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Free Movie Showing “Angel Azul”

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The  White Pine Chapter of the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club & Dubuque County Conservation Board (DCCB) will sponsor a free movie, Angel Azul, Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7:30pm at Swiss Valley Nature Center.

Angel Azul explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution: the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he's cast from live models. When algae overtakes the reefs, however, experts are on hand to provide facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and solutions necessary to save them. Peter Coyote generously provides insightful narration in this award winning documentary leaving viewers to ponder their connection to this valuable and magnificent ecosystem."

Check the movie's website, www.angelazulthemovie.com, for further details.

 

Monarch Tagging

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The Dubuque County Conservation Board will sponsor Monarch Tagging at Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area on Sept. 19 at 10 am and at Swiss Valley Nature Center on Sept. 20 at 1 pm.

Come join us at one or both Monarch tagging events. The programs will have identical content, just different locations. Participants will tag Monarch butterflies to aid in tracking their migration to Mexico. The tags are small round stickers that are placed on the butterfly's wing after the butterfly is safely captured in a net, data about the insect is recorded and the Monarch is finally released.

We will meet Saturday at Whitewater Canyon at 10:00 am for a short program and then hiking throughout the preserve to find and tag Monarchs.

We will meet Sunday at Swiss Valley Nature Center at 1:00pm for a short program and then hiking throughout the preserve to find and tag monarchs.

Nets will be provided. Sturdy hiking shoes and weather appropriate clothing are recommended. In case of rain we will reschedule the events.

If you have any questions please call 563.556.6745.

 

 

Heritage Trail Closure

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Dubuque County Conservation has announced that the area of Heritage Trail behind Flexsteel will be closed Sept. 2. Thank you for patience as we finish this project.

 

Dubuque Museum of Art Announces New Education Programs for September

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Fall Lineup Includes Children's Classes and Lecture Series on the Iowa State Fair

During the month of September, visitors to the Dubuque Museum of Art will have multiple opportunities to learn more about a living symbol of their state's history, as well as to explore art through hands-on classes.

Two speakers will engage audiences on the ongoing legacy and cultural impact of the Iowa State Fair. Thomas Leslie, AIA, who is currently the Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture and Director of the Graduate Education program in the Dept. of Architecture at Iowa State University, will deliver a presentation entitled Iowa State Fair: Country Comes to Town, on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Along with exploring the Fair's unique architecture, Mr. Leslie's talk will examine the Fair's special role in bringing Iowans together, while reflecting the ongoing tensions between business and entertainment and urban and rural parts of the state.

Author Mary Kay Shanley will also deliver a State Fair-related talk, entitled Our State Fair Is a Great State Fair- But Then You Already Knew That, on Sunday, September 27 at 1:30 p.m. Shanley will take visitors through a tour of her book, Our State Fair-Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story, published in 2004 on the 150thanniversary of the Iowa State Fair. The program is sponsored by Humanities Iowa.
Both talks are free and open to the public and are held in conjunction with "The Iowa State Fair: Photographs by Kurt Ullrich," which will remain on view at the Museum through October 11, 2015. In 2013, Ullrich, a writer and nationally syndicated photographer formerly with the Dubuque Telegraph Herald and currently living in Jackson County, Iowa, set out to chronicle the Iowa State Fair in words and photographs. The result was "The Iowa State Fair," a traveling exhibition of 52 black and white photographs that celebrates the state's largest and most famous annual event. A book about the project was published by the University of Iowa Press.

In addition, the Dubuque Museum of Art will offer a four week class session for children, ages 6-12, beginning Saturday, September 12. Participants will explore the Museum's exhibitions and collections through imaginative and interactive projects led by the Museum's Director of Education, Margaret Buhr. Sessions will be held from 10-11:30 am on September 12, 19, 26 and October 3. A $5 fee per session includes materials; however, the registration will be waived for children accompanied by an adult parent or grandparent. Contact Margaret Buhr at 563-557-1851 for more information or to enroll a student.

The Dubuque Museum of Art is Iowa's oldest cultural institution, founded in 1874, and is dedicated to promoting cultural growth and enhancing the quality of life in Dubuque through interpretation, preservation, and arts education. The mission of the Dubuque Museum of Art is to seek to excite, engage, and educate constituents through the presentation of collections, exhibitions, and programming; to form mutually beneficial partnerships to enhance the role of the arts within our community; and to adhere to professional museum standards in all operations. The Museum is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets.

Dubuque Museum of Art hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Daily Admission: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, $3 Students, free for kids every day, and free to all on Thursdays thanks to Prudential Financial. Website: www.dbqart.com

 

Fall is in the air with a hint of BACON

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Bacon Lovers, it's time to get your taste buds ready for the 2015 Dubuque Area Baconfest. The event will take place on October 1, 2015 at the Grand River Center from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At Baconfest, you'll enjoy amazing samples of creative bacon dishes prepared by area chefs from restaurants, BBQ pits, and caterers! While sampling all of the tasty bacon treats, enjoy music by DJ Steve Hemmer and take part in the Hormel Eating Contest and the Oink-Off Contest.

There is even more to the evening:

• Bacon Lover Vendor J&D Catering will be back to defend their title as the 2014 Overall Winner. Can they pull off another win?

• With Bryce Parks, the 2014 Dubuque Area Baconfest King retiring his crown, come find out who will be named his successor? The Dubuque Area Baconfest committee is now accepting applications for the 2015 Dubuque Area Baconfest Royalty Court. Complete your application online at dbqbacon.org by September 11, 2015 and the winner will be announced at the event.

Baconfest is more than amazing bacon dishes, though. All proceeds from this event will go to Area Residential Care and support their mission of empowering people with intellectual disabilities. For over 47 years, Area Residential Care has helped people achieve their highest quality of life.
 
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, taste all the food before everyone else and will receive a special gift at the event.

Sponsors for this year's event include: 
Whole Hog Sponsor:  
Hormel Foods, Inc
 
Boss Hog Sponsors:
Kordell Truck & Trailer Sales
Grand River Center

Top Hog Sponsors:
Dubuque Bank & Trust?97.7 Country WGLR?Super Hits 106
Xtreme 107.1
 
Hog Wild Sponsors:
A.Y. McDonald
Prudential
Dubuque 365
Focus Services
Rousselot
Big River Sign Co.
The Friedman Group
Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce
Music N More Promotions
...and more coming in each day!
 
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 45 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 us at (563) 556-7560 or go to www.arearesidentialcare.org.

 

City Offices Closed on Labor Day, Bunker Hill Open

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City of Dubuque offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, for Labor Day. This includes City Hall and most other City offices and facilities including the Carnegie-Stout Public Library; however, Bunker Hill Golf Course WILL BE OPEN on Labor Day.

There will be no refuse, yard waste or curbside recycling collections by City crews on Labor Day. Instead, these Monday collections will be made on Saturday, Sept. 5. The Dubuque Metro Landfill will also be closed on Labor Day.

The Jule's fixed route and mini-bus services will not operate on Labor Day. Regular fixed route and mini-bus services will resume on Tuesday morning.

For non-emergency issues during City office closures, please call 589-4415. In the case of an emergency, always call 911.

 

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Dubuque

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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestations have now been confirmed in 28 Iowa counties, including Dubuque County and the city of Dubuque.

Evidence of an EAB infestation on Dubuque's south side was investigated and confirmed following protocols set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The infestation overlaps city and county boundaries in the area of Hwy 61/151 between Twin Valley Drive and Maquoketa Drive on both sides.

The EAB is a small, metallic green, non-native invasive pest whose larvae feast on the inner bark of ash trees, ultimately disrupting their ability to transport nutrients and causing the tree's eventual decline and death. For area residents wishing to preserve healthy, high value ash trees, now is the time to explore treatment options. University guidelines recommend that treatment should begin once an EAB infestation is within 15 miles of your location. Treatments are most effective in the spring and not recommended at this time of year.

The City of Dubuque has been prepared for an EAB infestation and developed an EAB Readiness Plan. In preparation for the Emerald Ash Bores arrival, the City has inventoried trees on right-of-ways and other public property. During this inventory, it was found that ash trees make up 24% of the City's total street tree canopy, so an infestation could be devastating to our community's tree population. Right now, the city is working out the final details of its management plan which is in the early stages of being implemented.

Unlike some other communities that are choosing to remove and eliminate healthy ash trees from their neighborhoods, the City of Dubuque will begin removing ash trees on public property that are in poor condition. Healthy problem-free ash trees will be considered for treatment.

The Iowa EAB team is comprised of officials from various state agencies and is focused on slowing the spread of the infestations throughout the state. The EAB team will work with the City to determine what steps will be required to control the spread of EAB. Residents are being asked to not move firewood from infested trees to other areas.

Residents concerned about their privately owned ash trees can check for the following symptoms since these symptoms are usually apparent before the insects are spotted:

• Canopy/crown thinning and dieback starting at the top

• 1/8 inch D-shaped exit holes on trunk or branches

• Suckers sprouting on lower limbs and trunk

• Woodpecker flecking activity on tree branches

Residents can contact an International Society of Arboriculture(ISA)-certified arborist with questions or for confirmation of suspected EAB.

The City of Dubuque will hold a public information meeting on EAB at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area on Bellevue Heights Road. The public is invited to attend to learn about ash tree identification, EAB identification, the City's plans to deal with the infestation, and options for infested trees on private property.

For more information, please visit www.cityofdubuqe.org/EAB.

 

Smoke Testing of Sanitary Sewer Planned for Sept. 2

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The City of Dubuque Engineering and Public Works Departments continue to inspect the sanitary sewer system for signs of excessive wear and tear, as well as for structural defects and storm water pipeline cross connections. Through the Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) Reduction Program, the Engineering Department will conduct smoke testing in selected areas on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Smoke testing of the sanitary sewer system will be conducted in the area bounded approximately by 32nd Street on the south, Central Ave. to the west, Aquin Ave. to the north, and the Heritage Trail to the east. An inspection crew will travel throughout the neighborhood, lifting manhole lids, setting out testing equipment, and entering yards to observe and record the smoke testing.

The goal of the I&I Reduction Program is to reduce the amount of rainwater and groundwater that enters the sanitary sewer system during wet weather. Allowing these clean water connections causes sanitary sewer back-ups into basements, overflows into creeks and wetlands, and increased operating costs to process the water at the Water & Resource Recovery Center. Removing this clean water will reduce collection and treatment costs, allow the sanitary sewer system to work more effectively, allow the city to optimize the performance of the existing pipe system and treatment, and minimize sanitary sewer backups into basements.

Smoke testing consists of introducing Hurco LiquiSmoke (manufacturer and product), which is a non-toxic smoke, into sanitary sewer pipe sections under moderate pressure. The crews will document where the smoke is emitted and prioritize needed repairs. Since the smoke will be placed into the sewer system that is connected to homes, residents are encouraged to pour tap water into their floor drains and sinks. This small amount of water creates a seal that keeps the smoke out of the homes. Residents do not need to be present during smoke testing.

Dry traps, drains without traps, and other plumbing defects will allow the smoke to enter the dwelling connected to the sewer line that is being tested. The smoke is non-toxic, leaves no residue, and creates no fire hazard. Should a resident have concerns, please consult the Hurco LiquiSmoke MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for further information. This information can be found at http://www.cityofdubuque.org/1526/Smoke-Testing or you can call the I&I Hotline at (563) 690-6113 or the City Engineering office at (563) 589-4270 for a copy of the Sheets. If a resident is present and smoke enters the house or building, please report all locations to the work crews (563-513-8966) and open a window to allow the smoke to dissipate. It may also be desirable to contact a plumber if the smoke enters the house in a manner other than a dry drain trap.

For more information on the I&I Reduction Program and sanitary sewer smoke testing, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/iandi or call the I&I information line at 563-690-6113.

 

Heritage Classic Youth Day

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Heritage Classic Youth Day, sponsored in part by Dubuqueland Pheasants Forever, The Izaak Walton League, Dubuque County Conservation Board, Dubuque Fly Fishers, Theisens Farm, Home & Auto, and HyVee, will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Dubuque Izaak Walton League, 11001 Thunderhills Rd. in Peosta.

This free event for boys and girls between 10 and 16 years of age, includes information on trap shooting, archery, dog training, rifles, turkey, duck & goose hunting stations, conservation, survival, animal & fish ID, fishing & fly fishing, taxidermy, and trapping. Attendees will learn how to operate guns in a safe manner.

Registration takes place between 8 and 8:40 am. The event starts at 8:45 am and runs until 4:30 pm. A free lunch is provided for all youth participants; parents are encouraged to attend with their children, and a small donation will be requested for their lunch. There will be drawings for prizes.

All participants must pre-register, and only the first 150 kids can be accepted. To register, call Bob Moldenhauer at 563-543-0468 or email prepbymoldy@yahoo.com.

 

Audubon Society's “The Big Sit”

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On Saturday, Sept. 12 join the Dubuque Audubon Society anytime between 7am and 8pm for its first annual Big Sit at the Julien Dubuque Monument located at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area, 1810 Monument Drive in Dubuque.

A "big sit" is a bird watching event where the participants stay in one location and let the birds come to them. The object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard during the sit. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe.

There is no hiking involved and you can come and go throughout the day. This event is free and open to everyone. No prior bird watching experience is needed.

On hand throughout the day will be Dubuque Audubon board members Joe Tollari, Nick Courtney, and Olivia & Craig Kruse, among others. Feel free to bring a lawn chair and to kick back and see what comes to you.

Some people have called it a "tailgate party for birders." Find a good spot for bird watching - preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next, create a real or imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for prescribed time, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That's it. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun. Then submit your findings.

Come join the Dubuque Audubon Society and be involved in a worldwide event. There are Big Sit! circles all over the world, including Guatemala, India, the Netherlands, England, Vietnam, and New Zealand. 

The Dubuque Audubon Society also provides programs at the E. B. Lyons Interpretive Center on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. The programs run for about an hour and are on nature topics.

 

RTA and Project Concern continue with Project Pass Program

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?The Region 8 Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and Project Concern received a Women's Giving Circle grant award for the Project Pass program in June 2014. This grant award provides financial assistance to women with or without children who ride the RTA to Iowa City or in town trips for medical care. Project Pass is going strong, and money is still available for those in need. To date, the grant has helped over 50 women or children with the cost of their trip! If you need a ride to a medical appointment, but either cannot afford the cost of the trip or the cost of gas, you can contact the RTA at 1.800.839.5005 or Project Concern at 211for assistance.

The RTA was formed in 1978 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for the purpose of connecting the elderly, disabled, youth and low income citizens in Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson counties to critical services like healthcare, counseling, nutrition, childcare, education, employment, and social venues. The RTA provides accessible, safe, convenient, and efficient transportation for all citizens in the cities, communities and rural areas of the RTA region to enhance their quality of life.

Project Concern, a non-profit social service agency in Dubuque for over 45 years, assists low-income individuals and families meet their basic needs, such as food and shelter. The 211 call center at Project Concern is a free phone number that provides residents in Dubuque, Delaware and Jackson counties confidential information and referrals. 211 also serves as the community's Homeless Hotline and is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. The Project Pass program was implemented over a year ago to break down transportation barriers for those living in poverty.

"We thank the Women's Giving Circle and the RTA to enable us to expand our service and provide women and children the opportunity to access their needed health care. Project Concern also provides individualized case management to assist families build their self-sufficiency. In order to receive assistance, residents can dial 211 or walk into Project Concern at 1789 Elm St, Suite B, from 8:00-4:00, Monday-Friday," said Stacy Martin, Project Concern Executive Director.

 

Dubuque Competing for Disaster Resiliency Funds

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The City of Dubuque is partnering with the State of Iowa and other Iowa watersheds to apply for federal funds through phase two of the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). This nearly $1 billion competition invites communities that have experienced natural disasters in 2011, 2012, or 2013 to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.

Dubuque is part of the Iowa application, one of 40 states and communities invited to apply for the second and final phase of the competition. Of the nearly $1 billion available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), about $820 million will be available to all states and local governments that experienced a Presidentially-declared major disaster in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Specifically, the City of Dubuque is pursuing funds through the NDRC to assist residents in the Bee Branch Watershed repair households that are still damaged as a result of the 2011 storms that flooded parts of Dubuque. Examples include deteriorated foundations, siding, window wells, flooring, yards, and damage to appliances such as water heaters and furnaces. The goal is to create more flood-resilient housing in Dubuque through repairs and onsite stormwater improvements (such as waterproofing basements/foundations and tiling). These repairs and improvements will create healthier, more resilient homes and minimize the impact of increasingly frequent and severe rain events.

Dubuque's funding priorities for this grant opportunity are assisting Bee Branch Watershed homeowners repair and flood-proof their homes, promoting economic development in the watershed through a microloan program, and the construction of a culvert under the rail road as part of the Upper Bee Branch Creek restoration. City staff will use public and state partner input to finalize the application. The cost of the proposed activities is expected to be in the range $50 million. The total amount requested in the Iowa NDRC grant application will be approximately $100 million.

In order to collect accurate information about remaining individual and community needs, the City is required to collect information and inspect properties that suffered damage due to the 2011 storms. Providing this information and opting to have an inspection is completely voluntary but, to be eligible for the competition, the City is required to inspect a sampling of impacted properties. Households that experienced damage as a result of the 2011 flash flood are asked to contact the City of Dubuque Housing and Community Development Department at -563-589-4212 to schedule an inspection. These inspections must be scheduled by Sept. 16, 2015. Residents can also share how the 2011 flood directly impacted them and their neighborhood by completing an online survey at: www.cityofdubuque.org/floodsurvey. Repairs will only be paid for and made to eligible households if the City of Dubuque is awarded the grant. For additional information, please call 563-589-4212.

Applications for the funding must be submitted to HUD in late October and HUD will announce grant recipients in early 2016. The maximum grant award will be $500 million and the minimum will be $1 million. HUD expects that the final awards will not only help better protect residents from future threats in those affected areas, but will help to lead the way for all American communities to make better and more thoughtful investments in resilience.

A public hearing on the application will be held as part of the Community Development Advisory Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Weds., Sept. 16, in the City Council Chambers, Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth Street.

 

Dubuque Building Services Manager Retiring

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City of Dubuque Building Services Manager Rich Russell will retire on Wednesday, Sept. 30. A reception will be held for Russell beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the River Room of the Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street. The public is invited to attend.

Russell has served the City in this position since April 1999. Under Russell's leadership, the building services department implemented a new software system to upgrade its permitting system from triplicate forms to an electronic format. Additionally, the City adopted and implemented the use of the local Historic Building Code. Russell said one of the highlights of his career with the City was being involved in the planning and construction phases of the Grand River Center in the Port of Dubuque. He is a past president of the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association and a past president of the Iowa Association of Building Officials.

A search is underway for Russell's replacement and is expected to be completed by Dec. 1, 2015. City Manager Mike Van Milligen has appointed Assistant City Manager Cindy Steinhauser to serve as acting building services manager, in addition to her current responsibilities, from Oct. 1, 2015, until a permanent building services manager is in place.

The building services department consists of 9 staff and is responsible for the inspection of building construction projects including structural elements, plumbing, heating and cooling, and electrical systems. The department also reviews plans for these projects before permits can be issued. The building services department also handles code enforcement related to: the readily achievable aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), contractor licensing, storage trailers/containers registration, commercial vacant and abandoned buildings (VABs), demolition by neglect in historic and conservation districts, and the unsafe buildings ordinance. The department is also responsible for supervision of the City's five custodial staff who maintains City Hall, the City Hall Annex, Historic Federal Building, and Multicultural Family Center.

 

HUD Awards Dubuque $3.2 Million for Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Program

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In an effort to protect children and families from potentially dangerous lead-based paint and other health and safety hazards, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $101 million to 32 city, county, and state governments. The grant funding announced today will reduce the number of lead-poisoned children and protect families by targeting health hazards in over 6,000 low-income homes with significant lead and/or other home health and safety hazards.

As part of this initiative, the City of Dubuque was awarded $2,905,815 in Lead Hazard Control grant program funding and $325,000 in Healthy Homes initiative funding. The City will use the funds to address lead hazards in 136 housing units, providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children. The goals of the lead hazard control project are:

1) reduction of lead-poisoned children, especially throughout the target neighborhoods of Dubuque;

2) continuance of professional lead certification and training of area contractors, workers, program inspectors and property owners;

3) collaborative public education, awareness, and training of health professionals, tenants, and property owners;

4) integration and braiding of related services and resources from community partners who will promote and establish lead-safe housing throughout the neighborhoods of Dubuque; and

5) continued transition of Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program to a more comprehensive Healthy Homes Program.

Healthy Homes funding addresses environmental hazards in the home to protect children and their families from housing-related health and safety hazards. A home assessment will be conducted utilizing a Healthy Homes rating system that identifies 29 potential hazards. Scoring of the hazard and the mitigation cost will determine which hazards are corrected. Simple, low-cost examples of hazard repairs may include installation of handrails and guardrails for trip hazards, providing a dehumidifier, and installation of exhaust vents for mold prevention.

The efforts in Dubuque will be a collaboration among the City of Dubuque's Housing and Community Development, Health Services, Sustainability, Fire, and Police Departments, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association, Crescent Community Health Center, Operation: New View Community Action Agency, Iowa Department of Public Health, Black Hills Energy, Alliant Energy, and the Dubuque Community School District.

Since January 1992, the City of Dubuque has addressed childhood lead poisoning, first in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Public Health, and then by conducting its own Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. In 1997, Dubuque was awarded a Round 4 HUD Lead Paint Hazard Control Program Grant in the amount of $3.69 million; in 2003, a Round 11 HUD grant in the amount of $2.4 million; and a Round 14 grant of $2.98 million in 2007, for a combined total of $9.09 million. Approximately 1,150 properties occupied by very low to moderate-income families have been made lead safe. More than 1,800 contractors, workers, owners, and inspectors have been trained. This program has initiated many cost-effective measures to prevent and eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Dubuque and has built local capacity through extensive public education efforts.

According to HUD, unsafe and unhealthy homes affect the health of millions of people of all income levels, geographic areas, and walks of life in the U.S. These unsafe and unhealthy homes affect the economy directly, through increased utilization of health care services, and indirectly through lost wages and increased school days missed. Housing improvements help prevent injuries and illnesses, reduce associated health care and social services costs, reduce absentee rates for children in school and adults at work, and reduce stress, all which help to improve the quality of life.

HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards from lower income homes; stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control; support cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards; and educate the public about the dangers of hazards in the home.

The funding announced recently directs critical funds to cities, counties and states to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health hazards in thousands of privately-owned, low-income housing units. HUD is also providing the grantees over $8.8 million in Healthy Homes supplemental funding to help communities mitigate multiple health hazards in high risk housing simultaneously, in conjunction with their lead hazard control activities.

 

Voices Productions announces STREETS

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Once again, Voices from the Warehouse District will present its imaginative and captivating month-long program of art and robust cultural activity-a unique experience unlike any other in the community. Voices continues to expand on our founding hope of making art a culturally relevant experience. Voices 11 will bridge the gallery with the streets, highlighting a subversive art movement, and a unique set of artists-artists with skill, talent, ingenuity....and a voice.

Opening Reception is on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at Wilmac Building, 10th and Jackson Street in Dubuque. Admission is $10, with live performances throughout the evening.

The Exhibit will continue through Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.

 

UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital Announces Tim Ahlers as Chief Operating Officer

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UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital is pleased to announce Tim Ahlers, FACHE, as Chief Operating Officer. Ahlers currently serves as Chief Executive Officer at Story County Medical Center. He will begin his new role at Finley on October 5.

Prior to his role at Story County Medical Center, Ahlers worked at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City for 10 years. He served in a variety of roles, including: Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development, Director of Specialty Clinics, and Director of Marketing and Community Relations.

Ahlers obtained his Masters of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration from University of Iowa.

"On behalf of Finley Hospital, I am excited to welcome Tim to Finley and the Dubuque community," said David Brandon, President and CEO of Finley Hospital. "Tim has an extensive background in hospital leadership and will be a great addition to the Finley team."

 

Iowa Connections Academy Students Satisfied with Online School, Teachers

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Anita, Iowa (Aug. 24, 2015) - Students at Iowa Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school serving students in grades K-12 across Iowa, will log on for the first day of school today. The new school year kicks off just as the results of Iowa Connections Academy's Student Satisfaction Survey revealed that 92 percent of students in grades K-12 are satisfied with the online school program.

These results come on the heels of Iowa Connections Academy's Parent Satisfaction Survey, which revealed that 97 percent of parents would recommend the online school program to other families.

"We're proud to see that students and parents alike are satisfied and enjoying their education experience," said James Brauer, principal at Iowa Connections Academy. "Our high-quality curriculum and team of experienced, passionate educators can be credited for this positive feedback from our families."

Additional findings of the Student Satisfaction Survey included:

92 percent of students in grades 6-12 agree that they are enjoying Iowa Connections Academy

98 percent of students in grades 6-12 are satisfied with the helpfulness of their teachers

100 percent of students in grades K-5 like their Iowa Connections Academy teachers

Ninety seven percent of Iowa Connections Academy parents were also satisfied with the helpfulness of their students' teachers, according to the parent survey. Both surveys were administered by an independent market research company which created the questionnaire, collected the data, and tabulated the results.

Iowa Connections Academy expects to serve more than 400 students in the 2015-2016 school year. The school offers innovative and diverse courses, including foreign languages, digital technology, and web design, as well as college credit and Career Technical Education (CTE) courses for students interested in gaining career-specific knowledge.

Along with a high-quality, personalized online education, Iowa Connections Academy combines state-certified teachers with a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. Students work with their teachers and Learning Coach-a parent or guardian who is responsible for overseeing progress in the home-to personalize their learning plan to meet their individual education needs. When it comes to socialization, students are able to interact with their fellow classmates and teachers on various in-person school-sponsored events and field trips, and through participation in clubs and activities and online classroom sessions.

For more information on Iowa Connections Academy, please visit the school's website at www.IowaConnectionsAcademy.com.

 

Pella Wildlife Group Wolf Program

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Wolves were historically part of Iowa's wild fauna, but have long since been removed from the state. The Mines of Spain State Recreation Area and the Friends of the Mines of Spain are hosting an informative program on the important part wolves once played in Iowa.

Sponsored by DNR and the Friends of the Mines of Spain, the program, which is free and open to all ages, features presenters from Pella Wildlife Group, who will be at the E. B. Lyons Nature Center Auditorium on Sept. 20 at 1:00 PM with a live wolf cub.

For more information about this program, other programs, or the Mines of Spain Recreation Area, call the interpretive center at 563-556-0620. Additional program schedules can be found at the park's website at www.minesofspain.org.

 

Safety tips for school bus riders

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Many students take the bus to school twice a day, five days a week. Approximately 26 million elementary and secondary school children ride school buses daily in the United States, and the U.S. Department of Transportation says more than 50 percent of all K-12 students in the country ride yellow school buses, traveling approximately 4 billion miles each year.

The vast majority of these miles are traveled without incident. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, the national school bus accident rate is 0.01 per 100 miles traveled, compared to 0.96 for other passenger vehicles, which makes school buses considerably safer than other passenger vehicles.

Though school buses are safe, there are other ways to make them even safer. Children, especially those new to school buses, may find the bus fun and unique and not pay attention to simple safety rules. But parents should take steps to ensure that youngsters always heed the following school bus safety guidelines.

• Wait for the bus in a safe location that is away from traffic, ideally staying in a designated school bus stop until the bus arrives.

• Dress for optimal visibility, especially in inclement weather when it can be difficult for the school bus driver and other motorists to see pedestrians.

• Do not board the bus until it comes to a complete stop. Wait for the driver to open the door, which engages the "Stop" sign for oncoming motorists.

• Use the handrail and enter the bus in an orderly manner.

• Promptly find a seat, sit down and buckle the safety belt if there is one available. Students assigned seats on the bus should take their seat without making a fuss.

• Keep backpacks and other belongings out of the center aisle. Store them under your seat or on your lap.

• Remain seated at all times while the bus is in motion.

• Keep arms, hands, legs, and heads inside of the bus at all times.

• Always follow the driver's instructions and avoid situations that will cause driver distraction.

• Wait for the bus to stop completely before standing up or attempting to exit.

• Exit the bus in an orderly manner, without pushing fellow passengers.

• Only cross the street in front of the bus. It is very difficult for the driver to see students crossing behind the bus.

• Wait for the driver to check traffic before crossing the street and be on the lookout for inattentive motorists.

 

Apple- and pumpkin-picking tips

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Although scores of people cite summer as their favorite time of year, autumn also is a beloved season. Cool breezes and crisp air seem tailor-made for afternoons spent enjoying the great outdoors. The pleasant autumn weather and awe-inspiring foliage may be the reason so many festivals and outdoor events are scheduled this time of year. 

Apple- and pumpkin-picking are popular fall pastimes. Neighborhood orchards open their doors to the public, allowing men, women and children to scour their fields and trees for the perfect finds. Heed these picking tips to make the experience even more of a success.

Apples

Many orchards that have open picking seasons plant dwarf apple trees to make the picking process easier, particularly for young children, so there's no need to bring along a ladder. You should still be able to find plenty of apples close to the ground.

A good farmer will know when certain varieties of apples are ripe, and he or she will likely cordon off trees that are not ready for picking. Ripe apples will be crisp and firm. Keep in mind that apples ripen from the outside of the tree inward. Those are the ones usually picked first, anyway. 

Try to get to an orchard earlier in the season. If you wait too long, the trees may be picked of most of the best fruit. Depending on where you live, apple-picking season may begin in mid-September and continue into mid-October.

Apples can bruise, so don't toss them into baskets when picking. Also, wait to wash apples until right before eating to prevent moisture-related spoilage. Apples keep best in a cool location.

Pumpkins

Pumpkin patches are often found in close proximity to apple orchards. Picking pumpkins to eat or decorate the home is a popular autumn activity, one that families often enjoy together.

When visiting a pumpkin patch, dress accordingly. That means wearing shoes that you don't mind getting dirty, as the patch may be muddy. Layer clothing in case it is a chilly day. Breezes are more pronounced in open fields.

Pumpkins are "long-keepers," which means if they are uncut or not damaged, they can last for several weeks. This means you can pick pumpkins at the same time as apples. When selecting a pumpkin, look for one that is completely orange. After picking, a green or yellow pumpkin may never ripen to orange.

Bring along a small wagon and knife so that you can cut the vine, if necessary. Pumpkins are heavy, and a wagon will come in handy, especially with youngsters in tow.

Ripe pumpkins should not dent easily. Examine your pumpkin for holes or insects, which could indicate internal rot that greatly reduces the shelf life of the pumpkin.

Remember, carving the pumpkin reduces its life expectancy, so be sure to reserve that task until close to Halloween.

If you desire a pumpkin to turn into a baked treat or other dish, you will need a type of small, sweet cooking pumpkin known as a "sugar pumpkin." The meat of this pumpkin is much less stringy and more smooth than decorative pumpkin varieties.

Autumn is the season for apple- and pumpkin-picking. This is a great way to spend an afternoon outdoors with the family. If possible, visit an orchard on a weekday, when the crowds will be much smaller than during prime fall weekends.

 

Your next night out may find you embracing these growing trends

 

Paint-free ways to brighten your home

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year marked by pleasant temperatures and colorful fall foliage. But as vibrant as nature can be in the weeks after summer has ended, homeowners know that the shortened days of autumn mean less light inside their homes, which can become dreary even in the weeks before the arrival of winter.

Many homeowners pick up their paintbrushes in an effort to make their homes more colorful. But homeowners need not embrace their inner Picasso to brighten their homes' interiors. The following are a handful of paint-free ways to add some splashes of color to your home this fall.

• Bring nature inside. Flowers and plants can make colorful additions to a home's interior. Flowers tend to be aromatic, which can make a stuffy house in which windows need to be kept closed a lot more pleasant. Plants and flowers also can improve indoor air quality. Several studies, including one published in the Journal for the American Society for Horticultural Science, have shown that houseplants improve indoor air quality by filtering out volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that can be harmful to human health. That's especially important come late fall and winter, when homeowners typically shut their windows and keep them shut until spring, making it difficult for fresh air to enter a home.

• Invest in some colorful throw pillows. Natural sunlight brightens a room come spring and summer. But sunlight is increasingly scarce as fall turns into winter, and rooms that do not boast too many colorful accents can quickly grow drab as summertime sunlight dwindles. Instead of buying new furniture, invest in some colorful throw pillows to give a room a more vibrant look. Patterns can be mixed and matched to provide some contrast and transform a room from somewhere to spend time into a sight to behold.

• Paper the walls. While many of today's homeowners prefer paint to wallpaper, those who want a less permanent solution to brighten up their homes may want to consider removable wallpaper. Such paper is less expensive than traditional wallpaper, and many do-it-yourselfers find removable wallpaper is easy to both install and remove. Choose a colorful pattern that can turn an otherwise plain wall into a potent palette that adds some life to your home's interior. Because removable wallpaper does not require a significant financial investment, you can experiment with various colors or change things up each month if you so desire.

• Add some artwork. Another way to add color to the walls inside your home without dusting off your paintbrush is to hang some colorful artwork. Paintings that feature bold colors tend to draw your immediate attention when you enter a room, and that quality can make you forget the room is not benefitting from natural light. If you want to go the extra mile, find a painting that features colors which match throw pillows or other accessories in the room. This way your walls and your accessories are working in concert to make a room more colorful.

• Rug it out. A patterned throw rug is another accessory that can effectively brighten a room without much effort or financial investment on the part of homeowners. When choosing a throw rug, find one that's colorful but does not clash considerably with existing furnishings, as you don't want the rug to draw attention for all the wrong reasons. You have more freedom with regard to rugs if you're furnishing an empty room, as you can choose whichever rug you like and then choose additional furnishings based on the rug.

Homes tend to darken as late fall turns into winter. But homeowners can brighten their homes in various ways, even if they prefer not to paint.

 

Gallery C announces Cambodia An exhibition of work by Paco Rosic

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Paco Rosic creations combine artistic elements of both movement and fine art, blending kinetic and street art styles to recreate an existential experience; a ‘graffiti kinetic movement piece' captured on canvas. 

Gallery C, located in the Schmid Innovation Center at 900 Jackson Street in Dubuque (enter on Jackson Street near 10th Avenue) is pleased to have the artists present for the Opening Recepton on Sunday, August 30, from 5:30 to 8:30pm. All are invited and welcome to attend this exhibition, and to participate in the expanding art scene in the Millwork District. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue through September 27, 2015

 

CLEAN OUT YOUR MEDICINE CABINET

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DISPOSAL IS FREE, CONVENIENT & CONFIDENTIAL    

People of the tri-state area will have two opportunities to get rid of old medications in a safe, privade way.

Medications will be accepted on Friday, Sept. 25, from 3 to 7 PM at the Mystique Casino Parking Lot, located at 1855 Greyhound Park Drive in Dubuque and again on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 AM to 2 PM at Sam's Club parking lot, located at 4400 Asbury Road in Dubuque.

FOR YOUR SAFETY AND YOUR PRIVACY

1) Keep all substances in the original containers, if possible.

2) All liquid containers must be sealed in leakproof clear plastic bags.

3) Mark out any identifying information on prescription bottles.

4) Unidentified medications will be accepted – NO QUESTIONS ASKED

WE WILL ACCEPT:

1) Prescription and over-the-counter medications including vitamins, supplements, and herbals

2) Needles, sharps, syringes with needles in puncture proof containers

3) Thermometers in zip-lock or plastic bags

4) Medication samples

5) Hydrogen Peroxide

WE CANNOT ACCEPT:

Bloody or Infectious Waste

Project Planning Partners:
• Dubuque Drug Task Force
• Dubuque Area Substance Abuse Coalition
• Dubuque County Safe Youth Coalition
• DEA Diversion Program
• DMASWA
• Helping Services
• Mystique Casino
• Sam's Club

 

City Council Completes Annual Goal-Setting Sessions

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The Dubuque City Council completed its annual goal-setting sessions earlier this week. Over the course of two sessions in July and a follow-up session on Monday, City Council members reaffirmed the 15-year vision statement, mission statement, and goals. They also identified top and high priorities for a 2015-2017 policy agenda as well as a management agenda for projects and initiatives planned for 2015-2017.

The 2030 Dubuque Vision Statement
The city of Dubuque is a progressive, sustainable city with a strong diversified economy and expanding global connections. The Dubuque community is an inclusive community celebrating culture and heritage and has actively preserved our Masterpiece on the Mississippi. Dubuque citizens experience healthy living and retirement through quality, livable neighborhoods with an abundance of fun things to do; and are engaged in the community, achieving goals through partnerships. Dubuque city government is financially sound and is providing services with citizens getting value for their tax dollar.

Mission Statement
The City's Mission is to deliver excellent municipal services that support urban living and a sustainable city plan for the community's future and facilitate access to critical human services which result in financially sound government and citizens getting services and value for their tax dollar.

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

2015 - 2017 Top Priorities (in alphabetical order):

1) East-West Corridor Study Implementation
City Goal: Improved Connectivity
Key Issues:

• Property acquisition

• Environmental assessment

• Funding for design and construction of roundabouts

2015-2017 Actions:

• Complete preliminary design and identify property acquisition parameters

• Maintain corridor preservation ordinance

• Development of a plan including prioritization of locations and capital improvement funding options

2) Environmental Stewardship Commission (Community Resiliency Commission)

Community Goal: Environmental/Ecological Integrity
Key Issues:

• Purpose and role of commission

• Size and diverse representation of community

• Staff support and funding

2015-2017 Actions:

• City Council approval of process to transition to new commission format

• Comprehensive community engagement effort to define purpose and role of commission and to recruit candidates

3) Historic Millwork District Parking (470 spaces)
City Goal: Improved Connectivity
Key Issues:

• Land acquisition

• Funding

2015-2017 Actions:

• Opening of new intermodal facility

• Property acquisition for construction of surface parking lots

• Funding strategy for design and construction of surface parking lots

4) Inclusive Dubuque Action Plan
Community Goal: Social/Cultural Vibrancy
Key Issues:

• Community engagement process on development of action plan for priority areas

• City role as a partner in implementation of action plan

2015-2017 Actions:

• Completion and analysis of Equity Profile assessment

• Development and implementation of Equity Profile Action Plan

• Quarterly reporting on implementation of Action Plan

5) Street Maintenance Program
City Goal: Improved Connectivity
Key Issues:

• Evaluate existing service level targets

• Funding to restore or expand service level targets

2015-2017 Actions:

• Review current program, assess condition of completed areas, and evaluate community needs

• Development of a strategy including prioritization of locations and budget options to maintain or increase service level

2015 - 2017 High Priorities (in alphabetical order):

1) Central Iowa Water Association
City Goal: Planned and Managed Growth
Key Issues:

• Annexation

• Funding

• Water Infrastructure

2015-2017 Actions:

• Research and prepare response to litigation

• Policy decisions on water extensions, annexation, and funding

2) City Economic Development
Community Goal: Economic Prosperity
Key Issues:

• Review staffing levels and partners

• Funding

• Goals and performance expectations

2015-2017 Actions:

• Identify partnership opportunities

• Develop strategic plan including funding

3) Citywide Flower-Planting Program
City Goal: Partnering for a Better Dubuque
Key Issues:

• Policy on use of volunteers 

• Policy of location(s) for existing or new plantings and type of plant (annual vs. perennial)

• Funding and hiring freeze

• Ongoing operation and maintenance costs

2015-2017 Actions:

• Review current activities and assess community needs

• Development of a strategy including: prioritization of locations, plantings and staffing vs. volunteer needs and budget recommendations

4) Comprehensive Plan
City Goal: Planned and Managed Growth
Key Issues:

• Funding

• Community assessment and input process

2015-2017 Actions:

• Research alternative staffing and consultant options for development of process and creation of a new 20-year plan

• City Council direction on process and funding recommendations

5) Debt Reduction Policy
Organizational Goal: Financially Responsible City Government and High Performance Organization
Key Issues:

• Education for general public and for city staff

• Continued implementation of strategic debt reduction

2015-2017 Actions:

• Review and assessment of existing debt-reduction strategy

• Development of a policy for evaluating future use of debt for projects including: prioritization of capital projects and capital project assistance programs, project timing, and budget recommendations

6) Methane Gas Plan
Community Goal: Environmental/Ecological Integrity
Key Issues:

• Identify opportunities for methane gas reuse in city operations including BioCNG

• Development agreement for methane gas reuse

2015-2017 Actions:

• Develop cost/benefit analysis and policy for city vehicle conversion to BioCNG

• Negotiate agreement with private sector for methane gas reuse at Landfill and Water & Resource Recovery Center including capital investment requirements

7) Surveillance Camera Funding

Community Goal: Social/Cultural Vibrancy
Key Issues:

• Evaluate types of cameras for future purchase

• Funding and location of additional cameras

• Use and storage of data and information

2015-2017 Actions:

• Identify areas and phasing plan for installation of additional cameras, including access to existing or new fiber-optic connections

• Direction on funding for additional cameras and increased video storage capacity

2015-2017 Management Agenda (in alphabetical order):

1) Greater Dubuque Development Corporation: Sustainable Innovation
Community Goal: Economic Prosperity
Key Issues:

• Alternative energy options including bio compressed natural gas and hydropower

• IBM Smarter Cities partnership next phase

2015-2017 Actions:

• Council direction on agreement for use of bio compressed natural gas

• Analysis of hydropower opportunities

• IBM partnership agreement for workforce development and open data

2) Industrial Park Development
Community Goal: Economic Prosperity
Key Issues:

• Actions 

• Funding

2015-2017 Actions:

• Develop budget options

• City Council direction on budget and timeline

3) National Incident/Event Report
Community Goal: Social/Cultural Vibrancy
Key Issues:

• Community engagement

• Community preparedness

2015-2017 Actions:

• Community engagement effort to identify issues

• Review other city and federal reports to develop local best practices

• Prepare report with local options and recommendations

4) Skate Park
City Goal: Partnering for a Better Dubuque
Key Issues:

• Location and scope of project

2015-2017 Actions:

• Contract for evaluation, design and site location

• Initiate private fundraising effort

5) Police: Review Best Practices
Organizational Goal: Financially Responsible City Government and High Performance Organization
Key Issues:

• Community engagement

• Community preparedness

2015-2017 Actions:

• Review 21st Century National Police Report to identify best practices and analyze opportunities for Dubuque

• Prepare action plan with options for City Council review and direction

 

1966 VW CABRIOLET DONATED TO CAMP COURAGEOUS

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MONTICELLO, IOWA — Camp Courageous, a year-round camp for individuals with special needs, recently received a donation of a 1966 VW Cabriolet by Michael Verst of Union, Kentucky, in honor of his late wife, Karen Verst.

Michael modified the vehicle for Karen and installed an automatic transmission after she lost a leg to a rare form of bone cancer. The project took eight years to complete, and was a "real labor of love," according to Michael Verst.

Camp Courageous plans to raffle the car.

For more information, story and pictures, go to the camp's webpage at: www.campcourageous.org or call 319-465-5916 ext.#2100 or visit our Facebook Page.

 

Learn how to increase cycling stamina

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Cycling is a great recreational activity and a fun way to stay in shape. Some people bike to work to save money and reduce fuel consumption, while others ride to give their bodies a demanding cardiovascular workout.

Whether a cyclist aspires to compete in the next Tour de France or wants to keep things a little more local, taking steps to improve stamina is a great way to make the most of a bike ride. Riders who improve their stamina will likely witness marked improvement in their cycling performance as time progresses.

Stamina is the body's ability to endure extended periods of exercise. For example, a person who is new to physical activity may tire after a relatively brief workout. However, the more that person exercises, the more he or she builds strength and stamina, which will lead to longer workouts.

The same thing applies to cycling. At the beginning, cycling more than a certain number of miles may be difficult, and changes in terrain can make things even more challenging. By following a consistent training regimen that builds stamina, cyclists will refine their performance and push their bodies further.

Increasing cycling stamina is not necessarily about making the legs stronger, although that will help. Increasing cycling stamina involves getting your body acclimated to regulating energy exertion so that it will not get fatigued early on. Anyone who has to exercise for long durations, whether hikers, marathon runners or triathletes, will train to develop stamina. For cyclists, here is how to begin.

• Set a realistic goal. Newcomers to the sport will not be able to ride dozens of miles without any feelings of fatigue. Establish a weekly goal that gradually increases your total mileage traveled, revising these goals as you feel yourself getting stronger and more fit.

• Gradually increase biking minutes. In addition to increasing the distance you travel, start increasing the number of days you ride in a week. You may soon find yourself riding several days per week, and doing so for extended periods of time. A good rule of thumb is to increase your distance and speed by around 10 percent each week if you're training for a race or working toward a challenging goal.

• Throw in a long ride once a week. Schedule a weekly long bike ride, perhaps two to three hours of sustained riding, to challenge your body. Concentrate on the time spent riding, not necessarily how fast or hard you're riding. According to John Hughes, director of the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association, you can gradually add more long rides as you become more comfortable. 

• Train with others. Riding with others can keep you motivated and provide a healthy dose of competition to push you further.

• Take care of your body. Trevor Fenner, co-founder of Road Bike City, says you must pay special attention to your dietary intake to improve stamina. You may need to increase carbohydrate intake, and staying hydrated is essential. Eating pieces of banana or energy bars while riding may also help sustain energy levels.

• Plan for rest. Injuries can result when you push your body too far. Have days during the week when you rest and recuperate. If you ever are weak or in pain, stop cycling and take time to recover.

These tips can be heeded by riders of varying abilities, whether you are training for a race or simply want to get more out of recreational cycling.

 

City Welcomes Registrations for Next Round of City Life

 

MENTORED DOVE HUNT

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The Dubuque County Conservation Board (DCCB), Iowa DNR (IDNR), National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Dubuque County Conservation Society (DCCS), and Pheasants Forever (PF) will sponsor a Mentored Dove Hunt on Friday, Sept. 4 (5-8pm) and Saturday, Sept. 5 (6-10:30am) at Swiss Valley Nature Center.

Any and all ages are welcome to attend this hunt, targeted to participants who are new to hunting (first timers) and would like guidance in this arena, including parents with youth who want to hunt but may not know where/how to get started.

This FREE event will feature two days of education on conservation, hunter safety, basics of habitat, basics of dove hunting from shooting to cleaning to cooking, and guided hunting experience with experts in the field.

Friday, Sept. 4, registered participants will meet at Swiss Valley Nature Center from 5 to 8 pm to learn hunter education basics, hear from the agencies about public and private lands and conservation/hunting importance, and enjoy a game feed featuring dove meat.

Saturday, Sept. 5, registered participants will meet at 6am to begin the hunt.

Space is limited for this program; be sure to call 563.556.6745 to reserve your spot at the Mentored Hunt. Registration closes on August 31, 2015.

 

Intermodal Terminal Opens and Jule Routes Change on August 17

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The Jule, the City of Dubuque's public transit system, will launch an adjusted route structure on Monday, Aug. 17, and move its downtown transfer from its current location at Sixth and Iowa streets to Dubuque's new intermodal terminal located at 950 Elm Street.

The Jule's crosstown express and looped service will continue to offer faster bus transportation between downtown and the west end while areas with low ridership will see reduced service. Specifically, the Orange 2 Fremont, Red 2 Key West, and Green 2 Port/Schmitt routes have been analyzed for peak usage periods and are being modified. High ridership stops from those routes have been incorporated into other routes.

The following route changes will take effect on Monday, Aug. 17, in coordination with the opening of the intermodal terminal:

1. The downtown transfer location will move from Sixth and Iowa streets to the intermodal terminal at 950 Elm Street.

2. Downtown bus stops will be moved to align with the new transfer location at Ninth and Elm streets.

3. Service to Key West will be reduced from hourly to every other hour (five trips per day).

4. Service to Fremont Avenue will be reduced from hourly to every other hour (five trips per day).

5. Service to the Port of Dubuque will operate only during business shuttle hours (Monday-Friday, 6:45 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) and the Summer Trolley season (10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays, May 30 - Oct. 31).

6. Service along Loras Blvd. will be reduced to once per hour, eastbound only.

Routes and schedules effective Monday, Aug. 17, are now available at the following locations:

www.cityofdubuque.org/NewRoutes

• On the Jule's fixed-route buses

• Jule Garage (2401 Central Avenue)

• City Hall (50 West 13th Street, 1st Floor)

• Carnegie-Stout Public Library (360 West 11th Street, 2nd Floor Information Area)

• 4-page pullout in the 8-12-15 issue of Dubuque Advertiser

The intermodal terminal and downtown transfer is located along Elm Street and features public restrooms, indoor and outdoor seating areas, bike parking, electronic signage showing next bus arrival times as well as ticket windows for The Jule, Burlington Trailways and Lamers bus services. The terminal is scheduled to open to Jule bus traffic on Monday, Aug. 17. Interior amenities are nearing completion and expected to be open shortly after bus service begins. The Jule terminal office hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Burlington Trailways and Lamers are scheduled to begin operating from the terminal on Sept. 1.

The intermodal terminal is part of Dubuque's Intermodal Transportation Center project, designed to improve access to The Jule and other transportation services in and around Dubuque. The project consists of three main components: an intermodal transportation terminal, a three-level parking facility, and a bus storage and maintenance facility. The intermodal terminal and parking ramp, located on Ninth Street between Washington and Elm streets in the Historic Millwork District, will be operational in August. Construction of the bus storage and maintenance facility is scheduled to begin in 2017.

The new three-level parking structure will accommodate 292 parking spaces and will also include bicycle storage to support commuter travel and recreational bicycle use. A pedestrian bridge connects the parking structure and terminal. While both facilities will be operational in late August, some elements of the structure façades will be delayed.

For information on parking in the new ramp, call 563-589-4266 or visit www.cityofdubuque.org/parking. For Jule Transit information, call 563-589-4196 or visit www.cityofdubuque.org/juletransit.

 

9 ways to improve your golf game

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Warmer weather sends scores of golfers to their favorite courses each and every day. Golf is a challenging pastime, but a few pointers can help golfers hone their short games, long games and everything in between.

• Choose the right clubs. There is more to selecting clubs than pulling any old iron out of your golf bag and whacking away. Wind, hazards and obstructions in landing areas should influence your decision of which club to use. Novice golfers may want to rely on their caddies to make club recommendations, and as they become more confident in their abilities they can start to make their own choices.

• Anchor your feet. Anchor your foot behind the ball to drive the ball further. Right-handed players will keep the right foot anchored, and lefties will do the opposite. Do not lift your foot prematurely; otherwise, you can lose power and distance.

• Identify your weaknesses. As with any hobby, identifying those areas that need the most work can help you become a better golfer. Keep track of each shot you take, and then look at the results to see which areas of your game need the most work.

• Fix your alignment. Align your shots by assessing the target from behind the ball. Then set the clubface behind the golf ball and align it with the target before you enter your stance.

• Use your torso for power. The torso is essential to a solid swing. Practice rotating from your core to control your backswing and then maintain the same spine angle and posture on the downswing.

• Use the wind. Not every golf game will be played in perfect weather. A good player knows how to make adjustments for the wind depending on the shot. Use the wind to your advantage when you can, and adjust your swing when hitting into the wind.

• Become a better chipper. Many players put so much emphasis on their backswings and putt shots that they fail to devote any practice to chips. All shots are important for golfers trying to shed strokes off of their scores.

• Keep fit. Maintaining or improving your physical strength and overall health can help your golf game. Exercise and eat right, and you will have more endurance on the links.

 

Garfield Avenue and Kniest Street Road Closures Begin Monday, June 8

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Due to construction of the Upper Bee Branch Creek Restoration Project, road closures on Garfield Avenue and Kniest Street will go into effect on Monday, June 8, at 10 a.m.

The road closure on Garfield Avenue will begin at Pine Street and end north of Kniest Street near the Davis Place Apartments. Kniest Street will be closed between Garfield Avenue and Rhomberg Avenue. Motorists should follow the posted detour signs during this time. Rhomberg Avenue will be used as an alternative route. The road closures are expected to be in effect through October 2015.

For questions or for more information, contact Bee Branch Project communications specialist Kristin Hill at 563.690.6068 or khill@cityofdubuque.org.

 

CityChannel Dubuque to Air ‘From the Archives’

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The City of Dubuque Cable TV Division is tapping into its media vault to unveil a new showcase on CityChannel Dubuque titled "From the Archives." This new showcase features old programs and video footage recorded by Cable TV personnel since the mid-1980s and often shows a Dubuque that looks much different than the city we know today.

"From the Archives" programs include the placing of the bell tower on City Hall in 1990, an interview with noted Iowa artist and one-time Dubuque resident Francesco Licciardi in 1989, architect Alfred Caldwell's 1991 return to Eagle Point Park to see the buildings he built there in the 1930s, music from the Iowa Sesquicentennial celebration in Eagle Point Park in 1996, and footage from the Grand Excursion in 2004.

"From the Archives" presents one program per week airing at four different times on CityChannel Dubuque: Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., Fridays at 2 a.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. Following each airing will be a promotional announcement for the next week's program. "From the Archives" will premiere on Tuesday, June 10, at 9 a.m. with the 1988 Field of Dreams press conference at Carnegie-Stout Public Library featuring stars James Earl Jones and Kevin Costner.

For the past six years, Cable TV Coordinator Craig Nowack and Video Producer Erich Moeller have been gradually digitizing old videotapes stored in the basement of City Hall Annex. "‘From the Archives' is a fun way to look back at some of Dubuque's recent history, and a great way to see what Dubuque used to look like," said Nowack.

CityChannel Dubuque is the City's government access cable channel found on channel 8 or digital 85.2 on Mediacom's cable system in Dubuque.

The channel is also streamed live on the City's website at www.cityofdubuque.org/media.

Viewers can access the channel's program guide at www.cityofdubuque.org/cabletv.

"From the Archives" programs will eventually be available for on-demand playback on the City's website.