Guttenberg Press

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26
Mar

Juanita M. Downey

Juanita Margaret Kresse Downey, 92, of Guttenberg, passed away on March 21, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center after a lengthy illness.

The family will greet visitors one hour before the service.    

Memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Guttenberg, on Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m., conducted by Rev. Penny Hansel.

Burial will be at the Guttenberg City Cemetery following the luncheon.

Wed
26
Mar

Helen V. Hoffmann

Helen Virginia Hoffmann, 83, of McGregor, died Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor.

Graveside services were Thursday, March 20, at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Guttenberg. 

Wed
19
Mar

New location in the works for annual Easter egg hunt

By Shelia Tomkins

The annual Easter egg hunt traditionally held on the grounds of the Guttenberg Care Center will continue this year on Saturday, April 19,  at a site to be announced.

Following last week's announcement that the hunt was going to be cancelled this year due to construction work at the Care Center, the Guttenberg Rotary Club stepped forward and offered to partner with the Care Center to continue the tradition at another site. 

Wed
19
Mar

Kids Kampus Community Fun Fest to be held Sunday


The ballooon origami artist returns to Kids Kampus Community Fun Fest this year and will be making hats, animals, and other shapes by request. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Members of the community are invited to attend the third annual Kids Kampus Community Fun Fest fundraiser in the Clayton Ridge gymnasium on Sunday, March 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fun Fest is a family-style carnival complete with food, games, and prizes for all ages. The Kids Kampus parent group, including Crystal Duwe, Annette Willenborg, Julie Hansel, Sam Schroeder and Sara Cherne, has been working with the organization’s board since January to organize the event. 

Tickets are on sale now for a 50:50 raffle, which has paid out $1,200 to one lucky winner at each of the last two events. Local businesses and community members donated cash and prizes for all ages to a junior raffle that will also take place at the Community Fun Fest. Dr. Dre Beats headphones, an American Girl doll, Joe’s Pizza gift certificates, two nine-hole rounds of golf including green fees at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club, and a family pass to the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool are among the long list of prizes. The junior raffle prize drawing will be held at 2:30 p.m., and entrants must be present to win.

Wed
19
Mar

ReCycle summer sculpture project


This bicycle, spotted on RAGBRAI in 2012, sported an impressive 'bikestache.' The reCycle summer sculpture project encourages community members to transform bicycles into works of public art. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A new group of volunteers have come together under the umbrella of Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center to organize a summer sculpture project they call ‘reCycle.’ The project is open to all members of the community, and volunteers hope to see submitted public artworks enliven the city’s appearance throughout the warmer months, during RAGBRAI and into Germanfest.

Artists, businesses, organizations, families, and individuals of all ages are invited to enter a sculpture in one of three categories. The first category, traditional sculpture, includes bicycle parts assembled into a sculpture of any size or shape. Other recycled materials constructed to resemble a bicycle are also included in this category. Sculptures in this category should be weatherproof, as they will be displayed in outdoor locations around town from May to October.

For those who want to try their hand at something even more unique, kinetic sculpture – sculptures that function as rideable bicycles – make up the second category.

Wed
19
Mar

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.

Wed
19
Mar

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.

Wed
12
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
12
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. 

Wed
12
Mar

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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