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Dubuque Pools Scheduled to Open This Saturday

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Weather permitting, Dubuque's Sutton and Flora swimming pools are scheduled to open on Saturday, May 28.

From May 28 through Monday, May 30, adult water walking is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with open swim from 1 to 5 p.m. On Tuesday, May 30, through Friday, June 3, adult water walking will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. and again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open swim will be from 4 to 8 p.m. from May 30-June 3. Regular pool hours begin Saturday, June 4.

In an effort to better serve patrons visiting the pools, swim passes for 2016 will now be an ID card. The residency process and paperwork for the pass remain the same; however, instead of receiving one or several tags, each pass holder will receive a photo ID card which will be scanned upon entry at the pool. Passes are for sale now and can be purchased at the Leisure Services office at 2200 Bunker Hill Rd. Each pass holder is required to come to the office to have a photo taken for their ID. Low-income passes are available; you must present valid documents to obtain discount.

The Leisure Services office will offer extended office hours on Wednesday, June 1, until 7 p.m. as a convenience for those wanting to purchase pool passes.

For more information on Dubuque swimming pools, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/recreation or call 563-589-4263.

 

Teresa Shelter Celebrates 10 Years of Service

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Opening Doors is proud to announce Teresa Shelter's 10 year anniversary. The shelter opened on May 23, 2016 as Opening Doors' second doorway of hope for homeless women with or without children. The public is invited to an open house scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 from 3 to 5 PM at Teresa Shelter located at 1111 Bluff Street which will feature light refreshments, tours and special stories from existing Teresa Shelter residents.

The history of Opening Doors started with Maria House which opened on September 25, 2000. Shortly after Maria House began operating, staff realized that it was difficult to serve both emergency and transitional populations under the same roof. At that time, Maria House usually had a waiting list of women who needed emergency shelter, but were not yet ready for a transitional housing program. In response to this need, Opening Doors opened Teresa Shelter.

"In its short 10-year history, Teresa Shelter has become an invaluable resource in our community for homeless women, with or without children," commented Executive Director Michelle Brown. She added, "Through the program offered at Teresa Shelter, women have accomplished things they never dreamed were possible."

Teresa Shelter is a single-story building located at 1111 Bluff Street at the site of the former Meatpackers Labor Union Hall. Thanks to seed money from the women's religious organizations, private donations, and federal weatherization dollars, the facility was renovated to meet the needs of the women and children. Teresa Shelter's location is optimal because it is near the center of downtown, on the bus line and near existing service agencies.

Teresa Shelter offers emergency (up to 30 days) housing with a focus on meeting basic needs. To date, Teresa Shelter is the only emergency shelter in the tri-states that takes women WITH children. Teresa Shelter also offers extended stay housing with an emphasis on long-term achievement based goal setting where women can stay up to six months with a possible six month extension.

For more information, please contact Michelle Brown, Executive Director, at 563-582-7480 (mbrown@openingdoorsdbq.org) or Heather LuGrain, Teresa Shelter Director, at 563-690-0086 (hlugrain@openingdoorsdbq.org).

Opening Doors is the nonprofit organization that operates Maria House and Teresa Shelter. Homeless women, alone or with children, come to us to help rebuild their lives. We provide goal setting and life skills training that will enable them to take care of themselves and achieve their full potential. Women are dependent when they come in...independent when they leave. Since 2000, Maria House has provided transitional housing, where residents can stay for as long as two years. In 2006, we opened Teresa Shelter. It offers extended stay housing, as well as short-term emergency shelter services.

 

EPA Awards Dubuque $200,000 for Brownfield Cleanup

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the City of Dubuque a $200,000 grant through the agency's Brownfields Program.

Dubuque was one of six cities or groups in Iowa and Missouri to be selected for the program to fund environmental assessments or cleanups of vacant or abandoned properties so they can be returned to new and productive uses. The City will use the funds to assist in the cleanup of the former Blum Company property, a former scrap yard and recycling facility located at 501 E. 15th St. in Dubuque.

The .23-acre property was acquired by the City in December 2015 as part of the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project. The City used EPA Brownfield funds from a previous grant to conduct an initial assessment of the property which indicated possible soil contamination. A second assessment found numerous hazardous materials (mercury, lead, arsenic, asbestos, tetrachloroethene, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in the soil and groundwater at levels above limits and standards. Some of the materials are volatile and toxic. Based on the findings, the property is not suitable for future residential, commercial, or industrial purposes without remediation.

The City will enroll the property into the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' (IDNR) Land Recycling Program. A qualified environmental professional will oversee the cleanup in conjunction with IDNR. Following deconstruction of the structures on the property and excavation and offsite disposal of the contaminated material, the City plans to construct a bike trail, bike pavilion, playground equipment, and public bathroom to serve the adjoining Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project. The trail will provide important connectivity to the national Mississippi River Trail. In addition to the $200,000 Brownfield grant, the City estimates the cleanup efforts will cost an additional $62,500.

The EPA reports there are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated waste sites in America. Since the inception of the EPA's Brownfields Program in 1995, cumulative brownfields program investments have leveraged more than $20 billion from a variety of public and private sources for cleanup and redevelopment activities. This equates to an average of $17.79 leveraged per EPA brownfields dollar expended. These investments have resulted in approximately 108,924 jobs nationwide. EPA's Brownfields Program empowers states, communities and other stakeholders to work together to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields sites. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/brownfields.

 

Franchise Fee Settlement Payments Issued

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Eligible Dubuque utility customers who filed a claim to be part of the Zaber vs. City of Dubuque franchise fee lawsuit are now receiving their payments. Some payment recipients are contacting City of Dubuque offices with questions about the payment.

Anyone with questions related to their payment or the lawsuit, should contact the court-designated settlement agent, Rust Consulting, by visiting www.dubuquefranchisefeesettlement.com or by calling toll-free 1-855-263-3445. The deadline to file a claim has passed. No additional claims are being accepted.

Background
A settlement was reached in the class action lawsuit against the City of Dubuque concerning gas and electric franchise fees charged to utility customers. Utility customers eligible for the lawsuit included persons who were billed for gas or utility service within the city between September 5, 2001, and May 25, 2009. The settlement was approved by the Court at the Fairness Hearing on August 28, 2015. The final distribution order was approved by the Court on May 12, 2016 and is available at www.dubuquefranchisefeesettlement.com.

 

Three Bridge Closures Planned This Summer

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Three bridge repair and maintenance projects will require road closures and detours on some busy Dubuque roads this summer. The first project, on Fremont Avenue, is scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 1.

Improvements will be made to the Fremont Avenue Bridge, Cedar Cross Road Bridge, and Old Mill Road Bridge. All three projects will involve bridge deck repairs to extend the life of the bridge and sidewalk settlement repairs. The Old Mill Road Bridge project includes the removal of eight water utility services and three sanitary sewer utility services.

The work will require that each bridge be closed and traffic detoured. Only one bridge will be closed at a time in an effort to minimize traffic disruptions. The Fremont Avenue Bridge project will be completed first and is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 1. That bridge closure is expected to last approximately three weeks. Southbound traffic will be detoured to Dodge Street, then Cedar Cross Road. Northbound traffic will be detoured to Kelly Lane, then Rockdale Road, and then South Grandview Avenue. A map of the detour is available at www.cityofdubuque.org/detours. Pedestrian traffic will be prohibited on the bridge while sidewalk repairs are made.

The Cedar Cross Road Bridge project will be completed second and is expected to require closure of the bridge for up to four weeks. That project will begin in mid-to-late June, after the Fremont Avenue Bridge is reopened. The detour for the Cedar Cross Road closure will have southbound traffic detoured to Dodge Street and then Fremont Avenue. Northbound traffic will be detoured to Crescent Ridge and then Dodge Street. The exact date of the closure will be announced when it is known. Pedestrian traffic will be prohibited on the bridge while sidewalk repairs are made.

The Old Mill Road Bridge project will be the last and will begin after the Cedar Cross Road Bridge is reopened, which is expected in mid-to-late July. Due to the utility and street replacement work involved in this project, its closure is expected to be five weeks. The proposed detour for this project has northbound traffic diverting to Rockdale Road, then S. Grandview Ave., then Dodge Street, and then Fremont Avenue. Conversely, southbound traffic will go from Kelly Lane to Fremont Avenue, to Dodge Street, to S. Grandview Ave., to Rockdale Road. The exact date of the closure will be announced when it is known.

All work on all three bridges is expected to be completed before school resumes on Aug. 23. For more information on these projects, please contact the City of Dubuque Engineering Department at 563-589-4270 or engineer@cityofdubuque.org.

Residents interested in receiving email and/or text notifications of street closures and detours are encouraged to visit www.cityofdubuque.org/notifyme to subscribe to the City's "Street Detour & Construction Alerts" Notify Me. All detour maps will be posted to www.cityofdubuque.org/detours.

 

City Designates Pesticide-Free Parks

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The City of Dubuque Leisure Services Department has designated nine public parks where pesticides will not be used and has created a notification system for when it will apply chemical treatments to weeds, insects, and other pests at other public parks and right-of-ways.

The pesticide-free parks are:

Cleveland Park (625 Cleveland Ave.)

Falk Park (1701 Earl Dr.)

Southern Park (200 Southern Ave.)

Welu Park (3655 Welu Dr.)

Teddy Bear Park (4900 Gabriel Dr.)

Riley Park (3356 Lunar Dr.)

Allison-Henderson Park (1500 Loras Blvd.)

Pinard Park (2819 Pinard St.)

Maus Park (599 Huff St.)

A map of the parks is available at www.cityofdubuque.org/ipm.

These parks were chosen because they are located throughout the Dubuque community, giving all residents access to pesticide-free areas, and because they consist of landscapes that can be managed without the use of chemicals. New signs have been installed in each of these parks showing their designation as pesticide-free parks.

In addition to these nine pesticide-free parks, Usha Park (3937 Pennsylvania Ave.) is being designated as a "zoned park." No chemicals will be used in the park with the exception of the parking lot area where a bio swale was recently installed. Chemicals may be used in this small area during the establishment of the plants in the bio swale.

No chemicals are used to manage the landscape in the entire footprint of these parks. Instead, staff created maintenance-friendly landscapes that reduce the need for weed management and employ mechanical techniques such as mulching, mowing, string trimming or hand-weeding to manage weeds. Because techniques like weeding and mulching are more labor intensive, volunteers are encouraged and should call the leisure services department for more information. If it becomes necessary to apply pesticides at a pesticide-free park due to a public health or safety threat, notification will be clearly posted at the site before, during, and after the application to inform users of the situation.

The designation of nine pesticide-free parks is part of the City's process of developing an integrated pest management (IPM) program to reduce chemical use in the City's outdoor spaces and facilities. Implementation of the IPM program is an ongoing process, and staff continue to explore the most effective and least toxic method for controlling pests.

The leisure services department continues to work to implement an IPM program in City parks. Employees have designated areas where pesticide use is restricted, improved park design to limit future need to use pesticides, and have identified best practices in park maintenance to minimize pesticide use.

As part of the department's review of its practices, it was decided that play structures with a defined boundary of the playground safety surfacing (mulch, sand, etc.) will also not be treated with chemicals. The City currently has 285 of these defined playground structure spaces. The only time these areas will receive chemical treatment is when there is a threat to public health and safety, such as a nest of bees or wasps in or on the play equipment. Notification of chemical use would be clearly posted before, during, and after chemical application.

"Because we will not use pesticide in the nine designated parks and play structure safety surface boundaries, weeds such as dandelions, clover and more may be apparent throughout the growing season. As we see this time of year, weeds grow quickly," said Leisure Services Manager Marie Ware. "These dandelions and other weeds may surprise some park visitors, but they are a sign of the IPM program at work."

Although pesticide use has been greatly reduced in Dubuque's 40 other parks, pesticides are used when necessary to manage noxious and invasive weeds, as well as pest infestations near higher-use areas. With over 1,000 acres of parks and open space to maintain, the leisure services department uses pesticides at times as a cost-effective method to steward public land.

The leisure services department has created an email and/or text notification system to notify residents and stakeholders who wish to be informed when and where chemical treatment of City parks will occur. To receive these notifications, please visit www.cityofdubuque.org/notifyme and subscribe to the "Pesticide Application Notification" Notify Me option.

Leisure services is only one portion of an overall Integrated Pest Management Program being developed for the City of Dubuque operations. This program is to be presented to the City Council on June 20, 2016.

 

RIVERVIEW CENTER’S EVENING OF LIGHT GALA EVENT

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SPOTLIGHT ON HOPE & HEALING FOR SURVIVORS 
OF SEXUAL & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Join Riverview Center for an evening showcasing survivor artwork and stories of strength and resiliency. The evening also includes entertainment, heavy hors d' oeuvres, and unique live & silent auction items at the Hotel Julien - Dubuque on Thursday, June 2nd at 6 pm.

Call Brandi at 563.690.7330 for tickets or purchase tickets through our event page at riverviewcenter.org.

Please consider supporting our sexual and domestic violence prevention and intervention services by attending our Evening of Light and perusing our unique live and silent auction item offerings, such as:

• Loge Level Tickets to the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Grammy Museum, including a 3-Night Stay with Airfare for 2 (value $priceless)

• Round of golf for two at Pebble Beach, CA, a par-72 course that was the original host of the California State Amateur. Includes 3-Night Stay at Hyatt Regency and Airfare for 2 (value $5400)

• 4-course gourmet Indian dinner for 4 with music by Tapestry, a four-piece acoustic band, in your own home. Sunil Malapati is a professor of biochemistry and food chemistry. (value $800)

• Iowa vs. Iowa game tix for 4 off the 45 yard line with tailgating essentials such as a Cremer's beef bundle, grill seasonings and sauces, bag boards, beer, cooler, and koozies. (value $2000)

You will also have the opportunity to provide support through our services auction, as well as a chance to purchase raffle tickets for a 14 karat white gold half carat diamond halo pendant (valued at $1299), generously donated by Doland Jewelers.

For the past 24 years, Riverview Center has proudly provided the healing and justice survivors of sexual violence deserve, free of charge. We are a nonprofit agency committed to providing free, confidential, compassionate, client-centered care for individuals affected by sexual violence in Dubuque, Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard, Jones, Linn, and Winneshiek Counties in Iowa; and for individuals affected by sexual and domestic violence in Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties in Illinois. Riverview Center is creating a community free of violence by empowering individuals, fostering empathy, and developing social skills that emphasize respect, equality, and non-violent conflict resolution.

IOWA 24-HOUR SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE (888) 557.0310

JO DAVIESS COUNTY 24-HOUR SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE (888) 707-8155

JO DAVIESS COUNTY 24-HOUR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE (815) 777.3680

CARROLL COUNTY 24-HOUR SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE (877) 273-7772

CARROLL COUNTY 24-HOUR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE (815) 244.1320

 

Foods on the barbie need not be unhealthy

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Barbecue season is in full swing, and that means many evenings spent dining outdoors with a feast of grilled foods at your beck and call.

Such foods may be delicious, but some barbecue standards may not be ideal for those trying to maintain a beach-ready body. But even if a trim waistline is your ultimate goal, you can still enjoy your favorite grilled foods by making a few smart food choices and substitute high-fat foods for healthier fare at your next backyard barbecue.

BAD: BBQ ribs may be savory, but they have a high fat-to-meat ratio. Whether your ribs are pork or beef, each bite delivers much more fat than meat. These cuts of meat are among the fattiest parts of the animal to eat and contain a high amount of saturated fat, according to the American Dietetic Association. Saturated fat can contribute to cardiovascular disease and increase risk of type 2 diabetes. Ribs can pack on the pounds, too.

BETTER: Rather than fatty ribs, opt for a lean pork loin that can be slathered in barbecue sauce and spices. The loin also can be smoked and shredded to make tasty pulled-pork.

BAD: What would a barbecue be without a helping of rich and creamy potato salad? Potato salad is typically the go-to side dish accompanying burgers, hot dogs and chicken. While potatoes can be healthy, they also are loaded with calories. Plus, potato salad is often made by mixing boiled potatoes with calorie-rich mayonnaise, adding even more calories and fat to this beloved side dish. 

BETTER: A vegetable slaw, made from thin strips of carrots, broccoli, cabbage, and other firm vegetables is a healthier option. Mix the slaw with a light vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise. The slaw will be refreshing and provide a bounty of healthy vitamins and minerals. Plus, the slaw will be less likely to spoil prematurely under the hot sun.

BAD: Frankfurters have been a staple of backyard barbecues for decades. But the average beef hot dog contains 140 calories and 15 grams of fat. And that's before it's even placed on a bun and embellished with your favorite toppings. Hot dogs also are high in sodium and some have a bevy of preservatives.

BETTER: Turkey and chicken hot dogs are leaner than pork and beef varieties, with containing half the amount of calories as their more traditional counterparts. Concerns about "mystery meat" in hot dogs has long plagued the food industry. If you are worried about what is in your hot dogs, try making your own. Ground meat yourself and stuff into sausage casings. Fresh hot dogs thrown on the grill afford the ultimate control over what's going into your body.

BAD: Though nothing may be more American than apple pie, pie is not as healthy as one might think. Rich, buttery crusts and sugar-laden fillings can make one slice of pie quite fattening. Double-crust pies with a bottom and top crust will have even more calories.

BETTER: Fresh fruit is always a better option than pie. A bowl of berries served with fresh whipped cream on the side will offer far fewer calories and just as much flavor as a slice of pie.

BAD: Sugary beverages and mixed alcoholic drinks may be commonplace at barbecues. People often do not realize how quickly the calories can add up when consuming a tall glass of lemonade or a few poolside margaritas. There can be as many as 100 calories in a single shot of liquor, while soft drinks have increasingly drawn the ire of medical professionals on account of their high sugar content.

BETTER: Water remains the best and healthiest thirst quencher. Float some lemon slices in a pitcher of water for a refreshing flavor without the calories. Those who want to indulge in an alcoholic beverage can choose a light beer and not go overboard.

Smart choices at barbecues make it is easier to stay healthy and continue to look great in a swimsuit all season long.

 

UnityPoint Health® Finley Hospital Announces Two New Clinic Locations in Dubuque

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UnityPoint Health® Finley Hospital will be opening two new UnityPoint Clinics in Dubuque later this fall. According to a recent study by the American Medical Association, the Dubuque and Tri-State area have a primary care provider shortage. In fact, the data indicates a shortage of 19 primary care providers. 

To help meet the growing health care needs of the community, Finley Hospital will open UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine at 4170 Pennsylvania Avenue on August 1, 2016 with Kenneth Martin, MD.

In addition, Finley has announced plans to acquire Women's Wellness Center, also located at 4170 Pennsylvania Avenue. Women's Wellness Center will close on June 1 for a two month period while Finley makes equipment improvements and renovations. UnityPoint Clinic - Women's Health will open in the same location on August 1, 2016 with nurse practitioner Gretchen Hong, WHNP, AHNP.

Both clinics include exam rooms, radiology services as well as lab services.

"The mission of Finley has always been to improve the health of the people and the communities of the Tri-State area," explains David Brandon, president and CEO, Finley Hospital. "In order to meet our mission, Finley will continue to be a leader in providing the necessary health care services to meet our community needs. We are excited to open both UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine and Women's Health in Dubuque."

Women's Wellness Center has served a key niche in the community, focusing on women's health concerns for premenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women and Finley is excited for the opportunity to continue to serve women in the Dubuque area.

"Women's Wellness Center has a history of providing excellent health care to women in the Dubuque community and Finley is excited to continue that tradition and provide enhanced resources to staff and patients," said Brandon.

Finley Hospital believes the opening of UnityPoint Clinic - Family Medicine and UnityPoint Clinic - Women's Health will result in the best outcomes for patients. Having an integrated hospital and clinic allows for complete care coordination.

An open house will be planned for both UnityPoint Clinics later this fall.

 

How to spruce up outdoor space before hosting guests

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Beautiful nights make for great opportunities to invite some friends over for a starry soiree under the nighttime sky. Unlike house parties at which guests will be spending most of their time indoors and in various rooms throughout the house, outdoor parties are often limited to smaller areas, such as patios. That can make things much less taxing on hosts, who won't have much prep work to do to get an outdoor hosting area ready for guests. 

But even an impromptu party requires planning and a little elbow grease before guests arrive. The following are a few areas to address before guests arrive for your next outdoor get-together.

• Clear the walkways and patio of debris. The walkways and patio may not need too much attention, but give them a once-over with a broom to clear any debris. When clearing the patio of debris, move all furniture, making sure to sweep up any debris, including food, that might have fallen beneath tables and chairs since your most recent party. If the patio is especially dirty, consider power washing it to remove stubborn stains that can rob the area of its aesthetic appeal.

• Clean the furniture. Whether it's been months since your last party on the patio or just a few days, the furniture must be cleaned. Unless items have been stored in a garage or shed, patio furnishings are exposed to the elements, and that means dirt, soil, soot or pollen may have accumulated on the furniture.

Wipe down all cushions, using a mild detergent when necessary. Cushions may need some time to dry, so make this one of your first tasks, and leave cushions out in the sun so they dry more quickly. Once the cushions have been cleaned, wipe down the furniture with a wet towel to clear them of any dirt or debris.

• Clean and inspect the grill. The grill is a go-to accessory when hosting an outdoor party, so give the grill a thorough cleaning before the first guests arrive. Nothing brings a party to a halt like hunger, and guests may begin to grow antsy if they are not served food in a reasonable amount of time. If you are using a propane grill, check to make sure the tanks are full as you clean the grill. Running out of propane is a summer soiree faux pas, so you might want to keep an extra tank handy just to be safe.

• Clear the entryway to your home. Your guests will likely be using the same entryway over and over again during the party, so focus on cleaning this entryway so guests don't trip or have to jump over toys on their way to an indoor restroom. Once the entryway has been cleared of potential tripping hazards, make sure the indoor path to the restroom is clear as well.

 

Things to know before building a deck

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Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau Housing Survey indicate that homeowners annually spend billions of dollars improving outdoor living areas.

One of the most popular ways to do just that is to add a deck to a home. Decks are beneficial in many ways. Grillmasters love decks because they make the perfect place to set up a grill and a table and cook for family and friends. Those who simply love being outdoors find decks the perfect place to relax and soak up some sun or idle away the evening hours.

But homeowners who want to build a deck should know a few things before that process begins.

• Permits are necessary. Unless the deck is going to be especially small, you will likely need a permit to build it. Before buying any materials or consulting any contractors, make certain you know which permits you need and how to get them. If the proper permits are not secured before the project begins, you might have to tear down the whole project and start all over again.

• Decks don't have to go on the back of the house. If the back of your house sits in the blazing sun all day, then it's probably best to build the deck elsewhere, and that's perfectly alright. So long as the property and permits allow, decks can be built on the side of a home as well, and putting a deck on the side might be more comfortable.

• Decks don't have to be made of wood. It's easy to assume all decks are made of plain wood. However, decks can be made out of a wide variety of materials, natural or synthetic. Pressure treated wood is perhaps the most popular material for decking because it's not very expensive. But manmade materials that are a mixture of recycled plastic and wood bits or sawdust are also popular because they require no maintenance. But homeowners should know that manmade materials can get hot in the sun, which will require those enjoying the deck to wear shoes.

• Expect to do some digging. If you're going to build your own deck, expect to do some serious digging. Local building codes will dictate how deep you will need to dig for the pier footings, which support the deck's weight. Just how deep you'll dig depends on your climate's specific frost line, but it's safe to assume you'll get a workout when digging.

• The deck can have multiple levels. Though many people associate decks with one level, it's possible to have a multi-level deck if you simply don't have enough room to build a deck that will be big enough to meet all of your needs. A multi-level deck can break up those long flights of stairs while ensuring you will always have somewhere to go to escape the sun on a hot day.

• You will want to protect the deck. Decks are a costly investment, and you will want to protect that investment. If you're building a wood deck, keep in mind the sun will beat down on the deck for most of the year. You can protect the deck by painting it. Paint provides sunscreen for the deck, stopping the sun from breaking down the material. Once you've finished painting, apply sealant, whether it's oil- or water-based.

• Don't forget fasteners. Fasteners will hide the screws for aesthetic appeal. But not all woods and fasteners are the right fit, as certain woods are only compatible with certain fasteners. Find out which fasteners make the right fit ahead of time. Because fasteners conceal the screws, they also make it possible to go barefoot on the deck.

A deck makes a great addition to many homes, but homeowners should learn as much as possible about decks and what goes into building them before making any decking decisions.

 

Grill a sumptuous Mediterranean pizza pie

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Taken from the new edition of the Griller's Handbook (by Broil King), this recipe provides an excellent base for grilled pizza, with options to change toppings for your flavor preference:

Mediterranean Thin Crust Pizza

Ingredients:

1 pizza crust (thin homemade or thin premade)

1 boneless chicken breast (pre-grilled)

1 cup feta cheese

Kalamata olives -- remove pits

Sun dried tomato

Red onion

Fresh basil

Balsamic Vinaigrette (3 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, and crushed chopped garlic to taste)

Directions:

Lightly oil pizza crust on both sides using olive oil.

Place chicken and vegetables on pizza dough as desired.

Sprinkle generously with crumbled feta cheese.

Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette

sprinkle chopped fresh basil over pizza to taste

Broil King recommends its Stone Grill Set, which is specially designed for pizza. Place it in the center of your barbecue's cooking grids. Turn all burners to high and preheat grill to 400-600ºF. Reduce temperature to medium/medium-high to maintain a temperature around 450ºF. Using a well-floured pizza peel, slide the uncooked pizza onto the pizza stone.

Check the pizza frequently – depending on thickness of crust, this will take between 8 and 20 minutes. Pizza is ready when cheese has melted and bottom is browned. Remove from pizza stone with the wooden pizza peel.

Allow stone to cool completely before attempting to remove from grill.

More recipes and information can be found online at www.broilkingbbq.com.

 

Insider tips for a sizzling barbecue season

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Nothing is more disappointing than trying to grill that perfect steak when your barbecue just won't heat up and cook the way it used to.

To avoid this, the grilling experts at Broil King offer some helpful tips to get your gas barbecue ready for the season ahead. Here is their advice:

Give your grill a good cleaning
Begin by removing the cooking grids, grates and burners from your grill. Brush the inside of the oven with a sturdy bristle brush to remove the build-up of grease. Using a grill cleaner, scrub the inside and outside of the oven and then rinse with water. Never use oven cleaner on your grill since it is corrosive and can damage the other components.

Check for leaks
Inspect the gas hose to make sure there aren't any cracks or leaks. This can easily be done by preparing a soapy solution and applying it to the connections at the tank and valve. Turn the tank on slowly and watch for bubbles to form, which indicates that there is a leak. Try tightening the connections and retest. If persistent leaking or blistering is detected, stop using your grill and replace the gas assembly.

Inspect your burners
Carefully inspect your burners, making sure there are no damaged ports or holes rusted through. If there are, it's time for a replacement. Check all igniter connections to ensure they're not loose and remove any debris from the components.

Beware of spiders
It's very important to keep the burner tubes clean. Spiders love to make nests in these tubes, creating blockages that can cause serious damage. Clean the tubes using a venturi brush or bottle brush.

Season your grids
Check the cooking grids to make sure no welds are broken and brush off any stuck on residue. If you have cast iron cooking grids, season them with oil to keep food from sticking and to help prevent rust.

Maintain the little things
Finally, check the condition of your control knobs, thermometer and handles. Replacing small items like this can refresh your gas barbecue and make it look new again.

Taking a bit of time each season to clean and inspect the gas barbecue will prolong its life and will ensure it is reliable for another great barbecue season. Read more about grilling and get some tasty recipes ideas at broilkingbbq.com.

 

Becoming an Iowa Outdoor Woman (BOW) Workshop

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Pheasants Forever and Dubuque County Conservation Board will sponsor "Becoming an Iowa Outdoor Woman" Workshop (BOW) at Izaak Walton League in Peosta on Saturday, June 18, from 7:30am to 2:30pm.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) means becoming a more competent, more confident and aware individual. BOW is an outdoor skills program that offers women a chance to grow. 20,000+ women attend BOW events every year!

If you are 18 years old and are interested in becoming an Iowa outdoors woman, join us for a fun filled day of outdoor activities and education at Izaak Walton League. Registration will begin at 7:30 am and activities will kick off at 8:00 am.

Activities for the workshop include: trap shooting, rifle, archery, fly casting, fly tying, and MORE.  

For more information or to register call 563.556.6745.

 

Make weeknight meals healthy and simple

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Households in which both parents work and kids have school and extracurricular commitments can get a little hectic, particularly on weeknights. Parents who want to prepare nutritious dinners may feel it's impossible to do so without making elaborate, time-consuming recipes.

But there are ways for busy, time-strapped parents to make sure weeknight dinners are both healthy and simple.

• Stock a healthy pantry. When grocery shopping, purchase some healthy nonperishable foods that you can rely on in a pinch. Instead of stocking the freezer with unhealthy yet easily prepared frozen foods that are often loaded with saturated fat, stock your pantry with whole grain pastas. Whole grain pastas are lower in calories and higher in fiber and contain more nutrients than refined white pastas. And once water is boiled, whole grain pastas can be prepared in roughly 10 minutes.

• Rely on a slow cooker. One of the simplest ways to prepare healthy meals that won't take much time to prepare each night is to use a slow cooker. Set dinner in the slow cooker in the morning before leaving for work, and by the time you arrive home each night you will have a fully prepared, healthy meal ready to be served.

• Make meal prep a family affair. Families who share the responsibility of making dinner on weeknights may find it easier to prepare healthy meals. Younger children may not be able to join in the preparation of too many dishes, but middle school and high school students can help out by chopping vegetables while their parents work on other parts of the meal. Preparing meals can take as much time, if not more, than cooking meals, so making meal prep a family affair can save a substantial amount of time.

• Cook meals in advance. Families who are hesitant to use slow cookers may benefit by preparing healthy meals over the weekend and then refrigerating or freezing them so they can be cooked on weeknights. If you plan to freeze meals prepared in advance, remember to remove them from the freezer the night before and place them in the refrigerator so they are thawed out when you arrive home from work to place them in the oven.

• Choose simple recipes. Trying new recipes is one of the joys of cooking. But trying new recipes on weeknights can be time-consuming because cooks have yet to grow accustomed to each step in the recipe. When looking for new weeknight recipes, look for meals that can be prepared in five steps or less, leaving the more complicated recipes for weekend meals.

 

Dubuque Business and Community Leaders “Go Behind Bars” at? MDA Lock-Up Event to Help Fight Muscular Dystrophy

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Business and community leaders from the Dubuque area are being "locked up" on June 15th at The Knights of Columbus Council 510 building located at 718 Locust Street while they raise money for "bail" to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Funds raised will help free kids and adults from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that take away physical strength and mobility.

Over 50 Dubuque area community and business leaders have already volunteered to go behind bars as part of MDA's fundraising program. During the event, participants - jailbirds - will be locked up for one hour as they attempt to raise bail by calling on their friends, family and colleagues to contribute to MDA's life-saving mission.

"Many MDA families in Dubuque are faced with the daily challenges brought on by the effects of diseases like muscular dystrophy, ALS, and spinal muscular atrophy. Everyday freedoms like walking, talking and even breathing can be taken away by these muscle-debilitating diseases," said MDA Fundraising Coordinator Derek Harrigan. "But with support from our generous Lock-Up participants and community members, we can help change that by raising critical funds and awareness that will help kids and adults break free from the barriers that these life-threatening diseases often bring."

Bail money raised at the upcoming event will help MDA fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs, such as support groups and clinical care at 150 Care Centers across the country, including the MDA Care Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Money raised also helps send more than 75 local kids to enjoy "the best week of the year" at MDA summer camp at Camp Courageous at no cost to families.

To learn more about the MDA Lock-Up program, participating in the 2016 Dubuque Lock-Up, and how else to get involved, contact MDA Fundraising Coordinator Derek Harrigan at 319-393-8905 or dharrigan@mdausa.org, or visit mda.org/LockUp.

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals - and the families who love them - from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America. Learn how you can fund cures, find care, and champion the cause at mda.org.

 

Housing Department Offering Home Ownership Workshop in June

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The City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department will host a "Home Ownership Made Easy" (HOME) workshop in June to provide information on City programs, credit and basic banking/insurance, and energy savings for those who rent or own a home. The workshop is comprised of four classes that span four consecutive Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The first class begins Monday, June 6.

Workshop courses will be held in Suite 312 on the third floor of the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth St. Cost is $25 per household for four classes, or free for those already participating in the City's Housing Choice Voucher Program. The HOME workshop is required for those who wish to qualify for City homebuyer incentives.

The four-week workshop classes are broken down as follows:

• Week One: City Programs and Useful Tips, presented by City staff

• Week Two: The Keys to Your Home – Spending Plans and Credit, presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Dubuque County

• Week Three: Basic Banking, presented by lender/insurance agent

• Week Four: The Energy Wise Take a Closer Look, presented by City staff/GreenIowa Americorp

Pre-registration is required to attend. To register, please call 563-589-4239.

 

If not vaccines, what causes autism?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that autism spectrum disorder is the fastest-growing developmental disability, affecting about 1 percent of the world's population, including 3.5 million Americans. 

The National Epidemiologic Database for the Study of Autism in Canada, which has been monitoring the prevalence of ASD in various areas of Canada since 2003, says one in every 94 children in Canada is autistic.
The prevalence of autism and the mystery behind it has left families, doctors and researchers perplexed as they continue to look for possible causes for of the condition.

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition that involves deficits in social communication and interactions across multiple settings and situations. Some people with autism may have trouble communicating, while others may recede from social situations. Other signs can include repetitive behaviors or extreme focus in one concentration of activity.

ASD develops - and presents symptoms - differently from person to person. There is no single cause of ASD, but medical professionals generally accept that it is linked to abnormalities in the brain structure and its function. The Autism Society indicates that scans of brains in children with autism are different in shape and structure than brain scans of children who do not have the disorder.

Vaccines are not linked to autism, despite misinformation that has spread in recent years. That potential link between vaccines and autism was discredited as far back as 1998.

"Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism," said Rob Ring, the chief science officer at Autism Speaks. "The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. We urge that all children be fully vaccinated."

Researchers at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center have found autism likely starts well before the emergence of any noticeable symptoms, and the following factors may play a role in the development of ASD.

• Pesticides: Some studies have found that pesticides may interfere with genes involved in the central nervous system, according to experts at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. These chemicals may adversely affect people predisposed to autism. According to a study published in June 2014 in Environmental Health Perspectives, a research team from the University of California, Davis, tracked 1,043 families in California, where there's a $38 billion agricultural industry. One-third of the pregnant mothers in the study lived within a mile of farms that used pesticides linked to impaired development. Proximity to pesticides was associated with a 60 percent increased risk for ASD.

• Genetic vulnerability: The Autism Society states ASD tends to occur more frequently among individuals with certain medical conditions, including fragile X syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, congenital rubella syndrome and untreated phenylketonuria, or PKU. The National Institutes of Health found families with one child who has autism have about a one in 20 chance of having a second child with the disorder.

• Ingesting harmful substances during pregnancy also has been linked to increased risk of autism for the child. 

• Pharmaceuticals: Babies who have been exposed to certain pharmaceuticals in the womb, including valproic acid, which is used for seizures and mood disorders, and thalidomide, have been found to have a high risk of autism for the child. Thalidomide was once used for morning sickness and anxiety, and it can still be prescribed as a treatment for cancer.

• Parental age: According to UC Davis Health System researchers, autism risk increases with parental age. Conception by older parents (age 40-plus) may increase the chances for ASD compared to pregnancies for those in their 20s.

ASD continues to affect millions of people across the globe. Understanding potential risk factors may help individuals make smarter choices as they consider expanding their families.

 

Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop Scheduled for June 9

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The Dubuque Circles® Initiative will host its annual "Bridges Out of Poverty" workshop, designed to provide insight into both the challenges and strengths of those who live in or have lived in poverty, on Thursday, June 9, at the Holiday Inn's Clarion/Dubuque Room, 450 Main St., in Dubuque.

The workshop will be offered to social, health, legal, educational, and business professionals, as well as the general public, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The cost to participate in the workshop is $60 per person. Social work continuing education units (CEUs) are available through Loras College for an additional $5. Space is limited. The registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, beverages, and a workbook to go along with the PowerPoint.

The workshop is based on the book Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities by Dr. Ruby Payne, founder of aha! Process, Inc., a company that provides workshops, publications, and consulting services to help improve lives and build sustainable success in communities, schools, and higher education.

Topics to be covered in the workshop include:

• the hidden rules of socio-economic classes

• the social and political factors affecting poverty

• understanding communication patterns

• four causes of poverty/barriers to change

• identifying resources and building strengths

"Bridges Out of Poverty" will be facilitated by certified trainers Jim Ott, a school psychologist with the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, and Ermina Soler, Circles Coach for the City of Dubuque, who brings real-life experience to the team.

Registration is available online at www.cityofdubuque.org/bridgesoutofpoverty or by contacting Ermina Soler at 563-690-6109.

 

What to know about sharing a bed with pets

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Pets provide companionship for thousands of people around the world, so it is understandable that pet owners want to be around their companion animals as much as possible - with many even welcoming them into their beds. 

According to PetMd, an online animal healthcare resource, around 80 percent of pet owners allow pets to share beds with human family members. Data from the American Pet Products Association has found at least half of all pet parents allow pets to sleep with them every night. Whether this is safe, healthy or wise is a matter of debate.

There are pros and cons to sharing a bed with pets. Understanding those pros and cons can help pet owners make more informed decisions.

• Pro: Get into a relaxed state. Companion animals can help relieve stress, which may translate into better sleep for their owners. Some people find that the rhythmic breathing of dogs or cats can help lull them to sleep.

• Con: Possible transmission of illness or zoonotic agents. Snuggling so close to a pet may put people at risk of acquiring illnesses that are transmitted from animal to human. In the past, MRSA skin infections and H1N1 influenza have been transferred from pets to people.

• Pro: Pets are warm. If the goal is to get cozy under the covers, animals can provide a little extra warmth, as their body temperatures run a few degrees warmer than their owners'.

• Con: An extra body in bed can disturb sleep. Just as individuals may have trouble with a spouse or a child being in the bed next to them, pets can bring about the same disturbances. In a study from the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, 53 percent of those pet owners surveyed said their pets disturbed their sleep in some way each night. Dogs that snore and cats that chase "prey" around the room can disturb their owners' sleep.

• Pro: A deeper connection forms between pet and owner. Many pets like to be around their owners because it gives them reassurance and comfort that they are loved. Animals that were rescued or are anxiety prone may be especially comforted by snuggling in bed with their owners. Happy pets often make for happy owners.

• Con: It may cause behavioral problems. Dogs in particular may mistake sleeping in their owners' beds as a sign of dominance. Some veterinarians suggest puppies that are more prone to issues with aggression may fully develop these behaviors if allowed to sleep with humans. At the very least, it is adviseable to wait until dogs are trained and exhibiting good behavior for extended periods of time before allowing them to sleep in their owners' beds.

• Pro: It's a sign of trust. According to Victoria Stilwell, an internationally renowned dog trainer, dogs only sleep with the people or dogs they trust. Therefore, dogs who like sleeping with their owners are exhibiting trust and recognizing the same from their owners.

Whether or not to allow dogs or cats to share personal spaces like beds is a decision pet owners have to make. It should be based on safety, comfort and mutual agreement with any other bed partners.

 

3 questions to ask when considering private schools

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The choice between public or private schools is one parents don't take lightly. Both public and private schools have produced wonderful students, and the majority of teachers at both public and private schools are committed to their students.

Parents who are considering private schools for their children may benefit by asking a host of questions that can give them a greater feel for a school and how their youngsters will fit in should they enroll. While tuition costs and location will factor heavily in parents' decisions, the following are three questions parents can ask to determine if a given school is right for their kids.

1. What is the school's mission?
Parochial schools are affiliated with religious institutions that often provide the foundation for the school's philosophy. Some parochial schools prefer parents be members of the church affiliated with the school, and those who are members of that particular faith may already be familiar with the school's philosophy and mission. If you are not, ask about the philosophy and how it is applied in the classroom.

You can do the same with private schools that are independent of any religious organizations. Schools that claim to specialize in the arts may not focus as heavily on the sciences as public schools or other institutions. Understanding these philosophies and how each school applies them can help parents choose the best school for their children.

2. What are the class sizes?
Private schools have a reputation for having smaller class sizes than public schools, and class size is something parents should consider strongly before choosing a school for their children. According to the National Council of Teachers of English, research shows that students in smaller classes perform better in all subjects on all assessments when compared to their peers in larger classes. The NCTE notes that large class sizes may even make it difficult for schools to retain effective teachers, who may grow frustrated by especially large classes and seek positions at schools where class sizes are smaller. Parents can ask school administrators about class sizes, while also asking parents of current students how well teachers relate to students. Small class size may increase the chances kids perform better in school, but ineffective teachers may negate that benefit.

3. Do schools cater to special needs students?
Parents of special needs students must inquire about how schools cater to kids with special needs. Public schools are required by law to meet the special needs of all of their students. Public schools typically have programs in place for special needs students, and many have teachers trained to meet the specific needs of special needs students. Private schools may offer services for special needs students, but they do not have the same requirements as public schools. Inquire about special needs services before choosing a school, ideally choosing a school that has extensive experience and training catering to students with special needs.

Parents face an important decision when choosing between public and private schools for their children. Asking the right questions can help parents make the most informed decisions.

 

How to find more time for family

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Balancing professional responsibilities with commitments at home is challenging for many working parents, the majority of whom admit to feeling stressed about juggling work and family life. A 2013 survey from the Pew Research Center found that 56 percent of working mothers and 50 percent of working fathers find it difficult to balance their personal and professional responsibilities. While the same survey found that only 23 percent of mothers feel they spend too little time with their children, those figures doubled for fathers.

Finding more time for family can seem impossible, especially as children get older and get more involved in school and extracurricular activities. Kids growing up and getting more active in school and in their social lives tends to coincide with parents advancing in their careers and taking on more responsibilities at work. But no matter how hectic family schedules become, parents and kids can work together to find more time for one another.

• Commit to nightly family dinners. Family dinners do more than just ensure kids are eating healthy meals each night. In its "The Importance of Family Dinners VIII" report, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found that, compared to teens who have fewer than three family dinners per week, teens who ate dinner with their families five or more times per week were one a half times more likely to say their parents knew a great deal or a fair amount about what's really going on in their lives. The report also found teens who say their parents know very little or nothing at all about their lives were one and a half times more likely to have used marijuana and one and a half times more likely to have used alcohol than teens who said their parents know a great deal or a fair amount about their lives. Nightly family dinners need not include elaborate meals, but parents who find time to have dinner with their children at least five nights per week may end up knowing their kids better and helping their sons and daughters avoid risky behaviors.

• Inquire with your employer about telecommuting. Telecommuting can be very family-friendly, allowing parents to cut out potentially lengthy commutes and spend more time with their children as a result. George Washington University in Washington, D.C. cites encouraging a better work-life balance for its employees in support of its telecommuting policy. The university notes that employees who have a better balance between their personal and professional lives may benefit from reduced stress and stronger overall health, which benefits the university by reducing healthcare costs. Parents who want to find more time for their families should inquire about telecommuting. Even if it's just one or two days a week, the benefits can be considerable for both employee and employer.

• Move closer to work. Commuting consumes a considerable amount of time. In its 2015 ThankYou Premier Commuter Index, Citi found that the average commute in the United States is 45 minutes, and that those commutes cost workers nearly $2,600 per year. By moving closer to their offices, workers can instantly create more time for their families and potentially save themselves considerable amounts of money.

Parents need not reinvent the wheel to find more time for their family, which can greatly benefit kids and parents alike.

 

Dubuque County Fair Announces 2016 Main Stage Line-Up

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The Dubuque County Fair presented by 7G Distributing is continuing its success in bringing the nation's top music acts to the area.

On Saturday, July 30, the biggest party of the summer comes to the fair when KESHA headlines the mainstage show, with Xtreme 107.1 as the radio sponsor. Kesha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010. That year, she was declared Billboard's Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single "TiK ToK" was named Billboard's #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of that year, and was the biggest-selling digital track in the world.

Kesha has had eight consecutive Top 10 hits including four #1 singles: "TiK ToK", "Your Love Is My Drug", "We R Who We R" and "Timber". "Timber," a collaboration with Pitbull, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts, Top 40 charts, UK charts, European singles charts, and Spotify, was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Song, an MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration, and won the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Award for Best Collaboration.

Tickets are $45 for the festival area, $35 for reserved grandstand seating and $25 for general admissions grandstand seating. Tickets for Kesha go on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the fair office, online at www.dbqfair.com, or by calling 563/588-1999.

On Friday, July 29, the fair will return to its country roots with FREE COUNTRY FRIDAY featuring JERROD NIEMANN, presented by Dubuque Bank & Trust. Thanks to this generous sponsorship, reserved grandstand and general admission tickets will be included with fair gate admission. Fans 21 and older wanting the best seats in the house can purchase tickets to the Bud Light VIP Party Zone for $20, which includes two drink tickets. WJOD is the radio sponsor for the show.

Niemann exploded onto the country scene with his chart-topping major-label debut Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, which included the #1 smash hit and Platinum digital single "Lover, Lover" and the follow-up Top 5 single "What Do You Want." His follow-up album High Noon features "Drink to That All Night," which went to #6 on the Billboard Country charts.

Bud Light VIP Party Zone tickets go on sale, and free grandstand tickets can be reserved for Jerrod Niemann, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the fair office, online at www.dbqfair.com, or by calling 563/588-1999.

"Musically and technically, Kesha's performance could very well be the biggest party we've ever had at the fair and it's definitely one not to miss," said Jamie Blum, general manager of the Dubuque County Fair. "Combined with country star Jerrod Niemann for free on Friday, this year's mainstage shows will be the best tickets in town."

The Dubuque County Fair is the largest and longest-running family entertainment event in the county. This year's 63rd annual event runs daily from July 26-31 with mainstage and grounds entertainment, one of the nation's top Midway carnival operators, the 4H barns and creative arts exhibits, fair food offerings (including the legendary lemonade) and more. To learn more about the fair, visit www.dbqfair.com.

 

America’s River Corporation Announces 2016 America’s River Festival Lineup

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America's River Corporation is excited to announce this year's entertainment for America's River Festival presented by American Trust & Savings Bank, held in the Port of Dubuque June 10-11, 2016.

Friday night features Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ("Fishin' In The Dark" & "Mr. Bojangles") with special up and coming guests Jon Pardi ("Up All Night" & "Head Over Boots"), and Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys ("Standard American" & "Pedal to the Floor").

Saturday night will rock the crowd with co-headliners REO SpeedWagon ("I Can't Fight This Feeling" & "Keep On Loving You") and Cheap Tick ("Surrender" & "I Want You to Want Me") and with special guest Pablo Cruise ("Love Will Find A Way" & "Whatcha Gonna Do").

Now in its second year, America's River Festival (ARF) Brewfest, presented by Diamond Jo Casino, is a celebration of premier craft beers and their Masters from around the State of Iowa and the Tri-State area. Take in a day of live music, terrific beer vendors, and plenty of fun. Located in the Port of Dubuque and on the banks of the Mississippi River, ARF Brewfest serves as the kickoff party for Saturday night's activities at ARF. We are excited to be partnering with some of the following breweries: Big Grove Brewery, Potosi Brewery, Franklin Street Brewing Co, FireTrucker Brewing, Confluence Brewing, and many more. (Must be at least 21 years of age to attend.)

Tickets are available now at www.americasriverfestival.com or the Dubuque, Iowa Welcome Center at 280 Main S. or by calling 563.845.7698 or 800.798.8844.

Friday, June 10
Bud Light VIP Zone $45* [$50* at the gate] Includes: Friday festival/concert admission, concert area closest to stage, catered food from 5:30pm-9pm, 3 drink tickets for beer/pop/water
General Admission $15* [$20* at the gate] Includes: Friday festival/concert admission

Saturday, June 11
Reserved Seating $40* [$45* at the gate] Includes: Saturday festival/concert admission, reserved seat General Admission $20* [$25* at the gate] Saturday festival/concert admission
Weekend Package
Festival Weekend General Admission $30* [$35* at the gate] Includes: Friday festival/concert admission & Saturday festival/concert admission
*Tickets are subject to a convenience fee.
Brewfest Admission Tickets Saturday, June 11
Brewfest VIP $40* Includes: Brewfest Admission at 12 pm and (1) Brewfest Glass
Brewfest General Admission $30* Includes: Brewfest Admission at 1 pm and (1) Brewfest Glass *Tickets are subject to a convenience fee.
Festival + Brewfest Admission Tickets
Saturday, June 11
Festival Saturday Reserved Seating + Brewfest VIP $60* Includes: Saturday festival/concert admission, and Brewfest Admission at 12 pm and (1) Brewfest Glass
Festival Saturday Reserved Seating + Brewfest General Admission $55* Includes: Saturday festival/concert admission, and Brewfest Admission at 1 pm and (1) Brewfest Glass
Festival Saturday General Admission + Brewfest VIP $45* Includes: Saturday festival/concert admission and Brewfest Admission at 12 pm and (1) Brewfest Glass
Festival Saturday General Admission + Brewfest General Admission $35* Includes: Saturday festival/concert admission and Brewfest Admission at 1 pm and (1) Brewfest Glass
Festival Weekend General Admission + Brewfest General Admission $45* Includes: Friday festival/concert admission & Saturday festival/concert admission and Brewfest Admission at 1 pm and (1) Brewfest Glass
*Tickets are subject to a convenience fee.
Camping
RV Campsite $70* Includes: 1 - 20'x50' site and 1 vehicle pass for campground Tent Campsite $25* Includes: 1 - 15'x20' site and 1 vehicle pass for campground *Tickets are subject to a convenience fee.
Sponsors of the 2016 America's River Festival include:
Presenting Sponsor: American Trust & Savings Bank
Title Sponsors: TH Media, KCRG TV-9, Mystique Casino & Andersen Eagle Window & Door
Title Media Sponsor: Townsqaure Media Group
Bud Light VIP Zone: 7G Distributing
BrewFest Presenting Sponsor: Diamond Jo Casino
Contributing Sponsors: Couler Valley RV, Mound View RV, Union-Hoermann Press, and A-1 Storage

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.americasriverfestival.com

 

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.