River Valley

Wed
09
Jul

Mississippi River Adventure Day cancelled; alternative activity planned for July 15

Due to high water and safety concerns, the Friends of Pool 9 Board of Directors has decided to cancel the annual Mississippi River Adventure Day (MRAD) this year. However, the Board has planned an alternative experience for the kids and adult chaperones who signed up for the MRAD event.
Friends of Pool 9 will be offering a trip to the Dubuque River History Museum Tuesday, July 15, all expenses paid, including the charter bus, entrance fees, and lunch for the children and their parents.
The group plans to meet the Sports Complex in Lansing at 8 a.m. to board the charter bus. The trip to Dubuque will take about two hours. After a tour of the museum and lunch, the group will get back on the bus and return to Lansing at around 4 p.m.
Hopefully the river will be more friendly for the Mississippi River Adventure Day next year.

Wed
09
Jul

High water results in low boat traffic for Fourth of July weekend

One of the wettest months of June ever recorded in Iowa is still impacting area rivers in July, as the main channel of the Mississippi River at Lansing received very little boat traffic on what normally would be a very busy river weekend during the recent Fourth of July holiday. The photo above taken Friday, July 4 gives some indication of how high the river levels have risen, as the sandbars located due east of the City of Lansing Marina (shown in the photo foreground) and typically very populated during the Fourth of July were nowhere to be found during this past holiday weekend. Although no flooding of the Mississippi River has been reported at Lansing, the National Weather Service reports that the river did reach a crest of nearly 16.5' on the Fourth of July, about six inches shy of the river's minor flooding stage at Lansing.

Wed
02
Jul

Summer day camps for youth to be offered by ISU Extension

Day camps being offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Allamakee County could provide a way for those kids looking for summer activity to hang out with friends, learn new things and experience new opportunities.
Allamakee County summer day camps provide a learning experience in a safe environment with professional staff. Camp curriculum draw on the knowledge base of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the 4-H program with a century of experience in positive youth development.
Day camps have a small registration fee due one week before camp. Camp participants will need to bring a sack lunch, water bottle, a hat, bug spray and wear casual comfortable clothes and sunscreen. Space is limited, so camp participants are encouraged to register early.

Wed
25
Jun

Adventurers sought for free day on the river

“We need more little people to apply for this great day on the river,” said Freinds of Pool 9 President Bruce ReVoir. There are still openings for kids to have a day of adventure and learning from professionals during the Mississippi River Adventure Day (MRAD) sponsored by Friends of Pool 9. The day of the event is July 15 and all costs for the day are paid by Friends of Pool 9. Kids (ages 5-13) and parents will meet at the Lansing baseball diamond at 8 a.m. for check-in and instructions. They will board one of the Mississippi Explorer vessels and be transported to the beach area north of Lansing. Planned activities (based on age level) include visiting an eagle nest site, pollywogging for clams, collecting river invertebrates, seining for fish, canoeing and searching for buried treasures (these last two are planned for the 9-13 age group only).  Professionals from area agencies will be leading the activities. Lunch will be provided for all kids and parents at the beach.

Wed
18
Jun

Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society to host History Days

Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society will be sponsoring a “History Day” for the Harpers Ferry area. This is the first major project of the newly formed Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society, established to preserve and share Harpers Ferry area history. The group hopes to collect people’s old photos and other old history items of the Harpers Ferry area.
Two events have been scheduled to collect historical items and information:
Wednesday, July 23rd from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Ethel Robinson Meehan Community Building in Harpers Ferry. Oral histories and family stories will be video-taped or transcribed and a copy given to contributors from 1 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 13 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Harpers Ferry. Oral histories and family stories will be taken as well.

Wed
11
Jun

Kelsey Cota selected as Girls State participant


Kelsey Cota

Kelsey Cota  has been selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Iowa Girls State.  Cota was selected based on selection criteria through Auxiliary Unit 722 and her teachers at Waukon Senior High. Representing her state as a legislator, Cota will study local, county and state government processes in this nonpartisan political learning experience.
Cota will attend Girls State at Iowa State University from June 15-20. She is the daughter of Karen and Dave Cota of Harpers Ferry and will be a Senior this fall at Waukon Senior High.
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
11
Jun

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to host Lansing’s Roots” series

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library will be presenting “Native American Heritage,” part of the library’s “Lansing’s Roots” series, Thursday, June 12  beginning at 7 p.m. Area historian Terry Landsgaard will give a presentation covering the Old Mission School and Emma Big Bear.
 

Thu
05
Jun

Friends of Pool 9 Mississippi River Adventure Day (MRAD) has been scheduled for July 15


Mississippi River Adventure Day participants collect clams and cool off during the 2012 event sponsored by Friends of Pool 9. Submitted photo.

The seventh annual Mississippi River Adventure Day (MRAD) sponsored by Friends of Pool 9 is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15.  The day-long event involves treating 120 children and parents to a series of experiences on the Mississippi River.  Outdoor professionals will lead children on an encounter with nature they will not soon forget. The river activity affords children a hands-on experience with nature under the guidance and safety of trained professionals. Friends of Pool 9 organizers assure parents it will be a safe and meaningful day for their children. There is no cost to parents or children.  All expenses are paid by Friends of Pool 9 and other donors.
Participants and accompanying adults will meet at the Lansing baseball diamond for instructions and be fitted with a personal flotation device (life jacket), transported to activity sites on the Mississippi River via Mississippi Explorer boats, and provided a picnic noon lunch on the beach.

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