The Exchange, July 4, 2018, History of the 4th, Ben Franklin's Kitchen

Jul 6, 2018

Intro

Welcome to the Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  It’s the Fourth of July and today we will dig into the history of the day, 

we take a look inside a founding father’s kitchen with an Iowa author.  

We will also get a rundown on Saturday in the Park coming up this weekend.

First though, we get an update on what’s going on with the Woodbury County Supervisor’s efforts to leave one provider group of mental health and disability services to join another.  

The County is no longer pushing to get an amended sharing agreement with the two other counties in the Sioux Rivers Regional Mental Health and Disability Services as Woodbury begins its final year in the regional group.

Boards of supervisors in Plymouth and Sioux counties declined to sign a new memorandum of understanding which the Woodbury County board asserted was necessary for the budget year that began Sunday.

In a special meeting this week, the Woodbury County supervisors voted 3-1 to approve a position statement on the status of their working relationship with Sioux Rivers, as well as the new region Woodbury will join on July 1, or next year.  The statement recognized said as Woodbury County continues with Sioux Rivers, it will not mount a legal challenge, but "continue to monitor expenditures and the Sioux Rivers budget very closely."

Speaking with Taylor yesterday, I asked him what he made of the comment from Supervisor Marty Pottebaum, that the statement left Woodbury County in “limbo.”

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That was Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor, talking about the statement this week on the county’s relationship with Sioux Rivers Mental Health and Disability Group.  Woodbury County will leave Sioux Rivers in July of 2019 to join the Rolling Hills Region.

Woodbury County sought to leave Sioux Rivers, over disagreements on management style.  Rolling Hills Community Service Region includes seven counties to the east, with Buena Vista, Sac, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Crawford, and Ida. A majority of the seven county boards of supervisors individually voted by May to add Woodbury County in 2019.

You’re listening to The Exchange, on Siouxland Public Media. I’m Mary Hartnett.  242 years ago, the Founding Fathers of the United States signed the Declaration of Independence.  Since then, Americans have commemorated the occasion with fireworks, barbeques and a day of leisure.  But what really happened on the first Independence Day?  I asked historian Russell Gifford about what did and didn’t happen on that day back in 1776.

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That was Russ Gifford a local historian, talking about the events of July 4th, 1776, when the United States declared their independence from Great Britain. 

You’re listening to The Exchange on Siouxland Public Media, I’m Mary Hartnett.  One of the most famous founding fathers was Benjamin Franklin.  Inventor, politician, publisher, diplomat . . . these were just a few of his titles.  He was also an innovator when it came to food.  Mason City author Rae Katherine Eighmey has delved into Franklin's ideas about food in her book, “Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin: A Founding Father’s Culinary Adventures.”  Eighmey has also written about another great American, Abraham Lincoln.

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That was Mason City author Rae Katherine Eighmey, the author of “Stirring the Pot with Benjamin Franklin: A Founding Father’s Culinary Adventures.”    

The Fourth of July is all about traditions, and the biggest tradition in Sioux City for the past years is Saturday in the Park, a day-long community music festival, with food, drink, local vendors, and even a Ferris wheel and a petting zoo.

The musical lineup this year was announced months ago.  Here’s Dave Bernstein.

Saturday in the Park