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Don’t stare into the snow without sunglasses

If your eyes have been feeling tired since, say, last Tuesday (March 14), it’s very possibly because of all the snow on the ground.
Snow reflects tons of light into your eyes and if you’ve been out on snowshoes or cross-country skis, or if you’ve been driving around, your eyes are probably working hard to help you see through all the glare.

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Population growth is slowing worldwide

This year, schools and towns in the Northwest Corner have been concerned about drops in the number of full-time residents (especially those with school-age children). Chambers of commerce and economic development commissions have been meeting to discuss ways to boost population and increase enrollment at the six Region One elementary schools. 

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The maple sap revolution

The sap is running from maple trees here in the Tri-state region. If you know someone who makes their own syrup, give him or her a call and see if you can buy a half gallon of the pure, clear sap, before they boil it down into amber syrup. 
Here’s the math: It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. And most people still boil down the sap in a tank over a wood fire. It takes a long time for all the water to boil out of the sap, so someone has to keep an eye on the tank and to keep chucking logs into the fire.

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Volunteer drivers are needed to help cancer patients

The American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery® program is in need of volunteers to donate their time and passenger seat to help get cancer patients to their lifesaving appointments and treatment. 

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NAMI Basics training class

The Foundation for Community Health, HYSB and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a free, six-session program designed for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral difficulties. 
This NAMI Basics training will help parents and other family caregivers of children to understand the illnesses that are causing behavioral difficulties and the critical role families play in the treatment of those illnesses. 

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New hospice director for Visiting Nurse Association

The Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) has appointed Melanie McGinn of Cornwall as hospice director, a position previously held by Donna DiMartino, who is retiring from SVNA. 
McGinn came to SVNA after working in Rhode Island as the Hospice and Palliative Care director for a large home health agency. She attended Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J.,  where she received a bachelor’s degree in individualized studies. 

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Hope, and answers, in fight against addiction

Filmmaker Tory Jadow’s latest project, “Recovering Community: The Missing Conversation,” looks at the trauma that is often at the root of an individual’s struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.
The film’s co-producer is Hope Payson, a licensed clinical social worker and addictions counselor with a private practice in Winsted.
In a phone interview, Jadow said Payson approached her for help in adding video to presentations.
As the discussions continued, Jadow thought, “I think there’s a film here.”

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New surgeon, Mustafa Ugurlu, is a cut above the ordinary

Bringing a bit of glamour to the surgery department at Sharon Hospital is its newest team member, Dr. Mustafa Ugurlu (which is pronounced “erloo”).
When you read about his background, it’s hard not to think: international jet setter, race car driver, rock star.
In person, he’s actually a pretty mellow guy, approachable and easy with a quick sense of humor. He’s a family man and ended up in the Northwest Corner partly out of deference to his wife, whose family had a house in Bantam, Conn.

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Funds needed for new SVAS ambulance

SALISBURY
The Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) has started a “Campaign for a New Ambulance.”
The SVAS volunteers want to buy a new ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis. The price is steep: $250,000.
The ambulance that SVAS wishes to replace is 20 years old, does not meet new state standards, and lacks updated technology.
And, according to Pat Barton, the SVAS chief of service, the undercarriage is rusty.
“Nobody wants to be Fred Flintstone,” she said in an interview on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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It’s important to learn how to listen to your body

KENT
The modern world is busy. There are appointments to keep, schedules to manage,  problems to solve. In the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to ignore the subtle ways our bodies communicate with us. 
In a talk on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Kent Memorial Library, Deborah Bain, registered nurse and founder of Prism Health Advocates, emphasized the importance of paying attention to what your body tells you.

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