Friday October 1, 2021

OCTOBER BRINGS A HEALTHY dose of hope in the fight against the second-leading cause of death in women. Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, raises public awareness of the disease that one in eight adult females will face. While the statistic sounds scary, advancements in technologies and treatments have led to outcomes that are better than ever for those diagnosed. Locally, Hendry Regional Medical Center is back with its annual Pink Warriors Walk. Funds raised by the Pink Warriors Walk supports the Pink Warriors Fund. The Pink Warriors Fund was created by Hendry Regional Medical Center (HRMC) to support the healthcare needs of women from Hendry County and the surrounding communities. Funds are raised during the Annual Pink Warriors Walk held each October. Now what are those funds used for? The Pink Warriors Fund can be used for any woman in need of a breast related screening or diagnostic imaging service provided by HRMC that is not covered by insurance. Since 2017 the PWW has raised over $88,000. The Pink Warriors Walk will be held on October 23. Follow HRMC on Facebook for more!

In the U.S., flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Flu activity typically peaks between December and February, but it can last up until May. Still in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with health officials encouraging people to get vaccinated for COVID, people are questioning whether or not they still need the flu vaccine. Well according to the CDC, you should get both. Dr. Janis Orlowski says, although flu cases were extremely low last season, it’s still recommended to protect yourself against both viruses. Dr. Orlowski says, getting both vaccines, either at the same time or weeks apart, does not change the severity of the side effects. The side effects of having the COVID vaccine and the Flu vaccine in one season, are not more severe due to double vaccination. As always you should check with your personal physician for concerns about taking either or both vaccines.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Henry Jenkins. Jenkins has no last known address on record. He is wanted for failure to appear for not properly registering as a SEX OFFENDER. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Henry Jenkins, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

Three endangered Florida panthers were killed by separate vehicle strikes earlier this week, officials said. That makes 18 panther deaths attributed to fatal collisions, out of 24 total deaths this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The remains of a 4-month-old male panther were found Tuesday within Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County, and a 3-year-old male was found dead the same day on the western edge of the park, wildlife officials said. Also Tuesday, the remains of a 10-year-old female were found just north of Southwest Florida International Airport in Lee County.

Sugar Express steam locomotive No. 148 will power the first cane train of the season, signaling the official start of the sugarcane harvest. The train will depart 1st Avenue and Florida Avenue NW in Moore Haven at about 9:30 a.m. this morning, and pull south through Clewiston over U.S. 27 to the Clewiston Sugar Factory. Between noon and 5 p.m., No. 148 will be under steam and on display for the general public at the Sugar Express facility at the corner Basilian Cres and South Deane Duff Avenue.

The City of South Bay is holding the Crossroads City Market in Tanner Park. According to organizers, there will be clothing, fresh produce, baked goods, live plants and more! It’s giving farmers market! Saturday October 9th from 9 am to 1 pm at Tanner Park in South Bay at 105 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.