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Issue Home October 20, 2010 Site Home

Co. Democrats Hold Annual Steak Bake
A Visit With The Vanderfeltz Family
Susquehanna County Republican Rally
Audience Urges DRBC To Wait
Planning For A Safe Halloween
Avoid Colds And Flu This Season
Day Of Caring A Success
A Family Farm
Foster Grandparents Make A Difference
O Negative Supply At Critically Low Levels
Protect Vision For A Lifetime
Recognizing Allergic Reactions In Kids


Co. Democrats Hold Annual Steak Bake
Submitted By Bob McNamara

On Sunday, September 26 Susquehanna County Democrats held their annual Steak Bake and Silent Auction. The pristine Harford Volunteer Fire Hall was the setting and the Endless Mountains served as the backdrop for this sunny fall afternoon. Over one hundred and thirty people were in attendance and enjoyed a very tasty meal prepared by the Harford Fire Company Volunteers. Congressman Chris Carney was the featured speaker. During his talk, he provided an update on some of the current activities for the House of Representatives along with some highlights for his current campaign. Pictured (l-r) above: seated - Christine Sezer, Vice Chair; Nancy Hurley, State Committee; Melanie Kozlowski, Secretary; standing - Bob McNamara, Chairman; Leon Allen, Commissioner; MaryAnn Warren, Commissioner; Congressman Chris Carney; Jim Knapp, Candidate for State House District 111 and Rick Ainey, Treasurer.

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A Visit With The Vanderfeltz Family
Submitted By Olivia Mitchell, Susquehanna County Dairy Princess

In 1959, Leno and Lydia Quick had a dairy farm in Wayne County. When the flood control dam was built across their farm they were forced to move their dairy farm from Wayne County to Rushville, Susquehanna County.

After farming for many years, Leno and Lydia Quick’s son David, together with his wife, Marilyn, joined the family dairy farm. They built a quality registered Jersey herd of about 60 milking dairy cows. Years later David and Marilyn’s daughter, Melinda, met a young dairy farmer by the name of Joe Vanderfeltz. Joe grew up in Missouri on his family’s dairy farm and worked for Sire Power for several years.

The Vanderfeltz family proudly display their Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor banners won at this year’s Harford Fair: front - Kyle and Cory Vanderfeltz and Caleb Dolan; back - Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Olivia Mitchell, Joe and Melinda Vanderfeltz, Marilyn Quick, Jack and Cara Dolan, Jersey show judge Chuck Luchsinger and Madeline Mitchell.

Marilyn suffered a tremendous loss in the death of her husband and friend, David. Thankfully, Joe and Melinda took a serious interest in the family farm and continued the legacy that David had started, having a quality dairy farm. Joe and Melinda are milking, on average, 170 registered Jersey and Holstein animals with a total herd of over 200 animals.

The farm name changed from Quick to Vanderfeltz, who now have 256 acres in Rush Township, with approximately 120 acres of tillable land. They lease and work a total of 500 acres, growing corn, alfalfa, and grass. Joe and Melinda have two sons, Kyle and Cory, who represent the fourth generation on their family farm. Kyle and Cory love to work with and show their animals at the Harford Fair. The Vanderfeltz farm recently was honored at the Harford Fair and presented with Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder for their Jersey herd.

My Grandmother, Marjorie Mitchell and her late husband, Robert Mitchell were great friends of David and Marilyn Quick so it was a pleasure getting to know the Vanderfeltz family and hear about the great heritage and history of their family farm. It is a blessing to see the future generations taking such pride in the dairy industry. Joe and Melinda, we appreciate your family and all you are doing to ensure that we have healthy dairy products on our shelves so we can enjoy eating “3 Every Day” of dairy, milk, cheese and yogurt. Keep up the great work!

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Susquehanna County Republican Rally

The annual fall rally of the Susquehanna County Republican Committee was held Saturday, October 2, with a breakfast buffet at the Gardner-Warner American Legion Post at Elk Lake. A total of 115 attended to hear the Republican candidates solicit their votes for the November 2 election. Carolyn Paccio was event chairperson with Donna Cosmello and Nancy Narma as co-chairs.

Congressional candidate Tom Marino and his wife, Edie, were the principal guests with former US. Atty Marino telling the crowd that he would take Susquehanna County values to Washington when he is elected. Marino said he was a born to a blue-collar family and will cast his congressional votes in the interests of the people of Susquehanna County.

Other speakers included Dan Meuser who spoke for Gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett; Peter Towey spoke on behalf of Senate candidate Pat Toomey; Carolyn Paccio spoke for Lt. Gov. candidate Jim Cawley.

Sandra Major and Tom Marino

State Rep. Sandra Major, who has two opponents, told of her concerns for voting the interests of her constituents in the rural counties. State Rep. Tina Pickett and State Sen. Lisa Baker, both of whom are unopposed, also sought the continued support of the attendees.

County Chairman John Kameen served as master of ceremonies with Invocation by Pastor Gary Haskell of the Jackson Baptist Church. Pledge of Allegiance was by Ryan Stalker and the Star Spangled Banner was sung by Jason Miller.

Edna Paskoff, a member of the Susq. County Committee, and a Tea Party organizer, received a standing ovation after speaking about the principles of the U.S. Constitution and the rights and duties it confers on U.S. Citizens. Mrs. Paskoff was responsible for securing pocket copies of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence which were presented to each rally attendee.

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Audience Urges DRBC To Wait
Submitted By Joann Morsch, Secretary, Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E.

At the September annual public meeting of Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E., guest speakers, Ms. Carol Collier, the executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), and David Kovach, staff geologist, delivered presentations on the issues and impacts of natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin and then answered questions from the audience at the Forest City High School auditorium in Forest City, PA.

Ms. Collier noted that 42% of the citizens of Pennsylvania live in the corridor of the Delaware River. Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists frequent the area in the Upper Delaware Wild and Scenic area of the river. Approximately 15 million people get their drinking water from the watershed. The 330-mile long Delaware River, non-tidal from its headwaters in Hancock, NY, becoming tidal in West Trenton, includes the largest fresh water port in the USA. What happens along the river impacts a significant number of people in the 4 states along the river so the rules and regulations that define the usage of the water controlled by the DRBC are very important to its vitality.

"We are starting with the premise that there will be drilling in the basin and we are attempting to minimize the impacts," Collier said. Current information shows that natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale will have a play of about 20 years with a projection of 7,200 to 28,000 wells by various estimates. Being such a wide range the DRBC has made some assumptions about the effects on the DRB using an estimate of 10,000 wells.

The DRBC predicts between six to eight wells per pad, using 100,000 gallons per well for initial drilling, plus another one million gallons per thousand feet of lateral drilling (for example, a 5,000 foot lateral could require five million gallons of water). DRBC estimates a need for 19 million gallons of water per day during the peak production years, (which would be years 10 and 11), with a potential annual consumption of nearly 7 billion gallons. Reuse of water would reduce this amount somewhat. Wastewater volume is estimated at 8.5 million gallons a day without flowback reuse. This does not take into account the need to re-frack wells.

The DRBC representatives noted their intent: "1. Not to prevent appropriate natural gas activities. 2. Ensure proper environmental protections are in place and understood by natural gas developers. 3. Provide directional signals, not stop signs, unless warranted." The DRBC has to consider what the area will become after 20 years of the gas play. Collier and Kovach presented some projections based on what has already happened in the Barnett Shale play out West and extrapolated what could occur here.

In the question and answer period of the forum, Ms. Joyce Stone, board member of R.E.S.C.U.E. and resident of Dimock, PA asked why the DRBC used Barnett Shale statistics instead of learning from what's going on in her neighborhood, which has been plagued by many environmental problems, notably with methane escaping into drinking water wells and chemical spills into pristine streams.

Kovach answered that the Barnett samples were used because "it's a play that has had its infancy, been developed and peaked, with 13,000 wells drilled." Ms. Stone then invited Collier and Kovach to spend a week in Dimock and see for themselves "what's really going on" nearby in the Susquehanna River Basin.

Ms. Collier gave some indication of what will be included in the proposed rules, which would require drillers to pay bonds larger than those paid elsewhere in PA and New York before they begin work. The proposals call for drillers to present comprehensive plans about the cumulative impact of their operations, including well sites, roads, and gathering lines from individual wells to major pipelines. The commission would then encourage such activities in less sensitive areas of the watershed. Other regulations will include pre-drilling monitoring of both water wells and surface waters and will require drillers to report the chemicals they use to stimulate each well.

During the power point presentation Ms. Collier stressed the importance of forests in the watershed with a twist on an old phrase, "It's the forests, stupid!" It's the 90% contiguous forest in the headwaters of the basin that determines water quality and quantity. "We need to look at what happens on the land, not just water use." There is real concern for any clear- cutting in the basin.

So far two drafts of the regulations have been presented to the commissioners and another proposal is in the works. DRBC does have compliance and enforcement authority and aims to develop a more comprehensive monitoring strategy throughout the basin.

During the question and answer period many members of the audience told the DRBC representatives that it is too soon to begin drilling before federal and other environmental impact studies are done basin-wide. The EPA study will probably take two or three years before being completed. "What we're trying to do is put regulations out there so there is a level playing field, then be adaptive after the studies are published. If things come up, we can go back and change the regulations," Collier said.

One questioner asked about the potential funds from the government for the DRBC to do their own cumulative impact study. The funds are requested, but not yet provisioned so the DRBC feels that it needs to proceed without the study.

Honesdale resident Barbara Leo expressed concern about the peak years of development. "We'll have 1,300 wells shaking up the shale," she said. "What's the guarantee that this cumulative activity won't cause migration to the surface or get into the groundwater?"

"There's no guarantee," replied Kovach.

Another Honesdale resident Jane Prettyman asked why the regulations are being developed before completion of several major studies that are underway. "Going ahead with hydraulic fracturing in the DRB area, a protected watershed, without the EPA study is like conducting an experiment," she said. "Test wells are actually experiments and should be called that." Other audience members also voiced concern about test wells being allowed without proper review.

In response to what would happen to a drought of record, Collier replied that fracking would not be a priority source of water. "We have pass-by requirements to address this. An industry has less clout than public water supply or farming or other uses."

R.E.S.C.U.E secretary Joann Morsch asked whether DRBC would require "markers" in frack fluids to enable tracing a contaminant to its source for positive identification. "It's something we'll talk about," said Collier.

They also will try to dissuade drillers from operating in the National Parks Service corridor, something Ms. Collier said she would like to forbid entirely, but which is being reviewed by the commission's legal staff.

The rules will go through a public comment period once the draft is published. To stay informed about the proposed rules and regulations and to voice your concerns, go to For Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E.'s position paper on natural gas drilling, visit

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Planning For A Safe Halloween

CHICAGO - Halloween is right around the corner and consumers are already getting into the spirit. In fact, the National Retail Federation estimated that the total Halloween spending for 2010 would reach $5.8 billion. Approximately four out of 10 people plan on dressing in costume and will spend more than $23 on their ensemble. Prevent Blindness America wants to remind everyone to make sure their costumes, or their children’s costumes, will be safe.

Prevent Blindness America has created a dedicated website for children’s eye health and safety, The site provides parents with free information on how to keep their teens and children’s eyes safe this year, without a scary trip to the emergency room.

Prevent Blindness America offers these tips to adults and children to help keep Halloween a treat:

Never buy cosmetic contact lenses without a prescription, which is both illegal and dangerous. Misuse of lenses can result in bacterial infections, swelling, eye pain, sensitivity to light, conjunctivitis (pink eye), corneal scratches and loss of clarity.

Always wear hypoallergenic make-up. Adults should apply the make-up and remove it with cold cream or eye make-up remover instead of soap. Follow product guidelines about applying product directly around the eyes.

False eyelashes should only be applied and removed according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the products package.

Cosmetics should never be shared, especially eye cosmetics.

Do not dye eyelashes or eyebrows. No color additives have been approved by the FDA for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes or eyebrows.

Always apply makeup outside the lash line to avoid contact with the eye.

Avoid costumes with masks, wigs, floppy hats or eye patches that block vision. Tie hats and scarves securely so they won’t slip over children’s eyes.

Avoid costumes that drag on the ground to prevent tripping or falling. Do not use roller blades or ride a bike, scooter or skateboard while wearing a costume.

Do not use or purchase pointed props such as spears, swords or wands.

Wear bright, reflective clothing or decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape/patches. Carry a bright flashlight to improve visibility.

Always accompany children while trick-or-treating. Only go to houses you are familiar with.

Carefully examine all trick-or-treat items for signs of tampering before allowing children to eat them. Inspect any toys or novelty items received by kids age 3 and younger as they may pose a choking hazard.

Jack-o-lanterns should be placed in areas where trick-or-treaters or Halloween party guests won’t be able to trip over them or have costumes brush up against them. All tripping hazards should be removed from sidewalks and porches.

Make sure costumes are made of flame-retardant material.

“By following a few simple steps, parents can ensure that everyone in the family can have a fun, safe Halloween night to remember,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America.

For more information on Halloween, cosmetic or contact lens safety, please call Prevent Blindness America at 1-800-331-2020 or visit

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Avoid Colds And Flu This Season

(StatePoint) It's cold and flu season again, so it's time for a refresher course on what you can do to keep your family healthy.

Most people know colds are less severe than influenza, but they're often unsure about specific symptoms. For example, the flu is often accompanied by a high fever (between 101 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit), and can cause extreme exhaustion that can last from two to three weeks. A cold usually lasts only a few days.

If you'd like to avoid using up those sick days, here are some tips to help you avoid colds and flu.

Become a Germ-a-phobe. Maybe you don't need to become a full-blown hypochondriac, but a little fastidiousness in areas of public hygiene can go a long way in avoiding illness this season.

Put distance between you and anybody displaying symptoms like coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands thoroughly and often, using an alcohol-based sanitizing gel or wipe if water and soap aren't available. Frequently disinfect high hand-traffic items, such as doorknobs and keyboards.

Be sure to get sufficient rest, exercise and eat right, including plenty of vegetables and fresh fruit. Foods rich in vitamins A, C and E, help maintain a healthy immune system.

Most importantly, get your annual flu shot! This year for the first time, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is recommending everyone ages six months and older get the flu shot. However, remember it takes a few weeks after your shot to begin reaping flu-fighting benefits.

Give Your Booster a Boost. While most flu vaccines are 70 to 90 percent effective, efficacy can be less in the elderly or individuals with immune system problems. Either way, you may also want to consider giving your booster shot a boost.

"A unique, natural compound extracted from Japanese medicinal mushrooms, known as AHCC, can enhance the power of the seasonal flu shot. All you need is one gram per day for immune system maintenance and three grams per day when fighting an infection," says Dr. Lawrence P. Kempf, a New York City internist who recently researched the ability of AHCC to boost the flu vaccine. "AHCC helps increase certain white blood cells, which help the body fight off viruses and infections, and also activates the immune system when the body is under attack."

AHCC can be easily found at health food stores and natural grocery outlets, and can also be purchased online.

When You Must, Admit Defeat. If you do contract a cold or flu, the best thing to do is stay home and avoid spreading it to others. Rest and plenty of fluids will help your recovery more than work and stress.

It's also important you take any medications prescribed by your doctor, such as antivirals. Different from antibiotics, antiviral drugs can shorten the time you are sick and prevent serious flu complications.

And if you're under the weather, make sure you sneeze into a tissue or your elbow to avoid spreading germs to others!

For more tips on staying healthy this cold and flu season, visit or

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Day Of Caring A Success
Submitted By Robin Cobb

The United Way of Susquehanna County held its first Day of Caring on September 11 with 8 volunteers from Proctor & Gamble participating in 3 community projects. Day of Caring is an opportunity to improve the community through service. Volunteers helped paint fences for Susquehanna County Interfaith in Montrose, PA. “Our fences out front look beautiful! The fresh paint improves the entire appearance of our storefront” said Rachel Pratt the Director of Susquehanna County Interfaith.

Volunteer Katherine Shelly helped out at this year’s Fiber Festival. Volunteers also helped out the Susquehanna County Literacy Program’s Apple Festival selling 50-50 tickets, helping with games as well as in the yard sale tent. “The day went well and we couldn’t have accomplished what we did without these willing volunteers” said Marilyn Morgan, Director of the Susquehanna County Literacy Program. She also went on to say, “to top it off, the weather was perfect, which kept these amazing volunteers from freezing.”

Projects such as Day of Caring help to increase pride, involvement and unity throughout the community. Everyone made an impact and was able to engage in the community. The United Way of Susquehanna County would like to say a big thank you to the volunteers who gave their time and helped to make a difference in our community. For more information please call (570) 465-3868 or visit

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A Family Farm
Submitted By Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Olivia Mitchell

At the Harford Fair, my Mom and I had the pleasure of visiting with Joe Pavelski from Jackson, PA about the heritage and history of his family farm. It was quickly evident that Mr. Pavelski took great pride in his family farm and he really loves spending time with his family, who are his pride and joy.

The Pavelski family started farming in 1918 when Joe’s grandfather, Frank Pavelski, came from Poland. He worked hard in the coal mines to earn enough money to buy his first farm. He and his wife, Vanessa, could not read or write when they bought their first farmland and had to sign the original deed to their farm by marking an “X” as their signature. Joe’s father, Walter, met a young lady named Anna who came to America from Chechlekslovakia, and together they joined his parents on the family farm. In 1972, Walter’s son, Joseph, and his wife, Sandra, bought the farm from his Mom and Dad. Joe and Sandy were blessed with four children, Cathy, Michelle, Steven, and Matt. Matt is most active on their farm, but all of their children take part in farm activities, helping out in many ways. They also have three grandchildren, Emory, Gavin, and Ian, who are becoming very active - and quite talented I might add - in showing dairy animals. Emory even won Junior Grand Champion at the Harford Fair with her calf!

Registered Holsteins and Jerseys make up their total herd of around 100 with an average of 50 milking at one time. The Pavelski family owns 300 acres and use about 300 acres of neighboring farmland. They make about 7,000 bales of bedding every year, as Joe was quick to point out that his cows deserve to sleep on nice thick beds of hay to stay comfortable and clean.

Joe and Sandy have been 4- H leaders for the North Jackson Ag. Club for many years, and they really enjoy working with the youth, teaching them about the dairy industry. They also lease many dairy animals (free of charge) each year for the kids to use for 4-H projects. Every fall their family does tours for elementary school classes as a way to educate the public about the dairy industry. They teach the kids about the dairy farm, let them milk a cow, and take them on a hay ride.

It is evident that the Pavelski family loves their farm, their animals and each other. They take great pride in the heritage and history of their farm and take the utmost care of their dairy animals.

Mr. Pavelski, it was a joy visiting with you and I look forward to seeing your family again. You are truly blessed and we appreciate you, your hard work, your family and all that you are doing for the youth and future of dairy farming. May God richly bless you and your family for generations to come!

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Foster Grandparents Make A Difference

If you are 55 years or older, you could bring joy to the younger generation, ages zero to 21, at sites such as, but not limited to: day care facilities, Head Start centers, school classrooms, or group homes. Your involvement can make an impact by sharing conversation, stories, meals, playtime, or common interests. Due to the one on one consistency from an older adult, improvement is demonstrated in self-esteem, behavior, academics, literacy, cognitive skills, social skills, enhanced emotional development, and relationships.

Foster Grandparents who have participated in the program state that the opportunity has given their life new meaning. They report they now have a reason to get up in the morning, feel needed and are doing something important. Older adults can teach the values, morals, crafts, and provide the stories that are being lost as time goes by. Too many children in our area lack a relationship or role modeling that is unique with the older generation.

Many children may not have grandparents who reside nearby, and may miss out on experiencing a relationship with the older generation. Men are especially encouraged to participate in this program to provide male role modeling and support. Positive outcomes, due to the provision of consistent attention that benefits those who are at risk are reported of improvements in academics, social and emotional skills.

Foster Grandparents receive a tax-free stipend for participating in the program. This money does not affect any other income eligibility programs. Other benefits they receive are paid time off, personal days, and eleven paid holidays, reimbursement for travel to their sites and program meetings. Transportation arrangements can be made with the Transportation Authority.

Eligibility criteria for the Foster Grandparent Program is to be 55 years of age or older, meet income guidelines, pass a physical, background clearances, and be available a minimum of 15 hours per week. An orientation class and ongoing monthly in-service trainings are provided. To learn more information, call the Area Agency on Aging in Towanda toll-free at 1-800-982-4346.

The Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, for Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga Counties, and federally funded by the Corporation for National Community Services. The Area Agency on Aging and the Foster Grandparent Program is a member of the Bradford County United Way.

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O Negative Supply At Critically Low Levels

The American Red Cross Blood Services announced that the supply of type O negative blood has dropped to critically low levels. Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations. Type O negative donors are needed now to help prevent the blood supply from further decline.

In recent weeks, the Red Cross has seen a decline in collections. However, the need for blood has not declined. The Red Cross reminds donors that receiving a flu shot does not make a person ineligible to donate blood as long as they feel fine at the time of their donation.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 29 hospitals and must have 351 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

Eligible volunteer blood donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to find a blood drive and to make appointments. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Positive identification is required at the time of donation.

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Protect Vision For A Lifetime

CHICAGO - According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in school-aged children. And, most of those injuries are sports-related. In fact, every 13 minutes, an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury, many of them children.

Eye injuries can include painful corneal abrasions, blunt trauma and penetrating injuries, inflamed iris, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas, traumatic cataract and blood spilling into the eye's anterior chamber. Injuries can range from temporary to permanent vision loss.

Fortunately, 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented through proper eye protection. Prevent Blindness America has declared September as Sports Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month to encourage parents and children to learn the easy steps they can take to protect vision for a lifetime.

Prevent Blindness America provides information on sports eye health and safety for children through its new Star Pupils program, a national initiative designed to give parents the tools and information they need to protect their child’s eyes from needless injury or even blindness. Parents may simply visit to find a listing of recommended eye protection for various sports including baseball, basketball, football, soccer and hockey. Additionally, guidelines are provided to help parents choose a pair of eyeguards that is right for their child.

Online users can also join the Prevent Blindness America Vision Web Forum at to discuss sports-related eye health and safety topics with other concerned adults. Prevent Blindness America recently joined efforts with The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries and Liberty Sport, Inc., in an awareness campaign entitled “September is Sports Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month.” The campaign was designed to provide eye care professionals, specifically those who are Sports Eye Injury Prevention Centers, with in-store educational materials to make eye safety a priority for kids when playing sports.

“With the new school year starting for many children and parents purchasing sports uniforms and equipment for their child, we urge everyone to add eye protection to the shopping list,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “Today, there is a variety of styles that are easy to wear and do not impede performance. We want children to get in the habit early on to make eye protection part of the game plan.”

All eye protection lenses should be made of polycarbonate and have an American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) label, indicating they meet or exceed the standards of the ASTM F803 for the specific sport. And, polycarbonate eyewear is 10 times more impact resistant than other plastics, according to the National Eye Institute.

Prevent Blindness America recommends the following:

If your child wears prescription glasses, ask your eye doctor to fit your child for prescription eyeguards.

If your child is a monocular athlete (a person with only one eye that sees well), ask your eye doctor what sports your child can safely participate in. Monocular athletes should always wear sports eyeguards.

Buy eyeguards at sports specialty stores or optical stores. At the sports store, ask for a sales representative who's familiar with eye protectors for assistance.

Some eyeguards are available with anti-fog coating. Others have side vents for additional ventilation. Have your child try on different types to determine which is most comfortable.

Check the packaging to see if the eye protector your child selects has been tested for sports use.

Sports eyeguards should be padded or cushioned along the brow and bridge of the nose. Padding will prevent the eyeguards from cutting your child's skin.

Have your child try on the eye protector to determine if it's the right size.

For more information on sports eye health and safety for children, call Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020 or visit

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Recognizing Allergic Reactions In Kids

(StatePoint) If your children have chronic, cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes, they may be suffering from allergies. Other allergic reactions can include skin rashes, hives, swelling, or breathing problems that are not due to asthma.

Parents who suspect their children may have allergies should consult a pediatrician to determine exactly what they're allergic to, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Common household allergens include dust mites, which hide in bedding and upholstered furniture, furry animals, mold, pollen, and certain foods. After testing, doctors can then determine whether to treat children with medication, allergy shots, or other therapies.

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