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Head on down to the south side

If you are looking for something to do today make your way to the Southside Artisan Festival. The festival, now in its second year, will offer a wide range of musical offerings, from electronic dance, blues, rock and reggae. There will also be a number of local artists displaying their works and you can even learn how to eat fire. The event starts at 10 a.m. with artist displays until 5 p.m. Musical acts will perform until about midnight. The Southside Artisan festival is located at The Elms, 2108 Grandview Ave. Admission is $10 and children 14 and under free. It is nice to see an event like this happening on the south end of town.

Plenty of places to eat

We’ll have a lot more restaurants to choose from in the next few weeks. Work is progressing on the Buffalo Wild Wings that will go into the old Diamond Dave’s location near Hy-Vee on the Douglas King Memorial Expressway. Two new dining options will be opening up downtown. 101 West is opening up in the Hotel Muscatine ballroom and will feature an upscale dining room and lounge based on the theme of a prohibition-era speakeasy. The Pearl City Chophouse is opening in the old button factory. It is being billed as a steakhouse restaurant. It’ll be nice to see the old button factory location being put to use again.

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School board election here before you know it

In case you’re not aware, the Muscatine school board election is slated to be held on Tuesday, September 10. This year, there are three four-year terms needing to be filled and one two-year term. There are six people who are running in the election. Four are running to fill the 4-year slots and two are competing to fill the 2-year slot. You’ll have a couple of opportunities to meet and get to know the candidates. On August 27, the League of Women Voters will be hosting a candidates’ forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in council chambers at City Hall, 215 Sycamore St. The school board election, like all civic elections, is important to the future of the district. A lot of things are happening in our schools and a lot of change has taken place in a short period of time. The district has a new superintendent, new principals in a few of our schools and a number of construction and remodel projects taking place. School board elections typically don’t bring out many voters, but if you have any interest in education and the way your tax dollars are spent to support education, I’d encourage you to get to know the candidates and then get out and vote.

And finally, the Oscar goes too….

Mark LeRette for his stirring dramatic performance at a recent city council meeting. He was unhappy with one of my recent columns chastising the city and the council for not allowing the firefighters to hold their annual MDA boot drive on our city streets. He certainly didn’t like my opinion.  He made a show out of wadding up a printout of the column, calling it “garbage,” and saying it was an example of why trust in media was down. While I appreciate his passion, I’m more satisfied with the performance of the council. They decided to let the firefighters have one more year on the streets while they find a compromise fundraising solution for next year that hopefully will satisfy everyone involved.

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Steve Jameson is the editor and publisher of the Muscatine Journal. You can “trust” him to keep offering up his opinion on topics big and small. He’s sure you won’t always agree with him, but he hopes that whatever he writes will at least foster open discussion. If you have an opinion on any topic please feel free to write us a letter. As long as it isn't racist, libelous or too long, we'll print it.

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