Residents asked to check

radon levels in January

Wisconsin health officials encourage homeowners to check their home's radon level as part of National Radon Action Month.

Exposure to radioactive radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers nationwide.

Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that is naturally present in the ground and can enter buildings through their foundations. Both old and newer homes can be susceptible to radon. Between 5 and 10 percent of Wisconsin homes have elevated airborne concentrations on the main living level where people spend the most time, according to state data.

An estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused by radon annually among nonsmokers, according to reports by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. surgeon general.

'Radon is an easily mitigated heath risk. The small cost of the kit, available either through the county or at your local hardware store, is well worth the peace of mind knowing that your home and family are safe and healthy,' said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow.

More than 60 radon mitigation contractors in Wisconsin are nationally certified and install highly effective soil-depressurization radon control systems. Thousands of systems are installed in existing homes in Wisconsin each year. For information, visit:

Volunteers are needed

for VITA program

La Casa de Esperanza's VITA program is a volunteer-based program designed to provide free tax preparation, financial literacy, and asset building services for low to moderate income individuals and families.

The program is in need of volunteers including tax preparers, intake screeners, appointment schedulers and administrative workers.

Volunteers receive free training and VITA's tax preparers are certified by the IRS. Spanish is not a requirement for volunteers.

For more information, call Roberto Moncada at (262) 832-1510.

Education foundation

adds to board

The Waukesha Education Foundation has announced four new additions to its board of directors.

They are: Steve Crandell, retired Waukesha Community Development director; Kim Hastings, president of CJ & Associates Inc.; Brian Running, Waukesha City Attorney; and Shelley Michalski (ex-officio), financial manager of the Waukesha County Community Foundation.

They join the current board of directors Melissa Baxter, Robert Bennett, Joseph Como, Kathleen Gardner, Ronald Jahnke, Crystal Kenitzer, Allen La Conte, Sally Michalko, Ann Pascavis, Dr. Gene Shoemaker, Diane Voit, Mark Ziegler and ex-officio members: Cathy Atkinson, Barbara Brzenk, Superintendent Todd Gray, Kathryn Leverenz and Kathy Runte.

Officers for 2016 are Sally Michalko, chair; Dr. Gene Shoemaker, vice chair; Ann Pascavis, treasurer; Diane Voit, recording secretary; and Kathy Runte, past chair (ex-officio).

Habitat for Humanity

dedicates new home

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly were among those who came out Jan. 9 to congratulate Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County's newest homeowners.

The owners were presented keys during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed home on Hamilton Avenue. Each family is required to help build their home and invest a minimum of 250 hours of 'sweat equity' per adult in the household before being allowed to purchase the house through a 0 percent interest mortgage.

Habitat received major sponsorship for the Hamilton house from Thrivent Financial. Other significant contributions came from participants in the 2015 Women Build event. Waukesha County's Women and Girls Fund, Modern Woodmen of America, the Stackner Family Foundation and National Mutual Benefit contributed to the national event in May which showcases women's contributions to local affordable housing issues.

Host families sought

for foreign students

AFS-USA seeks families willing to open their homes to exchange students attending Waukesha County schools during the 2016-17 school year.

Families will get support from local AFS volunteers. AFS welcomes all kinds of families, and families are accepted year-round.

Those interested in hosting should contact local representative Kathleen Hunt-Abene at (262) 443-8691 or, or visit

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