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Maryland reflects on lessons learned from swine influenza outbreak at county fairs

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People stand behind yellow tape placed around three areas housing swine on Sept. 23 2017, at The Great Frederick Fair as officials took precautions in light of outbreaks of swine flu in other areas of the state. By Samantha Hogan shogan@newspost.com In the green and white barn at the rear of the Frederick Fairgrounds, close to 300 breeding and market pigs were housed together for a week. It was unseasonably warm for September, with temperatures 10 degrees above normal, but as the sun went down on the final Saturday of The Great Frederick Fair, a different temperature caught the Fair…

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Quilting more than a hobby for Frederick County’s court clerk

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Sandra Dalton, clerk of the Circuit Court in Frederick County, works at her sewing machine on a quilt in her Walkersville home recently. By Kelsi Loos For Clerk of the Circuit Court Sandra Dalton, quilting is more than just a craft, it’s a way to express her creativity, reduce stress and do something for others. “You’re building memories,” Dalton said. “A lot of love goes into making a quilt.” Dalton’s current project will be a gift for her co-worker Sharon Boyer in memory of Boyer’s brother, John Seachrist Jr., who died from cancer in October 2011. Seachrist, a church organist…

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Frederick County schools to close on Yom Kippur

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By Allen Etzler Schools will be closed on Yom Kippur and Election Day during the 2018-2019 school year. The Frederick County Board of Education backtracked on its proposed calendar late Wednesday night and instead approved the original recommended calendar brought to them by the calendar committee. The accepted calendar combines Fair Day and Yom Kippur on the same dates, as opposed to having the traditional Fair Friday. Board member Ken Kerr said he even though he wanted to have Fair Friday, the calendar just didn’t have enough days to make that possible. “We just can’t make it work. Whenever we…

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Frederick Weddings Expo hooks up those getting hitched with area vendors

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Tracey Watson, Kelly Martin and Bev Shelton speak with and try cake samples from Staci Finney, of Sugar Bakers Cakes. Martin is planning a wedding for October 2018. Pamela Bell arranges the framed photographs in her booth at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Sunday morning. Bell, a Tuscarora Elementary School first-grade teacher who moonlights as a wedding photographer, is nervous, she said, as she waits for shopping engaged couples and potential clients to view samples of the work she has produced over the past five years operating Pamela Renee Photography. “This is my first big wedding expo,” Bell said. “I’ve done…

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Beverly Hubble – Obituary

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Beverly J. Wachter “Bev” Hubble, 79, passed away Monday, October 30, 2017 at Johns Hopkins from complications of recently diagnosed bladder cancer. She was the daughter of the late Mehrle N. and Catherine E. Wolfe Wachter. Her husband, Byron L. Hubble, predeceased her in 1995. In her words, the Lord blessed her with two children, a favorite son, Kenley T. Hubble (Doris Myers) and a favorite daughter, Colby D. Hubble (Jimmy Summers, Jr). She is also survived by three grandsons, Nolan, Holden and Cayden Hubble, all of Ijamsville; a sister, Shirley Halsey, of Ocean City, MD; sister-in-law, Joyce Hubble, of…

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6 things to know for the week of Oct. 23

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Living with HIV. Vaughn Ripley, one of the longest living survivors of HIV, will share his story of perseverance despite living with the virus, hemophilia and hepatitis C. He has been a published author, certified personal trainer, triathlete, marathon runner, accomplished rock climber, mountaineer, successful business man and entrepreneur. The talk is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 106 W. Church St., Frederick. Advance registration is encouraged. For more details, call 240-215-5017 or email mwaalkes@frederickcountymd.gov. Hey, Mayor! Have a question or comment for Frederick City Mayor Randy McClement? The mayor hosts a Talk to the Mayor Tuesday…

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Community health fair set for Oct. 28 in Frederick

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FREDERICK, Md. — The 10th annual free community health fair sponsored by the Asian American Center of Frederick will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Great Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St. in Frederick. The event, produced in conjunction with Frederick Memorial Hospital, draws more than 1,000 attendees of all ages each year. Volunteers from the area’s medical and nonprofit communities, service clubs and churches join to provide a wide array of services, including flu shots; glucose, cholesterol and Hepatitis B screenings; oral, eye and specialist exams; groceries; and free health insurance enrollment assistance….

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Nasal flu vaccine ruled ineffective by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Shot-sensitive patients will have fewer options this flu season after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pulled its recommendation of FluMist, a nasal vaccine manufactured by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The news arrived amid heightened concerns over a particularly bad 2017-2018 flu season. In the past few months, the CDC noted higher-than-normal activity of H3N2 influenza viruses in Australia and southern Africa, prompting speculation that the disease could also hit harder in the United States. Nationwide, the agency also noted more than 51 swine flu infections among humans, including several cases in Frederick County after people were infected with…

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Toddler hospitalized by swine flu returns home

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On Wednesday, Johnny Cook looked like any other 17-month-old. His mother, Britney Spicer, smoothed his hair, which had scrunched up during his nap, as he slowly warmed up to the new people in the room. Soon, a big smile spread across his face, revealing his first baby teeth. A week earlier, though, doctors were worried the swelling in his throat would cause his airway to close after eight days on a ventilator at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., batting bacterial pneumonia and swine flu. “It was a pretty big scare for all of us,” Spicer said. Johnny is…

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