One hundred cans of soup were brought in by the congregation on Sunday, March 30, to kick off the yearlong celebration commemorating the 100th Anniversary of West Clermont Lutheran Church. Pictured (l to r) beginning at the top of the photo were committee members Deb Guyer, Bev Baker and Teresa Loftsgard along with Pastor Joelle Colville-Hanson, ELCA Director for Evangelical Mission, Pastor Dayna Winke, committee chairman Vernon Oakland and choir director Blake Potthoff. (LeAnn Larson photo)
Students OK Without Drugs and Alcohol (SODA) will host its 12th Annual Basket Auction on Wednesday, April 9, in the Valley Elementary/North Fayette Valley Middle School multipurpose room.
The doors open at 5 p.m., and the evening will include T.J.’s pizza, a live auction beginning at 5:30, a silent auction running from 5 to 6:45, a presentation by middle school SODA members who trained for Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU), and an overview of SODA and Valley Community Coalition (VCC).
The activities will come to a close at 7 p.m.
Funds raised during the event help pay for the annual SODA scholarship and expenses related to the organization’s various trips and activities.
Glenn Beauchamp (left) of Arlington was introduced as Fayette County’s new Veterans Affairs director by Fayette County Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ron Moser on Monday. A Vietnam veteran, Beauchamp served in the U.S. Air Force. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
Fayette County Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ron Moser formally introduced Glenn Beauchamp to the Fayette County Supervisors as the county’s new Veterans Affairs director on Monday.
“Glenn has a whale of an amount of experience,” said Moser, while noting that there were 11 applicants for the position. “It was a great pleasure to find someone that we can all talk to and when I walk out of the office, I have the utmost confidence that things will be taken care of.”
Moser reported that while Beauchamp (pronounced Bee-chum) officially began his duties on Monday, he would attend the National VA Accreditation School in June.
Incumbent Fayette County Supervisors Darrel Dolf of rural Randalia and Jeanine Tellin of rural Maynard will face a pair of challengers in the November elections.
Following the June primaries, Fayette County Auditor Lori Moellers reported Thursday that the two incumbent Republican candidates will face Democratic candidates Joan Behrle and Joe Kasel. Tellin and Dolf have each served on the Board of Supervisors for four years.
Fayette County Republican and Democratic voters will vote for two Supervisor candidates on their respective ballots during the June primary.
North Fayette Valley senior Gabrielle (Belle) Hemesath has been named the winner of the 2014 Iowa Reading Association’s Poetry Contest. Hemesath will read her entry entitled, “Hive Life” at the annual Iowa Reading Conference in Ames in June. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
You could say that North Fayette Valley senior Gabrielle (Belle) Hemesath avoided a swarm of stinging reviews while on her way to winning first place in the Iowa Reading Association’s Poetry Contest.
Hemesath, the reigning Iowa Honey Queen, actually wrote a great majority of the prize-winning entry entitled, “Hive Life’ while sitting in a bee yard.
“I thought it would be a good time to be with the bees and also provide further inspiration for the assignment,” explained Hemesath, noting that the poem derived from a college composition course, which required her to write a descriptive essay.
Dr. Michael Ohlson of West Union Eye Clinic was named Optometrist of the Year by the Iowa Optometric Association in Des Moines on Saturday. Michael Ohlson, O.D., F.A.A.O., graduated from Buena Vista College and received his doctorate from the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has been awarded Diplomate status in the American Academy of Optometry Primary Care Section and the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry.
In 2013, Dr. Ohlson was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. He currently serves as immediate past president of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry and low-vision consultant to Iowa Educational Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired.
His volunteer efforts include InfantSEE, Lions Clubs International-Special Olympics Opening Eyes, and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity/International.
South Winn Middle School will present “The Seuss Odyssey” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, in the high school auditorium. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Members of the cast include (front, l-r) Allanda Kriener, Danae Taylor, Sarah Cullen, Melissa Ward, Allison Walz, Madisen Ondrashek, Vanessa Hageman; (middle) Montanah Zweibohmer, Lean Cullen, Selena Schirmer, Josie Lennon, Sierra Breitsprecher, Wyatt Wilson; (back) Kayden McDermott, Savannah Wangsness, Zach Poshusta, Ashley Davis, Kaelan Boe, Andrew Wagner, Eric Franzen, Angelia Hakim. Not pictured is Mariah Durham. (Becky Walz photo)
South Winn Middle School students take to stage
Some of you parents and grandparents may remember reading “The Odyssey” by Homer, and many individuals of all ages have some memories attached to the name Dr. Seuss.
Recently Farmers Union Cooperative donated $5,000 to the Winneshiek Medical Center-Ossian Clinic, which opened March 3. Pictured are (l-r) Karl Schroeder, Clark Goltz, Terry Linderbaum, Mike Meyer, and Eileen Courtney of the Ossian Clinic Steering Committee; Dave Hemesath of Farmers Union Coop; Becky Gesing, ARNP, family medicine provider at the WMC Ossian Clinic; Pam Buddenberg and James Rothmeyer, also of the Ossian Clinic Steering Committee; and Holly Kanengieter, WMC Foundation coordinator. (submitted photo)
Co-op donates to new WMC Ossian Clinic
The Ossian Clinic Steering Committee and the Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation were pleased to accept a generous $5,000 donation from Farmers Union Cooperative in support of the WMC Ossian Clinic.
The co-op presented the check as WMC leadership, staff and patients celebrated the clinic’s opening day earlier this month.
Hayley Zeien (l) and Cameron Hermen are excited to showcase the Elgin Homecoming 2014 T-shirts and salt and pepper shaker crockery now on sale in preparation for the June 19-22 event. (Stephanie Hermen photo)