Guttenberg Press

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.

Wed
22
Jan

Identity theft: Could it happen to you?


"Banks and credit card companies are being a lot more diligent about letting you know if something odd comes up," Cindy Thompson, of ISU Outreach and Extension, told a captive audience at Guttenberg Public Library. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

An epidemic of security breaches in recent weeks have left up to 110 million Target customers, shoppers at Nieman Marcus, and three other U.S. retailers’ consumers at risk for identity theft.  

“Chaos,” and “nightmare,” are two words participants used to describe identity theft last week at Guttenberg Public Library. Cindy Thompson, Family Life/Family Finance Program Specialist for ISU Extension and Outreach, gave a presentation on the topic to a room filled with concerned citizens.  

“I had a credit card hacked within the last month,” admitted one local woman, who asked to remain anonymous. A credit card she uses to purchase e-books came up with a balance nearly 40 times her normal monthly usage. Her credit card company noticed the discrepancy and called to question her. “I felt fortunate that they called me, but it’s scary,” she said. “How do hackers get that information?” She and her husband will probably never know the answer to that question. 

In addition to the stress of resolving identity theft, says Thompson, “There is an emotional side to identity theft that goes unspoken. People think, ‘What did I do wrong?’ They become untrusting.”

Wed
22
Jan

School board moves forward with middle school renovations

The Clayton Ridge School Board of Directors held a special meeting on Jan. 9 to hear presentations from Garland Roofing Company, Baker Group, and Modus Engineering regarding conditions in the middle school building.

Dennis Martin from the Garland Roofing Company was present to answer questions regarding roof replacement at the middle school above the multi-purpose room and shop areas. This project would then complete the re-roofing of the middle school building.

The board decided to move forward with the roofing project, requesting bids for the replacement of both roofs.

Wed
22
Jan

Adams is contestant in statewide business competition


Adams needs your help to win My People App-rentice: Des Moines, a competition which will jumpstart the launch of his product, the Arctic Stick. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Garnavillo resident Brandon Adams is in the middle of the adventure of a lifetime. He’s just won a video contest as part of a competition known as My People App-rentice: Des Moines, and he needs your help to continue being successful.

In early December, Adams filmed an informational video with plans to set up an online fundraising campaign for his invention, the Arctic Stick. Arctic Stick is a product that fits inside plastic beverage bottles to keep them cool. Any liquid can be frozen inside the Arctic Stick, then dropped into a drink for a flavor burst. 

Just one week after the video was filmed, Adams discovered My People App-rentice. “I signed up, and am one of 50 people in the state of Iowa that got picked,” he told The Press. Friends and fans voted for Adams’ unique video, in which he described his day-to-day life as it revolves around selling real estate, ice, and working on the Arctic Stick. “I won that video because yes, it was creative, but through social media I got my contacts to give me the most ‘likes,’” said Adams.

Wed
15
Jan

Harlan Schlueter

Harlan Schlueter, 69, passed away due to cancer, on Jan. 3, 2014, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital.

Visitation was Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Gillette Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services were Thursday, Jan. 9, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Gillette, Wyo.

Burial was in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Wed
15
Jan

Norma Stoeffler

Norma Stoeffler, 83, of Guttenberg, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Guttenberg Care Center.

A private inurnment service will be held at a later date.

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

Norma was born on March 21, 1930, in Guttenberg, the daughter of Harry and Hilda (Fassbinder) Stoeffler.

Wed
15
Jan

Ice fishing tourney here Jan. 18

An ice fishing tournament will be held at Bussey Lake, Guttenberg on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The event is being co-sponsored by Guttenberg Development & Tourism and Murray's Outdoor Store.

There will be prizes for the biggest bluegill, crappie and perch, as well as a price for the most overall  panfish weighed-in. Prizes will include four $100 gift certificates from Murray's and four children's fishing kits from Murray (children under 12 are eligible).

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