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There are many instances in which the flu can lead to hospitalization and even death. Those who fail to strengthen their body’s immune system are usually more prone to flu-related ailments. This is especially true for seniors who already deal with other illnesses and body complications.
Now that we are entering the cold months, flu cases are on the rise, and one way of fighting it off is to get a flu vaccine shot. In Oklahoma City, health officials are encouraging all seniors citizens to get a flu shot, which are available at health departments, pharmacies, and even retail stores.
Three kinds of vaccines are available to seniors: the trivalent flu vaccine, quadrivalent flu vaccine, and high-dose vaccine. The trivalent flu vaccine is protects against three of the most common strains of the flu virus, while the quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against four. Seniors ages 65 and up are recommended to have the higher-dose flu shot.
Seniors who have healthcare plans and Medicare can have their flu shots covered by insurance.
Saving lives and fighting fires faster are the two most important challenges that firefighters face. To better enhance the fire-fighting process, local officials in Edmond are evaluating the current home fire dynamics of the Edmond Fire Department. Underwriters Laboratories is examining the residential fire dynamics of the city and suggesting ways to reduce fire hazards in homes and help make them less prone to easy damage in fires.
According to the organization, residences that have larger structures, increased fuel loads, open home geometrics, and new construction materials are more prone to faster fire propagation and shorter escape time. They also have a shorter time to flashover, which is when combustible materials reach their ignition temperature points.
The fire department is implementing better ways to strengthen their fire-fighting processes by introducing video camera trainings for firefighters to see the real effects of fire on new materials. This enables them them have a visual perspective of what may happen rather than simply reading about it in training materials.
Many people in Edmond still consider the old Boulevard Academy their school. It served many students over the years, but closed its doors in 1994.
The Boulevard Academy in Edmond is a 90-year-old structure that has served many high school students over the years. The academy served as the home of Edmond High School from 1924 to 1994. However, due to its old structure, the building was eventually left behind and no longer used to house the main high school. Instead, it became an alternative high school, and Edmond students now attend their classes at Memorial High School.
It now remains a historical and memorable place, but it could still be viable for future classes if it went under proper renovation. Because of this, renovations plans have been put into place and have already started, so they can be complete in time for the new school year in the fall.
A $3.3 million budget has been allotted for the renovations, and the money was generated by the the 2011 and 2012 bond issues. Part of the renovations include an elevator from the first floor to the second floor. More restrooms will also be added, as well as new fixtures like doors and windows. Science and computer rooms will also be added where the old auditorium used to be. There will also be major infrastructure improvements to heating, air conditioning and plumbing systems.
Autism has become more frequent in children than it used to be, and families that have kids with autism are deeply affected by the condition as well. They know how difficult it is to meet their child’s special needs, especially when it comes to communicating and socializing with other people.
To help promote autism awareness and kick off Autism Awareness Month, a Kickoff Luncheon will be held on March 7. Proceeds of the luncheon will benefit the programs of Autism Oklahoma, a charitable organization that provides special programs for families affected with autism.
The luncheon and auction will be from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Will Rogers Theater. The luncheon is free and has a maximum capacity of 300 people. For the silent auction, many packed and individual items will be available, including a custom framed Jason Blackmon autographed print. Goodies from local bakeries will be part of the dessert auction.
In addition to the luncheon and auction, a raffle will be held during the event. Raffle tickets are available for sale without any limit on the number of tickets to be purchased. Ten tickets can be purchased for $20.
Senior citizens in Edmond will soon have more options when it comes to housing. There are currently no nursing homes or assisted living communities in the city, but Mon Abri, a proposed housing plan, would introduce an 87-unit housing development, including duplexes and offices for rent.
Mon Abri is being proposed by R.W. Development and will be located along Broadway and Covell Road. The plan proposes 87 units of duplexes and triplexes and up to five office building units. About 10.18 acres will be allocated to the housing units, while 1.59 acres will belong to the office buildings.
The Edmond Planning Commission has already approved the preliminary plan for Mon Abri with a vote of 4-1. Chairman Barry Moore disapproved of the plan due to the fencing issue brought about by the residents of Rock Hollow, a neighboring community.
According to R. W. Development, Mon Abri is ideal for seniors age 55 and above, but there will be no restrictions on the age of interested renters. Units up to five bedrooms will be available for rent with prices ranging from $850 – $2,000 per month.
A 18,000-square foot office building is planned for construction in front of the property, and there will be four more built in front of the Boulevard.
New developments in Edmond are underway, and two new medical complexes will soon be open this summer, with renovations taking place in a third.
The Mercy Health System medical complex, which is still under construction, will be a 200,000 square-foot complex that will feature a wellness center and several offices for doctors. It will be located south of 15th Street and west of Interstate 35.
Over 1,000 people are expected to work with the medical complex. More than 200 people will be working at the health complex, while the rest will be distributed throughout different offices and centers. A new heart lab is set to open in the spring at Integris Health Edmond. The new lab will help generate more jobs in the area in addition to the current 295 employees that the hospital now holds.
OU Medical Edmond will also provide its share of job growth to the city. OU Medical Edmond, located at 2nd Street and Bryant Avenue, is currently undergoing renovations and will add more jobs to the already current 448 employees.
In total, the economic impact of these three developments will be around $300 million.
Another holiday season has come and gone, and many households are now left with dying Christmas trees. Instead of throwing them away and adding to landfill buildup, why not make something useful out of them, like mulch for your garden?
For 15 years, Edmond City Officials have been facilitating a program that gathers old Christmas trees and turns them into mulch to give away to residents. Over the years, thousands of old Christmas trees have been put into good use in people’s yards and gardens as a result.
This year, trees can be dropped off at two major parks. One drop-off location is on the upper-level parking lot at Hafer Park, located at 1034 S Bryant Ave. The second location is the north parking lot of J.L. Mitch Park, located at 1501 W Covell Road. Trees will be collected at both locations until January 11.
For residents who may not be able to drop off their old trees at the designated areas, a pickup service is also available. Residents have until Sunday to schedule a pickup at their homes, and they must have their trees ready on the curb by Monday morning at 7 a.m. The hotline for pickup scheduling is 405-359-4701.
Once all the trees are collected, they will then be turned into mulch. Residents who would like to receive some of the free mulch can do so at Mitch Park on February 8. Mulch will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.