A Stockton city councilman has died. Sixty-four-year old Gary Holtz was in his second term. He died Saturday at a hospice in Bettendorf. A memorial gathering will be held from 4 to 7 on Thursday at  Stockton City Hall.


The results are in from the ninth annual salsa-making contest at the Columbus Junction Farmers Market.at its new location, the Louisa County Fairgrounds. Mallory Smith from the Columbus Junction Community Development Center provides the details.

First-time entrant Ana Ramirez won the fresh category. The annual salsa making contest is sponsored by the Columbus Junction Farmers Market. Shepard will share some of his salsa-making tips when he presents a cooking demonstration at 5 on September 13th at the farmers Market. For more information, contact the Columbus Junction Community Development Center at 319-728-7971 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Elly’s Tea and Coffee House has been designated a Blue Zones Restaurant in Muscatine. The Blue Zones Project’s Sara Fitzer-Huston says Elly’s serves as an example of how eating healthy can be easy – even when dining out. Elly’s Tea and Coffee House met the Blue Zones Restaurant criteria including offering healthier sides, smaller portion options and menu items that are low in sodium, calories and saturated fat but high in fiber and nutrient value. The restaurant also met the requirements by offering fresh fruit, promoting to-go boxes and removing salt shakers from the tables. A designation celebration is at 10 on Tuesday, August 27th at Elly’s. 


A classic car road trip that takes place Friday through Sunday starts in Davenport. It's called River to River and takes place along Historic Route 6 and passes through cities like Durant, Wilton, Atalissa and West Liberty. Anyone is welcome to participate in the road trip, and there are no fees other than travel costs. Contact David Darby at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


A Louisa County Hunter Education class will be offered from 6 to 9 on Thursday, August 22nd, at the American Legion Post 100 Hall  in Columbus Junction, and 8 to 4:30 Saturday, August 24th at Langwood Education Center. Students must attend both classes in order to become certified. The course includes classroom lessons as well as live fire and shooting demonstrations. There is no charge for this course thanks to donations. Pre-registration is required and enrollment is limited. Call the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 515-281-5918.


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