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Glance back: From the Washington Evening Journal, Friday, July 17, 2009

10 Years Ago

The city expects future expansion primarily in the east and the northwest, with expansion in other areas, particularly to the south, restricted by natural barriers that would make providing utilities prohibitively expensive.

That was a determination made at a joint meeting Tuesday evening of the Washington City Council and the Washington Planning and Zoning Board.

The suggestions are all in. The workshops are done. Now Main Street Washington has to determine the priorities of the future goals presented.

During the second meeting this week, a consulting team from Main Street Iowa narrowed down ideas and suggestions that had been gathered from Washington residents the previous night. The economic development professionals added their own suggestions and advice to the mix and displayed the results to the 40 people in the audience.

BRIGHTON — Should the town focus its efforts on developing a bus program, or would the citizenry prefer free basic maintenance for those in need? Would an angel food program be welcomed more than a community food pantry?

Those are some of the questions the Horizons program in Brighton hopes to determine with a survey of the community. Over 100 residents of the 683-person town are being asked to complete a survey by July 31 to determine how energy by the group can be best used. The survey will help rate goals identified through study groups as being what changes the people in town wanted to see.

20 Years Ago

The Safety Center Citizens’ Committee will ask to be on the agenda for the next meeting of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, scheduled for Tuesday, July 20. The committee will submit its recommendations on the new public safety center.

Family Medicine of Wayland is sporting a new sign as of Friday, June 25. Upon retirement of Dr. James G. Widmer, the Wayland Economic Development Corporation, with help from the community support of fundraising efforts, purchased the building from Dr. J.G. Widmer and began efforts to have medical service in the community. In October of 1993, agreement was reached with Family Medicine of Mount Pleasant to staff the medical clinic in Wayland.

DES MOINES — Richard J. Varn, the State’s Chief Information Officer, who is responsible for overall state government Y2K compliance, announced that the beginning of fiscal 2000 posed no computer problems for state government. Per Mr. Varn, it was a “non-event.” Today marks the beginning of fiscal year 2000 for state government and the final six months before the year 2000.

30 Years Ago

Bikers from around the state turned out for the “Kewash Bike Ride” Saturday as the Spokebusters Club held its annual ride. There were 90 participants, some as far away as Atlantic.

Iowa House Speaker Don Avenson has announced the appointment of State Rep. Mark Shearer (D — Columbus Junction) to the newly created Iowa Highway Research Board. The board was created by the Legislature this year to oversee research into materials design and maintenance of Iowa highways.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Officials of Walmart Store Inc. announced plans today to open a new store in Washington and to create approximately 90 jobs for area residents.

40 Years Ago

James D. Gorham, Washington, district agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, will be cited July 23 for outstanding life insurance sales among the company’s more than 3,900 agents nationally during the 1978-79 agents’ honor year which ended May 31.

The final tally of collections for the 1979 CROP Hunger Walk in Washington shows $3,690.79 was raised by the march, according to the Rev. Charles Smith who served as treasurer for the event.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Duttweiler of Brighton will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary July 29 with an open house.

50 Years Ago

Floods have ruined crops on between 2,000 and 3,000 acres of Washington County farmland and the excessively wet conditions early this summer have compounded problems for farmers in other sections of the country the floodwaters did not reach, according to County Extension Director Jim Frier.

Checks in the amount of $240,000 were distributed as partial settlement in the terms of the will of the late J.B. Dill, Washington. The largest single check of the group, distributed by L.A. Holland, president and trust officer of Washington State Bank, went to the City of Washington in amount of $60,000.