'Ooh that smell'
May 28. 2014 11:28AM
“Ooh that smell - can’t you smell that smell?”
The Lynyrd Skynyrd band may have sung those words in the 1977 rock tune, “That Smell,” but lately, many of us Brandon residents are literally living those words.
Once again, the city’s lagoon ponds are stinking up the northwestern quadrant of town, which has residents questioning if “the smell” will ever go away.
The answer is yes, but it isn’t going to happen overnight. Last week Rollie Hoeke and his city maintenance staff poured four, 55-gallon drums of sodium permanganate into one of the lagoon ponds. City Administrator Bryan Read estimates the odor should be under control just about the time you’re reading this installment of “Girl Talk.”
The chemical, sodium permanganate, is an inorganic compound used in water treatment for taste, odor and zebra mussel control.
But the chemical can’t solve the smell completely. We need a little help from Mother Nature, too. To briefly explain that, sewage lagoons such as what Brandon currently has, are an open-air natural treatment system where air and algae break down the waste.
Read explained that the cold and extended winter was just what we didn’t need. The ponds, you see, basically rely on nature to treat the bacteria. We also rely on our “Big Brother” to the east – Sioux Falls – where we’ve been pumping our poop for a number of years. You see, our city lagoon system was built for a population of about 5,000, and we’re well above that mark at just over 9,000.
But nature won’t do its job unless the conditions are right: warm temperatures, sunny skies and some South Dakota’s famed wind. And as for those elevated water and sewer bills residents have been receiving since the start of the year, there’s good reason for the increase: to replace our water and sewer systems to meet our growing population.
So plug your nose for the time being, and know that soon we’ll all be singing a much different tune.
Did you know?
Challenger subscriber Mary Ann Nelson shared the following tidbits of advice with me, and now I’m sharing them with you!
• Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.
• There are at least six people in the world who look exactly like you. There’s a 9 percent chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime.
• Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.
• A person’s height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother.
• If a part of your body “falls asleep,” you can almost always “wake it up” by shaking your head.
• There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing: food, attractive people and danger.
• Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side.
• There are so many varieties of apples, that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all.
• People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t.
• Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.
• A human brain has a capacity to store five times as much information as Wikipedia
• Take a 10-30 minute walk every day and while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
• When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose, today.
• Try to make at least three people smile each day.
• Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
• Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
• You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
• Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
• Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
• No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
• Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
• Help the needy. Be generous. Be a giver not a taker.
• What other people think of you is none of your business.
• However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
• Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
• Each night before you go to bed, pray to God and be thankful for what you accomplished today.
And lastly …
• Remember that you are too blessed to be too stressed.
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry this month are Jello and pudding, boxed potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, snack crackers, Snack Pack pudding and deodorant.
While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock. Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.
The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.
The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.
The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.