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Friday, Aug. 26, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag, where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter. They are edited for space and clarity.

“Shane, thank you for your article on Big Tech (Leery, Aug. 15, 2022). I agree with you, and I am very skeptical of Big Tech’s motives. They want money, control and power over individuals and society. Great article.” - Moe

Unfortunately, Big Tech is continuing to get all of those things — at least for now. - Shane

“In response to your something new column (First time, Aug. 16, 2022), I suffered through COVID and, thankfully, was vaxed and boosted to mitigate the duration of whatever strain. … I reunited with a longtime hometown buddy following my class reunion, which I was unable to attend due to COVID. … I tried a new adult beverage that wasn't a beer or a liquor. Not saying I enjoyed it. … I borrowed a lawn garden tool from a neighbor instead of just going out and buying one. … I didn't call a Lyft, Uber, cab or super shuttle to take my wife to the airport for a 4 a.m. flight this week. On second thought, that may have not been one of my better ideas.” - Rex

Whew. I am tired reading the new things you have done. Can I borrow your chainsaw? - Shane

“I thoroughly enjoyed your column this morning, regarding the high school sports scrapbook (Scrapbook journalism, Aug. 22, 2022). As a small town newspaper editor/reporter/photographer, I agree wholeheartedly with the need to cover local high school sports, and we strive to do so as much as possible. With that in mind, I wondered if I might reprint your column in our paper next week, as a reminder to our readers of the issues involved.” - Carol from Minnesota

Reprint as you see fit. Thanks, Carol, and keep up the good work! - Shane

“Our weekly hometown (Danbury) newspaper has good sports coverage, and that is probably one reason it still is in business in a town of 400 (Scrapbook journalism, Aug. 22, 2022). Yes, I said 400, not 4,000. Parents have pride in their children’s accomplishments and love to see their child’s picture in the paper or the number of points their child scored in a game.” - George

Sounds like those folks could teach a thing or two to those in charge at the corporate-owned newspapers. Keep subscribing! - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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


Iowa Cubs Aug. 25: Iowa Cubs 2 St. Paul 1

MLB Aug. 25: Cardinals 8 Cub 3, Orioles 4 White Sox 3, Astros 6 Twins 3 ... READ MORE


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Temperatures in the 80s continue. We’ll see on-and-off rain chances in the Des Moines metro area starting Saturday afternoon and lasting into Monday.

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

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These three little kittens are in the foster care program with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. The goal of the ARL's foster programs is to provide a home environment for pets who need special attention or a break from the shelter. From L to R , Gracie, Jake and Shadow. If you are interested in becoming a foster care provider or adopting a pet, please contact ARL of Iowa at 515-262-9503 or visit www.arl-iowa.org. Photo by Paul Houston, West Des Moines

Send your Fair photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


FROM KCCI: Some central Iowa food pantries say demand has doubled in recent months

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Across Iowa, food pantries have seen demand skyrocket because of inflation. In some Des Moines suburbs, like Johnston, the need has more than doubled. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Auditor: Iowa football coach used $16K in activity funds improperly

EMMETSBURG, Iowa — A special investigation by the Office of Auditor of State in Iowa has revealed more than $16,000 in improper and unsupported disbursements in student activity funds by a north Iowa high school football coach.. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Weekly COVID update: IDPH reports 4,802 additional cases and 25 more deaths

While the state's dashboard was decommissioned with the expiration of Gov. Reynolds' disaster proclamation, IDPH continues to report cases and deaths weekly. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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 Dive Bar
1. Toads Tavern
2. Carl’s Place
3. Mannings


Meet Megan Hamilton

Teaching summer school and junior high science

By Jackie Wilson

While some teachers take the summers off, Megan Hamilton remained in the classroom for a four-week session.

This summer, she taught sixth-grade remedial reading.

“The incoming junior high graders need some extra support for reading, writing and language. This session really works well to track growth and expand their skills,” she says.
Megan begins her fourth year this fall as an eighth-grade science teacher at Indian Hills Junior High School. Initially, she resisted the teaching field, as her family was in the profession.

.. Read More In the August issue of Jordan Creek Living.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday tomorrow Ellie Schwetz!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Dylan O'Brien, Chris Pine, Melissa McCarthy, James Harden, Macaulay Culkin, John Mulaney, Amanda Schull, Evan Ross, Mike Colter, David Price

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call the wife of a hippie?
MRS. HIPPIE (MISSISSIPPI)!Way to go Beckham Miller, John Zeitler, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson, Rich Hoidahl, Scott Gonzales

Today's Riddle

What do you do with old German cars?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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