The Blank Park Zoo brought a few animals to Pella Friday to show children the noises they make and to talk about their habitat. About 100 eager children received the opportunity to meet four animals, including Zoobie the parrot, Smiley the fox snake, Rachel the ferret and Bog the American alligator. The Pella Public Library held the event at the Pella Community Center – the zoo’s community program manager Samantha Collison talked about each of the animals: where they’re from, what they eat and how long they live. Kids looked in awe as she pulled out Bog the alligator, who is five years old and about 3 feet in length. Before leaving the kids were allowed to carefully pet the alligator using only two fingers.
As the 4th of July holiday approaches, residents are reminded about the restricted usage of fireworks in Marion County. The county allows fireworks to be fired on July 4th from 6pm to 11pm, and is restricted to personal private property by the property owner or with the permission of the property owner or with lawful tenant present. The use of fireworks is banned within the city limits of Knoxville with a penalty of $500 for an infraction, with fireworks also banned in the city of Pella. The City of Pleasantville allows consumer fireworks on July 4th from noon to 11pm. Monroe allows consumer fireworks between the hours of noon and 10pm on July 1st through the 8th and from noon to 10:30pm on July 4th. Melcher-Dallas will restrict the use of fireworks from July 1st to July 8th between the hours of am and 11pm. Bussey adheres to the county restrictions.