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Good Wednesday morning to you!
 

I polished off a box of oatmeal this week, and as I threw the empty box in the recycle bin, I couldn’t help but think about a craft project I could have created with instruction from Betty Lou. Those of you who grew up in central Iowa and watched WOI-TV any time from 1951-1994 know exactly who I am referring to — Betty Lou Varnum, the host of “The Magic Window” for all but three years.

For you transplants or youngsters, “The Magic Window” was an educational children's TV show that featured craft-making activities with Betty Lou and a cast of puppets that would introduce clips of “Tales of the Riverbank” and “Felix the Cat.” Those puppets — which included Gregory Lion, Dusty the Unicorn and Catrina the Crocodile — were certainly fun, but my friends and I were viewing for the black-and-white episodes they introduced so we could see the adventures of Hammy the Hamster and Rodney the Rat, as well as that wonderful, wonderful cat. And, of course, we liked the crafts.

Betty Lou taught us kids how to make a variety of craft projects using simple household materials like coat hangers, construction paper, cellophane tape, pipe cleaners, tin foil and, yes, oatmeal boxes.

At 43 years, “The Magic Window” was the longest running children's television program in American history. It was a memorable part of my childhood and likely was for many of you, too. And it was from right here in central Iowa. Now that’s magical.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com

 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Heat continues to build toward the weekend and into next week as mainly dry conditions persist. Tiny rain chances Saturday and perhaps late Monday

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

 
Things To Do
 

Wednesday, July 21
⇛Madison County Fair in Winterset
Starts today and runs through Sunday, July 25. Tonight features a truck pull at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. is the rodeo. Saturday, 7 p.m., circle track mud run. Sunday, 7 p.m. Mud Bog.
www.madisoncountyfair.net

 
Featured Home For Sale
 

4519 Grand Avenue , #9
Des Moines, IA 50312
$189,000

Come see this beautiful and unique condominium located across from the Art Center on the fifth floor of The Parkview. Easy access to bike trails, stores, and Ingersoll business. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms with the original third bedroom converted into a luxury custom closet. The floors are an elegant travertine marble and the galley kitchen is well appointed and convenient for preparing a meal. An entire wall of windows provides great views and wonderful light into the rooms. ...

 
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Traffic 
 

Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

3400 block S.E. 8th Street
3500 block S.W. 9th Street
1800 block Park Avenue

 
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Central Iowans face water quality worries combined with climbing heat

MARION COUNTY, Iowa — New water quality warnings are out for many Iowa beaches this week due to E. coli concerns. The Army Corps of Engineers reports high E. coli levels at multiple lakes across Iowa, including Lake Red Rock. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: ARL reminds pet owners to not leave their animals in hot vehicles

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa has a message for pet owners: leave your pets at home and not in vehicles if it is above 70 degrees outside. Last Saturday, ARL animal services officers and the Des Moines Police Department responded to Blank Park Zoo’s parking lot after two dogs were left in a vehicle. Officers were able to remove the dogs from the vehicle after breaking the back window. The inside of the car had reached a temperature of 109 degrees.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Texas Department of Public Safety explains Iowa troopers' mission at the border

"So the out-of-state troopers, they can't enforce Texas laws. They're working under the umbrella of Texas DPS," said Lt. Christopher Olivarez with Texas DPS.  ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
The Score
 
IOWA CUBS: The Iowa Cubs (27-37) came out on top of an offensive showdown against the Columbus Clippers (28-37) on Tuesday at Huntington Park, winning the series opener 15-7.... READ MORE
 
MLB: Royals 5 Brewers 2, Cubs 7 Cardinals 6, White Sox 9 Twins 5  ...READ MORE
NBA finals: FROM WHO-TV 13: Giannis scores 50 and Bucks beat Suns 105-98 to win NBA Finals. READ MORE...
 
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021
 

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Fine Dining
1. Gastro Grub & Pub
2. Centro
3. Simon’s

[...]

 
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Personalities
 

Best of the best: Disc golf stars competed for world title in Indianola

By Darren Tromblay

Ty Tannatt, owner of Wander Disc Golf, has been disc golfing since 2004, the last time central Iowa played host to the Pro World Championship disc golf event.

Seventeen years later, Tannat found himself at the apex of the sport, which returned to the area — this time under his guidance.

Tannat served as the 2021 Des Moines Challenge Presented by Discraft disc golf tournament director. The event was July 9-11.

It was the first time the Disc Golf Pro Tour has ever held one of its events in the state of Iowa.
The sport is nothing new to Iowa, however. The state has the most disc golf courses per capita in the nation.

[...]

 
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Jobs

FEATURED JOB LISTING

Special Education Teacher Associate
The Johnston Community School District is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of students as a Special Education Teacher Associate. There are full-time (over 30 hours per weeks) and part-time positions (under 30 hours per week) available. Starting rate of pay is $16.96 to $17.65 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible to receive medical and dental insurance. All full-time and part-time positions are eligible for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).
Please apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/johnston/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff
General job functions include:
· Assists in the supervision of students in the classroom and other areas of the school facility.
· Assists staff in preparation of materials.
· Works with group or individual students in the daily routine of the classroom under the teacher’s direction.
· Keeps teacher/administrator informed of all relevant student-related matters.
· Maintains working knowledge and use of available technology.
· Duties and responsibilities as requested by supervisor may vary from time to time.

Place your help wanted ad in the list below for FREE! Email to pat@dmcityview.com. And ask us about upgrading your FREE ad with a display ad in any of our publications.CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT CHRISTIAN OPPORTUNY,.

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Snapshots

Bob Kling painted his rendition of “American Gothic” on the side of his garden shed in Indianola. — Photo by Jackie Wilson

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

 
 
Digital Editions
 
Johnston Living weekly newsletters are published each week in print and online. Printed versions can be found at dozens of community locations, and the digital edition can be subscribed to via email. Learn more at www.iowalivingweekly.com. View a sample digital edition from this week here.
 
 
Summer Stirs
 
CITYVIEW's traveling cocktails are back!  The next event is in the Historic East Village, Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.

Sample the signature Summer Stir drinks at 7 participating establishments! For only $20 (prepaid online), participants will receive 10 tickets to use to sample drinks at any of the participating venues. Tickets may also be purchased at the event for $30. All of the establishments will be within walking distance.

 
Details and Tickets
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Chris Pratt; Jean-Paul Sartre; Juliette Lewis; Benjamin Walker; Maggie Siff; Natalie Alyn Lind; Benazir Bhutto; Jane Russell; Meredith Baxter; Wade Phillips

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

 
Poll of the Week

Which was the worst “Star Wars” movie?

“A New Hope”
“The Empire Strikes Back”
“Return of the Jedi”
“The Phantom Menace”
“Attack of the Clones”
“Revenge of the Sith”
“The Force Awakens”
“The Last Jedi”
“The Rise of Skywalker"

 

Which are you most fearful of?

Rats- 28%
Snakes - 51%
Heights - 19%
Public speaking - 2%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLES
How is the length of a grapevine measured? BY VINE YARD
Where do priests get fresh and holy grapes? FROM DEVINE
David Whims was grape at answering both of these!
 
TODAY'S RIDDLE:
What is red and goes up and down?
 
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
 

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