Four-legged therapist brings comfort to seniors in Gibson City

GIBSON CITY — These days, when senior citizens gather around a table to begin their group therapy sessions at Gibson Area Hospital’s Geriatric Behavioral Services facility, they give a warm welcome to Daisy, their new therapist, as she walks in the door.

“It’s always, ‘Hello, Miss Daisy,’” said Vicki Angstmann. “They seem to have forgotten about me.”

HPV vaccine available at Iroquois County Public Health Department

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department in Watseka is offering the HPV vaccine for boys through age 21 and girls through age 26. 

Mold inspections available to Iroquois County flood victims

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Long-Term Recovery Committee is working to build a list of flood victims in the county who need to have their homes inspected for the presence of mold.

Dead bird found in Paxton tests positive for West Nile virus

PAXTON — A dead bird brought into the Ford County Public Health Department has tested positive for the West Nile virus — the first such case in the county this year.

The bird was found in Paxton and delivered to the health department’s office in Paxton on July 12.

Some tips to stay safe in the extreme heat

The Illinois Department of Public Health provided the following tips to stay safe in extreme temperatures:

— Stay in air-conditioned buildings. Ford County Residents seeking a cooling center are encouraged to visit their local library during normal library business hours in Paxton, Gibson City, Melvin and Piper City

— Do not rely on fans as your primary cooling device.

Dead birds needed for West Nile virus testing

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is asking for assistance from the public in the collection of dead birds found in Iroquois county. 

Preteens, teens advised to get vaccinated before school starts

WATSEKA — The Iroquois County Public Health Department is reminding parents of preteens and teens to consider having them vaccinated with four vaccines prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year:

Little man in big battle

PAXTON — Logan Sturm knows he’s sick. He knows he can’t be around his friends or at school with his twin brother, Mason, anymore. He knows that to get better, he has to go to the doctor and take his medicine, no matter how badly it tastes or hurts.

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GAH Auxiliary awards nine scholarships

GIBSON CITY — The Gibson Area Hospital (GAH) Auxiliary awarded nine heath care career scholarships at its spring banquet on April 25 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City.

The Verna Buck Scholarships were presented to Sierra Mowery, Nora Snyder and Taylor Zirkle.

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