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Mar

Sculpture project announced

Umbrella Arts, an initiative of Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, announces their second annual community sculpture project to be held this summer, culminating in awards at the Celebrate the River festival in August.  

Artists, businesses, organizations, families, and individuals of all ages are invited to participate in a summer-long community  sculpture project. This year's theme is "Sit back and enjoy the scenery." Participants are encouraged to create unique seating that will provide opportunities for conversation, relaxation, and appreciation of the beauty of Guttenberg.

Wed
25
Mar

School facility info meeting and open house March 30

The Clayton Ridge School Board and Administration invites all eligible voters to attend a public information meeting on Monday, March 30, at the high school gymnasium in Guttenberg from 7:00-9:00 p.m. An open house and optional tour begins at 5:00 p.m.  

The purpose of the public meeting is to answer questions about the proposed plan and tax impact on residential, commercial, and agricultural property owners.  The meeting will begin with an overview of the process leading to the proposed plan, a description of the building plan, and information necessary to accurately estimate your increase in property taxes if the bond election passes.  

Wed
25
Mar

Thomas inspires and motivates


Aplington-Parkersburg principal and football coach Aaron Thomas, son of the late Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas, presented a free public program on March 18. Pictured with Thomas, from left, are eighth graders Audrey Helle, Emily Ertl, Abrianna Moore and Courtney Olson. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

In the third grade, Aaron Thomas already knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a teacher and a coach. Coach Ed Thomas, Aaron’s father, became the national high school football coach of the year in 2005. He sent five players to the NFL, won two state titles, and led his team to 292 victories over his 37-year career. Perhaps most importantly, Thomas led cleanup efforts after an F5 tornado destroyed many homes in Parkersburg – including his own. 

Coach Thomas taught his son Aaron many lessons, which Aaron shared with a large audience in Guttenberg. When the elder Thomas gave interview after interview while leading clean-up efforts in 2008, he told his son, “Anybody can lead when things are going well. True leadership gets revealed when you’re going through adversity.” Little did his son know he would need that advice just one year later.

In June of 2009, Aaron Thomas learned that opportunities arise from tragedy as well as from hard work. “I got the platform to speak on the worst day of my life,” he remembers. When his father was slain by Mark Becker, a former football player in the team’s weight room, Aaron was called upon to give a statement to the media in which he publicly asked for prayers for the Becker family. That was the first of many opportunities Thomas was granted because of his noble response to the tragedy.

He admitted to having “the easiest first 30 years of life,” and expressed unending gratitude for having three decades with a great father. He chose to continue his father’s legacy of leading by example,  agreeing to take over as football coach and principal at Aplington-Parkersburg and encouraging his students to follow their passions and become better spouses, parents, and community members.

Wed
25
Mar

Designer Erin Tepper featured at Omaha Fashion Week


Erin Tepper, a 2011 graduate of Clayton Ridge High School, stands at center between eight models who debuted her clothing designs during Omaha Fashion Week in March. Tepper is a senior apparel design student at ISU and has interned in New York City at The Row, Jill Stuart, and Tory Burch. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“Let me show you the fabric,” says Erin Tepper, a 2011 Clayton Ridge graduate who is about to finish school at Iowa State University with a degree in apparel design. She pulls a coppery brown garment from her bag. “The fabric is what started it all.”

It’s easy to see why. Reversible sequins, each held in place by a single stitch, cover the cloth like scales. From a distance the fabric appears distressed, soft, and even slightly furry. When it’s close enough to touch, that’s exactly what you feel compelled to do – flip the sequins back and forth, revealing a light side and a dark side that create organic, ever-changing patterns. 

Tepper purchased three-and-a-half yards of this fabric while interning in New York City. The unique find inspired eight outfits that debuted on the runway during Omaha Fashion Week (OFW), March 10-15. 

“Despite what many people on the coasts might expect, fashion in the Midwest is strong,” commented OFW producer Brook Hudson. “There is a very real possibility Omaha can claim to be a leading fashion hub in the Midwest.”

Wed
18
Mar

Recommendations from city audit

Steven Clausen, a partner with Dietz, Donald & Company, Certified Public Accountants, recently released a routine agreed-upon  procedures report on the City of Guttenberg for July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. 

Wed
18
Mar

Early voting now open for upcoming school facility bond

Early voting is now available for the special election in the Clayton Ridge Community School District  to be held on Tuesday, April 7.

The polling hours for the Clayton Ridge School District will be from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. that day. Anyone not able to vote during those hours is encouraged to vote early at the Clayton County Auditor’s Office or by mail.  

The notice of the election and sample ballot will be printed in the March 25 issue of The Guttenberg Press. 

Wed
18
Mar

Exercise demos at wellness fair


Last year over 500 people attended the Clayton County Wellness Fair. This year's organizers are, front from left, JoAnn Janssen, Kari Harbaugh, Emily Moser; back row, Leigh Ann Judge, Shane Anderson, Lynn Bockenstedt, Tracy Yelden, and Claudia McCalley. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Area health resources will come together next month for the fourth annual Clayton County Wellness Fair & Family Night, co-sponsored by Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, St. John's Church, Clayton Ridge Schools, Thrivent, Clayton County Dairy Promotion, Families Helping Hand, and Prairie Farms Dairy. The event will take place at Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg on Tuesday, April 14, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The wellness fair will fill the high school gymnasium with over 40 vendors. New this year, the multipurpose room has been designated as an area specifically for interactive presentations. Exercise demonstrations will include weight lifting, balance exercises and equipment-specific instruction. “These groups are going to have a lot more space than before,” said Kari Harbaugh, one of many volunteers who help organize the annual countywide wellness fair. 

A professional health market place navigator will be in attendance to provide information on health care coverage options. Resources for families who may need specialty clinics will be available, and cancer-related support groups and education will also be represented at the wellness fair. Numerous organizations will have booths offering various health screenings as well as information on area fitness, recreation and education opportunities. The event includes information relevant to people of all ages living all across Clayton County.

Wed
18
Mar

Team Lucy presents: A walk around Esmann Island 2015


Members of Team Lucy 2014 included, front from left, Joe and Mary Mellon, Mary Eulberg, Cindy Miller, Becky Hefel, Tonya Schaefer, and Heather Reyerson; back row, Isaac Eulberg, Rick Eulberg, Chris Miller, Roger Hefel, and Tony Reyerson. “There are hundreds of people doing the walk, some relatives/friends of people with the disease, some with the disease. I was amazed at my emotion seeing many in scooters like Lucy had - but I know she would be so proud of Tony for doing this,” said Becky Hefel, sister of the late Lucy Smith Reyerson. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“The things I remember the most about mom would be her generosity, her quick wit, the endless smile, open arms, and her passion for being a great mother,” says Tony Reyerson of his late mother, Lucy Smith Reyerson. “But most of all, she was my best friend.”

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester diagnosed Lucy with multiple sclerosis in 1989. On Jan. 11, 2000, she passed away from pneumonia and complications of the disease. This year, Lucy’s family and friends have organized a walk around Esmann Island to honor her memory and fundraise for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

When Tony decided to join the MS volunteer committee in his home city of LaCrosse, he learned of a group in Platteville, Wis., who raised $25,000 by hosting a private walk in their town. “That’s what sparked this idea,” he says. “I mentioned it to my wife, Heather, and my mother-in-law, Mary Eulberg. Mary being the go-getter she is, took right off with it and started making some connections.”

“Our mission behind this walk is to raise awareness for those in our community fighting MS and to raise money to go toward MS research,” said Reyerson’s wife, Heather (Hefel) Reyerson. She and her mother join many others each year for LaCrosse’s Walk MS event as part of Team Lucy.  

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11
Mar

Property taxes are due March 31

Linda Zuercher, Clayton County Treasurer, reminds property owners that the second half payment for property taxes is due Tuesday, March 31, 2015.  Penalties will start on April 1. To avoid the penalty, payments must be received by the end of the business day March 31 or have a March 31 postmark.

There are several payment options to choose from. You may pay in person at the Treasurer’s Office in the Courthouse or at the Driver’s License Station located in the County Office Building at 600 Gunder Road. The offices are open Monday through Friday   8:00 a.m.  -  4:30 p.m. Both locations will accept cash and checks for payments.

Wed
11
Mar

Shari Harbaugh memorial pool tournament March 21


The Shari Harbaugh Memorial Kings & Queens Pool Tournament celebrates the life of the late Shari Harbaugh, pictured here at right during a pool tournament with her uncle Jesse Harbaugh and her cousin Keisha Harbaugh. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg resident Dan Ganahl met the late Shari Harbaugh of Edgewood during pool league. They had been friends for just over a year when she was killed in a tragic car accident on Dec. 1, 2014. Ganahl decided to organize a pool tournament in her honor. “She deserves a big happy celebration,” he said. “A lot of people knew her and she was one of those people that will be remembered.”

The Shari Harbaugh Memorial Kings & Queens Pool Tournament is planned for Saturday, March 21, hosted by both Moxies Tap and the Dam Bar in Guttenberg. “I had some high expectations, and this event has definitely exceeded those,” Ganahl told The Press. At print, there are 52 couples signed up for the tournament. Moxies will be bringing in an extra pool table to accommodate the tournament, and 14 other businesses have also signed up as event sponsors.

Over 30 envelopes stuffed with gift cards from area businesses will be raffled off during the tournament on March 21. Prizes like a roadside car kit, pool stick and cue, manicure/pedicure, and more have also been donated for the raffle. Danny and Andy Schroeder have donated a whole hog to the raffle, and two winners will each receive one half of the hog. A 50th anniversary Ruger 10/22 stainless steel rifle was also donated as a raffle prize. 

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