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16
May

Greener NFV fight song

 

Greener NFV fight song

By Rich Holm
Union News Writer

 

North Fayette Valley, Iowa’s two newest schools to enter into a whole-grade sharing agreement for the next three years, has a new fight song. It was unveiled at the Valley All-Sports Banquet on May 7.

The tune was composed by Valley alumnus Alan Greener, who was a member of the Tiger band in 1980 when he graduated. Last Tuesday, to the delight of the crowd, he sat down at the piano in the Valley gym and played and sang it.

In 2013 Greener was part of history as he now directs the University of Louisville’s pep band. His Cardinals reached the NCAA championship game in both the men’s and women’s tournaments. The men won and the women were second.

He is now the only person in the 75-year history of the Upper Iowa Conference to wear a NCAA Division I championship ring on his finger.

Thu
16
May

Back to the future for NF graduates

 

Back to the future for NF graduates

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

Although the current whole-grade sharing agreement between the North Fayette and Valley Community school districts is not a consolidation, patrons of both school districts realize that the 2013 seniors could be the last graduating classes of the two respective school districts. 

At North Fayette, a pair of families include members of the inaugural North Fayette Class of 1985 and Class of 2013. During Sunday’s commencement ceremonies, Darby Jellings will be watching his daughter, Rachel, while Jane (given name Delores Moritz) Gamm will be observing her son, Matthew, accept their respective diplomas in the Performing Arts Center.

“We (family) have talked about it quite a bit in recent weeks,” said Jane. “Matthew is the youngest of our (her and husband Mark’s) three children, so he could be the last North Fayette graduate of our family.”

Thu
16
May

Canine owners fetching dog park ideas

 

Canine owners fetching dog park ideas 

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

Area dog owners cotinue to fetch ideas from the public in an ongoing effort to bring a dog park to West Union.

“We need an off-leash area in West Union where our dogs can explore and play with other dogs and dog owners. Like each of us, dogs also need to run and socialize,” said Brandy Schott, who along with her husband, Wade, is leading the local endeavor.

Wade explains that currently the couple typically walk their Boston terrier Hammy and/or Walker coon dog Dummy Dog on the city sidewalks to Dairy Queen or Subway from their West Union home, or on occasion along the banks of the Turkey River in Clermont.  

Thu
09
May

April showers bring ‘Green’ extension

 

April showers bring ‘Green’ extension

 

By Mike Van Sickle
Union Editor

 

The Green Pilot Streetscape general contractor was granted an extension Monday for substantial completion of the downtown project.

At the request of Gene Blazek of Blazek Corporation, the West Union City Council extended the substantial completion date to Thursday, June 6.

  Blazek explained to the council during its regular meeting on Monday that due to the inclement weather in April, approximately three weeks of the construction season this spring had been lost.

The general contractor said the goal is for the entire downtown to be open to traffic by Memorial Day weekend. He acknowledged that a couple more weather-related delays, together with the Memorial Day weekend, would take construction into the first week of June.   

Thu
09
May

Children's Theatre returns in July

 

Children's Theatre returns in July

By Mike Van Sickle
Union editor

The stage is set for the return of the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) in West Union during summer 2013. West Union’s Parks and Recreation Department will host the traveling troupe from Monday, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 3. 

Area children (first grade through high school) won’t want to miss out in the opportunity to participate in the unique experience, which includes MCT staff members directing/instructing the youth in performing “The Secret Garden.”

MCT previously visited West Union in 2008 and 2009 and with local cast members helped produce “Rumpelstiltskin” and “The Little Mermaid,” respectively.

Thu
09
May

Light poles and street repairs discussed by council

 

Light poles and street repairs discussed by council

 

Brian Smith
Contributing Writer

 

The type of light poles to be used in the Center Street Project and routine spring and summer street maintenance were the major topics of the evening at the Elgin City Council meeting on Monday, May 6.

Thu
09
May

Semi Rollover 5/8/13

 

Semi Rollover 5/8/13

On Monday, April 29, at approximately 9:50 a.m., the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a semi that had overturned  in the 9000 block of Y Ave.

Following an investigation, it was determined that Gordon Earley Jr.  of Fairbank was operating a 2003 Freightliner when he attempted to make a right-hand turn into a private drive. The trailer entered the south ditch, causing the tractor/trailer to overturn, spilling a load of fertilizer into the ditch. No one was injured.

The sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by the Westgate Fire Department, Fayette County Emergency Management, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The incident remains under investigation.

 
Thu
09
May

Puls — a new face in Maynard

 

Puls — a new face in Maynard

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

The city of Maynard has a new streets/water department employee.

West Central High School graduate Jason Puls, 32, is working with longtime Streets Superintendent Gary Reed until Reed's official retirement in June.

Puls was recently hired by the Maynard City Council to eventually take over for Reed, who has been with the City for 21 years.

Employed at Lifeline in Sumner for 13 years, Puls said he was ready for a change and, with young children just beginning school, welcomes the idea of being closer to home. He also appreciates being able to work outdoors after having been employed in a factory for more than a decade.

Jason and his wife, Kim, have two children; one will begin kindergarten in the fall, and the other will be enrolled in West Central's new preschool program.

Thu
09
May

Help build the Freeport trail

 

Help build the Freeport trail

 

Clear your home or business of redeemable cans and plastic bottles and support the “Trails from Freeport” (TFF) project. 

As of Wednesday, May 1, area residents can deposit recyclable cans and plastic bottles in a large receptacle located at Freeport Park, 1745 252nd Street in Decorah. 

Proceeds from the redeemed cans and bottles will benefit “Trails from Freeport.” 

The goal of the “Trails from Freeport” project is to build a 1.5-mile paved path to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist traffic on County Highway A6W/Old Stage Road and connect Freeport safely to the Trout Run Trail. TFF has raised more than $118,000 toward the trail extension to date.

The receptacle will remain at Freeport Park through TFF’s “Discover Freeport Park Day,” scheduled for Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come enjoy a light lunch provided by Lynch BBQ and discover the Freeport Park. 

 

Thu
09
May

Crown Club selects Ossian Fest theme

 

Crown Club selects Ossian Fest theme

 

Ossian Fest is set for Saturday, Aug. 10, a new day of the week for the Fest. An important part of the Fest is the Grand Parade held on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. This is one of the premier parades in northeast Iowa.

This year’s theme is “Ossian Fest Celebrates Toys and Games.” It’s a great theme for organizations or businesses to use for designing a float. Area businesses, families, or nonprofit organizations are asked to consider having a parade entry.

The Ossian Crown Club is accepting parade donations for some of the special floats and entries that are part of this great parade for those unable to partake in the parade activities.

The organization will also be asking for volunteers to help with some of the Ossian Fest activities that weekend, as well. The public is asked at contact any Ossian Crown Club member to offer assistance with the annual event.

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