River Valley

Wed
07
Oct

Friends of Pool 9 hosts volunteer appreciation dinner


John Verdon and Larry Quamme congratulate Natalie Baugher on her selection as Friends of Pool 9 Volunteer of the Year. Submitted photo.

Saturday, September 26 the Friends of Pool 9 (FOP9) held its annual meeting and volunteer appreciation dinner at TJ Hunter’s in Lansing. 154 Friends and guests moved around the perimeter placing bids on the 144 donor items.  Nancy Wortman (Annual Meeting Chairman) had solicited some unusual gifts for bidders. The “Boat Display Shelf” was constructed of oak and maple and built by staff and inmates at the Luster Heights facility, and drew over $400 for FOP9.

Wed
30
Sep

Enjoy fall colors with Peak to Peak Leaf Tour through month of October

The Driftless Area of northeast Iowa has some of the most spectacular fall color and scenery in the United States, and leaf lookers can enjoy an even greater overall experience by taking part in the Peak To Peak Leaf Tour throughout the month of October. Starting either at Pike’s Peak in McGregor or at Mt. Hosmer in Lansing, this outing will enhance fall leaf viewing with an easy mapped driving route that takes participants from peak to peak, from sunrise to sunset.
Leaf lookers may start with a Mississippi River sunrise at either Mt. Hosmer or Pike’s Peak, and then follow the Great River Road to enjoy shopping, dining and fall scenery of the bluffs, forest and woods with numerous look-out locations along the way, before finishing the day with a Mississippi River sunset at either finale point.

Wed
23
Sep

Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library to host "How the American Indians nearly lost Iowa" Thursday

Thursday, September 24, Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library will be hosting a presentation by Bill Sherman. The presentation is entitled "How the American Indians nearly lost Iowa," and it will begin at 7 p.m.
Sherman's program documents how Indians living in Iowa were forced to give away lands they were living on by signing a series of land cession treaties with the U.S. Government. The impact of the Black Hawk War on Iowa,  and on the Lansing area, will be presented at the Library.
This war was the last major Indian conflict in the nineteenth century east of the Mississippi River. Sherman will contrast  the leadership roles of Black Hawk and Keokuk and  how they influenced  the process  of Indian relocations and treaties on lands that would become the state of Iowa. Unlike other states, this conflict in Iowa took a positive turn when the Governor and Iowa legislature allowed the Mesquakie to buy back land they were forced to cede to the U.S. Government.

Wed
16
Sep

Seeking quilts to display at New Albin Public Library Quilt Show October 9-11


The local quilting group “Loose Threads” made the raffle quilt pictured above for this year’s New Albin Public Library Quilt Show. The project started with 30 people drawing a crayon at random and making a square for the raffle quilt. Submitted photo.

Friday through Sunday, October 9-11, more than 200 quilted items are expected to adorn the Community Center in New Albin. The New Albin Public Library Quilt Show will take place from 4-7 p.m. that Friday, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and from 12-4 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds from the event benefit the New Albin Public Library.
Lisa Fruechte and Karen Darling of New Albin have been organizing the show since 2006 and have seen it grow. “Most of the people sharing quilts do the quilts for fun and the enjoyment of the craft, that adds to the excitement of what we get,” said Darling. “We will have antique quilts, baby quilts, t-shirt quilts, wall hangings, table runners and quilts of all different sizes. There is always a great variety!”

Wed
16
Sep

Participants sought for Scarecrow Festival

In the spirit of Halloween, Main Street Lansing is looking for participants in its inaugural October Scarecrow Festival. Scarecrows will be on display in historic downtown Lansing from October 1 through November 2.
Area community groups are invited to create a scarecrow based on famous children’s book characters - this year’s theme was selected by the Meehan Memorial Lansing Public Library.
Scarecrows will be displayed outside local businesses, which are also being sought to sponsor the scarecrows by providing $25 in start-up money for supplies for the group they are sponsoring. A total of $300 in Downtown Dollars will be awarded, $200 of that being awarded to the group whose scarecrow best illustrates this year’s theme, and $50 each to the group that has the scariest and to the group that has the funniest scarecrow.
Interested community groups and business sponsors may contact Main Street Lansing at 563-538-9229 to sign up.

Wed
16
Sep

Ferryville Fall Fest, Market in the Park September 19

Everyone is invited to visit Sugar Creek Park in Ferryville, WI for Fall Fest and Market in the Park, which will be open Saturday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Ferryville Vision and Promotion Board, a community organization of Ferryville, WI, is the organizer once again for this popular fall event.
Shoppers at the farmers’ market will find a variety of choices, such as raspberries, garden produce in abundance, apples and other fall items. Amish aprons, rugs, baskets, crafts and baked goods like maple glazed donuts, fruit pies, granola, cookies and Hot Pepper Jam will also be offered for sale. A local vendor, Robert Jelinek, will be selling his 2014 season maple syrup.
Local award-winning artist Larry Gehl will display his woodturnings, which include bowls and other pieces. Other crafted items to be displayed and offered for sale include scarves and textile arts.

Wed
16
Sep

City of Lansing accepting applications for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program

The rehabilitation program can assist homeowners with up to $24,999 to help make repairs to their home.  The homes must meet Iowa’s Minimum Housing Standards 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 homeowners are eligible for the grant funds: they must own and have lived in their home for a minimum of six months, they must be income eligible and their property cannot be located in the 100-year flood plain. Income eligibility is based on household size and annual (gross) household income (see chart below).

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