I don’t know about you, but I love a parade! Seriously. What’s not to love? Cool cars, fancy floats, free stuff flying through the air at you! Oh yeah! We need more parades in the world. Parades make people happy. Why do you think Disney throws one every night? Lol.
There are a lot of plusses for everyone. My kid loves seeing everything bright and moving, and, of course, running for candy. Business owners should love them because people are front and center and I truly think there’s no better form of advertising! And I love them because people are happy and celebrating and flying toilet paper or koozies come at me – I’m in! Pretty much rockstar, in my opinion.
I really wanted to do a float or maybe a cow or a tractor or something to sway more readers to my blog this year at the 4th of July parade in Oakland. I did that once for a 4-H project for my dad’s farm – we actually had one of my heifers on a parade float one year – needless to say, she was damn tame and a good sport. Looking back, I can’t really believe we did it. Still a proud moment!
So I really did want to do a float because I love when people participate and contribute. Not only does it sound fun, but I mean it when I say it’s the best advertising! However, my husband convinced me that maybe this was the year to watch my kid run for candy and get paid to take pictures of the parade instead, but I’ll be ready for next year! So since I’m not going to, I’m gonna encourage the rest of you to! Lol. There’s still time – a golf cart, a hayrack, an inflatable dinosaur costume, or even a fainting goat would be fun. There’s money to be made! No entry fee and they’re paying 3 places in each category. Come on!
Need inspiration? I loved P’Nut’s Plumbing throwing toilet paper. Hysterical! I loved the big, round haybale painted into a pig last year at the Carson Rodeo parade. I loved the giant eagle float Tammi Shellburg did one year for Oakland. And, one year, the swimming pool used water guns and pool noodles for a float. Yes, people remember this stuff!
But if that’s not your wheelhouse or if you have nothing to promote (Do those people exist?), please just show up! I love 4th of July in Oakland because I see people I never get to see otherwise! And I love community and people talking to each other and liking each other and making this a fabulous place to live. Check out the list of stuff to do – there really is something for everyone! Golf, pancakes, trivia, a parade, fireworks, and more – so worth showing up for!
I mean it. These are the days we moved home for. I want our daughter to know this life. I want her to see the good people balancing work and life and fun, and I want her to know there’s no place like home…because, there really isn’t…
Happy 4th of July week, everybody!
So I kinda think this is a pretty huge deal! If you’ve been anywhere around ag, you know it’s a big deal. Impact Hill is having the Peterson Farm Brothers here next Friday night! If you’re thinking to yourself, “Wow, I should know who that is, but I can’t place them” then head to YouTube. They hit the scene when they did a parody of “I’m Sexy and I Know It” and have done 13 since! I kinda think of them as the the Weird Al Yankovics of the farming world. Lol.
First of all, they crack me up. Who doesn’t love farm boys (and their sister) attempting to rap a little and sing while wearing boots and driving tractors??? Are you kidding me? That is rockstar! Second of all, I love the way they manage to use social media to get the word out about farming, and agriculture, in general. That’s another important thing to me. Third, they not only do the parodies, but they blog, do farm tours, and vlog. And fourth, they are good Midwestern boys from Kansas with family values! Woo-hoo to that!
So, beyond the fact that I adore the Peterson Farm Bros. and what they are trying to accomplish, I also am a huge advocate for Impact Hill. They actually got a share grant from Farm Bureau to hold the event to raise money for their non-profit. I would love to see all of us pack the house on the 29th to not only have a great time but to raise money for a good cause. Tickets are $25/person and you even score a BBQ dinner out of it from Buck Snort (and talk about people that are so generous!!) at 6pm! Plus, there’s happy hour starting at 5:30 with a cash bar so good times are definitely to be had!
Tickets can be purchased at the East Pott. Co Farm Bureau, The Buck Snort, or online at squareup.com/store/impact-hill.
If you can’t make it, buy tickets for your parents, friends, or family. Let’s make this a great night not only for Impact Hill, but for our community, as well! You won’t be sorry!
Concert takes place at 501 Oakland Ave. Oakland, Iowa
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to look for the good in the world, but today, I’ve got a pretty good place to start…
As many of you already know, Saturday will be a bittersweet day. It is our chance to celebrate Dr. Pigneri’s retirement. Bittersweet feels like the only appropriate word as he and Carm are more than deserving of some solid relaxation and time away from the world of work, but as a member of this community, it is a sad day to watch someone who has been so valuable to all of us call it quits after 53 years!
When news popped up, I started thinking of memories and started reading comments on Facebook. First off, he was, and will always be, Doc, at our house. My first thought of Doc is always the rubbing of my eyebrows backwards. I can’t not have that image in my head! Doc gave me my booster shot when I went to kindergarten, my MMR when I went to college, he was there when I broke my nose in my 30’s, and he answered a call on a Sunday when my baby burned her hand (when I was in my 40’s). That, to me, is something pretty special.
My mom says she took my sister there the day he opened. It’s crazy to think that was 53 years ago. Another friend on Facebook, Kim Wise, told me that she and her sister were the first set of twins he ever delivered. Another story was told about how a woman with a 2-year-old was told her son’s kidneys needed surgery. She just happened to be with her own mother who was seeing Doc. He told her to get a new doctor, that there was nothing wrong with her son. Her son is 15 and she gives full-credit to Doc for saving him. I think about that… And I think about all the babies he delivered that are now adults successfully continuing our community. I think about all the times he answered calls when he was “off-duty” and all the nights he spent walking the sidelines of games fixing up anyone who was hurt. I don’t remember a game I went to that Doc wasn’t there, and, trust me when I say, I went to A LOT of games. That, my friends, is commitment.
For Dr. Pigneri, commitment is an understatement.
The accolades have been few, but the contributions have been many.
He is truly a pillar of our community.
In the beginning, he had an office that had a bajillion stairs to it above the bank. From there, I remember the office where the apartments on Oakland Ave. are now, the office on Main Street, and they have now evolved into a full-scale clinic. Rumor (and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t rumor only) has it that Doc and Carm paid to have the therapy wing put in at the CHI Clinic. The amount of time and money saved for every person that uses it is thanks to them. What a truly invaluable gift. Another rumor I happen to be pretty sure wasn’t a rumor is that Doc only sold his practice with the understanding that they must stay in Oakland. Again, Dr. Pigneri providing for our community and having the forethought to do so.
The idea that he put all of us first so many times in the last 53 years only to continue that tradition for us is astounding. The caliber of his treatment even more so. I read an article about how technology was a challenge for him, and I can only imagine all that has changed in 53 years, and yet, I know full-well that Doc can look at me, squeeze my neck, and tell me what’s wrong with me, with, or without, a machine or technology to back him.
The bottom line: we are blessed that 53 years ago, Dr. Pigneri and Carm chose our little town. Every day since, he has chosen to do good and put more good into the world. He has given his entire career and life to us.
I don’t know that there are any words that can do justice…
So please take a minute to send a note, stop by the retirement party from 1-3 on Saturday (May 5), or give him a call to say “thank you.” Let’s show him the gratitude he (and his family) deserve.
As for me, well, I’d just like to say,
Thank you, Doc (and Carm & family), for giving your best to a town that can never repay you. You truly have left a legacy. May you enjoy your Hawks and may you hold that close to your heart when you walk out those doors on June 30th
Erica Bolton Carley
If you would like to share a warm memory about Doc, please feel free to add it!
So, I admit it. I’m a Rocky Mountain oyster virgin. You’re probably somewhat shocked, being that I’m a beef producer’s daughter, but as much as I love a good prime rib, I’m pickier than a 3-year-old’s runny nose!
That being said, I hear they are a wonderful delicacy like escargot or my grandma’s cinnamon twists on Christmas Day. I only bring them up because there’s a nut fry this weekend, and they aren’t referring to a nice almond or pistachio! The middle schooler in me still giggles about that!
The Riverside Wrestling Boosters are hosting their annual nut fry fundraiser at Tailgator’s this Saturday night (April 30) from 5 to 8.
Personally, I’ve watched a lot of sports, and I gotta say it takes some guts and nuts to be a wrestler! It’s not for the weak at heart! And I love that we have had a long-standing tradition of excellent wrestlers come from our community. I also have to say that in terms of fundraisers, this beats the heck out of buying an $18 roll of wrapping paper! Plus, I happen to really like the food at Tailgator’s! We don’t actually go to the bar because, well, we’re old and we have a 3-year-old, but we get take-out from there a lot. I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. Also, if I had to guess, they’ll gladly take your money and you can whip up a grilled cheese at home instead. 🙂
So if you’re free Saturday night, you want to cheer on some Riverside sports, you love a good testicle festival, or you just want to see the spectacle, head to Tailgator’s in Oakland to support the home team. And remember, you can always get beer there!
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A bubble-blowing contest, refreshments, give-aways, and a ribbon-cutting are all scheduled for Monday at noon as Omni Dental officially opens for business here in Oakland on Dr. Van Zee Drive. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
If you’ve driven through Oakland recently, you probably realized that Dr. Lenaghan did all of us a solid by contacting Omni Dental out of Council Bluffs to take over here. They’ve actually been doing business here since February, but the official grand opening is Monday (4/16). They are hoping you’ll stop by to check out their newly updated digs complete with new oral camera technology that now allow them to do invisalign, oral surgery, root canals, and sleep apnea diagnosis (just to name a few) right here! Plus, at the very least, you’re going home with a new toothbrush and a coupon for free teeth whitening when you purchase a comprehensive exam.
When I met with them, I asked, “Why Oakland?” The answer was that there’s a need here and that Omni Dental is passionate about rural healthcare. That’s good news for us because it sure is nice to grab your kid out of school, hit the dentist, and be back in an hour instead of 3!
Right now, they offer hours 8-5 Mondays and Thursdays but business has already been better than expected, so they will be expanding and adding another dentist in May! The goal, they say, is to take a proactive approach to oral health by “providing the best dentistry has to offer to our patients in an atmosphere of excellence and outstanding team work.” The dedication has already been established by their efforts to revamp the office, their offerings of a coffee & water station, and the inclusion of TV viewing while you have work done, not to mention they are A+ Better Business Bureau accredited. I was also told they take most all insurances and give a 5% discount and payment plans if you do not have dental insurance. Let’s just say they know what they’re doing!
I guess the thing that stands out to me is, that with all the remodeling, they have clearly made a commitment to being in Oakland, and yet again, I would say we are lucky to have this kind of service in a small town. I know they are looking forward to serving Pottawattamie County, and I am thankful for yet another local business choosing to be here! So come out on Monday, if you can, to see what they have to offer and welcome them to Oakland.
Let’s show them a little Southwestern Iowa hospitality!
PS – At the very least, you can like them on Facebook.
Growing up, it’s probably no surprise that my favorite book was a sarcastic story of a babysitter not showing up after the parents left and the kids painting the house with random paints they found in the garage called, Oh, Were They Ever Happy. I got to thinking about it because this is National Library Week!
Believe it, or not, I also worked in a library during college for 3 ½ years. Let’s just say I’m very well-versed in the Dewey Decimal System! So needless to say, I have a soft spot for a library and books, in general. It really is pretty cool that we have such a nice library here in Oakland. Those little town library boxes in front of people’s houses are cute, too, but I’m glad to have a full-scale one here in Oakland. If you haven’t been there, or haven’t been in a really long time, you should stop by. It’s one of those things we take for granted, but we are blessed to have one in our community.
If you read any articles on how to be frugal, they’ll tell you to use your local library! Sure, it’s easy to pop on Amazon and buy a book, but buying a new book for your avid reader every week can get costly! Plus, you’re supporting local by simply checking out books here, and there’s no endless clutter of books if they have to go back! I understand that ebooks are nice, but I’d still argue the littles need the tangible to hold in their hands.
Plus, I actually know a person who was completely broke who went to the library every day, used the computers there, worked online, and now markets for others from home making $100K.
Killing Drive Time
If you are traveling or commuting, there’s nothing better than an audio book to pass the time or get a little culture while you rack up those hours. Summer is approaching and being able to listen to a book with the family as you roadtrip is a great bonding experience, too. In fact, Eckels will be having their annual summer reading program – kids can win prizes and awards for reading this summer! I’m sure you’re already aware, but kids who read when they are young make an average of $10,000 more per year as adults. Per Year! That’s kinda huge in my book. Read, read, read!
Sick of seeing Frozen for the 100th time? Family movies are hard to come by. The library has a full set ready and waiting for you to check out for free. Perfect for the younger kids’ watching in the car on the way to and from the 40 soccer matches your teenager has.
Or if you’re like most people and it seems like quiet time is a rarity at your house, grab your coffee mug and find a comfy spot in the library to peruse books or sink your teeth into one! Heat and air and a whole lot of quiet.
Another great thing is that Circa 72 does story time once a month for kids. It’s a great time to look around and have your child exposed to some great books and good people teaching them a love of reading.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that we have a library. It needs used and loved, but the best part is that it is meant to be a resource for all of us. I’ve talked with the library board and I happen to know they’ve got some good ideas and are brainstorming new ways to offer you the best library they can.
They say nothing in this world is free, but I’m here to tell you it is. They are even having drawings this week! Head to Eckels today! 🙂