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Steamboat briefs: VNA reminds that baby chicks, ducks can carry salmonella

Tom Garrett

Ahead of Easter, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is reminding readers the baby chicks and ducks can carry salmonella.

"As adorable as baby chicks and ducklings are, it is not good for young children to handle them because of the health risk," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist Alicia Cronquist said.

Children particularly are at risk of illness because their immune systems still are developing, they are more likely to put their fingers or other items in their mouths and they are less likely than adults to wash their hands, according to the CDC.

Follow these steps to protect yourself and others from getting sick:

■ Wash hands with soap and water right after touching any chicks, ducklings or other animals.

■ Do not buy chicks, ducklings or other baby birds as pets for children younger than 5.

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■ Supervise children when handling baby birds. Do not allow children to nuzzle or kiss chicks and ducklings, touch their mouths with their hands or eat and drink before washing their hands thoroughly.

■ Keep chicks, ducklings and other baby birds in a safe place away from family living areas.

■ If an adult or child has a high fever, severe diarrhea or other symptoms after handling baby birds, contact a health care provider.

For more information about salmonella and animals, visit

National accreditation for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps has received national provisional accreditation from the Corps Center of Excellence joining four other youth conservation corps in Colorado and 18 others across the country in receiving the accreditation, according to a news release.

The Corps Center of Excellence is governed by an independent advisory committee comprising retired or former conservation corps leaders, federal land management agency staff and other experts. 2013 is the first year the CCE has granted accreditation.

"RMYC is proud to play a significant role in taking the national youth and conservation corps movement to the next level," Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Associate Director Mark Wertheimer said in the release.

The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps also is accredited by the Colorado Youth Conservation Association.

Boys & Girls Club's Be Great Brunch is Aug. 4

The Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs' annual Be Great Brunch is Aug. 4 at Three Peaks Grill. The three-course brunch will include sparking wine and an auction. The cost is $100, and proceeds help provide programming and services for more than 50 percent of Steamboat Springs youths 6 to 14. Find more information at

Tom Garrett to be inducted into Foodservice Hall of Fame

Tom Garrett — who owned La Montana with his wife, Sunny, from 1982 to 2007 — will be inducted into the Colorado Foodservice Hall of Fame on Thursday at the Colorado Restaurant Association's awards event in Denver, according to a news release

Garrett previously has won the Colorado Restaurant Association's Richard P. Ayers Award for Distinguished Service, its highest honor, in 1996. Garrett and his wife also were presented the National Restaurant Association's Grass Roots Leadership Award, according to the release.

Garrett served on the Colorado Restaurant Association's board of directors for 10 years.

"It was an honor to serve on the CRA Board, to make so many great restaurant friends all over the state, to be blessed with so many great regular customers at the restaurant and to have had so many great employees over the years," Garrett said in the release.

Workshop on preventing bullying slated for May 9

A bullying prevention workshop is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 9 at The Steamboat Grand. The free presentation for school staff members and officials will cover topics including bullying prevention legislation, best practices, interventions, creating a positive school climate and cyberbullying. Guest speaker Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is a professor of child development and an associate chairwoman in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also is the co-editor of "Handbook of Bullying in Schools: An International Perspective." Registration is at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event, and a continental breakfast and lunch are provided. For more information, visit

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