Guttenberg Press

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The fate of the food chain rests on winged shoulders


Female bees make up 95% of all the bees in a colony. Each fall, female bees drive the male bees from the hive and cluster together to keep warm. By flexing their wing muscles, the remaining females create enough friction to keep their cluster at a minimum of 85 degrees all winter long. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

One out of every three bites you take at the dinner table has been directly touched by a certain winged, striped, hairy individual. The other two-thirds of your food has been indirectly affected by the same creature: The honeybee.

“Without bees, you could figure there’d be a food war,” says local beekeeper Bill Johnson. “We’d have a lot of people starving,” adds Louise, his wife and partner in the family honey farm. 

Honeybees are not even native to North America, having been imported from Europe, so why are they so critical in the food chain? Prior to the importation of honeybees, moths, blackflies, butterflies, and hummingbirds took care of all the pollination necessary in the U.S – but since much of the plant life we depend on for food is also imported, bees are now a critical part of the ecosystem.

The Johnsons started with one hive in 1993. “We had just bought the farm, and we had apple trees that needed bees for pollination,” said Louise. That first endeavor was a failure – the bees didn’t survive the harsh Iowa winter. The next year, the Johnsons tried again with two hives, and by the end of this week, they’ll have 300 hives with at least 60,000 bees living in each. 

Wed
04
Jun

Kenneth C. Neverman

Kenneth C. Neverman, 73, of Nappanee, Ind., died peacefully, after a long illness at 11:04 a.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014, at IU Health Goshen Hospital where he had been a patient for 1-½ weeks.

Visitation was Tuesday, June 3, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

Graveside services followed at Union Center Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Byrl Shaver.

Kenneth was born April 2, 1941, in Monona, to Arno “Gus” and Helen (Hinman) Neverman.

Wed
04
Jun

Lyndon C. Ludovissy

Lyndon “Lynn” C. Ludovissy, 49, of North Buena Vista, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua on his annual fishing trip with family and friends.

Visitation was Tuesday, June 3, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 4, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Inurnment was in the church cemetery.

Wed
04
Jun

Kay J. Ries

Kay Jo Ann (Walters) Ries, 77, of Guttenberg, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at her home surrounded by her children.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Memorial services were Monday, May 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Inurnment was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Guttenberg.

Wed
04
Jun

Duane A. Gage

Duane A. "Shorty" Gage, 86, of Guttenberg, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation was one hour before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Thursday, May 29, at the Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader.

Inurnment was at the East Side Cemetery, Elkader. Military Rites were conducted by the Lemka-Stendel American Legion Post #106.

Wed
04
Jun

Valene Lau

In Loving memory of Mom, we submit a summary of her life. She was born in her maternal grandmother’s home in Guttenberg on Oct. 2, 1934. She grew up on the family farm near Clayton Center.  After graduating Valedictorian of her 1952 Garnavillo High School class she moved to Dubuque to attend business school, but her favorite memory of that time was working in the music store. She loved music, especially Ray Price and Roy Clark. She was pursued and courted by Keith H. Lau.  Their relationship began after a brief encounter in high school when, while she was walking through his class, he noted out loud that she was the prettiest girl he had ever seen. Her baby blue eyes just sparkled with life and more than a bit of mischief.

Wed
04
Jun

Verdean L. Dietrich

Verdean Lyndall Dietrich, 70, of Garnavillo died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, Guttenberg.

Visitation was Sunday, June 1, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the Garnavillo School Gymnasium.

Funeral services were Monday, June 2, at the Garnavillo School Gymnasium, conducted by Rev. Bruce L. Hanson.

Wed
04
Jun

E-waste collection this Saturday at Guttenberg hospital parking lot

An e-waste collection will take place on Saturday, June 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the parking lot at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

E-waste stands for electronic waste. It is important to dispose of it properly because it does not break down when thrown in a landfill.

Items will be accepted free of charge with one exception­— a $10 fee for "old school" computer monitors.

The site will NOT accept large electronics such as refrigerators, stove, air conditioners, etc.

Wed
04
Jun

River of Music kicks off this Friday with Triple Threat

Guttenberg’s River of Music, a free summer concert series for residents and guests, will feature music by Triple Threat this Friday, June 6, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the band shelter in the park along the river north of the school.

Triple Threat features vocals, acoustic and electric guitar music by Steve Moser, Scott Fischer and Jesse Moser. 

Concert goers should bring their own lawn chair or blanket and are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and coolers and enjoy dinner or snacks during the concert. Wine and beer are allowed. However, glass beer bottles are not permitted. 

Wed
04
Jun

St. Mary's/Immaculate Conception welcomes new principal


Expanding the school garden is one of the many ambitions of new St. Mary's principal Joanne Hedemann. She planted potatoes with second graders last week, and hopes to serve some of the student-grown vegetables in school lunches. Pictured from left are Principal Hedemann, Isabella Rausch, Jennifer Rodenberg, Leah Cosley, Marilyn Morales, Koree Rausch, Luke Harwick, Nik Miller, and Tristum Earl. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“All of my experience has been in preparation to be here at St. Mary’s,” says Joanne Hedemann. She does indeed have a variety of unique experiences to inform her role as the new principal of St. Mary’s/Immaculate Conception. After leading for three years, current principal Steve Cornelius will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Hedemann retired last summer after serving a decade as a principal and a dozen years as an early childhood educator throughout Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. “This is a breath of fresh air,” she says, referring to the decision to relocate as a sort of homecoming. “I feel like I’m with family.” Hedemann and her husband raised their four children on a farm at the intersection of Highways 52 and 18, and she substitute taught in Garnavillo for seven years. She is indeed with family, as two of her grandchildren attend St. Mary’s and her daughter, Erin Schmelzer, is employed as the school secretary.

“The Board of Education selected Joanne because she will bring a wealth of education and experience with her to St. Mary's. Her experience in the classroom and on the administrative level placed her above the other candidates,” said school board chair Julie Rastetter. “The board felt very strongly about the direction that she would like to take St. Mary's in many areas, such as curriculum, literacy, faith, discipline and leadership for the staff.”

Leadership is a concept Hedemann feels passionate about. With a background in professional development and nearly a decade of experience as a teacher’s union president, Hedemann is a natural leader and thus empowers those around her, both students and teachers, to take charge of their own paths.

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