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4 simple ways to extend the life of your vehicle

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Automobiles are significant investments. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average transaction price for light vehicles was $34,968 in January 2017, marking a 3 percent increase from just a year earlier.

The decision to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a new vehicle is not one consumers should take lightly. Once drivers purchase their new vehicles, they can protect their investments and get greater returns on those investments by prioritizing maintenance and taking simple yet effective steps to extend the lives of their cars and trucks.

1. Drive defensively.
Aggressive driving is dangerous and can have adverse effects on a vehicle. When driving, always obey posted speed limits and avoid accelerating and decelerating quickly. Such a style of driving can strain vehicle engines and drive trains while negatively affecting fuel efficiency and wearing down brakes, states the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence.

2. Maintain a clean vehicle.
Car washes do more than just clean a vehicle. Routine washing and waxing can remove dirt that, if left on a vehicle, can gradually scratch paint and contribute to chips and rust. Over time, rust can affect vehicle performance and may even compromise the safety of drivers and their passengers if bad enough frame rust affects structural integrity. Routine washing also can remove road salt from vehicles. Salt can build up during winter when roads are routinely treated during and after snowstorms. Road salt can be extremely corrosive and, if left unremoved from a vehicle, can contribute to rust that ultimately can cause extensive damage to a vehicle.

3. Routinely check tire pressure.
Many of today's new vehicles alert drivers when tire pressure is low. Drivers should not ignore such warnings, as low tire pressure can affect engine performance by forcing it to work harder than should be necessary. Engines that are forced to work harder than they need to likely won't last as long as those that run efficiently. Low tire pressure also negatively affects fuel efficiency, potentially costing drivers substantial amounts of money over time. Drivers of older vehicles without tire pressure alerts should routinely check tire pressure and keep tires adequately inflated. Vehicles that are slow to accelerate from resting positions may not have enough air in their tires.

4. Adhere to maintenance guidelines.
Drivers may have heard that today's vehicles were built to go longer periods of time between oil changes and tuneups than the vehicles of yesteryear. But drivers should still adhere to manufacturer-recommended maintenance guidelines. Upon buying new vehicles, drivers should read their owners' manuals to determine recommended maintenance intervals, and stick to those intervals for as long as they have their vehicles.

Cognizant of the sizable investments they're making when buying new vehicles, many drivers want to get as many miles out of their vehicles as possible. Simple maintenance and safe driving habits can go a long way toward keeping vehicles on the road for years to come.


The Grand Opera House Presents: Madagascar – A Musical Adventure Jr.!

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Friday, August 17 7:30pm
Saturday, August 18 2:00pm
Saturday, August 18 7:30pm
Sunday, August 19 2:00pm

What do you get when you combine a Hypochondriac Giraffe, a Hip Hippo, a Crack-a-lackin' Zebra and a Fame Focused Lion, then add in some of the most talented 2nd through 8th graders in the Tri-States? MADAGASCAR - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. at the Grand! Based on the smash hit Dreamworks animated film, this show is sure to be fun for the whole family! Featuring all of your favorite characters from the movie - live on stage at the Grand. Don't miss out on the crazy antics of Skipper, Private, Kowalski, Rico and all the Penguins as they attempt to escape the Central Park Zoo and head back to Antarctica where they belong. Or, if King Julien is your favorite character, you won't want to miss this fast-talking king of the lemurs "Move it! Move it!".

On Marty the Zebra's 10th birthday he makes a wish to go back to the wild - little does he know that his wish is about to come true. After a thwarted escape attempt Marty finds himself, along with his 3 best friends - Gloria the Hippo, Melman the Giraffe, and Alex the Lion on a ship headed for Africa. When the rogue penguins take over the ship a hard turn Southward sends the 4 friends overboard and lands them on the beach in Madagascar. Mistaking the island for their new Zoo home, they set out to find the Zoo Keepers and instead find the local lemur population - led by the rowdy but lovable King Julien and his solemn side-kick Maurice. Realizing that the island is not, in fact, a new Zoo the 4 pals settle in to wait for the boat to come back for them. But what happens when you put a lion in the middle of a group of plant eating party animals? Alex the Lion finds himself banished from the group and it is up to Marty the Zebra to rescue him from his carnivorous ways when the boat comes back for them.

Madagascar- A Musical Adventure Jr. marks the 3rd production in the Grand's newly revived Youth Summer Musical Program. Featuring opportunities for 50 young people from around the tri-states to perform in a professional setting each summer. The Grand is excited to be able to offer this option to the young people in our area to get involved in the arts.

Tickets for Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr. are $15 for Adults and $10 for children under 18 and can be purchased in person at the Box Office located at 135 W. 8th Street in Dubuque, or by calling (563) 588-1305. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from Noon until 4:00pm. Tickets can also be purchased on our website at

Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr.
Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture
Book by Kevin Del Aguila
Original Music and Lyrics by
George Noriega & Joel Someillan

Directed by Michelle Blanchard
Musical Direction by Tom Taylor
Choreography by Garrick Johnson II


American Advertising Federation Dubuque hosts public service project

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AAF Dubuque's annual public service initiative benefiting a local non-profit is one of the organization's signature projects. The program allows AAF Dubuque to select a non-profit partner to help make the most of its limited budget via expert advice, creative development, and media planning.

AAF Dubuque seeks to partner with a non-profit organization to develop and/or distribute a campaign to promote that organization's current initiatives – fundraising, awareness, volunteer recruitment, event promotion, etc. Campaign assistance may include tasks such as logo development, print and advertising design, media planning, copywriting and/or web development.

To qualify for consideration an organization must:

• Be a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

• Have some marketing budget that can be allocated to the program

• Demonstrate need for marketing assistance to reach measurable goal

• Be willing to work collaboratively with AAF Dubuque volunteers

• Apply by the deadline: Friday, August 24, 2017

Applications are available at

About AAF Dubuque
AAF Dubuque is the local charter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), an acclaimed national organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the well-being of advertising. Members come from various industries with skills that make them Dubuque's top advertising, creative, media, public relations and marketing professionals.


Safety measures for teen drivers

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Young adults gain independence through a series of milestones throughout their youth. But few such milestones are more anxiously anticipated than the day when teenagers earn their drivers' licenses. 

For teenagers, drivers' licenses mean the difference between being at the mercy of adults for transportation and being able to set off on their own. Even though a license to drive indicates a teen has passed the written and road tests necessary to drive without adults present, newly minted licensed drivers may still not be ready to drive without supervision. In fact, statistics indicate that teenagers may benefit from a little extra instruction and guidance before they're given the keys to the family car.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teens. According to State Farm, young Canadians represent only 13 percent of the licensed driving population, but account for approximately 20 percent of the motor vehicle-related deaths and injuries across the country. The highest per-driver and per-distance fatality rates are found among drivers between the ages of 16 and 19. According to Geico, one in five 16-year-old drivers has an accident in their first year of driving.

Teenagers who want to drive and stay safe on the road can employ these safety tips.

• Keep an open attitude. Consider increasing road time under the instruction of an adult and learn from their guidance. Ask for help if there is a driving skill you haven't mastered, such as merging onto a busy highway or parallel parking.

• Limit other teen passengers. The CDC says the presence of teen passengers increases unsupervised teen drivers' crash risk. Until you are secure behind the wheel, avoid the temptation to give a bunch of friends a ride.

• Stick to daylight driving. Geico says the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater at night for every mile driven. Reduced visibility and reaction time can contribute to crashes. Gain ample experience driving during daytime hours and make sure you are completely comfortable behind the wheel before setting out at night.

• Practice in all conditions. Safe driving involves making smart decisions even when driving conditions are poor. With an adult in the passenger seat, practice driving in inclement weather, only venturing out in such conditions on your own when you feel ready to do so.

• Turn your phone off. Smartphones put all motorists at risk of accident. In the time it takes drivers to look at incoming texts, they may have driven several hundred feet without their eyes on the road. Make it a policy to turn smartphones off while driving.

• Slow down. Speed is a common factor in automotive crashes involving teens. Follow posted speed limits at all times.

• Drive unimpaired. Do not take drugs or consume alcohol or other substances that impair your ability to drive.

Teens can stay safe behind the wheel by playing it smart.


Seniors becoming more tech-savvy

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Technology is the future, and digital communication has opened many doors for people around the world. Although younger generations have grown up with technology at their fingers, Baby Boomers and older adults did not. But in spite of that, studies show that growing numbers of seniors are open to the idea of technology and even seeking ways to further their use and knowledge.

According to a 2014 study by Pew Research Center, 59 percent of seniors regularly use the internet - a 6 percent increase from the previous study conducted in 2012. Today, 67 percent of adults age 65 and older say they go online.

Pew also says that, although seniors consistently have lower rates of technology adoption than the general public, four in 10 seniors now own smartphones, which is more than double the amount that did in 2013. Seniors in Australia are especially tech savvy, as Deloitte's mobile consumer survey found 78 percent of Australian seniors aged 65 to 75 own a smartphone, up from 69 percent in 2016.

While stereotypes have long painted seniors as technologically inept, seniors are actually more socially and digitally engaged than ever before. Seniors use technology in many different ways. Some use mobile apps to manage medications and doctor's appointments and monitor their fitness regimens.

Some families employ 24/7 alert systems or smarthome technology to keep seniors comfortable and safe at home for as long as possible. Noninvasive, "smart" technology can analyze factors such as whether or not doors are left open, if there has been movement in a home, or whether appliances/lights are on or off. This represents a great way for families to stay informed and provide assistance even if they are not nearby.

SilverSurfers, a senior-based information website, says other tech that seniors are embracing includes online dating; audio and digital books; online shopping, which is especially valuable to seniors who have mobility issues; and social media, which can keep seniors connected to others and feeling less lonely. 

A study conducted by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco found 18 percent of American seniors live alone, and 43 percent report feeling lonely on a regular basis. Loneliness can increase death risk. Social media and internet connectivity can be an important tool in helping seniors feel like active members of society.

Technology is no longer just for teenagers or active workers. Seniors are increasingly embracing technology and becoming a fast-growing demographic for tech usage.


Stay safe when caught outdoors

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When storms roll in, they might bring along high winds, thunder and lightning and drops in temperature. Many people ride out storms indoors, but some may find themselves suddenly caught in a storm and not know what to do.

For the unprepared, the potential for injury is significant. So it's important to routinely brush up on surviving a storm when caught in one outdoors.

Lightning can pose a significant threat. Real Clear Science says the average bolt of lightning, striking from cloud to ground, carries roughly one billion joules of energy, 300 million volts and 30,000 amps. Lightning also generates temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun. According to data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in North America, Florida, Texas and Colorado had the highest number of lightning-related fatalities between 2005 and 2014. Environment Canada says that roughly 10 people die in Canada each year because of lightning.

Finding shelter when lightning strikes is ideal but not always possible. If you cannot get indoors, the next best thing is to stay low to the ground. Lightning tends to strike the tallest items around. Therefore, staying put in a ditch or depression in the ground can protect you against a possible lightning strike.

NOAA says to stay away from tall, isolated trees, which can become lightning rods. The same can be said for seeking shelter under a tent or pavillion, as these structures are often metal and can conduct the lightning.
Cars can be a somewhat safe spot if there is nothing else available. The metal shell of the car will disperse the lightning to the ground, offers AccuWeather.

The National Weather Service says groups caught outside during lightning storms should spread out to avoid the current traveling between group members. Also, remember that, while water will not attract lightning, it can conduct and spread the charge, so avoid bodies of water and wet areas.

High winds also pose a safety risk. These winds may accompany thunderstorms, tornados or hurricanes. For those who are caught outside in high winds, The Weather Channel advises taking cover next to a building or under a secure shelter.

Wind can easily bring down trees, branches, and power lines. It also may blow around outdoor furniture and other heavy items. FEMA says to stay away from balconies or elevated areas to avoid falling objects. Avoid roadways and train tracks when on foot, as gusts can blow people into the path of oncoming vehicles.

Electrocution from downed power lines is a potential side effect of high winds. Avoid anything that might be touching power lines.

Being indoors during severe weather is ideal but not always possible when a storm arrives unexpectedly. Knowing how to behave in these emergency situations can prevent injury and even death.


6 things to know about pitching a tent

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Camping provides the perfect opportunity to get in touch with nature and disconnect from the daily grind. Camping is a timeless tradition forged by cooking over portable stoves, foregoing indoor plumbing and sleeping under the stars.

A 2015 survey from Kampgrounds of America (KOA) said camping attracts people looking for an opportunity to explore the many wonders of the environment. The great outdoors affords people an opportunity to recharge in the peace and quiet of natural surroundings.

Results from the 2017 North American Camping Report found an increasing number of people say they plan to camp more, and camping is helping to add more balance to a person's life. Currently, 75 million households in the United States include active campers. Households in western Canada are likely to go camping, and data from Statistics Canada points out that camping rates increase with income.

Although there are many ways to camp, tents are often key components of camping trips. Learning to pitch a tent correctly is an important part of successful camping. Here's how to become a tent-pitching pro.

1. Purchase a freestanding tent. While there are many variations to tent designs and ultralight backpackers may prefer a tarp or another non-freestanding device, tents that are able to stand on their own are easier to set up. Many tent designs have two poles and fabric that creates a dome shape and are relatively easy and straightforward to set up in just a few minutes.

2. Practice at home. Before arriving at the campsite, learn to recognize the parts and instructions for your particular tent. Make sure all equipment is present and in working order.

3. Buy a footprint. Many tent floors are sturdy, but campers can always use a little extra protection against the ground. Footprints are essentially a tarp that fits underneath the floor of the tent as an extra layer of protection, advises REI. They should be slightly smaller than the area of the tent.

4. Scope out the tent location. Avoid sites littered with sticks, stones, roots, or branches. Stay away from low-lying areas that may get soggy in rain storms. Look for natural windbreaks, and place the tent so the side that has the strongest pole structure is facing the wind.

5. Make it a team effort. Enlist a helper or two to set up the tent. Ensure all zippers are closed when erecting the tent. Try to push poles through openings instead of pulling on them. Allow for some wiggle room when extending the poles. Guylines should follow the seams of the tent where possible, and lines should be pegged down back to front. Guylines help keep tents sturdy and also keep a rainfly away from the tent body to minimize leakage, according to the Appalachian Mountain Club. 

6. Use daylight to your advantage. Set up the tent while it is light outside, and outfit it with anything that will be needed in the middle of the night, such as a lantern and other gear.

Camping is easier when people can erect a tent swiftly and accurately.


Enjoy more time outdoors with easy tricks

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In centuries past, humans spent much of their time in nature, hunting, foraging and living life without the comforts of extensive shelters. Fast-forward several centuries, and the tables have turned dramatically. 

The Environmental Protection Agency says the average person spends 93 percent of his life indoors, with 87 percent of the time inside of a building, and the remaining 6 percent in an automobile. These shocking results indicate that the equivalent of just one half of one day per week is spent outdoors. And people may be paying a price for spending so much time indoors.

There's various reasons to believe that being outdoors can be good for a person's health. The National Institutes of Health and Harvard Medical School say that, in addition to providing physical benefits, simply spending time in nature in any form can improve mental outlook, boost creativity, elevate mood due to natural light, improve concentration, and reduce stress. A study from the St. Louis University School of Medicine also said that spending time outdoors can help a person sleep better. That's because natural sunlight can set the body's internal clock.

Despite all of the benefits of getting outside, many people find it challenging to do so thanks to their busy schedules. The following are a few ways to increase time in the outdoors that do not require major commitments.

• Bike or walk to work. For those who live close to their offices, walking or cycling to work is a simple way to spend more time outdoors. People who take public transportation can get off the train or bus a few stops early to get some exercise and breathe some fresh air.

• Lunch outside. Take your lunch hour outdoors rather than in an indoor cafeteria or restaurant. Office workers are urged to go to a park or green space to give their brains a rest from urban stimuli. Lunch is the ideal time to do just that.

• Invest in a screen room at home. A screened-in porch, lanai or other space can bridge the indoors to outside and serve as a restful place to enjoy some fresh air while being protected from insects and inclement weather.

• Set strict "no device" times. Schedule a time when devices are disconnected and the entire family enjoys some recreation outdoors. Let kids get back to the basics of bike riding, skating, playing pick-up sports games outside with friends, and all of the activities parents enjoyed as youths.

• Dine al fresco. Opt for outdoor seating at a favorite restaurant. This will provide an hour or more to take in the sights and breathe some fresh air while enjoying a meal.

• Meet friends at outdoor places. When engaging in recreational activities, plan them at outdoor venues, such as parks, beaches, town centers, boardwalks, and other areas where everyone can have fun and still be outside.

Fresh air, sunshine and time spent in nature are good for the mind and body. People concerned that they're spending too much time indoors should seek ways to spend more time outside whenever possible.


BRYAN ANTHONY’S CELEBRATING SINATRA with the Hunter Fuerste Orchestra is coming to the Grand Opera House

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The Dubuque Arts Council kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration with famed big band vocalist Bryan Anthony's Celebrating Sinatra - His Life in Music at The Grand Opera House in Dubuque on New Year's Eve, December 31 from 8pm-10pm. Bryan will perform in concert with the Hunter Fuerste Orchestra.

Tickets are $35 and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at the Grand Opera House box office,, or charged at 563-588-1305.

Bryan Anthony and Hunter Fuerste bring the legacy of the one and only Frank Sinatra alive with this immensely satisfying and sweetly nostalgic performance. Bryan is a veteran vocalist of ensembles like the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Nelson Riddle Orchestras, with Hunter Fuerste having played with Guy Lombardo-Mr. New Year's Eve, himself-while watching the ball drop in Times Square. This collective homage to Old Blue Eyes takes contemporary audiences back to the Swing Era in style.
After launching his career as a vocalist with extensive touring across the globe with various big band orchestras, Bryan was featured in the off-Broadway production of Our Sinatra, a celebration of the legendary Frank Sinatra. Bryan's fondness and respect for the Great Gentlemen of Song has led to this development of extensive repertoire that provides stunning homages without resorting to impressions.

The Celebrating Sinatra concert is the first of several special events planned to celebrate the Dubuque Arts Council's 50th Anniversary in 2019. The Dubuque Arts Council's "Educating and Entertaining" mission is to provide diverse, multi-disciplinary, artistic and educational opportunities to expand cultural horizons and improve the quality of life. In addition to the Artist-in-Residence program, which brings live performance residences to the tri-state area schools, every summer the Dubuque Arts Council, along with the support of corporate sponsors, presents "Music in the Gardens," a series of seven free summer concerts held at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.


The Grand Opera House Announces Auditions for Nunsense

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The Grand Opera House will present Nunsense, Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin.

Performances are October 5, 6, 12, & 13, 2018 at 7:30pm and October 7 & 14 at 2:00pm.

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are back at the Grand in the original Nunsense for the first time in over 25 years! The antics begin when their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth-grade production of "Grease." Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

"Nunsense" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Director/Choreographer: Cindy Caraway
Music Director: Terry Dillon

3:00-5:00pm Saturday, August 4, 2018
6:30-8:30pm Sunday, August 5, 2018
6:30-8:30pm Tuesday, August 7, 2018 (Callbacks, if needed location TBD)

Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand's Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228. Please enter through the alley entrance located between Locust and Main. When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor. The rooms are right at the top of the stairs.

Seeking Actors, Singers and Dancers to Play:

A feisty overweight Sophie Tucker-type who can't resist the spotlight.

The second in command, she is always competing with the Mother Superior.

SISTER ROBERT ANNE: Female, Mid 30's (Range: G3-D5)
A streetwise character from Brooklyn - A constant source of aggravation for the Mother Superior.

SISTER MARY AMNESIA: Female, Late 30's (Range: Db4-C6)
This nun lost her memory after a crucifix fell on her head. She is very sweet.

SISTER MARY LEO: Female, Teens to Mid 30's (Range: G#3-G5)
The novice, who has entered the convent with the firm desire to become the first nun ballerina.

Actors wishing to audition but are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition time should call the Grand Opera House business office at 563-588-4356 to give an approximate arrival time.

Alternate arrangements will be made for individuals who are unable to attend auditions. Please arrange an alternative audition date with the director or submit an audition video to the director's email:

Full Company rehearsals will begin August 27th, however, early rehearsals will begin August 13th in order to prepare a number from the show to be performed at the Grand Extravaganza on August 25th and 26th. Availability for the Extravaganza is not mandatory for casting.

Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between August 13 and September 30. Availability for evening dress/technical rehearsals October 1-4 and all performances is mandatory. Rehearsals will typically run from 7:00-9:30pm weeknights with some weekend rehearsals if needed.

Actors should prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre selection in the style of the show that best shows their vocal range. Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided. Actors will be asked to read non-character specific scenes from the script. All auditioning should be prepared to participate in a dance/movement audition.


Preparing for large-scale emergencies

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It is impossible to predict what the future will bring, but a growing number of people are focused on safeguarding their futures by preparing for catastrophic emergencies. Perhaps in reaction to terror-related attacks across the globe, the rise in devastating storms, and domestic and international social unrest, survivalism has gained a foothold in many households.

Survivalism is a movement of individuals or groups who are actively readying themselves for self-reliance in the event of an emergency that may stifle social or political order - or bring about other negative factors. Members of this movement have been called survivalists or "preppers." The American Preppers Network defines a prepper as a person who takes personal responsibility for an impending disaster or emergency, typically by stockpiling food, water and other supplies. Although the extent to which preppers prepare for the possibilities of survival during difficult times varies from mild to the extreme, for many it has become a part of their daily lives.

There are countless reasons why people prep. These may include having resources should a grocery store or another retailer run out of supplies if a disaster occurs. Individuals need only take a look at the recent hurricanes that took place, in Houston, Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico to see how quickly food, water and other resources can be diminished. Prepping enables individuals to ride out such storms in the event that disaster aid or other assistance does not arrive fast enough.

Preppers practice certain strategies for dealing with pandemic illnesses, weather emergencies such as earthquakes or hurricanes, or nefarious undertakings, such as attacks by hackers on power grids or communications networks.

Various groups and resources list their top picks for supplies to stockpile. The following are guidelines culled from The Prepper Journal, Happy Preppers and The Survivalist Blog.

• Water filtration devices, including portable filters, bleach or purification tabs, keep water safe to drink. Be sure to have 5-gallon water jugs to store the water and transport it.

• Rice, beans, honey, canned vegetables, canned fruits, and canned meats have long shelf lives. Retailers offer prepared, freeze-dried foods that can be a good form of sustenance.

• Lighters and fire starters are handy. Should a power outage occur, an old-fashioned fire may be the best way to stay warm. Keeping seasoned wood and tinder also is helpful.

• Medications, such as fever reducers, antihistamines and more, can be lifesavers. A fully stocked first-aid kit also is essential.

• Flashlights and extra batteries provide illumination in the event of a long-term power outage.

These are just a few of the many items people can keep on hand to be prepared for any number of emergency situations.


AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Receives Federal, State Funding for FY 2018-2019

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The AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program, sponsored by the City of Dubuque, has been approved to receive $516,514 in federal AmeriCorps funding from Volunteer Iowa and the Corporation for National and Community Service to support Dubuque's Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Additionally, AmeriCorps Partners in Learning was approved for state AmeriCorps funding from Volunteer Iowa for two smaller grants: $49,344 for a summer grant and $35,331 for a planning grant.

AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds to meet critical needs of communities across the country. Here in Dubuque, AmeriCorps Partners in Learning supports Dubuque's Campaign for Grade Level Reading with school year and summer tutoring programs, teen programming through a summer mentoring program, and a new planning grant for program expansion into health, wellness, and nature programming.

During the 2018-19 school year, 38 AmeriCorps members will tutor K-3rd grade struggling readers at the Dubuque Community School District elementary schools. Members are trained on specific reading interventions and work closely with the elementary schools to improve students' reading scores from the fall to spring.

During the 2019 summer, 40 AmeriCorps members will support summer programs. Thirty AmeriCorps members will support summer learning programs including: St. Mark Youth Enrichment; Carnegie-Stout Public Library; City of Dubuque Leisure Services; Dubuque Dream Center, and the Dubuque Community School District. Ten AmeriCorps members will support teen mentoring programs through the Multicultural Family Center and the City's Leisure Services Department. AmeriCorps members also support community-wide events like Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Music in the Park, and many more!

During fiscal year 2018-2019, AmeriCorps Partners in Learning will be looking for ways to expand its outreach into new areas including: health, wellness, and nature programming. During the expansion process, program staff will meet with community agencies and work to develop new program opportunities to utilize AmeriCorps members within our community.

Interested in making our community better? Join AmeriCorps today! We're now recruiting for the 2018-2019 school year. Members must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma. Members earn a living allowance and an education award. Members who are 55 or older when they begin their service may transfer their education award to a child, grandchild, or foster child.

Anyone interested in receiving more information or to learn about joining AmeriCorps, please contact Heather Satterly, AmeriCorps Director, at 563.584.8644 or Online applications can be found at


Eudaley-Loebach Named Transit Manager of the Year

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City of Dubuque Director of Transportation Services Candace Eudaley-Loebach was awarded "Transit Manager of the Year" by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) at an annual awards banquet co-sponsored by the Iowa Public Transit Association and the Iowa DOT. Eudaley-Loebach has managed Dubuque's public transit system since 2013.

Each year at the Iowa Public Transit Association Conference and Annual Meeting, the Iowa DOT recognizes one regional transit system and one urban transit system for the ratio of change in ridership compared to the change in operating costs. Iowa DOT also recognized an individual transit manager for contributions to the improvement of public transit in Iowa. Transit systems from Bettendorf, Davenport, and Dubuque were honored for their accomplishments during the 2017 fiscal year.

According to Iowa DOT Transit Programs Administrator Ryan Ward, "Candace has a great vision for the future of public transit in the city of Dubuque and the state of Iowa. She is always accurate and consistent regarding reporting, statistics, and deadlines. In her tenure as The Jule's transit director, she has led several projects to construct modern and efficient transportation facilities that not only aid the riders of The Jule and the Burlington Trailways and Lamers intercity bus services, but also improve the look and functionality of downtown Dubuque."

Dubuque's Jule Transit provides a safe, timely, and comfortable mode of transportation for citizens to and from their destinations. The Jule offers standard bus routes throughout the community and door-to-door transportation service for elderly and disabled passengers.

For more information on The Jule, visit or call (563) 589-4196.


Stonehill Franciscan Services Dedicates the New San Damiano Chapel & Altar

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Stonehill Franciscan Services has long needed a renovated Chapel to serve residents, staff, and families. The former Chapel could only seat approximately 60 people and was often overflowing, the new San Damiano Chapel seats at least 160 comfortably. Many residents who call Stonehill home are anxious to celebrate their spirituality!

Now those prayers have come true thanks to the generosity of many donors. The Altar in the new San Damiano Chapel was dedicated on June 7, 2018 in a special Mass with presider Father John Haugen and Deacon Bill Mauss.

As beautiful sunlight streamed through the windows of the new Chapel, over 200 residents, staff, and special guests gathered to celebrate this momentous occasion. Music was provided by the Sisters of St. Francis, who are the original founders of Stonehill Franciscan Services. Many guests commented how needed the new space was and others remarked that they had never had the opportunity to see a Chapel or an Altar dedicated. Smiles could be seen on everyone's faces and some even shed a few tears of joy.

The newly renovated Chapel features expanded seating, improved sightlines and acoustics, and will provide equipment so that Mass may be broadcast to resident rooms for those who are too ill to attend Mass or who choose to record it and watch it later.

Crucifixion Scene in the Stonehill San Damiano Chapel:

The Chapel crucifix flanked by the Blessed Mother and St. John the Beloved have a significant history as well as connection to the Franciscans, who founded Stonehill. From Oberammergau, Germany, the Crucifixion Scene dates by to 1922, where they were originally atop the High Altar in Saint Mary Church, in Waterloo, Iowa. The parish was staffed by Franciscan Fathers of the St. Louis Province, and the large grade and high schools were staffed by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Family, Dubuque, IA. After the parish closed in 2002, Fr. John Haugen acquired the scene and had them restored and a new cross fashioned for the corpus. They were presented to Stonehill for the San Damiano Chapel in 2018. Stonehill is very forever grateful to Fr. Haugen for this wonderful gift.

This renovation was made possible by the generosity of many supporters who gave over $707,000 to the project. This was the first step in the Stonehill Initiative 2025, a plan to bring many renovations and additional services to the Stonehill campus by 2025. To date an additional $225,000 has been raised for the next phase to renovate the 2nd floor of the Stonehill Health Center.

People interested in helping this initiative may make donations online at or call to speak with Executive Director of Development Amy Schauer at 563-690-9623.

Stonehill would like to thank everyone who supported this project including all donors, staff, and residents; the Archdiocese of Dubuque, the Sisters of St. Francis, and the Chapel Planning Committee. Stonehill also sends gratitude to all the workers who completed the construction of the Chapel.

The mission of Stonehill Franciscan Services
The mission of Stonehill is to in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi provide a continuum of quality lifetime care services in a dignified atmosphere. The core values are compassion, hospitality, reverence, and stewardship. Stonehill Franciscan Services was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis and opened its doors in 1978. Stonehill offers a full continuum of services including independent and assisted living, memory care, post-acute rehab, long term care, in-patient and out-patient therapy, and a state-of-the-art wellness center open to the public. Visit the Stonehill website at

The History of Stonehill Franciscan Services
The history of Stonehill Franciscan Services can be traced back to 1878, when our founders, the Sisters of St. Francis, arrived in Dubuque, IA. The Sisters of St. Francis opened St. Francis Home, an orphanage and home for the aging in 1905 on the corner of Windsor and Davis. In July 1978, Stonehill Franciscan Services Health Center opened under the administration of Sister Dolores Ullrich, OSF. Today Stonehill is licensed for 214 beds. In 1989, the Stonehill Benevolent Foundation was created to assist with philanthropic advancement. In 1999, Stonehill added Assisi Village for Independent Living and added Assisted Living in 2009. In 2009 Post-Acute Rehabilitation was also added. In 2013, Stonehill added the Memory Care Unit, Household, and the Stonehill Wellness Center. The Stonehill Initiative 2025 is the master site plan for continued renovation to the campus.


Dubuque 2018 Water Quality Report Available

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The City of Dubuque Water Department has published the annual water quality reports for the Dubuque water supply. The drinking water met all state and federal water quality requirements and had no drinking water violations in 2017.

The complete report is available online at Printed copies of the Dubuque water quality report are available at several locations including City Hall (50 West 13th St.), the Carnegie-Stout Public Library (360 West 11th St.), and the Multicultural Family Center (1157 Central Ave.).

The City of Dubuque's Eagle Point Water Plant sources water from aquifers and produces an average 6.5 to 7.2 million gallons of treated water per day. The plant has the capacity to produce up to 18 million gallons per day and the City's current wells have the capacity to pump up to nearly 24 million gallons per day. Dubuque's water distribution system consists of over 325 miles of water mains, over 8,000 control valves, almost 2,900 fire hydrants, and over 23,500 service connections.

"Providing safe drinking water to our community is a tremendous responsibility. We are very proud of the high quality of our water supply and our ability to deliver it to customers at an affordable cost," said City of Dubuque Water Department Manager Denise Ihrig.

When compared to the other six large cities in Iowa that soften their drinking water, Dubuque has the fourth-lowest rate at $29.28 (FY19). That monthly rate translates to just 49 cents for 100 gallons of drinking water.

The water department welcomes visitors for scheduled tours of the Eagle Point Water Plant. For additional information, please call 563-589-4291 or visit


Dubuque Receives Financial Reporting Award for 30th Consecutive Year

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The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada has awarded the City of Dubuque a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the City's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. This is the 30th consecutive year the City of Dubuque has received this recognition.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement was given to City of Dubuque Finance Director Jean Nachtman to recognize her primary role in preparing the award-winning annual report.

The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and users' groups to read the CAFR.

The GFOA is major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance professionals. The association is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Washington, D.C.


Responsible partying tips for teens

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Since graduation, parties, travel excursions, and other opportunities to celebrate are on the horizon  for millions of students.

Teenagers and young adults understandably want to let loose and enjoy a bit of revelry this time of year. But they shouldn't do it at the expense of their safety.

Even though Monitoring the Future's survey of drug use and attitudes among high-schoolers shows some promising trends - notably that past-year use of illicit drugs other than marijuana holding steady at the lowest levels in two decades - drug and alcohol use remains a concern whenever teens are in social situations. Furthermore, the National Institute on Drug Abuse found high school seniors reported reduced perception of harm in occasional cocaine, heroin and steroid use, and reduced disapproval of trying LSD.

Underage drinking, and binge drinking in particular, is responsible for the deaths of thousands of underage kids each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With planning and effective communication, parents, caregivers and teens can make smart and responsible decisions.

• Lead by example. Parents need to be careful when speaking with teens about alcohol and recognize that kids may be observing their parents' alcohol consumption. Parents should lead by example and avoid drinking to excess.

• Trust your judgement. Teens should not let peer pressure compel them to do anything they do not want to do. It's not necessary to drink or do drugs to have a good time. Encourage teens to surround themselves with like-minded friends who watch out for one another.

• Have a plan. It's important that students and their parents know where parties will be held and how to get there, and also how to get home. Make sure kids know that it's unsafe to ride home with someone who has been drinking.

• Keep home parties safe. Parents hosting parties at their homes should limit invitees to a set number of guests and ask that their children do not advertise parties on the internet or social media. Gate-crashers may lead to unmanageable situations, and parents may have trouble controlling parties when there are too many people present. Focus on food, music and other fun that doesn't involve drugs or alcohol.

Open communication and honesty can help young adults responsibly navigate the end-of-school social scene.


Flooding fast facts

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Floods can be highly destructive natural disasters. The U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science School says that around 71 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water. While oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all the planet's water, rivers, lakes, ice caps, and glaciers also are large water sources. 

National Geographic points out that flooding has caused more death and destruction than any other kind of natural disaster in the United States. Flooding may result from overflowing streams or rivers; when coastal storms cause the sea to surge inland; if a dam or levee has ruptured; if ice melts rapidly in the mountains; or if excessive rain cannot be absorbed by the ground fast enough. Flooding can even occur without warning, and such instances are referred to as "flash flooding."

Staying safe during floods involves understanding floods. The following information, courtesy of the Emergency Management Institute, FEMA,, and National Geographic, can help men and women better understand floods and how to stay safe in flooding situations.

• No region is safe from flooding. Floods can occur anywhere, but are rare in areas where water is scarce.

• Floods may develop very slowly or in just a matter of seconds after an extensive rainfall.

• Areal floods can occur where saturated grounds are present.

• Although the term "hundred-year flood" describes an extremely large and very rare event, these types of floods have recently been occurring worldwide with increased regularity.

• In the United States, floods cause about $6 billion worth of damage and kill, on average, 140 people every year.

• Coastal flooding alone attributes to $3 trillion in damage worldwide.

• China's Yellow River valley has been home to some of the worst floods in history.

• Flood waters can quickly knock people off their feet and carry them away.

• It's important to sanitize oneself after coming in contact with flood water, which could be contaminated with various natural and manmade substances.

• It may be necessary to move to higher ground when flooding situations occur. It's important to heed safety precautions and evacuation messages.

• Rapidly moving water has the potential to carry a house, car, trees, or other structures away.

• Drivers should not try to navigate through flood waters. Many deaths that occur during floods happen when drivers try to move through flood waters.

• It's imperative to keep an emergency kit, nonperishable food, flashlights, and batteries on hand to combat potential disasters like floods.

• Flood damage is not necessarily covered by homeowners insurance. Those who live in high-risk flood zones would be wise to purchase flood insurance to protect themselves.

Floods can be formidable foes. Armed with information, people can be safer when the waters rise.


Run air conditioners without wasting energy

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Few people can make it through the dog days of summer without turning on their air conditioners. Men and women concerned about the environment and conserving energy may try to avoid using their air conditioners, but doing so on especially hot days can be challenging and potentially even deadly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 600 people die from complications related to extreme heat each year. Heat stroke can result when a body overheats after prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. The Mayo Clinic notes that the condition is most common in summer and that a lack of air conditioning during periods of sustained hot weather is a risk for heat stroke.

Conserving energy during summer is a noble pursuit, but people should not jeopardize their health in an effort to conserve energy. Air conditioners might not be the most eco-friendly appliances, but there are ways to run them without wasting energy.

• Use a window unit or zoned system overnight. The U.S. Department of Energy notes that central air conditioners are more efficient than room air conditioners, which are typically installed in windows. But central air conditioning systems that are not zoned may be cooling empty rooms overnight. Apartment dwellers may find window units less wasteful, while homeowners who can afford to install zoned air conditioning systems may rest easier knowing they are only paying to cool certain parts of their homes overnight. Zoned systems come equipped with programmable thermostats that homeowners can adjust when they go to bed, ensuring they won't be cooling empty living rooms and basements overnight.

• Have units serviced before summer begins. Well-maintained central air conditioners will work more efficiently. Routine maintenance of air conditioning systems will ensure that systems aren't working harder, and therefore consuming more energy, than necessary to cool a home. 

• Let fans and air conditioners work together. The DOE notes that using fans and air conditioners simultaneously is an effective way to circulate cool air throughout a home. By running both fans and air conditioners at the same time, the air conditioners won't have to be run as long or as hard as they would if no fans were turned on. 

• Conserve energy in other ways. Because the dangers of heat stroke and heat exhaustion are so considerable, men and women should never keep their air conditioners off on hot days simply to conserve energy. Finding safer alternatives to conserving energy on hot days can be just as effective and won't put consumers' health at risk. Unplug appliances that are not being used and prepare cold dinners so ovens that can make home interiors feel hotter won't need to be turned on. In addition, take advantage of the longer daylight hours in summer and keep lights off until the sun goes down. These are safe ways to conserve energy on hot days.

Air conditioners can keep people safe during summer, and there are ways to use them and still conserve energy.


Art on the River Goes 'Driftless'

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The City of Dubuque's annual public art exhibit, Art on the River, will undergo some significant changes in its 13th year and will have the theme of "Driftless" for the 2018-2019 exhibit.

This is the first year for the exhibit to have a theme and "Driftless" was adopted to pay homage to the people, history, geography, flora, and fauna of the Driftless Region. To identify appropriate artwork, Dubuque's Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission appointed well-known regional curator and longtime Art on the River juror, David Wells, to conduct an invitational.

Wells is director of the Edgewood College Art Gallery and an independent community-based curator in Madison, Wis. Some of his current projects include Art On the Rooftop, an annual outdoor sculpture exhibit at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, and GLEAM: Art in a New Light, an annual light installation project developed with Olbrich Botanical Gardens. He founded Curators Conversations Wisconsin, serves on the Wisconsin Visual Arts Achievement Awards selection panel at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and juried the 2016 Northeast Wisconsin Art Annual with the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay; Wisconsin Artwest 2017 with the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire; and Beloit & Vicinity with the Wright Art Museum, Beloit College.

Seven unique works of art, including kinetic and light-based pieces, have been selected and will be installed around the Grand River Center and along the Mississippi Riverwalk at the Port of Dubuque.

The opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Friday, August 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Grand River Center Terrace. The youth reception and tour, now in its third year, will be held from 4:30- 5:30 p.m. The event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.

The following sculptures, in no particular order, were selected for the Driftless exhibit:
Stephen Fischer, "Ribbon Song"
Jeremy Rudd, "Rogue: Spring"
Stephanie Sailer, "Nature's Quartet"
Keven Brunett, "Mobi"
Martha Glowaki, "Stargazing with Orion and Taurus"
Sam Spiczka, "Nexus"
John Bannon, "Universe"

Art on the River is part of the Dubuque City Council's Arts and Culture initiative and to date has exhibited over 110 pieces on the Riverwalk along with the newest permanent installation of Continuum. Pieces featured in the current 2017-2018 Art on the River Exhibit, consisting of 11 works of sculpture, are still eligible for People's Choice award. To vote for your favorite, visit All the sculptures are for sale and can be installed in both indoor and outdoor areas. The exhibit is free, can be viewed sunrise to sunset year-round, and is accessible.

For additional information, please contact Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator Debra Alleyne at or call 563-690-6059.


Expand swimming styles for increased safety and fun

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Knowing how to swim is one of the most important tools a person can have in warm weather, when people are most inclined to go swimming in pools, lakes and oceans. 

Swimming is a fun yet potentially dangerous activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day roughly 10 people die from unintentional drowning in the United States. That makes drowning the country's fifth-leading cause of unintentional death.

Knowing how to swim is essential for people who plan to spend time in the water. Swimmers are urged to learn as many different swimming techniques as possible to strengthen muscles in their body and prevent fatigue in the water. The most common swimming styles include freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly stroke.

The freestyle, or front crawl, is a popular stroke among seasoned swimmers. When doing the freestyles, swimmers alternate their arm movements and a flutter kick to propel them through the water. People who need to reach a distressed swimmer or cross a body of water quickly rely on the freestyle to do so. Freestyle swimming offers a full-body workout as well.

The breaststroke originates with a sweep out of the arms from the breast and then back in to the starting position. A frog-like kick complements arm movements. The breaststroke is one of the first swimming strokes taught to beginners because individuals can keep their heads above the water. The breaststroke may be efficient, but it is slower than other swimming styles. The legs and back work hard when performing this stroke.

The backstroke is similar to the freestyle except the body is supine. The back gets an excellent workout during this stroke, which can help straighten and lengthen the spine. Physicians may even recommend the backstroke for those dealing with back pain.

Butterfly stroke
The butterfly tends to be a challenging stroke that can work the core and upper body while providing a great cardiovascular workout. When performing the butterfly, swimmers raise both arms above their head and then push down into the water to propel their bodies forward. The legs are positioned like a dolphin or a mermaid and will flap to kick down, states CureJoy, a health and wellness resource.

These strokes are used in swimming competitions and are widely taught at swim schools. The sidestroke is another style that only requires one arm and can be used in swimming rescues, which also can be handy to learn. 

People new to swimming or who want to increase their skills can work with certified swimming instructors to learn proper swimming techniques.


Summer heat facts and safety

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For many people, summertime is synonymous with trips to the beach, water sports and recreation. 

Even though summer warmth is a welcome break from winter weather for many people, State Farm warns that heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities, resulting in hundreds of deaths each year in the United States alone. Ensuring summer recreation plans remain enjoyable means keeping an eye out for heat-related illnesses and other dangers.

• Hot cars can be traps. It is never safe to leave a pet, child, elderly person, or disabled individual locked in a car. Temperatures can climb rapidly inside of a sealed vehicle, even if the windows are cracked.

• Pay attention. Listen to or read weather forecasts to stay abreast of potential temperature changes as well as the heat index. Discuss safety precautions with members of the family and make sure everyone knows what to do in an emergency.

• Stock up on fluids. The Red Cross says to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Make sure the elderly also get plenty of water, as they often do not recognize dehydration as readily as others.

• Limit strenuous activities. Reschedule outdoor activities if there is a heat wave, or move them to cooler times of the day. Spend the hottest portion of the day, usually between noon and 3 p.m., in the shade or inside in the air conditioning. People on job sites should take more frequent breaks and find shade whenever possible during these hours.

• Change your clothes. Loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing will help keep you cool. Avoid dark colors when spending time in the sun.

• Recognize distress signals. Heat stress, exhaustion and heat stroke progress as symptoms worsen. Nausea, weakness, elevated body temperature, clammy skin, confusion, and delirium are some of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

• Find ways to stay cool. Not everyone has air conditioning. On especially warm days, going to public places with air conditioning, such as libraries, can help. Be sure to check on the elderly or others who may have difficulty finding cool places to spend their day.

Days in the sun are meant to be fun, but hot days also require extreme caution.


The many health benefits of dairy

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Did you know that humans are the only adult animal species that continues to consume "milk" through dairy products. While most animals wean off of their mother's milk after infancy, humans across the globe have been consuming products produced by cow, sheep or goat milk for thousands of years. And the benefits can be numerous.

Human body grows to accept milk
Although dairy doubters are quick to mention that it is not "natural" for humans to consume milk products into adulthood and that the body is not designed to digest the sugars and proteins in dairy, others are saying that centuries of farming have led to the evolution of human genes so that dairy products can be included in the diet.

According to a study published in 2013 in the journal Nature, archaeologist Peter Bogucki was excavating a Stone Age site in the fertile plains of central Poland in the 1970s when he came across various artifacts. One seemed to be an early pottery strainer used in cheese-making. The pottery was studied, and milk proteins were found on it.
As farming replaced hunting and gathering in many areas of the world, it's surmised that the human body slowly evolved to tolerate milk into adulthood, especially if it was fermented, such as in cheese or yogurt. Several thousand years later, it's believed that a genetic mutation spread through Europe that gave people the ability to produce lactase - the enzyme necessary to digest the lactose sugar in dairy - and drink milk. Many people who retain the ability to digest milk can trace their ancestry to Europe, according to a group of scientists brought together to work on a multidisciplinary project called LeCHE (Lactase Persistence in the early Cultural History of Europe). There are other dairy pockets from West Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.

Dairy's present-day benefits
Today we know that dairy is an important source of nutrients at all ages and stages of growth. Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, Inc. says that dairy is a great source of protein, calcium, carbohydrates, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamins A, D, B12, riboflavin, and niacin.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that the calcium in dairy products is used for building bones and teeth and in maintaining bone mass. Diets with sufficient potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Additionally, vitamin D functions in the body to maintain ideal levels of calcium and phosphorous so that bones are built and maintained.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines say that consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and colorectal cancer.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage children and adults to enjoy three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt each day. Canada's Food Guide recommends between three and four servings for children in the preteen and teenage years and two to three servings for adults.

Dairy can be a nutritious part of a healthy diet, and history suggests it has been for quite some time.


5 reasons why summer camp is a good choice for kids

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Summer vacation offers students a respite from lessons and the routine of school. Children might once have eagerly awaited those final days of classes so they could lounge poolside, skip rocks across ponds and spend the long days of the season playing with friends. But many of today's youngsters spend much of their summer vacations indoors playing with their digital devices. 

Perhaps that's why one of the last vestiges of the classic summer vacation escape - summer camp - remains such a viable option for parents who want their children to get outdoors once the school year ends.

Although kids needn't be in camp all summer long, a week or two can benefit campers of all ages. The following are five reasons why summer camp might be the right fit this year.

1. Explore talents. Summer camps help young people explore their unique interests and talents. Under an organized, yet often easygoing, camp schedule, kids can dabble in sports, arts and crafts, leadership, community support, and so many other activities that may not be fully available to them elsewhere.

2. Physical activity: Lots of camps build their itineraries around physical activities that take place outdoors. Campers may spend their time swimming, running, hiking, playing sports, climbing, and so much more. This can be a welcome change for kids accustomed to living sedentary lifestyles. Regular physical activity has many health benefits and can set a foundation for healthy habits as an adult.

3. Gain confidence. Day and sleepaway camps offer campers the opportunity to get comfortable in their own skin. Camps can foster activities in self-esteem by removing the academic measures of success and fill in with noncompetitive opportunities to succeed. Campers learn independence, decision-making skills and the ability to thrive outside of the shadow of their parents, siblings or other students.

4. Try new things. Camp gives children the chance to try new things, whether that's learning to cook, exploring new environments or embracing a new sport or leisure activity. Opening oneself up to new opportunities can build character and prove enlightening for children.

5. Make new friends. Camp is a great place to meet new people and make lifelong friends. Campers flood in from areas near and far. This provides kids with a chance to expand their social circles beyond their immediate neighborhoods and schools.

Camps benefit children in a variety of ways. Lessons learned in camp can strengthen values, build confidence, develop coping mechanisms when adversity strikes, and enable campers to make lifelong friends.


Safety tips for parents of teen travelers

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Graduating from high school is a significant milestone in the lives of young people. The next step for many teenagers after graduating from high school is to go off to college. But before teens make their way to college campuses, some may celebrate their graduations by traveling overseas without parental supervision for the first time.

Whether it's through a school-sponsored program or a graduation gift, overseas trips can be life-changing experiences for young people. Doing so without mom and dad in tow allows them to experience the sense of independence they will soon enjoy as college students.

While teenagers may look forward to traveling abroad, the parents they'll leave behind will no doubt experience some anxiety as their children travel thousands of miles away. But parents can take certain steps to reduce that anxiety without making trips less enjoyable for their sons and daughters.

• Stay in (digital) touch. Thanks to social media, parents no longer need to sit at home imagining what their wandering youngsters are doing in foreign countries. When sending children on overseas trips, parents can purchase international service for their children's phones so kids have access to social media websites and apps via their phones. Parents can then communicate with their children through such apps, asking kids to check in at the end of each day through direct messaging. 

• Enroll youngsters in STEP. STEP, or the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, is free to U.S. citizens and nationals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the service is invaluable to overseas travelers who, once enrolled, will receive important information about safety conditions from the embassy in their destination countries. It also makes it easier for embassies to contact travelers in case of emergencies like natural disasters, civil unrest or family emergencies.

• Make copies of travel documents. Before teens head overseas, parents should make multiple copies of important travel documents, including passports, travel itineraries, travel reservations (i.e., flight, hotel, etc.), and any bank and/or credit cards teens will be using while overseas. This can help local authorities track travelers who have gone missing or help those travelers who have been victimized by thieves or criminals. Keep a copy of these documents at home and give teens a copy of each document to take with them as well.

• Document your teenager's medical history, including medications. Parents no doubt know their children's medical histories backwards and forwards, but teenagers may not be so familiar, and, even if they are, that familiarity won't be too useful if kids are unconscious. Create a file that documents your child's medical history, including all medications the child takes and any allergies he or she has, and make sure kids travel with it at all times. Medical practitioners overseas will find this invaluable if they need to treat teens.

• Discuss safety and overseas laws. Before kids head off, parents should have a lengthy discussion about safe travel and the importance of obeying laws in their destination countries. Make sure youngsters know to avoid walking alone at night and to resist strangers' offers of food or drinks. In addition, teenagers should abstain from consuming alcohol even if it's legal for them to do so in their destination countries, as their low tolerance for alcohol can put them in precarious positions.

Overseas travel can change the lives of young people for the better. But parents of teens traveling abroad without parental supervision for the first time should work with their children to ensure they're safe for the duration of their trips.


Festive facts for July 4th

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Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate the birth of their nation and independence from Great Britain. This day marks the anniversary of the presentation and acceptance of the Declaration of Independence, signed 242 years ago on July 4, 1776. 

The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to Britain's King George to explain why the Continental Congress was interested in declaring independence from Great Britain. The writing of the declaration began on July 2 and the final wording was established on July 4.

Independence Day is full of opportunities to celebrate and enjoy oneself. Parades, fireworks, parties, barbecues, and much more are part of the festivities. 

Another way to commemorate Independence Day is to educate oneself about the many historical and entertaining facts that surround the day. The following are some interesting details about the origins of Independence Day and the celebrations that surround it.

• Although 56 people eventually signed the Declaration of Independence, only John Hancock signed the document on July 4, 1776. The rest added their names later on. John Hancock's signature is ornate and widely recognized. Putting your "John Hancock" on a document has become synonymous with the process of signing something.

• The Declaration of Independence was adopted while the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Statehouse. That building is now known as Independence Hall.

• The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest person to sign was Thomas Lynch, Jr., who was 27 when he signed the document. Benjamin Franklin, at age 70, was the oldest signee.

• John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only signees who went on to serve as presidents. Coincidentally, Jefferson and Adams both died on July 4, 1826, within hours of each other.

• Philadelphia is the birth place of much American history and is home to the Liberty Bell. Each Independence Day, the Liberty Bell is tapped (not rung, as the vibration would further damage the cracked bell) 13 times in honor of the original 13 American colonies. 

• The original 13 American colonies were located all along the eastern seaboard. They include Virgina, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

• The stars on the original American flag were placed in a circle. This was so all of the colonies would be equally represented.

• Independence was gained in 1776, and the first celebration took place in Philadelphia four days later. The White House held its first Independence Day festivities in 1801.

• Benjamin Franklin proposed that the turkey be the national bird of the United States. However, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson overruled him, and the bald eagle became the national bird.

• The only copy of the engrossed and signed Declaration of Independence is in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. 

Independence Day is a time for hot dogs, ice cream and, of course, revisiting America's history.


How to make summer vacations more eco-friendly

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Summer is vacation season. Warm weather makes summer the perfect time to leave the daily grind behind in search of a beach filled with sun, sand, fun, and relaxation.

Summer vacations tend to be all about rest, relaxation and recreation. While people tend to leave much of their everyday lives behind when departing on vacation, travelers are urged to make their getaways as eco-friendly as possible. The following are some simple ways for vacationers to keep the environment in mind this summer.

• Open the windows at home. There's no need to run energy-hungry air conditioners at home while on vacation. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioners consume about 6 percent of all the electricity consumed in the United States each year, costing homeowners around $29 billion per year. In addition, the DOE estimates that air conditioners are responsible for the release of roughly 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year. By opening their windows and turning their air conditioners off before leaving for vacation, travelers can save money and reduce their energy consumption while preventing carbon dioxide from entering the air.

• Unplug appliances at home. Another way vacationers can make their summer excursions more eco-friendly is to unplug their appliances before departing on vacation. Standby power, sometimes referred to as "vampire power," refers to the power consumed by appliances such as televisions even when they're "off." The energy required for a single appliance on standby power might not be that significant, as many appliances, including once energy-hungry cable set-top boxes, have been made much more energy efficient in recent years. However, the energy consumed while appliances are on standby can add up when homeowners consider just how many appliances in their homes are plugged in at all times. Unplugging these appliances before leaving on vacation can prevent unnecessary energy consumption.

• Stay in eco-friendly resorts. Before booking a vacation hotel or resort, eco-conscious travelers can do some investigating and only book stays in LEED-certified facilities. An acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED is, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, the most widely used green building system in the world. LEED-certified buildings save energy, water and resources while generating less waste. Certification levels vary based on the LEED rating system, but would-be guests can contact hotels and resorts they're considering to learn if they're certified and what their certification status is. Certain travel websites also maintain directories of green hotels to help their customers make informed lodging decisions.

• Rely on public transportation at your destination. Whether you're staying at an all-inclusive resort or backpacking through Europe, using public transportation while on vacation can greatly reduce your carbon footprint. Many resorts or tour companies offer day trips to vacationers, picking them up and dropping them off in buses that can seat more people than individual cars and trucks. Utilizing such services can reduce fuel consumption and cut back on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by vacationers.

A break from the daily grind does not mean vacationers have to take a break from being eco-conscious.


Dubuque Residents Receive Governor's Volunteer Award

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Alison Prada and Cathy Waddick, both of Dubuque, each received a Governor's Volunteer Award from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony on June 21, 2018, in Cedar Falls.

Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor's Volunteer Award program-now in its 35th year- recognizes the dedicated people who volunteer their time and talent to help fulfill the missions of Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities. The program provides an easy way for these organizations to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award. Prada and Waddick were both selected for an individual award by the City of Dubuque's AmeriCorps Partners in Learning for a cumulative total of eight years and 4,050 hours of service to the Dubuque community.

"Both Alison and Cathy have been pillars within our program and our schools. Together, they have helped our program achieve great success by their unwavering dedication to the Dubuque Community School District, the AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program and the City of Dubuque," said Heather Satterly, Program Director of AmeriCorps Partners in Learning. "We are so excited to see their impact highlighted by the great state of Iowa."

More than 500 awards are being presented this year during ceremonies held at several locations around the state. It is estimated that more than 20,000 hours of service, with an economic impact of nearly $500,000, were served by this year's honorees during the past 12 months.

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Birthday party pointers to make kids, parents happy

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Childhood is filled with many memorable moments. Among the more memorable are children's birthday parties. During their children's formative years, parents may wrestle with ideas, themes, etiquette, and more as they plan birthday parties to remember. Hosting birthday parties that touch on all the right notes can be easier if parents follow a handful of strategies that many parents have been employing for years.

• Involve your child. Chances are your son or daughter has been plotting out ideas for his or her party since last year's festivities ended. Ask questions about what he or she would like to do this year. Seek your child's input on the guest list and preferred theme. Playing an active roll in party planning can make kids even more excited about their birthday parties.

• Focus on fun and making your child feel special. Some parents feel birthday parties must be expensive and all-encompassing bashes. But many children simply want parties that allow them to participate in an activity they enjoy, eat sweets and share the experience with their closest friends. Recognizing this can help parents keep their workloads and budgets in check.

• Trim the guest list. Parents should not feel the need to invite every acquaintance to their children's birthday parties. Parents understandably don't want to exclude or offend anyone by leaving them off the guest list. However, try to limit the guests to around 10, including the guest of honor. This makes the entire party more manageable.

• Keep it quiet. Make sure your child avoids bragging about the party at school or at extracurricular activities. Doing so many offend those classmates who are not on the guest list. Send invites directly to homes rather than distributing them at school so that no one feels excluded. 

• Develop backup plans. There's no accounting for the weather, illness, venue cancellations, or food flops. Always have a plan B (and, ideally, a plan C and plan D) so that the kids can stay entertained.

• Encourage drop-and-go. Hosting young children can be stressful. And when parents attend the party as well, entertaining duties expand to an entirely different level. Recruit another helper or two and be sure parents know you are comfortable with them not staying for the party. They may even appreciate your looking after their children for a few hours.

• Plan for additional guests. Part of planning for the unexpected includes being able to accommodate a few extra children. You never know when a sibling will have to tag along or a last-minute invite pops up, so keep some extra snacks and favors on hand just in case.

• Open gifts after guests leave. Opening gifts is time-consuming, and young children may not be adept at filtering their comments. No one should go home feeling their gift was not appreciated.


Serious wedding style for short-haired brides

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On a day when all eyes and cameras will be trained on them, it's natural for brides and grooms tying the knot to want to look their best. As a result, many couples invest a portion of their budgets into spa and beauty treatments, with many even hiring salon stylists to ensure their wedding-day looks are flawless. 

Women with short hair may lament that they do not have many options when styling their hair for their wedding days. Some may even consider growing out their locks. However, plenty of creative styles exist for ladies without long locks.

Experiment with color
One way to "tress to impress" is to experiment with some color. Well-placed highlights, balayage treatments, ombre, or peek-a-boo underlights can add an extra spark to a bride's normal hairstyle. Speak with a qualified stylist about what you plan to achieve with a wedding-day look, so color can be applied correctly.

Retro glamour
Brides may want to harken back to an era when glamour reigned supreme. Replicate one of the short styles of the 1940s or 1950s, paying homage to Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, or Judy Garland.

Braids and plaits
Braids can add whimsy to shoulder-length or shorter hair. In addition, braids can anchor short locks when an up-do is desired. Braids can be placed into the front or rear crown of the head to look like a hair halo or crown.

Use embellishments
If short hair cannot be gathered into a braid or bun, you can opt for adorned pins, barrettes or headbands to add a touch of sparkle to the look. Ask a stylist to tease the crown of your hair to achieve a little more height and impact.

Half-up style
Many women with short hair find that using bobby pins to pin up select areas of their hair can help achieve a partial up-do look without the need for longer locks. Experienced stylists will know how to manipulate hair effectively to create this look. Small tendrils of hair can be left free and curled for a less structured, more natural effect.

Brides-to-be with short hair do not need to fret nor make drastic changes to their hairstyles to look beautiful on their wedding days. Short hair can be manipulated into many camera-ready creations.


Complete these home improvements over the weekend

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Home improvement projects ramp up when the weather warms up, as homeowners channel the rejuvenating feelings of spring and tackle their home to-do lists. Large-scale renovations can greatly affect a home, but smaller projects can yield impressive results and be completed over the course of a single weekend.

If time is of the essence, these weekend or one-day projects may satisfy homeowners' desires to fix up their homes.

• Create an accent wall. Painting a focal wall in a home can create a serious impact. The bonus is it will not take as long or require as many materials as painting an entire room. Accent walls frequently feature a bold color, so decide on placement and tackle this project in less than a day.

• Install stair runners. Dress up hardwood stairs with decorative carpet runners. Runners come in elongated pieces of carpeting or individual pieces that can be placed on each step. If carpeting doesn't fit with the home's design, painting individual stair treads also can create visual appeal.

• Dress up the entryway. An entryway is a guest's first impression of a home. Many entryways can use a minor overhaul, both inside and outside. Paint the front door a different color so it pops from the curb. Install a new mailbox or decorative house numbers. A new welcome mat can change the look as well. Inside, consider laying a new floor. Resilient vinyl tiles come in many different patterns and can mimic the look of wood, travertine or marble. Installing a floor can take a day or two.

• Install a new faucet. Instantly improve a kitchen or a bathroom with new fixtures. New faucets can provide aesthetic appeal and low-flow faucets can help conserve water.

• Create a gallery on the staircase. Gather and arrange framed photos, artwork or wall accents so that they ascend the wall of a staircase. This creates a designer touch and can dress up an often barren area of wall space.

• Install a fresh light fixture. Improve drab spaces with a little illumination. Better Homes & Gardens suggests replacing an existing fixture with something new and vibrant. If hanging a new fixture is not within one's skill set, free-standing table or floor lamps also can cast a new glow on a space.

• Add molding. Molding can add instant aesthetic appeal to a room. Molding is appropriate near the floor, at the top of walls where they meet the ceiling, or even mid-wall as a chair rail. Some homeowners like to create framed molding on walls in formal living spaces.

• Update kitchen or bathroom hardware. Replacing hardware is a fast and easy project, but one that can have immediate impact. Swap out tired or outdated hardware for newer brushed metals and more impactful shapes and designs.

Home renovations do not need to take weeks or months. Many projects can be completed over the course of a weekend.


Stay safe on wet roadways all year long

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Weather plays a role in driver safety regardless of what time of year it may be. From wind and rain to snow and ice, travelers routinely navigate roads when conditions are far from ideal. 

Wet roadways are a common occurrence. The automotive resource AAA advises that wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million traffic accidents each year. Many crashes occur when drivers do not recognize the need to change their driving habits in wet conditions. Mastering driving techniques on slick, water-logged roads can help motorists avoid accidents and injuries.

See and be seen
Before they even get behind the wheel, drivers should inspect all headlights and taillights to ensure they are in working order. Replace any bulbs that have burned out, and clean cloudy lens covers.

Drivers need to see roadways clearly, so they should make sure their windshields are free of streaks, debris and water. Periodically replacing windshield wiper blades can ensure they're working optimally when drivers need them most.

Slow down and give other motorists space
Slowing down and stopping can take extra time when roads are wet. AAA notes that, with as little as 1⁄12-inch of water on the road, tires have to displace a gallon of water a second to keep the rubber in contact with the street. Driving slowly can make it much easier for vehicles to stop. Plus, driving slowly enables drivers to see obstacles or pedestrians more easily, especially in heavy rains.

Exercise caution with puddles and running water
It may be difficult to gauge the depth and ferocity of water flowing in a roadway. Quickly moving water can cause a vehicle to hydroplane or even move a large vehicle. A deep puddle also can affect drivers' ability to steer or cause vehicles to stall. Take another route rather than risk driving through large puddles or areas where water is flowing on roadways.

Do not slam on the brakes if a car begins to skid or hydroplane, advise experts. Instead, ease up slowly from the accelerator and then steer the vehicle into the skid or straight. Then accelerate smoothly once more. Sudden, jerky movements when a car begins to skid can exacerbate the situation.

Maintain tires
Tire treads should be checked at the start of a new season to ensure the rubber will be able to grip the road. Rotate tires according to the manufacturer's requirements, or every 5,000 miles. Properly inflated tires will improve traction as well.

Wet weather can make driving challenging. Driving slowly and modifying other habits when roads are wet can make for safe road trips.


Entertaining ways to prevent summer learning loss

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Summer vacation presents an opportunity for students to enjoy an extended break from the classroom. While this respite from routine may be a welcome change to youngsters, teachers frequently lament that valuable educational lessons seem to be forgotten each summer. Educators then face tougher hurdles when students return to school in the fall.

Such a phenomenon is dubbed "summer learning loss," but it can occur during any extended break from school. Scholars have realized for some time that students' rate of academic development declines during summer vacation. Oxford Learning, a tutoring and education training group, offers these eye-opening statistics.

• Over the summer, students tend to lose 2.6 months of math skills and two months of reading skills.

• Summer learning loss can be seen in students as young as six.

• It can take up to two months from the first day of school to get students' brain development back on course.

Summer learning loss, sometimes called "brain drain," can be prevented. Proponents of year-round schooling at The National Association for Year-Round Education recommend a more balanced school year, where summer vacation lasts only 30 days and other school breaks are lengthened. In this scenario, the school year would still last about 180 days, but without the lengthy breaks.

Parents may prefer the status quo, and those who do can take several steps to prevent summer learning loss from affecting their children.

• Encourage more reading. Schools recommend summer reading lists, but students should also learn to read for pleasure. Research from the National Literary Trust indicates reading for pleasure can improve reading attainment and writing, as well as one's general knowledge. Children can bring books to the beach that they can read between frolicking sessions in the waves.

• Enjoy family game nights. Games can be customized to highlight certain skills that require reinforcement. For example, math-centered games that require counting or addition can strengthen generalized math skills. Problem-solving board games may help children become better critical thinkers.

• Make vacations educational. Add travel to historical sites or other places of interest to help history come alive. When visiting new towns and cities, read the placards that explain important moments in history that took place in each town or city, making sure to include some thought-provoking areas of interest on your itinerary.

• Look for science moments. Trips to the seaside, parks and much more present myriad opportunities to learn about science. Children can stage their own experiments with items they find in nature, such as learning about tides, wind and water flow by sailing homemade boats. 

• Teach kids through daily tasks. Barbecuing, making a cake, building a raised garden bed, seeding the lawn - each of these moments present educational opportunities for parents who want to keep their kids' minds sharp during summer.

Children need not fall victim to summer learning loss when their days are filled with educational but fun activities.


City to Begin Curbside Collection of Electronics

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City of Dubuque curbside collection customers will soon have a convenient and accessible option to dispose of their electronic waste. Beginning July 1, the City of Dubuque will expand its "large item collection program" to offer its residential customers the option to schedule curbside collection of a wide variety of electronic waste.

The City of Dubuque Public Works Department offers large item collections by appointment for a base fee on customers' regular solid waste collection days. Large item and/or electronics collections must be scheduled in advance by calling 563-589-4250. All items must be set out to a curb or alley line by 6 a.m. on the day of collection.

The base fee for curbside collection of all types of electronics, including one device with an electronic screen (laptops, monitors, TVs, etc.), will be $20. Electronics include all types of computer monitors and televisions (both cathode ray tubes/CRTs and LED/plasma TVs). Other electronics such as VCRs, DVD/Blu-Ray players, audio equipment, computer towers and associated equipment, fax machines, printers, scanners, and associated cables are included in the $20 base fee with one device with an electronic screen. Additional devices with an electronic screen added to a collection will add $15 to the cost of that collection.

Electronics collected by City crews as part of the large item collection program will be recycled through the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency's (DMASWA) Electronics Recycling Program. For more information on that program, visit

For more information on large item/electronics collection or to schedule a collection, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563-589-4250 or visit


Metal detecting tips for beginners

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Some people can scour the seaside for hours looking for shells and other treasures of the sea. But much more than horseshoe crabs, jellyfish and oysters wash up on the shoreline. The ocean can provide a host of manmade treasures as well - some of which may have considerable financial value.

Metal detecting is an exciting hobby that also can be lucrative. Stumbling across pirate treasure may be rare, but many a metal detecting enthusiast has left the beach with coins, trinkets and even jewelry. The rush of discovery drives scores of treasure-seeking enthusiasts to invest their time and effort into digging through sand, silt and more for what's buried beneath.

About metal detecting

Metal detecting can be a worthwhile hobby because it appeals to one's sense of adventure while also serving as a form of exercise. In addition, metal detecting gets people outdoors, helps them learn about the environment and can serve as a lesson in history if artifacts are found.

The metal detectors used today actually have a long history that dates back to the 1800s. The first historical reference to metal detecting involves a gunshot wound to President James Garfield, who was shot on July 2, 1881. The bullet was lodged in his body, and Alexander Graham Bell built a metal detector to try to find the bullet and alleviate Garfield's pain. Bell's metal detector has served as the prototype for metal detectors ever since. 

Metal detectors were used to detect landmines and unexploded bombs during World Wars I and II. Gerhard Fischer was granted a patent on the first portable metal detector in 1931. Fischer's invention eventually made recreational treasure hunting possible.

Getting started

Beginners are encouraged to purchase entry-level metal detectors, which may cost $150 and up. Prices vary depending on the additional features and technologies metal detecting enthusiasts prefer.

According to the detecting experts at, some of the best places to detect include places where people frequent. These include public parks, beaches, woods, public school grounds, and hiking trails. Just be sure that metal detecting is permitted before starting.

Looking at old maps of a town can provide ideas on where to hunt. One-time forts, marinas and trade routes make great place to start.

Patience is key when metal detecting. Much of what beginners find is junk, but the more time people spend searching, the more likely they might find something amazing. Experienced detectors advise hunting after the rain when wet ground is better suited for conductivity, making treasures buried deep beneath the surface easier to find.

Plan to search in early morning or late evening to avoid crowds. Slowing down and checking each signal can increase the chances of finding something.

Keep records of places you have searched, maintaining a log of sites that yield the best results.

Metal detecting is an interesting hobby that can make for exciting summer days.


How drivers can stay safe in bright conditions

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Weather often contributes to motor vehicle accidents. Snow, rain and other factors that compromise drivers' vision can make driving hazardous, but there's a dark side to sunny skies as well.

Glare from the sun can compromise drivers' vision and lead to driving mishaps, regardless of drivers' experience or skill level. The sun can pack a powerful punch any time during the day, but can be especially hazardous in the early morning sunrise and late-afternoon sunset.

A 2017 study published in the journal Medicine titled, "Life-threatening motor vehicle crashes in bright sunlight" looked at the risks posed by bright sunlight. Researchers found that the risk of a life-threatening crash was 16 percent higher during bright sunlight than during normal weather. Researchers concluded that bright sunlight may create visual illusions that lead to driver error, including poor distance judgement.

Plentiful sunlight is often a hallmark of spring and summer, but sun-blindness is a real concern for drivers. As anyone who has turned into blazing sun only to discover their windshield has been rendered opaque by sun glare can attest, driving on sunny days can be challenging. Unfortunately, the sun might create substantial glare during rush hour, making driving during these times more dangerous and accidents more likely.

While there might be no way to prevent glare, drivers can take steps to make driving safer during times of day when glare is prevalent.

• Make sure the windshield is clean. Water marks, dead insects, cracks, and road grime can make it even harder to see out of the windshield when the sun is blazing. Clean windshields regularly, and don't wait until you're head-on into the sun to engage the windshield washer spray. Doing so may only further compromise visibility.

• Observe speed limits. When glare is present, slow down and keep more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. If someone in front of you needs to brake suddenly, the greater distance between vehicles can give you more time to react and avoid accidents.

• Change your route. Try changing your commute so you're not driving head-on into eastern sun in the morning and western sun in the afternoon.

• Invest in new sunglasses. Special lenses that mitigate glare, UV rays and blue light can make it easier for drivers to handle glare when behind the wheel.

• Make sure the visor is functioning. Sun visors are there for a reason. Use it to the best of your ability, angling as needed.

• Pull over. If the glare is especially bad, Plymouth Rock Assurance suggests playing it safe and pulling over until the sun rises or sets. You also may want to change your driving time to avoid the glare.

Motor vehicle accidents can happen on bright, sunny days. Glare can compromise drivers' visibility, and drivers may need to take steps to protect their vision on sunny days.


How to recognize signs of heat stroke in dogs

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Summer is a great time of year for people and their pets to enjoy the great outdoors and soak up some sun. Just as men and women exercise caution by applying sunscreen and staying hydrated on hot summer days, dog owners must take steps to protect their four-legged friends when bringing them outdoors.

Heat stroke can pose a serious threat to dogs on hot days. Dog owners who routinely take their pets outdoors in summer must learn how to protect canines from heat stroke and how to recognize its symptoms.

What is heat stroke?
Dogs suffer from heat stroke when their body temperatures exceed 104 F and the built-in mechanisms they rely on to cool themselves - including panting - cease to function properly. But any temperature 103 F or above is considered abnormal. According to PetMD, heat stroke is a form of non-fever hyperthermia that can lead to multiple organ dysfunction.

Is heat stroke immediately evident?
Heat stroke can overwhelm dogs quickly, so dog owners should be especially diligent and watch their dogs closely when they are spending time outside on hot days. Dogs may first suffer from mild heat-related stress or moderate exhaustion before they begin experiencing the more severe symptoms of heat stroke, so dog owners should look for signs of stress or fatigue and bring their dogs inside immediately after noticing such symptoms. The consequences of heat stroke are severe, so dog owners should always err on the side of caution.

What are the symptoms of heat stroke?
Dogs that are overheating and potentially suffering from heat stroke may exhibit a number of symptoms. Such symptoms are typically easy to spot, but dog owners still must pay close attention to their four-legged friends during summertime walks or play sessions in the backyard. According to the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, signs that a dog is overheating include:

• Panting followed by disorientation and fast, noisy breathing

• Collapsing or convulsing

• Bright red or blue gums

• Vomiting and diarrhea

Vomit and diarrhea connected to heat stroke may contain blood. In addition, the eyes of dogs suffering from heat stroke may be glazed-over and such dogs may be unresponsive to commands, or their replies to commands may be slower than usual.

Can heat stroke be prevented?
Though dogs can suffer heat stroke even on mild days, dog owners can take precautionary measures.

• Alter routines. Walking can be great exercise for dogs, but on hot days dog owners can walk their dogs when temperatures tend to be at their most mild, such as in the early morning hours or evenings when the sun is setting or has already set.

• Limit play time. Dogs generate heat when playing and exercising, and their body temperatures may rise considerably on hot summer days. To reduce dogs' risk of heat stroke, limit play time on hot days.

• Don't travel with dogs. Temperatures can be unbearable inside vehicles, so dog owners should not take their dogs along when running errands on hot days. 

Dog owners must be especially mindful of their dogs' behavior on hot days. Protecting dogs from extreme heat can safeguard them from heat stroke, which can be fatal.


Saving bees one hive at a time: The basics of backyard beehives

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Scientists and environmentalists have been warning the public for years that honeybees are disappearing at alarming rates. Scientists were initially uncertain in regard to what was decimating bee populations. Even though no single cause is to blame, data has pointed to pesticide use and the mysterious colony collapse disorder, which is a name given to the dwindling colonies seen around the world. 

National Geographic News says bees are essential because of their roles as pollinators. Agriculture industries rely on honeybees, especially managed honeybees, to keep commercial crops pollinated and productive. Estimates indicate that roughly one-third of U.S. crops rely on honeybees - accounting for more than $15 billion in crop production. Without bees, the costs of everything from blueberries to apples to broccoli would rise, as farmers would have to use a different, more expensive pollination method.

Even though backyard beehives or bee farms may not be crucial to consumer agriculture, bringing healthy colonies back to various areas is beneficial to the environment overall. The art of beekeeping has become an important endeavor, and just about anyone with some time and resources can start their own apiary.

• Start by studying bees. Interested beekeepers can begin their journey by reading all they can on beekeeping. The American Bee Journal or backyard beekeeping books and articles are great places to start. Local beekeeping associations also are invaluable resources for information on local bee species and traits.

• Know the laws. It's important to get the go-ahead from local authorities before introducing bees into the community. By checking city or town ordinances, potential beekeepers will know how many hives are allowed and which type of property sizes are amenable and allowable.

• Get the right supplies. Research can help prospective beekeepers understand the type of equipment they will need. One can purchase this equipment, but some beekeeping organizations may be willing to lend or rent it to interested parties. Hive boxes, bottom boards, a veil, a jacket, a smoker, and a top feeder are just some of the supplies needed.

• Order bees. Bees can be acquired from other beekeeping enthusiasts or can be ordered online. The bees will need to consist of the queen, drones and worker bees. According to the resource Bees Brothers, a starter set of bees is called a "nuc." Bee suppliers start selling in the winter for spring swarms.

• Place the hive. It's important to set up hives away from foot traffic. In addition, face hives away from strong winds, with the ideal directions being east and south. Hives need sunshine and some shade on summer afternoons, advises BackYardHive.

With time, homeowners can become successful beekeepers and do their part to replenish much-needed bee colonies.


North Grandview/University Avenue Roundabout Project Begins

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Work is scheduled to begin on the North Grandview Avenue/University Avenue roundabout project, Dubuque's second modern roundabout, on Thursday, June 7, but traffic will not be affected until the following week.

The Dubuque City Council and Iowa Department of Transportation approved plans to convert the intersection to a single-lane roundabout and the project was recently awarded to Eastern Iowa Excavating and Concrete, LLC. The contractor anticipates some off-street construction work to begin on Thursday, June 7, with road closures/detours scheduled to begin on Thursday, June 14.

The project will require some traffic disruptions, but North Grandview Avenue will remain open to northbound and southbound traffic throughout construction. Eastbound and westbound University Avenue traffic will be detoured along Delhi Street during construction. Access to the businesses around the intersection and the fire station will be maintained throughout the entire project. The majority of the project will be completed before school resumes in August.

This roundabout project provides an opportunity for the creation of a multi-modal infrastructure project that will improve the current public transit amenities while increasing safety and improving access to Allison-Henderson Park. As part of the roundabout project, The Jule's existing Midtown Transfer at University and Grandview will be relocated to the north, along the edge of Allison-Henderson Park on North Grandview Avenue across from Custer Street. The new transfer location will feature a paved bus pull-in area off the street, a large bus shelter, lighting, and other passenger amenities. Over 3,800 bus rides begin, end, or transfer at this location each month, providing access to work, educational, and recreational opportunities and medical appointments.

During the first phase of roundabout construction, The Jule's transfer site will move from its current location to around the corner on the south side of University Avenue. No bus stops will be closed during this phase. During the second phase of construction, The Jule will begin operating from the new transfer location at Allison-Henderson Park. There will be re-routing to the new transfer for most Jule routes.

The North Grandview Avenue/University Avenue project construction contract with Eastern Iowa Excavating and Concrete is $1.26 million, which includes approximately $240,000 for replacement of utilities and roughly $110,000 for relocation of the bus transfer point. The project is funded in part by a $500,000 Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Traffic Safety Fund grant and $464,842 in federal funds allocated through IDOT and the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study.

The roundabout was designed to work in conjunction with the existing roundabout to the south and the new traffic signals project to the north at North Grandview Avenue and Loras Boulevard intersection. For more information, visit or call the City of Dubuque Engineering Department at 563-589-4270.


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Keep summer road trips safe

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When the outdoors beckons, road trips can be the perfect way to see the countryside, escape the routine of daily life and enjoy short vacations. 

When taking to the open road, it is important to focus on safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that planning and prevention can spare road-trippers from the consequences of breakdowns, traffic accidents or other road emergencies.

• Stock emergency preparedness items. Prior to a trip, drivers should make sure their vehicles are equipped with necessary safety items. Liberty Mutual Insurance New Beginnings Report warns that nearly half of Americans do not check that proper emergency items are stored in their vehicles prior to getting on the road. Before embarking on a road trip, make sure vehicles have a first aid kit, flashlight, water bottles, phone chargers, tire-repair tools, flares, jumper cables, towels, and even an old backpack for storage.

• Schedule a service call. Regular maintenance can keep vehicles from breaking down. Drivers should take their cars in for tuneups before long road trips. Such tuneups should include an oil change, battery check, tire rotation, and any other necessary servicing.

• Plan your route. Map out the route before heading out. Be aware of potential road closures, obstacles or construction. Thanks to real-time GPS updates through mobile phones and other devices, some drivers like to rely on tech to get them through. But it's important to realize service may be spotty in rural areas. Mapping a trip out in advance can save drivers from getting lost during mobile service interruptions.

• Join a roadside repair service. Breakdowns happen even if trips are carefully planned. Automotive clubs can help drivers when breakdowns occur. Some car manufacturers also include roadside assistance in warranty packages, so inquire about your coverage.

• Refresh defensive driving skills. A safe-driving course can remind drivers of the rules of the road. In some cases, courses also may qualify drivers for discounts on their auto insurance policies. One such class is the AARP Driver Safety course.

• Avoid distractions. Keep children and other passengers occupied so they are not a distraction to the driver. Set out with favorite music, books, video games, or even a pad and paper for doodling. Pack snacks to keep everyone feeling full in between roadside pit stops. Drivers also can load their cars up with tissues, water and music to limit distractions.

• Plan fun breaks along the way. Breaks give drivers a reason to rest and passengers an opportunity to get out and stretch their legs. The Roadside America smartphone app lists must-see stops along any route, and drivers can plan their own stops as well.

• Stay over if necessary. According to the NHTSA, driving while drowsy is a contributing factor in 100,000 accidents every year. Drive only when well-rested. Share driving duties or plan a night at a motel so everyone is well-rested.

Road trips are all about fun, but drivers must emphasize safety before and during such excursions.


Safety tips for grilling season

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People have been cooking meals over open flames since the discovery of fire. Even today, when there are so many ways to cook a meal, many still insist there's nothing better than the taste of food cooked on the grill. 

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, which tracks industry trends, points out that one-third of consumers plan to use their grill or smoker more often this year. Even though grilling is widely associated with summer, a growing number of people are embracing year-round grilling. HPBA's CEO Jack Goldman has said, "Barbecuing is no longer just a pastime, but an integral part of the North American lifestyle."

Seven in 10 adults in the United States and eight out of 10 in Canada own a grill or smoker. With so many people firing up their grills, it's important to recognize the importance of grilling safety. Each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns, advises the National Fire Protection Association.

Here's how to stay safe.

• Only grill outside. Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors. Grills should be placed well away from the home. Keep grills away from deck railings, eaves, overhangs, and tree branches.

• Keep the grill clean. Thoroughly clean the grill prior to first use, and keep it tidy all year long. Grease or fat buildup can ignite and cause a fire.

• Always attend the grill. Grill distraction-free and keep an eye on the food being cooked. Simply stepping away for a few moments can lead to a fire or accident.

• Start fires safely. Charcoal grills and gas grills may be lit using electronic starters that do not require fire. If using starter fluid, only do so on charcoal, and do not add more fluid or other flammable liquids after the fire has ignited.

• Check for gas leaks. Whether the gas grill is hooked up to a propane tank or the natural gas supply of a home, ensure that the hoses or tanks are not leaking. Apply a light soap-and-water solution to hoses to see if they bubble from leaking gas.

• Keep baking soda nearby. Baking soda can control grease fires, but it's also helpful to have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of sand on hand for other types of fires.

• Watch children and pets. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from grilling areas.

• Wait for the grill and coals to cool. Practice safety around the grill until all coals are cool and the grill is no longer hot to the touch. Only then should the grill be moved or relocated.

Grilling is a passion that is enjoyed throughout much of the year. Safely cook outdoors by heeding safety guidelines.


3 Memorial Day weekend travel tips

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Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. In 2017, the automotive group AAA estimated that 40 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more on Memorial Day weekend. Those estimates also projected that 34.6 million vehicles would be used to make those trips.

Often referred to as "the unofficial beginning of summer," Memorial Day and the weekend that precedes it has become synonymous with beach trips and backyard barbecues. Travelers who want to avoid traffic jams and ensure their weekends get off on the right foot can benefit from employing these three travel-savvy strategies.

1. Start the weekend early.
In its "State of American Vacation 2017" survey, Project: Time Off found that 662 million vacation days were unused in 2016. People traveling for Memorial Day who typically leave some vacation days on the table can start their weekends early this year. Many offices close early the Friday before Memorial Day, and workers who aren't so lucky may just leave work early, meaning Friday afternoon traffic figures to be heavy. By leaving Thursday afternoon or evening, travelers can avoid the Friday rush to the beach.

2. Take public transportation.
Travelers who can't take an extra day off or leave work early the Friday before Memorial Day may want to consider taking public transportation to their beach destinations instead of driving themselves. In 2016, the U.S.-based data firm Inrix noted that a traffic-free Friday jaunt from New York City to Long Island's East end would take 90 minutes, while the same trip would take three hours and 40 minutes on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Travelers who can't leave early can save themselves from the stress of holiday traffic jams by letting someone else do the navigating.

3. Be patient and depart on Saturday morning.
Travelers who can be patient may find that waiting to depart for their destinations until Saturday can save them from dealing with much of the stress of traveling on Memorial Day weekend. The benefits of being patient may depend on where travelers live, as the Inrix study noted that Friday was the busiest day to leave Los Angeles on Memorial Day weekend, while San Diego residents tended to deal with the most traffic on Saturday. An added benefit of waiting until Saturday is the likelihood that such travelers will not return home until Tuesday, avoiding traffic on Monday, which tends to be the busiest return travel day of the weekend.

Memorial Day weekend travel tends to be hectic. But savvy travelers with some flexibility can take steps to make their trips less stressful.


Dubuque Museum of Art Presents Handmade: Craft Invitational

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Invitational Exhibition Featuring 50+ Works by Leading Craft Artists Opens June 2

They forge metals into one-of-a-kind tools, transform textiles into objects of fashion, and turn earthen materials like clay and wood into dazzling works of functional art.

The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) announced its summer exhibition today, and it's all about craft.

Opening in DuMA's Falb Family Gallery, on June 2, the Handmade Craft Invitationalincludes works by a select group of regionally-based craftspeople working in ceramic, wood, metal, glass, leather, and fiber arts. The more than 50 original works on display push the boundaries of skill, sophistication, and artistic concept, with an emphasis on functional works and utilitarian objects.

The exhibition – the first regional survey of contemporary craft organized by the DuMA – is also intended to bring greater recognition to craft artists at a time when there is a resurgence of interest in skill and craftsmanship. The Craft Invitational compliments the DuMA Biennial, which takes place every other year and generally highlights traditional fine art media such as painting, sculpture and photography.

DuMA Associate Curator and Registrar Stacy Peterson organized Handmade with the assistance of ceramic artist Delores Fortuna and textile artist Maureen Bardusk, both of Galena, Illinois; and boot-maker Paul Opperman of Dubuque.

"With this exhibition, the museum was interested in exploring functional craft – objects that have artistic conception as well as a practical and physical purpose," said Peterson. "Handmade underscores the variety of accessible art forms that can easily be incorporated into our lives."

Peterson added, "We will also explore the life of an object, from the creation process to how the object goes from maker to user to collector. Living with art is possible in many ways that are familiar, fun, and enriching."

Many of the 20+ artists featured in Handmade are represented by galleries and have been shown in leading fine art and craft fairs and juried exhibitions. At least two artists have been selected for inclusion in the Renwick Invitational, the Smithsonian's prestigious biennial exhibition of craft.

Exhibiting artists (place of permanent residence) include:
Barbara Briggs (Hanover, Illinois)
Ann Marie Cianciolo (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
Paul Eshelman (Elizabeth, Illinois)
Mary Frisbee Johnson (Oregon; formerly Cedar Falls, Iowa)
Amara Hark Weber (St Paul, Minnesota)
Robin Kittleson (Geneva, Illinois)
Aaron Laux (Madison, Wisconsin)
Patricia Lehnhardt (Galena, Illinois)
George Lowe (Decorah, Iowa)
Aaron Macsai (Morton Grove, Illinois)
Kelly Marshall (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Elizabeth Maurland (Decorah, Iowa)
J.P. Miller (Fairbank, Iowa)
Martha Monson Lowe (Decorah, Iowa)
Karen Morris (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Barry Newstat (Western Springs, Illinois)
Paul Opperman (Dubuque, Iowa)
Gina Pannorfi (Chicago, Illinois)
Luke Proctor (Mt Horeb, Wisconsin)
Connie Roberts (Iowa City, Iowa)
Sam Schold (Sherrard, Illinois)
Trish Stevenson (Black Earth, Wisconsin)
Laura Weber (Cedarburg, Wisconsin)

A variety of programming is planned over the course of the exhibition, including technical demonstrations, panel discussions, studio tours, films, and educational opportunities for artists covering business-related topics in the arts.

More details will be announced as they are available on the museum's website ( and on Facebook.

Handmade: Craft Invitational continues through September 9, 2018.

About the Dubuque Museum of Art
The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA), founded in 1874 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2004, is Iowa's oldest cultural institution. Named a national affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2016, DuMA's mission is to excite, engage and serve diverse communities within the Tri-State area through our collections, exhibitions and educational programs. We connect generations of people to their cultural heritage and exceptional art.

DuMA is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. The museum is closed on Mondays. Daily admission rates are: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, and $3 College/University Students. The museum is free on Thursdays, and those 18 and younger receive free admission every day, thanks to Prudential Financial. Website:


Annual Asphalt Overlay Projects Announced

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The City of Dubuque's annual asphalt overlay program is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 14, and will improve more than five centerline miles of city streets during the 2018 construction season. The first of 28 projects will be Arboretum Park Road.

The program targets streets that would benefit from an asphalt overlay to extend the life of the existing pavement. The public works department manages the program which includes milling/grinding the existing pavement surface, recycling old asphalt, and repaving streets for a safer and smoother ride. The City has repaved over 215 centerline miles to date since the asphalt overlay program began in 1993.

Unlike street reconstruction projects, property owners are not assessed for costs associated with the asphalt overlay program. Instead, the program is funded with monies from Iowa's Road Use Tax Fund (gas and diesel fuel tax). The asphalt overlay program is part of the City's yearly street maintenance activity, which is budgeted at approximately $3.2 million for FY2018.

The following 28 street projects are scheduled for partial or complete asphalt overlay this construction season:
Alta Place
Arboretum Park Road
Ashton Place
Avoca Street - Cherry to Decorah
Balke Street
Brunswick Street - Davis to Groveland
Brunswick Street - Link to Strauss
Davenport Street - Stoltz to W. 28th
Decorah Street - Avoca to N. Grandview
Delaware Street
Dexter Street - N. Algona to N. Grandview
E. 24th - Windsor to Central
Elm Street - 28th to 30th
Fillmore Street - Alta Place to N. Grandview
Goethe Street
Green Street - Asbury to N. Algona
Hogrefe Street
Irving Street
Johnson Street
Lincoln Avenue - Windsor to 200 west of Johnson
Link Street
Maplewood Court - 375 Maplewood Court to Oakcrest Drive
Meadow Wood Drive
Providence - Johnson to Windsor
Rhomberg Avenue - Windsor to Lincoln
Saunders Street
Stoltz Street - Lemon to Davenport
Strauss Street - Burden to Brunswick

Residents will be notified by mail prior to the start of the project with contact information and parking instructions. Normally, projects can be completed in one week and streets can be driven on soon after paving takes place, as soon as traffic control devices have been removed.

For more information, contact the public works department at 563-589-4250 or visit


How to help veterans in need

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Millions of men and women serve in the military and make the sacrifices that such service requires. Risking their lives to serve their countries, veterans sometimes endure mental and physical trauma, returning home to face uphill battles as they deal with their injuries.

Many veterans in need are not just in need of medical attention. Learning that their efforts and sacrifices are recognized and appreciated by the ordinary citizens they protect can make a world of difference to veterans as they recover from their injuries. Men, women and children who want to help veterans in need can do so in various ways.

• Visit a veterans hospital. Contact a local veterans' hospital to inquire about their volunteer programs. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notes that each year more than 75,000 volunteers spend more than 11 million hours in service to America's veterans. Visiting veterans at the hospital to hear their stories can lift their spirits and aid in their recoveries. In addition, veterans' hospitals may have volunteer opportunities that make it easier for hospitals to operate at optimal capacity.

• Help a neighbor. Unfortunately, many veterans return home with injuries that affect their ability to make it through a typical day without assistance. Disabled veterans may be unable to do their own grocery shopping or maintain their homes. If a neighbor or nearby veteran is facing such hurdles, offer to do his or her shopping or mow his or her lawn. Such tasks won't take much time but can make a world of difference to veterans.

• Offer professional services free of charge. Professionals who want to help veterans can offer their services free of charge. Accountants can offer to prepare veterans' tax returns for free, while attorneys can provide legal advice to veterans who need it. Contractors can help disabled veterans by offering to make alterations to their homes for free or at cost.

• Employ social media to help local veterans. Many people who want to help local veterans might not be able to do so more than one day per week. But some veterans may require daily assistance. Men and women can start a locally-based Facebook group for fellow members of their community who want to pitch in to help local veterans. Such a group can make it easier to share information and arrange help for veterans in need.

Many veterans return home from serving overseas in need of help. Offering such help can improve veterans' lives while letting them know their efforts and sacrifices are appreciated.


City Awarded Grant for Eagle Point Park Restoration

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has awarded the City of Dubuque a grant of $200,000 from Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP).

The grant money will be used for Phase 2 Implementation of the Environmental Restoration Management Plan at Eagle Point Park, a 164-acre community park that opened in 1909 on Dubuque's northeast side. Eagle Point Park is owned by the City of Dubuque and managed by the Leisure Services Department's Park Division. The park overlooks the Mississippi River, providing a spectacular view of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

This project is part of an ongoing environmental restoration effort for Eagle Point Park that contributes to Dubuque's mission of creating a sustainable future. It involves implementation of the Eagle Point Park Environmental Restoration Management Plan that was completed under a REAP grant awarded in 2015. Adopted by the City Council in 2017, the Management Plan addresses the park's recreational and natural spaces that suffer the effects of severe erosion, invasive vegetation, and degraded natural habitats on the rolling, rugged terrain. Some implementation of that plan will commence using funds from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund as well as funds from the previous REAP grant. All of this environmental work must be done within the context of the park's rich cultural history.

Implementation will improve sustainability by restoring and enhancing native plant communities and soil quality to provide new nature-based recreation opportunities for visitors, create habitat for wildlife, and foster sustainability. Phase 2 will enhance 33 acres of existing forest/woodland areas, representing 20 percent of the 164-acre regional park.

REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect the Iowa's natural and cultural resources. Fifteen percent of REAP is set aside for grants to cities for projects that help establish natural areas, encourage outdoor recreation and resource management.

In its 28 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting over 15,000 projects. REAP has funded these projects with $300 million in state investments, leveraging two to three times the amount in private, local, and federal dollars. Collectively, these projects have improved the quality of life for all Iowans with better soil and water quality; added outdoor recreation opportunities; sustained economic development; enhanced knowledge and understanding of our ecological and environmental assets, and preservation of our cultural and historic treasures.

REAP has benefited the City of Dubuque greatly since 1997, with over $2.7 million from 14 REAP grants invested in building off-road trails throughout the community and expanding the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Area at the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area. A complete list of these 14 City REAP Grant Awards for park and recreation projects is available at


The Dubuque Museum of Art's 43rd Annual Gala

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The Dubuque Museum of Art announced plans for its 43rd Annual Gala, Art Auction and Raffle, to be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Hotel Julien Dubuque from 6-9 p.m.

This year's event is based on the theme "Night out in New York", a nod to a major exhibit of art by Iowan Grant Wood that will open at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in February 2018.

Doors to the Gala and Auction open at 6 pm, with a cocktail hour from 6-7:30 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on original works of art by more than 25 local and regional artists in a silent auction from 6-7:45 pm. The silent auction will feature gift packages from local retailers in addition to works of art.

A raffle drawing will be held at 8 pm. Raffle entrants will have the opportunity to take part in $15,000 in cash prizes, including a $10,000 grand prize and five $1,000 prizes. A limited number of raffle tickets remain available and may be purchased by phone (debit card purchases only) at 563-557-1851, by mail with cash or check, or at the Museum during regular hours. Raffle ticket purchasers need not be present at the event to win.

The live auction, which will include a number of works of art, dining experiences, and artful travel opportunities, will begin around 8 pm. Musician Casey Klein from Cedar Rapids, Iowa will perform live throughout the evening.

This year's emcee is Bobbi Earles, who is currently Executive Director of Alumni & Communications at Loras College in Dubuque. Earles was a news anchor and reporter for KWWL-TV from 1988 to 2002. The live auctioneer will be Mark Schenfeld, President of the Washington State-based Stokes Auction Group.

All proceeds from the event support the Dubuque Museum of Art and its education and community outreach programs.

Advance registration for the event is strongly encouraged and may be completed online at, by phone at 563-557-1851, or at the Museum during regular hours. Advance tickets are $60 per person and include admission, hors d'oeuvres buffet, and a hosted bar during the cocktail hour from 6-7:30 pm. Night of event tickets are $75.

This year's auction is generously sponsored by American Realty, American Trust, A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co., Conlon Construction, Dubuque Bank & Trust, Dupaco, Honkamp Kreuger, Hotel Julien Dubuque, and U.S. Bank. Raffle sponsors include: Anonymous, Crescent Electric Supply, Dr. Paul Ellerbeck, Farber Bag, Nick Yiannias, Coldwell Banker / Dominic Goodmann, Meghan Hackett Memorium, and Tony Pfohl.

About the Dubuque Museum of Art
The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA), founded in 1874 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2004, is Iowa's oldest cultural institution. Named a national affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2016, DuMA's mission is to excite, engage and serve diverse communities within the Tri-State area through our collections, exhibitions and educational programs. We connect generations of people to their cultural heritage and exceptional art.

DuMA is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. The museum is closed on Mondays. Daily admission rates are: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, and $3 College/University Students. The museum is free on Thursdays, and those 18 and younger receive free admission every day, thanks to Prudential Financial. Website: