City elections wouldn't be possible without the help of dozens of poling place volunteers. These workers check you in--answer any questions you might have about the ballot and then bring the votes back to the auditors office. County Auditor Kay Swanson says most of her election day volunteers are typically older residents between 65 and 85 years old but as CRI's Maureen McKamey explains anyone can help Oskaloosa vote.
Some Iowa hospitals have come under fire recently for saving millions on taxes with their non-profit status, while donating little free care to those in need. Mahaska Health Partnership is a non-profit hospital, but it's owned by the county and partially funded by taxpayer dollars. So proposed standards wouldn't apply to MHP, but we still wanted to find out how Mahaska Health Partnership stacks up in providing for the community’s poorest families. CRI’s Amy Langdon has more.
Wednesday's snowfall is a sure sign that winter weather is here. Local firefighters and home heating professionals say residents should consider furnace safety when cranking up the heat. CRI's Molly Agnes has more.
The following is a press release from the City of Oskaloosa:
The Oskaloosa Area Chamber, the Oskaloosa Police Department and City Officials want everyone to be safe and enjoy this year’s 24th annual Lighted Christmas Parade.
If you plan to attend this year’s parade, please be prepared for a couple of changes from years past. First, due to safety concerns the Chamber and the City will be implementing a strict policy of not allowing the public to get too close to the floats along the parade route, especially on High Avenue from 3rd Street up to Market Street. As a precaution, event officials will ban all parking on High Ave after 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday Dec. 1st, and 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday Dec. 2nd. The standing area on High Avenue will be roped off this year in an effort to maintain a safe and larger operating area for the floats along the parade route. We are asking that all patrons of the parade observe the safety precautions.
The following is a press release from William Penn University
The William Penn University Fine Arts Department will present the musical, “Godspell” on November 10, 11, 12, at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the McGrew Fine Arts Center on the William Penn campus. Originally produced in 1972, the show is now in revival on Broadway, a tribute to the timeless stories from the Bible and captivating music by Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz, also composer of music for the hit musical, “Wicked”, wrote the music for “Godspell” at the young age of 23. Popular songs from “Godspell” include “Day by Day,” “Save the People” and “All Good Gifts."
Playing the role of Jesus is Kelly Howerton of Edina, Missouri with Chris Meinert of Oskaloosa, Iowa in the role of John the Baptist/Judas. Other cast members include: Kilie Anderson, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Kaitie Graves, Bloomfield, Iowa; Jason Madrid, Ottumwa, Iowa; Emily Basili, Glenwood, Iowa; Aaron Frederick, Pella, Iowa; Nikki Wilson, Bloomfield, Iowa; Courtney Kleinschmidt, Washington, Iowa; and Ryan Poe, Wapello, Iowa.
The following is a press release from William Penn University:
TheWilliam Penn University Singers and Jazz Ensemble will present a Fall Concert, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15 and 16, at the McGrew Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. The program includes music styles ranging from Big Band Swing to Funk.
Directed by Anita Meinert, the chorale ensemble will perform “Hold Steady with the Gate”, “Search me, O God”, “Gaudete”, “Et In Terra Pax” and an arrangement of the Leroy Anderson classic, “Bugler’s Holiday”.
Jazz Ensemble selections include “Muddy Road”, “Superstition”, “Northern Encounter”, “My Buddy”, “Blues Dance”, and “Till This Day”. Junior vocalist Chris Meinert of Oskaloosa will join the band on the Frank Sinatra hit, “Day In, Day Out”. Scott Cressley, Director of Instrumental Music, comments, “We are performing a exciting variety of music that I am sure the audience will enjoy”.
The following is a press release from the Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group:
Last call is nearing for Main Street Oskaloosa’s Lighted Christmas Parade--“Silver Bells” entries. Your entry forms must be in to the Main Street office of the Oskaloosa Area Chamber no later than Monday, November 14, to be properly staked in the line up. Entries received after November 14 will be placed at the end of the parade and may not be included in the announcer’s narrative if received too late.
The date for the parade is Thursday and Friday, December 1 & 2. The parade will include entries from all over Mahaska County and the surrounding counties. If you need an entry form, call 641-672-2591 or FAX your entries to 641-672-2047. We’re looking forward to a fantastic parade and cannot do it without you. For a brochure explaining all the related activities go to www.oskaloosachamber.org, or the Main Street office would be happy to mail one.
Friday in Oskaloosa marked the 1st Annual Ten Pin Turkey Roll. Community members and businesses showed their support for Oskaloosans with special needs at this bowling event hosted by Imagine the Possibilities and Christian Opportunity Center. Check out the video below for more info on the event.
As construction on the skatepark at Penn Central Mall continues, business owners in and near the mall are talking about the impact the attraction will have on their stores and restaurants. CRI's Maureen McKamey talked with local business owners to find out whether they think the skatepark will help or hurt business.