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Bridging the Gap: Town Meeting Discusses Impending “Zone of Confluence” Project

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs   CONFLUENCE noun con·flu·ence \ˈkän-ˌflü-ən(t)s, kən-ˈ\ : a place where two rivers or streams join to become one : a situation in which two things come together or happen at the same time   The oft-mentioned “Zone of Confluence” plan has been an ongoing source of mystery, speculation, and misinformation – wrinkles last night’s meeting at …

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GNEE Mini-Grants: Funding Innovative Programs for Students in Middle and High School Music Programs

October 6, 2015: Through a mini-grant from Grinnell Newburg Educational Excellence (GNEE), choral music students in the Grinnell-Newburg system will create and perform original music this fall. For ten years, GNEE mini grants have enabled teachers to get funding for projects that connect to curricular goals and improve student learning. This grant, the “Choral Music Commission Project,” will affect from …

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Join St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park for an Afternoon Tea

Join St. Francis Manor and Seeland Park for an Afternoon Tea Wednesday October 21 at 2:00p in the Social Center. as Barb Lease presents “Aprons in the Attic…Honoring Women One Apron at a Time” Join us for an afternoon tea as we take a trip back in time with Barb Lease and her collection of vintage aprons. We will revisit …

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Prominent Des Moines Geriatric Psychiatrist to Speak at Mayflower

Prominent Des Moines Geriatric Psychiatrist to Speak at Mayflower   The Mayflower Community will host a public presentation by Dr. Robert Bender, one of Iowa’s leading geriatric psychiatrists, on Wed., Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Carman Center on the Mayflower campus. Bender’s presentation will address the “Best Approaches in Caring for and Behavior Management of Individuals with Dementia.” …

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Grinnell Optimist Club Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast Features Food, Fun, and a Hot Air Balloon Ride

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. – Optimist International The Grinnell Optimist Club hosted its annual Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast at Grinnell Regional Airport September 26. The Club, which is a volunteer organization that focuses on children and community service, hosted approximately 450 hungry Grinnellians Saturday.  A hearty breakfast of …

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Take Active Steps to Reduce Falls

Take active steps to reduce falls and feel more comfortable enjoying your favorite activities. Make plans to attend “A Matter of Balance”. This award winning program is designed to reduce concerns about falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. You should attend if you have concerns about falling, want to improve balance, flexibility …

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Grinnell Fire Department Earns 2014 Life Safety Achievement Award

Grinnell Fire Department Earns 2014 Life Safety Achievement Award The Grinnell Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2014 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by H. Butch Browning, President of the …

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Central Park Fundraising Well Underway

Central Park Fundraising Well Underway Fundraising efforts for the Central Park improvement project are well underway, with more than $200,000 pledged or in hand of the $1 million goal for private gifts. Co-chairs Tom and Dianne Latimer and Sandy and Betty Moffett have been making personal solicitations of donors who have given to similar community-wide projects in the past, as …

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Middle Way Farm Open House on Saturday, September 12 from 4-7 pm

Middle Way Farm holds annual fall field day and open house   Middle Way Farm will be holding its annual farm field day and open house on Saturday, September 12 from 4-7 pm. Middle Way Farm is a a 2 acre market garden operated by Jordan Scheibel located just north of Grinnell, The event is a chance for customers and friends of …

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Dollars for Scholars Annual Dogs for Dollars Event September 24

Dollars for Scholars is hosting its annual Dogs for Dollars fundraising event on Thursday, September 24th following the Homecoming Parade.  We will be located in Central Park in front of the gazebo serving a hotdog meal (Hot Dog, Chips, & Drink) from 4:30pm to 7:00pm.  Please come, enjoy the parade and a hot dog to support Grinnell-Newburg Dollars for Scholars. …

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School Board Candidates Participate in Public Forum, Vote to be Held September 8

   By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs The Grinnell League of Women Voters and the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce hosted a public forum for six candidates running for the Grinnell-Newburg School Board at the Drake Community Library Wednesday. The candidates faced a standing-room only crowd with Terese Grant moderating the event. After opening remarks, the floor was open for questions. Candidates responded …

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Choreographer Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion to Perform September 12

Choreographer Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion to perform Sept. 12    Show at Grinnell College explores triumphs in international history of civil rights Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell College will present “When the Wolves Came In,” performed by Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in Roberts Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell. This stand-alone repertory-based program …

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Grinnell College to host ‘Nature — A Walking Play’ Sept. 11-13

Grinnell College to host ‘Nature — A Walking Play’ Sept. 11-13  Play explores Emerson and Thoreau’s friendship, love of the natural world   Grinnell, Iowa — Grinnell College will host three outdoor performances of “Nature — A Walking Play” about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau from Sept. 11-13 at the Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) in rural Kellogg, Iowa.   TigerLion …

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2015 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Area Arts Council

2015 “Leave It Better Than You Found It” Award to Grinnell Area Arts Council   The Grinnell Area Arts Council (GAAC) is the 2015 recipient of the “Leave It Better Than You Found It” award from the Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation (CDAF).   The arts council oversees programming and performances for the Loft Theatre, Arts Academy, Community Theatre, …

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Grinnell Banker Joins Grinnell United Way Board

Grinnell banker joins Grinnell United Way board Grinnell United Way appointed Ashley Shawler of Grinnell State Bank to its board of directors. Shawler, a Grinnell native, is a personal banker with Grinnell State Bank. In addition to her service to Grinnell United Way, she serves as Vice President of the board for Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool. Shawler and her …

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Miranda Jones, 2013 GHS Graduate and Monmouth College Junior, Awarded Midwest Academic All-Conference for Women’s Soccer

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Miranda Jones, a junior Public Relations major at Monmouth College, has been awarded Midwest Academic All-Conference status (Women’s Soccer) for the 2014-15 academic year. All-Conference status is awarded to student athletes who maintain a 3.33 or higher grade point average and have earned varsity letters for their respective sports. Jones, who graduated from Grinnell High School …

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Hubbell Spaulding Loft Project: Full Steam Ahead

By Sarah Breemer Pfennigs Rumors that the Spaulding Loft Project, an ambitious $12.5 million venture that will turn the former car manufacturing plant into a 77-unit apartment complex, has filed for bankruptcy, is false. According to business insiders, construction is still underway with plans for the lofts to be completed by Spring 2016. The project, which has suffered incorrect reports …

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Photography Exhibition at Grinnell College Explores the Iowa Prairie

  Photography exhibition at Grinnell College explores the Iowa prairie Justin Hayworth’s macro photos reveal the beauty of prairie plants   Grinnell, Iowa — “A Closer Look at the Iowa Prairie: Photographs by Justin Hayworth” is on view at Grinnell College through Sunday, Oct. 11, in Burling Gallery on the lower level of Burling Library, 1111 Sixth Ave., Grinnell. Prairie …

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The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor Announces Three Free Lunch & Learn Educational Sessions

(Grinnell, IA – August 20) The Rehabilitation Clinic at St. Francis Manor will offer three FREE educational Lunch & Learn sessions to the public this fall on the important topics of Fall Prevention, Incontinence, and Stroke Rehabilitation. The public is invited to attend any one or all of the lunches and educational sessions which will be held on September 3, …

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Fifteen Non-Profits Serving Grinnell to Receive $130,000 from Grinnell United Way

Fifteen non-profits serving Grinnell to receive $130,000 from Grinnell United Way Grinnell United Way will allocate $130,000 to 15 non-profits that serve over 4,600 people living in Grinnell. “Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through supporting programming that focuses on education, income, and health,” said board president Rachael Kinnick. “Our donors support partner agencies’ programming and improve …

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We are Family: Grinnell Iowa Realty Purchased by Doyle & Devoe Iowa Realty

Doyle & DeVoe Iowa Realty, a decade-old business based in Newton, has acquired ownership of Grinnell Iowa Realty. The acquisition was made official July 1. Shelly Paulson, who obtained her real estate license in 1990 and her broker’s license in 2004, has owned the Grinnell franchise for eleven years. She has sold her interest to Caren DeVoe Clevenger, Phil Clevenger, …

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Grinnell Dentist Receives AGD Mastership Award

Grinnell Dentist Receives AGD Mastership Award  San Francisco, June 20th, 2015—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Scott Baumann, DDS, MAGD, of Grinnell, Iowa, received the association’s Mastership Award during the AGD 2015 annual meeting, which took place June 18 to 21 in San Francisco. The Mastership Award is the AGD’s highest honor and one of …

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