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Tewksbury Rescue Squad Welcomes Aid

Health Screenings for Men & Women
Are You Ready for an Emergency?

Organic Produce Co-op

Tewksbury Rescue Squad Welcomes Aid

USED CARS WANTED

The Squad is in need of cars to cut apart for training purposes. If you have an old car or truck you could donate for this purpose, you will get a tax deductible receipt, and you will help the Squad in its training to save lives.

CADETS WANTED

The cadets of the Rescue Squad are always looking for new members! Young people age 12-17 who would like to be a part of the Rescue Squad membership can pick up an application at the Rescue Squad Building. If you would like direct contact with a member of the Squad about the application process, please phone the Rescue Squad Building, 908-439-9311.

SQUAD SITE

The Rescue Squad can be reached at 908-439-9311 for non-emergencies, and 9-1-1 for emergencies. For continuing information regarding the Squad, visit the Tewksbury Rescue Squad Web site.

YOU CAN HELP SAVE LIVES

The Squad is always looking for new members. To find out how you can help their efforts, e-mail the Squad via their Web site, or telephone 908-439-9311.
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Health Screening for Men and Women

The Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, at the Hunterdon Medical Center, in Flemington, has an ongoing program offering free Mammograms and Pap Smears for women and Colorectal or Prostate Cancer tests for Men. These tests are available for men and women who lack adequate insurance and meet other eligibility requirements.

The program is funded in part through a grant from the State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Initiative. To make an appointment, or for more information, phone Marge Vellotti, Outreach Coordinator, at 908-237-5409.
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Are You Ready for an Emergency?

BE PREPARED

The American Red Cross, noted for its disaster-relief efforts, says there are four stepsto be sure your family and pets are prepared for disasters.

1. Find Out What Could Happen to You by Contacting your local Red Cross chapter or municipal emergency management office before a disaster.

2. Create a Disaster Plan with your family, including what to do, where to go (in case of an evacuation), and how to contact one another. Assemble emergency supplies into a Disaster Kit before you think you'll need it.

3. Disaster-proof your home, through by making sure all appliances (especially electrical cords) are in good condition, storing hazardous chemicals securely, and knowing how to use fire extinguishers, how to turn off utilities, and how to contact emergency help and family members.

4. Keep your disaster plan updated; practice by quizzing the kids, conducting drills, checking on supplies, and testing smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, at least every six months.

Talk with neighbors, too, to plan for mutual support. Knowing people's special skills (is there a doctor on the road?) and needs (do you have elderly or disabled neighbors) can help everyone fare better in extreme conditions.

DISASTER KIT

So what goes into that Disaster Kit? The Red Cross advises every home to stock supplies in six basic categories: water, food, first aid kit, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container, such as a large, covered trash can.

Water

Store water in plastic bottles. Store one gallon of water per person per day for drinking, cooking (but keep this to a minimum), and washing/toilet flushing. Children, nursing mothers, and ill people will need more. You can save water by using pre-moistened towelettes for hand washing and personal cleansing.

Food

Keep at least a three-day supply of food on hand. Select items that are non-perishable, compact, require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little water. Keep a can of sterno as well, if there are items that you must heat. Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Kit:
-Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables
-Canned juices
-Staples (salt, sugar, pepper, spices, etc.)
-High energy foods
-Vitamins
-Food for infants
-Comfort foods (snacks are always important)

Also remember plastic or paper cups, plates, and utensils, to eliminate the need for washing, and a manual can opener.

First Aid Kit

Keep a first aid kit in your home and smaller ones in each car. Include over-the-counter and prescription medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about storing prescription medications.

Clothing and Bedding

Include at least one complete change of clothing and per person, including sturdy shoes, and enough warm blankets for everyone.

Tools and Emergency Supplies

-General tools (pliers, screwdrivers, utility knife).
-Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
-Flashlight and extra batteries
-Emergency preparedness manual (available from the Red Cross)
-Cash or traveler's checks, change (for phones, tolls, vending machines, in case of evacuation)

Special Items
 
Remember family members with special requirements, such as infants and elderly or disabled persons. Pack games and books, to keep kids occupied. The Disaster Kit is also a good place to keep important family documents, such as wills, insurance policies, passports, social security cards, immunization records, bank and credit card account numbers, an inventory of valuable household goods, birth, marriage, and death certificates. Keep everything in a waterproof, portable container, in a convenient place known to all family members.

LEARN MORE

More information can be found on the Red Cross, White House, and Department of Homeland Security Web sites.
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Organic Produce Co-op

The local chapter of the Purple Dragon Organic Produce Co-op is accepting new members.  The co-op is located in on Califon Cokesbury Road.

Pick-up dates are every-other week, and co-op members are asked to help 1-2 times a year sorting the vegetables – individually or with a friend!  Sorters receive a credit toward the following delivery.

Each share costs members $53, payable prior to the day of pickup (usually the delivery before).  There is also a special order list every delivery, full of delicious items–some unusual and hard to find.  First-time member are asked to commit to three trial deliveries, after which you can decide if you want to continue.

A typical share may contain:

Veggie shares: LOCAL celeriac, Ecologically Grown Jonagold apples, Brussels sprouts , tomatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, carrots, collard greens, red leaf lettuce hearts, bananas, a pineapple (IF available, otherwise navel oranges), and kiwi fruit.

Gourmet Box:
Gourmet boxes ($20; additional veggies by special order to complement the regular share): escarole, celery, fennel, garden blend sprouts, and a Hass avocado.

Fruit Shares:
Fruit shares: Honeycrisp apples, Bosc pears, a pomegranate, and a Tommy Atkins mango.  Fruit shares are $20

For a look at recent produce, check them out on Facebook.  For more information about joining, e-mail them.
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