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ARK Respite Night

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ARK Respite Night is scheduled for Friday, November 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hope Church, located at 11893 JFK Road in Dubuque.

ARK Advocates is offering this Respite Night for children 3-12 years of age with special needs. This free event will be full of games, music, arts, and socializing, with the support of the Loras College Education Club.

Sign up to register or volunteer by November 17. Visit www.arkadvocates.org for an application.


RTA Receives DRA Grant

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The RTA received a DRA Grant in May of 2014 to purchase maintenance software for its fleet of buses, which was recently installed in early October. This grant will assist the RTA to perform preventative maintenance and be proactive in assessing potential problems for its fleet of 30 buses. The RTA fleet is growing older and funds were previously used for bigger maintenance issues that if identified earlier, could have been alleviated sooner. The RTA is looking forward to using this new software option and is grateful to the DRA for the grant award.

The RTA provides accessible, safe, convenient, and efficient transportation for all citizens in the cities, communities and rural areas of Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson Counties to enhance their quality of life. RTA vehicles are equipped to accommodate all people, including children, the elderly and people with disabilities. The RTA manages a fleet of 30 light duty buses, accessible minivans and standard vans. RTA provides 180,000 annual passenger trips serving over 2,500 individuals in the three-county region.


Public Input Meeting for Catfish Creek Watershed Management Plan

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The Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority and the City of Dubuque are seeking public input as they finalize a watershed management plan to address flooding and water quality degradation within the watershed that encompasses 46,300 acres of Dubuque County.

The public is invited to learn about the draft plan and provide input at a meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Mines of Spain Recreation Area's E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center, 8991 Old Bellevue Road.

Applied Ecological Services (AES) is the consultant assisting with the development of the plan and will give a presentation on the draft of the plan. City of Dubuque Engineering Technician Dean Mattoon, Dubuque Soil and Water Conservation District Urban Conservationist Eric Schmechel, and Catfish Creek Watershed Authority board members will also attend the meeting to answer questions and take comments on the plan.

The purpose of the Catfish Creek Watershed Management Authority Board is to address flooding and water quality degradation on a watershed level. This can involve crossing jurisdictional boundaries and working with a variety of stakeholders to solve problems within the watershed. Watershed authority boards exist throughout Iowa and were created through the state legislation. While authority boards have no taxing or regulating authority, watershed management plans are a tool these boards can use to implement practices through available grant funding.

The Catfish Creek Watershed is a 57-square-mile watershed that includes industrial centers, residential neighborhoods, rolling cropland, steep bluffs and rock outcrops, and dense forests. The watershed encompasses about half of the city of Dubuque as well as parts of Asbury, Peosta, and Centralia. Much of the watershed remains rural. The five forks of Catfish Creek support a diverse set of plants and animals and are a draw for hunters, fishers, and those seeking to enjoy some of Dubuque County's most scenic areas, but they remain threatened by large amounts of soil and nutrients entering the water from both urban and agricultural run-off.

For more information on the Catfish Creek Watershed, visit www.catfishcreekwatershed.org or call the City of Dubuque Stormwater Hotline at (563) 690-6200.


Reflections in the Park offers family friendly, entertaining escape

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The hustle and bustle are beginning again - Christmastime, of course, has arrived.

And when the holiday season becomes frantic, the lights in Louis Murphy Park will offer a family friendly, entertaining escape.

It's the 20th anniversary of Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest lights festival that opens to the public from 5:00 to 10 p.m.  Nov. 27 through Jan. 3, 2015.

Reflections in the Park features more than 60 displays, including a wide array of objects, from a Concrete Mixer pouring out wrapped packages to the very popular 200' Tunnel of Lights to distinctively animated displays - all with LED lighting.

Upwards to 50,000 visitors view the massive Reflections in the Park event each year.

And one of those visitors is Santa Claus, who each year makes several visits to the park. Santa has indicated he will be at the park every Monday in December before Christmas - that means four trips this year. He will be there from 5 to 8 p.m. to personally greet visitors and offer candy canes to all youngsters – and even the family pet gets a special treat!

While the full name of the event is Reflections in the Park, "A Hillcrest Lights Festival", it is a "truly community event," according to event coordinator Sondra Bennett of Hillcrest.

Approximately 500 community volunteers put in over 3,500 hours making Reflections in the Park happen, from selling display to handling the promotions, while at the park, doing everything from set-up, to volunteering while the show is up and running, to taking down the displays when the show wraps up.

"We are so privileged to be in a city that allows us to use a city park for this show," Bennett said.  Show sponsors cover the cost of the event, and dollars raised support the 30-plus programs of Hillcrest Family Services. Located at 2005 Asbury Road in Dubuque, Hillcrest is a nonprofit human services agency that serves over 26,000 individuals across State of Iowa and beyond.

Tickets for Reflections in the Park are priced at $10 per vehicle at the gate. Discounted $8 tickets are available at all Dubuque Bank and Trust banking centers in Dubuque and East Dubuque and all Hillcrest Family Services locations throughout the event. Tickets also make a wonderful gift and come with gift card and envelope.

Additional details about Reflections can be obtained by calling Hillcrest at 563-583-7357 or toll free at 877-437-6333, or by sending an email to Sondra Bennett at sondra.bennett@hillcrest-fs.org.


Travel Program at Swiss Valley

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The Dubuque County Conservation Board will sponsor "Adventures on Lake Superior" with Darrin Siefken on Sunday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. at Swiss Valley Nature Center.

Join Darrin Siefken, owner of CrawDaddy Outdoors, as he takes you on a tour of some of his favorite places to backpack and paddle on or near Lake Superior. From kayaking at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Slate Islands Provincial Park, to backpacking at Porcupine Mountains State Park and Isle Royale National Park, you will get to see the great opportunities that exist for your next adventure. Darrin will show you his trip photos, maps and the gear that he takes to make these trips possible. So whether you are an armchair adventurer, an outdoor enthusiast, or a true adventurer, come check out the adventures that await you in the outdoors.

Visit www.dubuquecounty.org or call 563-556-6745 for more information.



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The Dubuque Museum of Art is proud to announce that the Museum's 40th annual art auction fundraiser will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the historic Hotel Julien. This year's auction is generously sponsored by American Trust, Conlon Construction, Dubuque Bank & Trust, Premier Bank, U.S. Bank, and East Dubuque Savings Bank.

The auction will feature 34 works of original art. Donating artists include Amethyst Barron, Beth Bird, John Bissell, Gail Chavenelle, Stephanie Failmezger, Robert Felderman, Delores Fortuna, Jaclyn Garlock, Stephen Gassman, Donna Gibson, Roy Haught, Connie Holms, Carl Johnson, Louise Kames, Alda Kaufman, Sharon Krapfl, Diego B. Lasansky, Nancy Lindsay, Nikolaus Miesing, Shannon Mulligan, Thomas Nakashima, Cynthia Nelms-Byrne, George Olson, Jillayn Pinchuk, Sandra Principe, Bob Rivoire, Amber Ruden, Ron Tigges, Lisa Towers, Gene Tully, Kurt Ullrich, Joey Wallis, Joan Webster-Vore, and Marcia Wegman.

New events during the very important pARTy will include having your portrait drawn by Will Pearsall or a caricature drawn by Derek Gunderson. Everyone attending the party can also participate in a group painting project - Take a Swipe at Art - to try out their skills at painting and just have fun with art!

The live auction, led again by professional charity auctioneer Mr. Jim Miller, who will be joined by special guest emcee Gene Tully, will feature incredible artwork as well as trips to Utah and the island of St. Thomas, gourmet dinners, a package that celebrates Dubuque's Main Street, a cooking class, a wagon full of wine, Chicago Black Hawk hockey tickets, and much, much more!

For those not able to attend the event but who still want to bid on items, the Museum is accepting advance phone bids on all items. The entire auction catalog will be available on the Museum's website, www.dbqart.com, Monday, Nov. 3.

Finally, this year also includes the Museum's 8th annual raffle featuring $15,000 in cash prizes, including a $10,000 grand prize and five $1,000 prizes. The Museum sells only 750 tickets and the drawing will be held at the Nov. 7 auction, although you need not be present to win. Tickets are still available, so call the Museum today for your chance to win.

Reservations for this very important pARTy can be made by calling or visiting the Dubuque Museum of Art in advance or admission can be paid at the door the night of the event. The cost for the event is $40 per person and includes admission, hors d'oeuvres buffet, and a hosted bar during the cocktail hour. The reception and silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the auction will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m.

This long-time event is one of Dubuque's most beloved and celebrated cultural gatherings of the year and is considered the kickoff gala of the holiday season. Funds raised from the auction and raffle go directly to support the Dubuque Museum of Art and its unique educational programs, regular events, 12-14 new exhibitions each year, and the care of its permanent collection including its world class Grant Wood and complete Edward S. Curtis photogravure collections.

Our educational programs include after school and summer classes for children. This year we conducted art therapy outreach programs for Maria House, Teresa Shelter, and Dubuque Nursing and Rehab. Each year we provide a special program called Arts Trek which serves all second graders in the city. Twice a year we offer six-week art history classes during the lunch hour. One of our most popular events is the Famous Dead Artists series. It is always a standing room only event. Every other year we exhibit high school students' works from our local high schools. The alternate year we hold our Biennial Juried Exhibition. These shows allow accomplished and aspiring artists to present their work in an accredited Museum.

Celebrating our 140th year, 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.

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.
Location: 701 Locust Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
Phone: (563)557-1851
Website: www.dbqart.com



Dubuque named one of world’s Smart21 Communities

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The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has named Dubuque as one of the world's Smart21 Communities of 2015. Dubuque is one of just five U.S. communities named to the list. This select group of communities will now be in contention for the prestigious designation of Intelligent Community of the Year in June 2015.

"We have started the search for Toronto's successor. More importantly, our analysts have selected 21 communities that have shown progress in their attempt to make the leap to Intelligent Community status. The Revolutionary Community theme for 2015 is perfect for this group," said Louis Zacharillo, ICF co-founder. "Not all of them are cities, towns or regions that people immediately think of as ‘tech cities.' Tech is not all there is to a great community. Some are aspirational but all have launched programs that are innovative, and will do something that most cities, towns and regions have been attempting since the broadband economy emerged: launch a successful and full-scale full revolt against brain drain and the creation of industries that will produce jobs."

ICF noted that last month the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the International Labour Organization detailed a growing job crisis. A report to G20 employment ministers stated that there is a sizeable job gap coupled with deterioration in the quality of jobs. Six hundred million jobs will be required in the next 15 years just to cope with an expanding population. One hundred million people are already unemployed.

The Smart21 Communities of 2015 is comprised of five communities from the United States, four communities from Australia, four communities from Taiwan, three communities from Canada, and one community each from Brazil, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya and New Zealand. Perhaps surprisingly, no European or Chinese community appears on this year's list. Thirteen communities reappeared on the list, with the ICF's first Kazakhstani city making the Smart21.

NOTE: The Intelligent Community Forum produced a video about the Smart21 for 2015. It can be viewed here - www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZo6o5TOch8

Intelligent Community Forum Smart21 Communities for 2015 (Community Country Population listed):

Arlington County, Va. U.S. 210,280
Astana Kazakhstan 832,000
Aurora, Ill. U.S. 203,008
Changhua County Taiwan 1,300,000
Columbus, Ohio U.S. 822,553
Dubuque, Iowa U.S. 58,253
Edmonton, Alberta Canada 877,926
Ipswich, Queensland Australia 185,000
Mitchell, S.D. U.S. 15,254
Nairobi County Kenya 3,380,000
New Taipei City Taiwan 3,959,855
Prospect, South Australia Australia 296,862
Rio de Janeiro Brazil 6,453,682
Sherbrooke, Quebec Canada 169,200
Shiojiri City Japan 67,824
Sunshine Coast Australia 278,202
Surrey, British Columbia Canada 502,000
Taitung County Taiwan 226,252
Taoyuan County Taiwan 2,050,600
Whanganui New Zealand 43,100
Whittlesea, Victoria Australia 186,368

The announcement of the Smart21 list was made on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the kickoff dinner for the third annual Intelligent Community Symposium at the Walsh University Institute for the Study of the Intelligent Community in North Canton, Ohio. The symposium attracts international experts in the fields of education, technology, and business to discuss successful strategies for building prosperous and sustainable communities. The event featured Google's Education Evangelist Jaimie Casap and Tim Jones, Toronto's legendary social entrepreneur and CEO of Artscape. Jones coined the phrase "placemaking" and helped foster a global practice in the field.

The symposium also marked the launch of the Institute's Leadership Academy, a course designed to educate students, community leaders and ICF movement "champions" on the Intelligent Community Indicators.

Evaluation of Intelligent Community Forum Awards Program nominations is based on the five Intelligent Community Indicators, which provide the conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community's competitiveness and point to its success in the broadband economy. In addition, the awards are guided by this year's theme, The Revolutionary Community, which focuses on the study of urban and regional planning and how it is impacting the way people live, work and create in their cities and towns. ICF released a white paper discussing the theme, which can be downloaded here.

The Smart21 Communities of 2015 will next provide more detailed data through an extensive questionnaire, which is evaluated by an independent research firm. The seven highest-scoring cities or regions will then be named the Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year, on January 22 in Taichung City, Taiwan, the 2013 Intelligent Community of the Year. In June of 2015, at an event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year, one community will be chosen to succeed Toronto as the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year.

About Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org), headquartered in New York, is a global movement of 134 cities, towns and regions. As an international think tank and foundation, ICF studies and promotes the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the new demands and seize the opportunities presented by information and communications technology (ICT). To help cities and towns build prosperous economies, solve social problems and enrich local cultures, the Intelligent Community Forum conducts research, hosts global events, publishes books, and produces its high-profile annual international awards program. The forum has two Institutes in North America dedicated to the study of the movement, with more institutes planned. Global leaders, thinkers, and media observers follow and participate in the ongoing global dialogue initiated by the Intelligent Community Forum.

In 2012, ICF was invited to participate at the Nobel Peace Prize conference in Oslo and in 2014, its model and work was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which, according to the American government, was "aimed at creating a more flexible and responsive system of workforce development to meet the needs of employers looking to fill 21st century jobs." The forum's foundation has an association made up of over 125 designated Intelligent Communities worldwide, which is represented by mayors and key civic leaders.

For more information, go to www.icf-foundation.org. For more details on the Intelligent Community Forum's recent publications and programs, visit www.intelligentcommunity.org



The 411 on ghosts

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While many people are content to limit their hunt for ghosts to Halloween, plenty of others devote their time to the study of the paranormal.

Parapsychology is the study of paranormal activity and beings, which may be intertwined with spectrology, or the study of ghosts and phantoms. Those who spend time studying ghosts and phenomena that defies explanation do so to get closer to the truth and better understand strange occurrences.

Differences between apparitions and ghosts
"Apparition" and "ghost" are often used interchangeably, but such usage is incorrect. The term "apparition" is used for any kind of visual, paranormal manifestation, while a "ghost" is just one type of apparition. Other apparitions may be inanimate objects, animals, lights, or orbs. Ghosts are defined as spiritual entities, which usually are human. Typically ghosts are conscious of themselves and their surroundings.

People have various explanations as to why ghosts continue to stick around long after their bodies have expired. Some may be comforting living relatives, while others may be seeking revenge. Ghosts may not understand they are actually dead and, as a result, may frequent the places they found most comforting while they were living. Some ghosts are confused and just don't know what is going on.

Seeing a ghost
Some people are simply more in tune with the paranormal world than others. Those with an open mind may have a better chance of crossing paths with a ghost and recognizing the encounter. Many ghost-hunting organizations and scientists capture electronic voice phenomena, or EVP, on tape as an indication that ghosts may be present.

Those interested in learning more about ghosts or those who hope to seek ghosts can explore the International Ghost Hunters Society, the Ghost Investigators Society or GEIST web for more information on EVP and ghost sightings.

Another way to potentially encounter a ghost is to visit an area where many people died suddenly, such as a former battlefield. According to Studies of the Paranormal, a person is more likely to encounter a ghost in a home or another building than at a cemetery.

According to experts, many ghosts are not around to harm others. However, poltergeists, which are another type of spirit or disembodied energy, can be destructive. Some believe they create loud noises, throw objects and even start fires.

Ghosts may be the subject matter of Halloween scary stories and movies, but plenty of people are convinced they are real and move among the living seen and unseen. Various organizations exist to study ghosts and other paranormal activity.


Prepare now for election day

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Elections decide the leadership that guides legislation and enforcement of regulations. The right to vote is something many people take for granted, but elsewhere in the world many people have no say with regard to their political leaders, which only emphasizes the importance of participating in the election process whenever you're afforded the opportunity to do so.

The first step to prepare for Election Day is to confirm your eligibility. Age, legal residency and citizenship status are just a few of the factors that may affect your eligibility to vote. County clerks, municipal offices as well as the Division of Motor Vehicles should have voter registration forms, and additional information is available online.

Voter registration may have to be filed several weeks to a month in advance of Election Day in order for you to be eligible. In the United States, when voter eligibility is in question at the time of an election, a person typically may cast a provisional vote, which will then be considered after other ballots are counted.

Once your eligibility has been verified, it is important to know the dates of key elections. Local newspapers often print schedules and this information can be found online as well. Various local and federal elections occur each year, and November is when national elections take place in the United States.

Before voting, voters should research the respective candidates for each election. To better understand candidates' platforms, visit their websites as well as those of nonpartisan political organizations, such as The League of Women Voters. Deciding who to vote for requires more than just siding with a particular political party. Read as much as you can on the candidates' beliefs, concerns and voter history. This will help you make the best decision possible.

In the days leading up to Election Day, confirm your polling location and voting options. USA.gov advises that if you need special assistance, contact your local elections office for information, advice, and educational materials about voting equipment and details on access to the polling place, including designated parking.

Understand that voter intimidation is illegal. Never feel obligated to vote for one candidate because you felt bullied into doing so. Your vote should remain private unless you want to share your choice with others.

Keep in mind that, in addition to voting for candidates, you may be asked to answer additional questions about issues impacting your local community. These are called ballot measures. A voter guide also may include information about certain issues that will require your vote.

Elections are on the horizon and preparing now can help voters make educated and sound choices at the polls.


Cold weather riding tips for bikers

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The arrival of cooler temperatures means motorcycle enthusiasts should have a plan in place for their vehicles. Although fall sees many riders pack their bikes into the garage to wait out the winter, many others see no reason to quit the great outdoors just because colder weather is on the way.

No matter which path riders take and when they take it, preparation is essential when riding motorcycles. Here are a few pointers for riders to consider once the leaves have started to change color.

Layer up
Layering clothing is a key component of riding a motorcycle in colder temperatures. Many people are not very active on the back of a bike, so they will not generate enough heat on their own. Layering clothing will take the bite out of frosty winds and any precipitation that happens to be falling.

Layer clothing so that you will feel comfortable, maybe even a bit warm when you are just standing around outdoors. A first layer of thermal or fleece is a good idea. Then layer other materials as needed for comfort. Just do not wear so many layers that your mobility is compromised. If layers are not keeping you warm enough, invest in heated clothing.

The outermost layer you wear should be weather- and wind-resistant. Wind chill can quickly sap your energy and cut your ride considerably. Leather clothing will fit the bill in most cases, but a rain suit or some other waterproof material also may be necessary at times.

Leaves can be a significant hazard to riders in the fall. Damp leaves can make a slippery mess of roads, particularly on turns and curves.

Avoid all piles of leaves, as you do not know what may be hiding beneath them. Consider wet leaves as dangerous as black ice, as soggy leaves can be just as slippery.

Salt and sand
Road maintenance crews will use sand and salt to keep roads clear when snow and ice forms. Avoid riding on salty roads because the salt can corrode chrome and paint. If you choose to do any winter riding, apply a coat of wax to all parts of the motorcycle before going for a ride. This will help protect it and enable any salt to be easily wiped off after riding.

Standing water
If it rains or snows lightly after an extended period of dryness, oils in the road can come to the surface, making roads quite slick. In addition, stay on the lookout for puddles and other standing water. While motorcycle tires are good for displacing water, they still can hydroplane. Stay focused when riding on wet surfaces.

Foraging animals
One potential hazard riders may not consider is wildlife. Harvested crops reduce easy food sources, and animals may be on the move looking for food. Deer can be pushed out of fields by hunters. A collision with a deer can damage a car, never mind a motorcycle. Always use caution in rural areas, particularly at dawn and dusk.

If you choose to store your bike when the weather starts to get cold, remember to put a fuel stabilizer in the tank, fill the tank with gas and hook the battery up to a battery tender. This will ensure the bike is ready to hit the road when the temperatures warm up.


Winterize to safeguard your home from harsh weather

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year marked by welcoming cooler temperatures and the natural beauty of leaves changing colors. Autumn also has a tendency to fly by, as if the powerful weather of winter simply cannot wait to make its presence felt.

With such a seemingly short time between the end of summer and the dawn of winter, homeowners know they don't have too many weekends in between to prepare their homes for the potentially harsh months ahead. But such preparation, often referred to as "winterizing," can make a home more comfortable when the mercury dips below freezing, while saving homeowners substantial amounts of money along the way.

• Clean the gutters. Leaves falling in fall can be a beautiful sight to behold, but many of those leaves are likely finding their way into your gutters, where they can lodge and cause a host of problems down the road. If the leaves and additional debris, such as twigs and dirt, that pile up in your gutters are not cleared out before the first winter storm, the results can be costly and even catastrophic.

Winter rain and snowfall need a place to go upon hitting your roof, and gutters facilitate the travel of such precipitation from your roof into street-level drainage systems. If gutters are backed up with leaves and other debris, then ice dams may form, forcing water to seep in through the roof. That damage can be costly and can even cause the roof to collapse inward in areas with heavy snowfall. Clean gutters throughout the fall, especially if your property has many trees, and be sure to check gutters one last time before the arrival of winter.

• Tend to your attic. Homeowners who have attics in their homes might want to add some extra insulation up there, especially those who recall feeling cold inside their homes last winter, which is often a telltale sign of improper insulation in a home. A good rule of thumb when determining if your attic needs more insulation is to look for the ceiling joists. If you can see the joists, then you need more insulation.

• Address leaky windows and doors. Sometimes attic insulation is not the culprit when it comes to a cold home. Oftentimes, leaky windows and doors are the real bad guys in a drafty home. Fall is a great time to inspect for leaky windows and doors, as the wind outside can serve as your partner. When the wind outside is blowing, take a tour of your home's windows and doorways, standing next to them to determine if there are any holes or leaks that are letting outdoor air inside. If you notice any leaks beneath exterior doors, install some door sweeps to keep outdoor air where it belongs. Leaks around windows can be snuffed out with caulk or weather stripping.

• Test the furnace. Homeowners typically do not devote much thought to their furnaces in spring, summer and fall. But with winter on the horizon, fall is the time to test the furnace to make sure it's ready for the months ahead. Expect a somewhat foul yet brief odor to appear when starting the furnace. That odor should dissipate shortly, but if it does not go away, then your furnace is likely in need of repair. But even if the smell does not stick around, you might want to have the furnace cleaned by a professional anyway. Such cleanings ensure the furnace works efficiently throughout the winter.

• Clean the garage. You might not mind parking in the driveway during the warmer months of the year, but why subject your vehicles to harsh winter weather if you don't have to? Clean the garage in the fall so you have an indoor parking spot throughout the winter season. Protecting your car from the elements can add years to its life and also saves you the trouble of digging your car out of the snow.

Fall is a time of year for homeowners to spend a weekend or two preparing their homes for the often harsh weather that awaits when winter arrives.


Properly maintained headlights vastly improve driver safety

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The importance of maintaining a vehicle cannot be understated. In addition to protecting their financial investments, drivers who properly maintain their vehicles are also protecting themselves and their passengers.

Many elements of vehicle maintenance become second nature to drivers once they have a few months of driving under their belts. Oil changes, routine checkups and periodic vehicle inspections can keep cars running smoothly and safely on the road. But few drivers remember to maintain their headlights, a potentially dangerous oversight that can compromise the safety of drivers and their fellow motorists.

Old or poorly maintained headlights can be hazardous for a variety of reasons. When coupled with inclement weather, outdated or dirty headlights can make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and other vehicles. In addition, drivers who struggle to see at night may find their visibility further compromised by older headlights that don't provide the light they need to navigate their vehicles safely once the sun has gone down.

Because headlights can have such a dramatic impact on driver safety, it's important that motorists take the following steps to maintain their headlamps.

• Recognize when bulbs start to dim. As headlight bulbs age, their light output is reduced by the effects of humidity, electrical resistance, filament fatigue, and general usage. The result is dim bulbs that make it difficult for motorists young and old to see when driving at twilight and at night, when a driver's visual acuity is naturally reduced by 70 percent. Drivers should pay attention to how their headlights are performing, replacing any bulbs that are no longer providing adequate light.

• Don't just replace but upgrade your headlight bulbs. Bulbs that have started to dim need to be replaced, but auto enthusiasts or maintenance-savvy drivers know they can upgrade their bulbs when replacing them. Industry experts recommend replacing headlamp bulbs every two years, and replacing them in pairs to make sure the vehicle's lighting is equally balanced. But rather than sticking with the bulbs provided by the car maker, look for a bulb that makes it easier to see at night and during hazardous conditions. The Philips Upgrade Headlights put more light on the road, helping to make up for poor weather, dimly lit roads, aging headlights, and even the loss of night vision many drivers experience as they age. Capable of providing up to 100 percent more light than the standard halogen bulbs found on the majority of vehicles today, Upgrade Headlights create a better beam pattern that is dramatically longer than the standard bulbs, vastly improving driver vision and safety.

• Buy the bulbs that match your driving habits. Some drivers spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel while others use their cars or trucks only to run errands or make short trips. When replacing bulbs that have dimmed, be sure to choose a bulb that fits your driving habits. Philips makes a headlight bulb for every type of driver, be it the daily commuter, the soccer mom or those drivers who only rarely take to the highway. Philips even makes a special headlamp for motorcycles that creates a unique orange reflection that helps distinguish the motorcycle from other vehicles on the road.

Numerous studies have shown that roughly one-third of auto accidents occur at night, when driver visibility is most compromised. So in addition to maintaining their headlights, drivers should take the following steps to improve their visibility.

• Keep wiper blades fresh. Wiper blades should be changed every three months, as they can become brittle over time and, depending on their frequency of use, can wear out, especially on older vehicles with pitting on the windshield. When inspecting the wiper blades, remember to inspect your windshield washer as well, making sure that the washers are operating effectively and that the washer fluid basin has been refilled.

• Avoid hanging items that compromise visibility. Many drivers like to hang trinkets, fuzzy dice or personal photos from their vehicles' rearview mirrors. Avoid hanging such items, which can prove distracting and restrict your view of the road.

• Clean the interior glass and mirrors. Dirty interior glass and mirrors make it difficult for drivers to see fellow motorists, so make removing any film buildup on such surfaces part of your routine vehicle maintenance.

More information is available at www.philips.com/automotive.


Dubuque Leaf Disposal Options

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Because autumn has officially arrived and the leaves have begun to fall, the City of Dubuque is reminding residents of their options for leaf and yard debris disposal.

As part of the City's April-November collection service, leaves and other yard waste may be placed in paper yard waste bags that display a single-use yard waste sticker, a rigid solid waste container with either a single-use yard waste sticker looped on the handle or a City 2014 annual yard waste decal, or, in City yard debris tipper carts. Brush and limbs can be bundled with a City of Dubuque brush tie or twine and an attached single-use yard waste sticker.

Bags and containers may not exceed 35 gallons in capacity or 40 pounds in weight. Plastic bags containing yard waste will not be collected.

Paper yard waste bags, single-use yard waste stickers, and brush ties are available in most grocery, hardware, and discount stores throughout the city. Single-use yard waste stickers are available at area retailers on sheets of five for $6.50. Brush ties cost $1.30 each.

Seasonal, regular-route yard waste collection ends Saturday, Nov. 29. From December through March, Thursday collections of yard waste and food scraps may be scheduled by calling (563) 589-4250 or submitting a request through the City's website, www.cityofdubuque.org.

Mulch mowing and backyard composting are also economical and beneficial leaf management options. Leaf burning and raking or blowing your leaves into the street are prohibited and subject to fines.

Leaf rake-out collections by appointment are offered through Wednesday, Nov. 26. These collections must be scheduled in advance by calling (563) 589-4250. Appointments must be made before raking into a gutter area. Acceptable items in the leaf rake-out include loose leaves, pine needles, and pine cones. Grass, brush, plants, and rocks are not accepted.

Leaf piles should be placed in the street at the curb no sooner than the day before the scheduled appointment. Crews cannot enter private property or alleys to collect a leaf rake-out. Vehicles must not be parked on the street within 10 feet of the leaf pile. Utilities such as fire hydrants, utility boxes, or storm sewer catch basins should not be covered. A $20 minimum charge is added to a caller's utility bill for a 40 bag equivalent rake-out pickup.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250 or visit www.cityofdubuque.org/publicworks.


City Awarded Fifth REAP Grant for Bike/Hike Trail

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On Oct. 9, 2014, the Iowa Natural Resources Commission approved the City of Dubuque's $200,000 grant application for Phase 5 of the Iowa 32 (Northwest Arterial) Bike/Hike Trail.

Dubuque's application ranked second out of 13 large cities applying for Fiscal Year 2015 funds from the Resource Enhancement and Protection program, or REAP.

Phase 5 of the project will connect the Iowa 32 (Northwest Arterial) Bike/Hike Trail to the Bergfeld Recreation Area, located on Chavenelle Road. The estimated total cost for Phase 5 is $200,000. Construction is planned for 2015-2016.

The trail will begin at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Iowa 32 and will extend southerly along the west side of Iowa 32 right-of-way to the intersection of Chavenelle Road and Iowa 32. The trail then will extend westerly along Chavenelle Road as bike lanes (sharrows) through the Dubuque Industrial Center to the Bergfeld Recreation Area. The trail then will connect with the existing trails in the recreation area through ADA-accessible ramps to the historic Dubuque & Dunlieth Bridge, thus completing the recreation area's trail network with access to the historic bridge.

REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect Iowa's natural and cultural resources. Fifteen percent of REAP funds are set aside for grants to cities for projects that help establish natural areas and encourage outdoor recreation and resource management. In its 25 years, REAP has benefited every county in Iowa by supporting 14,535 projects. REAP has funded these projects with $264 million in state investments, leveraging two to three times the amount in private, local and federal dollars.

Collectively, these projects have improved the quality of life for all Iowans with better soil and water quality; added outdoor recreation opportunities; sustained economic development; enhanced knowledge and understanding of our ecological and environmental assets, and preservation of our cultural and historic treasures.

REAP has benefited the City of Dubuque greatly since 1997, with over $2.1 million from 11 REAP grants invested in building off-road trails throughout the community and expanding the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Area at the Mines of Spain.

To view a project map and list of REAP grants visit www.cityofdubuque.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4574


How to prevent winter soil erosion

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Acres upon acres of landscape may be under siege this winter, and not by foraging animals looking for food. Soil erosion is a significant problem when the temperatures dip, as snowstorms and wind can blow unprotected soil away. What's more, when warmer weather returns, even more soil may erode from spring melt and runoff.

Unprotected soil that is exposed to wet and windy weather can quickly deteriorate. Especially harsh winter weather can cause soil to break down, subjecting the soil to erosive forces. Soil loss is wasteful and can compromise landscapes, leaving lawns and gardens susceptible to further damage. To combat poorly performing gardens, landscapers may have to rely more heavily on chemical fertilizers and supplements, neither of which is an especially eco-friendly alternative.

Rather than reacting to the problem of soil erosion, homeowners can take proactive steps to protect soil before winter weather has a chance to wreak havoc. Composting can protect and improve soil conditions throughout the winter season.

Some people see gardening as a spring and summer activity. However, by making gardening a year-round effort - and choosing plants for all seasons - homeowners can protect landscapes and provide hardy habitats for wildlife.

Speak with a landscaping professional about which plants are hardy enough to survive through the fall and winter seasons. Certain ornamental bushes and shrubs can thrive in colder temperatures. Root vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, are viable in the winter months. Many people plant flower bulbs in early winter to protect the soil and to enjoy vibrant color upon the arrival of spring.

If your goal is to plant a placeholder for spring crops or plants, cover plants, such as rye, are an ideal winter protection crop. Rye will remain rooted into spring and then can be mulched into a soil amendment.

Another solution is to use leaves and other compost matter to cover naked soil until planting resumes. The compost will be heavy enough to stay in place and will add healthy soil nutrients, including potassium, phosphorous and nitrogen, as it decomposes. Place a breathable soil fabric on the compost to help slow decomposition. Soil fabric also can be used elsewhere to protect soil and plants where thick layers of compost may not be practical.

Some home landscapers and gardeners may overlook the importance of preventing soil erosion during the winter. But preventing such erosion can protect resources and guarantee a landscape that is ready to thrive when spring planting season returns.


Falling leaves present a beautiful safety hazard

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Watching leaves turn brilliant shades of color and fall from the trees is a favorite activity each fall. Drivers travel near and far to witness spectacular and colorful displays of fall foliage, hoping to catch the peak hues in their respective areas of the country.

While falling leaves can be a sight to behold, those leaves can become a nuisance to drivers in various ways. Understanding certain inconveniences and safety risks posed by falling leaves can help motorists protect their vehicle and themselves.

Leaves can do more than just stain driveways; they also can damage a vehicle's paint job. Should wet leaves, sap and other chemicals that leach out of the leaves stay on a car for an extended period of time, they can cause an outline stain and damage to the paint.

It's important to manually pick leaves off of the car's surface right after they fall. Do not sweep them away; otherwise the leaves can scratch the paint surface. When all the leaves have been removed, thoroughly wash and dry the vehicle.

Should stains be present already, use a commercial leaf-stain remover or automotive paint cleaner. Tackle one stain at a time.

Leaves that fall can become trapped in air intake vents, eventually impeding flow and causing odors. Leaves that fall in the groove of the windshield by the windshield wipers should be removed. Use a high-powered shop vacuum to remove any leaves that are imbedded in the venting.

Check other areas of the car where leaves can become problematic, such as under the vehicle or in the rear exhaust pipe.

Slippery surfaces
The Car Care Council notes that wet leaves on the surface of roadways can be hazardous. Wet leaves can make roadways quite slippery, even as slippery as roadways when snow is falling. Drivers should slow down when roads are covered with wet leaves and take turns and off-ramps more carefully.

Dry leaves also can pose problems, as they tend to accumulate at the edges of roads, where they easily can obscure curbs or street markings. Leaves may fill potholes, giving the false impression that a road is smooth and causing damage to tires and suspension systems when drivers drive over them.

Autumn leaves may be beautiful to see, but they can complicate driving and fall car care. Motorists should keep their cars clear of leaves and use caution on roadways.


Key to cooking with pumpkins

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Autumn is ripe with vibrant colors and scenery. One of the more vivid sights this time of year are the bright, orange pumpkins that adorn walkways and front porches of homes and businesses. Not only are pumpkins ideal for decorating, but they're also great to eat.

Some people who plan to carve jack-o-lanterns mistakenly believe the same type of pumpkin can be used in their favorite recipes. But what carving pumpkins have in visual flair, they usually lack in flavor and substance. Instead, would-be pumpkin cookers should look to other varieties if they plan to serve pumpkin on the menu.

Pumpkins are available from September through December, but they peak in October. Many smaller pumpkins are better and sweeter for cooking. Mini pumpkins, sugar, cheese, and pie pumpkins are varieties commonly used in recipes. The big jack-o-lantern pumpkins have stringy, watery flesh and will provide little to no pulp for cooking.

Select a pumpkin as you would any other type of squash. Look for a firm pumpkin with no bruises or soft spots. The pumpkin also should have a deep orange color. Store pumpkins in a cool, dark area until ready for use to prolong freshness. Wash the exterior of the pumpkin in cool water before cutting to remove any dirt and bacteria on the surface of the pumpkin so it won't be transferred to the pulp of the pumpkin.

Slice the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds and any stringy material. Rinse and save the seeds for planting or roasting. Put the pumpkin pieces in the microwave to cook or you can steam or bake them until the pulp is soft and the pumpkin falls off of the skin. Cool the pumpkins, then puree the pulp until it's smooth. You may want to strain the pureed pumpkin with a cheese cloth to remove any excess water before using in a pie recipe. Baked breads may benefit from the extra moisture.

Pumpkins are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. They're also low in fat and calories. Pumpkin puree can replace the oil in some baking recipes, much as you would use applesauce.


Alpin Hong Residency

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The Dubuque Arts Council's "Artist in Residence" program welcomes Alpin Hong, pianist. He will be available to perform in 12 schools Nov. 10-14, 2014.

Rooted in extensive classical training and a background in skateboarding, snowboarding, martial arts, and video games, Alpin Hong is a creative force unmatched in his youthful vivacity and boundless energy. His astonishing ability to connect to people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds distinguishes him and shapes his evolving performance style.

Mr Hong's uniquely humorous and visionary approach to arts education has resulted in artistic residencies worldwide. His combination of stunning technique, emotional range, and rare humor continues to bring audiences young and old to their feet.

Alpin Hong is a native of Michigan and made his orchestral debut, as a pianist, with the Kalamazoo Symphony at the age of ten. He moved to Los Angeles soon after and garnered many competition victories at a young age. Whirlwind American tours and performances across the globe have earned pianist Alpin Hong the reputation as a modern day Pied Piper.


Make the most of road trips to enjoy fall foliage

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Jaunts to view fall foliage are popular excursions come autumn. The vivid color on display in forests and parks is simply too much for many motorists to resist.

Though nature's beauty is often on display regardless of geography, some locales tend to boast more beauteous backdrops and picturesque landscapes than others. The key is to visit during peak viewing times.

Leaves begin to change earlier in the northernmost latitudes. For example, much of Canada and portions of the northern United States begin to witness changes in foliage in late September, whereas regions farther south must wait until October to see those changes. Mid-October is when peak times are most prevalent for the greatest portion of the United States. Travelers in North Dakota and Wyoming can view fall foliage at this time. Autumn coloring persists until late October and early November in certain areas, including the southeastern and central regions of the United States.

When planning a road trip to see fall foliage, pay attention to local weather and foliage reports. Remember, road trips are quite popular this time of year, and municipal parks may be quite crowded on the weekends. If you can spare time off during the week, it may work to your advantage to cruise around when traffic is less congested. Bring along maps or a GPS system so that you can travel to multiple areas.

Autumn leaves can be enjoyed from a car, but they are equally enjoyable when experienced on a hiking trip. Pack a bagged lunch and picnic in a quiet spot, and you're bound to spot squirrels and other wildlife gathering up food reserves in preparation for the winter weather.

While the foliage is impressive enough on its own, the science behind this awesome display of color is something to behold as well. During the spring and summer, leaves produce most of the food necessary for the tree's growth. Cells inside of the leaves contain chlorophyll, which absorbs sunlight, turning it into sugars and starch that the tree uses for food. In addition to green chlorophyll, other pigments specific to the types of trees are present. These pigments are generally masked by the large amount of chlorophyll present during warm weather.

When autumn arrives, changes in the duration of sunlight result in the gradual decrease of chlorophyll and the breakdown of residual chlorophyll in the leaves as the trees prepare to stop food production for the cold hibernation. Other chemical changes take place as the leaves prepare for winter, and these mix with chlorophyll residue to produce various shades of colors. Weather, light and water supply will influence the shades of colors as well. Rainy weather makes them more vivid.

While the colors are appearing, a special layer of cells develops, and this layer gradually severs the tissues of the leaf from the branches before the leaves fall to the ground.

The best days to see leaves are those days that are cool and dry. Leaves that fall on roadways and are dampened by rain can be very slippery, so it is important to exercise caution while driving.


Memorialize a Loved One at the 20th Annual Reflections in the Park

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Work on the 20th annual Reflections in the Park is well underway with volunteers making adjustments to the lights and selling displays.

After seeing 10,812 cars and 43,678 visitors at the 2013 Reflections in the Park, Hillcrest Family Services is poised to continue setting records at its annual Louis Murphy Park lights display. As we celebrate the 20th year for Reflections in the Park, visitors will see many new displays, as well as the option to participate in the featured Memory Lane.

Memory Lane is an opportunity for you to remember your loved one(s) in a special way during the Christmas Holidays at Reflections in the Park. It will feature an arch with "Memory Lane" in lights at the end of the lane which is lined with starlit street lights that will represent your loved ones. Those being remembered in Memory Lane will have their name printed in the 2014 Reflections in the Park booklet.

Reflections in the Park, a Hillcrest Family Services charitable event, is planned, marketed, set up, operated, and deconstructed entirely by volunteers providing over 3,500 hours of their time. Volunteers and sponsors help make Reflections in the Park a significant form of funding for the 30+ programs and over 26,000 people served by Hillcrest Family Services.

For more information about Memory Lane, please contact Sondra Bennett at sondra.bennett@hillcrest-fs.org or call 563-583-7357 ext. 245.


Deer Hunting Season Opens

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Iowa's deer hunting seasons begin Oct. 1 when the archery deer hunting season opens. Archery deer hunting is permitted at the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area again during the 2014-2015 deer hunting seasons. Iowa's bow season is Oct. 1 through Dec. 5, and then opens again Dec. 22 through Jan. 10, 2015. Hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

Hunting at the Mines of Spain is open in certain zones. Areas that you cannot hunt include:

1) The E.B. Lyons Interpretive Area down to Granger Creek;

2) The new land adjacent to the E.B. Lyons Center;

3) The Julien Dubuque Monument Area bordered by the railroad tracks, park road and Catfish Creek;

4) Area at the south entrance between the two upper parking lots and towards the river;

5) an area west of HWY 151 and along Marjo Hills Road.

Maps are available at the park office or at www.minesofspain.org under maps.

While deer hunting is in progress all other users are allowed in the park. Hikers, hunters, skiers, birders, and other outdoor users will be out in the park for a variety of reasons. All visitors in the park should respect the use of others. The park is here for everyone to use, but consider the following safety suggestions.

• Those not hunting should consider alternate locations if hunters are visible.

• Those hunting should consider alternate hunting areas if hikers, etc. are known to be in the area.

• Non-hunters should wear orange apparel that is visible at 360 degrees.

• Leave a note on your vehicle that you are hunting or hiking/skiing/other.

• All dogs are required to be on leash at all times, but have pets wear orange during hunting seasons.

• Hunters, consider not using trails. Select another way to the hunting spot

• Non-hunters, consider staying on trails and not venturing off trail.

• Leave the park as you found it or better - LEAVE NO TRACE.

• Call park office or 911 if you witness illegal activity.

• Remember, you are not the only person in the park. BE ALERT.

For more information on hunting and seasons in Iowa go to www.iowadnr.gov. For maps or other information about hunting in the Mines of Spain Recreation Area call the park office at 563-556-0620.


Injury prevention tips for school-aged athletes

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The new school year is an exciting time for school-aged youngsters. Though many kids may not look forward to homework or getting up early, a new school year is often exciting for young athletes who long to get back on the playing fields and compete with their teammates.

As valuable and exciting as participating in team sports can be, it can just as easily prove dangerous for athletes who aren't prepared for the rigors of physical activity.

A summer spent lounging poolside might be just what kids need after a long school year, but that relaxation can put youngsters in jeopardy of suffering an injury when they return to team sports in the fall. Many a young athlete has pulled a hamstring or suffered a shin splint when returning to athletic competition after a long layoff. But such injuries are largely preventable, and the following tips can help school-aged athletes ensure their return to competition is as painless as it is pleasurable.

• Condition your muscles in the weeks heading up to tryouts or the start of the sports season. Athletes must start conditioning their muscles early. Discuss with your parents, coaches and physicians which muscles you will be working when playing a particular sport. Adults should help you develop a conditioning program that gets the right muscle groups ready for the rigors of your sport. A properly conditioned athlete has a much lesser risk of injury than one who is not. Your offseason conditioning program should begin slowly and gradually grow more challenging as you draw closer to the sports season.

• Stretch, stretch, stretch. Always stretch your muscles before any strenuous activities, whether it's an offseason conditioning program or an in-season competition. Stretching significantly reduces your risk of injury and can improve your performance on the field.

• Get geared up. The right gear is essential for young athletes looking to avoid injury. Though summer might seem tailor-made for flip-flops, such footwear should never be worn when exercising and preparing for the coming sports season. Athletic shoes specific to your sport are made to provide the support you will need as you train and compete. The same goes for the clothing you should wear when getting ready for the season. Wear the appropriate athletic attire to reduce your risk of injury.

• Weight train in the presence of your coaches or parents. Many athletes begin weight training for the first time when they are in high school. Weight training can be beneficial to young athletes, but such athletes should never lift weights unsupervised. Parents, trainers and coaches can explain the equipment to young athletes while ensuring they don't overdo it in the weight room. Lifting too much weight or having bad form when weightlifting can cause serious injury that can sideline youngsters for the coming season, if not longer. So young athletes should always weight train in the presence of an adult and always work with a spotter to help them should they struggle to finish a repetition.

• Don't try to match your fellow athletes. The human body develops differently for everyone. Young athletes must recognize that there's a chance their classmates and teammates may be developing more quickly than they are. These classmates may be more capable of performing certain physical activities. For example, a teammate might be able to lift more weight than you. Do not try to match your fellow athletes if your body is uncomfortable performing a certain exercise. If you must endure substantial pain to perform a given exercise, then your body is likely telling you it simply isn't ready for that exercise. Don't force the body to do something just to keep up with your teammates.

• Take a break. Even if you rested for most of summer, you still will need to rest when you begin getting ready for the upcoming athletic season. Take at least one day off per week to allow your body to recover and recharge. Your body needs that recovery time to reduce its risk of injury.

School-aged athletes often look forward to a new school year as a chance to get back on the playing fields. But such athletes should emphasize safe training as the season draws closer.


Lost Mound Deer Hunt Applications Extended

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.