Guttenberg Press

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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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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.  

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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.

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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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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.

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