CUTLINE: Hawkeye Telephone Company employees (l-r) Judy Copp, Tom Mayo, and manager Jeff Rhode are pictured with directors Kay Kent, Kenny Schultz, Chuck Gray, and Bob Campbell. Absent for the photo was director Keith Schlatter. Hawkeye Telephone hosted an open house at the community hall to celebrate its 100th anniversary last week. (Janell Bradley photo)
Hawkeye Telephone sees
phenomenal change in
technology in 100 years
It may be one of the smallest towns in Iowa, but Hawkeye is home to an independent telephone company with a big presence.
Each year Northeast Iowa Community College recognizes not only staff who have made an impact on campus, but alumni who have contributed greatly to the success of their respective communities.
Calmar’s Tami Brincks received the phone call she never expected to get several weeks ago from the NICC Foundation, informing her that on Monday, Oct. 21, she will be one of three members inducted into the NICC Hall of Fame.
“I didn’t even know what to say, I was so surprised,” noted Tami.
“She has always displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition in her life in general. She is definitely a leader rather than a follower,” said Gail Heying, one of those who nominated Brincks for the award.
On Thursday, the Lady Warrior volleyball freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams brought breast cancer awareness to the attention of many at its annual “Warriors Dig Pink” Night. The girls set a goal of raising $1,000 for the Winneshiek County Celebration of Life Committee; they surpassed their goal and will present a check for nearly $1,500 later in October. Members of the SW varsity squad are (l-r) Becca Franzen, Megan Hageman, Leah Elsbernd, Lexie Warth, Brittany Shindelar, Micole Lansing, Megan Bushman, Carlee Knutson, and Megan Elsbernd. (submitted photo)
“My life was so full and so busy, breast cancer was not something that I spent any time thinking about,” Barb Hackman, shared while retracing her life leading up to the day she realized she had breast cancer.
CUTLINE: Jill Pfister of Elgin is pictured as she adds icing to her mocha-flavored cupcakes before topping each with a chocolate-covered coffee bean. The baker's rack in the background is a new addition to her workspace and allows for much more space for creating at her dining table. (submitted photo)
Sweet success for Elgin woman
While mouth-watering cupcakes in the flavors of candy bars and cookies are all the rage these days, some people don't know an Elgin woman has been baking the yummy mini cakes for a growing list of customers the past six months.
Due to the North Fayette Valley Homecoming Parade scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 10, the West Union Fire Department will host its annual Fire Prevention Week Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Cookies, refreshments and fire truck rides will be available from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 9. The 2013 theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”
CUTLINE: On behalf of the entire North Fayette Valley Student Council, seniors (l-r) Regan Wolverton and Leah Reierson invite the public to attend the Homecoming celebration in downtown West Union on Thursday, Oct. 10. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
A ‘Disney’ Homecoming at NFV
“Disney” is the theme for North Fayette Valley’s (NFV) inaugural Homecoming celebration.
The NFV Student Council will host the 2013 Homecoming Parade on Thursday, Oct. 10. This year’s event will feature a “Parade of Lights” with local fire departments and other emergency personnel participating.
In addition, the Student Council invites local businesses and organizations to be a part of the 2013 Homecoming Parade, with hopes that some floats will be lighted as part of the celebration.
Cutline: North Fayette Valley High School students (clockwise from front, left) Erin Kurdelmeyer, Lincoln Johansen, Alex Callahan, Sawyer Fink, and Leif Lujan are pictured studying for classes in the high school library. As part of the ongoing transition to standard-based grading throughout the school district, NFV staff has been asked to begin making summative (tests, projects) assessments more important than formative (homework, skill acquisition) assessments. (Mike Van Sickle photo)
Northeast Iowa RC&D was chosen to administer the local Otter Creek Watershed Project grants on Monday. The local organization was selected by the Fayette County Supervisors with a bid equaling 2 percent, or approximately $32,000, of the estimated $1.56 million project.
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission submitted a bid of approximately $31,260, while MSA Engineering submitted the low bid of $20,000.
Prior to the unanimous decision to choose Northeast Iowa RC&D, Supervisor Chairperson Jeanine Tellin asked whether the county officials were required to accept the low bid.
Incumbent West Union Mayor Kent Halverson will be challenged by former City employee Brian Dunt in the Nov. 5 city elections. The West Union ballots will also include Ward I nominee Adam Keller, Ward II incumbent Cam Granger, and At-Large candidate Isaiah Stansbery.
As earlier reported in The Union, Ward I Councilman Michael Lauer and At-Large Councilman Roy Guenther are not seeking re-election.
In addition to West Union, the cities of Hawkeye and Fayette will also be hosting mayoral races in 2013.