November 2018

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Cummings named Eagle Scout

 

 

From start to finish, it took Clermont’s newest Eagle Scout, Hunter Cummings, about a year and a half to complete his project, which was to raise funds for, purchase and install a digital billboard outside the Clermont Opera House to advertise community events.  

 

Cummings named Eagle Scout

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The town of Clermont is just a little bit brighter and lots more colorful, thanks to Eagle Scout Hunter Cummings.  

“I always knew I wanted my Eagle Scout project to be something that would make a difference for the community,” explained the high school sophomore.  “It was important to me that the project be something many people could benefit from.” 

After countless hours of research and discussion with a variety of community members, Clermont City Council members, and City officials regarding possible project ideas, Cummings came up with the perfect Eagle Scout project: installing a digital billboard sign outside the Clermont Opera House to promote community activities.

“It’s a venue that is used for a wide variety of events, and up until now, all we had was a roll-away sign with block letters for advertisement,” he explained.  “A local church had recently added a digital sign to their building, and it seemed to be working well.  I thought, ‘why not create something like that for the Opera House?’” 

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Josephine Rochford

Josephine Rochford

 

 

Josephine M. Rochford of Sumner died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Unity Point/Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo after a brief illness. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner with Rev. James Brokman and Deacon Michal Schemmel concelebrating. 

Interment followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Pinhook), rural Sumner. 

Memorials may be made in Josephine’s name to St. Bridget’s, Pinhook.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner assisted the family. 

Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com

Josephine Marie, daughter of Carl and Mabel (Stunes) Exman, was born Jan. 21, 1926, in Oelwein, Iowa. 

She was baptized at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein and confirmed Oct. 8, 1940, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette. 

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Starmont students represent Iowa in National Christmas Tree display

 

Students in Starmont Middle School’s STEM Excellence in Leadership Program created 24 Christmas tree ornaments that will hang on smaller Christmas trees around the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. Starmont was one of 56 schools to be selected for the honor of creating ornaments that represent their states and territories. Students who participated include (front, l-r) Nicholas Corbin, Tristen Kruger, Abigail Krogman, Wendy Opperman, Ian Otdoerfer, and Carter Schnell; (back) Marlie Hettinger, Kaitlyn Heidt, Olivia Henry, Nicholas Willfong, Alyssa Kleinlein, Benton Parkin, Hannah Cantwell, and art teacher Kathleen Sweet. Not pictured are Katie Meade and Aleaya Cornwell. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Starmont students represent Iowa in National Christmas Tree display

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

While many of us want to hold off winter for as long as possible, students in the STEM Excellence in Leadership Program at Starmont Middle School have been getting in the Christmas spirit as they make Christmas tree ornaments that will accompany the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park in Washington, D.C.

Starmont is one of 56 schools across the country, and the only school in Iowa, that is creating these handcrafted ornaments that will hang on 56 smaller Christmas trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree. The 56 trees represent each U.S. state and territory plus Washington, D.C., as part of the “America Celebrates” display. 

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WC welcomes Brickman to Veterans Day program

WC welcomes Brickman to Veterans Day program

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

West Central will hold a program at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 in recognition of Veteran’s Day. 

The American Legion Color Guard of Westgate Post 92 and Maynard Legion Post 245 will present the colors during the ceremony, and the Blue Devil band and chorus will perform patriotic pieces for the occasion.

Special guest Tom Brickman, former Army specialist in Vietnam, will be speaking at the event.  Brickman served in the U.S. Army 196th Light Infantry Brigade in the Americal Division in Vietnam in 1967-68. He served in Chu Lai, Da Nang, survived the 1968 Tet offensive, and earned four battle stars as well as the Army Commendation Medal. 

During his presentation, the Janesville native will discuss a unique project he started with his daughter, Shari, some time ago.  

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Rosemary Hanson

Rosemary Hanson

 

 

Rosemary Hanson, 93, of Sumner, Iowa, formerly of West Union, Iowa, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at Hillcrest Living in Sumner, Iowa.  

Rosemary was born Nov. 17, 1924, to Samuel R. and Zenita (Howe) Leitch in New Hampton, Iowa. 

She was a graduate of Waucoma High School. She earned her B.A. in Music and English Education from Luther College and her Master’s Degree in Remedial Reading from Upper Iowa University.

Rosemary was united in marriage with Daniel C. Hanson on May 28, 1944, at Plymouth Congregational Church in Los Angeles, Calif. Five children were born to this union.  

Rosemary taught at Lehigh, Iowa; Somers, Iowa; Holy Name in West Union, Iowa; and in the South Winneshiek School District, including the parochial schools.  She was a substitute teacher in the North Fayette and South Winneshiek Schools following her retirement.

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NFV annual Veterans Day program Nov. 12

 

North Fayette Valley High School will host its annual Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the Performing Arts Center in West Union. Last year, area American Legion members (l-r) Robert Odegard, Elgin; Ron Jespersen, Clermont; Jake Kocher, Hawkeye; Pat Whelan, Fayette; and Jim Bond, Wadena, salute the American flag as colors were brought in during the Veterans Day Program.

 

NFV annual Veterans Day program Nov. 12

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

On Nov, 11, 1918, the Central Powers signed an armistice with the Allied Powers, ending World War I.

Every year since the first anniversary of the signing of the armistice, America has honored the brave men and women who have and are currently serving in its armed forces. We call this day Veterans Day. 

With Veterans Day falling on a Sunday this year, North Fayette Valley will hold its annual Veterans Day programs at its different attendance centers on Monday, Nov. 12. All active and past military personnel are invited to take part in any or all of the following ceremonies that will be held throughout the school district. 

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'Snow Place' like West Union

Area shoppers are invited to join the jovial snowman as well as area business owners, including (l-r) Ken Popenhagen, Chelsey Matthias and Kaleb Vagts in taking part in a variety of area promotions as they shop West Union throughout the holiday season for a variety of great deals and fun prizes.

 

'Snow Place' like West Union

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

We may be some time away from the season’s first snowfall, but there is a holiday chill in the air as this festive snowman (sponsored by Rent-A-Look of Fort Atkinson) declares “There’s Snow Place Like West Union!” to kick off the 2018 Holiday Punch Card Promotion. 

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Local & State Election Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reed and Sheila Newstorm submit their votes on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union. 

 

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