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Grassley urges consideration of Governor Branstad’s appeal to FEMA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen Chuck Grassley   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:58

Thursday, October 6, 2011

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today asked the top official of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to consider an appeal made by Governor Terry Branstad to make Iowans living in Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie and Woodbury counties eligible for individual disaster assistance.

“It’s only fair that residents of these Iowa counties be eligible for individual assistance, especially considering the latest about the magnitude and severity of the Missouri River flooding,” Grassley said.

In June, the President issued a major disaster declaration in response to the flooding.

Grassley has met personally with FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate this year and pressed for Iowans to receive assistance that is equitable to that provided elsewhere.

Here is the text of Grassley’s October 6 letter to Fugate:

 

October 6, 2011

The Honorable W. Craig Fugate

Administrator

Federal Emergency Management Agency

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

500 C Street SW

Washington, DC 20472

 

Dear Administrator Fugate,

I respectfully ask that you consider the appeal that Governor Branstad submitted today for Individual Assistance for Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, and Woodbury Counties.  On June 27, 2011, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Iowa in response to the record amounts of rain and snowmelt which led to unprecedented runoff in the Missouri River basin during the months of May, June, and July.

It is my understanding that additional information has been gathered since the original request was submitted that clarifies the magnitude and severity of this disaster.  Individual Assistance will be vital in helping Iowans, who have endured prolonged hardship over the past four months, recover.

Thank you for your prompt consideration of this appeal.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley

United States Senator

 
Great Iowa Treasure Hunt Gearing Up for Fall Publication PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Monday, 10 October 2011 15:28

DES MOINES, IA (10/05/2011)(readMedia)-- Fall is a busy time of year in Iowa. Students are returning to school, and farmers are beginning to harvest their fields. State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald is also hard at work preparing the fall publication of the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt.

"I encourage everyone to search for their name in the paper," said Fitzgerald. "This publication has the most up-to-date unclaimed property listings in the Great Iowa Treasurer Hunt, so make sure to search, even if you've checked before. You may also search for your name by visiting www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com. Checking the paper or visiting us online is well worth the short time it takes."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $135 million in unclaimed property to more than 314,000 properties has been paid out since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property's owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report and deliver unclaimed property to the State Treasurer's Office, where it is held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits, and safe deposit box contents.

"My job is to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners," Fitzgerald said. "It is very rewarding to be able to reunite people with their lost money."

For more information about the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, visit www.greatiowatreasurehunt.com. Interested individuals can also correspond by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by contacting the treasurer's office at the following address: Michael Fitzgerald, State Treasurer, Great Iowa Treasure Hunt, Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. Please include the name(s), maiden name(s), current and previous address(es) of those people you would like searched.

 
World Renown Medium to Conduct Seace at IP Studio in Downtown Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Internet Players   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 07:58

Dr. Alfred Egan, leading spiritualist of the Arkham Theosophical Society in Massachusetts has halted The Internet Players production of their Haunted House due to apparent paranormal activity.  Dr. Egan’s investigations will include a series of public séances expected to determine the magnitude of activity currently present in historic Hibernian Hall.

Today’s Hibernian Hall, once home of the ancient order, was originally constructed in 1830.  It is the oldest standing structure in the city and was occupied by the secret society of the Hibernians from 1884 to 1937.   Dr. Egan’s current hypothesis is that the building site was chosen for its intersecting “ley lines” which purportedly concentrate psychic energy and were expected to facilitate the society’s rituals and empower its members.

Disturbing activity was recently experienced by the current tenants, The Internet Players, a local theatrical organization dedicated to the development and production of original plays.  The Internet Players have agreed to host guided tours and display artifacts for a first-time ever glimpse into the secrets harbored in this historic building.  They were planning a Haunted House as a fundraiser for the Our World Program’s inaugural project “A Green Revolution.”

Due to what appeared to be supernatural sightings, the Haunted House was halted over concerns for the safety of the student volunteers.  The séances will be open to all interested as a way to compensate for lost revenue.  Tickets will be extremely limited, so they should be purchased in advance at theinternetplayers.com but may be available at the door.

Dates:  October 20th through 23rd and October 28th through 31st

Time:  7:30 pm to 11 pm

Address:  IP Studio, 421 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa

 
Winnie’s Wishes Resale Shop and More Opening October 8th to benefit “Winnie’s Place” – Brighten Lives & Save Money! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:28

Winnie's Wishes, a resale shop and more, is opening at 902 East River Drive in Davenport on Saturday, October 8th.  Store hours will be Mon - Fri from 10am until 4pm and on Saturdays from 9am until Noon.

All sales at Winnie's Wishes are to benefit “Winnie’s Place” (a shelter for women – with or without children - who are homeless or victims of domestic violence).

We lift up the women we serve of Winnie’s Place and help make woman’s wishes come true!

Winnie’s Wishes would be a great opportunity for Bible Study groups or Woman’s groups to volunteer.  Help hang, price or display items and know that it benefits women and children who have been homeless or domestic violence victims!    By the way, women in shelter will SHOP the store at no cost – whether it be for clothing when they first enter or after completing the nurturing programs at Winnie’s to help furnish their new apartments.  Winnie’s Wishes is there to SERVE.  Would you like to volunteer?

For more information, please call (563) 323-5007 or visit www.winnieswishes.com

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Avoiding deer-car collisions this time of year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janet Masters   
Monday, 03 October 2011 12:19
Fall into defensive driving habits to reduce the risk of deer-car collisions

Madison, Wis. (September 29, 2011) – Fall has arrived, and so has the time when motorists in many states are more likely to encounter deer on streets and highways. Unfortunately, these meetings often result in a serious traffic accident.

Hundreds of thousands of animal-vehicle crashes occur each year, the majority with deer. This results in millions of dollars of damages, injuries and in some cases, even death.
Sometimes these accidents are unavoidable, particularly during the fall months into early winter when deer are active and breeding. However, attentive drivers can take several simple precautions to reduce the likelihood of these encounters resulting in a traffic accident.

For 2010, American Family customers in the company’s 19 operating states submitted claims for animal-vehicle crashes totaling nearly $84.5 million, with Wisconsin ($23.4 million), Missouri ($15.7 million) and Minnesota ($10.9 million) reporting the highest numbers, accounting for more than 58 percent of claims, with an average cost per claim of $2,573 (see chart below for statistics on the top 12 states among the 19 states in which American Family operates).

Here are some defensive driving tips to help avoid deer-vehicle accidents:
•       Fasten your seatbelt. It’s simple common sense and the best defense in the event a crash is unavoidable.
•       Pay attention to deer-crossing signs.
•       Be especially alert at dawn and dusk. These are the times deer are most active.
•       If you see one deer, expect more to follow. Deer typically travel in single file.
•       If you see a deer on the road, brake firmly and blow your horn.
•       If a crash is unavoidable, don’t swerve! Studies show the most serious crashes occur when motorists swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or object, or roll over.

One preventative measure you might hear about is the use of deer whistles. Deer whistles produce ultrasonic noise when the vehicle they are attached to exceeds 30 mph. The idea is the deer will be warned upon hearing the noise. It’s unclear whether deer hear the noise, but regardless, studies show the whistles have no effect on deer behavior, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

If you do strike a deer, contact the authorities. You may be legally required to report an accident with significant vehicle damage, depending on state laws. Also contact your insurance company to report your claim. Collision with an animal is covered under the comprehensive section of your auto insurance policy. Since comprehensive coverage is optional, be sure to check your auto insurance policy for specific coverages.

2010 American Family claims for animal hits*
Ranked by number of claims
State   Number of Claims        Cost of Claims
Wisconsin       9,051   $23,449,682
Missouri        6,060   $15,748,155
Minnesota       4,366   $10,910,038
Kansas  2,366   $6,677,384
Illinois        1,807   $4,805,393
Iowa    1,770   $4,675,789
Ohio    1,206   $3,001,267
Indiana 1,193   $3,024,176
South Dakota    1,154   $2,777,437
Nebraska        904     $2,553,822
Colorado        832     $2,797,008
North Dakota    698     $1,637,216
Average cost per claim $2613
*Top 12 states

Based in Madison, Wis., American Family Insurance offers auto insurance, homeowners insurance, life insurance, health insurance, business and farm/ranch insurance in 19 states. American Family insurance ranks 358th on the Fortune 500 list and is the nation's third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company

 
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