Congregations in Pella came together Sunday to fight hunger locally – Volunteers from St. Mary’s Catholic and Peace Lutheran churches packaged over 18,000 meals in 1,000 family packs in just over 90 minutes at The Well, in partnership with the Outreach Program. Karin Peterson with Peace said it was the first collaborative project in years for the two groups, all started with a grant by the Pella Community Foundation.
Highway T-15 over the Red Rock Dam will be closed to through traffic for the next two weeks, beginning today. The Red Rock Visitor Center, South Tailwater, and North Overlook Camping Area all will remain open, with detours posted primarily connecting Knoxville to Pella along Elevator Road, and access to Idaho Drive also coming from G-28 and Washington Street in Pella.
Penn Central Mall in Oskaloosa is getting a blast from the past – Jason Shiffer, one of the owners of Old School Pinball and Arcade, is bringing an arcade to Penn Central Mall. Once open the new arcade will be the 5th location for Old School Pinball & Arcade. The new business will feature around 60 games on free play, including Pinball, skee-ball, and classic arcade games. To satisfy your sweet tooth an old fashion ice cream bar will also be available, where you can get old fashioned shakes, malts and sodas. $10 gives you the opportunity to play the arcade games all day long if you choose.
The Knoxville Airport will host their annual Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast tomorrow. Breakfast will be served from 7-11am and will include sausage, eggs, and biscuits and gravy. There will be plenty for the kids to do with inflatables, a petting zoo, and rides, while families will be able to enjoy airplane rides, classic cars, Mercy One Helicopter, RC airplanes, and more. Dan Van Donselaar with the airport says it’s not only an opportunity for locals to see the airport, but meet the people who use it as many out of state people will be flying in to meet the locals and bring their planes to be on display. Entry for adults is $7, children are $5, and fly-ins and children under the age of five are free.
The city of Newton began the Iowa Speedway Drive restoration project Thursday. Newton Community Services Department announced the project is scheduled for 30 working days, but may take more than six weeks depending on inclement weather issues. During the construction, which extends from the 400 to 1400 blocks of Iowa Speedway Drive, the route will be closed to traffic in two phases. The first phase has closed the road between Interstate 80 exit 168 and South 13th Avenue East; The second phone will close the area between the south side of Walmart and South 13th Avenue East. Detour signs will divert traffic to Rusty Wallace Drive, East 12th Street South, South 13th Avenue East and First Avenue East.
Repairs may affect your drive in South Central Iowa in the near future – The Old Hwy 92 road construction project begins Monday, involving patching this year with a full overlay coming in the future of the multi-year undertaking. Marion County Engineer Tyler Christian said crews have been working on the road for awhile, but now major work will be done; to save money the road department will close the road to work on a major patching project. Christian said a great alternative route exists and hopes fewere drivers will be required to use the detour. The road will be closed from Nevada Dr. to Hwy T17 September 10th through the 21st, with local residents allowed to access their homes -Cross roads will also remain open during construction.
If you’re planning to drive across Red Rock dam between September 10th and the 26th, you’ll need to change your plans – Highway T-15 across the dam will be closed during that time for significant repairs. Signage will be posted for alternate routes during the closure. The entrances to the North Overlook Campground, South Tailwater recreation area, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitor’s Center will remain open during this road closure.
Vermeer Corporation made several announcements relating to recovery from the July 19th tornado at a media event Wednesday. CEO Jason Andringa said hours after the storm, he wasn’t sure how fast they would be able to return to full staff and production, but now is overwhelmed by the spirit of the Vermeer team and how quickly the’ve returned to 100% of their pre-tornado level of service. He said the company intends to demolish Plants 5 and 6 due to the extensive damage, which he called a “total loss,” but will provide a “clean slate” in regards to the future of the facility. Demolition is set to take place late this fall, with the aim of starting construction of new buildings next spring, with no set timeline for completion. The functions of those plants, as well as some of the warehousing in Plant 7, have been spread to other space along the mile. Another announcement was made in regards to a new facility north of the mile, but still on campus, called “Shop 48,” in honor of the legacy of Gary Vermeer and how he started the company, and to commemorate the founding year. Shop 48 will combine three engineering shops off-site and move them back to the main campus. It will be responsible for the construction of new prototypes.
An innovative program serving seniors in Mahaska County is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year – the Mahaska County Agency on Aging began with a sack lunch at the Downing Hotel and has continually evolved over time to serve the senior population of the county. Executive Director Cheryl Brown said the program continues to change and evolve as the needs of seniors in Mahaska County changes as well; she also pointed out the congregate meal site was the first of its kind in Iowa. The program’s facility at Grant Hall now enables all the food preparation for the area Meals of Wheels program – A staff member from the Agency on Aging delivers meals to the New Sharon area three times a week. Another volunteer comes from Ottumwa and delivers meals to Wapello County, Ottumwa, Eddyville, and Agency.
United Way of Wapello County is looking for volunteers for its annual United Day of Caring Wednesday, Sept. 12. A recent press release said the organization is seeking volunteers for 12 different projects. The Day of Caring is an annual event which brings volunteers together for the day to make an impact on the community – In Wapello County, volunteers may work in the community garden, help with construction projects, shred files, paint or help with child care.