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County Health Fair Just Three Weeks Away by Karen Oiler, RN, Com. Co. Health Nurse The Comanche County Health Department will be spon- soring ite big Comacnhe County Health Fair Saturday, April 22. It will run from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the South Central High School. There will be much to see and do to help you be "health-wise." Included will be lab work, many educational booths, free screen- ings and door prizes. Following the blood work, the Comanche County Hospital Auxilliary will be serving breakfast items (free- will donation). This will be deli- cious! The lab work will be low cost and certainly worth every cent. The blood work consists of a blood chemistry (which checks cholesterol, liver enzymes, elec- trolytes, blood sugar and much, much more), hemagram (aocheck for white blood cells which fight infections and red blood cells to show anemia) and TSH (a thy- roid function screening) - all for only$30. Please note, a 12-hour fast is recommended and this is for only those 18 and over. an additional $25. That screen- ing test can be an important tool toward detecting prostate can- cer. We recommend men age 50 and over, and those with a con- cern to discuss this with your doctor and see what he or she recommends. We also recom- mend an annual digital rectal exam by your doctor. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Ameri- can men, excluding skin cancer. In many cases there are no symp- toms of prostate cancer, how- ever, any of the following may Occur: 1. Frequent urination, espe- cially at night (more than two times) 2. Difficulty starting urination or controlling the stream 3. Unable to urinate, or need- ing to strain to urinate 4. Painful urination 5. Blood in the urine 6. Steady pain in the lower back, hips and pelvis The good news is nine out of 10 men survive prostate cancer if it is detected early. Mark your calendars now -- we do not want you to miss out on the opportunities offered at the Comanche County Health Fair to make yourself more Vol. 122 No. 35, March 30, 2006 (USPS No. 679-660) Official Newspaper for City of Coldwater and Comanche County Box 518 Coldwater, Kansas 67029-0518 (620) 582-2101 School Board USD 300 Board of Education members will gather at 7 p.m. next Monday night for the board's regular monthly meeting, with a number of items before them. The open-to-the-public meeting will be held in the South Central High School library in C01dwat- er. Leading offtheir agenda will be a report from Joe Hurla of Tour Andover Control, concern- ing energy-saving ideas for use in the school buildings. The firm Monday Night present the board with three en- ergy-saving proposals Monday night. Board members will also hear a report from Recreation Commis- sioner Paula Bradley on activi- ties of that group. Next, proposals to update and repair the sound systems ifi the high school gym and both the gym and auditorium at the elementary/middle school will be heard by the board. Making the proposals will be a representa- The PSA (Prostate Specific health-wise. lii atfon, please the di U iFd?mgs, the en" of ton'Data Se- call the Comanche County Health ergy consumption, and ways to Teacher/Coach Rocky Green will then give the board a report on the district-wide summer weight program. He will explain Will Department at 582-2431. | I cut back on that consumption. District Superintendent Mike Baldwin said that Hurla would to the board a number of changes being planned for the weight program this summer from pre- vious years. A variety of other reports will include those from the building committee, site councils, district administrators, transportation director, and board members themselves. During the course of the meet- ing, the board members will also .hold the second reading of a new, revised board policy book, and probably tike to adopt the handbook at that time. Other topics for board action or consideration will be approval (continued on Page 6) ther Next Tuesday when the fire/ storm sirens blow, everyone should stop and think about what he or should do in case of a tornado or severe storm warn- Don't Forget to Change Clocks This Weekend Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. this Sunday -- the first Sunday of April. Time reverts to standard time at 2 a.m. the last Sunday of October. That means that you should move your clock ahead an hour (spring forward-) as you go to bed Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time is not observed in Hawaii, Arizona, and some of the U.S. possessions. Next spring, unless the U.S. Congress changes it's collective mind before then, the Daylight Saving Time schedule will be changed due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time to the second Sunday of March and the first Sunday of November in an effort to further save energy. Class ing, That's what the sirens will be blowing about. It will be the an- nual test of the storm warning system throughout Comanche County. Set to blow at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the tornado drill will be held in conjunction with drills at South Central High School and -South Central Elementary/ Middle School. If Tuesday brings inclement weather to Comanche County, the tornado drill will be post- poned and a rescheduled time and date announced later. That way none can confuse the "test" siren with what might be a real live warning siren. Comanche County Sheriff Dave Timmons also serves as Comanche County Emergenc3 Preparedness Director. In that capacity he will coordinate the tornado drill. Beginning at7 p.m. next Tues- day evening, there will be a weather spotters training ses- sion in the SCHS cafeteria. Jeff Hutton of the Dodge City Weather Bureau will conduct the class which is designed for both those who work with the county's weather spotters, and the general public who are just interested in knowing more about the weather. Comanche County Hospital Director of Nursing Beverly Malone and hospi- tal RN Shari Jellison, along with Mike Johnson of Quinter and hospital patient care attendant Mike Crowe look over the hospital's newest piece of patient care equipment. See the full story on page 9. photo byDennies O. Andersen