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Wed
14
Dec

Lansing Lions Club hosting fund raising campaign for playground enhancement

The Lansing Park and Recreation Board has accepted a proposal from the Lansing Lions Club to enhance the playground on South Front Street near the Sports Complex in Lansing. Last year, the Park and Recreation Board removed a large piece of playground equipment which was deemed to be unsafe for children from that location.

The Lions Club has developed a plan to add new equipment for five- to 12-year-old children that is safe, handicap accessible and educational. The proposed equipment will have a theme which relates to the area. The plan also includes a bicycle rack, sidewalks, and benches for parents to use as they observe their children playing or ice skating.

A significant part of the plan is a fundraising campaign. The project has a budget of $60,000. Grants are being applied for; however, the campaign needs to raise at least $15,000 from the local community to achieve its goal.

Wed
14
Dec

Final week for Main Street Madness punch card promotion in Lansing

Main Street Lansing has been anticipating a record-breaking “Main Street Madness” promotion again this year with even more prizes. Last year, $157,500 was spent in downtown Lansing by “Main Street Madness” punch card participants.

The event is underway and shoppers should look for a participating merchant poster and pick up a free punch card. The cards can then be validated with either punches or stamps in five-dollar increments for purchases made up until the promotion deadline of this Sunday, December 18. Once a card is full ($100 in purchases), it can be turned in and another card started, with no limit on the number of cards that can be filled and entered for the “Main Street Madness” drawing.

Wed
14
Dec

Allamakee County Community Foundation grant funding now available for 2017

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) is now accepting grant applications for 2017. The application is completely online and will be available at the Foundation’s website, www.dbqfoundation.org/accf. Applications are due February 1 at midnight.

Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants from the ACCF for projects or programs that address significant community issues and benefit a broad spectrum of the community. Projects must be in Allamakee County.

Wed
07
Dec

Lansing Lions Club kicking off fund raising campaign for Sports Complex Playground Enhancement Project

The Lansing Park and Recreation Board has accepted a proposal from the Lansing Lions Club to enhance the playground on South Front Street near the Sports Complex. Last year, the Park and Recreation Board removed a large piece of playground equipment which was deemed to be unsafe for children.

The Lions Club has developed a plan to add new equipment for five- to 12-year-old children that is safe, handicap accessible and educational. The proposed equipment will have a theme which relates to the area. The plan also includes a bicycle rack, sidewalks, and benches for parents to use as they observe their children playing or ice skating.

A significant part of the plan is a fundraising campaign. The project has a budget of $60,000. Grants are being applied for; however, the campaign needs to raise at least $15,000 from the local community to achieve its goal.

Wed
07
Dec

Community of Lansing dedicates first of six history podiums in anticipation of Lansing's 150th birthday


The all-weather history podium pictured above at the corner of Main Street and Front Street in Lansing was unveiled and dedicated in a November 22 ceremony with members of the community present. As evident in the above photo, the podium overlooks its main subject matter, the Black Hawk Bridge. The podium is the first of six anticipated to be completed and dedicated to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of Lansing as a city in the state of Iowa. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Tuesday, November 22, the first of six podiums that will be placed throughout the Historic Downtown District in the Lansing community to educate visitors and citizens about Lansing’s vital history was unveiled and dedicated. The all-weather podiums are being created and put in place in anticipation of Lansing celebrating the 150th anniversary next year of its incorporation as a city in the state of Iowa.

This first podium features the Black Hawk Bridge, which  commemorates its 85th birthday this year, and the podium location at the corner of Main Street and North Front Street near the Lansing Fire Station looks out toward the bridge that has played an important role in Lansing’s economic history and continues to make Lansing a destination with its unique beauty. The Lansing History Committee felt it was very fitting that the first podium is about this landmark.

Wed
30
Nov

Final free little library put in place ...


Final free little library put in place ...

The New Albin community had its last free little library (pictured at right in the above photo) put in place recently, this one located in the City Park off Main Street. This latest addition joins two others in the New Albin community, all of which were made possible by funds raised through the New Albin Community Education program. Local residents can take the books inside the little libraries home with them to enjoy for as long as they like. Books can also be shared or donated to any of the little libraries by simply placing them inside the structures. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
30
Nov

RSVP seeking Income Tax Assistance volunteers

Northeast Iowa Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is seeking volunteers who are interested in becoming certified to provide free income tax assistance for the low- to mid-income and elderly. The services are provided at the Decorah, Cresco and Postville Public Libraries starting February 1 through April 15.

RSVP volunteers are age 55-plus and will receive in-depth training during the month of January in preparation for certification to provide the tax assistance. Potential volunteers should have moderate computer skills in order to take an online certification test and utilize the TaxSlayer program for completing returns.

They will join a group of 12 other volunteers with two volunteers working as a team on each return. Tax assistance volunteers usually serve four to eight hours a week during the tax season and choose where they would like to provide the services.

Wed
30
Nov

VFW Auxiliary to Post 5603 holds November meeting

The V.F.W. Auxiliary of the Kenneth Casey Post 5603 held its regular monthly meeting November 21 at the New Albin Community Center with a potluck dinner served at 12 p.m. followed by the regular meeting at 1 p.m. Eight members were present. Sherry Bechtel, 9th District President, was also present.

The meeting was called to order by President Anne Faulken. The secretary’s report was accepted as read. The treasurer’s report was accepted as read. General orders and other communications were read.

Sara Thomas gave a report on the spaghetti supper held November 10, noting there was very good attendance. Six Auxiliary members attended the Veteran’s Day program held at the school Veteran’s Day.

The 9th District meeting will be held at Elkader January 7, 2017. Waukon V.F.W. and the Auxiliary will be the hosts. President Anne Faulkner gave 9th District President Sherry Bechtel a gift. The 9th District President gave the Auxiliary an inspection report.

Wed
23
Nov

Lansing City Council approves snowmobile trail, membership into NEIA Drug Task Force

by B.J. Tomlinson

The Lansing City Council met in regular session Monday, November 21. After approving the Consent Agenda, the Council reviewed a proposal from the local snowmobile club to utilize Allamakee Alley for its trail this winter. The item had been discussed at the last meeting, but no decision was made.

Greg Stirn, representative of the club, said speed limit signs would be posted and encouraged the Lansing Police Department to issue citations to any violators. Stirn and the Council agreed that South Road is not an option for the trail because it is too narrow and has too many blind corners. After discussion, the Council approved the request. Stirn also announced that his tenure as “trail manager” is ending and that Wayne Weber will be taking over those duties.

Wed
23
Nov

Deadline to apply for SBA Disaster Loans is November 28 for August storm, flood damage

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Field Operations Center - West reminds Iowa private nonprofit (PNP) organizations of the November 28 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by the severe storms, straight line winds and flooding that occurred August 23-27, 2016. PNPs that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

According to Garfield, eligible PNPs of any size may apply for SBA federal disaster loans of up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

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