Jefferson, Kate Shelley, Food for Thought

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Originally broadcast 07/10/2019
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Leanne Harterz, brought us her monthly Story County Report, with Latifah Faisal from the Story County Attorney’s Office telling us about the program to reinstate drivers licenses. Our first guest was Chris Deal, telling us about how Jefferson attracted the attention of Silicone Valley and built a Career Academy in conjunction with DMAAC and the citizens of Jefferson. History Boy Theatre in Jefferson will also be one of the locations for the production of Kate Shelley's Bridge, a new musical by Diana Star Helmer and Gershom Levi. Gershom and the director Mischelle Levi came to the studio to discuss the production as well as listing dates and locations for other performances in central Iowa.

Jean Kresse rounded off summer activities by providing the history and growth of "Food for Thought," which began as a summer feeding program for children under 18, and now includes learning and enrichment components as well as other fun activities. The list of cooperating organizations and churches is impressive.

Ames Independence Day Breakfast and Parade, Outrage Over Treatment of Migrants, Susan Gwiasda

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/05/2019
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Dennis Hart gives a summary of local news from the pages of the Ames Tribune.

Brenda Brink, area resident, describes the events and meaning of a semi-spontaneous gathering of people in front of US Representative Steve King's office in Ames, delivering a letter expressing outrage regarding his defense of detention centers at the US - Mexico border and border enforcement. 

Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke spoke at an Ames residence last week, when he described inhumane conditions he witnessed, of people who were detained on the border. We hear an excerpt from his speech.

A compendium of voices and sounds of the Ames July Fourth festivities, ranging from the Mayor and City Council and other city staff hosting the pancake breakfast, to onlookers and marchers in the parade, to political parties and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. 

Susan Gwiasda, Ames Public Relations Officer, gives a municipal update from the City of Ames.  

Slater 4th of July, Walk for Climate, Insects

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 07/03/2019
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Bob Kraus of the Slater Community Club started off our show by telling us what's planned for the annual legendary Slater 4th of July, which features 9 queen candidates sponsored by local organizations.  The Ames Parade has a different style and focus.  Lucas Bleyle came in to tell us about plans for a March for Climate sponsored by Ames Climate Action Team.  The show ended with Donald Lewis, ISU extension entomologist, coming in to tell us what we can do about unwanted insects -- mosquitoes and jumping worms.  


Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/26/2019
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Today's program started in Ogden whith Ben Hollingshead, co-chair of the Ogden Fun Days, telling us about that festival this weekend (June 27, 28, and 29).  Then we heard about a completely different kind of event in the rural parts of our area -- Central Iowa Junk Jaunt, with owners, Haleigh Eason and Brenda Schwager giving us a preview of their 21 locations.  Carrying on with the national topic for summer reading programs, "A Universe of Stories," Bertha Bartlett Library in Story City is hosting a one-day opportunity to view the night  the night sky in an inflatable planetarium (today, May 26) as described by Kolleen Taylor, executive director of BBL.  From the heavens to rubber ducks, Jay Wilson, executive director of Story City Greater Chamber Connection, told us how the community is overcoming the lack of the usual water route on the Skunk River since the iconic Swinging Bridge is under renovation.  

Just Up The Road - Suicide Prevention - Bill De Blasio in Story County

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/24/2019
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Dennis Hart provides Iowa in the News from the prior week.

Excerpts from NYC Mayor and presidential candidate Bill De Blasio's speech given at the Democrats Big Tent event at Alluvial Brewery on June 8th.

Alex Haberer, resident, poet, and musician from Boone, explains the reason and purpose for "Just Up the Road," a concert to be held to bring attention to suicide prevention and support for friends and families who experience the suicide of a loved one. Haberer also recites and original poem.

The concert will include musicians and poets honoring their deceased friend, Kyle Muench. Muench, who was as a published musician, died last year; this concert honors him while celebrating the continuation of life after a suicide occurs with a loved one.  The concert will occur on June 29 at 6 PM at the new Lockwood Cafe in West Ames. Lockwood Cafe is located at 4625 Reliable Street. All donations collected will be given to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Crystal Davis from the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau gives  preview of public events and entertainment for the month of July. Schedule of events.  

Sundance and Solstice

Listen Here NowOriginally broadcast 06/21/2019
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Following the news by Dennis Hart, Pat Schlarbaum brought us an interview from Loren Sephier, Chief Eagle of the Yankton Sioux, telling the history of the Sacred Sun Dance, which was outlawed for many years.  Our show closed when Alex Fejfar from the Ames Historican Society, who came by to tell us about the  the final program this year for the society, The Battle to Save the Morris Farm from Involuntary Annexation


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