“City Councilman” is just one of the many titles Altoona resident Josh Dunwoody goes by.
Altoonians could also call him an “Altoona Palooza Executive Board Member” or “Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce President”, and before that—“Altoona Soccer Club Head Coach”, “Altoona Baseball League Head Coach”, and “Altoona Sesquicentennial Celebration Board Member.”
Even as a third grader at Altoona’s Willowbrook Elementary, Alex Payne was intrigued by the history of Altoona, particularly when his class visited historic sites like Back Door Fabrics in Olde Town. For a kid, these dusty places contained a kind of magic—it was like the people and events of the past were echoing through the walls, their stories begging to be told.
The next time you’re diving headfirst into the muck while defending your Mud Volleyball tournament title, take a moment to thank Mary for helping orchestrate Altoona’s zaniest, most iconic—and yes, muddiest—event of the year: Altoona Palooza.
Since moving to Altoona in 1992, Steve and Ann Moyna have done as much to grow the community and bring its residents together as anyone—volunteering with numerous local organizations, taking on leadership roles, building bridges between various local groups, and helping organize Altoona Palooza.
Peggy Doane has walked around the world, literally.
As a member of the international walking association Volkssport and Iowa’s Walking Club, Peggy has walked through the cities, towns and countryside of Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Iceland. And yet, even after all that traveling, one of Peggy’s favorite walking destinations in the whole world is right here in her own backyard.
For today’s #PeopleofAltoona, we get to know the Rinehart family! Belinda, who works for the Southeast Polk Community School District (along with her daughter), tells the family’s story in her own words…
Lately, Kalyn Gibson finds herself spending more and more time in Altoona—for business and for fun. Along with her husband Matt, Kalyn owns Forever Home Inspection Iowa, a company that has provided nearly 2,000 home inspections, including many in the Altoona market. (No surprise there. As the city’s population continues to grow, Altoona’s real-estate market is booming.)
In this week’s #PeopleofAltoona, Altoona resident Jane Ryan reflects on her connection with the Altoona community and how she was inspired to give people a reason to smile.
When you’ve walked along the bike path or through the gardens in Altoona, have you ever noticed messages of joy and kindness near your feet? Or maybe a little round gnome hiding among the flowers or snow?
Thank Jane Ryan, Altoona resident, for the uplifting bursts of color along your daily walks around town.