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2017-08-10 / Editorial

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Lancaster/ Depew Editor

TOUGH BREAK — It turns out that being accident prone is much more dangerous while camping than having little to no knowledge of the wilderness.

At least it was for me.

While out at Fair Haven Beach State Park the weekend of Aug. 5-6, I took a tumble coming back from the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Like most campsites, Fair Haven has a path to a centrally located bathroom. From where our campsite was, it wasn’t even a five-minute walk.

I took my chances and didn’t bring a flashlight, thinking there was enough moonlight to see by.

It didn’t take much. I hobbled back to the place where it happened the next morning: it was probably less than a half-foot deviation from the path to a grassy area.

It’s amazing that a tiny little change in the path could do so much damage, but somehow I managed to make it happen.

I was determined to enjoy my vacation and-a-half and convinced myself it was a sprain. I managed another day at the Sterling, New York, Renaissance Faire and a trip to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, only learning a week later that what I thought was a bad ankle sprain was actually a fracture to my left fibula, the smaller bone running down the left side of the leg.

It’s a common myth that if you can walk on it and wiggle your toes, it’s a sprain and not a break or fracture, but those in the know at Immediate Care and UBMD Orthopaedics said that if you break a non-weight-bearing bone, you can still walk on it with a little pain.

I’ve only fractured my wrist before, so managing crutches even for only a few days was tough. At least, I hoped I would have Michelle Obama’s arms by the end of this.

Luckily, the good people at UBMD put my ankle in a boot that has a Skechers-esque shape-up bottom to it that allows the ankle to remain at a 90-degree angle while walking, meaning there was no need for crutches, but the road to recovery will still take more than a month.

SUMMER HAPPENINGS — The Hull Family Home and Farmstead is planning an event that you might want to attend. The organization’s Revolutionary War Living History weekend takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 13, where families can watch cooking and laundry demonstrations, as well as military tactics and a “skirmish.” Both events will take place at 5976 Genesee St. in Lancaster.

The Village of Lancaster will be having its annual Taste of Lancaster event from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, along Central Avenue between West Main Street and Broadway. In conjunction with the Taste of Lancaster, Arts in the Village will be happening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, with 100-plus artisans displaying and selling creative wares.

The Lancaster Youth Bureau offers a bevy of August events for children in Lancaster and Depew, including horseback trail riding from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, and a high and low ropes course, also from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Pricing for these activities is $45 for residents and $55 for nonresidents; those interested can check out the Youth Bureau’s Facebook page, or call 683-4444 to learn more.

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