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Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Catch up on the day before you head home for the night.
Northey wants boost for Iowa beekeeper classes
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today called on Iowans to enroll in beekeeping schools that will be held throughout Iowa again next year.
In 2016, the state will host a record number of 27 courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced beekeepers. There are currently about 4,500 beekeepers in Iowa that manage more than 45,000 colonies of honey bees, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Iowa's honey bees produce about 4 million pounds of honey annually, valued at over $8 million, the office reports.
"We continue to see interest grow in bee keeping, both among hobbyist who might just have a hive or two and commercial producers who can have thousands of hives," Mr. Northey said in a news release. "These courses provide an excellent opportunity for new beekeepers or those who are interested in getting started to learn from experienced Iowa beekeepers who understand our seasons and environment how to successfully raise bees."
Fees for the classes will vary by location. For more information, please refer to the IHPA website and online monthly newsletter at www.abuzzaboutbees.com or contact Andrew Joseph, State Apiarist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, at (515) 725-1481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCI using breathing 'pacemaker' for sleep apnea
A Physicians' Clinic of Iowa (PCI) doctor says patients with serious cases of sleep apnea may want to consider treatment with a new implant that helps simulate natural breathing processes.
The Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) includes a breat
ing sensor lead and stimulation lead, powered by a small battery. The implanted device is turned on by a handheld remote before the patients goes to sleep. When activated, the device senses breathing patterns and delivers stimulation to key airway musc
les, which keeps the airway open during sleep.
Dr. Scott Geisler, who specializes in neurology and sleep medicine at PCI, said the device could be a solution for select patients who can't use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, or have poor results with the devices.
"If you have trouble using a CPAP machine, this may be a therapy to consider," Dr. Geisler stated in a press release. "We can evaluate your individual situation and recommend the best fit. Several factors determine what sleep apnea treatments are suggested, including body mass index and the overall health of the patient. Not all therapies are recommended for everyone."
Physicians' Clinic of Iowa (PCI), in Cedar Rapids, is one of Iowa's largest, private specialty medical groups. The physicians group based in Cedar Rapids specializes in treatments related to ear, nose and throat, head and neck surgery, neurology, surgical specialists, urology, diagnostic imaging, orthopedics, hematology and oncology, rheumatology, and physical and occupational therapy.
FOCUS: Philanthropy / Nonprofits
Vortex seeks nominations for pro-bono web design
The Iowa City company Vortex Business Solutions is seeking nominations for its Vortex Seva Project, wherein staff will donate $7,000 in services for building a free website with free web hosting for an area non-profit.
A statement from Vortex says the company will design or redesign a "2016-ready," mobile compliant website for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in the Corridor, with free web hosting in perpetuity.
This past year's Seva Project winner was Iowa City's
Table to Table
, a food rescue organization that reaches out to help countless people in Johnson County by rescuing and distributing over 1 million pounds of food a year to area agencies.
Don Hummer Trucking to honor fallen soldiers across nation
On Dec. 12, Don Hummer Trucking will travel across the country to honor America's fallen soldiers, as part of the Wreaths Across America event.
Hummer will deliver and place wreaths on the headstones of fallen soldiers at national cemeteries throughout the country. This is Hummer's fourth year as a participating volunteer.
In 2014, Hummer helped the program lay more than 700,000 wreaths at more than 1,000 locations nationwide, including Arlington National Cemetery. Leo and Lynette Heisel, veterans and team drivers at Don Hummer Trucking, say their experience volunteering was both touching and memorable.
"We received a lot of thanks from volunteers and veterans' families at the cemetery," Mr. Heisel said in a press release. "One gentleman in an Iowa Hawkeyes sweatshirt made a point to find us, thank us and thank Don Hummer Trucking. Talking to people and seeing the impact we made in person was just unforgettable."
This year, Wreaths Across America has made a goal of laying a wreath on every fallen soldier's headstone in every national cemetery throughout the United States. To reach the goal, the nonprofit relies on its volunteer trucking companies like Hummer to deliver hundreds of thousands of wreaths to their many destinations.
"This is a great program to show our support and respect for the men and women that protected our freedom and families," President Chris Hummer stated in a press release. "Don Hummer Trucking is glad we can help Wreaths Across America see their goals accomplished, and we plan to keep doing so in the future."
Cedar Rapids announces Library Champion Program
The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation has introduced a new Library Champion Program aimed at increasing philanthropic support for library programs and collection enhancements.
"The Library Foundation exists to support our library and its programs above and beyond means provided by public funding," Board President Gary Streit said in a news release. "Over the past few years, the library's use has increased greatly, and the foundation's mission and purpose assume a new level of importance as we seek to sustain our library's programs and services to the community."
The Library Champion Program offers the opportunity for local organizations to support the Cedar Rapids Public Library's programs and services that would not be possible without philanthropic funding. Library Champions will receive a window cling to be displayed in their place of business as well as other recognition as appropriate.
"The Library Foundation cannot help sustain library programs and assist our library's efforts to meet the needs of our community without philanthropic support," Executive Director Charity Tyler said in a news release. "We hope organizations in our community who value our library are willing to join us as a Library Champion."
To learn more about the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation and its Library Champion Program, visit its website
Iowa City Police raise $3,300 during No-Shave November
The Iowa City Police Department (ICPD) raised $3,362 last month as part of No-Shave November.
The money was raised through staff participation, T-shirt sales and ribbon pin sales, and will be donated to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
No-Shave November challenges participants to forgo shaving in order to provoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. Police Chief Police Sam Hargadine waived the ICPD's standard grooming policy for the month of November to allow members of the department to participate in the national movement.
More than 50 ICPD personnel participated in the fundraiser, and were encouraged to donate the money that would typically be spent on shaving and grooming. Additionally, the Iowa City Police Association Local #16 purchased and donated 100 lavender colored t-shirts emblazoned with the ICPD logo that members of the department could wear with a donation of at least $15. The ICPD raised $1,542 on the sale of all 100 t-shirts. Lavender represents the fight against all types of cancer.
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The American Association of University Professors has released results of an investigation into the search process for new University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld. University of Iowa staff requested the investigation, saying they thought the search process was flawed. The AAUP, in large part, agreed with UI faculty in a publicly issued statement: "In contrast to usual practice at the university, which had been to involve faculty fully in presidential searches, the governing board designed this search process specifically to prevent any meaningful faculty role in the selection of the final candidate. The search was structured and engineered by the board's leadership from the outset to identify a figure from the business world congenial to their image of 'transformative leadership.' Once this person was identified, what followed was only an illusion of an open, honest search." The AAUP gave drafts of the report to the Board of Regents as well as to President Harreld. In response, the regents said they ran a fair search process. While Mr. Harreld said he believes what the AAUP reported is factual, he also defended the search process.
Two Eastern Iowa men are attempting to run marathons in each of the state's 99 counties. On Saturday, Daren Schumaker, 30, of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee, 44, of Walford plan to run in their 86th county, Cerro Gordo. The pair said the idea was born from the shared loss of family members to heart disease and strokes. The runs are intended to raise awareness and research funding for the American Heart Association. Mr. Lee and Mr. Schumaker plan to run a 100th marathon after running all of the counties. The final run will take place in the county that donates the most to the American Heart Association, they said.
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CBS 2 Chief Meteorologist Terry Swails'
Weather First Forecast
A storm will impact the Midwest towards the weekend that will generate precipitation and cooler temperatures at that time. Heavy rain of an inch or more looks likely. Depending on the track of the system rain could mix with or change to snow Monday night into Tuesday, especially in the northwest - something to keep and eye on going forward.