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MARRIED IN A MONTH: LOCAL BUSINESSES TO AWARD $18,000 WEDDING PRIZE PACKAGE

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Longstanding wedding industry vendors in the Dubuque community have teamed up to create a unique competition that will award one couple with an all-expenses paid wedding. From the venue, food, and photography to the flowers, music, and attire, the grand prize will be a dream come true for a recently or soon-to-be engaged couple.

There is just one minor catch - the winning couple must tie the knot in just one short month following the competition.

Married In A Month sponsors (Hotel Julien Dubuque, Cheryl-Ann Bridals, Doland Jewelers, Riniker Rhythm, Candle Ready Cakes, Seeley Photography, Handpick'd Floral Designs, Potosa Spa, and Light Burst Photography) have teamed up to provide a prize package valued at more than $18,000.

"I think this will appeal to couples who are adventurous and spontaneous," said Sherrie Keating, owner of Cheryl-Ann Bridals & Tuxedos. "There are some couples who may not even be engaged that say, ‘Let's do it, and if we win, we can get married.'"

Interested couples have until the end of January to submit videos of themselves explaining why they think they deserve the grand prize. Videos can be shared at MarriedinaMonthDBQ.com/share-your-story. On Valentine's Day, sponsors will announce 25 couples who have been chosen to participate in a Married in a Month weekend event at Hotel Julien Dubuque. The event is set for Feb. 24 and 25.

The event itself will kick off with a cocktail reception and fashion show hosted by Cheryl Ann Bridals. The following day marks the start of the elimination rounds and will conclude with the awarding of the grand prize to the winning couple. By the time that the day is over, the winning couple will already have planned their entire wedding and they will then enjoy one month (free of stress!!) before tying the knot. The winning couple will get married on March 25 at Hotel Julien Dubuque.

All proceeds from Married in a Month will be given to Dancing with the Stars Dubuque Style, an event that targets a community-wide audience to highlight the importance of Dubuque area nonprofits which has raised over $990,999 for more than 50 local nonprofits since its inception in 2010.

For more information, visit marriedinamonthdbq.com.

 

Gallery C announces TIDY, Works by Matthew Mikulice January 20-March 19, 2017

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Opening Reception:
Friday, January 20, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

First Fridays Gallery Talk w/Matthew Mikulice
Friday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m.

First Fridays Live Art Installation w/Matthew Mikulice
Friday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to all ages.

Gallery C is proud to announce the opening of "TIDY," new works by Iowa artist Matthew Mikulice. This new exhibit explores the aesthetic of order and organization through drawing, painting, installation, and deconstruction.

Matthew Mikulice is originally from Richland Center, Wisconsin. He holds a B.A. in studio art with an emphasis in drawing from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa and has exhibited throughout the Midwest including Madison, Freeport, Ames, and Dubuque. He currently lives and works in Dubuque, Iowa.

"My work is an extension of my personality," Mikulice states. "I am one who is most calm in a neat, tidy environment and my favorite work by other artists reflects the same."

Gallery C is pleased to host the artist at an Opening Reception on Friday, January 20, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m. The public is invited, encouraged to attend, and to participate in the Historic Millwork District's innovative art scene. All work is for sale. The reception is free and open to all ages featuring inspired catering by The Food Store with special musical curation by Aaron Hefel. Gallery hours throughout the exhibit are Wednesday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 19, 2017

Special events in conjunction with "TIDY" include a First Fridays gallery talk with Matthew Mikulice on Friday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m. and a special Live Art Installation with Matthew Mikulice on Friday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.

For details visit galleryCM.com.

 

City to Offer Workshop on Equity and Intercultural Competency

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The City of Dubuque Intercultural Facilitation Team will provide a four-day workshop on developing strategies and skills for advancing equity and inclusion goals.

The workshop will be held on the following Fridays: February 10, February 24, March 10, and March 24. Sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the NICC Town Clock Center, 680 Main St., in Dubuque.

This workshop is designed for people involved in equity and/or inclusion work. The four-day learning program features practical tools and strategies that can be applied to advance equity and inclusion in ways that are relevant to the context participants are working within.

Participants will use an intercultural framework to collectively explore individual, institutional, and systemic opportunities. The program includes opportunities for participants to practice using the tools they have received, working together to identify dilemmas facing their organizations, develop strategies for addressing issues, and create action items.

The program is best suited for those working on teams seeking to advance equity and inclusion.

Those interested in participating in these training sessions must submit an application form by no later than January 30, 2017. All applications will be reviewed by the facilitators. Workshop capacity is limited to a maximum of 25 people. Cost of participation is $75, which includes meals and training materials. If cost would be a barrier to participation, please indicate this on the application form.

The application is available on the City of Dubuque's Human Rights website at http://www.cityofdubuque.org/252/Develop-Skills. Application forms can also be requested by contacting Carol Spinoso in the Human Rights Department at 589-4190 or humanrgt@cityofdubuque.org.

For more information, contact the City of Dubuque Human Rights Department at 589-4190 or e-mail humanrgt@cityofdubuque.org.

 

Limited Sledding at Bunker Hill Golf Course

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Sledding will be limited at Bunker Hill Golf Course for the remainder of the season due to a storm sewer repair project on part of the golf course.

All sledding areas along the N. Grandview Ave. side of Bunker Hill Golf Course are closed immediately and for the rest of the season due to the construction project. Other areas of Bunker Hill will remain available for sledding as conditions permit.

For additional information, call the Leisure Services Department at 563-589-4263.

 

Understanding dementia a key to compassionate care

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Alzheimer's disease is one of the more prominent forms of dementia, but there are many additional types of dementia that also can cause both physical and cognitive alterations. Understanding the complexity of dementia can be beneficial to both dementia sufferers and their caregivers.

Dementia is a general term used to define a decline in mental ability severe enough that it can interfere with daily life, offers the Alzheimer's Association. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.
Dementia is not a disease but a term used to describe a wide range of symptoms. The words "senility" and "dementia" often are incorrectly used interchangeably. However, serious mental decline is not a normal part of aging.

Dementia presents itself through various symptoms, and memory loss alone is not enough to lead to a dementia diagnosis. Dementia can affect thinking and social abilities, but the Mayo Clinic notes that some dementias may be reversible. The following are some common symptoms of dementia:

• Trouble communicating or finding words.

• Difficulty completing complex tasks.

• Challenges with planning and organization.

• Episodes of confusion and disorientation.

• Memory loss, which is often noticed by a third party.

• Personality changes that can include agitation, anxiety, inappropriate behavior and even hallucinations.

Apart from Alzheimer's disease, which is a progressive disorder most common in people age 65 and older, there are other types of dementia. The second most common is called "vascular dementia." This results from damage to vessels that supply blood to the brain. This damage can be the result of stroke, smoking and other blood vessel conditions. Brain imaging can often detect blood vessel problems implicated in vascular dementia.

Dementia with Lewy bodies, or DLB, is another dementia that laymen may mistake for Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association notes that people with DLB often have not only memory loss and cognitive problems common in Alzheimer's, but they also display initial or early symptoms such as sleep disturbances, well-formed visual hallucinations, slowness, gait imbalance or other Parkinsonian movement features, which can lead to misdiagnosis.

If physicians suspect dementia was caused by various factors, a person may be diagnosed with mixed dementia.
Unfortunately, there are no cures for progressive dementias that are linked to plaque tangles in the brain and changes in the way the brain processes the protein alpha-synuclein.

Patience and various medications may be needed to help those with dementia live fuller lives. Cholinesterase inhibitors are mainstays in dementia treatment. These medications prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger important for learning and memory. Acetylcholine supports communication among nerve cells by keeping acetylcholine levels high. Physical therapy and cognitive therapy may be used in conjunction with medication to assist those with various dementias.

Helping individuals with dementia remain comfortable is a priority for caregivers, and understanding the symptoms and treatments can help caregivers make patients and loved ones as comfortable as possible.

 

Make the year ahead clutter-free

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Many people feel the dawn of a new year provides an opportunity to clean the slate and begin anew. That notion can be applied in various ways, including around the house.

Cleaning the slate at home may involve reducing clutter around the house. Clutter can gradually overtake a home's interior, turning a once pristine home into one overwhelmed with nonessential items. Clearing a home of clutter can seem like a monumental task, but the following tips can help homeowners and apartment dwellers make the year ahead clutter-free.

• Scan important documents and save them on a computer. Some documents cannot be discarded, but that does not mean they have to be stored in bulky file cabinets or desk drawers. Scan important documents such as medical receipts or tax returns and save them on your computer where they won't take up any physical space. Purchase an external hard drive as a safety net where you can store backups of important documents in case a computer crashes and cannot be rebooted.

• Thin out DVD and CD libraries. Thanks to streaming services and digital music players, DVDs and compact discs have become somewhat obsolete. Discard or donate DVDs that you can just as easily stream through your television, and convert compact discs to digital files that you can play on your computer and MP3 players, ultimately donating the discs and clearing space.

• Purchase furniture that doubles as storage. Storage ottomans and benches can help clear common areas and bedrooms of clutter such as blankets and bed linens that can make rooms feel more claustrophobic. Storage furniture might not get excess items out of the house, but such furnishings can create a more comfortable, welcoming environment.

• Switch to e-statements for bank documents and utility bills. Paper is a big contributor to household clutter. That's still the case even though many adults now pay the majority of their bills online. When given the chance to choose between paper or e-statements, opt for the latter so bills and bank statements don't pile up on your desk or throughout your home office. If you still want to keep important bills and bank statements, download them to your computer and keep them in a designated folder on your desktop. 

• Adopt an "out with the old, in with the new" mantra. Resolve to discard old items after purchasing new ones or receiving birthday or holiday gifts. Hanging on to old items because they can still function and serve some utility is a recipe for a cluttered home. Anytime you or a family member brings a new item into your home, make sure the item it's replacing finds its way out the door.

Clearing clutter is a goal for many people at the dawn of a new year. As intimidating as clutter can seem, discarding it is easier than it may appear.

 

9 things you might not know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Well respected, honored and appreciated for his civil rights activism, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. rightfully earned his place as one of the most influential figures in American and world history. Through his religious teachings and social activism, Dr. King played a key role in the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. 

While Dr. King lived a good portion of his life in the public eye, many facts of his life are not widely known. In honor of his birthday and Black History Month, the following are some interesting and less publicized facts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth name was not "Martin," but "Michael." Dr. King's father traveled to Germany and became inspired by Protestant reformer Martin Luther and thus changed his name while also changing the name of his then 5-year-old-son.

2. Dr. King was a prodigious student. Not only did he skip two grades and start college before formally graduating high school, but Dr. King also earned a bachelor's degree at age 19, graduating from Morehouse College in 1948 with a degree in sociology.

3. Though not a singer, Dr. King earned a posthumous Grammy Award nonetheless. In 1971, Dr. King was awarded Best Spoken Word album for "Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam." 

4. Although people cannot readily find photographs of Dr. King smoking, he was a regular smoker and even hid the habit from the public and from his children so they wouldn't take up smoking. It was believed Dr. King was smoking a cigarette when he was fatally shot.

5. While Dr. King is remembered as an enthralling public speaker, he actually scored poorly in public speaking during his first year at seminary. He received a "C" in the class but earned straight "As" by his final year.

6. Dr. King was a "Star Trek" fan. He convinced actress Nichelle Nichols, who played the role of "Uhura" on the show, to continue working with the series. Nichols was considering leaving, but Dr. King told her she was breaking boundaries by playing a character who didn't conform to black stereotypes.

7. Dr. King narrowly escaped an assassination attempt on September 20, 1958. On that day, Dr. King was in Harlem signing copies of his new book, "Stride Toward Freedom," when he was approached by a woman who stabbed him with a letter opener. He barely survived. 

8. Dr. King's speech in Memphis in April 1968 may have prophesied his death. Speaking to an audience at Mason Temple Church, King said, "Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now ... I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land."

9. Dr. King's birthday is now observed as a national holiday in the United States. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill in 1983. The only other American to earn this honor is George Washington.

 

Safely avoid potential winter hazards

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Winter can be a beautiful time of year, particularly when freshly fallen snow blankets the landscape. However, winter is also a time fraught with potential peril. The same winter weather that makes landscapes so pristine can make roads and walkways - and even being outside - dangerous.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says weather-related vehicle crashes killed 6,253 people last year and injure more than 480,000 per year. These accidents most often occur when roadways are wet, snowy or icy. Yet, winter driving is not the only seasonal hazard. Here are some common winter activities and how to avoid getting hurt when engaging in them.

Driving
Exercise extra caution when driving on roadways during the winter, as they may contain ice or snow. All it takes is a small coating of precipitation on roadways to make driving treacherous. Wet-looking roadways may be wet, or they may be covered by ice, and it's difficult to tell the difference with the naked eye. Always slow down and assume you are driving on ice. Make every effort to improve visibility. This includes checking windshield washer fluid levels and ensuring windshield blades are in good working order.

Snow removal
Shoveling or removing snow by various methods can be strenuous work, taking even those who feel they are in good shape by surprise. A 2011 study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that an average of 11,500 snow-shoveling-related injuries and medical emergencies were treated in U.S. emergency departments each year from 1990 to 2006.
Lower back injuries, falls, injuries to the arms and hands and cardiac-related injuries account for many of the incidents sustained while removing snow. There's also the risk of injury from collisions with pedestrians and snow plows. Plows and bobcat-type devices can cause serious injury. Exercise caution when operating such machines.

Roof snow removal
Removing snow from a roof can be a dangerous prospect. Always use the appropriate equipment, which includes telescoping poles, rather than climbing on slippery roofs. This may be a job best left for a professional, who will have fall-arrest systems and nonslip safety boots.

Dressing for conditions
Venturing outdoors for winter fun may be enticing, but never put your health at risk for the sake of fun. The Mayo Clinic says hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Wear appropriate clothing to prevent hypothermia, which may not produce any initial symptoms. If shivering stops or confusion and slurred speech set in, severe hypothermia is in effect and a person should be moved indoors and gently warmed. Mild hypothermia is also possible indoors, typically when the elderly spend several hours in poorly heated homes.

Winter may be beautiful, but it also can be hazardous. Taking precautions and using common sense help avoid dangerous situations.

 

NWTF Iowa Introducing the Outdoor Lifestyle to New Audiences

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Des Moines, Iowa - The Iowa State Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation recently created and implemented a program called Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors to reverse the decline in hunting participation across the state. The yearlong program is designed to create a community and support group where individuals, ages 18-45, can engage with and learn from experienced hunting mentors in a low-stress environment.

February 19, 2017, kicks off the 1st annual Connecting Individuals to the Outdoors Program with partner Dubuque County Conservation. The partners are currently recruiting 15-20 participants to join the community of individuals that have a passion for the outdoors. Skill-building clinics, range days and hunts will be held in and around the Dubuque County area.

The outline of the program begins in February with an introduction to hunter education, firearm safety, introduction to wildlife and habitats, scouting tips, what to do when a participant harvests an animal and wild-game cooking. By mid-spring, participants are ready for their first turkey hunt. As the program continues, participants are exposed to a wider variety of outdoor activities - fly fishing, outdoor survival skills, wild game food preparation, and upland, small game and waterfowl hunting. The program also provides an insight into the essential hunting gear and clothing items participants need on introductory hunts.  

Each participant will be paired with a certified mentor to provide support during these activities. A 2016 participant from Polk County, Derek, stated, "getting to know the different mentors and learn from them and what they do, was good."

Participants applying for this program will need to complete online hunter education and be committed to attending clinics and outdoor activities for three to four hours a month for 10 consecutive months. There will be a small registration fee of $135.00 that will cover required licenses and a membership to the NWTF.

We are also seeking mentors, both male and female, that are willing to help teach and guide participants through the program. Mentors should be a minimum age of 21 and free of any criminal record. Background checks will be conducted for all mentors.

"To ensure the future of hunting and outdoor sports, we need to educate future generations about what it means to be a hunter and a conservationist," said Stacey Sipe Smith, NWTF Save the Hunt Coordinator for Iowa.

Applications for participants and mentors and a tentative class schedule are available on the NWTF-Iowa Facebook page and the Dubuque County Conservation website at www.leadingyououtdoors.org

Submit applications (no later than February 25, 2017) and/or to learn more about the program, contact Mike Hagen, NWTF Save the Hunt Coordinator for Dubuque County at mvhagen@prodigy.net or 319-551-8265.

 

Different ways to help resolutions stick this year

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In the heat of the New Year's Eve countdown, fueled by enthusiasm and possibly a few glasses of champagne, resolutions may roll off of the tongue. But come the morning of January 1, such resolutions may not hold the same appeal. 

Between 40 and 45 percent of the American population will make a New Year's Resolution, according to polling by researchers at the University of Scranton. Research suggests that only about 8 percent of people stick with those resolutions and achieve their goals. The outlook is similar for Canadians, 31 percent of whom set New Year's resolutions. Among those that do, three-quarters will break them, according to a poll from Ipsos. A survey of online shoppers who visited the website FreeDeliveryLand.co.uk revealed that the average length of time a person can expect to pursue their New Year's resolution is around three and a half weeks, or 24 days.

Maintaining resolutions can be a resolution in and of itself. For those who want to push through the fail point this year – and stay strong in the face of tempting desserts and the craving to light up a cigarette – these suggestions may help resolutions stick.

• Start small when picking resolutions. Rather than resolving to lose 50 pounds, start with a more manageable goal, such as losing 10 pounds. When you reach the goal, you will feel more confident and then you can up the ante.

• Set a reasonable time frame. Be realistic when determining how long it will take to achieve your goal. Achieving a difficult goal can take time, so don't expect overnight success.

• Practice self-control in all aspects of life. Some researchers believe that the self-control necessary to help people maintain their resolutions is like a muscle that needs to be exercised. When self-control is revved up across many different activities, it's easy to realize one particular resolution. For example, in an experiment at the University of Albany, researchers asked 122 smokers who were trying to quit to practice extra self-control for two weeks, either by avoiding sweets or by squeezing on a grip strengthener for as long as they could twice a day. Twenty-seven percent of those who were diligent about practicing their self-control exercise successfully kicked their cigarette habit in the following month, compared with just 12 percent of volunteers who didn't maximize self-control.

• Get support or talk it out. Speaking about what you are going through and getting reassurance from other people can work wonders to strengthen resilience. When the desire to quit sneaks up, you can consult with a friend or consider a support group. For example, taking a group class at the gym may be a more effective motivational tool than working out solo.

• Set up an accountability system. Institute a rewards system for your success. You might even use a monetary system as a double-bonus. When you stick to a resolution over a predetermined period, put a dollar in a jar. If you fall off course, take a dollar away. Find the incentive that works for you.

Resolutions are made and broken every year. Make this the year you realize your resolution.

 

The Grand Opera House Presents Ole & Lena’s Ice Fishing Fandango

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The Grand Opera House welcomes Ole & Lena back for one performance only of a brand new show, Ole & Lena's Ice Fishing Fandango, at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 22, 2017.

The jokes come fast and furious when the lovable couple from the Great White North comes to life on the Grand Opera House stage in the world premiere of their new show Ice Fishing Fandango.

Ole and Sven are gearing up, literally, for the Lodge's annual 72 Hour Pairs Ice Fishing Marathon contest. Aside from making sure the water pressure is strong enough to hose Ole down when he gets home from the contest, Lena is far more interested in attending the "Spruce Up Your Farm House" class being held at the senior center while the contest is going on. She and Margaret are excited to be learning some new interior decorating tips and updating their houses while Ole and Sven are gone. But, like the fish Ole is hoping to catch, the best laid plans can go belly up when nasty winter colds make their way through Potsdam. Will Ole and Sven win the contest this year? Will Lena finally get to make over the farm house? Find out and enjoy the laughs in this hilarious story of Love, Family, and Growing Old Together.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Grand Opera House box office Noon-4:00 PM, Monday-Friday, by calling 563-588-1305, or by visiting www.thegrandoperahouse.com.

 

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Citizens Urged to Test Homes for Radon, the Second Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in U.S.

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Patterson Comfort & Safety is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Lung Association in a nationwide campaign to educate Americans about the dangers of radon exposure and to encourage them to take action and protect their homes and families.

On January 3, 2017 during the Dubuque city council meeting Mayor Roy Buol will sign a proclamation proclaiming the month of January as Radon Action Month. In the Dubuque area, Patterson Comfort & Safety is conducting short educational presentations to community members as well as middle school and high school students participating in the annual radon poster and radon video contest during National Radon Action Month in January.

Based on data collected from radon home tests, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) estimates that as many as 5 in 7 homes across Iowa have elevated radon levels. Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air, but which can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Testing homes for elevated levels of radon is simple and inexpensive. Radon test kits can be purchased at local hardware and home improvement stores like Lowe's or directly from radon testing companies. Many are priced under $25.00. Radon problems can be fixed by qualified contractors for a cost similar to that of many common home repairs such as painting or having a new water heater installed.

Patterson Comfort & Safety urges Dubuque area residents to take action during this year's National Radon Action Month by testing their homes for radon. Radon poses a serious threat to our community's health but there is a straightforward solution.

For more information on radon, radon testing and mitigation, visit pattersonhc.com or visit EPA's National Radon Action Month Website at www.epa.gov/radon/nram.

For more information on radon education, radon presentations, radon and its health effects, radon testing and radon mitigation systems, please contact:
Patterson Comfort & Safety
Marketing Manager Robb Beltran
563-556-4587 rbeltran@pattersonhc.com

 

UnityPoint Health® Finley Hospital Releases 2016 Top Baby Names

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Evelyn and Benjamin are the top baby names at UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital for calendar year 2016. Nine girls were named Evelyn, and eight boys given the name Benjamin.

After the top spot for both boys and girls, the winners are not so clear. For boys, there's a three way tie for second place with John, Logan, and Wyatt. For girls, there is a four way tie between Amelia, Charlotte, Harper, and Piper.
At Finley, the top names for each gender are as follows:

Boys (Top 10)
Benjamin
John
Logan
Wyatt
Charles
Elijah
Jack
Landon
Weston
Carson

The top ten baby boy names make up 13.9% of the male births at Finley for 2016.

Girls (Top 10)
Evelyn
Amelia
Charlotte
Harper
Piper
Brielle
Chloe
Ellie
Emma
Violet

The top ten baby girl names make up 15% of the total number of female births at Finley for 2016.

According to BabyCenter, the top names nationwide are Jackson for boys and Sophia for girls - which didn't make Finley's Top 10 list at all. In fact, for boys, there are no similarities in the national and local lists. The closest is with Jackson, number 1 nationwide, and Jack in the seventh spot locally. For girls, Emma ranked second nationwide and ninth at Finley. Charlotte, which took the tenth spot nationwide, was tied for second in Finley's top names.

 

American Red Cross Taking Nominations for Everyday Heroes of Northeast Iowa

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Each year the Red Cross honors heroes for their bravery, their knowledge of life-saving skills and their willingness to help others. Do you know someone who has saved a life, made your community a safer place or gone above and beyond to help someone in need? The Northeast Iowa Chapter of the American Red Cross honors individuals who have made significant and positive differences in their communities and exemplify the Red Cross mission.

Everyday Heroes of Northeast Iowa honors ordinary people whose extraordinary actions demonstrate the potential that is in all of us. Heroes are selected based on the degree to which their acts of heroism and kindness uphold the values and vision of the Red Cross.

In recent years, heroes have been recognized for saving their neighbors, performing CPR or for their outstanding work in the community. Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. If you know someone that you think is a hero, please do not hesitate to nominate him or her. In the past we have honored individuals, groups, adults, children and even pets.

This unique program is also the primary fundraising event to support the mission of the Red Cross in Northeast Iowa.

Please take a moment to complete the www.dupaco.com/heroes nomination form and share it with your friends.

Heroism need not involve the direct saving of a life. If nominating for a heroic event, the event must have occurred between March 1, 2016 and January 23, 2017. In order to be eligible for the award nomination, the hero must live, work, or go to school in the area served by the www.redcross.org/local/iowa/locations/northeast-iowa Northeast Iowa Chapter.

Submit your nomination form by Monday, January 23, 2017 via the avenue easiest for you:

Online: www.dupaco.com/heroes

Email: nicole.breitbach@redcross.org

Mail: American Red Cross
Attn: Nicole Breitbach
2116 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Your nomination should include:

• All of the requested contact information

• Description explaining why your hero deserves to be recognized

• Supporting documents such as news articles and photographs

The annual Everyday Heroes of Northeast Iowa will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.

 

City Launches ReThink Waste Tool for Curbside Collection Customers

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The City of Dubuque now offers a free tool to make it easier for City curbside collection customers to remember to set out trash, recycling, and organics and to stay informed on collection schedule changes and what can and cannot be recycled.

"ReThink Waste Dubuque" is the name of the new tool that is offered as an app for mobile devices and is available on the City website at www.cityofdubuque.org/rethinkwaste. Customers can download the app or visit the site and, after entering their address, can:

• sign up for curbside collection reminders by email, automated telephone call, and text message;

• download their collection schedule into iCal, Google calendar, or Microsoft Outlook calendar; and

• print their collection schedule.

Once customers install the ReThink Waste Dubuque app or register online, they will receive weekly reminders the night before their collection day and be notified of schedule changes due to holidays, seasonal programs, and other service changes. Additionally, users will receive information about seasonal services such as yard debris and food scrap collections, leaf rakeouts, and Christmas tree recycling.

For people who are not sure how to properly dispose of something, ReThink Waste Dubuque offers a "Waste Wizard." This feature allows users to type in any keywords and get disposal tips specific to Dubuque. The search tool helps curbside collection customers determine what items – from aluminium cans to Ziploc® bags – can be recycled or should go in the trash.

City of Dubuque Resource Management Coordinator and Supervisor Anderson Sainci manages the City's curbside collection program and said ReThink Waste Dubuque will help reduce public works department call volumes, while improving customer service and response times.

"The data we collect through the tool will assist us with targeted marketing/campaign efforts to inform current/new residents on how to properly reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of materials," said Sainci. "As customers use the waste widget, we can monitor search terms and use that information to better educate and engage our customers."

To access the ReThink Waste Dubuque tool, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/rethinkwaste. Links to download the app are provided on the page and available on the iTunes App Store and Android Play Store. For additional information, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at 563-589-4250.

 

New year brings new sales

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When the holiday shopping rush ends, there are plenty of people who are ready to retire their credit cards for awhile and take a break from the checkout lines. Still, others look forward to the sales that start the new year, eager to get great deals on many different products and services.

There are many deals to be had when January arrives. Smart shoppers may want to wait until the dawn of the new year to get great deals on a wide variety of products.

• Electronics: Although many electronics go on sale for the holiday season, once January arrives there is another round of major discounts on electronics, even high-end items that were not included in holiday sales. New items are unveiled each year at the Consumer Electronics Show in mid-January, and many stores begin to clear out older inventory to make room for the latest offerings in home-theater systems, televisions and the like. These sales are bound to continue into February.

• Furniture: New furniture designs are largely unveiled in February, so come the beginning of the new year homeowners and renters can score good prices on clearance inventory. Those looking to start out the new year with new designs can generally find good prices at the start of the year.

• Last-minute travel: Although the cost of travel, especially trips to warm weather locales, can increase in January, last-minute or fast-acting travel package combinations are often available at low prices this time of year. 

• Fitness gear: Many people make resolutions to get in shape; therefore, gyms, spas and manufacturers of fitness equipment may discount their products to take advantage of the trend toward getting in shape after a season of overindulgence.

• Winter apparel: Many post-holiday sales focus on clearing out inventory of winter essentials, like coats, sweaters, hats and gloves. Now may be the time to update your winter wardrobe.

• Christmas treats: Stores are looking to liquidate any items that have a Christmas or holiday motif. The products inside are likely still fresh, and does it really matter if those cookies came in a red-and-green tin?

• Contractors: Many people renovate their homes in the fall right before the holidays. Therefore, contractors and other home renovators may be at a loss for work come January and may discount their services to generate new business.

• New home: The spring and summer are prime seasons for buying a new home. Few people want to brave the elements and look at homes with yards devoid of flowers and shrubbery. But buying a home in the winter may be more financially prudent.

The new year presents new opportunities to save money on items that are deeply discounted or go on sale this time of the year.

 

How to avoid post-holiday shopping crowds

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Come December 26th, many people are tired of shopping. Yet, there are deals to be had on everything from clothing to electronics on the day after Christmas, when savvy shoppers can take advantage of slashed prices to stock up on a few more things.

But for millions of people the day after Christmas is about more than just returning gifts or finding great deals. For the people who live in countries that are or were British commonwealth nations, Boxing Day is a cause for celebration, and it just so happens to fall on December 26th.

Boxing Day was traditionally a day when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their employers and superiors. However, it is now primarily known as a shopping holiday similar to Black Friday. On Boxing Day, shoppers take advantage of deep discounts and dramatic sales, and many retailers open their stores very early. Shoppers arrive in droves to shop the sales, and such crowds can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make Boxing Day shopping less taxing this year.

* Shop when stores tend to be less busy. Ask store managers and/or employees when business tends to be at its slowest. Even though shopping on a holiday might still be busy, there may be a slow hour or two when you can avoid crowds. Shopping those times, whether early in the morning or late at night, can make the day less stressful.

* Shop online. There are never crowds online, which allows you to browse from the comforts of home. One disadvantage to online shopping is that you sometimes cannot get an accurate idea of the size of a garment or the feel of the material. However, when shopping for toys, electronics or home products, you may not need to touch and feel the items. 

* Create a list and stick to it. Before shopping, create a list of what you want to buy and avoid straying from that list once your shopping trip begins. You will spend considerably less time wandering aimlessly in a store if you make a list before shopping. 

* Wait another day or two. Crowds will not be as big if you wait a few days after Boxing Day to find deals. If you can postpone your trip to the store, you may still benefit from sales. Waiting even longer may enable you to buy seasonal items on clearance as stores make room for spring merchandise.

* Shop all year long. Veteran shoppers tend to purchase items when they are most affordable, even if that means getting some holiday shopping done in the summer. Spreading purchases out over the entire year allows shoppers to manage their budgets and avoid hefty bills come January. Shopping for gifts throughout the year also frees up time during the holiday season, when time spent at the mall or shopping online can be better spent celebrating with family and friends.

 

Dubuque Museum of Art Opens Two New Exhibitions

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The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) has opened two exhibitions highlighting three artists with deep ties to Dubuque and Eastern Iowa.

Transmographic Arrangements: Paintings by Zane York opened in the Kris Mozena McNamer Gallery on November 18, 2016 and runs through February 5, 2017. Raised in Dubuque and now based in Brooklyn, New York, artist Zane York creates contemporary still-life paintings done in a realist style and influenced by the long history of Dutch art. Upon close inspection, York's detailed floral arrangements reveal insects convincingly arranged in lush, kaleidoscope bouquets. York attended the New York Academy of Art and will have an exhibition at the Arsenal Gallery in New York City's Central Park in 2017.

Dialog Human: The Drawings of Priscilla Steele and Thomas C. Jackson opened in the Falb Family Gallery on November 19, 2016 and runs through February 5, 2017. This two-person exhibition explores drawing the human figure as the common ground for uniting the work of two established artists and creating an ongoing dialog.
Priscilla Steele was raised in New Jersey and earned both M.A and M.F.A degrees in printmaking from the University of Iowa. Steele currently lives in Marion, Iowa, where, along with her husband, she owns and operates the renowned Campbell Steele Gallery. Steele taught at Coe College for 18 years and maintains an active studio practice. The artist's works have been included in numerous juried, group and solo exhibitions, including at Gallery C in Dubuque, Coe College and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Cedar Rapids, and the University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art in Cedar Falls.

Cedar Rapids artist Thomas C. Jackson was born in Rock Island, Illinois and studied at the University of Notre Dame. Since retiring from a successful marketing career in 2000, Jackson has pursued art full-time, focusing on photography, painting, and drawing. Jackson's works have been selected for numerous national juried and group exhibitions, including Watercolor USA 2016; the 2016 National Prize Show, presented by the Cambridge Art Association in Cambridge, MA; and the Black & White National Juried Art Show NYC, presented by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.

All three artists will attend an opening reception, held in conjunction with the ongoing First Friday series, at DuMA on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 5-8 pm.

Jackson and Steele will also present a Gallery Talk at DuMA on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm.
Information about additional programs and events may be accessed at www.dbqart.com.

DuMA is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets.
Museum hours are 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 College/University Students, free for kids every day, and free to all on Thursdays thanks to Prudential Financial. Website: www.dbqart.com

 

America’s River Corporation Announces 2017 America’s River Festival Friday Night Lineup

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America's River Corporation is excited to announce this year's Friday Night entertainment for America's River Festival presented by American Trust & Savings Bank, held in the Port of Dubuque June 9-10, 2017.

Friday night (June 9, 2017) features Old Dominion ("Break Up With Him," "Snapback" & "Song For Another Time") with special up and coming guests Tucker Beathard ("Rock On"), and William Michael Morgan ("I Met A Girl").

Also on tap for the 2017 festival is the Tappening, A Beer Event. This event draws over 700 attendees to take in an afternoon of craft beer and music. This year's event will take place from 12pm - 4pm at the America's River Festival event site on June 10, 2017.

America's River Festival is held at the McGraw Hill Parking Lot at 501 Bell Street in Dubuque, Iowa. The 2017 Saturday night lineup will be announced in early 2017. Tickets will also go on sale in early 2017. Please check americasriverfestival.com as details are announced.

 

Tips for adult students returning to school

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Did You Know?

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Solstices happen twice per year. The solstices mark the shortest and longest days of the year and when the sun is at its highest or lowest point in the noon sky.

The solstices occur in both June and December, and when you experience each solstice depends on which hemisphere you call home. People who reside in the northern hemisphere will experience the summer solstice in June while those in the southern hemisphere will experience the winter solstice at this time.

 

CityChannel Dubuque to Air ‘From the Archives’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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