Clayton County Register

Thu
21
Jul

Swimmers finish sixth at conference meet


ESP’s Ava Pensel swims the final link of the 100-meter individual medley July 9 at the Northeast Iowa Conference swim meet in Waukon. The 13-year-old standout swimmer finished second in the event and added another silver medal and a bronze to her collection of hardware before the day was over.

The Elkader Strawberry Point (ESP) swim team finished sixth overall July 9 at the all-day Northeast Iowa Conference swim meet in Waukon.  The nine member teams took part.
Decorah won with 628 points followed by Cresco (492), host Waukon (421), Calmar (402) and West Union with 370.
ESP finished in sixth with 300 points, ahead of Manchester (293), Sumner (266) and Monona/Postville with 222.
Larae Engelhardt, who coaches the Elkader side of the team, was pleased with the finish.  
“Six out of nine. Since we don’t have a lot of boys, that’s pretty good!” said Engelhardt.
Half the events at a swim meet are swum by boys.  Although ESP is blessed with some talented boys, they are short of numbers and forfeit events and points because they have no entry.

Thu
21
Jul

Community Garden Volunteers, others can help themselves


Jerry and Chris Muff are pictured next to the sign Chris made to invite people to participate in the Community Garden.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor
 
Whether you’re harvesting your 30th season of heirloom tomatoes or have never before planted a plot, there’s a place for you in Elkader’s Community Garden. Volunteers of all skill levels are needed to maintain the garden. In return, workers can help themselves to the harvest.
Located adjacent to St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery on the south edge of town, the Community Garden was established two years ago by members of St. Joe’s congregation. This year’s plot is similarly sized and as mid-summer approaches, it’s beginning to show the fruits of the volunteers’ labors: Squash plants are heavy with blooms, the potato patch has been neatly hilled and cabbages are beginning to burst out of their dense-leaf covers.

Tue
28
Jun

Gold Star Mothers Sharing stories of fallen heroes


Linda Jenkin Costanzo, who has written a book about Gold Star Mothers, will be part of the week-long celebration of the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall. The wall will be in National June 29-July 5.

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

As part of the “Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans tribute, which will take place at the Clayton County Fairgrounds at National from June 30-July 5, author Linda Jenkin Costanzo will speak at a 2 p.m. ceremony July 2.

Tue
28
Jun

REMEMBERING LOUIE


The late Louis Zittgruen was one of nine Clayton County sons killed in action during the Vietnam War.

By Audrey Posten

North Iowa Times

 

Tue
28
Jun

Melvin Leo Matt

Melvin Leo Matt, 85, of Des Moines, formerly of Garnavillo, IA, died Friday, June 17, 2016, at Taylor Hospice House in Des Moines, IA. He was born on July 25, 1930, on the Matt family farm near St. Olaf to Leo and Rose Matt. 

Melvin attended grade school at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Garnavillo and then attended and graduated from the Monona Public High School in 1948. After high school, Melvin served his country proudly with the United States Air Force 55th Strategic Recon Squadron from 1951 till he received his honorable discharge in 1955. On November 23, 1957, Melvin was united in marriage with Ruby Barron at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral in Oklahoma City, OK. 

Tue
28
Jun

Marty Krambeer January 1, 1963 to May 26, 2016

Please join the family in honoring and celebrating the life of Marty Krambeer. Come share your memories; dress is casual. 

There will be a private family gathering from 2-3 p.m. followed by Celebration of Life with family and friends from 3-5 p.m.

When: Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 3-5 p.m.

Where:  Bootleggers, 36835 Noble Road, Millville, IA  52052 Five miles south of Guttenberg on US 52.

Tue
21
Jun

Wilder’s Doll Exhibit - Volunteers spend 2,000 hours on display


Mary Wikert, Cedar Falls, chairs a group that invested 2,000 volunteer hours in the Wilder Museum doll exhibit.

Dolls are arranged in vignettes that include copies of historical photos from the time the dolls were manufactured.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

A few years ago when the economy was down and travel costs were up, the concept of “staycations” was launched to encourage close-to-home getaways. A side benefit of the concept was discovering or re-discovering “backyard gems.” 

Tue
21
Jun

THERE’S A NEW GAME IN TOWN

By Kenny Slocum

Clayton County Naturalist

 

In a previous life, I had a limited understanding of Iowa’s fascinating ecology. Mostly, my “identification” skills were limited to plants that stung or itched—and various scars would indicate my skills were lacking. Occasionally, I could recognize a delicious berry—a mulberry or blackberry if the timing was right—but generally I observed the wisdom of my mother who insisted I avoid putting unidentified things in my mouth.

Tue
21
Jun

Shirley Taylor

Shirley L. Taylor, 85, passed away peacefully at her home of 49 years in Clive, IA on June 14, 2016. 

The family received visitors from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at Merle Hay Funeral Home. The funeral service was at 11 a.m. the same day followed by a reception and luncheon. A private interment will take place at Chapel Hill Gardens.

Shirley was born December 5, 1930, in Volga, Iowa to Sidney and Grace White. She married Paul Taylor of Volga in 1951. Shirley and Paul were blessed with four children.

Tue
14
Jun

Off to Africa - Central graduate leads water project


2015 Central graduate Shana Hilgerson, far right, is part of a team of Iowa State University spending six weeks in Uganda doing projects ranging from school gardens to water management.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

While her many of classmates at Iowa State University returned home for summer jobs, Shana Hilgerson went a bit farther—8,000 miles farther.

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