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Prepare before the storm hits

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ALEXANDRIA, VA.—Before a summer storm arrives, it’s important for home and business owners to prepare for storm clean-up. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, reminds home and business owners that it’s best to get ready before a storm strikes.…

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Summer safety tips to beat the heat

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AlertID group provides tips to protect your family and pets from heat exhaustion ILLINOIS—Heat and humidity can be silent killers for those who don’t take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones. Serious health concerns caused by extreme temperatures are heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death. “Children, the elderly and pets…

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Internet safety presentation at HMS Aug. 11

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KANELAND—An Internet safety presentation, “Protecting Your Child Using Social Media,” presented by Jeffrey Beane, will take place Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m. at Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. Beane, an Internet safety expert, will present his program and share information and tips for parents whose children are navigating the Internet and…

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Sugar Grove, Aurora townships approve intergovernmental agreement

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SUGAR GROVE TWP/AURORA TWP—Sugar Grove Township and Aurora Township recently approved an intergovernmental agreement to bring transportation services for seniors and disabled persons in Sugar Grove Township. The new agreement will allow seniors ages 65 and up and disabled residents to schedule rides for medical appointments only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4…

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Fire safety alliance: leave fireworks to professionals

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MOUNT PROSPECT, ILL.—As Independence Day celebrations near, the nonprofit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance (IFSA) warns Illinois residents of the dangers of fireworks and sparklers and advises them to leave fireworks to the professionals. Consumer fireworks are illegal in Illinois, but each year tens of thousands of residents are found testing the law, sometimes leading to…

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Fireworks pose safety hazard

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SPRINGFIELD—With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, the Office of the State Fire Marshal reminds Illinois residents to leave fireworks to the experts. Many injuries and fires occur each year from these devices and therefore should be used only by trained professionals. Fireworks pose a danger to users and bystanders of all ages. As the…

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NWS, emergency management seek to save lives

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SPRINGFIELD—Recent thunderstorms have produced spectacular lightning shows, but the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies urge people to stay safe by heading indoors during storms as part of Lightning Safety Awareness Week this week. “There’s no safe place outdoors when lightning is in the area,” IEMA…

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Hearts for Sasha fundraiser nets over $11,000

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Photo: Robert Rediger, grandfather of Sasha Bamforth, cooks sausages during Hearts for Sasha, a fundraiser for Bamforth, who was diagnosed with stage 4 Myopeithelioma. To learn more or how to donate, visit Facebook.com/hereforsasha. Photo submitted by Kristie White to DBehrends@elburnherald.com SUGAR GROVE—Sunday’s snow blizzard wasn’t enough to derail a pancake breakfast fundraiser that raised more…

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Self-defense class at Kaneland High School

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KANELAND—A self-defense class for females ages 12 and older will take place Saturdays, Jan. 10, Jan. 17 and Jan. 24, noon to 4 p.m. at Kaneland High School. The class will teach participants how to protect themselves, and also offer invaluable safety information. The cost of the class is $10 per person. For more information,…

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Cold weather, extended electric use increase utility bills

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ILLINOIS—January brings some of the coldest weather of the winter season. The last couple of months leading into spring can cause home utility and electric bills to skyrocket. Mr. Electric has reasons why home electrical bills increase over winter. Significant swings in temperature Drastic temperature swings, like a polar vortex, make furnaces run longer using…

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Year 2014 fourth-coldest on record in Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN, ILL.—The statewide average temperature for 2014 was 49.4 degrees F, which is 2.9 degrees below average. The year was tied with 1912 and 1979 for fourth place, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. The coldest year on record since 1895 was 1917 with an average of…

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Stay safe during bitterly cold temperatures, dangerous snow conditions

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CHICAGO—Dangerously low temperatures and accumulating snow are in the forecast for much of the Midwest, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants individuals and families to be safe when faced with the hazards of cold temperatures and winter weather. “Subfreezing temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous and even…

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Remember pet safety this winter

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As the temperatures begin to drop, many pet owners worry about their pets spending time outdoors. Here are some tips for keeping the four-legged members of your family warm and safe during the winter months. For smaller pets, keeping them inside as much as possible during the colder weather can be the most beneficial. If…

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Tips to prepare now for severe winter weather ahead

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CHICAGO—Cold temperatures, heavy snow, and treacherous ice storms are all risks of the impending winter season. “Severe winter weather can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don’t take the proper precautions,” said FEMA Region V acting administrator Janet Odeshoo. “Preparedness begins with knowing your risks, making a communications plan with your family and…

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Let’s talk turkey Balancing family traditions and food safety

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ST. CHARLES—As the holidays approach, special family meals take center stage, and with them come many family traditions of how to prepare and present those meals. However, some customs may contradict today’s food safety recommendations. “Our food system, and what we know about food safety, has changed drastically in the last few decades, and that…

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Caregivers support group at Community Congregational Church

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ELBURN—Are you or someone you know caring for a family member or friend who can no longer take care of themselves—perhaps someone with physical or mental impairment? While such caregiving is a labor of love, it can result in enormous physical, emotional and financial impact. Caregivers can find themselves feeling alone and not knowing where…

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Program employs horses to treat PTSD

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Photo: Veteran Jack Erwin of St. Charles says hello to Honey Nut Cheerio during a program on Boots and Hooves, soon to be known as Hope and Promise. The program employs equine-assisted psychotherapy to treat veterans with PTSD and other mental-health issues relating to their military service. Photo by Debbie Behrends MAPLE PARK—Jack Erwin compares…

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Dental visits a good habit to start

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NAPERVILLE, Ill.—While two-thirds of Illinoisans visit the dentist at least once a year, nearly half of them have gone three years or more without seeing the dentist. “According to the Delta Dental of Illinois Oral Health and Well-Being Survey, most Illinoisans visit the dentist at least once a year, and those who do are more…

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Every arm is needed this summer

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AURORA—Heartland Blood Centers, an independent medical organization serving 57 hospitals in a 12-county region in Illinois and Indiana, asks all healthy individuals to “roll up their sleeves” and give blood in August. The need for blood is constant, especially in the summer months, when eligible donors have even less time in their busy schedules to…

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