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Lakeland Habitat for Humanity expands home-repair program for vets in Polk


Lakeland chapter accepting applications from entire county

Gary White
 
| The Ledger

LAKELAND — Lee Wilson and his 92-year-old mother, Rosezell Wilson, no longer have to worry that water might seep into their house the next time a thunderstorm stalls over their Lakeland neighborhood.

Contractors hired by Lakeland Habitat for Humanity recently replaced the Wilsons’ roof, while also making repairs to a bathroom and a porch and replacing a kitchen faucet and two windows. And it cost the Wilsons nothing.

Lee Wilson, 70, benefited from a Habitat for Humanity program that provides free home repairs for veterans and their families. Wilson served in the U.S. Army for three years, including one year spent in Vietnam during the military action there.

Most Americans probably associate Habitat for Humanity with the mission of building houses for people with low incomes. In recent years, though, the Lakeland affiliate has shifted more toward doing

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Department of Transportation awards $25 million to Polk County for Broadway Avenue Improvements project

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The Iowa Department of Transportation plans a record-busting $806 million in statewide road and bridge projects this construction season. (Photo: William Petroski/The Register)

Polk County’s plan to reconstruct a portion of Broadway Avenue just got a $25 million boost from the federal government. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced the grant, earmarked for the Broadway Avenue Multi-modal Improvements project, as part of a $1 billion investment from the Trump administration to improve infrastructure through its Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development program.

The BUILD grant will cover over half of the projected $40 million cost of the Broadway project.

“A federal grant like that … relieves the burden on the local governments to help pay for that,” said MPO executive director Todd Ashby. “It certainly helps speed the timeline of completing the project.”

According to local officials, the project, which focuses on a 5.2-mile stretch

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Polk Audio Signa S3 review: solid audio upgrade with Chromecast

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  • The Polk Signa S3 soundbar with wireless subwoofer provides improved audio performance over most built-in TV speakers.
  • Though the 2.1-channel soundbar can get quite loud, its physical size is small enough to fit under most displays.
  • The S3 comes in at $250, which provides solid value for the audio performance and features you get, but the device is missing integrated digital assistant support and surround sound.
  • Going beyond movies and shows, the Signa S3 can also function as a music speaker using Chromecast audio or Bluetooth.

Though built-in speakers on TVs have improved somewhat over the last few years, most displays are still lacking in the audio department. This is usually a result of the thinness of modern TVs squeezing out the physical room that quality speakers need.

As a solution,

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