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From the publisher:
A NEW LOOK AND FEEL!

Posted 5/28/21
Several weeks ago, I mentioned that you could expect to find some changes soon to your Living Weekly publication. Well, as you hopefully have noticed, that time is now.
You may recall that we changed the name from the Johnston Adviser to the Johnston Living Weekly in an effort to co-brand the publication with our monthly Johnston Living magazine. This allows us to publish news and advertising more frequently and in an even more timely manner.
Starting with this issue, we switched to a folded format in the print edition, allowing us to add more pages as needed. This also provides a more mobile-friendly layout for those of you who subscribe to the email edition and view on your phones and computers.
You will also notice that we have added photos to the layout rather than the text-only versions we have done in the past. And, of course, we are printing it all in full color.
If you run a business and would like to have free copies of the Johnston Living Weekly available in your operation, simply contact Patrick Clemmons at 515-953-4822, ext. 304 or patrick@dmcityview.com, and we will add you to our list.
If you have news items or photos to submit, contact Tammy Pearson at 515-953-4822, ext. 302 or tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.
If you would like to place a free classified ad (up to 50 words), send to Beckham Miller at beckham@dmcityview.com.
If you would like information on placing display advertising in Johnston Living Weekly, contact Andrea Hodapp at 515-883-0523 or andrea@iowalivingmagazines.com.
And if you have any other thoughts, ideas or suggestions, please contact me from the information below.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and, as always, I thank you for reading. 

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

Truly the BEST!

As a reader of this newsletter, you likely know that we also publish the Living magazine in your community. But what you may not know is that we publish CITYVIEW magazine and administer the Best of Des Moines readers’ poll, too. You see the BEST OF DES MOINES certificates proudly displayed in businesses across central Iowa, and rightfully so. This year, we had approximately 14,000 votes in the poll — a new record. The full results will be published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and at www.dmcityview.com, but you can also check out any of the short videos that announce the winners in each of the six segments at www.dmcityview.com/best-of:
    • Eats segment
    • Best of the Rest segment
    • Shopping segment
    • Nightlife segment
    • Culture & Recreation segment
    • Health & Beauty segment
    Please join me in congratulating all of the people, places and events that were voted by CITYVIEW readers. And, as always, thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com

How to get Johnston Living Weekly in your business

     If you are a business owner or manager and would like to have Johnston Living Weekly available for your employees or customers, simply let us know and we will add you to the list. Here are 5 reasons you may want to consider this:
    1.  It’s free! We provide copies at no charge, and you simply make them available. We pick up the returns when we deliver the news ones, and we adjust the amount we give you based on how many were picked up. No work on your part.
    2.  It drives traffic to your store! Once residents know you are a distribution location, they will seek out Johnston Living Weekly by returning to your store.
    3.  It supports the local business community! Local businesses are dealing with a new set of challenges now, but buying local is seemingly always the solution.
    4.  It shares positive news about the community! Those who read Johnston Living Weekly tell us they feel better about themselves and this community.
    To begin delivery, contact us online at www.iowalivingweekly.com.
    Thanks for reading.
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher

THE WORLD MAY NEVER KNOW

Posted 7/19/21
It may feel like 1985 again, but it’s not. The Coca-Cola company is changing its formula for Coke Zero, and this feels all too reminiscent of the New Coke debacle in 1985 when a new flavor of Coke was introduced to the masses.
Some called that recipe change incredible. Others called it incredibly stupid. But through it all, brand loyalty was redefined in a way few could have imagined. Was it all part of Coca-Cola’s master plan, or was it just dumb luck? The Coca-Cola team was silent. The best answer may come from the owl in the Tootsie Roll commercials: “The world may never know.”
I may have been one of the few who actually liked the New Coke flavor, at least from what I remember. It lasted until 1992 when it was renamed to Coke II and then met its ultimate demise in 2002.
Coca-Cola launched Coke Zero in 2005 and left it mostly unchanged until 2017 when it tweaked the recipe and rebranded it as “Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.” The new version, complete with a new packaging design in red instead of black, will be rolled out in the United States this month.
The company says the new product will taste even more like the iconic Coca-Cola. But I don’t want Coke Zero to taste more like Coke. I want it to taste like Coke Zero. I enjoy a can of Coke Zero on ice in the afternoons. It is my soda of choice. Will I adjust to the new flavor? Will others? Or will this be another lesson in brand loyalty?
Change is difficult, especially as we grow older. I embraced New Coke in 1985, but I was only 17 years old and drank very little soda at the time. I have been drinking Coke Zero for 16 years. That puts some perspective into all this. As typical, new products are not geared to those of us who are 50 and older. The youngsters are the target market. We will be dead soon, especially those of us who have been drinking diet colas for decades.
Hmmm.
Have a great week, and thanks for reading. 
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

‘Ripples’ installation

Posted 7/19/21
The Initial installation of “Ripples” was completed on July 14 in the Johnston Town Center. “Ripples” will be an interactive sculpture in the heart of the Johnston Town Center for residents to enjoy. It was created by artist Reinaldo Correa. The City will update residents when this area is ready for use.
Johnston’s new Town Center development will include a number of public art pieces. In early 2020, the Arts Council issued an RFP for a centrally located, signature piece. The Arts Council and the Johnston City Council selected “Ripples,” a 12-foot-tall steel and aluminum sculpture representing a largemouth bass, which is common in the area.

Johnston Partnership In need of donations

Posted 7/19/21
Johnston Partnership, 5870 Merle Hay Road, Suite C, is in need of size 6 diapers, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, paper towels and fresh produce (if you planted too much in your garden and you don’t know what to do with it). For more information, call 515-528-2379 or dmail Jessica@JohnstonPartnership.org.

Thoreson speaks about Key Leadership Club

Posted 7/19/21
The Johnston Kiwanis Club will be hosting Ruth Thoreson at the group’s lunch meeting in August. Thoreson is the faculty sponsor for the Johnston High School Key Leadership Club. She has worked with students to find ways to provide leadership and service in the school and Johnston community. She will talk about what her students have done and what plans they may have for the coming school year. The meeting is at Trostel’s Greenbriar  on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP to bjallen713@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

How to deal with hail damage in Johnston

Posted 7/19/21
Due to the recent hail storm that went through Johnston, many companies will be evaluating damage to roofs and soliciting your business.
Door-to-door salespeople need to obtain a solicitor’s permit at City Hall. Ask to see a solicitor’s permit from any vendor coming to your door.
In Johnston, no building permit is required to replace existing roof materials such as shingling and felt, except the rare case where you are repairing structural damage to the roof or expanding the roof.  Replacement of shingles is considered a maintenance function. Also, replacement of siding due to hail damage is considered maintenance, and the City requires no building permit of Johnston.
In accordance with the City’s sign ordinance, signs advertising for any repairs like this must be located on the property of the work being done and not be placed in the right of way (the area between the sidewalk and the street).  If found in the right of way, the signs will be removed.

Free ice cream offered

Posted 7/19/21
Here’s the scoop: Join Bishop Drumm, 5837 Winwood Drive, for free ice cream and help them fill their bus with supplies for local schools Friday, July 23, 2 -3:30 p.m.. Drop by the Bishop Drumm parking lot, 5837 Winwood Drive, and savor a gourmet scoop of ice cream from The Outside Scoop Truck. School supply donations are appreciated. 

Johnston All Stars 12U qualify for tournament

Posted 7/19/21
The 2021 Johnston All Stars 12U won Little League Districts and State Softball, qualifying for the Central Region as part of the Little League Softball World Series. The Central Region tournament is being held in Indiana starting July 24.

Water use restrictions lifted in Johnston

Posted 7/19/21
 On July 15, the City of Johnston lifted stage one of its Water Shortage Plan effective immediately because of reduced customer demand and lessening drought conditions.
Last month, the City of Johnston and Des Moines Water Works, from which Johnston receives its water, implemented a voluntary 25 percent reduction in lawn watering. The Johnston Public Works Department would like to thank residents for this voluntary reduction.
“Johnston businesses and residents reduced irrigation on average by 32 percent from our peak day,” said Public Works Director Matt Greiner. “We appreciate the sensitivity to conserve our water supply within our community. As the summer heat continues, we strongly encourage the continuation of using water wisely.”
Recent rains have helped from both a river level and customer demand perspective, allowing the restriction to be lifted.

Grant funds to be presented

Posted 7/19/21
On Thursday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to the large shelter at Terra Park as AARP presents the City with a check for wayfinding signage. In the past few months, the Johnston citizen group successfully applied for an AARP Challenge Grant to help fund new wayfinding signs, which mark the City’s bike and trail routes.
Trail map signs and location markers will be placed at specific intersections making it easier to navigate the Johnston community. 

Celebrate Gorgeous Grandma Day

Posted 7/19/21
Celebrate Gorgeous Grandma Day July 23. Bishop Drumm Retirement Center asks the members of the public to submit a photo of their “Gorgeous Grandma” and explain why their grandma is gorgeous. Nominees’ photos will be posted online where the public can vote for their favorite. Submissions due July 22 with voting July 23-29 at homeishere.org/grandma. The winners will be announced July 30.
Email Brian at brian.hilgenberg@chilivingcomm.org to submit your Gorgeous Grandma photo and a brief reason why she is gorgeous.

Trench Run 2021 is Aug. 15

Posted 7/19/21
The Trench Run at Camp Dodge, 7105 N.W. 70th Ave., Johnston, is Aug. 15. This is a challenging obstacle course hosted by the Iowa National Guard. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments, an awards presentation, and a performance by the Army Band. Sign-in and race-packet-pick-up is 5:30-7 a.m. at the Camp Dodge Pool Pavilion. Individuals start the race from 7:30-9:30 a.m. The Iowa National Guard hosts an open house from 9 a.m. to noon. Race awards start at approximately 10 a.m. followed by the concert.
This event is physically demanding, and participants must be at least 14 years of age at the time of the event. Participants younger than 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian.
Visitors enter Camp Dodge through the main gate. Photo identification (a driver’s license or military ID card are acceptable) is required for admittance to Camp Dodge for individuals 16 years of age and older.
Motorcyclists (drivers and passengers) on Camp Dodge are required by Department of Defense policy to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Motorcyclists without the required PPE may park their motorcycles at the N.W. Beaver Drive gate turnaround and walk to the pool complex (approximately three blocks).
For information and registration link, visit https://www.active.com/johnston-ia/running/distance-running/trench-run-2021.

August at Johnston Public Library

Posted 7/19/21
• Interested in genealogy? Join Ricki King from Roots to Branches Genealogy Saturday, Aug. 3, 10:30 a.m. to learn about tools and methods needed to begin researching your family history at this free JPL online event. King specializes in Midwest genealogy. She serves as a member of the Iowa Historical Foundation Board and is particularly skilled at helping black, indigenous and people of color overcome challenges related to a lack of records common during specific time periods. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants via email ahead of the event. Register online at johnstonlibrary.com or by calling the library at 515-278-5233.
• If you’re feeling crafty, the library has you covered. Parents, sign up your kids to have a craft mailed to them at your home. Make It In the Mail craft kits will be mailed out the week of Aug. 16. Craft kits are age specific and available for ages 3-5 or grades K-5. Registration is required and space is limited to 100; registration begins Aug. 9. Register online at johnstonlibrary.com or by calling the library at 515-278-5233.
• Adults, the library has a craft kit for you, too. Stop by Johnston Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 14 to pick up a Take Home Adult Crafting Kit. This month features Boho Macrame Key Chains. Included in the kit are written instructions from super-crafter Erica Carnes, plus all supplies needed for the craft except scissors. To-Go Adult Craft Kits are available for contactless curbside pick-up on Saturday, Aug. 14 beginning at 10 a.m. and will be available while supplies last. These kits will go fast and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary.
• The whole family is invited to the green space west of the Johnston Public Library for a free outdoor concert with the Belin Quartet at Sundaes on Sunday on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and yard blankets and enjoy family-friendly classical music and a free sundae ice cream cone from the Johnston Public Library. This concert is sponsored by Civic Music.

Calendar of events

Posted 7/19/21
• Johnston Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Library/Barn parking lot. Featured are 40 vendors providing veggies, fruit, baked goods, eggs, honey, art, garden art, crafts, music, The Egg Roll Ladies and BBQ! This is a Lions Club project.
• Summer Series Yoga offered in July and August. Free (donations welcome to support the food pantry). Held at The Lawn at 5870 Merle Hay Road. For information, call 515-210-9858.
• Yoga by the Lake: Bring your yoga mat and join certified instructors on Saturday mornings, 8-9 a.m. at Terra Lake Amphitheater. All levels are welcome to this free event.
• Lunch and Lures: July 24, Aug. 12, Aug. 19, Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Terra Lake pier. https://www.cityofjohnston.com/957/Lunch-and-Lures
• Beginner Fishing Workshop: July 24, 4-6 p.m., Terra Lake
• Neighborhood concert Aug. 6 at Green Meadows West Dover Park gazebo near Regus Offices, 6165 N.W. 86th St., 6:30-8 p.m. featuring Boomerang.
• Mayor’s Run for the Trails, Saturday, Aug. 21, Terra Park. Kids 100-yard dash and youth fun run at 8 a.m., followed by a chip-timed 5K Run/Walk at 8:15 a.m. Registration is required. For more information and registration, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/IA/Johnston/MayorsRunfortheTrails.
• Johnston Town Center Grand Opening, Aug. 28. 3-11 p.m., located at N.W. 62nd Avenue and Merle Hay Road. Watch for details about the entertainment and activities planned.

Sundae in the Park

Posted 7/19/21
Join the City of Johnston, Johnston Community School District, and Johnston Community Education on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 6-8 p.m. for an evening of music and ice cream, with an extra sprinkle of fun. Come see what groups your child can become involved in outside of school and meet City leaders. A variety of youth organizations will be on hand to provide information on youth activities. Hop into the cab of a city snowplow, explore a fire engine and sit shotgun in a Johnston police vehicle. The event will take place at Johnston Commons.

Undershirts, underwear or socks

Posted 7/12/21
“What do you want for your birthday, Dad?”
That’s a question I receive from my kids this time of year. And, each year, I give them the same answer: “How about undershirts, underwear or socks?”
“That’s really boring,” they reply in unison. To which I say, “But that’s what I want.”
Then they buy me something more fun — like a remote-controlled toy truck — and I go out shopping for undershirts, underwear and socks.
I used to buy my dad undershirts, underwear and socks. Well, actually my mom bought them for me to give to him. Regardless, he seemed to appreciate them, and I am starting to understand why. The older I get, the less I like to shop… for anything. But there are some things a guy just has to have. Like undershirts, underwear and socks.
Men used to receive neckties for their birthdays and Father’s Day, but who wears neckties today? If you do, let me know. I have dozens of them that you can have. Or maybe we can work out a trade — for undershirts, underwear or socks. Not used ones, of course. I am thrifty, but not that thrifty.
Maybe if I did wear neckties, you wouldn’t be able to see my dingy undershirts. And then I wouldn’t have to buy undershirts, underwear or socks so often. Or maybe I will just get what I really want for my birthday this year, which is, of course, another remote-controlled toy truck.
See you out shopping — for undershirts, underwear and socks.
Thanks for reading. 
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Burkhardt joins Johnston City Council

Posted 7/12/21
On Tuesday, June 29, the Polk County Election Office certified the June 22 special election results. The total number of votes cast was 2,018, which included polling location ballots and vote-by-mail ballots.
The City of Johnston voters elected new Council Member Bryan Burkhardt with 51 percent of the votes. He was officially sworn in at his first meeting on Tuesday, July 6 by Justin Allen.
“I have called Johnston ‘home’ since 1987, and I am excited to give back to a community that has given so much to me,” said Burkhardt. “As your council member, I look forward to representing everyone to ensure their voices are heard. As your elected leaders vote on agenda items, I will make informed and educated decisions to ensure we are making the right choices for the future of our community.”
Burkhardt is a graduate of Johnston High School and has a master’s degree in computer engineering from Iowa State University. He is a professor and chair at Des Moines Area Community College.
The next City Council meeting is Monday, July 19, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 6221 Merle Hay Road.

Library offers programs for kids

Posted 7/12/21
Start the week off right by swinging by JPL to pick up your Maker Monday Kit, a weekly activity kit for third through fifth graders to encourage creativity. Wednesdays are for Baby Busy Bags, a weekly to-go activity bag perfect for 6- to 18-month-olds to keep them entertained and develop sorting, stacking and fine motor skills. On Thursdays, grab the kindergarten through second grade crowd for K-2 Scissors & Glue, a fun and educational craft kit that will even include a whole week dedicated to slime. And, finally, grab the whole household and drop by the green space outside of JPL for Story Time on the Green on Tuesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. JPL’s youth librarians will have stories, songs and activities, as well as To-Go Story Time Kits, while supplies last.

Teen programs at the Library

Posted 7/12/21
Don’t miss out on the awesome activities planned for teens in July. Are you a gamer? JPL has Virtual Board Game Club on July 14. Register ahead of time to receive login and account information. And, finally, geek out about the pop culture you love with JPL’s Random Fandom Party Packs, featuring Marvel vs. DC, Book Nerd, and Gamer Edition Fandom Party Packs. Register for all teen events or to-go packs at johnstonlibrary.com/teens.

John Temple recognized during council work session

Posted 7/12/21
On Tuesday, July 6, John Temple was recognized for filling the vacant seat after a former council member resigned earlier this year.
 “I was excited to be a part of the Council during this time to continue guiding developments within Johnston,” said Temple. “It has been exciting to see The Yard coming together and the completion of City Hall. I look forward to watching the important decisions being made in the future. The council members and mayor are great representatives for our citizens and are excellent collaborators who work together very well. I’m sure Bryan Burkhardt will continue that fine tradition, and I wish him well in his new position.”
 Temple served on the Planning and Zoning Commission from 1998 to 2000, was first elected to City Council in 2000, serving until 2008, then returned to the Planning and Zoning Commission from 2008 to 2012. He was again elected to the Council in 2012 and left his seat in 2019. John was reappointed in February 2021 to serve until the special election took place in June 2021.

Building official retires after 26 years

Posted 7/12/21
Building Official Doug Sandvig retired on Tuesday, July 6 after 26 years of service with the City of Johnston. He began his career with the City in 1995. Twenty-six years ago, the City of Johnston had a population of around 6,100. He was the first full-time employee in the building department, and, at that time, he traveled to inspections using his personal vehicle. Fast forward to today, and the department has grown to four full-time staff members. During his 26 years, he has overseen the permitting and construction of more than 7,000 new residential units and more than $450,000,000 in new commercial and industrial development while watching the City grow to 23,000 residents.
While Sandvig wore many hats during the first few years of his career, he was well-respected among his colleagues and builders, said Community Development Director David Wilwerding. “He was a true leader and exemplified the meaning of hard work to ensure the safety of the residents and businesses within our community. His expertise and attention to detail during inspections will certainly be missed by many.”
Sandvig led numerous efforts to update the City’s building codes during his service to ensure structures were built to the highest possible safety standards using the most up-to-date construction methods.
As Sandvig closes in on his career for retirement, he looks forward to spending more time with family and playing tennis.

Trench Run 2021 coming up

Posted 7/12/21
The Trench Run at Camp Dodge, 7105 N.W. 70th Ave., Johnston, is Aug. 15. This is a challenging obstacle course hosted by the Iowa National Guard. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments, an awards presentation, and a performance by the Army Band. Sign-in and race-packet-pick-up is 5:30-7 a.m. at the Camp Dodge Pool Pavilion. Individuals start the race from 7:30-9:30 a.m. The Iowa National Guard hosts an open house from 9 a.m. to noon. Race awards start at approximately 10 a.m. followed by the concert.
This event is physically demanding, and participants must be at least 14 years of age at the time of the event. Participants younger than 18 must be registered by a parent or guardian.
Visitors enter Camp Dodge through the main gate. Photo identification (a driver’s license or military ID card are acceptable) is required for admittance to Camp Dodge for individuals 16 years of age and older.
Motorcyclists (drivers and passengers) on Camp Dodge are required by Department of Defense policy to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Motorcyclists without the required PPE may park their motorcycles at the N.W. Beaver Drive gate turnaround and walk to the pool complex (approximately three blocks).
For information and registration link, visit https://www.active.com/johnston-ia/running/distance-running/trench-run-2021.

Calendar of city meetings and community events

Posted 7/12/21
• Johnston Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Library/Barn parking lot. Featured are 40 vendors providing veggies, fruit, baked goods, eggs, honey, art, garden art, crafts, music, The Egg Roll Ladies and BBQ! This is a Lions Club project.
• Summer Series Yoga offered in July and August. Free (donations welcome to support the food pantry). Held at The Lawn at 5870 Merle Hay Road. For information, call 515-210-9858.
• Yoga by the Lake: Bring your yoga mat and join certified instructors on Saturday mornings, 8-9 a.m. at Terra Lake Amphitheater. All levels are welcome to this free event.
• Lunch and Lures: July 18, July 24, Aug. 12, Aug. 19, Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m. to1 p.m., Terra Lake pier. https://www.cityofjohnston.com/957/Lunch-and-Lures
• Intro to Kayak Fishing: July 18, 3-5 p.m., Terra Lake. Prerequisite: Must have attended one of the basic kayaking events. https://www.cityofjohnston.com/Calendar.aspx?EID=2827
• Beginner Fishing Workshop: July 24, 4-6 p.m., Terra Lake
• Neighborhood concert Aug. 6 at Green Meadows West Dover Park gazebo near Regus Offices, 6165 N.W. 86th St., 6:30-8 p.m. featuring Boomerang.
• Mayor’s Run for the Trails, Saturday, Aug. 21, Terra Park. Kids 100-yard dash and youth fun run at 8 a.m., followed by a chip-timed 5K Run/Walk at 8:15 a.m. Registration is required. For more information and registration, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/IA/Johnston/MayorsRunfortheTrails.
• Johnston Town Center Grand Opening, Aug. 28. 3-11 p.m., located at N.W. 62nd Avenue and Merle Hay Road. Watch for details about the entertainment and activities planned.

Final concert in Iowa National Guard Concert Series is July 15

Posted 7/12/21
The Iowa National Guard Concert Series at Camp Dodge, 7105 N.W. 70th Ave., at the historic Camp Dodge Pool Pavilion, concludes on July 15 with a concert by Standing Hampton from 6-9 p.m. A food truck will be available and admission is free. Bring chairs or blankets and cooler of drinks.

Upcoming city meetings

Posted 7/12/21
Planning and Zoning Meeting: July 12, 7 p.m.
Library Board Meeting: July 15, 5:30 p.m.
City Council Work Session: July 19, 6 p.m.
City Council Meeting: July 19, 7 p.m.

IT COMES DOWN TO TRUST

Posted 6/28/21
Are you a trusting person? Or do expect the worst from everyone? Your answer is most likely related to the last time you were hustled, who you were hustled by, and for how much.
My father owned a small business. I asked him if he ever got stiffed by a customer, and if so, what he did about it. His answer was simple: “Hustle me once, shame on you. Hustle me twice, shame on me.” His choice of words were a bit different, but you get the idea.
I live by those words, and I try not to make the same mistakes with the same people more than once. If I do, I have nobody to blame but myself.
The unfortunate truth is that there are a lot of hustlers out there, and we most all can become easy prey in certain situations. When we do, we become less trusting of others. That’s a learned response, much like the reason we don’t put our hands on hot coals a second time.
This might explain why the older that people are, the more cynical they seem to become. Maybe they have been burned more. Hustled more. Cheated more. Chalk it up to experience.
But doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? Maybe. That’s a roll of the dice and depends on how much of a gambler you are.
Meanwhile, the world might be a better place if we could all be a bit more trusting — at least the first time.
Thanks for reading.
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

National Guard Concert Series 

Posted 6/28/21
The Iowa National Guard Concert Series is being held at Camp Dodge, 7105 N.W. 70th Ave., at the historic Camp Dodge Pool Pavilion. A food truck will be available at the concerts. Admission is free. Bring chairs or blankets and cooler of drinks. July 8 features Brother Trucker. July 15 features Standing Hampton. Concerts are 6-9 p.m.

‘Busted in a Good Way’ program begins

Posted 6/28/21
The Johnston Police Department will be on the lookout this summer for kids in the community practicing good safety habits. If an officer sees kids practicing good habits, they will get “Busted in a Good Way.” Johnston Police Officers will be handing out tickets that are redeemable for ice cream at Van Dee’s Ice Cream. Every child who receives a ticket will be automatically entered to win a new bicycle. The program runs through Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Sundae in the Park

Posted 6/28/21
Join the City of Johnston, Johnston Community School District, and Johnston Community Education on Sunday, Aug. 8, from 6-8 p.m. for an evening of music and ice cream, with an extra sprinkle of fun. Come see what groups your child can become involved in outside of school and meet City leaders. A variety of youth organizations will be on hand providing information on youth activities. Hop into the cab of a city snowplow, explore a fire engine and sit shotgun in a Johnston police vehicle. The event will take place at Johnston Commons.

Yoga by the Lake

Posted 6/28/21
Bring your yoga mat and join certified instructors on Saturday mornings for one hour of free yoga from 8-9 a.m. at Terra Lake Amphitheater. Yoga helps build strength, activate core muscles and increases flexibility. All levels are welcome. 

Free Mulch at Terra Park

Posted 6/28/21
Head over to Terra Park (behind Iowa Public Television on Pioneer Parkway) and get free mulch. On Fridays, May through June and September through October from 1-3 p.m., the Parks Department will load the free mulch into the back of your pickup truck or trailer. During the months of July and August, if help is needed to load the mulch, contact the Parks Department at (515) 727-8091.

Online Deck Food Cooking Class offered

Posted 6/28/21
Cook along with fab food editor Lois Carpenter during this online Deck Party cooking class to be held 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, and make a couple quick appetizers and a signature drink perfect for an outdoor summer gathering. Learn how to master an ultra creamy homemade hummus and present it with flair using a colorful array of summer veggies. Then discover how to make a quick garlic-infused oil to put on toasted bread for fresh tomato bruschetta. For a signature drink, see how easy it is to shake up refreshing Watermelon Moscow Mules — both alcoholic and nonalcoholic options.
Sign up for the online cooking class presented on Zoom by July 10, and the recipes, ingredient list, and Zoom link will be sent to you.
The library is going to provide the ingredients for the hummus recipe to registered participants. Swing by the library to pick up the packaged ingredients on July 15 or 16 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. You can either purchase the rest of the ingredients for the drink and bruschetta to cook along with Lois, or feel free to simply watch the cooking demos. Registration is required for this free class. https://www.johnstonlibrary.com/events/?event_page=registration&did=36092

Public invited to hear Kiwanis speaker

Posted 6/28/21
Sara Maniscalco Robinson will be the speaker at the Kiwanis lunch meeting on Tuesday, July 6 at Trostel’s Greenbriar. She is the founder of Veterans’ Perspective. With more than 20 years of service in the Iowa National Guard as a public affairs soldier, Maniscalco Robinson has interviewed and shared the stories of countless military members. She will share these stories and more about her charitable foundation. The meeting is at 11:30 a.m. and non-members are welcome. RSVP To Barb Allen at 515-577-2194 or bjallen713@gmail.com.

Clothing donation notes

Posted 6/28/21
Johnston Partnership Place is accepting only spring and summer clothing donations at this time. Donations are also limited to a maximum of five bags. Donations are accepted at 5870 Merle Hay Road, Suite C in Johnston, immediately west of the Post Office, during operating hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New utility service fees took effect July 1

Posted 6/28/21
New water service deposit: $75
New water customers can also provide a payment history from a previous utility in lieu of paying the deposit.
Water rates
• Inside City limits: $7.85/1,000 gallons + service availability fee $10.56/month
• Outside City limits: $11.78/1,000 gallons + service availability fee $15.84/month
Sewer Rates
• Inside City Sewer: $5.96/1,000 gallons + service availability fee $6.46/month
• Inside City Sewer Only: $34.09/month – billed at a flat rate
• Outside City Sewer Only: $51.14/month – billed at a flat rate
Irrigation rates
• Inside City limits: $9.83/1,000 gallons + service availability fee $6.22/month
• Outside City limits: $14.75/1,000 gallons + service availability fee $9.33/month
Stormwater utility fee: $6.55/ERU
An ERU is the quantity used for assessing the stormwater utility fee charges. One ERU in the City of Johnston is set at 4,000 square feet of impervious surfaces (like driveways, roofs, patios, etc.). Thus, the Stormwater Utility fee system is based on the total impervious surface area of a property divided by 4,000 square feet. Properties with greater than 4,000 square feet of impervious surface are charged for more than one ERU.
Garbage/trash
• 96-gallon: $8.32/month / Services provided by Metro Waste Authority – 2nd container $6.73
• 48-gallon: $7.61/month / Services provided by Metro Waste Authority – 2nd container $6.02
• Garbage Outside Cart: $1 sticker per extra bag, $5 Bulky Waste sticker (couch, chair, etc.), $35 in stickers for appliances (customer schedules a specific day to pick the appliance up with Metro Waste Authority at (515) 244-0021
• Recycling: $3.89/month – Services provided by Metro Waste Authority
• Recycling Fee: $1 (Service by Metro Waste Authority)
Yard waste
• Bags: $9 (bundle of 5) / Billed at a flat rate
• Yard Waste Stickers: $1.50/sticker – Compost It! yard waste bags are available at Johnston City Hall, Hy-Vee, Fareway and Johnston Hardware. A Compost It yard waste sticker is required for all bundles of branches and non-Compost It! yard waste brown bags.
• Premium Compost It! Bin: $80 one-time use fee/customer owns the compost bin
• Premium Compost It! (annual collection fee): $105/year. The Premium Compost It! program offers residents an option for the additional collection of yard waste.
Burning is allowed of shrubs, limbs, and branches only.

THE SATISFACTION OF SAVING

Posted 6/28/21
Sixteen dollars. That was the profit I made from selling my toys and games at a garage sale that my mother had when I was 7 years old. That collection of cash and coins was what I carried with me to Home Federal Savings and Loan to open my first savings account in 1975. The bank teller even handed me a folded and stapled passport in a plastic sleeve that had the deposit transaction printed on it. A few years went by before I made any additional deposits from my lawn-mowing money, but it was then when I realized what interest was all about. That $16 I deposited had somehow grown. I didn’t understand how, but I liked it.
I became fascinated with the process of making deposits and growing my savings. As I started walking beans and detasseling corn, the REAL money began to come in. I felt personal victories with each savings milestone— $100, $200, $300 and so on. When I turned 15, I started working at a gas station and received a regular paycheck, but the savings process was still the same. I went to the bank, deposited my check and fixed my eyes on that passport to see how much I earned in interest.
I still deposit into my savings with the passion I had as a kid. Admittedly, with auto-deposits, ATM withdrawals and online banking, I don’t get the exact satisfaction, but that’s OK.
As for that original Home Federal Savings and Loan passport, I still have it stored away in a box in my basement, complete with the now-yellowed plastic sleeve and the memory of my first $16. It seems money is not the only thing I save.
Thanks for reading.
 
Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
shane@dmcityview.com
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Burkhardt elected to Johnston City Council

Posted 6/28/21
Bryan Burkhardt was elected to the Johnston City Council in the June 22 Special Election held to fill a seat that was vacated. The unofficial results indicate he received 1,032 votes. Jim Gorsche (write-in) received 777 votes; Adam Haar, 203 votes; and other write-ins, 6 votes.

Students named Athene USA Game Changer Scholars

Posted 6/28/21
Athene USA, a provider of retirement savings products, announced the 20 Iowa students to be named to the inaugural class of the Athene USA Game Changer Scholars. Included is Caleb Hoyt, Johnston.
The Game Changer Scholars program was created to support underrepresented Latino/Latina/Latinx/Hispanic and Black/African American students in reaching their educational goals. The program awards individual scholarships of $2,000 each. Game Changer Scholars recipients must be Iowa residents with plans to attend college or university in Iowa. 

JHS student takes third place at National History Day contest

Posted 6/28/21
Anita Dinakar of Johnston High School took third place in her category recently at the 2021 National History Day National Contest, which was held virtually again this year. Her teacher is Sue Cline, and Dinakar’s entry was in the Senior Individual Website category. Her project, “Starring Hazel Scott: Taking a Swing at Segregation,” placed third in the nation.
“Iowa’s National History Day program continues to be strong because of the time and effort our students and educators have devoted to it over the past year,” said Susan Kloewer, administrator of the State Historical Society of Iowa. “We congratulate all of our students who represented Iowa at the national level and we are proud of their achievements.”
National History Day is a year-long academic enrichment program that challenges students to research, develop and present papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites and performances about historical topics related to an annual theme. This year’s theme was “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.”

Calendar of city meetings and community events

Posted 6/28/21
• Johnston Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Library/Barn parking lot. Featured are 40 vendors providing veggies, fruit, baked goods, eggs, honey, art, garden art, crafts, music, The Egg Roll Ladies and BBQ! This is a Lions Club project.

• Summer Series Yoga offered in July and August. Free (donations welcome to support the food pantry). Held at The Lawn at 5870 Merle Hay Road. For information, call 515-210-9858.

• Neighborhood concert July 9 at Green Meadows West Dover Park gazebo near Regus Offices, 6165 N.W. 86th St., 6:30-8 p.m. featuring Gladys Light.

• Neighborhood concert Aug. 6 at Green Meadows West Dover Park gazebo near Regus Offices, 6165 N.W. 86th St., 6:30-8 p.m. featuring Boomerang.

• Mayor’s Run for the Trails, Saturday, Aug. 21, Terra Park. Kids 100-yard dash and youth fun run at 8 a.m., followed by a chip-timed 5K Run/Walk at 8:15 a.m. Registration is required. For more information and registration, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/IA/Johnston/MayorsRunfortheTrails.

Blood drive upcoming

Posted 6/28/21
Help save lives by participating in the Johnston Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, June 30. Appointments are required to participate; they will be available from 2:30-7:30 p.m. at the Lions Club Community Building. All lifesaving blood donors receive a health screening at the donation, finds out their blood type, and is tested for COVID-19 antibodies to help the state department understand the virus. To make an appointment, contact Judy Anderson at 515-278-0939.

Kiwanis speaker announced

Posted 6/28/21
Sara Maniscalco Robinson will be the speaker at the Kiwanis lunch meeting on Tuesday, July 6 at Trostel’s Greenbriar. She is the founder of Veterans’ Perspective. With more than 20 years of service in the Iowa National Guard as a public affairs soldier, Maniscalco Robinson has interviewed and shared the stories of countless military members. She will share these stories and more about her charitable foundation. The meeting is at 11:30 a.m., and non-members are welcome. RSVP to Barb Allen at 515-577-2194 or bjallen713@gmail.com.

National Guard Concert Series

Posted 6/28/21
The Iowa National Guard Concert Series is being held at Camp Dodge, 7105 N.W. 70th Ave., at the historic Camp Dodge Pool Pavilion. A food truck will be available at the concerts. Admission is free. Bring chairs or blankets and cooler of drinks. July 8 features Brother Trucker. July 15 features Standing Hampton. Concerts are 6-9 p.m.

News from the stacks at Johnston Public Library

Posted 6/28/21
The thermometer is climbing, but it’s plenty cool at Johnston Public Library. Stop by JPL this month and check out some of the fun programs happening for kids, teens and adults.

Kids
Start the week off right by swinging by JPL to pick up your Maker Monday Kit, a weekly activity kit for third through fifth graders to encourage creativity. Wednesdays are for Baby Busy Bags, a weekly to-go activity bag perfect for 6- to 18-month-olds to keep them entertained and develop sorting, stacking and fine motor skills. On Thursdays, grab the kindergarten through second grade crowd for K-2 Scissors & Glue, a fun and educational craft kit that will even include a whole week dedicated to slime. And, finally, grab the whole household and drop by the green space outside of JPL for Story Time on the Green on Tuesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. JPL's youth librarians will have stories, songs and activities, as well as To-Go Story Time Kits, while supplies last.

Teens
Don't miss out on the awesome activities planned for teens in July including a Teen Tuesday Challenge: Glue Gun Art available for pick up on Tuesday, July 6. The Teen Tuesday Challenge Kit has all the supplies you need to complete a masterpiece with glue. Registration required. Are you a gamer? JPL has Virtual Dungeons and Dragons on July 7 and Virtual Board Game Club on July 14. Register ahead of time to receive login and account information. And, finally, geek out about the pop culture you love with JPL’s Random Fandom Party Packs, featuring Marvel vs. DC, Book Nerd, and Gamer Edition Fandom Party Packs. Register for all teen events or to-go packs at johnstonlibrary.com/teens.

Adults
Adults, we have a great lineup of ongoing programs that will continue throughout the summer, including our two programs for English Language Learners and four Adult Book Clubs. Additionally, mark your calendar for three special programs in July for adults: To-Go Adult Craft Kits: Paint and Pot Mini Succulent on July 10, Deck Food Online Cooking Class on Zoom on July 17, and To-Go Adult Craft Kits: Homemade Paper Greeting Cards on July 24. Check out the website at johnstonlibrary.com/events for more info or to register for the cooking class.
As a reminder, appointments are no longer necessary for library browsing or computer use at JPL. Pop in to pick up your holds, do some quick browsing for books, movies, or other library materials, or use a computer. Study rooms are also now open for two-hour appointments. Visit johnstonlibrary.com or call at 515-278-5233 for more information on library programs or services.

Dragon Scholarship Fund Auction goes virtual

Posted 6/28/21
The Dragon Scholarship Fund Virtual Auction will be held July 11-18. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in the event from the comfort of your own home. Registration is free, and 100% of the proceeds from the auction will be used to fund scholarships for Johnston graduating seniors.
Among the items to be auctioned are 40 baskets ranging in value from $35 to $3,000 and including a wide variety of products and services. In addition, you can “spin to win” for a chance to win a $500 Hy-Vee gift card. You can also “fund a need” and donate directly to the fund.
While the auction doesn’t officially open for bidding until July 11, you can preview the packages available now at dsf2021.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse.