Central Bank hosts free shred day

FULTON, Ill. — Central Bank Fulton is hosting a free document shred day April 27 in conjunction with the community-wide recycling event that day.

This free event will be open to the public from 8 to 11 a.m. in the bank’s parking lot at 1404 14th Ave. in Fulton.

“Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes around the world. It’s a crime that Central Bank takes seriously and works daily to ensure our customer’s financial information is safe and secure,” said Karrie Kenney of Central Bank Fulton. “Secure document shredding is a good way to protect yourself from the growing risk of identity theft.”

A secure document destruction truck will be on site and the public is invited to stop by with personal documents to be shredded. You do not have to be a bank customer to participate in this free event. Bank staff will be available to assist and ensure documents are safely and securely destroyed. The bank does ask that individuals bringing documents to be shredded remain until their items are destroyed.

Central Bank Illinois is headquartered in Geneseo, Illinois with full service branch locations in the Illinois communities of Andover, Ashton, Fulton, Geneseo, Oregon, Peru, Princeton and Rochelle.

Farm Bureau Financial Services, ISP team up to stop distracted driving

WEST DES MOINES — Farm Bureau Financial Services and the Iowa State Patrol are teaming up to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and promote safe driving behaviors across the state.

This announcement comes at the start of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.

As part of their efforts, they have released the first video as part of the series “Drive Smart with Sgt. Ludwig,” discussing distracted driving statistics and educating Iowans about how to stay safe while behind the wheel.

According to the National Safety Council, nine people die and 100 are injured every day from distracted driving accidents in America. In Iowa, the latest Iowa Department of Transportation statistics show that distraction by use of a phone or other device resulted in 1,207 crashes in in 2017.

Farm Bureau Financial Services, based in West Des Moines, has long been a proponent of safe driving education. Teaming up with the Iowa State Patrol to combat distracted driving and other driver safety issues this April and beyond is a top priority for the company.

“Joining together allows for us to amplify our commitment to safety,” said Nancy Wiles, Marketing Communications Vice President, Farm Bureau Financial Services. “Distractions are everywhere, from fiddling with the radio to ringing phones. We hope Iowans will commit to focusing on the road ahead by joining the thousands of drivers vowing to avoid distractions on the road.”

Iowa drivers can visit Farm Bureau Financial Services website to get more tips on safe driving, as well as take a Safe Driving Quiz and commit to the Safe Driving Pledge.

AAUW meets April 15

CLINTON — The AAUW meeting will be April 15 at First Presbyterian Church. Social and dessert time are at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. with announcements and the program.

Members will share emerging issues or hot topics. Any news area will be open for discussion. Bring your articles to share with the group.

Workers’ Memorial Day Commemoration is April 28

CLINTON — On April 28, the Clinton Labor Congress will honor Workers’ Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job.

This year, the group will honor Clinton Fire Lt. Eric Hosette, who made the ultimate sacrifice Jan. 5, and Clinton firefighter Adam Cain, who was injured.

In 1970, Congress enacted the OSH Act, promising workers in this country the right to a safe job. More than 579,000 workers now can say their lives have been saved since the passage of the OSH Act. Since that time, workplace safety and health conditions have improved. But too many workers remain at serious risk of injury, illness or death as chemical plant explosions, major fires, construction collapses and other workplace tragedies continue to occur. Workplace violence is a growing threat. Many other workplace hazards kill and disable thousands of workers each year.

The Workers’ Memorial Day program will begin at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Riverview Recreation Vehicle Park, 511 Riverview Drive in Clinton. Spots 23 and 21 are reserved, with parking adjacent to the park.

Alzheimer's Association announces new walks in Clinton and Muscatine

WEST DES MOINES — The Alzheimer’s Association Iowa Chapter has announced two new Walk to End Alzheimer’s events for 2019 in the cities of Clinton and Muscatine.

Participants can join a Walk to End Alzheimer’s in 18 Iowa communities from August through October 2019.

In 2018, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, more than 526,000 people participated in more than 630 Walk to End Alzheimer’s events across the United States. Many other fundraising walks have faltered over the last decade, but donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s have more than doubled since 2008 to $96.9 million.

"We are very proud of our walk growth," said Donna McCullough, chief development officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. "We see the walk as not just a vehicle to raise money, but also as an incredible opportunity to engage more people in the fight against Alzheimer’s."

Alzheimer’s Association Iowa Chapter Executive Director Doug Bickford said the expansion of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s events into Clinton and Muscatine demonstrates Iowa’s commitment to eliminating Alzheimer’s, and will allow more Iowans to support the mission and join the fight.

“With each step taken and each dollar raised, our fellow Iowans help to raise awareness to enhance Alzheimer’s care and support here in Iowa, and advance critical research in finding a cure," he said.

The Clinton Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Saturday, Aug. 24, at Clinton's Ashford University Field, 537 Ball Park Drive. The Muscatine Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be Aug. 10 at Pearl City Station, 215 Sycamore St.

For more information and to get involved as a Walk committee volunteer, fundraiser or participant, go to alz.org/walk.