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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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Chiropractic office hosts ADHD natural remedies workshop

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ELBURN—Vital Wellness Center will host a free workshop on ADHD entitled “Focus!” on Wednesday, July 30, at 6:15 p.m. The workshop will delve into natural ways to help eliminate the symptoms of ADHD, as well as the truth behind ADHD medications. There are millions of people who have been diagnosed with ADHD, and that number…

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HorsePower seeks hands-on volunteers

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MAPLE PARK—Looking for something fun and meaningful to do this summer? HorsePower Therapeutic Riding, located at Fox Chase Farm in Maple Park, is seeking responsible and dedicated volunteers 14 years of age or older for its growing program. The organization teaches creative and challenging horseback riding lessons to children and adults with physical, cognitive and…

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Elburn Blood drive June 26

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ELBURN—A blood drive will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at the Elburn American Legion Hall. Call Kay Swift at (630) 365-6088 to set up an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. A photo ID is required.

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Rivals come together in Cougar-land

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Photo: KHS softball coach Brian Willis, who is battling colon cancer, will be honored at Monday’s Pack the Park event at Fifth Third Bank Park in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk Kaneland-Batavia clash to benefit great causes KANELAND—Area baseball teams aren’t only mindful of the postseason task ahead. They’re also willing and able to help…

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Hultgren commends Illinois’ heroin state of emergency declaration

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Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) recently commended the Illinois State House for unanimously passing a resolution declaring a “heroin state of emergency” across the state, and pushed for the community to come together to finalize a plan to combat heroin and opioid abuse. In recent years, heroin has seen a striking reappearance in the…

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Student urges community to ‘Seize the Purple’

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Photo: “I personally feel that epilepsy doesn’t get the awareness that it deserves. It affects over six million people worldwide, and it’s just as common as breast cancer is. And I just think it really does deserve more awareness than it is given.” Samantha Havlin, Kaneland High School junior photo by Lynn Logan KANELAND—People can…

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Don’t delay—test for radon today

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KANE COUNTY—January is National Radon Action Month, and the Kane County Health Department, in conjunction with the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition, recommends that it is a good time to test your home for the presence of radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium and is…

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Take extra precautions as temperatures drop below freezing

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Elburn Herald photo by Patti Wilk Warming Centers in Kane County > Note: Many local municipalities offer more warming centers, too. Call your local municipality to find out the nearest center in your area. CHICAGO – Dangerously low temperatures are in the forecast and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)…

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Health Department to offer walk-in flu vaccine clinics

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AURORA—The best way to celebrate Vaccine Illinois Week (Dec. 8-14), and protect yourself and your family from the flu this season is to get a flu shot. From now through Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Kane County Health Department will offer walk-in flu clinics at its Aurora office, 1240 N. Highland Ave. Clinic hours are from…

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Kane County Health Department awarded national accreditation status

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KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department announced today that it has received national public health department five-year accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). With this achievement, Kane County becomes the first county health department in Illinois to reach this status. To receive accreditation, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed…

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The controversy of pet vaccinations

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ILLINOIS—Vaccinations are a critical component to the preventive care of your companion animal. Your health, as well as your pet’s, depends on it. While this may seem like common knowledge to some, the topic of pet vaccination can be quite controversial, making it a hot topic in veterinary medicine today. Most veterinary professionals agree that…

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