Winter Storms and the Novice Driver
Getting behind the wheel for the first time on a wintery day can be nerve-wracking, even for an otherwise "invincible" teenager. A novice driver's first on-the-road experience with winter weather driving should not be during a major storm. It's better to wait until conditions are less severe.
With the potential for schools to dismiss early on Thursday due to the impending winter storm, reminding your teen driver of these tips in advance may increase their ability to get back home safely in the early stages of the storm.
If your teen must drive during winter weather, remind them of the basics.
• Give 'em some room: Explain to the young driver the importance of maintaining adequate space between vehicles, demonstrating in a safe location the difference in stopping distances on dry pavement and slick roads.
• See and be seen: Before starting out on the road, make sure the vehicle's windows, headlights and taillights are cleared of ice and snow.
• Be prepared: Always be prepared when traveling during the winter by carrying a winter survival kit in the vehicle. View the Iowa DOT's winter preparedness video on YouTube with your novice driver at http://www.youtube.com/iowadot.
• Check on road conditions: Visit http://511ia.org/to discover all of the ways in which travel information is available via the Web, social media, phone and your mobile device (but never while driving).
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Housing Program Meeting Being Held
Tuesday, May 19th at 11:00 a.m.
Oelwein Chamber and Area Development
25 West Charles, Oelwein, IA
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is hosting a meeting regarding housing programs that are available in Northeast Iowa. Guest speakers include Jeremy Babcock and Steve Benne with Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), Jerry Floyd and Rita Eble from the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) and Kathy Pfiffner from USDA.
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This meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Oelwein Chamber and Area Development office at 25 West Charles Street, in Oelwein. If you are interested in attending this meeting or would like more information please contact Mary Huinker at 563-864-7551 ext. 111 or by emailing Lori Brockway at email@example.com.
Clayton County Development Group in Elkader the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in Cedar Rapids and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission in Decorah are holding an informational session on various sources of financing for start-up & existing businesses. SBA, a federal government agency devoted to assisting small & medium-sized businesses, will have a representative discussing business loan options, and Clayton County Development Group and Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission will have a representative discussing RLF funds available for businesses. The 1-1/2 hour session, including questions & answers, will take place on Tuesday, May 12th starting @ 5:30 PM at Clayton County Office Building at 600 Gunder Rd. in Elkader, Iowa. Register today to attend contact Darla Kelchen at 563-245-2201.
WHAT: Free informational session on sources of money for businesses
WHO: New/start-up and existing business owners/managers
WHEN: Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 starting @ 5:30PM & wrapping up by 7PM
WHERE: Clayton County Office Building 600 Gunder Rd. Elkader
Join Clayton County Development, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and SBA to learn more about the options available for financing your business. Also, discussed briefly will be government contracting opportunities and free counseling along with low cost training resources available for businesses. Get your questions answered. Register by contacting Darla at the CCDG office at 563-245-2201.
UERPC is seeking car bids for a 2007 Malibu, LS V6 package, 141,993 highway miles, grey, four-door, cloth interior, very clean. Minimum bid is $2,400.
Please submit sealed bids to Executive Director, Rachelle Howe, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Decorah, IA 52101. Bids will be opened at 12:00 Noon on May 7th. You do not need to be present at opening of bids.