Guttenberg Press

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Memorial Day tribute is May 26

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg area residents will pay tribute to veterans both living and dead at the community's annual Memorial Day parade and program on Monday, May 26.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Guttenberg Municipal Building. All veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and anyone else in the parade should meet there between 9:00-9:15 a.m.

Wed
21
May

School board terminates positions

The Clayton Ridge School Board of Directors met in special session on Wednesday, May 7, in the middle school library.  Due to the large number in attendance, the meeting was moved to the auditorium.

The meeting opened with a presentation by Superintendent Nelson  addressing the top four things the public should know about school finance in Iowa. He also addressed the two major factors impacting the district's budget, certified enrollment projections for the next ten years, staffing changes over the last fifteen years, and the district’s unspent balance goal. 

Adam Radcliffe, Jeremy Idler and Terri Ellerbach addressed the board with concerns on the recommendation to reduce the music staff by .5 FTE beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.  Comments regarding the reduction in staff in the music program were also heard from students Brianna Finnegan, Blake Bolsinger, Anna Berns and Hailey Peterson; from parents Candi Peterson and Jaydeane Berns; and from staff member Mindy Reimer.

A motion was made by board member Heying and seconded by Andregg to approve the recommendation to terminate the .5 FTE elementary music position. The motion carried with Hoffmann, Reimer and Finnegan opposed.

Wed
21
May

Guttenberg veteran selected for Honor Flight


The trip to Washington, D.C. with Honor Flight of Eastern Iowa on April 22 was Eugene Handke's first time visiting the nation's capital, and the first time he saw the Korean War Veterans Memorial. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Corporal Eugene Handke, a veteran of the Korean War, traveled to Washington, D.C. on April 22 with Honor Flight of Eastern Iowa. It was his first trip to D.C., and the first time he laid eyes on the Korean Memorial. Honor Flight provides WWII and Korean War veterans with the opportunity to see and experience the memorials built in their honor in Washington, D.C. at no cost.

Handke grew up on Miner’s Creek, and in his family, serving country became the standard. Three of his brothers were drafted – Clarence, who stayed stateside, Raymond to Korea near the war’s end, and Roland to Italy as a military policeman. Brother Edgar enlisted in the Army and served in Germany.

Handke was drafted in 1951 and became a member of the 12th Armored Infantry, based in Worms, Germany, near the Russian border. He drove a half-track, a cross-terrain vehicle with wheels in front and continuous tracks in back. Upon arriving in Worms, Handke recalls, “We didn’t go to the barracks like we were supposed to. We went into maneuvers right away.” 

Wed
21
May

Gladys M. Moser

Gladys Marie (Berns) Moser, 59, of Guttenberg died Saturday May 17, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital surrounded by her family.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 22, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Services will be private.

Gladys was born on Oct. 25, 1954, in Garnavillo, the daughter of Kenny and Shirley (Harbaugh) Berns.

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21
May

Donald W. Wille

Donald W. Wille, 80, of rural Garnavillo, died unexpectedly on May 17, 2014, while attending a family celebration.

Visitation will start at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22,  at St. Mary Catholic Church, Guttenberg.

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the church hall.

Wed
14
May

Loren A. Moser

Loren Allan Moser passed away Friday, May 9, 2014, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was Monday, May 12, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral service was Tuesday, May 13, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Inurnment was at the Guttenberg City Cemetery.

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14
May

Rollie L. Sampson

Rollie L. Sampson, 77, of Colesburg, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Finley Hospital, Dubuque surrounded by his family after a long illness.

Visitation was Thursday, May 8, at Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville, and before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, May 9, at Colesburg United Methodist Church, Colesburg, conducted by Pastor Allen Craft.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Wed
14
May

Stars and Stripes theme announced

Bicycles have inspired Guttenberg Development and Tourism, which selected “Where the rubber meets the river,” as the theme for this year’s Stars and Stripes parade. The parade will be held on Saturday, July 5, at 7:00 p.m.

Children are encouraged to decorate bicycles and enter the mini-float division. GD&T will offer prize money for winners in each category. The theme isn’t limited to bicycles, however, and participants are encouraged to think of clever ways to incorporate tires into their parade entries. One Guttenberg couple plans to ride their motorcycles in the parade. 

Wed
14
May

City moves forward on financing

By Shelia Tomkins

At its regular monthly meeting on May 5, the Guttenberg city council moved forward on issuing bonds to finance the Acre Street project, purchase a fire truck and to refinance existing debt.

Mayor Russ Loven, council members Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter and Jane Parker and City Manager Mary Willett were in attendance.

No comments were received at a public hearing on the issuance of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $1,075,000. Michael Hart from Northland Securities gave a presentation on the bond purchase agreement, and noted an approximate savings of $35,000 by refinancing existing debt.  

Ambulance

Discussion continued from last month's meeting regarding the purchase of a new ambulance for Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. Last month the council okayed financing $141,000 toward the purchase of the ambulance, which left a shortfall of $12,762 from the purchase price. The hospital board subsequently offered to fund half of the deficit from hospital funds, provided as a no-interest loan to the city. Minutes from the hospital board meeting noted that concern was expressed that the city do a better job of budgeting. "That hit a few sore spots," noted the city manager.

Councilman Schlueter said, "I think that comment is unfair." He noted that the city doesn't control the specs of the purchase, and that the funds set aside were within 7%. "If we overbudget then another service gets cut," he said. 

Discussion then turned to expanding healthcare costs, the financial pressures the city is facing, accounting methods used to determine the ambulance service's profitability, the city's contract with the hospital, the hospital's affiliation plans and the difficulty of running an ambulance department.

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14
May

May is bicycle month Pedals emerge following April showers


Artist John Martinson, right, arrived in Guttenberg with three welded steel bicycle sculptures on Monday, April 28, to participate in the Umbrella Arts group's reCycle Sculpture Project. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The young but impactful Umbrella Arts group is once again making news as their reCycle Sculpture Project gains popularity. Many business owners are gearing up for this summer’s events by channeling their inner ‘cycle-angelo,’ building bicycle sculptures or displaying decorative bikes in their storefronts. 

Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, the Umbrella Arts group’s backbone organization, recently installed three such sculptures created by Galena artist John Martinson. Martinson’s work embodies the idea behind the reCycle project – using imagination to repurpose bicycles or parts, and engaging the community through public art. 

“We are thrilled to have John’s sculptures,” said Shepherd Gallery director Cindy Olsen. “We’ve been looking for a skilled metal sculptor for quite some time, and we hope to carry more of his work in the future.”

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