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May

South Winneshiek Class of 2020

The South Winneshiek Class of 2020 stands together (within social distancing guidelines) during its commencement ceremony on Sunday afternoon in Calmar. (Zak Kriener photo)

 

South Winneshiek Class of 2020

 

 

 

 

Wed
20
May

Ossian Legion to observe Memorial Day at cemeteries

Ossian Legion to observe Memorial Day at cemeteries

 

Because of health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, the traditional Memorial Day program and parade are cancelled. 

There will be some activities taking place however.

All veterans are invited to a breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m., at the Ossian Community Center.

All veterans and community members are invited to join the Legion as they hold honors at the cemeteries. Those attending are being advised to observe social distancing.

The cemetery schedule will be as follows:

Bethany Lutheran – 7:45 a.m.

First Lutheran – 8 a.m.

Stavanger Lutheran – 8:15 a.m.

Silver Springs (honoring those lost at sea) – 8:30 a.m.

Hillside Cemetery – 8:45 a.m.

Bloomfield – 9 a.m.

Castalia Veterans Memorial – 9:30 a.m.

Pleasant View – 9:30 a.m.

Centennial – 9:45 a.m.

St. Francis De Sales – 10 a.m.

Wed
20
May

Memorial Day services cancelled, changed due to COVID-19

Memorial Day services cancelled, changed due to COVID-19

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Area Memorial Day services have either been cancelled all together or modified considerably in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following is a list of what type of ceremonies, if  any, are going to take place throughout the area.

West Union

American Legion Post 15 in West Union will be doing a different Memorial Day observance due to the corona virus.  There will only be one observance at the Fayette County Veterans Memorial at the intersection of Highways 18 and 150 in West Union. 

Wed
20
May

Montauk won't open this weekend

Montauk Historic Site

 

Montauk won't open this weekend

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The Montauk Historical Site in Clermont traditionally opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend. This year, due to the COVID – 19 situation, that won’t be happening.

Site Coordinator Hannah Frederich said she’s waiting to hear what Gov. Kim Reynolds decides on for a date to open the State’s historical sites. She doesn’t expect that to be anytime sooner than May 27. That’s the date that had been projected earlier for opening.

Wed
20
May

Crew chief has a 46-year history with EMS

Jerry Anderson has been an EMT with the Clermont Ambulance for 46 years. Anderson say’s it’s the feeling that he’s helping people that inspires him. (Submitted photo)

 

Crew chief has a 46-year history with EMS

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

May 17-23, 2020, is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. This week was designated to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."

One of those people working on the “front line” is Jerry Anderson.

Jerry Anderson has  been an EMT with the Clermont Ambulance for 46 years.

Jerry’s start in the EMT field wasn’t something that he had planned on or even thought that much about prior to  getting involved.

Wed
20
May

Upper Iowa distributing $2.2 million CARES funding to students

 

Upper Iowa distributing $2.2 million CARES funding to students

 

Recognizing that many of its students could be facing financial setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Upper Iowa University (UIU) reports that it is doing everything in its power to provide support and assistance to those students in need.

UIU will receive approximately $2.2 million as part of the federal government's CARES ACT, all of which will be distributed to its students. A large portion of these federal emergency relief funds will be awarded to students who were moved from a face-to-face classroom course to an online course format and who have experienced hardship due to the pandemic.

Wed
20
May

West Central sets graduation June 5 for virtual and in-person

Emma Tan is valedictorian of the West Central Class of 2020.

 

West Central sets graduation June 5 for virutal and in-person 

 

 

By MIRA SCHMITT-CASH reporter@oelweindailyregister.com

Commencement for the West Central Class of 2020 has been moved back from May 15 to Friday, June 5, with rain dates of June 6 and 7, Principal Matthew Molumby announced in a letter to seniors and parents dated Tuesday, May 12 and released on Wednesday.

“I asked parents and students to share their perspectives, and I have received many thoughtful replies and conversations,” Molumby wrote. “West Central intends to ensure that both a virtual commencement and in-person ceremony offer you and your loved ones the best graduation experience that we can provide during this time of upheaval. The event we have planned will allow us to honor your extraordinary academic and extracurricular experiences that have brought you to this point.”

Diplomas will be conferred at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5. They will be dated May 15, 2020, the date of the originally intended graduation.

Wed
20
May

Board waiting to make decision on having Fair

Board waiting to make decision on having Fair

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Fayette County Fair Board President Kevin Converse said he and the other fair board members are reasonably confident, that if regulations allow, there will at least be 4-H and FFA shows this summer for the Fayette County Fair.

“We hope to make a decision on whether we will have grandstand events some time the first part of June,” Converse said. The fair is scheduled from July 21-25.

Wed
20
May

Growing healthy community habits

Laura Weidemann established a community garden behind Bank 1stin West Union. Through this project, Weidemann hopes to share the produce with Open Hands Food Pantry and to anyone looking for fresh vegetables.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Growing healthy community habits; Weidemann builds community garden

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“Gardens are a small but impactful way to talk about where our food comes from, as well as a way to develop relationships between garden and food enthusiasts,” smiled Laura Weidemann.  

For Weidemann, gardening has been something she has been interested in for some time.  

“My mom and I have grown squash, zucchini, butternut squash, peppers, and tomatoes in our backyard since I was in middle school,” grinned the West Union native, adding that her love for gardening grew once she started college at Viterbo University in LaCrosse.  

“My interest in gardening grew when I joined Enactus, a business and service-oriented club at Viterbo University, to help rebuild their garden,” said Weidemann. “We invited groups like the Boys and Girls Club to teach them about growing food.” 

It wasn’t long before Weidemann decided this was something she wanted to bring to her own community here in Iowa.  

Wed
13
May

South Winn working on plan for next fall

South Winn working on plan for next fall

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

South Winneshiek Superintendent Kris Einck told school board members he had no idea where the schools would be at in August.

He was referring to not knowing what the COVID-19 situation would be at that time and whether schools would be opened for regular classes when the 2020-21 school year starts.

Einck explained the situation at the regular Board meeting, Monday, May 11, when he was explaining the “Return to Learn Plan.” He told board members that options on how to educate in the fall of 2020 needed to be submitted to the State by July 1. If not, a mandated plan would be put in place. 

“I don’t have any idea where we will be in August. It stressful but we’ll be fine and we’ll be ready to go,” he reassured the Board.

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