadership, we are looking for a group(s) or other entities that would lead the revival of this event for the 2018 season. If you are interested in leading this effort, please contact the Village Clerk’s office.

Please remember to keep your lawns & weeds mowed.

According to Village Ordinances 24.56 regarding noxious weeds and/or 24.57 regarding the length of lawn. It is declared in said ordinances that “every person shall destroy all noxious weeds on all lands which he/she shall own, occupy or control in the Village” (24.56), and “lawns on lots or parcels of land which exceed six (6) inches in length adversely affect the public health and safety of the public in that they tend to emit pollen and other discomforting bits of plants, constitute a fire safety hazard in that debris can be hidden in the grass, interfere with the public convenience and adversely affects the property values of other land within the village”.

NO Mowing Grass into the Streets

Per Village Ordinance Section 24-93 (c) Regulation of dumping – Protection of street, public places and water. No part of the contents of or substance from any sink, privy, cesspool or drywell, nor any manure, garbage, ashes, refuse or other waste shall be thrown by any person or persons, or be allowed to run or drop upon or remain in any street or public place, nor shall the same be thrown into or allowed to fall or run into any of the water surrounding said village save through the public sewers.

Arbor Day Celebration

Thank you to Brooklyn Elementary fourth grade TEAM for helping plant trees in Village of Brooklyn’s Legion Park this Arbor Day!
Also, thank you to one of DNR’s finest Cory Secher, for speaking and helping today.He had a lot of useful information and answered a lot of questions.