Friday, September 13th, 2019 Today's Weather Outlook - Thanks to the front that pushed through yesterday, it is a much cooler and less humid start to the day! Temperatures are in the 50s for most, with dew points in the 40s and lower-50s. Plenty of sunshine is ahead today, with seasonable highs in the upper-70s and low humidity. It will be breezy at times, however, with winds gusting up to 25 mph from the WNW. Weather should be great for some Friday Night Football! Mostly clear skies are on tap tonight, with lows in the lower-60s.We’ll heat things back up this weekend, with highs on Saturday in the mid to upper-80s and highs on Sunday in the upper-80s and low-90s. We do have a chance for rain late Saturday evening and Saturday night. Above-average highs will take us through at least the middle of next week.
Activities at the Harlan Public Library - Friday, September 13th - 10 am - The Hershey Chocolate Company Program Alzheimer's Awareness Bucket Run will be hosted by the Harlan Community High School Student Council to benefit the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's. Attend the Harlan Community High School home football game against Carroll High School on Friday, September 13th and help raise awareness and funds for the West Central Iowa Walk to End Alzheimer's by dropping a donation into the bucket.
The Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held at 10 am, Saturday, September 14th at Pioneer Park in Harlan. Registration begins at 9 am, rain or shine, with the walk starting at 10. Along with the walk, there will be information about Alzheimers, many vendors and lots of activities too.
Red Oak man to auction his collection of 93 vintage muscle cars – WOWT-Omaha Bill “Coyote” Johnson is taking a last look at his life’s work, collecting vintage muscle cars. In September, 93 of his cars will hit the auction block in Red Oak. What started as Johnson’s mother convincing him to trade in his hand-me-down Chevy for a 1969 two-door Roadrunner, turned into another, and another. Johnson works in construction but his passion has always been Detroit muscle. His collection includes Camaros, Roadrunners, Barracudas and classic 1950s Chevys. The 1969 Roadrunner that started it all, is not for sale. Johnson hopes each of his cars finds a good home. The public auction will be on Sept. 14 in Red Oak, but potential buyers can bid online now. A full moon hike will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. at Prairie Rose State Park. Please meet by the trail that goes over the dam (back by campsite 80-95). Please park car at the youth group campsite. We hope to catch a glimpse of some of our nocturnal animals and hear owls calling.
Monarch butterflies begin their long journey to Mexico in September. There are a few areas at Prairie Rose that we usually have groups of Monarchs taking a rest. We will hike to these areas on Sunday, September 15 at 1:30 p.m. Please meet at the park office for this hike.
St. Joseph on the Hill is an hour-long film on the history of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earling. Its story is part of the rich tapestry of Shelby County history that will interest people of all ages and faiths! Join us Sunday, September 15 at 2:00 PM. The event is hosted by the Shelby County Historical Society and Museum. Pop and popcorn provided. Free and open to all
Concerned, Incorporated's 2019 Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, September 15th, at the Harlan Golf and Country Club Registration will begin at 8:30 with a shot-gun start at 9 am. The cost is $50 per golfer or $200 for a team of 4. Proceeds will assist in purchasing accessible vehicles to transport people served by Concerned, Inc.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. To sign-up today, contact the Harlan Community Library at 755-5934 or the Elk Horn Library at 764-2013.
The Shelby County Historical Museum in Harlan needs a handful of additional items related to the War on Terror to fill a display case in the new Military Exhibit Hall. Uniforms, medals, newspapers and other post 9/11 military items, etc. Please call the museum at 755-2437 to let them know if you have an item you'd like to donate. 1000 Books before Kindergarten is an Elk Horn Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books to their infant, toddler and/or preschooler before entering kindergarten. New books, same books or story time books, all books count. Any child, ages 0 to 5 can participate. Just stop in the Elk Horn Library to pick up your reading log to get started. For more information, call 764-2013.
Turning 65? Thinking of retiring and wondering what are your options for health insurance? Check out the upcoming Welcome to Medicare Seminar, Monday, October 7th, starting at 5:15 at the Harlan Senior Center. Topics to be covered include Changes to Medicare in 2020, Medicare Parts A, B, C (Medicare Advantage) and D (Prescription Drug), Medicare Supplement Insurance, Extra help with Part D and Medicare. The seminar is sponsored by SHIIP. To reserve your spot, call 755-2757 by Monday, September 30th.
You can sign up soon for the 2019-2020 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program from West Central Community Action. They will be helping to qualify low-income Iowa homeowners and renters to pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing. When applying, please bring proof of income, Social Security Number, and a copy of your most recent heating and electrical bills. Applications are taken by appointment only, Monday through Friday 9 to 1 and 2 to 3. Elderly, 60 and over and/or disabled can register October 1st through April 30th, 2020. All other households can start registering on November 1st. Call West Central Community Action at 755-5602 to schedule an appointment.
Friday the 13th full Harvest micromoon coming – Gray News We’re going to have a triple-header – moonwise, that is for Friday the 13th. According to Gray News, it’s a full Harvest micromoon. Now a Harvest Moon is the full moon that takes place nearest the autumn equinox – the official start to fall. It gets its name because it allows farmers to work later thanks to the moon’s light. A micromoon is a full moon that happens when it is farthest away in its orbit from Earth. It will look smaller than most other full moons, in fact, about 14% smaller, and a little bit dimmer. And it’s taking place on Friday, the 13th, which doesn’t happen very often. The last full moon and Friday the 13th happened together was October 13, 2000 and it won’t happen again until August 13th, 2049.The Full moon will appear here in the Central time zone after sunset Friday night.
Atlantic Police Report – 9-13-19 KJAN - The Atlantic Police Department reports numerous arrests took place recently. 42-year old James Almadarris, of Winettka, California, was arrested September 12th for Burglary in the 3rd Degree and Theft in the 2nd. On Sept. 7th, 18-year old Rachael Stanley, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for Theft in the 5th degree, and, 47-year old Amy Rollins, of Atlantic, was arrested on a Cass County Warrant for Failure to Appear. On Sept. 1st, 20-year old Froilan Amaya, of Atlantic, was arrested for Violation of a No Contact Order. Amaya was arrested again on September 2nd for Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana. And on August 31st, 32-year old Justin Donaldson, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Atlantic for Driving While License Denied or Revoked.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report – 9-13-19 - Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Officials report that 44 year old Steven L. Schrawyer was transported from the Saunders County, Nebraska Jail to the Pottawattamie County Jail Thursday afternoon. He was wanted on a Pottawattamie County warrant for Violation of Probation. Also on Thursday afternoon, 38 year old Robert Edward Benedict of Council Bluffs, was transported from the Sarpy County, Nebraska jail to the Pottawattamie County Jail. Benedict was wanted on charges and or warrants for Credit Card Fraud – under $1,500, Possession of a Controlled Substance – 2nd Offense, Theft in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th degrees. His bond was set at $12,000. And a woman from Hastings turned herself in to authorities, Thursday morning. 29 year old Davionna Elizabeth Marie Christensen was wanted on warrants out of Pottawattamie County for Driving While Barred and Failure to Appear. Once the warrants were confirmed, Christensen was transported to the Pottawattamie County Jail and booked in. Her bond was set at $2,000. A Cass County man being held in the Pott. County Jail on drug and other charges, was served Wednesday afternoon with a Pott. County warrant for Violation of Parole. 32-year old Jessie Bruce Fitzwater, of Lewis, was presented with the warrant and then returned to the custody of Corrections staff. His bond on the other charges was set at $1,300. Wednesday morning, 26-year old Cody Michael Doss, of Council Bluffs, was served at the Pott. County Jail, with a Fugitive from Justice warrant, out of Douglas County, Nebraska. And, 36-year old Joshua R. Knappert was arrested at Old Town Park in Macedonia, Wednesday morning, after a deputy was called to investigate a suspicious vehicle. Knappert was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Tough rescue for Rescue Crews - 71 year old Darol Don Hankins of Sidney was transported to the hospital after authorities were dispatched to a single vehicle accident Thursday morning near Sidney. According to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, a 1998 Ford Explorer, driven by Hankins was traveling eastbound when the vehicle left the roadway and entered a ravine on the south side of the road at about 8:30 am. The vehicle came to rest 100 feet below the roadway in heavy tree cover, partially in a waterway, and could not be seen from the roadway. Firefighters and rescue personnel extracted Hankins from the vehicle using a low-angle rope rescue to get him out of the ravine. Hankins was transported to the Shenandoah Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. Sidney Fire and Rescue and Hamburg Fire and Rescue assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office on scene.
Shots fired call in Clarinda - At 10 pm Thursday evening, September 12th, Clarinda police officers responded to a shots fired call at a Clarinda business. The incident started when 36 year old Robert Cook of Casper, Wyoming, allegedly shoved and directed racial slurs at 25 year old Luis David Ramos of Denison. Ramos retaliated by striking Cook in the face with a closed fist. Cook then got a Glock .45 caliber pistol from his room and allegedly brandished the pistol in a threatening manner before firing a shot into the air. Cook then began chasing Ramos, who was able to find cover until police arrived. Cook suffered injuries to his face and was taken to the Clarinda Regional Health Center. He was later released and taken to the Page County Jail, where he was being held on charges of Going Armed with Intent, Aggravated Assault and Reckless Use of a Firearm. A charge of assault resulting in bodily injury is pending against Ramos. Reports concerning the incident have been submitted to the Page County Attorney’s Office for review regarding the filing of formal charges.
364 day health plans approved for Iowa - Radio Iowa - State regulators have approved two short-term health insurance plans for sale in Iowa. These are 364-day plans and Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen says they are an option for healthy Iowans who cannot afford the premiums for individual policies being sold in the Affordable Care Act marketplace. “It’s a policy that will fit a niche in the market for people that have been priced out under the ACA plans,” Ommen says. The approved plans are sold by Golden Rule Insurance Company and United States Fire Insurance Company. “These two companies were the first two companies to submit those plans for our approval and we’ve reviewed them,” Ommen says, “and they do comply with Iowa law.” In-hospital services will be covered, including surgeries and emergency room visits, as well as out-of-hospital care like going to the doctor — even if its via a video “telemedicine” link. Customers will be able to renew policies for three years. The plans do have higher deductibles, however. “But for people that were priced out of the (Affordable Care Act) that have incomes over 400 percent of the federal poverty level, this coverage is affordable in terms of premium, where some of those ACA plans have simply skyrocketed out of reach for a lot of middle class Iowans,” Ommen says. A family of four with an annual income of more than $99,000 does not qualify for the federal subsidies to buy health insurance. These short-term plans will be attractive to younger, healthy Iowans, but Ommen says Iowans with pre-existing conditions will not be able to buy these policies. Ommen says until congress makes significant changes, the health insurance market will not function properly as younger, healthy adults will continue to balk at buying a health insurance policy at a price that’s equal to one offered to a 60-year-old.
Burmeister reports grant money for Shelby County Bridge projects - Shelby County Engineer, Brandon Burmeister learned last week that Shelby County will be receiving $300,000 of the $33 million awarded to several counties in the state to help pay for bridge replacement projects. The money will be used to replace two bridges on Linden Road north and south of County Road F24. According to Burmeister, they were for year five in their five year plan. However with the money, they can move these two projects forward into next year. The two bridges have deteriorated recently and there’s a chance load limits or postings would’ve been placed on them before repairs were done. The Competitive Highway Bridge Program allocated $225 million in funds nationwide. The $33 million awarded to Iowa counties will fix or replace around 77-bridges statewide.
Council Bluffs man Tasered and arrested after assaulting a Nebraska state trooper – Daily Nonpareil - 44-year-old, Jared Raymon of Council Bluff was arrested Wednesday following an altercation with a Nebraska State Patrol trooper near Gretna, NE. Authorities were informed of a vehicle suspected of a hit and run crash near 108th and L Streets in Omaha at 7:35 Wednesday evening. The Daily Nonpariel reported that the vehicle was described as a Dodge Dakota and was traveling westbound on I-80 toward Gretna. Witnesses then reported a second hit and run in the parking lot of Nebraska Crossing. A trooper located the vehicle in the parking lot and observed the driver to be sleeping. A press release states the trooper knocked on the suspect’s car window several times to awaken him. When the driver finally awakened, he immediately threw open the door, striking the trooper in the chest. The man exited the vehicle and charged at the trooper, resulting in a physical altercation. After multiple rounds of the trooper creating separation between himself and the suspect, and many verbal and non-verbal commands being ignored, the trooper deployed a Taser. The man was then taken into custody. Troopers searched the vehicle and discovered an open alcohol container, a firearm concealed in a backpack and multiple containers of marijuana. The suspect tested with a blood-alcohol content level of .171. The man was arrested for assault on an officer, hit and run, driving under the influence of alcohol, open container, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. He's currently at the Sarpy County Jail. photo courtesy of WOWT.com
Man arrested for Public Intox almost 5 times over legal limit – Carroll Broadcasting 41 year old Jesse William Spindler of Carroll was taken into custody by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office shortly after midnight Wednesday. According to Carroll Broadcasting, Spindler has been charged with public intoxication after blowing nearly five times the legal limit or a .397 at the time of his arrest. Authorities say Spindler was walking southbound on North Main Street and showed signs of intoxication. When the deputies made contact, they observed an odor of alcohol and a lack of balance. Spindler submitted to a preliminary breath test and was then transported to St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll. He was later booked into the Carroll County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance Wednesday after appearing before the magistrate.
GM recalls nearly 3.8M pickups, SUVs to fix brake issues - Under pressure from the federal government, General Motors is recalling nearly 3.8 million pickups and SUVs in the U.S and Canada to fix a brake problem. There have been 113 reports of crashes and 13 injuries related to the problem, according to GM. The recall covers the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Also included are the Cadillac Escalade from 2015 to 2017, and the GMC Yukon and Chevy Suburban and Tahoe from 2015 through 2018. GM says that as it ages, the pump in the power-assist brakes can put out less vacuum power than needed, increasing stopping distance and the risk of a crash. The company is recalling 3.46 million vehicles in the U.S., and it recalled another 310,000 in Canada back in June. GM said global numbers for the recall weren't available. Dealers will recalibrate the electronic brake control module at no cost to customers. Owners were to be notified starting Sept. 6. GM also is recalling over 177,000 Chevrolet Malibu sedans from the 2018 model year in the U.S. because the fuel injectors can fail. The cars have 1.5-Liter turbocharged engines. GM says in documents posted Wednesday on the NHTSA website that a software error can corrupt data used by the engine control computer. That can cause the computer to send a signal disabling the fuel injectors. Engines may not start, or in rare cases, could stall without warning.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report 9-12-19 - The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests took place, Tuesday. At around 8:30-p.m., dispatch advised deputies of a disturbance at a residence on N. Pine Street, in Avoca. Deputies made contact with 32-year old Blake Ashley Behrens, who was taken into custody for Interference with Official Acts. At around the same time, a Macedonia man was arrested in Oakland, following a reported incident of alleged Domestic Abuse. 37-year old Jacob Lee Robertson was arrested For Domestic Abuse Assault, Contempt of Court and Failure to Appear on a citation. His bond was set at $300. And, 34-year old Ashley Nichole Rubio, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Council Bluffs at around 9:55-p.m. Tuesday, for Violation of a No Contact or Protective Order – Contempt of Court.
Young cattle producers sought for leadership program - In an on-going effort to build future leadership for both the Iowa cattle industry and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, the ICA is taking applications for the 2020 Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program. The application deadline is November 1th and can be downloaded from the ICA website, iacattlemen.org. Those selected for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program will meet six time in the coming year. They will tour beef production facilities, learn about trending cattle issues, enhance their leadership and communication skills, and play an active role in the legislative process. The program is free to all participants. The application for YCLP asks potential participants to explain why they are interested in participating in the program, as well as explaining their goals and giving their vision for the future of the cattle industry. Preference will be given to current ICA members.
Farm Safety Week September 15th through the 21st – The 76th observance of Farm Safety and Health Week will be held September 15th through the 21st. The theme is “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear.” This special week of safety and health observance is important today because agriculture ranks as the most dangerous industry in the United States. The fall harvest time is typically the busiest season of the year and the time when agriculture reports the largest number of injuries. During this time of year, remember to encourage others to put farm safety into high gear to prevent tragic injuries. The Iowa Farm Safety C council and Iowa State University encourages Iowans to put farm safety into practice by using only tractors that have rollover protective structures, say no to extra riders on tractors, retro fit operating tractors with rollover protective structures and understand that people near tractors may be obscured from the operators sight.
Extra Riders on Tractors Are a High Risk for Fatality - The National Children’s Center estimates one child dies about every three days in an agriculture-related incident. One common incident where children are harmed is when they are an extra rider on a farm or lawn care tractor. “Tractor rides have an intrinsic appeal for kids and a willingness for adults to allow them,” said Charles Schwab, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering with extension and outreach responsibilities at Iowa State University. “The well-intended activity of a child riding on the tractor with a parent or grandparent is an extremely dangerous situation that too often ends in death.” Around one-fourth of tractor deaths each year are from runovers. These usually happen when an extra rider falls under the back tractor wheel and is mortally crushed. An easy saying to remember is: “One seat, one rider,” and as adults it is our responsibility to keep youth safe by not allowing them to be the extra rider on tractors. Be firm and say no. Iowa and the nation will observe the National Farm Safety and Health Week Sept. 15-21. This year’s national theme is “Shift Farm Safety Into High Gear.” During this special week, the fall harvest and the year to come, please persuade others to keep children safe by not allowing extra riders on tractors.
Auditor Mark Maxwell encourages Iowans to participate in National Voter Registration Month - Shelby County Auditor Mark Maxwell joins Secretary of State Paul Pate and auditors across Iowa in encouraging all eligible residents to participate in National Voter Registration Month by registering to vote or making sure their voter information is current. The goal of the having the combined school and city elections is to increase turnout, make sure you take that first step and register to vote now, if you have recently moved, change your address in the election system by notifying the auditor's office. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established September as National Voter Registration Month in 2002 to encourage voter participation and increase awareness. Voting for the city and school elections begins in just a few weeks and the Iowa Caucuses are on the horizon, so now is a great time to make sure you’re registered to vote, and your information is current. Iowa is one of the top states in the nation for voter registration and voter participation. The goal is for us to be number one. Tuesday, September 24 is National Voter Registration Day. Last year, nearly 5,000 Iowans used the state’s online voter registration system on that day last year. Registering to vote in Iowa has never been easier. There are several options are available and it only takes a few minutes. You can register anytime online, through the mail, at various government agency offices, at a voter registration drive, at military recruiting centers, and in-person at your polling place. Approximately 90 percent of eligible Iowans are registered to vote, and there are more than two million active registered voters in the state. To check your voter registration status, register to vote or update your information visit VoterReadyIowa.org or shco.org
Survey for Community Center project being sent out in Avoca - Avoca City Manager Cling Fichter said the city of Avoca has been discussing a Community Center for several years and now a survey is being sent out to residents regarding that potential community center project. A large donation was made towards a possible community center a few years ago. The purpose of the survey is to go back to step one and gather information to see if they support the project and what kind of project they would support. This will be a random survey of residents within the community and it will be sent out by Iowa State University through the mail this week. One donor has committed $500,000 to the project and the City has committed another $500,000. Fichter says they are looking at about 1.5 million dollar project. For the remaining funds, Fichter says a bond is a possibility, but if they had to do that, it would require a public vote and a large amount of public support as well.
Loess Hills Alliance Protection Committee accepting grant proposals - The Protection Committee of the Loess Hills Alliance is soliciting proposals that protect and / or preserve the natural and cultural resources of the Loess Hills, while assuring economic viability and protection of property rights. Projects may include conservation easements, educational components of land protection, restoration of conservation easement protected lands and public lands and any other proposals that meet the Mission of the Protection Committee and strive to protect and preserve the Loess Hills. The Committee anticipates awarding up to $12,500 in 2019. Grant awards will be made from available funds provided by the Iowa Legislature. Projects must be located in the Loess Hills landform. Any person, agency, group or community in the Loess Hills landform is eligible to apply. Applications are due October 4th at 4:30 pm. Forms can be found at loesshillsalliance.com.
Shelby County Voters – Combined City and School Elections Notice - New legislation will be used this fall as the regular city and school elections will be held on the same day. The most noticeable change from past school elections may by your polling place. 1. If you live in a city, your polling place does not change from your last City election. The applicable school races will be on your ballot. 2. If you live outside of city limits your polling location may change. The best way to remember where to vote is the past November elections and future November elections, will be in the same place from now on. If you voted in the last presidential election, in Shelby County, you will vote in the same place for the city/school election this fall. 3. If your residence in Shelby County, you will vote in Shelby County. The City of Elk Horn as well as the residents of Monroe and Clay townships will vote in Elk Horn. The Cities of Kirkman and Irwin as well as all residents of Greeley, Jefferson, Douglas and Polk townships will vote in the Irwin Community Hall. The Cities of Portsmouth and Harlan will vote in Harlan as well as all residents of Cass, Lincoln, Center and Jackson townships. The cities of Tennant and Shelby as well as all residents of Fairview and Shelby townships will vote in Shelby. And the cities of Panama, Westphalia, Portsmouth and Earling will vote in Earling as well as all residents of Washington, Westphalia, Grove and Union Townships. LifeServe Blood Center is urging blood donors to roll up a sleeve to save local hospital patients this September. There will be a LifeServe blood donation opportunity on Monday, September 16th from 2 to 5:30 pm at Schleswig Community Building in Schleswig. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 800-287-4903.
The Shelby County Board of Supervisors will meet in regular session, Tuesday, September 17th, in the chambers at the Courthouse. Among items to be discussed will be any supervisor committee reports, Todd Valline will present the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry update, Brandon Burmeister will give a Secondary Roads Report and will also discuss Resolution $2019-25 – the Living Roadway Trust Fund Grant and Mark Maxwell will discuss the Solid Waste agency farm and the County farm auction on November 19th.
Activities at the Harlan Public Library - Tuesday, September 17th - 3 pm - Tech Time - 4 pm - Book Worms and Libraries on the Go Wednesday, September 18th - 10 am - Classic Movie: Groundhog Day - 10:30 am - Story Time: Music - 4 pm- Nancy Drew: Iowa's Heroine to the world Thursday, September 19th - 4 pm - Kids Movie: Dumbo - 6:30 pm - Flannel Pumpkins Saturday, September 21st - 10 am - Babies and Books - Lapsit Stories and Songs for Babies Monday, September 23rd - 4 pm - Young Writers Workshop Tuesday, September 24th - 3 pm - Tech Time - 4 pm - Libraries on the Go and Book Worms Wednesday, September 25th - 10:30 am - Story Time: Apples - 7 pm - 5 o'clock Somewhere Book Club Thursday, September 26th - 5 pm - Adult Creative Writing Group - 6:30 pm - Family Fun Night - paper airplanes. The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, September 17th. 4:30 to 6:30 at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. They will be serving a potato bar and dessert. This is open to everyone. A free will donation is asked from those that eat in.
A Shelby County Chamber Ambassador visit will be held at 9 am, Wednesday, September 18th at Schumacher Family Chiropractic in Harlan. Dr Dan and Sarah are celebrating Chiropractic Founder's Day.
Blood Donations Needed - The Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood. Individuals can schedule an appointment to give now by activating Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill by saying, “Alexa, find a blood drive,” or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Upcoming donation opportunities include: Wednesday, September 18th - 11 to 5 pm - St. Boniface Parish Center in Westphalia Thursday, September 19th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA 11:30 to 5:30 pm - Treynor Community Center Monday, September 23rd - 12 Noon to 6 pm = Exira REC Center Tuesday, September 24th - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Elk Horn Lutheran Church Wednesday, September 25th - 1 to 6 pm - Neola Community Center Tuesday, October 1st - 11:30 am to 5:30 pm - Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan. Wednesday, October 9th - 7:30 am to 1:30 pm Harlan High School Friday, October 18th - 8 am to 2 pm - IKM-Manning High School in Manning Tuesday, October 22nd - 7:30 am to 1 pm - Atlantic High School Tuesday, October 29th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Thursday, November 7th - 7:30 am to 1 pm - Conductix in Harlan Thursday, November 21st - 12 Noon to 6 pm - Atlantic YMCA Wednesday, December 4th - 8 am to 2 pm - AHSTW High School in Avoca Friday, December 20th - 12 noon to 6 pm - Sacred Heart Church in Manning Thursday, December 26th - 8:30 am to 2:30 pm - Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic Friday, December 27th - 12 Noon to 6 pm - St. Patrick's Parish Center in Audubon
"City Lights" is the theme for this year's Myrtue Medical Center Auxiliary's bazaar, Thursday, September 19th, from 11 to 1 at Veteran's Memorial Building in Harlan. Come and shop for great items from the home shop to the Christmas Store....and even Masquerade jewerly. Admission is $11 and includes a delicious Staley's Chicken Dinner plus apple crisp or brownie.
SWIPCO will hold a Mini-Conference and meeting in Woodbine on Thursday, September 19th. Enjoy informative tours of Woodbine development projects and Sessions by SWIPCO staff. The conference begins at 9:30 with lunch and a program at noon. Please RSVP to Dee Holtz at 712-243-4196. The event and lunch are free, but you do need to RSVP to reserve your place.
Volunteers are needed for the 2019 Southwest Iowa Mobile Pack for Feed My Starving Children September 20th and 21st, at Vet’s Memorial Building in Harlan. They are planning on packing 108,864 meals over the 2 days. Set up will be held on Friday, September 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 with packing on Friday from Noon to 2 pm and Saturday from 9:30 to 11:30 and 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Clean up will be held on Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30. You may volunteer online at give.fmsc.org/swia or contact Charlie or Joyce Poggensee at 755-2264.
St. Mary's Church in Avoca is the setting for an ecumenical women's morning of reflection on Saturday, October 5th. Brunch and registration are at 9 am. Attendees are invited to bring a freewill donation canned good for the local food pantry. RSVP by September 21st to 784-3570.
The 43rd annual Greenridge Steam and Gas Show will be held Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd one mile south, one mile west and 1 1/2 miles south of Irwin. Come and enjoy Birds of Prey presentation including a live eagle, hawk and owl, a feal market, sorghum cooking, threshing, corn shelling, stationary baler, broom making, saw mill, shingle making, blacksmith shop, statioonary gas engines, apple cider making, grist flour mill, rock crusher, antique machinery, quilt show, talent show, country music, homemade ice cream, field demonstrations, a parade each day and Sunday morning worship services.
The Walnut Antique Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 21st from 8 to 5 and Sunday, September 22nd from 8 to 3. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine. Come and see a variety of antiques, primitives, toys, stoneware, advertising, furniture, upcycled and repurposed items.
The Iowa Community Kitchen will be open Tuesday, September 24th. 4:30 to 6:30 at the First Baptist Church on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. This is their Annual Awareness Night, sponsored by Hy-Vee, The Buck Snort and the Congregational Church. The meal is in honor of a wonderful friend.
The First United Methodist Church of Harlan will have a Staley's Chicken Dinner on Wednesday, September 25th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Vet's Auditorium in Harlan. The cost for adults is 11 dollars, kids age 4 to 10 years, only $5, and 3 and under eat for free. Come and enjoy chicken, potatoes and gravy, corn and homemade salads and pies, too! Dine in or carry out.
The Defiance Fire and Rescue Department will be holding their annual Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, September 29th, from 8 am to noon at the Defiance Fire Station. For a free will donation, they will serve pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, milk, juice and coffee. Carry outs are available.
The 6th annual Immanuel Lutheran Breakfast will be held Sunday, September 29th, from 9:30 to 12:30 in the fellowship hall at the church in Kimballton. Enjoy an egg bake, pancakes, sausage, waffles, rolls and muffins, fruit and yogurt and beverages, all for a free will offering. The Sunday School kids will also have a bake sale.
The Harlan Masons will hold their annual Breakfast Fundraiser, Sunday, September 29th, from 8:30 to 12:30 at the American Legion Building on Chatburn Avenue in Harlan. For a free will donation, you can enjoy biscuits and gravy, eggs, pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee. The event is sponsored by Parian Masonic Lodge No. 321.
The first installment of property taxes are due Monday, September 30th. To avoid penalty on the first installment, payment must be received in the Treasurer's office or postmarked by Monday, September 30th. Property tax information may be obtained online at iowatreasurers.org or by call 755-5847 option 2. Payments can be posted online by E-check, credit card payments may be made online as well.
----- The Shelby County Public Health Department will hold an Immunization Clinic for Children, Wednesday, October 2nd from 2 to 6 pm at Community Health. Immunizations are free for children that qualify for the VFC program. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations including Hawk-I please call Myrtue Medical Clinic at 755-4516 to schedule an appointment there. Influenza vaccination clinics will also be held in October at the Community Health Building at 2712 12th Street in Harlan. To schedule an appointment, call 755-4422.
The first Shelby County Longest Table will be held October 5th. The event, which has been gaining popularity around the country, features a community table and a meal that features local food. The goal for this event is to educate consumers by providing new experiences, build community and create awareness of locally produced food. Profits from this event will be donated to the Community Chest to benefit multiple Shelby County Programs. The meal will be 5 courses, feature area producers and prepared by Chef James Calkins from Milk and Honey. The meal will take place on the west side of the court house on the square in downtown Harlan. In case of inclement weather it will be held at New Park Coffee. Tickets are $35 per plate and available online at Brown Paper Tickets or can be purchased directly from the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A limited amount of tickets are available.
Farmhand Brewing Company at 101 Main Street in Earling will hold an Open House Saturday, October 5th, starting at 11 am. Come and meet the newest Chamber member and check out this great brewer in Earling.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meet every month at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan. The meetings begin at 6:30 pm. The monthly meetings will be held on: Thursday, October 10th Thursday, November 14th Thursday, December 12th Thursday, January 9th Thursday, February 13th Thursday, March 12th Thursday, April 2nd Thursday, May 14th
Manning Hausbarn-Heritage Park will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 12th with activities starting a 3 pm and going late into the night! Join them for beer, food, games, music and friends. The Hausbarn-Heritage Park offers 2 options for admission. A $10 general admission which includes admittance and the evening's entertainment or a $25 Oktoberfest Package, which includes self-guided tours of the park from 3 to 5, the authentic German meal, all of the evening's dancing and entertainment and access to the late night patio party. This package must be reserved by Saturday, October 5th . For more information, call 655-3131 or e-mail email@example.com.
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