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April 2, 2014: A group of Walcott residents began to work in earnest to raise funds for a splash pad in their community. The idea for the splash pad was initiated after the completion of a visioning study and a downtown assessment conducted by the Iowa Downtown Resource Center of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The city agreed to pay $10,000, the asking price for properties owned by Carol Snay, Delbert Lamp and Nancy Engler. more
Years ago, Sports Illustrated had a section called "Signs that the Apocalypse is Upon Us." (Apocalypse is a Biblical reference to the end times.) It was filled with head spinners. Some were merely tongue-in-cheek, but all were things we never thought could happen – but they did. more
Sen. Jim Lykam didn’t flinch. But he had to be uncomfortable. more
March 29, 1979: Plans for a long-awaited Eldridge city park and community center area were rapidly moving toward reality, pending the community’s purchase of 41.4 acres in the northeast part of town on property owned by the Milwaukee Railroad. The land was part of a larger tract of 183 acres that attorney Larry Jungmann had purchased with the agreement that he would sell park land to the city. This was the beginning of what is now Sheridan Meadows Park. more
The wholesome, G-rated TV serial, "When Calls the Heart," on Sunday evenings on the Hallmark Channel, has been a favorite for Linda and me. The setting is Hope Valley, which is a village on the Canadian frontier circa 1913. more
I’ve never taken a job in my life. more
March 22, 1979: Twenty-three people attended the Scott County Postmasters’ meeting at the Tombergs Turner Hall, Eldridge. Long Grove postmaster Eunice McCubbin and her husband, Guy, hosted the meeting. Announcement was made that the next meeting would be a steak fry in June, hosted by McCausland postmaster, Gloria Ostermeir. more
I was not going to write this week because I haven't been feeling well, but I do want to make this editorial comment about the boys' State Tournament TV coverage. more
They call him the Old Man. One teammate even referred to him as Grandpa. Yes, it seems like North Scott senior Reece Sommers has been hanging around The Pit forever. more
My three-year anniversary at The North Scott Press slipped by a month ago so quickly I almost forgot. more
March 15, 1979: North Scott School Board members began discussing the possibility of a fine arts auditorium at the high school. Committee members Judith Jacobs, Dan Anderson, Keith Haan, Harvey Perrine, Ed Fischer, Steve McNicol, Dr. Arnold Lindaman and Superintendent Melvin Heiler reported on their visits to auditoriums at area high schools and colleges. They recommended an 800-seat theater with an orchestra pit and seating in three sections, and a 50’ by 40’ semi-thrust stage. more
The light and love of pastor Bill Steward which I wrote about last week did shine on the assembled delegates at the worldwide General Conference of the United Methodist Church – but only on 384 of the 822 who voted for progressive, inclusive acceptance of our gay and lesbian sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles. more
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