Old Navy's Fourth of July Let Your Flag Fly Sale: Available Online or in the Closest Old Navy Store

I'm a little late getting this 4th of July piece posted, (as far as giving anyone a chance to buy things to wear for the holiday via online shopping) but with Galion's Pickle Run Festival not being until next weekend, you still have time if any of the great deals shown interest you...

Galionite is honored to partner with Old Navy to bring you this lineup of comfortable summer items at really low sale prices.

The Old Navy Let Your Flag Fly Fourth of July Sale

Old Navy’s Let Your Flag Fly sale is the perfect opportunity to stock up on $2 flip flops, $4 tanks, $6 tees, and $8 dresses & shorts for the whole family. Find last-minute 4th of July outfits, or stock up on summer essentials to last all season long. Plus, save up to 60% across the entire store until 7/5.
Here are a few of our favorite picks from the Let Your Flag Fly sale.

Color-Block Flip-Flops for Boys 

Nothing says summer quite like a fun pair of colorful flip-flops. Grab a Red pair for the 4th, a Heavy Metal pair for a backyard BBQ, and a Blue Mood pair for your next seaside adventure. The embossed thong upper strap and firm footbed keeps him moving all summer long.
Relaxed High-Lo Tank for Women 

Keep your cool even when the temperature is anything but with this super comfortable high-lo tank. Its relaxed fit and swingy, A-line silhouette moves with you in the summer breeze and doesn’t cling like other tanks tend to. Grab a couple staple colors like Cream and Black and a few tropical colors like Boysenberry Juice and Briquette.


Vintage Ringer Pocket Tee for Men 

Guys, meet your new favorite summer tee. The soft, cotton-blend jersey fabric delivers ultimate comfort. The contrasting rib-knit crew neck and patch pocket at chest give this tee added style. Throw on with canvas shorts for a classic summer look.


Chambray Chino Shorts for Girls

These soft, lightweight chino shorts are sure to be in heavy rotation this summer. The cotton chambray fabric makes these shorts a no-brainer on days where traditional denim is too heavy. From tees and tank tops during the day to sweaters and sweatshirts at night, these shorts look good with all of her summer threads.


Weekend Weather Forecast for Galion June 29 - July 1, 2018

With some sweltering 90-degree and hotter days on the way, I wanted to pop in with the Galion weekend weather forecast for Friday, June 29, 2018 through July 1, 2018; and I wanted to refresh the link to the tips to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke that were shared in an earlier post here on Galionite. 

Galion Weekend Weather Forecast
Galion Weekend Weather Forecast: Hot, Hot, and More Hot
for 6/29/2018-7/1/2018

Galion Weekend Weather Forecast: It's Going to Be Hot, Hot, and Then Some More Hot

The Friday, June 29, 2018 weather is expected to be sunny and the temperature is expected to hit a high of 90 degrees.

For Saturday, June 30, 2018, skies are expected to be partly cloudy and the temperature is supposed to go even higher than Friday, with a high of 92 degrees for Saturday.

Like Saturday, the Sunday, July 1, 2018 weather in Galion is expected to hit 92 degrees and have partly cloudy skies.

Thanks for reading, and I hope this information helps you stay comfortable (by knowing you need to find ways to stay cool ahead of time) during the coming hot days.

So, keep cool, look for places to hang out that aren't out in the sun during the hottest part of the day, unless you're a fan of sweltering heat, and feel free to share your tips on ways to keep cool on hot days in Galion.

Cute Children's Essentials That Provide Extra Sun Protection

When you're getting ready to take your little ones to Galion's Splash Park, the outdoor pool in Heise Park, or just outside to hang out in the backyard, make sure to protect sensitive skin with a hat or umbrella and plenty of sunblock.

Sun Protecting Children's Essentials for Outdoor Play

Galionite is proud to partner with JoJo Maman Bebe to bring you these cute sun protection ideas to keep the sun's damaging rays off your child's skin while maintaining a cute, stylish look.

The last thing you want to worry about this summer is having the water essentials your kids need while enjoying the surf and the sun. Before you load up the car and head to the beach, make sure you have these items in tow for your little ones.

Shark 2-Piece Sun Protection Suit

This 2-piece suit is a cute and effective way to protect your child from harmful UV rays. It keeps all the essential areas covered from sunburn, especially the back and shoulders, so he can enjoy the beach longer. Lightweight and quick drying, this suit won’t stick or irritate as he goes from the water to the sand.

Girls’ Floral Sun Protection Hat 

Keep her little face sunburn-free with this floral sun protection hat. Designed with UPF 50+ fabric, it even features a long flap at the back to keep her neck protected. The snug elasticated fit means it stays put all day, even if the beach gets breezy.

Monogrammed Kid’s Beach Chair 

Your mini-me is sure to love their very own beach chair to match yours. Available in pink, purple, and blue, your child’s name or initials are monogrammed right onto the chair and accompanying umbrella. This chair is sure to see many days at the beach this summer.

Get Your Kids Outfitted for Summer Camp

Galionite is proud to partner with Boden to bring you this post about getting your kids ready to head out of Galion for a great summer camp experience.

Outfitting Kids for Summer Camp

With camp around the corner, it’s the perfect time to find your kids clothes and accessories to keep up with their schedules all summer long. From play clothes to backpacks, check the essentials off your list before camp starts.
Here are a few of our must-have summer camp essentials.

Retro Jersey Romper 

This lightweight jersey playsuit is perfect for sunny days on the lake. Its tie waist and shoulder buttons make getting dressed a cinch, even if you’re in a pinch. We especially adore the Under the Sea print to inspire day-long sandcastle building and exploring.

Stadium II Backpack 

This extra durable backpack is ready for lunch boxes, towels, extra changes of clothes, and sunscreen. It even features a zip pocket on the bottom that holds a size-five soccer ball. Whether rain or shine, you can count on this waterproof bag keeping all their gear safe and dry.

I XTREME Infant Boys 2pc Surf Rash Set

Whether he’s doing cannonballs into the community pool or taking a swim in the lake, your little one is sure to love this two-piece swim set. As much as he’ll love it for its comfort, you’ll love it even more for its sun protection.

Tips to Avoid Heat Stroke

I originally shared these tips for avoiding heat stroke as part of a weather forecast, but the tips for protecting yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke apply any time so I removed the part for a specific day and am leaving it up as a sort of public service announcement.

For tomorrow, June 18, 2018, the Galion weather forecast is predicting another sweltering day with temperatures above 90-degrees for the second day in a row.

So, I thought I would toss some tips on how to avoid heat stroke out there as a reminder to everyone to take care of yourselves in this extreme weather.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Heat stroke symptoms can look and feel like heart attack symptoms, and even the symptoms of some other conditions, as noted by WebMD.

Heat exhaustion is actually the thing you go through first before it turns to heat stroke, so we'll start with the symptoms of heat exhaustion.

It's important to note, though, that heat stroke can occur without any of the heat exhaustion symptoms happening first.

Heat exhaustion symptoms:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue 
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness

Heat stroke symptoms:

  • Absence of sweat
  • Agitation
  • Breathing problems
  • Coma
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Flushed dry skin
  • Hallucinations
  • Hot red skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Seizures
  • Strange behavior

What to Do for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

According to the CDC, if you are experiencing signs of heat exhaustion, you should move to a cooler spot, loosen tight clothing, take a cool bath or put cool, wet cloths against your skin, and take sips of water.

If you start to feel worse, throw up, or your heat exhaustion symptoms linger for over an hour, seek medical help immediately.

If you or someone you're with experiences signs of heat stroke, treat it as a medical emergency and call 911.

If possible, move to a cooler location and apply cool compresses or a cool bath, but the CDC says don't give a heat stroke patient anything to drink. (I didn't know that before I researched for this article!)

Tips for How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

While it's good to know what to do, it's even better to avoid the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke altogether.

The Mayo Clinic offers some suggestions for that. 
  • Rehydrate to replace the water your body loses by sweating by drinking plenty of water or electrolyte beverages. 
  • Skip sugary, icy, and booze-laden beverages because these can interfere with your body's natural ability to adjust your core temperature.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Put a damp piece of fabric against your skin, like a sheet, towel or bandanna, and direct the airflow from a fan at yourself, or anyone experiencing these heat-related effects.
  • Go somewhere shady or preferably air-conditioned to cool off. 
Thanks for reading, and I hope you find a way to beat the heat during all the hot days this summer. in the 92-degree temperatures tomorrow. 

Geyer's in Galion: Store Closure Announcement

I grew up getting groceries at Geyer's, and it was a great store at one time, so I was sad to see the announcement today of their pending closure.

Geyers Grocery Store Closing

The screenshot above is the Facebook announcement from Geyers about their pending closure.
As of today, June 8, 2018, all the non-perishable products at Geyers in Galion are 25-percent off until gone (with the exception of tobacco and alcohol.)
I haven't gone there much in recent years, because the prices were higher than other local grocery stores and stores in neighboring towns, but I did still stop in on occasion if I just needed one or two things.

If their prices had been competitive, I - like many other Galionites most likely - would have kept shopping there more frequently.

(Even shoppers who love this town and want to support local businesses will go elsewhere if the prices and service are not right.)

I do still shop in town and would like to note that Save-a-Lot and Drug Mart are still options for grocery shopping in Galion.

What Went Wrong for This Galion Grocery Store?

I'm not going to speculate on what went wrong, I'll leave that for everyone else.

I'm just sorry to see a longstanding Galion grocery store going out of business, I want to wish the workers who are losing their jobs well, and I want to say thank you to Geyer's for serving the community all these decades.

Want to Report Railroad Crossings Blocked by Trains?

Lately, I hear and read a lot of complaints from Galionites getting stopped at railroad crossings blocked by trains, and I often hear that there's no one to complain to who can do anything about it.

Report Blocked Railroad Crossings in Galion

But, there is an agency that WANTS to do something about it - the PUCO - and they are asking people to report blocked crossings to the Federal Railroad Administration.

Report Blocked Railroad Crossings in Galion
Blocked Railroad Crossing image courtesy of Pixabay

The PUCO provides a form on their website that anyone who encounters a train blocking the crossing can fill out.

The form is even designed to be filled out EACH TIME a train blocks a crossing, so, for example, if you get caught waiting on trains around the same time every day at the crossing on Portland Way (Which is, by the way, crossing number: 262040V - the crossing number is needed for the form), you can go to the PUCO's form and enter that information every day if necessary.

The PUCO Rail Division

The PUCO Rail Division does explain that they have no authority over blocked railroad crossings, BUT, they are collecting this information as part of a partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration, which is also called the FRA - and the Federal Railroad Administration does have authority over this.

To give you a bit more information on this, blocked railroad crossings have become a nationwide problem, and it's been an ongoing problem for a while in this country (not only in Galion.) 

The more reports the PUCO and FRA get, the more accurate their information will be, and the more they will be able to do something about the problem.

The Form to Report Blocked Railroad Crossings

The form asks a number of questions, but it's a fairly short form.

  • Crossing Number: Crossing numbers aren't common information, but there is a link under the blank that takes you to the FRA page to determine the crossing number.
  • Street: Optional, because the crossing number tells them the street location
  • Date Observed: Mandatory to submit the form
  • Time of Day: Optional but helpful
  • How Long the Crossing Was Blocked: Mandatory to submit the form. 
    • If you left before the crossing reopened, you can mention that in the "Other conditions related to the blockage" box, just mention how long you waited or how long you know it was blocked.) 
  • Cause: (Optional - If Known)
  • Train Stopped or Moving: Most of the blockages I've seen in Galion, the train is simply stopped and blocking the tracks, but be sure to add this information.
  • Direction of Train Travel: ...
  • Other Conditions Related to the Blockage: ...
  • Impacts to Community: This is where you get a chance to share information about things like emergency service vehicles unable to navigate to the hospital or a fire, etc. 
    • It's also your chance to mention things like trains blocking the track and making you late for work or anything you may have been late in attending.

Contacting the FRA Directly

While following the directions provided as part of this project is the best chance of Galionites ever actually getting a remedy for this situation, you can also contact the FRA directly if you feel the need, and contact info for the FRA follows...

The FRA has regional offices across the country, and you can visit this online map to find details about contacting the regional FRA office directly. 

(Based on the map, Galionites would contact the Region 2 office at (800)724-5992 or FRA headquarters at (202)493-6014.)

No one can really guess at this point what, if anything, will come of Galion citizens filling out this form about blocked train crossings in Galion, but two things are certain:
  • The squeaky wheel gets the grease... 
  • Remaining silent on the issue ensures the Federal Railroad Administration will put their attention elsewhere when they start to make changes. 
    • (After all, if they don't know, they can't fix it.)
Filling out the form costs nothing, they don't even ask for your name on it, and it's a short, easy form to fill out. 

So, if you've been feeling annoyed with all the blocked train crossings lately, this is your chance to complain to someone who has the power to do something about it.


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