Have a Heart – A Valentine for Your Community

You don’t often hear of anyone giving a valentine to the community that they call home. Why not? If you love your community, have a heart and show your appreciation by doing something for your hometown (maybe even when it … 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

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

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

Iowa’s Treasure Chest

Iowa Volunteers!

Every day, every hour and every minute we help ourselves to Iowa’s treasure chest. No, it is not a chest filled with gold coins – it is even better! This is one of Iowa’s greatest treasures. It is important for … Continued

Being Thankful for Iowa Communities

My experience with over 14 years of orchestrating vintage automobile tours passing through or with stops in almost every town in Iowa makes me thankful for the wide variety of small towns and the special and unique appeal they each … Continued