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Front Porch: Off-leash dog areas closed because of parvovirus

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Three off-leash dog areas in Everett parks will be closed due to a recent outbreak of canine parvovirus in King County.
Off-leash areas at Howarth Park, Loganberry Lane Park and Lowell Park are closed until further notice.
Parvovirus is highly contagious and can live in untreated areas for a long time. There have been unconfirmed reports of dogs falling ill after visiting an Everett dog park.
For more information, talk to your vet.

Health screenings: The Northwest Lions Foundation is sponsoring free health screenings at Sultan High School during the Sultan Winterfest on Saturday.
Screenings, to be held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., are offered for glaucoma, diabetes, abnormal blood pressure, vision and hearing loss.
The 62-foot, medically equipped Lions Health Screening Unit travels throughout Washington, Oregon and Northern Idaho to give free health screenings at schools, fairs and other public events.
"During these hard economic times, it's important to help people get any medical care they can that's affordable, and thanks to the Northwest Lions Foundation, it's free," said Judy Woods, treasurer of Sultan Sky Valley Lions Club, in a statement.

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It can be serious, sentimental or just plain silly.
We'll publish selections on the Dec. 25 Good Life page. Write it in 100 words or less. Please include a contact phone number. Deadline is Dec. 11.
Send items to Andrea Brown at abrown@heraldnet.com. Or mail to Herald Features, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206.
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