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What: Iowa Hospice is hosting a free workshop that will provide new recipes, ingredientsubstitution tips and handy cooking techniques about “cooking for one” after suffering a loss. Who: Muscatine Hy-Vee’s dietitian, Kristen Decker, wil PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleshia Chiesa   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:54
NorthPark and SouthPark Malls to host Miss Sunburst model search and baby contest

WHO: NorthPark and SouthPark Malls will host a Miss Sunburst model search and baby contest on
Saturday, March 24.

WHAT:

Entries are being accepted now for the Miss Sunburst model search and baby contest.
Each contestant will receive a crown and trophy. Winners will go to the state finals in
May. The baby pageant is for boys and girls. The age groups are as follows:

Baby – under one year
Tiny – 1 year
Little – 2-3 years

A king and queen will be chosen in each age group. They will receive a crown and trophy and
runners-up in each age group will also receive a trophy and crown. The model search is
for girls ages 4 – 27 years old. The age groups are as follows:

4–6

WHEN:

WHERE:

7 – 10
11 – 13
14 – 17
18 – 27

A winner in each age group will receive a crown and trophy and runners-up will also
receive a trophy and crown. Entry forms are available at the Guest Service Center in
front of Younkers at NorthPark Mall and at the Mall Office in SouthPark Mall. Contact
www.pageantinfo.com or call 813-839-8054 to have all the information sent to you.

March 24, 2012

SouthPark Mall – 11am
NorthPark Mall – 4pm

SouthPark – Younker’s Court

CAMERA CREWS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS WELCOME

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Sen. Grassley and Rep. Issa Request Assessment from OMB of Federal Guidelines for Employee Personal Email Monitoring PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:46

Request Comes in Wake of Investigation into Monitoring of Communications Between “FDA Nine” Whistleblowers and Congress

 

Agency may have intercepted passwords to personal accounts to search those accounts, which would be illegal

 

(WASHINGTON)—Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) have requested that the Obama Administration conduct a complete assessment of federal agency guidelines for the monitoring of employee’s personal email accounts.  Grassley and Issa are conducting investigations into Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actions against nine employees who were whistleblowers to Congress about inappropriate actions they witnessed inside the agency.

 

In a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Jeffrey D. Zients, Grassley and Issa noted that the “FDA may have intercepted passwords to the personal email accounts of its employees for the purpose of logging in to search for archived messages to and from Congress and the Office of Special Counsel.” Although the FDA admitted monitoring the accounts, it also obtained confidential email between the whistleblowers and Congress sent prior to the time that the monitoring allegedly occurred, which raises questions about how the FDA obtained the prior emails.

 

“The FDA specifically targeted these employees for monitoring after they contacted the Presidential transition team and Congress to blow the whistle.  Therefore, the FDA’s purpose for conducting surveillance was unlawful, because retaliation against individuals who engaged in protected forms of whistleblowing is illegal,” Grassley and Issa added.

 

Grassley and Issa wrote to Zients saying that their investigation of FDA’s surveillance of whistleblowers had given rise to a broader question about the policies and practices for electronic surveillance at all federal agencies.  They asked OMB to address a series of questions regarding parameters for such searches.

 

A complete copy of the letter and a full list of questions is here.

 

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Treasurer Fitzgerald Searching for Lucky Iowans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:44

DES MOINES, IA (03/06/2012)(readMedia)-- Looking for your pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow? You may be in luck! State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald has a vault brimming full of unclaimed property that may belong to you. In the true spirit of St. Patrick's Day, a visit to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt website at www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com may add some green in the form of unclaimed property to the wallets of some lucky Iowans.

Treasurer Fitzgerald encourages everyone to visit the website. "You don't need a treasure map to find unclaimed property, just log on to greatiowatreasurehunt.com and type in your name," Fitzgerald said. "We are consistently updating the list of those who have unclaimed property. Our database contains names of individuals and businesses from all over Iowa."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $143 million in unclaimed property to more than 359,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Companies and banks in Iowa and from across the nation report millions of dollars in unclaimed property to the State Treasurer each year. Common examples of unclaimed property include money in forgotten savings/checking accounts, uncashed insurance benefit and payroll checks, IRA funds, lost stock and dividends, abandoned safe deposit box contents, gift cards, utility refunds or deposits.

Treasure seekers are encouraged to visit www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com and check to see if they have unclaimed assets waiting for them. Individuals may also send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For those who prefer corresponding by mail, please write to State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Please make sure to provide current name, previous names and addresses.

 

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Poetry Out Loud Regional Contest Winners Move On to State Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tracy White   
Monday, 19 March 2012 07:38
Students from United Township and Orion High Schools

 

On Saturday, February 18th, students from Orion High School and United Township participated in the Poetry Out Loud regional contest at Quad City Arts. The event was exciting and enriching and all in attendance were edified and entertained by the student recitations.

We are happy to announce the winners of the contest: 1st place went to Brianna Gray from United Township HS. Brianna recited “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll and “Song of the Powers” by David Mason. Runner-up was Anni Keleher from Orion HS. Anni recited  ”Hope” by Emily Dickinson and “The Vacuum” by Howard Nemerov.

These students will now advance to Illinois' State Poetry Out Loud Competition, being held Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield.  The State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in April in Washington, DC where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed with the grand prize being $20,000.

Poetry Out Loud is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

 
Braley to Travel to Iwo Jima Battlefield with Iowa Veteran PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:30

Braley and Waterloo resident David Greene will participate program organized by nonprofit Greatest Generations Foundation

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will travel to Iwo Jima, Japan, with Marine Corps veteran David Greene of Waterloo next week as part of a program organized by the nonprofit Greatest Generations Foundation.  The visit will be Greene’s first since fighting in the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.  Braley has never visited the island.

Greene served in the Marine Corps during World War II and spent a month fighting at the Battle of Iwo Jima.  Braley’s late father, Byard Braley of Brooklyn, Iowa, was also a veteran of the Marine Corps and fought on Iwo Jima.

The Greatest Generations Foundation, based in Denver, Colorado, organized a program so 12 American veterans could return to the Iwo Jima battlefield for the first time since the battle along with a class of students from The Ohio State University.  Braley and US Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) are the highest-ranking US government officials accompanying the veterans.

“The legacy of my father’s service at Iwo Jima is incredibly meaningful to me,” Braley said.  “Iwo Jima has always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, so to have the chance to return to Iwo Jima and honor my father’s legacy with David Greene and this group of veterans is truly special.

 

“These veterans’ stories are such an important part of our nation’s history.  To veterans like David, what happened on Iwo Jima more than 65 years ago was one of the most important events in their lives.  It’s important to return to Iwo Jima so veterans like David can keep this history alive.”

 

Braley and Greene will depart for Iwo Jima this Friday March 9th.  On Wednesday, March 14th, Braley and Greene will fly from Guam to Iwo Jima to spend the day at the battlefield and participate in memorial services.  Braley will return to Iowa on March 15th.

For more information about the Greatest Generations Foundation, visit: http://tggf.us/

For a tribute to his father written by Rep. Bruce Braley, visit: http://bit.ly/xrMf5N

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