The Valley Board of Education approved the hiring Monday of Micah Gearhart as the school’s new elementary and North Fayette Valley seventh- and eighth-grade principal.
Currently the elementary principal at Spirit Lake, Gearhart will officially assume his new duties on Tuesday, July 1.
“During the recent interviewing process, I was not only impressed by the staff itself, but the excitement in education shared by each of those I met,” said Gearhart by telephone from his home. “Not only do I believe this is a perfect community to raise my family, but I love the focus everyone seems to have on education.
Annette Butikofer, SODA coordinator, poses with the first basket donated for this year’s SODA (Students OK Without Drugs and Alcohol) basket auction. Donated themed baskets are needed for the auction, which raises money to enable North Fayette Valley SODA members take part in the organization’s activities. The auction is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Valley Elementary/North Fayette Valley Middle School multipurpose room. (Brian Smith photo)
Students OK Without Drugs and Alcohol (SODA) will be hosting 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 5:00 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 evening will come to a close at 7 p.m.
Allan Schlatter and his wife, Ruth, hold a photo of Ruth's brother, Milan Begalske, who died on Good Friday in 1980 as a result of choking. The young man left a wife and three children behind – the youngest turned 1-year-old two days later on Easter. Shortly after, the Hawkeye community decided to organize a First Responders group, and Al was one of its charter members. Now, 34 years later, he's retiring from the role of EMS provider and will be honored at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at the Hawkeye Fire Station. (Janell Bradley photo)
Family death leads Schlatter to become First Responder
Milan Begalske's death on Good Friday in 1980 not only had an impact on Milan's sister, Ruth, and her husband, Allan Schlatter, but the entire community in which they live.
Thirty-four years ago, the young man left behind a wife and three children – the youngest just a year old — when Milan died as a result of choking. Back then, Hawkeye firefighters responded to the Begalske farm, but with only first aid training, there was little they could do to save the man's life.
A few months later, members of the community took action to form a First Responders team.
Allan Schlatter was one of the first 21 volunteers to take the 40-hour training course. Today, he is the last charter member remaining and will retire later this month.
Dr. Al Kruger of Oelwein has announced that Clint Ambroson, DDS, and Abbey Ambroson, DDS, will begin leading the fulltime services at West Union Dental Associates in July.
In the meantime, Kruger noted he and his son, Dr. Adam Kruger plan to open the new dental office, located adjacent to the West Union Community Library on the former middle school property, on Monday, April 14.
Both Dr. Clint Ambroson and his wife, Dr. Abbey Ambroson graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in Iowa City in 2012.
Clint, 30, is a Forest City native. A Luther graduate, he is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing. Meanwhile, Abbey, 28, is a native of Ankeny. She enjoys running and reading.
Currently employed with Family 1st Dental in Clarinda, the couple has an eight-month-old daughter named Vivian.
With the support of the community over the past 75 years, Palmer Auxiliary members, including (l-r) President Mary Anne Hoey and secretary Jamie Hoey have helped promote activities and purchase items that benefit Palmer Lutheran Health Center (PLHC) and other health-related projects. Among the past items purchased were kitchen appliances and supplies, similar to the pictured Dietary Department’s stove/oven. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
For the past 75 years, Palmer Lutheran Health Center (PLHC) in West Union has benefited from a band of kind and dedicated women. While the faces of its members have changes over the years, the goals of the then Palmer Memorial Hospital Auxiliary remain the same today.
Current Palmer Auxiliary President Mary Anne Hoey, who has been a member of the volunteer organization for the past 52 years, explains that the purpose of the Auxiliary is to aid the local hospital by promoting and advancing the welfare of the facility.
After decreasing the proposed budget deficit to approximately $59,000, the West Union City Council unanimously approved its 2015 fiscal year budget on Monday. The figure is less than the $115,805 deficit originally proposed during the March 3 budget hearing.
While the official figures had not yet been compiled or publicly released by The Union’s press time, the council directed the budget to be filed with the State of Iowa once all figures are finalized.
World-renowned operatic bass-baritone and Iowa native Simon Estes (far right) visited the schools of CFS, DeSales, and South Winn last week, sharing his determination to help eradicate the threat of malaria for children in Africa. DeSales students pictured assisting Estes to show how a mosquito net works are Cael Kuboushek (back to camera); Makayla Hageman (sitting); (l-r) Jenna Knutson, Sydney Becker, Logan Baumler and Olivia Massman. (Becky Walz photo)
The safety and well-being of children is something parents do not take for granted, but parents in the United States do not have to worry about their sleeping children contracting malaria from mosquito bites.
World-renowned operatic bass-baritone and Iowa native Simon Estes visited the schools of CFS, DeSales, and South Winn last week, sharing his determination to help eradicate the threat of malaria for children in Africa.
“I love what I do. I love my students, and they are my passion,” said Anna Stamat, coordinator of disability services at Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar.
Some of her passion for disabled individuals stems from her own reading disability in comprehension and recollection, as well as from her younger brother, John, whom she has seen overcome many obstacles in his life.
Stamat’s career began nearly 30 years ago after she graduated with her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in New York.
Ready to begin her fifth year in her position, Stamat will receive the 2014 Iowa Outstanding Diversity and Equity Award from the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) in Des Moines on March 31.
John Rigler, president and CEO of State Bank & Trust Company and Security State Bank, a division of State Bank & Trust Company, New Hampton, has announced that the financial institution is moving forward under a new, common brand – State Bank.
“Our two banks began a partnership in January 2011, which gave our customers more locations, no-fee ATMs, and the added benefit of our wealth management department, including trust and investment services,” stated Rigler. “We have now taken the next step in our partnership by moving forward under a common brand. This is an exciting time for us, and we assure you that even though our name has changed, your bank has not.”
Valley third-grade teacher Annette Weber works with a group of students using a set of guided reading books purchased with Leggin’ It for Learning funds. Seated (clockwise from the left) are Weber, Kerrigan Alexander, Ally Bausch, and Caden Kerr.
Funds raised from the Leggin’ It for Learning 5K Run/Walk held in the fall of 2013 have been used in part to purchase books for Valley Elementary students. The event raised just under $3,000, of which approximately $1,600 has been spent so far.
“We have purchased multiple-copy, leveled reading books for teachers to use with students during our guided reading time in the elementary. Multiple sets of books with six copies each have been added to our current guided reading library,” stated Kirk Jacobsen, Leggin it for Learning organizer and second-grade teacher.