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Eldon, Iowa muralist shares details behind her recent artwork

ELDON, Iowa (KYOU) - On Saturday residents gathered in the city of Eldon to admire the artwork at the Mural Dedication event. Shortly after the event, other activities took place like cardboard boat races, a bullfrog jumping contest, and a parade where children waited patiently to receive candy from floats riding by.
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The city of Eldon will hold a mural dedication event

ELDON, Iowa (KYOU) - The city of Eldon will be showing recognition to several historical sites in the area with just one mural. Patti Durflinger, who is one of the members of the Mural Committee along with Donna Jeffrey and Brian Keasling, says the idea of the mural started three years ago reading the newspaper.
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‘My Four Years at Parsons College’ tells story of Fairfield school’s tumultuous era

FAIRFIELD — Parsons College alumnus John Blackstock has published a book about his time in Fairfield titled “My Four Years at Parsons College.”. The book details Blackstock’s career at the institution from his arrival at the Leggett Hotel bus stop in Fairfield in 1960 until his graduation in 1964. This was a tumultuous time for the college, which was growing by leaps and bounds, attracting more students than the campus had room for.
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Book published on life of Charles Parsons

FAIRFIELD — Parsons College called Fairfield home from its founding in 1875 until its closure 98 years later. The college was named after Lewis B. Parsons Sr., who died in 1855 and who left a bequest to start a Christian college in Southeast Iowa. His two sons, Charles and Lewis B. Parsons Jr., chose to locate the college in Fairfield.
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Fairfield’s Lisk publishes book on overcoming anorexia

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield resident Summer Roberts Lisk has published a book detailing her struggles with the eating disorder anorexia that sent her to the hospital, and how she triumphed over the disorder and her self-doubt. Lisk’s book is titled “23 Summers Ago: Finding the Best Version of Me Through My...
Fairfield, IAvisitfairfieldiowa.com

Dancing (or Just Listening) in the Streets

The Summer Sun Music Series, sponsored by many area businesses, is the perfect answer to finally emerging from our long quarantine shelters and gathering together again in small groups in a festival atmosphere! Fairfield Art and Convention Center's brand new executive director, Lindsay Bauer, has come up with a terrific idea! The weather was amazing Wednesday night for an outdoor concert. The day had been warm and full of sunshine. The sun was just setting and there was a slight breeze. I had a comfy folding chair, my ever-present water bottle, and my husband sitting beside me. Ahhhh just right.
Bloomfield, IABloomfield Democrat

Images of the Past: Bloomfield's first park

The public square in Bloomfield dates to April 1844 when the city was laid out. It is older than New York City’s Central Park by more than a decade. In 1933, former Bloomfield resident Will Black, who had worked at the Bloomfield Democrat in the 1890s, recounted, “In setting out the trees in the park, the settlers from Indiana had to have their ‘gum’ trees and brought saplings and set them out with soft maple and locust and they put an evergreen or pine in each corner.“ In 1870, the public square was almost sold off to lure the construction of a railroad through Bloomfield. Three years later, the square was selected as the site for a new county courthouse.
Bloomfield, IABloomfield Democrat

Library begins summer program

Levi Parker and Samantha Andrews enjoy chalk art at the “Color Your World” registration session at the Bloomfield Public Library June 5. The summer program continues with “Color Creation” on June 10 and “Yoga in the Yard” on June 16 from 10;30-11 a.m. For more information, contact Jennifer Ball at the Bloomfield Public Library. (Photo courtesy of Chris Ball)
Bloomfield, IABloomfield Democrat

Bloomfield receives recognition on ‘Good Morning, America’

Bloomfield showed up on the well-known TV show, “Good Morning, America,” last week as a recommended city to move to and work remotely. Bloomfield’s Development Director Tammy Roberts has been taking online classes in economic development through the University of Oklahoma. One of her assignments was to fill out online applications promoting incentives offered by her hometown.
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The Fairfield Public Library kicked off their summer reading program

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - This year’s theme for the Fairfield Public Library summer reading program is “Reading Colors the World.”. The official start date was June 5th and so far 60 children have signed up. Youth Services Librarian, Alecs Mickunas, says the program’s purpose is to get children to read...
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Fairfield library kicks off summer reading Saturday

Fairfield Public Library’s Summer Reading Program sign-up day is Saturday from 1-4 p.m. In this annual program, young people of all ages are encouraged to read as much as they can from the beginning of June through July. Families can use the kickoff event to pick up reading logs and...
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William Coop statue in Fairfiled has been repaired

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - William Coop is no longer sitting alone. Sculpted in 1981 by Christopher Bennett, the Coop Statue is a sculpture of the first pioneer settler born in Jefferson County back in 1836 according to. JeffersonCountyTrails.org. Around mid-May, KYOU reported the young boy that was a part of...
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Fairfield First Fridays returns to Central Park

FAIRFIELD — Marla Brader is beyond excited for the return of in-person art walks. Brader, the executive director of Fairfield First Fridays, said it has been more than a year since the organization hosted an in-person event, the last coming in April 2020. That will change Friday when art walk...
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Iowa organization aims to promote equality through the expression of art

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KYOU) - I.G.N.Y.T.E. Iowa is an organization created to promote peace, social justice, and unity through art and musical expression. Gretchen Jentz, who is the founder of the organization, says her religion is what gave her inspiration. “I’m a member of the Baha’i Faith and we have this...
Davis County, IABloomfield Democrat

Learning at the Historical Museum

Jill Nelson’s second grade classes traditionally enjoy an end-of-the-year treat by holding classes in the one-room country school on the grounds of the Davis County Historical Society. Here Nelson and several students enjoy a game of “Miss Mary Mack” during recess while other students played marbles and jacks. The students had the option of dressing in period clothes and enjoyed a spelling bee and ciphering contest while in class.
Fairfield, IAOttumwa Courier

First Friday has full slate this week

FAIRFIELD — Friday’s First Friday event in Fairfield is full of activity. The Fairfield Art Association opens the annual summer downtown art installation for public viewing. It includes 18 artworks consisting of “Eye Glasses” representing a “Better View in 2021.” They will be on display outdoors in the garden nodes around the square, along Main Street and to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
Bloomfield, IABloomfield Democrat

New books at Bloomfield Public Library

Summertime is just around the corner, which means no school and sunshine. Summer also means new books being added to the collection at the Bloomfield Public Library. The new kids’ books are “Kennedy’s Last Days” by Bill O’Reilley; “Barbara Throws a Wobbler” by Nadia Shireen; “I Like Animals… What Jobs Are There?” by Steve Martin and “I Like the Outdoors… What Jobs are There?” by Carron Brown.
Bloomfield, IABloomfield Democrat

‘Reading Colors Your World’ set for June 5

The Bloomfield Public Library will be hosting a Kick-Off Party — Reading Colors Your World — on June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the library’s summer reading programs. Columbia Street in front of the library will be closed for the occasion, and children will be meeting in the street to “color their world” with sidewalk chalk, enjoy popsicles, sign up for summer programs and receive books through a book giveaway.
Bloomfield, IABloomfield Democrat

Free movie in courtyard Friday night

Bloomfield Main Street will offer a free movie, “Onward,” in the courtyard Friday night, May 28, at dusk. Event organizer, Abby Yearling, reminds the public to bring their lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Concessions, including snow cones, popcorn, and drinks will be sold on site by Denny Liles.