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Farmers Market Vouchers for Seniors 2015

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Connections Area Agency has announced that the state is continuing the Farmers Market voucher program for older Iowans. With this program, seniors meeting income requirements can obtain vouchers that they can use at participating area Farmers Markets to buy $30.00 worth of fresh, locally grown produce. If you have questions about eligibility, please check with your local senior center. Applications for the vouchers will be available at your local senior center the week of June 1st.

Your completed application guarantees you a booklet, but there is a limited number, so contact your local senior center if you are interested in this program. Once you have a completed application, you can return to your local Senior Center to pick up your vouchers. Applications for Council Bluffs residents are now available at The Center, located at 714 S. Main Street.

The distribution date for Council Bluffs vouchers will be once again held at The Center on Monday, June 8th from 9am – noon. Again, your completed application guarantees you a booklet, so you may come at any time on June 8th to the Center to present your completed application and obtain your vouchers. Seniors (age 60 and older) in all other communities in Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie and Shelby counties will receive their vouchers through their local senior center.

Program Criteria:
• Must be at least 60 years of age or older
• Annual income must be less than
$21,775 Single
$29,471 Married
• Only one original application allowed per individual. No photocopies or duplicate applications allowed

Dates to Remember:
• Immediately: Applications will be available in Council Bluffs at The Center, 714 S. Main
• June 1, 2015: Applications and vouchers are available at all local Senior Centers outside of Council Bluffs.
• June 8, 2015: Council Bluffs Farmers’ Market voucher distribution at The Center, 714 S. Main from 9am – Noon for seniors with a completed application.

Labor day Weekend Campsite Reservations open Soon

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Just as one holiday ends, it is time to think about another. Campers hoping to reserve spots for the 2015 Labor Day weekend need to mark June 4 on their calendars, when reservations for a Friday arrival open. Sherry Arntzen with the DNR Parks Bureau, says “Even by June 4 some sites will already be reserved by campers arriving prior to the holiday weekend. “And electric sites always go quickly.”

For more information on Iowa’s state parks and to make a reservation, visit www.iowadnr.gov/parks

Iowa Residents Enjoy Free Fishing Days June 5-7

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa residents may fish without a license on June 5th, 6th and 7th, as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ free fishing weekend. Free fishing weekend is the first weekend in June each year. It allows Iowans an opportunity to try fishing without purchasing a license. All other regulations remain in place.

DNR staff will be at popular fishing spots across the state to help beginner anglers get started. They will assist with setting up fishing poles and distribute small kits with basic terminal tackle for panfishing along with tips and a few fun items. Hands-on fishing clinics are available to teach parents or kids the basics of fishing.

A list of fishing clinics, derbies, and other fun events co-sponsored by the DNR are available on the special events page. Log on to www.iowadnr.gov then click on Special Events Application System under the Event Calendar and Search for Events.

Anyone catching their first fish is encouraged to take a photo of it and send it in to receive the DNR’s first fish award. The DNR will commemorate the event with a certificate suitable for framing and the submitted photo. Information on the first fish program is available in the Iowa Fishing Regulations and online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/MasterAnglerFirstFish.aspx.

Lawmakers back at Capitol seeking compromise budget plan


May 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Legislative leaders are back in the Iowa Capitol trying to resolve their budget differences so they can adjourn for the year. After the holiday weekend, a handful of lawmakers reported for duty Tuesday. Leaders and some committee chairs were set to continue budget negotiations.

The Republican-led House and Democratic-majority Senate must determine an overall spending level and how much new money to provide to K-12 education. Democrats are seeking to spend more than Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat from Council Bluffs, says the two sides moved closer last week.

Rep. Chuck Soderberg, a Le Mars Republican who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says they were making progress and that it was a good sign that “all parties were at the table.”

Omaha officer killed in line of duty honored at her funeral


May 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco’s family had been planning last week to celebrate her daughter leaving the hospital three months after being born prematurely. Instead, Orozco’s family and thousands of other mourners attended her funeral Tuesday. Orozco was shot to death last Wednesday by a fugitive who was fatally wounded by another officer. Orozco was 29. She lived in Council Bluffs and was a native of nearby Walnut, Iowa.

The funeral began at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University with traditional hymns and a remembrance of Orozco’s baptism. Several thousand others – many of whom were officers – sat in Omaha’s downtown arena watching a video feed of the funeral. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Council Bluffs after an 8.5-mile-long procession.

Lorimor woman arrested for assault


May 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Monday of 18-year old Peyten Elizabeth Spencer, of Lorimor. Spencer was taken into custody just after 6-p.m. at her residence, on a charge of simple assault. She was later released from the Union County Jail on $300 bond.

2 persons arrested in connection with Taylor County death


May 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in southwest Iowa’s Taylor County report two people have been arrested in connection with a death that occurred in Bedford. According to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects, Charles Hall, of Chicago, IL., and 25-year old April Claire, of Bedford, were taken into custody Friday, on felony charges of Child Endangerment causing serious injury.

The identity of the victim has not been released, but unconfirmed reports indicate the victim was a baby. The investigation is being conducted by the Taylor County Sheriff’s office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

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May 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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A Menu Change in Childhood Could Help Prevent Food Allergies


May 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa – The food choices of some new parents across Iowa and the nation are changing, as those meal decisions could impact whether their child develops a food allergy. For years health professionals suggested that parents withhold allergenic foods until one-year of age, but emerging research suggests that may be counterproductive.

Dana Morris, regional development director for the Midwest with the group Food Allergy Research and Education, cites a study published earlier this year in The New England Journal of Medicine. “Instead of withholding peanuts, which usually is the common practice, they’re suggesting that you actually give it to your infant, especially if there’s known allergies,” she points out. “So I think that the directive is starting to come down through the pediatricians, and of course, it’s, ‘talk to your pediatrician first,’ before all those decisions are made.”

The study of more than 600 children considered at high risk found that only 3 percent of those children who regularly consumed peanuts had a peanut allergy at age 5, compared to 17 percent of those children who avoided peanuts completely.

Overall, it’s estimated that about 8 percent of children have food allergies, and while some will outgrow their sensitivities, Morris notes that there is also a growing trend of adult-onset food allergies. “So we tell people, anybody can develop a food allergy at anytime,” she stresses. “Personally, myself, I developed them when I was 25 and I didn’t have any food allergies.” Morris adds the most common food allergens are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish, wheat and other grains with gluten.

(Iowa News Service)

Creston P-D report: 4 arrests, 3 incidents


May 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston have released a report detailing four arrests and three incidents. Officials say 35-year old Nicholas Arthur Hardisty, of Orient, was arrested Monday night in the Manor Drive parking lot, on charges of Driving While Suspended, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Hardisty was being held in the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond. That same evening, 29-year old Anna Rebecca Rufenacht, of Creston, was arrested for OWI/1st offense and Neglect of a Child. Her bond was set at $2,000.

On Saturday, Creston Police arrested 30-year old Mitchell Kenneth Venteicher, of Jefferson, for Driving While Barred, and Possession of Methamphetamine. His bond was set at $2,000. And, last Friday, 24-year old Jacob William Anderson, of Creston, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. He was cited and released on a promise to appear later, in court.

Creston Police said also, a resident at 600 S. Pine Street reported someone entered a house he is working on at 508 N. Walnut, and stole copper pipe and wiring, valued at $50. The theft took place sometime between April 15th and May 20th. A resident at 302 N. Division Street reported the back window of her 2003 Hyundai was broken out, while the car was parked at her residence. The loss was estimated at $150. The incident took place sometime between 10-p.m. May 22nd and 9:35-a.m. May 23rd. And, a resident of 208 S. Pine Street in Creston reported to police his Snapper lawnmower with bagger was stolen from his residence sometime between 10-p.m. May 24th and 11-a.m. May 25th. The loss was estimated at $300.