Iowan of the Day
Iowa State Fair
Nomination Deadline - Postmarked by July 1st, 2021
Each year the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products collaborate to honor 10 outstanding Iowans. We look for citizens across the state with a strong work ethic, active involvement in their community, and drive to improve the great state of Iowa. Since 1997, Iowans have been recognized at the Iowa State Fair and your help is needed to continue this tradition!
Wouldn’t it be rewarding to recognize one of your community’s dedicated citizens with a fun-filled Iowa State Fair package?
Iowan of the Day winners receive:
Additional nomination forms are available at www.BlueRibbonFoundation.org/IOTD!
All Iowan of the Day nominations must be postmarked by July 1st, 2021.
Revisiting Fairfield Go Green Plan
Sierra Club of Southeast Iowa
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
12pm via Zoom
Join the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce for a Lunch and Learn Series session over the lunch hour on Tuesday, June 22nd at 12pm. This Lunch and Learn will feature the Sierra Club of Southeast Iowa. Please welcome Ken Ross and Mark Dwyer of the Sierra Club of Southeast Iowa as they discuss the Fairfield Go Green Plan.
This Lunch and Learn Series will be held online via Zoom. Please see Zoom details below.
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Meeting ID: 846 0003 9748
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For more information about the Sierra Club of Southeast Iowa, please visit:
"The Doctor said I wasn't having a Heart Attack - I was Suffering from a Broken Heart"
WHAT IS CORTISOL?
Think of cortisol as nature’s built-in alarm system. It’s your body’s main stress hormone. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear.
Your adrenal glands -- triangle-shaped organs at the top of your kidneys -- make cortisol.
It’s best known for helping fuel your body’s “fight-or-flight” instinct in a crisis, but cortisol plays an important role in a number of things your body does.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
CORTISOL'S CONNECTION TO TRAUMA
Too much cortisol symptoms include:
Learn more about Cortisol and Trauma - click here
FREE GIFT! INCLUDES NEW IMAGES AND REVIEWS
Business After Hours
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Join us for Business After Hours at Habitat for Humanity ReStore! The ReStore is excited to host a live, in-person Business After Hours for attendees to enjoy. Come learn about the ReStore and how crucial it is to the success of the Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity! Savor a glass of wine and excellent appetizers from Sweet 'n Saucy and come learn what the ReStore is about; feel free to roam the store, spread the word about it and consider donations to it. We hope to see you there!
Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 1903 Hwy 34 Business in Fairfield.
The Chamber Business After Hours is a free, monthly networking event open to Chamber Members, their guests and the general public. If you are interested in hosting a Business After Hours, please contact the Chamber at 641-472-2111 or by email at Info@FairfieldIowa.com.
Free Fishing Weekend
June 4th - 6th
Lots of people caught the excitement of fishing last summer. It's easy to join the fun!
Free fishing weekend (June 4-6) is a great time to learn how to fish, take your family fishing, or introduce a friend to fishing. Outdoor fun awaits at hundreds of Iowa lakes, thousands of miles of rivers or a neighborhood pond.
Here's a few tips for a fantastic fishing weekend.
FAA Art Installation "2020 in 2021 - A Better View" Opens Downtown
The Fairfield Art Association announces the annual summer downtown art installation is opening for public viewing on Friday June 4th, coinciding with a First Friday event downtown. Eighteen art works consisting of "Eye Glasses" representing a "Better View in 2021" will be on display outdoors in the garden nodes around the Fairfield Square and up Main Street to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
Area artists were invited to participate in 2020, but the exhibit was put on hold until this year, with a twist on the theme. Artists were enthusiastic about the project and there are more entries this year than usual. FAA is seeing works in mosaic stained glass, painting, fun assemblages of materials from old tools, yard items to clever items representing each state in the USA and more. "It is always amazing to see how creative the art works are as they come in. FAA provided the large wooden eyeglasses in four shapes - cat eye, octagon, round and rectangle, along with some guidelines and said 'Get Creative'. The art works will be offered for sale in a silent auction beginning in August going through the September First Friday, when the exhibit ends" says Suzan Kessel Volunteer Director.
Artists participating include: Mike Pech, Rolf Erickson, Kathy Tollenaere, Josie Hannes, Collen Matson, Curt Swarm, Cindy Ballou, Wendy Stegall, Brett & Bonnie Hendericks, Axis Vision, FACC - Mendy & Lindsay, Pamela Landers, Freya Gilrain, JoAnn Katz, Meghann Kurth, Jewell McDonald and Suzan Kessel.
Art Work by Mike Pech
Traveling Across the USA
7th Annual JCTC Scavenger Hunt
Jefferson County Trails Council
Put on your detective caps and come out to the Jefferson County Trails system for the 2021 Jefferson County Trails Council Scavenger Hunt. The Jefferson County Trails system will play host to this all-ages event from May 29 to July 2, 2021.
Participants will collect clues at 10 locations along the trail to be entered in a drawing for prizes including: The Ride: Bike Sales and Service bicycle light kit and tee-shirt, Cider House 1949 gift certificate, and the At Home Store gift certificate. Drawings for prizes will take place via Facebook Live the evening of July 2 during Fairfield First Fridays (or live during the event depending on current virus status).
This year marks the 7th Annual Scavenger Hunt on the Jefferson County Trails system. This year’s theme is “history”. Clues include a nod to years gone by, with the intent of spurring participant’s curiosity. This event is a great way to get out and see all the trails Fairfield and Jefferson County have to offer.
This year’s hunt returns to the traditional format with orange punches hidden in various locations around the Fairfield trail and park system. The Jefferson County Trails Council asks participants to maintain social distancing recommendations when hunting.
Participants can pick up scavenger hunt punch cards at The Ride: Bike Sales and Service (123 North Court Street), trailhead kiosks, Fairfield Recreation Center, and MUM Recreation Center. Completed punch cards should be returned to The Ride: Bike Sales and Service or mailed to the Jefferson County Trails Council (P.O. Box 2375 Fairfield, IA 52556).
For more information visit our website: http://www.jeffersoncountytrails.org
Stephen Pedrick, Chairman, Jefferson County Trails Council
Temp Associates Celebrated 35th Anniversary
Temp Associates and West Briggs Business Suites held a Business After Hours event on Thursday, May 20th, to celebrate Temp Associates' 35th anniversary. Many attended on Thursday for a Ball Park themed Business After Hours where hot dogs, chips, peanuts and cold beer were enjoyed! Attendees of the event had a chance to win a set of locally made cornhole boards by entering a Cornhole Bag Toss Competition. To learn more about Temp Associates' history, please read the article below.
The Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR) brings strength to Iowa's rich heritage. Our three divisions - Community Action Agencies, Community Advocacy and Services, and Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning - work to reduce cultural, social, and economic barriers to opportunities for Iowans to succeed.
Here are some resources and upcoming events/ways to celebrate and learn about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:
Older Americans Month: Communities of Strength
The Administration for Community Living leads the celebration of Older Americans Month in the month of May. This year’s theme is Communities of Strength, recognizing the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and engagement that build strong, resilient communities.
When people of different ages, backgrounds, abilities, and talents
share experiences—through action, story, or service—we help build strong communities.
In the fall of 2020, the Iowa Department of Human Rights collaborated with the Iowa Attorney General's Office and other partners to participate in webinars that addressed aging in the communities of Latinos, Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, African Americans, and persons with disabilities.
"When Ageism Meets the Other Isms: Recognizing and Respecting the Diversity of Older People" is a five-part webinar series presented by the Iowa Law and Services Team (ILAST) — Iowa’s Abuse in Later Life and the Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Team. View the playlist.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sessions
Getting information about the COVID-19 vaccine is an important step towards ending the pandemic. In April 2021, the Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa State University Extension, and the University of Iowa conducted a series of three COVID-19 vaccine information sessions. Iowans had opportunities to ask medical experts questions about vaccine testing, safety, side effects,.
You can view the recorded sessions in English, Spanish, French and Arabic translations here: https://www.iowacovidinfo.org/recordings.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Children and Teens
Children 12 years of age and older are now able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.
The CDC recommends getting a COVID-19 vaccine for your child and offers tips on how to prepare for the child's vaccination visit.
Multilingual COVID-19 resources, including Pfizer fact sheets, are available on the FDA's website.
Find a vaccine provider and more resources at vaccinate.iowa.gov.
Pandemic Relief for Iowa Foster Youth and Alumni
The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that they are allocating over $5 million in new funding to benefit current and former foster care youth adversely affected by COVID-19. Pandemic Relief for Iowa Foster Youth and Alumni is made possible as part of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) to create a pandemic response benefiting youth in and aging out of foster care and entering adulthood.
DHS will deliver Pandemic Relief for Iowa Foster Youth and Alumni primarily through contracted service providers, including YSS, which oversees the statewide Iowa Aftercare Services Network and Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP), the Iowa foster care youth council.
DHS is also directing case managers for children in foster care to ensure that older youth have the opportunity to remain in care through the end of the pandemic, or return to care if they aged out recently, in the event they do not have a safe alternative to foster care.
Major components of the Pandemic Relief for Iowa Foster Youth and Alumni include:
Additional information regarding these and other features of Pandemic Relief for Iowa Foster Youth and Alumni, including application information, is available on the Iowa Aftercare pandemic relief webpage: https://iowaaftercare.org/pandemic-relief
Iowa to end participation in federal unemployment benefit programs
Governor Kim Reynolds announced new measures to address the State of Iowa’s severe workforce shortage.
Effective June 12, 2021, the State of Iowa will end its participation in federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs, citing a strong labor market and recovering economy. Iowa will continue to provide regular state unemployment insurance benefits to those eligible under the applicable state code.
The week ending June 12, 2021, will be the last week that the following federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit programs are available in Iowa:
Additionally, effective June 13, 2021, Iowa will no longer waive employer charges for COVID-related unemployment insurance claims.
Iowans can search for new jobs, including teleworking opportunities at https://www.iowaworks.gov/vosnet/.
Impacted unemployment insurance claimants will receive official notification from Iowa Workforce Development with more information about how these changes affect them individually. Iowa Workforce Development will also continue to update its webpage with relevant information and assistance: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/. Due to current call volumes, customers are encouraged to call Iowa Workforce Development only if they need assistance filing their claims. Additional customer questions can be answered by emailing UIClaimsHelp@Iwd.iowa.gov.
Multilingual Resources for Stimulus Checks and Tax Credit
Reminder: May 17, 2021, is the deadline to file federal individual income tax returns.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Get It Back Campaign has released a marketing toolkit to equip community-based organizations, advocates, and agencies with the tools you need to raise awareness of stimulus payment eligibility and direct eligible taxpayers to services to help families with immigrants receive vital financial assistance.
Marketing Toolkit for Immigrant Outreach – Download this toolkit which includes a media guide, graphics, flyers, and more. Materials are translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
COVID-19 Language Resources
American Sign Language Videos-CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Resources for Limited English Proficient Populations
Congolese Health Partnership Videos
Coronavirus, State Website
Crescent Community Health Center-Marshallese Language
EMBARC Ethnic Minorities of Burma and Advocacy and Resource Center
Hawaii Office of Language Access-Youtube
Iowa Department of Human Rights-Language Access
Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowa Spanish Helpline 515-344-3936
Multi-Lingual Hotline 1-877-558-2609
Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa
Test Iowa-Free COVID-19 Testing (Spanish available)
Pilot Grove Savings Bank Celebrates 110 Years of Trust, Loyalty & Commitment to the Region
Pilot Grove, IA — Pilot Grove Savings Bank was established on May 12, 1911 when 23 investors pooled $10,000 to meet the banking needs of the local community, paying $4 per month to rent a 20x30 foot building. Since that day, the Bank has continued to grow and prosper, serving customers in Southeast Iowa and the tri-state area as well as many other locations across the country. With customer loyalty on its side, Pilot Grove Savings Bank has prospered throughout the years despite the depression during the 1930's, countless recessions, and rapidly fluctuating farm economies. Now, with 14 offices, more than 100 employees, over $760 million in assets and some of the most technologically advanced banking systems available, Pilot Grove Savings Bank’s main goal remains as it was in 1911 – to serve the customer well.
Photographed is a glimpse of Pilot Grove Savings Bank’s original building taken by Al Stuekerjuergen on April 12, 1916. Also included is a drone shot that captures the home office as it looks today.