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CITY OF ATLANTIC YARD WASTE SITE SUMMER HOURS:

effective March 21st, 2015:

Tuesday: 12 pm to 8 pm

Thursday: 12 pm to 8 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm

Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

*** City of Atlantic officials remind citizens to bring ONLY trees, branches, grass, garden waste, and/or leaves. ***

Sunnyside Park gates will open on March 13th by 4 pm. Please use great caution as you drive through the park due to gravel and debris on the streets. The tennis courts are open and ready to use by the public for tennis only. Please be on the alert for walkers, joggers, disc golfers and children playing. Enjoy and respect the parks and their property as they are for everyone to enjoy.

LOST:  A chocolate brown miniature pinscher was lost at the Wings America/Flying J truck stop at Avoca.  He answers to the name “Dexter.”  A reward for his return is offered.  Please call 570-751-8001. (3/31)

LOST: white LG Tablet in a black Otterbox case. Lost at the Atlantic Middle School Auditorium Monday March 2. A reward is being offered. (3/11)

**Please let us know if the pet is returned to the owner to help keep this updated. Items will be listed for 2 weeks**

NOTICE: Recycling Trailer in Audubon is no longer located at Shopko, it is now at Audubon Church of Christ parking lot (2050 Hwy. 71)

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1

Cooking with Kids by the Montgomery County 4-H & Extension will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds white building on April 1st. Sessions will be held on Wednesday’s for 4th and 5th grade youth to learn how to cook, make healthy choices, and eat right! Each week the session will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds white building from 2 – 3:45 pm. Youth will learn about nutrition, basic safety & awareness in the kitchen, and we will learn to cook. Cooking with Kids is open is all youth grades 4th and 5th. Cooking with Kids sessions will be on the following dates: Wednesday, April 1st. There will be no session held during the week of Spring Break. The month of March sessions fee for 4-H members will be $10.00 and non-members $15.00. Registrations are due to the Montgomery County Extension Office, 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2, Red Oak, Iowa 51566, by Monday, March 2nd! In addition, watch for sessions to follow in April. If there is anything you would like to learn more about, see a presentation on, or attend a workshop for, we are always open to ideas and would love to hear your interests! For any other questions regarding 4-H contact Hallie at the Extension Office (712) 623-2592 or email hpeck@iastate.edu.

The Nishna Valley Shrine Club will meet at Weitzels Restrarauant on April 1st. Social hour at 6:30 pm, followed by the regular meeting at 7:00 pm.

FRIDAY, APRIL 3

The Montgomery County Family YMCA in partnership with the Montgomery County Family YMCA Men’s Thursday Bible Study Group and the Montgomery County Ministerial Fellowship would like to invite you and your family to the 4th Annual Good Friday Breakfast on April 3rd from 6:30 am – 7:45 am in the YMCA’s multi-purpose room. Rev. David MacDonald from Faith Community Church, Red Oak, Iowa will be the featured speaker with an uplifting message. Kari Edie will be performing outstanding musical numbers with a breakfast buffet to enjoy.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 5 pm. Reservations can be made in person at the YMCA with event payment or over the phone.  Contact us at 712-623-2161, or stop in at the Montgomery County Family YMCA located at the beautiful Red Oak Legion Park, 101 East Cherry Street, Red Oak, Iowa, visit the YMCA on Facebook, or the Y’s website at www.mcymca.com for more information.

Senior Alumni Scholarships are available to 3 Atlantic High School Seniors planning on attending a 2 or 4 year college or vocational school with financial need, 2.5 or better gpa. Forms are available on the Atlantic Community Schools website. Application deadline is Monday, April 6th, 2015.

Massena Easter Egg Hunt will be held on April 3rd at 5:00 pm at the City Park. Different ages groups up to 5th grade. Rain date is April 4th at 10:00 am. This is sponsored by the Massena Chamber of Commerce.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

Moped Safety Class will be held on April 4th from 7 am – 1 pm at the Farm Bureau Insurance Building. Cost is $40. Register by calling 243-6343.

Help Ron Shipley in his fight against lung cancer. All donations will go to Ron to help defray the cost of his treatment. Donation canisters have been placed at Hy-Vee, Fareway, Deter’s, Cappel’s and all 3 Casey’s and other fine Atlantic businesses. You can also give directly to the “Ron Shipley Medical Fund” at Great Western Bank in Atlantic. For more information, contact Sherry Toelle at 243-4861 or Kathy Kerns at 243-1109. This is sponsored by Friends of Ron Shipley.

An Easter Block Party will be held on April 4th from  11am-1pm at 600 Pine Street in Atlantic at the Atlantic Church. Easter egg hunt for ages 0-10, Bounce houses, kids crafts, free food-Hamburgers & hotdogs. On Sunday, April 5th free family pictures by a professional photographer will be held. Show up to service and receive a free ticket for family pictures.

Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held on April 4th at 10:30 am. There will be 4 age groups of children up to age 10. Many great prizes including bikes. There will also be hotdogs, pop, chips and the Easter bunny. Please park on side streets and at high school. Come early as it starts promptly at 10:30 am. Bring extra adults as the children are separated into four age groups to gather eggs.

Exira Legion Steak Fry will be held on April 4th from 5-8 pm at the Exira Legion Building. They will be serving your choice of sirloin steak, ground sirloin and Windsor chops. Cost is $12 and proceeds go toward senior scholarships and Boys State. Everyone is invited to attend.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

Atlantic Elks Lodge Easter Brunch will be held on April 5th in the Dining Room at the Elks Lodge (501 Poplar St., Atlantic) from 9 am to 1 pm. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. The public is invited to attend.

MONDAY, APRIL 6

Senior Alumni Scholarships are available to 3 Atlantic High School Seniors planning on attending a 2 or 4 year college or vocational school with financial need, 2.5 or better gpa. Forms are available on the Atlantic Community Schools website. Application deadline is Monday, April 6th, 2015.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

The Audubon County Hospital Foundation is hosting a Scrubs Show & Sale on  April 7th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Audubon County Memorial Hospital. Merchandise includes Barco, Cherokee, Dickies & Grey’s Anatomy. Great chance to purchase uniforms & fun comfort wear while supporting quality health care services! Special Orders are welcome! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Audubon County Hospital Foundation.

A FREE seminar open to the public on growing orchids will be held on April 7th at 6:30 pm at the extension office at 400 Bridge Street in Red Oak by the Montgomery County Master Gardeners. Presenting will be Dallas Clayton of Villisca, who has been growing orchids for over 5 years. Orchids are a beautiful flower that some doubt can be grown well in Iowa. Dallas will share his experiences and words of wisdom for growing orchids—perhaps you’ll want to give it a try yourself! While the seminar is free, an RSVP is appreciated to plan for attendance and handouts. Please contact the Montgomery County extension office at 623-2592. As always, don’t forget to check www.extension.iastate.edu/montgomery for news and “like” Montgomery County-IA Extension on Facebook!

The Shelby County Conservation Board will be holding a Dutch oven cooking class on April 7th at 5:30 pm at Nishna Bend Recreation Area’s nature center (516 Maple Road, Harlan). They will be making and eating eight different recipes. The cost of the class is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5 to 10, and free for kids 4 and under. Please call Christina at the Conservation Office at 744-3403 or Iowa Western Community College at 755-3568 to sign up.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

Montgomery County 4-H and Extension will be holding “STEM Kids!” a month of early-out Wednesday fun sessions during April. “STEM Kids!” is for 4th and 5th grade youth to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math! Each week the session will be held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds white building from 2 – 3:45 pm. Youth will learn about different aspects of STEM, learn about technology & even get to try out lots of fun experiments! STEM Kids sessions will be on the following dates: Wednesday, April 8th; Wednesday, April 15th; Wednesday, April 22nd; and Wednesday, April 29th. The month of April sessions fee for 4-H members will be $10.00 and non-members $15.00. Registrations are due to the Montgomery County Extension Office, 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2, Red Oak, Iowa 51566, by Monday, April 6th! If there is anything you would like to learn more about, see a presentation on, or attend a workshop for, we are always open to ideas and would love to hear your interests! For any other questions regarding 4-H contact Hallie at the Extension Office (712) 623-2592 or email hpeck@iastate.edu.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Cass County Pheasants Forever Banquet will be held on April 11th at the Cass County Community Center in Atlantic. Doors open at 5 pm, dinner served at 6:30 pm. For advance tickets call Rick Kanning at 712-249-2517.

The Atlantic Elks Lodge #445 presents Whiskey River Band on April 11th. Whiskey River Band will perform from 8 pm to midnight. Tickets are $8 per person and are available at Rex Pharmacy and at the Elk Lodge in Atlantic (501 Poplar St.). Everyone is welcome to attend.

SUNDAY,  APRIL 12

A Fundraiser for Scott “Scooter” Wagner of Griswold will be held on April 12th in Griswold. From 2-4:30 pm will be Pieces & Dreams Show & Shine on Main Street – bring your car, truck or motorcycle. From 4:30 – 7:00 pm is a Dinner & Auction at the Griswold Community Building. They will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, sides and desserts for a free will donation. For questions, donations, or to donate auction items, call 712-778-2426.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

The Atlantic Public Library will host author, Roy Marshall in the library’s meeting room to talk about his new book, “Hopley” on April 17th at 2 pm. The book spans over 100 years, going into some detail as to how one generation accumulated an enormous fortune and another lost – other than a few mementos – every shred of it.

SATURDAY, MAY 2

Moped Safety Class will be held on May 2nd from the Farm Bureau Insurance Building. Cost is $40. Call 243-6343 to register.

Help Ron Shipley in his fight against lung cancer. All donations will go to Ron to help defray the cost of his treatment. Donation canisters have been placed at Hy-Vee, Fareway, Deter’s, Cappel’s and all 3 Casey’s and other fine Atlantic businesses. You can also give directly to the “Ron Shipley Medical Fund” at Great Western Bank in Atlantic. For more information, contact Sherry Toelle at 243-4861 or Kathy Kerns at 243-1109. This is sponsored by Friends of Ron Shipley.

MONDAY, MAY 11

Nishna Valley Family YMCA Baseball & Softball League is from May 11th and June 18th (games are Monday-Thursday). Sign up is until March 14th ($10 late fee for anything after) Cost is $30 per child, drop all sign ups off at Nishna Valley Family YMCA. Deadline is March 14th. There will be a clean-up day out at the Sports Complex April 25th at 9:00 am to get the fields & complex ready for the season. All help is appreciated. If you have any questions about the boys league, contact Dustin McLaren at 249-2567, or girls league contact Nathan DeArment at 515-229-4365. This price includes all the baseball/softball clinics also. You will get a sheet with those dates at the time of sign-up. Any cancellations or other information is available on the website: www.atlanticlittleleague.org.

EXTRAS ….

Senior Alumni Scholarships are available to 3 Atlantic High School Seniors planning on attending a 2 or 4 year college or vocational school with financial need, 2.5 or better gpa. Forms are available on the Atlantic Community Schools website. Application deadline is Monday, April 6th, 2015.

Operation Barnabas meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Atlantic Iowa Western Community College campus.

Grief Share will be held at 4 pm on Wednesdays through the end of December. Won’t be meeting the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Any questions contact Amy at 254-1266

Organizers are looking for volunteers to keep Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program going strong. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program that certifies community volunteers to prepare and e-file basic tax returns at no cost for low to moderate income individuals and families. Volunteers are need in Cass County to prepare 2014 taxes and should have a basic understanding of income tax laws, an interest in helping others and basic computer skills. Volunteers are provided free training, self study materials, and software necessary to prepare basic income tax returns including Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040. Taxpayers schedule appointments and taxes are prepared by the volunteers at a central location with equipment provided. Volunteers must complete a certification exam and the IRS waives liability for volunteers if they prepare returns within the scope of their certification. The host site is the Cass County Extension. For more information contact Kate Olsen at the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132 or keolson@iastate.edu. Interested persons will need to complete a one page application and background screening. The VITA program provides free tax preparation to low and moderate income families so they can claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Care Tax Credits. In Cass County, the program is coordinated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with funding and support from the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Human Services, and Iowans for Social and Economic Development (ISED).

A Free Community Dinner will be held every Tuesday at the Catholic Parish Center in Atlantic from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Join the Firehouse Flames for bingo every first Monday at the Memorial Building in Audubon. Doors open at 5:30 pm with a light lunch available, early bird bingo at 6:30 and regular bingo at 6:45 pm.

 The Atlantic Medical Center is offering influenza vaccines Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 11:00 am and from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 11:00 am.  No appointments are necessary.  They have flu vaccines in doses for all age groups, including the flu mist.  It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to provide full protection.

Myrtue Medical Center Public Health has scheduled several flu vaccination clinics to be held in Harlan at the Community Health building at 2712 12th Street.  Call 712-755-4422 or visit www.shelbycountyclinics.com.  Clinic will also be held in Irwin, Earling, Westphalia, Shelby, Avoca, Defiance, Panama, Portsmouth and Elk Horn.  Appointments are not needed for these clinics.

The Adair & Casey United Methodist Churches have opened the A-C Food Pantry in the Casey United Methodist Church. It is available to those living in the A-C Community School district the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Saturday of every month.

Divorce Care will be held at the Evangelical Free Church at 2:30 pm on Wednesdays with Treva Turpin. For more information call, 243-4738.

American Legion Post #43 meetings at the Armory at 7 pm. Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month.

HCCMS Family Planning is a program available for men and women of all ages, offering reproductive and other health services to help you get and stay healthy. They serve anyone requesting family planning services regardless of residency, household income or gender. In Cass County, your HCCMS office is located at Cass County Home Care, 1500 E 10th St., Atlantic, IA. For more information or to make an appointment call 712-243-7551 or 1-800-993-4345.

The last day the Atlantic Coca-Cola Center and Museum will be open for the season is November 30th. It will be closed starting December 1st until the spring. It will be available for groups during the winter by appointment only. Please contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce to make an appointment for your group, 712-243-3017.

Weight Watchers meeting will be held on Thursdays at 5:30 pm at the United Church of Christ on 16th St. in Atlantic.

TOPS – Take Off Pounds Sensibly a non profit weight loss support group meets every Thursday in the 1st Assembly of God Church (1913 E. 22nd). Weigh in from 5-5:30 pm with meeting from 6-6:30pm. For more information call Barb at 243-6222.

Support group for people with Parkinson’s disease and their family, caregivers or befrienders is held the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1-3 pm in the Commons room of Summerset Estates, the condos in the north end of the 3rd street in Fontanelle. For further directions or questions about this support group, call Lyle or LaVon at 641-745-4044.

Eagles Charity Bingo is every Wednesday night and is open to the public. Doors open at 4:30, early birds at 6:30 with regular games starting at 7 pm. The current charity is for Teigan Kinze, a 4 year old with many medical problems.

Parkinson’s Support Group will be held the 3rd Wednesday each month at 2 pm at the Heritage House in Atlantic.

The Atlantic Lions Club takes used eye glasses and hearing aids. You can drop them off at these Atlantic locations: Hy-Vee, W & S Appliance, Fareway, or any Lions Club member.

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CITY OF ATLANTIC YARD WASTE SITE DAYS SUMMER HOURS:

effective March 21st, 2015, the hours are as follows:

Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm

Tuesday: 12 pm to 8 pm

Thursday: 12 pm to 8 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm

*** The City of Atlantic reminds the citizens to bring ONLY trees,

branches, grass, garden waste, and/or leaves. ***

SHELBY COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLINICS:

Immunization Clinic for Children: April 1st  from 3 – 6 pm. NOW MUST PRE-REGISTER!! Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine Seventh Grade School Requirement: A new Iowa law requires a one-time booster dose of Tdap for students entering 7th grade. Students born on or after September 15, 2000 will need a Tdap booster if they have not received a vaccine containing pertussis since they were seven years old. We will be offering Immunization Clinic for 3 hours the first Wednesday of each month. Pre-register each child for an appointment at www.shelbycountyclinics.com or call 755-4422. Vaccines are free to children that qualify. An administration fee of $14 per client will be charged. If the client has Medicaid our office will bill Medicaid the fee. If you have insurance that pays for immunizations or hawk-i please call Myrtue Medical Clinic @ 712-755-5130 to make an appointment there.Immunizations offered are seasonal flu, DTaP (diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus), polio, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), Hib (haemophilus influenza type B), hepatitis B, hepatitis A, varicella (chicken pox), rotavirus, pneumococcal, meningococcal (meningitis), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis), and human papillomavirus (HPV, Gardasil) vaccines. In 2009, the FDA approved the use of Gardasilinmales. They recommend it to males and females age 9 – 26.Please bring the child’s previous vaccination records. No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome.
The Shelby County Public Health Nursing Department at Myrtue Medical Center is able to offer immunizations to infants and children through age18 that qualify under the Vaccine for Children (VFC) program guidelines. These free vaccines are offered to children with Medicaid coverage, children without any health insurance coverage, children of American Indian or Alaskan Native decent, or children with health insurance that does not cover any of the cost of routine immunizations.For Influenza vaccine please call the Community Health office at755-4422 for an appointment.

Family Planning:  One HCCMS Family Planning Clinic will be held in April. It is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  To schedule an appointment for family planning or women’s health services please call Rachel Birks at 712-755-4312. Family Planning services are also available without appointment every Tuesday afternoon between 1 and 5 p.m.

Lead Screening: Available at all Immunization clinics or at Public Health office by appointment for children 12 months to 6 years of age. Lead testing is recommended yearly for every child in this age group. Lead testing is required for Kindergarten entry. Childhood lead poisoning occurs when children are exposed to too much lead. Lead poisoning can be prevented. The only way to tell if your child has lead poisoning is to have a lead test.

Learning For Life program offers a home visitation program for families with children from prenatal through age 5. The curriculum used for home visits is the Parents as Teachers model and helps families prepare their children for learning and school entry. Assistance with proper car seats for children is also available.

Kid’s Korner is a program open to all families with children from prenatal through age 5 in Shelby County. Families earn points through a variety of healthy and developmental activities that can be used to shop in the store. Participation is free. Hours are Tuesdays 11:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays 1:30-4:30p.m. For more information contact Joan Kloewer at 712-755-4296.

Tobacco Cessation: Call Quitline Iowa at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8869). For more information on quitting smoking, call 755-4422.

FOR FUTHER INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS, CONTACT MYRTUE MEDICAL CENTER, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH AT 712-755-4422.

WIC CLINIC

West Central Community Action

WIC clinic is held at the Atlantic Head Start Center located 2 miles north of Atlantic on Olive Street.

Parking is limited to the north side of bldg under the Pine trees and use north door entry into the gym. 712-243-5421

All WIC clients must now have an appointment for either a nutrition talk or to certify in order to get checks. If client doesn’t have either, then need to call the Harlan WIC Office at 1-800-338-4129

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