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Camp Courageous Pancake Breakfast and Open House Set for Sept. 28

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The Camp Courageous Annual Pancake Breakfast and Open House will be held at the Camp Courageous Main Lodge on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Camp Courageous began serving individuals with disabilities during the summer of 1974. That year, 211 campers were served. This year, Camp Courageous is celebrating 40 years & will serve nearly 7,000 campers.

Camp Courageous will be serving a hot breakfast of pancakes, pork sausage, juice, milk & coffee. The cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12.

Live Reenactment Train Robbery by Red Cedar Regulators will be at the Train Depot at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, and 11:45 AM. The Super Zip and Bounce House will also be available during the duration of the breakfast, weather permitting.

The Dixie-Notes-Plus will be playing live at the Sill Barn at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m.

A DVD presentation about the camp can be found in the camp's main office playing every half hour. The Camp Store, with new camp merchandise, will be located in the main lodge and the main office.

Open House will feature the new extension of the Camp Courageous Train & the dedication of the Camp's new lake, Lake Todd. The Dedication ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm at the Lake.

The camp is located five miles southeast of Monticello off Highway 38 and 151-Exit 65.


Special Trapping Program Bids Now Being Accepted

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the special trapping program will be available this season on both its Spring Lake Unit south of Savanna and Pleasant Creek Unit south of Bellevue. These special trapping programs allow exclusive trapping rights under restrictive conditions during the duck hunting season.

According to Russel Engelke, Wildlife Refuge Specialist for the "Upper Miss" Refuge, "These special trapping programs allow us to better manage the furbearer populations within these Closed Areas as well as protect the levees and structures we use to provie habitat for migrating waterfowl."

Trappers interested in taking advantage of this program can submit a sealed bid from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 at the Refuge headquarters located at 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, IL 61285. A minimum bid of $200 is required. Bids will be opened on Oct. 16, and successful high bidders will be notified that day. Full payment must be received before trapping will be allowed. Trappers are encouraged to bid on one or both trapping units; however, separate bids must be submitted.

Other details of this special furbearer management program:

• Access into the trapping unit is only allowed from 11am to 2pm daily to reduce disburbance to waterfowl

• 3 helpers can accompany the trapper

• vehicle access is allowed on designated levees

• no Refuge trap tags are needed and an unlimited number of traps are allowed

• a minimum of 100 trap-nights per week is required

• exclusive trapping rights will end on the last day of the regular state duck hunting season (Dec. 7 in Iowa and Dec. 16 in Illinois) when all traps must be removed

• trapping is in accordance with the state furbearer season

For additional information on these special furbearer management programs, contact the Refuge office at the above address or telephone 815-273-2732.

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge was established in 1924 to conserve and manage natural resources along the Upper Mississippi River. The Refuge contains 240,000 acres and extends 261 miles through Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Area Residents Urged to Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare

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September is National Preparedness Month and is acknowledged annually by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and public safety and emergency management agencies around the country. The theme for 2014 is "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare."

Dubuque County residents, employers, and organizations are encouraged to take action by educating themselves on emergency preparedness.

Be Informed: Learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency.

Make a Plan: Prepare, plan, and stay informed for emergencies.

Build a Kit: Build a kit for disasters, to be prepared.

Get Involved: Find opportunities to support community preparedness.

FEMA's "Ready" website (www.ready.gov) features a wealth of information available to the public at no cost and includes suggestions for businesses to plan and protect their business as well as games for kids and tools for educators and parents. Disaster preparedness information is also available locally from the Dubuque County Emergency Management Agency by calling 563-589-4170.

Residents and businesses are also encouraged to create a safety profile with Smart911 (www.smart911.com). This free, optional service gives residents of Dubuque and Dubuque County the opportunity to provide important information to emergency responders prior to an emergency to enable faster and more informed responses to emergency situations.

Dubuque residents can also subscribe to receive important notifications from the City of Dubuque through the CodeRED phone notification system (www.cityofdubuque.org/codered) and the Notify Me email and/or text notification system (www.cityofdubuque.org/notifyme).

The City of Dubuque is distributing preparedness tips through its presence on Facebook and Twitter throughout the remainder of September.


Hospice of Dubuque to sponsor bereavement support groups


Dubuque Dispute Resolution Center Open

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The Dubuque Dispute Resolution Center (DDRC) is a community mediation program coordinated by the City of Dubuque Human Rights Department and staffed by community volunteers who have received training in basic mediation skills.

On Monday, Sept. 15, an article appeared in the Telegraph Herald with the headline "Dubuque Dispute Resolution Center Closes." While the DDRC is facing challenges, as noted in the article, the center has not closed and this service is still available. The three volunteer mediators mentioned in the article continue to accept case referrals from human rights department staff on an as-needed basis.

The mission of the DDRC is to solve tenant and landlord, neighborhood, and race-related disputes through mediation before problems escalate and negatively impact a neighborhood. Most DDRC cases are related to everyday disputes between neighbors: arguments over dogs, parking, children, and property. The DDRC does not handle employment or private family matters. Disputes referred to the DDRC must originate in the official city limits of Dubuque and/or one of the disputants must have official residence within the city limits of Dubuque.

Additionally, mediation offered through the DDRC is distinct from mediation that is offered as part of a formal discrimination complaint filed with the Dubuque Human Rights Commission. If the issue in a particular case appears to be covered by the City's anti-discrimination ordinance, then the case will be referred to the formal complaint process.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer mediator with the DDRC, need mediation assistance, or would like additional information, please contact the City of Dubuque Human Rights Department at 563-589-4395 or humanrgt@cityofdubuque.org.


Lost Mound Deer Hunt Applications Extended

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The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge has announced an extension for submitting the 2014 applications for the special deer hunts at Lost Mound. Applications will be accepted until the day prior to the orientations for the deer hunts.

Two managed deer hunts, one for youth (ages 10-15) and one for adults with disabilities (16 and older), are conducted within designated Closed Areas of Lost Mound. All hunters must be accompanied by an adult able-bodied attendant that is capable of tracking and retrieving a deer. There are 45 hunt sites for each hunt.

All hunters, attendants and any accompanying individuals must attend a mandatory safety orientation with two sessions being held: Saturday, Oct. 4, and Friday, Nov. 14. Both sessions are held from 9am to 3pm starting at Manny's Pizza, 211 Main Street, Savanna IL, followed by a visit to the hunt area.

The youth hunt will be held on Oct. 11-12, which coincides with the Illinois Youth Either Sex Deer Hunt. A Jo Daviess County Deer Permit must be obtained and brought to the orientation. All youth must show certification of completion of a state approved hunter safety course.

The hunt for adults with disabilities will be held on Nov. 15-16, which is the Saturday-Sunday prior to the Illinois Firearms Deer First Season. A minimum P2a Illinois disability classification (or similar disability certification from non-resident states) is required. A Jo Daviess County Deer Permit is not needed in order to apply for this hunt, as this permit is provided by the Refuge.

Application and regulations can be downloaded from the following website: www.fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river or picked up at the refuge office located at 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson IL. For further questions please contact the Refuge office at 815-273-2732.


Magic for the Museum, A Benefit for the Dubuque Museum of Art

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The Dubuque Museum of Art is pleased to announce, in concert with THMedia, Magic for the Museum, A Benefit for the Dubuque Museum of Art, on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the Mississippi Moon Bar in the Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, Iowa.
Performers include the Grand Prix World Champion of Magic Shawn Farquhar and Des Moines comedian and magician Ben Ulin along with local performers Craig Steven and Luke Van Cleve. All ticket proceeds will go directly to the Dubuque Museum of Art.

For ticket information call 563-690-4758. To reserve a table, booth or private suite, call 563-663-2291

Related to the performance there will be a special exhibit of magic apparatus in the lobby of the Dubuque Museum of Art from Oct. 7 through the 31. The items being displayed are custom designed and built by local magician Craig "Steven" Beytien, and he'll be presenting an artist lecture on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1:30 pm entitled The History of the Magic Box.

About the Performers

Shawn Farquhar is arguably Canada's most famous and most recognized magician. He has been awarded  the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians and the Vancouver Magic Circle, Magician of the Year by the Canadian Association of Magicians twice, Grand Prix D'Honneur by the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians, both Stage Magician of the Year and Sleight of Hand Magician of the Year by the International Brotherhood of Magicians (the only person to win both of the top categories in the history of the organization), and  has won the highest award in magic, the Grand Prix World Champion of Magic at the Olympics of Magic in Beijing, China.
He has appeared on Ellen and was a judge on the Japanese reality TV series Asian Ace. He won the British reality TV series Penn and Teller's Fool Us, where he did fool them, and by doing so won the coveted opportunity to open for them in their Las Vegas theatre. He is one of the world's top lecturers in Magic, has his own company that designs, manufactures, and sells illusion equipment, is a fly-in-fly-out performer for the Disney Cruise Ships, including the Disney Magic, and has performed for Queen Elizabeth and the Hell's Angels - although not at the same gig...

Ben Ulin has been a fulltime, professional entertainer for over 30 years. He has been successful in many different kinds of venues: a television host, a headline act for comedy clubs and cruise ships, the producer of a long running amusement park show, an actor, writer, game show host/designer, and more. Ben Ulin has been setting the standard for entertainment at Adventureland since 1988. The MAGIC REVIEW show at the Sheriff Sam's Saloon is the longest running show in the park's history. This year celebrates its 25th year.

Craig Steven has been performing in both close-up and stage venues for over 30 years. He's the recipient of both the stage and close-up awards from the IBM Ring 11. He designs and builds many of his own effects and for many other professional performers world-wide. You can see many of these effects on Craig's website: www.illusionartsmagic.com. In his spare time Craig is a publishing consultant and a past-president of Rotary, a Board President of the Integrus Credit Union, a board member for Keystone AEA and a two-term Dubuque Community School Board member.

Luke Van Cleve is a senior at Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa. 18-year-old Luke has been performing magic since the young age of 6. He received the Del Kiefer achievement award for performing from the Quad City Magic Club and teaches the "Art of Magic" in the community. He has been featured at the Hempstead High School talent show with first place finishes both his sophomore and junior year. His passion is performing, learning, and teaching.


Sportsmanship an important lesson for young athletes

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Children who play sports often walk away with important lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. Sportsmanship can be defined as playing fair, following the rules of the game, respecting the rulings of referees, and treating opponents with respect.

During the heat of competition, it can be challenging to be a good sport, particularly when the goal is to win. However, sportsmanship is something that should be a priority for players, parents and coaches. Here are some of the ways to be fine sportsmen.

• Abide by the rules of the game. Rules are there for a reason, to promote fairness and to keep play organized and in check. Many sports are a team effort, and the team cannot work effectively if players have their own agendas.

• Practice anger management. Anger can take over when an official makes a questionable call or a teammate makes an error. But arguing with officials or teammates can get in the way of camaraderie and good performance.

• Be a team player. Players have different skill levels and abilities. There will always be the players that excel and those who may not be the MVP. Players should not "hog" the ball or make attempts to exclude others from the game. Enabling everyone to have their chance to shine is a good way to be a good teammate and friend.

• Offer words of encouragement. Even the star player can have a bad game once in awhile. A true sportsman will not tease others when they are down. Teammates should always be encouraging of one another.

• React well to a loss. There will be winners and losers in competition. Bursting into tears or jeering at the winning team reflects badly on you and your teammates. It may not feel good to lose, but be able to share in the joy of the other team and congratulate them on their success. Use a loss as a learning experience that shows you what you and your teammates need to work on going forward.


Applicants Sought for Community Development Advisory Commission Vacancies

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The City of Dubuque is seeking volunteer applicants to fill two vacancies on its Community Development Advisory Commission; one is an at-large (community-wide) position and the other must reside in one of Dubuque's low/moderate income areas (view map at www.cityofdubuque.org/DocumentCenter/View/21728).

The Community Development Advisory Commission receives public input and makes recommendations to the City Council on the allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds received annually from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The federal CDBG funds are used for eligible activities in the area of housing, economic development, neighborhood and public services, public facilities, and planning/administration.

The Community Development Advisory Commission is comprised of nine members appointed by City Council to serve staggered three-year terms. Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. every third Wednesday of each month at the Historic Federal Building.

Applications can be printed or submitted online at www.cityofdubuque.org/boards or through the City Clerk's Office at 563-589-4120 or cityclerk@cityofdubuque.org.

Applications can be submitted at any time for all boards and commissions and are activated as positions become available. Applications remain on file for one year from the date they are submitted. To apply online or view a complete list of boards and commissions, descriptions, terms, and meeting information, please visit www.cityofdubuque.org/boards or contact the City Clerk's Office.


Flashing Yellow Left-Turn Arrow Traffic Signals Introduced to Dubuque Streets

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Dubuque motorists may have noticed a new type of signal added to two traffic lights on Ninth Street as part of recent construction projects. The flashing yellow left-turn arrow signal is a new traffic management tool aimed at keeping traffic moving, increasing safety, and reducing fuel consumption.

The new signals were installed at the intersections of Ninth and Locust and Ninth and White streets in Dubuque and are being added to intersections across Iowa. The new signal features a flashing yellow left-turn arrow, in addition to a red, green and steady yellow arrow. The flashing yellow arrow replaces the circular green signal used in the traditional left-turn signal configuration to indicate the need for left-turning vehicles to yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

A flashing yellow arrow means left turns are permitted, but motorists must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians, and then proceed with caution. The flashing yellow arrow does not replace the solid yellow arrow and its meaning; it does replace the green "ball" indication as a signal for a yielding left turn.

Drivers approaching a flashing left-turn arrow should stop at the intersection and yield to oncoming traffic. If, and when, it is safe, drivers may turn left and proceed through the intersection. When the available time for the flashing yellow arrow ends, the solid yellow left-turn arrow begins. The solid yellow retains it standard meaning - the left turn signal is about to go to red, so drivers must prepare to stop or complete a left turn if already in the intersection.

The Federal Highway Administration has adopted the flashing yellow arrow as a national standard for permissive left-turn operations. Several such signals have already been installed in other locations around Iowa. Others will be installed by the Iowa Department of Transportation and local jurisdictions throughout Iowa as they upgrade their traffic signals or make improvements at intersections.

The flashing yellow arrow may be used at any intersection at any time, but the most typical use will be at intersections and time-of-day that have lower traffic volumes, lower traffic speeds and other favorable conditions.

The flashing yellow left-turn arrow is intended to:

Help prevent crashes. A national study demonstrated that drivers found flashing yellow left-turn arrows more understandable than traditional yield-on-green indications.

Reduce traffic delays. There are more opportunities to make a left turn with the flashing yellow left-turn arrow than with the traditional three-arrow, red, yellow and green indications. This helps reduce delays at intersections, which saves time and fuel.

Provide more traffic management flexibility. The new traffic signals provide traffic engineers with more options to handle variable traffic volumes.

The City of Dubuque Engineering Department plans to replace many of the city's existing "yield-on-green" ball signals with the flashing yellow arrow.

Steady Red Arrow
Drivers turning left must stop and wait.

Steady Yellow Arrow
The left-turn signal is about to turn red. Do not enter the intersection if you can stop safely. Complete your left turn if you are already within the intersection.

Flashing Yellow Arrow
Yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians; then turn left, proceeding with caution. Oncoming traffic has a green light.

Steady Green Arrow
Drivers can proceed with the left turn. Oncoming traffic must stop. Do not go straight.


Dubuque Oktoberfest and Bier Tasting

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The 6th Annual Dubuque Oktoberfest will be taking place on Saturday, Sept. 27, from noon to 8 pm at the Alliant Amphitheatre-Port of Dubuque.

There will be traditional German and Slavic music from the Guttenberg German Band, The Americana Band and the Loras College Band. There will be traditional dancing from the University of Northern Iowa International Dance Theatre as well as free polka lessons. A Large variety of traditional foods and beverages will be available, with a Bier Tasting with 20 breweries from 3:30-6:30pm.

This is a family event with the Dubuque Senior High School German Club sponsoring games, face painting , coloring contest, etc. We encourage everyone to attend to help increase the awareness of the German and Slavic Cultures.

100% of all proceeds are donated to Camp Albrecht Acres to assist them with their mission of helping those less fortunate.

Visit www.DubuqueOktoberfest.org for more information.


City Amends Sidewalk Ordinance

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On Sept. 2, Dubuque City Council members amended a section of City of Dubuque ordinance addressing sidewalk repair and liability. The amended ordinance shifts financial liability to property owners in most cases when people are injured as the result of a defective sidewalk.

Prior to the amendment, the City was able to delegate responsibility for sidewalk repair to the abutting property owner by ordinance, but not delegate liability to the abutting property owner for failure to repair a sidewalk that results in injury. A recent ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court held that cities may now delegate such liability by ordinance.

According to the amended City of Dubuque ordinance, the abutting property owner must maintain the area from the back of the curb to the right of way line, and must keep such area in a safe condition free from defects, debris, nuisances, obstructions or any other hazard. The abutting property owner is also liable for damages caused by failure to maintain such area. If sidewalk repairs are necessary and the abutting property owner does not make the repairs, the City can legally make the repairs and assess the cost to the abutting property owner.

Because the City of Dubuque has a statutory duty under the Iowa Code to keep sidewalks in good repair, the City could still be held jointly liable with the property owner if the City had actual knowledge or constructive notice that a sidewalk was defective prior to an injury taking place. However, in the absence of such knowledge or notice, the abutting property owner would be primarily liable for any injury resulting from the failure to maintain the sidewalk.

The number of sidewalk injury cases in Dubuque varies from year to year. Injuries most commonly result from elevation shifts in sidewalks, which increase the likelihood of tripping. Failure to promptly remove natural accumulations of snow or ice from a walkway also could lead to potential liability for an abutting property owner.

The City of Dubuque Engineering Department conducts sidewalk inspections each spring, summer, and fall as part of its Sidewalk Inspection Program and responds to complaints. Engineering staff inspect public and residential area sidewalks for tripping hazards such as vertical or horizontal separations, holes, cracks, and raises or depressions.

Following inspections, abutting property owners are notified by certified mail of any defective conditions in the sidewalks and driveway approaches and the date by which repairs must be completed. Licensed, insured contractors may perform repairs, or property owners may perform the work themselves. In either instance, City of Dubuque Standard Specifications must be complied with, and a permit obtained.

For information on hazardous sidewalks, standards, and the Sidewalk Inspection Program, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/sidewalks or call 563-589-4270.


American Advertising Federation of Dubuque Hosts Convo and Cocktails at Voices of the Warehouse

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AAF Dubuque (American Advertising Federation) presents an opportunity to unwind at Convo and Cocktails with the most creative networking Happy Hour in the tri-state area. This year, the local chapter is hosting this lively social event at the Voices of the Warehouse, located on 10th and Jackson Street in Dubuque, on Sept. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet marketing and advertising professionals from the Dubuque area, while admiring the exceptional works of art. Cost of this unique event is $15 for non-members and $10 for members, which includes one drink ticket and entrance to the Voices art gallery.

To register or learn more, visit AAF Dubuque's website at aafdubuque.com/en/events. Questions? Contact Amy Kemp at amy@shootforthemoon.com

AAF Dubuque, a member of the 9th District of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), is a non-profit organization of professionals dedicated to promoting, protecting and advancing the interest of advertising and public relations. The club is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and Officers who dedicate time, talent and resources to making the club a valuable source of information and an excellent networking opportunity for the members while following the club's Constitution and Bylaws. To learn more about AAF Dubuque, visit aafdubuque.org.


Camp Courageous Train Engineer Remembered

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In 2007, Tom & Nan Riley of Marion, Iowa, donated a train to Camp Courageous. It included the engine car, a flatbed car, and caboose. Gerry Rohr, of Monticello, Iowa, was quick to volunteer his services to make this dream come true for the nearly 7,000 campers with special needs that come to Camp Courageous each year. Gerry took full responsibility for the laying of the track, switches, and the train itself.

Gerry Rohr quickly determined the existing train engine was not large enough to pull the many campers that would travel through the woods at one time. So he ordered a large diesel engine, pulled the old engine out, and put the new one in.

"Gerry was a genius...he could fix or repair anything," according to Charlie Becker, the camp's director and long time friend of Gerry Rohr. The new engine was just what was needed, as two new passenger cars were designed and added in the next few years.

Along with everything affiliated with the train, Gerry oversaw the camp's three large generators that power the camp during a power outage and he assisted the maintenance staff with hundreds of projects over the years.

"Gerry was always there to help Camp Courageous, at any hour of any day," said Charlie. "Gerry was at that stage of life that he was imparting lots of knowledge to James Kurth, the camp's Maintenance Director," said Charlie. "They had a wonderful relationship."

Gerry's final gift to camp was the expansion of the train to Lake Todd, a newly constructed Lake at Camp Courageous. Gerry, along with several hard-working volunteers, spent the past spring and summer laying the track. All that remained to be done was a little balancing of the track before campers would have the opportunity for a new and longer train ride. Unfortunately, due to Gerry's death of an apparent heart attack, he was not able to take that inaugural ride.

"Gerry brought an incredible amount of joy and happiness into the lives of thousands of campers with special needs. The train ride was a highlight of their stay at camp. Gerry leaves a huge void at Camp Courageous, but his legacy lives on with every train ride," said Charlie.


Canoe Programs Scheduled

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Come canoe Catfish Creek at the beautiful Mines of Spain Recreation Area and enjoy the wonders of the water and nature. The Mines of Spain Recreation Area will be holding two canoe programs on Sunday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 28, starting at 1 p.m. Meet at the canoe launch on Catfish Creek. The canoe launch is along the main park road. Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Canoes, life jackets and paddles will be provided. The Mines of Spain has a limited supply of life jackets (PFDs). The PFDs will be provided on a first come, first served basis. All participants are required to wear a PFD at all times. It is recommended that you bring your own PFD to ensure it fits properly and that you will be able to go out in a canoe. Your guide will assist you in learning how to canoe and will provide information about the park and its natural resources as you paddle upstream on Catfish Creek. Watch for great blue herons, otter, turkey, and other wildlife as you paddle.

The canoe trip will last about 2 hours including a short introduction to canoeing. After the canoe trip take time to explore the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center or hike some of the 20 miles of trails that wind through the Mines of Spain Recreation Area. Whether you are a novice or professional, you will find that this trip will aid you in exploring and learning about the Mines of Spain.

For more information about this program, other programs, or the Mines of Spain Recreation Area call the E. B. Lyons Interpretive Center at 563-556-0620. Additional program schedules can be found at the parks website at www.minesofspain.org.


Premier Bank Announces Graduate School of Banking Accolade

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 Premier Bank is pleased to announce Staci Duerr, vice president, chief credit officer, was awarded a diploma on August 15, 2014, at commencement exercises during the 70th annual session of the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The School, sponsored by state bankers associations from across the central United States, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership. Instruction at the Graduate School of Banking takes place during two-week resident sessions for three consecutive summers, along with comprehensive study between summer resident sessions. The curriculum focuses on the management of strategic issues faced by banking executives and financial services industry professionals.

The Graduate School of Banking enrolls approximately 575 US and international professionals each year. Over 85 esteemed academicians, economists, government officials, and industry professionals comprise the School's faculty.

Mike Adelman, president and CEO, Ohio Bankers League, Columbus, Ohio, was the featured speaker at commencement; Mr. Adelman, who is currently secretary for the GSB Board of Trustees, is a 2008 alumnus of the Graduate School of Banking.

Jeff Mozena, president and CEO of Premier Bank added, "We applaud Staci's efforts to our bank and the larger financial services industry. This in-depth program prepares graduates to effectively tackle complexities in the financial industry. Completion of the Graduate School of Banking program reflects a strong commitment to being a valued resource to clients we serve."

Premier is a community bank committed to providing attractive account options with cutting-edge technology while supporting Dubuque's civic, educational and charitable organizations. Premier Bank has $258 million in assets and three locations in Dubuque.


New Waste Receptacles Deployed on Central Avenue

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Through a partnership between the Washington Neighborhood Development Corporation (WNDC) and the City of Dubuque, five new trash and recycling receptacles were installed along Central Avenue September 2 at the following locations:

22nd & Central (SE Corner)
20th & Central (NE Corner)
18th & Central (NW Corner)
16th & Central (NW Corner)
14th & Central (NE Corner)

A committee of Washington Neighborhood businesses has been meeting monthly to plan ways to address issues of mutual concern: fighting litter, making aesthetic improvements, and addressing vacant store fronts. The committee recognized the need for additional receptacles as a significant opportunity to improve access to recycling and to reduce litter in public spaces along the Central Avenue corridor.

Made possible by a grant from Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency, the functional and artistic receptacles incorporate recycled street signs from the City's public works department and add a colorful and artful flair to the overall unique design. The design was approved by the Washington Neighborhood business committee which represents businesses in the neighborhood. The City of Dubuque Public Works Department will add the new locations to their regular collection routes.

"Installing highly-visible and well-marked trash and recycling receptacles will create an opportunity for education through access by providing a convenient way to recycle and throw away trash where there was not one before", according to Washington Neighborhood Development Corporation Director and City of Dubuque Economic Development Coordinator Megan Starr.

Tri-State Quality Metals, which will soon move to the Dubuque Industrial Center South, fabricated the receptacles. Owner Gary Wilming grew up in the Washington Neighborhood and was interested in being a part of the project.


Develop an Emergency Plan during National Preparedness Month

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Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross, Midwest River Region, encourages everyone to take the first step during National Preparedness Month and join America's PrepareAthon, creating a disaster plan for their household that can help keep people safe in an emergency.

"Having an emergency plan is an important step so everyone in the household knows what they should do if something happens," said Betsy Pratt, Regional Chief Executive Officer. "We believe people should mark National Preparedness Month by creating or updating their plan."

Everyone in the household should help put the emergency plan together so they know what they should do if something occurs. Because everyone may not be together at home when a disaster happens, the plan should include ways to contact one another and two places to meet - one near the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, and one outside the neighborhood in case circumstances prevent people from returning home. The plan should also identify an emergency contact person from outside the area in case local telephone lines are overloaded or out of service.

Any emergency plan should also include decisions about where to go if ordered to evacuate and what route to take to get there. It's a good idea to include alternate routes in case roads are closed. Don't forget family pets. Make sure to include plans for them such as pet-friendly hotels and animal shelters along the evacuation route.

The most common threat people face across the country is a fire in their home. National Preparedness Month is a good time to develop a fire escape plan and practice it with everyone in the household. When developing the plan, walk through the home and look at all exits and possible escape routes, including windows. List two ways to get out of every room in case fire blocks one of the paths. Pick a place to meet outside, a safe distance away and - no matter the circumstances - stay out of the home until fire officials say it is okay to go back inside. All households should practice their plan at least twice a year.

People should also install smoke alarms on every level of their home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. They should test the alarms monthly, replace the batteries at least once a year and replace them every ten years.

The Red Cross has developed mobile apps that provide information on what to do before, during and after emergencies, including a "Make a Plan" feature on how to develop an emergency plan. The free apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

For more information on how to prepare for all types of emergencies, people can visit redcross.org or contact their local chapter office:

The American Red Cross of the Tri-States - 536-583-6451

The American Red Cross of the Quad Cities- 309-743-2166

The Gateway Area Chapter - 563-242-5223

The Northwest Illinois Chapter - 815-233-0011

The Rock River Chapter - 815-963-8471

The Western Illinois Chapter - 309-344-1611


Weekend road trip tips

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A long weekend provides the perfect opportunity to hop into the car and embark on a road trip. Sometimes it doesn't take an extended vacation to recharge your batteries. A brief change of scenery and venue can make for quite the respite as well.

Road trips also tend to be more affordable than longer getaways. If you have the benefit of a tow hitch and a camper, you already have your accommodations. But even if you still need lodging, there are several budget motels that can fit the bill for overnight lodging along your route.

Here are some other road trip tips.

• Before embarking, take out a map and plan your excursion. Stick to locations that are within reasonable driving distance from home. If you roam too far, you will spend more time behind the wheel than you will enjoying your destination. Locations no more than five to six hours away should suffice.

• Get your vehicle in road trip shape by ensuring it is in good working condition. If your car is scheduled for an oil change, get one before leaving. In addition, top off fluids and be sure that tires are properly inflated.

• Stick to the scenic routes. While they may not save you travel time, avoiding interstates in favor of picturesque backroads will make for a much more relaxing and visually inspiring trip. Schedule rest stops so you can get out of the car and explore along the way to your destination. Taking backroads may also help you avoid some of your fellow weekend travelers.

• Make your long weekend a Saturday through Monday affair. You may find the roads are more congested Friday through Sunday. Simply starting your trip on Saturday and returning on Monday could save you the headache of driving in heavy traffic.

• Scope out low-cost activities at your destination. Many national parks are inexpensive and may only charge one fee per vehicle to enter. After Labor Day, many beaches no longer charge entry fees, making them an affordable option.

Take advantage of cooler temperatures and picturesque scenery by planning a weekend road trip.


Tickets are now on sale for Dubuque Area Baconfest II

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Dubuque Area Baconfest II is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds. The event takes place between 6:00 to 9:00 pm for general admissions and at 5:00 pm for V.I.P. Admissions. 

Dubuque Area Baconfest is an evening where guests walk around tasting creative bacon dishes from local restaurants, grocery stores, BBQ pits and caterers.

All proceeds from the event will go to Area Residential Care and support their mission of empowering people with intellectual disabilities. Can't go wrong with that! Helping people with disabilities while eating bacon! 

Ticket Information 
General Admission Tickets will be sold at $25 each 

VIP Tickets will be sold at $40 each - VIP tickets allow attendees to enter the venue early and get a taste of all the food before everyone else. Order your tickets today at dbqbacon.org. Don't delay; these tickets won't last long!

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25th REAP Anniversary Celebrated

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The Dubuque County Conservation Board, Jackson County Conservation, Jones County Conservation, and Pheasants Forever will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection) Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 21, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. at Whitewater Canyon. 

Celebrate by spending the day at one of the country's most beautiful locations. Wagon rides, walking tours, and kids' activities are planned throughout the weekend.

Wagon rides are scheduled for 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30pm on Sunday. Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Biologist Chris Hiher will be interpreting habitat projects on the wagon rides.

Jackson and Jones County Naturalists will hike and provide kids' activities. Sign up for the wagon tours by calling 556-6745 (these will be sure to fill up fast, so please plan ahead).

We would like to encourage those UNABLE to walk or get around easily to call and reserve their spot on the wagons. If you are able-bodied, we would love you to join us on a walking tour.


Establishing a positive homework environment for your student

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Though it might not be something students look forward to, homework is an essential element of the learning process. Homework allows kids to apply the lessons they learned in the classroom while giving educators a chance to determine if students are grasping the concepts discussed in class or if certain lessons need to be revisited.

Students often seek their parents' help when doing their homework, but parents can start helping even before their children bring any assignments home. Creating a homework environment where kids can concentrate and put forth their best effort is a great way to help them throughout the school year.

The following are a few tips for parents who want to ensure that home is as conducive a place as possible for students to do their best on homework assignments.

• Find a quiet space with little or no distractions. A quiet place in the home where kids can concentrate is essential when kids are doing homework. While a youngster's bedroom might have sufficed years ago, today's children tend to have bedrooms that mimic the showroom floor of an electronics store. If kids have televisions, video game consoles and stereos in their bedrooms, then that's likely not the best environment for them to do their homework. Kids can too easily grow distracted, so find a quiet area where kids can focus on their studies without being tempted by television, video games or other distractions not conducive to studying.

• Designate a time each day when kids do their homework. Another way to make your home more amenable to homework is to designate a time each day when kids will study. Let other members of the household know that this is a quiet time in the house so kids aren't distracted. Once kids get comfortable in this routine they likely won't need much prodding to do their homework, and this designated quiet time in the household can be a relaxing time for other members of the household as well.

• Have healthy snacks available. Few people do their best work on an empty stomach, so if kids will be doing their homework immediately after school, make sure you have some healthy snacks on hand. Elementary and high school students tend to eat lunch earlier than adults, so they're liable to be hungry when they arrive home from school in the mid- to late-afternoon. Have plenty of fresh fruit on hand so kids can satisfy their hunger. Less healthy snacks might satisfy youngster's hunger pangs, but such snacks may also make kids drowsy, negatively affecting their ability to concentrate and indirectly hindering their schoolwork as a result.

• Let kids know their work will be checked nightly. Parents who want to create an environment where their children approach homework seriously should let their kids know their work will be checked each night, and they will need to redo any assignments that were not completed correctly. This prevents kids from rushing through assignments without giving their best efforts.

Few youngsters look forward to homework. While parents might not be able to change their kids' attitudes toward homework, they can change their home to make it as positive an environment for kids to pursue their studies as possible. 


Make the morning rush to school a lot less hectic

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Weekday mornings during the school year can be hectic. Parents who must get their youngsters ready for school while preparing for their own day often find themselves rushing through the morning and wishing there was just a little more time before they had to run out the door.

While parents can't add another hour to the morning unless they wake up earlier, there are ways they can be more efficient in the morning. An efficient morning is typically a less hectic morning, and the following are a few ways families can work together to make more efficient use of their time on weekday mornings during the school year.

• Get a head start the night before. Perhaps the most effective way to make mornings less hectic during the school year is to accomplish as much as possible the night before. Instead of making kids' lunches each morning, make them at night right before you go to bed. Along with your kids, lay out their clothes for the next day before they go to sleep each night. This way kids won't waste time in the morning agonizing over what to wear, and they're liable to put up less of a fuss in the morning if they had a hand in choosing their attire for the day.

• Avoid turning your kitchen into a diner each morning. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it also can be the most indecisive meal of the day. Kids likely won't want to eat the same thing for breakfast every day, but give them fewer options so you aren't wasting time discussing what they are going to eat. The more closely your breakfast options resemble those of a diner, the more time your child is liable to waste choosing what to eat.

• Limit time in the bathroom. Spending too much time in the bathroom is another way families waste time on weekday mornings. Bathroom time should be limited to a set amount of time per person so everyone can get where they need to go on time. How much time adults and children spend in the bathroom each morning should depend on how many bathrooms you have and how many people are sharing those bathrooms. But even if everyone has their own private bathroom, try to limit the time you spend in the bathroom to 15 minutes per person. That should be plenty of time to shower, use the restroom and brush your teeth.

• Locate must-have items before going to bed at night. Your school-aged youngsters and you will need certain things before you can leave home every morning. Car keys, cell phones, wallets, eyeglasses, and backpacks are a handful of items all of you will need at some point during your day. Locate these items before you go to bed each night and place them in the same convenient place each night. This saves you the trouble of running around in the morning looking for lost car keys or wondering where your youngster's eyeglasses ended up the night before.

• Turn the television off in the morning. Watching television in the morning can be very distracting, which can make it harder for adults and kids alike to get out the door on time in the morning. Kids might want to watch cartoons, which may keep them from preparing for school or brushing their teeth. And adults can grow easily distracted by news programs and morning shows, which will eat up time they need to get ready for the day ahead.

• Gas up the car the night before. A pit stop at the gas station en route to school or the office will only add to the hectic nature of the morning. Check your fuel gauge each night before arriving home and refuel your vehicle if it's running low. This gives you a little extra time to relax in the morning and reduces the risk that you or your child will be late for work or school, respectively.

Weekday mornings during the school year can quickly become frenetic. But a few time-saving tips can ensure you and your youngsters start each morning off a lot more relaxed.


School bus safety tips to impart to youngsters

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Each day thousands upon thousands of children board school buses to take them to and from school. Parents and caregivers entrust their children's well-being to the care of school bus drivers and aides. Although parents may worry about school bus accidents, such accidents are few and far between.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises that school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and protecting against injury. Buses are arguably the safest mode of transportation for getting kids to and from school. By keeping millions of cars off the roads surrounding schools, school buses contribute to less crowded roadways, which are less conducive to accidents.

Danger zone
Though parents may feel buses are most likely to be in accidents while in transit, experts advise that children are more likely to get hurt during pickups and drop-offs when they're in the "danger zone" of the bus. The danger zone is a 10-foot radius around the outside of the bus. Bus drivers and other motorists find kids in the danger zone are more difficult to see, and children can get struck by either the bus or oncoming cars that fail to stop when the bus is picking kids up or dropping them off.

Knowing the safety rules
While a large part of protecting children is on the shoulders of the school bus driver, it is also vital for passengers to learn the basics of school bus safety. Kindergarteners or children who are riding the bus for the first time should be taught the rules of school bus safety.

Some schools offer a school bus tour prior to the new school year. This lets youngsters acclimate themselves with the look and feel of the school bus. This introduction also may include information about bus safety, but parents can also educate their children (and themselves) about using caution in and around the bus by following these guidelines.

• Get to the bus stop 5 to 10 minutes prior to the assigned pickup time. Rushing last-minute can lead to injury, especially if you're chasing down the bus.

• Remain on the sidewalk or grass at the bus stop. Do not step off the curb into the street until the bus has arrived and is completely stopped.

• When boarding the bus, go directly to a seat and sit down. Buckle up if there are seatbelts on the bus.

• Remain seated while the bus is in motion.

• Keep voices low so as not to distract the driver.

• Keep your head and hands inside of the bus, and never hang out of the window.

• Do not throw things on the bus or play rough with friends or classmates.

• Keep the aisle clear at all times.

• Be careful when getting off the bus. Hold on while going down the stairs.

• Only get off at your designated stop unless you have permission to get off elsewhere.

• When exiting the bus, walk at least 10 steps past the front of the bus and cross in front where the driver can see you. Do not cross behind the bus.

• Wait for the driver to give you a signal that it is safe to cross. Be sure to check that all cars on the road have come to a complete stop.

• Get to the sidewalk or off the street as quickly as possible.

• If you've forgotten something on the bus, do not run back and attempt to retrieve it. The driver might not see you and start the bus. Rather, call the bus company and see if you can pick it up at another time.

• Do not get into the cars of strangers waiting around bus stops, even if they offer to take you home.

Parents can arrange to meet with bus drivers so that they will recognize their faces. Adults also can encourage schools to host bus safety courses to further ensure their youngsters are safe.


Backpack safety can prevent serious injuries

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Trips and falls on the playground may account for the majority of injuries that send school children to the nurse's office. But backpacks cause their fair share of injuries as well.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there are more than 7,300 backpack-related injuries per year. Children routinely carry more than the recommended weight in school backpacks and, compounding the problem, also carry their bags incorrectly.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical agencies recommend that a child's backpack should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of the child's body weight. However, this figure should be adjusted based on a child's fitness level and strength. That means that the average seven-year-old second grader who weighs between 55 and 60 pounds should be carrying no more than 11 to 12 pounds in his or her backpack. A backpack that is too heavy may cause:

• red marks on the shoulders or back from the straps

• tingling or numbness in the arms and back

• changes in posture when wearing the backpack

• pain anywhere in the back

To compound these problems, which also may include nerve damage resulting from pressure on nerves in the shoulders, children should lighten their loads and carry backpacks correctly. The following tips are some additional ways youngsters can prevent backpack-related injuries.

• Carry only necessary items. Children should only carry what is required for that particular school day in their backpacks. If teachers routinely have students carry home many heavy books, parents can consult with the teachers to see if there are other options.

• Distribute weight evenly. Items in the backpack should be spread out to distribute the weight across the entire back. Heavier items should be at the bottom of the pack.

• Use both straps. Using only one strap shifts the backpack weight to one side, causing the back and shoulders to strain. Many orthopedists have reported treating children with back or shoulder pain as the result of carrying backpacks incorrectly.

• Choose the correct backpack size. The size of the backpack should match the scale of the child and should rest evenly in the middle of the child's back.

• Lift safely. Children should lift their backpacks by bending their knees and lifting to protect their backs.

There are some safety features parents can look for when purchasing backpacks. A padded back reduces pressure on the muscles and can be more comfortable, while compression straps make the backpack more sturdy. Additionally, reflective material on the backpack can make the child more visible to motorists.


Establish a low-maintenance aquarium

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Fish are often the pet of choice when people desire a pet that requires minimal care. While home aquariums may not require substantial maintenance, they cannot go entirely ignored, either. When ignored, aquariums can quickly transform from a visually stunning habitat into a murky, algae-infested mess. But as important as aquarium maintenance is, some additional factors can also influence the beauty of a home aquarium.

• Bigger may be better. Larger tanks may be better than compact tanks, especially for new owners. That's because larger tanks are generally more stable in terms of water balance. People mistakenly overcrowd their tanks with fish, and a small tank can easily be overrun by bacteria and fish waste. Upgrading to a larger tank (think 30 gallons) means fish will have the room they need and the water will not have to be changed as frequently to keep it clean.

• Find a shady spot. It's tempting to put a fish tank where it can be seen by everyone. But if this spot gets a lot of sunlight or even ambient light from overhead fixtures, it may fall victim to excessive algae growth. Algae, like most plants, needs light and a food source to thrive. The fish will provide the food material, but owners can control the light to limit algae blooms. Once algae is present in large amounts, it can easily overrun the tank. Invest in a few algae-eater fish, such as plecos and some catfish.

• Don't overstock the aquarium. It can be tempting to buy more and more fish for a home aquarium. But putting too many fish in a tank can throw the water balance off considerably and lead to a high amount of waste in the water. Fish that are an inch in size need roughly one gallon of water each. Fewer fish are easy to care for and won't cloud up the water quickly.

• Invest in a good filter. A variety of aquarium filters are available, and they can range from inexpensive to more costly. Be sure the filter you choose is large enough to accommodate the volume of water in the tank. It's better to have a filter that's too large for the tank than one that is too small. Look for a filter that will turn over all of the water in the tank at least four times per hour. Ample filtering means the water will remain crystal clear.

• Plan for weekly partial water changes. Siphon 10 to 20 percent of the water each week for optimal health. Try to vacuum around the gravel to remove trapped food particles and waste. Committing to this small bit of maintenance can go a long way toward creating a healthy tank that will not require more maintenance.

• Avoid goldfish as a first fish. Goldfish are particularly dirty fish. They are often purchased because they tend to be inexpensive, but goldfish metabolize food quickly and produce a lot of waste. They can also grow quite large, requiring an upgrade to a larger tank much more quickly than some other fish. Guppies and platies make good starter fish. They're tolerant of harsh aquarium conditions and quite hardy.

All pets require a certain measure of care and maintenance. Although maintaining a fish tank may not require the daily effort of caring for cats or dogs, a tank still must be maintained to provide an ideal living environment for fish.


Ride The Jule to School – Students Ride Free

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Dubuque Community School District and Holy Family Catholic Schools students can ride The Jule to and from school and other activities and events free of charge. All K-12 students ride for free, but high school students must show their school ID to board.

The Jule provides public transportation to students to and from school on regularly scheduled routes that are open to the general public with buses stopping at regular bus stops along those routes. Buses operate Monday-Friday beginning service at 6:05 a.m. and Saturday with service starting at 8:05 a.m.

Most schools have a bus stop within three to five blocks of their main entrance. Schools are listed with their closest bus stop location and bus route on www.juletransit.org.

Students must abide by the Jule's Passenger Code of Conduct or risk suspension from services. All Jule buses are outfitted with multiple interior and exterior security cameras for driver and passenger safety.

For complete route details and additional information, please visit www.juletransit.org, call 563-589-4196, or stop by The Jule Office.


Little Free Libraries Established at Dubuque Fire Stations

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The Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the AmeriCorps VISTA program recently established five permanent "Little Free Libraries" (LFLs) at five of Dubuque's six fire stations to promote literacy and increase access to books.

A Little Free Library, in its most basic form, is a small box that houses free books for anyone to take and exchange at any time. Returns and/or exchanges are not mandatory, but encouraged. Dubuque's Little Free Libraries are open to everyone regardless of income level, age, or residence. Non-residents are welcome to participate.

"The libraries provide a ‘take a book, return a book' gathering place where people can share their favorite literature or stories," said Stacy Seyer, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Learning Coordinator, who coordinated the effort as part of her AmeriCorps VISTA project. "People are encouraged to make the book selections as unique as those living in the area."

All time and supplies for the construction of the book houses were donated by area professionals, including Tricon Construction, Mike Brimeyer, John Gregorich, Mike Cherry, Dubuque Window and Door Co., and Guardian Industries. Installation was completed by Tim Lattner, Bob Lanka, and two Urban Youth Corps participants from the City's Parks Division. An AmeriCorps VISTA book drive held in January 2014 yielded 1,500 donated books that were used to stock the libraries. The Dubuque Fire Department maintains the libraries with support of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library.

"The fire department is happy to be involved in this project," said Rick Steines, assistant fire chief for the Dubuque Fire Department. "We welcome our neighbors to stop by the LFL locations and get to know their local firefighters while choosing a book."

Dubuque's Little Free Libraries can be found at the following fire station locations:

2180 JFK Rd. (Fire Station 2)
3155 Central Ave. (Fire Station 3)
1697 University Ave. (Fire Station 4)
689 S. Grandview Ave. (Fire Station 5)
1500 Rhomberg Ave. (Fire Station 6)

Other Free Little Libraries locations in Dubuque include:

Mercy Hospital, 890 W. Third St.
Lincoln Elementary, 419 Winona St.
University of Dubuque, corner of North Algona St. and West Third St.
Eisenhower Elementary, 2984 Castle Woods Lane
Bryant Elementary, 220 Hill St.

Additional locations are expected to be added in the future.

The worldwide movement of Little Free Libraries (LFLs) began in Wisconsin in 2009. As a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher with a love of reading, Todd Bol, built a model of a one-room schoolhouse and filled it with books free for the taking. By January 2014, the total number of registered Little Free Libraries in the world was conservatively estimated to be nearly 15,000, with thousands more being built.

A "Dubuque Little Free Libraries" Facebook page has been created and general information about Little Free Libraries is available at http://littlefreelibrary.org.


Who wants BACON?

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Maple Bacon Donuts, Heart Attack Hotel, Breakfast Bacon Martini, Bacon Infused Apple Wine, Cheddar Bacon Popcorn and a Pig Slide are just a few of the dishes/beverages that will be served at this year's Dubuque Area Baconfest, a fundraiser for Area Residential Care. The event will take place on Oct. 2, 2014 at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It is an evening where guests walk around tasting creative bacon dishes from local restaurants, grocery stores, BBQ pits and caterers. The hottest chefs from the finest area restaurants prepare and serve samples starring bacon. Tri-State mixologists and brewers quench thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews.

Guests will enjoy all the flavors of bacon while helping a great cause. All proceeds from the event will go to Area Residential Care to support its mission of empowering people with intellectual disabilities. Can't go wrong with that! Helping people with disabilities while eating bacon!

Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 9, at 9 a.m. at dbqbacon.org. A limited number of tickets are available and are $25 for general admission and $40 for V.I.P. A V.I.P. ticket allows attendees to enter the venue early and get a taste of all the food before everyone else.

Other activities at this year's event will include music entertainment by the Nutsy Turtle Band, DJ Steve Hemmer, an Oink Off Contest, the Hormel Bacon Eating Contest and the crowning of the 2014 Dubuque Area Baconfest King or Queen. The Dubuque Area Baconfest Planning Committee and Area Residential Care are currently accepting applications for the first ever King or Queen of Dubuque Area Baconfest. Fill out your application online at dbqbacon.org and submit an image of yourself (no selfies) by August 1, 2014 to be considered for royalty.

Sponsors for this year's event include: 

Whole Hog Sponsor: Hormel Foods, Inc

Boss Hog Sponsors: Dubuque Bank & Trust, Mystique Casino, 97.7 Country WGLR, Super Hits 106, Xtreme 107.1

Hog Wild Sponsors: Hartig Drug and more coming in each day!

Area Residential Care is a non-profit organization that has provided services for people with intellectual disabilities since 1968. The organization has grown over the past 46 years to serve an average of 250 people with disabilities annually, providing residential, vocational, and day services in Dubuque, Dyersville and Manchester communities. For additional information, contact Shelby Wartick at (563) 556-7560, ext, 743 or go to www.arearesidentialcare.org.


CityChannel Dubuque to Air ‘From the Archives’

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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.