Guttenberg Press

Wed
05
Feb

The Wave of the Future pool upgrade project rolls forward


Dave Burbach, of Burbach Aquatics, Inc., shared images and information on eight Iowa swimming pool refurbishment projects completed by the company. In Missouri Valley, where the pool stands along the highway, Burbach stated, "The community was stagnant, but the pool was a sparkplug. Things have really taken off." (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

“You’re embarking on an exciting venture to upgrade your pool,” said an enthusiastic Dave Burbach, of Burbach Aquatics, during a presentation he gave at last week’s recreation board meeting. The board has been discussing options for the 40-year-old swimming pool since last fall. With the new city manager in place, the project can continue after a four-month hiatus.

Burbach described Guttenberg’s pool refurbishment as a ‘gateway project,’ because it is highly visible from the highway as visitors enter the city from the north. According to Burbach, that's a critical point in determining how much emphasis should be given to the pool project. “It shows quality of life,” he told the board.  “Families looking to move compare assets in communities. The family will be nested where they think they’re going to have the best environment for their children.”

Burbach Aquatics, Inc., is a full-service architecture and engineering firm operating out of Platteville, Wis., that specializes in aquatic recreation facilities. Following a holistic evaluation of the Guttenberg pool facilities, Burbach provided recommendations for refurbishing the current swimming pool.

“Some areas of the pool vessel have deteriorated concrete. That cannot be salvaged,” said Burbach. In the case of Guttenberg’s pool, upgrading is possible as long as certain areas are completely replaced – specifically, the north pool wall, which is the weakest part of the vessel. With Burbach’s recommended renovations, the life of the pool will be extended an estimated 15 to 20 years. 

Wed
05
Feb

Community Snow Day Saturday

Everyone is invited to attend a free Community Snow Day on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the west field at the G & G Activity Center at 602 Kosciusko Street in Guttenberg.

"Bring your family for a fun-filled morning of building a snow creation," invite organizers. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cider, coffee, hot cocoa and baked goods will be provided for all who attend. There is no cost to attend, and a drawing for door prizes will also be part of the fun that day. 

Tue
28
Jan

Jane A. Hefel

Jane Ann Hefel, 65, of Guttenberg, passed away at 9:06 a.m., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at the Guttenberg Hospital of natural causes.

Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 9, at Behr Funeral Home, Dubuque, and before services at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall in North Buena Vista.

Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 10, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin J. Bries.

Burial was in Immaculate Conception Cemetery.

Tue
28
Jan

Bennett J. Habel

Bennett J. Habel, 88, of Holy Cross, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at his home, of natural causes, surrounded by his family.

Visitation was Thursday, Jan. 23, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.

Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 23, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Tue
28
Jan

Blizzard paralyzes Northeast Iowa

By Shelia Tomkins

The most brutal weather of the season arrived in Northeast Iowa on Sunday, Jan.  26, in the form of a blizzard that shut down travel in the area.

With sustained winds in the 20-40 mile per hour range, and gusts in excess of that, the approximately 4-5 inches of snow that fell Saturday evening into Sunday morning was whipped into white-out conditions, causing poor visibility and major problems for travelers. 

Tue
28
Jan

GMH invites city council to informational meeting

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Municipal Hospital hosted an informational meeting regarding their strategy for integration on Tuesday, Jan. 21. City Council members Jane Parker, Fred Schaub, and David Schlueter were in attendance, as were hospital board members Mary Eulberg, Penny Hansel (via telephone), Sue Osterhaus, and chairman Doug Reimer.  Also in attendance were Mayor Russ Loven, GMH Chief of Staff Dr. Jeff Hoffmann and various GMH employees, as well as members of the community.

Tue
28
Jan

Incentive program improves CR student performance


A student enjoys the middle school's fall merit trip, a carnival that included learning to make apple crisp, a haunted house, an obstacle course, and more. Nearly 95% of students qualified for the October merit trip. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Clayton Ridge Middle School students have more opportunities for excitement outside the classroom than ever before. Picnics, hiking, movies, carnivals, ski trips – all of these adventures are made possible by a discipline plan that includes incentives for positive behavior.

Students who meet specific criteria are allowed to participate in monthly and semesterly merit activities. Monthly activities, which are a new addition this year, are done by grade level and are a half-day in length. They may take place at school, like the carnival held last October, or involve a trip to Osborne, Pikes Peak, or other nearby parks. Each semester, a large trip is organized for all grades.

“At the beginning of the year, kids go through each setting for training on expectations in that setting,” explained Stephanie Thomas, middle school guidance counselor. Students are walked through ways to be ready, respectful, responsible, and safe in each of 11 settings including classroom, hallway, office, nurse, field trips, lunch, bullying, and more.

“This is a big thing in the education world,” Thomas told The Press. Clayton Ridge Middle School has been recognized by the Iowa Department of Education on two occasions as a Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) Banner School. The elementary has also been recognized for their efforts to teach expectations and use incentives. 

Tue
28
Jan

GD&T hears presentation on Main Street Iowa program


Guttenberg Development & Tourism elected two new board members at their annual dinner. Front from left are director Mary Beth Theis, board president Tom Augustyn, new board member Sadie Hefel, and Janette Simon; back row, Dwight Hughes, Jane Staebler, and new board member Molly Moser. Not pictured are Andy Reimer and Jane Thein. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Since it began 28 years ago, Main Street Iowa has spanned the farm crisis, four recessions, the dot-com bust, and the real-estate crash. In spite of those obstacles, there has been growth in net new businesses every year in Main Street Iowa districts. Projects in Main Street districts generate an average of 623 jobs for Iowans and over $19 million in paychecks each year. Even during the recent national recession, construction activity in Main Street districts increased 250-350%.

This remarkable program was the topic of conversation at the annual Guttenberg Development & Tourism dinner last Monday evening at the Stadium. Robin Bostrum, Program Director for Main Street West Union and the Turkey River Recreational Corridor, spoke to a large group about the improvements Main Street has allowed her community to make. 

“We were having the same issues that many small towns are having in Iowa,” admitted Bostrum. Decreasing population, retaining youth, and revitalizing the town in general were concerns for West Union, a community with a consolidated school district and a strong agriculture base. “We looked at other communities our size, and learned about the Main Street program,” said Bostrum.

Wed
22
Jan

Ione O. Reinitz

Ione Opal (Meyer) Reinitz passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Monday, Jan. 13, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before service at church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 14, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Shane Anderson.

Interment was at Guttenberg City Cemetery.

Wed
22
Jan

Publisher seeks stories from local old-timers

Hometown Memories Publishing Company intends to save a big slice of local history before it’s lost forever.

Karen Garvey, Senior Editor at Hometown Memories Publishing, is asking local old-timers to share their memories for a living history book.  She invites anyone over age 60 with yarns about the “good old days” in Northeast Iowa to write them down and mail them to her for possible publication in the book.  The hardcover coffee table book will contain tales of bygone years from people who actually lived them.

To encourage participation, Garvey is offering a $250 award for the most appealing story.  There will also be three $100 runner-up awards and a cash award for best picture.

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