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Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms - continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Support community groups: Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

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As the warmer weather slowly finds it’s way here everyone’s thoughts turn to home improvements and yard clean up. As always the city compost site on Newbold Road is open to residents of Center Point for your yard waste and compost needs. Please remember to use the website, www. or stop in at City Hall to get your permit applications.

Trees Forever Branching Out

The City of Center Point received the Branching Out Grant for our community’s parks. We planted a total of 40 trees throughout Fross Park and Wakema Park on Earth day, April 22nd, 2014. Thank you to the many volunteers and Titan Machinery who were instrumental in making this event a success!

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Hy-Vee One Step Grant Giving back to the community is part of the Hy-Vee culture. Hy-Vee One Step products offer their customers a selection of everyday foods, while donating a portion of those proceeds to local and worldwide charitable causes. The City of Center Point received $750.00 to expand the community gardens from 23 raised beds to 38 raised beds. The City of Center Point is looking for citizens who are interested in serving on our Visioning Board. If you are interested in working with a group of volunteers who are dedicated to the future of Center Point as it grows contact City Hall @ 319-849-1508.

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I started this Northern Exposure Community Paper to help local businesses market who they are, where they are and what they have to offer to local consumers in a very cost effective way. Our distribution will be included with the Tidbits of Linn County in most of the rural communities north of the Cedar Rapids metro area. We won’t be putting reporters on the streets to report local news as that is already available with other media companies. What I intend to do is help promote local communities with communications from the local city governments, libraries, economic development groups. For annual community events, we hope to use are larger distribution network in the Cedar Rapids metro area to help promote these events by including this Northern Exposure Community Paper with the Tidbits of Linn County. If you have a business which you would like to help these local communities with their marketing through this paper, please call me and I would be glad to discuss your options. Thank You, Russ Swart, Publisher, 319-360-3936

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By Mick Harper

1. When did George Harrison announce he was quitting The Beatles? 2. Which singer is reputed to have been a gravedigger before getting into music? 3. Where did Canned Heat get their name? 4. Which duo had a hit with “Here Comes the Rain Again”? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “Well, I might take a train, I might take a plane, But if I have to walk I’m going just the same.” Answers 1. Jan. 10, 1969. The Beatles were rehearsing at Twickenham Film Studios in London. When Harrison left, John Lennon apparently didn’t bat an eye and suggested they get Eric Clapton: “He’s just as good and not such a headache.” 2. Rod Stewart. He denies the claim, saying he only laid out the plots with string. 3. From a song about Sterno, the liquid fuel made of jellied alcohol, used under buffet chafing dishes. 4. British pop duo Eurythmics, in 1984. 5. “Kansas City,” by Wilbert Harrison in 1959. It’s one of the most widely covered songs ever. The Beatles, Bill Haley and His Comets, James Brown, Little Richard and dozens of others tried their luck with the song, but it is Harrison’s version that has endured. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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DOLLARS AND SENSE BY David Uffington Harsh Winter Means More Work in Spring



From the City Clerk’s office at 304 Broadway Telephone: 854-6428 Visit our web site at:

Many parts of the country have experienced a bad winter, with snow, ice and below-average temperatures. You might have more to do Historical Society now than you would during Historical Society to Meet May 13 an average spring. The Springville Area Historical Society (SAHS) will meet May How does the outside of your 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the SAHS building next door to City Hall. All house look? Snow, wind and interested in local history are welcome. At the April 8 meeting, ice likely have taken their 13 members and a guest, Ruth Wurster, were present. toll on your siding, painted Secretary Jean Schmidt announced that a memorial gift had surfaces (like window trim been received from the family of charter member Bernita or shutters) and your roof Andersen, who died last November. SAHS is grateful the and eaves. Draft up your toAndersen family. Vice president James Crow said the March 21 do list as you find battered bake sale raised $255.50. Thanks are extended to all bakers and caulking, broken screens and customers. driveway cracks. And how Several donations of historical material were made by four did your shrubs fare? members present: If you’re on a budget plan, • Eleanor and Dave Kelley, the 1935 sale bill of the paying monthly for your Springville Elevator, and two historic postcards; fuel or electricity, there’s • Pat Rose, 1958 Springville Elevator calendar and a good chance you got a numerous historic newspaper clippings; bad surprise recently when • Kelly Schmidt, a basketball autographed by members of you realized that your Springville’s 2008 state championship girls’ team, a girls’ monthly payments aren’t basketball jersey, and a trade token from Briner’s pool going to cover your fuel for hall. the year. Many folks are • Brad Wilson, several copies of old maps of Springville and having to scramble to come the surrounding area, and a video of the musical “Spring up with the cash to pay Town,” written by former Springville resident Jean Wells off the balance before the Shook of Mount Pleasant. next budget plan begins, Persons who made historical donations in absentia were Norm likely in June. Once the fuel and Sharon Nielsen, a large scrapbook kept by Norm’s mother, company determines your the late Lenore Gibson Nielsen; and Pauline Randall, several new monthly payment, send issues of Springville newsletters from the 1980s. extra every month. If next President Bev Franks discussed having an SAHS table at the winter is mild and it appears Linn County Fair’s Community Day June 27. She also brought that you’re paying ahead, up the topic of Schwab Hall (the school building dating from contact the company in the 1916) as a future site for SAHS. No action was taken. spring and ask about not Addressing the badly deteriorated Brown family monument, making that final payment. Bev said Cemetery Committee member Jim Koppenhaver has If you live in snow country been searching the Internet for someone qualified to do repairs. where the roads are plowed In other business, the group talked about ideas for starting and spread with sand and an SAHS Website and putting local history material online. salt, get your vehicle to the Kelly Schmidt volunteered to check with some other historical car wash as soon as it opens societies for ideas. for the season. This is not Historian Karen Taylor reported finding the autobiography of the time for a do-it-yourself a former Springville resident, Alice Parr Kinley Irish, on the wash with the hand wand at Internet. Alice and her husband, Israel Irish, lived on High the open-air car wash. You Street (now Avenue) in Springville. He died in 1923, she in need the drive-through that 1947. The 175th anniversary of the arrival of Revolutionary includes an undercarriage War veteran Nathan Brown in Linn County will be May 17. spray wash to get all the salt Karen suggested having an event to mark the date. (See related off the bottom of your vehicle article, this issue.) before rust and corrosion set Others attending the April 8 meeting were Doug Beard, Wes it, as well as cause damage Bender, Duane Schlatter and Steve Shaffer. to brakes and fuel lines. Before next winter, have the undercarriage sealed. The same applies if you live near the sea: Overspray and salt in the air can damage your car if left on. Scrub and vacuum your floor mats too. Wash winter coats, gloves and boots now, while it’s easier to get the grime off. Refresh with another wash when winter comes again. If you need to cut back on expenses to cover winter repairs, consider buying only generic store brands for one or two months. You might discover that some of those items are just as good as brand name and thereby cut your bills on a permanent basis. Consider generic for: milk, flour, cleaning products like detergent, children’s cereals, juice, eggs, bread, pain relievers and allergy medicines (compare the ingredients), shampoo and soap. And keep an eye on The Old Farmer’s Almanac for next winter. It predicted this past winter quite accurately. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.


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If you’re enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system, you no longer have to report your income. The VA will get that information themselves -- from the IRS and Social Security. Starting March 2014, you’ll only have to give your income information if you’re applying for the first time. After that, you’ll only need to fill out your renewal form for change of address, next of kin, phone number and so on, using VA Form 1010EZR, which is available online or at your local medical center. Per the news release, the VA will continue to provide no-cost care to “indigent veterans, veterans with catastrophic medical conditions, veterans with a disability rating of 50 percent or higher, or for conditions that are officially rated as ‘service-connected.’” The income limits for co-pays and prescriptions are all over the map, literally. Income threshold limits for a veteran and family of four can range from $46,440 in Washington County, Maine, to $101,200 in San Francisco, and from $30,200 in McDowell County, W.Va., to $64,000 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and all points (and amounts) in between. If your income is over the limit, you still might get help. Income Verification Office benefits case managers can help find reductions in your income. If that doesn’t happen, or if your income has gone up, you might be required to pay co-pays for the year they’re reviewing. (Unfortunately you might end up owing money back for previous year co-pays as the income information doesn’t get to them until July of the following year.) To get more information, go online to or call VA toll-free at 1-877-222VETS (8387). Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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One of the best ways to celebrate the coming of spring is with a basket full of small, very fresh, sweet green peas. You know that peas are fresh Water/Sewer Bills are mailed during the first 3 business The Family lives on a planet of when their pods are firm and green, days of the month. They are due by 5 PM on the 20th darkness, where the only light comes so avoid any that are yellowing or of each month. A penalty is assessed to each account if from the warm luminescence of the wilting. Go for medium pods rather payment is not received by the close of business on the native plants and animals, and the than large, thick-skinned ones, 20th. If payment is not received within 10 days of the untouchable glow of Starry Swirl high which are more mature and contain above. Long ago, two travelers were larger, tougher peas. Break open a 20th, your water/sewer service may be discontinued. A stranded here, and generations later, pod and check the peas inside. They $150.00 deposit is required for all new accounts. their descendants are still waiting should be small, bright green and Our current monthly rates are as follows: firm; if you taste one, it should be for rescue, content to live their small, Water: $17.75 for the first 1,500 gallons tender and sweet. orderly lives and wait obediently to $6.75 per 1,000 gallons over 1,500 If all you can find are large, mature be spirited away to the near-mythical peas, opt for frozen peas instead. Sewer: $33.00 for the first 1,500 gallons homeland that none of them has ever They’re usually picked when they’re seen: Earth. $17.00 per 1,000 gallons over 1,500 young and tender and immediately But as food becomes scarce and the If you do not receive your bill by the 10th frozen. Mature peas are not as stagnant rituals of Family life seem of the month, please contact City Hall tender and sweet as young ones, and more and more stifling, restless young immediately at (319) 448-4359. they’re less versatile. They need to John Redlantern can’t stop thinking be cooked longer and more slowly, about what could be out there beyond and their firmer texture works well the cold mountains that ring their only in stews and braises. little valley. Gradually, grudgingly, Monday pick-up is offered by Allied Waste Services Peas provide essential nutrients and he nudges his people’s awareness out are an excellent source of vitamins 800-781-7870. of its long complacency, opening up K and B6, and folic acid, all crucial Friday pick-up is offered by Rudd Sanitation minds and hearts to dangerous ideas to bone strength and cardiovascular (319) 438-6563. and daring possibilities, setting in health. motion a momentous chain of events All residents are required to have garbage pick-up at their You’ll probably find three types of that will change the Family for good. residence. fresh peas available at the market With inventive language and right now: English, sugar snap and interesting characters, “Dark Eden” is snow peas. a compelling and thought-provoking English peas (also called shelling Permits are required to erect, reconstruct, alter, or extend tale of human survival in a starkly peas, green peas or garden peas) are non-human world. The planet of Eden any structure. Permits must be applied for in writing and the most common. Their pods are is a simply gorgeous construction, approved by the Zoning Administrator. Our current fee inedible, so the peas must be shelled an exotic nightworld both beautiful before eating. “Petits pois” is the schedule is as follows: Fence $20.00, Shed less than 150 and terrifying. The half-understood name given to very small English square feet $20.00, Uncovered porch or deck less than customs of the Family’s Earth heritage peas. 150 square feet $20.00, Covered Porch, Deck or Addition have been transformed in unexpected Sugar snap peas have a thicker, $50.00, New Home $150.00, Unattached structure over ways by this alien place. But their edible shell. As the name denotes, 150 square feet $50.00, Commercial Building $300.00. desires and hopes, their impulses and this variety is sweet like sugar and makes a distinctive sound when its their regrets remain unmistakably Applications can be obtained at City Hall and the fee must shell is broken. Sugar snap peas can human, in ways that echo through the accompany the application. be eaten both raw and cooked. centuries to another long-ago Eden. Snow peas, often seen in Chinese There’s a deep shadow of sadness and cooking, are flatter, thinner and loss, even a tinge of futility, overlying Mailboxes or newspaper receptacles shall not be erected more translucent than the others. the story of these lonely castaways. Yet They are eaten in their entirety, and without obtaining a permit. Applications are available it’s countered by a growing flame of no shelling is required. potential and promise. The reader can’t at City Hall. The completed application and fee of $5.00 Peas don’t have much of a shelf help but root for the Family to win its should be turned in to the City Clerk for approval by the life, so don’t store them for long fight for survival -- even, and perhaps Zoning Administrator. periods of time. Store pods in a especially, against those dangers that The City shall not be responsible for repair of mailboxes, plastic bag in the crisper drawer of come from within. the refrigerator. Use them within a newspaper receptacles, or their supports that are damaged couple of days. due to normal or routine snow plowing or other road (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. Shelling peas is easy. To do it, maintenance operations. remove the stem end of the pod, peel the stringy fiber from the seam, pry the pod open and run your thumb along the interior to detach the peas. SWEET PEA AND ASPARAGUS SALAD Combine lemon juice and zest, oil, sugar Once they’re shelled, the best way to store peas is or honey, garlic powder, salt, black pepper to freeze them. First blanch them for a minute or 1/4 cup lemon juice and cayenne pepper in a large salad bowl. two in boiling, salted water, and then shock them 1 teaspoon lemon zest Add lettuce, asparagus, peas, tomatoes in an ice-water bath until cool to help maintain their bright color. Drain and freeze in zip-top bags. 1/4 cup canola oil, or extra-virgin olive oil and chives or the top of a green onion; They will keep for five to six months. 1 teaspoon sugar or honey toss to coat. Serve immediately. Makes 8 Peas lend themselves to almost any cooking 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder servings. method and mix well with a variety of flavors, 1 teaspoon salt *** such as cured meats. Bacon, pancetta, prosciutto, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper Angela Shelf Medearis is an awardsmoked ham and chorizo work wonderfully with peas, as their pronounced saltiness complements 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper winning children’s author, culinary the peas’ gentle flavor. 2 heads Boston or Bibb lettuce, torn into historian and the author of seven Fresh mint also is a classic flavor partner, but feel bite-size pieces cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The free to experiment with other fresh spring herbs 2 cups very thinly sliced fresh asparagus Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her such as basil, chervil, chives, dill and tarragon. (about 1 bunch) website is To see howPeas are a natural with onions, scallions and other alliums, and they pair well with other spring 2 cups shelled fresh peas (about 3 pounds to videos, recipes and much, much more, vegetables like asparagus, new potatoes, carrots unshelled) Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen and fava beans. They’re delicious as a side dish 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved Diva! on Facebook and go to with chicken, lamb or duck, and with any kind of 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, or Recipes may not be reprinted without fish, especially cod, salmon and scallops. scallion greens permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. When they’re small and tender, peas are great raw in salads. Try this delicious Sweet Pea and (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis Asparagus Salad, and celebrate spring!

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This years theme is Bash by the Buffalo We will have our full schedule in an upcoming issue. Live bands on both Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday parade, talent show and many more family fun events. Sunday night fireworks at dark. We are once again asking for donations so that Harvest Home may continue to be a success. Next year will be the 125th Harvest Home celebration! All contributors who donate $30 or more will have their names listed in the Linn News-letter. Donors who give at least $100 are invited to display an advertising banner on the fencing around the Harvest Home entertainment stage. Donations can be sent to: Coggon Harvest Home Committee PO Box 126 Coggon, IA 52218 For more information call 319-721-5233

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Coggon Lions Club and Harvest Home Committee JILL JACKSON’S HOLLYWOOD By Tony Rizzo PHOTO: Mickey Rooney

HOLLYWOOD -- Mickey Rooney, who died April 6 at age 93, was one of the last stars from Hollywood’s Golden Era. He and Judy Garland won special Oscars for their work in the films they made at MGM. I shot photos of Mickey when he filmed a commercial for Liberty Mutual and spent an entire day with him. He was charming, funny, told great stories and was easy to work with. It was sad to hear that after 87 years of making top-notch films, doing Broadway shows and making appearances, his estate was valued at only $20,000. The law is checking into alleged financial hanky-panky by one of his step-children, who may have made off with the family fortune, taking advantage of his advanced age. To think, he had eight wives, the first of which was screen-legend Ava Gardner. Last month we lost Shirley Temple, and now Mickey Rooney. Who’s left besides “Gone With the Wind’s” Olivia de Havilland (97 years old) and Luise Rainer, who won Oscar’s for “The Good Earth” and “The Great Ziegfeld,” who is 104? *** More trouble in paradise, this time for Jennifer Lopez’s 27-year-old boyfriend, Casper Smart (of 2010’s “Step Up 3D”). Even though his film “Restored Me” had a $1 million budget, it didn’t stretch far enough to pay the actors. Randall Wulff, a supporting actor in the film said, “Actors were informed by production manager Michele Turner via email that they weren’t going to be paid because investors had pulled out. She added, ‘I’m putting it into God’s hands, and if we all pray, we will all get paid for our hard work.’” Wulff, who was featured in films such as “Mulholland Drive” and TV shows such as “iCarly” and “The Bold and The Beautiful,” added, “In all my years acting, I’ve never had this happen before. This film was Screen Actors Guild sanctioned; The Guild won’t take this lying down!” *** Ryan Gosling will star and direct a biopic of Warner Bros. choreographer/director Busby Berkeley, famous for those overhead shots of beautiful showgirls in films such as the “Gold Diggers” and “42nd Street.” Even though ratings have soared for the four remaining soaps on daytime TV, as of now, the Daytime Emmy Awards can’t find a TV network to air this year’s award show. TVLand is reviving the first and most famous reality show, “Candid Camera.” Peter Funt, son of show creator Allen Funt, will produce 10 episodes to air this summer. The show began on radio in 1947 as “Candid Microphone.” If you look up from your paper right now, someone might say to you, “Smile, you’re on ‘Candid Camera’!” (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Blooming Baskets Herald May Day

Welcome the month of May with the old tradition of giving colorful May Day baskets. Making and filling them is half the fun. The other half is the excitement of hanging them on unsuspecting friends’ doorsteps, ringing doorbells, hiding and waiting to see the surprised looks on their faces. Set aside a crafting afternoon to make simple paper coneshaped baskets large enough to tuck a few blooms and treats inside. Or, repurpose Easter baskets large and small, and fill with pots of your favorite flowers and herbs that can be planted later in a summer garden. Any style you choose will surely spread the joy that spring is here. Make a paper cone-shaped basket: Cut a strip 2 1/2 inches wide off the long end of a sheet of construction paper, metallic craft paper or wallpaper to form a square. Set the strip aside while you bring two

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adjoining sides of the square to form a cone. Overlap the edges slightly and staple the cone securely. Now staple the extra strip of paper to the top of the cone to form a handle. Decorate the outside and handle with stickers. On May 1, fill with fresh flowers tied with a ribbon in a little “tussie mussie” mini arrangement from a purchased floral bouquet, or from flowers and plants from your garden. Add a small trinket and candies, if you wish. Include a “Happy May Day!” note to tell the person that he or she is special.

Repurpose Easter baskets with potted plants: Enjoy a Saturday outing to a garden center, where your kids can select potted blooming flowers and herbs. Small, compact plants work best -- and aim for variety. Pick up some decorative sphagnum moss for a finishing touch to your project. When you get home, line the insides of Easter or decorative baskets with plastic to keep water from leaking through. Set one pot in mini-size baskets, or cluster two or three plants in a larger basket. Spread moss over the soil and cover up the rims and upper sides of the plastic pots. Add a note and a ribbon tied in a bow to the handle. *** Donna Erickson’s awardwinning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www. and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2014 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.


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