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Wed
13
Aug

Church to feed bodies as well as souls

 

West Clermont Lutheran Church has started a food shelf to help provide for the needs of those in the local community. Pictured here with some of the supplies that have already been collected are (l-r) church members Ardell Fortune, Pastor Dayna Winke, and Christy Stewart. Art Amundson and his family helped arrange for start-up funding and stocking of the food shelf.

 

Church to feed bodies as well as souls

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

West Clermont Lutheran Church is attempting to fill a need in the community by establishing a food shelf in Clermont. The idea for having the food shelf in the building stemmed from the number of people actually coming to the church’s door in search of food for themselves and their families.

           “Our church has contributed to other food sources in the area in the past, but we were getting a large number of people right here in our own community asking for help. Some of our members decided that having the food available here for them instead of sending them somewhere else would be a good idea,” said Dayna Winke, pastor at West Clermont Lutheran Church.

Wed
13
Aug

Golfing equals 'Fun'ding for NFV Mentoring

 

Valley Community Coalition’s mentoring coordinator Stacie Schroeder is appreciative of all the donated items for this weekend’s Turkey River Classic. Schroeder is surrounded by just a handful of auction items that will be available at the annual event, which benefits the NFV mentoring program. (LeAnn Larson photo)

 

Golfing equals 'Fun'ding for NFV Mentoring

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It’s about more than golf and having a good time winning prizes.

It’s about the kids.

The truth is that few kids have a safe adult they can talk with about problems they may be having, including peer pressure to drink, smoke, or experiment with other illegal drugs.

Local mentoring programs provide that “safe adult” many youth desperately need.

The Valley Mentoring and NFV Mentoring programs have provided this support for young people – not just those with problems associated with substance abuse, but all youth who need help.

Both programs are certified mentoring through the Iowa Mentoring Partnership and matches, with parental permission, ANY youth in grades K-12 with an adult in the community who is over 18 and has passed a series of screening and background checks.

Mentors and mentees are matched based on interests, hobbies, and personality. They spend four to six hours per month engaging in positive activities such as planting trees, bowling, going to movies, playing games, golfing, and more.

For nearly a year the two programs have been meeting and offering joint activities for area youth. Future plans are to merge the two programs as the community interest and support increase.

The major source of funding for NFV Mentoring this year will be the annual Turkey River Classic charity event.

Wed
13
Aug

Hawkeye Christmas Light Fund continues to grow

 

Giving back to their community by donating the money they won from a raffle during Hawkeye Fun Days are (l-r) Clair Lensing, Dorty Yauslin, and Leon Dietzenbach. The money raised by the raffle and the funds being donated by these three individuals will be used for purchasing new Christmas lights for the city.

 

Hawkeye Christmas Light Fund continues to grow

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

            The City of Hawkeye is slowly but surely advancing toward its goal of acquiring new Christmas lights for its downtown area. Thanks to generous donations from participants and winners of the recent raffle held during Hawkeye Fun Days, the goal is now that much closer.

            City Clerk Dorty Yauslin estimated that $5000 - $6000 would be needed to purchase the new lights, and the raffle, which she helped organize, raised approximately half of that total.

Wed
13
Aug

New staff welcomed at West Central

 

West Central students were welcomed back to classes on Tuesday, Aug. 12, with several new faces, including  (l-r) cook Tammy Richards of Fayette, 1-on-1 instructor Kallie Kleitsch of Maynard, preschool paraeducator Bobbie Hepker of Maynard, preschool paraeducator Kelli Kleppe of Maynard, school nurse Bonnie West of Maynard, and K-6 special education instructor Chris Sanford, originally of Polo, Ill. (Jerry Blue photo)

Wed
13
Aug

High school open house August 20

High school open house August 20

 

 

For the first time in many years, there will be an open house at North Fayette Valley High School in West Union. The event has been set up in a workshop model with a variety of breakout sessions being held continuously throughout the evening.  

“A number of parents, particularly those on our Parent Advisory Committee, have suggested that we have a night in which we share information with them about a number of things we do at the high school,” said high school principal Todd Wolverton on Friday. 

Wed
13
Aug

New principal 'excited to start new adventure'

 

In preparation for the start of the upcoming school year, North Fayette Principal Travis Elliott reviews some paperwork with elementary secretary Stephanie Michael. The new school administrator looks forward to working with the current elementary staff in focusing on student achievement and continuing to implement the school district’s educational guidelines already in place. (Mike Van Sickle photo) 

 

New principal 'excited to start new adventure'

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Throughout his life, Travis Elliott has enjoyed working with kids, seeing them grow, and achieving the goals they have set for themselves. In addition to gaining experience by helping in a third-grade classroom as a high school senior, he grew increasingly intrigued with an education career by working with youth in basketball camps and middle school sports.

The North Fayette Board of Directors unanimously approved the hiring of Elliott as the school’s new elementary principal in March. He officially began his duties in mid-July. The 34-year-old replaces Kathy Bauer, who retired after the last school year.

Wed
13
Aug

Sparkling opportunity for third-generation jeweler

 

Accompanied by his friend Joyce Wolfgram, Mark Mihm made sure he was his granddaughter Jill (Kuehner) Heins’ first customer after she attained ownership of Mark’s Jewelry in St Lucas in July. Mihm originally opened a barbershop-jewelry store in the St. Lucas bank building in 1946, before moving the jewelry store to its current location in 1977. (Courtesy photo)   

 

Sparkling opportunity for third-generation jeweler

 

 

By Mike Van Sickle
News Editor
mvansickle@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Mark’s Jewelry in St. Lucas has served generations of customers in this small Fayette County community for nearly 70 years. Similarly, the area jewelry store has maintained its own family tradition with third-generation owner Jill (Kuehner) Heins, who attained ownership of the business in July.

Mark’s Jewelry has been located at its present site in downtown St. Lucas since 1977. Original owner Mark Mihm sold the business to his daughter Mary Pat (Ridout) in 1986.

Wed
06
Aug

Eagle Scout Project looking good

 

Ossian resident Francis Wenthold (left) and Boy Scout Lucas Feltz share a laugh as they relax on a new bench that Feltz placed at the new Ossian Fire Station as part of his Eagle Scout project. (submitted photo)

 

 

Eagle Scout Project looking good

 

 

Lucas Feltz’s Eagle Scout project is ready to be viewed at the Ossian Fire Station. 

With the help of Troop 88 members Andrew Wagner, Paxten DeVilbiss, Jacob Ling, and Austin Covell along with adult helpers Rodney Franzen, Rick Gunderson, Brad Crary, Todd Wagner, Brian Lyons, and Scoutmaster LaVerne Anderson, Lucas’ project came together in less than two hours Thursday, July 24.

“The whole setup looks good!” said Fire Chief Denis Holien. “The bench is what really makes it look sharp. We are lucky that Lucas came looking for an Eagle Scout project just as we were finishing up our new fire station. Everything fell into place for both parties.”

Wed
06
Aug

Bears present challenge for beekeeper

 

Taken from a trail camera, this photo shows a black bear that has been spotted in the woods of northeast Iowa. It may be the same bear that has attacked some of Bob Fassbinder’s beehives located in the Volga and Turkey river watershed areas.

 

Bears present challenge for beekeeper

 

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer
bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The possibility of black bears taking up residence in northeast Iowa has created a scenario about which Bob Fassbinder, owner of Fassbinder Apiaries of Elgin, is not quite sure how he feels. The local beekeeper has had 10 of his bee colonies completely destroyed and 25 other hives suffering damage from bear attacks in the last few weeks.

Wed
06
Aug

'Farmers Win' with merger

 

Customers throughout northeast Iowa may see a new name “Farmers Win Coop” but can expect some expanded services with the merger of Fredericksburg Farmers Coop and Winn Coop that took effect Aug. 1. Pictured are assistant general manager Doug Van Sloten (l) and general manager Jim Erickson in front of the company’s main office in Fredericksburg. (Brian Smith photo)

 

'Farmers Win' with merger

 

 

Becky Walz
News Editor
bwalz@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Farming has changed so much in the past five years as ever-changing technology pushes farmers to get bigger and more sophisticated equipment.

As farmers grow, so do their needs in products and services.

Northeast Iowa farmers knew in March that they had to grasp the opportunity presented to them as over 80 percent of the members from Winn Co-op in Decorah and Fredericksburg Farmers Co-op in Fredericksburg voted to merge.

“We have been working together for several years buying agricultural products that we furnish to customers, which was advantageous for volume purchases. So we decided that we would put them together as one company,” said Farmers Win Coop general manager Jim Erickson.

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