Young pros help beautify Iola

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Allen County commissioners Tuesday morning agreed to pay up to $300 for paint to spruce up the wall where Madison Avenue becomes East Street outside Allen County Hospital.
Jana Taylor, executive director of Iola’s Chamber of Commerce, said Allen County Young Professionals will have the wall repainted before this weekend’s Iola Sesquicentennial and Memorial Day activities.
“We’ll get started on it Wednesday,” Taylor said. About 30 members of the new group promised to help.
Taylor said the ACYP, an initiative of the Chamber, was “an emerging group of up and coming leaders committed to personal growth and career advancement with service to the Allen County area.”
ACYP’s first project was to clean up and plant new flowers under the “Welcome to Iola” sign at the east edge of town last weekend.
“We’re looking for other projects to adopt,” Taylor said.
In addition to repainting the wall near the hospital, the group might look into painting a mural or Allen County Hospital logo on it later.
Commissioners also gave their blessings to several other activities Taylor proposed throughout the year, including a June 10 business appreciation luncheon targeting all businesses in Allen County and Christmas-related activities in late November.

A YEAR AFTER its move to Riverside Park, Taylor said Farm-City Days would return to the courthouse lawn and downtown.
Farm-City Days will start with a Family Fun Night cookout near the bandstand on Oct. 15.
The carnival will be on Jackson Avenue and extend farther east and west than ever before, Taylor said.
Oct. 17 will be a big day with activities of previous years plus a chili cookoff, healthy cooking competition and tractor show.
For the farm component, Allen County Community College farm north of
Iola will host discussions about the profession, demonstrations and displays by implement dealers.
“I don’t know much
about farming and I’m
sure there are lots of others as well who would enjoy learning,” Taylor said.
The festival previously had tours of private farms, a component dropped about 20 years ago because of difficulty in finding hosts.