Well Aware Health Fair Scheduled
(LeMars) -- Floyd Valley Hospital and Wells Blue Bunny will sponsor the "Well Aware" Community Health Fair scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th. The Health Fair will be from 2:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the LeMars Convention Center on the upper level. The fair is free of charge for participants. More than 50 exhibitors will be on hand from various health related services available within the LeMars community.
Various medical providers will be offering many health-related services and information including blood pressure checks and diabetes screening. Attendees can take advantage of learning opportunities including a wide array of educational information on nutrition, cancer, blood and organ donation, exercise, dental health, mental health, and more.
(Oyens) -- The small town of Oyens, Iowa is still under a boil order for all their water needs after detecting E-coli bacteria in the water last week. The town of 116 people conducted some shock chorinating procedures over the weekend in hopes to kill the bacteria. Cheri Christman is the mayor of Oyens. She says tests samples were submitted to a laboratory on Tuesday for the latest analysis.
Christman doesn't know how the e-coli bacteria got into the water supply. One possibility could be from rain run-off. However, she says the town does have an old well, and she suspects it could be because of deteriorating casings. Christman says the town is drilling two new wells, and she hopes that will resolve the town's water concerns.
(LeMars) -- Saying "character is important", Sioux City Musketeer's new hockey coach Brett Larson informed the nearly 600 elementary students from LeMars Community and Gehlen Catholic to make good decisions in life. Larson offered a motivational speech during an assembly at the LeMars Middle School auditorium Tuesday afternoon, encouraging the students to stay away from drugs and alcohol. Larson urged the students to "lead in a positive way" and that will ultimately lead them the "right way." The assembly is part of the LeMars Optimists Club annual effort urging the students to "just say no to drugs." Each of the students received a free white t-shirt featuring the winning entry for this year's "just say no" campaign. The winning design shows a graphic of a cell phone on the front with the words "just say no" coming from the phone. Beneath the phone graphic is a text that reads: Foward to All Contacts. The back side features the names and logos of this year's sponsors. Krista Lipp, daughter of Chris and Linda Lipp designed the winning t-shirt entry.
(Sioux City) -- It has certainly been an eventfull year so far for the American Red Cross chapter based at Sioux City. Looking back, they provided food and shelter to the hundreds of victims that lost their homes during the tornados that hit Mapleton, then of course there was the flooding of the Missouri River, and again they provided food and shelter to the many displaced families. When you also consider the national catastrophies such as the Joplin, Missouri tornado, along with the tornadoes that hit the southeastern United States, the wildfires of Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas, and Hurricane Irene, you begin to understand why the call for additional donations. Tammy Pech, Communications Director for the local Red Cross chapter, says the charitable organization has been fortunate that so many people remember the Red Cross when disaster strikes. She says besides the disasters that receive a lot of media attention, there are a number of small disasters that require assistance, such as when a family loses their home to a fire.
The American Red Cross is looking for heroes that will be recognized during the Iowa-Nebraska football game. Pech says nominations are being accepted for one person from Nebraska and one from Iowa. She says the criteria is that the individual must have saved a life during the past year.
(Sioux City) -- In honor of providing U.S. Citizenship preparation services to Siouxland's new immigrants since 1921, the Mary J. Treglia Community House is hosting a Naturalization Ceremony and 90th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m. The events will be at the Community House's 900 Jennings Street location in Sioux City, and will be followed by luncheon of international and American dishes.
The Honorable Donald O'Brien will be joined by representatives of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to administer the Oath of Allegiance to more than 30 prospective citizens. To take the Oath, candidates must have already passed an interview in English an an examination of United States civics and history, in addition to meeting the government's strict requirements regarding residency, good moral character, and time as a lawful permanent resident. Because U.S. Citizenship is so coveted and the standards are so high, the occasion is both momentous and solemn.
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