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Dear EarthTalk: I’d like to get into turning my food waste into compost for my garden, but I don’t want a stinky pile of table scraps lingering in a pail in my kitchen or backyard. Are there any new h

Composting is a natural process of recycling food and organic matter and exposing it to oxygen so it can decompose into a nourishing soil amendment. Whether you let your municipality process your food and yard waste into compost, or do ...

New director for substance opioid abuse initiatives

Will County has hired Dr. Kathleen Burke as its director for Substance Use Initiatives. Burke will serve as project coordinator for the Prescription Drug/Opioid overdose-related deaths grant that was recently awarded by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Working with ...

Romeoville hosting heroin summit

Romeoville will host the 2017 edition of the Hero Helps Community Summit on April 21 at the Edward Hospital events center, 55 Phelps Dr. This year’s event will shine a light on several counties that are implementing innovative strategies to ...

Avoid lead poisoning in children

A full 50 years after the research of Clair Cameron Patterson on the dangers of lead took off in the 60s, there are still many dangers out there. Yes, unleaded fuel has been the norm for many years. But there ...

Dear EarthTalk: I’m concerned about the impact the new administration will have on the environment, especially the calls to bypass renewables and ramp up fossil fuel production. What can I do as an av

Lots. The sad fact is that while more than two-thirds of Americans want the federal government to do more to protect against global warming and other environmental ills, the Trump administration is pushing forward with plans to gut the Environmental ...

Mental Health agency receives over 1million for treatment

Cornerstone Services has received a three-year $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) CABHI program. These funds will assist a total of 51 individuals who have experienced ...

Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t the increasing urbanization of our world good for reducing our carbon footprint given the efficiency benefits of greater density?

No doubt, the increased density of big cities leads to less energy use and fewer greenhouse gas emissions per capita. “The biggest factor is transportation, first, simply because trips get shorter, and second, because trips are more likely taken by ...

Dear EarthTalk: Is alternative energy still the next big thing for American venture capitalists?

A decade ago, in the wake of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and rising gas/oil prices, many of the same venture capitalists (VCs) who had made fortunes betting on software, hardware, Internet and biotech start-ups began shifting significant chunks of ...

Mental Illness support

The community is invited to attend a FREE class at Joliet Junior College- Morris. You Are Not Alone (LLC 5112) March 6, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.-8:30p.m.JJC Morris Campus (Shabbona Middle School), 725 School St., Door 27, Morris, IL One in ...

Will County recipient of DHS grant to reduce opioid overdose deaths

Will County received a five year grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS is the recipient of a federal grant from SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related ...

Dear EarthTalk: What’s new in eco-friendly light bulbs? Is it true that incandescent bulbs are back in a much more efficient form?

The consumer landscape for light bulbs in the U.S. changed drastically in 2007 when Congress passed the Energy Independence & Security Act mandating, among other things, that household light bulbs in the 40-100 watt range needed to up their energy ...

Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is the “Myth of the Climate Change 97%” mentioned by Senator Inhofe during recent confirmation hearings Trump’s cabinet post nominations?

The so-called “Myth of the Climate Change 97%” refers to the argument made by climate skeptics who dispute the notion that 97% of climate scientists have achieved consensus that global warming is occurring and is caused by human activities. Oklahoma ...

Hospice workshop

The Bereavement Department of Joliet Area Community Hospice is offering a four session Family Journey workshop for ages 6— Adult. Each adult session includes a presentation by a hospice staff member on a grief related topic, followed by group support. ...

Keep norovirus at bay with common sense steps

Will County Health Department Epidemiology & Infectious Disease Coordinator Dr. Alpesh Patel says it is the common season for illnesses like Norovirus, which recently was reported in some Kane County Schools, with St. Charles East High School having to cancel ...

Birth defects prevention

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. But for many of those that work in the Will County Health Department it’s a battle they fight every day of the year. Registered Nurses Sylvia Muniz and Loy Rosen are the managers ...