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Find a penny, pick it up

“Find a penny, pick it up; all day long you will have good luck.”

Admit it. You have done this. You have picked up a penny, hoping for good luck. And why not? We could all use some of that stuff. But where did this penny phrase come from?

Some say the origins of the superstition stem from ancient times when metals were believed to offer protection from evil and harmful spirits, according to psychiclibrary.com. When coins began to be used for currency, those who had a lot of them were considered wealthy or “lucky.” Thus, the accumulation of money translated into good fortune.

But does it matter if the penny is found heads up or tails up? According to the same website, if you see a penny on the ground with heads up, you should pick it up to experience good luck. If the penny faces tails up, you could pick it up and turn it over for the next person, but you should not take it with you, as you will be bringing bad luck to yourself.

I was inspired to research this superstition after receiving a note from my friend Pat Pithan, who was shopping for groceries recently at a Fareway store. When checking out, Pat accidentally dropped a quarter and a penny on the floor. He was able to pick up the quarter but struggled to get a fingernail under the penny to do the same. To prevent holding up the line, Pat gave up on the penny and left it on the floor.

Meanwhile, as is customary at Fareway, an employee of the store proceeded to wheel Pat’s groceries out to his car and place them in his trunk. When he reached home and unloaded his groceries, he found a penny in the bottom of one of the bags. Pat was so impressed with this gesture that he drove back to the store to tell the young man thank you and to inform the manager about this deed. The young man, whose name is Kaleb, said, “I noticed you dropped your penny, sir, and I happened to have an extra one in my pocket.”

It made sense for Kaleb to do this, and it made a cent for Pat, too. For the rest of us, it is a reassuring reminder that good people do still exist. Kaleb’s parents, and his employer, should be proud.

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Seen around town

Urbandale Food Pantry - Pedal for the Pantry was presented by F&G on Sept. 29.

Mayor Bob Andeweg

Patty Sneddon-Kisting, executive director Urbandale Food Pantry

Tony Litterer of F&G, Mayor Bob Andeweg of Urbandale, Mayor Pro Tem Mark Holms of Ankeny and Mayor Paula Dierenfeld of Johnston

City Notes

• At its Aug. 24 meeting, the Urbandale City Council approved a $120,000 bid for bank stabilization along Beaver Creek to protect the bank and the trail in Northview Park. It's anticipated that this project will be completed by the summer of 2022. 

• The Council also approved a site plan for a Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh convenience store and a Hy-Vee general retail building to be constructed at the corner of Meredith Drive and 156th Street.

• The Council approved a $40,000 open-air shelter to be purchased and constructed in Bent Creek Ridge Park. Construction will take place in spring 2022 due to a significant lead time for shelter delivery.

• Census: The City of Urbandale now has a population of 45,580. That’s a 7.4% increase from the 2015 Special Census of 42,449 and a 15.5% increase from 2010 Census 39,463.

Upcoming events

• Ice Cream Social: The Urbandale Historical Society, 4010 70th St., will serve ice cream with pie or cake and water, lemonade or coffee at its ice cream social Sunday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m. Visit the Urban House and Barn, and enjoy visiting with friends during the afternoon.

• The Arbordale hosts open house: The Arbordale, 2727 82nd Place, Urbandale, is holding an open house ice cream social on Sept. 29 from 1-3 p.m. The public is invited.

• State of the City Address: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. at Fire Station 43, 15100 Meredith Drive. The public is invited to attend Mayor Andeweg’s State of the City Address. An open house with light refreshments will be held from 5-6 p.m. The presentation will start promptly at 6 p.m. A time capsule dedication will take place at the conclusion of the event. RSVP at www.Urbandale.org/RSVP.

• Mayor’s Bike Ride and Lions Pancake Feed: Meet at the Giovannetti Community Shelter at Walker Johnston Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 2, for the Mayor’s Bike Ride. Urbandale Lions Club will be providing a pancake breakfast from 7-9 a.m. The ride starts at 9 a.m. This is a free event brought to you by the City of Urbandale. Please pre-register at: www.urbandale.org/ride-reg.

• Historical program: The Roller Skating Rink in Urbandale will be presented Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. at Urban House, 4010 70th St. The Urbandale Historical Society will host this program. Come to learn more about this  popular recreational venue for young people, enjoyed during the 1950s. Bring your memories and stories to share with others during the meeting. 

Joke of the week:

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This month's cover story: 

Roll call

Back to school means a return to the classroom.

By Darren Tromblay

As hard as it may be to believe, sunscreen and swimsuits will soon be replaced by hoodies and backpacks. Fall is on the way, and, with it, a return to the classroom. Unlike 2020, this school year will begin in the classroom. Urbandale Community School District will welcome all students back into the classroom — the 100% online option will not be offered. Masks will be optional for students and staff. While concerns linger, many are hopeful that the school year will bring some stability for staff, students and families.


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Allergy shots 101

By Dr. Tara Federly

Ragweed season is just around the corner. For some Iowans, constant congestion, sneezing, itching and fatigue are putting a damper on their day-to-day lives. Many have tried over-the-counter allergy medicines with no long-term success. Fortunately, one of the most effective treatments is available from your local allergist: allergy shots. Allergy shots work by regularly exposing your body to small amounts of allergens to develop immunity over time. Adults and children ages 5 and up can receive allergy shots for both indoor and outdoor allergies. 


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What’s a ‘network’ of services for older adults?

By Ward Phillips

You spent some time in the hospital after surgery, and your doctor recommended short-term rehabilitation as a “bridge” between hospital and home. Your rehabilitation stay went well; you’re feeling better, and it’s time to return to your house or apartment.

You wonder, though, about your ability to continue your exercises at home, and you think some continued assistance might be a good thing. make life easier for anyone seeking assistance, no matter where he or she lives.


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