Mayor Sue Lynch

Mayor Sue Lynch Sue Lynch is the Mayor of Portage, Indiana. Sue was elected in 2019 and is serving her first term as Mayor. About Sue Lynch

Sue Lynch grew up in Wheeler, Indiana and is a lifelong resident of Porter County.

She has lived in Portage for the past 24 years. She is the widow of Jim Lynch, former Porter County Veteran Service Officer. She has three children, Andrea (Randy), John (Leanne) and Cathy (Danny), six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She attended Ivy Tech Community College, where she studied Communications and Indiana University, where she studied Environmental Science. Professional Life

Sue served as the Executive Director of People Against Hazardous Landfill Sites (PAHLS) for 12 years. The organization opposed, and ultimately closed, the toxic Wheeler landfill. During that time, she was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Research Foundation in Washington, DC. In addition, Sue was also the Office Manager for Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville. Public Service

In 2002, Sue was asked to serve her community and ran for Portage Township Advisory Board. She was re-elected to the position in 2006. Sue was elected to the Portage City Council in 2007, and was reelected in 2011 and 2015. As a City Councilmember, Sue has served as;

• City Council President (2012-2015, 2019-Present)
• Redevelopment Commission member (2012-2016)
• Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction District (2008-Present)
• Chairperson (2014-Present)
• Portage Traffic Commission Chairperson (2016-2019)
• Portage Licensing Board member (2018-2019)
• Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee (2012-Present)

In addition to her role on the City Council, Sue was a member of the Portage Utility Service Board from March 2017 through 2018. While serving on the Board, Sue led the effort to craft the first budget in the Utility’s history, ensured projects were completed on time and within budget, and help to manage over $10 million in Utility bond projects. A Commitment to Veterans and Community

Sue is a Life Member of the Vietnam Veterans Associates and a member of Vietnam Veterans Chapter 905, where she was the editor of the Vet Gazette for over 10 years. She is also a member of American Legion Post 502 Auxiliary and serves as the Post’s newsletter editor. She is a member of the Dunes Leathernecks Marine Corps Detachment 1056 and serves on the Porter County Veteran’s Panel. Sue is a Board Member of the Portage Township Live Entertainment Association and the Maestro Society. She is also a member of the Portage Historical Society and the Bonner Senior Center. She is a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Portage, where she serves as Outreach Coordinator and as a Shepherd. She also works with the Ladies Guild on various projects.

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A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Janis Crafton
05/01/2021
A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Janis Crafton

A Portage Life in the Spotlight: Janis Crafton

Janis Crafton has a long and successful history as an officer for the Portage Police Department. In 2012, she was named Officer of the Year in her department, the first woman ever to be named the...

Congratulations Officers Acevedo, Feliciano and Bohling.  Best of luck to you, and may you always be safe.
04/24/2021

Congratulations Officers Acevedo, Feliciano and Bohling. Best of luck to you, and may you always be safe.

Congratulations to these fine young men. This morning Officers Acevedo, Feliciano, and Bohling graduated from the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. This weekend they will be paired with a Field Training Officer and for next several months they will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills they gained at NILEA while serving the people of Portage. Best wishes to each of them for a long and safe career.

04/12/2021

Local employers are hiring. Here’s this week’s list of some of the local companies seeking employees. Most jobs can be found on Indeed.com or you can apply through the company’s website or by contacting the company directly.
• Moods Pub (cooks, door guys)
• Santefort Services, LLC (office assistant)
• ComFor Care Home Care (office assistant)
• Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation district (ticket collector)
• Members Advantage Credit Union (member service representative)
• Reliable Transportation Specialists (office staff)
• Urschel Laboratories (machine crater, milling machine operator)
• Republic Services (transfer station laborer)
• Indiana State Prison (correctional officer)
• Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana (all positions)
• Big Lots (store associate)
• Lakeshore Bone & Joint (medical records specialist)
• Bureau of Motor Vehicles (customer service representative)
• Roper Farms (stable hand)
• Miller Beach Vacation Rentals (property assistant)
• Stash Property Restoration (carpenter helper)
• PI&I (transportation manager/terminal manager)
• Orthodontic Alliances (orthodontic assistant)
• Amazon Workforce Staffing (warehouse worker, picker/packer)
• Bass Pro Shop (cashier, receiving outfitter)
• Great Lakes Coca-Cola (seasonal merchandiser)
• Luke (car wash attendant, sales associate)
• CCMI (merchandiser)
• Quaker Steak and Lube (host/hostess)
• Dollar General (sales associate)
• Pro Clean (cleaning specialist)
• Speedway
• MCP USA, Inc. (thermoforming packer)
• Holiday Inn Express (hotel breakfast attendant, front desk attendant)
• Portage Township Schools (custodian)
• Golden Living Centers (dining services aid)
• Tosca Services, LLC (operations technician)
• Steak ‘n Shake (team member)
• Chipolte
• Panera Bread
• Pizza Hut
• McDonald’s
• Arby’s
• Subway
• KFC
• Taco Bell
• Wendys

Need to recycle your plastic Easter eggs - read below.  Thank you for keeping our city clean.
04/05/2021

Need to recycle your plastic Easter eggs - read below. Thank you for keeping our city clean.

Looking for something to do with all those gently used plastic Easter eggs. The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County may have an answer.

Colorful eggs full of goodies are a sure sign that spring is here! After the Easter Egg hunts, what do you do with those gently used plastic eggs? Instead of sending the used eggs to a landfill or recycle bin, the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County is piloting a new way to reuse these containers for future egg hunts.

You may drop off gently used plastic eggs (that are in good condition) at the Valparaiso Compost Site. Plastic eggs will be accepted for two weeks, starting April 5 through April 19, at the Valparaiso Compost Site (2150 W. Lincolnway). The compost site hours are Monday through Saturday, 8am- 5pm. After they are collected, staff will sanitize the plastic eggs and give them to local organizations for future egg hunts.

The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County is a state mandated agency dedicated to providing services and educational programs, which help residents, reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink. In addition to managing three compost sites throughout Porter County, the District also hosts household hazardous waste collection events, drop-off recycling sites, electronics and battery recycling programs along with many other programs and outreach efforts available to Porter County Residents. The District is funded by an annual $20 user fee added to property taxes of Porter County residents and businesses.

For more information on Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction, visit www.PorterCountyRecycling.org or call 219-465-3694.

PEP will be meeting this coming Wednesday at Woodland Park Hickory Hollow Room at 4:00 p.m.  Come and join us as we prep...
04/05/2021

PEP will be meeting this coming Wednesday at Woodland Park Hickory Hollow Room at 4:00 p.m. Come and join us as we prepare for our city's 4th of July festivities.

Anyone interested in helping the city plan its Fourth of July celebration is invited to attend the next Portage Event Partnership (PEP) meeting.
PEP is a group of volunteers who help organize and run city events.
The next meeting will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 7 at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road.
Bring your ideas, bring your energy and bring a neighbor. Come get involved in making Portage's Fourth of July celebration the best that it can be.

Dan is an amazing person, Portage is truly blessed to have him on our Fire Department.   Thank you Assistant Chief Kodic...
04/04/2021

Dan is an amazing person, Portage is truly blessed to have him on our Fire Department. Thank you Assistant Chief Kodicek for all you do for our city and it’s residents.

Each Sunday we will feature a project going on within the city, happenings within a department or someone who works hard to provide services to the community. This week looks at the involvement of the Portage Fire Department in the COVID-19 vaccination effort in Porter County.

Portage Assistant Fire Chief Dan Kodicek has been lending his skills to help get as many Porter County residents vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as possible.

One day this past week, Kodicek was able to vaccinate 18 people, ages 16 to 96, as part of the Homebound Hoosier Vaccination Program.

Porter County Aging & Community Services (PCACS) has partnered with the Porter County Health Department to provide COVID vaccinations to eligible homebound Porter County residents.

Kodicek is on loan to the health department to make sure those residents who cannot travel and have no other way to reach a vaccination site, receive the vaccine.

He said he volunteered for the assignment and will continue on the task "as long as it takes to get Porter County healthy."

Porter County Aging & Community Services will assess and determine the eligibility of a homebound Porter County resident. If the homebound resident is eligible, Porter County Aging & Community Services will register the resident on the Hoosier Homebound Portal. Once the resident is entered into the portal, the Health Department will work with a local EMS provider who will go to the resident's home to administer the vaccination.
The resident will receive a phone call from the Health Department to schedule a date and time that the EMS provider can come.

Those interested in the program must qualify by reaching one of these two criteria: Due to illness or injury, the individual needs the aid of supportive devices such as crutches, cane, wheelchairs and walkers; the use of special transportation; or the assistance of another person to leave their place of residences OR the individual has a condition for which leaving their home is medically contradicted.
If the individual meets one of the above criteria, then they must also meet both of the Criteria Two requirements: There must be a normal inability to leave home AND leaving home would require a considerable and taxing effort.

If you are a homebound Porter County resident, or family member/caregiver for a homebound Porter County resident, please contact Porter County Aging & Community Services by phone at 219-464-9736 to register for the Homebound Hoosiers Vaccination Project.

Congratulations to these fine young students who will be moving on to the nationals.  Great job and good luck to all of ...
03/30/2021

Congratulations to these fine young students who will be moving on to the nationals. Great job and good luck to all of you.

Congratulations to our six PHS Business Professionals of America students who have qualified for Nationals!

Junior Logan Reese was the Indiana State Champion, placing 1st in Economics. Also qualifying for BPA Nationals are senior Zachary Yong with 5th place in Personal Finance, junior Carter Mullins with 3rd place in Personal Finance, freshman William Kenzie with 3rd place in PC Repair, junior Isaac Snuffer with 2nd place in Personal Finance, and senior Kwadejah Marfo with 2nd place in Interview Skills. Students qualify for Nationals by placing in the top five in their categories. The students will participate in the virtual competition on April 24.

Read more about their journey to Nationals on our website: https://www.portage.k12.in.us/apps/news/article/1414063

03/27/2021

We are asking for the public's assistance in identifying this person of interest in a theft investigation. The incident occurred on Thursday March 18th, 2021 at approximately 11:34am at the Ace Hardware store on Central Avenue. Please contact Detective Duncan at 219-764-5706 if you have any information.

03/25/2021

Everyone please be careful, and make sure large objects in your yard are put in a safe place.

Who wants to deliver eggs to kids?
03/16/2021

Who wants to deliver eggs to kids?

The Portage Township Education Foundation is in need of volunteers for their Easter Egg Fundraiser April 2 & 3. Volunteers will stuff and deliver baskets. This will be an opportunity to get 10+ service hours. To sign up or learn more, contact [email protected].

03/12/2021

Thinking back to a year ago.

Congratulations to these fine young women in blue who are all Portage Police officers.  You make all women, and our city...
03/08/2021

Congratulations to these fine young women in blue who are all Portage Police officers. You make all women, and our city proud of you!

Congratulations and Happy International Women's day to these two fine young women who are Portage Firefighters.  We are ...
03/08/2021

Congratulations and Happy International Women's day to these two fine young women who are Portage Firefighters. We are so proud of you for representing our city and our residents.

02/28/2021

High Water Warning ... Road Barricades are in place.
Due to earlier rains and warm temperatures with melting snow.
Avoid Willowcreek Road South of US6 and North of W 700 N.
Do not travel through high standing water with vehicle.

Congratulations Holly!  You make Portage proud.
02/28/2021

Congratulations Holly! You make Portage proud.

Note:  Road closure
02/19/2021

Note: Road closure

***Airport Road is now open***

Airport Road will be closed between US Highway 6 and County Road 700 North until further notice. NIPSCO is in the area for repairs.

A huge THANK YOU to our men and women at Portage Streets and Sanitation who have been out plowing during the snowstorm, ...
02/16/2021

A huge THANK YOU to our men and women at Portage Streets and Sanitation who have been out plowing during the snowstorm, as well as below freezing temperatures. WE appreciate YOU!!!

Let's give a big THANK YOU to the Portage Street Department's snow plow drivers.
The last few weeks have been extremely busy and the last few days have been a continuous snow removal effort during extreme cold weather conditions.
When you see them go by, offer them a wave.
We appreciate all your efforts. Be safe.

Please note, all city buildings are closed today, Tuesday, Feb. 16th due to the heavy snowfall last night and the bad ro...
02/16/2021

Please note, all city buildings are closed today, Tuesday, Feb. 16th due to the heavy snowfall last night and the bad road conditions at this time. If you must go out, dress appropriately, please drive carefully, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and keep a safe distance from the cars in front of you.

Due to the winter storm and current road conditions, all City of Portage buildings will be closed today, Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Also, there will be NO trash or recycling pick up today due to the weather conditions.

These Valentines from Aylesworth Elementary School students made my day.   A huge THANK YOU to reading teacher Kerrie Bi...
02/14/2021

These Valentines from Aylesworth Elementary School students made my day. A huge THANK YOU to reading teacher Kerrie Biggs and her students for such a thoughtful gift. Happy Valentines Day to you too!! ❤❤

Please be safe Portage residents.
02/13/2021

Please be safe Portage residents.

The white stuff keeps falling and the National Weather Service is saying it will continue to fall most of the day.
And look at that spiffy yellow circle on their map. Looks like we're bullseye for that extra special lake effect snow.
Roadways this morning are slick and hazardous. There are reports of several accidents on I-94 this morning.
If you must go out, please use extra caution. If you have no place to go, stay home, stay warm and stay safe.

Thank you Firefighter Ken Kender for 31 years of commitment to the City of Portage.  Good luck in your retirement.
02/08/2021

Thank you Firefighter Ken Kender for 31 years of commitment to the City of Portage. Good luck in your retirement.

Brother Ken Kender starts his last shift today at 0800. He will walk out tomorrow morning after nearly 31 years of service to the City of Portage and the great citizens and guests of the city, retired.

Brother Ken Kender, thank you for your dedication, time, and knowledge throughout the years and enjoy your retirement!

Portage Fire Department
Portage Indiana Government Page
Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana

This is such an exciting project for our city, I hope everyone will take some time to participate in this virtual public...
02/02/2021

This is such an exciting project for our city, I hope everyone will take some time to participate in this virtual public engagement session tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m.

REMINDER: A virtual public engagement session on the Transit Development District for the Portage station will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3. Please see the information below on how to join the meeting.
The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) has released the draft Transit Development District (TDD) boundaries for the
Portage portion of the Portage Ogden Dunes station. Details are available for review and comment on the RDA’s new TDD-specific Web site, www.nwitdd.com, at
https://www.nwitdd.com/portage-ogden-dunes.

The RDA will hold a virtual public engagement session via Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. to present the Transit Development District for the Portage station area to the public.
To join this meeting, use this link: https://mksk.zoom.us/j/95263524003 or call in at +1 301 715
8592 or +1 312 626 6799, Webinar ID 952 6352 4003.

For our residents who are 65 and older you are now eligible to get your Covid-19 vaccine.
02/01/2021

For our residents who are 65 and older you are now eligible to get your Covid-19 vaccine.

ATTN: Hoosiers 65+.

You can now register for the #COVID19 vaccine!

☝️ Remember!

You can register at ourshot.in.gov OR call 211.
There will be a wait.
Please be patient.

02/01/2021

Just to let everyone know we will not be plowing the trails for a few days. We have had to hire a tow truck three times in the last two days to pull our equipment out of the ditch areas. Please be patient while we get thru this snow event. We know you love our trails and we are working hard to keep them clean. Thanks for your patience.
FYI - Trails are cleaned by our Park Department, not the Street Department.

01/31/2021

City Ordinance says cars are not to be parked on city streets after 2 inches of snowfall. Please move your vehicles or they could be towed. Thank you for helping get our streets cleared.

01/31/2021

Please do not park in the streets, our plows need to get through. Thank you 🙂

Thank you American Water for supporting our Portage Fire Department.
01/31/2021

Thank you American Water for supporting our Portage Fire Department.

The Portage Fire Department received a $1,000 Fire Safety Grant from Indiana American Water Friday afternoon.
Justin Mount, IAW major account manager (second from left) presented the check to Portage Fire Chief Randy Wilkening as IAW Operations Superintendent Roberto Pena (left), Mayor Sue Lynch and assistant chiefs Dan Kodicek and Kevin DeYoung looked on.
Chief Wilkening said the much appreciated grant will be used for the department's fire prevention program.
Mount said IAW awards a grant each year to emphasize the importance of safety to the company and the communities the water utility serves.
Congratulations PFD and thank you IAW!

For those interested in knowing when the Covid vaccines will be distributed please read the Implementation Plan below.
01/05/2021

For those interested in knowing when the Covid vaccines will be distributed please read the Implementation Plan below.

Porter County has posted the county's vaccination implementation plan.
Please read the following for the most up to date information.

The Porter County Health Department (PCHD) is required to administer vaccines based on the directives of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). PCHD may not vary from the ISDH directives and may face a fine of $1 million per incident if there are violations of the directives.

In general, ISDH will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee. ISDH has identified the potential number of persons in sub-groups of each priority group and will offer vaccinations to those sub-groups as vaccine doses become available. These sub-groups have been identified based upon allocation of limited resources and identified risk stratification by the CDC.

ISDH will notify persons in each sub-group when they become eligible for vaccination directly, through their employers or by public announcement and will provide those persons with a link to a vaccination registration website. When an eligible person registers, they will enter the zip code of their residence and be directed to the vaccination site that is geographically closest to them. The Porter County Health Department has provided an offsite location to serve as one of those vaccination sites.

At this time, only the Moderna vaccine is being provided and the Porter County Health Department is only allocated 600 doses per week that can ONLY be used for the sub-groups as directed by ISDH.

VACCINATION PHASES
You will find the phases and current status of each phase below. This will be updated regularly as more information is provided. Please note that this information is subject to change as directed by ISDH.

PHASE 1a
Priority Groups:

Frontline healthcare personnel;
Residents and staff of long-term care facilities.
Current Status:

Updated 1/5/21: Healthcare personnel are currently receiving vaccinations from local hospitals designated by ISDH.
Updated 1/5/21: Walgreens and/or CVS pharmacy personnel are currently vaccinating residents and staff of long-term care facilities.
PHASE 1b
Priority Groups:

Frontline Mental Health Providers;
Firefighters & Police Officers;
Corrections Officers;
Food and Agricultural Workers;
United States Postal Service Workers;
Manufacturing Workers;
Grocery Store Workers;
Public Transit Workers;
Those who work in the educational sector including teachers, support staff, and daycare workers;
People aged 75 years and older and are not residents of long term care facilities because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19.
Current Status:

Updated 1/5/21: Mental Health Providers, Firefighters and Police Officers have been notified of eligibility and vaccinations are currently being administered.
PHASE 1c
Priority Groups:

People aged 65—74 years who are not residents of long term care facilities because they are at high risk of hospitalization, illness, and death from COVID-19;
People aged 16—64 years with underlying medical conditions which increase the risk of serious, life-threatening complications from COVID-19.
Other essential workers, such as people who work in transportation and logistics, food service, housing construction and finance, information technology, communications, energy, law, media, public safety, and public health.
Current Status:

Phase 1c priority groups are not yet eligible for vaccination.
Other Groups Not Listed:
As vaccine availability increases, vaccination recommendations will expand to include more groups. For the general public not listed in priority groups, it is estimated that vaccinations WILL NOT be available until the second quarter of 2021.

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Sue Lynch is the Mayor-Elect of Portage, Indiana.

Sue grew up in Wheeler, Indiana and is a lifelong resident of Porter County. She has lived in Portage for the past 23 years.

She is the widow of Jim Lynch, former Porter County Veteran Service Officer. She has three children, Andrea (Randy), John (Leanne) and Cathy (Danny), six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She attended Ivy Tech Community College, where she studied Communications and Indiana University, where she studied Environmental Science.

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Question? If one wants to lease a building in Portage to run a Dog Day Care Training do they need a License? Please PM with information.
Who would be in charge of widening the railroad underpass to two lanes (instead of only one) on Samuelson Road between Central Avenue and Portage Avenue?
I think this is a wise decision. I would like to acknowledge our great street department. They picked up the limbs and branches the day after I notified them. Thank you Nioma J Wiltermood Conn
Good afternoon. I was just wondering about the status of repairing the water main break in Port Crossing Apartments.Thank You
Whiting and Michigan City have closed their lakefront since overcrowding causing health hazard due to Covid 19. Is Portage taking any steps to protect It's citizens?
Is there anything you can do for our Seniors? I'm happy for them still being able to have an in person ceremony, but without any of their family in attendance is just not the same. So many have looked forward to this moment for years and have earned the right to enjoy every bit of it. All the other schools are posting pictures of ceremonies last night with well over 250/500/750 in attendance. Please if anything, allow just parents, mandate masks, have us sign a waiver! These kids have lost so much this year, let them at least have this day! If there's any way you can change the School Board Decision, it would be greatly appreciated by many. Thank you.
Mayor Lynch, is the city or township going to have cooling centers open for Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the high 90 degree temperatures that are expected in our area
Madame Mayor, A motor cycle gang has taken over our neighborhood and has been allowed to continue to operate illegal motorcycles that have modified exhaust systems for the purpose making them louder. My meter registered their sound at 122 dBA. (Violation of Portage Code of Ordinance CHAPTER 42 Article II SEC 42-32 (a)) They rev these machines to unnecessary levels when accelerating rapidly through our streets, that may occur dozens of times a day, and even when slowing or stopped. (Also violation of same section 42-32 (b)) They rip through our streets at night (11:32 last night) and wake up the neighborhood. Dogs bark, cats run around our homes in a panic. Those with heart conditions and vertigo issues wake to chest pain and dizziness and that is just counting myself and two immediate neighbors. When speaking to an elderly neighbor he will hear them coming and grab onto whatever is close so he doesn’t fall over from the effect the unreasonably loud noise has on his condition. Portage Police refuse to take our calls on these people seriously from the first week they took over our block driving recklessly and threatening us with a firearm for asking them to be respectful to their neighbors. After roughly three years of calling Portage police on this matter, they have allowed them to not just keep these motorcycles (which is prohibited under Indiana Code 9-19-8-4.) but to continue the illegal operation of them in our neighborhood and our streets. The morale risk this created has greatly increased the problem as they are now above the law and our neighborhood has become increasingly unpleasant. Everyday there is talk about how dangerous this place has become and how much people miss Portage. You see, when this started there was a Portage Police Officer that lived across the street from these people and due to the reputation of Portage police allowing such behavior, they decided to put it to the test. What they found was they truly could do whatever they want and that law enforcement in our town don’t care about Portage enough to lift a finger to protect it. What I request is for action to be taken on matters such as this and that Portage Police are made aware of the negative impact that have on this town when they refuse to enforce basic laws and regulations and even encourage illegal activities. We have a right to the Portage we once called home and to have a law enforcement to protect it. As a personal note, I would like to make known that I moved away from Lake Station to Portage to escape people who practice behaviors such as this. To have peace and being able to live a life without the feeling of dread and anxiety was nice. For my own local law enforcement to invite it into our town and rob us of the peace we worked hard to protect is unacceptable.
Hi Sue, just wondering if you were going to sponsor a hole in our golf outing? Portage Helping Hands
These signs are located on Cooley and Sherwin and Brown and Sherwin.
Mayor Lynch I just wanted your opinion on school resuming in August. Do you feel it will be safe. I am afraid the kids will not wear mask all day every day or sanitize their hands the way they should. I was also concerned about how they will handle the lunch situation. They cannot wear mask while eating. Do you know the virus situation in Portage township right now. I don't know if it is going down or rising. I am just a concerned Grandma. Our kids and grandkids are very precious to us so I know a lot of us are concerned. I would appreciate your input. Thank You.