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Keeping Up with the Fun October 22, 2010

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October and November are outdoor months here in Iowa. Harvest is progressing rapidly. Football, marching band contests, and cross country have the teens outside. In addition, the County Conservation Board and the Port Louisa Refuge have come up with some unique outdoor programs.

Last weekend, I was out at Virginia Grove Park for the annual Halloween Hike.

This weekend I’ll be working my way through a corn maze, attending a workshop on using digital cameras for nature photography and learning to make and use an atlatl (spear chucker).

In a few weeks the Port Louisa Refuge will be open for photographers and birders hoping to get a good look at the ducks and other birds that stop there to rest on their way south.

You can share in the fun by following along in my blog or, if you live nearby, you can get advance notice of similar activities from the Naturally Louisa web site.

While you’re there, browse around. You’ll find all kinds of information that will help you plan a great weekend here in Louisa County.

P.S. Congratulations to the football team for advancing to the play offs, to the cross-country team for taking districts and moving on to state, and to the band for taking first place in the Ft. Madison and Mt. Pleasant competitions and earning a 1 rating at the state marching band competition.


Where to Eat During Chief Wapello Days July 13, 2010

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This time of year I get a lot of visitors to my blog who are looking for information about Chief Wapello Days. Assuming many of you are from out of town here is the low-down on places to eat.

Non-Profit Fundraisers

  • The Wapello FFA will be serving burgers, walking tacos, and the like on the rodeo grounds Friday and Saturday night.
  • Saturday morning the Kiwanis Club will serve pancakes and sausage downtown from 7:30 until 9:30. You’ll find us on the north end of the business district. Proceeds go to scholarships and local projects that benefit the kids of our community.
  • First United Methodist Church will be serving lunch after the parade until about 1:30. They’re located just north of Isett on Main Street.
  • Habitat for Humanity will be serving lunch at the Hotel Wapello near the corner of Isett and Main.


From north to south on US 61:

  • Stitches and Cream offers multiple flavors of soft serve. My family goes there for shakes and sundaes.
  • Casey’s has great donuts and breakfast pizza every morning along with good coffee that you can flavor to your own liking. Later in the morning they shift to pizza slices and finger food. Call ahead to order a whole pizza.
  • The Honey Hole makes a very good, sit-down breakfast. Try the mess or biscuits and gravy. They also serve lunch. If you like catfish it’s the place to go for lunch Friday. They’re on the north side of highway 61 across from the water tower. Seating is limited, but there is plenty of parking.
  • The Dairy Bar offers cones through a window or you can go inside for burgers and pie. President Obama stopped there for ice cream while campaigning. He left with a smile.
  • Country Cafe is your average small-town cafe. You can get breakfast or a hot lunch. The cafe has the largest seating capacity and the smallest parking lot.
  • Jack and Jill serves eggs and pancakes for breakfast and a hot lunch.


  • Johnnie B’s is the best restaurant in town, the only one with a liquor license, and the only place for a steak dinner. Lunches are very reasonable. You’ll find them on the river at the end of Isett. There is additional parking north of the restaurant. They close at 5:00 pm on Sunday.
  • I haven’t been there yet, but I hear that the Meat Market and Deli is a good place to get breakfast or a light lunch. You’ll find them on 2nd Street at the north end of the business district.

Where do I go? If I have time, I usually go to the Honey Hole for breakfast, but I encourage you to come by the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. For lunch or dinner I generally choose Johnnie B’s, but Saturday I’ll be having lunch with the Methodists or Habitat for Humanity.

6 More Ways to Have Fun at Chief Wapello Days July 1, 2010

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Last year I wrote about 12 Fun Things to Do at Chief Wapello Days. You can still do them all, but in 2010 there will be even more ways to have fun.

  1. Ride a Segway. Segway are those futuristic scooters you drive by leaning. Mike Mott will have his Segways down here for Chief Wapello Days. For a small fee you can try one out on an obstacle course.
  2. Play Sand Volleyball. You love to watch beach volleyball at the Olympics. Get a team together and take on the other comers at Coed Sand Volleyball Tournament.
  3. Hear Celebrate Iowa. The Celebrate Iowa Singers and Jazz Band have added Chief Wapello Days to their state-wide tour. Chosen from the best of Iowa’s high school musicians, these kids are really good. They will be performing Wednesday night at the High School auditorium. Seating is limited, so get your ticket early at the State Farm Insurance office.
  4. Race Your Lawnmower Is it true that nothing runs like a Deere? We’re about to find out at the Chief Wapello Days Lawn Mower Races.
  5. Ride a Pony. What’s better than mutton busting? Your very first pony ride. When you’re done, head over to the new petting zoo.
  6. Become Queen of the PRCA Rodeo. Do roping and chaps replace singing and swimsuits? Close. Judging will be on horsemanship and modeling. Cowgirl up and impress the judges and you could be the first Queen of the Wapello FFA PRCA Rodeo. Get an application and complete list of rules at the Wapello Rodeo websitee.

For last year’s list of fun stuff to do at Chief Wapello Days click on the link below.

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Louisa County 2010 July 4th Celebrations June 28, 2010

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Once again Grandview and Morning Sun will be the centers of celebration for Louisa County, Iowa. Because July 4th falls on a Sunday, most of the weekend’s activities have been scheduled for Saturday.

Registration for Grandview’s Freedom Run will begin Saturday at 6:30 a.m. at Academy Park. Breakfast at the park shelter will be served at 7:00. The run begins at 7:30. Grandview’s parade starts at 11:00 in the morning.

Morning Sun’s “Mile Long Parade” starts at 3:00 in the afternoon. The Fireworks show will be Saturday evening.

You can find more on their respective celebrations in this post from last year: Where to Celebrate the 4th of July. Complete schedules have been published in the Wapello Republican.

Natural Landscaping Seminar June 15, 2010

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I’d like to pass on this flyer from my friends at Naturally Louisa.


Iowa Habitat & Watersheds: Is Improvement Really This Easy?

When it rains it pours, but why the floods? Why do we spend so much time and money on the lawn? Join us to learn how we got ourselves into this mess and the simple, inexpensive, and effective tools that can improve water quality and habitat right in our own back yards (and front yards).

Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation and Bridgestone Bandag invite homeowners, schools, landscape companies, and businesses to a workshop titled Iowa Habitat & Watersheds: Is Improvement Really This Easy? The event is free and open to the public.

When: Wednesday, June 23 7:00 – 9:00 PM and Thursday, June 24 8:00 AM – 12 Noon

Where: Bridgestone Bandag Learning Center, 2000 Bandag Drive, Muscatine, Iowa. (Additional parking behind Penny’s)

Space is limited. To reserve your seat contact Mallory Smith at tri-rivers@lccb.org or 319-527-4530.

On the evening of June 23, featured speaker Jim Patchett, from Conservation Design Forum, will give an inspiring presentation that explains the dynamics of landscape, lawn care, and water management in a new light. You will come away with a better understanding of beautiful, inexpensive additions to your landscape that properly manage storm water and enhance native Iowa plant and animal species. The presentation will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Bridgestone Bandag Learning Center, 2000 Bandag Drive, Muscatine.

After the overview, experts from around the state will provide hands on instruction regarding simple, inexpensive, and effective methods that improve water quality and habitat. We’ll spend some time on the grounds of the Learning Center with members of the Environmental and Facilities teams who will share their experiences converting “high dollar” turf to regain some of Iowa’s prairie heritage.


Bridgestone Bandag LLC is a division of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Bridgestone Americas, Inc, has nine locations certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council as Wildlife at Work, or Corporate Lands for Learning. Bridgestone Bandag hopes to become the tenth Bridgestone Americas, Inc. certified site.

Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation, based in Louisa County, provides funds for the protection and enhancement of natural resources in the environmentally rich area of the confluences of the Cedar, Iowa and Mississippi Rivers. More information can be found online at www.tri-rivers.org.

Naturally Louisa County, 12635 County Road G56, Suite 101, Wapello, Iowa 52653, 319-523-8381 fax 319-527-2131


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