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Big prom weekend ahead

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:20 p.m. CDT

This looks to be the big prom weekend for many schools in the area. We will have coverage of the five going on in our area this Monday. We will have a Creston Prom section in next Tuesday’s newspaper. They are always fun events for the participants and their families.

Back 40 years ago when I was in school, we didn’t have such elaborate affairs as they do today. The parade of vehicles and grand entrance is always a site to behold. I had the honor of working four proms when my kids were going to school. I always took a nap for a couple of hours before heading out to the late night event. I have more memories of my kids prom than my own.

Of course, remembering back 40 years is a tough chore at my age!

Give back

It was good to see SWCC having “Pay it Forward” week. The staff and students did a lot of good things for the community and their “fellow human beings.” We always need volunteers and it’s never too young to start.

Out of control

I read where over 2,800 IRS personal that had been disciplined, received performance bonuses! They did everything from not pay their taxes to actual fraud. Another great reason not to have faith in the IRS. Remember they are the group in charge of watching over Obamacare!

New lake

I see the folks over in Clarke County are getting closer to a new lake with the Fifth Judicial District of Iowa ruling that Clarke County Reservoir Commission can use eminent domain to continue on with the water project. The 816 acre lake has been a long time in the coming. The commission is looking to start buying land by the end of this summer. The lake project will cost around $38 million to complete.


It is good to see a little moisture coming down as of late. We can use the rain to get things back to green after the long winter. It looks like the lawn mowers will be back in action this weekend as long as it doesn’t rain all weekend. The extra cold winter looks like it took a tole on many of the spruce and fir trees in the area. Lots of brown needles, but with a little TLC they should come back.


This Saturday is Kids Day at the YMCA. Starting at 9 a.m. kids will have a full day of activities and learning available to them. The program is a good way to get kids involved in an active lifestyle.


Wrigley Field — the grand old ball field in Chicago — turns 100 today. It is still the home of the “loveable losers” the Cubs. I have to believe that sometime in the next few years the Cubbies will return to the World Series. I would like to see a championship in my lifetime if possible!

May Day

“May Basket Day” is next Thursday. It always makes me think back as a kid of running around the neighborhood delivering May baskets to all the local friends. I think the tradition is pretty much a lost art these days. Hard to believe that we are up to May already.

Time flies when you are getting older!

Thought for the week: “If history repeats itself I should think we can expect the same thing again.” Terry Venables, Pro Soccer Player

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