April 12, 2013

Two Dans — Dan Buettner and Dan Burden — were in Muscatine Thursday in connection with the Blue Zones project, which is based on principles Dan Buettner developed. It uses evidence-based methods to help people live longer by taking a systematic, environmental approach to well-being. It’s a centerpiece of Governor Terry Branstad’s Healthiest State Initiative, which hopes to make Iowa the nation’s healthiest state by 2016. Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Healthways announced in January that Muscatine would be a Blue Zones demonstration site. Dan Burden is an internationally recognized authority on livable and sustainable communities, healthy streets, traffic calming, and bicycle and pedestrian programs. Over the past 35 years, he’s helped more than 3,000 communities become more livable, walkable, and sustainable. We caught up with Dan Burden and Dan Buettner at Muscatine History and Industry Center after they had toured Muscatine by bus. We asked Burden, if he was designing a town, what he'd include for walkability.

An 18-year old senior driving to class at Davenport West High School was killed in a 6:30 Thursday morning accident at 4600 West Kimberly in Davenport. The young man’s name had not been released by police as of Thursday night. His eastbound car crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound ambulance transferring a patient to Waterloo. Two medics and the patient in the ambulance were not hurt. Police are still investigating the crash.

 

Vail Avenue will be closed until further notice at 200th Street due to a culvert issue. That's according to the Muscatine County Secondary Road Department. Access to 200th Street will be available from the south, Highway 22. Access to homes north of 200th will be from the north, New Era Road. This closure is expected to last one month depending upon weather conditions.

 

Governor Branstad will continue building Iowa’s long-term relationship with China President Xi Jinping by meeting with him Monday, strengthening ties to one of the state’s most important economic trading partners. Branstad first met with Xi in the governor’s formal office in 1985, when Xi was a local party leader traveling on an exchange program through the Iowa Sister States program.

 

Time is running out to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, better known as LIHEAP. The last day is Tuesday, April 30th. LIHEAP pays some of a the winter heating costs for low-income homeowners and renters. For details or to apply, contact Community Action of Eastern Iowa inside the Muscatine Mall.

 

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