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Good Thursday morning to you!

Sneakers. Sandals. Pumps. Kicks. Runners. Flip-flops. Chucks. High tops. Low tops. Boat shoes. Clodhoppers. Airs.

There are a lot of names for the coverings that we choose to put on our feet, but one seems to be more common than the others to describe a wide range: tennis shoes, or “tennies.”

Have you ever wondered why so many shoes are called tennis shoes, yet they are rarely used while playing tennis?

The answer may have started with the invention of the rubber-soled shoe, and it all began with a need. The British Navy wanted shoes its sailors could wear on deck that would help them from slipping on wet surfaces. In the 18th century, following the industrial revolution, Charles Goodyear (yes, that Goodyear) developed vulcanized rubber, which was then used in making these rubber-soled shoes. These foot coverings also proved to be quite helpful in sneaking around quietly, hence the word “sneakers” came about.

Another need (or want) was created when the wealthy folks began to learn about this invention. Rubber-soled shoes then began to be used in recreational sports, including tennis. The rubber outsoles allowed tennis players of the time to start and stop better, and the soles didn’t leave marks on the courts.

Several shoe manufacturers proved to be game changers, but Adidas arguably deserves the biggest credit in 1960 when it replaced the canvas on the shoes’ uppers with leather.

So you might want to thank the British Navy and Charles Goodyear and tennis-playing aristocrats and Adidas for the tennies you are wearing today, regardless of what you call them.

Now you know. Advantage in.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

More heat and more dry conditions are ahead for the upcoming week. The only rain chance comes our way on Monday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Thursday, July 22 at 7 p.m.
⇛World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters
At: Wells Fargo Arena
Info: With jaw-dropping swag and rim-rattling dunks, the World-Famous Harlem Globetrotters bring their newly reimagined Spread Game tour to Des Moines. The new tour is a basketball event like no other. Part streetball from the players who defined it, part interactive family entertainment, the new tour will show off the best of the Globetrotters in a dazzling exhibition of talent and game.

Featured Home For Sale

2209 E 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316

This home has charm and character. Walk to beautiful Union Park and Birdland Marina. Rounded front porch welcomes you into a bright living room with architectural features like an open foyer, curved window in the living room with tall painted white trim around floor and doorways. Walk into your dining room and then into your kitchen with new butcher block countertops and stainless appliances. The back living room (or 4 season room) is added bonus living space. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and full bath. Back yard patio with fun outdoor lights strung around for entertaining. 2 car garage. ...

More Information Here

Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

1700 block E. 12th Street
1400 block E. 9th Street
1900 block 2nd Avenue

A project to repave Douglas Avenue/U.S. 6 between Merle Hay Road and 30th Street in Des Moines requires closing the roadway to traffic from 10 p.m. Friday, July 23, until 5 a.m. Monday, July 26, and from 10 p.m. Friday, July 30, until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, weather permitting

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Central Iowa softball teams punch ticket to Finals

FORT DODGE, Iowa — The finals are set in Fort Dodge! Thursday’s semifinal round featured some newcomers to the scene, and a Fort Dodge squad on a quest for history. KCCI’s Scott Reister spent the day at the State Softball Tournament and has all the action.... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: FBI, local agencies conduct early-morning raids in Polk County in large-scale drug investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa – Multiple tactical units from federal and local law enforcement agencies conducted operations at several locations in Polk County and the Des Moines metro early Wednesday morning as part of a large-scale ongoing investigation by the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force and the FBI. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: State receives final portion of $775 million for education relief for Iowa schools

DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Education said the approval of the state's ARP ESSER plan allows the remaining $258 million to be distributed to Iowa.
“The ARP ESSER funding is essential to supporting our continued work to accelerate learning and provide social-emotional-behavioral health supports,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Ann Lebo in a press release.  ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
IOWA CUBS: The Iowa Cubs (27-37) surrendered seven unanswered runs to the Columbus Clippers (28-37) and fell 7-4, Wednesday at Huntington Park. .... READ MORE
MLB: Royals 6 Brewers 3,Twins 7 White Sox 2, Cardinals 3 Cubs 2 ..READ MORE
Iowa Wild and the American Hockey League announced the 2021-22 season opener schedule. The Wild begin their ninth AHL season in Cedar Park, Texas, on Oct. 16, 2021 against the Texas Stars.
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Place to Get Your Nails Done
1. East Village Spa
2. Thia’s Nails
3. Purelux


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Rural living is the life for Brenizers: Acres of land provide many recreational opportunities.

By Rachel Harrington

Angie Brenizer grew up in a small rural town in northwest Iowa. Her husband is from Norwalk. In the spring of 2019, her husband heard about a 22-acre property south of Norwalk listed “for sale by owner.” He made a trip to the property and happened to meet the owner as he was driving by. They quickly formed a bond over shared interests. Both enjoyed hunting and the outdoors, and, instead of just showing a house, the owner gave him a tour of the property and the things he enjoyed about it, she says.

“We were the first to put in an offer less than 24 hours after its listing, and they took it right away,” says Brenizer. “I think we fell in love with the land even more than the house. We have five daughters, with two who are still at home. We moved out here to downsize our house yet upgrade our land. We use the land for riding, hunting and fishing. We have a pond that’s about an acre, and, on the property, we have apple and peach trees, as well as blackberry bushes. We keep a garden, and we have cut ATV trails in the timber.”


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Special Education Teacher Associate
The Johnston Community School District is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of students as a Special Education Teacher Associate. There are full-time (over 30 hours per weeks) and part-time positions (under 30 hours per week) available. Starting rate of pay is $16.96 to $17.65 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible to receive medical and dental insurance. All full-time and part-time positions are eligible for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).
Please apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/johnston/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff
General job functions include:
· Assists in the supervision of students in the classroom and other areas of the school facility.
· Assists staff in preparation of materials.
· Works with group or individual students in the daily routine of the classroom under the teacher’s direction.
· Keeps teacher/administrator informed of all relevant student-related matters.
· Maintains working knowledge and use of available technology.
· Duties and responsibilities as requested by supervisor may vary from time to time.

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It’s coneflower time of year! — Photo by Diane Ferguson

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Digital Editions
Norwalk Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The July issue cover story, "On the Same Page," is about residents who enjoy being members of book clubs — and not just for the "good reads." Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the July issue here.
Summer Stirs
CITYVIEW's traveling cocktails are back!  The next event is in the Historic East Village, Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.

Sample the signature Summer Stir drinks at 7 participating establishments! For only $20 (prepaid online), participants will receive 10 tickets to use to sample drinks at any of the participating venues. Tickets may also be purchased at the event for $30. All of the establishments will be within walking distance.

Details and Tickets
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Selena Gomez, Willem Dafoe, Prince George of Cambridge, David Spade, Shawn Michaels, Danny Glover, Madison Pettis, John Leguizamo, Oscar de la Renta, Alex Trebek, Don Henley, Keegan Allen, Skyler Gisondo, Ezekiel Elliott, Bob Dole, Steven Jackson

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Which was the worst “Star Wars” movie?

“A New Hope”
“The Empire Strikes Back”
“Return of the Jedi”
“The Phantom Menace”
“Attack of the Clones”
“Revenge of the Sith”
“The Force Awakens”
“The Last Jedi”
“The Rise of Skywalker"


Which are you most fearful of?

Rats- 28%
Snakes - 51%
Heights - 19%
Public speaking - 2%

Morning Chuckle
What is red and goes up and down?
A TOMATO IN AN ELEVATOR. Shane Goodman's answer of A TOMATO IN A BLENDER works, too! 
This note from Denise McCauley: Today’s riddle reminded me of my dad’s fave riddle: What’s green and has wheels? Grass – I lied about the wheels!
Why should you break up in an elevator?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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