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Voices of Central Pennsylvania September 2015
In This Issue: September Public Meetings Calendar | Moral Hazard and Big 10 Climate Commitments | Superlatives overtake the airwaves | Yemen a hotspot in US-Iran power struggle | LAGuide to PetEuphoria | Jewelweed - A Gem in the Marsh | Poet of the Month ~ Julia Spicher Kasdorf | Musician Profile: Tyne Palazzi | Winter Outlook | Local Home-Scale Photovoltaic Solar | Finding Made-in-USA products | An Uncommon Fall Visitor | Advice to agripreneurs | PSU Should Apply Whole Systems-thinking | A Tale of Two Nittany Theatres | Ways Ferguson Township Can Protect Water

Bridge of Hope an inspiring storytelling event

By Tunomukwathi Asino

We don’t believe there are neighbors struggling to find a place to stay, if we do we believe it’s someone else’ problem,” said Charles Dumas, Esq., Associate Professor of Theatre at Penn state, addressing about 30 men and women attending “ Storyfest” on Monday December 14 at Sozo on E. Beaver Avenue. The first annual “Storyfest” was organized by the Bridge of Hope of Centre County.

Storyfest” was an open mic night whereby storytellers told stories around the theme “Going Home.” The aim was to benefit people that do not have homes in Centre County. It was organized by Bridge of Hope and Keystone church and ministries.

Dumas was the master of ceremonies of “Storyfest.” Asked why he decided to get involved he said it’s a subject that is of concern and he is interested as a citizen of Centre County. Dumas said he came from New York, grew up in Chicago and was homeless himself.

Dumas said he and his wife lived in Mali [a country in West Africa], “one of the poorest countries in a small village but nobody was homeless,” but in “the greatest, most prosperous country we have neighbors that are homeless.”

Dumas also mentioned how during the Great Depression people were not blaming each other. The poor were not blaming the rich for their misfortunes, but now those unemployed it was regarded as their fault. Read more »

Low income children miss out on dental care

Shortage of Child Dentistry

by Sylvia Onusic

A mother recently walked through the doors of Centre Volunteers in Medicine, the local free healthcare clinic, with her five-year-old girl. The little girl’s four front baby teeth were broken off at the gum line. In each tooth was an abscess, a longstanding infection. Aside from the discomfort, such infections in baby teeth can affect the permanent teeth just below, becoming a much more complicated health issue in the future.

“The parents didn’t want to take the child out of school for treatment but we finally got her in last week,” Dr. Heather Raymond, director of CVIM’s dental services, told Voices. “It broke my heart.”

John Kelly, a local pediatric dentist since 1977, said that “parents routinely ignore children’s abscessed teeth because they don’t cause a lot of pain, but the infection is sitting there constantly flowing into the blood stream. These children become sick children.”

The Pennsylvania Oral Health Needs Assessment and other reports continue to emphasize the association between low income and dental health. Poor children in Pennsylvania have fewer visits to the dentist, more untreated cavities and dental diseases. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, “this strongly suggests that access to preventive and restorative dental care, as well as effective preventive oral health education, is lacking for these poor children and their families.” Read more »

State College Women Honored at the 2009 Bi-Annual Pennsylvania National Organization for Women (NOW) Convention

NOW presentation on the costs of emergency contraception
Shelley Vukman of Ni-Ta-Nee NOW (National Organization for Women), motions to a chart that indicates percentage of pharmacies and price ranges of emergency contraception in rural vs. urban pharmacies at one of the workshops held during the bi-annual NOW State Convention, December 5, 2009. (photos and text by Essie I. Karnes)

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Be thankful for your harvest, and share.


Knowing the difference between H1N1 ("swine flu") and the common cold

Know the symptoms and be aware of the differences between the common cold and the H1N1 flu.

Fever is rare with a cold.
Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).

Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.

Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chills are uncommon with a cold.
60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.

Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.

Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.

Sudden Symptoms
Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat
Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.
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