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Ahrens Foundation Announces Newest Partner Fund in Memory of Bill Vosburg

August 27, 2019 Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, a fund has been created to help support kids in the local Grinnell area with music funding assistance who are unable to afford music lessons, instruments and other items or therapy services associated with learning music. Bill Vosburg The Vosburg Music Fund has been established in memory of the …

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PINK NEIGHBOR TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, PERFORM IN LOFT THEATRE

Carlos Ferguson, Katie In, Eric Jarvis On Friday, September 13, local band Pink Neighbor will perform in the Loft Theatre to celebrate the release of their new album Time Beach Universe. Pink Neighbor is comprised of Grinnellians Katie In, Erik Jarvis, and Carlos Ferguson. Special guests Betty Moffett & Friends, Mark Laver, Yeardley (a new Grinnell band), and Grinnell College …

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Town and Ground: Grinnell Fetes Farmers with Lions’ Ag Appreciation Day

By Michael McAllister John F. Kennedy is reported to have said that the American farmer “buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.” Add to that intrinsic set of setbacks the 2019 farming season: trade wars, tariffs, historically wet weather in spring, near-drought conditions in summer, falling commodity prices throughout the season, and—as a …

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Connecting Kids for Community

Left to right: Dr. Janet Stutz and Melissa Strovers Learn more about the Grinnell Education Partnership at the upcoming UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Senior Education Program on Monday, September 9. The Grinnell Education Partnership is working to bridge educational gaps and improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all kids. Dr. Janet Stutz, Superintendent, Grinnell–Newburg School District, …

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Bucket Course Begins 4 Week Session September 11

When a tragic hero portrayed in a seventeenth century play appears in a nineteenth century opera, what are the implications of these two portrayals? Exploring this question, Grinnell College associate professors Kelly Maynard (History) and John Garrison (English) will collaborate on a 4-session Bucket Course, beginning September 11, entitled Otello Revisited: Performance and Difference in Shakespeare and Verdi. This course …

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Third in a Series – “Power Up: Financial Fitness for Women”

SHE Counts will be putting on the third of four in our series titled “Power Up: Financial Fitness for Women” on Friday, September 27th  from 12 – 1 pm in the Community Room at Drake Library.  The Power of Investing and Preserving – Making Smart Choices with Your Money When Dealing with Life Events (Marriage, New Home Purchase, Parenthood, Divorce, …

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To The Grinnell-Newburg Board of Education, Staff, Families and Friends:

Happy First Day of School! We officially kicked off the 2019-20 school year today as we welcomed our students and families back to school! There were so many smiling faces entering our doors, some tears (mostly from our kindergarten parents) and a spirit of joy as students met their teachers and staff! The first day of school is my favorite …

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Grinnell’s League of Women Voters: Civics and Civility

By Michael McAllister “Make sure you’re not getting played.”  This advice comes from Paul Pate, Iowa’s Secretary of State and Commissioner of Elections, during a July edition of Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press. He was referring to the upcoming elections. And he was referring to attempts by countries—he mentioned China, Iran, and Russia—to hack into the election processes of the United States …

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You are the Foundation of Our Success

August Senior Education Program to feature GRMC Foundation The purpose of the UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation is to enhance philanthropic activities to ensure the UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) mission of improving the health of the people and communities it serves. Dennis Day, GRMC Foundation Board chair, and Angelina Ahrens, director of development for …

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VETERAN SHARES EXPERIENCE WITH SERVICE DOGS

Travis Thompson with Sadie Article and pictures Courtesy Effie Hall of the Grinnell Rotary Club.  Service dogs can help veterans resume normal lives, according to Travis Thomson, a veteran who spoke at the Grinnell Rotary Club meeting held Tues., Aug. 6. Travis Thomson, formerly of Boulder, CO., and now of Grinnell, IA, served in the army from 2010 to 2019.  Soon …

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Grinnellians Turn Out for National Night Out

By Michael McAllister Grinnell’s version of National Night Out drew the public to Central Park Tuesday evening for a time of connection to neighbors, police officers, firefighters, and first responders. It was the 16thyear that Grinnell observed the event, which, in 1984, grew out of a movement called National Town Watch. There was much to enjoy. Grinnell Optimists served ice cream …

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An Inside Look at the Grinnell Farmers’ Market

Learn more about the Grinnell Farmers’ Market from Kerri Olson, owner of Olson Garden Market, at the UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s upcoming Senior Education Program on Monday, August 5.  Olson will share an overview of our local farmer’s market including what items are available, market hours, how to become a vendor and different special activities at the …

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Matter of Balance Meets SE•ED

On Monday, July 29th, the UnityPoint Health—Grinnell (UPH-Grinnell) weekly Senior Education Program (“SE*ED”) was presented by Anne Sunday, Independent Living Activities Coordinator for Grinnell’s Mayflower Community and Kayley Thompson, Wellness Specialist for UPH-Grinnell. Both women are certified to facilitate the Area Agency on Aging program, “Matter of Balance.  Managing Concerns about Falling.”  This eight-week class, two hours per one session each week, …

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Making Waves: The People & Places of Iowa Broadcasting…Featuring the Story of Duane Ellett & Floppy

Return to childhood memories of days gone by with Jeff Stein of Humanities Iowa at the upcoming UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Senior Education Program on Monday, July 15. Stein returns with a presentation highlighting children’s television programming – celebrating the 60th birthday of Floppy, the iconic puppet brought to life on Channel 13 by master entertainer Duane …

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Author Visit and Book Signing at Drake Community Library

Henry S. Gurr, Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of South Carolina Henry S. Gurr, Professor of Physics Emeritus, University of South Carolina Aiken, will be at Drake Community Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 22 for an author visit. Gurr co-authored a biography of Sarah Jennings entitled A WOMAN OF QUALITY: Sarah Vinke, ‘The Divine Sarah’, and …

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Local Cancer Survivors to be Honored at American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County

Local cancer survivors will take a celebratory lap at the 20th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County. The event will be held Friday, July 5th from 5-10PM at Central Park, in conjunction with Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce’s Friday Night Live. Survivors are encouraged to register starting at 5PM and participate in the Survivors Lap beginning …

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Phase II of Ahrens Park Improvements Underway; Phase III to Follow Later This Summer

Twenty-five-year-old Ahrens/Paschall Memorial Park is getting a Phase II facelift, this time for the tennis and basketball courts.     In fall 2017, the Ahrens Park Foundation announced a $1 million multiphase, multiyear capital improvements project. Phase I, the largest of the projects, was completed in May 2018 with the installation of two new playgrounds considered “the biggest and best” made by …

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AmeriCorps Training at Mayflower

On Friday, June 7th, 45 new AmeriCorps volunteers received training over lunch in the Mayflower Community. Under the direction of Grinnell College’s Melissa Strovers and Elizabeth Hansen, the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership brings together community non-for-profits, area employers, the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and community volunteers to support kids and families in Grinnell. The partnership aims to 1)give students a strong start so …

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Help the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County Attack Cancer in Our Community on Friday, July 5th

Luminaria bags will be available at Grinnell State Bank from May 3rdthrough the event for a $5 donation, with all proceeds going to benefit Relay For Life of Poweshiek County. Darcy Dawson American Cancer Society is calling on all community members to participate in the 20th Annual Relay For Life of Poweshiek County on July 5th from 5-11pm at Grinnell’s Central …

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Local Mental Health Drive Benefits Area Residents

Local Mental Health Drive Benefits Area Residents May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the Grinnell Area Mental Health Consortium is kicking off its annual JPK Fund Drive with a goal of $25,000 to help local individuals receive needed mental health services.  The JPK Fund was established in 2017 by physician J.R. Paulson to honor his late colleague, Dr. Jeffrey …

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Dental Coalition Receiving Funding through 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell

Members of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell voted at their April 23 meeting to support the Poweshiek County Dental Coalition’s ongoing mission to improve access to local dental care for underserved children in the area.  Since forming in 2012, the Dental Coalition has provided support to nearly 2,500 children in Poweshiek County through Free Dental Clinic Days for Kids, …

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Singer-Songwriters to Perform in the Loft Theatre May 4

On Saturday, May 4, the Grinnell Area Arts Council will host singer-songwriters David Huckfelt and Katie Sin at the Loft Theatre. Huckfelt is a member of the Minneapolis-based band The Pines, who have performed in the Loft as well as Arts Council summer concert series Music in the Park. He is currently touring in support of his debut solo album …

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Legislators Tackle Questions about Land Use, Money, and More Hosted By The Grinnell League of Women Voters and the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce.

By Michael McAllister As the Iowa State Legislature closed out week seven and moved toward funnel week, Grinnell area residents had the opportunity to funnel questions to Poweshiek County legislators, Representative Dave Maxwell and Senator Tim Kapucian, Saturday morning, March 2, at the second 2019 legislative coffee.  Hosted by Grinnell’s League of Women Voters and the Grinnell Area Chamber of …

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GRINNELL CONNECTED PTO RECEIVES FUNDING FROM 100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE

Members of 100 + People Who Care – Grinnell voted at their February 18 meeting to fund Grinnell Connected PTO’s project to send this year’s 4thGrade students to the Y-Camp, near Boone, for a three-day, two-night camping experience with their classmates, teachers and chaperones.  At the meeting, which had been postponed twice because of weather, members heard three presentations of significant …

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The Grinnell Volunteer Fire Association selected to host the 2020 and 2021 Iowa Firefighter’s Association Annual State Convention

The Grinnell Volunteer Fire Association has been selected to host the 2020 and 2021 Iowa Firefighter’s Association annual State Convention.  The 5-day convention takes place in September following Labor Day weekend.  It has been an annual event in Iowa since 1878.  Grinnell hosted in 2014 and 1964.  The IFA Convention will bring numerous activities to the community for the attendees, including a golf tournament, …

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January Veterans Commission Meeting: No Quorum, Quiet Phase Continues

Six people were on hand for the regular monthly meeting of the Grinnell Veterans Memorial Commission on Monday, January 14.  Unfortunately, only two of them were commission members.   With only Gwen Rieck and Leo Lease (pictured above), two of five members present, no quorum was attained, and Commission Chair Lease could not call an official meeting to order. Yet the conversation …

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100 + PEOPLE WHO CARE – GRINNELL TO MEET JANUARY 22

100 + People Who Care – Grinnell will meet Tuesday, January 22, at 5:30 p.m.  This hour-long, quarterly meeting will be held at the Parish Center of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1002 Broad Street, Grinnell. This will be a voting meeting for the organization, where a decision is made regarding support for a community organization in the greater Grinnell area. In case …

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New Fund to Benefit Local Families

Nate and Karie Smith – Linda and Skip Lowe Area families may benefit from a new fund established by Grinnell residents Skip and Linda Lowe and Nate and Karie Smith to “strengthen marriages and families.” The STRONG Foundation, a program fund partner of the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, provides financial support to individuals, couples, and families seeking marriage …

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Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2019 Poweshiek County Alliance Grant Program

December 4, 2018:  The Poweshiek County Alliance (PCA)/GPCF Grants Committee Committee would like to announce that grant applications are now being accepted for the 2019 PCA grant round. Nonprofit (501(c)3) organizations and public entities providing services in Poweshiek County are eligible to apply for project support.  The Committee is particularly interested in projects that provide cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities as well as …

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Imagine Grinnell invites you to “Holiday Cheer and Peace Tree Beer”

Imagine Grinnell invites you to “Holiday Cheer and Peace Tree Beer” Minneapolis Songwriter Mitch McAndrew, Live in Grinnell, December 13th Where: Peace Tree Brewing Company When: Thursday, December 13th, 5:30-9 PMWhat: A holiday party and fundraiser for Imagine GrinnellFor more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/342025099932818/ Imagine Grinnell will host a holiday mixer at the Grinnell Peace Tree Brewing Co., Thursday, December 13th from 5-9pm. Imagine Grinnell’s …

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