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Friday, March 4, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to another Friday mailbag, where I share comments, questions and ideas that were sent recently by several of you.

“I have plenty of not-so-fond memories of struggling to meet the school bus when Iowa winter was at its finest (Feb. 24, 2022). When I was still in kindergarten (eons ago), school was dismissed early in the afternoon during a blizzard. My school bus driver took one look at the 5-year-old climbing off the bus, scooped me up, and carried me all the way up a very long and drifted-in farm lane to the house. I hope every school kid today has a bus driver like that. Just wish I could remember his name.” - Shirley

What a great story, Shirley. The world needs more people like your bus driver… and you. - Shane

“Hello Shane, Do you know if the Fleur Theaters will re-open? Noticed ‘Closed until further notice’ signs posted recently. I used to pick up hard copies of CITYVIEW there. Meanwhile, I enjoy your columns I receive via email.” - Michael

I reached out and left a message. No reply yet. In the meantime, you can find CITYVIEW at 749 other metro locations. And thanks for reading the Daily Umbrella. – Shane

“Yes, school was never canceled (Feb. 24, 2022). One bad day, a neighbor hooked up his team of horses, and we went to school in an open wagon! Another time, a blizzard hit during school hours, and our bus got stuck on the way home. We walked in the storm to the nearest house and stayed all night! We did not have early dismissal. How times have changed! My husband said, ‘If the long-legged superintendent could walk to school, we had school!’ ” Enjoy your column and riddles, even though I can’t solve them.” - Lavon

Where are the horses when we need them? Keep working on those morning chuckle answers! - Shane

“I recall one particular snowstorm when my parents sent me out the door in boots and a heavy coat (Feb. 24, 2022). I walked the mile + and was greeted at the school door by the janitor who informed me school had been canceled! So I turned around and walked back! I considered it a challenge to get there. That attitude continued my entire adult life. Never missed a day of work or anything else due to weather unless that activity was canceled.” - Chuck

And you had to walk uphill both ways, right? - Shane

“On this week’s poll question (Do you like when restaurants play music?), I would have liked a fourth choice: ‘Depends on the volume.’ LOL.” – Ferguson

Agreed. – Shane

“Great memories of my dad and Maid-Rite (March 2, 2022). When I was a kid every time we went fishing south of Muscatine on the way back to the Quad, we always had to stop at the original Maid-Rite. Even in my adult life, when he came and visited from FL one of his first stops was the Maid-Rite in Bettendorf. Thanks for a great memory.” - Kirk
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

Things will warm up on a breezy day today to a high near 57. Saturday brings wind and rain chances throughout the day, with thunderstorms possible by late afternoon and evening with a high around 66. Sunshine comes our way on a breezy and chilly day Sunday, then snow chances arrive on Monday.

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

Things To Do
Iowa's Largest Arts and Crafts Show
Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 6
William C. Knapp Varied Industries, 3000 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317

Iowa’s Largest Arts and Crafts Show with over 250 talented exhibitors selling thousands of unique, handmade products. Admission is $7, children 10 and younger are free

March 4 - 5-9 p.m.

March 5 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 6 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact pat@dmcityview.com for details.
2609 School St,
Des Moines, IA 50311
Check out this craftsman 1.5 story charmer located in the Drake Neighborhood. You will fall in love with all the original character this home has to offer with its original hardwood floors and trim throughout the home! This home is looking for its new owner who can bring her back to her original beauty!.... SEE MORE ABOUT THIS LISTING
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THE SCORE: Johnston, Ballard advance to championship, DCG loses in triple OT  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM CITYVIEW: Quite the Pickle - All about Pickleball

Do you enjoy playing tennis? How about ping-pong? Or badminton? If you checked all three boxes — or even if you didn’t — we have a sport or you: pickleball. ...READ MORE FROM CITYVIEW

FROM KCCI: DSM Airport prepares for spring break, says travelers should have parking plan ahead of time

DES MOINES, Iowa — It's that time of year where travel is picking up again. Spring breakers are trying to ditch the cold for warm, sunny weather. The Des Moines International Airport shares the best advice: On your day of travel, get here early. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 5 juveniles face hate crimes for incident at sleepover

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Five juveniles face hate crime and assault charges after they allegedly used racial slurs against another child at a sleepover, Clive police said. The juveniles, ages 12 and 13, were at a sleepover on Friday when they allegedly threw footballs and other objects at one child while using racial slurs, the Des Moines Register reported.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa food banks feeling the pinch of inflation

SNAP benefits are set to decrease April 1, which could make demand at food banks even higher. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Holistic Health Center
1. Ocean Breeze Message
2. Perspire Sauna Studio
3. The LiveWell Clinic


A special approach
Barber sets aside time for kids with sensory challenges.

When it comes to caring for children with special needs, their parents know that extra patience is often a requirement. And, when it comes to haircuts, which are out of the day-to-day routine, that can be particularly true.
Ankeny Cutz & Barbershop wants to help ease the stress by reserving the first Monday of each month starting this March for sensory-inclusive haircuts for children.

“We want to do our part to help the parents that we see in our barbershop that are so great with their children with special needs,” said Ankeny Cutz owner Darnell Loatman. “We definitely want to make it easier for the child and for the families who have kids with autism or sensory difficulties.”

When researching about providing this service, Loatman says he did not find any other shops or salons in the state offering this type of individual attention for children with sensory challenges, and, in fact, only found similar services in a few locations in the U.S.
Ankeny Cutz will be assisted with providing “Sensory Cutz” haircuts by Tara Patterson of The Beauty Shoppe salon in Ankeny and a few other barbers.


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A big crowd was in attendance at the Girls State Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena at 10 a.m. on March 3. Johnston defeated Pleasant Valley 64-44. Johnston will play Waterloo West (who defeated West Des Moines Valley) at 6 p.m., Friday, March 4. Photo by Andrea Hodapp.
Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com!
Digital Editions
Johnston Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. In the March issue cover story, "Cold Turkey," residents share the struggles — and rewards — of quitting smoking. 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 March issue here.
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Catherine O'Hara, Draymond Green, Patricia Heaton, Chaz Bono, Patsy Kensi, Josh Bowman, Len Wiseman, Margo Harshman, Scott Michael Foster, Tim Vine

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week
Will you continue to wear a mask in public?
Not sure

Do you like when restaurants play music?

Yes- 28%
No - 19%
Depends on the type of music - 53%

Morning Chuckle
Why did the rope go to the doctor?
IT HAD KNOTS IN ITS STOMACH! Way to go Jolene Goodman, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson


What is the medical name for owning too many dogs?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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