Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The Center for Asbestos Related Disease in Libby has added three renowned doctors from New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital to its research team. Dr. Raja Flores, Dr. Claudia Henschke and Dr. David Yankelevitz have joined the clinic’s team studying the unique type of asbestos-laden vermiculite that was mined in Libby and sickened thousands. CARD is celebrating its 10th anniversary as an independent clinic. The Libby clinic provides healthcare and screenings to those affected by Libby amphibole asbestos. It also conducts research through the Libby Epidemiology Research Program. CARD director Dr. Brad Black said the three new researchers would help the clinic publish more of its findings.“We’ll have a better understanding of what’s happening here and hopefully we’ll find ways to treat it,” he said. For decades, vermiculite was mined and processed near Libby. The product had asbestos and was sold for a variety of purposes, from soil additive to home insulation. According to CARD’s administrative director, Tanis Hernandez, insulation derived from Libby vermiculite was used in 30 million homes across the country. In late 1999, reports emerged that people in Libby had been sickened from asbestos mined by the W.R. Grace and Company. In the years since, some 2,000 current or former residents have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases and at least 400 people have died. In 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency declared Libby a Superfund site. In 2003, the CARD clinic, which was a department of St. John’s Lutheran Hospital, parted ways with the medical facility so that it could become a nonprofit group that could also do research. That led to the establishment of the Libby Epidemiology Research Project. According to Black, the project focuses on three areas: the risk of asbestos exposer to children; the progression of lung scarring, as seen on chest scans; and the relations between asbestos and autoimmune disorders. A dozen specialists in Libby and at universities around the country, including the University of Montana and Idaho State University, lead the research project. Earlier this summer, three doctors from Mount Sinai joined the team and Black said they have already begun working at labs in New York. Flores is a professor of cardiothoracic surgery and is a leader in his field. He received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1992 and since then has studied the treatment of mesothelioma. Henschke is a clinical professor of radiology and heads up the Lung and Cardiac Screening Program at Mount Sinai. She also heads the Early Lung Cancer Action Program, a ninternational group of lung cancer experts. Yankelevitz is a professor of radiology and director of the Lung Biopsy Service at Mount Sinai. His primary research focus is lung cancer and he has written more than 200 books and chapters. Black said the three doctors from Mount Sinai would advance the clinic’s research and help the town in the long run.“We’re bringing high-quality people here to do high-quality work,” he said. Email
Former Mission Mayor Laura McConwell made it official Monday by formally filing in the County Commission race to replace District 1 Commissioner Ed Peterson, who is running for the County Commission chair.Candidates (from left) Alex DiCarlo, Laura McConwell and Ron Shaffer.McConwell’s announcement last month that she was considering entering the race caused some pushback from members of the northeast Johnson County political establishment, who urged her not to go back on her word to PV Mayor Ron Shaffer that she would stay out of the contest. But, as McConwell told us in March, she feels that the all-male board could benefit from the perspective of a woman, and that she had a lot of passion for the position.With the entry last week of political newcomer Alex DiCarlo, the race now has three candidates.Who do you think is most likely to emerge at Peterson’s replacement in November? What issues do you see as strengths for Shaffer and McConwell given their tenures as mayor? What issues do you see as their greatest weaknesses?[socialpoll id=”2202493″]Talk Amongst Yourselves is shawneemissionpost.com’s daily conversation starter for northeast Johnson County. Have a topic you’d like to suggest?Email us!
This week, we’re publishing a series of posts expressing gratitude for some of the things in Farmington and Farmington Hills that bring us together. With help from our supporters, we’ve chosen six, but there are many, many more. Join the #F2HGratitude conversation Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Make sure you catch all of our posts by signing up for our daily (except Sunday) emails. Over the past several years, a quiet transformation has been underway in downtown Farmington.We’ve seen the addition of nearly a dozen food-related businesses: Chive Kitchen, Los Tres Amigos, The Cheese Lady, Mother Mary’s Toffee, Farmington Brewing Company (FBC), MiMosa Restaurant, Neu Kombucha, Laziz Mediterranean Restaurant, Rumi Mediterranean & Persian Cuisine, Browndog Barlor, and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.And rumor has it at least one more restaurant is headed our way soon, in the former Grand Bakery & Cafe on Grand River.The influx has created a unique synergy as owners find ways to connect among themselves and with other Farmington area businesses. Chive Kitchen and Farmington Brewing Company recently paired up for an event. Local bars carry the brewery’s products, as does The Cheese Lady, which also stocks Mother Mary’s Toffee, bread from downtown neighbor Sunflour Bakehaus, Farmington-based McClary Brothers drinking vinegars and Detroit Gourmet Nuts.Farmington Brewing Company carries Neu Kombucha beverages and Cheese Lady cheese-and-cracker snacks, and you’ll find Browndog staff taking food orders from customers inside the bar. Farmington Hills-based The Ideal Bite catering serves up dinners at FBC once a week.The Cheese Lady owner Joe Mantey chats with Farmington Hills resident Karla Dorweiler inside Sunflour Bakehaus, where cheese wrapping took place before the cheese shop opened in 2014. (contributed photo)Sunflour Bakehaus transforms stout beer from the brewery and Mother Mary’s Toffee scraps into a decadent Toffee Stout brownie, and Bakehaus pretzels are sold at the brewery on Saturdays. Co-owners Jeff Pavlik and Becky Burns also assisted Cheese Lady owners Kendra and Joe Mantey three years ago, by giving them space to prepare for the Farmington Farmers and Artisans Market before the store opened in The Groves shopping center.“We’ve got a great downtown, and we’ve had some amazing food places come in,” Burns said. “It’s given us a shot in the arm to do some new stuff.”The couple also knew many of the new business owners before they opened their shops. Burns said long before Farmington Brewing Company opened, Sunflour Bakehaus made a cake for co-owner Jason Schlaff’s graduation party.“(These businesses) make great products, and to use what they make in what we make, it’s a win-win all the way around,” she said.Next in our #F2H Gratitude series: Guess how many nonprofits base their operations in Farmington and Farmington Hills. admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Reported by
Sumner Newscow report — The Christmas Decorating Contest for business and residential will start again this year.Rules: •Entries are accepted until Friday, Nov. 29 at noon.•All entrants must be in place by Monday, Dec. 2.•Contestants will leave lights on until 9 p.m. from Dec. 3 through Dec. 25.•Size or number of lights are not primary criteria. •Judging will be based on originality, unique use of holiday theme, material and space.•The 2018 first-place winner will not be eligible for prizes this year.Awards: • Decorations can be on windows, buildings and yards and must be visible from the street.•The city will issue a credit to the winners on their electric bill.•The Wellington Area Chamber will place signs in the yards or the storefront windows of the winners.•Winners will return signs to the Chamber office (208 N. Washington) after Friday, January 3, 2020.•Prizes will be allowed in both categories on the electric portion only of the utility bill.Send or e-mail this entry form to: Family Hair Parlor; Attn: Julie, 2015 S. Washington, Wellington Kansas, 67152. The entry can be found here.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Julie Russell · 37 weeks ago Can you please fix the address to 215 S Washington! Thanks Report Reply 0 replies · active 37 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments