News April 22, 2011

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Written by Theresa Rose
Friday, 22 April 2011

News Highlights…..

Alan Huisenga and his wife Melinda moved to Mt. Pleasant to retire and relax. But the couple seems to already be very busy as they get involved in community activities especially Old Threshers. May 1 Alan will start as the OT Foundation and the OT Association Development Director. He will work for awhile under the direction of long time volunteer and outgoing director Paul Anderson. While Huisenga is not from Mt. Pleasant he has been attending the annual steam reunion for many years…..OTSHOW. Huisenga retired from nearly 40 years in the insurance industry. During that time he was involved in many volunteering activities and fundraising which will be his main focus with Old Threshers. However, when he’s not raising money, you’ll probably find in the tractor area during the reunion with a project of his own.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds congratulate the seven high school seniors from Iowa who have been selected as semifinalists for the 2011 United States Department of Education’s Presidential Scholars program. A Southeast Iowa student, Edna Jones of Fairfield High School is one of the semifinalists. Created in 1964 by an Executive Order by the President of the United States, the Presidential Scholars Program recognizes the country’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Of the nearly 3.2 million graduating high school seniors in the U.S., 3,000 were identified as candidates for this year’s award, and 560 were selected as semifinalists. Up to 141 students will ultimately be selected to become Presidential Scholars. The Commission on U.S. Presidential Scholars will convene this month to review the semifinalists’ applications and select the Scholars. The list of Presidential Scholars will be announced in early May.

Henry County Tourism is proud to announce the launching of their new          website, www.henrycountytourism.com. Krista Watts, Henry County Tourism Director stated “the new website will be a great asset for those looking to visit Henry County. We are inviting tourists to discover the undiscovered!” The website features shopping, dining, and lodging options in Henry County along with information on culture and entertainment to be found in the area.

Watts praised website designer Amanda Milks for developing a site that captured the message the Henry County Tourism Advisory Board was looking to promote. “The site does a wonderful job of highlighting and promoting Henry County and all its attributes. But don’t take my word on it; I encourage you to take the time to visit the new website yourself. You might just discover something about our home towns that you weren’t aware of!”

This year marks the 41st celebration of Earth Day. Earth Day reminds us to appreciate our global home, assess its health and how its changing then consider simple ways that we as individuals can protect it. Although this event began as one day, it has grown into an entire month of activities. Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970. He says the idea for Earth Day actually evolved
over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it bothered him that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. So at a conference in Seattle in September 1969, Nelson announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The press carried the story and in Nelson’s words the response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Since then the American people have had a forum to express concern about what’s happening to the land, rivers, lakes and air.

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