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Monday, February 9 – Washington County News

Posted: Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 5:12 am

Smoking Ban
Last year state lawmakers passed a ban on smoking in public places, but that might be adjusted. State Representative Larry Marek from Riverside says the ban applied to places such as restaurants and bars. House File 211 would allow for these places to designate an opened air section such as a patio for smoking. He stresses it would not change things inside. Marek says many have signed on to House File 211.

County Roads
County roads and the future of those roads will be the focus of a work session tonight. County Engineer David Patterson says this is an opportunity to talk about the condition of county roads. He says the hope is to discuss solutions for addressing problems such as funding to keep them in good condition to dealing with higher traffic among other things. The work session will be at 7 tonight at the Washington County Fair Building.

Mid Prairie School Board
The Mid prairie School board will be meeting on Thursday, February 12th. Superintendent Mark Schneider says they will be discussing the Special Education Program plan and report and the Gifted & Talented Program. Schneider says at the meeting the board will be going over the 2009-10 School Calendar. He says the board will be focusing on finance by looking at possible summer infrastructure projects

Sweetheart Supper
The Washington Community Y is putting on their annual Sweetheart Supper on Friday. The evening will include entertainment for you and your valentine and on the menu will be rib-eye steak, cheesy potatoes, veggies, salad and a brownie desert served with cherry nut ice cream. The cost is $8 per person and you can make reservation by calling 653-5300. Reservations should be made by Wednesday so they know how many steaks will be needed.

Good Sense Budget course
The Lower Deer Creek Church in Kalona is holding a budget course on February 15th. Jim Hershberger says the course is to help people understand and put together a budget and to help meet financial goals. Hershberger says it is a 3 week course and the class is for anyone even if they are not affiliated with the church. Again the class starts on Sunday, February 15th. Anyone who is interested can call the church office.

Pipeline awareness and education meeting
Alliant Energy and the Iowa Pipeline Association offers pipeline awareness and education meetings for emergency responders. Representatives from the Iowa Pipeline Association and pipeline regulatory consultants will provide information on pipeline safety, hazard awareness, and characteristics of the products/materials transported through pipelines. A portion of the training will include two new tabletop exercises. The program will be Tuesday, February 24th at the Keokuk County Community Center in Hedrick. To register, visit All programs will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Weed Class
The Washington County Extension will be site of a weed, insect, and pesticide class for commercial pesticide applicators. Nancy Adrian with Washington County Extension says the course is needed as part of a pesticide applicators licensing. It will be on Wednesday from 9 to 11:45 am at the Washington County Extension office.

Washington Page
7:30 a.m. & 12:55 p.m. Fran Stigers, Washington Community Y
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In Touch With Southeast Iowa
12:50 p.m.
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