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Archive - Aug 2011

Date

August 15th

Paul Ehmsen

Paul Daniel Ehmsen, 47, of Coralville, formerly of Mount Vernon, lost his battle with alcoholism Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. A gathering of family and friends was held Aug. 13 at Morgan Funeral and Cremation Choices, Mount Vernon. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

Food For Thought

I’ve never quite understood the difference between policies and rules, though there must be some distinction or we wouldn’t need both words. Policies, I’ve always felt, were intended to make decisions simple. If the company policy dictates that everyone must wear a uniform to work, then everyone is spared the trouble of deciding what to wear. Policies can also apply to the public that the company deals with. Take those return policies at department stores. Individual sales clerks and cashiers are not required to make judgment calls about returns and refunds.

Walkin'

The kitten’s injuries were severe.
The backhoe operator never saw her until it was too late. It wasn’t his fault; there were no signs of a cat’s den. But while a lot of men would have tossed the black ball of fur aside, this one took the time to scoop the wisp of life up and call the police, who in turn got it to the local veterinary clinic, the same clinic were my spouse, Sabra, works.

August 14th

Sheriff’s Annual Report: Civil, jail activity increases

IOWA CITY — Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek has released his annual report for 2010 detailing the activities of the Sheriff’s Office.

Solon American Legion Riders raffle Oct. 31

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Riders have launched their fall raffle. Funds from the raffle are used in various community projects– including providing an annual scholarship to a Solon graduating senior whose parent or grandparent has served in the military, and sending Christmas-care packages to local service personnel serving around the world during the holiday season.

August 9th

Neuzil to hold August government and you listening posts

IOWA CITY– Terrence Neuzil, member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, will hold his “Government and You” listening posts in August at several locations throughout the county. The listening posts provide residents an opportunity to discuss local, state and national government issues in an informal setting. Each month during the listening posts, citizens also can learn and discuss a hot and emerging issue that Johnson County is facing.

Miracles in Motion tack sale benefit

SWISHER– Miracles in Motion is holding an equine tack and Breyer horse sale at the Swisher farm on Saturday, August 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. All proceeds benefit Miracles in Motion, a therapeutic horseback riding facility for people with disabilities. Miracles in Motion is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Knight Prairie hike at F.W. Kent Park August 11

OXFORD– The majority of the State of Iowa was once covered by tall grass prairies. Today, little remains of these magnificent ecosystems. The Johnson County Conservation Board is trying to change that by protecting remnant prairies and restoring some of the native vegetation that was found in the Iowa prairies, as well as restoring associated animal communities. Dave Wehde, Vegetation Specialist for the Johnson County Conservation Board and other staff will be on hand to lead an informative hike around the Knight Prairie at F.W. Kent Park.

Johnson County Fair draws chainsaws, rubber chickens and hot chili

IOWA CITY– Where else can you find ballet dancers, hot chili, cattle bathing, egg racing, chicken throwing and flubber making all in one place?

Scott Co. Ext. to host fruit budding workshop

BETTENDORF– A budding workshop will be held at the ISU Scott County Extension Office in Bettendorf on Aug. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. The instructor will be Patrick O’Malley, Commercial Horticulturist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.