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Contact: Jody Shea Box 260 Crescent, IA 51526 Volume 11

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Issue 5

In This Issue... Page 2.................. City Council Minutes Page 3........................ Church Activities Community Bulletin Board Time Out Page 4 ................ Advertiser’s Spotlight Hitchcock Nature Ctr. 20th Anniversary Ball Park Receives Donation Pray for Gray Calling All Mowers & Handymen Page 5............ Catch Crescent Ball Fever! What’s Up at CECC? Local Independent Consultants Page 6 ................ Food Drive a Success Question of the Month National Cancer Survivors Month Page 7....Friday Afternoon’s at Mt. Crescent Page 8................. Water Quality Report Page 9.......................An Era has Ended Road Runners Crescent Innovators Pott. Co. Sheriff’s Report Vets’ Monument Close to Completion Page 10 & 11.................... Advertisers Page 12....................Useless Knowledge Ad Rates Subscription Info

The Annual Crescent Neighborhood Garage Sale Fri-Sat, June 3rd-4th 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Annual Crescent Neighborhood Garage Sale...It’s time again for our yearly citywide garage sale. This has become a tradition for garage sale shoppers around the area and is expected to draw a good crowd. If you’ve been thinking of having one, now’s the time. For $5.00 your address will be listed on a flyer of participants along with additional advertising. To participate, please call Jenny for details at 712-227-0020 or email:

We’re Always Looking for New Advertisers!

Please note: The Crescent Neighborhood Garage Sale dates have been changed to Fri-Sat, June 3rd-4th.


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Contact Numbers Mayor Maryalice Leggio 545-3398 (

Councilman Bob Anderson 545-3373 (

Councilman Daryl Clark 402-658-0657 (

Councilman Elvis Jacobsen 545-3215 (

Councilman Patrick Morgan 227-0083 (

Councilman Chuck Stokes 545-9085 (

City Clerk Mary Martin 545-3981 (

Park Board Jim Campin 227-0040 (

Message Board Ron Olson 545-3267 (

Crescent Fire Dept. Non-Emergency 545-3730 (

Crescent Elementary 545-4492 


City Council

Submitted by Mary Martin, City Clerk.       The City of Crescent is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR CITY OF CRESCENT COUNCIL MEETING May 2, 2011...THE CRESCENT CITY COUNCIL met in regular session in the Crescent Community Hall at 7:02PM pursuant to the law. Mayor Leggio called the meeting to order. The following Council members were present: Morgan, Jacobsen, Anderson. Clark, Stokes, absent. MOTION BY MORGAN, seconded by Anderson to accept consent agenda. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, all ayes. Motion carried. MARK REINDERS/MIDAMERICAN approached council regarding the electric franchise. PUBLIC HEARING opened by Anderson at 7:03PM. MOTION BY JACOBSEN, seconded by Anderson to consider Ordinance 050211 Electric Franchise. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, all ayes. Motion carried. MOTION BY ANDERSON, seconded by Morgan to dispense with an election to approve electric franchise. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, all ayes. Motion carried. MOTION BY ANDERSON, seconded by Morgan to waive 2nd reading of ordinance. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, all ayes. Motion carried. MOTION BY JACOBSEN, seconded by Anderson to waive 3rd reading of ordinance. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, all ayes. Motion carried. PUBLIC HEARING closed at 7:16PM. MOTION BY JACOBSEN, seconded by Anderson to approve 2011 Budget Amendment. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, all ayes. Motion carried. MOTION BY JACOBSEN, seconded by Anderson to approve investment policy presented. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, all ayes. Motion carried. MOTION BY JACOBSEN, seconded by Anderson to approve Schroer & Assoc. proposal for 3 yr. sewer audit. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, all ayes. Motion carried. CHANGE ORDER # 2 for maintenance facility submitted. MOTION BY MORGAN, seconded by Jacobsen to approve change order #2. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, all ayes. Motion carried. PAY REQUEST # 3 for maintenance facility submitted for approval. MOTION BY JACOBSEN, seconded by Morgan to approve pay request #3 for payment. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, all ayes. Motion carried. PARK BOARD REPORT/JIM CAMPIN stated that games are underway. Home games are at 6:00PM. There have been good comments from participants and spectators alike. Sundays are the only day the park is not being used. Park Board won’t hear about grant until mid-July. Batting cage is up & running. Logo is almost done on the front of the concession stand. Field is looking great. STOKES arrived at 7:20pm. POTT. CNTY. SHERIFF CONTRACT submitted for signing. MOTION BY STOKES, seconded by Anderson to approve contract. Anderson, Stokes, Jacobsen, all ayes. Morgan, abstained. Motion carried. VACATE ALLEY IN BLOCK 181, between Lots 5,6,7,8,9, & 10 submitted for approval. MOTION BY MORGAN, seconded by Stokes to approve vacating alley and waiving utility easement for said alley to Earl Rowe. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, Stokes, all ayes. Motion carried. Lot 1- 1010 Silver Ln. Building application submitted. MOTION BY JACOBSEN, seconded by Anderson to approve with the provision an elevation certificate proving that the lowest level of the house will be at least 1000 feet is received by the City. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, Stokes, all ayes. Motion carried. Lot 2 – 1012 Silver Ln. Building application submitted. MOTION BY ANDERSON, seconded by Jacobsen to approve with the provision an elevation certificate proving that the lowest level of the house will be at least 1000 feet is received by the City. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, Stokes, all ayes. Motion carried. Lot 14 – 1013 Silver Ln. Building application submitted. MOTION BY JACOBSEN, seconded by Anderson to approve. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, Stokes, all ayes. Motion carried. Miller garage building application at 1015 Old Lincoln Hwy. submitted. MOTION BY JACOBSEN, seconded by Stokes to approve building application. Anderson, Morgan, Jacobsen, Stokes, all ayes. Motion carried. STREET CLEANERS in town May 2, 2011. MOTION BY ANDERSON, seconded by Stokes to adjourn the meeting. MEETING adjourned at 7:42pm

Need a Loan? People’s National Bank

in Crescent is now offering loans! Contact Jackie Killpack, Branch Manager at 712-545-3900.

Church Activities

Community of Christ • Vacation Bible School: June 1317, 9-11:30am. Classes for 3yr-6th grade. Everyone welcome & invite a friend. More info to come. • June 5th through August. Sunday School & Church at 10:30. V Hazel Dell United Methodist • June-Aug. Sunday school and church services 10:30-11:30. • Vacation Bible School June 1317, 9-11:30am. Classes for Nursery6th Grade. Registration $2.00 and 2 pkg. of Kool-Aid. Bible stories, music, crafts, lots of fun together! Bring your bible and a friend. Program Friday evening 7pm. Theme: Inside-out-Upside-down on Mainstreet—Where Jesus Makes a Difference Everyday, Standard Publishing. Everyone welcome. For more info contact Janice at 712-322-8022.

Available for Summer Work

My name is Rachel. I am 18 and have recently finished my first year of college at Northwest Missouri State. I will be staying with family in Crescent until I return to school in the fall. If you’re looking for a babysitter or have a position to fill, I can be reached at 712-545-4322.

Community Bulletin Board Make a difference in your community. Join a committee or attend a city meeting...

Crescent Optimist Club: First Thurs. at 7pm at Comm. of Christ; third Sat. 7am at Henry’s. City Council Meetings: First Monday of every month unless holiday—June 6th Planning Committee: Second Monday of the month following the city council meeting.

Time Out! Local Events and Happenings

This is a free service and a great way to get the word out. If you have an upcoming event you’d like to advertise, please email us at

Firebarn   Breakfast 3rd Sunday of Every Month­­. June 20th Proceeds benefit CVFD

The Mile  Away Hall & Tavern

20270 Old Lincoln Hwy.

THURSDAY Bike Night! Every Thursday 6-9pm • Habitat for Humanity Sand Volleyball Tournament 6’s Coed Saturday, July 23rd Come out for a fun-filled day of volleyball and a rockin’ after party! Visit For more details and to sign up. • Now Open Sunday’s 3pm to Midnight or later •

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Upstairs Friday Nights Live Music with DJ Shane • VOLLEYBALL AFTER DARK 9pm - 1am Pick up Volleyball/Hook Tourneys $1 Draws! $3.50 Mile Away Monster Bombs! $1 shots until the bottle is gone! • FRIDAY NIGHT $50 PARTY PACKAGES AVAILABLE



Join Us For a Retirement Party! for Mary Perkins Sunday, June 5th, 2-8pm Mary is retiring after 32 years of service with the Council Bluffs School System All well-wishers are welcome to stop by!

Story Time

...For all kids who wish to attend will be Tuesday’s at 11:00 in June and July in the community room of the Fire Barn. One of the Council Bluffs Public Library’s children’s librarians will be in Crescent to tell stories and do activities.

Save These Dates! Lincoln Hwy Buy-Way Yard Sale August 4th, 5th & 6th Questions? Contact Deb Rothmeyer 712-263-8356 Email: • The Crescent Fall Festival Saturday, October 1st Questions? Contact Kris Smith 712-545-3118 Email:

Advertiser Spotlight

This year, AJ’s Alley celebrates 15 years in business and five years as an Authorized Motor Vehicle Dealer in Crescent. Ardon J. Adamson, known as “AJ,” personally drives and inspects each vehicle to make sure it is in perfect shape before it is put on the lot for sale. AJ specializes in bank repossessions and “offlease” cars. These low-mileage, late model cars have factory warranties that transfer with the car at no extra charge. AJ’s Alley also buys and sells collector, antique and custom cars. If you want to sell or buy a unique vehicle, stop in and see AJ for a special deal. AJ’s Alley is a small local dealership with very low overhead so the savings are passed to the consumer. No twenty million dollar show room, large payroll or enormous utility bills at this dealership. Take advantage of the prices on these units and save thousands from new car prices. Every deal is done personally with AJ, so you will never get the “runaround” when you need service. Business hours 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, AJ can be contacted at 712-545-3763 for a special showing at any time convenient to you. Stop in and test drive a new car today.

Never take a cross-country trip with a kid who just learned how to whistle.


Nature Center

You’re invited to help us celebrate Hitchcock Nature Center’s 20th Anniversary at our Open House event Saturday, June 18, 2011. The Open House will feature scheduled programs from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 pm Including presentations on the Natural Areas Management and Environmental Education programs, opportunities to tour the campground and a cabin, and guided hikes in the Loess Hills.

Ball Park Receives Donation!

Submitted by Mary Martin

Crescent Park receives large donation from the Robert Summy Endowment Fund, distributed by the Pottawattamie County Foundation. The money is being used to purchase b a s e b a l l uniforms for the Crescent ball teams. Janice Summy (seen in the photo) is presenting the check to Park Board Director, Jim Campin and Mayor Leggio.

Pray for Gray

Jennifer Hundtofte of Council Bluffs recently lost her husband, Karl, from a fouryear battle with brain cancer, leaving 3 small children behind. Earlier this year, Jennifer & Karl made their ‘bucket list’ and on Jennifer’s list was the ‘Million Dollar March’ to raise $1 million, 1 person at a time, $1 at a time to fund brain cancer research. If you could find it in your heart to donate just $1, Jennifer’s dream of hitting that $1 million mark will be one step closer to being accomplished. Donations can be sent to: Pray for Gray Foundation P. O. Box 1923 Council Bluffs, IA   51502  You may also view a video clip by Jennifer on

Calling All Mowers & Handymen

We’re creating a list of contacts for odd jobs, handyman work and lawn mowers. If that’s a service you offer, please contact the Connection via phone or email. There’s no charge to be added to the list. Cell: (402) 968-5484

Catch Crescent Ball Fever!!

Submitted by Mary Martin

Come to the Crescent Ball Field and watch one of the many games being played. A schedule can be found at Check out the Crescent Roadrunner mascot on the concession stand, painted by Logan Yard. Concession stand is open during games with pop, water, candy, popcorn, gum, etc. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served in the future.All proceeds go back into the park. What’s a ballgame without hot dogs?

W hat’s Up at CECC?

Submitted by Linda Brewer

We’ll start with a couple of summer announcements. Story time with one of the C.B. library librarians will be offered at 11:00 on Tuesday’s in June and July. All area kids are invited to take advantage of this program. Crescent is the only location outside of Council Bluffs where this is offered. Also, we have mentioned in previous columns that we applied for a grant from Promise Partners for the enrichment classes in Crescent this summer. We did not get the grant, so we will not be able to offer those classes this summer. We are, of course, disappointed . But we certainly would be delighted to hear from any person or group who would be willing to give a class for free! By the time this newsletter is published, the school year will be over. As of this writing, we are winding down the year. At the end of April, we held our annual open house and picnic. The weather actually allowed us to have it outside for a change! We had tables for parents and kids to make musical instruments like rain sticks, kazoos and bug buzzers. We had a karaoke machine for performances and hoped we’d get some spontaneous bands going. The kids loved it, but the grown-ups were more reluctant to show off their talents. We thank Nick Collins for loaning us his karaoke machine and board members for providing desserts for the picnic. During the observance of Week of the Young Child, we had pajama day. All the preschoolers wore pajamas and slippers, which they love to do, and we read The Napping House and sang lullabies. On a day off from school, close to Earth Day, we all went up to the cemetery and picked up litter. There was a lot to be picked up! We got some of the older kids interested in looking at the very old grave stones. There is a lot of local history to be seen there, and we urge you to make a visit even if it isn’t your “family cemetery”. But don’t leave any liter behind! At Easter time, we dyed real eggs, filled plastic ones with candy and had our own Easter egg hunt. The weather kept it short, but everyone managed to find a basket full of goodies. We thank Alex and Ethan Brewer who organized and supervised the hunt. At the end of May, we held our preschool program for families. The kids choose songs and finger plays to perform, and this year, we put on a play; Tell the Truth B.B. Wolf! We thank the church for allowing us to use the sanctuary for the program. We also recognize our “graduates”. This year the majority of our class is moving on to “big school”. So we say “good luck” to Luke, Nicholas, Maddy, Summer, Zach, Kaden, Zoeie, Ella, Luciana and Chresten. We will miss you! Some will be at the center this summer, and many will be back in the fall for before and after care. But it won’t be the same. They will be kindergarteners and think they have outgrown us. We hope we prepared them well. If you need summer care for a child, give us a call, e-mail or stop by for more information. We have a full schedule planned, including special sports and dance classes. We are also taking enrollments for the fall preschool class which begins Sept. 6.

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Food Drive A Success!

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was very successful. It was cold out, but the turnout was great. We gave out free hot dogs & chips, while people stopped by and donated bags of food and money. Everyone who donated had their name entered into our drawing and we gave out some great prizes. Thanks to the huge efforts of our local mail carriers, the support of the community, and the donations from the American Veterans Motorcycle Club of Nebraska, we were able to collect over 600 pounds of food and $303.50 in cash donations. THANK YOU to all that helped make this possible: All of our awesome Mail Carriers, Denny’s Place, Henry’s Diner, Loess Hills Winery, Crescent Storage, U-Stop, Sharron Bourke, Keif’s Full Throttle, Meyer Automotive, Crescent Connection, C & A Scales, and all of you who spread the word and/or donated.

Question of the Month?

Name something you’ve done once but would never do again.

Sandra L. Rowe: I would never run the New York Marathon again!!!!! Thomas Shea, Sr.: Join the Army! I loved the experience and there were a lot of things that gave me terrific memories, but would not want to do it again. Cindy Shea: Crash in a Hot Air Balloon:} Kaden Ogle (5): Slide out of a tree on my bare skin! Val Jacobsen: Ride 600 miles on a motorcycle in the rain/hail when it is only 42 degrees. Duane Dewaele: Great question but to embarrassing!!! Cliff Dilts: Lie to mom. Emily Alexander: I’d never go camping on a rainy weekend! We got stuck in the mud, and had to push three cars and two trucks up a hill to get out of our camping spot!! It was beautiful and secluded, but no fun when we woke up the final morning to all that rain and mud! Staci Pettit: Eat Brussels Sprouts Diane Stolz: Snow ski!!!! It was way too much work when I fell down and couldn’t get up. Zach Hoffman (5): Be mean to my sister 

Georgia Metzger: Climbed to the top of Diamond Head in Hawaii, this included climbing up 100 narrow rock stairs, walking through a completely pitch black tunnel, crawling out the bunker and seeing a breathtaking view of ocean and island, and recieved my certificate that I survived the climb. For anyone traveling to Hawaii I would highly recommend the adventure. Colby Thurman (10): Ramp my bike up a huge ramp I made! Ted Pruitt: For our honeymoon I took my wife down to Kansas city worlds of fun, and got on the biggest rollercoaster I could find. You know that one that goes upside down with loopdy-loops, and is a mile high in the sky. Well, when we got off, my new bride was as white as a sheet. It really scared me. I truly will never do that again!! Next month’s question due by June 18th...

Besides the, water, family and something you couldn’t live without. Email: or Call: (402) 968-5484

June National Cancer Survivors Month

If you haven’t been through it

yourself you most likely know someone who has. In some way or another it seems to touch everyone. This poem was submitted by one of our readers who lost their spouse to cancer.

I Have Cancer... I have cancer but cancer does not have me. Cancer is not who I am. It’s only a bend in the road that is my life’s journey... An unexpected detour on my path. It is a lesson in the cosmic school room that is human existence. So I will pause to rest and heal. And study the lesson. Before I move on to my life beyond cancer. I will not give into fear, And I will not be discouraged to review the lesson. I will not be ashamed of my scars. My scars are brush strokes in the masterpiece that is my life. People I never would have known, Love that I had never been still or quiet enough to witness, humility I needed, strength I thought I had lost, courage I never knew I had. I will remember that I can still have fun and that it’s okay—even healthy to be silly. I will remember that to find the joy in rainbows I must endure the rain. And I will remember always that while I may have cancer, cancer does not have me.


This report contains important information regarding the water quality in our water system. The source of our water is the Council Bluffs Water Works. Their primary water source is the Missouri River.

Water quality testing shows the following results.




Chlorine (ppm)



Chlorite (ppm)




Copper (ppm)




Fluoride (ppm)




Lead (ppb)




Nitrate [as N] (ppm)




Sodium (ppm) Total Coliform Bacteria

N/A 0

Total Haloacetic Acids [HAA5] (ppb) Total Organic Carbon [TOC] (ppm) TTHM (ppb) [Total trihalomethanes]


N/A Presence of coliform bacteria in >5% of monthly samples 60



60 One routine sample and one follow up was positive. 38.0 Running Avg. 4.3



75 Running Avg.




Turbidity (NTU) Turbidity (Lowest monthly percent of samples meeting limit)










0.00 - 0.14


0 – 0.0861


0.98 -1.34






08/01/2010 08/31/2010



Water additive used to control microbes By-product of drinking water disinfection Corrosion of household plumbing systems. Water additive which promotes strong teeth Corrosion of household plumbing systems. Runoff from fertilizer use; Leaching from septic tanks, sewage Erosion of natural deposits; Naturally present in the environment.


16 - 67



2.3 – 4.3 Average removal 46% 37 - 111 .02 - .45


06/01/07 09/30/09

06/01/07 09/30/09




By-products of drinking water chlorination Naturally present in the environment By-products of drinking water chlorination Soil runoff Soil runoff

Note: Contaminants with dates indicate results from the most recent testing done in accordance with regulations.

DEFINITIONS, provided to help you better understand the terms and abbreviations in the above table.         

-- ―parts per million.‖  ―pCi/l‖ – ―picocuries per liter‖  NTU—Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU) ―ppb‖ -- ―parts per billion.‖  N/A – Not applicable  ND—Not Detected Action Level – The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements, which a water system must follow. IDSE - Initial Distribution System Evaluation to comply with future disinfection by product regulations Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) – The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology. Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) -- The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety. Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (MRDL) - The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants. Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal (MRDLG) - The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants. Treatment Technique (TT) – A require process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water. ―ppm‖


The City of Crescent water supply obtains its water from the Council Bluffs Water Works. The City of Council Bluffs obtains its water from the Missouri River and its tributaries. Reservoirs and streams are highly susceptible to contamination because contaminants can move through them quickly. Council Bluffs’ water supply will be susceptible to contaminant releases from landfills and livestock confinements. A portion of the Council Bluffs’ water supply is obtained from an alluvial aquifer. The alluvial aquifer was determined to be highly susceptible to contamination because the characteristics of the aquifer and overlying materials allow contaminants to move through the aquifer quickly. The City of Council Bluffs’ wells will be most susceptible to activities such as dry cleaners, gas stations, industrial sites, and municipal wastewater discharges. A detailed evaluation of your source water was completed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and is available from John Meads, Purification Manager at 328-1006 ext. 1019.


Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water posed a health risk. More information about contaminants or potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Council Bluffs Water Works constantly monitor the water supply for various contaminants, including cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium, a protozoan parasite and one-celled animal, is too small to be seen without a microscope. It is common in surface waters (lakes and rivers), especially when these waters contain sewage or animal waste. Cryptosporidium has been detected in 2 out of 12 monthly samples in our source water. Cryptosporidium was not detected in any drinking water samples. However, we believe it is important for you to know that cryptosporidum may cause serious illness in immunocompromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders. These people should seek advice from their health care providers. Our treatment processes consistently produces a low turbidity finished water, which is very effective in removing cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium can be spread through means other than drinking water. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The Council Bluffs Water Works is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at Our water utility is making every effort to protect the water system from potential security threats. You, as customers, can also help. If you see any suspicious activity near the water tower, treatment plant or fire hydrants, please contact us at 1-888-527-9853 or the local sheriff department. We appreciate your assistance in protecting the water system.


Total Coliform. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems. The problem was found to be due to the use of the outside faucet for sample collection. No problems were found inside that residence or other sites.


For questions regarding this information or a copy of this report please contact: Tim Snyder with PeopleService at 402/344-4800 ext. 22 during the following hours: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or e-mail at Decisions regarding the water system are made at the City Council meetings held on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall and are open to the public.

Submitted by Mary Martin

Crescent Innovators H




An Era has Ended

Submitted by Club Reporter, Caleb Losh

Last Tuesday was the Crescent Innovators 4H meeting. The meeting started at 7pm with the pledge to the flag and a role call question. We talked about the booth committee for West-fair, the theme this year is “Aiming for Adventure.” Also we discussed the new project evaluation sheets for fair. Caleb Losh then did a presentation of archery. The Crescent Innovators have meetings every third Tuesday of the month and new members are welcome. Due to fair we moved July’s meeting from the 19th to the 12th. For more info please call Tina Hiatt at (712) 545-3410 or Lori Sielstad at (712) 323-4016. Longtime teacher, Mr. Tom Ryan is retiring after 31 years of service in the Council Bluffs School District, in which the last 26 years have been here in Crescent. A reception honoring his retirement was held on May 11 at the Crescent School. Many of his students (both present and past), colleagues, family and friends were in attendance. Good luck to Mr. Ryan on his retirement!

School’s Out!...Since we had a few snow days to deal with this winter, school was extended until May 27th. The students celebrated the end of the year with various fieldtrips, a talent show, and a Field Day. Our 5th graders and Kindergarteners both were honored with graduation ceremonies. Help Us Collect!...We continue to collect Box Tops and Labels for Education (Campbell’s soup labels) year-round. We have been able to purchase many supplies for our classrooms and sponsor events for our student body with the money raised from these collections. There is a collection box located in the Peoples Bank lobby in Crescent. During school months, these collections can also be dropped off at the school. Thank you in advance for your help with these collections! Hy-Vee and Super Saver receipts start back up again September 1st.

Sheriff’s Report

Pott. County

Submitted by Chief Deputy, James Matthai.

On 05-03-11 at approximately 12:27PM Deputy Haven was dispatched to the 17000 block of Lapworth Lane for a theft report. Upon arrival Deputy Haven was advised that approximately 3 tons of metal that had been loaded on pallets had been stolen. In addition to the scrap metal there was also miscellaneous machine parts and other assorted metal stolen. Investigation pending. On 05-05-11 at approximately 10:19PM while on routine patrol, Sgt. Weber came upon a vehicle parked on Mormon Bridge Rd just east of the I-29 northbound on ramp. In checking the vehicle Sgt. Weber found that the adult male was in need of medical assistance. Crescent Rescue was notified and transported the male to the hospital for treatment.

Vets’ Monument Close to Completion

That’s right! They’re nearing the end of their punch list. Committee members along with help from Elvis Jacobsen, Henry Kraft and John Erixon, spent several evenings at the park working on the final to-do’s. They assembled the tables and benches, pulled weeds, spread mulch and picked up construction debri. Their goal was to have the park spruced up in time for Memorial weekend. ‘What’s left’ you ask? Just a few finishing touches such as adding a copula and/or weather vane to the top of the shelter along with a few pieces of metal to the roof and an electrical outlet under the shelter. There are also several more plaques in the works which will be added to the wall within a couple weeks. The committee feels so fortunate to have had the amount of volunteer help they’ve had during the construction of the park. Most recently they’d like to give another big thank you to Tom Liston of Liston Construction. You may remember him from last fall. Tom has volunteered several hours before last winter and again this spring. He’s done a wonderful job finishing the construction of the roof and laying the metal. Thank you Tom for all your help! It’s greatly appreciated! Another thank you goes to Chad Savoy of Minnesota (son of member, Deb Kraft) and Henry Kraft for coming in at short notice to brace up the shelter. They did a beautiful job! 

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C&A Scales

Tax and Bookkeeping Services

Specializing in Truck, Track, Bulk Scales & Controllers Your Complete Scale Company for Sales & Service IA: 712-545-3461 • NE: 402-346-4383 25300 Old Lincoln Hwy • Crescent

1509 W. Broadway • Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs: Bus: 256-9777 • Fax: 256-9718

712- 545-3470


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Regular or One-Time Service Spring Cleaning or Special Occasions Reasonable Rates • Free Estimates • Gift Cards Available

Call Jody at (402) 968-5484

Sherry Ebertowski Campbell Insurance Agency

Crescent Country Grooming 109 E. Welch St. Crescent, IA 51526 712-545-3763

Veterinarian Recommended


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Professional Dog & Cat Grooming We Care About Your Pet

Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 3:00pm


Also shown by appointment Specializing in late model Lease cars and repossessions.

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Sandy McManigal 545-3785 Crescent Repairs Crescent


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Medicare, Medicare Part D, Health, Life, LTC, and Annuities. 103 North Ave., Suite 9 • Council Bluffs, IA



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“Stick With The Best!”

Now Offering Large Take & Bake Pizzas!

Call Us For All Your Diesel Repair Needs Mike McManigal & Roger Nixon

Your Hometown Place of Worship Since 1863!

A. Raymond Plumbing, Inc.


Andy Raymond - Owner

Reliable, Efficient, Local Call Us for All Your Plumbing Needs

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Ofc: (712) 545-9941 Web: Email: Your Ventilation Experts!


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Derek Leibert, President Bus: 981-1290 Email:


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In Crescent • 810 Johnson St. Behind Meyer Auto Gathering: 9 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship: 10 a.m. Senior Pastor: Duane Rief 545-3891 Young Adult Pastor: Connie McWilliams 642-4556

Denny’s  Place

735 Old Lincoln Hwy. • Crescent

Greatest Pizza for Miles Around!

Light, Medium & Heavy Duty Gas & Diesel Repair


rescent Storage

Indoor & Outdoor Storage From Furniture to Vehicles

Located next door to the Crescent Post Office.

22274 Old Lincoln Hwy. • Crescent

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Taylo’s Taco Tuesday 6pm-9pm

Hours: Mon-Sat: 2pm - 2am Sunday: Noon til Midnight Kitchen Open Daily til 1am, Sun-10pm Free Pool All Day Sunday’s! Bring Your Business Meeting to Denny’s Denny Taylo, Owner • Kella Sales, Manager 545-3919 •

Henry’s Diner

836 Old Lincoln Hwy.


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Nothin’ Finer! Chicken • Steaks • Seafood Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner



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Shawn Shea 545-4455 545-3684

Shea’s      Auto Used Cars & Trucks


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Open Monday thru Saturday

Shane Shea 545-3913

1919 Old Lincoln Hwy. Crescent

Sales: by Appointment Tours: Every 3rd Saturday, 9am-3pm June thru October Living Loess Member Owners: Janna Feldman & Sharon Oamek 402-594-5111

816 Old Lincoln Hwy. • Crescent


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“I Plant 4U” 20139 Badger Ave. • Crescent


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Patios, Decks, Flower Gardens, Weeding, Maintenance & More!

New Mexican Monday’s! Now Open Sunday’s 12pm to 10pm YR. Cocktail Hour: Advertiser! Mon-Fri: 11am to 6pm Crescent • (712) 227-0101


Loess Hills

Vineyard & Winery


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1120 Old Lincoln Hwy. • Crescent Wednesday thru Sunday Call or Check our Website for Hours.

Closed Mon. & Tues.

(712) 545-3054

Ask for Todd 545-3228


Hall & Tavern

Call: TREY at 402.714.7972


Moving Ahead with Crescent!

20270 Old Lincoln Highway

• Rates starting at $35 per month NEW • Convenient Council Bluffs location ! right off the South Expressway & the Interstate • Mention Crescent Connection for Preferred Pricing


Complete Auto Repair

The Mile Away

2005 S. 6th Street - Council Bluffs, IA

402-669-4280 712-545-3273

Additional Hours by Appointment

SKR Enterprises, LLC

Meyer  Automotive

Indoor Self Storage

Claudia Peterson

7 Days a Week 3pm - Midnight or later Happy Hour $2 Domestics 3pm - 6pm Free Pool & Popcorn • Friday Night DJ Shane Upstairs No Cover • Volleyball After Dark 9pm-1am • $50 Friday Night Party Packages Available • Reception Hall Available! B-days, Receptions, Anniversaries & more!

712-322-2027 •


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Serving Fresh, Homemade Sandwiches, Hot Soups, Sweeeeet Desserts & Gourmet Coffees! 1911 Old Lincoln Hwy. • (712) 227-0027


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Commercial • Residential • Installation & Repair All Makes • Maintenance Contracts

Free Estimates • Licensed & Insured • Snow Removal

Jim Thompsen • 545-3252 • 680-2318

Unleashed Performance Mobile Agricultural Equipment Repair Performance Engine Building & Tuning

Air Conditioning • Electrical • Cooling Systems Hydraulic Hoses • Transmission • Engine Repair Fabrication & Design

We Build the Best & Fix the Rest! Call Dennis Hough at (402) 305-7295


Tuesday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Closed Sunday & Monday)

Brian Shea


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Specializing in

Retaining Walls Patio Pavers

402-968-7432 • 712-545-3652


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New owners but still the same helpful, friendly staff!

Vintage Chicks Buying, Wearing & Collecting

If you’d like to sell your Vintage Costume & Rhinestone Jewelry Call Peggy at 402-968-3897 Necklaces • Bracelets • Pins • Earrings Hats • Shoes • Clothes


Woodland Community Bible Church Pastor Jim Henry Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. 21032 Old Lincoln Hwy Crescent, IA 51526


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Ofc: 712-325-0613

Yard Enterprises

15264 Old Mormon Bridge Rd. • Crescent

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Welding Fabrication Repair CNC Plasma Cutting

I-680 To Omaha

I-29 North ➔


Since 1986

__ __ YARD __ ★ ENTERPRISES __ _ __ _ __ __ __ Old Mormon Bridge Rd. (Hwy. 988) __ _ To Crescent ➔

Call Bob Yard at 712-545-3840

Ad Rates

Standard ads are $23/mth sold in 3-month increments: 3 mths......................................... $69 6 mths....................................... $138 9 mths. .................................... $207 12 mths..................................... $276 (1 Month Free!) $253 Double ads are $32/mth sold in 3-month increments: 3 mths......................................... $96 6 mths....................................... $192 9 mths. .................................... $288 12 mths..................................... $384 (1 Month Free!) $352 Quarter-Page................... $50/mth Half-Page........................ $75/mth Full-Page....................... $125/mth 1-sided camera-ready inserts ......... $100/mth 2-sided camera-ready inserts ......... $175/mth Preprinted inserts ............... $60/mth


seless Knowledge

Stuff you didn’t think you needed to know...and probably don’t. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart. If a family had two or fewer servants in the United States in 1900, census takers recorded the family as lower middle class. One of history’s earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two years old at the time. The first aerial photograph was taken from a balloon during the Civil War. In Asia, wearing robes with embroidered cranes symbolizes fidelity for the length of a marriage. Nestle is the largest company in Switzerland, yet more than 98 percent of its revenue comes from outside the country. Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed a whopping 300 pounds.

A full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon. In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits! The “something blue” in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity, and love. The national sport of Japan is sumo wrestling. Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the US. The howler monkey is the loudest animal living in the rain forests of South America. Their voices can be heard up to five miles away. In many cultures around the world -- including Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings -- the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple (giving us the popular phrase “tying the knot”).

The Crescent Connection 1901 Old Lincoln Hwy. Crescent, IA 51526

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The Crescent Connection is a free publication funded by advertisers and the City of Crescent. It is mailed to the 51526 zip code. If you are outside the mailing area, you can pick them up at these locations throughout Crescent...U-Stop, People’s Bank, the Post Office, Meyer Automotive and Henry’s Diner. You may purchase a subscription for $15 per year. Just mail a check to the Crescent Connection, P.O. Box 260, Crescent, IA 51526. You may also have the Connection emailed to you for free by emailing


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