Bucking the trend: Creating a vibrant town center
Sometimes fate more than stategic planning takes a hand in the direction of a community.
Legand has it that in 1950 Fay Clark called the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, fire department about a fire at his welding shop. The fire department, however, wouldn't cross the northern city boundary, Blairs Ferry Road.
Firefighters to Collect for MDA
Members of the Hiawatha Fire Department along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout Hiawatha.
Members of the Hiawatha Fire Department will fan out around Hiawatha with boots in hand for this year's drive. Watch for the Firefighters at intersections around Hiawatha starting the weekend of August 22nd, and at other events and locations in the weeks leading up to Labor Day.
Funds raised through 2014 Hiawatha Fill the Boot event will help support MDA's programs of worldwide research, specialized health care services, and day-to-day support - which includes sending children affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases to a week-long, barrier-free MDA summer camp at Camp Courageous in Monticello, Iowa. Last year, Hiawatha Firefighters raised $9,339 for MDA and hope to increase that amount this year.
Hiawatha Celebrates City Week Iowa
The City of Hiawatha is celebrating City Week Iowa October 6-10, 2014. City government is the government closest to most citizens and the one with the most direct daily impact upon its residents. With that in mind, municipal officials feel a responsibility to pass along their understanding of public services and their benefits.
The City of Hiawatha believes that through this event, Hiawatha has a timely opportunity to help Iowa's residents become more informed about the services of our city governments which, in turn, will lead to more knowledgeable citizens participation in the future.
Events planned for the week include: Open House at the Hiawatha Community Center where residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out what's going on with the City Departments, October 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.; Volunteer Awards and Recognition at the Hiawatha Community Center, October 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Cities across Iowa will be celebrating City Week, sponsored by the Iowa League of Cities, to showcase and celebrate cities and the many services they provide. "City week is part of an ongoing effort to help promote good government and to help our members showcase the important role cities play in the lives of Iowans," said League Executive Director Alan Kemp.
The Iowa League of Cities is the oldest, continuously operating municipal league in the country. Founded in 1898, the League is a not-for-profit organization that advocates for issues affecting cities throughout Iowa. The League provides wide-ranging services for cities including research, work-shops, reports, publications, pooled investments, and risk management. Hiawatha is a member of the Iowa League of Cities.
Hiawatha Fun Facts
The City Departments have submitted some fun facts to tease your brain. Try your luck at the following fun facts and bring your answers to the Open House on October 8, 2014. A prize will be given for the most correct answers.
||How many rolls of toilet paper did the Library use last year?
||How many items did the Library circulate in 2013?
||How many tons of salt and sand does Hiawatha use during snow plow operations?
||Where does Hiawatha sewer go?
||How many catch basins does Hiawatha have?
||How many volunteer coaches help with our youth soccer and blastball programs each summer?
||How many pills were dropped off in the Hiawatha Police Department's drug drop box between January 1, 2014 and August 15, 2014?
||How many gallons of water is used to make one hamburger?
||What were the first water pipes in the United States made from?
||What was the first recorded building code?
||How many bathtubs can the Fire Department's hook and ladder truck fill in one minute?
||How many total years of service has Tom Theis served on City Council and as Mayor?
Women's Auxiliary Food/Clothing Drive