Macedonia News & Events
Volunteers Paint in the Park It's nice to have volunteers to fix up playground equipment. Michelle Antunez mentioned that the Scouts needed service projects and the smaller set of monkey bars at the playground needed paint. Michelle stripped the bars herself because the chemicals were caustic. Then the whole set was primed. On Sunday, June 1 two small Antunez kids, Marcos is a scout, joined Michelle to paint with bright colored playground paint. The two merry go rounds were painted earlier in May when the Riverside High School students came to volunteer.
City of Macedonia Receives 2012 Build With Bags Grant
The Iowa Grocery Industry Association announced on April 23 that Macedonia was one of 20 cities that were recipients of a Build with Bags grant award in 2012. The city will receive a grant of $1,999 to obtain three handicap accessible picnic tables and a bench, manufactured by Plastics Recycling of Iowa Falls. The tables and bench are made of recycled high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, the base material for making plastic shopping bags. The tables and bench will be placed in the City Park where the school was located.
Encouraging purchases of furniture and equipment, which are made from recycled plastic, is one of four goals established by the program. The other three are doubling the amount of plastic bags recycled, reducing consumption of plastic bags and increasing use of reusable bags. Applications were evaluated based on set criteria that included a statement of need for the grant and the community's own plastic bag recycling efforts.
Recycling means more than just taking used plastic to the city's recycling trailer. The products must also be reused. One way is to reuse the bags themselves; use them several times, for example, use them to carry books to the library or to line your garbage pail. Another way is to transform the plastic bag into something else; in this case, picnic tables and benches. We would encourage you to look at the label of products you purchase; are they made from recycled materials? If you buy products made from recycled materials, you encourage companies to find cost effective methods to reuse scrap materials. Recycling helps the environment in three ways: recycling saves space in landfills, recycling saves energy and recycling saves natural resources (plastic is made from hydrocarbons like oil). Remember - Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse. How many plastic bags does it take to make a bench? Plastic Recycling says it takes 10,680 plastic bags to make just one bench.
The City of Macedonia would like to thank the Build With Bags program for their grant award and the public for their superior efforts in recycling.
By Mary Pumphrey
Community gardens are sprouting up all over the United States and now Donia is going to have it's own! A community garden not only gives folks a place to grow fresh vegetables, it helps us get to know each other better, builds friendships, and lets us share the bounty with others! We are looking for people who are interested in becoming community gardeners, people willing to work their own plot and help maintain the shared plot, and people who want to give back to the community. We need YOU!
The garden will be located one block South of Main Street on the Southwest corner of Beezley (behind Grist Mill/McCready Theatre). We are trying to create a sustainable situation. The garden will contain raised beds, divided into 4 x 8 foot plots or 4 x 16 foot plots. As much as possible we are using reclaimed wood to build the beds. We have received a donated tree which was destroyed in the recent storm to use for our first bed. Rain Barrels will be used to supply the garden with water and natural "fertilizer" will be used to feed the plants.
The shared bed will contain a variety of vegetables, and the harvest will be shared with the community. People will be invited to pick from the designated shared bed. We plan to plant grapes around the perimeter of the garden. Our efforts are just beginning. People have already been very generous and responded with wood, hoses, rain barrels, water, plants, expertise and time.
We need gardeners, more volunteers, plants and supplies. If you have any cedar or untreated pine lumber, 4 x 4's, or fence posts and would like to donate them to the garden please let us know.
For information about joining the garden, volunteering, or if you have a special request for the shared plot please call Mary Pumphrey at 712-486-2225 evenings or on my cell at 402-250-9083.
THE MACEDONIA CENTENNIAL QUILT
Soon after the Macedonia Historical Society and the Centennial group decided in early Spring that Macedonia should celebrate its 100th Birthday, plans were underway! Each club was asked to help in some way, so the Helping Hands Circle and the L.D.T. Club decided to attempt to make a quilt, using the 1880 theme and the colors red, white and blue.
Joan Scott, the town artist, designed the logo and buildings of interest, along with a car, a windmill, a horse and buggy and a train. Loren Cole designed the band stand. They were then transferred to quilt blocks by Donna Cole. During last February, March and some of April, the clubs' members embroidered the outlines in red and blue. Excitement began to build--we could hardly wait until each was completed!
Then came the big day, Monday, May 12. Everyone had done their part! Each block was laid out on the bed, arranged and rearranged until it "suited" all. Then strips of blue 3 1/2" wide were sewn with a red square connecting each block. Another proud moment was when each block was joined with another to complete our historical display.
Then came the job of putting it in a frame for quilting. Carl Peterson had the solution--frames that adjusted to different heights, perfect!
Emma Keast donated the use of her basement for the project. It was more than appreciated! We worked when we could and left everything intact when we left for the night, not to be moved or disturbed until we were ready for work again (which would have been impossible in other places). It was a cool place, too, for some hot humid days of May and June.
We put the quilt in on Monday, May 19, and finished it on Tuesday, June 3. The binding was done June 6, and our quilt was on display for the first time at the Ice Cream Social on Saturday, June 7.
Instead of yard goods, we used sheets. The blue sheet was measured into the squares--and the white back sheet was "left as is." Polyester filling was used.
We are sorry to report we found our eyesight not as good as we wished it could have been--and arthritis was taking its toll on the once nimble fingers. But we are proud of the finished "work of art." We hope it brings back many memories and will be a treasured "keepsake" for our Town of Macedonia, Iowa.
Author Unknown - Quilt Made in 1980