Take Precautions to Prevent Flu
The peak of the flu season runs from December to February, and reports are already coming across the nation about the flu making its rounds in work places, schools, and nursing homes.
According to the CDC, the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. However, there are ways you can prevent illness without it including washing your hands often, disinfecting door knobs, keyboards, phones, and anything else you touch often.
Below are other tips from the CDC:
spread when a person touches something that is contaminated
with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
5. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work
or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be
physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and
eat nutritious food.
*Read more at CDC.gov
Mission of Hope Receives Funding to Continue Operations
The Cedar Rapids Gazette recently posted an article that reported that the Mission of Hope shelters will reopen mid-December after a funding gap has been resolved. The shelters closed Sept. 29 due to a lack of funds.
The article stated that while the shelters were closed, the Board of Directors worked with an accountant, who helped them revamp their financial plan.
Board president, Laura Kamienski, said the accountant looked at the services Mission of Hope currently provides and helped them come up with a better plan as to how to operate when funds become low during the year.
According to the Gazette article, Kamienski says they plan to reassess their finances in the end of March to make sure they're on target.
Recycle and Reuse, and Save a Buck or Two
Money seems to be tight for everyone these days. Perhaps it's the fact that we now have more expenses to contend with, with cable and internet expenses, cell phones, computers, and tablets, plus all the accessories.
Or maybe being more environmentally-conscious has motivate some of us to consider how our actions are affecting the planet and maybe we want to do our part to preserve nature.
Whatever the reason, there is no denying that one person's junk is another one's treasure. Maybe you no longer need the wicker basket that taking up room in a corner of your apartment. Or maybe you don't need all those dishes cluttering up your cupboards.
You have a few options when cleaning out your storage rooms or garages. One is that you can donate your items to the Salvation Army or Good Will, or you could take them to a consignment store, where you will get a commission of the items sold.
When you donate your items to Good Will or the Salvation Army, you are creating jobs and supporting programs for those with disabilities.
Reusing and recycling your no-longer-needed items is a great way to declutter, take care of the planet, and add a little money to your wallet. And you never know; you just might find what it is you're looking for in our local thrift shops, even if you didn't know it when you walked it.
Some of the consignment and second-hand stores in our community include:
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380Express Offers Bus Rides to Iowa City
The East Central Iowa Council of Governments, in partnership with the Iowa DOT, announced the launch of a new intercity express bus service that will offer travel between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. The service is meant to offer an easy, safe, convenient, and stress free alternative for traveling the 380 corridor.
Fares for the service will be $3.50 to ride one-way. The route will run between the Ground Transportation Center in Cedar Rapids and downtown Iowa City's Court Street Transportation Center, with stops at Kirkwood Community College's Park-and-Ride Lot, the Coralville Intermodal Facility in Iowa River Landing and University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.
Buses will travel the route at 30-minute intervals beginning at 5:20 a.m. in Cedar Rapids. The last bus will arrive back in Cedar Rapids at 8:40 p.m. Service during the middle of the day will operate with 1-hour intervals.
Persons with a disability, and seniors aged 60 and over will receive a discount fare of $1.75, and children ages six and under will ride free. Ten-ride passes are available for $32.50 and $16.25 for seniors/disabled. Unlimited ridership passes are available for $125 per month, or $62.50 for seniors/disabled.
The use of Token Transit, an app that allows users to purchase and carry passes with their phone, will eliminate the need for users to have exact change to buy a fare, and will make boarding the bus much quicker. For additional details of the service please visit www.380express.com.
Emergency Kit for Winter Road Trips
It's getting to be that time of year again, when cold weather can make life miserable. And while you can't control Mother Nature, you can be prepared for the inevitable cold and snowy weather Iowa is notorious for.
You can buy emergency kits already assembled, but you can usually make them for less and personalize them to fit your needs.
Here are a few basics you might need:
Having a charged cell phone, a full tank of gas, a strong battery, and a paper map are must-haves when starting a lengthy road trip during the winter months. It is also helpful to check in with loved ones to let them know your progress along the way.