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June 4, 2013

Popular magazines

available for download

Greenfield — The Greenfield Public Library now provides access to "Zinio Digital Magazines for Libraries," an online service that allows patrons to download digital copies of popular magazines to their computers, tablets or mobile devices.

More than 100 popular magazines such as Newsweek, US Weekly, and The Economist are available free and can be viewed on free apps for mobile devices, including Apple, Android and Kindle Fire.

Once downloaded, the magazine issues have no due dates, never incurs fines, can be kept on the devices and as many issues can be downloaded as patrons want without getting on a waiting list.

The issues can even be read later "offline" when out of Wi-Fi range.

To get started, users need a library card, an email address and access to a computer or digital device.

To get started with Zinio, patrons can visit the library's website at greenfieldlibrary.org or countycat.mcfls.org. The sites offer more details, such as the complete list of titles.

More information is available at (414) 321-9595.

Bicycle helmets

to be given away

West Allis — The West Allis Health Department will give away bicycle helmets to children (ages 1 to 12) from families meeting low-income requirements from 2:30 to 6 p.m. June 11 at the Health Department, 7120 W. National Ave.

Helmets will be fitted by Health Department staff to assure proper fit. Proof of age and that the child lives in West Allis or West Milwaukee is required.

More information is available at (414) 302-8600.

Music teacher

in national quarterfinals

West Allis — Kristi Wicihowski, a teacher at Nathan Hale High School, is among 217 music teachers from 195 cities across 45 states who are quarterfinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

More than 30,000 nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The award recognizes music teachers who have made significant and lasting contributions to music education.

Library Board

seeking members

Greenfield — The Greenfield Library Board is seeking Greenfield residents to fill several upcoming vacancies on the board.

According to board criteria listed for the openings, applicants must be over 18 years old with an awareness of the community; be willing to devote their time and talents; have the ability to think clearly, to question objectively and plan creatively; have skill in communicating and cooperating; and have an awareness and appreciation of the library's past, present and future role in the community.

The board also will seek diversity in background, age and area of residence to bring balance.

The Library Board meets on the third Thursday evening of each month. Letters of intent should be sent to Kathy Luty, Library Board president, Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, WI 53220 or via email to kluty@sbcglobal.net. Questions regarding Library Board service should be directed to Luty or Library Director Sheila O'Brien at (414) 321-9595 Ext. 103 or email to SheilaO@greenfieldwi.us.

Students present

gene project in Boston

Greenfield — Members of the Greenfield High School SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) Team presented their findings on genome sequencing in Boston at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference.

Under the leadership of GHS science teacher Julie Fangmann, the SMART Team presented a poster it created with the Milwaukee School of Engineering on MGMT (0-6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase), an enzyme that corrects mistakes in DNA.

Researchers believe that mutations in MGMT could cause mutations in DNA, possibly leading to cancer.

The Greenfield students' presentation centered on a family with an aggressive form of cervical cancer and its potential link to MGMT. The students worked with Dr. Liz Worthey of the Medical College of Wisconsin on the project.

"Attending this conference allowed them to explore the process of science at a higher level than they could normally," Fangmann said.

Cancer screenings offered

for low-income women

West Allis — The West Allis Health Department offers free breast and cervical cancer screenings to low-income, uninsured or underinsured women.

To be eligible, women must be between the ages of 45 and 64 (although there are limited exceptions for younger women), have no health insurance or insurance that doesn't cover breast and cervical cancer screenings or be unable to pay high deductibles and co-payments, and have incomes at or below 25 percent of the federal poverty level.

More information is available at (414) 302-8600.

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