Friday, May 15, 2009

Flash flooding possible

Much of eastern Iowa is under a flash flood watch today. The National Weather Service says scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue across the watch area this morning, producing rainfall amounts greater than one inch in some locations. More storms are expected to redevelop along a cold front dropping into the region from the northwest. NWS says total rainfall amounts of more than two inches are possible. In case of severe weather, stay tuned to KCII for Severe Weather Action Team coverage.

SEIA Agency on Aging warns of scams

The Southeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is warning about con artists posing as state employees. The organization's Brenda Sayre says the scammers tell people they work for the state treasurer's office, and that they have unclaimed money for the victim. Sayre says you never have to pay in order to claim money or research the state's "unclaimed funds." She says if you come across anything suspicious the best course of action is to notify law enforcement agencies immediately. For more information and assistance with financial scams, older Iowans may contact SMP at 1-800-423-2449.

Roads closed for film crews

Streets in Washington will be closed periodically throughout this month and into next while crews film the movie "Splatter." The 900 block of South Iowa will be closed from 8 to noon today (5/15). On May 29th Iowa will be closed from 6:00 pm to 9:00 am near Cafe Dodici. The 900 block of Iowa will be closed again from 8 to noon on May 30th, as will the 600 block of Third Avenue. On May 31 the street in front of Fourth Avenue Bar and Grill will be closed from 8 to noon, along with Washington Street in Sunset Park. For a complete listing of roads that will be closed CLICK HERE

Farmer's Market kicks off '09 season

The Washington Farmer's Market kicked off their 2009 season in the city's Central Park last night. Market Master Bob Shepherd says it provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to get a start, and Washington to showcase what it has to offer. Farmer's market's continue every Thursday night this summer on Washington's down town square. 

Washington summer events

Many Midwestern communities have signature events like Kalona Days, Keota Fun Days, and Riverside's Trek Fest. Amy Vetter, with Main Street, says plans are in the works for such an event in Washington. Vetter says they are also working on Ridiculous Days which will be June 6 in Washington's downtown. She says it's a sort of bazar of local businesses. Vetter says this is one of, if not the oldest Ridiculous Days events in Iowa. 

Extension to become more "issue focused"

Washington County's Iowa State Extension director says his agency's restructuring will make it more issue focused. Gene Mohling says it will streamline how and where resources are utilized by identifying areas that share common interests. Mohling says as the extension service shifts from individual counties, to a regional focus, they'll be able to work together more effectively. 

Master Gardeners plant sale

The Washington County Master Gardeners are having a plant sale tomorrow (5/16). Master Gardener Barb Mottet says the sale will run from 8-11 am at the Washington County Fairgrounds, in the old school house. Mottet says there will be a variety of perennials for sale as well as garden related items. 

Kalona Library holds art event

Mid Prairie Schools dismiss early on May 21st, and the Kalona Public Library wants to give students something to do. Youth Services Librarian Marissa Tartaglia says they'll be offering on art program in the Velma Skola Program Room. She says kids and teens are invited to participate in a variety of art activities. She says registration is not required, and the program is free of charge. For more information call the library at 319-656-3501.

Fish n' Fun

The Louisa County 4-H and Conservation Service are teaming up to offer a Fish 'n Fun day nest month. Katie Hammond, with Lousia County Conservation, says the day will start with a casting competition, followed by training session and a fishing derby. She says there will be prizes for the biggest fish, most fish and smallest fish. She says rods, reels and tackle boxes are a few of the prizes up for grabs. Hammond says participants should bring their own fishing equipment and bait. Fish N' Fun is June 13. For more information contact the Louisa County Extension office.