We reported last week that Muscatine County State Representative, Tom Sands, was awarded the Legislature of the Year Award by the Iowa Bankers Association. Well, this week he’s being honored again. The Iowa Healthcare Association has given Representative Sands the 2013 Outstanding Service Award.


An upcoming Chili Taste-Off benefits the Columbus Junction United Fund. The Annual Chili Taste-Off is Friday, October 11th at the final Columbus Junction Farmer’s Market of the season and it begins the 2014 United Fund campaign. The Farmer’s Market is held and the Columbus Junction Senior Center, 125 East Walnut. Non-profit organizations are asked to bring a crock pot of chili for sampling plus information about their organization to hand out. The chili sampling begins at 4:30 PM and voting closes at 5:30 PM. A $2 donation to the United Fund provides unlimited sampling privileges and one vote for the Taster’s Choice Award. Donations will be split among participating organizations. The organization receiving the most votes for its chili will take home the Silver Ladle Traveling Trophy. For more information contact Malory Smith at 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 .


The Iowa Department of Transportation has developed proposed administrative rules to govern implementation and placement of automated traffic enforcement systems on the primary highway system. In other words, the traffic cameras. Paul Trombino, the Iowa DOT Director said automated traffic and enforcement systems need to be implemented in ways that enhance safety on the roadways. The rules will ensure placement does not cause unnecessary distractions or obstructions for motorists that could cause unsafe situations.


Wilton Public Library benefits from and upcoming fundraiser. It takes place Saturday, October 12th. That’s when Friends of the Wilton Public Library sponsor the annual Evening with Friends at the Wilton Community Center. The event, which is the group’s only big fundraiser, includes a soup supper, dessert bar and silent and live auctions. Doors open and serving begins at 5:30. The admission price includes all the soup and dessert you care to eat. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 10-14. Children ages 9 and under are free. The silent auction, which features 150-200 items including a private airplane ride, starts at the same time. Jeff Kauffman will serve as auctioneer for the live auction that gets underway at around 7. Always the highlight on the bidding is a painting donated by local artist, Twyla Whitmer, who paints under the name T Watson Bogaard. She chose the Wilton Elementary School as her subject this year. All of the money raised at the event goes to the Library for programming or purchasing materials. Last year, the Friends group purchased 12 public use computers which have been a popular addition to the library.


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