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Good Friday morning to you!

I bought a chainsaw last year, and I like the way it makes me feel. Every man should have a chainsaw. It’s a manly thing. Paul Bunyan-esque, you might say (without the axe).

My choice is a gas chainsaw. 38cc. 16 inch. Automatic gear driven oiler. Starts with one pull. And it stores away in hard plastic case. It’s not the Mack truck of chainsaws, but I like it. And, yes, you need one.

My wife thinks it’s silly. Unnecessary. For the most part, she is right. I have only used it a few times, and I probably could have borrowed my neighbor’s chainsaw or hired someone to cut up the tree limbs, but I didn’t. I got out my chainsaw, and I started sawing.

President Ronald Reagan operated a chainsaw on the Reagan Ranch in the 1980s.

He was in his seventies at the time, and he seemed to truly enjoy it. He clearly didn’t need a chainsaw, but he had one and used it. It seemed appropriate for President Reagan. Donald Trump? Not so much.

I have another chainsaw. Kind of. It is an electric version that my dad bought me a few decades ago to trim back a hedge of bushes each fall. It worked great for that task, but it was a bit sluggish for larger projects — and my manly neighbors made fun of it. I still get it out of the shed occasionally, when my neighbors aren’t watching.

With this week’s windstorms, I was hoping for an opportunity to dust off my chainsaw and put it to use. I carefully inspected my yard, but not a single limb had dropped. My neighbors’ yards looked clean, too. An opportunity missed.

Even so, I am prepared for the next windstorm, in my flannel shirt, work boots laced up, chainsaw in hand, trying to be manly. All I need is a blue ox.

Have a fantastic Friday, 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

It’ll be chilly and breezy again today and tomorrow, and Saturday will see colder temperatures with a high perhaps not reaching 30 degrees. Back to the mid-30’s Sunday and mid-40s Monday. The only chance for a white Christmas looks to come with flurries or light snow on Christmas day itself.

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

Things To Do

Friday, Dec. 17 through Dec. 23
At: Stoner Theater
Info: Iowa Stage Theatre Company presents It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play at the Stoner Theater in Des Moines. For more information, visit www.dmpa.com.

Featured Home For Sale
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FROM KCCI: Authorities spend hours fighting fire due to inground propane tank

CUMMING, Iowa — Crews spent hours fighting a fire in Cumming on Thursday evening. KCCI was on the scene where the Northern Warren Fire Department said a tractor made contact with an inground propane tank. The crews were not concerned about an explosion.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowans recognized for heroic actions by Governor Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES, IOWA – After the 2020 Governor’s Lifesaving awards and the Sullivan Brothers’ Award of Valor event was canceled due to COVID-19, Governor Kim Reynolds hosted the 2020 and the 2021 awards combined. On Thursday morning the governor gathered with civilians and first responders who were involved in heroic acts to be recognized in the state capitol building.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Storm aftermath: National Weather Service confirms 13 total tornadoes in Iowa from Wednesday

Tornadoes touched down in central and western Iowa in December for the first time Wednesday. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

NFL:  Chiefs 34 Chargers 28

NCAA Volleyball: Nebraska and Wisconsin will battle for the championship.

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 Resale/Consignment Boutique
1. Worn
2. Stuff Etc
3. Plato’s Closet


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Combining households in Johnston

By Lindsey Giardino

When Fallon Wills moved to Johnston in 2009, she didn’t yet have kids, but she knew how good the school system was. She also felt like Johnston had a lot of similarities to the small town where she grew up.
“It just felt a little bit more like home than the other suburbs I had lived in previously,” Wills says.

Now that Wills has children of her own, she’s even more grateful for the Johnston Community School District.

Together, Wills and her partner, Ross Moffat, have three children. They recently combined households — he was in Beaverdale previously — and moved into a new home in Johnston this past October. Johnston was a logical fit for the couple, as Moffat has spent most of his career in Johnston, including as a coach for the Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club and now as director of player development and coach education for Sporting Iowa, which works closely with the club.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Kristine McDonald on Saturday!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Pope Francis, Milla Jovovich, Katheryn Winnick, Sarah Paulson, Eugene Levy, Laurie Holden, Nat Wolff, Shoma Uno, Kiersey Clemons, Maria Brink, Duff Goldman, Chris Matthews

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Poll of the Week

How many times have you seen "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”?

1 time
2-5 times
6-10 times
11 times or more


How do you prefer your eggnog?

Homemade - 4%
Right out of the carton - 32%
Spiked - 25%
I don’t like eggnog - 39%

Morning Chuckle

What kind of bug hates Christmas?

A BAH HUM BUG! You got it Lori Bluml, William Snyder, Patty Miller, Gail Pecht, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson


What do frogs order when they go to a restaurant?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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