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Wed
26
Jun

American Legion to be honored at Homecoming

 

 

American Legion to be honored at Homecoming

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

When the Homecoming parade makes its way down Main Street Elgin next Saturday (June 29), it will be led by a group of familiar faces – members of the Elgin American Legion, Post 352.

“It’s a pretty big honor to be selected to serve as the Grand Marhshals for the parade,” said Robert Odegard, commander of the local legion chapter. “We hope this can also serve as a way to help get other veterans involved with the American Legion!”

The local American Legion was selected to serve as this year’s grand marshals because it is celebrating its 100th year in the community, something that the current members are quite proud of.

Wed
26
Jun

Elgin Homecoming 2019 Small Town USA: These are My Roots

Dancing to the beat of some favorite music that will be performed during Elgin’s 2019 Music In the Park: Music Revue are (l-r) Sarah Rose, Stacy Cummings, Camille Hutchinson, and Ryan Hallberg. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Elgin Homecoming 2019 Small Town USA: These are My Roots

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

The 2019 Elgin Homecoming, Small Town USA: These are My Roots celebration is finally here!   

The event, which is celebrated every five years, is set to begin Thursday, June 27 and continue through the weekend.  

As always, the event will include something for anyone and everyone! 

On Thursday, June 27, attendees are invited to explore a local farmers market from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in downtown Elgin. Elgin visitors, natives, family, and friends are invited to test their Homecoming knowledge, as Dotzy’s Restaurant and Saloon will host Homecoming Trivia night beginning at 7 p.m.

The celebrations will continue throughout the weekend, Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30 with a ton of events and attractions for everyone to enjoy. 

Wed
26
Jun

Molumby named West Central's next principal

West Central has a new leader at its helm, as Matthew Molumby was recently hired at the school district’s new K-12 principal. Current principal Josh Bahr is resigning to move to with his family to Arizona to be closer to his eldest daughter. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Molumby named West Central's next principal

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

West Central will have new leadership this fall with the hiring of Matthew Molumby as the K-12 principal. 

“Of all the candidates that applied for the position, Molumby had the right mix of leadership experience,” said Fred Matelage, West Central superintendent. “He is well versed in curriculum development and implementation, which he has done a great job with in his past tenure as a teacher leader. He understands West Central in a way that someone from the outside would take time to develop. The board and myself felt he was the best person for the position.” 

Wed
26
Jun

Free lunch offered for children at Fayette Elementary this summer

Children in Fayette have access to a free cold lunch this summer courtesy of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and local volunteers like (l-r) Dick Graham, Shelly Blanchard, and Viane Eichelberger. It was Graham who got the ball rolling on the free meal. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Free lunch offered for children at Fayette Elementary this summer

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Children in Fayette have the option to receive a free cold lunch this summer. 

West Union resident Dick Graham is inviting all children, regardless of income, between the ages of 5 and 17 to enjoy a free meal from 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at Fayette Elementary. The effort kicked off on June 10 and will run through Friday, Aug. 23. 

“I used to be involved in the mentoring program through the high school, and I recognized there was a need for kids to get fed in the summertime,” Graham said about starting this initiative. 

Wed
26
Jun

WU awarded $500,000 grant for new wastewater treatment facility

Earthwork has begun on the construction of a new storage shed and maintenance facility at the West Union Wastewater Treatment Facility. This is phase one of two for the construction of a new wastewater treatment facility.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

WU awarded $500,000 grant for new wastewater treatment facility

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Work on the new West Union Wastewater Treatment Facility is officially underway. 

The project will be completed in two phases. This summer, a maintenance shop and storage facility will be built with the new wastewater treatment facility being constructed next year. Heying Manufacturing of Calmar was awarded the contract to construct the $811,913 shop and began earthwork last week. The new shop will be a steel-frame building.

It is currently estimated that the new wastewater treatment facility will cost approximately $7 million. However, the maintenance shop estimate and bids came in higher than the council was expecting, so the group is preparing for a project that could end up costing more. 

Wed
26
Jun

Play Ball! WU celebrates Fourth of July

The West Union Chamber — A Main Street Community Promotions Committee is excited to bring you its annual Fourth of July celebration Wednesday and Thursday, July 3-4, at he West Union Recreation Complex. Festivities include a 16-inch softball tournament, kids’ activities, fireworks, and the crowning of Miss West Union. New this year is a feee outdoor movie on ball diamond No. 1 at the recreation complex. The promotions committee members (l-r) Dan Doebel, Jenny McIntyre, Brianna Keune, Jessica Sadler, Amie Johansen, Deanne Tyler, and Chris DeBack provide a small hint as to what the movie will be on Wednesday night, July 3, after the softball tournament wraps up play for the evening.  (Zak Kriener photo)

 

'Play Ball!' WU celebrates Fourth of July

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Don’t miss a booming good time at The West Union Chamber — A Main Street Community’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration Wednesday and Thursday, July 3-4, at the West Union Recreation Complex.

The fun activities start with a Chicago-Style, 16-inch Softball Tournament at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Come on out and watch area players compete to see who’s the most dominant softball team in West Union. 

The tournament is still accepting teams and those wishing to participate can contact Dan Doebel at (563) 210-5347. The entry fee is $50 per team and a team must have four women playing the field at all times. The tournament will be double elimination and continue from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, July 4, if necessary. The championship game will take place at 4 p.m. that same day. 

Following the softball tournament at dusk on July 3 will be a free outdoor movie on diamond no. 1 at the recreation complex. While the name can’t be printed due to copyright laws, let’s just say that this funny, kid-friendly baseball movie will have families in stitches over all the hijinks that ensue from a summer full of playing baseball. Light concessions including hot dogs, brats, popcorn, and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Wed
19
Jun

Winneshiek Co. Fair less than three weeks away

Josh Turner

 

Winneshiek Co. Fair less than three weeks away

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The summer of 2019 is officially underway (as of Friday, June 21), which means that the Winneshiek County Fair in Decorah is just around the corner! This year’s version of the fair includes a jam-packed schedule full of fun and exciting shows and events.

The action is set to begin Tuesday, July 9, with the first of five full days of entertainment for people of all ages.

Buttons for the 2019 fair are available for $30 in advance and $35 at the gate (ages 6 and under are free), are good for admittance to all five Grandstand events.

The Grandstand events include stock car racing at Upper Iowa Speedway on Tuesday evening, July 9; Rogue Rodeo on Wednesday, July 10; National Tractor Pulling Association (NTPA) Truck and Tractor Pull on Thursday, July 11; band Cherry Pie with opener Challenger on Friday, July 12; and country music star Josh Turner with special guest Clare Dunn on Saturday, July 13.

Wed
19
Jun

McCormick excited about new challenges she'll face as REC GM

Hollee McCormick is ready and excited to face the new challenges she has ahead of her as Allamakee-Clayton REC’s new executive vice president and general manager. 

 

McCormick excited about new challenges she'll face as REC GM

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Hollee McCormick is excited by the challenge of leading Allamkee-Clayton REC through many changes that are coming to the industry in the future.

 The new REC executive vice president and general manager will have big shoes to fill as she takes over for Paul Foxwell, who was with the rural electric co-op for almost 30 years.

The Waukon native earned an education degree from Luther College in 2004 and worked at Northeast Iowa Community College’s Waukon Center for eight years. During this time, she attended Ashford University to earn her master’s degree in organizational management with a focus on leadership.

“I got a little taste of the administrative and business side of things while I was director of NICC’S Waukon Center,” McCormick said. “I liked it, and I knew I wanted to continue down that path, which is why I pursued my master’s degree.”

 After eight years with NICC, McCormick decided she was ready for a new challenge and took a job with the REC as economic development and community relations’ manager.

Wed
19
Jun

Celebrate Your Roots at Elgin Homecoming 2019

The locals are gossiping about the new girl in town in the upcoming Music in the Park: Musical Revue production.  (Front l-r) Chloe Cummings, Camille Hutchinson; (back) Donna Bausch, Stacy Cummings, and Sarah Rose. (submitted photo)

 

Celebrate Your Roots at Elgin Homecoming 2019

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

            The kick-off to the 2019 Elgin Homecoming, Small Town USA: These are My Roots is just around the corner!   The event, which is celebrated every five years is will begin Thursday, June 27 and continue through the weekend.  As always,  the celebrations will include something for anyone and everyone! 

Wed
19
Jun

Katsumes to hang up his legal briefcase

For four decades, T. David Katsumes (left) was a lawyer in Elgin, who was city attorney for Elgin and four other small towns in the area. When he first started, he did a lot of court appointed work that could take him to six different counties in a week. Chris DeBack photos

 

Katsumes to hang up his legal briefcase

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It will be a bittersweet moment when T. David Katsumes turns off the lights in his law office a final time on Friday, June 28.

He will officially retire from practicing law on Sunday, June 30, as he turns over his practice to Elwood, O’Donohoe, Braun & White. However, Katsumes won’t just be shutting off the lights and never filing another legal document again. He’ll still work with some of his clients to tie up loose ends or finish out cases as the rest of his clients’ transition to Elwood, O’Donohoe, Braun & White or other law firms they choose to go to. 

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