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Good Thursday morning to you!

I bought a used record player a few years ago. My wife said it was stupid. I already had one from many years prior, but it was in disrepair. Despite my best MacGyver work to fix it, the songs still played in slow motion. So I bought another one just like it, and I kept the old one for parts. OK, that may be stupid.

Meanwhile, I thoroughly enjoy pulling the LPs out of those musty smelling covers and placing them on the turntable. The crackle. The hiss. The skips. The scratches. It’s all part of the process, and I love it.

Waylon Jennings. Elton John. B.J. Thomas. Prince. Elvis. And a few of those K-Tel compilation albums. These and many others are part of my growing record collection.

A few years ago, my wife and I decided to have an album party in our garage. I pulled out the vehicles and moved in my stereo, complete with my record player. We invited many of our friends but with two stipulations: 1) They had to bring an album to play; and 2) They had to dress up like the band or artist of that album.

Our courageous friends went for it. Rod Stewart. Michael Jackson. Boy George. Justin Timberlake. They were all there, and their music played into the night, complete with a disco ball hanging from the garage ceiling and some awful dance moves.

This may sound like fun because it truly was. I encourage you to do it as well. Buy a record player. Search for used albums. Gather some costumes. And have a spare record player, just in case.

Enjoy your Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We’ve got a slight storm chance later today and into this evening for the first day of the Fair… otherwise expect another hot one. Temperatures cool at least a bit after that, with highs in the mid-80’s into next week. A slight rain chance late Tuesday into Wednesday.

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

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Things To Do
Thursday, Aug. 12 through Aug. 22
At: Iowa State Fairgrounds
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4125 Douglas Avenue
3100 block Aurora Avenue
5900 block University Avenue

Lanes of the Martin Luther King Jr Parkway Bridge over the Raccoon River will be reduced through Wednesday, Sept. 8.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Urbandale native set to umpire Field of Dreams game

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — Urbandale native Pat Hoberg gets to be right in the middle of the action Thursday when the White Sox and Yankees play in MLB's Field of Dreams Game. Hoberg, who has been a major league umpire since 2014, will get to call the balls and strikes. KCCI's Scott Reister caught up with him as Hoberg and his dad traveled from Kansas City to Dyersville, where he gets one of the best assignments of his career. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Groundbreaking held for massive Grimesplex sports turf project

GRIMES, Iowa – What is anticipated to be the largest sports turf facility in the Midwest is just beginning to take shape in Grimes. A groundbreaking ceremony for the state-of-the-art Grimesplex was held Wednesday morning.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Vaccinations ticking up as Polk County officials warn of surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

DES MOINES, Iowa — Polk County health officials celebrated a win this week by getting more than 300 COVID-19 shots into residents' arms within days, but they also warned residents of the consequences of rapidly increasing virus activity within the county. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
IOWA CUBS:  The Iowa Cubs (37-47) scored eight runs in the first four innings and held on to beat the Omaha Storm Chasers (47-37) by a score of 12-7, Wednesday at Werner Park. READ MORE ...
MLB: Twins 1 White Sox 0, Yankees 5 Royals 2, Cardinals 4 Pirates 0, Brewers 10 Cubs 0 ...READ MORE
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

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

Best TV Station for Sports
1. WHO TV Channel 13
2. KCCI Channel 8;
3. WOI Channel 5


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Rustic reminder: Johnson has a unique flower bed

By Darren Tromblay

The rustic, antiquated manure-spreader-turned-flower-bed that rests on Bob Johnson’s small piece of Johnston property is as much a heavenly reminder as it is a place for flowery growth.

Each spring is the same. Life emerges from inside its rustic panels. And, in doing so, it reminds him of Shirley, his late wife, who once made a simple request: Make the property something special.

“She liked her flowers and thought we ought to do something to this acre, so I planted all these,” he says, pointing to the myriad of trees around the property.


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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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Digital Editions
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: (Editor's note: I never seem to know what day it is, so, on Aug. 11 I included Aug. 12 birthdays. So, today, I will feature Aug. 11 birthdays!): Chris Hemsworth, Joe Rogan, Hulk Hogan, Viola Davis, Alyson Stoner, Anna Gunn, Rocco Ritchie, Savannah Chrisley, Chris Messina, Young Dolph, Duane Martin

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

Poll of the Week

Do you know how to swim?



Results of last week's poll:

Are you watching the Olympics?

Yes - 55%
No - 45%

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a muddy chicken that crosses the road and crosses back again?
Correct, Evan Del Carmen, Denise McCauley, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson, Lori Bluml, William Snyder
The chicken picture is so cute, I'm going to use it for another day!
What do you get when you cross a chicken with a guitar?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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