As we slide from summer to fall, it’s important to remember that this is the time of year to get that flu shot.
According to an article in The Times last week, the Centers for Disease Control reports tht “almost all people who get influenza vaccine have no serious problems from it.” And, if that isn’t enough to motivate you to get a flu shot this year, the “CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9.3 million and 49.0 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 960,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 79,000 deaths annually since 2010.”
“As you get older, your immune system gets weaker and you become more susceptible to the flu virus, so get your flu shots early,” cautioned Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
In fact, the CDC says that seniors 65 years old and older are at greatest risk of dying from the flu. The CDC reports that “between about 70 percent and 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older and between 50 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in that age group.”
The flu season starts in late September and early October, but it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective. So, Weber urges everyone to get their shots as early as possible, noting that the vaccine is fully covered by Medicare. He suggests setting up an appointment with your family doctor to get vaccinated sooner rather than later or visit the CDC’s vaccine finder Web site [www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/flu-finder-widget.html] to find locations near you where the vaccine will be available.
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IN JUST A little more than a month, Nov. 12, fall property taxes will be due in Hamilton County, and all across the state. County officials remind property owners that payments can be made at the following Hamilton County bank locations: BMO Harris, Busey Bank, Citizens State Bank, Community First, Fifth Third Bank, First Farmers Bank, First Merchants Bank, The Farmers Bank, Horizon Bank, Merchants Bank of Indiana and Star Financial Bank.
You can also visit the county website (www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov) to print a bill or to pay by credit card or e-Check.
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THE CITY OF Noblesville will begin removing the railroad tracks from Eighth Street on Monday. Removal of deteriorating concrete bases and rails will take place on South Eighth Street from Division Street to the south side of Conner Street. A new strip of asphalt will replace the tracks.
Work is expected to take approximately 10 work days and will coincide with Noblesville Schools’ Fall Break (Oct. 14-25). No work will occur between Conner and Logan streets during this portion of the project.
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YOUR LOCAL LIONS Club helped Noblesville Main Street with their Soup Cookoff by serving up grilled cheese sandwiches last week. The Lions contribute time to the community all the time, but this time they had to stop halfway through to get more ham, cheese and bread. Even that wasn’t enough as they ran out of food a second time! Never fear though, they took care of everyone and asked us to say thanks on their behalf to all the citizens who attended. The Lions Club and all the service organizations are just part of what makes Noblesville such a great place to live and work!
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IT WAS ANNOUNCED last week that Rick Davis, principal at Sheridan High School, will be the featured speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Northern Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce. The meeting will take place from 11:15 a.m.to 1 p.m. at the Sheridan High School Media Room, located at 24185 Hinesley Rd. Davis will take members on a behind the scenes look at the latest and greatest taking place at Sheridan Community Schools. Members will learn how the corporation is transforming its learning environment and how student success and the community benefit through strong school, community, and business collaboration.
For more information go to www.northernhamiltoncountychamber.com.
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STATE REP. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville), serving Indiana's 29th District, served as the guest speaker at the Noblesville Kiwanis Sunrisers breakfast at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville this week.
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ALONG THE LINES of road construction blues, the area at Main Street and Guilford Road in Carmel will be closed for 60 days, weather and utility relocation permitting, to replace the signalized intersection with a roundabout. This phase will complete the Guilford Boulevard Project.
The City appreciates the communities’ patience as we finalize the improvements to safety and beautification of this area along Guilford, which includes the area directly in front of Carmel Middle School. At the completion of the project from City Center Drive to Main Street, Guilford will be a beautifully landscaped boulevard.
The safety of students and families walking or biking to and from the school was a high priority when planning this project. To increase pedestrian safety and enhance access, in the area, multi-use paths and crosswalks were added and older sidewalks were replaced. Drainage in the area was also improved with the storm water features that were added.
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THE GREAT Pumpkin Festival at Wasson Nursery in Fishers saw a new Indiana record set. During the festival’s Great Pumpkin Weigh-off, Mark Goodman of Marion, set a new Indiana record for the largest pumpkin ever recorded. His winning pumpkin tipped the scales in at 1,781 pounds.
Goodman has been growing giant pumpkins since 2006 but his first one that weighed more than 1,000 pounds was grown in 2016. His largest pumpkin to date before beating the record was 1,739 pounds, and was the previous record holder. He credits a lot of the success of the pumpkins to having properly amended soil and compost.
His pumpkins are grown from the giant seeds from the previous season since genetics are a large factor in the continued success. Look for the record-breaking pumpkin currently on display at Wasson Nursery on 126th Street in Fishers.
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U.S. AIR FORCE Reserve Airman 1st Class Spencer D. Mullins graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
He is a 2017 graduate of Hamilton Heights High School.
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INDIANA GOV. Eric J. Holcomb tabbed two Hamilton County residents for new appointments to state boards.
Former First Lady Cheri Daniels of Carmel will serve on the State Fair Board until Sept. 30, 2023. And Seth Harden of Westfield was named to the Indiana Land Resources Council until Nov. 30, 2023.