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VA open house Nov. 1

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Theater, Building 15, on the main campus, 500 N. Highway 89, Prescott.

This is an opportunity for attendees to meet NAVAHCS’s clinical staff, outreach specialist and leadership, speak to the staff and learn about the services available for veterans.

NAVAHCS leadership is also presenting the 50th Anniversary Commemoration lapel pin to Vietnam-era veterans.

For more information, please call NAVAHCS Public Affairs at 928-717-7587.

Information from NAVAHCS.

Senior Connection talk tackles long-term care

“Long Term Care Options - Legal & Financial Issues” is a free Senior Connection presentation to occur Thursday, Nov. 2, beginning at noon at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane, Prescott.

Most folks would like to obtain Long Term Care Insurance, however, the cost is often prohibitive. Presenter Chip McLaughlin, Law Offices of Chester B McLaughlin, will cover legal and financial considerations for you and your family, and will explain options that can help you plan for future needs while preserving your assets. He will cover Medicare, ALTCS, VA benefits and private pay options.

RSVPs appreciated to or 928-778-3747.

Information from Senior Connection.

LWV hosts ‘State of Health in Yavapai County’ meeting

The League of Women Voters is hosting a meeting to discuss the “State of Health in Yavapai County” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 4, at Las Fuentes Resort Village, 1035 Scott Drive in Prescott.

Adrienne Udarbe and her team have been working in Yavapai County for the past 10 months, collecting health data, input from residents via survey or in person, and elected officials – and have published the 2017 Community Health Assessment.

Single-payer health systems are pushing the health care debate decidedly leftward. What is the health in the UK really like? We’ve heard rumors of long waits for elective surgery. How much does universal health care cost compared to what we spend in the USA?

Valerie Burns, League of Women Voters, Prescott, has lived in the United Kingdom fairly recently and will deliver some facts about the British Health Care. Their system started after World War II, and it’s still around. Why? Bring your questions.

Information from League of Women Voters of Central Yavapai County.

Mann Packing recalls bagged veggies

Mann Packing of Salinas, California is voluntarily recalling minimally processed vegetable products listed below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Mann Packing is issuing this recall in response to a single positive result found on one of our products during random sampling by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Mann Packing is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution. To date, public health officials have not reported any illnesses associated with these products.

The recalled product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The recalled products were distributed throughout the United States and Canada with “best if used by” dates from Oct. 11 to Oct. 20 listed on the front of the packaging.

There’s an extensive list of products listed in this recall. The following affect Yavapai County:

• Walmart store brand Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Stir Fry Medley; Cauliflower Florets; Cauliflower; Super Blend and Vegetable Medley.

• Trader Joe’s store brand Kohlrabi Salad Blend.

• Safeway and Albertson’s store brand, Signature Farms, Meat & Cheese Tray; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Broccoli Stir Fry; Broccoli Florets; Veggie Tray with Ranch Dip; Vegetable Medley; and Veggie & Hummus Tray.

• Archer Farms (sold in Target) Broccoli Florets; Broccoli Cauliflower Florets; Broccoli Slaw; Broccoli Medley; Cauliflower Florets; Brussels Sprouts; and Shaved Brussels Sprouts.

Mann Packing is fully cooperating with U.S. and Canadian health officials on this recall. Mann Packing is contacting all affected customers to confirm that the recalled product is removed from store shelves. Consumers who have purchased any recalled products listed below are urged not to consume them, discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with further questions may contact Mann Packing on its 24-hour consumer line at 888-470-2681 or visit

Info from YCCHS.

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