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FEATURED PHOTO · Times Photo By Alyssa Vicente On Thursday, July 21, Marion's own City Square bustled with the sights, sounds, and even smells of two different events...The Fiesta Block Party celebrated 20 years! Hosts for this annual event were: Carlos O' Kelly's, Farmers State Bank and Martin Gardner Architecture. This is the Marion Chamber of Commerce's most popular networking event; an evening opportunity to get to know the business community while enjoying complementary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Guests of the Fiesta Block Party celebrated from 5 to 7 p.m. Also that same evening, the weekly Big Band Concert took place in City Square Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The 17-piece band plays big band music from the '30s, '40s and '50s. This is the band's 16th year providing free summer concerts in Marion.
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School districts discuss Innovation Center partnership
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Linn-Mar school board president Tim Isenberg and director of teaching and learning Jeff Frost, extended an invitation to the Marion Independent School District board on October 10, to partner with them in an Innovation Center project (formerly STEM) beginning in the fall of 2017/18.

Trojan Lodge No. 548 selected as 'Citizen of the Year'
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Two weeks ago, Trojan Masonic No. 548 was selected to be Marion's 2017 "Citizen of the Year" by the partnership of the Marion Chamber of Commerce and the Marion Times.

Ukrainian visitors have opportunities to observe, question at state and local levels
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
As we mentioned in last week's story, the Ukrainians - two men and five women - who visited Marion stayed in the homes of Tom and Alice Wilkinson, Charlie and Pat Kress, Dean and Jean Thomas, and Vic and Pat Klopfenstein.

Be sure to understand ward vote wording
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Marion residents are asked to be sure they understand the wording about ward voting on the November 8 election ballot. Just what does a "yes" or "no" vote mean? The ballot language is somewhat confusing.

Hurry! Quick! One-day deal at the YMCA!
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
We just received information that on October 20 (Thursday) YMCA branches, including the Marion YMCA and the Y facilities at Mercy Health Plaza, will offer you a joining discount.

Art in the Alley is blooming day by day
by Report submitted · October 20th, 2016
Jake Balcom's "Alley Blome"

Camp Wapsi holds Halloween Camp
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Kids from first grade through 10th grade have an opportunity to join "Spook-tacular" Halloween activities October 29 and 30 at Camp Wapsie.

College News
October 20th, 2016
University of Northern Iowa Graduation List, Summer 2016

Is an accident waiting to happen?
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Safety at several MISD school crosswalks were discussed at the October 10 MISD board meeting at 7 p.m. And solutions such as adding flashing lights, tables (like speed bumps), and cameras at dangerous intersections were suggested as precautionary solutions by several board members. Superintendent Chris Dyer said, "We are trying to prevent an accident now."

Lebeda Mattress Factory delivers on Marion's economy
by Article and Photo Courtesy of Nanci Young, Director of Strategic Engagement · October 20th, 2016
The Marion business environment is filled with success and opportunities. MEDCO is sharing compelling stories that highlight those who support the Marion economy and promote an environment that builds community loyalty. Our strengths will retain and attract business development, allowing Marion to reach higher and achieve more.

Lights, camera, action!
by Alyssa James Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
For more than a decade, Nepo Productions has been an important part of the storytelling and cinematography industry in the Eastern Iowa area. The business was founded in Marion in 2002 by previous owner, Eric Blesie. Current owner, Steve Oliver, bought the company in 2011 after Blesie's passing. Since then, Nepo Productions has stayed in Marion, and continues to carry out its high-quality craft of cinematography.

Linn County drug "Take-Back" event
by Report submitted · October 20th, 2016
On Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, the Linn County Sheriff's Office will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a nationwide prescription drug "Take-Back" initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Sheriff's Office will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at three different locations throughout Linn County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. This is a free, anonymous service that will help keep your home safe and could even save lives.

Local senior living community honored
by Report submitted · October 20th, 2016
The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) recognized Summit Pointe Senior Living community in Marion with two Quality Program awards at its annual convention of long-term services and supports providers on September 28 in Des Moines. The Quality Program Awards recognize providers and individuals whose programs put quality into action in long-term services and supports settings.

Movers for Military Donation Box at Library
by Jo Pearson Assistant Director · October 20th, 2016
The Marion Public library is proud to be part of the first annual Movers for Military collection drive. Now through Monday, November 7, Movers for Military will support homeless veterans by providing basic needs for this at-risk group. The following items are on the SSVF wish list:

New Marion author writes about her personal loss to help others
by DJ Kauffman, Correspondent · October 20th, 2016
Whoever said, "No pain; no gain," had either experienced extreme hardships or none at all. Marion author, Carmen O'Brien has, and writes of her personal struggles in her new book, "Happy October 15th."
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