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The fall gathering was a great success. Click here for a view of some scenes and activities from the weekend. Be sure to register for our chapter annual dinner Thursday, November 19 at Schenectady Community College. Guest speaker Peter Benoit will give a presentation on camping on the polar ice cap on Greenland.

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Mohawk Hudson Chapter Annual Dinner Thursday, November 19th at Schenectady County Community College

Greenland Iceberg
Greenland Iceberg
Our Chapter's annual dinner will take place in the Van Curler Room of the Schenectady Community College. Social hour will begin at 5:30, and the dinner at 6:15. Guest speaker Peter Benoit is an Adirondack 46er and a member and past president of LASAR, the Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue team. He will give a presentation on his experience of surviving on the polar ice cap in Greenland. The deadline for registration is November 9th. Please send checks in the amount of $32 per person, payable to AMC Mohawk-Hudson, to Kathleen Helfrich, PO Box 449, Wynantskill NY 12198.

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is on the rise in our area and early detection and treatment is the key to avoid serious complications. First it's important to thoroughly check for ticks, not only when you are outside but when you come in contact with a pet that has been outside. Lyme disease is caused by bacterium found in the stomachs of infected ticks and it may take as much as a day for the bacterium to make its way into your body. It's for this reason that the old tick removal method of covering a tick with oil or grease is not recommended as this can cause the tick to regurgitate the contents of its stomach into your bloodstream. The recommended method is to grasp the tick with a pair of tweezers as close to your skin as possible and steadily pull it away.

If you have been infected with Lyme disease it's important to get treated as soon as possible as serious complications can arise if left untreated. Unfortunately not everyone experiences the same symptoms and blood tests are slow and problematic. A "bullís-eye" rash is often described as a symptom but the vision of multiple concentric rings this conjures is inaccurate. This type of rash just means that you will have an irregularly shaped red blotch but the center will be pale. This rash does not have to appear at all and may not appear at the site of the bite. Another type of rash that looks more like a bruise but will continue to increase in size and darkness can also occur. A fever may also occur and any fever lasting 5 days is generally reason to see a doctor, tick bite or not. Other symptoms may include fatigue, headaches, muscle and/or joint pain, or swollen lymph nodes.

Here is a document on Lyme disease from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and here is a document created by the Rensselaer County Department of Health hosted by the Rensselaer Land Trust.

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