CAUGHTCHA BEING GOOD!
Ron Grammer’s name comes up a lot these days concerning the relocation of the Kewadin Methodist Church. “I hear his name mentioned frequently in glowing terms,” says an admirer. The original concept of moving the church and reconfiguring the new layout was largely Ron’s. He is one of the co-chairs supervising the project, which is on schedule to be completed by Easter. Not content with one project, Ron, along with his wife Joyce Grammer, is also busy helping with the ongoing refurbishment of Toby Way’s house in Rapid City. “It’s a community project,” said Ron. “We are all doing what we can for Toby. Everyone has been so generous.” Caughtcha, Ron, for your kindness and inspiring contribution to our community. You have been so GOOD!!
Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference
On Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology will welcome a crowd of ambitious family farmers, homesteaders, farm interns, students and conscientious eaters to the 20th annual Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme.
Attendees can choose from over 30 educational sessions and panels, including topics on no-till farming, farmers markets, solar power, soil health, grass finishing, vermicomposting, planning for profit and more. Delicious, locally sourced lunches will be provided both days.
The two-day trade show will once again feature nearly 100 exhibitors from national and regional food and farming businesses. Trade Show attendance is also open to the public for $5 at the door after 1:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Pre-event ticket sales end January 18. The full schedule, including more details about panels, classes and discussion topics, can be found online at www.smallfarmconference.com.
On-site registration will be available. On-site registrants will be charged an additional 20% and cannot be guaranteed lunch availability. For more information or to register, go to www.smallfarmconference.com, email email@example.com, or call 231-994-3944.
Downtown Elk Rapids prepares for 2nd annual chili cook-off
Downtown Elk Rapids has their chili pots simmering in preparation for the 2019 Downtown Chili Cook-Off. Last year saw the launch of a great event and we look forward to a repeat this year.
Get your taste buds ready to sample each competing chili prepared by your favorite Downtown Elk Rapids merchants and restaurants. Once you’ve tried them all, cast your vote for fan favorite!
The event will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Tickets will be $5.00 on the day of the event, or you can buy in advance and save. Tickets go on sale February 4 and will be available at the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Nifty Things, Cellar 152, and the Elk Rapids EZ Mart.
The chili maker with the most votes will be awarded a People’s Choice wall plaque to display. Will 2018 winner Cellar 152 be able to hold the title, or will a new chili champion be crowned? The decision is up to you!
January is Radon Awareness month
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is offering free test kits January 21-25 for residents to test their homes for radon – a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that causes lung cancer.
January is Radon Awareness Month, and health departments across northern Michigan are encouraging citizens to test their homes for this common gas. Radon can reside at dangerous levels inside homes, schools and other buildings. Because you can’t see it or smell it, and radon causes no immediate symptoms, testing is the only way to know if there is radon in your home.
Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking. Radon-related lung cancers are responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths annually in the United States, according to the National Academy of Sciences.
Most homes contain some concentration of radon and should be tested. About 12% of homes in Michigan have unsafe levels of radon. In some counties, as many as 45% of homes are at risk. With testing, radon is easy to detect and remove from your home. Through consultation with the health department and certified contractors, inexpensive mitigation systems can be installed that lower concentrations of radon to safe levels.
Radon gas forms when small amounts of radium and uranium in the ground start to break down. Most soils in our area contain some amount of these radioactive elements, so radon can be found anywhere. The gas becomes dangerous when it becomes trapped indoors and builds up to high levels. Radon enters homes through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings.
Residents of Emmet, Charlevoix, Otsego, and Antrim counties can get a free radon test kit by calling the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at 1-800-432-4121. Be sure to test your home for radon this year and keep your family safe from unseen hazards.
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