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Much to be thankful for locally

January 4, 2012
Carrie Barr, Marshalltown , Times-Republican

Marshalltown owes a "thank you" to so many this season!

First of all, to Todd Eipperle for his brave, selfless, humble example for all of us, but especially to the Boy Scouts he leads. How lucky we are to have folks like Todd in our midst!

A thank you goes out to The Art Walk earlier this fall, led by Paige Jensen and her committee, was an enjoyable evening celebrating the creative among us. Annie Grieshop's generous loan of three pianos and the many talented musicians who entertained us made people feel like lingering to enjoy the art and a visit with friends. It was a fun night full of friendly chats while folks appreciated the Art Among Us!

Thanks to all who worked toward the Bike Trail Extension! What a welcome enhancement. Studies tell us that growing communities offer outdoor activities ... including bike trails! It will encourage better health and more fun for area families and individuals. We are doing our part in the Governor's plan to become the Healthiest State in the Union!

Thanks to the community for rescuing the Franklin Field Ticket Booths -the new fencing, the sturdy pillars and sharp-looking structures are such an improvement! John Hermanson has done a beautiful job of leading the effort to change an eyesore into a lovely asset. Thank you to John and his committee.

The Linda Bloom Natatorium is a natural "thank you" to Coach Bloom's outstanding record of nurturing, training, encouraging and caring for hundreds of eager young swimmers. Thank you, Linda! You have changed lives more than you will ever know.

The first annual Jean Seberg Film Festival was outstanding! All who took part were amazed, not only at the creative, artful, extensive displays but at this gentle, talented and complex soul who was nurtured and encouraged right here in Marshalltown!

Marshalltown's Community-wide Blue Zone application is an on-going effort by many, led by Kim Schryver and Carol Hibbs. Thanks to those ladies, and many others, for their diligent work to move our city through the first stage of qualification. Marshalltown may be one of 10 communities to receive great helps in evaluating, planning, implementing better trails, community gardens, healthier foods and fun activities.

Thank you to Bettie Bolar, director of the Community Foundation of Marshall County, for her efforts in establishing several new endowments that will keep valuable organizations viable.

Marshalltown is full of good people doing great things. Thank you to all who have lent a hand, helped a neighbor, led a fund drive, tutored a student. You are a part of what makes Marshalltown what it is!



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