The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 9, 2013

Celebrate 109th Corn Carnival with new exhibits, activities

BLAKESBURG — New and exciting exhibits and activities are planned as Blakesburg celebrates the 109th Corn Carnival with Next Generation Shows Midway on Main Street and free entertainment in the park each evening Thursday through Saturday.

Educational activities, a quilt show and a vendor fair will be held in the elementary school, located on the Monroe/Wapello County Line Road on the south edge of Blakesburg Thursday evening and all day Friday and Saturday. There is something for everyone among the more than 20 vendors featuring storage products, jewelry, scarves, personal care products, totes, bags, home décor and more from 3-9 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Quilt show entries will be accepted from 1-9 p.m. Thursday. All entries are welcome, including other needle craft such as counted cross stitch, crocheting, embroidery, tatting, etc. There is no entry fee and no judging. A Make it and Take it table is planned for anyone interested in learning a new craft.

Educational and especially interesting exhibits planned from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday are Our Nation’s 27 Official Flags, sponsored by Blakesburg Historical Preservation Society, and Bonsai, an ancient Japanese art form.

Learn about our country’s many different flags from Chuck Bates, who will present an exhibit of Our Nation’s 27 Official Flags, beginning with the original 13-star flag through the current 50-star official flag. This collection was put together by past civil defense director Park Sullivan. His widow allowed it to be displayed in Ottumwa several times after her husband’s death. When she moved from her home, she donated the entire collection to the Wapello County Historical Society.

Beckham Miller brings his collection of Bonsai the unique Japanese art form of growing miniature trees in containers. Bonsai practice focuses on long-term cultivation and shaping of one or more small trees growing in a small container. Bonsai does not use genetically dwarfed trees, only stock or seed of regular-sized trees. The small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-sized trees are produced through cultivation techniques such as pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation and grafting. Miller began working with seedlings in the late 1970s. He is eager to share with others the wealth of knowledge he has acquired through years of reading, attending workshops, trial and error in growing his own trees. To date, he has acquired and cared for more than 300 trees, more than 30 of which he is currently caring for.

Text Only
Southeast Iowa
  • Report: Iowa third among states in child well-being DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new national report on the well-being of children ranks Iowa third in the nation, up four places from last year. The Kids Counts report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Iowa ranks first among all states

    July 22, 2014

  • MHP designated a Blue Zones Worksite OSKALOOSA — Blue Zones Project Oskaloosa today announced Mahaska Health Partnership has been named a designated Blue Zones Worksite. Mahaska Health Partnership was designated after completing the necessary items in the Blue Zones Project worksite ple

    July 22, 2014

  • 072214 Medics Skills Photo Local medics advance skills

    Six EMTs from Mercy Medical Center have completed the work necessary to become paramedics.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eddyville gets $1M federal grant for flood project EDDYVILLE, Iowa (AP) — The city of Eddyville is getting more than $1 million to improve its stormwater handling system to protect the city from Des Moines River flooding. The funding, announced Monday by U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, comes from the Federa

    July 22, 2014

  • Art show photo 2 Young artists show work at Oskaloosa Art Center

    OSKALOOSA—Several pieces of art were on display at the Oskaloosa Art Center Friday featuring works by kids in local elementary schools. The artists include those from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Briana Bartlett, who teaches art for elementary

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Fundraiser for soldiers' families approaching

    CENTERVILLE — Justin Zaputil remembers when Master Sgt. Travis Riddick died. The common reactions didn’t feel right. Mourning and then moving on left something undone. It didn’t seem to accomplish what Zaputil and a handful of others wanted. It didn’

    July 21, 2014

  • 072114 Howard Service Photo 2 Hundreds attend Howard graveside services Several hundred men, women and children attended the 11 a.m. Saturday graveside services for Moulton native Staff Sgt. Robert E. “Bobby” Howard at Sunset View Cemetery north of Moulton.Pastor Brian Hargrave officiated. Hargrave talked about why we co

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Patrick Edouard Supreme Court overturns Edouard appeal

    The Iowa Supreme Court has overruled the state appeals court decision on whether a former Pella pastor could be convicted on charges of sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Blue Zones photo Blue Zones hold cooking demonstration at farmers' market

    OSKALOOSA — Two local chefs gave a cooking demonstration at the Oskaloosa Farmers’ Market Tuesday afternoon to show just what you can do with produce you buy there. Renee Edgar and Michael Glesener set up a portable kitchen on the east side of the cit

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suit: Nursing home not providing information KEOSAUQUA — Plaintiffs in a suit against an area nursing home have accused the defendants of dragging their heels in providing required information. The case involves the family of Mary Sprouse, who died after a fall at the Good Samaritan Society’s f

    July 17, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National