Artists, craftsmen and other experts from the U-S and Europe meet in Perrytoday for the start of a three-day conference at the historic Hotel Pattee.Organizers of the gathering say it focuses on the “Arts and Crafts Movement”which was rooted in England and had a great influence on the AmericanMidwest.Elaine Ellis is coordinating the conference called “Uniting the Useful Withthe Beautiful.” She says the arts and crafts movement changed homes insideand out in England and the U-S, influencing architects like Frank LloydWright and Marion Mahoney. She says no single design is being featured.Speakers include art historians, curators and architects. While the mainfocus of the conference is education, Ellis says there will also be itemsfor sale.The conference in Perry runs today through Saturday with bus tours ofhistoric structures in Mason City on Sunday. For more information about theconference, call (515) 243-4123.
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A flower garden will be dedicated in Des Moines today to all children inIowa who are waiting for adoptive “forever” families. About one thousand Iowa children a year wait in foster homes for their chanceto become so-called “normal” kids with families. Those who wait years oftenfeel like no one cares. DeAnn Jones, director of the Iowa Citizen FosterCare Review Board, says adopting a child usually takes at least six months.She says the children range in age from infancy to 18-years.Jones says the Mayor’s Garden for Waiting Children which is being dedicatedin Des Moines today (at 10 a-m) is part of a project that originated inCedar Rapids last year.Jones says the Des Moines garden hopes to put the need for adopting familiesin the forefront — to enable the children to bloom and become productivecitizens. For details, call 800-243-0756.
A Wisconsin-based generator company is locating in Maquoketa. Generac PowerSystems of Waukashau, Wisconsin, will build a 144-thousand square foot plantin the city’s new industrial park. Maquoketa Mayor Jack Rosenburg says themove is already attracting the attention of other industries.The plant expects to employ about 400-people and Rosenberg believes it’s asign of things to come.Generac Power Systems president William Treffert says the city was theperfect choice.
Iowa Congressman Tom Latham is blasting U-S Agriculture Secretary DanGlickman for failing to take action to implement the new mandatory pricereporting law for livestock. Latham says Glickman claims to not have themoney to implement the new law. Latham says Glickman could easily move somemoney around in his budget to get the program started.Latham, a republican, was the chief sponsor of the law. He says he’llcontinue to push Glickman to get things moving.Latham doesn’t think meatpackers are trying to push Glickman for the delay.The new law requires meatpackers to report twice-daily the prices they payto livestock producers for animals. Producers says the law will ensure themarket stays competitive.
(Dubuque, IA) Vice President Al Gore Thursday said Bill Bradley, his rival for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, and GOP frontrunner George W. Bush are offering unrealistic promises to voters.
During a news conference with reporters, Gore touted a study that concluded Bradley’s health care reform plan would cost over $1 Trillion over the next decade, completely eating up the federal budget surplus. Gore said his own plans to right the Medicare and Medicaid systems to ensure coverage for uninsured, as well as prescription drug coverage for the elderly, would cost $268 Billion. [Read more…]
The only Iowa Democrat in the U-S House is criticizing the republicanmajority’s budget plan. Leonard Boswell says the program makes cuts withoutconsideration for what’s being slashed. Boswell says programs that help the elderly are among those that will take ahit if the republican plan is approved.Boswell represents the third district.
One of Iowa’s top elected leaders took part in Wednesday’s White Housetrade talks with European Union diplomats. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says hewas invited by President Clinton to sit in on the meeting to discussag-related issues, like the controversy over genetically-modified crops.Harkin says he talked with the president of the European Union about severalimportant trade issues. Harkin says the talks went very well.Harkin says the European public is getting mixed signals on G-M-O’s and theU-S needs to do a better job of educating everyone that the products are NOTharmful.
What is it about the scary movies and haunted houses that trigger ouremotions this time of year? A University of Northern Iowa psychologyprofessor says when we grab the hand of our date during a scary movie, wemay be mis-reading our own emotions.Psychology professor Helen Harton says we often confuse fear or frightwith romantic feelings.Harton says this may be happening because most people in our society havefew brushes with truly fearful situations.Harton says we often use fear to help ourselves feel other emotions.
Vice President Al Gore met with about 150 people in a senior citizen centerin Dubuque today during the noon hour. Gore criticized his democrat opponentBill Bradley’s health care reform plan as inadequate, too expensive andunfocused. Gore says two-thirds of the spending in Bradley’s plan goes tothose who already have health insurance. Gore touts a study which concludedBill Bradley’s health reform plan would cost about one-Trillion dollars overthe next decade — and eat up the entire federal budget surplus. Bycomparison, Gore says his own health reform plan would cost aboutone-quarter of a Trillion. During a news conference yesterday in Dubuque,Gore also criticized Republican George W. Bush’s tax cut plan, saying it,too, will eat up the entire federal budget surplus.Gore also took aim at Republican budget plans that would cut the “meals onwheels” program. Gore says thousands of people depend on the program astheir only contact during the day with others. He called the cutirresponsible.Gore also makes stops today in Clinton, Davenport and Iowa City. He beginshis campaign day in Cedar Rapids tomorrow morning and then moves on to DesMoines.
A delegation from Yamanashi, Japan, is in Iowa today to attend the 12thannual “Governor’s Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease”. Iowa Department ofElder Affairs Director Judith Conlin says the Japanese will share ideas onhelping Alzheimer’s patients.The disease hits the victim’s brain and robs the memory. Conlin saysAlzheimer’s is a very tough disease for Japanese families because of thereverence they show for their elders. Conlin says there are periodic advances in the study of Alzhiemer’s, but sofar there’s no cure.One out of every two people above the age of 85 are affected by Alzheimer’s.She says there is progress in getting people to understand Alzheimer’sDisease.Former president Ronald Reagan’s public announcement that he suffers fromAlzheimer’s Disease has helped bring national attention to the disease. Theconference runs today and tomorrow in Des Moines.