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May

Becker bequest provides site for Genealogical Society records


Bud and Myra Voss receive a check from Helen Medberry, treasurer, and Jim Steele, president, of the Clayton County Genealogical Society. (Pam Reinig photo)

The Clayton County Genealogical Society purchased Bud and Myra Voss’ real estate building located at 119 N. Main Street in Elkader on Tuesday, April 28.

The late Oakland and Irene Becker of Guttenberg, former Genealogical Society members, bequeathed estate money to a trust, for the purpose of finding a suitable location for the Society’s genealogy records. Oakland died in 1998 and Irene in 2012. As per the Beckers' wishes, the records will now be preserved and made available to the general public at this permanent location. The office will be open on a part-time basis after renovations inside the building are completed.

Wed
06
May

National recognition for Cornerstone Family Practice

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that Cornerstone Family Practice, a department of Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.  

Wed
06
May

FFA banquet honors Zaruba and Ihde


Molly Andersen (left) and Rachel Anderegg present their new classroom leader Carolyn Ihde with flowers. Ihde will take over for Steve Zaruba, who will retire after 37 years teaching agriculture in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Mr. Steve Zaruba will retire this May after nearly 40 years teaching agriculture at Clayton Ridge. He attended his last FFA banquet as an instructor on Sunday, April 26. Students presented him with a special award and noted the impact he’s had on their lives. 

Wed
06
May

Cook family parents two sons and triplet daughters


Amber (Ihm) Cook, daughter of Linda and John Ihm, and her husband Matt are celebrating this Mother's Day with their five children. Front from left are Cooper and Collin, on laps are Corrigan, Cecilia, and Calina, with parents Matt and Amber in the back. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Last Mother’s Day, Amber (Ihm) Cook had two children, boys named Cooper and Collin. One year and a single pregnancy later, Cook will celebrate Mother’s Day in a family of seven. 

Wed
06
May

Serge L. Sisler II

Serge Lee Sisler II, 55, completed his baptismal journey May 1, 2015, at the Ed and Joan Hemphill Hospice Unit, St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids.

A private family service was held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Per his wishes, his ashes will be spread on the beaches of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.

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06
May

Mary Rita Koopman

Mary Rita Koopman, 97, of Garnavillo, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was Thursday, April 30, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home,  Garnavillo and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Friday, May 1, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Interment was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Garnavillo.

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06
May

Dennis M. Hamann

Dennis Milton Hamann, 68, of Garnavillo, died suddenly Thursday, April 30, 2015, in his home in National.

Visitation was Monday, May 4, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Garnavillo and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral service were Tuesday, May 5, at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Elkader, conducted by Rev. Jerome Godson.

Interment was at Garnavillo Community Cemetery with military honors.

Wed
29
Apr

Spring city-wide sales May 1-2

Guttenberg's annual spring city-wide garage sales will be held Friday and Saturday, May 1-2. 

The Guttenberg Press is againserving as the sponsor of the event. This week's issue of The Press contains a page with all the garage sale ads grouped together. The ads will also appear in The Trader, an advertising publication with a circulation of more than 23,000. In addition, ads will appear on The Press website at www.guttenbergpress.com. 

There will be no maps this year; instead, those unfamiliar with city street locations can visit The Press  website and download a city map. 

Wed
29
Apr

Recycled bottle cap fish mosaic introduced by Umbrella Arts


A colorful bottle cap fish mosaic will be on display at various places in the community, with its first stop scheduled at River Park Place, followed by the Guttenberg Bakery. (Photo submitted)

  Submitted by Juanita Loven

Umbrella Art President

Few knew that a historic venture was taking place at the Welcome Center on Thursday, Feb. 19.  The FIRST recycled bottle cap fish mosaic was being created by Umbrella Arts (UA) volunteers. 

The idea for a bottle cap mosaic came about when Mayor Russ Loven and Juanita were vacationing in the Corpus Cristi area of Texas in March 2014. Friends took them out to for fish at Pop’s Tavern in Lamar. The Lovens were fascinated by huge bottle cap mosaics mounted on two walls.   Thus, the idea to recreate such a mosaic in Guttenberg was born.

After almost a year of collecting bottle caps from local businesses and individuals, washing and sorting caps by color, and formulating a plan, the creative part of Guttenberg’s first bottle cap mosaic was  completed; however, we had to wait for warmer weather to apply the final epoxy bar-top finish to preserve it in all kinds of weather and circumstances. This was accomplished on April 17.

This is an Umbrella Arts project. UA member Jeff Dolan donated the 30”x90” hollow core door that the mosaic is mounted on, plus a stand to aid in displaying this piece of art.   

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29
Apr

Guttenberg martial arts instructor inducted into hall of fame


Jerry and Nancy Trowbridge, who have operated a martial arts school in Guttenberg for 13 years, attended the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame on April 17 and 18. Jerry received the high honor of being inducted into the hall of fame. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“I never dreamed in a million years I’d be inducted into the hall of fame,” said Guttenberg Tang Soo Do instructor Jerry Trowbridge. “It’s pretty unheard of,” added his wife Nancy, also an instructor.

It may be a rare honor, but in the Trowbridge family, it’s a familiar one. Jerry and Nancy have seven children together, all of who practice martial arts. Their son Josh was inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame last year, and Josh’s wife, Abbey, was inducted along with her father-in-law Jerry at this year’s banquet on April 18.  

Jerry was given the Golden Life Award by the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame for his 41 years in practice. Instructors who have devoted their lives to teaching martial arts may be nominated for the hall of fame and honored for their commitment. Jerry is a sixth degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and has spent a combined three decades teaching in Dubuque, Monona, and Guttenberg. Currently, he estimates that he and Nancy have 75 to 100 students between their schools in Monona and Guttenberg.

“We decided to open a school because we saw what martial arts does for people,” Jerry explained. “Our ultimate goal is to build character. We are building the future leaders in our communities.” 

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