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Nov 23, 2012

Fairfield CVB accepting 2013 grant requests


The Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau is accepting applications for the 2013 grant program through Dec. 14.

The goal of the bureau’s grant fund is to assist qualified organizations in providing excellence in cultural, civic and educational programs that attract visitors to the Fairfield area.

The general purpose of each grant is to assist the organization in enhancing the quality of the event experience and increase the number of visitors attracted to the area and further enhancing Fairfield’s reputation for providing engaging cultural experiences.

“The bureau is excited to introduce our 2013 grant program that serves Fairfield area organizations and their respective events,” said Rustin Lippincott, executive director of the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The Fairfield and Jefferson County organizations in providing excellent cultural, civic and educational programs which attract visitors, increase the quality of life for our residents and provide exposure for Fairfield as a destination.”

The bureau will announce grant recipients by Jan. 2 for 2013 events and activities.

The grant program distributes financial assistance following the submission of receipts and invoices, and review of grantee compliance of conditions set forth in the bureau’s grant application. The bureau grant program is supported from Fairfield’s lodging tax, created in 2001 by popular ballot.

“This year’s CVB grant program will have assisted 33 different events by end of the calendar year, contributing to the quality of life and the Fairfield hotel-motel tax revenue,” said Lippincott. “The bureau, along with the grant funds, offers assistance in marketing, public relations and event planning to grant recipients.”

For more information and to receive a 2013 Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau grant application, contact the bureau at 472-2828 or visit TravelFairfieldIowa.com under the links section.


Would Iowa fair be same without stick Twinkies?


DES MOINES (AP) — The fate of deep-fried Twinkies on a stick is up in the air now that Hostess Brands plans to liquidate the company.

On Wednesday, a judge in New York approved the bankrupt company’s plan to shutter its operations.

The outcome matters greatly to Larry Fyfe, the concessionaire who introduced deep-fried Twinkies to the Iowa State Fair in 2003, a year after the concoction debuted at the Texas State Fair.

Fyfe told The Des Moines Register that he sells up to 7,000 of them each year.

Fyfe says he hopes another company will acquire the Hostess product lines. He says using a knockoff cream-filled spongecake “would not be one of my first choices.”

Hostess officials said Wednesday other companies have expressed interest in buying the brands.


Tomatoes recalled


NORWALK (AP) — A central Iowa fruit and vegetable distributor is recalling several lots of cherry tomatoes after the grower notified the distributor that Salmonella was found in random sample testing by the Food and Drug Administration.

Capital City Fruit Inc., of Norwalk says the recalled cherry tomatoes from Rio Queen Citrus are packaged in one-pint containers as Capital Brand Clamshell Cherry Tomatoes. They were shipped to retail stores from Nov. 14 to Nov.18 and sold in stores in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

No illnesses have been reported. Capital City Fruit on Wednesday says it asked retailers to remove the product from their store shelves.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.


Schultz expects more voter fraud arrests in Iowa


DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s top elections administrator is vowing to continue to ferret out fraud and to push lawmakers for a voter ID law.

Secretary of State Matt Schultz says the voter fraud cases resulting in arrests so far are only the beginning.

Three more cases involving a Bosnian citizen living in Clive and two Canadians who were living in Shenandoah were announced on Wednesday. They are charged with election fraud for registering and voting in Iowa without U.S. citizenship.

Two Canadian citizens and a citizen of Mexico and two convicted felons who allegedly registered to vote also have been charged.

Schultz says it’s likely more arrests will come as the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division works through a list of more than 1,200 people he believes registered to vote without citizenship.


Iowa firefighters battling flames in dry lake bed


BRITT (AP) — Firefighters have been battling flames in the dry lake bed at Eagle Lake, which sits northeast of Britt in north-central Iowa.

Firefighters from Britt and Garner returned Thursday after being called out twice overnight.

Lynn Davis and Lois Whipple told Mason City television station KIMT that flames came within feet of their house.

Area resident Matt Anderson says firefighters devised a fire break on the west side of the lake bed to protect homes and cabins. No structures were damaged.

Britt Fire Chief Pat Trulson told the Mason City Globe Gazette that the lake bed is dry because of the drought and has become a peat bog that will keep burning for weeks. Trulson says passers-by will be seeing smoke in the area.

The fire cause is being investigated.

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