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Just in time for the LHB Festival! Clean up continues at Tama’s Lincoln Highway Bridge Park

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May 12, 2018
By Jeannie Sieck - Special To The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

On Sunday, April 22, Earth Day, a small group of Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Organization [LHBPO] volunteers raked, shoveled and carried away the first layer of winter debris from the Memorial, Flagpole / Rock and the Abe Lincoln Highway Marker. Because it was Earth Day and our grounds weren't ready for planting, flower seeds of Forget-me-nots, Poppies, and Zinnias were planted in starter containers. Once they grow 4" to 6" they will be planted at the park. Oh, it is windy out and it is a cold wind, yet the sun is shining so we stopped and had lunch of grilled hamburgers with all the toppings.

The area around the Memorial is ready for a light rake and for the mulch to be put down. There are two areas to tile, brush to be removed and we can use materials like mulch, fertilizer, and weed prevention. Most of all your help and donation. Anytime you see us in the park stop and help and visit.

Wednesday, April 25, A small group of elementary school students from the STC?Elementary, with their teachers, picked up sticks and trash from the Park. They finished the clean up around the Memorial and spread layers of mulch around the flowers.

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Helping with the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park cleanup on April 25 were teachers and students from the South Tama elementary School. They include Laurie Balak, Tucker Chandonia, Levi Holman, Caiden Winterchaser, Logan Graff and Melinda Martens, teacher’s aide.
Photo/Dana Davis- Hanson

The Students planted blue and white Petunias along the walkway to the Memorial too. We greatly appreciate their help to beautify the Park and Marilyn Rippy for putting together the Cleanup Day for our cities parks. We welcome all groups, organizations and local citizens to visit the Park and join us in beautification and maintenance of the Lincoln Highway Bridge and Park.

Friday, April 27 LHBPO volunteers continued the cleanup removing brush and weeds and weed eating around the Flag Pole/Rock and the Abe Lincoln Highway Marker. We will mark off the area by the Abe Lincoln Highway Marker so they can come in and remove the top layer of grass and weeds.

Thanks to Stuart, things are starting to shape up. Stuart said he will remove the out of control growth from behind the Memorial and get some of the dead branch and small trees removed. Let us know when and we will be there. We are still looking for perennials for the garden so if you have some from separating or thinning let us know.

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Saturday, April 28, Tiling and Grilling Day! It is a sunny day but with that cold wind blowing we had to dress warmer. Todays project seemed like it was going to come together quickly and real smooth. A tiler was donated for us but when we tried it, it did not work just too small. We took it back and thanked them for their help.

Work had to get done so off to two stores that might donate or rent a tiler to us. Found one but it wouldn't be available to 12:00 noon. After 1 Y2 hours we went and picked up the tiler, unloaded it and pulled the started cord. Nothing happened. A worker went to assisted by holding on to the handle to steady it, no luck. Another volunteer went to help get the tiler going. Ok, there were two holding and one pulling and it did made a sound but it would not start. I could see there was some discussion- going on and it was a bit animated and there goes another helper. Now there is one on each side, one to pull the starter cord, and one to hold down the tiler, then two on the hand holding on tight.

With the helpers holding the tiler and the one pulling the starter cord and after several tries it FilRED UP. We can tile! I had been sitting by the Memorial watching and laughing at this humorous display and said" You can have fun and laugh when you are working." The grounds around the Flag Pole/Rock and the Abe Lincoln Highway Marker were worked up and ready for fertilizer and planting soon. It was getting late in the afternoon when the work of the day came to an end. It was Grilling time! We grilled two kinds of brats with the trimming and had two fresh spring salads. Ih

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We the citizens, need to "Save OUR Bridge". The Historical District, Gateway to Tama-Toledo included the Abe Lincoln Highway Marker, Lincoln Highway Bridge, King Tower Indian Sign, Lincoln Highway Bridge Park, the "Cabin", and the King Tower Cafe. These sites need to be renewed and repaired to complete the beautification of the Gateway to Tama and Toledo.

As a traveler - visitor coming in from the east on Lincoln Highway by King Tower Cafe, [the 5th Street truck route] it will take you into Tama. There is business, parks, Cherry Lake, specialty shops, gas station, the historical Tama Paper Board, and more to sight see, shop and enjoy. When you take Highway 30 West it will take you into Toledo to convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, Tama County Court House, Historical Museum, the Wieting Theatre and other sites.

See Folks, how important the project Gateway to Tama/Toledo is for the communities. We need the citizens of Tama and Toledo to help with the beautification of the Historical District and to Save Our Bridge. Stop by and visit the park and walk on the bridge. For more information contact Colleen Davis at: 319-558- 8849.

-Until next time, Jeannie

Saturday, May 5 , LHBP folks met at the park to plant the perennial flower that we received so far. Howard and Gary worked into the ground around the flag pole some Preen to help cut down weeds. We recruited two young boys that were headed to the Mud Creek to fish. Jacob Youngbear and Adam Haughey fish the creek to catch minnows and then go to Cherry Lake or Otter Lake to fish for the big ones.

Colleen and Gary took up the offer from the boys to help plant the flowers. They planted on each side of the rock, a Red Hybrid Tea, Antique & Shrub Rose and two Primrose Blue Zebra by the flagpole.

Here comes Stuart with a tiller to tile up around the Abe Lincoln Marker. He finished the work needed and the ground is ready to plant. Jacob and Adam asked questions about the Marker and found out that it was one of the original Highway Markers that the Boy Scouts of America posted along the Historical Lincoln Highway that goes from the West coast to the East coast.

Adam's Dad and Grandpap were leaders in the Boy Scouts and Jacob was in scouts for a while. This is their Dad's, Grandpap's,

Jacob's and all scouts of Tama County Marker, that represents the Boy Scouts of America. Here it has a home in our Lincoln Highway Bridge Park along the Lincoln Highway that goes across Iowa. We finished the day planting all the new flowers and Hosta in the area by the Marker and watering the plants. We are so appreciative to Jacob and Adam giving up some of their fun time to help us. These two boys represent the good kids in America, we are so proud of them. All kids are welcome to come to the park and be a part of beautifying the Lincoln Highway Bridge Park. Another very good day.

We have completed some yard work yet work needs to be done by removing the rotten branches and small rotten trees removed along Mud Creek. Removing the sticky overgrown bushes behind the Memorial, fertilize the evergreens and plants, and spread something to prevent weeds. The driveway has some pot holes to fix and where vehicles have driven on the grass deep ruts need to be filled too. The some debris needs to be cleaned out around and under the bridge.

We the citizens, need to "Save OUR Bridge". The Historical District, Gateway to Tama-Toledo included the Abe Lincoln Highway Marker, Lincoln Highway Bridge, King Tower Indian Sign, Lincoln Highway Bridge Park, the "Cabin", and the King Tower Cafe. These sites need to be renewed and repaired to complete the beautification of the Gateway to Tama and Toledo

As a traveler/ visitor coming in from the East on Lincoln Highway by King Tower Cafe, [the 5th Street truck route] it will take you into Tama. There is business, parks, Cherry lake, specialty shops, gas station, the Historical Tama Paper Board, and more to sight see, shop and

enjoy. When you take Hwy 30 West it will take you into Toledo to convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants, Tama County Court House, Historical Museum, the Wieting Theatre and other sites.

See Folks, how important the project Gateway to Tama/Toledo is for the communities. We need the citizens of Tama and Toledo to help with the beautification of the Historical District and to Save Our Bridge. Stop by and visit the park and walk on the bridge. For more information contact Colleen Davis at: 319-558- 8849. Until next time, Jeannie

 
 

 

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