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Visalia Medical Clinic plastic surgeon Alex Lechtman named Physician of the Year

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Community service is often times portrayed as handing out canned goods to those less fortunate, picking up garbage in the park or helping youth clean up their community. Rarely do folks tend to think about a doctor offering his well crafted skills as community service, but it happens. And just as a […]

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Mental Healing for the Holidays

By Alisa Huff, Psy. D While many are joyfully anticipating holiday celebrations and looking forward to being with family and friends, others may be dreading “the whole terrible thing.” For them, this time of year can be a time of loneliness and melancholy. For some people, the holidays are a time that reminds them of […]

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FHCN employees offer holiday help to over 100 local families

Employee donation fund provides food baskets, blankets and gifts to 108 needy families @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Families in Farmersville and Woodlake were among 100 families to receive holiday food baskets, blankets and Christmas gifts from Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) last week. In all, 108 families from the communities of Cutler-Orosi, Hanford, Porterville, Farmersville, Terra Bella, […]

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Kaweah Delta erects tent structure outside of the Emergency Dept. to combat overcrowding during flu season

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Kaweah Delta Medical Center announced last week that it will be expanding its Emergency Department over the next two years, but that doesn’t help the daily overcrowding happening now. To help treat patients more quickly, a temporary reception tent has been put up outside of the hospital’s normal Emergency Department […]

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Choosing Health Care Benefits — a Chore or a Labor of Love?

NewsUSA – If you’re like most Americans, you probably view benefits open enrollment as somewhat of a chore. After all, 67 percent of employees describe shopping for benefits as complicated, long or stressful according to the 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report. For many, that might be true. But why not look at choosing benefits as something […]

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Pecans for Holiday Flavor: Classic Pecan Pie Recipe

Classic Pecan Pie Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 70 minutes Servings: 10 Ingredients 1 pie dough (9 inches)  6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 cup light corn syrup 1 cup light brown sugar 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 3 large eggs, lightly beaten ½ tsp. salt 2½ cups raw pecan halves Instructions Place […]

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Pecans for Holiday Flavor: Roasted Acorn Squash Salad Recipe

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients Squash: 1 small acorn squash 1 tablespoon olive oil ¼ teaspoon sea salt Dressing: ½ cup raw pecan pieces ¼ cup olive or pecan oil 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon maple syrup ¼ teaspoon sea salt […]

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California Department of Regulation adopts rules on agricultural pesticide use near schools and daycare centers

@TheSunGazette SACRAMENTO – Growers and Ag managers are going to have to watch when, where and how they spray pesticides starting Jan 1. Just recently the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has adopted new rules intended to further protect young students from pesticide exposure. The rules regulate the use of agricultural pesticides near schools […]

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Harvest Hot Bowls Recipe: Bacon-Apple Red Cabbage Soup

Bacon-Apple Red Cabbage Soup Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 Ingredients: 2 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped 1 medium red onion, chopped (about ½ cup) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 jar (16 oz.) Aunt Nellie’s Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage, not drained 2 cups low-sodium, fat-free chicken or vegetable broth 1 medium apple, […]

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