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Health Notes: Oct. 8, 2013

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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 3:26 am

High Peaks Hospice remembrance gathering scheduled

PORT HENRY — High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care will hold hold a special memorial service at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, to honor the memory of those the organization has served and who died between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2013.

Each person is remembered by name and loved ones are invited to light a candle in their memory. The service will include readings and music with light refreshments immediately following. High Peaks Hospice is extending a special invitation to other members of the community who have suffered a loss. 

The service will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 72 S. Main St. in Port Henry.

For more information, call 942-6513. Attendees must RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 10.


Free testing available for STIs

TICONDEROGA — Essex County residents can get free testing for sexually transmitted infections from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 9 and 23, at Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, 171 Lake George Ave.

Those interested in the service do not need to be a Planned Parenthood patient to get tested. Walk-ins are welcome (first-come, first-served), but it’s best to call 792-0994 and reserve an appointment time.


Child Safe Summit coming up Oct. 10

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is hosting a Child Safe Summit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m Thursday, Oct. 10 and Monday, Oct. 21, at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort.

The conference is a collective effort to educate and inform service providers of indicators, resources and to dispel any myths pertaining to child physical abuse and child sex abuse. The summit is tailored to afford agencies time to participate in a panel discussion of services offered in the community of Akwesasne and surrounding areas. 

Speakers include Dr. Karyn Patno, the clinical director and founder of the Child Safe Program of Vermont, and Timothy Losito, special agent at the Office of Homeland Security Investigation. 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and there is no charge to attend the summit. Attendees can choose one of two dates to attend. Each person is responsible for their travel and accommodations.


Girls Night Out event is Oct. 15

PLATTSBURGH — Girls Night Out, the Foundation of CVPH’s annual event in recognition of breast-cancer awareness month, is at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Strand Theatre.

This year’s event will feature Debi Guttierez. Guttierez speaks of the common threads that describe everyone, with a relatable, sharp wit, energy and realism. During her 19-year career, she’s gone from high-school teacher to international performer and is a regular at premier comedy clubs in Los Angeles and around the country. She has also appeared on Style, Lifetime, Showtime and HBO.

Plattsburgh’s Boobie Sisters will perform, and a short lecture on breast health and genetics will take place at both shows. The 2013 Boobie Prize will be awarded at the 7:30 p.m. program.

The $15 tickets are available online at in the “Upcoming Events” section and at the following locations: General Trading Company, The Party Factory and Champlain Wine Company.

Ticket holders are entitled to discounts on the night of the show at Anthony’s Restaurant & Bistro, 561-6420; Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 566-9607; Arnie’s Restaurant, 563-3003; Butcher Block, 563-0920; Chicago Uno, 561-7689; Geoffrey’s Pub & Restaurant, 561-3091; Ground Round, 561-2897; Irises Cafe & Wine Bar, 566-7000; Koto Japanese Steak House, 563-5200; Olive Ridley’s, 324-2200; Panera Bread, 561-6580; and The Pepper, 566-4688.

Underwriters are Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery Services of CVPH Medical Center; the Law Office of Mark Schneider; and Mountain Lake PBS. 

For more information, contact Molly Ryan, manager of community outreach, at 562-7595; or log onto the Girls Night Out Facebook page.


High Peaks Hospice challenges schools

SARANAC LAKE — High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care challenges all Essex County and Hague schools again this year to help raise funds to benefit those the Essex County office serves who are facing a life-limiting illness.

Schools are asked to come up with and run fundraisers on the agency’s behalf. Some ideas include food and bake sales, car washes and dances.

The 2012-13 Essex County and Hague School Challenge raised $5,091.28, with Willsboro, Westport and Ticonderoga schools participating.

There are many benefits to students and schools who choose to participate in this fundraising effort, according to High Peaks Hospice, among them community-service credit for graduating seniors and the satisfaction of having done something worthwhile for their community.

Also, the funds raised will “help provide compassionate emotional, spiritual, practical and bereavement support and comfort to our patients and patient families leading to an improved quality of life,” the release said.

To learn more, contact Ingrid Roemischer at 942-6513 or

Fundraiser ideas need High Peaks pre-approval.


Dr. Krant joins Adirondack Health

SARANAC LAKE — The newest member of Adirondack Health’s Medical Staff, board-certified and fellowship-trained rheumatologist Dr. Jonathan D. Krant, is accepting new patients.

Board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology, Krant treats patients who require care for arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones.

Krant received his medical degree from University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, and completed residencies in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital and internal medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He completed his clinical fellowship in rheumatology at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

He has overseen clinical research in the development of rheumatology treatment with various organizations and developed and ran an outpatient clinic providing rheumatology care to more than 6,000 patients.

An avid cyclist, he hopes to enhance his downhill skiing abilities now that he makes the Adirondacks his home. He also plans to take advantage of the opportunities for classic Nordic skiing in the area.

To reach Krant’s office, call 897-2491.