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Prevention through education

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SGFPD celebrates National Fire Prevention Week via grade school visits intended to educate kids about fire safety, smoke alarms SUGAR GROVE—With National Fire Prevention Week upon us, the Sugar Grove Fire Protection District visited all the grade schools in Sugar Grove this week to educate students about smoke alarms and other fire safety measures. Fire…

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Better fire safety through learning

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Elburn, Maple Park fire departments seek to provide fire safety lessons that will last a lifetime by Violet Marquardt and Suzanne Flynn ELBURN/MAPLE PARK—Day after day, the men and women of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District (ECFPD) work diligently together to protect as well as educate their citizens. With National Fire Prevention Week…

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October is Farm to School Month

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ILLINOIS—October is National Farm to School month. Farm to School refers to schools serving local, farm-fresh foods ranging from fruits and veggies to honey and meat. The more local foods served to kids, the better. One-third of U.S. children are obese or overweight, and only 2 percent of children get the recommended serving of fruits…

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Help is on the way

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Conley Outreach programs seek to help the grieving through free support groups ELBURN—“What’s wrong with me?” “Why am not able to focus on anything?” “Why do I feel so out of control?” “How am I going to go on without my spouse?” These are just some of the questions people who have experienced the loss…

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Understanding kidney disease in dogs, cats

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ILLINOIS—Have you ever watched your pet eat their meal and thought, “Wow, did they even taste it?” Though some pets require more energy than others, it is important to know your pet’s normal eating and drinking habits so you are more likely to detect any dietary abnormalities. Being familiar with your pet’s standard schedule of…

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Labor Day drunk driving crackdown begins

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ILLINOIS—Drunken driving, especially around holidays such as Labor Day, is one of the deadliest crimes faced in Illinois and the nation as a whole. The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are committed to saving lives, and now the agencies announced the kickoff of the “ Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement…

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Immunizations provide benefits throughout a lifetime

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KANE COUNTY—August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and is used to bring awareness to the enormous impact vaccines have on improving the health of children in the United States. Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children, and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious,…

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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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