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Yard and Garden: Selecting and Caring for Poinsettia

Poinsettias require special care to reach their full potentialOne of the best parts of the holiday season is adding colorful seasonal plants to the home. That includes the poinsettia. However, poinsettias do require special care to reach their full potential. Horticulture specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offer tips and tricks to keeping your poinsettia healthy and beautiful through the new year.

The Open Book: The Rainbow Connection

My love of the Muppets began at an early age.  I remember waiting with anticipation for Kermit to come running out in front of the red velvet curtain, enthusiastically shouting 'It's the Muppet Show with our very special guest...'!  We had the 'Muppet Movie' soundtrack on 8-track cassette, as well as the collectible glassware from McDonald’s.
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Area Youth competed in Youth Swine Judging Contest

Six teams of Iowa youth won scholarships while participating in the Senior Division of the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) Youth Swine Judging Contest. The event, which invites students from across the state, took place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines last week. There were 120 teams were represented in the Senior Division of the competition.

Hawkeye Community College to Host Evening Information Session December 5

Hawkeye Community College will host an evening information session on Tuesday, December 5, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Buchanan Hall on Hawkeye’s Main Campus, 1501 East Orange Road, Waterloo. This information session is an opportunity for individuals to explore career options, learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, connect with instructors, and learn about campus resources.

The Open Book: Mission Possible

We provide a welcoming environment to grow and strengthen connections for everyone in our community."This month we announced our new and improved mission statement.  This is the lens we will use to guide the future decisions we make here at our library.  Our previous mission statement focused on making our collections available, but our dedicated Board of Trustees and I decided that was too narrow.
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The Open Book: My Library Story

My first library memory is of Liz Stark reading aloud to my class in the library at West Elementary.  Her voice was warm, and honey-coated, and I enjoyed listening to her very much.  As a special treat, we could sit in the loft while we listened which was one of the most relaxing treats you could imagine!  By the time I got to Lincoln Elementary, my librarian was my Aunt Pauline Elwick and everyone loved her.

Hawkeye Community College Earns “Best for Vets” Rating from Military Times

Hawkeye Community College’s ongoing commitment to veterans and military-connected students has once again earned it a place on the Best for Vets: Colleges list curated by Military Times, the largest and most comprehensive annual ranking of schools for military service members and veterans.Each year, the Best for Vets survey is sent to colleges and universities across the nation asking about their programs for veterans.


Keep Iowa Beautiful and Diamond Vogel Paint are pleased to announce grant applications are open for the 2024 Paint Iowa Beautiful program. "The partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful allows Diamond Vogel to assist and work with many local volunteers and organizations that help strengthen communities, making Iowa one of the best states in the nation to live," said Doug Vogel, Vice President of Marketing for the Iowa-based company.
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UNI welcomes future health and helping professionals at Health/Human Science Day

he University of Northern Iowa is offering a new opportunity for students interested in a career in health and helping. Health & Human Sciences Visit Day will take place on Thursday, Nov. 9, allowing incoming freshmen or transfer students to learn more about the university’s many majors and pre-professional health tracks, including the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Keep Iowa Beautiful Opens 2023 Scholarship Applications

Keep Iowa Beautiful is preparing to award three $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors.These annual scholarships honor important figures in Keep Iowa Beautiful history who have made significant contributions to Iowa communities. * The Byers Scholarship - Awarded to students who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university to study environmental science, community development, landscape architecture or architecture (historical emphasis) or community planning and sustainability.
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