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Thu
21
Jul

Community Garden Volunteers, others can help themselves


Jerry and Chris Muff are pictured next to the sign Chris made to invite people to participate in the Community Garden.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor
 
Whether you’re harvesting your 30th season of heirloom tomatoes or have never before planted a plot, there’s a place for you in Elkader’s Community Garden. Volunteers of all skill levels are needed to maintain the garden. In return, workers can help themselves to the harvest.
Located adjacent to St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery on the south edge of town, the Community Garden was established two years ago by members of St. Joe’s congregation. This year’s plot is similarly sized and as mid-summer approaches, it’s beginning to show the fruits of the volunteers’ labors: Squash plants are heavy with blooms, the potato patch has been neatly hilled and cabbages are beginning to burst out of their dense-leaf covers.

Tue
28
Jun

Gold Star Mothers Sharing stories of fallen heroes


Linda Jenkin Costanzo, who has written a book about Gold Star Mothers, will be part of the week-long celebration of the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall. The wall will be in National June 29-July 5.

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

As part of the “Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans tribute, which will take place at the Clayton County Fairgrounds at National from June 30-July 5, author Linda Jenkin Costanzo will speak at a 2 p.m. ceremony July 2.

Tue
28
Jun

REMEMBERING LOUIE


The late Louis Zittgruen was one of nine Clayton County sons killed in action during the Vietnam War.

By Audrey Posten

North Iowa Times

 

Tue
21
Jun

Wilder’s Doll Exhibit - Volunteers spend 2,000 hours on display


Mary Wikert, Cedar Falls, chairs a group that invested 2,000 volunteer hours in the Wilder Museum doll exhibit.

Dolls are arranged in vignettes that include copies of historical photos from the time the dolls were manufactured.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

A few years ago when the economy was down and travel costs were up, the concept of “staycations” was launched to encourage close-to-home getaways. A side benefit of the concept was discovering or re-discovering “backyard gems.” 

Tue
21
Jun

THERE’S A NEW GAME IN TOWN

By Kenny Slocum

Clayton County Naturalist

 

In a previous life, I had a limited understanding of Iowa’s fascinating ecology. Mostly, my “identification” skills were limited to plants that stung or itched—and various scars would indicate my skills were lacking. Occasionally, I could recognize a delicious berry—a mulberry or blackberry if the timing was right—but generally I observed the wisdom of my mother who insisted I avoid putting unidentified things in my mouth.

Tue
14
Jun

Off to Africa - Central graduate leads water project


2015 Central graduate Shana Hilgerson, far right, is part of a team of Iowa State University spending six weeks in Uganda doing projects ranging from school gardens to water management.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

While her many of classmates at Iowa State University returned home for summer jobs, Shana Hilgerson went a bit farther—8,000 miles farther.

Tue
14
Jun

“SAY NO FOR NOW”

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Press

 

The topic of frac sand mining in Clayton County drew yet another impassioned crowd for a June 6 meeting of the Say No For Now group at the Garnavillo Community Center. About 50 people, some from within Clayton County and some from other areas, heard from group leaders and shared their own opinions. 

Wed
08
Jun

Congratulations, Fire Farm - Spotlight shines on Elkader firm

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

The “belle” of the ball at a recent Las Vegas trade show was a massive, dome-shaped fixture created by Fire Farm, a custom lighting design company in Elkader. Belle earned a “Best New Lighting Award” in the Individual Lamps/Lighting Devices category as well as the grand prize—“Best in Competition,” beating designs shown by nearly 800 companies, including some of the biggest names in the lighting industry.

Wed
08
Jun

Good-bye, Jane


Jane Metcalf

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

Members of the Class of 2016 aren’t the only ones who won’t be returning to Central in August when the next school year begins. Longtime counselor Jane Metcalf won’t be there, either. Jane is retiring after 26 years at Central and more than three decades in education.

Wed
01
Jun

Central Class of 2016 - Jansen, Moyna are top graduates

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

 

The Central Class of 2016 will have two valedictorians. Jacob Jansen and Carissa Moyna will both graduate with 4.0 grade point averages.

It has been a Register tradition to feature the top graduating seniors. Here are the answers Jacob and Carissa gave to our questions.

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