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Marion reaches higher than the rooftops
Marion reaches higher than the rooftops
FEATURED PHOTO · - Times Photo By Deirdre Ryan, Back by popular demand, Uptown Marion hosted the second annual Eat. Drink. & Be Marion: Food & Pub Crawl Fundraiser on Thursday, July 14. Participants could enjoy a night out on the town for a good cause! With the purchase of an event ticket, guests received a complementary glass and exclusive deals from participating businesses in the Uptown Marion District. Also included were great raffle prizes from Marion businesses, live entertainment and extended shopping hours from participating establishments. Tickets were $25 per person ($45 for couples). Proceeds from Eat.Drink.Be Marion will go towards the ongoing revitalization and beautification efforts of Uptown Marion - A Main Street Iowa District. According to Ashley Zierath, Program Director for Uptown Marion, 350 tickets were sold for Eat.Drink.Be Marion this year; which was the total amount available for purchase. Last year was a sold out event as well, but only about 220 tickets were on hand. There were 30 Uptown Marion businesses that participated in the second annual crawl, and 55 Marion businesses that acted as sponsors and donators for the event.
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Calling all area 'Dog Lovers' - don't miss this!
by Nancy Grindle · July 26th, 2016
The K9Splash event, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, is asking for volunteers who love dogs to help with the annual dog swim at Bever Pool in Cedar Rapids.

Children's workshops available at Heritage Center
by Nancy Grindle · July 26th, 2016
In connection with the national traveling needlework exhibit which will be at the Heritage Center from August 6 through October 8, (featured on Page A1 of this week's Marion Times), a series of free Make-It, Take-It workshops will be offered to children to encourage them to try their hand at needlework.


Dazzling display of needlework comes soon to Heritage Center
by Nancy Grindle · July 26th, 2016
The Embroiderer's Guild of America, the Cedar Valley Chapter of EGA, and the Marion Heritage Center are working together to present an exhibit of some of the finest needlework from across the United States and Canada.

Every Joe loves a cup of coffee'...
by Alyssa Vicente · July 26th, 2016
On a 2 a.m. coffee break at work, Joshua Mandle accidentally spilled sriracha in his coffee. While most of us would take the cup of coffee, dump it, and get a new cup, Mandle proceeded to drink the coffee, enjoying this unique blend of flavors. This single event created a spark in Joshua Mandle and his friend Bruce Lange to experiment with coffee.


Journey back in time with the Jordan family
by D.J. Kauffman · July 26th, 2016
They toiled in the earth of America's heartland until it finally surrendered to their relentless effort and heavy plows.
-D.J.K.

Linn County pioneers, Rishworth and Charlotte (Chase) Jordan, left their native state of Maine in 1852 and settled on a farm near Central City where they had ten children; one of whom was James D. Jordan of Marion Township [Portrait and Biographical Album of Linn County, Iowa]. Through hard work and determination this Jordan family has established a proud heritage and has left an indelible footprint on the city of Marion.


MEDCO: Business Reaching Higher
July 26th, 2016
Article & Photo Courtesy of
Nanci Young, Director of
Strategic Engagement

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.


Second book on Marion brings author's return
by Nancy Grindle · July 26th, 2016
Although Dan Kellams left home to attend Cornell College in Mount Vernon and then Columbia University in New York City, a part of his heart remained in Marion, Iowa, as we find when we open his second book, a memoir called Mistaken for a King: Sketches of a Small-Town Boyhood.


Bark Busters offers help for any dog
by Nancy Grindle · July 15th, 2016
Bark Busters is considered a top-notch dog training program, and Marion's own Janie Fairchild serves the local area as an experienced Specialist Trainer.


Ce-Mar Acres leaves magical memories behind
by D.J. Kauffman · July 15th, 2016
She clung tight to her money while running like a gazelle over the grassy field toward the exciting pleasure ground she frequented many times near her home. She moved a bit slower that morning, as she did not want to fall and get her dainty white church gloves dirty, especially after begging to wear them.

Council holds two hearings, sets another
by Nancy Grindle · July 15th, 2016
The Marion City Council met in regular session on Thursday, July 7. Two hearings were held that evening, one with regard to a request from Perry Development Partners to amend the Future Land Use Map, and another regarding a request from the Marion United Methodist Church about its proposed new building site.


CRACC provides pet services to Marion
by Deirdre Ryan · July 15th, 2016
While some Marion residents and families already have their pets or "best friends" selected, there are those still longing for an additional member to their clan. There are many places to look as you try to find that perfect pet, but one option to definitely consider is the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control Center (CRACC).


Enjoy your summer vacation around Marion
by Gary Follmann · July 15th, 2016
It's hard to believe, and almost down-right depressing, to look at the calender and realize for many, that it is just a month away from the idea of summer activities, and being able to enjoy all of them before we start gearing up for a busy fall. I could enjoy, live, and breathe summer all year long, and it always goes by far too quickly.

How to Navigate a Single-Lane or Mini-Roundabout
July 15th, 2016
The mini-roundabout located at 29th Avenue and 35th Street, is the first intersection of its kind in Marion. Mini-roundabouts are designed to fit within the footprint of an existing intersection.


K9COLA: fun for dogs and their humans
by Nancy Grindle · July 15th, 2016
K9COLA stands for K9 Citizens for Off-Leash Areas and has been active in the area for many years. It is a non-profit group which has worked with the City of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department to provide a safe place where dog owners can take their pets to run free in a large-fenced space.


Kirkwood instructor shares pet passion
by D.J. Kauffman · July 15th, 2016
Marjorie, Delores, Finn and Bogie, happily played in the gated yard, as pet owner and Assistant Professor of Forensic Science at Kirkwood Community College, Amy Rehnstrom, PhD, sipped refreshments and watched her Corgis from her large, covered front porch after returning home from work on Monday, June 20.
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