Area Tidbits

Weekly Yard Waste and Food Scraps Collections Ending for Season on Saturday, Nov. 30

The City of Dubuque’s weekly, curbside collection of yard debris and food scraps will end for the 2019 season on Saturday, Nov. 30. The City will begin its winter collection schedule for those materials on Thursday, Dec. 5.

The winter yard debris and food scrap schedule will run on Thursdays only starting on Dec. 5 until regular, weekly yard waste and food scraps collection resumes on April 6, 2020.

Current food scraps collection subscribers will automatically have their collections made every Thursday and will be charged $1 per month for this winter service. All other curbside collection customers who would like to have yard debris and/or food scraps collected must schedule an appointment for a Thursday collection by either calling the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250 or submitting a request through the City’s website at Yellow yard waste stickers and/or annual yard waste decals are required for winter collections.

To receive automatic reminders about curbside collection schedule changes, recycling reminders, and other alerts, customers are encouraged to visit the ReThink Waste Dubuque site at to download the app or register their contact information to:
• sign up for curbside collection reminders by email, automated telephone call, and
text message;
• download their collection schedule into iCal, Google calendar, or Microsoft Outlook calendar; and
• print their collection schedule.

The ReThink Waste Dubuque tool also offers a “Waste Wizard” feature, which allows users to type in any keywords and get disposal and recycling tips specific to Dubuque. For more information, call the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250.



Follow these Thanksgiving travel safety tips

The week of Thanksgiving is a busy time of the year to travel that’s marked by a large number of people traveling to see loved ones. In 2017, AAA projected 50.9 million Americans would journey 50 miles or more from home on Thanksgiving. While many people look forward to seeing their loved ones, the sheer volume of cars on the road during Thanksgiving week makes it a dangerous time to travel.

A 2013 study examining the previous five years of data on traffic crashes in Alberta, Canada, found that long weekends have 18 percent more deadly accidents than non-holiday weekends. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday for driving. The most recent data available from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System indicates that there were 764 crashes involving a fatality during Thanksgiving 2012. In comparison, there were 654 crashes involving a fatality during Christmas that year.

This Thanksgiving, drivers should make it a point to follow these tips to ensure they get to their destinations safely and soundly.

• Check the forecast before you go. Weather can be unpredictable around Thanksgiving. Conditions may be sunny one day and then cold and icy the next. Stay up-to-date on the latest weather forecasts and road conditions as you prepare for your trip, making sensible decisions about traveling if there is inclement weather.

• Get your vehicle inspected. Have your vehicle inspected in the days before you hit the road. A mechanic’s diagnostic checkup and routine servicing, such as topping off fluids and changing windshield wipers, can make driving safer.

• Keep your fuel tank more than half-full. FEMA suggests keeping the tank full when temperatures are extremely cold. This is because condensation can build up in near-empty gas tanks, potentially freezing fuel lines and leaving you stranded.

• Opt for airline updates. Flights can be delayed or canceled when weather is poor. Many airlines will now text travelers who are subscribed to updates or frequent-flyer programs and apps. That’s a convenient and free bonus.

• Plan for stops. Drowsy driving and distracted driving are extreme dangers across North America. Take breaks to avoid drowsiness, and only use a mobile device when safely pulled over at a rest stop.

• Leave plenty of time. There are bound to be many travelers come Thanksgiving week. Build extra time into your trip so you don’t have to speed or rush to make it on time.

Thanksgiving is a big travel holiday. Make it to family dinner safe and full of smiles by following various safety trips during your travels.



Save Time While Holiday Shopping

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day are exciting, joyous and memorable. With so much to do during that period, holiday shoppers may feel pressed for time. However, savvy celebrants know there’s plenty of time to spread holiday cheer and still find the perfect gift.

Establish where to buy
One way to save time during the holiday season is to decide in advance where to shop for holiday gifts. Some people are firm believers in shopping in one department store, while others hop between retailers to find the best deals. Others strictly stick to online shopping or go the gift card route. Choosing a strategy in advance and sticking to it can make shopping less time-consuming.

Create a wish list
Even if you do not plan to shop online, use popular online retail sites like Amazon to browse for popular items and save them to a wish list. Then, with list in hand (either digitally or on paper), purchase items at local brick-and-mortar stores.

Compare prices and get alerts
With sites like PriceGrabber, Google Shopping, Shopzilla, and PricePinx, it’s easier than ever to compare prices at various retailers without having to make the trek to each and every one. Price alerts can let you know when an item goes on sale so you can grab it quickly.

Set up loyalty accounts
Create a separate email account strictly for retailer promotions and loyalty clubs. This way all sale information and coupon codes are sent to a single email address.

Ship directly
Instead of having items shipped to your home and then repackaging them for out-of-town relatives and friends, have them shipped directly to their final destination. Weigh the costs of having the merchant wrap the presents if you feel it’s necessary.

Think about bulk gifts
Figure out one or two gifts that would be fitting for many people on your list and then buy them in bulk. Assembling gift baskets of bulk items can save time, as putting the baskets together will become second nature after one or two baskets.

Save time and money with some smart holiday shopping strategies.



Walk Through Reflections in the Park

Hillcrest Family Services is excited to again offer a walk through Reflections in the Park, Festival of Lights held in Dubuque’s Louis Murphy Park, presented by Dubuque Bank & Trust. Traditionally the lights festival opens on Thanksgiving evening for car traffic. This year, for one night only, on Wednesday November 27, 2019 from 6 – 8 PM, Hillcrest is offering an opportunity to walk through the park. This will give participants an opportunity to see the lights in all their glory, unobstructed by a vehicle.

“Each year people share how magical this experience is. We are so excited to again share this opportunity to walk through the park with the community.” said Hillcrest’s Darlene Bolsinger, event coordinator.

Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance for $8 per person at any Hillcrest location or any DB&T location. Tickets can also be purchased that night for $10 per person, 3 and under are free. We encourage guests to park their car at Mount Carmel’s staff parking lot and we will shuttle people to the park for the walk through.

In the event of ice or snow, the event may be canceled.



Reflections in the Park: An Annual Tradition

Hillcrest Family Services’ “Reflections in the Park,” the annual holiday lights festival in Dubuque’s Louis Murphy Park, is celebrating its 25th year! As always the gates are set to open on Thanksgiving night, November 28, 2019. It will feature more than 70 displays, including a wide array of objects and animated displays, all brightening the night with more than 1 million LED lights.

As always there are new additions to the lights show and this year is no different. “This year we are celebrating our milestone anniversary with a feast for the eyes! You’ll have to attend to see it!” says Darlene Bolsinger, Reflections in the Park Event Coordinator. Additionally, in honor of the 25th anniversary, the twenty-fifth car to come through the park each night will receive a twenty-five dollar gift card to Hy-Vee.

The gates are open each night from 5-10pm from Thanksgiving night through January 4, 2020. Tickets can be purchased at all DB&T and Hillcrest locations for $8 or at the gate for $10. All proceeds raised go to support the operation of Hillcrest programs including our Homeless Outreach program, Wellness Center for adults working on their mental health recovery journey, and Mentor Dubuque in its efforts to provide positive adult mentors for youth.



Deer Rut Welcomes Hunters with Disabilities

A blanket of snow and the deer rut welcomed hunters with disabilities to the Lost Mound Unit of Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Savanna, Illinois. Quadriplegics, paraplegics, amputees and other physically challenged hunters participated in this special deer hunt held on November 15-16.

The deer rut was in full swing with plenty of deer activity on the first day that resulted in 13 deer being harvested. However, it was followed by a warm front and rain that bedded deer down and only 1 deer was taken the second day. Thirty-one hunters and their attendants harvested the 14 deer that included 10 does and 4 bucks. Scot Meneguin from Galena harvested the largest buck, a 9 pointer with field dressed weight of 155 pounds.

This special hunt has gained national attention with hunters representing eight states. It provides a boost to the local economy with most hunters being non-residents or residents that traveled from central and southern Illinois. Other states represented were Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Each year, the Refuge partners with outdoors and sporting organizations to make this hunt a success. The non-profit organization Unlimited Outdoors Experience (formerly Midwest Experience) sponsored Mark Schaefer from Chatham, Illinois, an Air Force disabled veteran that fought in Afghanistan. It’s the third year this organization has sponsored a disabled veteran, who often are new to deer hunting or are being re-activated to hunting.

Down Deer Recovery, a certified United Blood Trackers provider, assisted hunters in recovering wounded deer, also for a third year. Co-owner/handler Seth Nelson with his bloodhound Kimber and German shepherd Maverick, successfully tracked several wounded deer with the help of assistant handler Teddy Robbins. The dogs tracked the scent of a stress pheromone that is released from the deer’s hooves and is present along the escape path of the injured deer. Maverick is also a sled dog that drags deer out of the woods on a sled.

Ninety-three year old William Brown celebrated his 73rd year of deer hunting. He has hunted deer every year since 1957, when Illinois began deer hunting. Anna Lenz harvested her first deer and is the first female to harvest a deer during this special hunt that began in 2007.

This special hunt is conducted in areas that are closed to public access due to ongoing environmental clean-up at this former military installation, the Savanna Army Depot. Over 1,000 youth and adult hunters have participated.

Lost Mound Site Manager Alan Anderson was excited about the continued success of this program and stated “It is a unique hunting experience by a special group of hunters. Their daily challenges of life were dwarfed by the enthusiasm and determination for deer hunting. They provided both inspiration and encouragement to the Refuge staff and volunteers that administered the hunt.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge was established in 1924 and contains 240,000 acres that extends along 261 miles of the Upper Mississippi River.



It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year At the Grand Opera House

Take some time this Holiday Season to leave the hustle and bustle of shopping and prepping behind, and spend time with your loved ones watching a Christmas classic at the Grand.

There is something for everyone at the Grand Opera House! This Holiday Season the Grand is offering a Family Friendly play, a traditional ballet, a Christmas show for Adults, and a New Year’s Eve concert featuring the music of Frank Sinatra brought to you by the Dubuque Arts Council. So, slow down, relax, and take a little time to enjoy the season.

Opening on Black Friday, November 29th, A Christmas Story returns to the Grand. After a nearly sold out run in 2016, Director Frank McClain is restaging this Christmas Classic. A treat for the whole family, A Christmas Story is a stage version of the 1983 classic film based on the memoirs of humorist Jean Shepard. All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more!

A Christmas Story performs November 29, 30 & December 6, 7 at 7:30pm, and December 1 & 8 at 2:00pm. Adult tickets are $23 and Under 18 are $15.

In December, The Dubuque City Youth Ballet presents their annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet. A Dubuque Annual Tradition, this classic ballet features the students of the Academy of Ballet located inside the Grand Opera House. The Nutcracker Ballet tells the classic tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they travel through the lands of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Flowers, and the Snow Queen. The highlight of the Dubuque Holiday Season, this show is not to be missed.

The Nutcracker Ballet performs December 14, 20, & 21 at 7:30 PM, and December 15 & 22 at 2:00pm. Adult tickets are $23 and Under 18 are $15.

If you can only take so much family time at the Holidays, Who’s Holiday is the show for you! Life has not treated Cindy Lou Who well since we last saw her as the wide eyed 2 year old in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. And this Christmas, she is prepared to tell you all about it. So pull up a chair, because the kettle is on and Cindy is ready to spill some tea.

Who’s Holiday performs December 23 & 25 – 28 at 7:30pm. All tickets are $15. This is a General Admission performance with limited seating capacity. All seating is on stage.

The final performance of 2019 is brought to you by the Dubuque Arts Council. Featuring The Hunter Fuerste Orchestra and crooner Bryan Anthony, Celebrating Sinatra; His Life in Music is a great way to end the year, and welcome the next.

Celebrating Sinatra performs on December 31st at 8:00pm. All tickets are $35.

Tickets for all of these shows can be purchased in person at the Box Office located at 135 W. 8th Street in Dubuque, or by calling (563) 588-1305. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from Noon until 4:00pm. Tickets can also be purchased on our website at Additional fees may apply.



Pork Producer Empowers Young Superheroes to Combat Hunger

Iowa Select Farms and Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation Donate 1,000,000 Ham Sandwiches and 10,000 Pork Sticks to At-Risk Kids

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (November 13, 2019) – Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation are continuing to reduce childhood hunger in Iowa with the Power Snack™program. This year, food insecure children across Iowa will receive Pork Sticks in addition to existing Power Snack coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread. Between November 11 and 22, Foundation volunteers and Iowa Select Farms employees will distribute 10,000 Pork Sticks and coupons for 1,000,000 ham sandwiches to 22,571 children at 125 schools.

“We are excited about the addition of Pork Sticks because they’ll serve as an immediate, nutritious resource for kids,” said Jen Sorenson, Communications Director of Iowa Select Farms. “They pack a powerful protein punch and can help students curb hunger and focus on learning.”

In Iowa, 1 in 5 children are considered food insecure. According to Scott Jeske, Principal at Robert Blue Middle School in Eagle Grove, weekends and extended holiday breaks are especially difficult on kids who regularly eat breakfast and lunch at school. “Being well-nourished is a basic need that has to be filled before students can start learning,” Jeske said. “We see a difference in students that come to school hungry versus those that don’t, and Power Snack™ continues to be a great asset for our kids.”

Power Snack™ Teacher Kits contain 80 Pork Sticks and four Power Snack™ booklets for each child containing a $5 coupon for deli ham and a $3 coupon for a loaf of whole wheat bread-the ingredients needed to make their own “Power Snacks™” at home. In total, 91,004 Power Snack™ deli ham and whole wheat bread coupon packs and 10,000 Pork Sticks, intended for distribution right before Thanksgiving, winter, spring and summer breaks.

Ham is Lean, Nutrient Rich Protein

“Kids love ham,” explained Sorenson. “It’s easy to prepare, full of flavor and promotes growth and development. Combining the energy and carbohydrates of whole wheat bread with the protein of ham means the children will have made themselves a real Power Snack™.”

According to the National Pork Board, pork loin, tenderloin and ham are excellent sources of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus and protein, and a good source of zinc and potassium. The USDA MyPlate guidelines recommend children eat up to six ounces of lean protein daily, depending on age and gender.



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The Salvation Army of Dubuque Kettle Campaign Kick-Off

The Salvation Army of Dubuque is inviting Dubuque area residents to a kick-off of the annual bell-ringing season on Wednesday, November 13 with a special event at 6:15 pm at the Dubuque Kennedy Mall. The event will take place at Center Court and include the announcement of the 2019 goal for the Kettle Campaign, a new promotion with the Kennedy Mall and an additional way to donate at the kettle this season.

As a reminder, The Salvation Army of Dubuque will have its Christmas toy and food sign-up for low-income households November 12th – 15th, and the 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1099 Iowa Street for Dubuque area residents. Those signing-up will need to bring a picture ID for adults registering and ONE of the following for each child: social security card, birth certificate, or school record. The toy distribution will be December 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Because of the annual Christmas campaign – many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season, including those struggling with family, emotional, or employment problems. The Kettle Campaign is also important for new programs such as children’s music and ballet, community garden and the Pathway of Hope.

About The Salvation Army

 The Salvation Army has served Dubuque County for over 100 years. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army of Dubuque currently serves the community with a food pantry year-round, The Pathway of Hope program, a Senior Activities Center, weekly church services and bible study and a children’s music and ballet program. To learn more, give a monetary donation, or volunteer for The Salvation Army call (563) 556-1573.



‘Holiday Tags’ Available for Solid Waste Collection Customers

The City of Dubuque is continuing its annual distribution of a complimentary “holiday tag” for extra garbage to its solid waste collection customers. The tags will be available until Jan. 3, 2020.

Customers requesting a holiday tag will need to present the original top portion of their November 2019 utility bills, which have holiday tag information printed on them. Renters in housing units where the owner pays the City utility bill will need to request a holiday tag from the owner or property manager. Paperless billing customers requesting a holiday tag do not need to print their bill; however, verification of paperless billing status will be confirmed by City staff at the time of request.

Customers may pick up their holiday tag during normal business hours at the following locations:
• Municipal Services Center, 925 Kerper Ct.
• Utility Billing Office, first floor of City Hall at 50 W. 13th St.
• Multicultural Family Center, 1157 Central Ave.
• Housing and Community Development Dept., third floor of the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth St.
• Leisure Services Department office, 2200 Bunker Hill Rd.

The holiday tags may be used for refuse on any collection day in the future. For additional information, please contact the City of Dubuque Utility Billing Department at (563) 589-4144 or



The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) to open two new solo exhibitions in its galleries in November

The Poison Garden: Photographs by Molly Wood opened in the Kris Mozena McNamer Gallery on November 2 and will remain on view through January 12, 2020.

Des Moines, Iowa-based photographer Molly Wood is known for her photographs of botanicals. Named an Iowa Arts Council Fellow in 2018, Wood has exhibited her work in many solo, group, and juried exhibitions, including the 2017 DuMA Biennial in Dubuque.

The artist has also been featured as part of the Art at the Library Series at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, at the Muscatine Art Center, and at the Sioux City Art Center.

Wood’s latest body of work, Fatal Flora, evolved from the artist’s interest in how plants were used in the Medieval and Renaissance periods for culinary, medicinal, and sometimes nefarious purposes.

According to Wood, “Often the same plants used to nurture and feed loved ones could be used in another way to heal the sick. Different parts of these same plants could also be … poisonous.”

Wood has also observed that, “I believe this is symbolic of many elements of life. Things that can be nurturing and life-sustaining and healing when experienced in one way can also become toxic and poisonous when circumstances are changed or moderation is not observed.”

Wood created the body of work during a recent residency at Alnwick Poison Garden in Northumberland, England.

Molly Wood was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. She received her Master of Arts in Art History in 1992 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and her Bachelor of Arts in Photojournalism in 1987 from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

In addition to making photographs, Wood currently produces photo shoots for Meredith Brand Licensing in Des Moines and is an adjunct professor at Des Moines Area Community College.

The Poison Garden: Photographs by Molly Wood is supported by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

Totalitarianism Seen Through Metaphors: Paintings by Ioana Mamali opens in the Amuse Bouche Balcony Gallery on November 19 and continues through January 5, 2020.

Ioana Mamali has lived in Iowa since 1990, when her family moved from Romania to Iowa City, Iowa. Mamali relocated to Dubuque a number of years later for employment at the Durrant Group.

Mamali has a Master of Architecture degree from University of Bucharest-Romania. The artist works in a variety of media, including watercolor, oil, and pen & ink.

Mamali has exhibited locally as part of the Art @ Your Library series at Carnegie-Stout Public Library and in juried exhibits sponsored by the Wisconsin Regional Artists’ Association and the Dubuque Museum of Art. Mamali’s works are included in private collections in Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Romania, and the U.S.

Mamali had described her artworks as “metaphorical representations of past and present existence” that reflect her experiences living in a totalitarian society. The artist has added that the purpose of her art is to “awaken the curiosity to understand the truth so much needed for our survival.”

Related Programs

Saturday, November 16, 1-2 pm

The DuMA will host a program in conjunction with the Dubuque Arboretum on Saturday, November 16 at 1 pm. Fran Hedeman, member of the Dubuque Herb Society, and Kennie Harris, gardener at Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, will talk about specific species of plants featured in Wood’s photographs following her talk. Free admission.

Friday, December 6, 5-7 pm

A reception for both exhibits will take place at the DuMA as part of the community-wide First Fridays series on Friday, December 6 from 5-7 pm. Admission is free for DuMA members; $10 suggested donation for guests.



Iowa Public Television announces new series The Life Autistic

Iowa Public Television announced today the launch of its newest online series, The Life Autistic. The series will premiere Monday, November 18 on, Facebook and YouTube.

The Life Autistic will explore the challenges and successes of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder at different stages in life and ranges on the spectrum. Featuring various age groups ranging from the very young to the elderly, the series will include personal profiles and interviews exploring topics relevant to each age group.

“Working on The Life Autistic series has been a profound experience. People with autism and members of their families have graciously shared their deepest struggles and greatest successes in order to raise awareness and acceptance for those with disabilities,” said series producer/director Judy Blank. “I find it both humbling and inspirational that every person we were privileged to meet works tirelessly for gains towards increased quality of life and independence for those with autism.”

The Life Autistic will include an estimated 12 episodes. After the November 18 premiere, new episodes will be released bi-weekly on Mondays through April 2020.

Learn more at



Honoring all heroes this Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day, which is celebrated annually on November 11, commemorates the hardworking men and women who sacrifice their time and put themselves in harm’s way to defend the country’s core values of freedom and opportunity. While Veteran’s Day certainly is a chance to honor those who have donned the uniform during wars and military installments, it also can be a chance to recognize the unsung heroes of wartime — those who step into roles so that soldiers and strategists can focus their attention elsewhere.

Take for example Naomi Parker Fraley. In 1942, Fraley was a machine shop worker at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif. She was one of scores women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II, helping to produce munitions and war supplies. Parker was 20 years old in 1942 and served as the inspiration for what would become one of the most indelible images of the era, known as “Rosie the Riveter.” Parker unknowingly inspired the iconic image after she was photographed at work bent over an industrial machine in a jumpsuit with her hair tied back in a polka-dot bandana. In 2018, Naomi Parker Fraley died at the age of 96, not nearly the household name she perhaps should have been.

Rosie the Riveter helped to tout the contributions of female war employees who were defending America by working on the homefront. Rosie was a successful morale-booster, and some may be surprised to learn that Rosie has various incarnations.

Norman Rockwell’s depiction of a female riveter, which appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on May 29, 1943, became an iconic staple of that time. Muscular, with a rivet gun on her lap, a sandwich in hand and a boot stomping on a copy of “Mein Kampf” — and timed perfectly to coincide with the release of a song called “Rosie the Riveter” by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb — Rosie became a household name. But another Rosie image actually predates Rockwell’s Post cover.

Naomi Parker Fraley was reportedly the inspiration for an ad created by a lesser known artist named J. Howard Miller. Miller produced a “We Can Do It!” poster for Westinghouse Electric in 1942 aimed at boosting spirits among the company’s workers. The poster helped to recruit new female personnel, according to scholar James J. Kimble. This Rosie was portrayed in a red bandana with her bent arm flexed, rolling up her shirtsleeve.

Both Miller’s and Rockwell’s depictions of female war workers became ingrained in popular culture. Rockwell’s cover art was eventually loaned to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for use in war bond drives for the duration of the war. Miller’s version has been emulated for generations and still epitomizes a strong female presence in the workforce.

This Veteran’s Day week is a prime time to delve into American wartime history, with interesting stories like the origins of Rosie the Riveter, and pay homage to all of the heroes that help ensure America’s reputation as a great nation.



Explore the history of Veteran’s Day

Service members make numerous sacrifices in defense of their countries. While the debts to service members may never be the kind that can be repaid in full, paying tribute to veterans, on Veteran’s Day and throughout the year, can be a great way to show them just how much their efforts are appreciated.

Veteran’s Day begins with Armistice Day
Veteran’s Day is a byproduct of the end of World War I, when Germany and the Allied Nations signed the Treaty of Versailles, formally ceasing fighting and establishing terms of peace. On November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the signing of the treaty, the first Armistice Day events were held. Armistice Day was initially a legal holiday to honor the end of World War I only, states The United States Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday starting in 1938. However, in 1954, after the country had been embroiled in both World War II and the Korean War, Congress amended the Act of 1938 by renaming the commemoration “Veteran’s Day” to honor veterans of all wars.

Veteran’s Day in October?
According to, for a short time, thanks to the Uniform Holiday Bill, which in 1968 established three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating national holidays on Mondays, Veteran’s Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October — the first being October 25, 1971. However, many people did not agree with this decision, continuing to honor the holiday on the original date. In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed a new law that returned Veteran’s Day to November 11 beginning in 1978. Since then, parades, memorial events, volunteer efforts, and other celebrations revolving around veterans have been held on November 11.

Veterans around the world
Many countries, including the United States, celebrate veterans on or near November 11. America’s closest neighbor to the north, Canada, commemorates veterans on Remembrance Day (also November 11), as does the United Kingdom. Britain also has Remembrance Sunday, which is the second Sunday of November. Remembrance Day also is called Poppy Day, when people of the Commonwealth member states wear a red poppy flower in honor of military members who have died in the line of duty.

Paying tribute
There are various ways to honor veterans on Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day. Federal government closings, educational efforts in schools, parades, and visits to military hospitals or cemeteries may take place. In Europe, it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

Veteran’s Day and its sister holidays mark the honoring of veterans of all wars, with a particular focus on living veterans. It is a day to celebrate the dedication and selflessness of hardworking military men and women.



Stay safe this hunting season

Hunting is a thrilling hobby for millions of people across the globe. In fact, non-hunters may be wide-eyed to learn just how popular the sport is.

A recent report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that 11.5 million Americans participated in hunting in 2016. Many hunters spend a lifetime hunting without ever suffering an accident or injury. However, hunting can be a dangerous sport, which only highlights the need for hunters to emphasize safety at all times.

It’s essential that hunters exercise caution with their firearms at all times. Firearms should always be considered loaded, even when they’re not. This approach should apply while hunting and while at home. Maintaining such a mindset can help hunters avoid dangerous, potentially deadly mishaps should they mistakenly believe a firearm is not loaded when it is.

When hunting, only point the firearm when you plan to shoot, making sure to keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot. Only shoot when a target is clearly identifiable and you’re certain about what is beyond the target.

Weather and gear
The right attire can protect hunters from Mother Nature and their fellow sportsmen. Weather can be unpredictable during hunting season. Hunters should always check the forecast before leaving home, making sure to dress for the weather. Even if the forecast calls for agreeable weather, hunters could be at the mercy of Mother Nature should the weather unexpectedly change. As a result, it behooves hunters to prepare for cold, wet weather, which could put them at risk of hypothermia if they are not dressed properly. A water-repelling outer layer can protect hunters in wet conditions, and it’s also ideal to dress in layers.

To lower your risk of injuries suffered at the hands of other hunters, avoid colors and patterns that blend into natural surroundings. Such colors can include earth tones, blacks and browns. Animal patterns may confuse fellow hunters into thinking you’re an animal, so avoid these as well.

Staying in touch
Hunters, especially those who plan to go it alone, should always let others know of their plans before going on a hunting excursion. Sharing plans can help rescue teams find you should you suffer an injury on your trip and prove incapable of returning to your campsite or vehicle without assistance. Let others know when you plan to return and indicate your plans to call or text them when you arrive back at your vehicle. This way they can promptly alert the appropriate authorities should you not contact them on time.

Millions of people across the globe enjoy the sport of hunting. Hunting trips are even more enjoyable when hunters prioritize safety.



Handle a breakdown with ease

Drivers expect their vehicles to safely transport them from point A to point B. But sometimes drivers find themselves stranded on the side of the road due to a breakdown. That can be an especially precarious position to be in, but knowing what to do during a breakdown can help drivers and their passengers get through such situations unscathed.

1. Find a safe spot to pull over. Whenever possible, guide the car to a shoulder or area out of the line of traffic but still visible to oncoming traffic. If the car is not drivable, enlist the help of someone to push it into a safe zone.

2. Turn on hazard lights. Esurance advises to put on hazard lights, which will warn other drivers that something is wrong. Hazard lights also may alert other motorists who might offer assistance. Once your hazard lights are on, pop the hood, which can serve as an additional alert to other drivers.

3. Engage the emergency brake. Turn the wheel away from the road and put on the emergency brake to help prevent the car from rolling.

4. Set up other warning signals. Prepared drivers keep cones, reflective triangles or flares in their cars. AARP suggests placing three warning signals. The first should be 50 feet away and directly behind the vehicle. The other two can then be placed nearer to the vehicle.

5. Remain in the vehicle. It is safer to stay in the vehicle and call for help than to get out and stand on the side of a busy roadway.

6. Call for assistance. Use a mobile phone to dial a roadside assistance service or tow truck. Drivers also may want to contact the nearest police station to ask for help.

Roadside assistance programs are available for a fee from private companies and sometimes through vehicle dealerships or insurance companies. Such services can provide peace of mind if and when breakdowns occur.



Fall State of the City Focuses on Goals

Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol has released his “State of the City” for fall 2019 and it focuses on the importance of goals while summarizing the City Council’s five-year goals and previewing efforts to update the City’s Climate Action and Resiliency Plan.

“Establishing strategic goals is critical for Dubuque to continue the positive momentum of the past into the future,” said Buol. “As Dubuque does with all strategic plans, robust community engagement will be an essential element of the climate action plan update.”

The text version of the fall 2019 State of the City appears in the November/December issue of the City News newsletter currently being mailed to utility customers. A video version is airing on CityChannel Dubuque and was distributed through the City’s social media channels.

Buol’s quarterly State of the City columns appear in City News, Dubuque’s utility bill newsletter. They are also converted into videos that air on CityChannel Dubuque (on Mediacom channels 8 and 117.2 and online at and are shared on the City of Dubuque’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn channels. Both the text version and video are also available at



New Program to Help Iowa Residents Find Affordable Healthcare

Iowa residents who are interested in free help to learn how they might enroll or re-enroll in health insurance under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now have a new resource. Iowa Navigator is a non-profit project that received grant funding from the federal government to help Iowa residents select a health insurance plan. Last year, rates dipped about 7%.

Open enrollment for 2020 is November 1 through December 15, 2019. Iowa residents can call 515-978-9570 now to reserve a telephone appointment.

First Choice Services, working under a cooperative agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, created the program in order to provide information about how the health insurance Marketplace operates. They will discuss plan options and pricing and can help complete enrollments over the phone. This year, they are also offering a telehealth option that will allow applicants to see completion of their enrollment in real time. There is no charge for enrollment assistance.

Jeremy Smith, program director for Iowa Navigator, says that this service is important because many people are confused by the options and end up choosing the wrong type of plan. “This time of year, people are bombarded with ads for health insurance. Some are legitimate, but some are not. We are grant-funded, so we have no profit motive, and our only goal is to help people find the best, most affordable plan for them.”

Financial help is available when signing up for health insurance through the Marketplace. Last year, 7 in 10 applicants qualified for financial help in obtaining health care coverage. For those that are already enrolled in Marketplace health insurance, new plans and prices are available. Those with current Marketplace coverage should pick a new plan or re-enroll in their existing plan by December 15, 2019, to prevent a lapse in coverage.

More information is available at



Public Invited to Share Input on Next City Budget

Dubuque residents and stakeholders are invited to share their input on the next City budget as City of Dubuque staff prepare the City’s budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021, which runs July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

The public will have the opportunity to provide input at a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth Street. City staff will provide general information on the budget process at this meeting and then meeting attendees will be asked to share their thoughts on what they would like to see funded in their neighborhoods and the community at-large.

Those unable to attend the meeting are invited to provide input on the budget by submitting comments in the “Balancing Act” simulation tool available at

Input will be reviewed by staff and will assist in the development of a recommended FY 2021 budget to be submitted to the City Council in February 2020. The City Council will then consider the recommended budget and the public will have additional opportunities to offer input during seven public meetings in February and March. A final budget must be adopted by March 31. The City’s operating budget (day-to-day costs of providing city services) is around $134 million and the capital budget, which includes major projects and improvements, is approximately $57 million.

Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to explore two online tools, available at, that provide an opportunity to visually interact with the City’s budget:
The “Open Budget” tool provides unprecedented access to City budget information and is designed to help make sense of the dollars and cents of city government budgeting.

The “Balancing Act” simulation tool allows users to learn how property tax is budgeted and tax revenues are spent and illustrates how the City’s FY2020 budget will be developed. The simulator challenges residents and stakeholders to actively balance their own version of the City’s budget, subject to the same constraints City Council members face annually when considering the City’s recommended operating and capital budgets. In addition, residents and stakeholders can provide comments in the simulator.

For additional information on the City’s budget process, visit or call 563-589-4110.



Tire maintenance keeps drivers safe

Maintaining tires is an important component of safe driving. Tires are some of the hardest working parts on a car or truck and are subjected to wear and tear every time rubber meets the road.

Tires affect many components of driving, including handling, braking and the comfort of the ride. Maintaining tires makes driving safe not only for drivers and their passengers, but also for fellow motorists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that, in 2017, 738 fatalities occurred because of tire-related crashes. Many of those crashes were no doubt preventable, and that only highlights the importance of maintaining tires and monitoring their performance.

Poor tire maintenance can lead to premature wear and potentially result in a blowout. The automotive group AAA notes it is important to visually inspect tires as often as possible. Drivers should look for overall tread wear. Pay special attention to tread wear on one edge of the tires, which could indicate poor alignment. Erratic tread wear may mean tires are out of balance.

Drivers also should pay attention to how their cars drive and sounds. Unusual vibration or thumping noises suggest issues with the tires. A car that pulls in one direction also may be experiencing tire problems.

Vehicle owners should be aware of the routine maintenance steps that can keep them safe and improve the life expectancy of tires.

• Tire pressure: The NHTSA says only 19 percent of consumers properly check and inflate their tires. Keeping tires properly inflated is one of the most important steps to maintaining them. Tires lose around 1 psi per month, and underinflated or overinflated tires can contribute to unusual wear, blowouts and even excessive fuel consumption.

• Rotation: Check the owner’s manual or recommendations from the tire manufacturer, but know that most mechanics advise having tires rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Rotation helps distribute wear more evenly on tires.

• Balancing: AAA says balancing also helps minimize uneven wear and tear. Balanced tires are achieved by using small weights attached to the wheels to limit vibration of the tire and wheels as they turn. New tires should be balanced, and tires also should be balanced after one or more is removed to repair a puncture.

• Alignment: Vehicles have wheel alignment measurements that pertain to manufacturers’ specifications. Alignment that falls outside of the range can impact handling, fuel economy and tread wear. A drift or pull suggests alignment problems and should be addressed.

Vehicle owners should keep tire inspection and maintenance in mind as part of their overall car care plan.



A nod to November

There is much to be thankful for in November. Here’s a look at some of the interesting facts about the month.

• Many elections take place in the United States on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. In 2019, Election Day falls on November 5th and includes various gubernatorial elections, mayoral races and a variety of local elections.

• November used to be the ninth month of the calendar of Romulus. That all changed when the calendar was modified and January and February were added.

• November is 30 days long. It is one of four months that last 30 days.

• November is the last full month of the fall season in the northern hemisphere.

• The chrysanthemum is the flower of November, which is fitting since so many mums are seen during the fall.

• November’s birthstones are topaz and citrine.

• People born in November fall under the zodiac signs of Scorpio or Sagittarius.

• Veterans are commemorated in both Canada and the United States each year on November 11.

• November’s full moon is known as the Beaver Moon. Algonquin tribes and colonial Americans would use the month to set beaver traps before the swamps froze to ensure a supply of furs for the winter. It is also sometimes called the Full Frost Moon.

• According to folklore and The Farmer’s Almanac: “Ice in November brings mud in December.”



501(c)(3) NONPROFIT

Dubuque, Iowa – The Red Basket Project has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Established in 2016, the organization strives to ensure each woman’s period is met with products, despite personal or financial need.

“Because no one ever asks, we assume there is no need,” said Beth Gilbreath, co-founder of The Red Basket Project. “What we have found in our work is that the need is in fact tremendous. We were shocked to learn that we have those in our community who miss school and work when they have their period, simply because their families lack the financial means to purchase. When you are forced to choose between food and period supplies, food wins.”

Since inception, The Red Basket Project has distributed over 20,540 period packs, each consisting of period supplies for one month.

Board members include: Gilbreath, Realtor at Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors, President; Amanda Munger, of Runde Auto Group, Vice President; Gabe Less, of MediRevv, Inc., Treasurer; Lynne Hemmer, of Sedgwick, Secretary; Kelley Donovan, of LPL Financial; and Lidia Bertolini, of Mario’s Italian Restaurant.

For more information, or to donate, visit



November is National Hospice Month

Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life with Hospice of Dubuque, Your Hometown Hospice since 1983

November is National Hospice Month, a time to celebrate the kind of care that helps patients and family caregivers find comfort, love and respect when it is needed most. Since 1983, Hospice of Dubuque has fulfilled a mission of providing compassionate care for the terminally ill and their loved ones in your hometown.

The Hospice of Dubuque care team provides expert pain and symptom management, spiritual guidance and emotional support. Hospice of Dubuque works with patients and families to design the care they need, in the manner they choose, on their terms.

Together, we can meet the needs of the community by raising awareness of hospice services available to those facing a life-limiting illness. Share your story and advocate for the community’s nonprofit hospice with friends and neighbors.

For more information regarding hospice care, palliative care or advance care planning, please contact Hospice of Dubuque at 563.582.1220 or visit



Season 9 Winner of MasterChef on FOX to Open New “Food Truck” Concept in Historic Millwork District

Dubuque, IA (October 2019): Novelty Iron Works is proud to announce its newest addition to the family, Chef Gerron Hurt, Season 9 winner of Masterchef on FOX. The downtown Dubuque building is currently home to BackPocket Taproom & Beercade, the Millwork Ballroom and future home of The Comedy Bar and Gino’s East Pizzeria. Launching in early November, Novelty plans to bring a southern-style food concept to its main lobby located in the historic Millwork district at 333 E 10th St on the corner of 10th and Washington. The menu will feature two-handed sandwiches inspired by Chef Gerron’s southern roots along with homestyle sides that are good enough to be a meal on their own. Some examples include Nashville hot chicken, crispy pork butt, fried green tomatoes and baked mac n cheese, to name a few. Sweet treats include Chef Gerron’s award-winning chess pie squares and homemade bread pudding. Additionally, with Novelty being one of Dubuque’s premier venues for weddings and other large events at its Millwork Ballrooms, Chef Gerron will also be serving as the new Executive Chef, cooking up a new elevated catering menu, which is in development and will be available to all future clients.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Chef Gerron and his wife Brandi to our family here at Novelty,” says Kim McDermott of Novelty Iron, “His recipes are full of flavor, but also full of heart. It’s a true honor that Chef has chosen our beloved city of Dubuque to launch one of his first restaurant concepts.”

Southern Ego is set to open to the public on Friday, November 8th of 2019 with exclusive launch parties and VIP events occurring in the days prior. Visit for more info.

About Chef Gerron Hurt
Humble at heart, Gerron Hurt is a former teacher turned MasterChef who was crowned winner of the 9th season on FOX in 2018. Growing up in Louisville, KY he took great influence and inspiration from his late mother’s cooking and carried on that passion into his college career, where he continued to cook and make dishes for his friends. When the opportunity came, Chef Gerron, with family support, decided to take his chances and audition for the world-renowned cooking competition. Months later he found himself being announced by Gordon Ramsey as MasterChef Season 9 winner and it has been a rapid road ever since. Chef Gerron loves incorporating his educational background and cooking skills to influence others to have fun cooking and creating their own unique recipes through his subscription-based website. He currently resides in the greater Nashville area with his wife with whom he travels the world sharing their family’s passion for cooking.

“Food is that one common denominator that binds humanity together.” -Chef Gerron



Chicago-based Stand Up Comedy Club to Open in Historic Downtown Dubuque in the Millwork District with Celebrity Chef

Dubuque, IA (October 2019): Having started almost a decade ago in the Windy City, The Comedy Bar promises to give Dubuque a hilariously delicious comedy club experience beginning November of this year. To launch their newest location, winner of FOX’s Masterchef, Gerron Hurt, will be collaborating with the comedy staple to offer an exclusive menu designed by the Chef himself. Shows will be held every weekend at The Comedy Bar’s brand new showroom located on the lower level of the Novelty Iron building at the corner of 10th and Washington. Tickets are $16 for general admission, with food and beverage being sold separately. Their dinner menu features southern favorites from Chef Gerron’s restaurant concept. Southern Ego, located just above The Comedy Bar, near the main lobby. Signature items include the Blazin’ Bird Nashville hot chicken sliders, baked mac n cheese, and homemade bread pudding, just to name a few. Of course, no bar would be complete without delicious cocktails; guests will also be able to purchase from an array of specialty drinks offered exclusively at The Comedy Bar’s Dubuque location. The club also plans to include their pizza partners, Gino’s East, on their menu in the upcoming months once the pizza chain’s Dubuque location has launched.

“We are extremely excited to bring our brand of laughs to Dubuque, especially with Chef Gerron,” says Kyle Lane of The Comedy Bar, “We’ve been fans of MasterChef for years and when our most recent club opened in Nashville this past March, we had the opportunity to meet Gerron and his fiancé, Brandi. Also being young entrepreneurs ourselves, a collaboration on our upcoming Dubuque club just seemed like a no-brainer. This town is full of so much life and we feel honored to be able to invest into such a vibrant community.”

The Comedy Bar is set to open to the public on Friday, November 8th of 2019 with exclusive launch parties and VIP events occurring in the days prior. Visit for more info.

About The Comedy Bar
At The Comedy Bar, we believe that sticking to the basics and doing them well is the best path to success; this is exemplified in our name, our programming, and even the venue itself. Our goal is to offer great guest service, quality food/drinks, and the best comedy in town. People don’t visit our venue just for the beautiful room or the comedians on stage, they come to us for an experience they won’t forget.
The Comedy Bar is the ideal location for date night or group outings like bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations and corporate outings for groups from 2 to 200. With several stages in multiple cities, we offer an intimate comedy club experience in an easily accessible downtown venue at every location. Not only does The Comedy Bar provide top-notch stand up comedy shows, we also offer incredible food and drink selections, unmatched by other comedy venues.

Upcoming Shows
NOV 8-9: Ryan Dalton
Ryan Dalton is a product of Cleveland, Ohio. Stand up comedy has led him to regular appearances in the country’s best comedy clubs. He is a regular on the nationally syndicated, “Bob and Tom Radio Show” and his comedy album’s , “You Were Funny Too,” and “I’m Married, Let Me Tell You About It” are on rotation on Sirius XM’s “RAWDOG” comedy channel, iTunes, Pandora Music, and Spotify. He took the grand prize at the “WORLD SERIES OF COMEDY” in Las Vegas in 2011. Ryan has appeared on the third season of Comedy Central’s “LIVE AT GOTHAM.” He appeared on TBS’s sitcom “SULLIVAN AND SON” , and performed on AXS TV’s “GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE”. In 2012, Ryan was invited to perform in the “New Faces / Unrepped” showcase at the JUST FOR LAUGHS festival in Montreal. Ryan has toured with the USO in Qatar and Afghanistan. He’s written for Comedy Central’s “Roast of Charlie Sheen,” among other projects & pilots.

NOV 15-16: Rion Evans
This nationwide sensation of comedy was recently featured at “Just For Laughs” a comedy festival in Montreal and Kevin Hart’s “LOL Network”. He’s also featured on BET’s “One Mic Stand” and selected as one of the first few comedians for the breakout new show “Off The Chain”, Bounce TV’s number one show. Rion Evans’ comedic talents are described as natural and unique leaving no audience unlaughed. In 2017 alone, Rion has performed for countless charitable associations such as “Meals On Wheels”, “Cancer Survivor Reunion”, “Homeless Outreach”, and “KYGO Christmas Crusades For Children”. ​Rion Evans has headlined at the nation’s top comedy clubs, but between comedy dates Rion gives his talents to commercial/theater acting and voice over jobs as principal characters for many respected companies such as “Chili’s”, “BroadwayHD”, “Advanced Auto Parts”, and “Mars/Wrigley”. In 2018, Rion starred in three films, “Vincent Makes A Decision” and “Shot Clock”, both of which are highly anticipated at the “Denver Film Festival”. Rion won BEST ACTOR in the global film festival, FILMAPALOOZA for the 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT’S “Carrier” which also won BEST FILM.

NOV 22-23: Zach Martina
Zach brings his big energy to crowds across America delivering dark jokes in a delightful manner while pointing the finger of blame at everyone except himself. In addition to his debut album “Skunkman” regularly spinning on Sirius/XM, you may have heard him on The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson & Dan Soder or the hit podcast Dumb People Town with the Sklar Brothers & Daniel Van Kirk. He’s performed as part of Rock on the Range & the Best of the Midwest at Gilda’s Laughfest (among others) in addition to sharing the stage with the likes of Rory Scovel, Big Jay Oakerson, The Sklar Brothers, Chad Daniels, Joe List, & Sean Patton.

NOV 29-30: Ken Garr
Ken Garr grew up on the south side of Chicago. The youngest of 4 children, Ken’s hilarious views on life are derived on growing up in a blue collar family with his own white collar aspirations. A former Managing Director at NASDAQ, Ken spent 13 years in corporate sales before leaving 6 years ago to pursue his dream of being a stand up comedian and motivational speaker. Since then Ken has been featured on Sirius XM Radio, Fox, HULU and Comedy Central as well as featured in several Comedy Festivals including the “Laugh Your Asheville Off”, Big Sky and the World Series of Comedy Festivals.” Ken was also a finalist in the prestigious 40th Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition, The San Diego Comedy Festival and the Ventura Comedy Festival. Ken is currently the host of “The Kym & Ken Show” on Dash Radio which has 30 million subscribers.




A sweet and savory Halloween treat

Save the tricks for another time; this Halloween is all about the treats. Halloween parties are par for the course, and spooktacular hosts and hostesses want to serve their guests something special. Enter a dessert hybrid that layers various flavors to create a masterpiece that simply works.

This recipe for “Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bacon S’mores,” courtesy of the National Pork Board and Tiffany Edwards of Le Crème de la Crumb, is the Frankenstein’s monster of the dessert world. You’d be hard-pressed to find a person who can pass up the salty swagger of smoked bacon paired with the creamy richness of chocolate and the crunch and sweetness of a chocolate chip cookie. Top it with marshmallow and this Halloween treat is alive with flavor!

Grilled Chocolate Chip Cookie Bacon S’mores
Yields 12

12 thick-cut slices bacon (hickory smoked, Applewood smoked or maple)
12 large marshmallows
12 2-inch squares chocolate good quality
12 skewers
12 tablespoons butter, softened
3⁄4 cup brown sugar
1⁄4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 cups flour
1 3.4-ounce box instant French vanilla pudding mix, dry, not prepared
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Make the cookies: In a bowl, cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar for 1 to 2 minutes until light and very fluffy. Add vanilla, egg and egg yolk, and mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until incorporated and dough comes together.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Cover very tightly and chill for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Roll dough into balls (about 11⁄2 inch) and space 2 to 3 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly browned on top. Allow to cool 5 to 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To grill the bacon: Heat a grill to medium-high heat. Thread bacon onto skewers in an S-shape. Place skewers directly on grill and cook 8 to 12 minutes, rotating as needed to ensure even cooking. Transfer to a plate, let cool and then remove bacon from skewers. Set aside.

Meanwhile, roast the marshmallows: Roast marshmallows directly over the grill using skewers or roasting sticks until cooked to your preference.

Assemble s’mores: Flip one cookie over so it’s upside down. Place a square of chocolate on top of the upside-down cookie, then top with grilled marshmallow, bacon and a right side-up second cookie. Serve immediately.



6 effects of bullying

Mixed messages still prevail regarding bullying. While it is addressed as a problem that shouldn’t be tolerated, some people still think that bullying is a part of growing up. But downplaying bullying can have lasting consequences.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one out of five children are bullied. The Cyberbullying Research Center offers that 5.4 million American students skip school at some point in the year due to bullying. What’s more, bullying doesn’t end when classes let out. Digital harassment is a growing problem that brings bullying into a person’s life, day or night.

Victims of bullying may experience short- and long-term consequences. Here is a look at some of the experiences and behaviors that may be result from bullying.

1. A UCLA study of 2,300 students in 11 middle schools in Los Angeles found that high levels of bullying was associated with lower grades across the three years of middle school. Students who were bullied the most performed significantly worse in school than their peers who were not bullied.

2. Children who are bullied tend to have increased feelings of sadness and loneliness that can manifest as future diagnoses of depression and anxiety, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These issues can persist into adulthood.

3. Victims may experience psychosomatic symptoms like headaches or muscle aches or other physical problems. Visits to the doctor may turn up no physical causes of these issues.

4. Remedy Health Media advises that bullying can result in changes in appetite and sleeping patterns. Students also may experience low self-esteem.

5. A longitudinal study led by scientists in Norway looked at the long-term psychological effects of being bullied as an adolescent. The results pointed to adverse mental health outcomes in adulthood, with victims showing a high level of depressive symptoms. Both bullies and victims were also at an increased risk of psychiatric hospitalization due to these mental health disorders.

6. Bullying also can affect bystanders. Students who witness their peers or friends being bullied may be more likely to use tobacco, alcohol or other drugs. Such students also may be at an increased risk of developing mental health problems, says

The effects of bullying can be profound, which is why all bullying should be taken seriously.



Is there a “best time” to buy or sell a vehicle?

The automotive industry is big business. According to the Statista Research Department, roughly 79 million cars and light trucks are expected to be sold worldwide by the end of 2019.

When buying or selling a vehicle, many people wonder if there is a particularly advantageous time to buy or sell. The best time to sell is not necessarily the best time to buy, which can present problems for vehicle owners who need to sell their current cars in order to afford new ones. Industry insiders offer their input on key times to move vehicles.

When to sell
Cars depreciate quite a bit the moment they move off of the lot. Most lose upwards of 20 percent of their value within the first year, according to Edmunds, a leading automotive information company and pricing index. Certain things contribute to depreciation, including mileage, type of driving and whether the car was maintained or not.
Sometimes the best times for a person to sell are when it no longer is financially prudent to keep the vehicle. For some, this may mean when the bumper-to-bumper warranty expires or if mileage starts to tick up, adversely affecting resale value.
The time of year to sell that is most favorable is between the months of March through August, offers U.S. News and World Report. When temperatures start to climb, people begin thinking about warm-weather and getting outdoors. This is a time of year when tax refunds are issued, and it is far enough away from the holidays to make big purchases more affordable.

When to buy
Kelley Blue Book® says that most dealerships do their biggest “wheeling and dealing” toward the end of the calendar year. November and December are some of their most profitable months, and consumers who are able to budget for a new vehicle at this time of year can get great prices. Dealers want to carry over as little inventory as possible into the new year, so some are motivated to negotiate more on the current year models, enabling them to make room for new inventory and meet existing sales projections.
The financial resource Bankrate says the day of the week one chooses to buy also may be something to consider. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are slow days at many dealerships, which may make negotiating a deal easier. Shopping holiday sales, such as those on Black Friday or New Year’s Eve, also can help consumers earn better deals.
Timing is everything in the vehicle market. Learn the best times to buy or sell a vehicle and reap the rewards.



Using diet and exercise to prevent breast cancer

When it comes to breast cancer risk, some things are beyond a person’s control. Women might not be able to do much in regard to their genetic makeup and family history, each of which can elevate their risk for breast cancer, but many risk factors are within women’s control.

A healthy diet and routine exercise may help women reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, while poor lifestyle choices can increase that risk. For example, being overweight is a strong risk factor for breast cancer for women who are 18 and older, advises Stanford Health Care. Even 10 percent weight gain (or 15 pounds on a 150-pound woman) increases breast cancer risk as well as the risk of recurrence.

Diet and exercise can play a pivotal role in reducing breast cancer risk, and it’s important for women to understand just how much good healthy diets and routine exercise can do for them in regard to fighting breast cancer.

• Stanford Health Care says some studies suggest limiting dietary fats in the diet, particularly those that come from animals, to reduce breast cancer risk. These include butter, full-fat dairy, poultry skin, and fatty meats. Reducing intake of dietary fats, especially animal fats, may protect against diseases sensitive to hormones, like breast cancer.

• Data from the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study suggests that soy consumption from whole foods and soy milk for any breast cancer type is probably safe, despite public perceptions. Avoid soy supplements and concentrated soy that comes in many soy protein powders until more about their effects is known.

• The American Cancer society links alcohol consumption to a higher risk of various cancers, including breast cancer. The more alcohol a person drinks, the higher his or her cancer risk. The ACS recommends no more than one drink per day for women and two for men. A five-ounce glass of wine is considered one drink.

• Susan G. Komen® says a high body mass index has been associated with increased risk for postmenopausal breast cancer. Exercise may help reduce risk by altering metabolism, hormones and breast density.

• Inflammation is an immune system response to injury or illness. However, when inflammation is chronic, it can damage DNA and lead to cancer, advises the National Cancer Institute. Deep marine fish; dark, leafy green vegetables; bright, multi-colored vegetables; black teas; and spices like turmeric can help fight or prevent inflammation.

• The ACS recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity each week (or a combination), preferably spread throughout the week to keep body weight in check.

• Stanford Health Care says consumption of high amounts of sugar can increase insulin levels and result in weight gain, each of which can lead to breast cancer. Limit intake of sugary snacks and refined carbohydrates, opting for healthy alternatives such as fruit, vegetables, beans, whole grains, dairy, and soy milk.

Diet and exercise is vital to overall health and can help women reduce their risk for breast cancer.



Vegetarian-friendly foods high in protein

People choose a vegetarian lifestyle for a number of reasons. Some individuals have an aversion to eating meat because they’re concerned about animal welfare, while others find that a low-calorie, vegetarian diet promotes long-term health.

Vegetarianism can certainly be a healthy option, but those who eschew meat and sometimes eggs often have to find alternative sources of protein to meet dietary needs. According to the Dietary Reference Intakes, the average sedentary man should have 56 grams of protein per day, while an average sedentary woman should consume 46 grams per day. The amount of protein needed will increase if a person is more active, advises Healthline.

Protein helps a person feel fuller, longer, and it is crucial for all cells in the body. Protein is used to build and maintain bones, muscles, skin, and much more. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics also states that protein is very important as one ages because aging men and women don’t absorb or metabolize amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, as well as they did when they were younger.

Those adhering to vegetarian diets will find there are plenty of non-meat protein sources. Meatless protein sources that offer the biggest health bang for one’s buck are “complete proteins,” which have the essential amino acids the body requires. Some complete proteins include:
• eggs,
• milk,
• cheese,
• soy, and
• quinoa.

Some other great protein sources may not have all of the amino acids, but they can be paired with other foods to get a fuller nutrient package.
• seitan: This is a meat alternative made from wheat gluten.
• lentils: Lentils pack 18 grams of protein per cooked cup.
• beans: Many forms of beans contain a high amount of protein per serving.
• nutritional yeast: This is a strain of yeast that has a cheesy flavor. It can be sprinkled on foods to add a protein punch.
• ancient grains: Ancient grains include spelt, teff, barley, sorghum, farro, and einkorn. These ancient grains are higher in protein than common grains.
• hemp seeds: These seeds come from hemp, which is in the same family as marijuana. However, hemp will not cause a high because it only has trace amounts of the THC compound that produces that effect. Hemp seeds contain 50 percent more protein than chia seeds and flax seeds, offers Healthline.

In addition to these foods, peanuts and other legumes, almonds, peas, oatmeal, spirulina, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and sweet corn also are good protein sources for vegetarians.

Even though it may seem like skipping meat products would leave vegetarians lacking for protein, there really are quite a number of alternative protein sources out there.



Safely use GPS systems while driving

It wasn’t too long ago that drivers pulled into filling stations and rest stops to pick up maps to help them find their way. But nowadays global positioning systems have rendered paper maps and atlases somewhat obsolete. GPS systems are now so advanced that many even help drivers avoid traffic and/or toll roads.

Navigation systems can be used from smartphones or technology built into cars. GPS systems are convenient and often very accurate. But drivers run the risk of accident anytime their attention is diverted from the road — even during momentary glances at GPS devices. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted driving is dangerous and claimed 3,166 lives in 2017 alone. The Ontario Provincial Police say distracted driving continues to be the No. 1 cause of accidents in the province, causing more fatal accidents than any other factor.

How can drivers safely use navigation systems while operating a vehicle? The following tips can help.

• Set the address destination and plot the course while the vehicle is parked. GPS should not be tinkered with while driving. If new directions are needed, or if you need a look ahead at the route, pull over to do so safely.

Engage vocal guidance. Allow the navigation system to speak directions to you so you can keep your eyes on the road as much as possible.

• Familiarize yourself with the route prior to your trip. GPS systems are not infallible, so you should have a basic understanding of where you are going even if you plan to use GPS. This way you can anticipate turns or highway exits before the alerts and stay attuned to the traffic ahead. Navigation systems may sometimes direct drivers down the wrong side of one-way streets, so common sense should always prevail.

• Know how to operate the device before driving. Learning the tools and features of the device while the car is in motion is a recipe for an accident. Instead, learn how to use it before hitting the road so you can engage the screen or navigation system as minimally as possible while on the move.

• Enlist the help of a co-pilot. Ask a passenger to take charge and help with directions so you can keep your eyes on the road.

GPS navigation systems come in handy, but they should always be used with safety in mind.



Have you heard of “rhabdo”? No, it’s not the latest superfood seed imported from the heart of the rainforest. Also dubbed the “spinning disease,” rhabdo, short for rhabdomyolysis, is a serious condition known to the medical world for years, but is only recently garnering more widespread attention thanks to the high-impact fitness craze.

According to the Harvard Medical School, rhabdo is a rare condition that occurs when muscle cells burst and leak their contents into the blood stream. This can cause kidney injury, dark or brown urine, weakness, and muscle soreness. Trauma, medication and drug or alcohol misuse can contribute to rhabdo, but so can intense physical activity.

The Mayo Clinic states that rhabdo has been seen in extreme athletes, such as weight lifters and marathon runners. Rhabdo also can afflict people new to fitness regimens who are attempting to push themselves too far, too quickly.

According to Dr. Leslie Hamlett, a nephrology specialist at Freeman Health System in Missouri, she’s not surprised that those participating in intense workouts have been experiencing rhabdo. Dr. Hamlett feels that athletes crave the pain and burn — equating it to a job well done. However, the earliest symptoms of rhabdo mimic those of a really tough workout, making them easy to overlook.

The following tips can help people reduce their risk of developing rhabdomyolysis.

• Avoid alcohol and drug abuse.

• Seek prompt medical help after an accident or muscle trauma.

• Do not work out in excessive heat.

• Stay hydrated throughout a workout and attempt to maintain a normal body temperature. Fluids with electrolytes can be beneficial.

• When working out, gradually increase intensity, whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a beginner.

Rhabdo is a serious medical condition that those engaging in extreme workouts should familiarize themselves with early on. Although rare, the condition is serious enough to warrant caution while exercising.



The importance of routine vehicle maintenance

Owning a car is a big responsibility. Drivers who plan to keep their vehicles for the long haul must emphasize maintenance if they want to keep adding miles to their odometers. In fact, the automotive information site CarAdvice says that routine maintenance may be the most important thing drivers can do for their vehicles.

A vehicle needs consistent care if it is to run efficiently. Maintenance also reduces the risk of roadside breakdowns and costly repairs. Here’s a look at some of the benefits of staying on top of maintenance.

• Saves money: Even though maintenance costs money, sticking to a consistent maintenance schedule can save big bucks in the long run. For example, the cost of rotating and aligning tires is considerably less than repairing a car after a major blowout and paying for a tow and tire replacement.

• Improves performance and efficiency: Routine maintenance includes oil changes, filter changes and fluid top-offs. Such tasks keep engines running smoothly. Ignoring this routine maintenance can put engines in jeopardy of breaking down and adversely affect vehicle performance, diminishing fuel economy and leading to a sluggish ride.

• Identifies safety issues: Routine inspections and work performed by reputable service stations help drivers stay abreast of recalls or issues that can affect the safety of the vehicle.

• Maintains a maintenance record: When the time comes to sell the vehicle, having a log of routine maintenance indicates to potential buyers that the vehicle was well cared for.

• Keeps compliance: Vehicles covered under manufacturer’s warranties typically need to be maintained in adherence to factory-recommended maintenance schedules. This ensures that the vehicle is in compliance and will be covered in the event of a warranty claim.

Routine vehicle maintenance is important for a variety of reasons. Drivers can work with a trusted and reliable mechanic to develop a schedule that keeps their cars and trucks on the road.



Tips for making braces more comfortable

Many children and adults wear orthodontic braces. Braces can straighten teeth and improve bite health. While adults who wore braces years ago as youngsters likely recall being apprehensive about their appearance back then, thanks to advancements in braces technology, today’s orthodontic braces are less noticeable than braces of yesteryear. In addition, modern braces even feature more effective wires and brackets that can reduce the duration of treatment.
According to Harvard University Health, the science of orthodontics and braces involves placing constant pressure on teeth. The root then presses against the underlying alveolar bone, forcing a portion of the bone next to the root to dissolve, allowing the tooth to incrementally move into the direction it is pushed. After the tooth migrates, new bone will replace the spot where the tooth vacated.
Due to the pressure braces exert, it is common for people who wear braces to experience discomfort. Soreness and discomfort typically occurs when braces are initially put on the teeth and then after various appointments if adjustments are made. The brackets and wires of the braces also may rub the gums or irritate other areas inside the mouth.
Thankfully, there are ways to make wearing braces more comfortable.
• Check for comfort before leaving. During each orthodontist visit, use a finger or your tongue to check for any areas that are poking cheeks or rubbing gums. Bring this to the orthodontist’s attention so that wires can be clipped very short.
• Invest in orthodontic wax. Use the wax to cover up brackets or wires that are causing irritation. Over time, the mouth will get used to the braces and sore spots will not be as prominent.
• Use OTC pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain relief products can alleviate soreness for a few hours until the mouth adjusts to the braces being placed or tightened.
• Enjoy soft foods. When teeth are sore, stick to soft foods. Smoothies, soups, stews, mashed potatoes, and yogurt are soft foods that won’t increase your pain.
• Follow the rules. Your orthodontist will recommend that you avoid certain foods that can damage or get caught in the braces. Eating these foods can make it even more uncomfortable to have braces on.
• Practice good hygiene. Braces create more crevices and spots where bacteria can accumulate, which could lead to dental caries. Be sure to floss and brush thoroughly to keep the teeth clean to avoid painful cavities.
Having braces means experiencing some discomfort along the way. However, pain and soreness can often be alleviated using a few simple strategies.



Dubuque Offers Multiple Leaf Disposal Options

Rakeout Appointments Begin October 21

The City of Dubuque is reminding residents of their options for leaf and yard debris disposal. The City encourages mulching, mowing, and backyard composting as economical and beneficial leaf management options but offers several other options for yard debris management.

As part of the City’s April-November collection service, leaves and other yard waste may be placed in: paper yard waste bags that display a single-use yard waste sticker; a rigid solid waste container with either a single-use yard waste sticker looped on the handle or a City 2019 annual yard waste decal; or in City yard debris tipper carts. Brush and limbs can be bundled with a City of Dubuque brush tie or twine and an attached single-use yard waste sticker.

Bags, containers, and bundles may not exceed 35 gallons in capacity or 40 pounds in weight. Plastic bags containing yard waste will NOT be collected.

Paper yard waste bags, single-use yard waste stickers, and brush ties are available in most grocery, hardware, and discount stores throughout the city. Single-use yard waste stickers are available at area retailers on sheets of five for $6.50. Brush ties cost $1.30 each.

Seasonal, regular-route yard waste collection ends Saturday, Nov. 30.

From December through March, Thursday collections of yard waste may be scheduled by calling (563) 589-4250 or submitting a request at Food scraps will also be collected on Thursday only for subscribed customers.

The Public Works Department also offers, by appointment only, leaf rake-out collections in which large, curbside leaf piles are vacuumed into a collection vehicle. Collection appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling (563) 589-4250 or submitting a request at collections are offered from Monday, Oct. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 27, this year. Appointments must be made before raking into a gutter area. Acceptable items in the leaf rake-out include loose leaves, pine needles, and pine cones. Grass, brush, plants, and rocks are not accepted.

Rake-out collection leaf piles should be placed in the street at the curb no sooner than the day before the scheduled appointment. Crews cannot enter private property or alleys to collect a leaf rake-out. Vehicles must not be parked on the street within 10 feet of the leaf pile. Utilities such as fire hydrants, utility boxes, or storm sewer catch basins should not be covered. A $20 minimum charge is added to a customer’s utility bill for a 40-bag equivalent rake-out pickup.

Residents are reminded that burning leaves and raking or blowing your leaves into the street are prohibited and subject to fines.

For more information, please contact the City of Dubuque Public Works Department at (563) 589-4250 or visit



City Expo to Celebrate All-America City Award

The City of Dubuque’s City Expo 2019 event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Five Flags Center, 405 Main St. This event is free and open to the public.

Every day, hundreds of city staff members proudly serve the residents of Dubuque, working hard to deliver excellent customer service and create a vibrant and sustainable city. City Expo is an opportunity for residents to visit with city staff and learn about programs, services, and community resources. Information and equipment from City departments and partner organizations will be on display.

Earlier in 2019, Dubuque was named an All-America City. This year’s theme was “Creating Healthy Communities.” In celebration of the award, there will be a special All-America City exhibit showcasing the many City departments and community partners whose work was featured in the winning application

Expo attendees can win door prizes by participating in an “Expo Passport” activity. Passport forms will be provided at the event and must be completed and submitted before leaving the event. Participants need not be present to win.

The following door prizes will be available to win at City Expo this year:
• Family summer swimming pool pass
• $50 credit for leisure services programs
• Foursome of golf, plus two carts, at Bunker Hill Golf Course
• Annual yard waste decals
• Yard waste stickers
• $50 gift cards to local grocery stores
• Youth and adult Jule bus passes

Informational materials and complimentary food will be available. For additional information on City Expo, visit or call 563-589-4151.



Fourth Annual Winter Iowa Senior Games to be Held in the Quad Cities

Sports and Events offered for Men and Women ages 50+

DAVENPORT, Iowa (October 4, 2019) – Nearly 250 athletes from around the Midwest are expected to compete in the fourth annual Winter Iowa Senior Games, presented by Health Alliance Medicare. Registration is now open for participants and volunteers.

Hosted by the Iowa Senior Games, this event has been held annually in February and will now be held December 12-15, 2019. Six sports are featured and competition will be held in both Iowa and Illinois. All men and women ages 50 and above are eligible to participate. Iowa residency is not required to compete.

“The Winter Iowa Senior Games allows us to bring the events to the participants” said Chuck Long, CEO and Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation. “We’re excited to be back in the Quad Cities this December and we look forward to another great event.”

Sports include bowling, pickleball, swimming, table tennis, indoor tennis, and an indoor track and field meet. The public is encouraged to attend and cheer on the athletes. Admission is free.

Ten age groups (50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-85, 85-89, 90-94, and 95-99) are offered to men and women, allowing participants to compete against their peers. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top 3 individuals in each age group event.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the events. Opportunities are available for individuals and groups. No sport-specific knowledge is required.

Registration is $30 through November 11, then $35 until the December 2 deadline.

For more information or to register, visit



The safest place for kids in the car

Riding in a vehicle can be an exciting prospect for children. Such rides provide a chance to see the world outside of the house, and the speed with which scenery is flying by can be exhilarating for young minds.

Children are first introduced to riding in cars as babies, when child safety seats will keep them secure. Although laws vary depending on where people are driving, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises that children remain in a rear-facing car seat until age 2 or older.

As they get older and gain weight, children who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their seats should use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat manufacturer, says the AAP.

When children are old enough to graduate from car seat to booster seat to sitting in the car with only a seat belt, parents may wonder about where their youngsters can sit when riding in a vehicle. One area of the car tends to be safer than others for children. Researchers from the University of Buffalo who studied crash-related fatalities in relation to seat location discovered that the backseat is 59 to 86 percent safer than the front seat. What’s more, the middle seat in the back of the car is 25 percent safer than the window seats.

The science behind the study is that the middle seat offers the most distance from impact during a collision, or what the industry calls “the crumple zone.” The outer seats will be more affected, while the middle seat remains more insulated. However, the middle seat is only the safest when used with a full seat belt, rather than just a lap harness; otherwise, children should sit in the back where a full three-point seat belt is available, advises the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In addition, it can be tempting to cave under pressure and allow tweens to ride in the front of the car when they ask to do so or say that it is embarrassing to ride in back – since all of their friends are riding up front. The organization Safe Ride 4 Kids says studies show the safest place in the car for tweens is the back, until they are at least 13 years of age.

Riding in the middle seat in the back of the car is the safest place for passengers, including children. Parents and caregivers should keep safety in mind when kids are in the car.



5 ways to protect against hearing loss

A certain degree of hearing loss can be a normal part of the aging process. However, people who take steps to protect their hearing long before Father Time takes his toll can prevent the extreme hearing loss suffered by millions of seniors across the globe.

John’s Hopkins Medicine states that approximately 15 percent of adults aged 18 years and older report some difficulty hearing and up to 39 percent of adults in their sixties have hearing problems. Lost hearing cannot be restored, though hearing aids and other devices can help people with hearing loss hear better.

Hearing aids are not always an accessory people look forward to needing, so it’s good to know that a few simple strategies can protect people’s hearing over the long haul.

1. Get a baseline hearing exam. Speak with an audiologist, who can test your hearing and establish a baseline level against which future tests will be measured. This way it is easier to see if hearing loss is increasing over time.

2. Turn down the volume. Audio devices can contribute to hearing loss. Earbuds are particularly dangerous because they fit directly next to the eardrum. The World Health Organization says that 1.1 billion teens and young adults worldwide are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss from unsafe use of audio devices. Set the maximum volume on audio devices below 60 percent and wear headphones for no more than an hour a day. Keeping music low on other devices is also adviseable.

3. Wear protective gear. Protective gear includes ear plugs and protective earphones. This gear should be worn whenever you expect to encounter loud noises, such as when you mow the lawn, go hunting or shooting, attend rock concerts, or visit construction sites.

4. Limit use of cotton swabs. Ear wax is beneficial to the ears and can stop dust and other particles from entering the ear. Furthermore, using a cotton swab can potentially cause damage to sensitive organs in the ear if they are inserted too far or too roughly, advises the hearing testing service Ear-Q.

5. Avoid loud noises. Steer clear of fireworks, noisy city centers, loud performances, and other situations if you do not have hearing protection.

Remember, hearing loss often doesn’t produce immediate symptoms or pain. However, over time, hearing loss can become noticeable. A proactive approach can help people avoid significant hearing loss as they age.



Questions older drivers can ask themselves to see if it’s still safe to drive

Men and women know that adjustments must be made as they get older. Athletes nearing their golden years may not be able to push themselves as hard at the gym as they once did. Professionals nearing retirement age might not be able to pull long hours at the office like they used to.

But aging affects more than just work and play. As men and women age, their ability to perform everyday tasks, including driving, may diminish as well.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that, as people age, certain changes they experience can affect their ability to safely operate an automobile. Changes in eyesight, physical fitness and reflexes may require aging drivers to reassess their skills behind the wheel.

The NHTSA notes that drivers can ask themselves the following questions as they try to assess their driving abilities.

How is my eyesight?
The American Optometric Association notes that vision changes naturally occur as a person ages. Such changes do not necessarily mean drivers have to give up the keys to their vehicles. In fact, they may just require more routine eye examinations. The NHTSA says having trouble reading signs easily, recognizing someone from across the street, seeing streets signs and pedestrians, and handling headlight glare are common signs of age-related eye problems.

Can I control my vehicle?
Age-related loss of strength, coordination and flexibility can make it hard for aging men and women to control their vehicles. Some signs that drivers might be having trouble controlling their vehicles include trouble looking over shoulders to change lanes, difficulty moving foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal and difficulty turning the steering wheel. Pain in the knees, legs or ankles also can make it difficult for drivers to control their vehicles.

Does driving make me nervous, scared or overwhelmed?
Drivers who feel confused by traffic signs and traffic (including pedestrian traffic) should stop driving until they can discuss the issue with their physicians. Medication can sometimes make drivers feel sleepy or confused, and some aging drivers even find themselves overwhelmed in otherwise normal driving situations.

Are my loved ones concerned about my driving?
Aging drivers may feel offended when family members question their ability to drive. However, the NHTSA notes that sometimes other people notice things about a person’s driving that the person does not. The concern expressed by loved ones should not be taken lightly.

Do I drive with passengers?
Drivers who routinely drive with passengers, especially young children, carry extra responsibility. As a result, such drivers owe it to themselves and their passengers to honestly assess their driving abilities.

Various remedies can address age-related driving issues, and drivers should discuss them with their doctors the moment they feel as though their skills behind the wheel are starting to diminish.



Gluten intolerance is a very real issue with measurable symptoms

Gluten is not for everyone. In fact, people who have celiac disease shouldn’t eat gluten at all. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects the digestive process of the small intestine by launching an immune system attack against gluten, mistakenly damaging healthy cells lining the small intestine.

Even people who do not have celiac disease may find that consumption of gluten results in similar symptoms. These individuals may want to avoid gluten as well. Also known as non-celiac gluten intolerance or sensitivity, this condition is not currently well-defined within the medical community. The Celiac Disease Foundation says some people experience symptoms found in celiac disease, like foggy mind, abdominal pain, diarrhea, headaches, bone or joint pain, or chronic fatigue when they have gluten in their diets – despite not testing positive for celiac disease.

In July 2016, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center published a study confirming that wheat exposure to those sensitive to wheat and gluten triggered a systemic immune reaction and intestinal cell damage. Researchers previously thought that a sensitivity to wheat or gluten would not result in cell damage. But research now confirms that even without a positive celiac disease diagnosis, people can experience symptoms that mimic those of celiac disease, even in terms of severity.

Doctors are not sure if gluten triggers the immune reaction in non-celiac cases, so more research is needed. That said, removing gluten and wheat products from one’s diet provides relief for many people.

According to Schär, a company that manufacturers gluten-free foods, anyone who experiences negative symptoms after eating foods that contain gluten should speak with a doctor. A doctor will order blood tests that will look for the presence of immunoglobulin E antibodies that are indicative of an autoimmune response to gluten. An endoscopy also may check for damage to the lining of the small intestines, as can a biopsy of the intestines. Other tests, such as a radioallergosorbent test, or RAST, or skin prick test can test for a wheat allergy to see if symptoms are stemming from that alone.

Treatment for gluten intolerance or celiac disease involves avoiding products that contain gluten, which is found in wheat, rye and barley.

A growing body of literature suggests that people who do not have celiac disease can still experience non-celiac gluten sensitivity and many of the same symptoms felt by those with the disease.



Make the most of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest dates back to 1810, when festivities commenced on October 12 to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. While the Crown Prince and his bride have long since passed away, Oktoberfest celebrations continue, and the standard-bearing party in Munich is annually among the world’s most anticipated events.

Those who can’t make it to Germany this October can rest assured that there is likely an Oktoberfest celebration in close proximity to their homes. Making the most of these celebrations can help revelers feel as if they’re in Munich after all.

• Celebrate with a group. Oktoberfest celebrations are social gatherings where the notion of “the more, the merrier” certainly applies. Many Oktoberfest celebrations are held outdoors, where celebrants sit at communal picnic tables when they aren’t hoisting steins filled with German beer or dancing up a storm as live music plays.

Celebrating with a group is not just fun, but also a lot safer than partying alone. Some traditional German beers generally contain more alcohol than other beers – making intoxication occur more quickly. Groups can resolve to look out for one another to ensure no one overdoes it with regard to alcohol.

• Resolve to try new cuisine. While beer might garner the bulk of the attention at Oktoberfest celebrations, food is just as big a part of the festivities. Celebrants who want to get a true Oktoberfest experience outside of Munich can try dishes such as Weisswurst, a type of sausage that is typically made from minced veal and pork back bacon. Schweinshaxe, a roasted ham hock sometimes referred to as “pork knuckle,” is a popular Bavarian dish that can make any Oktoberfest celebration more authentic.

• Get up and dance. Even celebrants who are unlikely to be mistaken for Fred and Ginger anytime soon recognize the important role music plays in Oktoberfest celebrations. While some may mistake it for polka, the music played at Oktoberfest celebrations is actually German oompah. Those skittish about stepping in may want to wait until they (and their friends and family also in attendance) have finished a stein before taking to the dance floor.

• Get home safe. Arrange transportation home before attending an Oktoberfest celebration. Such celebrations tend to be rowdy, and the lively spirit of the festival can make it easy for revelers to lose track of how many steins they have hoisted throughout the day. To ensure everyone arrives home safely, revelers can assign a designated driver from their group or arrange for a taxi or ridesharing service to take them to and from the festival so no one feels the need to get behind the wheel.

Oktoberfest is annually one of the world’s biggest parties, but celebrants need not go all the way to Munich to enjoy a raucous celebration.



Learn How to Establish Pollinator Habitat

Tour of Pollinator Habitat Sites

Trees Forever and partners are “creating a buzz” this fall through a series of field days and tours teaching the public about the needs of pollinators and establishing high quality pollinator habitat.

Online registration:

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (registration at 3:30)
2015 100th St., Belmond IA 50421

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (registration at 2:30)
Walker Homestead Farm and Winery
3867 James Avenue Southwest, Iowa City

“It takes years to establish high quality pollinator habitat,” said Tree Forever Field Coordinator Emily Swihart. “If you plant it and forget about it, you’ll have a patch of weeds and invasive plants. We set this series up to show people what to expect every year of the process, so you can enjoy colorful and healthy pollinator habitat in a few years.”

“During each tour, we’ll show multiple plantings.” said Field Coordinator Jeff Jensen with Trees Forever. “The sites we’ve selected are a great representation of what a farmer, homeowner, or concerned citizen could expect with their own planting. We always like to have some time for native plant identification so this will be a chance to hone your skills looking at the wide variety of native plants, and a few weeds.”

For more information, contact Jeff Jensen at or via phone at 515-320-6756.



Reduce cold-weather fire risk

Plenty of things heat up when the temperature drops, including the risk for fire hazards. Fireplaces, stoves, heating systems, candles, and even electric lights are used more often during the winter than any other time of year, so it makes sense that the risk of home fires increases when the mercury drops.

The U.S. Fire Administration says 905 people die in winter home fires each year. Cooking is the leading cause of all home fires and contributes to around $2 billion in property loss each year. Understanding potential risks and exercising caution can help homeowners protect themselves, their families and their homes from fire.

Home heating fires peak between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., when many people are home preparing dinner. The following steps, courtesy of the American Red Cross, can improve safety in the kitchen and reduce the likelihood of a home fire.

• Never leave cooking food unattended, as it can take just seconds for fires to ignite.

• Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove or other appliances that generate heat.

• Clean regularly to prevent grease buildup.

• Make sure appliances are turned off before leaving the room or going to bed.

The National Fire Protection Association warns that heating is the second leading cause of home fires, deaths and injuries in the United States. The NFPA offers these safety guidelines.

• Install heating appliances according to manufacturers’ instructions or have a professional do the installation.

• Fuel-burning equipment needs to vent to the outside.

• Never use an oven to heat a home.

• Keep anything that can burn away from heating equipment, including portable space heaters.

• Clean and inspect heating appliances regularly.

• Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.

The National Safety Council estimates that between 600 and 1,000 people die each year from electrocution. Electricity also can contribute to home fires. The Energy Education Council offers these safety suggestions.

• Never force plugs into outlets.

• Check that cords are not frayed or cracked. Do not run cords under carpets or place them in high-traffic areas.

• Use extension cords only on a temporary basis.

• Make sure light bulbs are the proper wattage for fixtures.

• Install ground fault circuit interrupters in kitchens, baths, laundry rooms, and elsewhere, making sure to test them regularly.

• Check periodically for loose wall receptacles and loose wires. Listen for popping or sizzling sounds behind walls.

Home fires are no joke and can be prevented with simple safety checks.



5 ways to show grandparents and other seniors how much they’re appreciated

Grandparents and seniors can share wisdom and a lifetime of experience with the young people in their lives. Expressing gratitude for such lessons is a great way to show the seniors in your life, whether it’s a grandparent, mentor or family friend, how much they’re appreciated.

Some seniors live alone, while others may be living with their adult children and grandchildren, offering care and support to help make the household function.

Whether grandparents, aunts and uncles or older friends live close by or elsewhere, there are many ways for their loved ones to show them how much they’re appreciated.

1. Become pen pals. Seniors may have limited mobility or opportunities to get out of the house. Receiving mail is one way to connect with the outside world. Regularly send letters to a grandparent or other senior, sharing tales of daily life and key moments that will bring them joy. Chances are they’ll return the favor with a letter of their own.

2. Explore technology together. Younger generations can introduce seniors to available technology that can bring them closer. This may include digital assistants that enable them to share videos, tablets to send email or access social media, mobile phones for calling and texting, and anything else families can customize to their needs.

3. Offer companionship. Spending time with younger generations can motivate seniors to stay active and engaged. Have games and activities at the ready or simply provide a listening ear.

4. Shop and run errands. Help aging loved ones perform the tasks that they may not be able to tackle on their own. This can include picking up groceries or prescriptions or taking them to appointments. Simple work around the house, like doing laundry or light clean-up, also can be a big help.

5. Start a hobby together. Develop a hobby that seniors and young people can enjoy together. Watching classic movies, painting ceramics, going to sporting events, or gardening are just a few of the many hobbies that seniors can enjoy with their young loved ones.

There are many ways to bridge the generation gap and spend meaningful time with aging loved ones.




With Fall here it’s time to take a photo of your favorite place in Iowa and enter Keep Iowa Beautiful’s 10th Photography Contest aimed at raising awareness of Iowa’s rural and urban beauty. This photo contest offers both amateur and experienced photographers an opportunity to tell Iowa’s story in a fun, engaging way during your favorite season.

“This is a great way for Iowans to share what they admire about Iowa’s beauty,” said Kevin Techau, KIB Executive Director. “First place will receive $50, second place $40 and third $30. All three will receive a one-year subscription to Our Iowa magazine.”

The deadline is December 13, 2019 and entries must be submitted as high resolution JPEG electronically to $5 entry fee, contest rules and payment can be made at

Keep Iowa Beautiful empowers Iowans to bring cultural and economic vitality into communities through improvement and enhancement programs. By working directly with Iowa communities, corporations and private citizens, KIB is building new citizen pride in caring for Iowa. KIB wants to learn what resonates with Iowans based on the photographs they share through this photography contest. Photos and winner’s names will be posted on the KIB website, Facebook and featured in the KIB Newsletter.

About Keep Iowa Beautiful
Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000 by Co-Founders Robert D. Ray and Donald F. Lamberti becoming the 23rd State Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods and communities in improving the vitality and cultural health of the state of Iowa. KIB is building stronger communities to develop sustainable futures. For additional information, visit



Phase One of Eagle Point Park Environmental Restoration Plan Begins

Phase one of the environmental restoration planned at Eagle Point Park will begin this month. The project involves implementation of the park’s 2017 Environmental Restoration Management Plan to address the park’s recreational and natural spaces that suffer the effects of severe erosion, invasive vegetation, and degraded natural habitats on the rolling, rugged terrain.

Phase one of the park’s environmental restoration work involves soil quality restoration and conversion of turf to native vegetation. In combination, these green infrastructure best management practices provide an effective strategy for reducing overall runoff and erosion and improving water quality downstream in the watersheds of Bee Branch Creek and the Mississippi River. They also will provide new nature-based recreation opportunities for park visitors, create habitat for wildlife, and foster sustainability.

This phase of the project will involve about 67 acres of the park and may include some vegetation clearing, invasive species removal, scrub brush removal, and tree removal. Most park facilities will remain open to public use throughout the project. Work is scheduled for completion next fall.

Phase one of the plan will be completed by Applied Ecological Services of Dubuque using state and federal funds under the guidance of the City’s consulting team led by Emmons and Olivier Resources, Inc. All this environmental work must be done within the context of the park’s rich cultural history. State funding for the project is provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) and State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs. Federal funding is provided by the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Eagle Point Park is a 164-acre community park that opened in 1909 on Dubuque’s northeast side. The park is owned by the City of Dubuque and managed by the park division of the City’s leisure services department. The park overlooks the Mississippi River, providing a spectacular view of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.



What to expect when adopting a shelter dog

Millions of dogs reside in shelters or in foster homes just waiting for someone to make them permanent members of their family. The ASPCA says there are nearly four million dogs in shelters across America. Bringing home a puppy or an older dog can be an exciting, selfless endeavor.

Shelter dogs have the capacity to be loving, devoted pets. Unfortunately, many such dogs have been dealt difficult hands, ending up in shelters through no fault of their own.
Prospective pup parents should be aware that there can be a transitional period as dogs acclimate to their new homes.

Understanding what to expect the first few weeks and months can be helpful.

• Creatures of habit: Dogs are creatures of habit and feel most comfortable when they know what to expect. Moving from a shelter into a home can be a big change. Shelter dogs will need time to understand the workings of a household. By remaining consistent and patient, dog owners can help their pooches acclimate to their new surroundings. Feed the dog at the same time and place each day. Take the dog for a walk the same time each day with the same route. Knowing what to expect can be calming for the dog.

• Housetraining regression: New puppies likely do not fully know the rules of housetraining, but even older dogs who may have been housetrained can regress in a new environment. Pet parents may have to go back to basics and reinforce housetraining lessons.

• Shyness and anxiety: It’s impossible to know what dogs went through before landing in a shelter. Shelter workers may have conducted certain tests, such as food aggression or resource guarding, but that only paints part of the picture. It will take time for the dog to trust and understand, and dogs may be timid and experience anxiety for a brief period. Some may even act out by exhibiting damaging behavior.

• Safe space: The experts at Hill’s Pets advise employing a crate that can serve as a den for the dog. It not only is an area that can keep the dog out of trouble as he or she learns the rules of the house, but it also can serve as a safe haven that is familiar and comforting.

• Training classes: Enroll in training classes so that the pup begins to learn commands. Obedience training also helps keep the animal safe.

• Vet care: Make an appointment to have the shelter dog checked over by a vet as soon as possible. This helps everyone get on a vaccination schedule and can pinpoint illnesses or behavior problems. Many shelter dogs have common communicable illnesses like kennel cough or worms that require prompt treatment.

Shelter dogs can become warm and loving pets with the right care and a little patience.



Interesting facts about fall

Weather is often the first indicator that the seasons are changing. For many people across the globe, the hot days of summer will soon be giving way to the more crisp days of fall.

For those who live in regions where summer only subtly gives way to fall or is seemingly gone before the end of August, the 2019 autumnal equinox occurs on September 23. That marks the official beginning of fall, also known as autumn.

In fact, that the season the follows summer seemingly goes by two different names is just one of many interesting facts about fall.

• A season by any other name … Fall is the term most often used to reference the season succeeding summer in the United States. But the season is referred to as “autumn” in other parts of the world, including Great Britain. Fall was once even known as “harvest” because of the harvest moon, which appears close to the autumnal equinox.

• The colors of fall foliage are actually present year-round. Fall is known for its colorful foliage. But the pigments responsible for those colors are actually present year-round. According to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, green, yellow and orange pigments are present year-round. However, during spring and summer, the leaves serve as factories where many foods necessary to help the tree grow are manufactured. That process takes place in the leaf in cells containing chlorophyll, which gives the leaves their green color. This process ceases as hours of daylight decrease and temperatures drop. As a result, chlorophyll breaks down, the green color disappears and the vivid colors of fall foliage begin to appear.

• Squirrels have a (sophisticated) plan out there. Squirrels hiding food in autumn for the upcoming winter is a familiar sight. And squirrels are more organized than many people may know. Groundbreaking research released in 1991 found that, even when squirrels bury that stash of nuts closely to one another, they will each return to the precise location of their personal cache. Recent research also has shown that squirrels bury their stash based on certain traits, such as the type of nut being buried.

• Babies born in fall are more likely to see the century mark. Researchers at the University of Chicago studied more than 1,500 centenarians born in the United States between 1880 and 1895. They then compared birth and death information with those centenarians’ siblings and spouses so they could compare their early environment and genetic background and their adult environment. Their research found that most centenarians were born between September and November.



Avoid medication errors with these tips

Prescription medications are a necessity for many people. The American Academy of Family Physicians says that, each week, four out of five adults in the United States will use prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and/or various supplements. Approximately one-third of adults take five or more medications at the same time.

The potential for adverse drug events is elevated when people are taking multiple medications at one time. For example, mixing pills has the potential to cause serious injury or even death.

Doctors, patients and pharmacies must work together to ensure that medication is taken safely. One of the best ways to prevent errors with medications is for patients to take an active role in their health care management.

• Know your dose. Children are at an especially high risk for medication errors because they require different doses than adults, offers the Mayo Clinic. Adults of different weights who share medications can run into trouble as well. It is key to follow the dosing instructions, as even a minor error in regard to dosage can potentially cause a big problem.

• Follow up with your doctor. Certain medications can cause side effects that only can be noticed by lab testing, such as an impact to the liver. Doctors also may be under an obligation to follow up with patients taking psychological drugs to ensure the efficacy of treatment. Make sure you keep all follow-up appointments.

• Maintain a current list of meds. It is up to patients to share information with prescribing doctors regarding any and all products being taken to avoid harmful interactions. Using the same pharmacy for all prescriptions also is helpful.

• Be honest about height and weight. Medication labeling and package inserts typically use metric units to correlate dose to a person’s physical attributes. Individuals should know their information in metric measurements and be honest with themselves about what they weigh.

• Use medications correctly. It is important not to chew nonchewable pills or cut pills unless the pharmacist or doctor has said it is safe to do so. Accurate dosing also requires using the right spoon or syringe, not silverware. Store certain types of medications, such as eye drops and ear drops, separately so they’re not mistaken for one another.

These are just some of the ways to prevent medication errors. People can consult with their doctors and pharmacists for more assistance in staying safe.



Easy ways to clean up leaves

Autumn is marked by colorful foliage and plummeting temperatures. Once those leaves reach peak color, they fall from the branches and collect on lawns, necessitating cleanup projects. For homeowners with big yards, such a project can be tiring and time-consuming. However, there are ways to make leaf cleanup easier.

One of the easiest ways to clean up leaves is to reach for a lawn mower rather than a rake. The mower will cut leaves down to smaller sizes, creating an effective mulch that can add nutrients back into the lawn. Davey, a lawn and landscape solutions service, says that mowed leaves also can be collected in a mower bag and added to garden beds or compost piles.

For those who prefer manual raking, select a rake with tines that will not skewer the leaves in the process. Big rakes also can make faster work of gathering leaves into piles.

The home improvement resource The Family Handyman advocates for the use of a lawn sweeper. This is a manual device that has a rotating sweeping brush that gathers up lawn debris and leaves into an attached hopper bag. Like mowed leaves, the bag can be emptied into a compost pile or distributed where needed.

Raking leaves onto a large tarp is another option. Once it’s full, the tarp can be taken to the curb where many towns will collect the leaves seasonally. Otherwise, the tarp can be used as a funnel to put leaves into a gardening bag or another appropriate receptacle.

Leaf blowers remain a fast option for cleaning up yards, but they require electricity or gas and can be noisy. Still, they are a popular choice for large landscapes or when quick work needs to be made of leaf clean-up.

Leaves will fall in autumn, but luckily homeowners have various methods at their disposal to tame the mess.



How to make driving in inclement weather more safe

Impaired visibility can be a safety hazard while driving. Everything from sun glare to hail can affect a driver’s ability to see the road and navigate it effectively. Before drivers get behind the wheel, they should make note of their local forecast and make a plan for what to do if rain, snow or other conditions make it challenging to drive.

The International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences indicates that, based on an examination of crash test data conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the “likelihood of a crash increases during periods of low visibility, despite the tendency for less traffic and for lower speeds to prevail during these times.”

Drivers can take several steps to improve their visibility when driving in poor weather conditions.

• Inspect and change windshield wiper blades. Wipers are instrumental in clearing precipitation away from the windshield. If they’re not functioning properly, wipers cannot do their jobs. Drivers should replace their wipers at the first indication that they are no longer effective. In some conditions, wipers can freeze or stick. Drivers should then pull over and clean the wipers manually.

• Clear obstructions. Always make sure the windshield is clear before driving. This can include removing ice and snow in the winter and cleaning off mud or bug splatter in the spring and summer. Use the front and rear defrost if condensation fogs up windshields and windows.

• Slow down. Foul weather can reduce drivers’ ability to see far into the distance. Drivers should always drive slower in inclement weather in order to improve reaction time.

• Top off fluids. Always keep the windshield washer reservoir full and keep extra fluid in the trunk. In addition, look for a fluid that does not freeze in very cold temperatures.

• Learn how to drive in fog. Each year, more than 38,700 vehicle crashes occur in fog, states the Federal Highway Administration. Travelers Insurance recommends slowing down, staying focused and using regular headlights and not high beams when driving in fog.

• Go out only if necessary. In snowy or icy conditions, drive only if it’s absolutely necessary, as snow and ice can impair visibility and make roads slick, says AAA.

• Avoid driving at dusk and dawn. The human eye can have trouble adjusting to rapidly changing light and darkness conditions, which are common at dusk and dawn. If possible, drivers should make trips during the heart of the day, especially if poor lighting conditions typically make it difficult for them to drive.

Drivers can take steps to improve visibility when inclement weather makes roadways hard to navigate.



Tailgating party tips

Tailgating involves hosting a gathering with friends or family from the back of a vehicle. This social gathering typically features an informal meal and refreshments. Tailgating usually occurs in the parking lot of a sports stadium, but it also is commonly seen preceding concerts or other large events.

Tailgating gets its name from the fact that people set up chairs around the rear of the vehicle, or actually sit on the tailgate itself. For many people, tailgating is a lifestyle, and they’ve honed their skills to deliver parking lot parties that are tough to rival.

With some advanced planning and know-how, anyone can throw a successful and memorable tailgate party. Follow these tips to get started.

• Create a mobile tailgating kit. Turn a toolbox into an essentials collection for tailgating. Fill a metal toolbox with necessary gear, such as barbecue basics, bottle openers, condiments, trash bags, zip-baggies, and paper towels. Then simply grab the toolbox and set out for the tailgate party location.

• Prep the night before. You’ll want to get the best spot in the lot, so do the bulk of the work the night before the event. Pre-chill beverages so they will stay at the right temperature in the cooler. Sort out recipe items and ensure that all the food staples are well secured and ready to put in the cooler. Pre-purchase ice so it’s ready to go.

• Pack smart. Store plates and silverware in a plastic bin with a lid. Dirty dishes and other soiled cooking tools can be kept securely inside and toted home for washing.

• Choose menu items wisely. Keep in mind that foods that are portable and eaten out of hand are best at tailgates. This limits the trash and how many utensils will need to be discarded or washed. Burgers, hot dogs, kabobs, sliders/sandwiches, and the like are ideal tailgate foods.

• Label coolers. Make sure guests know where to find the items they need. Label coolers to differentiate between beverages and other supplies. Freeze water bottles to use in place of ice in the coolers so that the cold water can be consumed as the bottles thaw.

• Create a warming oven. Coolers insulate warm or cold items. Grilled foods or foods cooked at home can be kept warm until eaten.

• Establish a washing station. A clean, rinsed out, spigot-style laundry detergent container can be transformed into a washing station.

The most important tip is to make sure others can find your location. Tie balloons to the car so that guests can spot it in the crowd. Then have fun before the game or concert.



How to stay calm and collected in traffic

Commuting long distances seems to be a fact of life for many professionals. The average American spends 50 minutes commuting to work, and the average worker in the United Kingdom spends roughly an hour, according to a study from the University of West England.

Researchers in England found that adding an additional 20 minutes of commuting per day has the same negative effect on job satisfaction as receiving a 19 percent pay cut. Commuters can sometimes control their commutes to prevent such dissatisfaction, but other times factors beyond their control may be adversely affecting commuters’ quality of life.

For example, researchers with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute determined that rush-hour commuters in the United States lose an average of 42 hours per year to traffic delays. On the nation’s 10 most gridlocked roads, that number doubles to 84 hours. That equates to three and a half days per year of sitting in traffic jams.

Spending time in traffic is no picnic, and it’s easy to get frazzled when doing so day in and day out. Following a few tips can help commuters keep their stress in check when traffic slows down.

• Leave plenty of time. Traffic can seem especially troublesome when you’re racing the clock to get somewhere on time. Feeling anxious about missing a meeting or arriving to work late only exacerbates commuting-related stress. Check traffic maps before heading out and leave ample time to get where you need to be.

• Keep audiobooks at the ready. Listening to an engaging story on the way to work can direct attention away from traffic. In fact, you may not mind traffic at all if you’re at a climactic point in the story.

• Cue up your favorite music playlists. Get lost in jams you love, as music can help soothe the stress of traffic.

• Explore alternate routes. In your spare time, figure out if there are less-traveled roads that can make a commute more predictable and enjoyable. While they may be slightly longer in mileage, moving along instead of being in stop-and-go traffic can be a relief.

• Smile even if you don’t feel like it. Psychology Today says that research suggests going through the motions of smiling may reduce the intensity of your body’s stress response, even while sitting in traffic.

• Take deep breaths. Practice mindful breathing exercises that can reduce tension.

Commuters contend with traffic jams every day, but there are various coping mechanisms that can relieve stress when stuck in gridlock.



Steps to take before leaving recyclables at the curb

Recycling will play a vital role in the future of the planet. As climate change continues to threaten the long-term health of the planet, the necessity to recycle and reuse only becomes more paramount.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, decomposing garbage, such as that which finds its way into landfills, generates methane. Methane is considerably more effective at trapping heat in the Earth’s atmosphere than carbon dioxide and contributes heavily to climate change. By recycling items rather than discarding them, people can play an active and effective role at combatting climate change. In addition, recycling helps cut back on the release of harmful greenhouse gases that are produced during the manufacturing process.

Community recycling programs have been around for decades in many communities, and these programs are only as effective as the people who recycle. Learning how to treat common recyclables before depositing them into designated recycling bins can help people ensure their efforts are having the impact they intended.

• Rinse jars, bottles and cans. Items that are not rinsed before they’re placed in recycling cans run the risk of contaminating everything within. While each community program is different, recycling bins deemed contaminated may be redirected to landfills. Residential Waste Systems, a Connecticut-based trash and recycling removal firm, recommends rinsing all jars, bottles and cans that contain visible residue before depositing them in the recycling bin.

• Learn which items can be recycled. Contact your local recycling firm for a list of items that can and cannot be recycled. Many people unknowingly deposit items that cannot be recycled into their recycling bins, potentially contaminating their bins and rendering them more likely to end up in a landfill than a recycling center. By contacting your recycling center in advance, you can reduce the risk that all your hard recycling work will be for naught.

• Inspect paper products. If various paper products are accepted by your local recycling center, you must still inspect them before placing them in your recycling bin. For example, a pizza box may be recyclable, but likely isn’t if it’s covered in grease. Inspect each potentially recyclable paper product to make sure there’s nothing present that might lead to it being designated as contaminated.

Recycling is a simple step many people can take to promote the long-term health of the planet.



Exhibit explores the creative process of best-selling author and artist Arthur Geisert; Features new book set in Elkader, Iowa

The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA) will present two new exhibits this fall, highlighting the boundless imagination of celebrated children’s book author and artist Arthur Geisert and the paintings of artist Alec Egan.

Opening September 21, 2019 in the Falb Family Gallery on the museum’s second floor, Arthur Geisert: Tall and Not-So-Tall Tales will feature the original illustrations from Geisert’s latest work of fiction, “Pumpkin Island”, published by Enchanted Lion Books, along with illustrations from his 2013 book “Thunderstorm”.

The exhibit will bring the wondrous worlds of Geisert’s books to life with more than 60 hand-colored etchings – including one measuring more than 30 feet long- displayed alongside the artist’s drawings, videos, and hands-on activities for children and families. The exhibit continues through January 5, 2020.

Arthur Geisert is the author of more than two dozen books, three of which have been awarded The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award. Born in Texas and raised in Los Angeles, Geisert relocated to Bernard, Iowa in 2007 and today makes his home and studio in Elkader.

Through the generosity of several local families and the artist, DuMA acquired all of the artist’s prints, books and etching plates more than a decade ago-an archive that expands with each new publication.

The exhibit and related programs are sponsored by Dupaco Community Credit Union. Additional support comes from the James B. and Melita McDonough Foundation, Mosaic Lodge #125, and the Schoen Family Charitable Trust.

A variety of public programs and events are planned in conjunction with the exhibition; details about each event will be shared via the Museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages and at

Alec Egan: The Living Room opened August 10, 2019 in the Kris Mozena McNamer Gallery. A reception for the exhibition is scheduled for Friday, September 6 from 5-8 pm in conjunction with the community-wide First Fridays series. The exhibit continues through October 20.

In addition, Egan will present a gallery talk on Saturday, September 7 at 1:30 pm. Admission to the talk is free.

California-based artist Alec Egan explores nostalgia and memory in his latest series of contemporary oil paintings. Motifs including books, flowers, architectural elements, and wallpaper designs-similar to those found in his grandparents’ home-repeat throughout the group of paintings in this exhibition.

Egan completed a Millwork Residency in Dubuque in 2015 and has participated in solo and group exhibits across the U.S. His work is represented in Los Angeles by Anat Ebgi Gallery.

The exhibition is sponsored by Trappist Caskets and Cottingham & Butler.

DuMA is located across from Washington Park in historic downtown Dubuque at 7th and Locust Streets. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Saturday & Sunday 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. The museum is closed on Mondays. Daily admission rates are: $7 Adults, $6 seniors, and $3 College/University Students. The museum is free on Thursdays, and those 18 and younger receive free admission every day, thanks to Prudential Financial. Website:



The benefits of music instruction for young learners

Many children are introduced to music instruction at school. After being introduced to band, chorus and various instruments, students may be eager to explore music.

Young students are often introduced to the recorder or ukulele in the early grades and then given the opportunity to join primary bands as they move through elementary school and into middle school. Some children also may want to supplement school music lessons with private music tutors, who can provide more in-depth instruction.

Parents considering making a commitment to music instruction may find that kids benefit from being involved with music in many ways, some of which may be surprising.

• The New England Board of Higher Education says several studies show that consistent music education improves vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. Emerging evidence points to an area of the brain that controls both musical ability and language comprehension as being more closely related than previously thought.

• Music education may help young children learn words and how to pronounce them, as learning to play music enables them to process the many new sounds they hear from others.

• Researchers have discovered a strong relationship between participating in school arts and academic success as demonstrated by students’ grade point averages, according to the National Association for Music Education.

• The relationship between music and academic performance has been studied for decades. As far back as 1988, studies have been conducted about the benefits of music education. An analysis of data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 demonstrated a significant correlation between participation in school music groups and achievement in math and English. And a 1996 study published in Nature found first graders who participated in special music classes as part of an arts study program saw their reading skills and math proficiency increase dramatically.

• Introducing music lessons to young children can have profound effects on their social development. Music fosters greater trust and cooperation, as well as a sense of community and belonging.

• Another benefit of music education is it allows children to harness their creativity and express it in a healthy way.

• The music instruction company Music U says children with developmental disorders and mental health issues might be able to unlock their potential with music. Music therapy has been shown to affect significant change in children with autism-spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, attachment disorders, cerebral palsy, and more.

Music instruction both in and out of the classroom can be a benefit to young learners.



Q Sportsbook Now Open!

Place your bets at Dubuque’s first Sportsbook!

Q Sportsbook opened August 27. The Q Sportsbook is located in the newly renovated Q Sports Bar. The 4,200 square foot area features 47 TVs including a 165″ video wall so you won’t miss a second of the action. You won’t miss a game either with the NFL Sunday Ticket package, MLB Network and more!

Indulge in your favorite game day specials from the Q Sports Bar including your favorite sports bar staples, hot wings, burgers and pizzas. Q Sports Bar also offers a selection of 20 beers on tap. The new bar gives you access to high speed internet and USB charging ports.

The Q Sportsbook will be open 7 days a week for betting. Primary hours are: Monday-Friday from noon-10pm, Saturday from 10am-10pm and Sunday from 11am-10pm. Hours of operation are subject to change to accommodate patron needs and prime sporting events. Bets can also be placed 24/7 from one of our 12 sportsbetting kiosks available throughout the casino.

Q Sportsbook will accept wagers on college and professional sports.

Q Casino offers free valet parking, outstanding customer service and all of the gaming excitement you can handle!

See for rules and additional information

Q Casino is an entertainment and gaming complex located in Dubuque, Iowa. The casino is owned by the City of Dubuque, and operated by the non-profit Dubuque Racing Association, its license holder.



Why immunizations are important

Measles is not something that garnered much attention outside the medical community in recent decades. However, in 2019 a series of measles outbreaks put the spotlight back on this highly contagious infectious disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between January 1, 2019, and May 31, 2019, 981 individual cases of measles had been confirmed in 26 states in the United States. That marked the greatest numbers of measles cases reported in the U.S. since 1992. And the U.S. is not the only country in North America facing a measles problem, as the Public Health Agency of Canada reported that, as of mid-May, 54 cases of measles had been reported in the country in 2019. Perhaps most surprising, measles was declared eliminated in 2001, leading many to wonder what’s behind the sudden outbreaks so long after the disease had seemingly vanished.

The CDC reports that the majority of people who got measles in 2019 were unvaccinated. While measles was declared eliminated nearly 20 years ago in the United States, the CDC notes it’s still common in many parts of the world. When unvaccinated travelers visit countries where measles is still common, they can bring the disease with them, ultimately allowing it to spread in communities where large groups of people are unvaccinated.

Regardless of why people choose to avoid vaccinations, it’s important to note some of the reasons why health organizations like the CDC and the World Health Organization urge all children and adults to be immunized.

• Immunizations save lives. The CDC notes that advancements in medical science have made it possible for humans to protect themselves against more diseases than ever before. Once-fatal diseases have now been eliminated thanks to safe and effective vaccines.

• Immunizations protect loved ones. Some people cannot receive certain immunizations due to allergies, illness, weakened immune systems, or other factors. Such individuals are vulnerable to disease, and especially vulnerable if their loved ones who can be vaccinated do not receive their recommended immunizations.

• Immunizations save money. The human toll of failing to be immunized can be fatal, and the financial toll can be heavy, too. Children with vaccine-preventable diseases may not be allowed to enroll in certain schools or daycare facilities, forcing parents to make decisions that can affect their ability to earn a living. In addition, medical bills that result from long-term illnesses can be substantial. The majority of health insurance plans cover vaccines for adults and children at little or no cost, and even uninsured families can receive free or inexpensive vaccines through certain government programs.

Immunizations take only a few seconds to receive but can have a positive effect that lasts a lifetime.



Establish a child/parent prom night agreement

Prom can be one of the most exciting evenings in an adolescent’s life. A gathering with friends that soon may part for different areas of the country or even the world, prom night offers the chance to let loose and have fun before the “real world” beckons.

Attending prom might be a thrilling way for high-schoolers to spend an evening, but prom night can be dangerous as well. Many parents approach their kids’ prom nights with trepidation. To understand why parents can be so apprehensive about prom night, consider these statistics:

• According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 300 teens have died in alcohol-related car accidents on prom weekends over the past several years.

• A 2014 survey of teens between the ages of 16 and 19 by the driving group AAA found that 41 percent of prom-goers would likely use drugs or alcohol on prom night.

• A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services national survey reported 30 percent of male high school seniors considered it acceptable to force sexual activity on a girl who is intoxicated or high.

• According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, one in five female high school students is the victim of physical or sexual abuse at the hands of a date.

• NHTSA also says that, by age 18, more than 70 percent of teens have had one drink without adult supervision. When teens drink they tend to binge – consuming at least five drinks on a single occasion.

Through open communication, parents and students can work together to make prom night fun and safe. One way to facilitate this is to enter into a prom agreement. This written contract will spell out acceptable behavior and what to do in the event of an emergency. Items to include in the agreement can include:

• A curfew for returning home.

• An outline of expected festivities and when/where a child will be when not at the dance.

• A list of emergency contacts programmed into cell phones, including taxi services.

• Name of the prom date as well as all friends who will be traveling together.

• The limousine company’s name and the driver’s contact information.

• An acknowledgment that parents can peruse kids’ belongings for illegal substances or alcohol.

• Acceptance on the part of the parent that he or she will pick up the student at any time or place if the teen is intoxicated or thinks he or she is in danger.

• An open discussion on sexual activity and experience and if intimacy is planned for the evening. Parents also should discuss contraception with their children in advance of prom night.

• Teens agreeing to be financially or legally responsible should poor prom behavior result in damage or charges.

Prom night can be an enjoyable experience when students, parents and administrators work together to help ensure a safe, fun evening.



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