Spirit of Giving

For many of us the season of giving is yearlong! Thanksgiving reminds us that thanks continue throughout the year. We give to charities and religious organizations throughout the year. The giving spirit of thanks isn’t simply of dollars, but also … Continued

Back Yard Beauty

By Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director We have all heard the expression “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Well, one of my recent walks took me on a trail past the back yards of about 50 relatively new … Continued

On The Road Again – Iowa’s Byways!

By Gerry Schnepf With Willie Nelson’s music on your mind, hop on your bike or motorcycle or jump in your car, SUV, RV or tour bus and head out for a new traveling adventure – Iowa’s byways. Explore these special … Continued

Fall in the Air and on the Landscape

By Gerry Schnepf Fall is normally filled with color in the trees on the hillsides and in the valleys. The fall smell in the air is that pleasant subtle odor of decaying leaves. It is a reminder that one season … Continued

There’s no silver bullet!

By Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director The use of the term ‘silver bullet’ often refers to the ability to cut through red tape and complexity to provide an immediate, quick and easy solution to a problem or a need. It … Continued

Checking the Heartbeat of a Community

Does it need a transfusion? By Doug Friedli – Fremont County Hometown Pride Community Coach and Gerald F. Schnepf – Executive Director of Keep Iowa Beautiful When arriving on an accident or disaster scene where there are people with multiple … Continued

“That’s one small step…….”

By Gerald F. Schnepf, Executive Director “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind!” is the famous quote credited to astronaut Neil Armstrong as he stepped on to the moon, 49 years ago – July 20, … Continued

Costly and Cringe-worthy, Litter Hurts Iowa

No Litter Hotline Decal

The fastest way to spoil the beauty of our State? Litter. In order of the biggest groups of offenders, discarded fast food containers, paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic make up the bulk of these eyesores. Littering cleanup costs the Iowa … Continued

What Do Costa Rica and Iowa Have in Common?

The answer is “not much!” Consider these comparisons: Costa Rica Iowa Population 4.9 million 3.1 million Land Area   19,714 sq. miles 56,276 sq. miles Topography    Mountainous Reasonably Level   Why do I bring this to our attention? Recently, my … Continued