JMMS Presents Business After Hours

The Business Improvement Committee of Jefferson Matters: Main Street will be hosting “Business After Hours” on Monday, March 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge in Jefferson.

The event will begin with a social time followed by a program at 5:30 p.m. presented by
Colleen Nelson, director of Main Street Manning. She will discuss the downtown revitalization program in Manning. The city of Manning, business owners and Main Street Manning worked together to secure a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for downtown revitalization to fund renovation of their downtown storefronts.

The social time will continue after the program. The event is open to the public at no charge. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

For additional information, contact Jefferson Matters: Main Street at 515-386-3585 or email

JMMS Celebrates Second Anniversary

Forty volunteer enthusiasts of Jefferson Matters: Main Street gathered on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the lower level of Sierra Community Theatre business to celebrate the organization’s second anniversary.

Volunteers, committee members and representatives of businesses in the Main Street district joined the board of directors to celebrate completion of the second year of JMMS and the official launch of its third year. The event followed the board’s Annual Meeting held in conjunction with its regular monthly meeting held in theatre’s business center prior to the anniversary celebration.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street board of directors celebrate completion of two years and the start of Year 3.
Jefferson Matters: Main Street board of directors celebrate completion of two years and the start of Year 3.

“We want to thank all of our volunteers, Board of Directors 2-19-14committee members, board members, and businesses for their support the past year,” said Jamie Daubendiek, president, JMMS board of directors. “We are looking forward to another very successful year for Jefferson Matters: Main Street.”

Guest enjoyed light refreshments, cake and beverages. The tables were decorated with special table top tents that showcased earlier versions and current-day use of historic buildings in downtown Jefferson. The table tops will be featured in the downtown restaurants, coffee shops and food establishments during the upcoming summer tourism season.

Photos of various events and activities of JMMS the past year were featured in a continuous loop.

A highlight of the gathering was a trivia quiz with questions centered on the history of downtown Jefferson. Numerous door prizes from local businesses were awarded through the event.

Sawhill Named to JMMS Board

Jefferson Matters: Main Street has appointed John Michael Sawhill to its board of directors. He will also serve on the executive committee of JMMS as treasurer.

John Michael Sawhill--New JMMS Board Member

Sawhill is a business banker at Home State Bank in Jefferson. He previously worked in short sales for Wells Fargo Bank in West Des Moines

Sawhill is a graduate of Jefferson-Scranton High School. He graduated in 2012 from Drake University with a bachelor of arts in accounting.

“We are very pleased to have John join the Jefferson Matters: Main Street board,” said Jamie Daubendiek, board president. “He will make a significant contribution to our organization.”

Yarnapalooza Brightens Up Downtown

Jefferson Matters: Main Street helped add some color to the long, cold days of winter with  “Yarnapalooza” in downtown Jefferson from late January through the end of February.

Yarnapalooza was a project of the Tower View Team of JMMS with support from the organization’s Promotion Committee. Also described as a “yarn bombing,” the event involved wrapping afghans, blankets, old sweaters, t-shirts, and other yarn- and cloth-related items around the trunks of the trees on the lawn of the Greene County Courthouse.  Mother Nature cooperated by providing a snowy, white carpet on the lawn almost every day throughout the five-week period.

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TVT member Amy Roberts was instrumental in lining up area groups and organizations to participate in decorating the trees. The groups were initially to decorate their trees on the last Sunday of January, but an impending winter snow storm pushed that back one day to Saturday, Jan. 25.

The JMMS Promotion Committee gave each tree decorator a coupon for a free cup of hot cocoa at Homestead Bakery that day.Yarn 12

Plans called for the trees to remain decorated through mid-February, but feedback from the community was so positive that “Yarnapalooza” was extended through the end of the month. The Jefferson City Council and the Greene County Board of Supervisor both complimented TVT for its efforts in brightening up the downtown during and creating a nice respite from the long winter doldrums.

“We couldn’t have had such a great display without all of the organizations and individuals that participated,” said Deb McGinn, TVT Committee chair. “Even though it was very cold out that day, they stepped up like troopers and helped TVT create a fun, temporary art installation of yarn and fiber to the Main Street District.”

Participants in the “Yarnapalooza” tree decorating were: New Opportunities, Tower View Team, Linda Nichols, Amy and Jason Roberts and family, Jane Rowland, PAWS, RVP~1875/History Boy Theatre, Greene County High School, Jefferson-Scranton Elementary School, East Greene Elementary, Greene County Intermediate School, Greene County Middle School, Rhonda Nelson, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Mikki Schwarzkopf, Amy Milligan/Jefferson Matters: Main Street, ARC, JMMS Promotion Committee, Annie Ostendorf, and Relay for Life.Yarn 8