River Valley

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.”

Wed
08
Oct

Allamakee County Community Foundation, Alliant Energy contribute to fencing project


Volunteers from the Alliant Energy facility south of Lansing are providing the labor for a project at the Lansing Sports Complex to replace the backstop and fencing. The labor is being counted as in-kind local matching funds for a $5,000 grant awarded to the Lansing Park and Recreations Department by the Allamakee County Community Foundation. Pictured above (left to right) are Alliant Energy employees Adam Green, Jim Thies, Reggie Schulte and Mike Manning. Standard photo by B.J. Tomlinson.

by B.J. Tomlinson

Wed
08
Oct

Friends of Pool 9 hosts volunteer appreciation dinner


Nancy Wortman, pictured above with her husband, Darrel, was selected as the Friends of Pool 9 2014 Volunteer of the Year. Submitted photo.

The Friends of Pool 9, Upper Miss Refuge, Inc. held its annual dinner and meeting at the New Albin Community Center Saturday, September 27th. Approximately 120 members and guests enjoyed an evening of good dining, conversation and fund raising for Friends of Pool 9 activities and events.
Nancy Wortman and her committee organized the event; this is the third time she has chaired the dinner and silent auction. Auction items ranged from paintings, signed prints, food baskets, get-away weekend packages and a wide variety of items donated by area businesses and individuals. The catalog of items for the silent auction listed 121 items for bidders to review.  The dinner was catered by Mike Conway and his Milty’s staff.  

Wed
01
Oct

First planned New Albin Improvement League event to be held this weekend

The first event planned by the New Albin Improvement League (NAIL) is Neighbors Day scheduled for Saturday, October 4. One of the goals of the committee is to help to bring the people of New Albin together. The members of NAIL realize that New Albin has a higher population of elderly citizens and want to be sure the first NAIL event touches as many different populations as possible. At Neighbors Day, a group of volunteers including committee members, citizens and students will work on projects submitted by New Albin citizens relating to fall and winter preparation that need to be done for elderly or disabled citizens. Examples of those projects include raking leaves, washing windows, or cleaning up garages and yards in preparation for the upcoming winter season, along with any other small tasks those citizens may need a little help with. Following completion of the projects, a small meal will be provided for all volunteers.

Wed
24
Sep

Newly-formed New Albin Improvement League (NAIL) hopes to create a better community

A newly-organized volunteer group hopes to “NAIL” down a better New Albin community, and is welcoming any assistance in doing so.
The New Albin Improvement League (NAIL) was formed this summer to rejuvenate what was formerly known as the Betterment Committee in hopes of doing the same to the New Albin community by bringing new and exciting events to be enjoyed by the citizens and families of New Albin and surrounding communities. New Albin residents Alexie Grotegut and Hope Lemke came together to breathe new life into the committee; they set up an initial meeting and the newly-named “NAIL” was formed. With the support of about 15 other community members, as well as many businesses in town, events are already underway.

Wed
24
Sep

HawkWatch to celebrate 30th anniversary during Wildlife Refuge Week

Saturday, October 11, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, in partnership with the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre and the Upper Iowa Audubon Society, will host HawkWatch. Previously held by Effigy Mounds National Monument, this event celebrates the fall migration of raptors and other birds along the Mississippi Flyway and National Wildlife Refuge Week.
HawkWatch activities will be held concurrently at three different area locations. Visitors should start at the Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, located at 509 Hwy. 18 in Marquette, a half-mile west of the Marquette-Joliet Bridge on Hwy. 18. Maps and a schedule of all events will be available at the Centre or online at www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/.

Wed
17
Sep

Temporary avoidance area established in Capoli Slough project area in Pool 9


During construction activity, hunters are required to stay out of the avoidance area circled in red. Submitted image.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) McGregor District Manager, Rich King, announced recently that there will be a temporary avoidance area established around the Capoli Environmental Management Project (EMP) in Pool 9, Crawford County, WI.
The Capoli Environmental Management Project involves construction of several islands. The project began in 2012 and presently continues.
In establishing the temporary avoidance area, the USFWS, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and state partners have attempted to strike a balance between providing recreational opportunities at this popular location and the safety of construction workers at the work site.

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