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Did you know ... The first college in Oskaloosa was named "Oskaloosa College?" It was moved to Des Moines and renamed "Drake College."
Did you know ... For the sixth year in a row, the cost of making a penny exceeds its actual value. The high price of copper and zinc, combined with steeper manufacturing and distribution costs, means that the U.S. Mint now spends 2.41 cents for each coin. (Source: Inner Circle, May 2012).
Did you know ... In 1955 Play-Doh was introduced in schools after 20 years of being sold as a nontoxic wallpaper cleaner. (Women's Word Magazine, September 2010 edition)
Did you know ... The state's wine industry contributed $234 million to Iowa's economy in 2008, the Iowa Wine Growers Association said following an economic study completed by MFK Research of St. Helena, CA. In 2009, Iowa wineries sold 212,891 gallons of wine, representing 5.5% market share of wine purchased in Iowa, up from 5.25% in 2008. Visit www.iowawinegrowers.org.
Did you know ... According to www.2010census.gov, the participation rate for the State of Iowa in 2000 was only 79%. However, that's higher than the national participation rate of 72%. Maybe there's a reason there is such a marketing push for 2010 census participation.
Did you know ... 28.9% of the USA's population lives in the Central Time Zone.
Pacific: 16.4%; Mountain: 6.6%; Eastern: 47.5%; Alaskan: 0.2%; Hawaiian: 0.4%
(Source: USA Today and Census Bureau Data)
Did you know ... On May 21, 1934, Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first city in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens. (www.datesinhistory.com and www.on-this-day.com)
Heard on the Food Network: "Iowa has the most competitive State Fair with each contestant submitting an average of 50 entries." (The Food Network, "The Secret Life Of... Cooking Contests")
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On April 14th, the Blue Zones Project will officially kick off in Oskaloosa. Join us that evening at the Oskaloosa Senior High School Gymnasium to celebrate our community, our well-being, and our future as we work together to become a Blue Zones Community!
The kickoff rally will feature speaker Dan Buettner, best-selling author of "The Blue Zones" and "Thrive." It will be the first opportunity for residents to see all the activities and opportunities the Blue Zones Project has to offer.
Other features include:
• Free t-shirts, water bottles, drawstring knapsacks, magnets, see packets and more!
• Cooking Demonstration with Chef Michael Glesener
• Blue Zones inspired food samples
• Kids Zone area in JV Gym with Dizzercise, magic show and other children's activities
• Musical performance by the Oskaloosa High School Chamber Choir
This is a free event, there is no admission charge, and the entire community is invited. To learn more about the Blue Zones project and to get started toward a healthier life and community, visit the Blue Zones web site or Blue Zones Project Oskaloosa on Facebook.
Help Fight Childhood Hunger • Special Olympics • Caramel Apple Fundraiser
Eggs & Issues • Nominations Sought • Visit the Mahaska Community Calendar
Call for Volunteers to Help Fight Childhood Hunger: Did you know that more than half of Oskaloosa students qualify for free and reduced lunch? That means that due to their family’s income, these students are getting subsidized lunches and sometimes breakfasts to ensure that they’re not hungry at school. But what about when they’re not at school? What about during weekends, school breaks and the summer? The truth is there are children in our community dealing with food insecurity – at times, not knowing where their next meal is coming from. But a growing group in Oskaloosa wants to help. Volunteers are coming together to start a Summer Feeding Program, providing lunch and activities to students during the summer, and a Backpack Program, sending students home on Friday during the school year with food to get them through the weekend. And we need your help. Programs like these take a great amount of volunteer and financial support, but there are a huge number of people in our community who’d be willing to help meet these needs. If you’re interested in being a part of the fight against childhood hunger, or you just want to find out more, come to an informational meeting Monday, March 10 at Noon at the United Way Building (500 High Avenue West). For more information, contact Amy Langdon at 641-673-6043 or
Oskaloosa to host Special Olympics: Oskaloosa is honored to be hosting the 2014 Special Olympics Iowa Southeast Area Spring Games. This is the fifth year to host this great event. The event will be held at the William Penn Activity Center, Saturday, April 12 starting time 10:00 am. The Southeast Track & Field games will bring in approximately 250 to 300 Special Olympic athletes and their families. The Special Olympics Games would not be possible without the great support of our community volunteers. About 200 volunteers are needed for the day to run smoothly. You can be a volunteer and a fan of the Special Olympics Games! If you are a fan of sports that create unity, athletes who inspire, and connections that foster acceptance, then you are already a fan…consider being a volunteer! Call Karen Hafner at 641.672.2591 or email
for more information.
Double Chocolate Caramel Apple Fundraiser may be over... But you can still help the Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter through donations. A list of items can be found here. Call the shelter (641.673.3991) or email them (
) if you have questions or want additional information.Back to the top.
Eggs & Issues: Eggs & Issues continues throughout the months of February and March on the second and fourth Saturdays beginning at 8:30 a.m. Held at Smokey Row in downtown Oskaloosa, this public forum allows direct conversation with Senator Ken Rozenboom, Representative Guy Vander Linden, and Representative Larry Sheets. Meetings are covered and can be viewed online at www.critv.org. Coffee is provided by MidWestOne Bank. For more information contact the OACDG at 641.672.2591. Back to the top.
OACDG Nominations Sought: OACDG Seeks Award Nominations Oskaloosa Area Chamber & Development Group will again be presenting several civic awards at their annual meeting to be held Thurs., May 8 at The Peppertree. Chamber members and area residents are urged to submit their nominations for these awards. To make any nominations or if you have an innovative idea for a “special award” for exceptional achievement in a category not mentioned, call 641-672-2591, email
with “OACDG Award” in the subject line or fax 641-672-2047 the suggestion to the Chamber. Nominations must be received by Friday, April 11. The categories are as follows:
Retail/Service Business of the Year – The most outstanding retail/service business in the Mahaska community during this past fiscal year must be in business for minimum of two years, demonstrate success, with evidence of commitment and contribution to the community.
Industry of the Year – The most outstanding industry in the Mahaska community during the year will have a stable employment history, will have been in business for minimum of two years, showing evidence of commitment and contribution to the community and a commitment to sound management practices.
Business Person of the Year – This individual will have demonstrated those qualities which have distinguished him/her in business: proven commitment and contribution to the community, a commitment to ethical business practices, recognized within their profession, a Mahaska County resident, a history of success in their business.
Citizen of the Year – This individual will have demonstrated outstanding involvement in and support of his/her community over an extended period of time.
Community Improvement Award – This commercial or industrial property will have made improvements which enhance the appearance and /or economic vitality of the Mahaska community through new development or through the redevelopment of an existing property.
Educator of the Year – This individual from a Mahaska County school will display a true passion and devotion to the betterment of students.
Chuck Russell Historic Preservation Award – Award will go to a business or individual who made a major contribution to the historic preservation and restoration of a Mahaska County historic property.
It's that time of year again. Safe winter driving includes knowing the road conditions before heading to your destination. Here are phone numbers for road conditions. Please call and check roads prior to travel. Or remember you can also dial 511 from your cell phone when traveling for road condition updates and warnings. (Be sure to follow Iowa's laws regarding mobile device use in vehicles.)
- Iowa: 800-288-1047 or visit http://www.511ia.org/
- Illinois: 800-452-4368
- Minnesota: 800-542-0220
- Missouri: 800-222-6400
- Nebraska: 402-471-4533
- South Dakota: 866-697-3511
- Wisconsin: 800-762-3947
Useful sites because you may not have time to surf!
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- Check for Recalls online: Did you know public recalls don't expire? In just the month of December 2013 there were over 30 recalls 'Safe Kids' recalls. The government operates a recalls website (www.recalls.gov) which offers the public information on all recalls including cars, boats, food, consumer products, medicine and cosmetics. Check this site regularly to stay informed.
- What's for Dinner? That age-old question now has some help with these online menu planners which could help for a less stressful week! (Subscription fees may apply.) www.relishrelish.com; www.allrecipes.com; www.dinnerplanner.com, Quick Healthy Meals in 45 minutes or less.
- Informed Dining: To see restaurant inspections on the web by the State Department of Inspections and Appeals, go to www.state.ia.us/government/dia
- Hospital Comparisons: The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative has published a guide showing how Iowa hospitals performed on dozens of quality-of-care measures. Find the complete guide at www.ihconline.org.
- Agency Reporting of Gifts, Bequests and Grants: Reports from state agencies on gifts, bequests and grants they receive from private or other government sources can be viewed at the web site for the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, this includes gifts the Governor receives on behalf of the state. The web address is www.state.ia.us/government/iecdb/ethics/gifts.htm.
- Obtaining your Credit Report: It’s a good idea to periodically check your credit report to spot errors or fraud. The official site to obtain your free credit report is www.annualcreditreport.com. There are three main credit reporting agencies: Equifax - www.equifax.com; Experian - www.experian.com; TransUnion - www.transunion.com.
Cost of Gasoline:
There is a web site that helps visitors find the lowest gasoline prices in an area after typing in a specific zip code. GasBuddy is a portal to over 170 local or state sites that track what stations in each community are charging. www.gasbuddy.com
- Appliance Help: If you're in the market for a new home appliance and enjoy research before purchase, you might want to visit www.appliance411.com which they claim provides “unbiased, helpful tips about home appliances.”
- Life Expectancy Calculator: Ever wondered how your lifestyle habits and family history affect your longevity? The non-profit Alliance for Aging Research has a Life Expectancy Calculator based on centenarian studies and other medical research. Assess your longevity by answering the questions at www.livingto100.com.
- Home Inventory: Very few people could remember everything they own in the event of a tragedy such as a house fire or tornado. Free home inventory software is available on the Internet. The Insurance Information Institute offers "Know Your Stuff Home Inventory" downloadable software at its website, www.knowyourstuff.org. You might also check with your insurance agent to see if the company which insures your home also has free software to make home inventory an easier task to tackle.
Did you know...
Do you know the average cost of driving? The average per mile cost (averaging small, medium and large sedans) is $.78.3 per mile if you drive 10,000 miles per year, $.60.8 if your drive 15,000 and $.51.9 if you drive 20,000. Source: AAA
On May 21, 1934, Oskaloosa, Iowa, became the first city in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens. (Sources: www.datesinhistory.com and www.on-this-date.com)
Iowa's longest and highest bridge crosses Lake Red Rock. (Source: 50States.com)
An Iowa law approved in May 1999 prohibits the sending of unsolicited bulk e-mail that uses a third party's name for the return address without permission, or contains false or missing routing information and must include opt-out instructions. You can read more at www.spamlaws.com.
Read more by clicking on the "Did You Know" tab at the top of the page.
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