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28
Nov

Kylie's Loops of Love

 

Kylie Oakland of rural Elgin displays an example of the type of blanket she plans to make and donate through her new organization, Kylie’s Loops of Love. She uses what is called Loopity Loops yarn, which doesn’t require hooks or needles to put together to form a blanket.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Kylie's Loops of Love

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

The holiday season is a time for giving, and Kylie Oakland of Elgin is in the giving spirit.

 

She recently started Kylie’s Loops of Love, and plans to donate blankets she makes from Loopity Loops yarn.

“At United Methodist Church in West Union, we recently made lap-sized quilts and donated them to hospice,” Oakland said. “I got the idea of making them myself and donating them to Ronald McDonald Houses, women’s and children’s shelters, and nursing homes.” 

While she got the idea from church, her passion for giving back runs much deeper. Her younger brother, Jonathan, has been in and out of hospitals, so Kylie has witnessed firsthand the power of a donation. 

Wed
28
Nov

Montauk to welcome guests at Holiday Open House

 

Montauk Historic Site coordinator Hannah Frederick will welcome visitors on the grand staircase adorned with festive garland during the annual Montauk Holiday Open House this weekend, Dec 1-2 from noon-4 p.m. (photo by Megan Molseed) 

 

Montauk to welcome guests at Holiday Open House

 

 

 

Celebrate the season as Gov. William Larrabee's 1874 Montauk historical site welcomes visitors to its annual Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, in Clermont.

“The open house is usually just held on Sunday, but this year we are expanding to also include Saturday,” said Hannah Frederick, Montauk Historic Site Coordinator.  “I decided to open it up for both days because there is so much going on once December hits that I wanted to give people more of a chance to come check out the event!” 

This year, Frederick decided to go a little more traditional with the decorations and has adorned the historic mansion with beautiful Victorian-era decorations.  

Wed
28
Nov

Schroeder to head new community program

 

The North Fayette Valley Community Coalition has received funding through a Drug-Free Community (DFC) grant to start a new program focusing on substance abuse prevention throughout the North Fayette Valley school district.  Stacie Schroeder (right) will be heading the program as the DFC coordinator, and Teresa Burrack will serve as the programs Youth Initiative coordinator.  (photo by Megan Molseed) 

 

Schroeder to head new community program

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The North Fayette Valley Community Coalition (NFVCC) has received a Drug-Free Community (DFC) grant.  With this new funding, NFVCC has been able to create a new program that will work as a prevention partnership to reduce youth substance abuse in Fayette County.

“With this grant, we will be able to not only identify what needs we have in our area, but also build in a goal and networking opportunities to provide a safer and healthier community through prevention programs,” said Stacie Schroeder, the newly appointed DFC coordinator.  “Our role will be to work to address substance abuse concerns through direct programs, as well as partner with a number of agencies and community groups to connect resources.” 

“We have already started putting the initial steps into place,” added Teresa Burrack, who will serve as the Youth Initiative coordinator for the program.  

Wed
28
Nov

Ingels learns about German consumers on international trip

 

Chad Ingels (second from left) of rural Randalia is pictured with four other Iowans who were a part of the German-American Chamber of Commerce trip to Germany. The group is pictured in front of the building that houses EuroTier, the world's largest livestock-based trade show. It features 2,600 exhibitors and expects approximately 150,000 visitors each year. (submitted photo)

 

Ingels learns about German consumers on international trip

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Chad Ingels recently joined the German-American Chamber of Commerce on a diplomatic trip to Germany to learn about German agriculture. 

He was joined by four other people from Iowa on the trip — an Iowa Farm Bureau state staff member, a Iowa Farm Bureau state board director and two other farmers — as well as others from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Nebraska. The trip took place Nov. 10 – Nov. 17.

Wed
28
Nov

President Duffy's leadership defines UIU's success

 

In 2013, William Duffy became president of Upper Iowa University and was immediately met with a significant deficit. UIU overcame that challenge and produced a balanced budget within three years. It’s been his leadership that has helped push UIU in a positive direction with a bright future ahead of it.  Chris DeBack photo

 

President Duffy's leadership defines UIU's success

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It has been five years since William Duffy was named the 21st president of Upper Iowa University. 

Those five years have been rife with challenges, which have ultimately made the university stronger today and put it in a better position for the future. This year, UIU saw an increase in enrollment on its Fayette campus that is coupled with healthy enrollments in its online programs and at its numerous external locations. 

Duffy’s leadership has helped guide UIU to a stable financial situation, increased academic oversight as well as greater internal and external compliance. However, President Duffy will be the first to admit that his staff should be given more credit and receive greater praise than him. He also said his wife, Sharon, has been highly involved over the last five years. 

Wed
28
Nov

American Legion national vice commander visits West Union post

 

West Union American Legion Post 15 hosts Steve Sweet (front, center), American Legion Midwest Region national vice commander, for a visit on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Sweet gave a short introductory speech before taking questions from the local Legion members gathered to meet with him. Attending the event were (front, l-r) Jerry Debben, National Executive Committee member; Steve Sweet; Jay Scott Moline, Iowa state commander; and Tom Grapes, Legion member; (back) Tom Swan, Iowa state membership chairman; Dennis Soppe, Alternate National Executive Committee member; Dan Boberg, commander of Iowa’s Fourth District; Jim Dahl, Legion member; and Don Bright, Legion member. Chris DeBack photos

 

American Legion national vice commander visits West Union post

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Steve Sweet, American Legion Midwest Region national vice commander, visited West Union American Legion Post 15 on Wednesday morning, Nov. 14.

Sweet was visiting Legion posts across the state of Iowa last week as part of the state’s annual membership drive to have Legionnaires renew their membership, as well as recruit new members. He flew into Des Moines at the beginning of the week and had stayed the previous night in Osage before making his first stop for the day in West Union. He was headed to Dubuque next. 

“We go to different posts and talk to the members to see if they have any problems that the national organization can help them with,” Sweet said. “We are also giving the post information on how to increase its membership and retain the membership is has.”

Wed
28
Nov

Over $31K raised for Grandstand Project

 

The Fayette County Fair Board was on hand Sunday for a freewill-donation breakfast at the Fayette County Fairgrounds and announced that Scott Braun of Waterloo was the winner of a 2018 Ferris IS2100Z Mower. The event raised over $31,000 for the Fayette County Fairgrounds Grandstand Renovation Project. Members of the Fair Board include (front, l-r) Eric Alber, Matt Egan, Justin Steinlage (sitting), Mike Darnall, Shawn Alber; (back) Jerem White, Don Baumler (Baumler Implements), Jason Decker, Kevin Converse, Keith Koch, Mark Baumler (Baumler Implements), Brian Boess, Andy Bilden, and Kaitlyn Lehs. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Over $31K raised for Grandstand Project

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

A freewill-donation breakfast, sponsored by the Fayette County Fair Board, was held Sunday at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union to raise money for the Grandstand Renovation Project. 

Over 640 individuals were served at the meal, which raised over $5,400 for the project in freewill-donations and an additional $1,600 from silent auction items.

Wed
14
Nov

'Magic of Christmas' begins Nov. 30

 

'Magic of Christmas' begins Nov. 30

 

 

The 2018 DeSales “Magic of Christmas” is being planned for Friday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 2, at Silver Springs Golf and Country Club. If you have attended the “Magic of Christmas” in the past, you know what a remarkable event this is for the entire Ossian community. 

The schedule of events for the yearly event includes an opening gala and hors d’oeuvres buffet from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. Trees, tables, collections, and winetasting will also be part of the festivities.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, home tours will be held from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Trees, tables, and collections will be on display from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and a soup, salad, and dessert luncheon will be offered between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The final day of “Magic of Christmas” will be Sunday, Dec. 2, and will include coffee and rolls among the trees from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Trees, tables, and collections will be on display from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., and home tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wed
14
Nov

6-year-old shatters fund-raising goal in cousin's memory

 

Keegan Klemp sits on the couch of his Clermont home, surrounded by keepsakes of the cousin he loved so dearly.  The quilt just over his left shoulder is made out of pieces of Emylee’s clothes, providing a way to keep her close by, even though she is no longer with him.  This past year, Keegan raised over $1,000 in his cousin’s memory for the Walk Like MADD event in Springfield, Mo.   

 

6-year-old shatters fundraising goal in cousin's memory

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

It was early Thanksgiving morning in 2017.  Summer Klemp was awakened by a phone call.  It was her sister calling to give the family some devastating news.

“I remember that I knew something was wrong; it was too early in the morning for a phone call,” Klemp said softly.  “My sister told me my niece, Emylee, had been in an accident, and she didn’t make it.” 

Not much else in the next few hours is very clear to the Clermont mother as she worked to process the devastating news.

Wed
14
Nov

New Hawkeye Public Works director

 

The City of Hawkeye’s new Public Works director is lifelong Fayette County resident Darren Schultz. He will begin his duties for the City on Monday. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

New Hawkeye Public Works director

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The City of Hawkeye has officially announced the hiring its new city Public Works director, Darren Schultz.

The 32-year-old Schultz, a 2004 graduate of North Fayette High School, is a lifelong resident of Fayette County. Currently residing in Hawkeye, he carries over eight years of experience in the mechanic field.

“I’m looking forward to being able to do more for the community of Hawkeye,” said Schultz, who is also a volunteer for the Hawkeye Fire Department. “It will be nice to work in the community that I live in and to be able to give back to the people of the city.”

Schultz is set to begin his official duties on Monday, Nov. 19. He will replace former Public Works director Jon Fels, who held the position for six years.

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