River Valley

Wed
12
Nov

Large local turn-out shows interest in horror movie to be filmed in Lansing next summer

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

 

Nearly 100 people were in attendance at the Kerndt Brothers Community Center in Lansing Thursday, November 6 to learn the details of a horror movie, "The Burial," which is to be filmed in Lansing next summer.  Tom Garland, a professional comedian and actor from Cedar Rapids who is slated to play one of the lead roles in the film, welcomed the crowd and set a light, entertaining tone for the informational meeting.

Wed
12
Nov

Lansing “Main Street Madness” starts November 18

Lansing Main Street Matters will again be sponsoring the “Main Street Madness” punch card promotion this year. 

Lansing shoppers can pick up a punch card at any of the participating businesses. The cards can then be validated with either punches or stamps in five-dollar increments for purchases made between November 18 and December 22.

Wed
12
Nov

New Albin Elementary School students plant hundreds of trees in Mississippi River floodplain

Wednesday, November 5  a spirited and determined group of Eastern Allamakee Community Schools (EACS) fifth graders planted over 500 swamp white oak saplings  on the Mississippi River floodplain north of New Albin. Thirty-two students, with help of Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) volunteers, parents, US Fish & Wildlife Service and US Army Corps of Engineers personnel, and EACS teachers Cheryl Kuhn and Debra Masek finished the task before lunch time.

The acorns were collected from the river floodplain near Black Hawk Park and grown in the Wisconsin DNR Nursery. The seedlings will have a high level of tolerance for the floodplain environment.

Wed
05
Nov

UMC in Lansing hosting "Cope-a-Cabana" to help area youth cope with daily issues


The United Methodist Church in Lansing is beginning a group called "Cope-a-Cabana" to help area youth deal with issues they face on a daily basis in today's world. The group meets each Tuesday afternoon, 3:30-4:30, at the church. Submitted image.

A new "self-help" group for youth is being started in Lansing at the United Methodist Church (UMC). The group is called “Cope-a-Cabana” and provides a faith-based curriculum that will be led by UMC Pastor Kevin Smith and Lisa Fruechte.
"We recognize it’s tough being a kid!” says Cope-a-Cabana co-leader Fruechte. "Thus, the name Cope-a-Cabana. We want to provide a safe place for the kids to learn to cope with the issues they are facing daily."
The goal of the program is to help children identify feelings and find healthy ways to express them, with the understanding that all kids have feelings of anger, happiness, frustration, sadness and many more and that it can be challenging to know what to do with these feelings. Children will learn skills to manage these feelings and can also learn they are not alone in what they feel; there are other kids out there who have similar issues.

Wed
29
Oct

Horror movie to be filmed in Lansing area; Public informational meeting November 6

Whole Hearted Productions has announced that the Lansing area will be the focal point of an upcoming horror film called, “The Burial.” Filming for the movie is set to begin next summer.  Writer/director Jack Meggers and President of Whole Hearted Productions, Kristine Hrycun, will host a meet and greet for the general public Thursday, November 6  at the Kerndt Brothers Community Center in Lansing at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Meggers and Hrycun will explain the concept of the film and the general locations planned for filming the movie.

Wed
29
Oct

Fall Migration Day being planned for November 1

The Ferryville Tourism Council is hosting the second annual Fall Migration Day from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, November 1 at River View Park in downtown Ferryville, WI, right along highway 35. Dan Jackson, president of the Coulee Region Audubon Society, will be on hand to help identify the many ducks, geese, swans and other migrating birds on their journey to warmer areas.
The Mississippi Flyway is the gateway to seeing this awesome spectacle in the bird world. This day will also be a celebration of the one-year anniversary of Ferryville’s recognition as the smallest Bird City in Wisconsin.
This event is open to all families and individuals who are interested in birds. Wisconsin is the second-leading state in the nation for birdwatchers, and this is a hobby everyone in the family can enjoy together.

Wed
22
Oct

City of Lansing accepting applications for Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation program

The City of Lansing is accepting applications for the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program through October 31, 2014. All applications postmarked by that date will be considered.
The rehabilitation program can assist homeowners with up to $24,999 to help make repairs to their homes. The homes must meet Iowa’s Minimum Housing Standard’s upon completion. Rehabilitation may include items such as replacing shingles or siding that is in poor condition; and/or to aid in energy efficiency such as adding insulation to the attic and walls, replacing drafty old windows, and updating the electrical and plumbing.  
To determine if you are eligible for the grant funds: you must own and live in your home for a minimum of six months, you must be income eligible and your property cannot be located in the 100-year flood plain. Income eligibility is based on household size and annual (gross) household income:
Household Size/Gross Income
1    33,400

Wed
15
Oct

Inaugural Neighbor’s Day successful for New Albin Improvement League (NAIL)


Melanie Mauss raking leaves and displaying her New Albin Improvement League (NAIL) t-shirt. Submitted photo.

New Albin Improvement League (NAIL) held a successful first Neighbor’s Day Saturday, October 4. With around 20 volunteers, the event was considered to be a big success.
Although the weather was a challenge, all the volunteer jobs were completed and a few random acts of kindness were added to the list. The volunteers did a lot of raking, window washing and small jobs for elderly people in New Albin. NAIL plans to hold a similar event in the spring to help with winter clean up for the elderly of New Albin.
“The day went well,” NAIL volunteer Kersten Meyer said. “All of the New Albin ‘neighbors’ that received help were so grateful and appreciative! I can’t tell you how many times they said thank you! It was very rewarding to see the smiles on their faces when the jobs were done. I am looking forward to what next year’s Neighbor’s Day has in store.”

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