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Friday, October 3, 2014

Potter County Senior Citizens Expo Next Week

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Potter County Senior Citizens Expo Next Week

Be sure to stop by the annual Senior Citizens Expo next Friday, Oct. 10, at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 Riverside Drive in Roulette. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., senior citizens and their caregivers will have the opportunity to talk with vendors that provide a variety of valuable programs and services. As always, admission is free and lunch will be served.

Seniors are also invited to join Rep. Kathy Rapp and me at her Senior Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St. in Kane.

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Register Today for Smethport Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar

Just a reminder that we are taking reservations for another Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar to be held on Monday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the Smethport Fire Hall, 109 S. Nelson St., Smethport.

The event will again feature a presentation by Ray Learn, McKean County district attorney, and Roger Sager, McKean County deputy sheriff and certified firearms instructor, who will discuss the state’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws and gun safety.

Registration is required due to a limited amount of seating available. Click here to register online, or call the office at 1-866-437-8181.

Expanding Good Samaritan Laws for Drug Overdoses

With drug use and overdose deaths on the rise across Pennsylvania, the General Assembly has passed a new law in an effort to help save lives.

Act 139 of 2014 provides legal immunity from prosecution on minor drug-related offenses to someone who reports a drug overdose. The same immunity will also be extended to the person who was in danger of overdosing. Previously, the fear of prosecution has prevented many who need emergency assistance from getting help, and that can mean the difference between life and death.

The new law also makes the potentially life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone, available to emergency services personnel, law enforcement and even family or friends of someone who is at risk of an opioid overdose.

Over the past five years, heroin and opioid abuse has claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 Pennsylvanians. One in four families across the Commonwealth will be affected by opioid abuse. If you or someone you know needs assistance overcoming addition, you can visit the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs website here, and find a variety of statewide treatment options.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

House Resolution 991 recognizes October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an ongoing effort to raise awareness of this awful and sometimes deadly disease.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Early detection is the best way to improve your chances of effective treatment and recovery. As such, women are encouraged to undertake breast self-examinations and clinical breast examinations beginning in their 20s. At age 40, women should start yearly mammograms and continue for as long as they are in good health.

Women at increased risk for breast cancer should talk with their physician about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional tests or having more frequent exams.

Help is available to women who cannot afford preventative screenings through the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program (HWP). For more information, including eligibility guidelines, click here.

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