Friday, March 31, 2017

FRIDAY DAILY

JACKSON COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE AND THE MAQUOKETA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HELD A  DOWNTOWN WALK LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON,
VISITING PLACES WHERE INTERESTING THINGS ARE HAPPENING.   HERE, NIC HOCKENBERRY, ALLIANCE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, (BLUE WITH ARM UP) TALKS TO ONE OF THE TWO GROUPS ON THE TOUR.   HERE HE'S POINTING OUT
THE NEW WINDOWS INSTALLED LAST YEAR AT THE MIXICAN RESTAURANT,
"LA CASA DA PANCHO"     THEN ACROSS THE STREET TO THE CORNER BUILDING OWNED BY ATTORNEY JOSHUA REICKS TO SEE THE TWO LARGE TWO-BEDROOM APARTMENTS HE HAS HAD REMODELED AND ARE READY FOR RENT.     ONE OF THE KITCHENS IS BELOW....
THIS KITCHEN IS IN THE BACK APARTMENT.    THE FRONT APARTMENT LOOKS
OVER THE MAIN AND PLATT INTERSECTION.
INSIDE "PURE SALON" OWNER NICOLE NOTZ EXPLAINS WHAT IS BEING
DONE AT HER BUSINESS, AND WHILE THEY ARE STAYING OPEN AT THAT.
MATT, HER HUSBAND, WAS ALSO A LEADER OF THE TOUR AS HE IS CHAMBER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.      COVERING ON MOST WALLS WAS REMOVED UNCOVERING BRICK AND BRICK WILL BE LEFT EXPOSED.     NOTE THE HAMLIN'S SIGN AT EXTREME RIGHT ABOVE , AND BELOW....
THAT SIGN WILL STAY BE PART OF THE DECOR.     ALSO DISCOVERED UNDER 3 LAYERS (OVER THE YEARS) OF DIFFERENT WOOD PANELING WAS THE PAINTING BELOW.
IT WAS FOUND ON THE OTHER END OF THE NOTZ BUILDING AND WAS TAKEN OFF WALL AND PUT ON PLYWOOD TO BE PUT SOMEWHERE ELSE IN BUILDING LATER.
ANYONE KNOW WHO PAINTED THIS MURAL?  DEAN TELLEFSON WHO GRADUATED FROM MCHS (DAD WAS DON) EMAILED ME AND SAYS HE THINKS
THE MURAL ABOVE MAY HAVE BEEN PAINTED BY RICH MILLER, A BARBER WITH SHIFTY DAVIS.    HE SAID HIS DAD HAD RICH PAINT A SIMILAR MURAL IN THE BASEMENT OF THEIR HOME WHEN THEY LIVED ON NILES STREET IN LONGVIEW ADDITION IN MAQUOKETA.    THE BLACK MARKS ON MURAL  ARE LEFT FROM THE GLUE THAT KEEP PANELING IN PLACE.
"'PURE SALON" (WORK DONE BY CASEL CONSTRUCTION) WILL BE NEAT AND 
BEAUTIFUL (WITH NEW RESTROOM) AND THE HOME EVENTUALLY FOR SIX BEAUTICIANS.     AROUND A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, THIS CORNER  BUILDING WAS THE HOME OF "THE BIG FOUR" BARBER SHOP PICTURED IN YESTERDAY'S DAILY.    AND AT THE WEST END OF THIS BUILDING  WAS A TWO-CHAIR BARBERSHOP, WITH SHIFTY DAVIS AT ONE OF THE CHAIRS, BACK IN THE 50'S AND 60'S.   THAT SPACE WILL BE PART OF THE ENLARGED "PURE SALON".
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MAQUOKETA HAS 9 BEAUTY SHOPS WITH    AROUND 20 STYLISTS.

 ABOVE, SUE MAYBERRY....SORRY PHOTO IS A LITTLE OUT OF FOCUS.

 BELOW, HER HUSBAND JIM  (ALONG SIDE OF RETIRED RICK DECKER)
SORRY AGAIN, LOW LIGHT FOR THIS PHOTO.    SUE AND JIM (OWNERS
NEARBY OF MAYBERRY APPLIANCE STORE) TOOK THEIR OTHER MAIN STREET BUILDING THEY HAVE OWNED FOR YEAR (FOR STORAGE AND REPAIR WORK) AND ARE CONVERTING IT INTO A SHARP TWO-STORY BUSINESS WITH ANTIQUES ON THE MAIN FLOOR AND WINE CELLAR IN BASEMENT, AND ARTWORK INCLUDED.   SUE IS IN THE BASEMENT AREA AND JIM ON MAIN FLOOR WITH FRONT MAIN STREET ENTRANCE IN BACKGROUND.
THERE ARE TWO STAIRS TO BASEMENT CELLAR.    THIS ONE TO THE FRONT
AND OTHER AT REAR.    OH, AND WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE MAIN FLOOR
ORIGINAL TIN CEILING, RESTORED TO A NEW LOOK AND PAINTED BLACK!
THIS NEW BUSINESS (NOT SURE IF IT HAS A NAME YET) WILL OPEN SOMETIME THIS SUMMER.     IT IS RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE "GREEN SPACE",
WHERE SEVERAL SUMMER ACTIVITIES ARE PLANNED AGAIN THIS SUMMER.

AND THERE ARE OTHER DOWNTOWN FACADE PROJECTS PLANNED, WITH
STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR PARTIAL FUNDING OF EACH.
AFTER THE WALK, MOST CAME BACK TO THE CHAMBER OFFICE INSIDE
MAE QUARTERS, FOR DISCUSSION ON THE "GOINGS ON" IN DOWNTOWN
MAQUOKETA.    LEADING DISCUSSION AT LEFT, DAVE HEIAR, JACKSON COUNTY ECONOMIC ALLIANCE DIRECTOR.
THIS SPRING AND SUMMER, DOWNTOWN'S "NEW LOOK" WILL BE FURTHER
ENHANCED BY "PLANTINGS"  IN THE NEW, BIG STONE PLANTERS, AND IN THE 20 SMALLER PLANTERS ON ORDER, AND BY THE "PLACING" OF THE BANNERS ON THE NEW LIGHT POLES.      THERE'S EXCITEMENT IN DOWNTOWN MAQUOKETA. 


THE BOSS BABY IS NOW SHOWING AT THE VOY THEATRE!

HAVE YOU HEARD....ANYONE THAT GRADUATED
AT MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL IN THE LAST 50 YEARS WILL BE GIVEN A $100 BILL FROM A
FORMER RICH MHS GRAD.   YOU (OR SOMEONE SENT BY YOU) WILL HAVE TO PICK IT UP DOWNTOWN ON APRIL 1ST.   

















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Thursday, March 30, 2017

THURSDAY DAILY

PURE SALON AND SPA IS LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF MAIN AND PLATT, DOWNTOWN.     YEARS AGO, IT WAS THE "BIG FOUR" BARBER SHOP.      ACCORDING TO MAX MOELLER IN ARIZONA (A MAQUOKETA NATIVE NOW IN HIS 90'S)....THE OWNER WAS OLIN FARMER AND HE IS ONE OF THE FOUR ABOVE.    HE DOES NOT KNOW WHO THE OTHER THREE ARE.   
OLIN'S DAUGHTER WAS VIVIAN (MRS. JIM) BLAYNEE) AND BOTH ARE NO LONGER LIVING, BUT BEFORE THEIR DEATH, THEY GAVE THE BUILDING
TO THE MAQUOKETA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.   THE CHAMBER USED IT FOR YEARS FOR THE CHAMBER OFFICE AND THEN SOLD IT AND MOVED ACROSS THE STREET INTO THE MAE BUILDING.    THE PURE BUILDING IS NOW GOING THROUGH EXTENSIVE REMODELING.    MORE TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT TOMORROW, WITH A COUPLE INTERESTING PHOTOS.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

MONDAY DAILY

DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS, A LOT OF PAINTING WAS DONE IN DOWNTOWN MAQUOKETA
.....INCLUDING THE OLD CITY HALL ART GALLERY.    NICE NEW LOOK.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

FRIDAY DAILY

NEWS FROM THE VOY THEATRE.     NEW, EMPLOYEE SINK INSIDE THE CONCESSION STAND.   AFTER 43 YEARS (OF NOT BEING REQUIRED) WE HAVE
ONE....WITH HOT WATER OF COURSE.   HAD TO JACK-HAMMER THE FLOOR FOR IT'S DRAIN.     WORKS GOOD AND PERMIT WILL NOW GET RENEWED
TO CONTINUE RUNNING  THE STAND.   AND THE HELP WON'T HAVE TO USE THE OTHER THREE SINKS AS IN PAST.     AND,  NEW FREEZER TOO....REPLACED THE BIGGER ONE THAT WAS THERE AND TOO LARGE BECAUSE OF THE SINK.         WE NEED IT FOR OUR POPULAR LARGE PRETZELS.   TRY ONE.    SALT OR CINNAMON TOPPING.

THIS LOCATION DOWNTOWN WAS VACANT EARLIER THIS WEEK....TODAY THE SIGNS IN WINDOW....WILL LET YOU KNOW MORE ASAP.   

HELD OVER...IT HAS BEEN THE VOY THEATRE  BIGGEST MOVIE IN A LONG TIME.


OPENS TONIGHT AT THE VOY THEATRE...AND NATIONWIDE.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

THURSDAY DAILY

THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 31ST, TO PAY YOUR PROPERTY TAXES...HOME, FARM AND BUSINESS.

I DROPPED MY PAYMENTS OFF THIS AFTERNOON AND COULD NOT HELP BUT NOTICE THE NEW KIOSK AT THE COURTHOUSE, TO BE USED BY THE FIRST-EVER SECURITY GUARD AT THE JACKSON COUNTY COURT HOUSE IN
MAQUOKETA.    
ONE WORD BEST DESCRIBES IT      BIG
I CAME IN THE EAST DOOR, THE ONLY ONE FOR THE PUBLIC TO USE.
AFTER PAYING MY TAXES, I LOOKED DOWN THE LONG HALLWAY AND THERE IT IS...AT THE END OF THE HALL.
I WALKED DOWN THE HALL AND TOOK A CLOSER PHOTO AT IT.
NOW I LEARNED IT IS NOT OPEN YET.  SOMEONE WAS DOING SOME
"WIRING" TO IT
LOOKING AT IT FROM WHAT USED TO BE THE FRONT ENTRANCE, OFF PLATT
STREET.     NO MORE PLATT STREET ENTRANCE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
I THINK I MIGHT MOVE THE CABINETS TO ANOTHER PLACE IN THE COURT HOUSE.    WOULD MAKE THIS AREA ROOMIER!     BESIDES THE WOOD
OF THE OLD AND NEW DOES NOT PERFECTLY MATCH.


POWER RANGERS
STARTS FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE VOY THEATRE.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WEDNESDAY DAILY

AFTER MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS, THESE  BUILDINGS SERVED MAQUOKETA WELL, NOW ARE WORN OUT AND LEAVING TOWN.   BIGGEST BUILDING AT LEFT, HAS HAD TWO  OFFICES OVER THE YEARS FOR DIFFERENT CLIENTS.   THE MIDDLE NARROW BUILDING (ROOF AND NO SIDEWALLS) WAS LaMOHR BEAUTY SALON,  AND THEN THE LAST 25 OR SO YEARS, A COMPUTER STORE.    THE TWO BUILDINGS ON THE  RIGHT WERE OWNED BY THE LATE BILL MERRICK.   THE WEST ONE USED BY BILL MERRICK FOR HIS BARBER SHOP AND THE OTHER BUILDING WAS LOCATION FOR DR. BEN PHILLILPS DENTAL OFFICE.     THEY ARE NOW ALL BEING REMOVED BY CURRENT OWNER, BRAD DEERY MOTORS.    
ABOVE, BACK SIDE OF BUILDINGS
MY NEXT PHOTO WILL BE OF THE EMPTY LOTS.   THANKS TO BRAD DEERY MOTORS FOR CLEARING OUT THESE OLD, UGLY BUILDINGS.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

TUESDAY DAILY

 WHEN WE SAW THE "MAGNIFICIENT SEVEN" FROM THE DOWNTOWN 
STREETSCAPE IN DOWNTOWN MAQUOKETA TODAY, WORKING LIKE THEY NEVER HAD BEFORE, WE KNEW THERE MUST BE A STORY AND PHOTO.
HERE'S THE PHOTO AND THE STORY WAS ... "WORKERS FROM I.I.W.
ENGINEERING....THE CITY OF MAQUOKETA....AND K.E. FLATWORKS
CONSTRUCTION TODAY ARE DOING FINAL PUNCH LIST ITEMS FROM THE
DOWNTOWN  STREETSCAPE  PROJECT OF LAST YEAR."
WHEW...GLAD TO HEAR NO REAL PROBLEM.
THE TWO "CHIEFS" WITH NO GREEN JACKET ARE, LUCAS KLUEVER,
HEAD OF K.E. FLATWORKS AND, FAR RIGHT, CITY MANAGER BRIAN WAGNER.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE THOSE 7 GUYS ON YOUR PAYROLL?


ABOVE ...  DANCERS IN COMPANY
THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 26TH, AT 1  P.M. ...THE UNIVERSITY OF
IOWA'S PREMIER TOURING DANCE COMPANY, 
DANCERS IN COMPANY
WILL PERFORM AT MAQUOKETA ART EXPERIENCE IN DOWNTOWN MAQUOKETA.    THIS DANCE COMPANY IS IN ITS 33RD YEAR AND PRESENTS
WORKS BY NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY ACTIVE FACULTY AND
GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS....WORKS CREATED AROUND THIS YEAR'S THEME OF HOME. PERFORMANCE WILL BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE  PUBLIC.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

MONDAY DAILY

SPRING STARTED AT 5:29 THIS MORNING.    NICE DAY TODAY...60 DEGREES... BUT  COLDER UNTIL FRIDAY WHEN AGAIN IT WILL BE IN UPPER 60'S.

MEET LORNA DEWELL, THE NEW MANAGER OF THE JACKSON COUNTY  SENIOR CENTER ON EAST QUARRY STREET.    SHE WAS WITH GENESIS AS A HOME HEALTH PERSON UNTIL TAKING THE CENTER JOB.   SHE LIVES IN
LOWDEN BUT HAS MAQUOKETA CONNECTIONS.....GRADUATED FROM
MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL AND YOU MAY KNOW HER MOTHER BETTY
BRAMMERLO OF RURAL MAQUOKETA.   SHE'S  A MEMBER OF FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH IN MAQUOKETA.   HER HUSBAND WORKS FOR
INNOVATIVE AG SERVICE IN MONTICELLO IN THE SWINE AREA.    SHE CHECKS IN ABOUT 8:30 MORNINGS, AS BREAKFAST IS BEING SERVED AND DINNER IS
ABOUT 11:30 EACH DAY.   ALL SENIORS ARE WELCOME TO THE DINNER BUT
THEY MUST RSVP EACH DAY THEY WILL ATTEND.  SUGGESTED COST FOR THE  DELICIOUS MEAL WITH DESSERT IS $3.00 OR $3.50 MINIMUM....OR MORE
WILL BE WELCOME.    AFTER DINNER,  ANYONE CAN STAY FOR A SHORT
TIME OR THE AFTERNOON, WATCHING TV, PLAYING BINGO OR PLAYING CARDS LIKE THE 3 TABLES ABOVE.   THE R-T-A BUS SERVICE IS LOCATED IN THE BUILDING.    FOR THOSE NOT ABLE  TO MAKE IT TO THE CENTER BECAUSE OF HEALTH, THERE IS  HOME DELIVERY AVAILABLE.    MAQUOKETA IS LUCKY TO HAVE THIS NICE SENIOR CENTER AND THERE IS ROOM FOR
MORE TO USE IT.    ANY QUESTIONS, CALL  563-652-6771.     IF YOU HAVE
A SENIOR IN YOUR FAMILY  NOT USING THE SENIOR CENTER ONE OR MORE
DAYS A WEEK, TAKE THEM FOR A VISIT.     IT'S THE "SENIOR THING TO DO"
AND THE "SENIOR PLACE TO ENJOY".

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Friday, March 17, 2017

FRIDAY (NICE DAY) DAILY

TODAY ON KMAQ'S JUST TALK, FOR THE 2ND TIME IN A COUPLE MONTHS, SOMEONE CALLED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS TELEPHONE BOX AT THE CORNER OF SUMMIT AND MAIN, ONE OF MAQUOKETA'S BUSIEST INTERSECTIONS.   HE POINTED OUT THAT THOUSANDS SEE THIS THING WEEK AFTER WEEK AND IS HOPING THE TELEPHONE (CENTURY) WILL REPLACE IT SOON.     I AGREE.

A FEW PHOTOS FROM THIS WEEK'S MAQUOKETA ROTARY MEETING
ARE ON THE ROTARY WEB SITE.   YOU MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A LOOK.
GO TO KMAQ HOME PAGE AND CLICK-ON THE BLUE ROTARY WHEEL.

HAPPY

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

THURSDAY DAILY

THE NCAA DIVISIONS III INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS WERE
HELD IN NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS LAST WEEKEND.   THE DISTANCE MEDLEY TEAM FROM WARTBURG COLLEGE PLACED 8TH IN THE NATION.   AUBREE
TAYLOR, MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE IS A MEMBER OF THE
MEDLEY TEAM AND RECEIVED ALL AMERICAN HONORS.

TIM SOMMERS OF MAQUOKETA AT THE VALLEY LEAGUE POOL TOURNAMENT AT THE SULLIVAN CIVIC CENTER IN WATERLOO LAST WEEKEND WAS
THE STATE CHAMPION IN THE 8-BALL POOL DIVISION.

TOMORROW, I WILL HAVE STORY ON A LONG TIME MAQUOKETA BUSINESS
CLOSING.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

TUESDAY (SUNNY AND COLD) DAILY

ABOVE....THIS SATURDAY AT OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER
ON EAST PLATT STREET IN MAQUOKETA

ABOVE...NEWSPAPER ARTICLE MANY YEARS AGO IN THE MAQUOKETA NEWSPAPER.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST...
STARTS ONE-DAY EARLY, THURSDAY NIGHT, AT  THE VOY THEATRE
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Monday, March 13, 2017

MONDAY DAILY AFTER 4 INCHES OF SNOW


OVER 500 PEOPLE ENJOYED  "12 ANGRY JURORS" OVER THE PAST WEEKEND AT OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER, A PPP PRODUCTION.

GO HAWKEYES IN THE NIT TOURNAMENT WEDNESDAY.

GO CYCLONES IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT THURSDAY.

50 DEGREE WEATHER COMING THIS WEEKEND.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

FRIDAY DAILY

TONIGHT AT 7, TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7 AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 2....
SEE THIS SERIOUS PLAY AT OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER ON EAST PLATT IN MAQUOKETA.   TICKETS ON SALE AT THE DOOR WHEN DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 P.M.
IT'S A PEACE PIPE PLAYERS LOCAL LITTLE THEATRE PRODUCTION.


AUCTION SHOW SATURDAY MORNING FROM 9 UNTIL11 A.M. ON BOTH KMAQ AM AND FM.
OR... ALSO ON KMAQ HOME PAGE....CLICK-ON
THE LITTLE RADIO.    WWW.KMAQ.COM


ABOVE MOVIE BEGINS THURSDAY  (A DAY
EARLIER THAN NORMAL) MARCH 16TH AT
THE VOY THEATRE.    IT IS EXPECTED TO BE
A BIG, BIG HIT.
"A DOG'S PURPOSE" HAS BEEN A VERY POPULAR
AT THE VOY THEARE, AND IT WILL END ON
WEDNEDAY, MARCH 15TH TO MAKE ROOM FOR
"BEAUTY AND THE BEAST".

 DST STARTS THIS SATURDAY AT 2 A.M.

KONG SKULL ISLAND
IS SHOWING NOW AT THE VOY THEATRE.

DENNIS VOY