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Good Tuesday morning to you!

My grandparents tragically died in a head-on collision with a semi-truck on a South Dakota highway just a few weeks after my fifth birthday. I prayed every day that their souls were in heaven. I missed them both, especially my grandfather, William Lane. Many people think kids can’t remember much at a young age, but I have vivid memories of the times I spent with my grandpa.

He was an ornery old Irishman with a great sense of humor, dressed in striped bib overalls most days, except for those special occasions when he would put on a gray suit and a bow tie. He was a short, stocky man whose hair was thin and waist was thick. I find that I am looking more and more like him every day.

Like many men of his era, Grandpa carried a silver pocket watch on a chain. He would often yell over to me from his recliner and say, “Hey, kid, do you want to see a monkey?” And, like most any other 4-year-old boy, of course I did. So I would crawl up on his lap, and he would pull out that pocket watch and show me the back side of it, which would reflect my face. I fell for that one a lot, and it made us both smile every time.

I also remember watching in amazement as he would pull out his dentures — or “fake teeth,” as he called them. I would ask, “How did you do that?” And, with his thumbs on the back side of his upper teeth, he would mumble, “It’s easy. Just push right here like this.” So I would try, and try, and try. “Can’t you do it? You just have to push a little harder,” he would tell me. Grandma would then laugh at us both as I walked around their home for hours trying to push my teeth out.

My grandpa was a kind man, but he had a vengeful side to him as well. He bought and sold horses for much of his life, and my mother tells a story of a time when one kicked him square in the groin. Grandpa hung that horse to near death over a tree limb, apparently to teach it a lesson. He would go to jail for those actions today, but he seemed to think it was the right thing to do back then.

Grandpa was much kinder to me. He and Grandma lived in an old two-story farmhouse with one bathroom in the basement. When I stayed with them, I would sleep upstairs with Grandpa. With no bathroom, he would leave an empty Folgers can for me on the floor in case I needed to use the facility. I couldn’t hold it very long, and, more often than not, I would have an accident on his mattress. Those were embarrassing moments, even for a 4-year-old. But Grandpa never disciplined, chastised or scolded me; he just had Grandma clean it up. I didn’t say he was perfect. None of us are. But I loved him, and he loved me.

If you are a grandparent, I hope these stories remind you how important you are to your grandchildren. And if you are a grandchild who is fortunate enough to have living grandparents, go see them soon and make some more memories.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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

More hot and dry conditions are expected through Thursday. A system moves through Thursday night into Friday, bringing our fist decent rain chance in some time. Sunday looks to be a breezier day, with a rain chance Sunday night into Monday morning.

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

Featured Event
Things To Do
Tuesday, Aug. 17, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
⇛Johnston Farmers Market
At: Johnston Public Library, 6700 Merle Hay Road
Info: TUESDAYS, Fresh produce, live music, baked goods, crafts, food trucks and more. www.cityofjohnston.com/865/Farmers-Market
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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

3200 block Wright
2100 block Saylor
1400 E. Ninth

NE Alice's Road will experience intermittent lane closures between NE Horizon Dr and NE Douglas Parkway for approximately three weeks beginning Tuesday, Aug. 17.

10th Street from Seneca Avenue to Shawnee Avenue will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Fire burns in Johnston for more than 10 days, pummeling nearby businesses

JOHNSTON, Iowa — A fire on Northwest Beaver Drive in Johnston has been burning for more than 10 days. Smoke and ash are constantly billowing out of a pile of construction materials, mulch and trees in front of Tyler Excavating. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Report: Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds to play Field of Dreams game in 2022

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — The Chicago Cubs will play the Cincinnati Reds in the next Field of Dreams game in 2022, NBC Sports Chicago reported. The Cubs and Reds will face off on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville, Iowa, according to NBC Sports Chicago.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Newton Home Initiative offering $10,000 to homebuyers to move to town

NEWTON, Iowa — Can you imagine getting paid to buy a house?
For homebuyers in Newton, it's no fantasy, thanks to a city program that's putting money in the hands of people putting down roots. Newton's Home Initiative has a fairly simple premise. Buy or build a single-family home in Newton, and get $10,000. The program began in 2014, in an attempt to stimulate growth in the town..

The Score
MLB: Reds 14 Cubs 5 , Twins 5 Indians 4, Royals 7 Astros 6, White Sox 5 Athletics 2...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 Local Japanese Food
1. Wasabi
2. Sakari Sushi Lounge
3. Ohana Steakhouse


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Meet Will Olson: Students were a “shining light” in a “dark year."

by TK West

Originally from Sycamore, Illinois, Will Olson attended the University of Iowa where he played the mellophone in the Hawkeye Marching Band. As a band member, Olson marched in the Rose Bowl as well as two Outback Bowls. He has since taught at both Midland Elementary School and Springville Elementary School before joining the Bondurant-Farrar School District.

“My favorite part of teaching in Bondurant is the staff and support from administration. Throughout the year, I have met teachers and staff from every building and had nothing but positive interactions,” Olson says. “Bondurant has a great foundation of support, and I can tell the community cares deeply about the success of their schools and students.”


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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.

Contract Delivery Driver
Deliver magazines to area businesses up to two days per week (Wednesdays and Thursdays), depending on the week. Requires dependable vehicle, driver’s license and proof of insurance. Contact Patrick at 515-333-1405 or patrick@dmcityview.com for details on available routes and pay.

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"Boomerang" playing at Jordan Creek on Sunday, Aug. 15.  Photo by Pat Checketts

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Digital Editions
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Sharon Vickery!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Taissa Farmiga, Donnie Wahlberg, Austin Butler, Mae West, Rudy Gay, Lil B, Jon Gruden, Gracie Gold, Ed McCaffrey, Antwaan Randle El

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Poll of the Week

When was the last time you bathed in a bathtub?

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Results of last week's poll:

Do you know how to swim?

Yes - 81%
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Morning Chuckle
Why did the man wear only one rain boot to town?
Judy Anderson and Gail Tomlinson suggested it was BECAUSE HE ONLY HAD ONE LEG!
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