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Philpot names Chamber Volunteer of the Year

Every Halloween, Troy “Stinky” Philpot turns his house in the middle of Muscatine into Stinky’s House of Horrors. Offering something between a horror movie set and a Halloween store at the mall, to say Stinky goes all out is an understatement. Months of work and a loyal group of fun-loving friends created something that hundreds of people walked through and experienced every year. The only requirement was to donate a non-perishable food item. About ten years ago, Stinky decided to give the food donations to the annual Freezin’ for Food campaign created by the Voice of Muscatine and former Muscatine Mayor DeWayne Hopkins. When Vintage Sound 93.1FM was invited to help sponsor Stinky’s House of Horrors, the event got stronger. Now thousands of people come through the House of Horrors, and more food than ever has been raised for local families. Troy will remind others that his group of friends make it a group effort. While that is true, it is his passion that attracts others to get involved–not just his passion for goofy horror props, but also his passion for helping others. The last few years, when Stinky and his crew delivered their food donations to the Hawkeye Hauler at the Hy-Vee Food Store, the donation could be measured in trailers and pallets. Hundreds of pounds of food are donated each year from all the people who pay...

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Floral design class coming to Muscatine

By Alex Foltz A free floral design class will be held in Muscatine very soon. The class will focus on fair flower designing. Barb Reesink, a floral superintendent for the Muscatine County Fair, stated that it will be an interactive demonstration to show people how to design their flowers. “This is where you’ll learn how to design an arrangement and then actually have to set it up,” Reesink said. The free event is open to the public and people of all ages. It will take place April 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Muscatine County Extension...

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Housing development for seniors receives federal tax credits

By Alex Foltz Muscatine seniors will soon have more places to reside in town. The Iowa Finance Authority is responsible for awarding over $750,000 to the Oak Park senior living development. In total, the Iowa Finance Authority provided over $7.2 million this year, dispersed between 12 different rental developments. Pioneer Property Management, Inc., owns the Oak Park senior living development. Back in September 2017, they approached the City Council on this proposed development. Project manager Chris Ales represented the company at this meeting. Ales, on behalf of the company, requested rezoning the land from Single Family Residential to R-L...

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Muscatine Fire Department acquires swift response boat

By Alex Foltz The Muscatine Fire Department recently acquired a new rescue boat, allowing for faster rescues. The boat, a Zodiac, is a swift water rescue boat. Kent Corporation Senior Vice President Rich Dwyer, trustee of the Kent Corporation Charitable Foundation Jeff Bohling, and GPC Safety Division Director Kevin Garrison presented a check for almost $10,000 to the Muscatine Fire Department for the purchase of the boat through Dive Rescue International. The increased riverfront traffic, caused by further development of the area, was a driving force behind the purchase of this boat. To ensure that the response time is as...

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Muscatine Agriculture Education and FFA Program provide growing opportunities for students

By Sam Paul On August 29, 1929, 23 Muscatine High School boys signed on make Muscatine FFA the second chartered FFA chapter in Iowa. Through the years many things have changed and the numbers have grown, but some principles have remained the same. Agricultural education teaches students about agriculture, food, and natural resources. Through these subjects, agricultural educators teach students a wide variety of skills, including science, math, communications, leadership, management, and technology. Agricultural education is delivered through three interconnected components: classroom or laboratory instruction; experiential learning, or learning experiences that usually take place outside of the classroom, supervised...

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