Dream Big pitchoff tonight
The top five businesses in the Dream Big, Grow Here grant competition will participate in a regional pitchoff event tonight at Lakeside Casino in Osceola for a chance at winning $5,000 toward their dream.
Those five businesses include Afton Fitness Center, Podium Ink of Mount Ayr, Upper Crust Culinary Creations of Creston, Sew and Sew of Lamoni and She-Nae’s Rescued and Renewed of Creston.
Upper Crust's "dream" is to expand their business plan to offer frozen meals and desserts to go. The grant money would be used to replace a 1960s-style freezer — that currently has the door held closed with a ratchet strap — with two larger, more energy-efficient freezers.
Meanwhile, She-Nae's would use the grant money to extend its marketing area by advertising to cities near Creston. Also, the business is currently located in an industrial building that is not climate controlled.
The regional winner will be announced in Wednesday's Creston News Advertiser.
High Lakes Outdoor Alliance has invested 600K in county
Since the group’s organization in 2005, High Lakes Outdoor Alliance (HLOA) has raised about $300,000. The group partnered that money with grants and sharing projects to total about $600,000 spent in Union County on improvements in eight years.
The money has gone to a variety of projects including a new cabin at Green Valley Lake, extending the hunting opportunity at Mitchell Marsh, installing a new fishing jetty at Summit Lake and helping restock the walleye population at Green Valley.
“We’ve really tried to spread it out so it is not all just helping one group of hunters or fishermen,” said Tom Lesan, HLOA treasurer. “We wanted to catch a bigger group of people and provide a much broader range of support.”
HLOA has also helped local Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, Southwestern Community College and local schools. The organization is also continuing to work on the shooting range on the north side of Three Mile Lake.
Warren Cultural Center restoration recognized
GREENFIELD — The E.E. Warren Opera House Association in Adair County recently earned the national Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of Warren Cultural Center — a 120-year old building on the square in Greenfield.
Led by volunteers, the association raised about $4.5 million of private and public funding which included state and federal historic tax credits. The project was one of 18 awards honored during the 2013 National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.
Firefighter 5K scheduled for Saturday
The second annual Band of Brotherhood 5K Run/Walk and Firefighter Mile Hike is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at McKinley Park. Registration is still available at the Creston Fire Department or online at www.crestonfirerescue.org. The cost is $20.