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An October Driving Safety Guide for Teens and Parents
September 30, 2014
While October is most frequently recognized for the costumes, candy, and pumpkin carving activities that surround Halloween, it is equally important to recognize the driving dangers that are often associated with this month. For example, on Halloween night in 2012, almost half of all crash fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of at least .08 -- the legal limit in California. Halloween isn’t the only time to be wary on the roads. National Teen Driver Safety Week takes place October 19-25 and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the United States.

In an effort to educate the public on the dangers of this time of year, parents, along with their young drivers, are encouraged by the California Office of Traffic Safety to share and practice the following tips to ensure that everyone stays safe during the month of October:

  • Positive thoughts breed positive results -- While using scare tactics may be a common approach to informing teens about the dangers of unsafe driving, both on Halloween and year-round, affirming good driving habits can often be even more impactful. Try reminding your teen driver of good behind-the-wheel behaviors they should display, such as driving alert and always wearing a seat belt, and provide them with positive recognition for doing so. National Teen Driver Safety Week is the perfect opportunity to discuss these behaviors.
  • Have a plan, and stick to it -- Whether planning a night of spooky fun for the adults or inquiring about your teen’s Halloween festivities, ensure that safe driving arrangements are made ahead of time. Waiting until you’ve been drinking to make these arrangements is much more likely to lead to a poor -- and costly -- decision. Be sure to inform your teens of the importance of making appropriate driving arrangements ahead of time, and remind them to never get in a car with a driver who is impaired.
  • Be on the lookout, and remain proactive -- Just because you’ve made wise decisions regarding your Halloween safety, doesn’t mean those around you have chosen to do the same. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and contact local law enforcement immediately if you see a drunk driver on the road. One minute of your time could easily save a life.
  • Proceed with extra caution, pedestrians are near -- Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Pay extra attention to pedestrians, as they may be unaware of their surroundings. Trick-or-treaters -- especially small children -- can appear in the road ahead in a split second; drive cautiously.
For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and other tips on keeping your teen safe behind the wheel, visit the California Office of Traffic Safety at www.ots.ca.gov and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.gov.
English Cream Tea Fundraiser at Museum
September 23, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a benefit Cream Tea on Sunday, September 28th, 2014. The menu will include tea sandwiches, scones, swan-shaped creampuffs, and delectable desserts along with special teas and champagne.

The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will take place in Ettl Hall, immediately behind the Museum at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. A limited number of tickets are available for $25 per person at the Museum and must be purchased prior to or by September 26th. All proceeds benefit Museum operations and programs.

Regular Museum open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.

Drive-Through Flu Vaccine Clinic
September 18, 2014
Sutter County Public Health is holding a drive-through influenza (flu) vaccine clinic for Sutter County residents ages 2 and up. Flu vaccine remains the single most effective way to prevent the flu and it is very important to get your flu vaccine in addition to washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are sick.

The drive-through flu vaccine clinic is a public health emergency preparedness exercise that helps Sutter County Public Health to test its emergency plans and train its staff. It also offers residents an opportunity to participate and learn about one of the ways that public health prepares to protect the people of our community in the event of an epidemic or other health emergency.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Riverbend Elementary School
301 Stewart Road, Yuba City

The community drive-through vaccination clinic is for ALL Sutter County residents 2 years of age and up. No appointments necessary. Protect yourself from influenza without leaving your car.

Sutter County Public Health asks the community to be prepared for the drive-through flu vaccine clinic by understanding the following information about the clinic:

  • Injectable flu vaccine is available for adults 18 years and older;
  • Intranasal FluMist spray is available for all healthy people 2-49 years of age;
  • Wear clothing that quickly bares the upper arm near the shoulder in case an injection is needed;
  • Vaccine information and the screening and consent forms are available on our website at www.suttercounty.org/publichealth and may be completed beforehand and brought with you to the drive-through clinic.
  • $5.00 donation accepted
Sutter County Public Health Bicycle Rodeo
September 16, 2014
Sutter County Public Health is holding a no cost bicycle rodeo Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Park in Live Oak. All Sutter County children under 18 are invited to attend. Children must be accompanied by their parents.

The bicycle rodeo will teach children various bicycle safety skills by using simulated real life situations. Children will ride through a riding skills course to learn bicycle safety techniques. FREE bicycle helmets will be properly fitted and provided to all participants. Quantities, sizes, colors & styles of helmets are limited.

For more information, please call (530) 822-7215

Poll: Where do you go for local news
September 16, 2014
An online poll by Sutter County, Yuba County and Yuba City asks area residents where they go in search of local news and what the best method of communication would be in the event of an emergency. This knowledge will help local governments better understand how to communicate with you.

Please participate in the poll and share it: either copy the link for distribution in an email or on a social media site, or invite someone who is not online to use your computer to take the survey.

Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YSNEWS

Sutter County Sponsors Prescription Discount Card that Saves Money for Patients and Raises Money for the General Fund
September 11, 2014

Sutter County and Coast2CoastRx are partnering to provide residents with an ability to save up to 75 percent on prescription costs while raising money for critical services in the community. The card includes discount benefits for dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services, lab and imaging tests and diabetes supplies and equipment.

You can find the card at participating pharmacies, at some county offices, or you can download a card.

The card, which has no expiration date and can be used as often as needed, covers the entire family. More than 60,000 drugs are included in the formulary, with savings up to 75 percent on brand name and generics. While the card is most helpful to people without medical insurance, sometimes the card provides more savings than high-deductible insurance plans, so be sure to investigate.

In some instances, the card can be used to help bridge the Medicare Part D “donut hole.”

There are no health, age or income restrictions; everyone qualifies. And there is no paperwork to fill out—the card is ready to use.

The card is provided by Financial Marketing Concepts Inc. of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Their network of more than 59,000 pharmacies includes all chains and most independents. The company negotiates discounts with the pharmacies in exchange for driving sales traffic. The patient saves money, Financial Marketing Concepts gets a percentage and, unlike other prescription discount card programs, the Coast2Coast card pays a royalty of $1.25 to Sutter County for every filled prescription resulting in a paid claim.

In 2014, the average discount per transaction was 60 percent.

Sutter County is the 30th California county to join the program. A similar program exists in Yuba County.

In a three year period in San Joaquin County, residents saved almost $3 million in prescription costs.

WNV Cases Continue to be Reported in Sutter County
September 05, 2014

A total of four cases of confirmed or probable WNV illness have been reported to date in 2014 in Sutter County. Of these, one was the more serious neuroinvasive form and two were WNV-related deaths. A fifth possible case is awaiting confirmation.

WNV activity is high in California, including in Sutter County. The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to be active with mosquito control and monitoring mosquito activity and will continue until mosquito numbers and WNV activity drop.

Our Good Earth: Art and Ag in the Valley
September 02, 2014

The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a new exhibit, Our Good Earth: Art and Ag in the Valley, debuting on Friday, September 12, 2014 with an opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thirteen Sacramento Valley artists come together to share their visions of the richness of our land and the agriculture that sustains us all.

Meet the artists at the opening event: Paul Boehmke, Sue Chapman, Gerald Hufeld, Carol Keesling, Zbigniew Richard Kozikowski, Dolores Mitchell, Anthony Montanino, Mary Ann Nation, Frank Ordaz, Don Payne, Patris, Inger Price, and Marilyn Warmee. A variety of mediums are represented in portraying the spectrum of agricultural and natural images of our fertile valley. There is no admission to the event, and the public is invited.

Our Good Earth will remain at the Museum from September 12th through November 15th. The art is available for purchase during the exhibit.

The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at (530) 822-7141.