River Valley

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May

Main Street Lansing’s Curt Snitker honored with Volunteer of the Year Award at Main Street Iowa Awards celebration


Curt Snitker, owner of Archive on Main in downtown Lansing, was presented with a Volunteer of the Year Award at the annual Main Street Iowa Awards celebration held May 1 in Des Moines. Snitker is the chairperson for the Design Committee of Main Street Lansing and is described as “an integral part of the Main Street Lansing program.” Pictured above at the awards presentation are, left to right, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Curt Snitker, Main Street Lansing President Bruce Palmborg and Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Debi Durham. Submitted photo.

Main Street Iowa hosted its annual awards celebration Friday, May 1 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (Iowa Events Center) in downtown Des Moines. The event to recognize local Main Street projects, activities and volunteers was attended by approximately 500 individuals representing communities across the state. Competitive nominations were submitted for 107 projects and activities within the five categories of design, economic restructuring, organization, promotion and overall program. Twenty-one projects received winner awards recognition and nine received honorable mention.

Wed
27
May

Second birding hike of the season May 30

The second birding hike of this season to be co-sponsored by the Ferryville Tourism Council and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) will be held Saturday, May 30.  This is another in the MVC’s “Linked to the Land” series and is sponsored by the Mayo Health System-Franciscan Healthcare of La Crosse, WI.
The meeting place will be the Ferryville Village Hall at the south end of town  along Hwy. 35 at 7:30 a.m. for sign-in, directions, handouts and treats. Hikers will carpool to the trailhead in De Soto, WI for a hike at the newly named Cardinal Bluff Area. Expert guides will help identify birds that are both native to the area as well as some that are summer visitors.  

Wed
20
May

Friends of Pool 9’s Mississippi River Adventure Day scheduled for July 14


Adventurous 2011 MRAD kids reach to feel the moist skin of a flat-head catfish held by Jerry Boardman. Submitted photo.

Friends of Pool 9 will be offering another kids’ day on the beach this summer.  This will be the eighth year of the group’s Mississippi River Adventure Day.  The date selected for this year is Tuesday, July 14. The event is open to all children 5-13 years of age. All expenses for the day are paid by Friends of Pool 9. A parent or other adult is required for each child, however where a parent is bringing two or more children, Friends of Pool 9 will assign an adult to each additional child.
Registration must be completed online at friendsofpool9.org by July 1. Spaces are limited to the first 120 children and parents. While keeping proven activities of past years for younger groups (seining for fish, pollywogging for clams, touching the skin of a flathead catfish, dip-netting insects, free swim time, and visiting an eagle nest) a new format will be presented to the older children ages nine through 13 years.

Wed
20
May

New Albin Improvement League gets help from Keep Iowa Beautiful, Yeoman and Company


Volunteers from the New Albin Improvement League (NAIL) Neighbors Day make use of some of the tools they were able to purchase through the Yo-Ho Tools for a More Beautiful Iowa grant program facilitated by Keep Iowa Beautiful and Yeoman & Company of Monticello. Submitted photo.

New Albin Improvement League (NAIL) hosted its Spring Neighbors Day Saturday, May 2, with approximately 15 volunteers from New Albin making the day a huge success, according to event organizers. NAIL volunteers worked on several different jobs submitted to the committee and also some spring cleaning needed on City of New Albin property.
During this event, the committee was also utilizing new yard tools purchased through a grant from Keep Iowa Beautiful and Yeoman & Company (Yo-Ho Tools) out of Monticello. NAIL was able to purchase the tools from Sweeney’s Village Farm & Home in Waukon, fulfilling one of NAIL’s goals to purchase as many supplies as possible from local communities.

Wed
13
May

Jones selected for Iowa Girls State by American Legion Auxiliary


Alyvia Jones

Alyvia Jones, a junior at Waukon High School, has been selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Iowa Girls State scheduled to be held on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames June 14-19. She is the daughter of Laurie and Herman Jones of Harpers Ferry.
Jones was selected for participation based on criteria through Auxiliary Unit 722 of Harpers Ferry and her teachers at Waukon High School.  Representing her state as a legislator, Jones will study local, county and state government processes in this non-partisan political learning experience.
Every summer, the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program provides approximately 25,000 young women with a hands-on educational opportunity designed to instruct tomorrow’s leaders in the privileges and duties of responsible citizenship.

Wed
06
May

Spring Migration Day Hike to be held in Ferryville

Spring has arrived and so have the summer feathered visitors -  our spring migratory birds. The  Ferryville Tourism Council and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy are co-sponsoring the second annual Spring Migration Day Hike at Sugar Creek Bluff in Ferryville Saturday, May 9. Mayo Health Systems is the corporate sponsor of this “Linked to the Land” hike. Expert guides will be leading the groups and listening for the cheerful birdsong in the woods. This is a fairly level walk and is family friendly.
Hikers should plan to meet at the Ferryville Village Hall (south end of town along Hwy. 35) at 7:30 a.m. for handouts, treats, coffee and water. The group will then carpool to the trailhead on Big Buck Creek Road for the 8-10 a.m. hike.

Wed
06
May

“Mysteries of the Driftless” documentary to be shown at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library May 14

Follow a team of explorers and scientists as they reveal the majesty and allure of the Driftless Area using a stunning combination of filmmaking and genuine adventure in the documentary, “Mysteries of the Driftless,” which will be shown at Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
What strange forces spared one isolated region along the Upper Mississippi River from the repeated crushing and scouring effects of massive continental glaciers during the last 1.6 million years? What pre-Ice Age throwbacks survived here in this unique refuge that holds more Native America effigy mounds, petroglyph caves, strange geological features and rare species than anywhere in the Midwest?
A team of science filmmakers explore these questions and more in this captivating new adventure documentary about the Driftless Zone.

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