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14
Nov

Fayette Co. Food Shelf needs to raise the roof again

 

Phase III of the Fayette County Food Shelf Building Project in Fayette has begun. The walls have been erected, and the project is awaiting the raising of the rafters. The new area will be used for receiving and sorting donations, and  half of the addition provide a larger shopping area.  (photo by Vicki Rowland)

 

 

Fayette Co. Food Shelf needs to raise the roof again

 

 

Vicki Rowland
Contributing Writer

 

Phase III of the Fayette County Food Shelf Building Project in Fayette is underway.  A 36’ by 100’ building addition already has erected walls and is awaiting the raising of the rafters.  The project is necessary because more room is needed to fulfill the goal of the Food Shelf becoming more self-sufficient as it provides support to the residents of Fayette County.

The Fayette County Food Shelf (FCFS) building plans call for a much larger area to receive donated items.  Currently there is a small shed where donated items are left, which manager Karen Martin said can be filled to overflowing in just one night. 

“We are very thankful for the support and for the people who are very generous with their donations,” said Martin. “Sometimes they can give us their good, quality used items when they don’t have cash to contribute.  We will use part of the new building space to sort donated items for our Thrift Store. The money brought in from the Thrift Store sales is used to purchase and provide food and a ‘helping hand up’ for those in need in Fayette County.”  

Wed
14
Nov

Breaking News - District 55 Update

Bergan leads by seven votes

 

by Chris DeBack
cdeback@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the waters got a little muddier in the race for Iowa House District 55. 

Incumbent Republican Michael Bergan leads Democratic challenger Kayla Koether by seven votes votes, 6,919 to 6,912, with Fayette and Winneshiek counties having officially canvassed their election results. Clayton County is set to canvass its election today (Wednesday, Nov. 14). 

Koether received more votes in Winneshiek County, 4,694 to 4,102, while Bergan had more votes in Fayette County, 2,235 to 1,651, officially. In Clayton County, Bergan unofficially holds a slim 15-vote lead, 582 to 567. 

Wed
14
Nov

Euphoria Coffee brings an aromatic addition to WU

 

After starting to roast their own coffee at home earlier this year and selling their product at various places throughout the area, Nick and Jacey Yost have now decided to open their own coffee place, Euphoria Coffee, in West Union. (photo by Megan Molseed)

 

Euphoria Coffee brings an aromatic addition to WU

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“This whole thing is really a community-driven adventure,” said Nick Yost of the coffee shop he and wife Jacey will be opening in West Union later this week.  

“It was always kind of in the back of our minds that we would do this someday, and everything came together in a way that we thought to ourselves, ‘Why not now?’”

Nick, who developed an interest in coffees about 10 years ago, began roasting his own special brew at home last year.  

“I’ve always really been interested in coffee and the brewing process.   I enjoyed making a fresh cup for people when they would visit,” he explained.  

“A lot of what makes a good cup of coffee is in the brewing process, but the roasting part plays a big role in it all, too,” continued the young entrepreneur.  “I decided to try to do the whole process myself, from the roasting to the brewing.” 

Wed
07
Nov

Veterans Day programs at South Winn

Veterans Day programs at South Winn

 

 

 

South Winneshiek will host two honorary Veteran’s Day programs on Monday, Nov. 12.

The first program will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the high school gymnasium in Calmar. Veterans are also invited to attend a gathering for coffee and rolls beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the high school cafeteria. The program will feature readings by members of the South Winn student government, music by the choir and band, and an introduction of veterans.

The second program will be held at the South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School gym ay 1 p.m.

 
Wed
07
Nov

Family, teammates help keep diabetes in check

 

South Winn quarterback Jacob Herold (4) passed for a school-record 2,121 yards and 23 touchdowns in his 2018 sophomore season. While the athlete unquestionably works hard to produce results on the field, he also works hard off the field and on the sideline to manage his Type 1 diabetes. Throughout every game, with the help of trainer Heather Lange (right), Herold checks his blood sugar after every quarter in order to stay healthy on the field and perform to the best of his capability. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Family, teammates help keep diabetes in check

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

During the 2018 South Winneshiek football season, sophomore quarterback Jacob Herold passed for a school-record 2,121 yards and 23 touchdowns. While those numbers rank amongst the top in the entire state, the young athlete has had to game-plan for more than just the 11 defensive players on the field against him.

“I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was in first grade,” said the 15-year-old Herold. “It was definitely not something me or my family expected, but we were more than ready to deal with it.”

The reason that Herold and his family were so quick to react to his initial symptoms and prepared to treat the disease, which affects approximately 1.25 American children and adults, is because Jacob’s older brother, Mitch, also has Type 1 diabetes.

“When Mitch was diagnosed five years before Jacob, the doctors told us that the chances of Jacob having diabetes were very slim,” noted their mother, Wendy Mihm-Herold. “They told us (her and husband Alvin) that the odds were comparable to winning the lottery, so we never really worried about it.”

Despite the small chances, the Herold family knew exactly what to do when Jacob started showing symptoms of the disease in 2010.

Wed
07
Nov

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?’” 

Wed
07
Nov

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. 

Wed
07
Nov

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.  

Wed
07
Nov

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. 

Wed
07
Nov

'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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