News Roundup, Community Foundation, ACSD updates, Herman Banning exhibit

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 19/01/2018
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The show began with the weekly News Roundup from Dennis Hart. Host, Gale Seiler, welcomed Eric Smidt, from the Ames Community School District, who provided updates on the superintendent search and building a new High School. Sunni Swarbrick, the Executive Director of the Story County Community Foundation, spoke about her professional and volunteer work focused on building community. Alex Fejfar, from the Ames Historical Society, told about a new exhibit on Herman Banning, an Iowa State College student and the first African American to get his federal pilot license. The exhibit will be housed in the Ames Library and includes an opening reception and interactive play.

Bond Isssue, 50s, Water Forum

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Matt Patton, superintendent of Rowland Story School District, discussed the issues facing voters in that area in the bond issue for a new High School Auditorium and Football Stadium on Febuary 6. Mara MacKay, executive director of the Boone County Historical Society, talked with us about the fate of the Mamie Dowd Eisenhower Birthplace that will be under a major item of business at an 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society on January 25. Moving back to Story County, we visited with Shanna Speer, director of the Nevada Public Library, and Jean Friestad, organizer of the new series "Breaking the Ice" which will start with "A Look Back to the 1950's: Baby Boomers, rock-and -roll, values, politics, and the societal changes that still have an impact today."  Turning from books to music, Larry Sloan, owner of the Talent Factory, previewed three upcoming concerts with music from past decades, starting with Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50's.  Finally Kevin Techau told us about the next CAFO/Water Quality Forum at Drake University on January 22.

Chamber of Commerce, Humanitarian Award, MLK Day

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 15/01/2018
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Host, Gale Seiler, interviewed Drew Kamp, the Director of Government Relations for the Ames Chamber of Commerce about the Chamber’s legislative priorities and what they will be lobbying for this year.

Heather Withers spoke about the work she has been doing to promote equity and inclusivity since moving to Ames 19 years ago. She is the recipient of this year’s Ames Humanitarian Award.

There were several stories and songs related to Martin Luther King, including excerpts from a speech he gave in Davenport, IA in 1968.

Smart Business Challenge, Heart of Iowa Social Democrats will Repair Tailgate Lights on MLK Day

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 12/01/2018
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Dennis Hart gave a round up of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune and related local papers.

Tom Brantseg from the Heart of Iowa Chapter of Social Democrats of America explained the mission of Social Democrats of America and announced that on MLK Day, January 15, they will replace tailgate lights for free at the East Parking Deck at ISU, 500Wallace Rd. Hot cocoa will also be served.

MerryRankin, director of sustainability for ISU and Ames discusses the Smart Business Challenge. With two local businessmen who are members, platinum member Eric Abrams, owner of Duckworth Wearing and The Loft, and most recent member,  Nadav Mer, owner of Morning Bell Roasters. Platinum businesses will be recognized for their leadership in energy conservation at Business Challenge Recognition to be held Thursday January 25 from 11 AM to 1:30 PM at Reiman Gardens, 4075 University Blvd.

Bus Stop Breakfasts, Cambridge City Center, Ed Rood

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 10/01/2018
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Before setting out for our virtual tour of Cambridge, one of the Ballard Creek Towns in South Story County, we heard our monthly Story County Report from Leanne Harter.  Then county reporters Susan Franzen and Jonah Powell set off too find out why Cambridge is in the news for caring for its people with two very different projects.  First, we stopped by the Little Food Pantry in the front yard of Ronda Ceynar, just across the street from the bus stop at United Methodist Church, where Ronda and her team have started serving "Bus Stop Breakfasts" on Wednesdays. We continued on to Water Street to meet with Mayor Steven Kovarik, who gave us a tour of the new Cambridge City Center, home to the city offices and council chamber; the new library with space for story time, the latest computers, a conversation corner, as well as the bookshelves to hold all the books from the overcrowded Cambridge Memorial Library -- and space for more; and a common space equipped with an industrial equipped kitchen for parties, weddings, and community dinners. We wrapped up our tour of Cambridge with an interview by Ed Rood, about the 125 year history of the Tri-County Times, the small-town newspaper that his covered Cambridge through those years.

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