Guttenberg Press

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11
Jun

Guttenberg city council moves forward on ambulance financing

By Shelia Tomkins

At the regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 2, the Guttenberg city council heard discussion on the proposed golf cart ordinance and moved forward on ambulance financing. 

Mayor Russ Loven, council members Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein, along with City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster were in attendance.

Golf cart ordinance

Kevin Mommer, a Guttenberg resident and Iowa State Trooper, addressed the council about the proposed golf cart ordinance. While he said that he supports such an ordinance, he expressed concern about the age restrictions. The proposed ordinance  says drivers must be 18 years of age; Iowa law allows for a drivers license at age 16. City Attorney Schuster said that cities can make laws that are more restrictive than state law. Discussion was held on the possibility of restricitng the city ordinance to age 19 and older. The local ordinance prohibits operation outside of city limits and restricts travel on Highway 52 except to cross it. The golf cart ordinance, which has passed two public readings, did not appear on the meeting agenda for a third and final reading. 

Wed
11
Jun

Pool refurbishment project continues


Since it was built in 1974, Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool has provided fun in the sun to the city and its visitors. A nine-member committee is currently discussing pool refurbishment options. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Members of the committee for refurbishment of the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool met on Tuesday evening, June 3. Since the group began meeting in February, they have reviewed six concepts for potential site plans, working toward a plan that meets Guttenberg’s needs and budget.

Immediate concerns to be addressed include the malfunctioning wading pool, the deterioration of the main pool’s north wall, removal of trees and expansion of fenced in area to the north, and mechanical upgrades. Adding a zero-depth entry, slides, and other water features is also being discussed. 

Wed
11
Jun

The fate of the food chain rests on winged shoulders


Female bees make up 95% of all the bees in a colony. Each fall, female bees drive the male bees from the hive and cluster together to keep warm. By flexing their wing muscles, the remaining females create enough friction to keep their cluster at a minimum of 85 degrees all winter long. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

One out of every three bites you take at the dinner table has been directly touched by a certain winged, striped, hairy individual. The other two-thirds of your food has been indirectly affected by the same creature: The honeybee.

“Without bees, you could figure there’d be a food war,” says local beekeeper Bill Johnson. “We’d have a lot of people starving,” adds Louise, his wife and partner in the family honey farm. 

Honeybees are not even native to North America, having been imported from Europe, so why are they so critical in the food chain? Prior to the importation of honeybees, moths, blackflies, butterflies, and hummingbirds took care of all the pollination necessary in the U.S – but since much of the plant life we depend on for food is also imported, bees are now a critical part of the ecosystem.

The Johnsons started with one hive in 1993. “We had just bought the farm, and we had apple trees that needed bees for pollination,” said Louise. That first endeavor was a failure – the bees didn’t survive the harsh Iowa winter. The next year, the Johnsons tried again with two hives, and by the end of this week, they’ll have 300 hives with at least 60,000 bees living in each. 

Wed
04
Jun

Kenneth C. Neverman

Kenneth C. Neverman, 73, of Nappanee, Ind., died peacefully, after a long illness at 11:04 a.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014, at IU Health Goshen Hospital where he had been a patient for 1-½ weeks.

Visitation was Tuesday, June 3, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

Graveside services followed at Union Center Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Byrl Shaver.

Kenneth was born April 2, 1941, in Monona, to Arno “Gus” and Helen (Hinman) Neverman.

Wed
04
Jun

Lyndon C. Ludovissy

Lyndon “Lynn” C. Ludovissy, 49, of North Buena Vista, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua on his annual fishing trip with family and friends.

Visitation was Tuesday, June 3, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross.

Funeral services were Wednesday, June 4, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in North Buena Vista, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Inurnment was in the church cemetery.

Wed
04
Jun

Kay J. Ries

Kay Jo Ann (Walters) Ries, 77, of Guttenberg, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at her home surrounded by her children.

Visitation was before services at the church.

Memorial services were Monday, May 26, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Guttenberg, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Inurnment was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Guttenberg.

Wed
04
Jun

Duane A. Gage

Duane A. "Shorty" Gage, 86, of Guttenberg, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg.

Visitation was one hour before services at the funeral home.

Funeral services were Thursday, May 29, at the Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader.

Inurnment was at the East Side Cemetery, Elkader. Military Rites were conducted by the Lemka-Stendel American Legion Post #106.

Wed
04
Jun

Valene Lau

In Loving memory of Mom, we submit a summary of her life. She was born in her maternal grandmother’s home in Guttenberg on Oct. 2, 1934. She grew up on the family farm near Clayton Center.  After graduating Valedictorian of her 1952 Garnavillo High School class she moved to Dubuque to attend business school, but her favorite memory of that time was working in the music store. She loved music, especially Ray Price and Roy Clark. She was pursued and courted by Keith H. Lau.  Their relationship began after a brief encounter in high school when, while she was walking through his class, he noted out loud that she was the prettiest girl he had ever seen. Her baby blue eyes just sparkled with life and more than a bit of mischief.

Wed
04
Jun

Verdean L. Dietrich

Verdean Lyndall Dietrich, 70, of Garnavillo died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, Guttenberg.

Visitation was Sunday, June 1, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the Garnavillo School Gymnasium.

Funeral services were Monday, June 2, at the Garnavillo School Gymnasium, conducted by Rev. Bruce L. Hanson.

Wed
04
Jun

E-waste collection this Saturday at Guttenberg hospital parking lot

An e-waste collection will take place on Saturday, June 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the parking lot at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

E-waste stands for electronic waste. It is important to dispose of it properly because it does not break down when thrown in a landfill.

Items will be accepted free of charge with one exception­— a $10 fee for "old school" computer monitors.

The site will NOT accept large electronics such as refrigerators, stove, air conditioners, etc.

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