Q: Where in the Cedar Valley can I get the Long Island Kingsport, Tenn., ingredient version of a Long Island Iced Tea?
A: The town of Kingsport, Tenn., is now feuding with Freeport, N.Y., over who can lay claim to the Long Island Iced Tea. It all began when Visit Kingsport released a video claiming Charlie “Old Man” Bishop invented the beverage during Prohibition, while Freeport has claimed it since the 1970s. A Freeport bar has now challenged Kingsport to a contest over who has the best. However, Kingsport’s version replaces triple sec with whiskey and adds maple syrup and lime juice — and we’re not sure of any bar doing that. If you’re a bar owner selling the Kingsport version, kindly let us know and we’ll reprint this question.
Q: Can you print information on the large garden that is planted every year to the west and north of the O’Neal Steel building on Highway 63?
A: That is Hoffman Produce Farms, a third generation family farm using environmentally friendly growing methods to provide vegetables and fruits to local consumers. More information can be found on the farm’s Facebook page.
Q: When will the vegetable coupons be available at The Rose?
A: The Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Agency distributes the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons at a number of area senior centers. Those events typically are only open to residents of those centers, including the Rose of Waterloo. A public distribution of those coupons to qualified seniors is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 at the Waterloo Senior Center, 2101 Kimball Ave.
Q: On Fifth Street by Irving School there is a parking area marked “No Parking” during the school day. Why is there always four to five cars parked there all day most days?
A: We drove by during class on the day this question was received and did not see any illegally parked vehicles. Keep in mind, there is a five-minute pickup zone sign along that area too. So if you see four or five cars parked there all day between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. when school is in session, those vehicle owners are violating the city ordinance.
Q: Is it true Country View is costing taxpayers $5,000 per day to keep it open?
A: As we have reported numerous times, the Country View care center is on pace to run a $2 million operating deficit this year. That deficit, which amounts to more than $5,000 a day, is being covered by Black Hawk County property taxpayers.
Q: There was an article on the front page, “Birds the word,” and it mentioned Greenbelt Lake. How do we get to this lake?
A: The parking lot for Greenbelt Lake in Waterloo is about 700 feet west of U.S. Highway 63 on Martin Road.
Q: What area in Waterloo is going to be the next bypass for the ground water system in basements?
A: The Waterloo City Council has not adopted an ordinance requiring any areas, beyond the initial program, to have mandatory disconnections of footing drains from the sanitary sewer system.