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Democratic Town Committee Meets June 15

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The Hopkinton Democratic Town Committee will meet on Wednesday, June15 at 7:30PM at the Fire Station on Main Street. Please enter through the rear. The meeting room is upstairs.

All registered Democrats in Hopkinton are invited to attend and to meet fellow Democrats. Among the planned agenda items will be a resolution concerning the war in Afghanistan.

If any attendees require accommodations for the disabled, please contact us and we will do our best to make arrangements.

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To Your Health June 2011: “Fun in the Sun”

Hello and welcome to the June edition of the HCAM News monthly medical segment To Your Health. I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy.

Summer has finally arrived. What’s better and healthier than enjoying our favorite outdoor activities and having some fun in the sun? Sunshine is important to our health – it keeps our bones strong and healthy by generating vitamin D; it helps regulate our daily rhythms; it even elevates our mood and makes our outlook a little brighter. But, as always, too much of a good thing can be dangerous.

Over exposure or repeated exposure to the sun’s rays is the main risk factor for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the CDC, 58,094 Americans were diagnosed with melanoma in 2007, the latest year for which statistics are available. Fortunately, this deadly form of skin cancer occurs much less frequently than either squamous cell or basal cell cancers, for which there is no central registry to track statistics. But, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that more than 2 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer annually.

The good news is that you can reduce your risk. The American Academy of Dermatology offers skin-cancer prevention tips and other resources to help you protect your family and yourself. You can have fun in the sun and decrease your risk of skin cancer. Here's how to Be Sun Smart®:

    Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” sunscreen provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
    Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
    Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun's rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.
    Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand because they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of sunburn.
    Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, consider using a self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
    Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, consult a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.

Remember, not just sunshine, but summer heat, like the recent spell of hot weather we have been having, can also pose a danger, particularly for the very young, elderly, obese, and those with chronic illnesses. Heat-related illness develops when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. The old saw is true - it’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.

Heat stroke, a life threatening condition, occurs when the body is no longer able to control its temperature: the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Internal temperature skyrockets - as high as 106°F in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. The brain and internal organs are literally cooked. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided. Signs of heat stroke are:

• Red, hot, and dry skin without sweating
• An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
• Rapid, strong pulse
• Throbbing headache
• Nausea and Dizziness
• Confusion and, ultimately, unconsciousness.

If you happen to come across a person with signs of heat stroke, remember this is a true medical emergency and call for medical assistance immediately. While you are waiting for help to arrive you can help hydrate and cool the victim down by giving them lots of cool water, getting them into the shade, or better yet a cool bath or wrap them in a wet sheet or towels cooled by a fan.
To prevent the development of heat stroke, and the milder form of heat illness, heat exhaustion, the CDC recommends that you:

• Drink plenty of cool, nonalcoholic beverages.
• Take time out to rest in a hot, humid day if you are working or exercising.
• Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
• Seek an air-conditioned environment.
• Wear lightweight, sun-protective clothing.

Always keep a close eye on infants, children and the elderly, as they are most susceptible to heat illness and sunburn.
For more information on ways that you can enjoy these sunny days, yet stay healthy and safe, check out the American Academy of Dermatology website and the CDC’s emergency preparedness bulletins.

For HCAM News, hoping to put a little sunshine in your day, I’m Dr. Jim Kenealy, and we’re speaking to your health.

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Flag Day at Center School

Although Flag Day isn't until June 14th, that didn't stop the students, parents and teachers at Center School from celebrating it a few days early. Festively dressed in red, white and blue, the kids marched into the gym waving their flags proudly. The Honor Guard from Ricard Post 234 in Northborough, alongside Hopkinton veterans Dick Gooding and Rick Kelly, were in attendance and were honoroed for their service to their country.
Center School Principal Jen Parson reminded everyone of how important it is to respect those who serve and make sacrifices for their country.

Hillers LAX Are State Champs

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The Hillers Girls Varsity Lacrosse team beat the Sachems of Winchester 18-15 at Wellesley College and are Division 2 State Champions.

Internist Joins Tri-County Internal Medicine

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Philip Ciaramicoli, Jr., president of Tri-County Medical Associates, Inc. (Tri-County Medical) is pleased to welcome Deborah S. Derderian, D.O. to Tri-County Medical’s staff. Dr. Derderian has joined Kathryn Cohan, M.D., Donna Krauth, M.D. and Fouad Aoude, M.D. at their practice, Tri-County Internal Medicine (formerly known as Milford-Upton Primary Care).

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Record Profit at Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library Book Sale, held over the weekend, was a big success. In fact, it was the best yet, clearing just over $2600.00.

The book sale is the Friends biggest fundraiser and a lot of work goes into getting ready for the two day event. Books are sorted, boxed and carried up the narrow basement stairs bucket brigade style. Loaded on carts, the books then make their way to the main room to be displayed on tables.

Books are sold at greatly reduced rates and on Sunday, it was bag day. For just $5, you can buy as many books that can fit in a brown paper bag.

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BOS Preview

Here's a sneak peek at the selectmen's agenda for their Tuesday, June 14th meeting.

Sealed Ballot to be Opened on Monday

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On Monday night at 5PM, the Board of Registrars will meet at Town Hall to open the sealed absentee ballot found after the town election in May. On Friday afternoon, Town Clerk Ann Click confirmed that the judge had approved the court order allowing the ballot to be counted. But will the tie vote between library trustees June Harris and Leda Arakelian be broken?

Timlin Race Needs Volunteers to Go Green

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This year the Sharon Timlin 5K Race for ALS is going green. We have partnered with FitPlanet to get the race "Green Certified' and need to meet a list of minimum requirements to make this happen. We are looking for volunteers for various green jobs on race day.


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Barn Jam 2011 - Rock for Scotland takes place this Saturday, June 11 at 4PM at the Cultural Arts Alliance Field.

This teen band music festival is a fundraiser for the Hopkinton Drama Ensemble's trip to Scotland where they will perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Bands include Bandicoot, Splatter Cactus, Low Battery, 21A and singers Sasha Yachentko, Evelyn Oliver, Emma Howe and Evan Katz with many more!

Bring a blanket to sit chairs please.


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