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Posted September 02, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Community Featured, Beaverdale, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, North Polk, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

Spicy Lemon Chicken Soup

Have you found yourself gazing into the ‘fridge helplessly wondering what to fix for dinner? I was in that spot a few days ago. It was a few more days until my next planned “provisioning” trip. I really didn’t want to make a stop at the store. Inside my refrigerator

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Posted August 31, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Beaverdale, Community Blogs, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, North Polk, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

THANKS!!!! – National Courtesy Month

The concept of courtesy and respect for others is never more important. With the changes that are occurring in our nation, being considerate of others is an attribute that we need to be reminded of. Courtesy seems to be disappearing in our society.   Having or showing a behavior that

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Posted August 18, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Beaverdale, Community Blogs, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

Looking For a Wine List Bargain? Go Off the Beaten Path.

One recent Saturday morning, a friend sent me the wine list for Green Zebra, one of Chicago’s top vegetarian restaurants, and asked for my advice. He was dining there that evening with friends who enjoyed wine but weren’t obsessive about it. So he would be tasked with ordering for the

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Posted August 17, 2015in Obituaries, Greene County

John Sailer

John T. Sailer, age 79, of Scranton passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the Scranton United Methodist Church with Pastor Joyce Webb officiating. Visitation will be held

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Posted August 12, 2015in Community Featured, Greene County

‘History chats’ at the county fair

In the two years of Ces Brunow’s presidency of our local historical society, we’ve had a programming theme of “telling our stories.” So when our group decided this year we wanted to increase our participation in the Greene County Fair, it seemed natural to host some moderated “historical conversations” on

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Posted August 12, 2015in Advice Column, Greene County

Homeowner coverage gaps?

It was once ok to go next door and mow the neighbor’s lawn and have the comfort of knowing if you were to kick up a rock and damage someone’s property, your homeowners would cover it. Since 2000, the ISO form now reads: “We do cover ‘motor vehicles’ not required

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Posted August 12, 2015in Community Featured, Greene County

Handling asbestos

The word asbestos comes from the Greek word meaning “inextinguishable” or “indestructible.”  Asbestos was formerly used as a fireproof insulating material. The first documented case of asbestos-related death was reported in 1906. It is fascinating reading about the history of asbestos. I find it odd that despite decades of proof

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Posted August 12, 2015in Community Featured, Greene County

ALIVE ministry

Central Christian Church will begin its ALIVE Family and Church ministry for both children and adults on Wednesday, September 2 at 6 p.m., with welcome tables and doors opening at 5:45 p.m. The ongoing weekly ministry is designed to appeal to people who may not be comfortable or familiar with

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Posted August 12, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Greene County

Muscle madness

The gold 1969 Coronet is a testament to the decade in which it was built. A tape player still plays an array of eight-track tapes staked in the back seat. An armrest between the bucket seats folds up to create a “buddy” seat. The gas pedal is in the shape

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Posted August 12, 2015in Community Featured, Greene County

Challenges and joy

Melinda and Tom Heater couldn’t be happier with their 130-year-old house in Jefferson. Sure, they had to side the house because it just wouldn’t hold paint. They still have to paint the ornate trim around the windows. They had to have the very tall interior windows custom-made. All that work

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