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1 Allen's Orchard offers fun, fall festivities
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | October 19th, 2017

The weather is starting to change, leaves are falling, and all things pumpkin and spice and everything nice are all around. For those who love fall, this is prime time for pumpkin patch trips, apple-picking and other fun fall activities.
   
2 Emerson Elementary plans move forward
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | October 19th, 2017

The Marion Independent School District is looking at roughly 1.25 million dollar repurposing plans for its vacant Emerson Elementary facility located at 1400 10th Avenue. If feasibly possible, the district would like to use it for its growing home schooling program.
   
3 The Marion Home School Assistance Program offers enriching 'smorgasbord'
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | October 19th, 2017

"Home School Assistance Programs (HSAP) were established during the 1991 state legislative session. The legislation specifies that the district choosing to sponsor an HSAP shall provide an Iowa licensed teacher to serve as supervising teacher for the enrolled families," said Marion Home School Assistance Program Director Tom Ertz.
   
4 Tree planting in Marion offers hands-on education
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | October 19th, 2017

"Trees for Kids and Trees for Teens are tree education and planting programs targeted to Iowa's elementary and secondary school students. The goal of these programs is to educate students about the value of trees and to encourage tree planting projects at schools and other public areas around the state." [TreesForKidsGrantinstructions.pdf]
   
5 Imagining what is next for Marion
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | October 12th, 2017

An ImagiNEXT community improvement campaign was promoted during the Marion Chamber of Commerce 80th Annual Meeting on Wednesday, October 4, at the Marriott Hotel on Collins Road in Cedar Rapids. The City of Marion is taking its next step forward as part of an Iowa Great Place initiative.
   
6 Uptown Marion, transforming old into new
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | October 12th, 2017

Uptown Marion currently has an eclectic feel, thanks to a late 20th century modernization move, where a colorful, glass-front mini-mall and parking lot were built in place of run-down, two-story 19th century structures lining the south side of 7th Avenue.
   
7 Back to Our Future
by Nancy Grindle and DJ Kauffman Correspondents · News | October 5th, 2017

Great Scott! Marion looked back to its future with perfect weather on Saturday, September 30, during the Swamp Fox Festival. It was a tad bit chilly in the morning, but that was okay with the runners who signed up for the 5K and Kids' Fun Run as well as those who walked.
   
8 Local fundraising event encourages dystonia awareness and support
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | October 5th, 2017

Dogs4dystonia Dog Walk organizer and East Central Iowa Corridor Dystonia Support Group Leader Sheila Killham, 46, was diagnosed with a rare, neurological muscle movement disorder called dystonia several years ago while living in Texas. She said the disease first attacked her vocal cords, then later progressed to her legs, feet, and neck.
   
9 Marion Police Department investigates homicide
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | October 5th, 2017

A recent Marion police investigation into a suspicious death has been determined to be a homicide, according to Marion Police Department Public Information Officer (PIO) Tom Daubs. He told reporters the remains were found at 560 Hillview Drive in Marion after a wellness check was conducted by officials around 9:15 a.m. on Monday, October 2. PIO Daubs originally stated something was found at the scene leading investigators to open an investigation into the possible homicide.
   
10 Lutheran Church of the Resurrection offers Lifetree Cafe
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · News | September 28th, 2017

"Lifetree Cafe is a place where rich conversation is served up every week. At Lifetree Cafe, you're encouraged to share your own stories and listen to others. But if you don't feel like talking, that's okay, too. You're welcome just as you are." [lifetreecafe.com]
   
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