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Get your flu vaccine

Have you had your flu vaccination yet? You’re going to get one, right? We’re enjoying unseasonably warm weather, the fall colors are beautiful and the flu is far from our minds, but the truth is, the flu season is here; now is the time to act. Those beautiful fall colors are our first reminder to protect ourselves from the flu, and the flu vaccine is the best way to get that protection. Public health officials recommend the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of six months. I realize that many people equate the flu with the common cold, but that’s not true. The flu is serious; it can put you in the hospital and is a killer. Every year thousands die from the flu.

Madison County holds Ebola preparedness meeting

Last week in Wampsville, the Madison County Health Department met with hospitals in the county, Madison County Emergency Management, first responder agencies, colleges and universities, and other partners to discuss local plans for coordinating an Ebola response.

OCRRA and Coyanta give incentive for turning in mercury containing items

OCRRA and Covanta are celebrating environmental milestone with a $10 Home Depot gift card reward for residents who turn in mercury containing items.

Madison County Health Department announces flu clinics

The Madison County Health Department released the schedule of flu clinics for October:

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First annual DeWitt town cleanup scheduled for Oct. 18

For 15 years, residents of Jamesville — sponsored by the Jamesville Positive Action Committee (JamPac) and the Jamesville Chamber of Commerce — have conducted volunteer street trash cleanups throughout the hamlet every October; this year, that passion and energy to keep the community clean will extend to the entire town of DeWitt as the DeWitt Advisory Conservation Commission holds its first annual October cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18.

OCHD seeks public input

I need your help. A major focus of mine in the legislature is health care and, as vice-chair of the Health Committee, I invite your input on our health future. The Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) is seeking your feedback on two documents: the 2014-18 Strategic Plan and the 2014-17 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan. The documents and surveys are available at ongov.net/health/publicfeedback.html

Cazenovia schools being visited by Enterovirus D68

The latest illness making its way across the country and through the halls of school buildings has arrived in Cazenovia – and a lot of elementary and middle school students have been staying home sick as a result. “We have had a high absenteeism. Our nurses have seen a higher absenteeism than normal,” said Superintendent Matt Reilly. “The symptoms being reported have been consistent with those of the Enterovirus D68."

Five Star Urgent Care adds location in Fayetteville

East Genesee Street walk-in facility now open; ribbon cutting and open house scheduled for Sept.19

Five Star Urgent Care has become the largest provider of urgent care services in Central New York with the company’s expansion to Fayetteville. The Fayetteville facility is Five Star’s third location in Syracuse, marking their sixth overall location across Central and Western New York. The new center is located at 6870 East Genesee St., and will serve patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

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Syracuse East CROP Hunger walk coming Oct. 5

Sunday, October 5, east side community members will join thousands of people across the U.S. in the 2014 CROP Hunger Walk. This year’s event being held at DeWitt Community Church will begin at noon with registration and a Hunger Awareness Lunch. Walkers will head out at 1 p.m. and travel the surrounding neighborhoods up to LeMoyne College, where snacks and water will be distributed. The walk is approximately three miles and an easy terrain. This is a community event and all are welcome.

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New fitness center coming to Cazenovia

A new 24-hour fitness center is coming to the town of Cazenovia in the near future, to be located at 2652 Route 20 East, in the former dental office of Dr. Peter Fauth. Lorren Hotaling, of Greene, N.Y., owner of multiple fitness centers around New York state, on Aug. 25 received the approval of the town zoning board of appeals for a special use permit to create the new facility.

Town issues blue-green algae warning for Cazenovia Lake

The town of Cazenovia Tuesday, Sept. 2, announced that water samples collected in near-shore areas of Cazenovia Lake during the week of Aug. 25 showed elevated counts of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). Microscopic examination has confirmed the presence of Microcystis; some species of this cyanobacteria are known to release harmful chemicals.

Madison County plans aerial spraying after additional EEE found

Recent mosquito surveillance activities by Madison County have provided more evidence of Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEE). EEE was detected in two additional mosquito pools collected recently on Moore Road in the Town of Sullivan. A total of five mosquito pools in the Town of Sullivan have now tested positive for EEE. Due to the continued detection of EEE at this time, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors anticipates declaring a state of emergency on Monday, Aug. 25, in order to enact an agreement to conduct aerial spraying.

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You are what you eat?

Fayetteville woman raising awareness about food allergy walk; proceeds will go to research

From the time she was 11 months old, Lindsey Stoppacher’s oldest daughter, Harper, did not like the taste of peanuts.

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Syracuse Crunch raises funds for Red Cross Disaster Relief

Donation sparked by Smithfield tornado and East Syracuse storm damage

In the wake of the tornado and severe storms that hit Central New York on July 8, the Syracuse Crunch recently raised more than $1,000 for the American Red Cross through a jersey auction fundraiser. The money raised will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used to help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance for victims of future disasters.

Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter announces education series at Madison County Office for the Aging

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter will present a series of education programs this fall at the offices of Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc., 138 Dominic Bruno Blvd., Canastota. Participation is free of charge, but advance registration is required at 472-4201 x125.

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