Heads in Oskaloosa are turning and in a good way. The Oskaloosa High school football team hasn't seen much success in the past few years, but this year they are letting everyone know that Osky is back and it means business on the football field.
Recently the Oskaloosa Housing Trust Fund Committee met with city staff and councilman Joe Caligiuri to discuss possibly funding a new housing needs assessment. The last time Oskaloosa conducted a housing market analysis was in 2012 when graduate students from the University of Iowa led the project.
William Penn recently held its annual fall convocation at the George Daily Auditorium last week. The institution invited Penn alum Dr. Irving C. Jones as this year's guest speaker. The 1975 graduate has spent the last 34 years as an instructor in the public education system.
A local organization is bringing awareness and support to the L.G.B.T.Q community. PFLAG Oskaloosa is a group of Osky residents committed to advancing equality for people of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community through support, education, and advocacy. The organization was established about a year ago in July and is now holding its first community forum next week.
This weekend the Mahaska Conservation Center is hosting its 13th annual Youth Outdoor Day. The event set for this Saturday, September 24th at Russell Wildlife Area aims to connect kids with the great outdoors.
Sticking with housing in Osky, the Oskaloosa Downtown Development Group recently received an extension by the city to finish rehabbing the old Swim's Building. Also known as the McMillen Building. Now, the ODD group has some additional dollars to help complete a portion of the project and more, thanks to a grant from the Oskaloosa Housing Trust Fund Committee.