Monday, August 17, 2009

Washington man hospitalized after plane crash

A 78 year old Washington man was hospitalized last night (8/16) after a plane crash northeast of town. The communications center says Edward Jarrard was taken by private vehicle to Washington County Hospital after landing his Piper Warrior in a farm field near 240th and Palm Avenue. They say the extent of his injuries was unknown last night. Personnel from the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration was also contacted.

Supervisors consider architects

Washington county supervisors could be hiring an architect at this week's meeting. The board is considering moving the health department to a new location, and is expected to hire a the architect to conduct a feasibility study. Supervisors are also slated to be present at a public hearing on county zoning. The zoning meeting is tonight (8/17) at 5:30 at the Marr Park Conservation Center. Their regular meeting is tomorrow (8/18) morning at 9:30 in the Washington County Courthouse.

Kalona Council to adjust sewer project

A change of plan may be in store for a sewer project in Kalona. The City Council will consider approving a budget increase of $4,800 for the sewer adjustment on 10 Street and J Avenue. The project is part of the larger paving work being done on those streets. The council will also consider a lease agreement with Mid Prairie School District for use of their preschool in the Kalona Community Center. The meeting will be tonight at 7:30 in the public library.

Governor launches long term care campaign

Governor Chet Culver has launched an educational campaign centered around long term care insurance. Mary Weinand is a Family Resource Field Specialist for the ISU Extension Service. She says about 65 percent of seniors will require some type of long term care. She says it's also beneficial for younger people to look into as well.


The Iowa SIDS Foundation Walk for the Future is this weekend in Washington's Sunset Park. Tricia Lipski is one of the event organizers. Her son Jacob fell victim to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2005. Lipski says money raised by this weekend's 5-K walk will go towards SIDS research. Registration for the walk is at 8:00 Saturday (8/22) in the big pavilion in Sunset Park. The walk itself starts at 9:00.

Prairie Walk

Marr Parks Prairie Walk will be held next week. Naturalist Pam Holz says this program will offer participants the chance to enjoy the beauty of Iowas natural prairie. She says the program will not only give residents a chance to enjoy nature, but will also educate them on Iowas natural diversity, landscape, and the history of the prairie. The Prairie Walk will be next Saturday beginning at 10:00 am.

Cruise nights this weekend

Classic car enthusiasts will have plenty to do in Washington this weekend. Saturday (8/22) it's the Back to the 50's and 60's cruise night on the square. There will also be a performance by the CR dance team that evening. On Sunday (8/23) it's the annual PAWS Central Park Motor Expo. Registration is from nine to noon; the show runs from noon to four.

Transit Vehicles

US Senator Tom Harkin announced recently Iowa will receive more than $7-million for transit projects. Harkin says many Iowans rely on public transportation every day and these funds will help take care of their daily needs. 35 new transit vehicles will be purchased using these funds and many existing ones will receive new surveillance equipment.