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Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn is offering a reminder to motorists that November is the month with the highest number of vehicle-deer crashes.

The sheriff’s office handled 41 deer crashes in November 2008, Wasylyshyn said and in 2007, there were a record 61 crashes involving cars and deer. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 1.5 million deer-vehicle crashes each year in the U.S. Those accidents cause about 150 deaths and $1.1 billion in property damage annually.

Wasylyshyn offers these tips for avoiding hitting a deer while driving:
• Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for vehicle-deer collisions.
• Drive with caution when moving through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland. Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.

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Maintaining independence is a goal for many older adults. The idea of moving in with family or to an assisted living facility can be unsettling for some.

Unfortunately, declining health, decreased hearing and vision, balance disorders and risk of falling all threaten to limit one’s level of independence. In addition to health concerns, there may be safety concerns, especially for those who live alone. Thankfully, technology exists today that provides seniors and those living alone with a greater possibility to maintain some level of independence even as their health issues increase. 

Imagine your concern if you called to check on a loved one who lived alone and no one answered the phone. Panic may set in after several phone calls go unanswered and a trip to the house results in no answer at the door. Only after finding grandma blissfully unaware of all your excitement can you finally relax.

But the relief is short lived when you consider the magnitude of this problem. If grandma doesn’t always hear the telephone, what reassurance is there that she would hear the smoke detector if she were sleeping? And if she doesn’t hear the doorbell or knocking at the door would she be aware of an unwelcome intruder who gained entrance through a window?

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Mercy hospitals set visitor restrictions
In an effort to manage the spread of the flu, Mercy is moving to implement a restricted visitor policy for those visitors 17 years of age and younger in their metro facilities, which includes Mercy St. V’s, Mercy Children’s, Mercy St. Anne and Mercy St. Charles. Any exceptions to this policy will need to be made prior to visitation with the unit’s nurse manager.

As always, in order to further protect patients, visitors and employees, visitors who are ill with flu-like symptoms are restricted from visiting Mercy hospitals during this flu season.


H1N1 flu clinic set
The Sandusky County Health Department will hold an H1N1 vaccination clinic Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supply is exhausted, at Clyde High School, 1015 Race Street, Clyde. 

This clinic is only for those that fall into the priority groups set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the Ohio Department of Health. The intramuscular injection only will be offered.

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