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Milestones AAA Advisory Board Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the March 27, 2018 Meeting of the Milestones Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors will be held at the Ainsworth Four Corners Restaurant and Fuel Stop meeting room, 3112 Hwy 92, Ainsworth, IA 52201. Residents of Appanoose, Clinton, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne Counties are encouraged to attend. A copy of the agenda and approved minutes from past meetings are available atwww.milestonesaaa.org under the News/Events tab; by email at info@milestonesaaa.org or by calling 1-855-410-6222.

Mahaska Mammoth: Woolly Dreams Book Reading

Meet the Authors of Wolly Dreams & hear an Environmental Learning Center update on Thursday, March 29 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at the Conservation Center, Russell Wildlife Area. Mahaska Mammoth: Woolly Dreams was written after the bones of three woolly mammoths were discovered in Mahaska County. It is a fictional story enhanced with facts that will inspire readers of all ages to learn more about the woolly mammoth and the Ice Age. Come out to the conservation center at the Russell Wildlife Area from 6:00-7:00 PM to hear a reading of the story by Linda Fox and visit with the authors; Laura DeCook, Mary Jane Sullivan and Linda Fox. This will also be an opportunity to learn more about Mahaska County’s Environmental Learning Center that is being built at Caldwell Park! The MCCB director, Dave Sedivec, will provide this information. The Russell Wildlife Area is located at 2254 – 200th Street, New Sharon, Iowa which is four miles north of Oskaloosa on Hwy. 63 and one mile east on 200th Street. If you have questions, feel free to call the Mahaska County Conservation Board at 641-673-9327.

IGNITE Holds Easter Morning Sunrise Service at Forest Cemetery

Join IGNITE (the youth group) of Oskaloosa First Christian Reformed Church on Sunday, April 1 at 8:00 AM as they lead an Easter Sunrise Service in Forest Cemetery just north of the church. Park at the church, bring your lawn chairs and plan to join the service. There will be some space available to listen and participate from your vehicles if preferred. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following. Inclement weather will bring the service to the Fellowship Hall. The 9:30 AM service will be meeting in the church as usual. If you have any questions on IGNITE or the Easter service, call the church at 641.673.4272 or email firstcrcosky@mahaska.org.

MHP Hospital Auxiliary Donates New Monitoring Machines

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – The Mahaska Health Partnership Hospital Auxiliary recently donated an infant-fetal heart monitor and vital sign machine to MHP for use in the Birthing Center and Inpatient Services. Each monitor donated cost more than $3,000.

According to Birthing Center Director Heather Cook, the new infant-fetal heart monitor provides the Birthing Center with more accurate readings of infant and fetal heart rates. As a part of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), this equipment improves the healthcare professionals provide to newborns at the time of delivery.

In Inpatient Services, the vital sign machine will impact patient care “by allowing nurses to spend more time with patients and less time figuring out vitals,” according to Inpatient Services Director Amanda Rynearson. The new machine will also provide more accuracy in tracking vitals to ensure that proper treatment plans are developed.

The MHP Hospital Auxiliary is a volunteer organization that helps promote and advance the welfare of MHP and its mission. Members help purchase needed medical equipment and support various hospital programs that benefit the community.

Formed in 1955, the MHP Hospital Auxiliary has provided support to the hospital through money raised by operating Whispering Tree Gifts, located on the lower level of the new patient care wing at entrance #4. The volunteer organization also hosts a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, including uniform, jewelry, plant and book sales.

The annual Masquerade Jewelry Sale, open to the public, is set for Wednesday, April 25 from 9 am to 4 pm in the Cedar Bluff Learning Center at MHP. This location is best accessed through entrance #3.

If you are interested in becoming an MHP Hospital Auxiliary member or would like more information regarding volunteer opportunities at MHP, please call 641.672.3342 or visit us online at mahaskahealth.org.

Photo: Shown with the infant-fetal heart monitor, front row, from left: MHP Hospital Auxiliary Board Member Connie Harding, Director of MHP Birthing Center Heather Cook, and Auxiliary members Carole Comstock and Janet Masterson. Back row, from left: Auxiliary board members Kim Langfitt, Joan Jensen, Sharon Palmer, Lorraine Blom, Sherrill Helm and Becky Arnold. Hospital Auxiliary Board member not pictured: Judy Lewis. Photo submitted.

Money Smart Kid Essay Contest Deadline Extended for Iowa

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – The Iowa Money Smart Kid essay contest deadline has been extended. Iowa students now have until Friday, March 23, 2018, to enter the essay contest sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association.

Along with the extended deadline comes an increase in the number of awards offered. Five new awards have been added for contest runner-ups, so now the top ten finalists will be recognized. Award levels now include the following:

• $1,000 award to first-place winner (1 award)
• $500 award to four finalist (4 awards)
• $300 award for five runner ups (5 awards) – NEW!

Eligible students must be in grades 7-11 and can enter the contest by writing an essay addressing the following:

Please write a brief newspaper article describing the potential devastating effects of a natural disaster (fire, flood, hurricane, etc.) on a family’s financial situation. Please select only one type of natural disaster for the focus of your article. Be sure to include tips and resources for readers to help prepare them for a potential future unexpected crisis.

All essays must be 400 words or fewer and are due by March 23, 2018.

For more information and the Money Smart Kid application, visit https://iowajumpstart.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/msw-kid_iowa_2018-application.pdf or contact Lori Ristau at lristau@iowabankers.com.

About Money Smart Week
Money Smart Week Iowa 2018 is an economic outreach program from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Throughout Money Smart Week, community groups, financial institutions, government agencies, educational organizations and financial experts from across the state host dozens of free educational events to help Iowans of all ages learn to better manage their personal finances.

Christ in the Passover

What do the Jewish Passover and Jesus’ last supper have in common? Vladimir Mitnitsky, with Jews for Jesus, will answer that question as he presents, “Christ in the Passover” at the Omega Church, located at 203 Hope Street in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The presentation will be held on Monday, March 26 at 7:00 PM. You’ll gain wonderful insights on how the pieces of God’s plan of salvation fit together, and you’ll remember this visual display of the Passover pageantry for years to come. Join us for Christ in the Passover from Egypt to Calvary to what it means for us today. Although admission is free, you must call 641-676-0849 to reserve your spot. Questions? Contact Pastor Dave at 295-3588.

EBF, Ottumwa Students Win Big at State Archery Tournament

(DES MOINES, Iowa) – Around 1,750 archers from 86 Iowa schools participated in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) state tournament in Des Moines last weekend.

Standing out from the competition was local Jatin Moore, a student at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (EBF) High School. Moore won the boys bullseye competition with a score of 293 and won a bow for his efforts. Alex Brittain, also representing EBF, was named High All-Around Champion with a total combined score of 578. High All-Around Champions were named based on their total combined scores from the state 3D and bullseye tournaments. Senior Brook Paris of Ottumwa also staked her claim during the contest. Paris received a $1,000 scholarship for highest 3D score.

NASP archers who scored highest league scores plus the highest state tournament scores were named All State Archers (listed below).

Boys All State Archers

  • Connor Myers, Mount Vernon
  • Alex Brittain, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
  • Jatin Moore, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont
  • Owen Lerg, West Des Moines Valley
  • Adam Larson, Lawton
  • Collin Hallier, Mount Vernon

Girls All State Archers

  • Lilly Machart, Anamosa
  • Makenna Hewitt, Cedar Rapids Prairie Point
  • Paige Emig, Mount Vernon
  • Samantha Mellinger, Washington
  • Breann Holtz, Lawton
  • Haley Schwenneker, Spencer

Nearly 3,600 archers from more than 300 schools participated in Iowa’s National Archery in the Schools Program. The NASP season was Dec. 1 to Feb. 24.

3D results are available online at https://nasptournaments.org/TournamentDetail.aspx?tid=2897

Bullseye results are available online at https://nasptournaments.org/TournamentDetail.aspx?tid=2896

The state tournament was sponsored by the Iowa Bowhunters Association, Whitetails Unlimited, the Iowa State Archery Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Safari Club International.

-This information was given to KBOE in a press release on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Family Fishing Day & Kids’ Fishing Derby

It’s an event of free fun for the whole family. The Family Fishing Day & Kids’ Fishing Derby will be Saturday, June 2 from noon – 3:00 PM at the Russell Wildlife Area. From 12:00 – 1:00 PM, there will be a campfire picnic lunch and from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, the fishing will ensue. If you come for the picnic, please bring your own drink and a side dish to share. The Mahaska County Conservation Board will provide the table service and hot dogs.


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