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Maintain Don’t Gain – RESULTS

Thanks to everyone who participated in the “MAITAIN DON’T GAIN” program at Petersen Family Wellness Center. We had great success.  Many that participated maintained their weight, or even LOST weight!  This program is a No Stress program.  All you have to do is watch what you are eating and keep on exercising and try to Maintain over the holidays.  It helped keep many on track without trying to lose weight…hence, MAINTAIN DON’T GAIN.  It’s a fact that over the holiday’s many of us over indulge and gain an average of 7 lbs.  It is amazing that we can gain 7 lbs. in 4-6 weeks and then it takes 6-12 weeks to take if off again.  Good job everyone! These are the winners from the drawing of those who did Maintain!  Congrats!

  • Black and White NIKE bag – Melissa Boettger
  • Purple Bag – Ivy Robinson
  • “LIDS” Gift Certificate – Andi Williams
  • $50 Quik Pik Gas card – Jennifer Arnold
  • $100 GAS CARD – Mary Pinental

Avoca Ladies Golf Club Doubles Funding for Play for P.I.N.K.

P4P photo 2013

Pictured (l-r): Mandee Meyers, Julie Wright, Kim Gray, Tina Reischl, and Denise Luna

Seventy golfers in western wear and creative pink costumes played in Avoca Ladies Golf Club’s Second Annual Play for P.I.N.K. golf outing on Wednesday, Aug. 7th.  Proceeds from the event totaled $3,418.00 which is more than double from last year.

Play for P.I.N.K. contributes 100% of all funds to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  The national organization holds over 300 events across 27 states each year. Avoca is the only club in Iowa to host an event so far this year.

“We have the most creative ladies,” said Denise Luna, the event’s founder. “They go all out in decorating their carts and their costumes.” Sixteen western themed teams with names such as “Roboobeo Queens”, “Boobie Bandana Bandits” and “HeeHaw Hooters” participated in the evening scramble. Team Buckin’ For Boobies (Deb Calhoon, Lori Espeseth, Wendy Jorgensen and Cindy Constable) scored a 32 to win the event and received Play for P.I.N. K. bag tags and $100 cash.

The Boobie Bandits (Breanna Osbahr, Amy Osbahr, Shannon Beatty & Cheryl Hawkins) won the Favorite Team Theme for the second year in a row by wearing pink sequined chaps, pink fringed tees, cowboy hats and black masks. Regina Hansen’s bra was decorated with hundreds of colorful rhinestones, miniature cowboy hats, ropes and boots and was voted best bedazzled bra.

A rhinestone encrusted pink themed golf purse donated by Linsey McCarthy of The Avoca Flower Shop and a Luxury Spa Gift Basket donated by Tina Reischl of SELF-Storage Co. of Iowa served as raffle items this year raising $310 to support our cause.  Stacie Suedkamp of Fig Tales bakery donated dozens of her pink iced sugar cookies shaped like boots, hats and pink ribbons to sell which raised an additional $268.

“The generosity from our area businesses and our local sponsors make this a rewarding experience for our players,” said Luna. Over 53 community sponsors & businesses donated flag prizes for each hole and door prizes for each player.  Players also received a goody bag from the Play for P.I.N.K. organization which included a pink visor, pink ball, pink ribbon and breast cancer facts flier.

The women invited the men to join in raising funds.  Men played a two man worst ball game on Thursday Aug. 1st with a theme of REAL MEN WEAR PINK.  Twenty six men received golf towels and pink golf balls for participating from the Play for P.I.N.K. organization. Despite a low turnout due to rain they donated $280 to this year’s tally.

2013 Family Flu Vaccine Clinic Dates Announced

Shelby County Public Health, part of Myrtue Medical Center, has scheduled numerous clinics for receiving the flu vaccine.  There will be several public clinics held in Harlan at the Community Health building located at 2712 12th Street.  Please make an appointment for them online at or by calling 755-4422.

There will also be clinics held in Irwin, Earling, Westphalia, Shelby, Avoca, Defiance, Panama, Portsmouth and Elk Horn.  Appointments are not needed for these clinics.

You may print out a consent form and read the Vaccine Information Statement by going to or at the bottom of this new release.

This year there are more types of flu vaccine being manufactured, including high dose (recommended for those over age 65), intradermal (also known as micro-needle), standard shots and nasal spray (mist).  Some of the vaccines will be “trivalent” which means it contains three strains of inactivated flu virus, and others will be the new “quadrivalent” which means it contains four strains of the flu virus.  The CDC does not recommend one type of flu vaccine over the other.  The important thing is that everyone (except babies younger than 6 months old) should get a flu vaccine every year.


10/16/1310:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.Harlan – Community Health
10/19/139:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Harlan – Community Health
10/21/138:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Harlan – Community Health
10/21/131:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.Irwin – Irwin Community Building
10/22/139:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Earling – St. Joseph’s Parish Hall
10/22/131:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Westphalia – St. Boniface Parish Hall
10/28/139:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Shelby – Community Club
10/28/1312:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Avoca- Library
10/29/139:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Defiance – Fire Hall, 203 3rd Avenue
11/05/139:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Panama – Fire Hall
11/05/131:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Portsmouth – St. Mary’s Parish Hall Religious Center
11/06/139:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Elk Horn – Lutheran Church Town Hall
11/07/139:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Harlan – Community Health
11/12/1312:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.Harlan – Community Health
11/19/139:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Harlan – Community Health

Select a consent form below for the type of vaccination you wish to receive.  Fill it out and bring it with you to your scheduled appointment.

Vaccine Information Statements:
2013 MIST
2013 SHOT

Consent forms:
2013 MIST adult and child consent revised
2013 SHOT adult and child flu consent revised 2
Spanish 2013 MIST adult and child consent
Spanish 2013 SHOT adult and child consent

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