Habitat for Humanity of Marion County is in the process of finding a home for a family in an unconventional way. Director Robin Pfalzgraf says Habitat for Humanity is moving a 1920s bungalow house currently on West 1st Street in Pella to a different lot at 402 East First Street for a new Habitat family to move into later this winter. Pfalzgraf says Habitat for Humanity had been hearing more requests to restore existing homes as opposed to building new in order to breathe new life into historic structures throughout the community while helping find new homes for families in the Habitat program. Habit hopes this new model is a win-win for everyone – a family in need gets a home and the historic character of neighborhoods is preserved at the same time.
Knoxville veterans who served during Vietnam will be recognized during a special recognition ceremony on November 8th at the Knoxville Performing Arts Center. Any veteran who served on active duty anywhere in the world from November 1, 1955 until May 15, 1975 is eligible to be recognized. Post Commander for Baty Tucker Post 168 of the American Legion, Curt Froyen says the veterans will be presented with a special Vietnam lapel pin as well as a certificate of recognition. The recognition ceremony will also honor the surviving parents, spouses, siblings and children of the Knoxville residents who were killed in action in Vietnam.