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Brown's Ford to celebrate 50 years with car show & cruise Sept. 20


Dave Brown, founder of Brown's Ford in Guttenberg, is shown with a 1947 Studebaker. Dave invites everyone to help Brown's celebrate their 50-year anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 20, with a car cruise and show. (Photo submitted)

Brown's Sales and Leasing in Guttenberg and Elkader, and Victory Ford in Dyersville, are coming together to celebrate with the Brown family as they observe the opening 50 years ago of Brown's Ford in Guttenberg. “As part of a year-long celebration we are sponsoring a car show and cruise that will feature local cars to be held in conjunction with Guttenberg Germanfest,” said David Brown, business founder.

The three-city car show and cruise will take place Saturday, Sept. 20. There will be a "Show and Shine" from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Brown's Sales and Leasing in Guttenberg, Victory Ford in Dyersville and Brown's Sales and Leasing in Elkader. 

At 11:30 a.m. the cars will cruise from Elkader and Dyersville to the parking lot at Brown's Sales and Leasing on Highway 52 in Guttenberg where they are expected to arrive by 12:30 p.m. From 1:00-3:00 p.m. the combined cars from all three dealerships will be on display and be voted on in 14 classes for trophy awards. Spectators as well as registered car owners will have a chance to vote.

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17
Sep

Riverboat tour to depart from Guttenberg marina


Live music by John Stravers, navigation information, and river stories will accompany passengers aboard The Maiden Voyage on Sunday. Last year, Captain Robert Vavra led three tours that headed south from Guttenberg on his pontoon. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Following the condemnation of his old boat in April, Maiden Voyage owner and captain Robert Vavra experienced an outcry from people in the area who didn't want his tours to end. He spent five months preparing a new vessel for river travel, and later this week passengers will board the new boat for a scenic tour of the Mississippi River. 

"We splashed the new boat 23 days ago," Vavra told The Press on Friday. The new Maiden Voyage, built in Florida, is a handicap accessible 49-passenger pontoon which has now passed a total of eight coast guard inspections.

The boat will leave Guttenberg's south marina at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. A two-hour tour will include live music by John Stravers, birding information, and the sharing of river stories. "I hope to be able to work in Guttenberg more next year, during other community events," said Vavra, recalling the success of the tours he guided from Guttenberg last summer.  

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17
Sep

Upcoming area theater experiences


Jason and Nika Tipsword, new members of Umbrella Arts, are leading the charge toward theater in Guttenberg. “I’m super excited about it, because it’s something I’m passionate about and Jason and I have a lot of experience in it," Nika says. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A theatrical couple recently relocated from Iowa City to Guttenberg, and the pair immediately began stirring up drama. Avonique (Niehaus) Tipsword grew up in Guttenberg, graduating from CRHS in 2004. She and husband Jason Tipsword, originally from the Iowa City area, were back in town for just a few short months when they attended their first Umbrella Arts meeting and began planning community theater events.  

Avonique (who now goes by Nika) holds a BA in Theatre Arts with a vocal music minor from the University of Iowa. She has worked professionally as stage manager for Riverside Theater and acted, directed, and worked administratively and behind the scenes on nearly 60 productions. She holds the rank of Certified Actor Combatant in the Society of American Fight Directors with three recommendations.

Jason Tipsword is a graduate of the National Stage Combat Workshop at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He works as a freelance fight choreographer throughout the region with over 80 stage productions and three films to his credit. In addition, Jason has taught stage combat at Central College, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, Drake University, Cornell College, and Kirkwood College. He also directs, acts, designs, and produces. Jason is Iowa's only Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher.

Wed
17
Sep

Acre Street residents object to proposed cluster mailbox plan

By Shelia Tomkins

A contingent of Acre Street residents attended the regular Guttenberg city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 8, to express disatisfaction with proposed plans to install cluster mailboxes in the area.

Mayor Russ Loven and councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein were at the council table, along with City Manager Mary Willett.

Wed
10
Sep

Ilo A. Rodenberg

Ilo Anna (Nuehring) Rodenberg, 90, of Garnavillo, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Friday, Sept. 5, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 6, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Hillary Burns-Kite.

Interment was at the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

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10
Sep

Steven L. Lau

Steven Lee Lau, 66, of Manchester, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at his home.

Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 4, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Graveside services followed  the visitation at the Garnavillo Community Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Steve was born on Aug. 6, 1948, in Guttenberg to Merrill and Adele Lau.

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10
Sep

Dr. Donald G. Barron

Dr. Donald G. Barron, of Guttenberg, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 2, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Private family services will be at a later date.

Donald was born on April 11, 1930, to Felix and Edith Barron in Chicago, Ill.

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10
Sep

Goodwill truck to visit here following city-wide sales

Arrangements have been made for the Goodwill truck to visit Guttenberg following city-wide garage sales on Sept. 19-20.

Residents may leave usable donations at the Goodwill truck to be parked at the Guttenberg Industries parking lot from Friday, Sept. 19, to Tuesday, Sept. 23. The truck will be open during daytime hours and closed at night to prevent vandalism.

Goodwill has released the following list of items they do NOT accept. Please note that televisions are not accepted; Goodwill has to pay $25 to dispose of each TV left in their truck. 

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10
Sep

Mommer youngest athlete at Honolulu summer volleyball camp


Macy Mommer, 14, practiced surfing as well as serving during her week-long stay in Honolulu, Hawaii, this summer for the NoKaOi Volleyball Showcase. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

At age fourteen, Macy Mommer has already been playing team volleyball for years. This summer, her passion for the sport took her across an ocean. 

Mommer, who just started eighth grade at Starmont middle school, is the daughter of Kevin and Shelly Mommer of Guttenberg and Lissa Tschirgi of Strawberry Point. She was invited to play in the NoKaOi Volleyball Showcase in July, so she and mom Lissa traveled to Honolulu for the camp.

“I was proud of how determined she was to raise the money needed to go,” Macy’s father told The Press. “She worked hard for seven months raising money and practicing.”

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10
Sep

River Park Cruisers ready to roll Sat., Sept. 14


This 1972 Charger owned by Jeff and Kari Friedlein will be leading the cruise this year. (Photo submitted)

Saturday, Sept. 13, is the date of the 17th annual River Park Cruisers car show, cruise and dance in Guttenberg. The club has been meeting and cruising since 1992, sponsoring  their own cruises starting in 1997.

Registration for the car show is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in downtown Guttenberg, with the car show scheduled from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

There will be  69 trophies given out, including a kids choice trophy (kids 15 and younger can vote). 

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