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Keller Pointe battling against flu season

The Keller Pointe staff is battling back against a harsh cold and flu season.

The city recently invested more than $10,000 in a professionally administered anti-microbial product known as Sterile Doctor, which is used in hotels, hospitals, public transportation vehicles, doctor's offices and professional sporting facilities to kill fungus, algae, mold, viruses and bacteria.

To test the treatment, Pointe staff had the company sanitize the timekeeping machine used by employees throughout the day. According to the company's microbial contamination scale, the timekeeping machine rated a 400 before sanitizing -- four times more germy than the company's "acceptably clean" rating of 100.

After one application followed by the staff's normal cleaning schedule, the machine rated a "clean" 1 on the same scale four months later.

The first application, completed in early January, included the Stay & Play room, family changing facilities and weight room floor. Later this month, crews will tackle the men's and women's locker rooms and the front desk area.

In February, the fitness equipment and weights will all be treated and in March, a second coat will be added to the absorbent rubber floors of the weight room.

-Susan McFarland

Road closure

A section of Pate Orr Road between Windcrest Drive and Clover Lane will be closed at 8 a.m. Jan. 30 so the contractor can access sewer lines to begin the $8.6 million expansion and renovation of the Keller Police building.

The road is expected to reopen at 5 p.m. Feb. 1.

Residents will have access to homes at all times but traffic will be detoured onto Windcrest Drive and Clover Lane, which connect to the west at India Street.

Access to the building will be maintained via Rufe Snow Drive.

For more information, call 817-743-4080.

-Susan McFarland

Library's worldwide scavenger hunt

The Keller Public Library is now participating in geocaching, a worldwide scavenger hunt.

The real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game uses GPS-enabled devices so participants can navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude) and attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Library staff will periodically restock the geocache with small treasures.

To learn more, go to www.geocaching.com and click the Geocaching 101 page.

Also on the website, participants can search for "Keller." The cache is called "Chamber of Secrets" and can be found on the map or on the list of geocaches. Free registration is required to get the exact GPS coordinates.

For more information call 817-743-4844.

-Susan McFarland

Math learning center opening

An official ribbon cutting of Mathnasium, a math-only learning center for kids at 790 S Main St. in Keller, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5.

Mathnasium's program is for designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade who need to boost math skills or need an extra challenge.

In addition to math tutoring, homework help and test preparation is available.

Mathnasium's approach is to determine what a student knows and does not know, then tailor a personalized and prescriptive learning program to increase math skills, understanding of math concepts and overall school performance while building confidence and a positive attitude toward the subject.

For more information call 817-741-2202 or send an email to Keller@Mathnasium.com.

-Susan McFarland

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