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MONTEREY COUNTY — The County of Monterey Health Department urges everyone to protect themselves and others this fall by staying up to date on routine and seasonal immunizations, including RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). RSV is a common respiratory virus that often causes colds but can be severe for infants and older adults. Symptoms of RSV include fever, cough, runny nose and wheezing, and it can spread at the same time as Covid-19 and influenza (flu), usually between October and March. RSV immunizations are now available for older adults, pregnant people and infants at medical offices, clinics and pharmacies, and can be given at the same visit for flu and Covid-19 immunizations. For more information, visit the County Health website via


MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County will have a Winter Closure for many operations from Dec. 26 to 29. During this time, many County offices will be closed or have limited hours of operation. This closure or reduced schedule is in addition to designated holidays of Dec. 22 and 25 (Christmas Eve observed and Christmas Day) as well as Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day). The recess will not close any critical or public safety 24/7 operations. A schedule for all county offices during this time period is available in English and Spanish on the County website


SALINAS — Alliance on Aging is seeking Monterey County residents to volunteer for the 2024 Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. Each year the Alliance partners with the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board in providing free assistance to hundreds of local seniors in the preparation of their Federal and State income tax returns. If interested, tax preparation experience is required; however, additional training will be provided by AOA, the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board. Sites and schedules are available throughout Monterey County. Volunteer weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, contact Rita Hill, TCE program coordinator, at [email protected] or call 831-655-4242.


MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County Free Libraries will be closed for the holidays for a week starting Saturday, Dec. 23, through New Year’s Day and reopening for business on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Patrons should visit their branch now to check out all the books and DVDs they need to tide them through the holiday closure. The MCFL website and online resources are available 24/7.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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