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January is National Radon Awareness Month

Did you know?
1 in 15 homes nationally is estimated to have elevated radon levels.
Iowa has the largest percentage (71.6%) of homes above the US Environmental Protection Agency action level of 4pCi/L.
An estimated 21,000 deaths in America each year are attributed to radon-related lung cancer.
Radon is the source of the highest radiation exposure to humans (37%) which includes all known types of environmental radiation exposure including medical.
Being exposed to radon in the home is the 6th most common risk factor to lessen life expectancy. To put that into perspective, exposure to radon is 70 times more risky than living within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant.
Radon is odorless and colorless radioactive gas and the only way to measure is with a radon test kit.
The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer today behind smoking.
Winter months are the best time to test for radon because your house is closed and dry.
What can you do?
The Black Hawk County Health Department will be selling Radon Test Kits to area residents on the 5th Floor at the Health Department in the Pinecrest Building located at 1407 Independence Avenue, Waterloo. Kits are available during regular business hours Monday-Friday 8 AM4:30 PM. Cost is $8 for one kit, or two for $15, payable by cash or check only. Each kit includes: postage, instructions, lab analyzation, and report of results.

ViewPoint: Gearing Up for the Big Fight

By Traci Bruckner, Center for Rural Affairs
Crop insurance is an important and necessary component of an effective farm safety net. However, it is a very complex program that will work more effectively with much-needed, commonsense reforms.
Under current law, we are subsidizing crop insurance at an average rate of 62% on every acre without limit regardless of farm size or wealth. We have an issue with that. Our tax dollars – the public trust – subsidize the largest operators no matter how big they get.
To be certain, crop insurance is a valuable and necessary tool for farmers. Fundamentally, we believe in government helping family-scale farmers manage risk. But, we think there ought to be a limit.
One federal study points to a single farming corporation that insured crops across eight counties and raked in $1.3 million in taxpayer subsidies in just one year. In turn, the largest and wealthiest farms use their premium subsidies to bid land away from smaller farmers and beginning farmers.
We are working to develop policy reforms that cap subsidies, create opportunity for beginners and diversified farmers, and link meaningful stewardship practices to enrollment in the program. The nation’s largest farms must carry their fair share of the cost of doing business, like any other economic sector.
This will be a tough fight. We don’t expect to win easily. But for over 42 years we’ve been fighting for family farmers and ranchers. We’re not backing down when it comes to crop insurance reform.

Meditations – January 13, 2016

By Pastor Doug Rokke   American Lutheran Church, La Porte City
New Thoughts for a New Year: A New Covenant
“Behold the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.”    ~ Jeremiah 31:31
These words were originally spoken to Israel at a terrible time in their history. The Babylonians had descended upon their nation. Jerusalem had been destroyed and people were being taken off to exile in Babylon. Everything seemed hopeless and it appeared that God had abandoned them. Yet in the midst of their most difficult hour Jeremiah offered a word of hope and promise to the people. He spoke to tell them that God would make a new covenant with the people.It wouldn’t be like the old one that they broke, but in the new covenant he would put his law within them and all would know the Lord from the least of them to the greatest.
As Christians we believe this new covenant is found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For not only did Jesus bring in the new era of God’s covenant when he came to earth, but he continues to renew that covenant with each of us. As we turn to him for help in life, when we ask for forgiveness and a new start, or as we look forward to the new life to come; in all these ways God continues to make a new covenant with us through Jesus Christ.
May you see how God is working to make a new covenant with you in this season and throughout your lives.

Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – January 13, 2016

Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
Charlotte is a loving, 2-year-old Shih Tzu with white and gray fur. She is a pretty easy-going gal, but still has a playful personality. She walks well on a leash, and likes to be close to people. Charlotte gets adorably excited when you give her a treat or a rawhide! She’s a good listener, and knows how to sit on command. Charlotte came to CBHS after being rescued as a stray. She enjoys the company of cats and other small dogs, but large dogs make her a bit nervous. If you have a large dog at home, Charlotte would like to meet it before coming home with you. Come meet her today!
For more information about adopting a pet, contact: Cedar Bend Humane Society, 1166 W. Airline Highway, Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
cbhsadoption@mchsi.com – www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

Hawkins’ Happenings – January 13, 2016

By Jolene Kronschnabel
Enjoy winter in a warm and magical way when you stop in to view the amazing paper snowflake cutouts that are gracing library windows. Viewing them is like a game since each snowflake has a special picture cut into it. Thank you, Darlene Hopkins, for sharing these works of art created by your daughter Sandra. Visit us to enjoy the snowflakes before they melt away.
Preschoolers will have really cool snowman books and activities to keep them busy on Thursday, January 14, beginning at 10:30 AM, during Story Time.
Hawkins’ Handcrafters meet from 1 to 3 PM on Thursday, January 14. Bring a project to work on and join the group.
Pan is the movie on Monday, January 18, at 1:15 PM. 12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny – to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
Color and Connect, a coloring program for adults, is 6 to 8 PM on Tuesday, January 19. The library will have coloring pages, pens and pencils, and beverages. Reduce stress and anxiety, help your fine motor skills and vision, train your brain to focus, and be social by coloring! All adults are invited.
Children can warm up to stories about winter clothes at Preschool Story Time at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 21.
Five Years in Heaven, by John Schlimm, is the January 25, 1 PM book club discussion selection. What is heaven on earth? The answer lies in this true story of one young man’s journey to find hope and purpose with the help of an unlikely teacher–a compassionate and wise old nun, whom the world had long-forgotten.
In Five Years in Heaven, John shares the wisdom, humor, grace, and inspiration he experienced during his hundreds of visits with Sister Augustine. This book reminds us that we can find love and joy in the most unlikely of places, and that the building blocks of peace and happiness are always within our reach.
Register at the library, check out a book, finish the book by the meeting date, and join this group on Monday, January 25, at 1 PM for the discussion. Stop at the library to sign up, or call 319-342-3025.
Thank you to the many thoughtful people who donated items requested on our Wish Tree. Receiving your simple, but generous and needed gifts, such as markers, puzzles, cleaning supplies, and much more, helps support library programs more than you know.

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