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New faces at Guttenberg Development & Tourism


Harold Waterman has been hired as executive director of GD&T, and Jodie Ball is the new assistant director. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

A new leadership team is now in place at Guttenberg Development & Tourism following the departure last month of Mary Beth Theis, who left to accept a new position in Dubuque.

Executive Director

Harold Waterman of Monona has been hired as executive director. "My duties will include reworking the current GD&T website along with social media integration to target a larger demographic of potential visitors and investors," said Waterman. Other duties will be to facilitate and help plan upcoming events like the Stars & Stripes event and assisting with RAGBRAI 2014 planning. 

GD&T President Tom Augustyn commented, "At the present time, we expect Harold to be devoting 15-25 hours per week to GD&T and our activities."

Waterman said that his first priorities will be to get the GD&T website updated and social media going. "Guttenberg needs a stronger web presence to generate interest and more importantly, income from visitors in the tourism market," he noted.

The new executive director is looking forward to his new position. "I found the challenge of working in this role hard to ignore. Marketing a business to a target audience is one thing, but to market a community to the world is another. Guttenberg has a tremendous amount of potential given its location on the Mississippi and the natural beauty it provides," he commented.

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Arnold B. Schmidt

Arnold B. Schmidt, 97, of Dubuque, formerly of North Buena Vista, died peacefully, Monday, March 10, 2014, at 6:21 p.m. at Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque.

Visitation was before services at the church hall.

Funeral services were Thursday, March 13, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin J. Bries.

Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, North Buena Vista.

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Mar

No injuries in Millville house fire


No injuries were reported in a Saturday fire at the Joan Wacker residence in Millville. The Guttenberg Fire Department responded to the call at 12:30 p.m. and were assisted by departments from Holy Cross, Colesburg, and New Vienna/Luxemburg. The cause of the fire remains undetermined. Visit The Guttenberg Press on Facebook for more photos. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

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 Guttenberg Fire Dept.

On Saturday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. the Guttenberg Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at 2530 South Main Street in Millville. 

First reports were that fire had broken through the roof of the structure. The fire department began a defensive fire attack on the structure to protect surrounding structures and contain the fire to the initial home.

Wed
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Mar

Winter water woes continue

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg's problems with frozen water lines are continuing as the calendar moves into March.

City Manager Mary Willett reported at the March 3 city council meeting that as of that date there were 90 properties that reported frozen water lines this winter, with 78 of those still frozen. 

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Haiti mission inspires local pastor


Upon arrival in Port-au-Prince, Hofer snapped this photo of a Haitian market, from which many carry their goods away on their heads. Painted on the wheelbarrow at right is the message, "Thank you Jesus." "If you're lucky, you have a wheelbarrow," Hofer said. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“There are no conveniences. Everything is much harder to do, and takes much more time,” said Neil Hofer, who traveled to Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti in January with the Haitian Christian Development Fund (HCDF).  On Sunday, Hofer spoke about the experience to members of Guttenberg’s United Methodist Church, where he serves as pastor.

Hofer and others in his group worked at L’Exode, a school serving roughly 500 elementary students and 170 more in grades seven through nine. The school is currently being developed to hold classes for high school students, and is expected to be complete in 2018. Armed with boxes of screws donated by Meuser Lumber, Hofer helped fix and build desks, paint walls, organize the school’s library, and teach others to use tools. 

“Less than 50% of children in Haiti go to school, and only a fifth of those that do make it to secondary school,” said Cheri Lane, Hofer’s niece and HDCF representative. Hofer shared a photo of primary school students at L’Exode, and explained that Haitian children who attend school are required to take a government test to determine if they get to continue their formal education. “The official language of the country is French, so the tests are administered in French – which is not the native language,” said Lane. 

In spite of the odds, said Hofer, “The big revelation is that people are getting educated, and are staying there rather than moving away.” 

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Local performers showcased in talent contest


Of the 13 acts at the annual Talent Show, these three performers came out on top. From left are Isaac Sweet, 16, of Guttenberg, Autumn Kivi, 14, of Prairie du Chein, Wis., and Claire Friday, 16, of Guttenberg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

G&G Living Centers and GD&T hosted their annual talent show on Sunday in the high school gymnasium. Thirteen acts of singing, dancing, and gymnastics kept audience members entertained for the afternoon. Behind the scenes, performers scurried to make last-minute substitutions and react to technical difficulties. 

“We started practicing around 10:41 a.m.,” said ten-year-olds Kayla Kelly and Emma Kulper, just moments before the show began. After a week of practicing a gymnastic dance routine, Kayla’s partner called in sick on the morning of the talent show. Emma stepped up to the plate, and the girls, who study together at the Moser School of Dance, pulled together a routine that had the crowd cheering. “We expect to bring home $100 today!” the two giggled before heading backstage.

Kelly Rutledge and Ben Howard, of White Chili Sauce with a Dash of Panther, opened the show with the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hit “Same Love.” With Howard on keyboard, Rutledge voiced the song’s hard-hitting lyrics tackling the issue of gay rights. 

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Shirley Plagman

Shirley (Gassman) Plagman, 77, of Guttenberg, died Friday, March  7, 2014, at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

Visitation was before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Monday, March 10, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Penny Hansel.

Inurnment was at Mt. Harmony Cemetery, rural Elkport.

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Barbara L. Christianson

Barbara L. (Kurth) Christianson, 82, of Guttenberg, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Sunday, March 9, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg.

Funeral services were Monday, March  10, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Hillary Burns-Kite.

Interment was at the Monona City Cemetery in Monona.

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Betty J. Garaghty

Betty Jane Garaghty, 83, of Elkader, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, March 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader, conducted by Rev. Paul R. Peters.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader was in charge of arrangements. 

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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.  

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