Fred Johnson, Geogie Tsushima, Emerald Ash Borer, and Shagstock

At the Unity Church's memorial service for former Ames resident and educator Fred Johnson, Fred's friends and family explain the meaning of the wooden radio displayed at the front of the room, which literally served as the urn for his ashes.

A gathering of more than 200 people at Brookside Park honored the memory of Geogie Tsushima, reknowned skateboarder and filmmaker from Ames, who died at the age of 26. Friend and skateboarder Derek Siedelmann describes Georgie and his life, the effect he had on many, and the moving gathering that culminated with a skateboard thumping salute and a rainbow in the sky. Derek tells us how skateboarding feels.

Ames Public Relations Officer Susan Gwiasda tells us that the Emerald Ash Borer epidemic is 10 miles from Ames and the proactive measures Ames is taking in anticipation of the destruction of Ash trees. Amy Yoakum, Natural Resource Specialist, and Erica Eaves, Outreach Coordinator at Story County Conservation, describe the innovative Wasp Watchers biosurveillance volunteer program to identify the presence of emerald ash borers. Amy also provides information on how to identify stricken trees.
To volunteer to be a wasp watcher contact Erica Eaves, (515) 232-2516 or contact Amy Yoakum or call (515) 232-2516

Ron Carson and Bryon Dudley, KHOI's roving music correspondents, reported on the people and music of the recent Shagstock event in Boone County.

Originally broadcast 07/27/2015
Listen here now