Governor Terry Branstad is proud of the property tax reform bill that was passed last session and credits Representative Tom Sands, whose district touches the southern part of Muscatine County, for his hard work in getting the bill passed. Branstad made that comment yesterday when he and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds held a town hall meeting in Muscatine. About 75 residents attended. Mayor DeWayne Hopkins introduced the governor, and Branstad spoke for about 15 minutes. Reynolds then spoke, and as a team she and the governor answered questions from the crowd for about an hour. Regarding tax reform, Branstad says Iowans will start to experience lower private and commercial property taxes next year and the following year when the bill is implemented.
The field of candidates looking to take the Iowa House District 91 seat that Muscatine Republican Rep. Mark Lofgren is vacating to run for Congress is expanding. Democrat John Dabeet, who lost last year's election against incumbent Mark Lofgren, is running again. Dabeet is an economics and statistics professor and the business department chairman at Muscatine Community College. So far he is the only Democrat to announce. Three Republicans are running.
There may be a Muscatine Lions Club that meets at noon this fall. It's been proposed for those who cannot attend evening meetings. A meeting to determine if there's interest is being held on Thursday, September 19th.
It's at noon at The Missipi Brewing Co., 107 Iowa Avenue. If you plan to attend, you must RSVP by Wednesday, September 18th by calling 263-1439 or 263-5570.
Monsanto has presented the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine a $7,000 check to cover most of a new Youth Engaged in Service grant program. The Muscatine Journal reports that Dave Penn, Monsanto’s Muscatine plant manager, says the work the foundation has been doing has had a great impact. Judi Holdorf, the foundation’s executive director, says the program will walk youth through the process of developing ideas, competing for grant funding and winning enough money to pay for at least a portion of the work they want to do in service to others. Read more about this story in the Muscatine Journal or at muscatinejournal.com.
A mobile clinic visits West Liberty from 9 to 3 on Saturday. It will be at West Liberty Middle School. This will serve as a "Back to School" Clinic and will offer athletic physicals, back to school physicals, dental screenings and fluoride varnish application, as well as their normal clinic services. Parents will need to either accompany their minor children or send them with signed consent forms. Separate forms are required for the medical/physical examination and the dental examination. The forms are available from the school. They will also be available at the clinic.
The Atalissa Betterment Committee has limited grant funds available for families affected by the latest flood in the Atalissa and West Liberty areas of Muscatine County. The group wants to set up meetings with those people to discuss what is needed. There is enough funding to assist 10 families. For information, phone 563-260-1638.
A free two-hour, six-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care is planned. It’s called Cancer Transitions. Expert panelists include an oncology nurse navigator, a registered dietitian and a certified cancer exercise specialist. Sponsored by Gilda's Club Quad-Cities and Unity Point Health-Trinity, the weekly sessions will include exercises tailored to each participant’s abilities, tips for nutritious eating and group discussion. The first session is from 1 to 3 on Thursday, September 12th. It takes place at the Muscatine Community Y. For more information or to register, phone Erin at (877) 926-7054.