Posted May 13, 2015in Community Featured

Welcome to Waterbury

Spring is such a beautiful time in the Waterbury Neighborhood, and spring 2015 looks to be one of record beauty. This is especially true as one enters into the Waterbury Garden from the intersection of Polk Boulevard and Ingersoll Avenue. Ornamental trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and annuals all welcome residents

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Posted May 13, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Greene County


Light-dappled roads under leaf-green clad branches lead to a red barn. Across the gallery of artist Joseph Murray, ice-encased branches gleam in the light as snow sweeps across the landscape. Serenity. “My goal is to create a sense of peace. If people get that from my paintings then I have

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Posted May 07, 2015in Community Blogs, Urbandale

Thank You

Dear Urbandale Families, This is the last blog I will write as superintendent of the Urbandale Community School District. Having served in the district for a total of 10 years (the last five as superintendent) I have come to love this district and its people. As a result, it is

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Posted May 06, 2015in Community Featured, Perry

Living downtown

Uptown or downtown? There’s no debate about what roommates Mahala McDaniels and Jen Sprung call the area where they live – downtown Perry. They agreed that downtown fits for the heart of a community the size of Perry, while there is more likely a distinction between uptown and downtown for

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Posted April 22, 2015in Community Featured, Waukee

Building the way to the good life

A lot has changed for the city of Waukee in the last five decades, but the drive for hard work and determination has never left this long-time local. Some things never change. If you asked Guy Blair what his fondest memories were in the past 50-some years he has spent

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Posted April 15, 2015in Ankeny, Community Featured

Sparkle Run

In October 2013, the Ankeny community was saddened by the loss of a very special girl, Erin Moomey. A fifth-grader at Crocker Elementary, Erin died of complications from her battle with leukemia. Those in the Crocker community wanted to do something to honor her memory, and soon the idea for

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Posted April 08, 2015in Community Featured, Greene County

Creating memories

Cindy Adamson of rural Jefferson takes T-shirts and quilts them into treasured memories to display, cover beds or keep people warm while they settle into an evening of watching movies. “I’ve made well over 100 quilts since I started doing the T-shirt quilts,” she says. It all started when she

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Posted April 01, 2015in Bondurant, Community Blogs

Library Musings

The Facebook Altoona Data Center awarded their Community Action Grants Tuesday, March 24th at a reception for the recipients. The Bondurant Library was one of those lucky recipients! Can I get a wooohooo? Robin McNichols of the Bondurant Library Foundation and I both attended. I thought I’d write a little

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Posted April 01, 2015in Clear Lake, Community Featured

Hoist high the flag

Merle Hartkopp checks his flag to make sure its in good repair The log cabin home is situated on a quiet, corner lot on North 13th Street. Two Adirondack rocking chairs welcome friends to sit a spell on the cozy front porch. The brown of winter still surrounds Merle Hartkopp’s

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Posted April 01, 2015in Community Featured, Perry

Bonnie and Clyde

Older residents of Perry most likely remember. Newer and younger residents probably know nothing about the historical ties linking Perry and Dallas County with notorious gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and the rest of the gang, including Clyde’s brother, Buck and his wife, Blanche. Anyone interested in the rest

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