Germantown native Ben Young, head groundskeeper for the Altoona Curve, the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates major-league club, recently won the Sports Turf Managers Association’s (STMA’s) 2nd annual “Mowing Patterns Contest.” Young’s “four patterns” winning image is pictured above. The contest received nearly 30 entries from across the U.S. The STMA was officially formed in 1981 because a few men believed that sports turf could be improved through the sharing of knowledge and the exchange of ideas. The key leaders in the STMA’s infancy were Harry “Pops” Gill (deceased), Milwaukee County Stadium; Dr. William Daniel (deceased), Professor Emeritus, Purdue University; Dick Ericson, Minneapolis Metrodome, and George Toma (NFL). The Altoona Curve plays in Peoples Natural Gas Field, located in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It was opened in 1999 and seats 7,210 fans. The 2014 season was Young’s third as head groundskeeper of the Curve and his first as the reigning Diamond Pro Sports Turf Manager of the Year for the Eastern League. Young has also spent time in Glendale, Arizona, maintaining the spring training facility of the White Sox and Dodgers. The five years before that were spent in the St. Louis area, with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League. In 2010, Ben won the “Craig Kuhl” Award as best groundskeeper in the Frontier League.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese is encouraging everyone to take steps this flu season to keep themselves and their families healthy.
Good habits, such as eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of fluids and washing hands, can help protect individuals from getting or spreading germs at home, work or school.
Flu or influenza is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. Symptoms include fever, cough, and sore throat. Headache and/or body aches may also occur.
The main way the virus is thought to spread from person to person is in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. Those sick with flu-like illness should stay home and keep away from others as much as possible; those affected should not go to work or school until fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
Sick individuals should get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take fever-reducing medication as needed. To reduce transmission to others, always cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve and wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
A person who believes he or she may have the flu should consult with his or her personal physician, who may recommend antiviral treatment.
If an individual is sick at home, the following warning signs indicate the need for emergency medical attention: difficulty breathing, chest pain, purple or blue discoloration of the lips, vomiting and inability to keep liquids down, signs of dehydration such as dizziness, absence of urination, or in infants, a lack of tears when crying. Anyone experiencing seizures, confusion, or altered level of consciousness should seek immediate medical attention.
Individuals caring for sick people at home should follow certain precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Among the suggestions:
•Everyone in the household should clean their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•Throw away tissues and other disposable items used by the sick person and wash hands after touching these items.
•Use paper towels for drying hands.
•Keep surfaces in the home (tables, bath surfaces. etc.) clean by wiping with a household disinfectant according to the directions on the product label.
•Wash linens using laundry soap and tumble dry on a hot setting.
•Wash eating utensils in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap.
In addition, visitor restrictions are now in place at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital, and children under the age of 14 and anyone displaying flu-like symptoms are asked to not visit patients until restrictions are lifted.
To further combat the spread of illness, respiratory hygiene stations with alcohol foam, tissues and masks are at all hospital and HealthPlex entrances and near the elevator in the Women and Infants Center.
Visitors are encouraged to make use of these supplies while at the hospital and everyone is further encouraged to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene at all times.
Anyone with flu-like symptoms and at the hospital for medical services is specifically asked to use the available masks.
A hospitalized patient may meet certain criteria and need to be isolated during his or her hospital stay. Isolation means that any visitor or colleague must wear a mask, gown and gloves when entering the patient’s room. These precautions are to help eliminate the spread of germs to visitors, caregivers, other patients and hospital colleagues.
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