The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

April 22, 2013

Showing love for Mother Nature: Volunteers plant trees, landscape to observe Earth Day

CLINTON — Clinton volunteers are planting trees and shrubs today in honor of Earth Day.

Clinton Trees Forever has projects planned this week in honor of the day, as well as Arbor Day on Friday. Volunteers will be planting 35 trees and shrubs at the Arch home today.

“In celebration of Earth Day, the generosity of Trees Forever allows us to honor Mother Earth and the natural gifts she provides. This is a way we can live out a part of our mission of working together toward a more human society,” L’Arche Interim Community Leader Maria Zeimen said.

Zeimen added that the collaboration between the community, Trees Forever and volunteers “gives witness to the fruitfulness of people working collaboratively.”

Volunteers from Clinton Trees Forever will also be present in Clinton schools Monday through Wednesday, providing plants to third-graders.

John Mulholland of Clinton Trees Forever said approximately 300 students will have a lesson about their plants and then will be able to take them home to plant. Clinton Trees Forever has been visiting the schools for about 20 years.

Thursday and Friday, volunteers will be digging holes at the site of the new wastewater treatment plant. A total of 60 conifers will be planted on Saturday at the site in honor of Arbor Day. The 60 trees were funded by $10,000 received from Alliant Energy and Trees Forever from Marion. Anyone wanting to help Saturday should be at the wastewater treatment plant at 8 a.m.

Some members of the community celebrated Earth Day early. LyondellBasel volunteers took part in Global Care Day on April 13. Global Care Day began in 2000 to challenge employees to participate in a special project on the same day.

Each participating site selects a project that addresses a community need in the area of education, environmental conservancy or community prosperity.

Local volunteers performed services at the Gateway Area Red Cross, Bickelhaupt Arboretum and the 9/11 Freedom Trees site. Ground maintenance and a new landscaping design were provided at the Red Cross. The Arboretum saw volunteers pruning several of the gardens and spreading mulch.

Text Only
Top News
  • The case for separate beds

    The other night I slept on a twin bed in the guest room of the house I share with my husband and our two kids.
    It was the best night's sleep I've had in years.

    April 17, 2014

  • Raw oysters spike U.S. rise in bacterial infections, CDC reports

    Raw oysters, so good with hot sauce, increasingly can carry something even more unsettling to the stomach: A bacteria linked to vomiting, diarrhea and pain.

    April 17, 2014

  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    April 17, 2014

  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

    April 17, 2014

  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

    April 17, 2014

  • Search for Chicago site for George Lucas museum

    As Yoda might say: A site for a museum you must find.

    Those are the marching orders Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is giving a dozen civic leaders as the city searches for a potential location for an interactive museum to house filmmaker George Lucas' collection of art and filmmaking memorabilia.

    April 17, 2014

  • Illinois unemployment drops to 5-year-low

    State officials say unemployment in Illinois dropped in March to 8.4 percent. That's its lowest level since 2009.

    April 17, 2014

  • Gaming commission rejects Cedar Rapids casino

    The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a proposed $164 million Cedar Rapids casino Thursday, saying it would hurt existing casinos.

    Supporters of the Cedar Crossing Casino development have said it would give an economic boost to Cedar Rapids and the region. They also argued it would be a catalyst for development in an area ravaged by a 2008 flood, create jobs and generate millions for tax revenue and charities.

    April 17, 2014

  • Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

    A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing the Senate seat in Iowa, a prospect that would greatly enhance the party's chances of regaining control of the Senate.

    Republicans are adding the seat, held for three decades by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, to their list of winnable races in the November midterm elections.

    April 17, 2014

  • Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

    An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

    Meanwhile, the coast guard said it was investigating whether the ferry's captain was one of the first ones off the sinking ship.

    April 17, 2014

AP Video