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148 Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Story rekindled memories The July 29 story about the 100th anniversary of Gold Lake Lodge stirred a lot of memories for one family. Susan Lundblade wrote to say that her grandfather, W.J. McDonald, took the photo of the lodge and its owners that was printed with the story, and is part of the collection of the McDonald/Lundblade families. It is available for viewing at the Plumas County Museum. Lundblade's grandfather was a lifelong friend of Ollie Machomich, the lodge's founder. Lundblade said her grandfather was quite an amateur photographer and they have many of his photos. This one was taken at Gold Lake Lodge circa 1912. Photo courtesy McDonald/Lundblade families System fails homeless veterans Recent events led me to fo- cus on one of the specialty groups and priorities identi- fied by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A particular group of veterans, homeless ones, are supposed to be get- ting more attention. For the sake of argument, some veterans want to be or don't mind being homeless per se. And sometimes "home" might not agree with the con- temporary meaning of a dwelling we might appreciate. For some, it is a lifestyle and arrangement they've either sought or accepted and they refuse services or assistance. However, there are a huge number of veterans and their families Who are indeed homeless due to economic cir- cumstances, chronic health concerns, criminal issues or, other factors. This number varies depending on surveys, but roughly 68,000 homeless veterans are in the United States. About 14,000 of these have been homeless over a year. These are just numbers for veterans, not the overall homeless population. The number of homeless vets is disturbing and shows that there is still a lot of work VET TP.AX MIKE McLEOD Division Director, Veterans Services to do. When transitioning out of the military or later in life, if a veteran is found in a homeless situation, the sys- tem and safety mechanisms have failed. VA Secretary Shinseki set a goal in place to end homelessness by 2015. There has been a huge ef- fort between the Department of Housing and Urban Devel- opment and VA to work to- ward the goal set by the secre- tary. Since they teamed up, statistics show that the home- less veteran population has been reduced by as much as 12 percent. Within the past two months, several homeless is- sues arose concerning veter- ans and I looked into the re- sources available as purport- ed by the VA. It was disap- pointing: 39 percent of our veterans are in rural settings, but the resources to support them aren't. "ly Serving the medical needs to Westwood, Clear Creek, Hamilton Branch and the surrounding areas of the Almanor Basin. Come visit our providers. Walk Ins Welcome! Westwood Family 209 Birch Street Westwood Monday, Business Hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 8 am -5 pm To Schedule Your Appointment Manufacturer's Recall Just Announced Makb~ ,:otJr iif~ ,~a~;er Owen's Pharmacy located in the Northeastern Clinic, Susanville can mail your prescriptions to your home FREE! Call 252-4315 for details! Northeastern Rural Health Clinics 1850 Spring Ridge Dr. Susanville 530-251-5000 Urgent Care Mon-Fri 8:00 am-6:30 pm Hours: Sat 8 am-Noon & 2 pm-4 pm Sliding Scale MediCal Medicare Commercial Insurances Family Pact CMSP We will sign you up for insurances if you qualify. A service of Northeastern Rural Health Clinics Quality Healthcare, Your Choice Our Commitment What I found, especially for our rural communities, is that assistance and resources available from the state or federal government are poor or nonexistent. Many of the resources or transitional housing or help centers are in the metropolitan areas and bigger counties. The numbers in our community and neigh- boring Lassen, Modoc, and Sierra. counties are small, but once a vet is in a predicament out here, the ability to get as- sistance from outside is very limited or not there. There are some veteran homes in the state for those over 55 years old, but the waiting list and processing time is at least three months. Thank goodness there are some local and county re- sources, but it isn't enough to sustain much for long. That being said, collaborative ef- forts are in the works with our neighboring counties and the Veterans Administration. Hopefully we'll be able to put something cohesive together to benefit those who served our country. If you know a homeless vet- eran or family member, or one that is at risk of becoming homeless, please give the VA help line a call at (877) 4AID- VET (877-424-3838). How to avoid bites and stings from summer's bugs Q: Chuck, I detest summer bugs and ailments, but which ones should I watch out for most? --Loraine B. Springfield, Ore. A: In the first three parts of this series, I began to explain 12 summer health hazards, in- cluding high outdoor temper- atures, asthma, disease risks at public bodies of water, food poisoning, swimmer's ear, foot-and-mouth disease, in- creased cybercrime, criminal activity on the streets arid drug use. Here are the last few health hazards among my dozen that can sting their way into your summer: 10) Biting and stinging in- sects. In three recent "C- Force" columns, I focused on the increased risks of bed- bugs, tapeworms and deer ticks. Though I recommend you read the columns in their- entirety, b~ing in the very heart of summer, a few of the points bear repeating. As documented by Cornell University: "Unfortunately, bed bugs have made a world- wide comeback. They're also turning up in surprising places, such as fancy hotels, hospitals, college dorms, labo- ratories, airports, and maybe even your home." Despite the fact that bed- bugs feed exclusively on blood, Cornell University also reports that they "are not known to transmit any dis: eases to humans. They may be horrifying to some, but they pose less of a risk to us than do mosquitoes." The unfortunate news about tapeworms is that 11 million to 29 million people in Latin America alone have been infected with them. In North America, they most often are found in poor areas lacking good and sani- tary health systems, and only 1,500 to 2,000 people are infect- ed with them in the U.S. In 2009, deer ticks, which can carry the type of bacteria that causes Lyme disease, helped that disease surpass HIV in terms of the number of cases, adding 30,158 more cas- es in 2010. Increases in 2012 alone were found in the Northeast, the Midwest and the West. WOW! Immaculate Lake Almanor West home in a stunning setting. leaves) grows as a vine in the West but usually as a shrub in the eastern part of the U.S. Poison ivy (three leaves), true to its name, grows as a vine in the Midwest and the eastern and southern U.S. But in the C-FORCE far northern and western HEALTH AND FITNESS parts of the United States, CHUCK NORRIS Canada and around the Great Lakes, it is a shrub. Poison sumac (seven to 13 leaves) Th ugh the precautions I grows in standing water in addressed in that trilogy of peat bogs in the Northeast, columns should be taken, the Midwest and Southeast. reigning kings and queens of If you have contact with the summer stingers remain any of these poisonous plants, bees, wasps, hornets, mosqui- UIS recommends: toes and fire ants. The Cen- "Wash all exposed areas ters for Disease Control and with cold running water as Prevention estimates'that soon as you can reach a every year, about 100 people stream, lake, or garden hose. in the U.S. die as a result of al- If you can do this within five lergic reactions from them. minutes, the water may keep And the spread of West Nile the urushiol from contacting virus via mosquitoes remains your skin and spreading to a problem in the U.S. as well. other parts of your body. The CDC recommends the Within the first 30 minutes, following things to prevent soap and water are helpful. bites and stings: "Wash your clothing in Stay indoors (especially a washing machine with during peak heat times of day detergent. and late at night, when visi- "Relieve the itching of mild bility is low). rashes by taking cool showers If outdoors, wear light- and applying over-the-counter colored, smooth-finished preparations like calamine lo- clothing, tion orBurow's solution. Soak Avoid perfumed soaps, in a lukewarm bath with an oat- shampoos and deodorants, meal or baking'soda solution." Wear clean clothing, and Consult a physician, however, bathe daily. (Sweat may anger if a fever results or a rash ap- bees.) pears on your eyelids, lips, face Wear clothing to cover as or genitals. much of the body as possible. 12) Pertussis, or whooping Avoid standing or lying cough. Pertussis is a highly in areas prone to fire ants or contagious bacterial respira- scorpions, tory tract infection that caus- Avoid flowering plants es a severe cough that can last when possible, several weeks or even Avoid swampy, marshy months. It starts like the com- areas where mosquitoes con- mon cold but progresses after gregate, and use mosquito re- one or two weeks with a vio- pellant, lent cough. Remain calm and still if a The CDC reported that in single stinging insect is flyingWashington state alone, there around. (Swatting at an insect have been 2,883 cases this may cause it to attack and year through July 7, com- sting.) pared with 210 reported cases --If you are attacked by sev- in 2011 for the same period. eral stinging insects at once, The California Department of run to get away from them. Public Health reported that (Bees release a chemical when more than "9,000 cases of per- they sting, which may attract " tussis were reported in Cali- other bees.) fornia during 2010, the most ll) Poison ivy, poison oak in over 60 years, including 10 and poison sumac. Bugs are not infant deaths." the only summer culprits. Plant Keeping yourself, your child life can be anything but floral,or another loved one away Each year, 10 million to 50 from other coughing children million Americans have an al- or others with cold-like symp- lergic reaction (rash) after toms is key for prevention. having some contact with The CDC recommends vacci- these poisonous plants, ac- nations as the best way to pre- cording to the University of vent pertussis, but consult Illinois at Springfield. UIS esti- your physician or health prac- mates that 85 percent of people titioner about what is best for are allergic to urushiol, the oil your family's particular needs, found in the sap of these as even vaccinations differ for plants, which can be active for infants, children, preteens, months and even become air- teens and adults with varying borne in particle form. health conditions, including UIS explained that poison pregnant women. oak, poison ivy and poison Write to Chuck Norris (info@ sumac grow everywhere in creators.corn) with questions the U.S. except Hawaii, Alas- about health and fitness. Copy- ka and some desert areas in right 2012 Chuck Norris Distrib- the West. 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