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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Wednesday, May 30

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Mail Carrier Food Drive 2012 a success

To the editor: 

 The annual mail carriers’ food drive was another effort by the postal service to give something back to and help the community in which we reside.  

This year’s food drive was the 19th year in a row in which cities, towns and communities across this great land have participated.  Locally, we have had the pleasure of working to ”Stamp Out Hunger” for the last 16 years.  

We gathered around 300 pounds of nonperishable food the first year and have grown to between 3 ½ and 5 ½ tons in each of the last eight years.  We collected over 3 ½ tons of food (7,721 lbs.) this year even though the economy is not as prosperous.  Handling this amount of food is no small undertaking and requires a lot of help each year. 

We would like to thank all of the postmasters, supervisors, clerks, city carriers, rural carriers, truck drivers, church groups, schools and individuals who worked so hard to get the job done and make this year’s food drive a very successful attempt to replenish the food pantry shelves at “The Good Samaritan” and “Serving Hope.”

 Most of all we thank our postal customers, because without your concern, support and generosity, this project would not be possible.  

Worth Hudson of “The Good Samaritan” was well pleased with the amount of food donations received and called it a huge blessing. 

Kathy Woods of “Serving Hope” also was pleased with the food donations they received, and she stated from the beginning that God would provide. 

Lastly, but not least, we want to thank the many businesses and media for their help and loyal support in providing you with reminders, stories, pictures, public service announcements and news about this worthwhile community project.  

We express our gratitude to Doug Ford for his time and efforts in writing articles for the newspaper. 

Also, we extend our appreciation to Tommy Wilkins, Thomas Moorefield and Steve Meadows for their timeless devotion in transporting the food to “The Good Samaritan” and “Serving Hope” food pantries. 

I dedicated this year’s food drive to our brave young men and women serving in our armed forces today and yesterday.  May we never forget those who, made the ultimate sacrifice, so we can enjoy our freedoms today.  May God bless each one of them and their families. 

Now this is a long list of individuals and businesses who have helped us out with the food drive this year or in past year’s.  But no list is complete without God, who allows us to share his love and grace with those who may not be as fortunate as we are. God bless one and all. 

Hope to see all of you “Good Samaritans” again next year.  

Thanks. 

Best Regards, 

Danny Moorefield 

Food Drive Coordinator 

South Boston
and Halifax Count

 

Ticks a concern

To the editor:

When the cool weather of spring turns into the warm days of summer, biting insects such as ticks emerge in our area.  For years we have preached flea control for our dogs and cats.  

While fleas are still an ongoing problem, ticks have become more of a concern.  These days everyone has a friend or relative who has been diagnosed with a tick borne illness such as Lyme disease.  

In fact, according to a recent report from the Virginia Department of Health, from 2005 to 2011 the number of human Lyme disease cases quadrupled in our state.  We are noticing the same trend in our canine and feline patients as well.  

Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis are all tick spread diseases that are common to our area.  With Lyme disease, the tick has to attach for 36 to 48 hours before transmitting the bacteria.  However, with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, the tick only has to attach for four to six hours to spread the disease.  

So the best way to prevent tick spread disease is to reduce the number of ticks that attach.  To accomplish this we need to use an effective product on the dog or cat and treat the environment.  

Because most of the life cycle of the tick occurs in the environment independent of our dogs and cats, we must treat where the ticks are in order to control them.  Many of us live in the country and cannot treat all of the areas that our dogs and cats roam, and that is why it is essential to use an effective product on the animal.  

We can however, treat the areas that our pets spend most of their time such as in and around dog pens, under bushes and along the wood line surrounding the yard. Treating the yard also will reduce the number of ticks that get onto us.  

Be careful to follow the directions on the product closely as they can be hazardous to pets if used incorrectly.  Be equally careful when choosing and using the product that is to be used on the animal.  Many products are labeled for dogs only these days.  

If you apply a product that is labeled for dogs only to a cat, there is a significant chance that it will make them sick, and the consequences can be potentially fatal.  

In summary, tick control has never been more important.  The good news is that there have never been more options for effective environmental and topical tick control.  

For more information, I encourage you to talk to your veterinarian or visit our Facebook page for several links to articles on ticks from the Centers for Disease Control.

Dr. Jon Collins

Halifax County
Veterinary Center