The View 38002 September 2015

**************ECRWSS**** PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL LOCAL POSTAL CUSTOMER inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper theview September 2015 Arlington Seniors Raise Funds for future Veterans Home Special to THE VIEW 38002 Over 71,000 veterans live in Shelby, Tipton, and Fayette Counties --the largest concentration of Veterans in the State of Tennessee, according to the US Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, the U.S. Census Bureau records estimates that nearly 24,000 of these Veterans are over 65, which is the age group with the greatest need for skilled care. The West Tennessee Veterans Home has launched Project 100, a campaign to help raise the funds needed to build a Veterans Home in this area to serve these West Tennessee vets. Through Project 100, Veterans, family members, local businesses, and the general public are asked to honor a Veteran by donating $100 (or more) to this effort. The funds raised from Project 100 along with other funds will help to build a 144-bed highly skilled nursing facility right here in our tri-county area. This building is planned to be built in 2017, providing all the necessary local resources are obtained. The Town of Arlington has pledged to donate $150,000 to the West Tennessee Veterans Home, Inc. If the community raised $50,000, the town will match it for a total town commitment of $200,000. To encourage local donations, the Photo courtesy of Arlington Senior Citizens Center Arlington Senior Citizens Center has developed a American flag puzzle. Tom Mooney, who has served in the Navy and Air Force, is a master woodworker and a member of the Arlington Senior Citizens Center. Mooney created a beautiful American flag made out of wooden puzzle pieces that is now on display at the Arlington Senior Citizens Center. The American flag represents the fifty states and thirteen colonies, and also those who came together to establish our great nation--a sign of hope for the men and women who serve and have served in the past to ensure our freedom is safe. Donors of $100 or more are eligible to honor a Veteran or to have their family’s name inscribed on a puzzle piece on this display. Simply bring by a payment confirmation to the Arlington Senior Citizen’s center. Lakeland Family Promotes Food Allergy Awareness By Terry Louderback For one local mom, back to school time brings additional stress beyond buying long lists of supplies and getting used to a new schedule. Each year, Lakeland resident Jennifer Lofton has to explain to teachers and fellow parents about her daughter's life-threatening allergic reaction to peanuts. Four-year-old Charlotte, or Charley as she's known to friends and family, is one of an estimated 15 million Americans with food allergies. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, Inc. (FARE), a resource and support organization, 1 in 13 children under age 18--or Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Lofton The Loftons at the 2013 FARE Awareness Walk potentially 2 in every classroom--is affected by food allergies. For Charley, a pre-schooler at St. Mary's, the most likely danger at school is not eating an actual peanut-the preschool and lower school are peanut-free--but in cross contamination. While manufacturers are required to clearly label if products contain any of the top eight most common allergens, they are not required to indicate if the facility or equipment is also used to process foods containing those allergens. See FARE, page 19 Inside this edition... Happenings, p. 2 Election Updates, p. 5 Business News, p. 7 Local News, p. 8 School News, starts on p. 12 Youth Sports, p. 18