Tag: 082813

Knights Open the Season at Center Point

The Union Knights open the 2013 football season on the road against the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana on Friday evening, August 30. Due to the heat, kickoff of the varsity contest has been moved back 30 minutes to 8 PM.
Following the game, logon to theprogressreview.co for video highlights and photos of all the action.
RELENTLESS – Leading the charge in 2013 are Union seniors (front row from left) Bo Bader, Jacob Clark, Vince Neil, Nathan Harting, John Ringelstetter. Middle row: Nick Weich, Elijah Gates, Cole Reiter, Kolten Bader, Gavin Eastman, Drake Rousselow. Back row: Eskild Ericksen, Jay Scheel, Alex Bear. Photo by Mary Bauer.

Second Street Under (Re)Construction

Last week, the City of La Porte City served notice that it is proceeding with the much needed reconstruction of Second Street.  The project includes a full removal of the exisiting roadway between Locust and Sycamore streets, excluding intersections.
Horsfield Construction of Epworth, Iowa, currently has workers, equipment, and construction materials on-site and area residents will encounter some noise and reduced access associated with the construction activities.  Construction will continue during normal working hours and be performed in strict accordance with the project specifications and City of La Porte City requirements.
     Horsfield Construction will be responsible for excavating the existing pavement, placing a new crushed stone base and re-constructing a 24-foot wide concrete street with curb and gutter. Curb ramps and driveways will be patched to match the new road surface. No sidewalks will be placed along 2nd Street at this time. During the period of construction, Horsfield will place signage and other traffic barriers while working to ensure vehicle access, when possible, for affected residents.
Construction began in earnest on Wednesday August 22, 2013 with full, two-way access planned to be restored in 4-5 weeks, depending on weather. For the majority of the project, Lauren Wallace, of MSA Professional Services, will be on-site and available to answer questions regarding the project’s schedule, conflicts and access.  Questions or concerns regarding the project can be directed to Wallace at: MSA Professional Services, Inc., Dubuque, Iowa, (563) 584-2891.
The City of La Porte City reminds area residents to please use caution in the construction zone for the workers, equipment, open excavations and detoured traffic associated with the project.

A Healthy Lifestyle for the Whole Family

Live Healthy Iowa is excited to announce an addition to their 2013 challenge lineup. The Healthy Families Challenge brings together youth and adults in a fun challenge as they learn about making healthy choices and being active. The new six-week challenge begins September 23rd.Register your family now at www.livehealthyiowa.org.
The Healthy Families Challenge encourages up to 10 household residents, including at least one adult and one child, to compete in weekly challenges focused on nutrition and physical activity habits. Registration for the challenge is $25 per family and participants will receive a resource kit which includes a team packet, activity ball and a 2014 ‘Healthy & Homemade meals’ calendar; fun weekly educational lessons; a team tracking page and access to healthy recipes and wellness information on Live Healthy Iowa’s website. All families who complete the challenge will receive a Subway gift card and have the chance to win additional prizes such as passes to an Iowa ski spot, a Des Moines family getaway and gift cards!
“We are excited to bring our youth and adult participants together for this new challenge,” says Live Healthy Iowa Director Nicole Bruce, “It’s a great opportunity for all ages to learn about healthy lifestyles and support their loved ones in making positive changes.”
For more information about Live Healthy Iowa and to register for the new Healthy Families Challenge, please visit www.livehealthyiowa.org.

Connections – August 28, 2013

By Dolores Bader
Sometimes the most interesting ideas just come out of the blue. During a coffee session with friends on the Monday after the end of the State Fair the topic of the Bill Riley Talent Search show on IPTV the night before became the focus of the conversation. There was no disagreement in that group about the fact that there are some very talented young people in this corn and bacon state!
One thought begets another and someone said, “La Porte should include a talent show with the Festival of Trails Celebration.” The idea had the full support of the small group. The next thought was a question: “Who could get that done?” Think about it. There is more than enough talent in both Sprout and Senior divisions in this area to warrant contacting the Riley organization to check the possibilities. Even if a connection can’t be made, the idea is still worthy of pursuit on merit alone.
The Riley Talent Search Competition marked its 54th year at this year’s competition. A harp solo by sixteen year old Marjorie Gast of Cedar Falls sent her home with a $4000 prize for a second place win. A total of $17,000 in prize money went to winning participants. The show was great fun to watch. I also know from school events that there are youngsters in this community who could easily have matched those performing.
This year’s performance at the Festival by the reunited On the Brink group generated a lot of talk. People really enjoyed the group’s reunion. I heard the comment more than once, “They should come back every year!” What other ideas are in the incubator ready to hatch? The recent Kick Ball tournament at the Lions Complex is one more example of the spirit that says, “If you promote it they will come.” That event fostered a huge gathering. We need to remember that the Festival theme of trails means adventure in many directions. What ideas do you have for 2014?

Stephanie Beenken Earns Master’s Degree

Stephanie Rae Beenken of Buckingham was among approximately 775 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises August 16 and 17, 2013.
Beenken received a Master of Science degree from the Graduate College.


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