Steamboat briefs: Recall is announced for frozen pomegranate kernels

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A nationwide voluntary recall of frozen organic pomegranate kernels was announced Friday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The product was recalled because of possible hepatitis A contamination, but no illnesses have been linked to the product.

The recalled product is Scenic Fruit Co.’s Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels in 8-ounce bags. The kernels previously were sold locally at Bamboo Market, Market on the Mountain and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.

Anyone who might have been exposed to hepatitis A should watch for symptoms, which generally begin 28 days after exposure.

According to the release, symptoms include fatigue, stomach pain, jaundice, dark urine and clay-colored stool.

“Hepatitis A is a liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis A virus,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “It can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.”

A vaccination might prevent illness for anyone who was exposed within the past 14 days. Vaccinations can be obtained from a personal health care provider or the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Steamboat Springs.

The VNA can be reached at 970-879-1632. More information also is available from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment by calling COHelp at 1-877-462-2911 or 303-389-1687.

Volunteers sought for Tour de Steamboat on July 20

The Tour de Steamboat is in need of volunteers July 20 for registration, aid stations and the post-ride barbecue. Those who are interested are asked to contact Abi Slingsby at 970-819-0781 or abislingsby@hotmail.com.

Community Barn Dance and Barbecue is Sept. 21

The sixth annual Community Barn Dance and Barbecue is from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 21. The event includes live music and dancing, barbecue from Rex’s American Grill & Bar, children’s activities and a raffle. It is is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs and benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs.

Routt County Fair royalty applications are available

Applications are available for girls interested in running for Routt County Fair royalty. The competition is open to county girls ages 8 to 18 and includes an application, essay, speech, interview and an undercover judge’s score. Applications are due July 15 and tryouts are July 28.

For more information on becoming an ambassador for the fair, call Tiffany at 970-638-1021. Applications are available at the Routt County Extension Office, Colorado Embroidery and at www.routtcountyfair.org.

Steamboat resident Lee Cox picked for AP reading

Steamboat Springs resident Lee Cox was selected to participate in the College Board’s annual AP reading in calculus, according to a news release. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members evaluate and score the free-response sections of the exams. In 2012, more than 11,000 AP readers evaluated more than 3.7 million AP exams, according to the release.

Volunteers needed for Hot Air Balloon Rodeo in July

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is looking for volunteers to help at the 32nd annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo on July 13 and 14. Volunteers are needed from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. both days and from 6 to 10 p.m. July 13 for the Balloon Glow. Help is needed with transportation drop off, in the VIP tent, on the balloon launch field, handing out programs, crowd control and with some of the competition events. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt. To sign up, contact Maren McCutchan at 970-875-7009 or maren@steamboatchamber.com.

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