Despite its prevalence, many parents are unaware of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), a common virus contracted by nearly 100 percent of babies by their second birthday. Doctors say it’s typical to see a spike in RSV cases in the winter, as we’re in the height of “RSV season,” which runs from November through March. Most often RSV causes mild, cold or flu-like symptoms, but in some babies it can develop into something much more serious—especially in preterm infants who have underdeveloped lungs and immature immune systems.  As with most seasonal illnesses, RSV is very contagious and can live on skin and surfaces for hours, so parents should remember to: Wash your hands and ask others to do the same... keep toys, clothes, blankets, and sheets clean... avoid crowds and other young children during RSV season. Dr. William Hitchcock, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, and parent advocate Kari Judson discuss their personal stories with RSV, and provide essential information about seasonal viruses and how all parents can best protect their children.

Bill, Madeline and Ruth Ann from Central Center Hardware visited Dan & Mike Friday. Whenever they show up, you just never know which route the show is going to take. Bill brought in another jar of Tru Pickles which if you missed their visit in December, left Dan and Ruth Ann breathing fire! They also talked "hardware". With Valentine's Day around the corner, CCH is your spot for a full line up of Yankee candles and cards for your special Valentine. The Do It Best supply truck arrived Thursday and Bill says the staff has been able to restock many of the winter items which flew off the shelf during the recent polar vortex. Learn more by visiting their website: