It's not quite fall yet, but fall fruits and vegetables are becoming bountiful, with Pumpkin Spice and cinnamon scents and flavor dominating the store shelves. General Mills has even dared to develop a new Pumpkin Spice Cheerios. Either you love it, or hate it.
Locally, apple orchards, such as Allen's (Marion) and Wilson's (Iowa City) have opened their gates for those who enjoy picking their own apples, while Bloomsbury Farms (Atkins) is gearing up for their fall activities, as well.
Apples are probably the most versatile fruit there is. You can use it in salads, chopped it into applesauce, use it in main dishes, in desserts and drinks, or eat it "as-is." It is good for you, too. You have probably heard the old cliche, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." According to Wikipedia, the saying was first recorded in the 1860s and originated in Wales. The original wording of the saying was "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread." The current phrasing, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", started being used regularly at the end of the 19th Century.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. "The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease."
It can also help prevent dementia and strokes, as well as reduces risk of diabetes and other maladies.
The apple tree originated in Central Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today. Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe and were brought to North America by European colonists. New research shows that the apple tree has been on earth about as long as humans, but the early apples were more like crabapples--small and sour.
Angie Luna posted the image below on Facebook, which shows some of the different kinds of apples, as well as how sweet or tart they are. A good rule of thumb for baking is "the tarter the apple, the better," but it all has to do with preference. (Some flavors tend to bake out.)
As a baker, I have tried several Apple Crisp recipes, but the one I like most is made with honey, instead of granulated sugar. If you are adventureous, you can even substitue the brown sugar for Stevia, or a brown sugar blend, for a dessert that is lower in calories.
Amazing Apple Crisp
City of Hiawatha photo shows the detour vehicles will use while lights are being installed.
The City of Hiawatha will be installing Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon crosswalk lights on Boyson Rd at 1770 Boyson Rd. As part of the installation Boyson Rd will be closed to through traffic between Martha’s Way and N. 18th Ave from 9 am to 3 pm. The detour route will be Martha’s Way to Progress Dr to N. 18th Ave. Access to all businesses in this area will remain open.
Project Location: 1770 Boyson Rd.
Project Start Date: August 26, 2019
Project End Date: August 30, 2019
If you have any questions contact Hiawatha Public Works Department at 319-393-6601.
Linn County Coalition for Safe & Healthy Communities is a collaborative group of community members and organizations working together to bring substance abuse prevention efforts to light.
The coalition is made up of members of sub-committees working on the specific topics of Tobacco Prevention, Underage Drinking Prevention, Binge Drinking Prevention, Prescription Drug Prevention, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Prevention, and Marijuana Prevention.
These sub-committees visit schools and organizations to educate the public and raise awareness about the effect drugs, alcohol, and tobacco have on the entire community, as well as offer resources and ideas about how to live a better quality of life.
The coalition meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 9:30 am at Ladd Library on Williams Blvd. SW. Members of the community, as well as business leaders, are encouraged to attend.
If you would like more information about how to join the coalition, or if you would like a representative to speak to your group or organization, contact Jeff Meyers, ASAC Certified Prevention Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-390-4611 ext. 188.
The Friends of the Hiawatha Library are a group of people who meet monthly to brainstorm about how to raise funds for the the library's excellent children and adult programming. Many of the programs can be attended free of charge because of the group's fundraising efforts.
Fundraisers include tickets to the Play Station for $5 each. (That's a savings of $3 for each child!) The tickets can be used at any time.
Hy-Vee coupon booklets can also be purchased for $10 each. The book contains valuable, money-saving coupons. You can pay for the price of the booklet in your first shopping trip!
The tickets and coupon books are available at the library, 150 W. Willman Street.
Books, CDs, and DVDs can be purchased at the book sale room inside the library. Items are sold for a fraction of what they cost on Amazon, and all proceeds go to the friends of the Library to help offset the cost of the programming at the library.
A Book Sale event, hosted by the "Friends," is scheduled for Aug. 22-24 in the Glenn Schminke Room of the Hiawatha Library.
Iowa summers are known for the high humidity, and when mixed with temperatures in the 90s, it can cause problems for those who enjoy outdoor activities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), summer is a time to schedule outdoor activities carefully. Limit your activities to when it’s the coolest, such as morning and evening hours. You should also rest often in shady areas, so that your body has a chance to recover from the heat. Pace yourself and cut down on exercise during the heat.
Be sure to drink plenty of water, regardless of how active you are. And don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Be sure to keep your pets hydrated, too.
Be sure to wear sunscreen. (Look for sunscreens that say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels. According to the CDC, these products work best.) Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.
It’s common sense, but do not leave children or pets in the car. Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver. When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.
Avoid hot and heavy meals during periods of high heat and humidity, too. They add heat to your body. Summer is a good time to take advantage of the plentiful fresh fruits and vegetables you can find at local farmers markets. However, be sure to eat something before you venture out for outdoor activities.
The uncomfortable temperatures can be a bit overwhelming for everyone. However, it’s good to remember that the heat and humidity won’t last forever. Just think; in six short months we will be experiencing cold, snow, and ice, so try to enjoy the heat while you can!
It's springtime in Iowa, which means the conditions are favorable for any kind of weather, no matter how bizarre. It's also a good time to revisit some of the things we, as Iowans, learned growing up, as well as educate those who may not be used to Iowa's extreme weather.
A storm, flood, or tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in thunderstorms. While no immediate action is required, you should be aware that a storm could develop and be prepared to seek shelter if necessary.
A warning means that a storm or tornado has been sighted on the weather Doppler radar and you should take shelter now.
According to the National Weather Service, a severe storm refers to hail greater than or equal to 1" in diameter and/or wind gusts that meet or exceed 58 mph. Although these storms can also be associated with dangerous cloud to ground lightning or heavy rainfall that is capable of causing flash flooding.
A tornado warning is something to be taken very seriously. Many people are killed each year because they are not aware that a storm is developing and are caught without proper shelter.
What you should do if a tornado warning has been issued or a tornado is sighted:
If you are in a house:
Representatives from MSA, a planning and development company from Ankeny, met with Hiawatha residents April 1 to talk about a new park in Hiawatha.
Shawn O'Shea, manger for the project, said the park will be located off of Fitzroy Road, north of Hiawatha, and west of Interstate 380, on this side of County Home Road. Though the park is not yet named, the development company is calling it, "Taylor Park," after the family, who sold the land to Hiawatha.
Residents were asked to list their ideas for the park on boards provided by the company, which included a recreation center, a swimming pool, a bike park, and trails that connect to the other parks in Hiawatha, as well as the Cedar Valley trail system. Other ideas included a skating rink and pickle ball courts.
O'Shea presented a power-point depicting the time-line for the project, which could take several years to design, and even more to complete.
Parks & Recreation director, Kelly Willadsen, reporting on the progress of the dog park, said because of the bad weather, water, and other issues, the construction may take longer than they thought. However, she said she would share more information as it becomes available.
The public is invited to participate in the Mary’s Meal’s 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, May 11, at 9 am, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1350 Lyndhurst Drive in Hiawatha, to help raise funds for Mary's Meals.
Mary’s Meals is a nonprofit that raises funds to provide students in 18 developing countries with school lunches. For less than $20, one student can eat a nutritious school lunch for an entire school year.
According to race coordinator, Chelsea Schultz, not only do the funds allow a young person to eat a nutritious meal, it also gives them the opportunity to learn, too.
“Most families in these countries are so poor they have a difficult time feeding their children. With the help of Mary’s Meals, they can send their children to school to learn, and to eat.”
Mary's Meals buys most of the crops in the community where they are feeding children, which in turn helps their economy, according to Schultz. Many of the workers who grow the crops and prepare the meals are members of the communities, as well.
Schultz, along with her sister Annie Meyer, and a neighbor, Angie Hadley, organized the run last year. It was such a success they wanted to make it an annual event. Schultz said she got the idea when she heard Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, speak at an event three years ago.
“I was inspired by his passion for the children,” she said. “For Lent that year, I decided to donate $20 to Mary’s Meal so a student could eat for a year. I told my friends and family about it, and they wanted to donate, too. That’s when I got the idea for a 5K.”
For more information on Mary’s Meals, visit marysmealsusa.org or the event’s Facebook page.