Guttenberg Press

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Mar

James C. Bries

James C. Bries, 78, of Dyersville, and formerly of Luxemburg, passed into eternal life on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation was Wednesday, March 5, at Kramer Funeral Home, Dyersville.

Funeral services were Thursday, March 6, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, conducted by Rev. Phil Kruse and Rev. John Ptacek.

Burial was in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Luxemburg.  

Wed
05
Mar

Clayton County Womenade spring potluck March 11

By Shelia Tomkins

Organizers of Womenade, a grassroots organization formed in Clayton County this summer, plan to hold a benefit potluck on Tuesday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Guttenberg Municipal Building, 502 South First Street. 

"Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share if you like and plan to enjoy an evening of fellowship," say organizaers. 

An update will be given regarding the donations received thus far and the contributions that have been distributed.  

Wed
05
Mar

World Day of Prayer this Friday

Women of the Guttenberg United Methodist Church invite all community members to attend the World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m. 

This year's theme is "Streams in the Desert" and was written by the women of Egypt. It will feature an exploration of the Biblical story of the Samaritan's woman's conversation at the well with Jesus. 

The mission offering that day funds grant made to women's and children's groups in each country.

Wed
05
Mar

Communication is key for CRHS speech competitors


Large group speech contestants are, front from left, Hailey Peterson, Noelle Hines, Anna Berns, Isabella Berns, Dustin Kelly, Josie Broxson, and Katie Zimmer; back row, Amanda Hansel, Janelle Burr, Alex Simon, Kelly Hawkins, and Maysie Scherer. Not pictured are Blake Bolsinger, Rebecca Scherer, Claire Friday, and Carrigan Moser. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

In what extra curricular activity can students perform as radio news announcers, mimes, and screenwriters? Clayton Ridge High Schoolers get this opportunity through individual and large-group speech. Speech competitions provide an outlet for a wide variety of interests, and unlike many extra curricular activities, allow students to determine their individual level of commitment. 

Speech competitions are well underway at Clayton Ridge. Practices began just after Thanksgiving, and 17 students participated in the State Large Group Speech Contest on Saturday, Feb. 8. 

“We have a young team this year,” said high school English instructor and speech coach Nicole Shaw. Participating students included junior Anna Berns and sophomores Claire Friday, Carrigan Moser, and Blake Bolsinger, who performed musical theater pieces; Rebecca Scherer, Maysie Scherer, and Josie Broxson, who presented an ensemble acting piece; and a five-minute film written, directed, performed, and edited by sophomores Isabella Berns, Noelle Hines, Kelly Hawkins, Rebecca Scherer, Jane Robinson, and Hailey Peterson. 

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05
Mar

Snowshoes improve CR winter physical education


From left are middle school students Taylor Palmer, Sophie Berns, Nicole Schaefers, Eric Ihde, Brandon Wahls and Hunter Friederick showing off their snowshoes. “If you don’t pick up your feet, you fall on your face,” laughed Ihde. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Clayton Ridge Wellness Committee has accomplished one of its initiatives for the 2013-14 school year in purchasing 30 pairs of snowshoes for middle school students. “We wanted to incorporate a new method of wintertime exercise, as well as more outdoor exercise all year round,” said Superintendent Allan Nelson. 

Clayton County Naturalist Brian Gibbs led students on a winter expedition last year, when many students strapped on snowshoes for the first time. That outing sparked the wellness committee’s interest in investigating the activity, and the superintendent was on board.

The snowshoes arrived in January from Red Feather Snowshoe. The company is based in LaCrosse, where the University of Wisconsin conducted a study which found that snowshoeing at an average speed of three miles per hour compared favorably to running at six miles per hour, cycling at 14-16 miles per hour, and cross country skiing at five to eight miles per hour. Because of the way participants must lift their feet, snowshoeing burns 420 to 1,000 calories per hour. Exercising in the cold requires the body to burn even more calories to stay warm.

Wed
26
Feb

Awards presented at Guttenberg Fire Dept. banquet


Service awards went to, front from left, Dave Tschantz - 30 years, and Denny Roth - 40 years, Jeff Troester - 20 years; back, Larry Goedken - five years, Josh Roth - 10 years, Austin Greve - 10 years. Not pictured are Tim Kuempel - five years and Jen Radl - 10 years. (Austin Greve photo)

The Guttenberg Fire Department helds its annual awards and appreciation dinner on Saturday evening, Feb. 22, at the Stadium Bar and Grill in Guttenberg. Following a social hour, dinner was served to approximately 50 firefighters, retired members, spouses, guests and friends.

Special guest was Alan Esch, President of the Iowa Firefighters Association. 

A program and awards presentation followed the dinner. Fire Chief Chad Esmann thanked the volunteers for their service during the past year and gave a brief summary of yearly activities. The following awards were presented:

Wed
26
Feb

United Methodists to host World Day of Prayer March 7

Women of the Guttenberg United Methodist Church invite all community members to attend the World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m. 

This year's theme is "Streams in the Desert" and was written by the women of Egypt. It will feature an exploration of the Biblical story of the Samaritan's woman's conversation at the well with Jesus. 

The mission offering that day funds grants made to women's and children's groups in each country.

Wed
26
Feb

Grocery cart race benefits food shelf


With help from Farm Bureau, Bender's Foods, and teams from Clayton Ridge High School and Clayton County 4-H, the county food shelf received over $300 in donated food. Front from left are Farm Bureau representative Jesse Westhoff and Bender's manager Karl Behning; second row, Farm Bureau rep Nick Westhoff, contestants Abby Von Handorf, Hannah Andregg, Andrew Burgin, Jacob Kahle, and Farm Bureau rep Erik Oberbroeckling; back row, competitors Joe Kann, Colten Rastetter, and Sharon Keehner. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

At the call of “Ready, set, go!” two teams rushed their shopping carts forward and began a race to feed the hungry. Hannah Andregg, Abby Von Handorf, Colten Rastetter, and Joe Kann, of the Clayton County 4-H Youth Council, competed against Clayton Ridge High School faculty and students Sharon Keehner, Andrew Burgin, and Jacob Kahle in the Clayton County Farm Bureau’s Grocery Cart Race at Bender’s Foods in Guttenberg on Friday.

The annual event is part of Farm Bureau’s Our Food Link program, a new year-round pro-ject to reach consumers of all ages and backgrounds with information about today’s agriculture. “We’re here to promote the fact that by the third or fourth week in February, the average family of four in America has earned enough income to buy their food for the rest of the year,” said Farm Bureau representative Erik Oberbroeckling. Samantha Erhardt, regional manager at Farm Bureau, detailed another focus of the event – farm to fork. “By sponsoring this grocery cart race, we hope to help consumers understand where their food comes from,” said Erhardt.

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26
Feb

Clayton Ridge student surveys city cemetery


Through her volunteer project, Jessica Klein, daughter of Jim and Carol Klein, learned to recognize military graves, taught herself to use Excel to create spreadsheets, and perfected a method for reading difficult gravestones. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Clayton Ridge senior Jessica Klein plays clarinet and alto saxophone in the high school bands. She participates in speech. She sings in the mixed choir and the chamber choir, acts in plays, and student directs musicals. Lately, she’s also been spending a lot of time in area cemeteries.

Between July 2012 and October 2013, Klein logged 280 hours compiling and organizing burial records in Guttenberg City Cemetery. She copied the plat book by hand, one entry at a time, alphabetizing the 1500 entries inside. When that resource fell short of the roughly 2700 graves in the cemetery, she turned to the Iowa Graves WPA Survey. 

“There were no dates in the plat book. The WPA records are handwritten death records from the time of death, and there are a lot of misspellings and wrong dates. I don’t think there’s any way you can fix records from 200 years ago,” Klein explained. Even so, the errors are what inspired her project.

While researching her ancestors for a junior high genealogy project, Klein came across a website with an index of Clayton County gravesites. “There were lots of blank listings,” she remembers. Klein held on to the idea until high school, when she began collecting community service hours for silver cord recognition during her high school graduation ceremony.

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26
Feb

Joyce M. Tucker

Joyce M. Tucker, 51, of 39574 Great River Road, Holy Cross, and formerly of Worthington, died Monday afternoon, Feb. 17, 2014, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital in Guttenberg following a sudden illness.

Visitation was Friday, Feb. 21, at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville.

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