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December 1st Update
This month on The Golden View Online we are featuring two new areas that will become a part of the regular weekly updates for The Golden View Online. Above you can see our webmaster, Zack, goes around the internet and tries to find a funny or interesting video to feature on our homepage weekly. Any suggestions on videos or ideas, feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The other feature on the left is our new partnership with the ScanDBQ Online website that can be found at: http://www.scandbq.com/ We have partnered up to get photos from around the area and we will have contests for prizes from around the tri-states.
Get Around Town – Faster!
Starting in January 2014, the ride time of Dubuque’s most common bus trips will be reduced by more than 50 percent. The new service will not only offer public transit users reduced ride times, but expanded coverage areas and extended hours of service.
Two new routes will be created. One is a 15-minute non-stop express service between the 6th & Iowa Street (downtown) and John F. Kennedy Circle (west end) transfer locations. The second has the same origination/destination points but is divided into 15-minute service between the 6th & Iowa Street and Delhi Street transfers, and 15-minute service between the Delhi Street and John F. Kennedy Circle transfer locations, with stops at popular locations. All other routes in the system will change to coordinate with these new routes.
Candace Eudaley, director of transit operations for The Jule said, “The changes were based on ongoing survey data collection from residents and customers as well as common service requests we receive.”
Eudaley said current trip times for many common routes range from 30 to more than 60 minutes and the new service and route changes are expected to cut most of those trip times by more than half. For example, the ride time from the downtown transfer point at Sixth and Iowa Street to WalMart/Lowe’s is expected to go from 65 minutes to 25 minutes. The trip time from the John F. Kennedy Circle transfer to Kennedy Mall will be reduced from 25 minutes to just five minutes. The trip time from The Point to Medical Associates West campus is expected to be reduced from 95 minutes to 40.
A public information session will be offered in the Program Room at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday December 10.
Read next month’s article in the Golden View to learn about new, additional fixed-route service areas and which existing stops will receive increased service (every 30 minutes), and additional information sessions.
Consumer Reports has put together a whole online section on managing Medicare and comparing plans in your state.
If you don't have a computer, it's worth a trip to the library to read this online article and click all the links to even more information. Go online to www.consumerreports.org/healthinsurance and click on Managing Medicare. Some of the sections are: Getting started, Medicare Advantage, Medigap and Medicare Part D. (You can also read parts of the online report in the November issue of the magazine.)
Most valuable is the link to rankings of health insurance plans. Click on it, then click to find your state. It compares all the available plans in easy to understand chart form.
Consumer Reports got its rankings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. By comparing the information in the Medicare site with the info that Consumer Reports is providing, you'll have a much clearer idea of what each plan really offers. You'll need to know: what does each plan cover; how much does each plan cost; and which doctors and hospitals are in the plan? (If you're not ready for Medicare and will be on an Obamacare plan, this report will help you with plan rankings.)
If you don't know whether you have the original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, you can find out by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227). You'll need the number that's on your card or statement. When a representative answers, just ask if your plan is original or Medicare Advantage.
Expansion at Luther Manor
Did you know that research has shown Americans spend 90% of their lives indoors? Studies have also shown that as Americans age, they venture outdoors less. Natural light and fresh air offer many benefits, including an elevation in people’s moods, improved concentration, and the ability to help some heal faster.
Luther Manor Communities, a faith-based, non-profit leader in care for over 64 years, is planning to expand its nursing care center. This expansion is part of the Expand. Experience. Embrace. initiative. Luther Manor seeks your support to help increase and improve access to the outdoors for a majority of the residents of Luther Manor. With your help, Luther Manor will add nearly 1,000 additional square feet of social space. The expanded living room will include a sun room, secure outdoor patio, and allow for the relocation of the main entry creating a more accessible ramp.
Mary Bettcher, Activities Director for Luther Manor, states, “Expanding the front entrance and adding a sun room and patio will provide more areas for programming, learning, and socializing. I am excited for our community members to have this much needed space. This expansion will improve the quality of life of those who call Luther Manor home.”
This holiday season, experience the joy of giving with a gift that supports the Expand. Experience. Embrace. initiative. All gifts, regardless of amount, make a difference and are appreciated. Gifts can be mailed to the Development Office at 3131 Hillcrest Rd., Dubuque, IA 52001-3908. Donations may also be made securely online at www.luthermanor.com. All donations are fully tax-deductible.
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The origin of the candy cane goes back over 350 years when candy-makers both professional and amateur were making hard sugar sticks. The original candy was straight and completely white in color.
Around the seventeenth century, European-Christians began to adopt the use of Christmas trees as part of their Christmas celebrations. They made special decorations for their trees from foods like cookies and sugar-stick candy. The first historical reference to the familiar cane shape goes back to 1670, when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, bent the sugar-sticks into canes to represent a shepherd’s staff. The all-white candy canes were given out to children during the nativity services.
The first historical reference to the candy cane being in America goes back to 1847, when a German immigrant called August Imgard decorated the Christmas tree in his Wooster, Ohio home with candy canes.
About fifty years later the first red-and-white striped candy canes appeared. No one knows who exactly invented the stripes, but Christmas cards prior to the year 1900 showed only all-white candy canes. Christmas cards after 1900 showed illustrations of striped candy canes. Around the same time, candy-makers added peppermint and wintergreen flavors to their candy canes and those flavors then became the traditional favorites. The flavors have expanded to include, cinnamon, cherry, apple pie, cranberry, clove, strawberry, and even chocolate filled. These would be great to use when making Christmas cookies.
The candy cane has evolved from the plain white candy cane to many different shapes such as the Christmas wreath and a Christmas tree.
There are many other legends and beliefs surrounding the humble candy cane. Many of them depict the candy cane as a secret symbol for Christianity used during the times when Christians were living under more oppressive circumstances. It was said that the cane was shaped like a “J” for Jesus. The red-and-white stripes represented Christ’s blood and purity. The three red stripes symbolized the Holy Trinity. The hardness of the candy represented the Church’s foundation on solid rock and the peppermint flavor represented the use of hyssop, an herb referred to in the Old Testament. There is no historical evidence to support these claims, quite the contrary, but they are lovely thoughts.
Plan Now for Lucrative Part-Time Summer Job
One of the easiest, most lucrative part-time jobs, with great potential for expansion, is mowing lawns. If you use the winter to prepare, you could be ready to go when warm weather returns.
If you buy a mower and trimmer/edger during the winter, your costs will be less. Check want ads for used equipment and have it tuned up, again at lower rates.
Investigate the prices common in your area, and start with your pricing a bit less than the others. Put out flyers and sign up customers who’ll be ready for you in the spring. Check VistaPrint.com online for inexpensive business cards.
Take time this winter to become knowledgeable about the types of lawn grasses in your region, and their preferred mowing height. Also read up on reseeding bare patches, weed control, and insect and lawn diseases.
If your customer base isn’t within walking distance, you’ll need to consider how to get your equipment around if you don’t have a truck. Pushing a mower a few blocks is easy enough, but if you need to add a gas can, trimmer and hand tools, you’ll want a cart. Search online for simple plans for carts that you can build yourself.
If you live near a senior retirement, rehab facility or small apartment complex, approach them about taking on all of their mowing. If they’ve already contracted for the work for the spring, ask who will be doing the work. If you approach that person or company and offer to do all or part of the job, you get two things: work (although not the full price they’ll be getting), and a great reference that you can add to your list of customers.
Aim to develop a niche. Consider mowing lawns at mobile home parks (especially the empty lots), foreclosed properties for banks and properties for real-estate agents. Be the go-to person for last-minute mows and trims just before open houses and regular maintenance of empty houses on the market. One selling point for your service: A well-kept yard doesn’t look as empty, and while you’re on the property you can check for signs of vandalism. (This service can expand to keeping an eye on empty properties on a regular basis, even during winter.)
If you have a full-time job, schedule your part-time work for a few evenings a week, plus weekends.
Keep it simple. There’s no need (at least at the beginning) to sign up for fertilizing and planting trees. Those require special knowledge and big tools.
Remember to keep good books. You’ll need to pay taxes on your extra income.
Tri-States Chiropractic Clinic - Laser and Rehab Center
Dr. Peter Lynch serves as the chiropractor at Tri-States Clinic of Chiropractic in Dubuque. Although not originally from Dubuque, he is very proud to call Dubuque his home. He resides in town with his wife Kristi, a native of Dubuque, their son Gabriel, and their dog Maggie. An avid outdoorsman, if he is not with his family, or in the office, you’re sure to find him somewhere in the woods.
Growing up in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, he knew at a young age that he had an affinity for wellness. He purchased his first Joe Weider exercise program at age ten, and many years later graduated from Central Michigan University and North Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in health, fitness, and rehabilitation, and a master’s in exercise science, respectively.
While working at hospitals most of his career, Dr. Peter observed many patients being treated for health issues and questioned some of the practices and the medications used to treat these related issues. He was convinced there was a better way to practice wellness care. From his own personal experience as an athlete, he managed to rack up three knee surgeries. He can personally testify that there is a better way! Little did he know he would be introduced to the wonderful world of chiropractic health care – and would never look back. At age 33 he dropped everything and changed his career path to become a doctor of chiropractic. Now, with regular chiropractic care, he is able to maintain his active lifestyle without the use of pain medication.
What makes Tri-States Clinic of Chiropractic unique? They utilize low level laser therapy in addition to regular chiropractic treatments to help patients feel better and heal faster. Not only can they help neck, mid- and low-back pain, and hip pain, they also treat arthritis, peripheral neuropathies, restless leg syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and sleep problems – just to name a few. They also have tremendous success with wound healing. For more information contact Dr. Peter at 563-585-0800. Chiropractic Is Right For You!