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Free Radon test kits for residents


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The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) is teaming up with the Grand Rapids Griffins to stop a silent killer—lung cancer caused by radon gas. This Friday, January 6, 2017, at Van Andel Arena when the Griffins take on the Charlotte Checkers at 7:00 p.m., KCHD staff will be there armed with thousands of radon test kits. They will be situated in the upper concourse near section 128, and will give the kits away while supplies last.

For those not attending the Griffins game, KCHD is offering free radon test kits to Kent County residents at all three of its locations until the supply runs out.

Colorless and odorless, radon gas kills more Americans annually than drunk driving and drowning combined according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says more than 20 thousand deaths are caused by radon each year making it the nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking.

The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) recommends that all homes should be tested for radon every few years.

Testing is the only way to know if radon is present in your home.

“Testing for radon is an easy and important step in protecting the health of your family,” says Sara Simmonds, Supervising Sanitarian with the Kent County Health Department. “The kit is easy to use. Simply hang a filter inside your house for a few days, then send it in a self-addressed, pre-stamped envelope for testing.”

People using the kits will receive their results via email once the kit is received and tested. Residents can use the information when deciding on how best to pursue remediation. For help understanding the test results, please contact the KCHD Environmental Health Division at 616-632-6900.

Radon occurs naturally in the ground. It seeps into buildings through cracks or openings in foundations or floors. It occurs in both new and old homes. Radon has been found in houses built over a basement, over a crawlspace or built on slab-on-grade. The EPA and the U.S. Geological Survey have developed a map of risk zones for the United States. You can view the risk maps by clicking here. Kent County is typically categorized as having moderate to high levels of radon.

The kits are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the:

Kent County Health Department, 700 Fuller Avenue NE, Grand Rapids.

KCHD North County Clinic at 4388 14 Mile Road NE, Rockford.

KCHD South Clinic at 4700 Kalamazoo SE, Kentwood.

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SUE E. SMITH


 

Mrs. Sue E. Smith, aged 58, of Cedar Springs went to her heavenly home to see her sister and mother on Sunday, November 1, 2015. She is survived by her soul mate of 34 years John; stepdaughter Cynthia Smith; six step grandchildren; sisters, Sharon (Leroy) Simmons, Patricia Muste, Kathy Kenyon; brothers, James (Bernice) Muste, Tom (Cretia) Muste; brother-in-law Chet Neal; several nieces, nephews, cousins; father-in-law Edwin P. Smith; sister-in-law Pat (Dan) Fry; brothers-in-law, Alan (Marina) Smith, Terry (Maureen) Smith; good friend Barbara Anderson. She was a long time member of the Grand Rapids Griffins Boosters Club and enjoyed crocheting and making things for others. The family will greet friends from 1-4 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at The Masonic Temple, 233 Fulton St., East Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.

Arrangements by Memorial Alternatives

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New Music and Drama Classes at CTA


 

Creative Technologies Academy is excited to announce the addition of music and drama classes to their curriculum.  After a four-year absence, CTA has added an elementary music program for K-5, a middle school and high school choir program, and a high school drama class which is currently learning improvisation techniques.  The high school choir, Charger Voices, will have the exciting opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Grand Rapids Griffins game on October 17th.  These courses are being taught by Jeremy Holtrop who received his bachelor’s in Music Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Master’s in Music from Colorado State University.  Mr. Holtrop has taught choir and drama for eight years and is excited to be a part of CTA and to bring music back to the school.

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We save…we score!


Students in the fourth grade classrooms of Mr. Gregory and Mr. Moleski were taught a very valuable lesson in economics. The lesson, titled Save and Score, was presented in mid-February to the eager listeners.  The program is sponsored by the Lake Michigan Credit Union and the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The students learned about the four different ways to save money.  The various ways include:

1) short term investments

2) donations

3) spending

4) long term investments

With inquisitive questions and a keen interest to learn, our students once again exemplified how we use our Habits of Mind at Cedar View.  This was witnessed by the two presenters from LMCU, Ms. Vickie and Ms. Jennifer. They raved at how well the students demonstrated the ability to listen and ask “real life” questions. Before they left, the ladies presented both classrooms with a challenge.

The challenge was for each student to write a personal essay on what they had learned about saving money. The recipient of the strongest essay would win free Griffin’s tickets for their entire class!

After submitting their entries, the students were treated to a special guest appearance by GRIFF (the Grand Rapids Griffin’s mascot). Griff couldn’t decide on the top essay because there were so many quality pieces entered in the contest.  So he declared the essays written by Paige Pierson and Samantha VanSinger as winners.

For their hard work, ALL of the students in both classrooms received two free tickets to the Grand Rapids Griffin’s hockey game on Saturday, March 3rd.

 

 

 

 

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