As I write the skies are blue, the temperature is approaching 60*F and the birds are singing outside my window. The forecast for tomorrow is calling for rain and snow. That's the way early spring is in Iowatemperamental.
One thing that can be counted on year after year to be steady and true is the anticipation area golfers have for getting back to the game. April is the official "kick-off" to the golf season with the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Local courses will be opening this month. Fort Dodge Today brings you a preview of what's in store at two local, public coursesLakeside Municipal and Willow Ridge.
On the education front Julie Busby introduces us to R. J. Musselman who teaches English at St. Edmond High School. She also discovers what Mussleman's students enjoy about their teacher. Bill McIntyre brings us Adam Bradley's story. Fort Dodge residents have reason to be proud of our city with so many students coming from distant places to make Iowa Central Community College their home for the school year. Clearly the college and Fort Dodge are doing something right.
Robert Wolf caught up with Sharon Tilton this month. Tilton divides her volunteer time among several organizations, two of which are the Civitans and a group which makes and collects blankets for children called Project Linus. People reaching out to help others is what makes a city a real community. Joe Kirchmeier would likely agree. He volunteers as the community services director for the Seventh Day Adventist church. Robert Wolf tells us Kirchmeier's story.
April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month. Julie Busby visited with Dr. Michael Bottorff, DVM, at East Lawn Animal Hospital in Fort Dodge who shares some tips on things to do and items to keep on hand in the event your furry friend needs help.
Anxious to get out there and dig around in the dirt? Don't miss the garden finds we discovered around town. If spring cleaning has captured your attention, we've got some tips for the kitchen from Family Features. Spring is a good time to think about sorting through and "cleaning" your investments as well.
Have we spotted someone you know at an event around town? Check out the photos in Scene About Town to see. Amelia Pressler offers up Book Picks from the Fort Dodge Public Library. A good read is often the perfect thing when April's showers force us indoors for the afternoon.
Thanks for reading!