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December 12, 2018

St. Francis, Stop & Shop team up to open FastCare in Simsbury


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Going to the supermarket and getting treated for poison ivy are not going to be mutually exclusive things.

St. Francis and Stop & Shop are teaming up to open FastCare centers in supermarkets in the Hartford area. The Simsbury store will open this week, and another will open in the Manchester store later in the year.

According to the press release:

The clinic will provide care for common, non-urgent illnesses and ailments such as cold and flu symptoms; administration of flu and shingles vaccines, along with standard vaccinations for adults and children; ear infections, insect bites, poison ivy, minor sunburn, ear wax removal, sinus infection, and sore throat. On-site tests for rapid strep, urinalysis, urine pregnancy test, monospots and TB skin tests will also be available.

Patients over 18 months old can be treated in the facilities. If symptoms are beyond what the clinic can treat, the patient will be referred to a doctor.

The cost of the visit is $79, including basic labs.

The hours for the clinic in Simsbury will be

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Holidays (except Easter and Christmas) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

No appointments are necessary. Facilities are staffed by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses  who are licensed to prescribe medications.

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Goats That Eat Poison Ivy, Brush And Weeds

The landscape of brush-clearing is changing.

The organic, more natural way of removing weeds and thorny vines is a healthier alternative to herbicides–so why send a brush hog to do a goat’s job?

The Goat Girls, an Amherst, Massachusetts-based company, has a herd of 19 goats they rent out to clear brush, even if a property is overrun by a rash of poison ivy.

“The two white ones really like poison sumac,” Chade Conrad, the assistant field manager for The Goat Girls, said.

The more goats on the job, the faster they’ll eat away an overgrown area.

The Goat Girls have taken calls from prospective clients in Connecticut, but the business stays local because every time the herd crosses the state line the goats each need costly health certificates.

However, if you’re interested in grooming a goat to mow your lawn, the business is offering a two-day course to teach others how to run a business of rent-a-goats of their own.

“Two landscapers from the Hartford area expressed an interest,” Hope Crolius, founder of The Goat Girls, said.

An added bonus after the herd clears the way and moves on is the valuable manure left behind, which clients get to keep to fertilize the garden they really want.

Jobs start at $500 per week.

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