IN CITY NEWS…
**Recycling must be in dump able containers, not plastic bags. Recycling must be sorted and boxes broke down Recycling Dates Are August 14th & 28th
**City Hall Will Be Closed August 2nd & August 29th
** Last day of Swimming will be August 22nd till 6:00 PM
** Next City Council Meetings August 6th at 6:30 PM (Monday)
September 4th at 6:30 PM (Tuesday)
October 1st at 6:30 PM (Monday)
Note From the Mayor
We certainly had another Great 4th of July Celebration this year. I wanted to say thank you to all the volunteers and businesses that donated! The celebration couldn’t happen without all of your hard work and donations! A few happening around town, the Library has a new furnace and A/C unit, you will be seeing new garbage/water rates will be effect as of July. The city renewed our “Air Med” membership again in case of emergency in which someone would need a helicopter ride. A project for the month of August should be patching of holes and cracks on our city streets. Moving into fall the city is planning on taking down the older shelter house on the southeast side of the park. If you would like to remove it and take the materials of the shelter house, please call city hall before the next council meeting and leave your name and we will get you the details on when it can be removed. If you or someone you know is looking to volunteer with any of our organization around town, please contact city hall and we can point you in the right direction.
Business of the Month
This month I interview Dawn Kirsch from Kirsch Gardens. Kirsch Gardens is located at 2404 240th Ave in Wesley, Iowa. Dawn and Darrel started growing in 1991. Dawn wanted to be able to stay at home with her 3 children and still bring home an income so she started growing and attending farmers markets. She now has 2 acres of garden and grows everything such as tomatoes, sweet corn, green beans, radishes, cucumbers, strawberries and raspberries just to name a few. With growing fruit she is able to make and sell jams. Dawn also has laying hens and is able to sell eggs.
Do you have a green house?
“I do have a green house, I start all my plants in the basement. I have one side with all shelves with florescent lights so I start all my seeds. They get moved up the green house around April 1st, it’s about 12x24 and they stay there till I can get them to the garden. I do also have a high tunnel that I’m not using at the time. That’s about a 30x72 high tunnel and that would give me the opportunity to start in March.”
What is your favorite part of doing this?
“Getting to talk to the people. You get to see a lot of different people and they ask you questions, being able to share my knowledge and gardening with other people.”
What are your day to day responsibilities?
“In the summer time we get up and do our chores we have livestock besides just the chickens we have hogs and cattle. Earlier in the spring we do the planting and working the garden up. Right now we try to get out there early enough to get stuff picked and get it ready for market or ready to put into the store.”
Why did the Friday farmers market in town stop?
“I had people telling me that they were unable to make it to the farmers market, its only one hour and they can’t make it on Friday nights. I thought well if I start the little store up there they could come all the time. I’m open from 8:00 AM till 8:00 PM. They see what I have on Facebook and are able to come in anytime.”
What are the biggest issues for running this business?
“It’s a lot of time and its hard work also weather issues. This spring there were times when I would go out there to check on plants and I would have to hold on to my boots to walk through.”
What is your advice for someone starting a garden?
“Start small, choose some of your favorite foods. As you gain experience and can continually add something different and seek out advice from someone who has been gardening for a while.”
Anything you would like to tell your customers?
“I appreciate them, without them I wouldn’t have the business that I have so my customers are the most important thing.”
WESLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Summer Reading Pool Party is Tuesday,
August 14th. Supper at 5:30 PM, swimming
from 6:00-8:00 PM. MUST BE REGISTERED
AND PARTICIPATING in Summer Reading to
attend! More details coming.
Movie Tuesday each Tuesday at 10:00 AM.
Book Club meets to discuss “The Pilot’s Wife” Thursday, August 16th at 6:00 PM. Free copies available at the library!
Library Board meeting August, 30th at 6:00 PM.
REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS:
12:00 PM -6:30 PM
12:00 PM -6:30 PM
Friday & Saturday
9:00 AM-12:00 AM
Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
PARTY IN THE PARK
Pork Loin Cook-off & Supper
Saturday, August 25th from 5:30-8:30
Meal & Competition
Pork Loin, au gratin potatoes, applesauce or baked beans, bun, cookie, water, coffee or lemonade
Pop, Beer and mixed drinks available at the bar
Meal prices are for meal and competition samples
Adults-$10.00 Kids Ages 6-12 $5.00 Kids 5 & under-Free
Pork Loin competition winners announced at 9:00 PM
Music provided by Spenser Rahm from 7:00 -10:00 PM
Raffle items to win, announced at 9:00 PM
Bar Open from 5:30 PM till Close
St. Joseph’s Church
St. Joseph’s Kids for Christ Summer Camp will be Monday – Wednesday, August 6-8 from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Church basement. On Thursday, August 9, the kids will put on a short program at 7:00 pm, and an ice cream sundae bar will follow. All kids ages 3 and up are invited to attend the camp. Older kids are needed to help the younger children with activities. We will be using volume 2 of “The Jesus Stories” this year. Lessons covered are The Wiseman and the Fool, The Rich Fool, and The Merchant and His Treasure. Come join in the fun – singing, games, crafts, role playing, snacks, learning, and more!
Please let Mandy Glawe (515-341-4452 or via Facebook) know if you can attend.
Everyone is invited to attend a short program about the Kids for Christ Summer Camp on Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall. During the program, there will be a presentation of the patches the kids earned during the school year program. An ice cream sundae bar will follow. Please come support the children of our community!
SAVE THE WESLEY POOL BREAKDOWN
DECADE CHALLENGE $14,226.19
(LESS $132.45 FOR PP FEES)
PERSONAL DONATIONS $9,898.90
PAST LIFEGUARD DONATION
THANK-YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP!
ANY AND ALL DONATIONS ARE STILL VERY WELCOME AT IOWA STATE BANK OR ON OUR WEBSITE THROUGH PAYPAL UNDER THE RECREATION TAB.
WESLEY CITY HALL
105 2nd St. S
Po Box 215
Wesley, Iowa 50483
8:00-11:30 AM &
Saturday & Sunday Closed
If you have any complaints or concerns about the city please come to the City council meetings held the first Monday of the month unless posted different to speak with your council or if you would like to have your business mentioned, add to this list and/or concerns about the newsletter. Please contact city hall.
Information due the 20th of the previous month.