Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Loebsack tours WCHC

U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack is gearing up for the debate on health care. Loebsack is touring medical facilities in Southeast Iowa. The Mount Vernon Democrat says health care needs to be a careful blend of private and public efforts. Loebsack says the federal S-CHIP program, or HAWK-I as it's known in Iowa is one sign of progress. He made his comments yesterday (5/26) while touring Washington County Hospital.

Grassley on health care

Senator Chuck Grassley says there are problems with the states current healthcare policies. One of his biggest concerns is the fact that many lower-income families are unable to afford insurance coverage which results in poorer health conditions. Grassley says people with preexisting medical conditions are often disqualified from coverage. He says even if they are allowed to join a plan, they often can't afford. The New Hartford Republican says his goals for health care reform would include making insurance "affordable and accessible."

Washington Co renews fuel contract

Agri-Land Farm Service will continue to provide fuel for Washington County's road department. Supervisors approved a new contract with the Winterset based cooperative at yesterday's (5/26) meeting. County Engineer David Patterson says Agri-Land will provide ethanol blended gasoline, two types of standard diesel fuel and bio-diesel. The only other bid for the contract came from Brighton based Cobb Oil. Their's was higher by $2,000.

WHS student receives Alliant scholarship

A student at Washington High School is getting a $1,000 scholarship from the Alliant Energy Foundation. Kelsey Bishop graduated this year and is one of twenty five students receiving the community service based scholarships. Bishop plans to study nursing at Mount Mercy College this fall. She's the daughter of Cameron and Kathy Bishop. Alliant says they considered leadership, volunteerism and the content of a 300 word essay when they selected the recipients.

Winter pushes back last day of school

With the ice and snow of winter the Mid Prairie School District had to cancel many days of school. Because of the canceled school days the last day of school for students was pushed back. The last day of school for students will be next Tuesday, June 2nd and they will be released one hour early. As it stands right now, the first day of school for the 2009-2010 school year will be Wednesday, August 26th.

Ending Polio

Washington County residents are being invited to Bike to End Polio. Myron Graber from the Washington Rotary Club says the event has a ride for everyone, ranging from short rides to even a 56 mile trek along county roads. Graber says 100 percent of the 25 dollar entry fee goes to polio fighting efforts, and the entry cost covers both snacks and a t-shirt. The Biking to End Polio Now event will begin with registration at 6:30 am on June 6. For information contact Myron Graber at 653-1674.

When to spray for bagworms

The Keokuk County Extension is urging property owners to hold off on spraying for bagworms. Education Director Gary Bickmeir says there has been considerable interest in Southern Iowa as people worry about the caterpillars defoliating their trees. For more information contact the Keokuk County Master Gardeners, or the Keokuk County Extension office.

Cash up for grabs at Kalona parade

There will be several ways to win money at this years Kalona Days. Kalona Days Director Dave Finley says cash prizes of $150, $75 and $50 will go to the top three entries in the Kalona Days parade. He says the parade will start at 10 a.m. and line up will be on the west ends of C and B Avenue and proceed east on B Avenue to 7th Street.