The 2nd Annual Tour de Toren ended Saturday afternoon after members of the Pella Triathlon Club, their friends, and family pedaled on stationary bikes at different points throughout the day. A goal of 2,680 miles was set, or the distance between Los Angeles and The White House in Washington D.C. Josh Cowman with Bethany Christian Services also completed a marathon on a treadmill after riding on his bike – At the event, Bethany staff announced they were approaching their $30,000 goal, with a final total to be announced in the coming weeks.
Fireworks may be legal in the state of Iowa, but folks in Marion County take note – the board of supervisors has recently voted to restrict use of fireworks in the area. Iowa State law made the sale and use of consumer fireworks in Iowa legal from June 1 through July 8 and December 10 through January 3. However, a provision in the law allows county supervisors to limit use of fireworks if they feel it is in the public interest; yesterday the Marion County Board of Supervisors did just that, voting 2-1 to restrict the use of fireworks to the hours of 4-11pm on July 4th only. In addition, restrictions include use only on the users property or with permission, minimum age restrictions, and limit of use near hospitals and senior living facilities.
In other fire news, the Pella Fire Department received top honors for their efforts in the American Lung Association’s Annual Fight for Air Climb. Heather Johnson with the organization awarded a trophy to Pella Firefighters for being the top fundraising team among participating fire departments in the state for the second year in a row. Over the past three years, the Pella Fire Department has raised a combined $18,000 for the American Lung Association to help with research for various lung diseases. Pella Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom says he’s thankful for the community’s contributions and the firefighters taking extra time to raise funds and participate in the relay.
U.S. Senator Joni Ernst made a visit to Knoxville Tuesday to visit 3M and the new VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Senator Ernst was given a tour of the VA facility and met with VA staff to discuss the amenities the clinic has on hand that help treat local veterans. Ernst was particularly impressed with the telemedicine demo, saying that through technology the VA physicians and nurses are able to provide services either in the patient’s home or at a remote facility.
Summer fun is back on Thursday nights! – you’re invited to take part in family-friendly activities all summer long on the downtown square in Pella. Sarah Treft with the Pella Area Community and Economic Alliance says Thursdays in Pella are returning this week and every Thursday in June and July. This year includes some familiar themes at each event, along with some new ones as well, including a night for science projects and another featuring Christmas in July. This week’s activities are being organized by Families First of Pella and features programs for kids, including a magician, crafts and a bicycle rodeo.
Ottumwa residents will be able to launch fireworks this summer without leaving city limits, but the permission is not quite as expansive as what was passed by the state legislature. City Council members had spent the better part of a month reviewing options, even postponing a decision two weeks ago to fine-tune a proposal. The city’s actions allow fireworks on June 24-July 4 from 4-10 p.m., except for the Fourth of July itself, when the hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fireworks are also allowed from 4 p.m. December 31 through 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Council members noted that enforcement may be tricky, as the city had plenty of fireworks in past year despite them being officially banned in the state.
Pella Christian’s fall 2016 production of “Peter Pan” came away with six awards at the Iowa High School Musical Theatre Awards Showcase. Pella Christian’s fall production of Peter Pan earned the Outstanding Overall Technical and Creative Achievement award. Other honors from the production include: Jimmy Beyer (as Peter Pan) with Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role, Ryan Howey (as Smee) and Tyler Egesdal (as Michael Darling) with Special Recognition for a Performance in a Principal Role, as well as Special Recognition for a Cast Ensemble.
Golf fans get ready to tee up! On Friday, June 9th the Christian Opportunity Center will be hosting its 16th annual COC Golf Classic fundraiser at Bos Landen Golf Club. COC representative Jacob Deyer says with the end of sheltered employment and the transition to managed Medicaid, private funding efforts like this one are more important than ever. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, catered dinner and a silent auction, with the entry fee for individual golfers at $150 including additional gifts and a golf shirt.