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by Dr. Brenda Gill on Tuesday Aug 08 2017

It’s been a challenge for most of us to handle the abnormally high temperatures and constant sunshine over the last two months, so drink and eat to be cool!

1.         Drink cooling herbal teas. Many herbs are cooling to the body, so, blend a tea with peppermint or spearmint, put it in the fridge and drink during the day for your fluids. Chrysanthemum tea is also cooling.

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by Contributor on Monday Aug 07 2017

For anyone noticing more bats around the house or property, you are not alone.

Mid-summer is the time when landowners typically notice more bat activity, may have bats flying into their house, and occasionally find a bat on the ground or roosting in unusual locations.

These surprise visitors are usually the young pups.

“In July and August, pups are learning to fly,...

by Contributor on Thursday Aug 03 2017

Agricultural producers in the region now have access to a new service offering technical support and expertise to help them succeed.

Kootenay and Boundary Farm Advisors is a free service that is launching this summer.
 
The regional districts of Central Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary and East Kootenay have partnered with Columbia Basin Trust to provide the service. The new...

by David Suzuki on Wednesday Aug 02 2017

Governments change — along with laws, regulations and priorities. It’s the nature of democracies. In Canada, we’ve seen environmental laws implemented, then weakened or overturned, then strengthened and re-instated. But the basic necessities of health, well-being and life shouldn’t be subject to the shifting agendas of political parties. That’s why Canada should recognize the right to a...

by Dr. Brenda Gill on Wednesday Jul 26 2017

I’ve been treating more seasonal allergies this year, since we’ve had stretches of cold weather, then a stretch of really hot weather, which causes the plants to release their pollens more intensely. Also, with the increase in fires, there’s been increased smoke in the air, which can act as another irritant. "Hay-fever" is an allergic condition triggered by inhalant particles, usually pollens...

by Contributor on Thursday Jul 20 2017

UPDATED:  Volunteers still needed

Seven Summits staff have been hard at work as volunteers, working on their own time, to get the red-roofed church ready for its new role by the start of the new school year. So far, crews of students, parents, and other community volunteers have pitched in to help, but there is still a lot to be done.  Painting, and lots of it -- it's a...

by Interior Health Authority on Thursday Jul 20 2017

As summer temperatures increase, so does the risk of West Nile virus. The risk of getting West Nile virus is highest from the end of July through August. There are some important measures people can take to reduce their risk of infection.

West Nile virus is a disease that is spread from infected corvid birds (crows, ravens, magpies, and jays) to humans through mosquito bites. It was...

by Sara Golling on Monday Jul 17 2017

The headline above notwithstanding, people who suffer sexual assault in our region have many resources and many enlightened people available to help with all aspects of the ordeal and its aftermath.  Trail FAIR is there to help, and Victims' Assistance.  And I have  no reason to believe that this region's RCMP  personnel are anything but well-informed, responsive, up-to-date, and compassionate...

by Contributor on Sunday Jul 09 2017

Residents in communities across Interior Health affected by fires burning and resulting smoky skies should be aware that smoke conditions and local air quality can change due to the unpredictable nature of fires.

Some individuals may be more sensitive to the effects of smoke from forest fires, such as those with heart or lung conditions. These individuals should watch for any change in...

by Dr. Brenda Gill on Monday Jul 03 2017

Now that it’s finally warming up with some of that lovely sunshine again, many of us are taking advantage of the weather and are outside as much as possible.  Whether it’s walking in the woods, mountain biking, golfing, fishing, swimming or tennis, it’s better to prevent common problems and be ready for incidents as they occur. Hopefully, this should give you some useful tips! Also, for those...

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