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Written by Tracy Trumper, CSU Extension agent   

Staying safe this Halloween

Halloween is among the top three holidays producing the most emergency room visits, according to a nine-year study of pediatric emergency room visits between 1997 and 2006.

Most of the injuries were to the finger or hand with 33.3 percent being lacerations and 20.1 percent being fractures. The greatest portion of total injuries — 30.3 percent — were sustained by children ages 10-14.

Therefore, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the FDA ask children and adults to take some simple precautions to remain safe for Halloween. Here are safety tips to remember as the whole family gets ready to celebrate.


—Children should not carve pumpkins. However, some carving devices or kits can be used by older children with adult supervision. Young children can have fun emptying the seeds instead of carving.

Think about painting pumpkins instead of carving as well. Remember to wash all pumpkins with soap and water before they are carved because bacteria may be on the surface of the pumpkin and can be ingested accidentally causing severe illness.

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Holyoke Enterprise October 30, 2014

Thinking About Health PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service   

Beware the sales pitches during Medicare’s annual open enrollment

Once again, it’s Medicare open enrollment season, the time for those on Medicare to choose how to cover the gaps in the government health program for seniors and people with disabilities. Once again, beneficiaries in many parts of the country face a bewildering number of choices — far more than most of them can reasonably evaluate. It’s no wonder studies show that beneficiaries stick with the same plan year after year even though they may be able to get something cheaper.

In New York City, I have nearly 100 choices considering both Medicare Advantage plans and traditional Medigap policies, but I’m not about to switch. This year, though, I did a little “shopping” to help readers understand what they might confront should they wade into the thicket of options. They are especially plentiful for Medicare Advantage plans, a private managed care arrangement that restricts the doctors and hospitals a person can use.

The usual flyers and brochures from sellers of Medicare Advantage plans began to arrive in the mail a few weeks ago. One nearly fooled me. It read, “Medicare Health Plan Information, Important Information Regarding 2015 Changes Enclosed.” For a minute, I thought it was Medicare contacting me to tell me I had to pay a higher monthly premium.

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Holyoke Enterprise October 30, 2014

Keep public notices in the public PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terri House, Colorado Press Association president, The Pagosa Springs SUN   

Since statehood, Colorado citizens have relied on legal (or public) notice advertising in newspapers throughout the state to be informed of important governmental actions.

State agencies, counties, municipalities and special districts post their legal notices in community newspapers. Publication of these notices in newspapers provides a centralized location for legal notices.

Colorado Counties, Inc., the association of county commissioners, voted early this month to pursue legislation to allow counties to post their legal notices on individual county websites instead of printing those notices in community newspapers.

The public cannot reasonably be expected to keep track of governmental activities when there are literally thousands of state agencies and counties, municipalities, special districts and school districts with their own websites.

It would be cumbersome for taxpayers to search each individual website operated by the various governmental agencies for information that they need. Spreading these types of notices in different places across the Internet would hinder the public’s access to important public information.

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Holyoke Enterprise October 30, 2014