Jewell County Health Fair today (Thursday)
The annual Jewell County Health Fair will be held from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Mankato Community Center.
Heartland Health and Imaging Services will be held beginning at 7 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Offered will be the following: complete wellness package, bone density carotid, peripheral and stomach; vascular package, carotid, peripheral and stomach scan; individual tests for bone density forearm scan which detects osteoporosis, carotid artery scanning, stomach scan which detects aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery screening.
Clients who are coming for blood draws need to take all medications with water, drink plenty of water, do not eat after 10 p.m. the night before. Offered will be blood panels checking kidney, liver, gout, uric acid, white and red blood cells, cholesterol as well a thyroid (TSH, T4), PSA, Vitamin D and Hepatitis C will also be offered. All checks for these services are payable to Jewell County Resource Council.
Kansas Lions Mobile Van will be on hand offering free tests for: six months and older vision screening; depth and field of vision test; blood pressure and sugar; hearing examine, diabetic screening.
Booths will be set up for the following: child gun locks by Jewell County Sheriff's Department; breast exams; apex "foot" computer analysis by S&S Home Health, Beloit; car seat checks, WIC, immunization info, blood pressure offered by Jewell County Health Department; radon home tests, water tests, canner pressure gauge checks by Post Rock Extension.
Information booths will be available: patient Navigator, DVAK, poison control, doTerra, Beach Body coach, Solomon Valley Transportation, Jewell County Health Dept., Heart Choices, Jewell County Hospital/Rural Health Clinic, Pawnee Mental Health, Jewell County Resource Council, Parents as Teacher, S&S Drug Home Health, Post Rock Extension, Midwest Transplant Network, Central Plain Respiratory, Youngevity, NCK CASA, dental information, OCCK, Jewell County Food Pantry, Central Kansas Library System.
Operation Take Back will also be available. Anyone having the following that need to be disposed of may deposit them free of charge: old or unused prescription or over the counter medicine; empty ink cartridges; eye glasses, cell phones.
Hep C is a contagious liver disease that can lead to serious problems including cirrhosis which is scarring of the liver and liver cancer. It is caused by a virus that spreads when blood from a person infected with the Hep C virus comes into contact with the blood of someone who is not infected. It does not spread through food or water or by sitting on toilet seats.
Hep C cannot be transmitted by sharing knives, forks or spoons, breastfeeding; hutting, kissing, holding hands, coughing, or sneezing.
Those at risk of getting Hep C are: current or past use of shared needles; anyone who received a blood transfusion, blood product or donor organ prior to the availability of screening in the US in 1992; people who are on some forms of kidney dialysis; anyone who received tattoos or body piercings with non-sterile instruments; people infected with HIV; anyone who was ever in jail or prison; babies born to mothers infected with Hep C; anyone who received a blood product for clotting problems made before 1987; healthcare worker who has been accidentally stuck with a contaminated needle.
Hep C is a silent disease, meaning people can have it but not have noticeable symptoms. People can have mild to severe symptoms soon after being infected. With mild or no symptoms, people may have the disease and be able to spread the virus to others without knowing.
Symptoms of Hep C are: fever; fatigue; loss of appetite; nausea; vomiting; abdominal pain; dark urine; clay colored stools; joint pain, jaundice.
Hep C can either be acute or chronic. Acute Hep C lasts a short time and occurs within the first six months of exposure to the Hep C virus. In some cases, the body can get ride of the virus on its own. If not the infection will become chronic.
Chronic Hep C is serious and long lasting. For 75 to 86 percent of people with Hep C an acute infection becomes chronic.
There are two other common types of hepatitis, A and B. All cause inflammation or swelling of the liver but each is a different virus. There are vaccines for Hep A and B but there is no vaccine for Hep C.
Chronic Hep C can cause a shorter lifespan and is the leading cause of liver cancer and liver transplants. About 45 percent of untreated patients develop cirrhosis.
Hep C can be cured. Recent scientific advances have made treatments for Hep C shorter and more effective with fewer side effects than previously and cure rates of around 95 percent. A cure for Hep C means the virus is not detected in the blood three months after treatment is completed.
Dunstan celebrates 30 years as a beautician
Pam Dunstan, Mankato, has been a beautician for 30 years. She
graduated from Crums Beauty College, Manhattan, in February 1988.
She came back to her home town of Mankato and on March 31 of that
year started working with Lori Bonjour in her beauty salon, Lori's
His and Hers, located on the north side of the Ute Theatre.
In 1996 Lori's His and Hers Salon moved to their present location on N. Commercial Street. Pam became co-owner with Lori in 2000 and around 2003 the salon became Hair and More.
Lori retired in 2013 following an accident that wouldn't allow her to work as a beautician anymore. In December 2014, Haley (Thompson) Nelson, joined Pam as a beautician. Lori sold her share of the business to Haley in 2015. Sherry Partridge joined the business in 2016 as a nail technician.
Pam said she believes the first customers in her beautician chair in Mankato were Alice Kinsey and Kathleen Jeffrey.
"Actually my first customer was Lloyd Johnson Jr. He was a student in college at Manhattan while I was going to beauty college there and he would come in and let me cut his hair. He is still a customer of mine today," said Pam.
So, that makes Lloyd Jr. her longest customer to have a haircut by her, but Butch and Betty Thompson and Vonda and Robert Wakefield run a close second.
"My clients are important to me. I like the variety of beautician work in our shop, always something different from styles to techniques. This has been a good occupation. It allows me to schedule around my girls' activities," Pam said.
An open house is planned to celebrate Pam's 30 years in business. See the ad elsewhere in this edition.
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approves technology requests for next year
The Rock Hills Board of Education met in regular session on March 8. Those present were Brenden Wirth, Janelle Greene, Todd Mauerhan, Lori Yelken, Lori Slate, Bobi Fogo, Kenny Mizner, Nadine Smith, Bob Roush, Sam Meyers, Billie Cox, Cindy Becker, Nancy Marihugh and Jennifer Urbaniak.
Cindy Becker and Nancy Marihugh, Jewell County Health Department, discussed with the board required student immunizations and the process for students who are still needing certain immunizations.
Bobi Fogo moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to approve the FBLA travel request for state convention to Topeka for three Suburbans and to stay overnight. Motion passed 7-0.
Billie Cox, district technology coordinator, presented to the board the quarterly technology report.
Brenden Wirth moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to approve the following technology contracts under the E-Rate Program: Category One internet services from Cunningham Telephone and Cable with the faster 500x500 speeds for an annual cost of $8,400. Category Two sonic wall and access points from Nex-Tech in the amount of $11,126.58 and a maintenance agreement as needed from Nex-Tech in the amount of $13,920. Motion passed 7-0.
Billie Cox presented the board with the technology requests for 2018-2019 school year in the amount of $97,768.12. Brenden Wirth moved, seconded by Kenny Mizner, to approve the requests. Motion passed 7-0.
Bob Roush, facilities and transportation director, discussed maintenance and transportation with the board. The board reviewed the monthly bus report, which includes mileage, fuel and repairs for January.
Roush had two quotes for a 2018 Suburban. Melton Motors for $43,176.25 and Alexander Motors for $42,820. Todd Mauerhan moved, seconded by Janelle Greene, to accept Alexander Motors quote in the amount of $42,820 for one 2018 Chevrolet Suburban. Motion passed 7-0. The board asked Roush to bring back quotes next month on replacing the maintenance pickup.
The board discussed high school facilities upgrades. They looked at options for building a separate building on the school premises instead of adding on to the current building. It was a consensus of the board to continue looking into this matter and to see what kind of cost they would be looking at.
Sam Meyers presented a proposal for a shoot away basketball machine for the high school. Bobi Fogo moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to approve the request for the 10k model for $6,491 and to surplus the old machine. Motion passed 6-1.
Districtwide enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year will be held Aug. 2, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the high school.
The following career pathways have been approved at the district level and submitted for state approval for 2018-2019: restaurant and event management; web and digital communications; construction and design; power, structural and technical systems; comprehensive agriculture science; business finance; health science; biochemistry; and business management and entrepreneurship.
All CTE pathways have been submitted to the state for approval. This year they will be expanding the offerings to include health sciences and AV communications pathways, bringing the total to 10 pathways offered at Rock Hills.
Brenden Wirth moved, seconded by Janelle Greene, to give all teachers including SPED staff $10 in chamber bucks for Teacher Appreciation Week in May. They also gave the consensus for Jen and Nadine to give $10 in chamber bucks honoring all other employees during special days and weeks throughout the rest of the year. Motion passed 7-0.
Lori Slate moved, seconded by Brenden Wirth, to enter into executive session to discuss matters affecting students. Nadine Smith and Sam Meyers were invited into executive session. No action resulted from this executive session.
Bobi Fogo moved, seconded by Brenden Wirth, to enter into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Nadine Smith and Sam Meyers were invited into executive session.
Brenden Wirth moved, seconded by Janelle Greene, to enter into executive session to discuss non-elected personnel. Nadine Smith and Sam Meyers were invited into executive session.
Brenden Wirth moved, seconded by Bobi Fogo, to accept the resignation from Vicky Wagner, junior high cheer sponsor, effective at the end of this school year. Motion passed 7-0.
Jennifer Urbaniak, board clerk, presented two options for a new time clock system. The first proposal from Harris School Solutions included 25 employee licenses, setup fees and time clocks for $5,200. The second proposal was from TimeClock Plus and included 75 employee licenses, setup fees and time clocks for $10,568.68. Lori Slate moved, seconded by Brenden Wirth, to approve the proposal from TimeClock Plus. Motion passed 7-0.
Brenden Wirth moved, seconded by Bobi Fogo, to enter into executive session to discuss employer-employee negotiations. Nadine Smith was invited into executive session.
Brenden Wirth moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to enter into executive session to discuss employer-employee negotiations. Nadine Smith was invited into executive session.
Brenden Wirth moved, seconded by Lori Slate, to enter into executive session to discuss employer-employee negotiations. Nadine Smith was invited into executive session. No action resulted from this executive session.
The next regular meeting of the Rock Hills School Board will be at 7 p.m. on April 9 at the district office in Mankato.
Mankato Chamber discusses race series, other events
The regular monthly meeting of the Mankato Chamber of Commerce
was held March 14 with 12 members present.
Brian Shulda, vice president, called the meeting to order. Monica Walker, secretary, read the minutes of the February meeting. Sara Reiter, treasurer, gave the treasurer's report. All were approved.
The 2018 membership drive was reported on. So far, 36 members have paid dues for 2018.
April 21 is the date established for the chamber's annual community clean-up. The group discussed getting trucks and skid loaders to help with the event. Volunteers are needed to bring salads, desserts and drinks for the lunch that will be served following and also volunteers for helping with the pickups.
Don Koester has tilled the community garden. Several members will take care of lining out the plots. There are still several plots available and ready for planting.
Chris Rhea discussed the race series. A meeting was held March 12 in Mankato. Representatives from area communities were in attendance. The goal for a racing series is to increase participation in local races. People will be running, walking or biking for a chance at an overall series prize in addition to whatever is given out at each race. The more participation, the better the chance of winning the big prize at the end. Area towns interested in the race series are Superior, Smith Center, Mankato, Osborne, Downs, Courtland, Jewell, Esbon and Mankato. The races will begin April 21 and run continue through Oct. 13. The chamber will support the race series and give funds to be used towards the overall prizes.
The annual Mother's Day luncheon will take place May 13. Details were discussed and will continue at the April meeting.
Jewell County March Match Month is in full swing. Council approved to provide a matching donation up to $500 total to the Jewell County Foundation fund during their "March Match Month" fundraiser. The chamber will match any donation made by all chamber businesses up to $500 total.
Emma Menhusen filled the group in on the events being planned for the the Mammoth Music Festival.
Hair and More will be celebrating their 30th anniversary March 23 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Next meeting will be held on April11 at noon at Bob's Inn.
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