Author: Mary Mason

Pokemon beginner explaination

The “Pokémon Go” craze has taken the world by storm. Everywhere you go, people are playing, or at least talking about the game. Families with small children are playing. Adults are playing. Everyone in between is playing as well. Though I do not play, as a mom, I wanted to know what my son was talking about. I did some research and downloaded the app for a quick introductory session. If you are not a player, but want to know what the fuss is all about, here are the basics. When downloading the game, users are asked to create...

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RAGBRAI volunteers in training

On Tuesday, July 12, several dozen Muscatine area residents met at the Riverview Center to learn about volunteer opportunities related to RAGBRAI. Nichole Sorgenfry of United Way of Muscatine outlined several available positions that are available on July 30, when the annual bike ride ends in Muscatine. Volunteers are needed to act as greeters. According to Sorgenfry, the job of these volunteers is to act energetic, enthusiastic and welcoming. Greeters will be placed around the dip site and lining Hershey Avenue to welcome riders into town. Greeters can be solo, in groups, or even families. The main focus is...

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Tick epidemic

The Iowa Department of Public Health defines Lyme disease as a common tick-borne illness. Lyme disease is mainly found in the eastern United States and upper Midwest. Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer ticks, which feed on the blood of animals and humans, can carry the bacteria and spread it when feeding. People who spend time hiking, hunting, and camping in wooded areas are most at risk of contracting the disease. Doctors recommend covering exposed skin while in areas where ticks may be present. Ticks are most likely to spread the Lyme disease bacterium during...

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Fairgrounds in historic registry

History in the making The Muscatine County Fairgrounds in West Liberty have been a place for community gatherings, livestock exhibits, and fun since 1852. The Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission received a grant from the State of Iowa to study the fairgrounds in 2014. The $12,000 grant was used to study 35 resources that make up the fairgrounds. The area was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places as the West Liberty Fairgrounds Historic District in 2015. Designation of the fairgrounds as a Historic District makes the grounds eligible to apply for specific grants and additional funding for improvements. Historic tax credits are being used to rehabilitate the historic buildings on the fairgrounds. The swine building was in disrepair until a grant allowed the fair board to improve and upgrade the building, while keeping the historical integrity intact. This year the fair board was able to make improvements to the Kiddie Barnyard and the X-Barn. Improvements have also been made to the Arts Building and Exhibit Hall. Even with new sidewalks being poured to connect buildings and features being updated, the historical integrity of the grounds is taken into consideration in the planning. Currently, construction is underway on a gazebo made from an old silo. Once complete, the gazebo will provide a picnic area and place to rest and view the events taking place....

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Making the most of the Fair

Many Muscatine area residents recognize the Muscatine County Fair, held at the County Fairgrounds in West Liberty, as a week of fun. The week includes rides, small stage shows, grandstand shows, and more delicious food than many people see or taste in a year. However, there is an entire other side to the fair that many people are not aware of. The county fair is the end goal to yearlong projects for many 4-H and FFA students. The various clubs and individuals work throughout the year on projects ranging from sewing, home décor, and baking to livestock projects involving...

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