Branson is a city located in the Ozark mountains of Missouri.  For many in the Midwest, it's a popular tourist destination known for many musical performances including Dolly Pardon's Dixie Stampede. Other local attractions include Hollywood Wax Museum, Silver Dollar City, Mount Pleasant Winery, Cave Tours, National Tiger Sanctuary and much more. The community was named…

In the Southwest corner of Missouri is the little town of Mt Vernon. Mt Vernon is home to a little more than 4500 people, it's the county seat and it's near the Old Spanish Fort Archeological site.  And every year, the residents of this little town have an Apple Butter Makin' festival. Mt Vernon is also…

Clean drinking water is no small task.  At the Sioux Falls SD Water Purification Plant a staff of 35 work year round making sure that the greater metro area has plenty of clean water.  Each day they are purifying between 16 million and 45 million gallons of water, depending on the time of year.  It's…

Named for the Oneida Indians, Oneida NY is a small town community centrally located between Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, Boston and NYC.  Home to the world's smallest church and Oneida tableware (founded in 1880), this community was built on a pedestrian scale.  Everything is easily accessible within walking or biking distance.  That's one of the reasons the almost…

Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, dreamed of a network of "Kroc Centers" in underserved communities, each providing opportunities in arts, education, and athletics for children, adults, and families. The Kroc foundation teamed up with the Salvation Army to head up the project.  There are now 26 "Salvation Army Kroc Centers" across the…