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A group of American Red Cross members from Iowa are preparing to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tammie Pech, with the Sioux City office of the American Red Cross says they are send five emergency response vehicles east. “We’ve got 10 volunteers on those five trucks and we also have another group of volunteers that are helping out in a leadership fashion…so currently we have 14 of the Iowa volunteers over there and many on standby to obviously go in as soon as the airports reopen and we can assess where the need is the greatest,” Pech says.
She says the Red Cross members will be scattered all over the eastern part of the country.
“We will be all up and down the eastern seaboard at this time, obviously New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Viginia …Baltimore, Maryland, I know we had a crew going there. There’s just going to be a lot of areas where people are going to be in need,” Pech says. If you want to help out, Pech says the best way is to make a donation to the Red Cross effort.
“A financial donation goes so far, just two dollars will provide snacks to kids who are in the shelters. Ten dollars provides a warm hot meal to shelter residents as they are waiting out the storm or until they get power restored to their homes. A financial donation is the best way to do that,” Pech explains. “They can do that by going to Red-Cross-dot-org (www.RedCross.org), texting the word ‘Red Cross’ to nine-zero-nine-nine-nine (9099) or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Just be aware that the 1-800-RedCross is also our emergency line, so that may be tied up right now.” Reports say as many as 17 people have died in the storm.
Sheriff’s officials in Mills County say a Pottawattamie County man was arrested Monday afternoon. 37-year old Terry Warren Haffner, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody at the Mills County Sheriff’s Office, on a Pott. County warrant for Domestic Abuse. His bond was set at $300.
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The Mills County Sheriff’s office reports a Pottawattamie County man was injured during a single-vehicle rollover accident Monday morning, about a mile north of Glenwood. 52-year old Eric Parsons, of Council Bluffs, was transported by Glenwood Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, after the 1988 Honda he was driving crashed at around 10:45-a.m.
Parsons was traveling south on 221st Street when his vehicle went off the road to the right. When he over corrected, his actions caused the vehicle to cross the center line of the road and exit to the right, where it hit a large pine tree at 56325 221st Street, and rolled onto its driver’s side.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports a Hastings woman was injured this (Tuesday) morning, during an accident one-mile north of Silver City. 26-year old Sheena Winchel was transported to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs following the crash, which happened at around 12:30-a.m., on 287th Street.
Officials say Winchel was traveling south on 287th, about one-half mile north of Cary Avenue, when the 2001 Dodge van she was driving crossed into the northbound lane and then onto the east shoulder for about 110-feet. When Winchel over corrected, the van went out of control and skidded 43-feet into the west embankment before it stood on-end, and came to rest facing north, without having rolled over.
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) will launch a web-based tool November 1 designed to help Iowans who have chosen to quit smoking. “Web Coach” is an interactive online program that provides each participant with a personalized experience. The Web Coach focuses on four essential practices to enable smokers to quit for life:
Each of those practice areas will include articles, videos, e-lessons and interactive worksheets to help participants successfully quit tobacco. Progress toward that goal includes a spending calculator, to help a participant compare the cost of tobacco vs. the cost of medication; a tobacco usage tracker, which allows a participant to track when and where they smoke to identify patterns and triggers; and discussion forums and online groups for more personalized social support. After quitting, participants can track how long they’ve been tobacco-free and see how much money they’ve saved and time that has been added back to their daily life since quitting tobacco.
In 2011, approximately 2,800 Iowa deaths were directly attributable to tobacco use. Another 1,600 deaths were identified as likely being due to tobacco use. Estimated annual health care costs in Iowa directly related to tobacco use now total $1 billion. For more information about Web Coach, visit www.quitlineiowa.org.
Farmers interested in learning about the benefits of raising cattle under roof are invited to attend an open house at the David Rydberg farm on Thursday, November 15 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Rydberg farm is located at 1448 I Ave, Essex, Iowa. The event is open to the public and a complimentary lunch will be provided. (Note: If you are unable to attend at this time, David welcomes you to stop by anytime that afternoon.) The event is sponsored by the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF), Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Summit Livestock Facilities and the Page County Cattlemen.
The open house will highlight how modern livestock buildings enhance animal care and safeguard the environment while showcasing the economic development new livestock farms create. For example, the Rydberg’s open house will feature a new deep-bedded monoslope cattle barn that provides the cattle with shade in the summer and protection from the cold in the winter.
The Rydberg family will offer tours of the new facility, explain how livestock is raised and demonstrate the latest technology used in cattle feeding. Experts from CSIF will also be available to provide insight into interpreting rules and regulations impacting animal agriculture, enhancing relationships with neighbors and choosing good locations for new barns and feedlots. CSIF assistance is available to farm families at no charge.
CSIF is a non-profit organization that assists livestock farmers who want help interpreting rules and regulations, guidance on good site locations for barns, counsel on enhancing neighbor relations and tips on how to protect the environment at no cost. This positive, solutions-based approach to helping livestock farmers grow is a collaborative effort involving the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and the Midwest Dairy Association. For more information, call 1-800-932-2436 or visit www.supportfarmers.com.