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Comm Ed offers classes

Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation is offering a new class on dog care as well as All Things Vinegar and Intermediate Knitting.

Register by Feb. 6 and save $10 on the following classes, which meet at Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.:

For The Dogs: This discussion on dog care will focus on nutrition, Lyme disease, easy care techniques and understanding allergies to make pets more comfortable. Demonstrations on ear cleaning and nail trimming will be performed with a dog on site. This class with instructor Karen Abler will start with a presentation and demonstration, with time at the end for questions and continued discussion. Class will meet from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16; fee is $8 until Feb. 6, then $18. The same class will be offered again March 25 and April 15.

All Things Vinegar: Learn about all-natural vinegar and the amazing uses it has from cooking and cleaning to gardening and home remedies. Class will meet with instructor Laura Sauermilch of Innovative EHS Solutions from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19; fee is $8 ($6 for Generations members or district residents ages 62 and above) until Feb. 6, then $18 ($16).

Intermediate Knitting: This is the next step from Intro to Knitting and also perfect for those who know the basics and want to learn more. Participants will learn additional stitches and more advanced patterns. Class will meet with instructor Sharon Schlundt from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Feb. 17 to March 10; fee is $34 ($27 for seniors) until Feb. 6, then $44 ($37), plus supplies.

For more information, visit www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/COM.html, call (920) 892-5068, email commedrec@plymouth.k12.wi.us or stop by the Plymouth Community Education & Recreation office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

Stay home when sick, DHS urges

Wisconsin is experiencing an especially bad influenza season, and the state Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging people who may have the flu, or other illnesses, to stay home from work or school to avoid spreading sickness.

“People may think they’re being tough and responsible by showing up at work or school when they aren’t feeling well, but the fact is they’re doing their co-workers or classmates a disservice by potentially spreading an illness to others,” said Karen McKeown, state health officer.

People over the age of 65 have been especially hard-hit this influenza season, and DHS also urges state residents to avoid visiting elderly family, friends, or anyone in a long-term care facility, such as a nursing home, if they are under the weather.

“We also want to stress that it’s never too late to get a flu shot, and we encourage anyone who hasn’t done so to get vaccinated as soon as they can,” McKeown added. “Even though this year’s flu shot is not as good a match as it has been in most other years, it still can reduce the severity of flu symptoms among those who get the flu, and reduce rates of hospitalization and death.”

Influenza is a contagious disease that infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). Symptoms can come on suddenly with fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, and body aches. The illness can be mild to severe, and can sometimes lead to death. Nearly 3,000 people have been hospitalized with laboratory confirmed influenza in Wisconsin this season. Of those who have been hospitalized, 72 percent are over age 65.

In addition to influenza, Wisconsin has also seen an increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough), and in outbreaks caused by norovirus. Symptoms of norovirus infection typically include nausea, stomach cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea. Norovirus infection is often mistakenly referred to as “stomach flu,” but is unrelated to influenza.

Along with staying home when sick, DHS urges residents to avoid illnesses through frequent and thorough hand washing, covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, eating nutritious food, exercising, and getting enough rest.

Family Swims offered in February

Families are invited to spend a fun afternoon in the Plymouth High School pool from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 7 and 28.

Family Swims, sponsored by Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation, provide opportunities for parents and children of all ages to swim in the PHS pool, located at 125 Highland Ave.

One lap lane will be available. Participants should bring their own towels. Cost is $6 per family.

For more information, call (920) 892-5068, email commedrec@ plymouth.k12.wi.us or visit the Community Education and Recreation office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.


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