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29
Nov

Santa coming to Ossian

Santa coming to Ossian

 

 

 

Santa will be in Ossian on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Wild Woods Event Center’s “Santa Land.”

Events will begin at 10 a.m. with a cookie walk sponsored by DeSales School.  Chicken sandwiches and three kinds of soup will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Santa is scheduled to arrive at 11 a.m. as well. He will be at “Santa Land” until every child gets a chance to meet him. Be sure to bring cameras for a holiday photo!

A total of 16 vendors will also be at the event offering a wide variety of items for purchase.

 
Wed
29
Nov

Montauk Holiday Open House, Vespers on Sunday

Montauk Holiday Open House, Vespers on Sunday

 

 

Celebrate the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 3, with two programs at the Montauk Historic Site and Union Sunday School in Clermont. 

In addition to the programs, this is also an opportunity to meet Montauk’s new site manager, Hannah Frederick!

The programs will kick off Sunday, Dec. 3, with the annual Holiday Open House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Montauk, where Rebecca White, Clermont Public Library director, will read stories and piano students will perform on the 1915 Mason and Hamlin piano. 

Guests can then take a short ride into Clermont for a traditional Vespers Service at 4:30 p.m. at Union Sunday School (402 Larrabee St.). Guests can also hang ornaments on a community Christmas tree and sing traditional carols.

Wed
29
Nov

Frederick excited to begin at Montauk

 

Hannah Frederick is anxious to start her new role as the site manager of the Montauk Historic Site in Clermont. The young historian is also looking forward to meeting the public during the upcoming Montauk Holiday Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in Clermont. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Frederick excited to begin at Montauk

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

After settling into her new northeast Iowa home this week, new Montauk Historic Site manager Hannah Frederick is looking forward to beginning her new role at the local grounds.

“I am very anxious to get started here,” said the young historian. “I am most looking forward to meeting the community and hearing from them about what they want to see here at Montauk.”

Frederick, a native of Forest City, and her husband, Justin, moved to Clermont after she spent the past 12 years of her life in Ames.

Wed
29
Nov

Plenty of Christmas cheer in Elgin this year

 

Don’t let the Grinch (Brandon Torkelson) steal Christmas from his Whoville neighbors (l-r) Mary Schott, Cindy Torkelson, and Tammy Moser this holiday season. Attend “Christmas in Elgin” festivities from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in downtown Elgin. Local Elgin businesses will have specials all day, and attendees can register for prizes at each business. Torkelson Motors will host vendors and be the location of the Elgin 2019 Homecoming Soup Supper fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Chris DeBack photo

 

Plenty of Christmas cheer in Elgin this year

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Area residents should mark their calendars as Elgin has plenty of Christmas cheer to spread this holiday season with numerous events taking place during the month of December. 

 

Christmas in Elgin

“Christmas in Elgin” will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the businesses in Elgin. 

Sponsored by the Elgin Community Betterment Club, residents will be able to register at any local participating Elgin business for one of four $25 Elgin Buck prizes or one of ten $10 Elgin Buck prizes. Simply fill out a slip of paper with your name, address, and phone number. Residents need not be present for the drawing that will take place at 7 p.m. at Torkelson Motors in Elgin.

While registering for prizes, be sure to check out what each Elgin business has to offer this holiday season during Elgin’s Holiday Open Houses.The local businesses will have specials and refreshments all day long. Also, Torkelson Motors will have different vendors on-site with holiday items for sale. 

“It used to be called ‘Christmas in the Valley,’ and it has been done for a long time,” Cindy Torkelson said. “I remember the turkey drawings at 3 p.m. on all the Saturdays in December. Be sure to come on down and see what the different Elgin businesses have to offer.” 

In conjunction with “Christmas in Elgin,” the Elgin 2019 Homecoming Committee will host a Soup Supper fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at Torkelson Motors. 

Wed
29
Nov

Fantz discusses County roads project

Fantz discusses County roads project

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Fayette County Supervisors met in regular session on Monday, Nov. 27, and Fayette County Engineer Joel Fantz gave his weekly update on the Fayette County Secondary Roads Department. 

The Supervisors signed plan documents for an upcoming striping project in the county. Fantz noted that the County received up to $312,000 from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to grind in the striping on county concrete roads that don’t already have the striping ground in. The County doesn’t have to use local funds to match the federal grant, as the State of Iowa provided the 10 percent match. 

Wed
29
Nov

'It's all corn and beans'

 

German foreign exchange student Karl Hahn (center) enjoys some dessert with his host parents, Marilyn and Keith Westpfahl (l-r) of Hawkeye. Coming to the tiny town of approximately 416 people was quite a shock for the German teenager, who is from Berlin, which has a population of approximately 3.5 million people. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

'It's all corn and beans'

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Traveling to a foreign country can be quite intimidating for most people. Can you imagine how intimidating it can be to then decide to live there for an extended period of time?

This is the dilemma that many foreign exchange students must deal with before embarking on a journey to another country. Whether going from America to another country or coming to America from another country, the cultural differences and language barriers can often be difficult to overcome. 

While these may be concerns, for some such as North Fayette Valley foreign exchange student Karl Hahn, it is just about quickly adapting to the circumstances around one.

Hahn, a 16-year-old from Berlin, arrived in New York City on Aug. 16 before making his way to the Eastern Iowa Airport to meet his host family, Keith and Marilyn Westpfahl of Hawkeye, on Aug. 19. Traveling long distances wasn’t an issue for Hahn, as it can be for others. His parents are divorced, so as a young child he learned to ride the bus by himself for the approximately three-hour trip from Berlin, where he lives with his mother, to Hamburg, Germany, where his father resides. 

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29
Nov

It's all about quality of life

 

Angie Meyer (left) and JoLynn Miller (right), Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospice nurses, recently became board-certified in hospice and palliative care. The two nurses wanted to further their education, which allows them to provide better care for patients like Augusta “Tootie” Jensen. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Chris DeBack photos

 

It's all about quality of life

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It takes a special kind of person to deal with people who have six months or less to live, but that is the reality that hospice nurses deal with every day. 

It is a hospice nurse’s responsibility to ease the pain and suffering of those with a terminal illness. It is up to the hospice nurse to help the patient come to terms with his or her situation and provide as much quality of life as possible. 

Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospice has a number of highly qualified hospice nurses on staff who comfort terminally ill patients and their families on a daily basis. Novemebr is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. 

In September, two of Gundersen Palmer Lutheran’s nurses, Angie Meyer and JoLynn Miller, received national certification in hospice and palliative care. It should be noted that the certification isn’t a requirement to be a hospice nurse, but simply shows that the two women decided to further their education in the hospice field.  

Wed
22
Nov

Wagner thankful for return to normalcy

 

This Thanksgiving, Diane and Rodney Wagner are thankful for Diane’s new kidney she received on Sept. 9. Since 2014, Diane had been on peritoneal dialysis, and this new kidney will allow her to return to a more normal life. The Wagners are especially grateful for all the support they have received from friends, family, and members of the Clermont community.  Chris DeBack photos

 

Wagner thankful for return to normalcy

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Diane Wagner has a lot to be thankful for. 

Like most people she is thankful for her family, especially her loving husband, Rodney, and three children, Dawn, Stephanie, and Nathan.  

However, what she is most thankful for is her new kidney, which has allowed her to lead a more normal life.   

In 1984, Wagner wasn’t feeling very well, so she and Rodney made a trip to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis. After some blood work, the doctors diagnosed her with acute nephritis of the kidneys, formerly known as Bright’s disease. There are three types of acute nephritis: pyelonephritis, glomerulonephritis, and interstitial nephritis. The doctors never gave her a specific diagnosis other than acute nephritis. 

“My kidneys were maybe functioning at 35 to 40 percent, so the doctors put me on a heavy dose of Prednisone,” Wagner recalled. “The doctors thought the Prednisone would bring [my kidney function] back up and wanted to stop the disease.”

Diane was hospitalized for a couple weeks while the medication did its job. After the doctors sent her home, she continued to use Prednisone for a few years but was slowly weaned off it. While Wagner’s kidneys did eventually get back up to 80 percent function, the Prednisone took a toll on her body. A major side effect of the drug is bone softening, which she experienced. She had to have her hips replaced a couple of times. 

Although kidney function had returned, Rodney noted that it gradually decreased over the next couple of decades. Diane had regular checkups in LaCrosse every six months; finally, in September 2014, her doctors became concerned with her kidney function once again. 

Wed
22
Nov

Fines to be levied in drainage situation

Fines to be levied in drainage situation

 

 

Vicki Rowland

Contributing Writer

 

 

The regular meeting of the Fayette City Council was held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, with all councilmembers present.

The council is in agreement that stern steps are to be taken to resolve the storm water drainage problem at Madison and King streets. 

A drainage ditch had been filled in, which changed the course of the storm water and created problems for neighbors.  The City Council had determined at the Sept. 5 meeting that “the property should be returned to its original condition.”  Thus far, the responsible parties have not complied, forcing the council to apply code, which will result in daily fines until the ditch is returned to its original condition.

Wed
22
Nov

Hitting the right note

 

Three North Fayette Valley students participated in the 601-member All-State Choir at the annual All-State Music Festival Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 16-18, in Ames. It is the first time since 1991 that North Fayette and now North Fayette Valley has had three students performing in the choir. The students who performed were (l-r) Weston Fantz, Marin Ehler, and Bethany Merkle. They are pictured with Doug Poppen, NFV chorus director. Submitted photo

 

Hitting the right note

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Three North Fayette Valley students participated in the 601-member All-State Choir at the 71st Annual All-State Music Festival Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 16-18, in Ames.

The three students selected were junior Bethany Merkle and senior Weston Fantz, who were both accepted following the first round of auditions, and senior Marin Ehler, who was accepted following the recall rounds. It was the second year in a row that Merkle was selected to participate. 

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