Nov. 5, 2013 — Hearing loss and tinnitus are the most common disabilities that occur in the veteran population. Hearing loss is fairly self-explanatory in it is the loss of the ability to hear sounds. Tinnitus can be a ringing, buzzing, crackling or humming sound in your ears. Both of these conditions affect the person’s ability to hear sounds and speech in particular.
There are three types of hearing loss: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss and mixed hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss is caused by damage to the outer or middle ear and usually can be repaired or will heal over time. It is usually caused by temporary factors, including illnesses or some medications used to treat other conditions, and does not usually result in total hearing loss.
Nov. 5, 2013 — Much like antique shopping, I am a sucker for thrift and resale stores.
More often than not, I leave the store with a new bag, items for crafting or clothing that easily fits my personality, and my wallet is only a few dollars shorter. I am obsessed with finding steals and outrageously low prices.
My favorite store near my college campus was a resale shop that catered mainly toward younger generations, think a locally owned and managed Plato’s Closet. I would visit on a weekly basis, prepared with a bag full of clothing I was looking to sell to the store for credit. Honestly, I believe a good chunk of my current wardrobe is courtesy of that little metal Quonset hut in Newberg, Ore.
Nov. 5, 2013 — Every year in early November we Americans honor those who have served our country in the military on Veterans Day. This year, the Susanville Veterans Day Parade on Main Street begins at the Lassen County Fairgrounds about 11 a.m. next Monday, Nov. 11. Organizations or businesses that would like to participate in the parade can pick up an application at the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce or at the Veterans Memorial Hall. Applications must be returned by Friday, Nov. 8. Call the chamber office at 257-4323 or the veterans office at 260-5285 for more information.
The World War II veterans, members of what has been called the Greatest Generation, have reached their senior years. America entered the war in December 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor and in less than four years our country and its allies had defeated the German and Italian fascists and the Japanese. It’s hard to imagine, but that war erupted more than 70 years ago.
Oct. 29, 2013 — National Red Ribbon Week is claimed to be the oldest and largest drug prevention program. This year’s event began Wednesday, Oct. 23 and will end Thursday, Oct. 31.
It provides a time to teach students the importance of "A healthy me is drug free," this year's Red Ribbon Week theme. Joining the efforts, the Lassen County Office of Education is hosting assemblies at county schools, some which will extend later into the school year.
According to redribbon.org, National Family Partnership organized the first Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988. It began as a response to the 1985 murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena. He was reportedly tortured and killed by drug traffickers and his death angered parents and youth who started wearing red badges of satin to show their commitment to raise awareness of the destruction drugs can cause.
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