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Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Good morning to you!

Has summer started? That depends on whom you ask. The official astronomical start of the summer season is June 20, but the meteorological start was June 1. For most of us, when the kids are out of school, that’s when summer begins. No more teachers. No more books. At least that’s what Alice Cooper said.

But there are some other signs of summer, too, and they come from what we sense in our olfactory system. Yes, the scents of summer.

My friend Brent recently told me how he enjoys the smell of lake water, as it takes him back to the days of his youth at Okoboji.

Others think the smell of chlorine in a swimming pool is a definite sign that summer has begun. I don’t know if the summer sun on concrete has a scent, but what I recall of it, combined with the pool chlorine, takes me right back to my youthful days at the pool.

On a related note, when the scent of coconut hits, someone nearby is typically applying sunscreen — or mixing a Malibu Rum drink.

I wrote last week about s’mores, and those of you who connected with that may also connect the smell of a campfire with summer. And that smell sticks with you — or at least with your clothes.

For me, the smell of freshly cut and slightly damp grass is the scent of summer, at least in June. Mowing dry grass in August is a different smell altogether.

My mother had peonies planted around our yard, and that scent continues to be memorable for me, especially when I got too close to them with the lawn mower.

Whenever I catch a whiff of meat cooking on the grill, I look around to see where it is coming from. The old saying, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire” may hold true, but I prefer, “Where there’s smoke, there are cheeseburgers.”

And, finally, who can forget the earthy smell of rain when it first hits dry ground? Scientists call that geosmin. I call it another wonderful scent of summer.

How about you? What scents remind you of summer? Send me a note and let me know.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Clear Mortgage meteorology

Our next storm chance comes as a cold front crosses the state this evening. The rest of the week looks warm and dry.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

Hot air balloon hunt

The Great DSM Hot Air Balloon Hunt, which was held on May 30, encourages residents to discover several hot air balloons on display in different locations throughout the metro region. The balloons were located in close proximity to retailers, restaurants and attractions to encourage people to support local while participating in the balloon hunt. This balloon was stationed at Living History Farms in Urbandale. Photo/Paul Houston.

From  the May issue of CITYVIEW... Pick up the June issue later this week!

Live-streaming gov’t meetings should be the norm

By Randy Evans

You don’t often hear anyone extol the benefits of the COVID pandemic. But I did few weeks ago — when I stood before the Storm Lake Kiwanis club and talked about government transparency in Iowa.

I did not wade into the debate over masks, social distancing or vaccinations. It was a polite audience, but I was not silly enough to needlessly venture onto that thin ice.

What I said about the pandemic was this: State and local governments embraced, even if grudgingly, the benefits of live-streaming their board meetings during the pandemic so the public could watch from wherever they were.


CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


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1. Real Deals

2. At Home;

3. MōMere

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That hen don't lay. Tyson and Pilgrim’s Pride executives said recently they doubted the industry would hit the USDA’s projected chicken-supply increase of 1%. The main reason is hatching problems stemming from a newly created breed of chicken. It was meant to allow the new bird to gain more weight faster on less feed. But the hungry hens don't lay eggs as fast. And feed (corn and soy bean) prices are down considerably from a year ago, making the new chickens look like a bad idea. (WSJ)

Tuesday touts. Centro is better known for several other things but their onion rings are what all "stinking lilies" dream of becoming... Bailey's whipped cream recipes are becoming a cocktail essential of summer 2024, mostly for mixing with iced espresso. They are all over social media, but the consensus recipe combines two cups of heavy whipping cream with half a cup each of sugar and Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur. Try upgrading to Five Farms Irish Cream from County Cork, where cows can graze on fresh grown grass ten months of the year... An observational study at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found daily olive oil consumption is associated with a lower risk of dying from dementia. Specifically researchers found replacing a teaspoon of margarine or mayonnaise with the equivalent amount of olive oil was associated with an 8-14% lower risk of dying from dementia. (WPost)... Picnic & Puccini from Des Moines Metro Opera introduces kids to opera this Friday and Saturday — a performance geared to children is followed by picnic lunch and a tour of the costume shop, wig and make-up room, backstage and the big stage. $12 

Special deals. Berkwood Farms' excellent hot dogs are just $1 tonight at the I-Cubs game... Kid’s meals are half priced all day Tuesday at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale)… Hy-Vee stores are promoting $6 Tenderloin Tuesdays with a BPT and fries bargain priced... Kelly’s Little Nipper (1701 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines) offers really good tenderloins with a side and drink for $11.50 on Tuesdays... Taco Tuesday brings serious discounts to Mariscos El Pirata (6050 S.E. 14th St., Des Moines), La Familia (1610 Sixth Ave., Des Moines), all Taco John's, The Dam Pub (2710 Beaver Ave., Des Moines), and Club 2000 (422 Indianola Road, Des Moines)... Centro (1021 Locust St., Des Moines) begins its Italian Summer Dinner series with a tour of Emilia-Romagna (ER) on June 22. ER includes Bologna, Modena and Parma — the holy trinity of Italian food towns. $95, five courses. These usually sell out. Ticket link here.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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From the May issue of Altoona Living magazine

Meet Callie Avon
Teaching ESOL at Delaware Elementary

By T.K. West

Originally from Salina, Kansas, Callie Avon completed an undergraduate degree in elementary education at Kansas Wesleyan and a master’s degree at Baker University. She spent the first four years of her career teaching in a fourth-grade classroom at Stewart Elementary School in Salina.

Then, in August 2015, Avon relocated with her family to Altoona for her husband’s job. She first worked in the Des Moines Public School District for seven years before joining the Southeast Polk Community School District. Avon has been in the elementary education field for 13 years. This is her second year with the district and her first year as an ESOL teacher at Delaware Elementary School.



FROM KCCI: Des Moines officials lower fines for illegally setting off fireworks

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines is changing its fireworks ordinance. Use of consumer fireworks is banned within city limits, although they can be sold in Des Moines due to a state law that prohibits cities from restricting their sales. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Vehicular homicide charges filed after Des Moines man killed by out of control driver

DES MOINES, IOWA — A 23-year-old Des Moines man is charged with vehicular homicide and a list of other offenses after he allegedly killed a pedestrian and struck two other vehicles as he careened out of control across the south side of town on Sunday.  ... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines police: 4th teenager involved in stolen vehicle crash dies

DES MOINES, Iowa — Another teenager has died following a stolen vehicle crash in late May, Des Moines police said in a press release. 18-year-old Tarez Lee Matthew Williams of Des Moines was hospitalized until Friday, May 31, when he died of his injuries. ....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Florida tops Oklahoma in WCWS semis, ends Sooners' record streak.  ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: San Diego Padres Infielder Facing Lifetime Ban for Gambling, per Repor.  ... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: NHL playoffs: Oilers close out Stars to reach Stanley Cup Final, set up series with Panthers ...READ MORE
1919: Congress passes the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.  .... READ MORE
2003: Martha Stewart indicted for securities fraud and obstruction of justice. ... READ MORE
1876: Express train crosses the nation in 83 hours. A mere 83 hours after leaving New York City, the Transcontinental Express train arrives in San Francisco. That any human being could travel across the entire nation in less than four days was inconceivable to previous generations of Americans. ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy work anniversary to Shane Goodman at Big Green Umbrella Media!

These celebrities were born on this date: Angelina Jolie · Bar Refaeli · Bruce Dern · Dr. Ruth Westheimer · El DeBarge · Horatio Sanz · James Callis • Quincy Brown • Russell Brand • Bradley Walsh • Michelle Phillips • Skip Marley

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why do I sympathize with batteries? BECAUSE, LIKE BATTERIES, I'M NOT INCLUDED IN ANYTHING EITHER! - Gail Tomlinson. Or, I have a positive and negative side! - Rex Post. Or, Because I always run down! - William Snyder. Or, because I can lose my spark-le! - Diane Mergens. Or, Because we all need to stop and "recharge" once in a while! - Carolyn Rogers. Or, according to Jolene Goodman, I have spark! (Thanks Jolene!)

Today's riddle

What happens when a strawberry gets run over crossing the street?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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