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Thursday, April 7, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Walt Longmire, the lead character in the television series “Longmire,” which is available now on Netflix, rarely met a piece of garbage he didn’t want to pick up. The no-nonsense sheriff of fictional Absaroka County in Wyoming uses his skills to solve murders in this incredibly entertaining modern-day Western. He also uses his hands to keep his county clean. We could all learn from Walt.

With the snow now melted here in central Iowa, the ugly pollution of the prior months is now uncovered. Plastic is the main culprit. Plastic bags. Plastic cups. Plastic bottles. There is no doubt that plastic has made our world better in some ways, but it is a serious problem in others. Unfortunately, we too often overlook it. Take a glance at our roadsides, ditches and fencerows, and you will quickly see the magnitude of the problem.

Earth Day is Friday, April 22. That’s 16 days away for those of you who don’t want to do the math. I have written past columns urging readers to pick up one piece of garbage on Earth Day and explained how powerful that could be. But that’s just one day. We can do better.

So here is my challenge. Starting today, and for the next 16 days, I ask that each of the 10,000 or so subscribers to this newsletter pick up two pieces of garbage off the ground each day. Here’s some more math for you. That would total 20,000 pieces per day or 320,000 pieces between now and Earth Day. What a great start that would be. And if you know anything about forming habits, you will realize, if you do this for 16 days, you will likely continue to do it.

To make this effort even stronger, I ask you to recycle as many of those materials as you can to avoid simply moving the trash from one part of our planet to another.

Together, we can make quite an impact and help beautify our communities. Most all of us would certainly be proud of this. Walt Longmire would, too.

Have a thoughtful 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

Mostly cloudy and windy conditions will persist today with a chance of rain. Showers could mix with light snow tonight as well. Friday will be breezy with a high only in the mid-40’s. A warming trend starts Saturday and lasts into next week. Rain chances reenter the forecast Monday.

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

Things To Do
Fifth Annual Wine, Beer and Cheese Fundraiser
The Friends of the West Des Moines Public Library is hosting the Fifth Annual Wine, Beer and Cheese Fundraiser on Thursday, April 7, 5:30-7 p.m., at Raccoon River Nature Lodge. Experience professionally curated wine, beer and cheese selections from many regions of the country and find some new favorites. A freewill donation to the West Des Moines Public Library Friends Foundation will be accepted at the door or online ahead of the event. Learn more at www.wdmlibrary.org/friends.
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FROM CITYVIEW: Iowa Barnstormer players in uncharted territory... READ MORE

FROM KCCI: 6 years on the run: Des Moines man arrested after faking his own death to avoid child porn trial

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines man who faked his own death and fled the state to avoid a trial on child pornography charges is back in custody, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. After nearly six years on the run, U.S. Marshals arrested Jacob Greer, 28, in Spanaway, Washington on Monday. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowans picked highest in the NBA draft

Each summer, the National Basketball Association’s annual Draft shines a light on the top college and international players looking to enter the pros—and it also affords professional teams the opportunity to improve their roster by bringing in young talent and strengthening the key offensive and defensive skills necessary to put together a winning record.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Main break closes US 69 between Ankeny, Des Moines; repairs could take a week, police say

Highway 69, from Northeast 54th to Northeast 66th avenues, is closed for emergency repairs following a large water main break Wednesday. … 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 Place for Cosmetic Surgery
1. Des Moines Plastic Surgery
2. Coachlight Clinic & Spa
3. Heartland Plastic Surgery

Food Dude

Thursday is National Burrito Day. April 12 is National Grilled Cheese day. Friday will see the opening of California chain Cinnaholic's first local store, in East Village by Raygun. $1 rolls will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Jim Duncan


Meet Sydney Angell

Enjoying first graders and STEM education

By TK West

“My mom was a teacher for a few years, so it runs in the family a little bit. Growing up, I always knew that teaching was something that I was interested in. I love working with kids and helping shape their little minds for the future,” Angell says.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Jackie Chan, Russell Crowe, Francis Ford Coppola, Tiki Barber, David Otunga, Tony Dorsett, Eric Wareheim, Pascal Dupuis

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

Poll of the Week

How much do you spend on gas each week?

$1 - $25
more than $100


Which complete decade produced the best music?

1950s - 4%
1960s- 32%
1970s- 37%
1980s- 17%
1990s- 8%
2000s- 1%
2010s- 1%

Morning Chuckle
Q. What do you call 14 days celebrating tree houses, couch cushion lean-tos, and cardboard box buildings?
A: A FORTNIGHT! Good job Lori Bluml, Gail Tomlinson. Also guessing: William Snyder. Rex Post sent an answer for Monday's riddle.


Q. What happened to the guy who was fired from his job as a furniture upholsterer?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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