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Wed
16
Jul

Tara Fall: Overcoming obstacles through optimism


Without Fall saying it, one would never realize what her brain, body, and spirit have been through. She shared conversations about travel, the Spanish language, and small-town life versus life in the city with her audience before beginning an inspirational presentation about the life-altering obstacles she’s had to overcome. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

“I knew at that moment nothing would ever be the same again. How could it?” said inspirational speaker Tara Fall, to a captive audience at the Guttenberg Public Library last Tuesday evening. Fall is author of the new book BrainStorming: Functional Lessons from a Dysfunctional Brain, and she speaks publicly about her experiences with seizures, brain surgery, stroke, and memory loss.

  In the midst of brain surgery meant to cure her epileptic seizures, Fall awoke first to the sound of a bone saw opening her skull. Doctors put her deeper into a sleep-state, but she awoke again later to the sound of a retractor releasing her brain and the feeling of what she thought was an oncoming seizure. It wasn’t.

When she awoke from surgery, Fall couldn’t speak or hear, she was 98% blind, and she was paralyzed on the left side. As she regained her hearing doctors told her she’d had a stroke. At what might have seemed an all-time low, Fall rejoiced. She still had her memories, and she retained a remarkable optimism that has come to define her journey.

Prior to her brain surgery, Fall’s seizures had become more and more life-threatening. One night, a seizure occurred while she slept. When she woke in a hospital in Iowa City, she had lost the past 18 months of memory. She didn’t recognize her children or recall their births, and that’s when brain surgery became imminent. “I knew that surgeons were either going to take a piece of my brain, or the seizures were going to take my life.”

Wed
02
Jul

Melody K. Villa

Melody K. Villa, 60, of Guttenberg, passed away June 23, 2014, at home after a long battle with cancer.

A celebration of life was held on Sunday, June 29, at The Stadium Bar and Grill in Guttenberg.

Hoffmann, Schneider and Kitchen Funeral  Home and Cremation Service, Dubuque, was in charge of arrangements.

Melody was born Oct. 21, 1953, in Dubuque, the daughter of  Vernon and Jeannette (Vonsack) Schultz. She married Marse Villa in Dubuque on  April 1, 1994. 

Wed
02
Jul

Glen Gleason

Glen Gleason, 91, of Greeley, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home following a brief illness.

Visitation was Saturday, June 28, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Edgewood, and one hour before services at the church. 

Funeral services were Sunday, June 29, at the Colesburg United Methodist Church, Colesburg, conducted by Pastor Mike Jackson.

Interment was at Mt. Harmony Cemetery, Garber.

Wed
02
Jul

LeeAnn Rice

LeeAnn (Pont) Rice, 51, of Garnavillo, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at her home after a sudden illness.

Visitation was Monday, June 30, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, July 1, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Hillary Burns-Kite.

Interment was at Ceres Cemetery rural Guttenberg.

Wed
02
Jul

Kay E. Aulwes

Kay Elizabeth Aulwes, 75, of Edgewood, passed away at her home on Thursday, June 26, 2014. 

Visitation was Sunday, June 29, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood and one hour before the services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, June 30, at the United Methodist Church in Greeley, conducted by Rev. Paddy Druhl.

Wed
02
Jul

Stars & Stripes parade entries

Knights of Columbus members from Guttenberg and North Buena Vista parishes will again co-sponsor this year's Stars & Stripes parade on Saturday, July 5, along with Guttenberg Development & Tourism. 

This year's parade theme is "Where the Rubber Meets the River," in honor of the anticipated arrival of RAGBRAI in Guttenberg in July.  

The parade will begin at 7:00 p.m. on July 2. 

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Wed
02
Jul

RAGBRAI town hall meetings set for July 6 and July 9

The Guttenberg RAGBRAI committee invites residents and business owners to a town hall meeting to learn first-hand what the local committee has planned for the RAGBRAI weekends of Friday and Saturday, July 18-19,  and the big day on Saturday, July 26.  

The meetings are planned for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, in the lower level council chambers of the Guttenberg Municipal Building. 

The sessions will give people an opportunity to learn about community plans for the event and to raise questions about any topic that concerns them.

Wed
02
Jul

Moser hired as new GD&T director


Moser assists a couple from Rochester, Minn., in finding their way around Guttenberg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Development & Tourism has announced that Guttenberg native Emily Moser, a 2014 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, has accepted the development and tourism director position. 

“We were very pleased to hire such a capable, energetic young lady. I think it will be to our advantage that Guttenberg is her home town,” said board member Jane Thein.

Moser graduated from Clayton Ridge High School in 2010, then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from UNI in art and art history. She received various awards and honors including graduation with magna cum laude distinction and recognition as the first place presenter in the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Humanities. 

Wed
02
Jul

Stars and Stripes celebration this Saturday, July 5


Traditions like the Stars and Stripes parade and fireworks over the river will carry on this year, and new events, like a Team Game-a-thon, are also on the docket for the day. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Classic Independence Day traditions will be honored at this year’s Stars and Stripes Celebration, but organizers have left room for new traditions to develop among families, friends, and community members. The iconic summer event is scheduled to take place this Saturday, kicking off with the Farmer’s Market at 8:00 a.m. on the 400 block of River Park Drive, and ending in the timeless custom of fireworks over the Mississippi River.

Honoring our river town heritage: The Lockmaster’s Heritage House Museum, which is the last remaining lockmaster’s house in its original location along the Mississippi, will be open for visitors from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. The Lock and Dam #10 observation deck, where boats and barges can be seen locking through, is open all day. Guttenberg’s DNR Fish Hatchery, located at 331 S. River Park Drive, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and opens at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday for viewing of live river specimens. 

Family fun in the park: Food, music, and games in the park begin at 3:00 p.m. Tasty treats will include cotton candy, funnel cakes, popcorn and kettle corn, smoothies, snow cones, fried cheese, and more. Children’s games will include barrel train rides, an inflatable obstacle course, a bungie run, a bounce house, face painting, fish pond, ring toss, and others. 

Music by The After Party, featuring local D.J.s Alex Finch and Brandon Bries, will entertain event-goers all afternoon in the park. Nearby, a petting zoo full of furry, four-legged friends will be open from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m and following the parade.

Wed
25
Jun

Gerald "Bill" Walters

Gerald “Bill” Walters, 90, of Colesburg, passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 25, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Edgewood, and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 26, at Colesburg United Methodist Church, Colesburg, conducted by Rev. Allen Craft.

Interment will be at Brown Cemetery, Colesburg.

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