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  • Let’s Follow Our Instincts On E-Cigarettes

    One of the first lessons of marketing is that novelty sells. That is why all those products you’ve seen a million times before are invariably marked “New!” at the point of sale. But every now and then, something truly innovative comes along and starts selling briskly even before consumers know very much about it. The novelty of e-cigarettes for erstwhile smokers is almost irresistible.

  • Organizers Announce Plans For 20th Anniversary Health Fair

    On September 28 a group of local health professionals and volunteers will celebrate the 20th annual Health and Public Safety Fair. Organizers Mae Schmidle, Dr Della Schmid, Health District Director Donna Culbert, Judy Blanchard and Natalie DosSantos say they are pleased to be able to bring the community so many free health screenings, free information and expertise, and plenty of health-related giveaways in a single one-stop location.

  • A Good Doctor Departs

    To the Editor:

    One time, I had the misfortune of going to a doctor who looked everywhere but at me – even when he or I were talking. Later, another doctor told me this was a purposeful modus operandi. The less this doctor  looked at the patient, the less chance that the patient would ask any questions. The goal was to get the person in and out of the room as quickly as possible. Then there was the doctor who was so belligerent, when asking her a question I was afraid I'd be leaving in worst condition than when arriving.

  • Town Presses Owner On His Plans For Condemned House

    The town’s building official has sent the owner of a decaying Berkshire Road house a letter informing him that the vacant, rundown building has been condemned by the town due to its deterioration, and is asking him whether he intends to improve the structure to bring it up to habitable standards.

    Chief Building Official John Poeltl said April 29 that he has sent homeowner Santiago Britt a letter requesting an immediate response about his intentions regarding the house at 82 Berkshire Road (Route 34).

  • What To Do When Your House Is Making You Homesick

    Being “homesick” takes on a whole new meaning when seeking answers to health issues.

    Sick building or sick house syndrome is a term coined more than three decades ago to describe situations in which more than one person experiences illness connected with a particular building or home, due to gas-emitting building materials and poor ventilation. It is a term that is commonly recognized today by people well outside the building industry, said Drs Carolyn Graham and Alice Bell of the Naturopathic Health Center, LLC, in Southbury.