It’s no secret that when it comes to type 2 diabetes, the numbers are ugly.An estimated 26 million people in the U.S. have the disease, although 7 million of them haven’t been diagnosed. An additional 79 million people are at high risk for developing it.The preventable disease has become an expensive epidemic — $245 billion in direct and indirect medical costs, according to a study released in March by the American Diabetes Association.Nearly a quarter of Texans 65 and older have diabetes, including 32 percent of Hispanic seniors and 38 percent of African-American seniors, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.A joint effort takes place next week to screen and educate North Texas seniors who are Medicare Part A and B beneficiaries. The Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance and the YMCA of the USA are sponsoring “Seniors Tell Diabetes Not Me.”Representatives of the two organizations will evaluate seniors’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes and enroll those who are qualified in the YMCA’s diabetes prevention program. The project is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center.Seniors can be screened from 8 to 11 a.m. June 17 and 18 at the Kroger at 3001 Matlock Road in Mansfield and from 8 to 11 a.m. June 19 and 20 at the Kroger at 301 S. Bowen Road in Arlington.Information: James Hollis, 817-274-9622, ext. 30, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Tornado siren praiseArlington is mighty proud of its tornado siren system, and the Weather Channel recently announced how grand it is on one of its broadcasts.The 90-second video talks about how the system has undergone a $1 million transformation since 2000 when 11 of the city’s 31 sirens failed to work during a tornado.Now there are 52 sirens — with more to come — that cover virtually every square mile of the city and that they are audible up to a mile away.The proof that the system works is the April 2012 tornado when an EF2 twister tore through Kennedale and southwest Arlington.Luckily, miraculously, nobody died and only seven people were injured. About 500 homes and businesses were destroyed and Arlington spent nearly $1.3 million helping neighborhoods recover.Some credit the residents’ reaction to the fact that the sirens sounded for 23 straight minutes.If you want to see the video, to go to the city of Arlington’s website and click on the story.School board officersThe Arlington school board selected Bowie Hogg to be its president this year.Jamie Sullins will serve as vice president, Aaron Reich as secretary and Gloria Peña as assistant secretary.Ready for the circus?Entertainment from the big top comes to downtown June 19 when Lone Star Circus kicks off a new week of free summer fun at Levitt Pavilion Arlington.Acrobats, jugglers, clowns and aerialists from Lone Star Circus, North Texas’ own circus school, will perform two shows, one at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.Their performance is made possible by a grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation.New floor storeWith the opening of its newest store, at 808 Interstate 20, Lumber Liquidators has brought its low-cost, no-middleman flooring approach to Arlington.Lumber Liquidators offers over 340 flooring varieties, including laminate, solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, bamboo, cork, vinyl wood plank and the premier brand of Bellawood Prefinished Hardwood Floors, with a transferable 100-year warranty.“Our goal is to make sure every Arlington area customer gets a beautiful new floor that’s right for them, and at incredibly low prices,” company founder and Chairman Tom Sullivan said in a news release. “We cut out the middleman and deal directly with the mills, and that allows us to pass the savings on to our customers. Plus all of our store associates are flooring experts ready to help.”The 8,000-square-foot store also offers molding and trim, underlayments, grills and vents, adhesives, floor-care accessories, and a full line of flooring tools to help do-it-yourselfers and professionals save even more.