The Ottumwa Courier

News in brief

September 26, 2013

Eldon Branching Out with news trees

ELDON — Volunteers and community leaders with the Eldon Riverfront Committee are planting trees in their community to provide more shade and save energy. The local effort is part of the statewide Trees Forever and Alliant Energy Branching Out program.

"We're looking forward to working with Trees Forever and Alliant Energy to plant more trees in Eldon this year," said local project volunteer Donna Jeffrey. "With their help, we are literally planting a better environment while making Eldon healthier, more vibrant and more energy efficient."

Planting trees provides more shade and cools the air, helping to lower energy costs and reduce peak electric demand. Trees also provide many other long-term health, economic, social and environmental benefits to the community.

"Trees Forever and Alliant Energy are very excited to support this project, as we know it will provide years and years of beauty and benefits to the community," said Shannon Ramsay, Trees Forever founding president. "We want to thank our local volunteers for their hard work and their dedication to improving the environment and quality of life in Eldon. Together, we are planting a better tomorrow."

Trees Forever administers the Branching Out program throughout Iowa, providing technical and planning support to participating communities. Alliant Energy funds the overall program and provides project grants to the communities. This fall the Branching Out program will award $115,050 in grants to assist 25 Iowa communities and groups with tree-planting projects. Eldon Riverfront Committee will receive $1,800 for its tree-planting project.

If you would like to volunteer to help plant and care for the trees with the Eldon Riverfront Committee, call Donna Jeffrey at 641-799-5422 or Trees Forever at 1-800-369-1269 ext. 110.

Branching Out grant applications are accepted throughout the year but are considered for funding during two grant-making cycles (spring and fall). The next application deadline is Nov. 1 for spring 2014 projects with award recipients announced in January. For more information, call Trees Forever at 1-800-369-1269 ext. 110 or visit alliantenergy.com/branchingout.

1
Text Only
News in brief
  • Iowa counties declared federal disaster areas WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in Iowa and has ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the

    July 25, 2014

  • 0726 OTT Techel trial photo -T Foreman: Techel case a 'slam dunk'

    DAVENPORT (AP) — The foreman of a jury that convicted an Iowa man of killing his pregnant wife says the prosecution's case was a "slam dunk" even if the investigation had flaws. Thom Nelson told The Associated Press that the evidence showed "there

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Northey to speak Cedar Creek meeting AGENCY — Residents in the Buckeye Creek, Competine Creek and Wolf Creek watersheds are invited to attend a community kickoff meeting to learn more about the Cedar Creek Partnership Water Quality Initiative Targeted Watershed Demonstration Project, a

    July 25, 2014

  • 0725 OTT Awards bw photo -M -T 4-H Expo awards announced OTTUMWA — Participants of last week's various shows at the Wapello County 4-H Expo received many awards. Here are the Livestock awards. Beef Show: Alan Angle: Three blue ribbons, Reserve Champion Beef Ultrasound trophy. Kacey Beinhard: One blue ribbo

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Richland blood drive Aug. 18 RICHLAND — The Richland community will be hosting a blood drive from 2-6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 inside the parish center at Mother Cabrini Church, 306 W. Main. St. Donors who last gave blood on or before June 23 are eligible to donate. To schedule an appoin

    July 24, 2014

  • Nails prompt police to call for tire checks

    OTTUMWA — When police were called for a report of nails in the road Wednesday they didn't expect quite as many as they found, or how far they went.

    July 24, 2014

  • File.png Weather roller coaster not over yet

    OTTUMWA — Extreme heat may have broken for southeast Iowa, but hotter weather will return later this week.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Municipal Band 'Fantasty' Concert Thursday OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Municipal Band will continue its 2014 summer season at 7 p.m. tonight in Central Park. This week, the band will be performing its “Fantasy Concert,” in which many of the selections come from musicals or movies which were based o

    July 23, 2014

  • Public meeting about Quincy Ave. project Thursday OTTUMWA — A public information meeting on the Quincy Avenue Reconstruction Project will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers at City Hall, 105 E. Third St. The project will be on Quincy Avenue from Albia Road to Highway 34. Business owne

    July 22, 2014

  • Governor honors water and wastewater workers OTTUMWA — Gov. Terry Branstad has proclaimed July 20-26, 2014 as "Water and Wastewater Workers of Iowa Week." This week is set aside for cities and towns to honor those workers in the water and wastewater industry for their daily environmental work i

    July 22, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National