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08
Nov

FBC to dedicate new building this weekend

 

First Baptist Church in Elgin will host a weekend celebration to dedicate its new church Friday-Sunday, Nov. 10-12. The celebration will end with a dedication worship service at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. Pastor Lee Boleyn welcomes the public to celebrate this milestone in the congregation’s history.  Chris DeBack photo

 

FBC to dedicate new building this weekend

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

First Baptist Church in Elgin will host a weekend celebration ending with the dedication of its new church at 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 12 during Sunday worship. 

Wed
08
Nov

Fayette Legion builds patriotism with donation to West Central

 

The Fayette American Legion donated nine American flags to West Central Community School District to be displayed in classrooms that didn’t already have flags in the newer part of the school building. The group also donated $200 to go into a fund that teachers can use to buy supplies for students in need or supplies the school wouldn’t normally cover. Pictured with two of the flags that were donated are (front, l-r) Pat Whelan, Fayette American Legion member; Elaine VandeVorde, WC English teacher; Lyle Buehler, Fayette American Legion member; and Val Buehler, WC Title I teacher; (back) Ryan Bergan, WC industrial technology teacher; David Hanson, Fayette American Legion member; Bruce Huckins, WC science teacher; Dan Reisner, WC math teacher; Robin Fliehler, WC business teacher; and Josh Bahr, PreK-12 principal. Chris DeBack photo

 

Fayette Legion builds patriotism with donation to West Central

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

American Legion Post 339 in Fayette recently donated nine American flags to the West Central Community School District.

The flags will be hung in classrooms that didn’t already have an American flag in the newest portion of the school building. The Legion also donated $200 to the teachers’ fund for buying school supplies for children in need or to help teachers buy supplies the school wouldn’t normally cover. 

“We would like to build patriotism and love of country in the younger generation,” said David Hanson, Fayette American Legion member. “One very good way to do that is using our national symbol and having it on the wall before them. You don’t always think about what is in front of you, but if it is in front of you, it sinks into your mind” 

Wed
08
Nov

Becthold: 'WU residents deserve better'

 

Becthold: 'WU residents deserve better'

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The West Union City Council recently approved a 28E agreement with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for dispatch services for the town's police department. 

This agreement stemmed from a 28E agreement the City already had put in place with the Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 6, 1986. The original agreement called for the City to pay $525 per month to the Sheriff’s Office to handle dispatch activity. 

Those dispatch activities included a method of receipt of requests for police, fire and ambulance services; alerting the fire and ambulance departments of calls and sounding the siren; alerting the police of calls by radio; alerting the City of alarms at the sewer lift station and sewer treatment plant; alerting the proper authorities of an alarm of the nondirectional beacon at the airport; and alerting hospital maintenance workers and the fire department of the hospital's automatic fire alarm. 

The agreement also called for the City to provide and maintain certain equipment such as sirens and radios. 

At some point, the City stopped paying the Sheriff’s Office on the agreement but was still receiving dispatch services. 

Wed
08
Nov

NFV to hold Veterans Day program Nov. 10

 

North Fayette Valley will host its annual Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the NFV Performing Arts Center. Jordan Einck and Justin Kuker (l-r), who are enlisting in the Air Force after high school, are two of four guest speakers presenting on the theme “A Lifetime of Service.” Einck and Kuker will speak about why they are enlisting. The other two speakers are Vincent Reynolds, Army reserves, and Alexander Hepperle, Marine Corps reserves. 

 

NFV to hold Veterans Day program Nov. 10

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

“A Lifetime of Service” is the theme for North Fayette Valley High School’s annual Veterans Day program set for 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the North Fayette Valley Performing Arts Center. 

The program, which is put on by NFV’s senior class, will feature four guest speakers, including NFV seniors Jordan Einck and Justin Kuker; Vincent Reynolds, U.S. Army reserves; and Alexander Hepperle, U.S. Marine Corps reserves. In keeping with the theme of “A Lifetime of Service,” the four guest speakers will each discuss a different point in a veteran’s life.

Justin Kuker and Jordan Einck will both present on the enlistment stage of a veteran’s career.

Wed
01
Nov

Catch 'Bye, Bye, Birdie' Nov. 10-12

 

The cast for South Winneshiek’s upcoming presentation of  “Bye, Bye, Birdie” include (front, l-r) Hunter Wagner, Chloe Suckow, Cassidy Young, Brandon Frana, Paxten DeVilbiss, Emma Houdek, Hannah Franzen, Sierra Breitsprecher, Madisen Ondrashek, Kerrigan Upton, Hanna Schmitt, and Helen Neuzil; (middle) Sami Bohr, Celia Neuzil, Danae Taylor, Karissa Kleve, Abe Schmitt, Trey Kriener, Manning Kuboushek, and Ethan Timp; (back) Cassidy Frana, Eric Franzen, Logan Humpal, Ashley Davis, Carson Brincks, Lucas Feltz, Kaelan Boe, JT Monroe, and Gabe Kipp. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Catch 'Bye, Bye, Birdie' Nov. 10-12

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

“Oh, one last kiss, just give me one last kiss.”

Famous singer Conrad Birdie, played by South Winneshiek senior Manning Kuboushek, is being drafted into the Army and has been given the opportunity to give one lucky lady a final kiss on national television before heading off.

Conrad’s songwriter pens the song “One Last Kiss” for Conrad’s final television appearance before heading off to war, in hopes that it will bring in enough money to get out of the music business and start his career as an English teacher.

The musical is full of funny one-liners and catchy songs that will have the audience wanting to come back to see the show again and again.

Don’t miss the hilarious musical “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” which is full of 1960s Elvis-style rock-and-roll music with showtimes at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11, and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

Wed
01
Nov

Luzums to be honored as 'Land Protectors'

 

Lyle and Sue Luzum of Calmar will be honored at the upcoming Third Annual Land Protector Recognition Dinner for donating their 170-acre farm to the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) earlier this year. The organization helps protect land and grow healthful food, leasing holdings to young farmers who otherwise might not be able to enter the business. (submitted photo)

 

Luzums to be honored as 'Land Protectors'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) is honoring an Iowa family who donated 170 acres to the trust in July, establishing their farm as a permanent site for sustainable food production. 

SILT will recognize Lyle and Sue Luzum of Calmar at the organization’s Third Annual Land Protector Recognition Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Des Moines. 

Established in 2014, SILT is the only Iowa land trust dedicated to protecting land to grow healthful food. The organization leases its land holdings to young farmers who otherwise might not be able to enter the business.

Wed
01
Nov

Could wine and good genes be Butikofer's secret to longevity?

 

Elgin native Harry Butikofer (front) will hit the century mark on Friday, Nov. 10. He is pictured celebrating his 99th birthday last year with his four surviving children, (back, l-r) Gary Butikofer, Richard Butikofer, Louise Johansen, and Bob Butikofer. Submitted photo

 

Could wine and good genes be Butikofer's secret to longevity?

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Elgin native Harry Butikofer is about to hit a rare milestone in life. 

On Nov. 10, Butikofer will celebrate his 100th birthday, the third person in his family to hit the century mark. 

Butikofer is the second-oldest of 10 children born to the late Albert and Marie Butikofer of Elgin. Marie lived to be 102, and her sister, Harry’s Aunt Lena, lived to be 105. It was remarked to Butikofer during an interview in his apartment at Stoney Brook Village assisted living facility in West Union that he has good genes. 

He joked, “Well, I always used them right.”

Wed
01
Nov

Brick City: 'Here's to 10 more wonderful years!'

Jeff and Luann Alber would like to invite the public to come join them in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their restaurant, Brick City Bar & Grill in Clermont. The festivities will start Thursday with 50-cent wings all evening. On Friday, customers are invited to a battle of wit and muscle, as Brick City will be hosting a "Bar Olympics." On Saturday, two area favorites will be reunited when Brick City will host The Back Home Boys band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

 

Brick City: 'Here's to 10 more wonderful years!'

 

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“I think there will be something for everyone. We just want to celebrate our anniversary with the people who made this all possible…our customers,” Jeff Alber said of the upcoming 10-year anniversary celebrations this weekend at Brick City Bar & Grill in Clermont.

“I can say definitely that we would never had predicted such a successful run when we started,” added Luann, Jeff’s wife and restaurant co-owner. “It was something new to both of us, and we had no idea what to expect!”

A Fayette County favorite, Brick City Bar & Grill opened its doors to the public in the fall of 2007 when the Albers decided to try their hand in the restaurant business.  

“This is something Jeff wanted to do for a very long time,” continued Luann. “I wasn’t too sure of it at first,” she added with a smile.  

Wed
01
Nov

Fayette Ambulance thrives as others struggle

 

While Roger Post (left), Fayette Ambulance Service crew chief, and Dave Collins, a paramedic with over 30 years of service to the volunteer organization, are an important part of making Fayette Ambulance Service a premier volunteer ambulance service in Iowa, the two are quick to credit the service’s countless other volunteers for the group’s success. Chris DeBack photo.

 

Fayette Ambulance thrives as  others struggle

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

As other counties struggle to maintain volunteer ambulance services, Fayette Ambulance Service in Fayette serves as a shining example of what that service can be. 

Fayette Ambulance Service has 18 volunteers on its staff and two others currently taking EMT classes. Currently, the volunteer organization has three paramedics, one advanced EMT, 11 EMTs, and three dedicated drivers. 

“We work together as a team; that is the key thing,” said Lisa Roberts, Fayette County Emergency Management coordinator and Fayette Ambulance EMT. “We provide monthly trainings, which is hard to do, and they are in-house, so we don’t have to pay someone to come in to teach the class. Those trainings go toward the hours that are needed for certification.”

Wed
01
Nov

It's Open!

 

Golden Road between West Union and Elgin is now open to public traffic after being closed for the past four months due to construction. Fayette County Secondary Roads held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the repaved road on Monday, Oct. 30. In attendance were (front, l-r) Stacy McCune, Fayette County Secondary Roads administrative assistant; Jeanine Tellin, Fayette County Supervisor; Janell Bradley, Fayette County Supervisor; Lee Pries, Niemann Construction; Nancy Grimes; Janice Durscher; Dorothy Jensen; Matt McElree, Fayette County Secondary Roads PLS, assistant to the engineer; and Sam Whitehead, Fayette County Economic Development director; (back) Joel Fantz, Fayette County Engineer; Steve Pierce, Mathy Construction; Jim Grimes; Jeff Koehn, Fayette County Roads Superintendent; Don Durscher; Bob Burgin, Fayette County Secondary Roads employee; Dick Jensen; and Rod Marlatt, Fayette County Conservation executive director. 

 

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