River Valley

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24
Jul

LIFT receives grant from ITC Midwest ...

Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT) has announced that it has received a $1,500 grant from ITC Midwest to be used to support food insecurity in eastern Allamakee County. Specifically, the grant will be used to help not only the truly poor, but the working poor, the elderly poor and anyone who has a need. Through the ITC Charitable Giving Program, ITC Midwest makes contributions to local nonprofits as part of the company’s commitment to the many communities it serves. ITC supports qualified nonprofit organizations whose programs and projects emphasize the company’s focus on education, environmental stewardship, social services, and health and wellness.

“ITC Midwest is pleased to present this check to Lansing Iowa Food Trust, an organization that provides essential support to those in need in the Lansing community,” said ITC Midwest Area Local Government and Community Affairs Director Lori Broghammer. “We appreciate the important work this organization does.”

Wed
24
Jul

Relay of Voices expedition to make stops in Lansing and Harpers Ferry on its journey down the Mississippi; Public invited to participate in variety of events

Lansing and Harpers Ferry are “Calling all runners, walkers, bikers and paddlers!”

The Relay of Voices relay team will be coming into Lansing August 7 from La Crosse, WI and leaving August 8, and entering Harpers Ferry August 8 and leaving August 9 to move on to Guttenberg, and the public is invited to greet and meet the Relay of Voices relay team as they enter and leave each community. Lansing and Harpers Ferry will each host the relay team and its crew with a community potluck, local entertainment and an opportunity to gather along the Mississippi River and share local stories.

Wed
24
Jul

Iowa Public Television’s broadcast serving Lansing area temporarily interrupted for equipment updates

Iowa Public Television was scheduled to replace the broadcast antennas serving the Decorah and Lansing viewing areas beginning July 23. The replacement process will cause a temporary service outage for several hours both Tuesday and Wednesday, July 23-24, while the existing antennas are removed and new equipment is installed. The outage was expected to begin around 9 a.m. each day with service being restored by 7 p.m. IPTV’s crew will work to limit the necessary outage as much as possible.

During the outages, PBS KIDS programming, usually found on IPTV’s primary channel and IPTV KIDS.2, is available to live stream, with many shows on-demand, at Iptv.org/iptv-kids and through the PBS KIDS Video App on mobile devices and streaming services, including iOS, Android, Amazon, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and the PBS KIDS Plug & Play.

Wed
17
Jul

Ferryville River Bluff Daze scheduled for July 27


River Bluff Daze Hike in Ferryville, WI July 27 ... The annual River Bluff Daze Hike is scheduled for Saturday, July 27 in Ferryville, WI. The family-friendly hike on Sugar Creek Bluff involves a gradual one-and-a-half mile hike through the blufftop habitat among summer blooming wildflowers, the sounds of the birds singing, and views similar to that pictured above from the trail’s end. Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Ferryville Boat Landing (turn toward the river at the Cheapo Depot) for treats and handouts. The group will then carpool to the trail head on North Buck Creek Road for the 9 a.m. hike. After the hike, additional River Bluff Daze events will include the Market in the Park, the antique tractor pull, and fireworks around 9 p.m. For more information, call Joanne White at 608-734-9018. Submitted photo.

Ferryville, WI will be hosting its annual River Bluff Daze Saturday, July 27. A variety of free activities are taking place throughout the day, with more details available in the advertisement to be printed in a future edition of The Standard or online at www.visitferryville.com.

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an expert-guided nature hike at Sugar Creek Bluff, meeting at the Ferryville Boat Landing to carpool up to Sugar Creek Bluff. The Farmers Market in Sugar Creek Park begins at 9 a.m. offering a wide variety of products plus free coffee to sip while it lasts.

The 12th Annual Antique Tractor Pull hosted and organized by the Ferryville Antique Tractor Association begins at the Ferryville Community Center at 12 noon, with weigh-in taking place from 10 a.m.-noon. Three classes for the pull include the Antique Class, Ageless Farm Class and Non-Turbo Farm Class.

Wed
17
Jul

Relay of Voices expedition to make stops in Lansing and Harpers Ferry on its journey down the Mississippi

Public invited to participate in community welcoming, send-off and other events

Lansing and Harpers Ferry are “Calling all runners, walkers, bikers and paddlers!”

The Relay of Voices relay team will be coming into Lansing August 7 from La Crosse, WI and leaving August 8, and entering Harpers Ferry August 8 and leaving August 9 to move on to Guttenberg, and the public is invited to greet and meet the Relay of Voices relay team as they enter and leave each community. Lansing and Harpers Ferry will each host the relay team and its crew with a community potluck, local entertainment and an opportunity to gather along the Mississippi River and share local stories.

Wed
17
Jul

Lansing City Council approves vacating a portion of Blackhawk Alley

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council regular meeting was held Monday, July 15. Discussion centered around the adoption of the consent agenda, a public hearing to vacate a portion of an alley, a Black Hawk Bridge update and a splash pad update.

A public hearing was open from 7:04 to 7:09 p.m. regarding the proposal to vacate and convey a portion of Blackhawk Alley to property owner Les Askelson. A motion was made and seconded to approve Ordinance #200 to vacate that portion of Blackhawk Alley. A motion was also made and seconded to approve the second and third readings of Ordinance #200. The council approved the building permit for Les Askleson assuming the ordinance is properly recorded.

The council discussed the July 9 public meeting regarding the Black Hawk Bridge. To give input on the replacement of the Black Hawk Bridge’s design, pier style or route go to the following link: http://bit.ly/iowadot2723.

Wed
10
Jul

Lansing Park and Recreation working toward making a “Big Splash” ...

The Lansing Park and Recreation Board has been working toward the addition of a splash pad to the playground area on South Front Street in Lansing and hopes to have the equipment installed within the next three weeks, depending upon weather conditions. The splash pad, designed similar to the one pictured above, will be located adjacent to the children’s play area between the asphalt path and the playground. A fund-raising effort has been ongoing since last December, and due to the generosity of all those who have already contributed, the project is nearing its goal. A matching grant was received by the board not to exceed $5,000 for all donations received after June 27.

Wed
10
Jul

Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT) is finalist in Reader’s Digest “Nicest Places in America” contest

Public can vote until July 21

Reader’s Digest has revealed the 50 “Nicest Places in America,” the result of a national crowd-sourced effort to uncover places where people are kind and treat each other with respect. With one nomination from each state being selected as a finalist, the Lansing Iowa Food Trust (LIFT) in Lansing was selected as the contest finalist for the state of Iowa and the public can now vote to determine which finalist gets a cover story in the November issue of Reader’s Digest.

In an era of unprecedented cultural and political divides, “Nicest Places in America” is Reader’s Digest’s response. For the third annual search, Reader’s Digest editors sifted through over 1,000 stories of kindness submitted over 31 days from across America to name 50 finalists, one from each state.

Wed
03
Jul

Friends of Pool 9 postpones River Clean-Up but rejuvenates beach areas


Volunteers paid in full ... Volunteers enjoyed a grilled pork sandwich as payment for their labors during the Friends of Pool 9 beach clean-up, compliments of City Meat Market of New Albin and Blake Schoh of S & S Rentals. Sitting in the above photo, left to right, are Jerry Boardman, Bob Henkel, Don Lathrop, Wayne Dowell. Standing, left to right, are Jacob Walleser, Bruce ReVoir, Dick Roeder, Lori Salzbrenner, Steve Dowell, Bob Seeley, Chandler Quirk, John Verdon. Not pictured Blake Schoh and Greg Stirn. Submitted photo.

Cleaning up and providing firewood ... Friends of Pool 9 volunteers Jerry Boardman and Don Lathrop (left to right) cut up a tree on the Hummingbird Island beach near River Mile 666 north of Lansing as part of the Tuesday, June 25 beach clean-up effort by Friends of Pool 9. Wood was piled along the beach near fire rings for camper use this summer. Submitted photo.

At its June 17 meeting, the Friends of Pool 9 Board of Directors decided to postpone the group’s Annual River Clean-Up of Pool 9 until September of this year. High water this spring during the usual annual clean-up time forced postponement of the event in the interest of safety and effectiveness.

However, Friends of Pool 9 did conduct a major fire ring and beach clean-up that took place Tuesday, June 25. Many of the 23 fire rings placed on area beaches from Lansing to Black Hawk Park in Pool 9 needed to be dug out and re-set after this spring’s high water. They had been under water for three months and the sand on the down slope side of the fire ring had washed away. Blake Schoh was the designated coordinator for the beach cleaning activity to keep the beaches clean and accessible for campers.

Wed
03
Jul

July 10 Chautauqua program in Ferryville, WI to focus on the geology of area rivers


Eric Carson ...

The Ferryville Tourism Council announces its second Chautauqua program of the 2019 Summer Series. Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ferryville Village Hall, a program on the geology of the Upper Mississippi and Lower Wisconsin Rivers will be presented.

Featured presenter Eric Carson, a geologist from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey based in Madison, WI for over 11 years, specializes in studying the Driftless area of southwest Wisconsin. He is eager to share his research and will have interesting information and stories about how the formation of the Driftless Area is very unique and was formed by the rivers carving out a path through the bedrock. He will also share geologic history, how the rivers came to be where they are, and types of rock found along the rivers.

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