Free concert by newest Hall of Fame inductees

The Bushmen – (from left) Dunlop, David Williamson, David Baller and Bruce (Smith) Banister | photo from Iowa Rock ‘ Roll Music Association

The Bushmen, Jefferson’s own 1960s rock ‘n roll band, will perform Sunday, Sept.9, at 2 pm at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens.

The Bushmen is being inducted in the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Sunday, Sept. 2. They’re among 31 groups and individuals being inducted over the Labor Day weekend.

The free performance in Jefferson will include excerpts from the induction concert in Arnolds Park. Continue reading Free concert by newest Hall of Fame inductees

September Java & Juice hosts told

The schedule for   Friday morning Java & Juice get-togethers in September includes a pair of businesses, Hamilton Redi-Mix and Kingsgate Insurance, and a pair of non-profits, the Amazing Race Charity and Webb House.

Java & Juice begins at 9:30 am with coffee and a light refreshment. At 9:45 the host is welcome to tell the story of the business, highlighting product lines or services. There is also time for announcements of upcoming local events. The gathering finishes at 10. Continue reading September Java & Juice hosts told

MidAmerican files plan for bat, eagle conservation plan for Iowa wind farms

In a plan filed Aug. 30  with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MidAmerican Energy Company proposes a series of measures to help minimize how wind turbines may impact bald eagles and four bat species.

The company’s habitat conservation plan reflects insights gleaned from the most extensive research effort of its kind, spanning four years and covering most of MidAmerican Energy’s wind fleet. Continue reading MidAmerican files plan for bat, eagle conservation plan for Iowa wind farms

Iowa’s pheasant population second highest in a decade

IDNR photo

Iowa’s pheasant hunters can expect to find more birds this fall when they head to the fields, predict state wildlife experts. That forecast is based on the recently completed statewide population survey of pheasants, quail, partridge, cottontail rabbits and jackrabbits.

Iowa’s pheasant population increased in every nine county region except northwest where it was similar to last year. The survey counted a state average of 21 birds per 30 mile route which translates to a statewide harvest estimate of 250,000 to 300,000 roosters this fall. Continue reading Iowa’s pheasant population second highest in a decade

America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to Churdan library

County farmer Denny Tilley directed a $2,500 donation to the Churdan public library as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by Monsanto Fund.

The Churdan library will use the funds to purchase items to be used in the newly-renovated library later this year. “This donation will be very helpful in realizing the board’s goal of providing a new, updated look and functionality to the library,” said library director Shari Minnehan. Continue reading America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to Churdan library

In the neighborhood

The Rippey Library board of trustees met in special session on Aug. 20. The board accepted, with much regret, the resignation of Shawneene Kenan, Rippey librarian.

Shawneene has been a great asset to the library since Nov. 1, 2016. There will be an open house for Shawneene on Thursday, Aug. 30,  from 3 to 5 pm in the community room. This is an opportunity for the Rippey community to thank Shawneene and wish her well.

Abundant Life Ministries mission team goes to Honduras

A group of 19 members of Abundant Life Ministries spent a busy week earlier this month in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

In San Pedro Sula they returned to Hope House orphanage to put up drywall in a new multi-purpose building, visited the public hospital, and built a security fence around Iglesia Esperanza Viva, the church where Edward and Sarah (Sutton) Nazar minister.

They spent one day in the mountain village of El Volcan, visiting the 150 school children there, and they built a small kitchen/storage area at the school.
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Carlson adds to collection of State Fair foods contest ribbons

Jefferson’s most acclaimed baker and cook has again earned a heaping helping of awards and ribbons at the Iowa State Fair.

Marianne Carlson started the first day of the fair with the sweepstakes award in the King Arthur Flour competition. She claimed first place in beer, caraway rye, mixed grain and oatmeal bread; and second place in cinnamon and white bread. Continue reading Carlson adds to collection of State Fair foods contest ribbons

More State Fair winners told

The FFA breeding swine show was held Aug. 9 at the Iowa State Fair. Abby Badger of rural Jefferson showed the champion Berkshire gilt. She is a member of the Horn of Plenty FFA chapter at Greene County High School.

In a weed identification contest Friday, Aug. 10, Aiden Anderson of Paton placed second in the youth division. Charles Carpenter of Coon Rapids placed third in the professional division.