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West Union launches 5-2-1-0 health initiative

West Union launches 5-2-1-0 health initiative

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

West Union has been on the forefront when it comes to healthful initiatives.

With the Walking School Bus and Whistle Walks, West Union has made a commitment to a healthful lifestyle. 

A collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Public Health, Healthiest State Initiative, and the United Way of Central Iowa, it’s these efforts that made West Union a perfect fit to pilot the new initiative “5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count.” While the project is to promote childhood wellness, the 5-2-1-0 messaging can be applied to any age. West Union is one of four communities selected to spearhead the new initiative. 

Wed
21
Feb

Upper Iowa River Alliance hopes to guide river users

 

The Upper Iowa River Alliance recently released a new Paddler’s Guide. Members of the Alliance included (l-r) Barb Schroeder, Lora Friest (Northeast Iowa RC&D), Val Reinke, MJ Hatfield, Josh Dansdill (Northeast Iowa RC&D), Kirsten Heine, and Dixie Hutchinson. (submitted photo)

 

Upper Iowa River Alliance hopes to guide river users

 

 

 

The Upper Iowa River Alliance is excited to announce the development and recent publication of a new paddler’s guide for the Upper Iowa River.  The pocket-sized guide provides a detailed map of the “floatable” portions of the Upper Iowa River from Chester to the Mississippi and provides an in-depth look at five segments of the river on larger-scale maps. 

This publication was the first major project completed by the Upper Iowa River Alliance, a non-profit formed to “promote, protect, and enhance the Upper Iowa River.” The diverse group of stakeholders belonging to the Upper Iowa River Alliance, gathered and provided input to ensure both experienced and novice river users would find the guide convenient and informative.  In addition to the maps, it highlights the locations of all publically owned river accesses, local amenities, safety information, canoe and kayak rental options, distance between accesses, native wildlife, and rules and regulations. UIR Alliance Chair Kirsten Heine noted that the group also wanted to brand the Upper Iowa River as a beautiful natural area where landowners and the public respect each other. She stated, “The Upper Iowa River is a tremendous resource for our region.  The UIRA wants to facilitate the much needed dialogue about the river and its legacy.  The canoe guide is the first step in creating a new land-ethic and stewardship voice on behalf of the river.  It also illustrates how wonderfully all of the various entities involved in the river’s place in our community can work toegether.  I am so honored to be working with this group of people to ensure the river’s health and vitality”.

Wed
21
Feb

'Rezults' are coming to Calmar

 

The Denner family from Fredericksburg, including (l-r) Ryan, Terry, and Teri, is looking forward to opening Rezults Driven Fitness in Calmar. The 24-hour gym, which features cardio, Cross Fit, strength training/free weights, functional training equipment, personal training, and small group classes, will be open for free use during limited hours (noon through 8 p.m.) Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, March 4. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

'Rezults' are coming to Calmar

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Calmar is getting its own 24-hour fitness center! The brand-new workout facility called Rezults Driven Fitness, will officially open its doors at noon on Friday and provide all of your fitness needs. The building will also include four multiple-bedroom apartments.

“The idea first came to mind after my junior football season,” said 20-year-old Ryan Denner, who alongside parents Terry and Teri of Fredericksburg helped bring the new facility to the community. “I started working out at a gym in New Hampton to try to bulk up and just fell in love with fitness.”

Wed
21
Feb

Michelangelo would be proud

 

During last week’s unveiling at North Fayette Valley Middle School, Cassidy Mohler, Areli Campos-Morales, and Sierra Kemp (clockwise from left) give a high-five as they unveil their original mural, which was designed by Campos-Morales. Many of the 12 student-created murals had themes of school pride and spreading kindness. (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Michelangelo would be proud

 

 

Megan Molseed

Contributing Writer

 

 

 

 

“When I first approached Mrs. Fantz about a project to decorate these halls, I had no idea how amazing the final product would be,” remarked North Fayette Valley middle school Principal Micah Gearhart during last week’s unveiling of 12 select murals designed and created by the NFV eighth-grade students.  

“I couldn’t have imagined anything better as I look at this final project,” he continued.  “The hard work and commitment to this project is clear in the finished murals, something for us to all be proud of in these halls for many years to come.” 

Wed
21
Feb

Elgin 2019 Homecoming theme announced

 

Elgin 2019 Homecoming theme announced

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

“Elgin — Small Town, USA: These Are Our Roots” will be the theme for the 2019 Elgin Homecoming. 

 

Submitting the winning theme was Elgin native Benjamin Martin, who currently attends Iowa State University for forest ecosystem management. The 2019 Elgin Homecoming Committee selected the theme of Tom and Robin Martin’s son because of its patriotic tone.

Wed
21
Feb

Elgin named Rivertown of the Year

 

Elgin has been named the 2018 Rivertown of the Year by the nonprofit organization Iowa Rivers Revival (IRR). It was the third year in a row that the town submitted an application for the designation. Last year, Elgin placed second to Clive. Elgin City Clerk Rhonda Dales (left) submitted the application after working on it with Mallory Hanson (right), Turkey River Recreational Corridor director. Alex Popenhagen (middle, left), Elgin City Council member, and Rod Marlatt, Fayette County Conservation Board executive director, are also excited about the big news.

 

Elgin named Rivertown of the Year

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Elgin has been named the 2018 Rivertown of the Year by the nonprofit organization Iowa Rivers Revival (IRR).

“Each year, Iowa Rivers Revival presents the Rivertown of the Year award to an Iowa river community that demonstrates a commitment to reclaiming the waterfront,” said Jenn Dreier, IRR assistant director. “The award highlights a city or town’s outstanding work to enhance connections to its river, using it as an anchor for economic development, recreation, and ecological practices, as well as addressing some of the challenges and solutions related to water quality.”

Last year, Elgin finished second to Clive, which doesn’t have a river. However, this year the mighty town of 684 reigns supreme over the other two applicants, Guttenberg and Fort Dodge. Elgin is the 13th and smallest town to receive this prestigious honor.

Wed
21
Feb

NFV Carnival Canceled

 

The 44th Annual North Fayette Valley Fine Arts Carnival set for Friday, March 2, at NFV MIddle School has been canceled. The carnival will not be rescheduled. 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
21
Feb

NFV speech receives 3 Division I ratings

 

 The North Fayette Valley Large Group Speech Team recently earned a Division I rating in Ensemble Acting, Readers Theatre, and Short Film at the Iowa High School Speech Association Northeast State Contest in Decorah. The Readers Theatre Team performed its skit for the NFV student body on Friday, Feb. 16, in the Performing Arts Center. Members of the team include (front, l-r) Ava Schupbach, Allie Winsell, Jessica Kamaus, Sage Matt, and Grace Blanchard; (back) Paige Woodward, Zach Frey, and Kaitlyn Rausch. Not pictured are Brynn Gamm, Mariya Yasinovska, and Camille Hutchinson. 

 

NFV speech receives 3 Division I ratings

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The North Fayette Valley Large Group Speech Team recently received three Division I ratings at the Iowa High School Speech Association’s (IHSSA) Northeast State Contest in Decorah. 

The groups that received Division I ratings include Ensemble Acting, Readers Theatre, and Short Film. Ensemble Acting was then nominated to compete for “Best in Show” at the All-State Competition on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Iowa State University in Ames. The team performed well but didn’t earn that award. 

North Fayette Valley’s Large Group Speech Team consists of 30 students in ninth through 12th grade that form smaller subgroups to compete in different categories, including Ensemble Acting, Readers Theatre, Short Film, One-Act Play, Choral Reading, Solo Mime, Group Mime, Radio Broadcasting, TV Newscasting, Group Improv, and Musical Theatre. 

Wed
21
Feb

Baumler on stand as runner-up

 

NFV’s Jordan Baumler has a brief advantage in Saturday’s State Wrestling title match at 220 against Dylan McDermott. While Baumler put a lot of pressure on the 10th-ranked wrestler in the nation, he couldn’t get the takedown and finished second in Class 2A. (Kris Van Sickle photo) 

 

Baumler on stand as runner-up

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

NFV sent Gunner Rodgers (132) and Jordan Baumler (220) to the State Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines last week. Both TigerHawks fell to the eventual champion in their respective weight classes.

Rodgers lost in round one to eventual champion Matt Robertson of Davenport Assumption. 

Wed
21
Feb

On the horizon: New WU wastewater treatment plant

 

Built in 1973, the West Union Wastewater Treatment Plant needs to be replaced in the near future after outliving its 30-year design life by 14 years. The last major upgrade to the plant occurred in 1988, when the two ammonia removal tanks (the two tall towers in the background) were built. The two shorter white towers employ a trickling-filter system that treats wastewater when its flushed over rocks containing bacteria that eat the organic waste in the water.  Chris DeBack photos

 

On the horizon: New WU wastewater treatment plant

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Have you ever wondered what happens to the water that is flushed down the toilet or drained down the sink?

It all ends up at the West Union Wastewater Treatment Facility on Echo Valley Road in rural West Union. Some may have assumed (I know that I did) that once the water has been treated, it is put back into the drinking water system. That isn’t the case. The treated water is simply released into Otter Creek. The town’s drinking water comes from large wells at strategic locations around the city. 

Built in 1973, the trickling-filter wastewater treatment plant has outlived its design life of 30 years. The facility’s last major addition was in 1988, when the City built two trickling-filter ammonia tanks to remove ammonia from the wastewater. 

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