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Photos shot post-flood June 2008. Gazette photographer Cliff Jette and I were allowed to accompany shop owners when they first saw the devastation in Czech Village after the flood. Here is some of what we found:
One year ago is when it all began. On June 10, my sons and I went to Czech Village in Cedar Rapids to see if we could offer any help in sandbagging efforts. We encountered a flurry of activity, even though no one knew exactly what was coming. Later, we offered our help to Kather Alter, a Gazette employee who was evacuating from the Time Check neighborhood.
Looking back, there was so much more I wish we had done. The historic Cedar River flood ended up affecting not only Czech Village, Time Check and other areas abutting the river, but places I never thought would be touched, including my mother’s home. The Gazette, in downtown Cedar Rapids, was also affected, even though we stayed above the floodwaters.
Here are some of the photos I captured during those days in June 2008.
Here’s the deal – I don’t have the time, the ego or the Ashton-Kutcheresque lifestyle to be really great at Twitter. But when one of my sources in my job as health reporter for The Gazette – the Iowa Department of Public Health – announced it would start Tweeting swine flu updates, I had no choice but to jump in and join. (and yes, we now call it H1N1 flu – please no calls from the pork industry – bacon’s yummy!)
So now you can follow me on Twitter, though I cringe saying that, partly because of that ego thing, again, but mostly because I’m a very private person. I won’t be Tweeting about the great things my sons did for me on Mother’s Day or the cool “Life is Good” t-shirt my sister surprised me with (thanks Henna!) or heaven forbid, what I’m making for dinner. Unless it’s these awesome morel mushrooms my new best friend Dave gave to me.
So basically, I promise I won’t bore you with the mundane details of my life. On the other hand, in my job as a reporter, I do get to go to beautiful places (including many area gardens this year, I hope) and meet fascinating people (like Dr. Johan Hultin, who dug up bodies in the Alaskan permafrost to decode the origins of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic: see The Gazette this weekend.) So, if that’s the type of Tweet tidbit that’s interesting to you, look me up on Twitter.
The last I spoke with Linn County Master Gardener Coordinator, Bev Lillie, she said more than 500 people had registered for tomorrow’s Winter Gardening Fair (Saturday, Feb. 7 at Kirkwood Community College.)
I will be taking classes, taking photos and taking notes at the fair, so if you see me, say Hi, and look for the photos and more in coming days.
How could I forget our anniversary? It was Jan. 17, 2008, when the online version of Homegrown started, so this blog has already passed its one-year mark.
With that in mind, I wanted to point out some new features that have been added since then. First, searches are now easier with the addition of a search button. If you want to know more about lawns or corn or lady bugs or something else, just put the word or phrase into that space and click to find more on the topic. The “Your Photos” feature was added last year. Even though I asked for garden or plant photos, since it’s winter in Iowa, feel free to submit your cold weather photos – the ice on your tree branches, birds at the feeder or your child’s tongue stuck to a metal pole. OK, maybe not the last one, but photos you want to share can be emailed to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post them to Your Photos for the world to admire.
The gardening events category is a popular one, but remember to look for the posted dates. Many of those items are from 2008. I’ll try to remember to put 2009 on all the new events to avoid confusion. The farmers markets list is from last year, but I will update the list this spring.
If there are any other additions or changes you’d like to see on Homegrown, please let me know by email (same as above) or by posting a comment below.
Finally, here is the message that kicked off Homegrown just over a year ago. I think it’s still appropriate today.
Welcome! I am so excited to be doing this!! Homegrown is the blog version of a gardening column I wrote for The Gazette a few years ago, a reference to locally grown vegetables, fruits and flowers. First off, although I was born in the 1960s, I don’t consider myself a product of the ’60s, so if you’re looking for a less than legal “homegrown” substance, you’ve come to the wrong blog, dude. Everyone else, feel free to come back often – more will be added as we move into growing season – and please, offer your comments. I want to know what your interests are. I’m also thrilled to provide a forum for our Master Gardeners, who will be sharing their expertise, as well. Thanks for checking in. I look forward to hearing from you!
The Mount Vernon Winter Farmers Market season begins Saturday, Nov. 8, from 11 am-1 pm, in the lower level of Mount Vernon City Hall, 213 First St.
Pastured beef, pork and lamb; apples, natural honey, gourmet candies, baked goods; jams and jellies, hand-crafted jewelry, woodcrafts and more will be available. Markets will continue, twice monthly, through April 2009. The remaining 2008 markets are Nov. 22, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.
If you know of other winter farmers markets, send information to: email@example.com