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Good Tuesday morning to you!

My father used to fill up his Thermos with coffee bright and early every morning, whether the forecast was 95 degrees or -10. Black coffee. No sugar. No cream. And he drank it all every morning, using the screw-on lid from that heavily dented, vacuum-insulated bottle as a cup. As a young boy, I would join him for work at times, riding shotgun in that Chevy dump truck. I remember once asking him about his coffee, and he offered a sip to me while we drove down a bumpy gravel road. Thinking it would taste like hot chocolate, I eagerly took a big gulp and spilled the rest down the front of my T-shirt. I can still remember that taste of hot, dirty water and wondering why anyone would ever want to drink something so disgusting.
     Many decades passed by, and so did many awkward “coffee meetings” when I would quietly order a hot chocolate. Then, just a few years ago, my friend and CITYVIEW columnist Joe Weeg re-introduced me to coffee. Actually, he introduced me to blended coffee drinks. They were amazing — sweet, silky and satisfying. I was too cheap to spend that kind of money on coffee every day, so I experimented with coffee creamer — which was also sweet, silky and satisfying. I quickly became addicted and also quickly learned that I needed to ease off the sweet stuff.
    So now I look forward to a cup of coffee every morning (cheers, Dad) and a little bit of creamer (cheers, Joe). Who knew that hot, dirty water could taste so good?
     Have a terrific Tuesday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Tuesday History Tidbit


1867: Purchase of Alaska ridiculed.

1870: 15th Amendment adopted giving Black men the right to vote.

1974: John Denver had his first hit with "Sunshine on my Shoulders."

1981: President Ronald Reagan was shot. The president was shot in the left lung, and the .22 caliber bullet just missed his heart. After being arrested on March 30, 1981, 25-year-old John Hinckley was booked on federal charges of attempting to assassinate the president. In June 1982, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.



Des Moines Weather
High 50 and low of 28. Cloudy much of the day. Wind will not be as fierce as it was yesterday but it's definitely chillier.
The Score
The University of Iowa men’s golf team fell to No. 11 Florida on Monday in a match play dual held at the Calusa Pines Golf Club.
A.M. Headlines

FROM CITYVIEW: Jim Nahas is fired by county, and it’s a mess. He lawyers up as supervisors hunker down.

It’s complicated, it’s messy, it’s unusual — it’s hard to get fired by the county — and, like many things in the county, it’s political. It’s full of intrigue, allegedly with secretly taped interviews and unannounced meetings, and there’s a lot more to it than just the firing of the 52-year-old Nahas from the $160,000-a-year job he had held for more than six years. ... READ MORE FROM CITYVIEW

FROM KCCI: The split is on: Ames school board votes to leave CIML

AMES, Iowa — The big split in Central Iowa high school sports became official Monday night, as the Ames school board voted 6-1 to join five other non-suburban districts in leaving the Central Iowa Metropolitan League. Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Mason City and Ottumwa had already made official moves to leave the athletic conference beginning in the fall of 2022. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: ISU Launching Internal Review into Boating Accident That Left Two Dead

AMES, Iowa — Last spring semester and again in the fall, COVID-19 prohibited the Iowa State Crew Club from being in the water as a group. This semester was supposed to provide the team with the love of being back in the water. Now, the rowing community far and wide has a heavy heart.. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: State to open vaccine eligibility Monday, but doctors warn appointments may not be available

DES MOINES, Iowa — It finally feels like Iowa is in the groove of getting COVID-19 shots into arms, and a big part of that is the combined effort of hospital systems across the state. For example, in the first two months of Iowa's vaccination progress, MercyOne Medical Group Central Iowa Clinics administered a combined more-than-30,000 doses to Iowans: 28,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and 2,300 doses of the Moderna one.… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local Place to Catch a Flick
1. The Palms Theatres & IMAX - Waukee
2. Fleur Cinema & Café
3. B&B Theatres - Ankeny


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Small-town feel, big heart for neighbors:
The Jorgensen family’s neighbors have been a saving grace.

By Lindsey Giardino

If Mark Jorgensen could live anywhere, it would be somewhere out in the country. He grew up on farms and likes being outside whenever he can. But he currently lives in the middle of Grimes and doesn’t see himself leaving anytime soon. That’s because of his incredible neighbors.
Mark and his wife, Julie, moved to the Beaverbrooke neighborhood in 2004. Ten years later, Julie got the flu and ended up on life support in Omaha. While Mark was there by her side, their neighbors watched over their kids and did everything they could to take care of the family.
“I would give anything to live in the country, but I can’t leave my neighbors,” Mark says. “They are so good.”

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Things To Do
Tuesday, March 30
National Take a Walk in the Park Day
At: Parks in central Iowa
Info: Celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day at any of the the wonderful local parks in central Iowa. Shake off the winter doldrums. WORD OF THE DAY: Doldrums: A state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or depression.

This small bowling alley in a rural Iowa town caught my eye and brought back a lot of childhood memories of time spent at the bowling alley. The best hot dogs I ever ate were at the bowling alley. And my parents would let me have chocolate-covered raisins. Those were the days. —photo by Tammy Pearson

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
Altoona Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in  Altoona. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. View this month's digital edition here.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Vincent van Gogh, Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, Piers Morgan, Tracy Chapman, Robbie Coltrane, Warren Beatty, MC Hammer, Mark Consuelos. Did you know... Vincent van Gogh died 2 days after shooting himself in the stomach or chest. He apparently succumbed to an infection of the wound.

Poll of the Week

How many trees have you planted in your life?
50 or more

How many greeting cards do you mail per year?
none - 20%
1-25 - 44%
26-50 - 13%
51-100 - 16%
100 or more -7%

Morning Chuckle
A man walked around town all day but only moved 2 feet. How is that possible?
Good guess Nancy Gorlich!
How did the bee get inside the apartment?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com. Answer on Tuesday!

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