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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

April Blood Drives

April 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
at Tyrone Fire Department, 3600 State Route 226, Tyrone

April 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
at Montour Moose Lodge, 2096 State Route 14, Montour Falls

April 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
at Schuyler Hospital, Upper Stueben Street, Montour Falls

To make an appointment to donate blood, all current eligible and new donors may:

* Call the local Sullivan Trail Red Cross Chapter House at 734-3317 days
* Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543)
* Email
* nights and weekends.

Anyone 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. In New York State, 16-year-olds may donate blood provided they bring an original signed New York State Informed Parental Consent form for a 16-Year-Old to Donate Whole Blood. Appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome and Identification is required.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Decision Making Day 2010

Mitchell Rabbino
National Healthcare
Sponsored by the nys bar association

DATE/TIME: April 15, 2010 / 10:00 AM

LOCATION: Room 120
Human Services Complex
323 Owego Street
Montour Falls, NY

SPEAKER: Dennis Morris, Esq.

TOPICS: Health Care Proxies, Power of Attorney,
Wills, DNR, Probate issues, Guardianship
issues- What are these? Why have a HCP
or POA?
How will these help me and/or my family?

RSVP: Reservations appreciated but not required
Call OFA at 535-7108


Monday, March 8, 2010

The 2010 Census

How to Protect Your Identity from Scammers and Make Yourself Count

Parkinson Disease Support Group

The Finger Lakes Parkinson Disease Support Group will meet Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 1:30pm in the Silver Spoon Café at the Schuyler County Human Services Complex, 323 Owego Street in Montour Falls.

This month’s program features Sarah Champion, RN, MSN, FNPC, CUNP, of Gastroenterology Associates of Ithaca, PC who will address Gastrointestinal Issues and PD. Sarah will discuss dietary, medical, and supplementary treatments to provide relief. Sarah is a certified urology nurse practitioner and has worked in the health care field for 25 years.

The support group is open to individuals with Parkinson disease and their care partners/family members.

Pre-registration preferred by calling the Schuyler Co. Office for the Aging at 607-535-7108.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Carbon Monoxide

The Schuyler County Emergency Management Office would like to take the opportunity to clarify information regarding the recent law, known as “Amanda’s Law”, that went into effect on February 22, 2010. “Amanda’s Law” was named in honor of Amanda Hansen, a teenage girl who lost her life to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning while sleeping over at a friend’s house in January of 2009. This new law requires that CO alarms be installed in all new and existing one and two family dwellings, multi-family dwellings and rental dwellings that have fuel-burning appliances, systems or an attached garage.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can be fatal when inhaled. Because it is undetectable to human senses, it is sometimes called the “silent killer”. Carbon Monoxide is a by-product of combustion, so all fuel burning appliances produce carbon monoxide. When appliances become defective, are installed improperly, or misused, they can produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the living areas of our homes. Furnaces, hot water heaters, gas stoves/ovens, gas clothes dryers, portable fuel-burning space heaters, fire places, wood stoves, and generators are all appliances that may malfunction and produce dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide. In addition, a blocked chimney or flue, or operating a generator or vehicle inside closed spaces, can produce these elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide.

It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a carbon monoxide exposure. In a common mild exposure, symptoms may include slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, or flu like symptoms. In a medium exposure you may experience a throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, or a fast heart rate. In the most extreme exposures, carbon monoxide poisoning may lead to convulsions, unconsciousness, brain damage, heart and lung failure, and eventually, death.
If you or anyone in your home experience even mild carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms, you should consult a physician immediately. If anyone is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to move to fresh air.

The single most affective way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of exposure to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, is the proper installation of a CO detector in your home. Carbon Monoxide has very similar physical characteristics to the air that we breathe. Because of these similar characteristics, carbon monoxide will NOT collect in higher or lower areas of your home, but actually mix with the air in your home. It is recommended then, that if only one carbon monoxide detector is installed in the home, that it be placed in sleeping areas or in a hallway outside of the sleeping areas. Additional detectors may be placed on each level of the home and in utility areas where fuel-burning appliances are located. If placing them in a utility area, it is recommended that they be placed a minimum of 15 feet away from the fuel burning appliance. Attention should be made that they are NOT located in dead air spaces or next to doors or windows, as these spaces will not allow the detector to function properly. Placement can be made at a height that is easily reachable so that the detector batteries may be tested. Manufactures suggestions for placement, should be provided with literature included in packaging of the detector. Battery testing should be done monthly by depressing the test button on the detector.

If your carbon monoxide detector does sound an alarm and anyone is experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure, you should move everyone to fresh air and contact 911 from a neighbor’s house. If no one is experiencing symptoms, you should contact the local fire department or a qualified technician from a neighbor’s house, to have the problem checked. Under no circumstances should an alarm be ignored.

If you have any questions in regards to Amanda’s Law or carbon monoxide detectors, you may contact us at the Schuyler County Emergency Management Office at 607-535-8200 or by checking some of the following sights on-line:

or check out our face book page “Schuyler-County-Emergency-Management”.