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Port of Dubuque Marina Receives Clean Marina Certification

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The Port of Dubuque Marina has been designated a "Certified Clean Marina" for its environmentally clean facilities and compliance of best practices in protecting waterways from pollution.

In December 2014, City of Dubuque staff partnered with the Wisconsin Marine Association (WMA) to achieve certification since Iowa does not have a clean marina certification process. To become a Certified Clean Marina, facilities must pass an on-site inspection that verifies adoption of all required practices. Examples of good management practices include preventing and cleaning up fuel spills, reducing hazardous waste generation, proper chemical storage and disposal, recycling waste, managing stormwater, and improving vessel maintenance practices.

Benefits of the Certified Clean Marina designation include recognition as an environmentally responsible business, cost savings, fewer pollutants, and a safer facility for employees, contractors, and patrons. A certificate and flag will be presented at the next WMA Conference in December 2015. City staff will schedule a presentation to the City Council in January 2016.

The Port of Dubuque Marina is open seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through October and features 70 transient boat slips with water and electrical connections, a fuel dock, sanitary pump-out facilities, landside amenities, and a ship store. For more information, visit www.portofdubuquemarina.com.


Turtles – Characteristics, Conservation Challenges and Remedies

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Chris Braig Memorial Program, featuring Rebecca Christoffel

Please join the Dubuque County Conservation Board on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 1:00 pm at the Swiss Valley Nature Center for the fun and interesting program Turtles – Characteristics, Conservation Challenges and Remedies.

This program is brought to you by the Chris Braig Memorial Fund and features Rebecca Christoffel, the Founder and President of Snake Conservation Society (SCS). She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife Ecology from University of Wisconsin - Madison and her Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. Prior to founding SCS, Rebecca served as the Wildlife Extension Biologist at Iowa State University for five years.

Turtles are unique in the animal kingdom, possessing both an external and internal skeleton and, of course, their fabulous shells! In this family-friendly program, we'll explore the traits that make turtles so captivating and unique as a group, current conservation challenges facing turtles, and actions we can take to help conserve local and more distant turtle populations. This program will feature a Powerpoint presentation, props, artifacts and live animals.


Dubuque Museum of Art Announces Ruttenberg Exhibition-Related Programs and Special Events

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Fall River Cruises

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Take a cruise on the Spirit of Dubuque to experience a nostalgic and authentic dual paddlewheel ride with a picturesque view of fall foliage. Dubuque River Rides offers daily opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Mississippi.

A 4-hour Fall Color Luncheon Cruise starts at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12 or 19, Wednesday, Oct. 7 or 14, or Saturday, Oct. 10 or 17. Or enjoy a 2-hour Historic Lunch Cruise starting at 11:30 a.m. daily (except Oct. 10, 12, 14, 17 & 19).

Cruises leave from the 3rd Street Ice Harbor Port of Dubuque.

Ph. 563-583-8093 or visit www.dubuqueriverrides.com for more information.


City Seeking Input on Accessibility Issues

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The City of Dubuque is reaching out to residents who may face difficulties getting to and accessing City-owned facilities and properties. The goal is to learn more about their experiences to then prioritize available funding according to need. Accessibility around programs and services will be the focus in 2016.

City staff from the building services, engineering, human rights, leisure services, and transit departments and City Attorney's Office are coordinating efforts to connect with members of the community most likely to face accessibility challenges, especially the elderly, mobility-challenged and disabled, and those dependent on public transportation. Invitations have been sent and other outreach efforts are underway to encourage the public to share their experiences and input.

The public is invited to attend a meeting on this topic on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Hills and Dales Community Center, 3505 Stoneman Rd.

Additionally, input can be submitted through questionnaires available at:
City Hall, Building Services Department, 50 W. 13th St.;
Carnegie-Stout Public Library Reference Desk, 360 W. 11th St.;
Hills and Dales Community Center, 3505 Stoneman Rd.;
Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave.; and the
Leisure Services Department, 2200 Bunker Hill Rd.

The questionnaire can also be completed or downloaded at www.cityofdubuque.org/ADA. Submissions are requested by Oct. 18, 2015.

Information gathered will be used to better understand community needs related to accessibility and to assist the City in planning to address issues and prioritizing available funds. Findings will be published in a report scheduled to be issued in December. The report will also outline plans for the next phase of the efforts to address accessibility issues.

For additional information, contact City of Dubuque ADA Inspector Gary Blosch at 563-690-6040 or gblosch@cityofdubuque.org.



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The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival will host a costume contest and screening of the Disney film "Hocus Pocus" on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Grand Opera House, 135 W. 8th St.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the costume contest is from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Participants in the costume contest must be in the lobby of the theater before 4 p.m. to be considered.

"Hocus Pocus" will be screened at 4:30 p.m. The 1993 Disney film stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as witch sisters who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. It is up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.

"This is such a fun Halloween movie and it continues to be popular years after it was released," said Susan Gorrell, executive director of the film festival. "We thought this would be a fun way to get in the spirit of Halloween."

The family-friendly event will also include goodie bags and prizes. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at www.thegrandoperahouse.com or at the door.

For continuously updated information, visit www.julienfilmfest.com.



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More than 500 residents from Dubuque joined the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's® and united in a movement to reclaim the future for millions on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Medline and the Bergfeld Recreation Area. Participants raised more than $86,000 to fund Alzheimer's care, support and research programs.

Walk to End Alzheimer's participants did more than complete the 1 or 2.5 mile walk. They learned about Alzheimer's disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities, clinical studies and support programs and services. The event also included an emotional tribute by Jim Theisen who presented the Alzheimer's Association with the final amount for their ‘Forget Me Not' campaign, raising over $40,000.

Alzheimer's disease is a growing epidemic and the nation's sixth-leading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today's more than 5 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050. In Iowa alone, there are 63,000 people living with Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, the Alzheimer's Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer's Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer's. Together, we can end Alzheimer's - the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Alzheimer's Association®

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's research, care and support. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. Visit alz.org® or call 800.272.3900.


Girl Scouts Give 100,000+ Hours of Service

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Girl Scouts impact communities in a major way

Girl Scouts has a long history of encouraging girls to improve their communities, and in just one year, girls in eastern Iowa and western Illinois have reached out to those in need and recorded 109,872 hours of service.

"Volunteering is a major cornerstone of Girl Scouts and we are so excited to have our girls, troops, and families give back to their communities in overwhelming numbers," says Angela Ventris, Director of Programs.

Many great community service projects were formed by members like Gold Award recipient Emily Schaefer. She created a student organization at her high school dedicated to community service. The organization completed a variety of projects, including visiting a nursing home to help with yard work.

"Volunteering allows me not only the opportunity to give back to my community, but to experience new situations," she says. "I am fortunate to be able to give back to my community and I feel it is my duty to do so."

In the photo accompanying this story, Girl Scouts from Geneseo, Atkinson, and Annawan, Illinois, created drawstring bags from pillowcases for children at their local Department of Children and Family services. The girls wanted to provide children who must be relocated quickly with a personal and positive bag to hold their belongings.


More Public Input Sought for Dubuque Arts and Cultural Master Plan

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The City of Dubuque invites the public to provide input as work continues on an arts and cultural master plan for the community. Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend a public input meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave.

Residents and stakeholders unable to attend the meeting can provide input through a brief online master plan survey accessible at www.cityofdubuque.org/artsandculture and the City's arts and culture Facebook page, www.facebook.com/artsandcultureDBQ.

The City of Dubuque began the process to develop an arts and culture master plan in April. The City's Economic Development Department and the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs are working with consultants from Lord Cultural Resources to develop the plan with significant input and direction from Dubuque's Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, stakeholders representing local arts and cultural organizations, and the community at-large. A draft plan will be shared with the public later this year before a final draft is presented to the City Council for their consideration in early 2016.

For additional information, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/artsandculture or contact City of Dubuque Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator Debra Alleyne at 563-690-6059 or dalleyne@cityofdubuque.org.


Bats: Creatures of the Night

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Would you like to know more about the creatures that fly past you at night? The Iowa DNR, Mines of Spain State Recreation Area and the Friends of the Mines of Spain would like to invite the public to attend an intriguing program on the bats of the Midwest and around the world. On Sunday, Oct. 18, "Bats: Creatures of the Night" will be offered free of charge from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the E.B. Lyons Nature Center.

The program will include various topics such as the typical diet of a North American bat, the species that we can find here in the tristate area, research about bats around the world, how they are beneficial to humans, and what types of diseases bat populations are facing today. The program will be presented by professors Jeff Huebschman of University Wisconsin - Platteville and Gerald Zuercher of University of Dubuque, who have experience in bat research.

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


Red Cross Urges Families to Check Smoke Alarms, Practice Escape Plan for Fire Prevention Week

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Red Cross volunteers have helped install more than 1,500 new smoke alarms across Iowa in 2015

A fire in the home is the biggest disaster threat to American families, more of a risk than floods, hurricanes or tornadoes. According to the National Fire Protection Association, roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.

Fortunately, most home fires can be prevented. October 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week and the Red Cross hopes Iowans will use this week as reminder to take steps to keep themselves and their families safe.

To help avoid a fire in the home:
• Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area, placing them on the ceiling or high on the wall.

• Put a smoke alarm inside every bedroom.

• Test the smoke alarms regularly.

• Install new batteries every year.

• Get new smoke alarms every ten years.

• Develop a fire escape plan, and practice it.

• Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as sources of heat or stoves.

• Never smoke in bed.

• Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to sleep.

Iowa Region Red Cross volunteers have responded to more than 450 home fires in 2015, offering help and hope to more than 1,300 people.

In just one year, the Red Cross' nationwide Home Fire Campaign is credited with saving at least 26 lives. More than 63,000 families are safer thanks to the smoke alarms and safety education they received in their homes from Red Cross volunteers, firefighters and other community partners. And more than 311,000 children have learned to be safer in emergencies from Red Cross volunteers and apps.

The Home Fire Campaign is a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Working alongside fire departments and community groups across the country, the Red Cross and its partners have installed more than 125,000 smoke alarms in nearly 2,400 cities and towns.

Since 2012, the Red Cross in Iowa and partners including local fire departments, the Iowa State Fire Marshal's office, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have installed more than 4,500 new smoke alarms in Iowa. In 2015, Red Cross volunteers and partner organizations have helped install 1,500 smoke alarms in Riverton, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Sidney, Correctionville and Burlington. In October, Red Cross volunteers will help install free smoke alarms and create fire escape plans in Davenport on Saturday, October 10, and in Fort Dodge and Clinton on Saturday, October 24.

GET INVOLVED People can visit redcross.org to find out more about how to protect themselves and their homes from fire or contact their local Red Cross to find out about smoke alarm installation events in their community. They can also help by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to hurricanes and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disasters including home fires.


Dubuque County Freedom Rock

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The Freedom Rock is a 60 ton boulder that has been painted every year since 1999 to honor all veterans on Memorial Day. The original Freedom Rock is located in Adair County one mile south of Interstate 80. It's painted by a young artist named Ray Sorensen II. Ray received so many requests to paint freedom rocks that he has decided that it would be an incredible way to honor our veterans to put a Freedom Rock in each county in Iowa.

Dubuque County has been approved for a Freedom Rock which will be placed in front of City Hall in Epworth, Iowa. The Freedom Rock (a 10-12 ton granite rock) has already been donated. The site will include a plaza with 40" walking paths and a 16.5 x 10.5 foot area for memorial pavers which can be purchased for $50 each. It will also inclue two 25 foot flag poles, one for the Iowa flag and one for the MIA flag.

Resources Unite, a local nonprofit that helps strengthen the community by connecting people to volunteer opportunities and resources, has partnered with Dubuque County Freedom Rock to make this project a reality. To learn more on Facebook, go to The Dubuque County Freedom Rock or visit resourcesunite.com/freedomrock.

To Purchase a Commemorative Paver
Cost for each paver is $50. You are allowed up to 3 lines with 10-13 characters per line.

To order online visit www.resourcesunite.com

To order by mail send your name, address, phone number and verbiage you want engraved on the paver (on each of the 3 lines). Please specify if you want to receive a certificate reflecting your purchase for a loved one. Enclose check made out to Resources Unite/Freedom Rock for $50 and mail to:
Cyndi McDermott
675 Melinda Dr.
Peosta, IA 52068

Questions? Please phone Cyndi McDermott, Dubuque County Freedom Rock Program Coordinator, at 563-581-5446 or email macslass@aol.com


Earth-friendly tips for autumn

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Autumn is upon us, and with the change of seasons comes the fall to-do list that must be completed before the arrival of winter weather. Many outdoor jobs are best completed before temperatures drop, while others can be tackled indoors to help save energy and prepare for increased time spent inside the home.

Outdoor cleanup
Autumn means leaves are falling from trees and littering landscapes. Cleaning up leaves can be a time-consuming task, but it's necessary to promote the health of lawns and other plants. Grass that is completely matted down with leaves can become starved for light and moisture, and lawns may even rot when forced to spend winter beneath fallen leaves.

One eco-friendly timesaver is to shred leaves with a mower (a manual mower is preferable) and leave them as topdressing for the lawn. As long as the grass blades can be seen within the leaves, the lawn should be fine. Shredded leaves will decompose and add necessary nutrients and organic matter to the soil naturally.

Leaves also can be used in annual flower and vegetable gardens to improve the soil. Mulch made from shredded leaves can be placed on the soil around trees and shrubs. This helps to reduce weed problems and protects root systems from harsh temperature fluctuations.

Clothing donations
It's time to pack away summer clothing and once again fill closets and drawers with sweaters and jeans. Before packing away your summer wardrobe, conduct an inventory to determine if there are any items you no longer use. Donate these items or use them as rags when cleaning.

Keep some short-sleeved shirts accessible so you can layer them under sweatshirts and sweaters. The heat from layering will be trapped against your body and keep you cozier, reducing your reliance on HVAC systems to stay warm.

Home repairs
Check the roof for any missing shingles. In addition, look for spots where animals or insects may be able to gain entry into your home. Seal these areas and repair any leaks. This will make your home more efficient later on when winter hits its stride.

Remove window air conditioners for the winter. If they can't be removed, seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket. If you have forced-air systems, move furniture away from the vents so that air can flow better around the home and keep it comfortable.

Check weatherstripping around windows and doors and make the necessary adjustments. Installing additional insulation also can help reduce energy consumption.

A few tips can help homeowners prepare for autumn in eco-friendly ways.


American Red Cross Seeks Nominations for the Hy-Vee Heroes Game

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Heroes from Nebraska and Iowa will be recognized during the game in Lincoln on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

Who is your hero? Do you know someone who has performed an extraordinary act of courage or dedicated countless hours to a special cause? The American Red Cross is looking for those unheralded and unselfish citizens who have gone above and beyond in their everyday lives.

A hero from both Iowa and Nebraska will be honored before a crowd at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, when the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Iowa Hawkeyes play the Heroes Game presented by Hy-Vee on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Go to www.hy-vee.com or redcross.org/HyVeeHeroes to nominate your hero today.

"There are heroes walking among us every day - the people who put others above themselves - and it is our pleasure to work with Hy-Vee, the University of Nebraska and the University of Iowa to recognize heroes from Iowa and Nebraska," said Leslie Schaffer, Regional Executive of the American Red Cross in Iowa.

People who are nominated to be a hero must be at least 18 years of age and live, work or go to school in either Iowa or Nebraska; however, their act of heroism or good deed need not have occurred in either state. One person from both Iowa and Nebraska will be selected to represent each state at the Hy-Vee Heroes Game on Nov. 27. Recipients will receive four tickets to the game and have their name and hometown inscribed on the Heroes Game trophy.

Nominations will be accepted Sept. 26 - Oct.r 26, 2015. Nomination forms and rules can be found online at www.hy-vee.com or may be picked up at local Nebraska and Iowa Hy-Vee stores. Nominations may be filled out online or mailed to the American Red Cross Iowa Region Office, 2116 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50312 or faxed to (515) 244-8012 by midnight Oct. 26, 2015.

All non-winning entries for the Hy-Vee Heroes Game will be re-submitted for consideration at the Annual American Red Cross Heroes of the Heartland recognition events in 2016 in Iowa and Nebraska.


15 Years of Assisting Homeless Women and Children

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Opening Doors gathered 75 guests to celebrate 15 years of providing hospitality and opportunity to women, alone or with children, who need emergency or transitional housing and related support services.

This "Founders' Day Luncheon", held Friday, Sept. 25, at Hotel Julien, was an opportunity to honor the involvement of supporters past, present, and future. It was attended by past and current Board members and staff and Curt Heidt of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, who provided some of the initial first funding. All six Catholic orders of nuns who provided seed money for the project were invited: Sinsinawa Dominicans, Sisters of the Presentation, Sisters of Charity-BVM, Sisters of the Visitation, Dubuque Franciscans, and Sisters of Mercy of Detroit. Speakers were Cathy Kelley and Shawna Kelley - the very first family served by Maria House.

It was just over 15 years ago that a knock on a church rectory door began the journey for service to homeless women and children. On that Sunday a women and dog were found sleeping in Jackson Park, and after a Deacon and parishioner made many calls, they could find a place for the dog, but not the woman. It was then that a group of local Catholic nuns realized there was a great need for a women's shelter to serve those who had nowhere else to go.

Since 2000, Maria House and Teresa Shelter have served more than 2,500 homeless women and children by providing emergency or transitional housing and support services. Each woman who stays at an Opening Doors shelter receives much more than shelter; they also receive assistance with setting and achieving life goals and connecting with much needed services.

During this moving event the first family to ever stay at Maria House had the opportunity to share their story. Both Cathy Kelley and her daughter, Shawn Kelley, who was just 17 years old when she lived with her mother at Maria House, shared their powerful experience. Maria House was a second chance for these women, an opportunity for a brighter tomorrow. Opening Doors has been a beacon of hope for many families over the years, providing much more than shelter.

In 2014 alone, Maria House and Teresa Shelter were home to a total of 235 women and children. Since opening in 2000, Opening Doors has served more than 2,500 women and children and helped them to begin rebuilding their lives.

For additional information on Opening Doors and to find out how to donate or volunteer please visit www.openingdoorsdbq.org. Opening Doors is proud to be a United Way agency.


Public Invited to Attend Intercultural Communication Training

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The City of Dubuque Intercultural Competency Training Team invites the public to attend free intercultural communication training sessions at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library this fall. The training is designed to increase effective communication and confident interaction among different cultures.

Training sessions will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27, and Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the library's third floor Aigler Auditorium, with each session lasting from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The two sessions build on each other, and those who register are expected to attend both sessions.

The Intercultural Competency Training Team recognizes that the long-term sustainability of our community depends on having the skills to understand each other, being able to work together constructively across differences, and creating boards, commissions, and a larger community where all members feel connected and welcome.

To RSVP, contact Carol Spinoso in the Human Rights Department at (563) 589-4190 or humanrgt@cityofdubuque.org by October 20. Space is limited to the first 25 people to RSVP.


"Hear the Beep Where You Sleep" - Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 4-10

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Since 1922, National Fire Prevention Week has been observed during the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls. This year's theme, "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep; Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm," focuses on the importance of smoke alarms and testing for working condition.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Smoke alarms should be tested every month and replaced every 10 years or sooner if they don't respond properly when tested. According to NFPA statistics, having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.

The City of Dubuque Fire Department promotes fire safety and prevention year-round through educational programs at schools, businesses, senior centers, and more.

In observance of National Fire Prevention Week, the Dubuque Fire Department will hold open houses on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 1-3 p.m. at each of the six Dubuque fire stations:

• Fire Headquarters: 11 W. Ninth St.

• Station #2: 2180 JFK Rd.

• Station #3: 3155 Central Ave.

• Station #4: 1697 University Ave.

• Station #5: 689 S. Grandview Ave.

• Station #6: 1500 Rhomberg Ave.

During the open houses, Sparky the Fire Dog will make appearances at Fire Headquarters and Station #4 (1-2 p.m.) and Station #5 (2-3 p.m.). Children will have the chance to put out a simulated house fire using a fire hose at Fire Headquarters and Station #4, and adults will have the chance to use a fire extinguisher to put out a simulated fire with a digital training prop at Fire Headquarters.

Assistant Fire Marshal Michael McMahon said that during National Fire Prevention Week, firefighters will read fire-related story books to children to promote the Little Free Libraries located at various locations around Dubuque, including several fire stations. Firefighters will also hand out coloring and activity sheets and stickers.

The National Fire Protection Association established Fire Prevention Week to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people and burned more than 2,000 acres. Another devastating fire, the Peshtigo Fire, took place in northeast Wisconsin during that same timeframe and burned 16 towns, killed 1,152 people, and scorched 1.2 million acres. Both the Chicago and Peshtigo fires changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety, and thus it was decided to observe the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in a way that would inform the public of the importance of fire prevention.

For more information about smoke alarms and fire prevention, visit the National Fire Protection Association web site at www.nfpa.org or contact the City of Dubuque Fire Department at www.cityofdubuque.org/fire or 563-589-4160.


Get A FREE Colts Traditions T-Shirt Only Available To Monthly Giving Donors

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You've heard the clichés "There's strength in numbers" or "Many hands make light work." This is the fundamental concept of Colts Monthly Giving. If 200 supporters gave just $5 a month, that's a nice five-figure annual gift. Now imagine if 2,000 of our friends were part of the Colts Monthly Giving Program - the impact would be a game-changer!

For a limited time, when you sign up for Colts Monthly Giving, we'll send you a FREE Colts Traditions T-shirt. The shirt is printed with black ink on an antique red 100% cotton shirt. THIS SHIRT IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO COLTS MONTHLY GIVERS.

ALREADY A MONTHLY DONOR? Never fear. Because of your generosity and support to the Colts Monthly Giving Program, we will be contacting you to get your shirt size to send you a complimentary Colts Traditions T-shirt.

Learn more at www.colts.org.


Memorialize a Loved One at the 2015 Reflections in the Park

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Work on the 2015 Reflections in the Park is well underway with volunteers making adjustments to the lights and selling displays. After seeing over 11,600 cars and an estimated 47,000 visitors at the 2014 Reflections in the Park, Hillcrest Family Services is poised to continue setting records at its annual Louis Murphy Park lights display. In 2015, 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 over the beginning and lined with starlit street lights that will represent your loved ones' presence. Those being remembered in "Memory Lane" will have their names printed in the 2015 Reflections in the Park booklet and on a banner next to the display.

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 Darlene Bolsinger at darlene.kennicker@hillcrest-fs.org or call 563.583.7357 x 298.


Friends of DCCB Chili Feed

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Friends of the Dubuque County Conservation Board are hosting the Annual Chili Feed at the Swiss Valley Nature Center on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Admission is $4 for children 3-10 (kids 2 and under are admitted FREE) or $7 for adults. All proceeds will benefit the Nature Center display updates. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Nature Center office at 563.556.6745 or contacting your favorite Friends of DCCB member; they can also be purchased the day of the event.

Wagon rides will be offered through the preserve that day to enjoy the fall colors, wildlife, and gorgeous Catfish Creek.

At 10:00 am that morning Loras Biology Professor Dave Shealer will lead a birding hike at the Swiss Valley Nature Preserve. This is a free event open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

Call 563.556.6745 with any questions. 


Girls Dare to DREAM conference encourages girls to explore career opportunities

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Girls in grades 6-8 will attend an all-day conference Saturday, Oct. 24, at Northeast Iowa Community College, Town Clock Plaza, 700 Main Street in Dubuque to explore their interests and try new experiences, while connecting with other girls. Dubuque community professionals from East Mill Bake Shop, Society of Women Engineers, and Dubuque Area Arts Collective will help girls explore culinary arts, robotics, design, and more!

"DREAM is a great opportunity for middle school girls to see what opportunities are right in their own backyard," says Emily Droessler, Senior Program Specialist. "Girls are encouraged to make the event unique to them as they decide what sessions they would like to attend."

Girls must register by October 7 at GirlScoutsToday.org. After registering for the event, girls will receive an email to select their session preferences.


The Grand Opera House Announces $10 New Student Rush Ticket Policy

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The special rate student tickets will be available from the box office on the day of the performance beginning 1 hour before showtime.

Tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Student Rush performances will be announced during the week prior to the performances via Facebook, Twitter, and to our Digital Newsletter.

All Student Rush tickets must be purchased with cash only and a valid and current Student ID must be presented at the time of purchase. Ticket sales are limited to 1 per student and may not be resold or transferred.

Information on upcoming Grand events is available at www.thegrandoperahouse.com or call the Business Office at 563-588-4356.


The various types of RVs

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Vacations are a great way to recharge and get some time away from the daily grind. While many working men and women take one or two vacations per year, recreational vehicle owners can travel more often without breaking the bank.

Recreational vehicles, or RVs, are often referred to as campers or motor homes. Equipped with many amenities, ranging from kitchens to multiple sleeping areas to entertainment spaces, RVs offer many of the comforts of home.

The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association says RV ownership is currently at an all-time high. According to Dr. Richard Curtin, RV industry analyst and director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, 8.9 million households now own an RV. That's up from 7.9 million in 2005.

Drivers considering buying an RV may have many questions about these increasingly popular vehicles. RVs come in two main types: motorized and towable. Understanding the differences between the two and the various subcategories of RV can help drivers make the most informed decisions when purchasing their RVs.

Motorized RVs are broken down by class, including class A, B and C. The distinction between the classes of RV is based on size.

• Class A: This class of motor home is very large and offers all of the comforts you'd expect from home. Many people who purchase a class A RV plan to travel all year long. Slide-outs can expand the living area when parked, and full bathrooms, complete kitchens and more are the norm. Because of their size, class A RVs tend to be the most expensive and may be more vehicle than many people can afford. Their large size (many look like a bus on the road) can make them difficult to navigate for novices.

• Class B: Class B RVs are often referred to as "van conversions." Class B are the smallest, fully enclosed campers available in the motorized category. Living space is limited in these RVs, but economy and versatility make them quite popular. Usually these campers can sleep between two and four people.

• Class C: Class C RVs are a compromise between types A and B. Class C are mid-sized with a driver's compartment similar to a van and a larger box in the back for the living area. Some come with a sleeping bunk above the cab. Depending on the floor plan, class C campers can sleep up to 10 people.

Towable RVs are another option and can be more affordable because they can be pulled behind your existing vehicle.

• Travel trailers: Travel trailers look similar to traditional motorized RVs but without the driving cab. They can be hitched to the back of a vehicle. Travel trailers are popular because of their versatility. Travel trailers can be ideal for those with limited budgets but the desire to have a self-contained unit.

• Pop-up: Folding camping trailers, or pop-up trailers, are inexpensive and lightweight. They provide many of the conveniences found in a basic travel trailer but in a smaller size. 

• Fifth-wheel: If you own a pickup truck, a fifth-wheel trailer may be good for you. These hitch to the top of the pickup bed and have similar features to a traditional travel trailer.

RVs make great investments for men and women who love the open road. They also are a great way to take the entire family on an affordable and memorable vacation.


Plan a day to shop local fairs, shops and stands

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Autumn is tailor-made for getting out of the house to enjoy the great outdoors. With crisp temperatures perfect for strolls or sightseeing and breathtaking scenery awash in bright autumnal hues, autumn landscapes make for the ideal backdrop for weekend plans, including shopping excursions.

Fall is a great season to enjoy festivals, farmer's markets and craft fairs, as merchants look to liquidate inventory before they prepare for the rush of the upcoming holiday season. Cities, towns, hamlets, and everything in between will host their share of open markets and more with great deals to be had, and fall is an ideal time to visit local shops and stands.

Fresh produce
Farms big and small are bursting with produce come the fall. You can find the last vestiges of summer crops mingling with the first fruits of autumn. Grab the last of tomatoes and start thinking ahead to apples, squash, lettuce, and grapes. You can even get an early start on pumpkin season - both for cooking and carving.
Stock the car with reusable tote bags and scour the farmer's markets for seasonal finds. Chances are you also might pick up some extra treats, such as fresh honey or canned jams.

Food finds
As plants are harvested, many items are turned into delicious treats. No autumn shopping excursion is complete until you smell a fresh-baked apple pie or some apple cider doughnuts. Corn breads and fritters, cranberry snacks and wines from nearby wineries also are easy to find in autumn. These items make welcome additions to your own pantry, or bring a freshly made treat to a friend or family member's home when paying a visit.

Also, don't miss the food-related festivals that pop up on community calendars in the fall. From garlic to potatoes to pumpkins to cheeses, many seasonal items are on display. You also can sample these foods in interesting applications and make a day of gathering recipes and supplies to enjoy later.

Crafts, jewelry and décor
Include a trip to a craft fair, where local vendors come together to display and sell their wares, on your weekend schedule. Handcrafted items make thoughtful and unique gifts, which can be tucked away for giving later in the year.

Booths at these types of events tend to be diverse. Spend the day strolling town squares or closed-off city centers, and you may find some hand-fashioned jewelry or home-crafted artisanal soaps. Those eager to enhance their homes' décor may find unique items like painted signs, knit afghans and much more.

Shopping local shops, farms and fairs is a great way to enjoy the fresh autumn air while supporting local businesses.


Rediscovering the culture and achievements of Cuba

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In July 2015, the United States and Cuba reached a formal agreement to restore their diplomatic relations. The deal marked an attempt to end the recriminations that have persisted since Cuban rebels overthrew the U.S.-backed government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Plans also have been made to open embassies in both countries.

The newfound relationship can bring a better quality of life and more opportunities to both American and Cuban people. Although some obstacles remain, increased contact figures to benefit both countries.

Cuba is one of the closest countries to the United States and has a vibrant culture. The island is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean near the state of Florida. Once inhabited by Amerindian tribes, Cuba was claimed for Spain by explorer Christopher Columbus, remaining a colony of Spain until the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Cuba was once under the rule of Fulgencio Batista's dictatorship, but Batista eventually was ousted and Fidel Castro took over. Since 1965, the country has been governed by the Communist Party of Cuba and continues this under the leadership of Raul Castro.

Cuba's natural resources include sugar, tobacco, fish, coffee, and beans. The country also has a thriving nickel mining industry. Tourism has also increased in recent years, with visitors predominantly from Canada and the European Union. The country also can expect a sizable increase in American tourism as relations are restored.

The United Nations ranks Cuba very highly for human development, health and education. This year, Cuba became the first country to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. In addition, Cuban researchers from Grupo Empresarial Labiofam recently announced advances in the study of natural peptides as a new option for the treatment of cancer. Reductions in tumor size have been seen in lab experiments. Cuba's medical treatments also place the country among the top countries in organ transplants.

There also are many other lesser-known facts about Cuba:

• Three-quarters of Cuba's residents live in urban areas.

• Cuba has a world renowned ballet company known as Ballet Nacional De Cuba.

• Dominos is the most popular game in Cuba.

• Many Cubans are huge fans of American baseball.

• The country has two state-run television stations.

• The official cigar company of Cuba is Habanos S.A.

Cuba is a diverse and interesting country full of culture and accomplishments. As Cuba and the United States further restore their relationship, the American public can expect to learn more about Cuban culture.


Plan your fall foliage road trip

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Come autumn, thousands of motorists take to the highways and backroads to experience the ever-changing landscape made beautiful by leaves changing colors. Fall foliage road trips make for a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon.

With cameras in hand and provisions at the ready, motorists can make the most of their next fall foliage road trip.

• Know when to go. Learn the best times of the year to see the peak leaf colors. Mountainous regions and many located in northern latitudes will see changes in leaf color earlier than other regions. Drivers living in certain areas of Canada, regions of the Rocky Mountains or in particular parts of New England can expect to witness leaves changing color as early as September, while much of the Midwest can expect peak color in mid- to late-October. Southern regions may not see leaves change color until November.

• Aim for a weekday. Many people plan fall foliage road trips on the weekend. These "leafers" or "peepers," as they're sometimes referred to, flood normally empty rural areas and can easily cause traffic jams. Schedule your own trip for a weekday so you can avoid most of the crowds and enjoy a more serene environment for hiking excursions or countryside visits.

• Book accommodations early. If you plan to stay overnight, book your trip as early as possible and don't be surprised if costs are high. Autumn is not only a peak time for leaf color changes, but also it's a prime time for vacationers interested in comfortable temperatures and amazing scenery, so autumn lodging rates may be equal to or exceed the rates charged during the height of summer vacation season. Verify room rates and openings well in advance if you have your heart set on staying in prime leaf color country.

• Employ a few tricks of the photography trade. Fall foliage may be at its most vibrant at sunrise and sunset when the sun is low in the sky and will not cast much glare. Slightly overcast days also may help leaves' colors pop, but too much cloud cover may cause a lack of vibrancy in leaf color.

• Watch the weather. Autumn weather can be unpredicable. Some days it may be crisp, while other days it will be hot. Sometimes you may experience hot and cold weather on the same day. Dress in layers so that you can be comfortable and shed or add layers as necessary.

• Explore different spots. Do not take the same route or visit the same towns each year. Vary your trips to experience a greater range of autumn magic. From the eastern seaboard to the Rockies, explore as many awe-inspiring palettes of fall colors as possible.


Make the most of sale season

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Fall can be an ideal time of year for homeowners to tackle home improvement projects, as the moderate temperatures make for ideal conditions to work in and around the house. In addition, many retailers offer consumer-friendly sales in autumn, helping homeowners to save money.

As early as September, many stores begin stocking their shelves in advance of the holiday season. As a result, stores look to unload summer and fall seasonal items. The following are just a few types of items homeowners might find at reduced prices this fall.

Lawn and garden
If you want to revamp your backyard, wait until late summer or early autumn to do so. At this time of year, you can find great deals on patio furniture, lawn mowers, perennials, shrubs, sheds, and many other lawn and garden items. In addition, check with local contractors to see if they will offer discounts late in the season. Tree-removal companies, landscapers, fence installers, masons, and others may cut prices in mid- to late-autumn as they look to earn a bit more money before the arrival of winter.

Snow removal
Retailers looking to move snow blowers, shovels and other winter accessories may offer teaser deals to attract customers. It's best to purchase such tools now before the first big storm drives up demand.

Cooking appliances
Manufacturers typically introduce new stoves, cooktops and other cooking supplies in advance of the holiday season. Older models may be discounted to make room for the new arrivals, and you may be able to score even bigger savings on floor models. If renovating the kitchen is in the works, wait until early autumn to start appliance shopping.

Painting supplies
The weekends surrounding Labor Day and Columbus Day are also great times to find deals on home improvement, as retailers know customers have extra time to complete projects during these long weekends. Paint, rollers and other supplies may be discounted on such weekends, and you also may find discounts on power tools.

If you are in the market for a new SUV or truck to transport your home improvement project supplies, autumn is a good time to visit a dealership. Many dealerships liquidate their inventory in autumn to free up space for new model releases about to hit the market. Come autumn, you may find it easier to negotiate financing and leasing deals.

Homeowners can save on home improvement projects and other needs by taking advantage of late-summer, early-autumn discounts. 


Make school day mornings easier

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School day mornings can be hectic, as getting kids ready for school and out the door on time is not always easy. Working parents may find school day mornings especially difficult, as their own work schedules can make mornings feel even more rushed. Fortunately, parents can employ several strategies to free up time in the morning so everyone starts their days off in a more relaxing atmosphere.

• Wake up earlier. Sleep might seem like a precious commodity, but waking up just 10 to 15 minutes earlier can remove some of the stress from weekday mornings without costing you a lot of sack time. Let kids sleep in until their normal wakeup time, using your extra 10 or 15 minutes to shower or enjoy your morning cup of coffee before the house is abuzz with activity.

• Tackle certain chores the night before. Delaying certain chores until you wake up makes for a hectic morning, so tackle as many morning chores as possible before you go to bed for the night. Prepare school lunches, lay clothes out for yourself and your children, and make sure kids have their backpacks packed and ready to go before they go to bed. Each of these things may only take a few minutes, but when left for the morning, they can add up to a substantial amount of time.

• Encourage youngsters to pick up the pace. Some people are morning people, while others dread setting their alarms for early morning hours. Kids who fall into the latter group may drag their feet in the morning, but parents should offer encouragement when kids are moving slowly in the morning. Allowing your frustration to show may only make kids less fond of mornings, so remind them as nicely as possible that everyone has a schedule to stick to if they seem to be dragging their feet.

• Keep the television off. If watching the television is ingrained in your morning routine, try going a few days without it to see if this makes it easier to get out the door on time. Kids might grow distracted by morning cartoons, and even adults may get caught up in morning news shows or other forecasts. Eliminating television from your morning routine can save time and also may help your family grow closer, as you will have more distraction-free time to speak to one another.

In addition to turning off the television, resist the urge to turn on your devices or scan work emails when getting ready in the morning.

Parents know that school day mornings can be hectic. But there are several ways to make such mornings go more smoothly so everyone gets where they need to be on time. 


Breaking dyslexia stereotypes

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Dyslexia affects as many as 17 percent of school children in the United States, making it the most commonly identified learning issue according to the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. In Canada, between 15 and 20 percent of the population has dyslexia, says The Reading Clinic in Ontario. In spite of its prevalence, dyslexia is still widely misunderstood.

What is dyslexia?
The Mayo Clinic notes that dyslexia is marked by difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. Dyslexia is more than just seeing letters or words backwards, as it also may be characterized by difficulty comprehending rapid instructions and remembering the sequence of things. Some people with dyslexia may have trouble seeing and hearing similarities and differences in letters and words. Many children with dyslexia read below the expectations for their age.

Dyslexia warning signs
Parents who are concerned about dyslexia can recognize some early warning signs, including:

• delayed speech

• difficulty learning and remembering names of letters

• reading or writing showing repetitions, additions, transpositions, omissions, substitutions, and reversals in letters, numbers and/or words

• complaints of feeling or seeing movement in words while reading or writing

• reading and rereading with little comprehension

• difficulty putting things into words.

What causes dyslexia?
Doctors and researchers have yet to identify a single cause of dyslexia, but genes and brain differences do play a role. Dyslexia often runs in families, and certain genes are associated with reading and language processing issues.
Many people with dyslexia have above-average intelligence, but other differences in the brain may be apparent through scans.

According to the organization Understood, an organization aiming to help parents of children with learning disabilities, the planum temporale area of the brain plays a role in understanding language. It is typically larger in the dominant hemisphere (the left side of the brain for right-handed people) than in the less-dominant side. However if a child has dyslexia, the planum temporale is probably about the same size on both the left and right sides of the brain.

Schools and parents can do much to help children with dyslexia succeed in the classroom. Accommodations in class, such as extra time on tests or word-prediction or dictation software, can help immensely. Children also may benefit from smaller group instruction, as well as a multisensory approach to link listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

In addition to these steps, adults can boost confidence in children with dyslexia. Enabling kids to explore hobbies and experience successes both in and out of the classroom can help youngsters improve their self-esteem.


Fun family activities tailor-made for autumn

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Fall is a great time to enjoy the great outdoors. Beautiful fall foliage coupled with great weather compel many people to spend ample time outdoors before the arrival of harsh winter weather drives them back indoors. The following are a handful of actvities that are tailor-made for fall.

• Raking leaves: While raking leaves might not jump out at you as a great way to spend a nice fall afternoon, families often find raking leaves together soon turns into a fun day in the yard. Build leaf piles and let the kids jump in, and then do it again.

When raking, encourage kids to collect some colorful leaves and set them aside. Once the raking is done, you can then enjoy making some homemade crafts with the leaves you and your youngsters just collected.

• Apple picking: Perhaps no activity is more synonymous with fall than apple picking. Many apple orchards encourage customers to come by and pick their own apples in the fall. Once your family and you have scoured the orchard for the perfect apples, relax with a cup of warm apple cider before returning home to make some homemade apple sauce and, of course, a delicious apple pie.

• Hayride: Hayrides are another fall tradition, and many farms offer relaxing hayrides throughout fall. Younger children who may tire if asked to patrol an apple orchard for apples might find a hayride is more their speed. Some farms may even allow customers to walk the grounds and visit the animals on the premises.

• Hiking: Hiking is a fun activity that can be enjoyed nearly year-round, but it's especially enjoyable in the fall. That's because few things in nature are as captivating as a park or forest when the fall foliage is in full bloom. Early fall also boasts ideal temperatures for hiking, as the mercury likely won't rise enough or sink low enough to produce the kind of extreme temperatures that can compromise a hiker's afternoon. Instead, fall temperatures tend to be mild and comfortable, allowing hikers to fully enjoy their often beautiful surroundings.

• Corn maze: Visiting a corn maze is another activity that many people instantly associate with fall. Some farmers transform their cornfields into corn mazes once the temperatures dip, and such mazes can be fun for adults and children alike. Though adolescents can often be trusted to find their way through corn mazes, younger kids should be accompanied by an adult.

• Pumpkin picking: Much like apple picking is best in fall, so is pumpkin picking. Rather than buying your Halloween pumpkin from the grocery store, where your options may be limited, go straight to the source and pick your future jack-o'-lantern from a nearby pumpkin patch, which will provide a much wider selection. Let your youngsters pick their own pumpkins and then spend the rest of the day carving them at home. And don't forget to save those seeds, which can be roasted over an open flame to make a delicious snack.


Potosi Brewing Company and Matthews Distributing Co. Hosts Fundraiser for Camp Albrecht Acres

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The Potosi Brewing Company and Matthews Distributing have teamed up to give back to Camp Albrecht Acres. For every case equivalent sold in Dubuque, Potosi Brewing Company and Matthews Distributing will donate $2 to Camp Albrecht Acres.

The give-back fundraiser will kick off at the Dubuque Oktoberfest on Sept. 19, 2015 and will run through Oct. 19, 2015.

Camp Albrecht Acres' mission statement is providing a unique environment to people with special needs. "We are very excited to raise funds for such a worthy cause in the Dubuque area," said Rick Kruser, Market Manager for the Potosi Brewing Company.

Potosi Beer is available all through the Dubuqueland area, including Hy-Vee, Sam's Club, Hartig Drug and Fareway Foods. "Enjoy your favorite Potosi beverage and you can help out such a worthy cause," added Derek Matthews of Matthews Distributing.

Potosi recently opened its new, state-of-the-art brewing facility including a 40 barrel brew house with a 20,000 barrel capacity in a 60,000 barrel footprint. The expansion includes new kegging, canning and bottling lines, along with in-line carbonation and a QA lab. The expansion is allowing Potosi to continue meeting the growing demand and get its beer out to more craft enthusiasts.

The Potosi Brewery is located at 209 South Main Street, Potosi, WI and is open Sunday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The National Brewery MuseumTM is located on 2nd and 3rd floor, admission is only $5.


Friends of DCCB Chili Dinner Fundraiser

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Friends of Dubuque County Conservation will sponsor the Friends of DCCB Chili Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Swiss Valley Nature Center.

Come and help support the mission of the Friends of Dubuque County Conservation and enjoy a great meal at the annual Chili Feed and Raffle. Tickets prices are as follows: $7/adults, $4/kids 3-10, free to kids 2 & unde. Tickets are available for purchase at the Swiss Valley Nature Center office.

Wagon Rides through the preserve will also be available weather permitting.


Dubuque Green Alley Project Named Public Works Project of the Year

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The Iowa Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) has bestowed the City of Dubuque's Green Alley Program Bid Set 3 - Year 1 its Project of the Year Award in the category of Environment for projects under $5 million.

City of Dubuque Civil Engineer and Green Alley Project Manager Jon Dienst accepted the award at the Iowa Chapter APWA Fall Conference in Marion on August 20, 2015.

The award recognizes nine green alleys located from Johnson Street to Marshall Street between Rhomberg Avenue and Lincoln Avenue that were reconstructed in 2014. The project will now advance in the competition to be considered for an APWA National Award.

As part of the 20-year Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project, the City is reconstructing all 240 alleys in the Bee Branch Watershed with permeable pavement. This is expected to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff in the watershed by up to 80 percent and help protect over 1,300 homes and businesses from flood damage. Green alleys will also replenish the groundwater and decrease the amount of pollutants entering the storm sewer system and, ultimately, the Mississippi River. A total of 38 alleys have been converted with approximately 35 more alleys planned for the 2015 and 2016 construction seasons.

The APWA Public Works Project of the Year Award was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/engineer, and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects. The awards are presented annually and in 2015, APWA selected projects in five categories: Disaster/Emergency, Environment, Historical Restoration, Structures, and Transportation.

The American Public Works Association (APWA) is a not-for-profit, professional association of public works agencies, private companies, and individuals dedicated to promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge.

To read about the City's Green Alley Program, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/greenalleys or to learn more the APWA Iowa Chapter, visit http://iowa.apwa.net.


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

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

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

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


CityChannel Dubuque to Air ‘From the Archives’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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