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Good Friday morning to you!

Journalism is alive and well. That is what I thought to myself just minutes after speaking to the journalism class at Waukee High School last week.
     One of the students, Colson Thayer, invited me to speak to his class and to critique their publication and yearbook. Now, I don’t know about you, but I did not take criticism very well as a teenager, so I went in with the idea that I would focus on all they were doing right, which was clearly a lot. What I learned was that this group of students truly wanted feedback. They showed a sincere desire to learn and to grow and to improve. So I offered a few suggestions and prefaced it all by stating that I expected them to agree with some of my ideas and to disagree with others. Ultimately, I told them that they needed to soak it all in and do what makes the most sense for them to achieve their goals.
    I was thoroughly impressed by their maturity, their listening skills, their planning, their thought processes, and, ultimately, their final work. This is a compliment to Colson and to his classmates and also to their instructor, Mr. Blumberg, who is appropriately letting his students learn by doing. I have no doubt that these students will continue to excel, and I hope that many of them will choose careers in the publishing industry.
     Yes, journalism is alive and well.
     Thanks for reading, and have a fabulous Friday!

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

The Scene
• Residents have moved into Hubbell Realty Company’s newest rental community, Centennial Crossing, in Waukee. The 17-acre neighborhood, which is directly south of Centennial Park and across the street from Waukee High School, will have an estimated 109 homes when complete at the end of 2022.
Mobile Radar Units

Today, the Des Moines Police Department advises that mobile radar units are located at:

1000 Block of Scott
300 Block of E Broad
2500 Block of Maury

Drive safely!


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Partly sunny today. Rain chances this evening into early Saturday morning. Otherwise remaining cool. Breezy conditions Monday through Wednesday.

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

The Score
Indians 4 White Sox 2
Twins 4 Red Sox 3
Royals 7 Blue Jays 5
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Some parents can't watch kids compete after Drake Relays sells out

DES MOINES, Iowa — Tickets for the Drake Relays high school events sold out Thursday in a matter of minutes. KCCI's Lauren Johnson spoke to parents who are upset they may not get to see their children compete. Many parents were greeted by a message Thursday morning trying to purchase tickets to see their athlete compete at Drake Relays. To comply with COVID-19 regulations, only about 3,000 tickets were on sale for the event. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: DMPD Identify Body Pulled from River as Man Who Ran From Officers in March

DES MOINES, IOWA — A body recovered from the Des Moines River last weekend has been identified as 42-year-old Diaa Elhag Kafi. Police say Kafi ran from them as they were reporting to an unrelated call on March 17th at Prospect Park. Kafi jumped into the river and disappeared. His body was recovered on Saturday near 6th Avenue and New York Avenue.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines Streetcar Friends on track to build monument

DES MOINES, Iowa — For decades, streetcars and trolley busses were how Des Moines residents moved about the city. "That was a way of life for a lot of most people," said Earl Short, who started riding on the streetcars in Des Moines back in 1938. "The streetcar was the heartbeat of transportation." Short probably got early exposure, in part, because his father was a streetcar operator. … 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 Customer Service (Overall)
1. Coachlight Clinic & Spa
2. Finish Line Auto Works
3. Home Solutions of Iowa


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House ‘swap’ gives Wityks lifelong home:
Family lives in a spacious log cabin right outside town.

By Lindsey Giardino

Sometimes the stars align, and things fall perfectly into place.
     That’s exactly what happened for Jeci Wityk and her family. She and her husband, Michael, have five kids and lived in De Soto for about seven years before moving to Adel last year. They had been searching for an acreage to call their own but weren’t having any luck finding one.
    When they lived in De Soto, Wityk and her youngest daughter ate at Ambro’s Roadhouse every Wednesday with an older gentleman. One day he mentioned that he and his wife were looking to downsize but needed a handicap-accessible home, which is what the Wityks had. She joked that they should trade homes since his was on a nice piece of land. A short while later, the gentleman asked Wityk when he and his wife could come look at their home. The joke became real life.


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Things To Do
Friday, April 16 (through April 18)
At: Iowa Events Center
Info: Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam features world-class athletes competing for championships on perfectly engineered dirt tracks that push these ever-evolving, state-of-the-art trucks to the limit. For more information, visit MonsterJam.com


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Digital Editions
Johnston Living Weekly is published each week and delivered to locations around Johnston where it is free to pick up. Each issue has updated information about what is happening in the community. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingweekly.com  
Birthdays and Notables!

Notables: Valley High School softball star Bailey Walke has halted softball recruiters with her announcement that she has accepted a scholarship to Kansas State to be their marching band's baton majorette. (Submitted by Jim Duncan. Watch for more about Bailey in the May issue of CITYVIEW!)

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Gina Corano, Selena, Charlie Chaplin, Pope Benedict XVI, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Belichick, Martin Lawrence.

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

Which food is the most “Iowan”?
Sweet corn

Steak deBurgo

Maid Rites

Pork chops


Do you, or did you ever, own a skateboard?

Yes - 44%

No - 56%

Morning Chuckle
Why didn't the hippies get saved after the ship wreck?
Thanks for the answer Mark Hansen!

If athletes get athletes foot then what do astronauts get?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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