Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chamber Youth Group

Chamber Youth learn about restoration plans for square

The Chamber Youth met recently with Alyse Hunter, President of the Design Division of the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street.
Hunter talked about the buildings and the current changes and future changes to the Chariton Square and the plans for its beautification and restoration.  The Chamber Youth had lunch sponsored by Ameriprise Financial and learned many interesting facts about the buildings that they did not know or had never noticed.
The Chamber Youth meets each month with a program and lunch, learning something about the community in which they live.  If you are interested in sponsoring an event please contact Shantel Dow or Cindy Laing.

Pictured are the members of the Chamber Youth group.  Front from left:  Ryley Heffron, Alexis Curran, Cierra Covington, Leah Dow and Alyse Hunter, President of the Design Division of the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street.  Back row from left:  Trevor Steinhausen, TJ Hockenson, Daric Laing, Devin Harberts, Sawyer Dow and Jon Wilson.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

SPLASH in Chariton

Appeared in the Chariton Leader February 5, 2013
by Kris Patrick, Staff Writer

The local SPLASH Pod described their organization to the Chariton Rotary Club explaining they are far more than a group presenting local grants.  SPLASH is a Youth Pod sponsored by the school and supported by the DEKKO Foundation.  The Foundation developed the Youth Pod concept as a way of educating youth about philanthropy, service and giving youth the opportunity to gain real world experience.
Students are invited to apply to be a member of SPLASH in the spring of their 7th year.  After acceptance, students are members of SPLASH from 8th grade until graduation.  
SPLASH granting cycles are November 15th and February 15th.  
SPLASH also encourages youth development by volunteering at the preschool level and has a middle school volunteer program.  SPLASH services include making BOO BOO bags, Children's Shopping day, helping families in need and partnering with Rotary in the Back Pack buddies project.
SPLASH has established an endowment with the South Central Iowa Community Foundation so local donations can be directed to the Chariton Back Pack Buddies Project.  Each month SPLASH members help pack food for chronically hungry children at Columbus and Van Allen Elementary schools.

Historic District Designation Explained

At a public meeting on Tuesday evening, January 29, Molly Myers Naumann explained the process of including Chariton as an historic district to the National  Register of Historic Places.  The complex process takes twelve to fourteen months and several meetings with the State Historic Preservation office.  "Basically a historic listing shows your sense of pride in your buildings," said Naumann.  The Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street and the city of Chariton are partners in the application process.
Once the State office approves the application it is submitted for review to the National Parks Service where they have nine weeks to review it before accepting or declining the application. 
Pictures will be taken of the Chariton district in the spring of 2013.  A survey and drawings will also be vital to the grant application.  A formal presentation to the Iowa Advisory Committee will be done in February of 2014.  If the application is accepted the Department of the Interior approval could go into effect mid June of 2014.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

News on the Charitone

Check Frank's website for the latest news on the progress for the Charitone.  This one is the restaurant.Lucas Countyan about The Charitone