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The members of the Perry Lions Club completed their semi-annual roadside cleanup Monday afternoon, walking the roadside ditch along Highway 141 from F Avenue to D Avenue west of Perry. The Lions collected about 200 pounds of trash in the...
On a beautiful late summer evening, the Perry Lions Club held their annual picnic at the Wiese Park gazebo. A pre-dinner gathering was held at Lion Rich Jones' house. Lion Jones and Diane Jones served refreshments and snacks on their...
The Perry Lions Club set out American flags in Perry's downtown this weekend to honor the 2,977 people who died in the tragedy that occurred Sept. 11, 2001. These flags also help us remember the first responders who rushed to...
With the apparent waning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Perry Lions Club is getting more active now that most of the club's member have received their vaccinations. The Perry Lions enjoyed a program April 26 presented by Kirk VanKirk and...
On a pleasant day in mid-February 2020, a male downy woodpecker was drumming on a snag of a elm tree in the northwest corner of my property. He froze when he saw me. He probably hoped that the human...
I have enjoyed watching the American tree sparrows this year. The name tree sparrow is a misnomer because it is not closely associated with trees. While they are living in Iowa, they roost in brush piles and shrubs. During their...
I was awakened with a loud “Who-who-whooo” coming from the trees outside my bedroom window. It was the great horned owl’s mating call right on schedule. Their calling begins in December and can continue through early February. Owls have made...
They're back. I saw the first junco of the season at my feeder Oct. 2, and now a small flock comes every day for a meal. Just as the robin is a sign of spring, the junco is a sign...
My wife and I went for an early morning walk at one of Perry's city parks. We had the park to ourselves. A friend told me about a pair of hawks that he had seen in the area, and...
On the mild and sunny Saturday before Christmas, 23 people fanned out across Dallas County in the annual Christmas Bird Count. They made observations in parks, cemeteries, backyard feeders, roadsides and in the woods along the Raccoon River. The annual...