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Start Smart 2012 Start Smart is a collaborative effort of the United Way of Greater Hazleton, public agencies, businesses, and interested individuals. The purpose of the project is to collect school supplies and distribute them to children in need throughout the Hazleton area. The hope is that by giving supplies, children may be motivated to invest in school, and increase their learning capacity. The Start Smart School Bus, created by students at the Career Center, will be at various locations for one week each, for donors to drop off their school supplies. Locations for the bus to be announced. Bin locations: Pelly Dental, Eagle Rock, Elsen & Co., Drs. Edward Polashenski & Robert Yamulla’s office, The Shop2, McCann School of Business, Goulds Market, The Health & Wellness Fitness Center, LCCC Hazleton Campus, The Concerned Parents of Hazleton, YM-YWCA, Can Do Building, The Chamber Of Commerce Office, Helping Hands, Fairway Chevrolet/ Subaru, Third Base Luncheonette, Berger Family Dealership. More will be added during the campaign. The collection will begin June 29th and end August 3rd. Items needed to Start Smart: clear backpacks, crayons, pens, notebooks, folders, loose leaf paper, markers, Spanish/English dictionaries, construction paper, highlighters. Monetary contributions can be made to the United Way of Greater Hazleton, 134 S. Wyoming St. Hazleton Pa. 18201. Any interested business that would like to have a collection bin please call Carmine Parlatore @ 570-751-3351.

It's time to treat for Fleas and Ticks by Dr. Kenneth Trippett, West Hazleton Veterinary Hospital While most of us enjoyed the warm, mild winter, unfortunately, so did the insects. We are already starting to see flea and tick problems. These “ectoparasites” can cause our furry friends a wide variety of issues. Fleas cause allergies and significant skin problems in 50% of cats and 70% of dogs. Ticks can carry serious diseases such as Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis. Even the common mosquito can carry heartworm, that causes a fatal disease in dogs. So the question then becomes, what should be done to protect our pets. Heartworm disease is easily prevented. All dogs should be heartworm tested and started on a once per month heartworm preventive pill. Most of these medications prevent worms and some also help protect against fleas. Fleas and ticks are a tougher problem. While there are dozens of products that claim to protect animals from fleas and ticks, most range from ineffective to down right dangerous. The two products that seem to work the


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2012 July Panorama Community Magazine  

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