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Did You Know...

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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Area Events

You and your organization are invited to provide activity and event information to the Mahaska Community Calendar of events. "Hit send so more attend!" Submit your events to the Team Mahaska Community Calendar by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or by using the "Contacts" link in the navigation bar above. And did you know .... Separate links to WPU & School Calendars are also on the calendar page. Check it out!

Be a part of the 'bicycle' conversation! Are you interested in helping make bicycling an integral part of daily life within the City of Oskaloosa? Come join the conversation October 15 at Smokey Row beginning at 5 p.m. Things think about: What are the key destinations and corridors for bicyclists in Oskaloosa? Where would you like to see on-road bike lanes? When thinking about other’s visiting our community and utilizing our trail, where might signage be helpful? If you needed to park your bike, where might a bike rack be helpful? If you can think of other individuals in our community that would like to be a part of this conversation please feel free to share this information. Questions? contact Natalie Spray: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 641-670-7777.

What should Oskaloosa be known for? With every community at our fingertips, via the web, in a fraction of a second, Oskaloosa needs to find its Unique Selling Proposition - finding that one thing that sets the community apart from hundreds of other communities throughout the state and will make Oskaloosa  the destination of choice as a terrific place to live, establish or grow a business, and to visit. All great brands come from local input and so we want you to weigh in on Oskaloosa's future! Click here and take a few minutes to answer 9 questions, please, about what you think Oskaloosa should be known for. Survey closes October 17.

Have you heard about Plum Fun? Build a team of 2-4 pals who have read the first few books in Janet Evanovich's series of Stephanie Plum mysteries. Go from store to store in Oskaloosa Sat., Oct. 18 from 10 am to 4 pm and have fun finding clues, food, and drinks based on people and places from the books. Tickets are $20- per person and include food and drinks. Register by Oct. 4 at the Oskaloosa Chamber office. This event sponsored by Oskaloosa Main Street, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mahaska Reads - September 15 through October 15: Join Mahaska Community residents for the revival of Mahaska County's own "One Community, One Book" program. Mahaska Reads is an annual community-wide event where everyone in Mahaska County is invited to read the same book at the same time and then come together at a variety of events and programs to talk about it. This year's book selection: "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup. Click here for the list of events and more information.

WANTED: The AAUW wants your used books, puzzles, games, CDs, DVDs  and unusual magazines for the 2014 AAUW Used Book Sale scheduled for October 2-4. (Please not records, condensed book, encyclopedias or textbooks older than 2000.) Deliver to Share Iowa Warehouse (call 641.673.4000 to be sure door is unlocked), 1102 South 7th Street, 8:30 to 3:30, Monday through Friday, or call 641.673.7864.

Oskaloosa Farmers Market: Enjoy all the Farmers Market has to offer through October. Learn more here.

Fit Family Fun At Four: Every Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m., through October, on Oskaloosa's Historic City Square. This free program (no registration required) helps you and your family get moving and adds fun while helping create a healthier, happier lifestyle as a family. Call 641.672.3104 for more information. Sponsored by Blue Zones Project Oskaloosa.

City Bus Service - Oskaloosa Rides

Oskaloosa RidesThe Oskaloosa City Bus Service runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In order to get on the bus, riders can wait at any one of the 15 bus stops or flag it down anywhere on it's route. However, the bus will not stop on A Avenue. Stops will be indicated with signs. Bus fare fees are $1 for adults, children ride free. Monthly passes are available at $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and college students. Tickets can be purchased at United Way or through local grocery stores. A call-schedule-ride paratransit pick up and delivery service is available for handicapped or impaired individuals who are unable to make it to a bus stop. This service is offered by 10-15 and is available by calling dispatch (1.800.220.6390) 24 hours in advance. Contact Amy Langdon at United Way of Mahaska County, 641.673.6043 for additional information.

Click here for a copy of the Oskaloosa Rides bus route
Click here for schedule and FAQs

Direct Shots

Useful sites because you may not have time to surf!

Editor’s Note: If you’ve found a useful website you’d like to see listed, please submit it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and, after checking the sites’ usefulness and validity, it may get posted here so others can take advantage of time you’ve already spent in surfing.

  • 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.

Time to Update!

Update, please!Mahaska Community Members.... Please review the content on your pages within this web site and provide updated information regarding your community. Any new or updated information can be sent to the Web Site Content Coordinator by clicking "Area Contacts" or in the navigation bar above.  Mahaska Community Calendar events can be sent as well.

It's Here For You!

With so much happening within our community, it can be easy to miss activities which might be perfectly suited to your family or organization. As an organization, association, church or business, it can be frustrating trying to get information circulated and publicity maximized to make sure your event is well attended. A simple and free solution to supplement your advertising plan is the on-line Mahaska Community Calendar on Team Mahaska’s Web Site.

As summer activities begin to build, Team Mahaska would like to remind your organization the calendar continues to be a reliable and valuable tool for listing activities and will help build attendance to your events. Team Mahaska would like to remind families this is an excellent one-stop location for everything from youth events to educational workshops to theatrical performances at numerous Mahaska County’s venues. The on-line, interactive calendar allows for daily, monthly or list views and is linked to by area businesses and the Chamber of Commerce websites. The calendar page also provides links to the area’s school calendars.

Just click on the Calendar link above to view area events or find an easy way to submit an event.

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