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New Educational Workshop Series: Power Up, Financial Fitness for Women

JBeginning January 25th, S.H.E. Counts will launch a quarterly financial educational workshop series for women, titled Power Up, Financial Fitness for Women. Each session will focus on providing financial skills and management advice. Delphina Baumann and Melissa Vine, advisory committee members of S.H.E. Counts, will lead the Power Up educational series and will include local guest speakers for the individual …

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Mayflower Hosts Grinnell College Basketball Teams

If you are a Grinnell College basketball player living in the empty dorms during winter recess, where do you go for great food?  THE MAYFLOWER COMMUNITY!  On Wednesday, January 3rd, the men’s and women’s basketball teams joined Mayflower hosts in the Buckley Dining Room to “pasta-pack” for their games at Ripon (Wisconsin) the following Saturday.  The fare included spaghetti, ravioli, garlic bread, tossed …

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Group Requests City Revisit Recycling

Residents can concur, comment via petition By Michael McAllister Grinnellians who do not wish to see the city discontinue curbside recycling can make their feelings known through an online petition created by Grinnell Cares, an organization made up of community members who respectfully ask city officials to reconsider ending recycling as it now exists in Grinnell. “Please join us in …

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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 Year. New Mayflower Offerings

Enhancements have been made in Mayflower’s Health Center, a fully licensed nursing care facility.  Now featured in the South community is a low-stimulus environment, specializing in care for residents with chronic and life-limiting conditions.  Included is palliative care that provides comfort to residents when their medical conditions cannot be stabilized or improved.  Our staff in the health center are trained in the best …

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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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One More 2018 Recap

By Michael McAllister Top ten lists, best-of-the-year lists—they’re as common as car commercials this time of year—Top Ten Songs of 2018, Best Must-See Movies, Top Ten Foods on a Stick, Most Ridiculous Celebrity Meltdowns, Top Ten Top Ten Lists, Best of the Best Lists, and so on. And on.  And on. Such lists tend to be highly subjective, easily debatable, and necessarily …

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Mayflower Walking Workout

If you decide to do a New Year’s resolution to walk more, The Mayflower Community is the place to do it…no matter what the weather!  As you can see from the map displayed below, there are many places to walk INDOORS.  In fact, you can walk four city blocks without backtracking in the hallways, tunnels, and the skywalk (longest in Poweshiek County).  Then, …

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ENDOW IOWA PROGRAM CELEBRATES 15th ANNIVERSARY

ENDOW IOWA PROGRAM CELEBRATES 15th ANNIVERSARY Des Moines, IA – (December 20, 2018) The Endow Iowa program celebrated its 15thAnniversary with a proclamation signing in Governor Reynolds’ office last week. The programbegan in 2003 with $2 million in tax credits available. Demand for the tax credits has continued to grow and since 2013, $6 million has been available annually through this program. The …

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Filling in the Blanks on local photographer Cornelia Clarke’s life.

Cornelia Clarke     The forgotten photographs of an early Grinnell photographer will be on display at the Grinnell Arts Center from January 11 through February 7.  Twenty-five botanical prints of Grinnell native Cornelia Clarke will be featured in the Stewart Gallery of the arts center in an exhibit put together by the Grinnell Historical Museum.     An opening reception will be held Friday, January …

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Bucket Course starting January 9

     The winter session of Bucket Courses will start January 9 with a lecture by Jon Andelson, Rosenfield Professor of Social Science (Anthropology) and director of the Center for Prairie Studies at Grinnell College      His talk will compare the founding and early years of Grinnell and Amana. The title is “A Tale of Two Cities  (Towns, That Is): Two Utopias Founded on …

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Grinnell College appoints vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college

Anne F. Harris, with over 20 years of experience in higher education, will join Grinnell in July 2019 Anne F. Harris GRINNELL, Iowa – Anne F. Harris has been appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of Grinnell College. Harris currently serves as a professor and vice president for academic affairs at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. She will begin work at Grinnell on …

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Christmas Spirit at Mayflower

Johnny Khuu (rhymes with “cool” said quickly) has been serving as Resident Intern in the Mayflower Community since last summer.  He is the second post-graduate student to engage at Mayflower.  Ariel Lepito, a 2017 Grinnell College graduate, lived and worked with us from June 2017 to June 2018.  As a part of the program, the Resident Intern “volunteers” (works for subsistence wages) through …

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Mike Olson Attends Launch of Apollo 11 commemorative coin first-strike ceremony December 13 as board member.

Astronauts Memorial Foundation representatives in attendance included Olson, Sheryl Chaffee, daughter of Apollo 1 astronaut Roger Chaffee, Kathy Scobee Fulgham, daughter of Challenger commander Dick Scobee, shuttle astronaut Tom Jones, Bill Potter, Kevin Hoshstrasser, Rick Mathews, Paige Easley, and President Thad Altman. They were joined by representatives of the Smithsonian and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Ceremonial first strikes of both …

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December Veterans Commission Meeting: Some Progress, Some Rethinking

By Michael McAllister The regular monthly meeting of Grinnell’s Veterans Memorial Commission was called to order as scheduled on Monday, December 10, in the Community Room of the Drake Library.  Four of five members—(pictured above, from left) Gwen Rieck, Randy Hotchkin, Leo Lease, and Terry Stringfellow—were present.  Ten people made up the audience. Routine business dealt with finances, which had not …

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St. Francis Manor Receives National Recognition as One of the Best Nursing Homes for 2018-19 with High Performing Rating

(Grinnell, IA – December 11, 2018)   U.S. News & World Report has identified St. Francis Manor as one of the Best Nursing Homes for 2018-19 with an Overall Rating of “High Performing” for the second consecutive year.  As the global authority in healthcare rankings, U.S. News & World Report has awarded this designation to St. Francis Manor based upon its nurse staffing …

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Steve Langerud in the Lions’ Lair

Recently, Steve Langerud, Mayflower Community Executive Director, was the guest speaker at the Grinnell Lions Club regular weekly luncheon meeting. Steve explained that Mayflower Community is a life plan community where people make a choice to be in community with people they will live with for the rest of their lives.  Other such communities offer different levels of care and focus …

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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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Grinnell College plans to raze damaged, vacant building at 1020 Main St.

Grinnell College plans to raze damaged, vacant building at 1020 Main St. Grinnell Sporting Goods and Grinnell Taekwondo now in new downtown locations   GRINNELL, Iowa – The building at 1020 Main St., which is adjacent to McNally’s Foods, received major structural damage when it was hit by a truck last spring. Grinnell College owns the structure and plans to …

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Mayflower Celebrates Two Events This Week

Two big events this week in The Mayflower Community: 1)Mini-Gift Shop Christmas Open House, lower level Pearson building, Thursday, Dec 6th, 9:30am-4:00pm. 2)Pearson Tunnel & Lower Level Makeover Celebration, Kiesel Theatre (lower level Pearson), Friday, Dec 7th, 1:00pm. Refreshments both days! Fun and frolicking (at least fun!). Y’all come!

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Music Planned for the Holiday Senior Education Program

Music Planned for the Holiday Senior Education Program Festive music will fill the air at the final UnityPoint Health®– Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) Senior Education Program of 2018. Rev. Dr. Kevin Emge will entertain attendees on Monday, Dec. 10, at the annual holiday SEED gathering with a discussion on the significance of different holiday songs followed by a piano …

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Festival of Trees is This Friday, December 7

Festival of Trees is This Friday, December 7 Friends of Drake Community Library invite you to Festival of Trees on Friday, December 7 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm! The GMS Jazz Band will perform, Santa Claus will be in the Story Room, and candy canes and bookmarks will be given to everyone who believes in Santa. Vote for your favorite …

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Grinnell College opens new center for admission, financial aid offices

Grinnell College opens new center for admission, financial aid offices $12 million facility features wood from trees cut down to make way for construction GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College recently opened a new Admission and Student Financial Services (ASFS) building designed to meet the needs of prospective and current students and their families. The $12 million two-story facility at Park …

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Women’s a cappella group to host inspiring holiday concert in Grinnell!

Women’s a cappella group to host inspiring holiday concert in Grinnell!   GRINNELL, IOWA – What began over a year ago as a means of self-care in the midst of stressful times has now blossomed into something worth sharing with the public.  Vox Feminae, which is comprised of music professors, professional musicians, and those with a history of performance, is …

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Relay For Life of Poweshiek County Volunteers Receive Honors

Relay For Life of Poweshiek County Volunteers Receive Honors   American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Poweshiek County volunteers received awards on October 13thduring a Relay For Life conference for the eastern half of Iowa in Waverly. Patty Manatt was awarded the Volunteer of the Year which is awarded to an outstanding individual for their dedication and commitment to …

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GPCF completes its eighth year of promoting partners and funds during the month of October through the Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2018

GPCF completes its eighth year of promoting partners and funds during the month of October through the Big GIVE for Poweshiek County 2018 The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation’s annual Big GIVE for Poweshiek County Campaign raised $146,000 for 50 local funds and nonprofits supported by GPCF.  The month-long fund drive in October encourages donors to think locally when they consider …

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Veterans Commission Meeting Brief and Upbeat

Veterans Commission Meeting Brief and Upbeat By Michael McAllister November 2018 calls on Americans to reflect on the 100-year anniversary of the armistice ending World War I.  It also—as Novembers do—prompts Americans to look ahead to the holiday season. Presently, in Grinnell, holiday decorations seem to eclipse the city’s dormant tribute to veterans, but work to restore the building and …

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GRMC Auxiliary 2018 Holiday Tour of Homes – November 30 & December 1

Home for the Holidays With winter wonderland weather fast approaching, it’s time to put up those holiday decorations. The UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will showcase the holiday decorations of ten homes in its first Holiday Tour of Homes. Tour participants will be able to view homes around the Grinnell area on both Friday, Nov. 30, from …

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Holidays In Grinnell

Holidays In Grinnell   Join us this holiday season for activities in Grinnell! Keep checking back as we add more activities and events. Central Park We’d like to say a huge thank you to Jennifer McAlexander, Dodi Reilly, Jill Hollingsworth, Chief Reilly, Daniel Clements, Ryan McGuire, Happy Miller, Michelle Butler, Kerri Olson, Gailanne Dill, Jim White and all the other volunteers for …

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Update Your Health – Intelligent Aging

Being the picture of health takes more than a yearly checkup with your primary care provider. With so many sources of stress and anxiety, it’s important to understand how the mind-body connection plays an important role on your overall health. Hear from Andy Nish, MD, medical director of the UnityPoint Health®– John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines, about tuning …

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Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse | SE•ED Monday August 20

Protect Yourself from Financial Abuse With the ever-present changes in technology, scammers are coming up with more ways to take advantage of elderly populations. Learn more about the steps you can take to protect yourself or a loved one from elder financial abuse at the next UnityPoint Health – Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education program on Monday, Aug. 20. …

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Updates on the Zone of Confluence

  Working with the City of Grinnell and private investors, Grinnell College strives to bring economic and social vitality to downtown Grinnell. One initiative involves developing the Zone of Confluence – the neighborhood located between the Grinnell College campus and downtown Grinnell. Learn about this initiative with John Kalkbrenner, Grinnell College’s assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services and Economic Development, on …

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Applying the Goodness of Soy

Applying the Goodness of Soy Follow a non-GMO soybean on its journey through production in Iowa at the Monday, Sept. 18, Grinnell Regional Medical Center Senior Education Program. Dan Walker, Natural Products Operations Manager, will take the audience from the day the farmland was prepared to be planted, the growing season, the harvest and into the NPI processing plant; where …

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