By Michele Carlsten
The Daily Iowegian
---- — Wild weather huh? Well I wasn’t surprised to see the season off to a roaring start sirens blaring. Thankfully we missed out on the big damage. I would like to take the time to send my prayers and thoughts to all the people who lost loved ones from these devastating weather events. We as a city should be prepared and on alert for these situations, as much as one could be. I’m not saying we can avoid what may come but a little preparedness never hurts.
The community center is equipped with very limited supplies for an event if needed but I think we could use a little more. I would like to create a group of area residents to help get supplies and plans in case there is a need for the center to be used as a shelter. They already have a generator and they are in contact with the Red Cross and would receive help from them but I want you to ponder the thought that they may not be able to get here for any reason what would we need to take care of our local people. I’m not saying that we need to be prepared for the world ending, just a little community readiness.
I would like to try to get donations for the center like blankets, bottled water, canned food, etc. That way if we need to use it, it’s there. I’m just putting this out there and would like some thoughts or volunteers for my little project you can contact me by my email firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at (641) 895-4022.
Enough of that now on to the news and recipe. I think that this is a good time to start making salads so I will start with Broccoli Salad my way.
2 heads of broccoli cut to the florets not to much stems (save these for great soup)
½ lb. of bacon
½ onion chopped
1 ½ c. mayo or salad dressing whichever you like best
2 Tb. cider vinegar
2/3 c. of sugar if using salad dressing use a little bit less
1 c. of cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Put your broccoli in a large bowl, in a frying pan cook bacon and onions to your desired oneness. After the bacon and onions cool a bit add to the bowl of broccoli. In a separate bowl make your dressing by combing all the rest of the ingredients and mixing with the broccoli bowl. It is best to do this a day ahead so the flavors meld together.
Now the news:
A reminder about getting those reservations for the Memorial School reunion dinner at the community center. You’re not gonna want to miss this fabulous meal May 25 at noon.
We have had some graduates around here and I know I will miss some but congratulations to all!
Jeremy Carlsten and fiance Kayla Calvert both graduated from Indian Hills last week. Jeremy for computer programming and web development and Kayla got her R.N. Both are off to the big cities to pursue their careers.
Skylar Drake graduated from Centerville High
Two employees of the Exline Store had children graduate. Belinda’s daughter, Natalie Ann Potter, graduated from Moulton-Udell. Stephanie Buckallew’s son, Shawn Trenton Buckallew, graduated from Centerville. Congrats to them and you parents get ready to send them off to the big world!
We have a new resident at Coal Miners Commons. Her name is Grace Olsen from Waterfield. Give her a nice welcome when you meet her.
The pickup days had three large truckloads to pick up. Thank you to all that helped them out.
Don’t forget to get your stuff ready for the city wide sales in June.
The cards that went to the soldiers were collected and sent off with the help of local children and members of the Royal Neighbors. Some of the volunteers were Jasmine Fernandez, Maddison Casteel, Chloe Potter, Makaila Casteel, Taylor Steele and Blair White. Adults Maryann Hurley and Jill Sharp were there to help. Thank you all for your support of our troops.
The city flower pots were planted by our local green thumbs as usual they are just gorgeous!
More information on the By the Dawns Early Light 5K Fun Run and 1.5 walk to be held on July 4 in Exline. Registrations taken until June 15 will be guaranteed a t-shirt and registration is open until July 1. Forms can be picked up at the Exline store. The race will begin and end at the store. Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. at the store. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for 12 and under. Both include t-shirts and packet. Prizes will go to top three runners in the male/female/under 12 divisions. All proceeds go toward the Exline Fireworks Fund. Contact either Tina Bauman at (641) 895-0423 or Penny Sharp at (641) 895-2789 for further information for this event.
The flag for the Memorial bell is being made and could use some donations. Call (641) 658-2691 to help. The PEO visited and toured Exline and went thru Peggy Warmers coal miner house, visited the Museum, Morgan Clines homestead and had lunch at the Exline Store.
Mushroom hunting is in the air and Maryann Hurley had visors to help hunt them down, sister Donna Timmons, and her husband, Gary.
Well that’s the news on to next week now. Don’t forget to call or email me with any information you would like published at (641) 895-4022.