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Let caution reign when beginning a new exercise regimen

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Exercise is an essential component of any plan to get healthier. Men and women who want to lose weight or change their lifestyles to reduce their risk of falling into poor health know that diet and exercise go hand in hand.

As intimidating as beginning a new exercise regimen can seem, it can also be dangerous, especially when individuals fail to approach physical activity with a degree of caution. Effective, long-lasting results won't come overnight, so there's no reason to throw caution to the wind when starting a new exercise regimen. Patience and prudence should reign at the onset, and there are several precautionary measures to take that can ensure a commitment to a healthier lifestyle starts off on the right foot.

• Speak to a physician. No matter what is motivating you to get healthier, speak to a physician before beginning a new exercise regimen. Your physician will likely want you to get a full physical just to make sure you don't have any existing conditions that might preclude you from certain activities. Part of proceeding with caution is knowing if you have any limitations, and certain health conditions can prove quite the hurdle to an exercise regimen. If the doctor detects any conditions, then the two of you can work together to devise an exercise regimen that's both safe and effective.

Another benefit to visiting the physician is that such a visit might reveal something that won't necessarily preclude you from exercise, but help you gear your regimen toward addressing a certain situation before it progresses to something worse. For example, if the doctor finds you have high cholesterol, he might point you toward a regimen that includes more cardiovascular activity.

• Be patient. Patience is essential when beginning an exercise regimen. Many people grow discouraged if their workout routine doesn't produce jaw-dropping results overnight. But an effective and healthy exercise regimen will gradually produce results, leading to long-term health, as opposed to an overnight fix with minimal long-term effectiveness. When beginning the regimen, do so slowly and allow for gradual progress. As your body grows more acclimated to physical activity, you can begin to challenge yourself more and more, and that's when the results are likely to be most noticeable.

Learning to rest is also part of being patient. The body needs time to recover between workouts, so don't expect to exercise every day at the start. Initially, you should be giving your body at least one day to recover between workouts, and then you can take less time off between workouts as your body grows more acclimated to exercise. Discuss certain dietary tips with your physician to determine if there's anything you can eat after a workout to aid in muscle recovery.

• Work with a professional. Personal training sessions can be costly, but they're also worth it for beginners who have never worked out before or who haven't seen the inside of a gym in a while. Technology is constantly changing, and weight training and cardiovascular machines are included in those changes. You may very well enter a gym and not recognize any of the machines, much less know how to use them. A personal trainer can walk you through these machines and help you tailor your workout to match your goals. Many gyms offer free or discounted personal training sessions to new members, so take advantage of those offers when starting out.

If a personal trainer is simply beyond your budget, then solicit a friend or family member for help, ideally one who works out regularly. This person can accompany you to the gym and act as a spotter or just go with you to make sure you stay committed. The buddy system is highly effective among people hoping to get healthier, so don't be shy to ask for help. 

• Focus on form. The right form when performing certain exercises can make all the difference, while poor form can greatly increase your risk of injury. When beginning an exercise regimen, particularly one that involves weightlifting, master the form of each exercise with low weights. At this point in the routine, the primary goal should not be to strengthen your muscles, but rather to master the form of each exercise. Form includes everything from how you breathe during the workout to your posture to how smoothly your body moves during the exercise. Master the form first, even if it means lifting without any weight, before you start focusing on adding more weights and strengthening your muscles.

Caution should reign supreme for men and women beginning a new exercise regimen.

 

Volunteers Sought for Resilient Community Advisory Commission, Other Vacancies

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The City of Dubuque's volunteer board and commission members provide a valuable link to the community and to the various interests within it. They assist in the development of policy recommendations to the City Council, provide leadership and support to City staff, promote the City and its programs, and provide expertise in specialized areas.

Volunteers are being sought to fill nine positions on the City's new Resilient Community Advisory Commission, which will replace the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Commission. Volunteers are also needed for current and upcoming vacancies on several other boards and commissions:

Airport Zoning Board of Adjustment

Airport Zoning Commission

Building Code Board of Appeals (Commercial Contractor, ADA Representative, Residential Contractor and Journeyman Carpenter)

Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority

Civic Center Commission

Civil Service Commission

Community Development Advisory Commission (Low to Moderate Income Area Rep)

Community and Police Relations Committee

Housing Commission

Housing Code of Appeals Board

Housing Trust Fund Advisory Commission

Long Range Planning Advisory Commission

Mechanical and Plumbing Code Board

Mississippi River Partnership Council

Sister City Relationships Advisory Commission

Zoning Advisory Commission

Dubuque City Council approved the formation of the new Resilient Community Advisory Commission at their July 5, 2016 meeting, as initiated during the August 2015 City Council goal-setting process. The purpose of this commission is to advise on City policies and practices to assure resilient outcomes; facilitate the ability to adapt to factors influencing the social/cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing of the community; prevent, prepare for, and recover from adverse vulnerabilities and change through coordination, data analysis, evaluation and citizen engagement.

For more information on the Resilient Community Advisory Commission, please contact Sustainable Community Coordinator Cori Burbach at 563-589-4110 or cburbach@cityofdubuque.org.

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

 

GIRL SCOUTS WILL HONOR FOUR DUBUQUE WONDER WOMEN

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Third Annual Wonder Women highlights local heroines

Girl Scouts will honor four women for their contributions to the community at Wonder Women: Celebrating Heroines of Dubuque.

Judy Faulhaber, owner of Big Apple Bagel; Mary Gronen, Vice President of Gronen Properties|Restoration; Pam Jochum, Iowa State Senator; and Ermina Soler, Circles Coordinator for the City of Dubuque's Circles® Initiative, will be honored at the September 1 event. Wonder Women will feature a program to share the stories and successes of Faulhaber, Gronen, Jochum, and Soler.

"There are so many amazing women in the Dubuque community that deserve recognition. By highlighting today's Wonder Women, we hope to inspire the next generation of women," says Jayme Ironside, development manager for Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Wonder Women will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown Dubuque. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8:00 a.m. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds benefit the Girl Scout Leadership Program in Dubuque, Iowa.

For tickets or more information, contact Jayme Ironside at 800-798-0833, ext. 621, or jaymei@girlscoutstoday.org.

 

CityChannel Dubuque Changes Effective Aug. 30

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CityChannel Dubuque, Dubuque's local government television channel, will move to a new digital channel location, channel 117.2, on Aug. 30, 2016. Mediacom cable subscribers who have a Mediacom cable box will continue to find it on channel 8. Only cable subscribers who do not use a Mediacom box will need to tune to 117.2.

The City's Cable TV Division also operates a second channel, CityChannel Graphics, which airs graphic announcements around the clock accompanied by audio from the NOAA weather radio station serving Dubuque. This channel can be found on channel 80 (with a Mediacom cable box) or channel 117.3 (with no cable box).

Mediacom is making other digital channel changes on Aug. 30 as well, so cable viewers who do not have a cable box should auto program their televisions that day to make sure they are receiving all the channels. Please consult the television's owner manual to find out how.

For more information on CityChannel Dubuque, including archived programs and a live stream of programming for residents and stakeholders who do not subscribe to Mediacom, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/cabletv or contact the Cable TV Division at 563-589-4181. Requests for cable service, cable bill information, or repair service should be made to Mediacom at 563-557-8020.

 

Public Input Meeting Scheduled for Skate Park Location

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The City of Dubuque will host a public input meeting on Aug. 31 to gather additional input on two potential locations of a proposed new skate park within Flora Park.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Irving Elementary School Multi-purpose/Lunch Room, 2520 Pennsylvania Ave, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The meeting will provide information to and gather input from those interested in the two locations being considered. No final decisions regarding location will be made at this meeting.

The two locations were selected as top choices based on public input meetings held in March 2016. Two sample concepts of the skate park will also be available for viewing.

Those unable to attend the meeting can provide input through an online form on the City's website at www.cityofdubuque.org\skatepark.

The City has committed $600,000 to the completion of the project and has also challenged a local parent and skate park user group to raise an additional $200,000, which would give the project a total budget of $800,000.

Additional background on the proposed project is available at www.cityofdubuque.org/skatepark. For more information, contact the City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department at 563-589-4263.

A map of the skate park location options is available at http://cityofdubuque.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5919.

 

Alzheimer’s Community Education

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The Alzheimer's Association is offering free community education for persons newly diagnosed, family and professional caregivers, or anyone with an interest in caring for people with dementia at Mercy Medical Center, 250 Mercy Drive, Dubuque, 6th Floor Boardroom, on Friday afternoon, September 9th.

Two classes will be presented, back-to-back. The first class, "The Basics", 1:00-2:30 pm, is a primary introduction to Alzheimer's and related diseases. It explores how dementia differs from normal aging and how memory diseases are diagnosed and treated.

The second class, 3:00-4:30 pm, "Communication Tips & Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors", is an intense exploration of how to live with and care for someone with dementia with an emphasis on practical and effective communication principles, and understanding and knowing how to respond to dementia-related behaviors, such as wandering, confusion, repetition, irritability, and so forth.

Association spokesperson and class facilitator Jerry Schroeder adds, "These classes are essential for anyone whose life is impacted by Alzheimer's or a related illness. This is state-of-the-art information designed to help people diagnosed with dementia live safe and happy lives by giving them and their caregivers critical information and invaluable skills."

Those interested are encouraged to attend both classes, but may attend one or the other. Advance registration is required for each class separately, by calling 1-800-272-3900. Or, to register online, visit www.alz.org, browse to Caregiver Center, Community Resource Finder, Alzheimer's Association Programs and Events.

For more information contact Jerry Schroeder at 563-324-1022, ext. 8212, or at jschroeder@alz.org

About the Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research. The Association's mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research, to provide care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

 

2016 Baconfest Tickets on Sale Now

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The popular Baconfest will be taking place at the Grand River Center on October 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Baconfest is an evening where guests enjoy samples of creative bacon dishes from local restaurants, BBQ pits, caterers and more while helping a great cause. All proceeds from the event will go to Area Residential Care and support its mission of empowering people with intellectual disabilities.

Also, guests have the chance to compete to become the 2016 Bacon Royalty! The Dubuque Area Baconfest committee is now accepting applications for the 2016 Dubuque Area Baconfest Royalty Court. Complete your application online at dbqbacon.org by September 12, 2016 and the winner will be announced at the event.

During the event enjoy the bacon treats, music by DJ Steve Hemmer, take part in the Hormel Eating Contest and Oink Off Contest, and much more!

Tickets are on sale now at Area Residential Care or at dbqbacon.org. General Admission Tickets are $25 each and V.I.P Tickets are $45 each. A V.I.P. ticket allows attendees to enter the venue early, and taste all the food before everyone else. Also during V.I.P. hour, live music will be provided by the Music Men and there will be great raffle prizes drawn for V.I.P. ticket holders.

Area Residential Care is a non-profit that has provided services for people with intellectual disabilities since 1968. The organization has grown over the past 48 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 Ellen Dettmer at (563) 557-4743 or go to www.arearesidentialcare.org.

 

Coffee and colon health

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Coffee compels many people to rise out of bed every morning. While individuals have many reasons to drink caffeinated beverages, the most notable is often the pep such beverages provide. But coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages actually may provide additional benefits, including helping to fend off disease, including colorectal cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates that, in the United States, more than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and 39,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2016. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women. However, coffee may help reduce instances of colon cancer.

A study titled "Coffee Consumption and the Risk of Colorectal Cancer," which was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found that regular coffee consumption inversely correlates to colorectal cancer risk. Coffee has been identified as a protective agent against colorectal cancer, as several of its components affect the physiology of the colon and can make cancerous cells less likely to take root there. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute also substantiates these claims. Frequent coffee consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer in a number of case-control studies - for both men and women.

Drinking coffee may not only help keep cancer at bay, it may boost the survival rate from colon cancer, too. Information from a study published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology stated that colon cancer patients who are heavy coffee drinkers have a far lower risk of dying or having their cancer return than those who do not drink coffee. Significant benefits start at two to three cups per day. People who consumed four cups of caffeinated coffee or more a day had half the rate of recurrence or death than non-coffee drinkers.

Other data indicates caffeine alone may not be behind the reduced cancer risks and rates - it may be the coffee itself. Researchers at the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of Keck Medicine found that decreased colorectal risk was seen across all types of coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated.

According to Dr. Stephen Gruber, the author of the study, coffee contains many elements that contribute to overall colorectal health, which may explain coffee's preventive properties. Caffeine and polyphenol can act as antioxidants, limiting the growth of potential colon cancer cells. Melanoidins generated during the roasting process have been thought to encourage colon mobility, and diterpenes may prevent cancer by enhancing the body's defense against oxidative damage.

Although data continues to suggest that coffee can help reduce colorectal cancer risk and survival rates, additional information is still needed before doctors can start recommending coffee consumption as a preventative measure.

 

Stargazing Program Canceled

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The Glow Hike and Stargazing program scheduled for tonight at Swiss Valley Nature Center is canceled due to weather. The rescheduled program will take place Friday, September 9th, at 8:00 p.m.

 

City Launches Imagine Dubuque

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The City of Dubuque has launched the "Imagine Dubuque" campaign to develop a new Comprehensive Plan for Dubuque and define the community's future. The 14-month process will include numerous opportunities designed to gather input, including two events this weekend.

Imagine Dubuque is designed to further the momentum of Dubuque's past successes; cultivate a creative, highly engaging and considered long-range plan; and make certain future projects speak to the needs and desires of Dubuque residents and stakeholders. The plan aims to be informed by the past and led by the future.

The community is invited to share their ideas for the plan at a booth in front of NICC's Town Clock Center from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, during Dubuque...And All That Jazz. Another opportunity to share fresh ideas and local recommendations will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 20, at a Farmers Market booth located at 12th and Iowa streets. Future opportunities to share ideas and comments in person will be announced and listed on the "Events" page of the project website, www.ImagineDubuque.com.

A community's Comprehensive Plan serves as a guide for the community's physical, social, and economic development. It is a key tool to developing policy, informing the city budget, and community initiatives. Communities develop plans for the same reason a person might plan a home improvement project or a household budget. It creates orderly, efficient, and informed steps toward achieving and implementing goals. Planning examines past and present conditions of the community and identifies key issues and opportunities which, through the input of residents, determine the direction for future growth, development, and community initiatives.

The Comprehensive Plan is not just a government document. It is a community-wide resource that can only be considered successful through the input and implementation of the community at-large. Community input is the most important aspect of any planning effort. A plan must reflect the values of the community which makes diverse public participation and input essential to the process. This is where the City needs the assistance of residents and stakeholders.

Imagine Dubuque will offer multiple opportunities for community members to share their ideas and vision for the future. A host of workshops and community events will be offered and engagement kits, postcards, and other creative avenues will be available at locations throughout the community in the near future. Residents can participate immediately by visiting the Imagine Dubuque website at ImagineDubuque.com. The website provides information and opportunities to share ideas, share photos, participate in quick polls, and stay informed on the process and upcoming events.

Residents and stakeholders may also download the Imagine Dubuque App on their mobile device. The app provides the same features as the website, but allows residents to engage on-the-go. Be sure to allow for push notifications to be notified of updated information and events.

Dubuque residents, business owners, and stakeholders are the stewards of this plan. Imagine Dubuque is a call to action: share your vision and ideas on the future of Dubuque by participating in events and visiting the project website and downloading the free project app.

The new Comprehensive Plan is expected to be completed by next October. Materials related to the Imagine Dubuque Comprehensive Plan will be maintained and available to all through the project website, www.ImagineDubuque.com. For more information, call the City of Dubuque Planning Services Department at 563-589-4210.

 

How to help and support schools

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Good schools help to harbor a strong sense of community. Children often make their first friends at school, and parents often meet their neighbors through school-sponsored activities. 

Students and school districts face a new set of challenges each year. Many of them can be remedied or made less daunting with the help of volunteers. Here are some of the many ways men and women can support the schools in their communities.

• Practice open communication. Parents of children in the school should become familiar with teachers and the staff in the school. Find a balance between being involved and being intrusive. Joining the PTA is one way to be active in the goings-on of the school. When the opportunity arises, exercise your right vote on proposed policy changes and programs. Show an interest in your children's assignments and ask to meet with teachers if the need arises. Doing so illustrates to the teacher that there is a connection at home and they're not alone in the journey.

• Participate in school fundraisers. Schools may not have enough money to cover all of their needs, and fundraisers are vital to the success of many schools. Fundraisers may provide money for the entire school or be collected for particular efforts, such as new technology or athletic uniforms. While you don't have to get behind every fundraiser, participating in just a few can help the school raise needed funds.

• Keep a clean campus. Students and parents can work together to keep the school and surrounding areas clean. Organize trash pickup days when participants gather and dispose of litter. Parents also can pitch in to make school grounds more aesthetically appealing. Donate and plant flowers or trees, and encourage groups that meet at the school, such as Boy and Girl Scout troops, to donate their time and effort as well. 

• Donate books to the library. Members of the community can ensure students have plenty of reading materials available to them by donating used books in good condition to the school library. If you can afford it, purchase new books on summer reading lists and donate them to the school library. Schools also may appreciate donated subscriptions to magazines, newspapers and other periodicals. 

• Send in complete supplies. Teachers often ask parents to supplement supplies for their classrooms. Remember to send in what is requested when school supply lists are given to students. This helps classrooms run more efficiently and may reduce out-of-pocket expenditures for teachers.

Schools are an integral part of many communities. Explore the many ways to support schools with donations, volunteerism and more.

 

Guide to end-of-summer sales

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The end of summer is marked by mixed feelings. Come the end of summer, vacations may be coming to an end as children ready themselves for a new school year. But shoppers know the end of summer is an ideal time to find great deals on an array of items. 

Although back-to-school sales flood the marketplace this time of year, plenty of other sales take place in the final weeks of summer - and consumers can save substantial amounts of money if they know where to look.

Outdoor furniture
As stores clear out their seasonal items, shoppers can score big deals on patio sets and other outdoor furniture. Retailers need to make room for snowblowers, rakes, shovels, and holiday merchandise, so shoppers are bound to find discounted tables, chairs, fire pits, umbrellas, and chaise lounges. Individuals can use this opportunity to update worn-out patio furniture and other seasonal items they can store over the winter.

Camping/hiking equipment
Only the most devoted campers camp out when the temperatures begin to dip, so consumers can use this opportunity to grab camping equipment before it's gone for another season. Tents, flashlights, cooking gear, backpacks, outdoor recreational items, such as kayaks or fishing tackle, water bladders, and heaters may be available at steep discounts.

Grills
Backyard barbecues are a staple of summer. If your barbecue or outdoor cooking equipment experienced heavy use throughout the summer, now is a great time to shop sales on grills and outdoor cooking gear.

Travel
Consumer Reports says that prices tend to drop on airfare, hotels and theme parks after Labor Day. Deals on luggage also can be had once summer travel season ends. Tuesdays are a great day to book airline tickets because they tend to be cheaper on Tuesday than other days of the week. Travelers can use this information to their advantage, booking trips to destinations that have super weather throughout the fall, such as Hawaii or the Mediterranean. Caribbean destinations also are good choices, though travelers should consider travel insurance to protect against hurricane-related cancellations.

Vehicles
Many dealerships tend to begin discounting cars when new models begin to debut in August and September. The longer a dealership holds on to a vehicle, the more money it tends to lose. Prospective car buyers may be able to negotiate a good deal this time of year, ultimately walking away with a brand new vehicle with a solid warranty. It's not unheard of to receive a discount of 15 percent or more on previous year models.

Spa treatments
Many spas have begun discounting massages and facials at the end of summer, according to the International Spa Association. Shoppers can use this opportunity to try out new spas and save some money in the process.
In addition to these discounts, bathing suits, summer clothing, lawn and garden equipment, and pool/spa items may be discounted come the fall.

 

5 ways to cheer yourself up now

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults, or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in a given year. Even those who don't have a clinical illness may feel sad at some points in their lives.

For those who need a quick boost, there are ways to improve mood that are easy.

1. Get organized. Tackling small goals, even just tidying up the kitchen or making the bed, can have a positive effect on your mood.

2. Eat spicy food. Researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo say that the capsaicin in hot peppers triggers your brain to release endorphins.

3. Get more sleep. Getting seven to eight hours of sleep is essential to mental health. Just being shy a few hours of rest can put you in a foul mood.

4. Be nice to others. Smiling at someone and getting a response can improve mood.

5. Exercise. Get the heart pumping and you'll feel re-energized.

 

Mayor Buol's 10th State of the City Address Set for Sept. 8

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Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol will present his 10th annual State of the City address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. The public is invited to attend the free event which will be hosted by the Dubuque chapter of the League of Women Voters and held in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of the Historic Federal Building at 350 W. Sixth St.

The theme for Buol's address will be "Dubuque 2016: An Enterprising City."

"2005 to 2015 was a tremendously enterprising decade for Dubuque," said Buol. "Innovation was enormously important and it's important to understand that it is the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy; that it helps to cultivate identity and inspire loyalty to community and one another. This year's address will describe how Dubuque residents, businesses, and other partners have laid the foundation for the future. It is now time to take the next step, and imagine how we want Dubuque to continue to evolve."

The event will be broadcast live on CityChannel Dubuque and streamed live and archived on the City website at www.cityofdubuque.org/media. (CityChannel is currently accessible on channels 8 and 85.2 on the Mediacom cable system; however, channel 85.2 will change to 117.2 by September.) DVDs of the program will be available for checkout at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library and from the City of Dubuque Cable TV Division in the City Hall Annex at 1300 Main Street or by calling 563-589-4181.

 

Mentored Dove Hunt

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The Dubuque County Conservation Board will sponsor a 
Mentored Dove Hunt for youth or adults on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Hafeman Wildlife Area.

Join experts for a day of hunter safety, hunting skills, and a mentored dove hunt! No gear? No worries! Shotguns, ammo, and other hunting supplies can be provided. Plan to meet at Hafeman Wildlife Area (across from 23947 N Cascade Road) for a brief hunters safety and familiarization with hunting equipment, then try dove hunting first hand with a hunting mentor!

Hunting mentors will coach you on how to properly and safely attempt to harvest a dove. Mentors are seasoned dove hunters from the general public, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Dubuque County Conservation.

Pre-register by calling 563.556.6745. Registration deadline is September 5, 2016. Any first time hunter is encouraged to register, both adult or youth! This program is sponsored by Dubuque County Conservation Board, National Wild Turkey Federation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Dubuque County Conservation Society.

 

Kendall Hunt Publishing K-12 Division Announces Acquisition of RCL Benziger

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Two leaders in the K-12 publishing industry are joining forces. Dubuque, Iowa-based Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, publisher of science, math and gifted materials, acquired Cincinnati-based RCL Benziger, publisher of Catholic educational materials, on Monday, Aug. 15.

RCL will continue to operate under the RCL Benziger name and maintain its corporate office in Cincinnati. This acquisition will allow Kendall Hunt to more effectively and efficiently serve the needs of educators in both the private and public arenas.

Family owned and operated, Kendall Hunt was previously part of William C. Brown that published religious education materials for the Catholic faith, starting with The Archdiocese of Chicago in the early 1970s before expanding throughout the United States in the 1980s under the name Brown ROA.

RCL Benziger, founded in 1792, is one of the oldest publishers of Catholic educational materials and faith formation resources in the United States, and is a leading provider of religious education programs for Catholic Schools and parishes.

"Passion is key in K-12 education. At Kendall Hunt, our customers are passionate about their curriculum and looking for new, innovative ways to teach today's youth," said Kendall Hunt Publishing President and Chief Operating Officer Chad Chandlee. "This acquisition will allow both Kendall Hunt and RCL Benziger to explore intelligent ways to integrate new products and services into our curricula. Both companies have a rich, long-standing, positive reputation in the marketplace and the two coming together will better serve today's customers."

"There are many similarities between our two businesses," said Peter M. Esposito, President of RCL Benziger. "Our legacy brands deliver highly engaging customer-centric content to their respected markets. With Kendall Hunt as our parent company, I see on the horizon our ability to create and offer more integrated digital learning tools and solutions, in addition to customizing content for Catholic Schools and parishes throughout North America."

 

City Council Meeting Time and Public Input Changes

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The Dubuque City Council recently voted to make two changes to the format of its regular meetings, which are held on the first and third Monday of each month.

Effective Monday, Aug. 15, all regular City Council meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Previously, meetings started at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of the Historic Federal Building at 350 W. Sixth St. and are broadcast live on CityChannel Dubuque (channel 8 or 85.2 on Mediacom and streamed at www.cityofdubuque.org/media). Meeting agendas are available in the City Clerk's Office and posted to www.cityofdubuque.org/agendas at 9 a.m. on the Friday before each meeting. To receive meeting agendas and minutes notifications through email or text, please subscribe by visiting www.cityofdubuque.org/notifyme.

The City Council also recently moved the public input portion of their meeting agendas from the end of each meeting to the middle of the meeting, after the public hearings and before action items. During the public input portion of the meeting, attendees may address the City Council on the action items on the agenda or on matters under the control of the City Council. At this point in the meeting, attendees are invited to approach the podium and state their name and address before proceeding with their comments.

Individual remarks are limited to five minutes, and the overall public input period is limited to 30 minutes. Under the Iowa Open Meetings Law, the City Council can take no formal action on comments given during public input which do not relate to action items on the agenda.

For more information on City Council meetings and agendas, contact the City Clerk's Office at 563-589-4100 or visit www.cityofdubuque.org/councilmeetings.

 

Dubuque Housing Department Sees Increase in Licensed Rental Units

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In June 2015, the City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department initiated an active outreach and enforcement campaign to ensure non-licensed rental properties within the city became licensed and inspected. Since the campaign began, the department has received 337 new rental license applications and has seen an approximate 10 percent increase in the number of licensed rental properties.

The City of Dubuque requires all residential rental properties operating within city limits to have a valid rental license. Campaign communication efforts encouraged all rental property owners to license their properties, as required by City Code, or face penalties including a municipal infraction citation with a cost of $750 plus court costs. As of August 10, 2016, there were 3,453 licensed rental properties in Dubuque containing approximately 10,000 rental units.

Rental properties operating without a license are more likely to have housing code violations and potentially unsafe conditions for residents because only licensed rental units are inspected. Active enforcement of rental licensing requirements and the implementation of the recently adopted 2015 International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) standard is expected to benefit rental property operations for many landlords in the community. These combined efforts will raise expectations for those operating subpar rental units. Additionally, these efforts are expected to increase the overall quality of the rental housing stock, quality of neighborhoods, and allow for the attraction and retention of quality tenants.

Information about rental property licensing requirements and the recently adopted International Property Maintenance Code are available on the City of Dubuque website at www.cityofdubuque.org/rlis. If you are unsure if your rental unit is licensed, or for more information, please contact Rental Licensing and Inspections Supervisor Ben Pothoff at 563-690-6075 or bpothoff@cityofdubuque.org.

 

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Recognizing cyberbullying

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Before social media became so prevalent, instances of bullying were somewhat easy to recognize. However, with a good majority of children now engaged in digital networking and social media, bullying may not end with the ringing of the school bell, and evidence of bullying may not be so readily apparent.

According to Cyberbullying statistics from the i-SAFE foundation, more than half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyberbullying. More than 80 percent of teens use a mobile phone regularly, making it the most popular form of technology and a common medium for repeated cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying takes place through electronic technology and differs from traditional forms of bullying. Cyberbullying can occur via text messaging, blogging, updates to social media sites and/or phone conversations. What makes cyberbullying more difficult to detect and remedy than traditional bullying is that sometimes this type of bullying is veiled in secrecy.

Those who engage in cyberbullying can create aliases and accounts under false names, allowing them to covertly engage in bullying behavior. As a result, tracking down bullies can be challenging.

Although cyberbullying is on the rise, there are some things that parents and children can do to help put a stop to such unfortunate instances.

• Parents who feel their child is not emotionally ready for the responsibility of a digital device can hold back on purchasing a smartphone or choose one with very limited features. Some schools set strict limits on phone usage at school, and children who go only from school to home and vice versa may not have the need for an "emergency phone" that can open up a window for trouble.

• Adolescents and teens should feel comfortable talking with their parents without the fear of reprimand. Otherwise, they may hide instances of cyberbullying or not know how to broach sensitive topics like bullying. Parents can engage in conversation with their children often and stress that the doors of communication are always open.

• Teens should be made aware that cyberbullying is a very real occurrence and is not just other kids "having fun" or "joking." If behavior is repetitive and hurtful, it should be made public and addressed.

• Parents can monitor and limit their children's personal accounts. Some smartphone and tablet applications can be mirrored on the main account, enabling parents to see incoming text or video messages. 

• A laptop or desktop computer should be placed in a shared space so that usage can be monitored. Parents can restrict tablet or smartphone usage to public areas.

• When online, children should be advised not to share personal information. Social media sites may be used by bullies to gather sensitive information about a person that can be used against them at a later time. Children should be urged to keep passwords secret and to never give information such as birthdays, phone numbers and addresses to people who aren't close friends. Friend lists should be restricted to only those people students interact with frequently to minimize the chance for bullying or other inappropriate behavior.

• Teens who have been bullied can keep evidence of the bullying and may benefit from talking with a counselor. 

Cyberbullying is a growing concern for educators and parents and has far-reaching implications. Getting smart about this phenomenon can help staunch new cases of online bullying.

 

Warning signs of childhood vision troubles

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Adults know when they are beginning to experience trouble with their vision. In such instances, men and women will book appointments with their eye doctors to determine what's causing their problems. But whether it's a fear or eyeglasses or simply feeling their symptoms are normal, kids might be hesitant to tell their parents about any vision problems they're having. As a result, parents must learn to recognize certain warning signs that indicate their children are experiencing vision problems. 

Vision problems in youngsters can be especially problematic, as many of the lessons kids learn in school still begin on a chalkboard. The following are some potential indicators that kids might be dealing with vision problems that require medical attention.

• Reading habits: Vision problems may be most noticeable when kids are reading. As youngsters learn to read, they might use their fingers to keep their place while they figure out the pronunciation of certain words. But kids eventually grow out of that habit. Kids who are still doing so long after they have learned to read may be having trouble seeing words on the page. In addition, kids who pull their reading materials very close to their eyes may be struggling to see the words.

• Viewing habits: Peculiar viewing habits may also be indicative of poor vision. Kids who sit too close to the television may be struggling to see what's on as opposed to just being overexcited to see their favorite shows. Kids who prefer to watch programs on tablets they can hold as opposed to televisions may also make that choice because it's easier for them to see on their tablets than on the television. In such instances, ask why they prefer tablets to television. When kids watch TV, ask them to move further away from the television. If they complain moving back makes it hard to see, book an appointment with an eye doctor.

• Eye rubbing: Many kids, and even adults, rub their eyes when they are feeling fatigued. But kids who seem to rub their eyes frequently and at times of the day when they should not be tired may be experiencing vision troubles and feeling frustrated that they cannot see very well.

• Eye activity: Some kids begin to close one eye when reading, watching television or attempting to read signs. That may be indicative of a refractive vision disorder, in which the eye struggles to focus, or refract, light correctly on the retina. Such problems can often be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses, but some refractive disorders may require surgery.

• Squinting: Kids who squint a lot may be finding it difficult to focus on words on a chalkboard or even television programs. Squinting may also be brought on by a corneal abrasion. Parents who notice their youngsters are squinting should consult the child's eye doctor to determine the cause of the problem.

Vision problems can be especially harmful to children, who rely on their vision to perform their schoolwork. Parents who learn to recognize the various warning signs of vision troubles can nip problems in the bud before they have too great an impact on youngsters.

 

Guide to end-of-summer sales

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The end of summer is marked by mixed feelings. Come the end of summer, vacations may be coming to an end as children ready themselves for a new school year. But shoppers know the end of summer is an ideal time to find great deals on an array of items. 

Although back-to-school sales flood the marketplace this time of year, plenty of other sales take place in the final weeks of summer - and consumers can save substantial amounts of money if they know where to look.

Outdoor furniture
As stores clear out their seasonal items, shoppers can score big deals on patio sets and other outdoor furniture. Retailers need to make room for snowblowers, rakes, shovels, and holiday merchandise, so shoppers are bound to find discounted tables, chairs, fire pits, umbrellas, and chaise lounges. Individuals can use this opportunity to update worn-out patio furniture and other seasonal items they can store over the winter.

Camping/hiking equipment
Only the most devoted campers camp out when the temperatures begin to dip, so consumers can use this opportunity to grab camping equipment before it's gone for another season. Tents, flashlights, cooking gear, backpacks, outdoor recreational items, such as kayaks or fishing tackle, water bladders, and heaters may be available at steep discounts.

Grills
Backyard barbecues are a staple of summer. If your barbecue or outdoor cooking equipment experienced heavy use throughout the summer, now is a great time to shop sales on grills and outdoor cooking gear.

Travel
Consumer Reports says that prices tend to drop on airfare, hotels and theme parks after Labor Day. Deals on luggage also can be had once summer travel season ends. Tuesdays are a great day to book airline tickets because they tend to be cheaper on Tuesday than other days of the week. Travelers can use this information to their advantage, booking trips to destinations that have super weather throughout the fall, such as Hawaii or the Mediterranean. Caribbean destinations also are good choices, though travelers should consider travel insurance to protect against hurricane-related cancellations.

Vehicles
Many dealerships tend to begin discounting cars when new models begin to debut in August and September. The longer a dealership holds on to a vehicle, the more money it tends to lose. Prospective car buyers may be able to negotiate a good deal this time of year, ultimately walking away with a brand new vehicle with a solid warranty. It's not unheard of to receive a discount of 15 percent or more on previous year models.

Spa treatments
Many spas have begun discounting massages and facials at the end of summer, according to the International Spa Association. Shoppers can use this opportunity to try out new spas and save some money in the process.

In addition to these discounts, bathing suits, summer clothing, lawn and garden equipment, and pool/spa items may be discounted come the fall.

 

End of summer travel tips

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Summer is a season beloved by many. Warm air, time off from school and summer hours at the office make the months of June, July and August some of the most relaxing weeks of the year.

Unfortunately, like all seasons, summer must eventually come to a close. But even as summer's end draws near, there is still time to squeeze in one last summer trip. The following are a few tips for travelers who simply can't say "so long" to summer without one more warm weather excursion.

• Find a deal on lodging. You can still find a deal on lodging even if your end-of-summer trip is a spur of the moment affair. In fact, you might have a better chance of finding a deal if you wait until the last minute than you would have if you booked months in advance. That's especially true if you are planning a weekend getaway to a beachside community. Such communities typically boast significant inventories of summer rentals, and recognizing that the final weeks of summer are their last opportunities to generate rental income, owners of such rentals are often inclined to lower their prices if they have not yet rented their units. Renters who don't mind waiting until the last minute to book their waterfront escape might just find that their patience pays off with big discounts.

• Be flexible. Flexibility is another friend to men and women booking end-of-summer getaways. If you have vacation days to spare, consider traveling midweek instead of on Friday or Saturday, as you might find more affordable flights and/or lodging if you travel on days when many people will be in their offices. In addition, traveling midweek is a great way to avoid the traffic jams and crowded airports and train stations that have become a staple of summer weekend travel.

• Don't stray too far. If your trip is truly a last-minute affair, then you might want to set your sights on a destination that's close to home. A last-minute flight to a land far away can break the bank, and booking trips at the last minute may mean you have to travel during off-peak hours when it can be less convenient and enjoyable to get away. If traveling far and wide will put too great a dent in your finances or find you dealing with long layovers, then consider a place closer to home so you can spend more time relaxing and less time traveling.

• Keep it simple. The vacation of a lifetime at the end of summer can make for a memorable experience, but keep in mind that end-of-summer trips are often seen as one final opportunity to unwind and enjoy the relaxing nature of summer. If your trip is filled with sightseeing and other activities, you may feel exhausted by the time you return and never get the last-minute respite from the daily grind that you were hoping your end-of-summer excursion would provide.

• Pack light. While it's important to pack all of the little things you need every day, when packing for an end-of-summer getaway try to pack light. If the weather figures to be warm, you won't need to pack any coats, jackets or even long pants. Packing light fits the theme of a relaxing summer getaway and allows you to avoid waiting at baggage claim or stressing out over how to cram everyone's luggage into the trunk of your car.

End-of-summer trips make for a great end to a beloved time of year.

 

How to help kids transition back to the classroom

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The dawn of a new school year is an exciting time. Kids may not want to say goodbye to days spent lounging by the pool, but such disappointment is often tempered by the prospect of returning to school with friends.

For parents, getting kids ready for a new school year is about more than updating their wardrobe or organizing carpools with fellow parents. Reacclimating kids to the routine of school after a relaxing summer is a significant undertaking, and the following are a handful of ways for parents to get a head start as the school year draws closer.

• Establish a routine over the last few weeks of summer. Summer vacations typically lack the structure of the school year, and that lack of structure can help kids unwind and make the most of the freedom that summer vacation provides. But as summer starts to wind down, parents can begin to reintroduce some structure into their kids' lives to make the transition back to school go more smoothly. Plan morning activities so kids can readjust to waking up early each day. In addition, serve breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time you typically serve it during the school year so kids' bodies can begin to readjust as well.

• Take kids along when shopping for school supplies. If you plan to buy your child a new computer or other supplies for the upcoming school year, take him or her along on your shopping trips. Kids who get to choose their supplies might be more excited about returning to school than those youngsters who are given what they need without offering their input.

• Monitor or assign summer reading. Many students are given summer reading lists to keep their minds sharp over the summer and prepare them for upcoming coursework. Parents should monitor kids' progress on such reading lists and even discuss the books with their kids when possible. Read the books along with them if you think it will help engage them. If kids were not assigned summer reading lists at the end of the school year, assign your own books, rewarding kids when they finish a new book. Kids who read throughout the summer may be more likely to start the school year off on the right foot than those who don't crack a book all summer.

• Encourage kids to sign up for extracurricular activities. Many school-aged athletes get a head start on the new school year by trying out for sports teams. Such tryouts often commence a week or two before a school year is scheduled to begin, and this can help kids ease their way back into the school year. But even nonathletes can begin pursuing extracurricular activities before the first school bell of the year rings. Theater programs may begin auditions or encourage interested youngsters to attend orientation meetings before the dawn of the school year, and such sessions can be a great and pressure-free way for kids to ready themselves for a new school year.

The arrival of a new school year can be both exciting and daunting. But parents can help their youngsters readjust to school in various ways after a relaxing summer.

 

How to buy school clothes without busting your budget

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Parents often note that kids seem to grow like weeds. Pants that once reached to the tops of a youngster's feet quickly become too short, while once-loose shirts may soon become too snug. Many parents find themselves regularly in children's clothing departments stocking up on the basics, which can put quite a dent in already stretched-thin budgets.

Although children's wardrobes are added to at various times of the year, the bulk of shopping occurs just before the school year begins. Though clothing can be expensive, families need not bust their budgets when shopping for kids' clothing. By shopping smart and concentrating on fashion staples, it's easier to stretch money further.

• Spread out purchases. Shopping early allows parents to make the most of sales. Warm weather clothing generally goes on sale in July to make room for new fall lines. Considering the first few months of school still may be warm, short-sleeved shirts will still have utility and are generally less expensive than sweaters and sweatshirts. 
Staggering purchases also enables parents to develop a clothing allowance each and every month instead of having one large bill at a certain point in the year. Parents can even add to their children's wardrobes during the holiday season, when clothes tend to get reduced again for holiday sales.

• Don't discount hand-me-downs. It's trendy to recycle clothing and also to be environmentally conscious by putting items to good use again and again. Aside from you and your wallet, no one will know if your child is wearing a secondhand pair of pants or a brand new pair. Many school moms are anxious to swap clothing with others to lessen their own financial burdens with children's clothing. Start a clothing swap with a group of friends, and you may find you have more than you need in the way of clothes for the kids.

• Take stock of what you already have. How many times have you run out to the grocery store for a missing ingredient only to find that very item buried at the back of the pantry? The same thing happens with kids' clothes. Before taking kids clothes shopping, take inventory of their closets. Have little ones try on clothes to see which items still fit and which can be discarded or donated. Make a list of the items you need to cut down on impulse spending at the store.

• Invest in the right high-quality pieces. Spending a fortune for a trendy pair of pants that may end up getting ruined on the playground is not the best way to shop for kids' clothing. However, investing in a quality pair of shoes that will last much of the year is a good investment. Know when to splurge and when it's okay to shop at the discount store.

• Stock up on staples. A straight-leg cut of jeans, some solid colored polo shirts and an A-line dress or skirt are some classic foundation pieces for children's wardrobes. Such items tend to last longer than trendy items that may only last a few months before the next trend arrives.

• Learn to layer. Layering items can make pieces look like new by putting them together in different combinations. Layering a summer T-shirt under a fall hoodie gets use out of two different season's worth of clothes. It also enables kids to be comfortable during unpredictable weather.

• Leave it to the kids. Parents often worry about what other parents will think of their own children's clothing. Children do not typically worry about such things until their preteen or teenage years. You may spend less money on clothing simply because your child has a few favorite shirts and pants he or she wears over and over. That's less laundry for you and less money you have to spend on new clothes.

 

American Red Cross Names Executive Director for Northeast Iowa Chapter

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The American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa has named Nicole Breitbach as the new Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Chapter.

Based in Dubuque, Breitbach will lead the Northeast Iowa Chapter which serves 17 counties in northeast Iowa, including Allamakee, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Howard, Jackson, Jones, Mitchell, Winneshiek and Worth counties

"We are delighted to have Nicole as a part of our Iowa Region management team," said Leslie Schaffer, Regional Executive Director for the Iowa Region of the Red Cross. "As a Dubuque native, Nicole brings a rich knowledge of the northeast Iowa community, a wealth of experience in fundraising as well as volunteer and event management."

Her passion for non-profits began while she was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa. While in school Breitbach worked for the University of Iowa Foundation, as a student fundraiser and supervisor. She also held an internship with the Grant Wood Chapter (now named South and Eastern Iowa) of the Red Cross in Cedar Rapids.

After graduating with her Bachelor's degree in Communication with focuses on International Business and Spanish, Breitbach began working for Cedar Rapids based Ruffalo Noel Levitz. At RNL, she worked with telephone fundraising campaigns for various Catholic Charities and eventually relocated back to Dubuque to manage the telephone outreach campaigns for Clarke and Holy Family Catholic Schools. From there, she eventually accepted a full-time fundraising position at Clarke overseeing telephone and direct mail programming.

Breitbach was promoted to Director of Alumni Relations at Clarke in 2013, where she managed the Alumni Association Board of Directors and over 100 volunteers annually for 30 annual events, as well as homecoming. Most recently she held the position of Development Officer at Clarke, and was responsible for managing relationships with a portfolio of dedicated Clarke supporters.

She completed her Master's in Business Administration at Clarke in May of 2015. A native of Dubuque, she is an active community member, participating in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women's Leadership Network, Women's Giving Circle, and as a board member for the Riverview Center.

"I am very excited to join the Northeast Iowa Chapter team," Breitbach said. "I am looking forward to working in communities across northeast Iowa to advance the mission of the American Red Cross."

Breitbach and her husband Tyler, also a Dubuque native, have two daughters, Austin and Dylan.

She will begin working with the Red Cross in September at the Northeast Iowa Chapter office located in Dubuque (563) 564-4565.

American Red Cross in Iowa Celebrating a Century of Service in 2016
The Red Cross in Iowa will be celebrating its Century of service through a variety of events and campaigns that honor the contributions of the Red Cross and its volunteers and build the foundation for another 100 years of service in Iowa. The Red Cross would like to thank Nationwide and KCRG-TV9 for stepping up to ensure a sustainable, long-term future for Red Cross service in Iowa by committing its support as Centennial Partners. Find out more at www.redcross.org/iowacentennial

 

Tips for adult students returning to school

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Adults return to school for a variety of reasons. Some might be spurred by a desire to pursue a new career, while others might go back to school to learn more about their existing field and improve their career prospects. While their reasons for returning to school may differ, many adults find themselves battling some nerves as they begin the process of going back to the classroom.

Feelings of doubt are common among adults returning to school. But there are steps all adult students can take to reduce their anxiety and make the most of the often exciting experience of going back to school.

• Start slow. Unlike more traditional college students, adults returning to school tend to have significant responsibilities, including families and careers. Juggling work and family is difficult on its own, but doing so along with college coursework is even harder. Adult students returning to school after a long layoff would be wise to take things slowly at first so they and their families can gradually adjust to their new schedules. Many schools now offer online courses, which can be especially beneficial for working professionals.

• Have a plan. Many adults only return to school when they know exactly what they want to study or which courses they need to take to complete a degree or earn a certificate. If you have not already mapped out such a plan, do so before enrolling in any classes. The cost of a college education has no doubt increased considerably since you last stepped foot on campus, so you don't want to be signing up for costly classes that will not help you accomplish what you hope to accomplish by returning to school.

• Research your options. Just because you are an adult returning to school does not mean you are ineligible for scholarships or other forms of financial aid. The United States Department of Labor maintains a scholarship search engine at www.careerinfonet.org where students of all ages and academic levels can search for scholarships, grants and other financial aid opportunities to determine if they are eligible for some help paying for tuition. In addition, adults returning to school may want to discuss their plans with their employers, especially if they are looking to continue working in their current fields. Employers may have programs in place to subsidize employees looking to continue their education.

• Don't be discouraged. Many adults mulling a return to school are hesitant to do so because they feel as if they will be the only older students in classrooms filled with millennials. However, the National Center for Education Statistics predicts a 14 percent increase in enrollment of students 25 and older between 2011 and 2021, suggesting that adults going back to school are unlikely to be the only graybeards in their classrooms.

Returning to college as an adult can be both exciting and overwhelming. But adults need not be nervous about returning to the classroom, even if it has been quite some time since they last stepped on a college campus.

 

City Council Completes Annual Goal-Setting Sessions

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The Dubuque City Council completed its annual goal-setting sessions Aug. 4. Over the course of three evening sessions this week, City Council members revised the 15-year vision statement and mission statement, and re-affirmed the five-year goals. They also identified top and high priorities for a 2016-2018 policy agenda as well as a management agenda for projects and initiatives planned for 2016-2018.

The 2031 Dubuque Vision Statement
Dubuque 2031 is a sustainable and resilient city and an inclusive and equitable community. Dubuque 2031 has preserved our Masterpiece on the Mississippi, has a strong diverse economy and expanding connectivity. Our residents experience healthy living and active lifestyles; have choices of quality, livable neighborhoods; have an abundance of fun things to do; and are engaged in the community.

Mission Statement
Dubuque city government is progressive and financially sound with residents receiving value for their tax dollars and achieving goals through partnerships. Dubuque city government's mission is to deliver excellent municipal services that support urban living; contribute to an equitable, sustainable city; plan for the community's future; and facilitate access to critical human services.

Five-Year Community Goals for a Sustainable Dubuque
• Economic Prosperity
• Environmental/Ecological Integrity
• Social/Cultural Vibrancy

Five-Year City Goals
• Planned and Managed Growth
• Partnering for a Better Dubuque
• Improved Connectivity: Transportation and Telecommunications

Five-Year Organization Goal
• Financially Responsible City Government and High-Performance Organization


2016 - 2018 Top Priorities (in alphabetical order):
• Central Iowa Water Association: Resolution
• East-West Corridor Study Implementation
• Inclusive Dubuque Action Plan
• Master Plan for Chaplain Schmitt Island
• River Cruises Docking Facility

2016 - 2018 High Priorities (in alphabetical order):
• 21st Century Policing Action Plan
• Citywide Flower-Planting Program
• Community Health Needs Assessment Plan
• Five Flags Center Study
• Street Maintenance Program
• Traffic Signal Synchronization Citywide

2016 - 2018 Management Agenda (in alphabetical order):
• Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
• Arts and Culture Master Plan
• C.H.A.N.G.E. Program (Comprehensive Housing Activities for Neighborhood Growth and Enrichment)
• Community Security/Surveillance/Traffic Cameras Expansion
• Housing Tax-Increment Financing (T.I.F.) Program
• Opportunity Dubuque

 

Dubuque Police Department Reaccredited

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The Dubuque Police Department was first accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 1993. The department is reviewed on a regular basis (currently a three-year cycle) for compliance with CALEA's 489 standards.

An on-site department review with CALEA assessors occurred March 20-23, 2016, and on July 30, 2016, representatives of the Dubuque Police Department appeared in front of a panel of CALEA commissioners for a panel review. Later that evening, the Dubuque Police Department received its eighth accreditation from CALEA at its conference in Baltimore, Md.

The Dubuque Police Department was Iowa's first accredited agency and is therefore also Iowa's longest accredited agency. Accreditation through compliance with CALEA's state-of-the-art standards of professionalism is part of a voluntary process to gain advanced law enforcement accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

Additional information on CALEA and the accreditation process can be located on their website at www.calea.org.

 

The Jule Offers Monthly Unlimited Ride Swipe Cards

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Beginning August 1, Jule passengers have the option to purchase a monthly unlimited ride swipe card. The Jule has replaced outdated paper bus passes with more permanent, reloadable swipe cards for monthly pass customers.

Monthly Passes will be activated when payment for the month is received. There is no penalty for not purchasing service during any month and cards will be reactivated the next time monthly service is purchased.

Passes may be purchased by visiting the Intermodal Transportation Center located at 950 Elm Street between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at City Hall during regular business hours. Costs for the swipe cards are listed below:

Monthly Full-Fare: $45/month
Monthly Half-Fare: $22.50/month

For more information about the new swipe card bus passes, please visit www.cityofdubuque.org/Transit or call 563-589-4196.

 

5 weekend projects to try now

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Home improvement projects range from major construction overhauls like bathroom remodeling jobs to smaller renovations that may entail something as minor as painting the walls. Smaller projects can often be conquered in a typical weekend but still provide a strong sense of accomplishment.

The following are five projects tailor-made for weekend warriors.

1. Improve storage in the entryway. Home entryways are the first places many people drop mail, shed their shoes and toss their keys upon arriving home. As a result, entryways can quickly be overrun with clutter. Storage solutions can include putting in a desk or hutch with baskets underneath to store umbrellas and backpacks. Or hang a coat rack and create a shoe rack to store shoes until the time comes to leave the house once again.

2. Shed new light. Add some design appeal to your home by replacing an old lighting fixture with something more modern. Such a task is relatively easy, and you need not possess the skills of a trained electrician.

3. Add molding for a finishing touch. Dress up spaces with crown molding or a decorative chair rail that goes around a room. You can even use molding to frame new or existing artwork. Find a molding style that complements the architectural style.

4. Update hardware in the bath and kitchen. Switch the handles, draw pulls and knobs on cabinetry with new hardware. The time commitment is practically nil, but you might just give rooms a whole new feel.

5. Patch and paint walls. Spend a weekend filling in holes left behind by since-removed wall hangings. If the patches dry quickly, paint over them. If not, resolve to do your patchwork one weekend and paint the ensuing weekend.

 

Safely use your mobile phone

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Research indicates that there are nearly as many mobile phones in use as there are people on the planet. Mobile phones are relied on now more than ever, and these phones do more than just make phone calls. They're compact computers capable of providing directions and access to the Internet, and many serve as users' primary cameras as well. 

According to data compiled by the New York-based app Locket, the average user checks his phone around nine times an hour during peak times of the day. Users unlock their phones roughly 110 times per day. Considering how prevalent mobile phone usage can be, phone users may want to take some safety measures to protect themselves and any sensitive data stored on their phones.

• Make use of privacy features. Phones come equipped with a variety of privacy features to protect users. Read the manual that comes with your phone to determine how to make use of these privacy features. Among the many privacy features on today's smartphones are the ability to turn off location services so that others will not know your whereabouts and the chance to block certain websites from being visited by younger users.

• Keep phones for personal use. Since mobile phones are mini computers, their use should be limited to the person who owns the phone. Avoid sharing the phone, or others will be able to send out a text or video on your behalf that may not be in your best interests. Never share passwords with others.

• Limit phone usage in vehicles. It's best to keep mobile phones off when driving. Texting or browsing the Internet while driving can distract you from the road, putting you, your passengers, pedestrians, and fellow motorists at risk of injury. Use a hands-free device or your vehicle's Bluetooth functions if you must answer the phone while driving. Familiarize yourself with local laws regarding phone use in a moving vehicle, as using a mobile phone while driving may be illegal in certain areas. You can always pull over to answer your phone if an important call comes in.

• Know which information apps use. Unless you deny access, apps may access private data without your knowledge. Permissions may include accessing contact lists, location services, calendars, or even social networking accounts.

• Use mobile hotspots wisely. Relying on a mobile hotspot can save you money if you are worried about exceeding your data allowances. But hotspot security may be lax, so avoid banking or accessing financial records while using hotspots. Otherwise, your information may be hacked. Wait until you're at home and using a secured network to access potentially sensitive information.

• Don't speak too openly when in public. Others can hear conversations or see your screen when in public. Unless you want to air all of your personal information, limit what you share on phone calls made in public.

Mobile phones are an incredible asset when they're used in safe and courteous manners.

 

3 potential trouble signs for driveways

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Though they are often easy to overlook, driveways are durable parts of a home that can greatly impact a home's curb appeal. Driveways endure quite a bit of wear and tear over their lifespans, and homeowners who have not given their driveways much thought may want to start looking for potential trouble signs that indicate a need for some driveway maintenance.

According to the online home improvement resource HomeAdvisor.com, the average cost of a driveway installation in 2015 was just under $3,700. Those costs are influenced by a host of factors, including the size of the driveway and the material it's made of.

Damaged driveways do not necessarily need to be replaced, as some may just need minor repairs. But homeowners who see any of the following trouble signs in their driveways may want to consult a professional contractor to determine what their next steps should be.

1. Potholes
Potholes might be most often associated with heavily trafficked roadways, but even driveways are susceptible to potholes. As the ground beneath the driveway expands and contracts, the pavement above that ground weakens and becomes more susceptible to damage. That damage may ultimately lead to large chunks of the driveway breaking down, creating holes as a result. Homeowners who live in areas that experience heavy snowfall may see their driveways develop potholes after they are shoveled or plowed. Potholes that are not fixed may damage vehicles that drive on the pavement, and potholes may even expand over time.

2. Accumulation of water
Puddles that form during a rainstorm may not be indicative of anything other than a rainy day. But water that pools or runs down the middle of the driveway may indicate drainage problems. Such problems may be the result of structural problems with the slope of the driveway, which can cause bigger issues down the road. When water is not absorbed into the ground or directed away from your home, it can then flow into the house, potentially making your garage or home susceptible to water damage.

3. Cracks
Cracking is one of the more noticeable issues that can plague driveways. Many driveways experience cracking as materials inevitably succumb to the elements. Driveway cracks may develop for various reasons, including poor initial installation. Tree roots that grow beneath the driveway surface may also contribute to cracking as the driveways ultimately succumb to the pressure created by the growing roots. Some cracks may prove less problematic than others, but homeowners should still speak with a contractor if they notice their driveway is starting to succumb to cracks.

Driveways may not draw the attention of homeowners too often, but damaged driveways that go ignored may ultimately lead to very costly problems.

 

5 low-calorie snacks that stray from the norm

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Snacking may not seem like part of a healthy diet, but the right snacks can help men and women fight midday hunger without contributing to unwanted weight gain. The following low-calorie snacks won't compromise adults' efforts to maintain healthy weights, and they might prove useful as men and women look for that extra boost during the day.

1. Popcorn: Popcorn is low in calories and a good source of dietary fiber. Popcorn also is high in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that have been linked to reductions in heart disease and certain cancers. Air-popped popcorn that is prepared without any oil is your best option, as a cup of such popcorn may only add up to about 30 calories. Avoid adding salt or butter or purchasing premade popcorn that is heavy on both, as both ingredients can compromise the health benefits of popcorn.

2. Nonfat Greek yogurt: Though it's not as low in calories as popcorn, nonfat Greek yogurt is still a low-calorie snack that's high in protein. Nonfat Greek yogurt may have as much as two times the amount of protein as traditional yogurts, and that's beneficial because protein helps you feel full longer, which should help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid overeating. Nonfat Greek yogurt also tends to have less sugar than traditional yogurts, and its creamy texture gives many people the impression that they are eating something decadent.

3. Hummus: Made primarily from ground chickpeas, hummus is a protein- and fiber-rich snack that has been linked to a host of health benefits, including a reduced risk for heart disease and certain types of cancers. Dip vegetables such as baby carrots into hummus, and you'll have a low-calorie snack that's also high in vitamin A and beta carotene.

4. Pistachios: Many people might read the labels of pistachios and be turned off by the fat content. But pistachios are low in saturated fat and high in protein, and a couple dozen pistachios may only amount to about 95 calories. Eat pistachios raw and do not add salt, which can negate their health benefits.

5. Grapes: Grapes might not be as popular as potato chips or other widely available snacks, but they are great sources of vitamin K and are loaded with antioxidants. Grapes are loaded with water, making them a filling snack that can help men and women avoid dehydration. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one cup of grapes can provide as much as 5 percent of the recommended daily value of dietary fiber despite containing just over 100 calories.

 

Home safety checks to complete today

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A new kitchen or a bathroom remodeling job might be dream projects for many homeowners, but the right home improvement project at a given moment is not necessarily the most glamorous project. Sometimes safety upgrades around the house must take precedence over more popular projects.

Accidents or injuries can occur in any part of the home, but homeowners who take certain preventative measures can greatly reduce their injury risk. The security resource A Secure Life points out that more than 18,000 Americans die every year from injuries that take place in the home. Unintentional injuries account for millions of medical visits each year.

Home injuries also are prevalent elsewhere in the world. In the United Kingdom, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents reports that there are approximately 6,000 deaths every year that result from accidents at home.

Periodic inspections for potential hazards can keep everyone safe. The following are a handful of ways for homeowners to ensure their homes are as safe as possible.

• Check for sturdy handrails and prevent tripping hazards. Falls are one of the leading causes of home injuries. Falls can be a particular threat for youngsters and the elderly. To help prevent falls, make sure that staircases feature sturdy railings and that there is ample lighting in walkways. Remove obstructions from frequently used paths inside and outside the home. In addition, insert nonslip padding beneath runners or throw rugs.

• Check for frayed wires or faulty outlets. Address any electrical problems around the house, including frayed wiring and faulty outlets. Sparks can lead to fires, and poor wiring may cause unforeseen problems behind walls. Repair or replace any loose or frayed wires on all electrical devices. Be sure that cords do not run under doorways or rugs. Replace outlets that are in disrepair and install ones with ground-fault current interruptors as an added precaution. If small children live in the home, use plastic safety covers over unused outlets.

• Practice window safety. Young children are curious and do not always recognize the inherent dangers around them. Children excited to see the great outdoors may climb up to peer out windows, and open windows are falling hazards. Screens do not offer an adequate barrier against falls. Consider locking windows or use safety bars to guard against falls. Test to see how easily screens can be pushed out, replacing any that do not provide adequate resistance to curious youngsters' hands.

• Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least twice per year, and test them to make sure they're in good working order at least once per month. The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing hard-wired smoke alarms every 10 years. Battery-operated alarms may need to be replaced even sooner. Many carbon monoxide detectors work for five to seven years. Check the back of alarms for a date stamp that indicates how old the product is and when it expires.

Safety checklists are an important part of home maintenance. A proactive approach can prevent both injuries and damage to the home.

 

Tips for safe home grilling

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Millions of grilling enthusiasts take to their backyards each year to cook delicious foods over an open flame. Grilling is embedded in the history of many cultures, and to this day many people feel nothing beats the savory flavor characteristic of grilled meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetables. 

Although many people safely enjoy outdoor barbecues every day, accidents can happen. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, roughly 6,000 grill fires take place on residential property every year in the United States alone.

Many grilling accidents can be prevented with some safety precautions and a little common sense.

When grilling, place the grill in a safe location. Grills should be at least 10 feet away from the house when they are in use. Also, keep the grill away from wooden overhangs or other structures attached to the house, such as garages and porches.

Before using a gas grill, inspect it to make sure there are no gas leaks. Ensure hoses are properly connected and that the grill looks in good repair.

Use propane and charcoal grills outdoors only. Never bring such grills into your house, even if it seems like there is ample ventilation. Potentially fatal carbon monoxide can build up quickly.

Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Grills can be knocked over easily, and kids and pets may burn themselves if they bump into a hot grill. 

Clean the grill regularly. Grease and fat buildup forms in the tray below the grill and can be quite flammable. By brushing off the grates after each use and periodically removing food and grease buildup, you can prevent flare-ups that may ignite the grill.

Always tend the grill while cooking. Walking away for even a minute may lead to accidents.

Store unused propane tanks upright at all times to prevent leakage. Keep them outdoors and beyond the reach of children.

Never smoke near propane cylinders and never move a lit grill. 

Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the event of a flare-up. A hose may not prove effective on a grease fire.

It's also important to emphasize food safety when grilling. Invest in a food thermometer so you can test the internal temperature of foods and prevent foodborne illnesses.

Grilling is a great and flavorful way to cook. But safety must remain a priority when grilling.

 

How to spur kids’ interest in the arts

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Art can enrich the lives of people young and old, male and female. The arts can introduce adults and children to different cultures and traditions, while also helping them to develop more fully as human beings.

While some may feel the benefits of the arts cannot be measured, the nonprofit organization Americans for the Arts notes that kids who are involved in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement than kids who are not involved in the arts. And though mathematics and science may not be the first thing people associate with the arts, kids involved in the arts are four times more likely to participate in math and science fairs than kids who are not involved in the arts.

Parents can do a lot to make art a bigger part of their kids' lives. The following are some simple ways parents can bring more art into their kids' lives, courtesy of Americans for the Arts.

• Join in the fun. Parents can make art more fun for kids by playing music around the house and singing and dancing alongside their youngsters. In addition, read a book to or with your children and join in when they pursue other artistic endeavors, such as drawing or painting.

• Find local events. Many school districts have slashed their arts budgets in recent years, but parents can still find local arts events for kids in their communities. Peruse the local newspaper and other community-based periodicals for cultural events for kids. Support local theater groups by attending performances with your children and explaining to them that the performers live in the community just like they do.

• Pitch in with local arts organizations. Local arts organizations typically rely on donations and volunteers to support their programs. Parents who want to instill a love of the arts in their children can help local organizations' fundraising efforts and even volunteer their time if the opportunity presents itself. If possible, take kids along when volunteering so they can get some firsthand experience with the arts.

• Encourage kids' artistic pursuits. Some kids may decide to pursue artistic endeavors on their own, and parents can encourage such pursuits. Celebrate kids' participation in arts-based activities in school and in the community, recognizing their hard work in the same way you would acknowledge their successes in the classroom and in sports.

The arts can benefit youngsters in various ways, but it's often up to parents to instill a love of the arts in their children.

 

Protect and enjoy public parks

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Millions of people visit public parks across North America every year. Nature preserves and national parks are home to picturesque landscapes, monuments, natural wonders, and abundant wildlife. 

Visiting parks is a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature and learn something along the way, but such visits also come with a great degree of responsibility. The National Parks Service and The British Columbia Ministry of Environment provide these guidelines to remain good environmental stewards when visiting popular parks and preserves.

Know the laws
National parks may be protected by federal law that may prohibit or restrict hunting and trapping animals to specific times of year.

Wildlife living in parks may become less fearsome of people over time, especially when they grow accustomed to being fed or handled. Many parks prohibit feeding and close interacting with wildlife. Otherwise the animals may lose their hunting or foraging ability, or pose threats to people when the animals rapidly approach for an easy handout. Learn park rules so you'll know what is acceptable behavior within its borders.

Keep wild animals wild
Feeding animals is perhaps one of the more dangerous things park visitors can do. In recent years, the National Park Service has had to euthanize deer, coyotes, rock squirrels, and other animals that have become too aggressive toward humans because they grew accustomed to receiving food from people.

Keep your distance from wildlife. Use proper equipment to view or photograph animals from several feet away. Stay even further away from animals that are breeding, nesting or raising young, as parents can become particularly protective of their children and turn aggressive.

Keep a clean camp
Camping and parks often go hand-in-hand. Keep a clean camp so you are not attracting bears and other food scavengers. Use trash receptacles and store garbage and food out of reach. Cook and clean away from your tent and immediately clean any cooking supplies after you have finished your meal. Only wood and paper should be burned, and try not to prepare food or fishing bait in close proximity to your campsite.

Prepare for weather
Weather can change in an instant when you're in the wilderness. Pack accordingly, dressing in layers so you can change clothes as the weather demands. Have a flashlight and other emergency supplies available in case you get stuck in a storm.

Higher elevations and exposure to the sunlight can cause severe sunburn. Always apply and reapply sunscreen. High elevations also can increase the chance of dehydration, mountain sickness (headaches, nausea and dizziness) and the aggravation of preexisting medical conditions.

Avoid damaging vegetation
Animals are not the only natural wonders to protect. Use caution when hiking so you do not trample vegetation. Keep pets on leashes so they do not disturb sensitive habitats. Do not pick flowers or berries and take them away from the park.

Respecting local wildlife and taking steps to keep parks clean can make your hiking and camping experiences that much more enjoyable.

 

Homemade ice cream makes the perfect summer treat

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Ice cream is synonymous with summer, when rising temperatures and vacations from school and work call for some refreshing celebration. Those who want to experiment with homemade ice cream may want to consider the following recipe for "Dulce de Leche Ice Cream" from Lou Seibert Pappas' "Ice Creams and Sorbets" (Chronicle Books).

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Makes about 1 quart

2 cups half-and-half or milk
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
12 ounces butterscotch chips, divided
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prepare a large bowl or pan of ice water.

In the top of a double boiler, heat the half-and-half over simmering water until steaming.

In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks until blended, then whisk in the sugar. Whisk in about half of the hot half-and-half and pour the yolk mixture into the pan of half-and-half.

Stir with a silicone spatula or spoon and cook over simmering water for about 8 minutes.

Stir in 1 cup of the chips and continue stirring until blended in and the custard coats the back of the spatula, about 2 minutes more.

Immediately place the custard pan in the ice bath and stir the custard occasionally until it cools to room temperature.

Transfer to a container and stir in the cream and vanilla.

Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 3 hours.

Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.

When the ice cream is almost frozen, add the remaining 1 cup chips and churn until blended in, about 15 seconds more.

Transfer to a container, cover and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.

 

Six innovative ways to indulge in ice cream

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Ice cream is a popular dessert that's enjoyed across the globe. Blending the cold and the creamy, ice cream is an ideal treat on a hot day. According to IceCream.com, 87 percent of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time. While Americans may enjoy their ice cream, New Zealand consumes more ice cream than any country in the world.

Historians and foodies believe Ancient Greeks enjoyed a dessert similar to ice cream as early as the 5th century B.C. Considering ice cream has been around so long, and that many cultures have created their own take on frozen treats, from gelato to sorbet to frozen yogurts, one may think there aren't many new ways to indulge in this beloved dessert. But with a little creativity, anyone can come up with innovative ways to serve ice cream or any of its frozen cousins. The following are just a few different recipe inspirations.

1. Lightly butter flour tortillas and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar. Drape the tortillas over the rungs of the shelves in an oven, placing a cookie sheet underneath to catch any drips. Bake at 300 F until just crisp. Fill with your favorite ice cream for some frozen dessert tacos.

2. Create your own ice cream sandwiches from any firm cookies or dessert bars you have on hand. For example, cut two thin slices of fudge brownies. Spread softened ice cream in a complementary flavor, such as peanut butter or black cherry vanilla, in between the brownie sandwich pieces. Freeze to firm everything up and make it easier to eat.

3. Fried ice cream pairs the seemingly incompatible frozen dessert with heat. Freeze scoops of ice cream until they are solid, dip them in an egg wash and coat with crushed cookie crumbs. You can then refreeze the finished ice cream balls and have them set to fry in time for dessert.

4. Ice cream and frozen waffles make a quick dessert in a pinch. Raid the freezer for the ingredients, toast the waffles and then sandwich with ice cream. Top with fresh fruit and whipped cream, if desired.

5. Spoon your favorite cookie dough into a muffin tin and mold the dough so it lines the individual cups of the tin. Bake until firm and let cool. Use the cookie cups to make holders for little ice cream sundaes for parties. Their diminutive size makes them ideal for kids.

6. Whip up your own ice cream cake. Place a thin layer of any flavor cake on the bottom of a dish or pan that can be placed into the freezer. Scoop softened ice cream on top, then continue to layer as desired, finishing with ice cream as the final layer. Let freeze several hours until firmed up, then enjoy.

Ice cream can be enjoyed in cones, cups, a la mode or as part of soda floats. There is really no limit to what can be created with this popular dessert treat.

 

Help plants survive sizzling summer heat

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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.

 

Did You Know?

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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.

 

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.