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December 20, 2017

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WHAT'S INSIDE 3 Hi Jolly Daze Parade 5 Counterfeit bills 6 Editorial 7 Letters to the Editor 7 Silent Auction 9 Food Handler Classes 10 Senior Moments 10 Rainbow Acres Craft show 11 Restaurants 12 Around Town 14 The Ham Shack 14 Elvis 19 The Salvation Army happenings 22 The Four Sisters 27 Service Animals 29 Salome High 31 Calendar 32 Puzzles 33 Nancy's Kitchen 33 HerbMama 34 Churches 36 Classifeds 36 Paul Winer's Cartoon • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 WEDNESDAY, December 20, 2017 VOL. 14 # 269 Now in our 14 t h YEAR! Alwa y s FREE! SEE PARADE PAGE 8 ����� | S������ RAIN G�����-B��� Highest number of flu cases ever reported ADHS Public Health Offi cials Encourage Everyone to Get Vaccinated The Flu has impacted Flu is widespread in Arizona with 2,629 more cases reported than this time last year, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced today. As of Dec. 20, there have been 2,976 cases of fl u reported compared to 347 for the same time period in 2016, which is a 758 percent increase in fl u activity. This is the highest number of seasonal cases this early since infl u- enza tests became reportable. During the past two seasons, Arizona did not reach widespread activity until February. "Getting a fl u shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the fl u, and with the disease spreading quickly in Arizona the time to get vaccinated is now," said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. "It can take up to two weeks to build full immunity to the fl u after you are vaccinated, so I encour- age everyone who has not yet had a fl u shot to get one today before the holidays." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive the infl uenza vaccine each season. This is particularly important for those at risk for complica- tions, such as adults aged 65 years and older, people with asthma and diabetes, and pregnant women. People can fi nd a place to get vacci- naked at vaccinefi Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and can lead to hospitalization and death. The fl u virus spreads when some- one with infl uenza coughs, sneezes, or talks. You can also catch infl u- enza by touching a surface or object that the virus lands on and then touching your face. Even if you are vaccinated, there are more ways to prevent the spread of infl uenza: • Wash your hands • Cover your cough • Stay home when you are sick • Avoid touching your face For more questions about the fl u vaccine, contact the ADHS Im- munization Program Offi ce at (602) 364-3630 or your county health department. You can stay up-to-date on infl uenza activity in Arizona throughout the season by viewing the weekly reports on the ADHS website at u, or by subscribing to receive the infl uenza report via email at by Joanne Winer The Quartzsite Business Cham- ber of Commerce in cooperation with the Town of Quartzsite held its 14th annual Christmas Light Parade on Sat. Dec. 9. It was an- other big success again this year with 30 entries. There were many decorated ATVs and classic/an- tique vehicles entered, as well as many non-profi t, business, RV parks, churches, youth groups also bringing in fl oats and lighted entries to the parade. The parade ended at the Com- munity Center for the fi rst time this year. It worked out very well with just a few glitches. The Busi- ness Chamber would like to thank the Town Hall Staff, Christmas Light Parade huge success

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