Friday, March 27, 2015

FRIDAY DAILY REPORT

SUNNY AND COLD TODAY....HIGH TODAY 38.
SUNNY AND COLD TOMORROW AND SUNDAY.
60-DEGREE WEATHER COMING NEXT WEEK.

MAQUOKETA IS GETTING A NEW PRINCIPAL FOR CARDINAL ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL.   SHE IS SHERRI WALKER AND SHE WILL REPLACE JOAN BOLLMAN
WHO IS TAKING EARLY RETIREMENT AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.
WALKER IS CURRENTLY THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT CEDAR VALLEY WEST AND WORKS FOR 4 SCHOOL DISTRICTS.    SHE RECEIVED HER B.A. DEGREE
FROM BUENTA VISTA AND HER M.A.E. FROM UNI.   THIS WILL BE
HER FIRST PRINCIPAL POSITION.

A MAQUOKETA WOMAN, JOHNA VANDEMORE, AGE 34, HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO CHARGES OF MAIL FRAUD AFTER FAKING A PREGNANCY TO CON MONEY FROM AN EASTERN IOWA MAN.   SHE WAS SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT
TODAY TO 18 MONTHS IN PRIZON AND PAY $95,850 IN RESTITUTION
TO THE VICTIM, OVER A PERIOD FROM 2007 TO 2013, COVERING $1,000 PAYMENTS FOR 90 MONTHS.    SHE TOLD THE MAN SHE WAS PREGNANT,
HE BELIEVED HER, AND THERE WAS NO CHILD.

BROOKE BYAM (RED HENTON'S GRANDDAUGHTER) AND FRIENDS WILL
SING TOMORROW NIGHT AT THE  JACKSON-CLINTON DAIRY BANQUET
AT THE FAIRGROUNDS AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.  

DAVE EHLERS WILL TRY TO REACTIVATE THE TROOP 68 BOY SCOUT
TROOP IN MAQUOKETA....6TH GRADE THROUGH 12TH GRADE BOYS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL HIM AT 563-451-6312.

RUSS AND LORI HOUSTON OF MAQUOKETA HAVE ASKED ME TO REMIND MAQUOKETA HIGH SENIORS TO APPLY FOR THE "SAMMY HOUSTON  INSPIRE ME"  $250 SCHOLARSHIP, IN HONOR OF THEIR DAUGHTER WHO HAS BEEN
DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE GENETIC  DISORDER WITH NO TREATMENT OR
CURE.   APPLICATIONS MUST BE BACK BY APRIL 1ST.    THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE OFFICE HAS APPLICATION FORMS OR CALL LORI AT 563-357-8934.

A LOOK AT A BEND IN THE MAQUOKETA RIVER AT THE PARK LOCATED WEST OF THE LIGHT PLANT.    GET TO THIS BENCH BY TAKING THE PAVED
SHORT STREET ACROSS FROM THE MAQUOKETA LUMBER COMPANY.

A BIRTH:   A BOY BORN MARCH 25TH AT A HOSPITAL IN AMES, TO ZACH
AND BRITTNEY SWANSON OF AMES.    PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS ARE PASTOR ERIC AND KRISTI SWANSON OF THE FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH
IN MAQUOKETA.   IT IS THEIR 2ND GRANDSON  IN AMES.   TWO OTHER
CHILDREN ARE NOT MARRIED.   

THE NEW FAMILY MOVIE "HOME" IS SHOWING NOW AT THE VOY 3 THEATRE.
RATED PG FOR ALL THE FAMILY.    ON THE KMAQ HOME PAGE, CHECK
THE NEW VOY THEATRES-61 DRIVE-IN THEATRE BLOG.

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND.

DENNIS VOY
kmaq@kmaq.com




Thursday, March 26, 2015

THURSDAY DAILY REPORT

TODAY...SUNSHINE...SUNSHINE...SUNSHINE...SUNSHINE...
BUT HIGH OF ONLY 45.
MORE SUNSHINE TOMORROW, BUT HIGH OF 37.
WE ARE A GOOD 10 DEGRESS BELOW NORMAL DAILY.

THE MAQUOKETA YMCA SWIMMING POOL REMAINS CLOSED.    THE PROBLEM...THE CEILING HANGING ACOUSTIC PANELS, BLUE AND GRAY, SHOWN ABOVE.    THEY LOOK NICE AND THEY KEEP SOUND LEVELS DOWN.
THREE HAVE DROPPED INTO THE POOL.    EACH TIME, NO ONE WAS THERE AND NO ONE HURT BUT THIS COULD HAPPEN WITH MANY IN THE POOL.
MORE COULD FALL.    SCOTT WARREN, MANAGER OF THE Y, SAYS  THEY ARE NOT SURE WHAT  TO DO, BUT ARE INVESTIGATING SOLUTIONS.   THEY HANG BY WIRES AND THE EYELETS GIVE AWAY.   THERE ARE 3 WITH EACH PANEL AND ONCE ONE GIVES WAY, IT PUTS PRESSURE ON THE OTHER TWO AND
EVENTUALLY THE PANEL DROPS.    IT COULD BE AWHILE BEFORE THE POOL
OPENS AGAIN.

   THE OLD OBSERVATION DECK AT THE HURSTVILLE INTERPRETIVE CENTER
MARSH AREA NEEDED TO BE REPLACED.    WORKERS FINISHED PUTTING
IN THE NEW ONE LAST WEEK AND IT IS NOW READY FOR  USE AGAIN.
IT IS THE SAME SIZE AS THE OLD, BUT MUCH STURDIER, STRONGER AND
WITH METAL RAILINGS AND A LONG LASTING PLASTIC FLOOR.    THIS ONE SHOULD LAST FOR MANY, MANY YEARS.     A PERFECT PLACE TO STOP  YOUR CAR (OR BUS) AND GET OUT TO VIEW THE MARSH AND WILD LIFE.    THE OLD WAS USED A LOT AND THIS ONE WILL ALSO BE VERY POPULAR.     LOCATED
ON OLD HIGHWAY 61, ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE INTERPRETIVE CENTER
LAND AND WATER AREA.

THIS IS THE 40-FOOT-LONG NARROW-GUAGE LaMOTTE RAILROAD DEPOT
GIVEN TO THE JACKSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY BY DIXIE CLAUSSEN
OF LaMOTTE.    IT WILL BE MOVED TO MAQUOKETA TO THE CLINTON ENGINES MUSEUM SITE BEFORE JUNE 1ST.

THIS ARTIST'S SKETCH IS OF THE NEW SAVANNA-SABULA BRIDGE THAT WE WILL BE DRIVING IN ABOUT 4 YEARS.     WIDER AND HIGHER.

THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.

DENNIS VOY
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY DAILY REPORT

CLOUDY, WINDY AND 45 TODAY.
FOR DAYS, THEY WERE SAYING WE WOULD GET UP TO 55.   NOT SO.
TOMORROW, SUNNY AND 41.
FRIDAY, SUNNY AND 35.
SATURDAY, SUNNY AND 41 AGAIN.
DISAPPOINTING.  
NORMAL HIGHS WOULD BE AT LEAST 10 DEGREES WARMER.

THERE WILL BE A MEET THE NEW COACH EVENT THIS SATURDAY AT 3 P.M. AT THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL COMMONS AREA.      STOP BY AND
MEET NEW HEAD BASKETBALL COACH DEREK ROBERTS.

FRIDAY NIGHT, THE IOWA HAWKEYE WOMEN SWEET SIXTEEN GAME
IS AT 6:30 .

THE EMERALD ASH BORER HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE CITY OF CLINTON AND SO CLINTON COUNTY BECOMES THE 20TH COUNTY IN IOWA WHERE THIS WOOD BORING PEST OF ASH TREES  HAS BEEN FOUND.  IT IS
CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE TREE PESTS EVER SEEN IN  NORTH AMERICA.     THANKFULLY, NONE HAS BEEN FOUND IN JACKSON COUNTY.      IT SPREADS THROUGH FIREWOOD, LOGS, WOOD CHIPS AND ASH TREE NURSERY STOCK OUT OF IOWA.

AT THE HOSPITAL BOARD MEETING YESTERDAY, IT WAS ANNOUNED THAT
PARAMEDIC SHD PATTERSON IS NOW THE JACKSON COUNTY REGIONAL
HEALTH CENTER AMBULANCE SUPERVISOR, A NEW LEADERSHIP POSITON.
PATTERSON HAS 16 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AT THE HOSPITAL.

IT STARTS FRIDAY NIGHT NATIONWIDE AND HERE IN MAQUOKETA....

BIG FISH FRY AT DELMAR FRIDAY NIGHT....AT GROSSMAN HALL, SPONSORED BY METHODIST CHURCH.

BIG FISH FRY SATURDAY AT THE IKE'S CLUB IN MAQUOKETA.

BIG DAIRY BANQUET SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE FAIRGROUNDS.

HALF-PRICE SALE SATURDAY AT GOODWILL STORE, DOWNTOWN
MAQUOKETA.

HAVE A GOOD WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.

DENNIS VOY