Great River Hospice will be offering a special Holiday Grief Workshop. Holidays can be a hard time to get through after losing a loved one and this workshop will help people cope. The event is scehuled for Friday, December 6th at 5:30pm in the Blackhawk conference room at great River Medical Center. Participants are invited to a potluck dinner at 5pm. The workshp is open to the public. Continue Reading
An extremely dangerous homemade narcotic which is being called “the worst drug in the world” is suspected in recent cases in several states and will likely make it to Iowa in the coming weeks. It’s called “krokodil” and the toxic mix often results in amputations and can dissolve jawbones and teeth, much like methamphetamine, according to registered nurse Tammy Noble at the Iowa Poison Control Center… “”It causes the skin to become kind of scaly, almost like what you’d think of with a crocodile, similar to that, and oftentimes a green appearance,” Noble says, “because it’s eating the body from the inside out where this drug comes into contact with the tissues.” One key ingredient is over-the-counter codeine-based headache pills mixed with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol. Krokodil may cost three times less than heroin and the high is similar — though much shorter — usually around 90 minutes. Continue Reading
If you’re alone on Thanksgiving, it doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.
While many Iowans will be spending the day with family and friends, many others will be making alternative plans. Beverly Flaxington, a therapist and human behavior coach, says Iowans can stave off the holiday blues by finding positive ways to occupy their time — like volunteering. Flaxington says don’t let the Thanksgiving funk snowball, as everyone has to be alone at one point or another. Her best advice on how to get through the holiday season is to not let all the hype get larger than life.
While it’s pretty hard to avoid all of the holiday hoopla, don’t fall into self pity, get upset and catch a bad case of the blues. It’s not looking at the world through rose-colored glasses but instead, she says, filtering the same information in a new way to bring a more positive outlook. If you’re having an extreme case of the blues, Flaxington recommends talking about it with a doctor or a professional therapist. Continue Reading
Burlington Police are investigating a rash of broken vehicle windows.
As of this morning, there have been more than 30 reports of damage. Police believe the windows are being shot out by a BB or pellet gun. The incidents have been reported throughout Burlington and West Burlington.
Investigators have collected copies of surveillance videos from areas in which the incidents occurred and are working to identify the suspects. Continue Reading
IT’S THANKSGIVING AND THAT MEANS FREE COMMUNITY DINNERS IN FORT MADISON…FROM 11 TO 2 AT THE NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL ON 48TH STREET…AND IN BURLINGTON FROM 11:30 TO 2 AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.
IN BURLINGTON, THEY’RE STILL IN-NEED OF DRIVERS TO DELIVER MEALS TO THE HOMEBOUND…AND IN FORT MADISON YOU CAN BRING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD TO THE MEAL AND IT’LL GO TO THE LOCAL FOOD PANTRY. Continue Reading
GAME-ONE ON FOX FEATURES THE GREEN BAY PACKERS AT DETROIT…FOLLOWED ON CBS BY THE OAKLAND RAIDERS AT DALLAS TO FACE THE COWBOYS…AND TONITE(THUR) ON NBC IT’LL BE THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BALTIMORE (TO TAKE ON THE DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMPION RAVENS).
IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL THIS EVENING, IOWA PLAYS XAVIER AND YOU CAN HEAR THAT GAME ON KBUR. Continue Reading
Herman M. Maass Age 75 of West Burlington
Died Monday 11/25/13 Great River Medical Center West Burlington
Son Gregory Maass West Burlington, lA
Daughter Shelly Stout Burlington IA
Friends may call Noon until 6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at Lunning Chapel
Family will receive friends 4 – 6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service 6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be Prairie Grove Zion Cemetery at a later date
Vivian Corine Manka, 94, of FortMadison passed away November 25, 2013 at The Kensington. She was born on February 2, 1919 in Fort Madison, IA to Robert & Ruth Miller Breen. She married Robert Manka, Sr. on February 17, 1939 at Sacred Heart Rectory in FortMadison. He preceded her in death on May 1, 2004. Vivian began working at W. A. Sheaffer Pen Co. after graduating from high school at the age of 17, working there for over 25 years. She also designed windows at Kresge’s, P. M. Place, and Woolworth’s and also managed the men’s department at TG&Y. She enjoyed volunteering and was very active as Chairman of the Board for the King’s Daughter’s Home in Fort Madison, was a Camp Fire Girl troop leader for 10 years, a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution, and up until recently gave a lot of time and support to Friends of the Library. She and Bob loved golf, ballroom dancing and square dancing and she was able to continue square dancing until about one year ago. Survivors include two daughters, Jacqueline (William) Kurtt of Ahwahnee, CA, and Beverly (Gregg) Brockman of Fort Madison; two sons, Robert (Marta) Manka and Michael (Candace) Manka both of Fort Madison; 11 grandchildren, Brian (Denise) Kurtt of Melissa, TX, Bruce (Brenda) Kurtt of Fresno, CA, Bridget (Keith) DeJong, Montclair, CA, Sean (Gina) Manka, Castle Rock, CO, Kelly (Dan) Crooks, Fenton, MO, Ryan (Krystal) Manka, Cedar Rapids, IA, Samantha Manka and Alex Manka, both of Fort Madison, Nathan (Jodi) Brockman, Ames, IA, and Corinn (Jason) Hardy, Great Lakes, IL. There are also 21 great grandchildren, Angela Shamblin, Melissa, TX, Katherine, Jack, & Caroline Kurtt, Fresno, CA, Willa DeJong, Montclair, CA, Kenzie & Kylie Carpenter, Castle Rock, CO, Sarah, Anna, Josiah, Lydia, Leah, Laura Beth, and Norah Crooks of Fenton, MO, Linkin Manka, Cedar Rapids, IA, Max, Emma, Zoe, and Zach Brockman of Ames, IA, and Carter and Addison Hardy of Great Lakes, IL. She is also survived by two sisters, Marjorie Davis and Betty Sallen. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, William & Gordon Breen and two sisters, Ruth Breen and Joanne Tweedy.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2013 with the funeral service to immediately follow at 10:30 a.m. all at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Mike McHugh officiating. Burial will be held in SacredHeartCemetery. A memorial has been established in Vivian’s memory and contributions may be left at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences and a video tribute of Vivian’s life may be viewed at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com. Continue Reading
Des Moines County residents will soon be asked to fill out a survey rating what they believe are the most important components in the county. Conservation Director Chris Lee explains… “Basically, part of our new budgeting system in the county, is that we want to get input from the public. It’s going to be a multi-year process to really get the information that we want. We’re going to start out with just getting a feel for what the public feels is important on a general kind of scale. Continue Reading
A chance to get into the “holiday spirit” is this Saturday in Downtown Burlington. Starting at 5pm the Annual Burlington Lighted Holiday Parade will feature dozens of floats and entries riding down Jefferson Street. Steve Frevert with Downtown Partners gives a sneak peek of what you’ll see… “We have a number of return floats, but some new ones as well. The theme for this year is is ‘Santa’s Helpers’. Continue Reading
The tow boat which sank in the Mississippi River in LeClaire, a community near the Quad Citites, continues to leak oil into the river. As of last night, Lt. Colin Fogarty with the US Coast Gaurd reported about 900 gallons have escaped the tow boat, which is just a small portion considering the boat had about 100,000 gallons of petroleum on board. The boat will remain there until Saturday, when the Salvage Company will attemt to remove it. Iowa American Water says your drinking water is still safe to drink. Continue Reading