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March 7, 2009 Marion County News

Posted: Saturday, March 7th, 2009 at 7:36 am

Today is Bald Eagle Day
The bald eagle has returned from near extinction to become an important part of the local landscape. The 21st annual Bald Eagle Day is being held at Central College and Lake Red Rock. Park Ranger Tracy Spry with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the public can view eagles at North Tailwater Recreation Area, attend live eagle and raptor programs at Central College and peruse an environmental fair. Bald Eagle Day is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central College and Lake Red Rock.

Knoxville High School performs Fiddler on the Roof
Knoxville High School production of Fiddler on the Roof is Saturday in the Knoxville Middle School Auditorium. Knoxville High School Music Director Jackie Duffy says the production centers on a Jewish father in a small Russian village in 1905, and his humorous attempts to maintain his family traditions with his strong willed daughters.

Valley Bank purchases Sunset Ridge lots
Valley Bank now owns all of the lots in the Sunset Ridge development west of Knoxville, after a Sheriffs sale earlier this week. Denny Hanson from Valley Bank tells KNIA/KRLS News that the acquisition of the remaining lots was the only land the bank didn't yet have from the development. He says although there's no timeline, the next step would be to see development take place on the land.

Pella PD receives federal grant funds
The Pella Police Department will receive additional federal funds through a U.S. Department of Justice program. Senator Tom Harkins Office has announced that $18.7 million has been released to Iowa through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program. Sources say of that amount, the city of Pella will receive $20,390.

Call before burning
Warm weather means more residents conducting open-burns in Marion County, and residents need to call the Sheriff's Office before burning leaves or other wood products. Marion County Sheriff Ron Goemaat says residents should call 828-2220 to let dispatch know that a burn is taking place, and not an emergency fire. Goemaat says residents burning must have a constant fire suppressant or water source on hand, and remain present during the entire duration of the burn.

Learn to stretch the Family Dollar
Hundreds of people attended the first day of the Stretching the Family Dollar event at Dyer-Hudson Hall on Friday. County organizations, schools, churches, social service providers and others were offering various tips on how residents can make the most of their money. The KNIA/KRLS Big Red Radio was also at the event playing music, and will be back today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

City to test warning sirens
Outdoor warning sirens are expected to fire today at noon in Pella. The police department tests the system on the first Saturday of the month at noon. Communications Supervisor Marcia Slycord says this is the first season the department has tested the system during the winter months, and she says that has proven beneficial.

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday
Daylight Saving time begins Sunday at 2 a.m., and residents will be springing an hour forward. Knoxville Fire Chief Mike Roberts says residents should change their smoke detector batteries when they reset their clocks. He adds changing batteries on carbon monoxide detectors is also encouraged during the change. Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada says the change will mean darker mornings and more daylight in the evening, and urges drivers to watch out for pedestrians or cyclists on the road.

Area schools represented on All-Iowa Dance team
Three area schools are represented on the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team. Students from Pella, Pleasantville and PCM will perform at the Girls State Basketball Tournament today. According to Pella Dance and Drill Coach Melissa Wimmer, auditions for All-Iowa were held in September in Ames and that over 500 girls tried out for the 224 member team.

Pella Christian dance squad performs spring show
Pella Christian has their annual Dance and Drill Team Spring Show tonight. Varsity Coach Heidi Suhr says the squad will perform state routines which captured awards this school year. The event is a showcase of Pella Christian talent as Suhr says 64 kindergarten through eighth-grade students also will participate in the show, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Pella Christian High School. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.