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Friday, Nov. 18, 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 or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“Shane, I loved the piece about aprons (History of aprons, Nov. 9, 2022)! We have a local lady who travels giving presentations on things of the past — aprons, outhouses, etc. to clubs, nursing homes, wherever. Took me a bit, but I finally got her email and forwarded that article to her. I am sure she will enjoy reading this. Thanks for your daily email that is always interesting and/or thought-provoking.” - Diane

Outhouses? Now there’s a future column idea I should sit down and think about! – Shane

“Good morning, Shane. I read your column (Jammin’ Me, Oct. 20, 2022). I liked it and wanted to comment on what I would appreciate, too. I am not sure how many years ago cigarette commercials were taken off the air. Many issues were cited being underage smoking, cancer, addiction and probably more. So I suggest that any alcohol-related commercials be taken off the air and replace them with the explanation of how many people die and kill others from alcohol-related car accidents, addiction, broken families, etc.” - Sarah

Very good points, but you’re jammin’ me. – Shane

“Hi, Shane. Nice column today on Christmas decorations (Putting up the tree, Nov. 16, 2022). It seems the older we get, the earlier the decorations come out of storage. At least in our house. It makes me think of the time I dropped by to see neighbors a few years ago. This was in April. Christmas decorations, including the tree, filled the living room. I asked them the obvious question, and the elderly lady had a great answer. ‘I leave them up because I think they're pretty and I like looking at them. Why keep them in boxes 11 months out of the year?’ Why, indeed?” - John

How true. I love it. Thanks for the note, John, and Merry Christmas a bit early. – Shane

“Shane, a while back, I stumbled across an issue of your Waukee Living magazine. I had requested copies to send to my siblings and promptly received them in the mail from you a few days later. I appreciate what you and Big Green Umbrella are providing. It is beneficial to me as I am out of town and make fewer returns to Waukee. Thanks again for the great work in keeping us connected and up to date.” - Joe

All of us at BGUM are glad you enjoy what we do, and I appreciate your taking the time to say so. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Expect breezy conditions today through Sunday with flurries possible today and Saturday. Temperatures begin to warm Sunday, and milder air will stay with us next week.

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

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FROM KCCI: Convicted killer chokes girlfriend months after his release from prison

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A central Iowa man has been arrested again, this time for strangling his girlfriend. Ricky St. John was booked into the Polk County Jail Wednesday night for domestic abuse assault. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Investigators find cause of fire that killed 4 kids in Mason City

MASON CITY, IOWA — An early Wednesday morning house fire that killed four children and injured two more people in Mason City originated in a electrical power strip on the main floor of the home. John Michael Mcluer, 12; Odin Thor Mcluer, 10; Drako Mcluer, 6; and Phenix Mcluer, 3, were killed in the fire. John Michael Mcluer, 55, and Ravan Dawn Mcluer, 11, survived the fire but suffered burn wounds. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Check this out: Largest Costco in the Midwest opens in Ankeny

As part of the Spectrum 36 development, the new store is located at 4000 NE Spectrum Drive just off the I-35 exit at NE 36th St. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5



Best Of Des Moines 2023


Watch for the results in the February issue of CITYVIEW.


Meet Gage Harden

Teaching special education at the middle school.

By T.K. West

Originally from Missouri, Gage Harden moved to Iowa with his wife, an Adel-DeSoto-Minburn alumni. When he first relocated to the state in 2013, he took a job as an associate working with special needs students at Adel Elementary School. He then completed his education degree and returned to the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Community School District to teach special education.

“ADM has amazing staff members. From the administrative team to the teachers and associates, the staff truly cares about each kid and each other. ADM is who they are because of a team that collaborates well together and brings learning to all,” Harden says.

As a middle school special education teacher, Harden says his students are beginning to find out who they are as a person but are still so eager to work in a classroom. He also says that it is fun to begin developing lasting relationships with his students as well as help them discover who they are and what they wish to do with their lives.

... Read More In the November issue of Adel  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Ashlee Herman

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Owen Wilson, Kirk Hammett, Megyn Kelly, Nathan Kress, Mike Epps, Linda Evans, Elizabeth Perkins, Nasim Pedrad, Fabolous, Nick Bateman

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
WHY DID I START DOWNHILL SKIING? UPHILL SKIING WAS TOO DIFFICULT! Jayde Vogeler, Mike Chiston, Jim Becker, Patty Miller, George Cockayne, Gail Tomlinson, Irving Stone
Today's Riddle

Why don’t pirates take a bath before they walk the plank? 

RVIGN STONE?:Why did I take up downhill skiing?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
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