December 2014

New Year's Celebrations

December 31, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 12/31/2014
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This preview of the New Year's Celebrations of 2014, include an interview with Jessica Hansen of the Ames Jaycees telling about the New Year's Eve Bash at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center with Burnin' Sensations. Then Shirley Shaw issued an invitation to the Red Friars' Dance Party where the High Society Big Band will be playing. Announcements of other Ames events were followed by an interview with Jim and Linda Sills at the Crossroads Tavern in Kelley, which will provide shuttle service for its party with Country & Western singer Casey Muessigmann. Our special guest was fifteen-year-old Hawk McIntyre, singer and guitar player from Boone, who came with his manager and father Jeremy McIntyre to tell about how he has launched his career in central Iowa and what he plans to do for the New Year's party at Toby K's Hideaway in Boone. For listeners in Marshall County, we announced The The Electric Hillbillies at Road Hog's Bar in State Center.

Hosts for this program were: Susan Franzen, Belinda Merritt, Holly Davis, and Paul Wierson

Story County Holidays

December 17, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 12/17/2014
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Today we feature three different holiday events in Story County towns. First was an interview with Daniel Christian who will be performing at the Story City Grand Opera House on Thursday, December 18 at 7:00 PM. The second event was the Senior Dinner put on for all the seniors in the Roland-Story City area by the students from Roland-Story Middle School in Roland. Paul and Susan shared their experience and Principal John Sheahan described how every student (5th through 8th grades) worked to serve a banquet and provide holiday entertainment for 200 guests. The third event was the Pancake Breakfast and visit from Santa at the Kelley Fire Department put on by the Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders. People describing the event included Ken Kling, Jodi Meridith, Paul and Merlene Whisenard and Santa.

Hannuka, Swans, Geese, SCCF

December 15, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 12/15/2014
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Environmentalist Pat Schlarbaum explains what is going on with all the wild geese and swans around the area. Apparently, a whole crew of migrating birds has arrived from the North to winter in Iowa.

Jennifer Garst, Executive Director of the Story County Community Foundation explains their Endowment Program, together with Board member Daryl Veggie and Liz Beck, from Heartland Senior Services, one organization that is using the endowment program.

Sally Lapan, John Pleasant. and Hannah and David Gradwohl relate the story and meaning of Hannuka, the history of the Ames Jewish Congregation, the creation of the Synagogue, and what it is like to be Jewish in Ames, especially during the holiday season.

DonnaLonna, CY City, Pop Up Ames

December 12, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 12/12/2014
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KHOI's own DonnaLonna Kitchen show won international recognition in a contest held by the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The winning collection of the productions from around the world can be heard at Second International Conference of Nutrition (ICN2). A listing of all the winning radio shows from around the world can be found at that link.

Former Ames artist Jo Myers-Walker currently has an exhibition of paintings for sale of her trip to Rouen France at Wheatsfield Coop's Community Gallery. Jo describes her new life in Iowa City,

Cy City, a program sponsored by Leadership Ames, produced 30 life-sized, painted Cy statues to be displayed around Ames. Four of them were purchased by businesses of individuals, but one was purchased by YSS. George Belitsos, director of Youth and Shelter Services, tells this heart-warming story.

Tibi Chelcea from Ames C.art announces POP UP Ames, an un-juried, un-censored, free art exhibition. The show is one night only, December 19, 2014, at Design on Main, 205 Main Street, Ames. The show will be open from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. All visual artists, at All levels, and in All media are welcome to participate. To register.

RVP 1875 Christmas

December 10, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 12/10/2014
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The County Reporters took a road trip to Jefferson to visit RVP 1875’s version of Santa’s Workshop, where they talked with master woodworker Robby Peterson in his workshop about the historic furniture he builds and teaches others to build. Then we toured the History Boy Theatre and talked about the dinner and a musical show, “Murder Ballad,” directed by Angie and Robby Peterson, which is making its Mid-west Premiere on New Year’s Eve. On the way back to Ames we discussed Christmas Tree Farms in several counties.

No Bakken; Ames' 150th Redux

December 8, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 12/08/2014
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Today's show features coverage of the Bakken Pipeline Resistance Meeting held in Ames City Auditorium this past weekend, an upcoming art show (and reception this Saturday) celebrating Ames history, and the history behind the actual "birthday" of Ames on December 17. Organizer Andrea Basche and reporter Susan Franzen recapped the anti-pipeline meeting, which drew 280 attendees, laying out the major reasons people are opposing it and correcting the misinformation shared by the pipeline company. After a musical interlude courtesy of Ames singer-songwriter Paul Doffing, we hear about an upcoming art show at Gallery in the Round in Ames from Tibi Chelcea, the organizer. Finally, Alex Fejfer of Ames Historical Society fills us in on the dirty dealings of Cynthia Duff, without which Ames would not exist, along with the all-day celebration planned for Dec. 17 in Ames.

Upcoming Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) meetings in the area regarding the pipeline:

Facing History and Ourselves

December 5, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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How do we talk with youth about difficult topics like Ferguson, MO? How do we encourage them to take an active role in the world? Hosts Gale Seiler and Greta Anderson talk with Jeremy Nesoff visiting Ames this week from the organization Facing History and Ourselves, which presents curricula that use past events like the Little Rock Nine integration battle to build students' capacity for empathy, civic engagement and critical thinking. Jeremy is joined by Chad Zmolek, one of several Ames High School teachers implementing this framework, and Katie Bruna, associate professor at the ISU School of Education, who helped make the visit happen.

Environmental Ethics: A Christian Perspective

December 4, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Heart of Iowa program originally broadcast 12/04/2014
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After a preview of this weekend's Central Iowa Symphony holiday concert with CIS board president Sam Wormley, we air a lecture brought to the ISU campus by The Salt Company entitled "Environmental Ethics: A Christian Perspective". The presenter, Todd Daly of the Urbana Theological Seminary, explains the theology behind conservative Christians' climate change denial and explores how a theology centered on the figure of Christ as the reconciler of creation provides a richer context for the great environmental challenges we face.

Christmas In Boone

December 3, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

Originally broadcast 12/03/2014
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County Reporters Paul Wierson and Susan Franzen took a road trip to Boone to speak with Fenner Stevenson, at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad about the Santa Train.

Then they visited Susan Schafer at the Book Shoppe about the Boone Area Merchants Association. Kurt Philipps from the convention and Visitor's Bureau told them about the Christmas Activites planned throughout Boone County.

Owls, Campustown, Story County Community Foundation

December 1, 2014 - 7:00am -- ron

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The Great Horned Owl begins its nesting process at this time. We learn more about this magnificent owl, "the tigers of the sky."

Jeff Benson, from the City of Ames Division of Planning and Housing, and architect Sam Stagg of Haila Architecture Structure Planning, explain the a city Facade Grant to enhance appearance, business, and usage of Campustown. The City Council has approved the next step in implementing the facade grant project. See the Idea Book of design guidelines

Jennifer Garst, Executive Director of Story County Foundation , explains their grant programs. Two recent (2013 and 2014) grant recipients explain how they used grants from the Story County Foundation
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David Williams, President of Ames Breakfast Lions Club, describes buying equipment for Project Kidsight, a program where trained Lions Club volunteers conduct visual screenings for children from six months through preschool at preschools, daycares, and other community locations.
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Tricia Crane, from the Arc of Story County, explains how the Story County Community Foundation helped The Arc program provides exercise and fun for people with intellectual disabilities
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