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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.

Calls are taken on a special Courier phone line at 234-3566. Questions are answered by Courier staff and staff at the Waterloo Public Library.


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