Guttenberg Press

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14
May

Quirks of Palmer house attract a writer and her family


Christi Riverton is the author of three paranormal romance e-books. Jeweled Embers, Rubied Fires, and Treasured Inferno, which were originally written as a single book, each ends in a cliffhanger. The books are available online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and directly through the publisher. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Residents of Guttenberg may have noticed activity in one of our most remarkable structures, the Palmer house. The familiar two-story structure at the corner of second and Herder Streets served as the late Dr. Carson Palmer’s office, pharmacy, hospital, and home. Dr. Palmer served Guttenberg for many years as a physician, surgeon, optometrist and dentist.

Christi and Matt Riverton moved into the Palmer house just after Christmas. The couple and their six children, Skylur, 16; Tearlyn, 11; Braxen, 8; Zane, 6; Ireland, 4; and now three-month-old Aspen, relocated from Dubuque, drawn to Guttenberg by the iconic home. With eight bedrooms, the house provides enough space for everyone. 

Their new home required various updates, and its quirks mystified the family at first. A button to open the garage door, located in the kitchen, puzzled the family. Christi Riverton noticed a strange tube protruding from the wall in an upstairs room, and after speaking with a Palmer family member, discovered the tube stretched down to the front porch. “It was a way to call the doctor from the porch,” she explained. 

The home’s quirks attracted Christi Riverton’s interest, as do the everyday quirks of the people in her life. Riverton is a writer with three published paranormal romance novels.  “I use real life people to make my characters. I can build an entire character around somebody’s one weird quirk,” she says. “It makes them come to life.”

Wed
07
May

James J. Pape

James Joseph Pape, 80, of Guttenberg, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Graveside inurnment service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 7, at Guttenberg City Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Jim was born on July 3, 1933, in Dubuque, the son of Peter and Katherine (Koster) Pape. 

Wed
07
May

An international career in the floral industry


Mitch Rubner, grandson of Arletta Hankes of rural Millville, is in China pursuing a career in the floral industry. Above, he attended the China import and export fair, among the largest trade show in the world. (Photo submitted)

  By Shelia Tomkins

A career in the floral industry has taken a Colorado man half-way round to world to China, where he is employed in product development for makers of permanent floral displays.

Mitch Rubner has numerous relatives in Northeast Iowa, including his father, Kevin Rubner of Manchester. His grandparents are Arletta Hankes of rural Millville, the late James Hankes, and Joe and Jean Rubner of Dyersville.

Mitch is following in the footsteps of his mother, Lisa Hankes Weddell, who now lives in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Lisa has enjoyed a successful career in the fresh floral industry, specializing in high-end wedding and event design. She has also been a part of Rose Bowl parade float floral design teams for more than a dozen years.

Wed
07
May

Acre Street project underway

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg's major street improvement project for 2014 is scheduled to begin Monday, May 12, when  contractors began work on the Acre Street renovation project.

Eastern Iowa Excavating and Concrete of Cascade was the low bidder at $1.1 million to renovate  a 1.5 mile stretch of the street. 

According to City Manager Mary Willett, the contractor will open and work on 300-400 ft. at a time. "The street will be open to through traffic at the end of every construction day," she said.

Wed
07
May

Free concert series: Guttenberg's River of Music 2014


Look for a full schedule of events for Guttenberg's River of Music concert series in an upcoming issue of The Press. Concerts will be held in the park every Friday evening, June through August. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

The newly formed Umbrella Arts group, an initiative of Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, is organizing a free, family-oriented summer concert series entitled Guttenberg’s River of Music. Concerts will be held every Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m during June, July, and August (with the exception of the 4th of July and RAGBRAI).   

“We encourage all residents – especially families – and visitors to bring their chairs or blanket and a picnic lunch (or restaurant carry-out) to enjoy while listening to live music provided by local musicians,” said Juanita Loven, Umbrella Arts chair. “Spend a Friday night mingling with friends and neighbors in our beautiful Ingleside Park, between the bandstand and gazebo.” 

Loven, Sherri Oliver, and M.J. Smith have joined forces to bring this vision to life. “Mark your calendars now,” Loven urges. “To make this project a success, we need to have community support – a park filled with people!” 

Wed
07
May

River Run for Ryan to be held Saturday, May 17


Ryan Hunt was all smiles on race day in 2011, when the Hunt family last organized River Run for Ryan. Ryan now has difficulty walking on his own, but he will still attend this year's event. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“Ryan’s amazing. He lives every day with challenges that we don’t even understand,” says Marie Hunt. Her son, Ryan, is a nine-year-old boy with MPS II, or Hunter Syndrome – but the condition hasn’t stopped him from living his life with joy. “He’s such a happy little boy. He has a great laugh. When he laughs, you have to laugh with him,” she smiles.

This month, the Hunt family will hold the fifth River Run for Ryan, a 5K run and one-mile walk that benefits the National MPS Society. The route begins in Ingleside Park and continues south on River Park Drive, before looping back to the north end of town and finishing with a stretch on the river walk along the levee. 

The River Run for Ryan has been a rallying point for the Hunt family and the community, with sponsorships from over 30 local businesses and a growing number of individual contributors. “We appreciate all the community support for Ryan,” says Marie, who shares her family’s excitement over several new sponsors.

Jonathan and Marie Hunt live in rural Garnavillo. They’ve been married for almost two decades and share three children – Ryan, nine; Jana, 11; and Adam, 14. Eight years ago, the family relocated from Woodstock, Ontario, to Garnavillo.  

Wed
30
Apr

Fredrick E. Hoeger

Frederick E. Hoeger, 80, of Holy Cross, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque.

Visitation was Monday, April 28, at Kramer Funeral Home, in Holy Cross.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 29, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Holy Cross, conducted by Rev. Jose Comparan.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Wed
30
Apr

Ruth M. Moellers

Ruth Marie (Baars) Clinton Harris Moellers, 95, of Elkader, died peacefully Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Elkader Care Center.

Visitation was Thursday, April 24, at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, April 25, at Peace United Church of Christ, Elkader, conducted by Pastor Andrea Mericle.

Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery, Volga. Casketbearers were her grandsons.

Wed
30
Apr

Nedra I. Kinyon

Nedra Ione (Harris) Kinyon, 82, of Guttenberg, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Tuesday, April 22, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Funeral service were Wednesday, April 23, at the funeral home.

Interment was at Friedlein Cemetery in rural Millville.

Wed
30
Apr

Lorene L. S. Niehaus

Lorene Louise Sophie (Clefisch) Niehaus, passed away Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Highland Ridge Care Center in Williamsburg.

Visitation was Thursday, April 24, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services was Friday, April 25, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at St. John's Cemetery in Guttenberg following services.

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