Little Maquoketa River Clean UpShow Details
The Dubuque County Conservation Board is holding a river clean up along the Little Maquoketa River near Durango, IA on Sunday, July 17th, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The day will start with a meeting at the Heritage Trail parking lot in Durango at 10:45am. We will drive north on US 52 and put canoes/kayaks in the water. We will float downriver back to Durango where we will stop for lunch and proceed downriver, taking out at Clay Hill Bridge. The clean-up stretch is approximately 3.5-4 miles in length.
We are seeking volunteers who are interested in participating in the float while removing trash from the river and its adjoining banks. Volunteers of all ages are welcome but those under the age of 16 are required to be accompanied by an adult. A limited number of canoes/kayaks will be provided so, if possible, volunteers are asked to bring their own. Canoes/kayaks will be given to those who pre-register early so call 563-556-6745 to secure your use of one.
As a safety precaution all volunteers bringing their own canoes/kayaks are required to bring life jackets and wear them while on the water.
CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SEEKING A DOG INVOLVED IN BITING INCIDENTShow Details
The City of Dubuque Health Services Department is seeking information regarding a dog involved in a biting incident that occurred on June 23, 2016 at approximately 5:30 PM at 1005 Locust St. The dog is described as a blue heeler that has brown and white fur with salt/pepper colored ticking.
The dog bit the owner and may have possible food aggression. The dog broke loose from collar while tied in its backyard and is still at-large. There is no identification on the dog. The male dog, named Eddie, went missing between 11:00 PM on June 23 and 9:45 AM on June 24.
Animal Control advises that if anyone sees a dog matching this description, do not approach the dog. Please contact the Police Department or Animal Control.
The Health Department needs the public's assistance in finding this dog to verify the dog's health status and vaccination history. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Health Services Department at 589-4185 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or the Law Enforcement Center at 589-4415 after hours or on the weekend.
How to equip a home kitchen knife collectionShow Details
Artists know the importance of having the right tools. While innate skill may be at the center of talent, brushes and paints can transform raw ability into something spectacular.
Tools play a significant role in the kitchen as well. Every chef - whether professional or amateur - needs certain tools. For many, that begins with a durable and effective set of knives. Slicing and chopping are an integral component of cooking, and good knives can help make meal prep that much easier.
Shopping for a new set of knives need not be difficult. Understanding the various types of knives available and their purposes can make the selection process less daunting.
• Start with the essentials. While there are many different types of knives, having at least four basic ones in your collection is a good start. Consumer Reports suggests that all cooks have a chef's knife, a paring knife, a slicer, and a utility knife. A utility knife is smaller than a chef's knife, but similar. In recent years, the Santuko knife, a Japanese style chef's knife, has become quite popular among home chefs because of its effective design and versatility, so you may be able to replace the chef's knife in your collection with a Santuko knife.
• Know your blade. Knives generally come in two blade construction types: stamped and forged. Stamped knives tend to be less expensive than forged, and forged are often the preferred choice for the professional because they can be better balanced. But it's possible to find quality knives of both types, and ones that offer the right combination of function and affordability.
• Try out the handles. While blades get much of the fanfare, handles are important components as well. It's important for chefs to find a material and handle shape that feels comfortable in their hands. Ask a salesperson if it's possible to feel the weight and fit of the knife prior to purchase.
• Consider open stock when buying. Rather than investing in a large, complete set, find a manufacturer that offers separately sold knives from a particular line, referred to as "open stock." Pick up at least one fine-edged knife so that intricate cuts will be that much easier.
• Care for the knives. It's one thing to invest in knives and another to care for them. Read over any care instructions prior to purchase. Let the salesperson know if you need easy-care knives that can go in the dishwasher. In addition, learn how to sharpen the knives, as dull knives are ineffective and can be a safety hazard.
Knives are a key component of meal preparation. Take the time to select and sample different knives to make an informed purchase.
A Night with the BatsShow Details
Dubuque County Conservation will host "A Night with the Bats: A Presentation on the Ecology and Monitoring of Bats in Iowa" on Friday, July 1, starting at 7:30 pm at Swiss Valley Nature Center.
Join us for a short lecture and evening hike on Iowa bats, how we learn more about them, and how the Iowa DNR is working with volunteers across the state to conserve them! Jake Rector, from Iowa State University will present on the Iowa DNR's Acoustic Bat Monitoring volunteer program and its efforts to better understand the complexities of Iowa bat populations including their distribution and the threats posed to them by White Nose Syndrome. We will then take a short guided hike to attempt to capture evening emergence of bats using acoustic monitoring equipment, followed by viewing and rough analysis of any captured calls!
Call 563.556.6745 or email Allie.email@example.com for more information.
Building a Future Thanks to Habitat for HumanityShow Details
Opening Doors is pleased to announce that for the first time in the organization's 15-year history one of our residents has qualified for a Habitat for Humanity house.
Working hand in hand with her Opening Doors' Case Manager, Laura Morris completed the application and received the news on June 6 that she was selected to receive a new home for herself and her two children.
The Habitat for Humanity team completed the construction in just over a week, and Laura and her family will take possession of their new home on July 1.
She states, "My kids and I are so excited to finally have our own home. I never thought this would be a possibility for me!"
Habitat home recipients must complete at least 125 hours of sweat equity towards the building of Habitat homes, and Laura has been working hard to assist in the construction. Opening Doors will continue to be a part of Laura's life as she will receive follow up services through her Case Manager.
This dream would not have been possible without the behind-the-scenes work of Laura's Case Manager. This position works closely with our women in teaching them life skills training and goal setting skills to help them realize their dream of moving into permanent housing. These wrap around services are critical to the success of the Opening Doors' programs.
Laura's life changing news comes in the wake of a $43,000 federal funding cut from HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development) which has funded the Case Manager position for the past 15 years.
"This HUD grant had been our only guaranteed source of grant income since Opening Doors started in 2000," said Executive Director Michelle Brown. She added, "Only half of the 2,000 HUD renewals got funded nationwide as HUD's new focus is on permanent housing. Opening Doors is working on developing a plan to increase revenue while maintaining the same level of quality service and adhering to our mission."
A special Wish List has been established to support Laura and her family with household items. Email Opening Doors at firstname.lastname@example.org for a current list.
Opening Doors is the nonprofit organization that operates Maria House and Teresa Shelter. Homeless women, alone or with children, come to us to help rebuild their lives. We provide goal setting and life skills training that will enable them to take care of themselves and achieve their full potential. Women are dependent when they come in...independent when they leave. Since 2000, Maria House has provided transitional housing, where residents can stay for as long as two years. In 2006, we opened Teresa Shelter. It offers extended stay housing, as well as short-term emergency shelter services.
For more information, please contact Michelle Brown at 563-582-7480.
Help plants survive sizzling summer heatShow Details
Many people consider summer the most enjoyable time of year, as the summer sun and warm breezes make the season perfect for rest and relaxation. But the months of June, July and August, which are often characterized by rising temperatures and stifling humidity, can be tough to endure as well.
When summer heat becomes especially uncomfortable, humans can simply head indoors and beat the heat in air conditioned buildings and homes. Plant life is not so lucky, and homeowners may need to take steps to help the plant life on their properties survive the summer heat.
• Monitor soil moisture. Soil moisture, or a lack thereof, can help homeowners determine if their plants are struggling to survive the heat. To check soil moisture levels, use a ruler or even your finger, sticking either two inches into the ground where you suspect the soil is drying out. If the soil is damp two inches below the surface, then your plants are likely retaining enough moisture to withstand the heat. If the soil is dry two inches below, then you may want to give the soil a deep soak.
• Keep an eye on container gardens. Containers may have an especially difficult time staying moist in the summer heat. That's particularly true for containers that sit in direct sunlight. Water container gardens daily during summer heat waves, being sure to adhere to any local water restrictions.
• Lay down mulch. Mulch helps insulate and protect soil during summer, when soil can quickly dry out. When applied correctly (ideally before summer temperatures get too hot), mulch helps the soil conserve moisture and prevents weed growth. Weeds can rob soil of the water it needs to promote strong root systems, which can help plants get the nutrients they need to withstand summer heat. Mulched soils also do not experience the fluctuations in temperature that non-mulched soils can experience during summer heat waves, helping plants to grow evenly.
• Move plants when possible. Plant location can affect their chances of surviving summer heat. Driveways lined with flowers or other plants may look nice, but driveways exposed to the sun can radiate heat at temperatures that exceed the temperatures noted on the thermometer. If possible, move plants to locations on your property that are less exposed to the heat and/or less likely to be affected by the heat. Move container plants beneath trees on hot days, and consider summer heat waves before planting new flower beds.
Summer heat can be especially harmful to plant life. But homeowners can employ various strategies to protect the plant life on their properties when temperatures rise during the dog days of summer.
3 ways to improve indoor air quality all year longShow Details
While air pollution is something most often associated with densely populated cities, the air inside homes is not immune to pollution, especially during long winters or hot summers when windows are often closed for months or weeks at a time. Though open windows in spring and summer can vastly improve indoor air quality, there are ways to ensure that air stays fresh and healthy regardless of which season it happens to be.
1. Clean the floors.
Dirty floors are one of the chief contributors to poor indoor air quality. Dust, dirt, pollen, and pet dander can accumulate on floors, leading to poor air quality and potentially aggravating respiratory conditions such as asthma. When vacuuming, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which is a uniquely designed mechanical air filter that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander and dust mites. When you finish vacuuming, mop floors to gather any dust or allergens that escaped the vacuum.
2. Control indoor air moisture.
Moist air is great for dust mites and mold, both of which are very bad for humans, so do everything you can to maintain healthy levels of indoor air moisture. Dehumidifiers can reduce indoor air moisture and control allergens, but it's important to take additional steps as well. When bathing, try to keep a bathroom window open on a slight crack to prevent mold growth. When preparing meals in the kitchen, make use of your exhaust fan. In addition, don't overwater houseplants, as they can become breeding grounds for mold.
3. Resist synthetic fragrances.
A home that smells good tends to feel more pleasant, especially during months when windows are closed. But synthetic fragrances, such as those found in detergents and air fresheners, may be providing that welcoming scent at a heavy cost to a home's inhabitants. Such fragrances may be emitting various chemicals, including volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, into the air, affecting indoor air quality and possibly even human health. When buying laundry products, look for those that are fragrance-free, also choosing home cleaning products that do not include any artificial fragrances.
Indoor air quality tends to suffer when windows are closed and doors are open only briefly. But homeowners can take a handful of simple yet effective steps to ensure the air in their homes is healthy all year long.
How families can manage cramped quartersShow Details
Young parents living in cities face difficult decisions regarding their living arrangements. The suburbs versus city debate is one many young married couples have had, and that discussion is often prompted by the arrival of children.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests that more people are choosing cities over the suburbs in the 21st century. While that data indicates 53 of the 81 cities in the United States with populations exceeding a quarter million people experienced reduced growth in 2013-2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available, during that time such cities still exhibited growth well above their averages from 2000 to 2010.
There are many reasons why city life might make more sense than living in the suburbs for young married couples. Living in the city may lead to far shorter commutes for working parents, and the availability of public transportation in cities may save parents the costly expense of purchasing their own vehicles.
But city life may force families to cope with cramped quarters. Even the most spacious apartments may not provide the same square footage as single-family suburban homes. Parents who are committed to city living may need to get creative in order to live comfortably in apartments.
• Actively police clutter. Few things can make apartments seem more cramped than clutter. Unsolicited mailings, old magazines and unused kitchenware are just a few of the items that can make small apartments seem even smaller. Discard junk mail the moment you walk through the door, making a daily effort to keep kitchen counters and tables, coffee tables and other areas that tend to accumulate clutter clear of clutter. Reducing clutter also makes homes safer for young children, making it easier for them to navigate a home while reducing choking hazards.
• Keep hosting duties to a minimum. Many men and women love to host friends and family, and that desire to host won't subside simply because you live in a city. But even if you love to host, host more intimate gatherings so you are not forced to use your already limited storage space to store items, such as extra plates, utensils and drinking glasses, that you will only use every so often. Fewer guests means fewer items you need to store year-round.
• Go easy on the tots' toys. Parents of young children know that kids' toys take up a lot of space, and that's space that many city dwellers simply don't have. Rather than adding to youngsters' toy stash each month, explain to them that space is limited and that some older toys will have to go before new ones can be purchased. Donate old toys and let kids know their items will be given to less fortunate youngsters, as that may make kids feel better about parting ways with their toys. Set a good example by showing kids when you discard or donate older items before replacing them with new ones.
• Think vertically. Single-family home owners may not need to make much use of the vertical space in their homes, but such is not often the case with apartment dwellers. Utilizing vertical space in an apartment can be as simple as buying some shelving units or bookcases. To be safe, keep items the kids will use on lower shelves so they are not tempted to do some climbing to reach their toys or books.
Parents who choose the big city over the suburbs may need to make some sacrifices to make better use of cramped quarters.
Did You Know?Show Details
Solstices happen twice per year. The solstices mark the shortest and longest days of the year and when the sun is at its highest or lowest point in the noon sky.
The solstices occur in both June and December, and when you experience each solstice depends on which hemisphere you call home. People who reside in the northern hemisphere will experience the summer solstice in June while those in the southern hemisphere will experience the winter solstice at this time.
Tips for perfectly grilled vegetablesShow Details
One of the highlights of the summer season is the incredible bounty of fresh produce, and grilling these vegetables gives them a smoky, delicious dimension. Chef BBQ Naz, a grilling expert from Broil King, shares some simple tips for flavor perfection.
• When preparing vegetables, slice them to expose as much of the vegetable to the grill surface as you can.
• Coat vegetables with olive oil before placing them on the grill. This will help prevent them from sticking to the grill.
• Use the right tool for the job. Accessories like grill toppers and skewers are perfect for keeping smaller foods like cherry tomatoes and onions from rolling around or falling through the grate.
• Don't leave vegetables unattended. Vegetables are delicate and can easily overcook if not monitored.
• Grill extras. Leftover grilled vegetables are great in soups, salads, sandwiches and on pizzas and pasta.
When grilling vegetables, consider this popular recipe.
Grilled Zucchini Rolls
3 medium zucchinis, sliced 1/4-inch thick, lengthwise
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces chevre (soft goat cheese), at room temperature
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of kosher salt
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, oil-packed and minced
1 teaspoon oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Preheat the grill on medium.
Brush both sides of sliced zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place on the grill and cook for 4 minutes per side.
When cooked, set on a wire rack to cool.
In a small bowl, combine the chevre, salt, pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, oil and thyme.
Using a small spatula, spread the cheese mixture thinly over one side of the zucchini. Lightly roll the zucchini, and place seam side down on a small, parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Place baking sheet on top rack of the grill for 15 minutes.
Remove to a platter and serve.
Additional recipes and a complete vegetable grilling guide can be found at www.broilkingbbq.com
How to use clouds to predict weatherShow Details
Meteorologists rely on electronic equipment and their knowledge of weather patterns to provide forecasts each and every day. But weather can be unpredictable, and even the most reliable weather prognosticator can sometimes get it wrong.
Novices can try their hands at predicting the weather by interpreting the environmental signs around them.
Earth science is a part of many elementary school curriculums. Current students and adults can use what they learn or learned about cloud types and formations to determine if rain is coming or if they can leave their umbrellas at home. Clouds can say a lot about both the current weather and what's to come.
According to Weather Wiz Kids, clouds are formed from very tiny droplets of water or ice crystals. Because the droplets are so small and light, they can float in the air. The characteristics and look of clouds are dictated by temperature, height, wind, and the amount of water vapor in the air, as well as the influence of other air masses.
Clouds can say a lot about the weather, and weather prognosticators have relied on clouds for centuries to help make their predictions.
Understanding clouds and what makes each cloud type unique can help amateur meteorologists impress their friends and avoid being caught in inclement weather.
• Altocumulus: These are mid-level clouds that look like a layer of white and gray cotton. The presence of these clouds may indicate rain is on the way.
• Cumulus clouds: These clouds can look like cauliflower in shape. While they're usually seen in fair weather, they can produce short spurts of rain.
• Cirrus: Cirrus clouds are high, wispy and feathery and found above 20,000 feet. Cirrus clouds can indicate that a storm system is approaching within a day or so. This may be especially true if cirrus clouds are showing tails.
According to The Homeschool Scientist, seeing a few cirrus clouds in the sky means that fair weather is on the way. If they grow in number and almost cover the sky, look for rain within 24 hours.
• Cumulonimbus: These towering clouds are good harbingers of rainy weather. They tend to form when thunderstorms are imminent. They also may accompany strong storms that produce hail, wind and even tornadoes.
• Stratus: Low-lying, flat and gray, stratus clouds are usually seen during rain, snow or misty conditions.
Cloud watching can be an interesting hobby and a great way to grow acquainted with the workings of weather systems. Children can take chances predicting the weather based on cloud formations to see if their predictions come true.
Ice cream truck historyShow Details
On a sweltering day, few things bring relief as immediately as a favorite frozen treat. The United States leads the world in ice cream consumption, with an average of 26 liters per person consumed per year.
Ice cream has been around for quite some time, and it is believed ancient Greeks ate a crude form of the dessert as early as the 5th century B.C.
While ice cream parlors, dessert shops and supermarket freezers are popular places to sample favorite flavors, ice cream also can be purchased from ice cream trucks.
The tinkling of the ice cream truck music box and the sight of that dessert haven on wheels is enough to send any child (and many adults) into sensory overload.
Some of the early precursors to the modern day ice cream truck were ice and ice cream sandwich carts that gained popularity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Confectioner and visionary Harry Burt was instrumental in developing the ice cream truck. Burt invented ice cream novelties that could be enjoyed on a stick, including the Good Humor bar. Burt wanted an easy way to deliver the treat into the hands of hungry kids, so he commissioned refrigerator trucks and hired drivers who looked pristine and safe to deliver the treats to neighborhood children. To entice the youngsters outside, the drivers rang a bell so kids would investigate the noise. Eventually the bell and standard routes helped families know when to expect the ice cream man.
Early ice cream trucks may have sold prepackaged treats, but they eventually broadened their offerings. Some turned into mobile ice cream shops, offering soft-serve or hard ice cream in everything from sundaes to cones to shakes.
Many ice cream truck businesses are independently-owned seasonal businesses. The trucks are seen when the first warm days arrive, and many can still be seen patrolling neighborhood streets into late fall.
Safety first when observing thunderstormsShow Details
Few things grab our attention like a mid-summer thunderstorm. Steamy temperatures and turbulent atmospheric conditions often conspire to produce amazing visual pyrotechnics and house-shaking booms.
Thunderstorms occur when cold upper air descends and warm, moist air rises. When these air masses collide, they form thick cumulonimbus clouds, often referred to as "thunderheads." Thunderstorms may begin and end in an instant, or several storms may string together to make thunder and lighting clusters.
While thunderstorms can occur during any time of the year, they're more likely to occur in spring and summer. According to a NASA study, the most intense and powerful thunderstorms occur in the eastern part of the Andes mountains in Argentina. But strong thunderstorms can occur just about anywhere moisture, unstable air and lift (from sea breezes or mountains) causes air to rise up.
Thunderstorms have the potential to cause significant damage and injuries, most notably from lightning strikes.
It's always wise to seek shelter during a thunderstorm so you are protected from lightning, falling limbs from trees and hail, which often accompanies thunderstorms.
Despite thunderstorms' harmful potential, they can be very enjoyable to watch or chase. But storm spectators should keep these tips in mind.
• Watch thunderstorms from the safety of indoors. It may be tempting to be out in the storm, but if you head outside during a storm, you are risking injury or even death. Consider watching a storm from the comfort of inside a garage, where you can leave the door open and see, hear and smell the storm while it comes through.
• Keep flashlights or candles handy. Strong storms can knock out power. Always have a backup light source readily available in case the power goes out. Also, you may need a battery-powered radio or a charged mobile phone at the ready to keep up on storm alerts.
• Keep pets in an interior room so they do not get too spooked. Thunderstorms frighten many animals, so pets should not share in your storm-watching endeavors. They may injure themselves trying to escape the noise. It's best if pets are kept in a quiet, dark space until the storm has ended.
• Steer clear of standing bodies of water. Downed power lines may leach electricity through puddles, potentially causing electrocution if people are standing in puddles. Do not touch any wires that seem suspicious. Water is an easy conduit for lightning, so avoid any bodies of water during a thunderstorm.
• If you're caught in a thunderstorm and don't have indoor shelter, do not seek shelter under trees, which can attract lightning strikes. Accuweather.com advises that people who cannot find reasonable shelter after a storm should take steps to minimize their risk of being struck or injured. Crouch as low to the ground as you can, but do not lie down on the ground or put your hands down. Stay on just your feet to cover as little ground as possible. You also want to be as low as you can to reduce your risks of being a lightning target. Keep anything that is a good electrical conductor away from you.
Summer weather is bound to include some thunderstorms. Where there is thunder, there's lightning, and remember to stay safe by watching these storms from a distance and making smart choices.
How to grill for a crowdShow Details
Cooking over an open fire is a staple of warm-weather entertaining. Tossing some steaks or vegetables on the grill for a family dinner is usually an easy undertaking. But even the craftiest grill cooks may need to apply some tricks of the trade when grilling food for the masses.
• Cook a large piece of meat. Rather than individual burgers or chicken wings, think about barbecuing an entire pig or a roast. In many cases, the meat can be set up on the barbecue early in the morning. By the time the evening arrives, the meat should be tender and cooked through. With just occasional checking, turning and basting, this may be the most low-maintenance option when feeding a crowd.
• Rent or borrow a second grill. Unless you are working with industrial-sized or commercial equipment, a standard grill may not have enough surface area to cook a lot of food at once. Find a friend or family member who is willing to lend you his or her grill. Having twice the room means you can cook twice the amount of food. You also may be able to rent a larger grill for an event.
• Precook the food. You can put bratwurst, hot dogs or burgers on the grill to partially cook them before the party, then store them in aluminum pans. When guests arrive, simply reheat the food to the right temperature and they'll be hot and ready in no time.
• Make steak sandwiches. Make the food go further with less work by cooking ribeye steaks or flank steaks on the grill. Slice up the meat and serve it over garlic bread with melted jack or mozzarella cheese. The result will be savory, and such sandwiches don't take much time to create.
• Opt for pulled pork. Start the basics of pulled pork in a slow cooker so that the meat cooks for several hours under low heat. If you have a smoker, you can opt to use that, but smokers may take longer to cook the meat and require more maintenance. If you opt for the slow cooker, transfer the meat to an aluminum pan when it is nearly done and put it on the grill to impart that smoky flavor. Add more seasonings to the meat and keep it warm until guests are ready to dine.
• Go with hot dogs. Hot dogs are usually precooked and will heat up quickly on the grill. Their small size means they don't take up much space, and several can fit on the grill at one time.
Grilling for a crowd is easier when you plan with foods that are precooked or heat up quickly. This way you can enjoy more time with your guests.
Play ball! Great gifts for sports fansShow Details
Finding the perfect Father's Day gift for the family sports fan can be fun for shoppers who also can't get enough of their favorite sports. But shoppers who don't know the Super Bowl from the World Series might not have the first idea about what to get the person on their list who seemingly spends all of his free time following the home team.
Fortunately, shoppers don't need to know a lot about sports to find gifts that will elicit cheers from their favorite sports fans. The following are just a handful of gifts that would make any sports fan happy.
Many sports fans dream of attending a championship game, whether that game is the Super Bowl in the National Football League, the World Series in Major League Baseball, an NBA Finals game, or whatever sport most stokes a particular sports fan's passion. Tickets have long been a go-to gift for sports fans, but shoppers who want to go above and beyond may want to purchase tickets to the championship of Dad's favorite sport. Super Bowl tickets tend to be the most expensive tickets in American sports, and such a costly gift might be more than your budget can handle. Championships in other sports tend to be expensive, but more reasonably priced than Super Bowl tickets. If possible, ask a friend or relative to split the cost of a pair of tickets.
Many sports fans now prefer to watch their favorite sports on television rather than in person. Remarkable advancements in technology have made watching the game at home not much different than being there in person, and watching from home won't require fans to pay for travel, parking or tickets. A new smart television that makes it possible for sports fans to stream out-of-town games or watch online highlights on big screens may be just the thing Dad is hoping for this season.
Gym or league membership
Some sports fans are not merely content to watch their favorite sports; they also want to compete. Devoted fans of mixed martial arts might appreciate a membership to a local MMA gym, where they can mimic their favorite competitors' moves all while getting in shape and meeting like-minded men and women who share their passion for MMA. Offer to pay for the first several months of Dad's membership, or if your budget allows, buy a 12-month membership. If MMA is not his thing, then pay his entry fees into a local sports league, such as a summer softball league or a competitive basketball league for adults.
The sports attire business is booming, and no sports fan's wardrobe is complete without a handful of items that profess his or her love for a favorite team. Visit a local sporting goods store to stock up on clothes that help Dad fit in when he attends a game or visits a nearby bar or restaurant to take in the game with fellow fans.
Father's Day shopping for sports fans can be fun, especially for shoppers willing to get a little creative.
June is National Dairy Month – Enjoy dairy for good healthShow Details
To some people, dairy's reputation for contributing to high cholesterol and weight gain is a misconception that's hard to let go of. But dairy's detractors should know the right dairy products enjoyed in moderation can actually be good for your health for a variety of reasons.
Consuming dairy products as part of a nutrient-rich diet is important for individuals of all ages. Dairy products have many nutrients and vitamins essential to good health. Calcium, protein, phosphorus, potassium, and supplemented vitamins A and D are all nutrients the body needs. Calcium, for example, is necessary to build and maintain strong bones.
Osteoporosis, a condition wherein the bones weaken and are more susceptible to injury, can affect anyone, but it is particularly common among women age 50 and older. The National Institutes of Health say as many as half of all women and a quarter of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. To keep bones strong, health professionals recommend eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D – both of which are found in dairy products.
Eating low-fat dairy products can reduce a person's risk of developing cancer. Studies have shown that populations that eat a high amount of calcium-rich foods have a lower incidence of colorectal cancer. According to child health authority Dr. Sears, calcium controls the multiplication of epithelial cells lining the colon. Fast multiplication of these cells increases a person's risk of developing cancer. The best sources of calcium include bony fish and dairy products like yogurt.
Dairy products, especially milk, are also essential for different health benefits. Drinking milk helps protect the enamel surface of teeth against acidic substances. This helps prevent tooth decay and weakening enamel.
Milk and other dairy products might also help maintain healthy skin.
Dairy also plays a role in digestive health. Consumption of milk products may help in reducing acidity in the stomach. Yogurts with active cultures have been known to promote healthy digestion and alleviate occasional irregularity.
Individuals with lactose intolerance, a food sensitivity where there are inadequate levels of lactase in the body necessary to break down the lactose sugar in dairy products, may avoid dairy foods. However, information from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board says that those with a lactose intolerance can still handle at least two cups of milk a day if taken with food and spread throughout the day. Research also indicates that consuming small amounts of lactose-containing foods may improve lactose tolerance over time.
Dairy products, like milk, cheese, yogurt, creams, and even ice cream, can provide much of the daily recommended allowances of vital vitamins and minerals. Low-fat dairy products are important components of a healthy diet.
The amazing month of JuneShow Details
With so many exciting month-long events, temperate weather for people who live in areas of the world where summer is about to begin and special occasions like Father's Day and school graduations, June is a popular month.
June is the sixth month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar, which much of the world relies on, but it wasn't always that way. According to the early Roman calendar, June was the fourth month and only had 29 days. The number of days was increased to 30 when Caesar reformed the calendar.
While many people believe that the month of June was named for the Roman goddess Juno, who is the wife of Jupiter, others have said that its name actually came from the Latin word iuniors, which means "the younger ones." This is the opposite of majors, or elders, from which May's name is believed to have originated.
People lucky enough to be born in June enjoy some of the nicest temperatures of the year. June's main birthstone is the pearl, but alexandrite and moonstone also have been used. The official flower of June is the rose, and they often bloom in abundance this time of year.
In addition to National Dairy Month, National Candy Month, Flag Day and many other observations, June is one of the most popular months for young couples to tie the knot.
Practice food safetyShow Details
Warmer temperatures lead to an increase in outdoor dining. Grillmasters anxiously wait to show off their skills while guests gravitate around the barbecue in the backyard.
No matter the temperature outside or the size of the crowd around your dinner table, food safety is a concern whenever foods will be transported inside and outdoors or enjoyed in the fresh air.
A survey conducted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that, while most people realize the months of May through September are prime times for the threat of food poisoning, consumers still are not practicing correct outdoor food safety procedures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are around 76 million cases of foodborne illnesses each year in the United States alone. Those involve hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. The CDC warns that people need to be even more diligent during warmer months to prevent food-related illnesses.
Food safety starts at the store
Food can spoil even before making its way into your kitchen. When food shopping, put the cold and frozen items on your list in your cart last. This will help keep them fresher longer.
Always use plastic bags to protect other foods against raw meat or poultry juices that can leak. Bag these items together at checkout so that you'll know to immediately put all of the perishable items away when you get home.
Some people invest in insulated, reusable tote bags that can keep cold food cold on the ride home. Even if you use such bags, always head directly home after food shopping; do not stop along the way and leave food in a warm car where it can quickly spoil.
Safety around the grill
Preparing foods involves avoiding cross-contamination between uncooked and cooked foods. That means switching utensils so that bacteria will not transfer from uncooked or partially cooked food to fully cooked food.
Use a cooler to keep refrigerated foods cold until it's time to put them on the grill if you're cooking away from home, such as at a public picnic site. Otherwise, wait until the grill is hot and ready before bringing out foods that need to be cooked.
Rely on a cooking thermometer to test the internal temperature of foods to ensure they reach temperatures that will kill bacteria or other pathogens. Hamburgers should reach 160 F and chicken breasts 165 F. When reheating fully cooked meats like hot dogs, grill to 165 F, or until steaming hot.
Discard any unused marinades so that they do not contaminate cooked foods.
Outdoor buffet tips
Food also needs to be protected once it is served. Use ice or coolers to keep cold salads and condiments at at least 40 F. Foods should not remain outside in hot weather of 90 F or above for more than one hour. The maximum time food should be kept sitting out is two hours, says the USDA.
Keep hands and utensils clean at all times. This way you do not transfer any germs onto safe foods. If a fresh water source is unavailable, keep hand wipes or disinfecting gels at the ready to clean up before eating.
Clean up well
Promptly clean all serving platters, utensils and cutting boards if they have been in contact with raw food juices. The FDA even recommends that you sanitize your cutting board with chlorine bleach, and replace it if the surface gets worn and difficult to clean.
Outdoor cooking and dining are quite popular. Following safety precautions can go a long way toward preventing foodborne illnesses.
Employment: The next step after graduationShow Details
Graduation is an exciting time in the lives of students. After years in the classroom preparing for life after school, graduation marks a time when students are finally ready to enter the "real world" and land their first professional job.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics advises that earning a college degree can greatly improve a person's chance of landing a job. The more education a person receives, the lower his or her prospects of being unemployed become. The BLS said that, as of 2014, individuals with a bachelor's degree could earn on average $1,101 per week, compared to $668 for persons with high school diplomas. Those with bachelor's degrees had a 3.5 percent unemployment rate compared to 6 percent for those with only high school diplomas.
The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that roughly two million students earn bachelor's degrees each year. Many others will go on to earn master's or doctorates before entering the workforce.
As the economy continues to improve, job prospects follow suit. According to a job outlook from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers had plans to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates in 2015 than in 2014. The growth of businesses and the rising rate of retiring Baby Boomers has spurred employment prospects.
Landing a job post-graduation requires diligence on the part of new grads, and the following are a handful of ways to make those pursuits more successful.
• Hit the ground running. It's tempting for recent grads to take the summer off and have a lax approach to job hunting after all of the hard work they put into their education. But recent grads can get a head start on their competition by beginning their searches immediately after earning their degrees. Create a list of a few target companies you have your eye on, and then tap into your network to find a contact at each company and reach out to that contact directly.
• Focus on a career path. Prospective employers prefer that applicants have some certainty regarding the types of jobs they are looking for. Take a career assessment test or work with a career counselor to narrow down the fields and positions that speak to you. Avoid the "I'm willing to do or learn anything" approach to job applications. Employers may see that as desperation.
• Don't rely entirely on the Internet. Oftentimes, landing a good job requires reaching out to people in person. In a MonsterCollege survey, 78 percent of job-seekers said networking was a factor in their job searches. Standing out from the crowd may involve physically standing out. Attend conferences or speeches from people who work at the companies you're investigating. Don't be afraid to shake some hands and introduce yourself to others.
• Think about what you can offer to prospective employers. Narrow down your specific skills and customize your résumés or cover letters to the specific talents you can offer each potential employer. Use examples that illustrate these skills from past school courses, volunteerism or part-time jobs. Your "quirks," like being the most punctual person in your group of friends, may turn out to be the skill an employer admires the most. Consider developing a career portfolio that highlights your past achievements.
• Do your homework before an interview or networking opportunity. Always be prepared before an interview or when meeting with someone you are soliciting for job help. Research the company and know its background so you have an idea of how the company runs. Keep a list of questions at the ready. A knowledge of the company can help you stand out from other applicants.
The next step for many after graduation is to find a job that fits with graduates' career goals.
College graduation garb explainedShow Details
College graduates wear some unique and impressive duds for their graduation ceremonies. Caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods all can be seen parading down the center aisle before making proud appearances at diploma presentations.
Graduation clothing, also known as academic dress, dates back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Clerical garb was standard dress for professors and scholars, as many students during medieval times made certain religious vows in addition to pursuing their educations. Today, faculty, graduates and alumni don such gowns during graduation ceremonies in a nod to tradition.
The color and cut of graduation attire may signify different fields of study and levels of education. Colors and styles may differ depending on the country. Americans follow the guidance adopted by the American Council on Education, whose standards have been reviewed and revised a handful of times through the decades. Some schools incorporate their own unique twists as well.
In the United States, gowns worn by students receiving their bachelor's and master's degrees often tie into the representative school's colors. Doctoral gowns are typically black, and robes are designed to be worn closed.
Hoods are scarf-like accessories that represent the subjects students studied and the type of degree they earned, according to the code established by the American Council on Education. The shell material of the hood will match the robe and may be lined with the school's colors. The outer edge of the hood is trimmed in a color that represents the student's field of study.
The colors that represent the various fields of study have been largely standardized in the United States by the Intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume. For example, pharmacy is olive green and economics is copper, while the sciences are represented by golden yellow.
The caps, or mortarboards with tassels, are also components of graduation dress. Mortarboards usually coordinate with the color of the gown. Tassels are traditionally black, but school colors and gold for doctorate graduates may also be worn.
Graduates are often advised to wear dark-colored and inconspicuous apparel under their academic dress so that it blends and does not distract attention from graduation garb.
More information on academic dress is available through the American Council on Education at www.acenet.edu.
Create delicious fish on the grillShow Details
Cooking on a grill is not just conducive to making steaks or burgers. Seafood is something that also cooks easily and tastefully over an open fire.
Grillmasters too often shy away from cooking seafood on the grill. They may feel it's too complicated. Although cooking fish on the barbecue requires a little know-how, it tends to be just as easy as cooking traditional barbecue fare once you get the hang of it.
Fileted fish tends to break apart quite easily once it is cooked. If you have reservations about cooking fish on a grill, you may want to start with a thicker cut of fish, or the entire fish itself. Fish steaks are thicker cuts and, though they take longer to cook on the grill, they'll also hold together better than thin, filet slices. Many different types of fish can be cut into steaks, including halibut, salmon, shark, tuna, and more.
Even if the fish you are cooking is thick, there is still a chance of making a mess of it while grilling unless you follow two important rules: Cook on a well-oiled grill, and don't touch the fish too much during cooking. A well-oiled surface is essential to keeping the steak or filet from sticking to the rungs of the grill. Many people like to flip grilled foods several times to check for doneness, but doing so with fish can cause it to flake apart. Instead, leave the fish alone until the edges have become opaque and are just starting to flake apart before you turn it. Then do not handle the fish again until you are ready to take it off the grill.
Cooking directly over the flame is fast, but you also can use non-stick foil and steam the fish within a foil packet. With this method of cooking you can better seal in juices and even top the fish with lemon slices or vegetables so the items cook together. Using a foil packet also helps keep the fish from breaking apart on the grill, and can be a safe method to try if this is your first foray into grilling fish.
Finned fish are not the only types of sea-dwelling creatures that can be cooked on the barbecue. Everything from clams to shrimp can be tossed on the barbecue.
Oysters and clams can be cleaned and placed directly on a well-oiled grill. Simply cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the shells of the oysters and clams open up widely.
Shrimp can be grilled using a seafood basket that keeps the food contained for easy flipping en masse. Otherwise, slide shrimp on kabob skewers or bamboo sticks (soak wood sticks in water before putting on the grill) to cook easily. Shrimp cooks quickly. Check for a pink color after a few minutes so the shrimp don't overcook and become rubbery.
You can also cook lobster or crayfish on the grill. Parboil the lobster inside the house for a few minutes. Then take the lobster out of the pot and dunk into ice water to stop the boiling process. Halve the lobster and brush each side with melted butter. Then place the lobster, meat-side-down, onto the grill. Cook for an additional 5 minutes per side, or until the meat looks opaque in color.
Grilling seafood is nothing to fear. Once you master some of the techniques for success, delicious meals will follow.
June is National Healthy Homes MonthShow Details
The City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department is promoting the first ever National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) in June.
The outreach campaign, created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, seeks to help people connect the dots between their health and their home. This year's theme, "Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home," was chosen to create awareness of what it means to have a healthy home by educating families of potential health hazards in a home, and to empower people to make change in order to create the healthiest home possible for their family.
Dubuque's Lead and Healthy Homes Program, which began in 1997, helps create healthy living environments and transform lives by addressing the physical conditions in homes as well as the health and quality of life of occupants. Dubuque has 19,889 residential properties built prior to 1978, which have a high propensity to contain lead hazards. While Dubuque has created over 1,150 lead-safe residences over the last 15 years, rental property inspections have shown that many homes still lack proper maintenance. This causes problems with water infiltration (mold), pest infestation (rodents, cockroaches), and indoor air quality (sewer, radon, carbon monoxide) as well as safety hazards (lack of guard rails, hand rails, smoke detectors) and energy inefficiency (lack of weatherization).
Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems that are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses like asthma and radon-induced lung cancer, and lead poisoning. The health and economic burdens from preventable hazards associated within home are considerable, and cost billions of dollars.
Tips to having a healthy home include keeping it dry, clean, safe, ventilated, maintained, and free of pests and contaminants. HUD recommends preventing the entry of water, keeping a home clean and free of clutter, storing poisons out of the reach of children, securing loose rugs, and keeping children's play areas free from hard or sharp surfaces. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed and fire extinguishers kept on hand. Bathrooms and kitchens should be ventilated to reduce the concentration of contaminants in a home. To avoid pests, cracks and openings throughout a home should be sealed and food stored in pest-resistant containers. To help keep a home contaminant-free, fix deteriorating paint and test the home for radon. Routine inspections, cleaning, and repairs will help prevent minor issues from becoming large problems.
National Healthy Homes Month also aims at boosting awareness and understanding of what federal and local resources are available. Dubuque's Lead and Healthy Homes Program provides financial assistance, in the form of a three-year forgivable loan, to single-family and rental residential property within the Dubuque city limits built prior to 1978. Program eligibility requires families to meet income guidelines (below 80 percent area median income) and have children under the age of six residing in the home or visiting. The funds will be used to address all lead hazards and limited additional environmental health and safety hazards which may include moisture/mold, allergens, contaminants, pests, carbon monoxide, and radon.
To apply for assistance through this program, or for additional information, call 563-589-1724 or visit www.cityofdubuque.org/healthyhomes. For more information on National Healthy Homes Month 2016, visit www.hud.gov/healthyhomes.
Three Bridge Closures Planned This SummerShow Details
Three bridge repair and maintenance projects will require road closures and detours on some busy Dubuque roads this summer. The first project, on Fremont Avenue, is scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 1.
Improvements will be made to the Fremont Avenue Bridge, Cedar Cross Road Bridge, and Old Mill Road Bridge. All three projects will involve bridge deck repairs to extend the life of the bridge and sidewalk settlement repairs. The Old Mill Road Bridge project includes the removal of eight water utility services and three sanitary sewer utility services.
The work will require that each bridge be closed and traffic detoured. Only one bridge will be closed at a time in an effort to minimize traffic disruptions. The Fremont Avenue Bridge project will be completed first and is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 1. That bridge closure is expected to last approximately three weeks. Southbound traffic will be detoured to Dodge Street, then Cedar Cross Road. Northbound traffic will be detoured to Kelly Lane, then Rockdale Road, and then South Grandview Avenue. A map of the detour is available at www.cityofdubuque.org/detours. Pedestrian traffic will be prohibited on the bridge while sidewalk repairs are made.
The Cedar Cross Road Bridge project will be completed second and is expected to require closure of the bridge for up to four weeks. That project will begin in mid-to-late June, after the Fremont Avenue Bridge is reopened. The detour for the Cedar Cross Road closure will have southbound traffic detoured to Dodge Street and then Fremont Avenue. Northbound traffic will be detoured to Crescent Ridge and then Dodge Street. The exact date of the closure will be announced when it is known. Pedestrian traffic will be prohibited on the bridge while sidewalk repairs are made.
The Old Mill Road Bridge project will be the last and will begin after the Cedar Cross Road Bridge is reopened, which is expected in mid-to-late July. Due to the utility and street replacement work involved in this project, its closure is expected to be five weeks. The proposed detour for this project has northbound traffic diverting to Rockdale Road, then S. Grandview Ave., then Dodge Street, and then Fremont Avenue. Conversely, southbound traffic will go from Kelly Lane to Fremont Avenue, to Dodge Street, to S. Grandview Ave., to Rockdale Road. The exact date of the closure will be announced when it is known.
All work on all three bridges is expected to be completed before school resumes on Aug. 23. For more information on these projects, please contact the City of Dubuque Engineering Department at 563-589-4270 or email@example.com.
Residents interested in receiving email and/or text notifications of street closures and detours are encouraged to visit www.cityofdubuque.org/notifyme to subscribe to the City's "Street Detour & Construction Alerts" Notify Me. All detour maps will be posted to www.cityofdubuque.org/detours.
City Designates Pesticide-Free ParksShow Details
The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department has designated nine public parks where pesticides will not be used and has created a notification system for when it will apply chemical treatments to weeds, insects, and other pests at other public parks and right-of-ways.
The pesticide-free parks are:
Cleveland Park (625 Cleveland Ave.)
Falk Park (1701 Earl Dr.)
Southern Park (200 Southern Ave.)
Welu Park (3655 Welu Dr.)
Teddy Bear Park (4900 Gabriel Dr.)
Riley Park (3356 Lunar Dr.)
Allison-Henderson Park (1500 Loras Blvd.)
Pinard Park (2819 Pinard St.)
Maus Park (599 Huff St.)
A map of the parks is available at www.cityofdubuque.org/ipm.
These parks were chosen because they are located throughout the Dubuque community, giving all residents access to pesticide-free areas, and because they consist of landscapes that can be managed without the use of chemicals. New signs have been installed in each of these parks showing their designation as pesticide-free parks.
In addition to these nine pesticide-free parks, Usha Park (3937 Pennsylvania Ave.) is being designated as a "zoned park." No chemicals will be used in the park with the exception of the parking lot area where a bio swale was recently installed. Chemicals may be used in this small area during the establishment of the plants in the bio swale.
No chemicals are used to manage the landscape in the entire footprint of these parks. Instead, staff created maintenance-friendly landscapes that reduce the need for weed management and employ mechanical techniques such as mulching, mowing, string trimming or hand-weeding to manage weeds. Because techniques like weeding and mulching are more labor intensive, volunteers are encouraged and should call the leisure services department for more information. If it becomes necessary to apply pesticides at a pesticide-free park due to a public health or safety threat, notification will be clearly posted at the site before, during, and after the application to inform users of the situation.
The designation of nine pesticide-free parks is part of the City's process of developing an integrated pest management (IPM) program to reduce chemical use in the City's outdoor spaces and facilities. Implementation of the IPM program is an ongoing process, and staff continue to explore the most effective and least toxic method for controlling pests.
The leisure services department continues to work to implement an IPM program in City parks. Employees have designated areas where pesticide use is restricted, improved park design to limit future need to use pesticides, and have identified best practices in park maintenance to minimize pesticide use.
As part of the department's review of its practices, it was decided that play structures with a defined boundary of the playground safety surfacing (mulch, sand, etc.) will also not be treated with chemicals. The City currently has 285 of these defined playground structure spaces. The only time these areas will receive chemical treatment is when there is a threat to public health and safety, such as a nest of bees or wasps in or on the play equipment. Notification of chemical use would be clearly posted before, during, and after chemical application.
"Because we will not use pesticide in the nine designated parks and play structure safety surface boundaries, weeds such as dandelions, clover and more may be apparent throughout the growing season. As we see this time of year, weeds grow quickly," said Leisure Services Manager Marie Ware. "These dandelions and other weeds may surprise some park visitors, but they are a sign of the IPM program at work."
Although pesticide use has been greatly reduced in Dubuque's 40 other parks, pesticides are used when necessary to manage noxious and invasive weeds, as well as pest infestations near higher-use areas. With over 1,000 acres of parks and open space to maintain, the leisure services department uses pesticides at times as a cost-effective method to steward public land.
The leisure services department has created an email and/or text notification system to notify residents and stakeholders who wish to be informed when and where chemical treatment of City parks will occur. To receive these notifications, please visit www.cityofdubuque.org/notifyme and subscribe to the "Pesticide Application Notification" Notify Me option.
Leisure services is only one portion of an overall Integrated Pest Management Program being developed for the City of Dubuque operations. This program is to be presented to the City Council on June 20, 2016.
UnityPoint Health® Finley Hospital Announces Two New Clinic Locations in DubuqueShow Details
UnityPoint Health® Finley Hospital will be opening two new UnityPoint Clinics in Dubuque later this fall. According to a recent study by the American Medical Association, the Dubuque and Tri-State area have a primary care provider shortage. In fact, the data indicates a shortage of 19 primary care providers.
To help meet the growing health care needs of the community, Finley Hospital will open UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine at 4170 Pennsylvania Avenue on August 1, 2016 with Kenneth Martin, MD.
In addition, Finley has announced plans to acquire Women's Wellness Center, also located at 4170 Pennsylvania Avenue. Women's Wellness Center will close on June 1 for a two month period while Finley makes equipment improvements and renovations. UnityPoint Clinic - Women's Health will open in the same location on August 1, 2016 with nurse practitioner Gretchen Hong, WHNP, AHNP.
Both clinics include exam rooms, radiology services as well as lab services.
"The mission of Finley has always been to improve the health of the people and the communities of the Tri-State area," explains David Brandon, president and CEO, Finley Hospital. "In order to meet our mission, Finley will continue to be a leader in providing the necessary health care services to meet our community needs. We are excited to open both UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine and Women's Health in Dubuque."
Women's Wellness Center has served a key niche in the community, focusing on women's health concerns for premenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women and Finley is excited for the opportunity to continue to serve women in the Dubuque area.
"Women's Wellness Center has a history of providing excellent health care to women in the Dubuque community and Finley is excited to continue that tradition and provide enhanced resources to staff and patients," said Brandon.
Finley Hospital believes the opening of UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine and UnityPoint Clinic - Women's Health will result in the best outcomes for patients. Having an integrated hospital and clinic allows for complete care coordination.
An open house will be planned for both UnityPoint Clinics later this fall.
Dubuque County Fair Announces 2016 Main Stage Line-UpShow Details
The Dubuque County Fair presented by 7G Distributing is continuing its success in bringing the nation's top music acts to the area.
On Saturday, July 30, the biggest party of the summer comes to the fair when KESHA headlines the mainstage show, with Xtreme 107.1 as the radio sponsor. Kesha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010. That year, she was declared Billboard's Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single "TiK ToK" was named Billboard's #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of that year, and was the biggest-selling digital track in the world.
Kesha has had eight consecutive Top 10 hits including four #1 singles: "TiK ToK", "Your Love Is My Drug", "We R Who We R" and "Timber". "Timber," a collaboration with Pitbull, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts, Top 40 charts, UK charts, European singles charts, and Spotify, was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Song, an MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration, and won the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Award for Best Collaboration.
Tickets are $45 for the festival area, $35 for reserved grandstand seating and $25 for general admissions grandstand seating. Tickets for Kesha go on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the fair office, online at www.dbqfair.com, or by calling 563/588-1999.
On Friday, July 29, the fair will return to its country roots with FREE COUNTRY FRIDAY featuring JERROD NIEMANN, presented by Dubuque Bank & Trust. Thanks to this generous sponsorship, reserved grandstand and general admission tickets will be included with fair gate admission. Fans 21 and older wanting the best seats in the house can purchase tickets to the Bud Light VIP Party Zone for $20, which includes two drink tickets. WJOD is the radio sponsor for the show.
Niemann exploded onto the country scene with his chart-topping major-label debut Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, which included the #1 smash hit and Platinum digital single "Lover, Lover" and the follow-up Top 5 single "What Do You Want." His follow-up album High Noon features "Drink to That All Night," which went to #6 on the Billboard Country charts.
Bud Light VIP Party Zone tickets go on sale, and free grandstand tickets can be reserved for Jerrod Niemann, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the fair office, online at www.dbqfair.com, or by calling 563/588-1999.
"Musically and technically, Kesha's performance could very well be the biggest party we've ever had at the fair and it's definitely one not to miss," said Jamie Blum, general manager of the Dubuque County Fair. "Combined with country star Jerrod Niemann for free on Friday, this year's mainstage shows will be the best tickets in town."
The Dubuque County Fair is the largest and longest-running family entertainment event in the county. This year's 63rd annual event runs daily from July 26-31 with mainstage and grounds entertainment, one of the nation's top Midway carnival operators, the 4H barns and creative arts exhibits, fair food offerings (including the legendary lemonade) and more. To learn more about the fair, visit www.dbqfair.com.
CityChannel Dubuque to Air ‘From the Archives’Show Details
The City of Dubuque Cable TV Division is tapping into its media vault to unveil a new showcase on CityChannel Dubuque titled "From the Archives." This new showcase features old programs and video footage recorded by Cable TV personnel since the mid-1980s and often shows a Dubuque that looks much different than the city we know today.
"From the Archives" programs include the placing of the bell tower on City Hall in 1990, an interview with noted Iowa artist and one-time Dubuque resident Francesco Licciardi in 1989, architect Alfred Caldwell's 1991 return to Eagle Point Park to see the buildings he built there in the 1930s, music from the Iowa Sesquicentennial celebration in Eagle Point Park in 1996, and footage from the Grand Excursion in 2004.
"From the Archives" presents one program per week airing at four different times on CityChannel Dubuque: Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., Fridays at 2 a.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. Following each airing will be a promotional announcement for the next week's program. "From the Archives" will premiere on Tuesday, June 10, at 9 a.m. with the 1988 Field of Dreams press conference at Carnegie-Stout Public Library featuring stars James Earl Jones and Kevin Costner.
For the past six years, Cable TV Coordinator Craig Nowack and Video Producer Erich Moeller have been gradually digitizing old videotapes stored in the basement of City Hall Annex. "‘From the Archives' is a fun way to look back at some of Dubuque's recent history, and a great way to see what Dubuque used to look like," said Nowack.
CityChannel Dubuque is the City's government access cable channel found on channel 8 or digital 85.2 on Mediacom's cable system in Dubuque.
The channel is also streamed live on the City's website at www.cityofdubuque.org/media.
Viewers can access the channel's program guide at www.cityofdubuque.org/cabletv.
"From the Archives" programs will eventually be available for on-demand playback on the City's website.