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Wed
15
Oct

City council postpones action on Acre Street mailbox question

By Shelia Tomkins

    The Guttenberg city council at its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 6 postponed action on the question of mail delivery on Acre Street. 

The question arose due to this summer's renovation of Acre Street, which caused individual mail delivery to be halted and a temporary cluster box system installed. A group of Acre Street residents attended last month's regular council meeting to speak in favor of retaining individual mailboxes rather than going to permanent cluster boxes. 

At Monday's meeting, it was the council's consensus to look at the road shoulders when paving was completed before making a decision on the mail delivery system. "We need more information before it goes to a vote of the council," said City Manager Mary Willett.

The discussion on mailboxes came during a brief presentation by Jim Bosley of IIW Engineers on the status of the Acre Street project. 

Wed
15
Oct

Pink pumpkins promote Breast Cancer Awareness


Breast cancer survivor Janet Olson of Guttenberg has created a lobby display at Peoples State Bank to promote awareness of the disease. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.

A large hand-lettered sign on the door proclaims this truth to all  who visit Peoples State Bank in Guttenberg during October  Breast Cancer Awareness Month, created by employee Janet Olson, a two-year cancer survivor who learned this life lesson in 2012 when she became one of the more than 200,000 women who receive the diagnosis each year.  

Following successful treatment, she has resumed her active life as a wife, mother and bank employee and has made it a mission to promote awareness of the disease. If you have never met her, she is easy to pick out this month from the smiling faces behind the customer service windows at the bank — she's the one with pink hair. 

Look around the lobby and you will see her creativity at work — her work station is decorated with pumpkins and gourds painted in pink as a nod to the pink ribbon symbol for breast cancer awareness. A display by a south window features an impressive collection of pink and white pumpkins and gourds. Co-worker Bill Tangeman grew and donated them to her project. A sign on the display proclaims "Dedicated to all those who've lost the fight and to all those who won't quit the fight." 

Wed
08
Oct

Celebration of Life set for Oct. 18

Celebration of Life 2014 will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg. The annual event honors the lives of the late Scott Nelson and Michael Clinton.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. There will be a raffle and silent auction. The evening will feature entertainment from 7:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight, including music by Swamp Cats with special appearances by members of Lazor Wolf and Create Control.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door.  All proceeds from this year's event will benefit the Guttenberg swimming pool renovation fund, The WAVE of the Future.    

Wed
08
Oct

$60,000 Geuder bequest to CRHS music department


Dr. Richard Geuder, right, accepted a recognition plaque from band director Jeremy Idler during a half-time ceremony on Sept. 28. Dr. Geuder accepted the plaque on behalf of the family of the late Meril Geuder, who donated $60,000 to the band department. (Press photo by Bruce Thein)

The family of the late Meril Geuder accepted a plaque from Clayton Ridge High School band director Jeremy Idler at half-time ceremonies during the varsity Homecoming game on Friday evening, Sept. 28.

The plaque was in recognition of a $60,000 bequest to the band department by Geuder, a native of Guttenberg who died in 2013 in Cedar Rapids. He was the son of the late Earnest and Flonda (Hedeman) Geuder of Guttenberg and a  graduate of Guttenberg High School. Meril was an accomplished musician who played with numerous bands. 

Wed
08
Oct

Mississippi River Trail improvements near Guttenberg


Improvements to Great River Road leading north from Guttenberg will repair broken concrete and smooth the roadway, making it safer and more appealing to users of the Mississippi River Trail. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Great River Road may soon become friendlier to leaf-lookers of the two-wheeled variety. During its September meeting in Ames, the Iowa Department of Transportation made recommendations to award $5.5 million in grants for 12 recreational trail projects, including the section of the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) that joins Guttenberg to Pikes Peak Road via Great River Road. The commission will consider formal approval of the 12 projects at its October meeting.

The grant would return portions of Great River Road to like-new condition, smoothing the way for motorists and bicyclists alike. The wider widths of paved roadway shoulders required for MRT bicycle lanes provide motorists an added safety benefit in reduction of run-off-the-road and bridge crashes. “Currently we have two 12-foot driving lanes with a five- foot paved shoulder on either side, and that extends from Pikes Peak Park entrance down to the road to Frenchtown. From the road at Frenchtown to Guttenberg there isn’t any paved shoulder,” said Clayton County Engineer Rafe Koopman. 

Wed
08
Oct

Guttenberg secrets revealed aboard riverboat Twilight


The Twilight docked in Guttenberg on Aug. 29, when GD&T director Emily Moser boarded the boat and heard an exciting tale of Guttenberg folklore. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer-Combs)

By Molly Moser

On Aug. 29, GD&T executive director Emily Moser was greeting passengers as they disembarked from the riverboat Twilight to spend a few moments in Guttenberg. One of the boat’s crewmembers was in need of emergency medical care, and Moser offered some classic Guttenberg hospitality. 

“A deckhand came over to me and asked if I could take one of their crew to the hospital. I said yes, and I was kind of alarmed that one of them needed to go to the hospital, but I knew that it was one of those, ‘of course I will’ situations,” Moser explained. 

She drove the crewmember to Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, where doctors took immediate action. “Dr. Hoffmann was on call and said he’d see him, so he wouldn’t have to go to the emergency room,” said Moser. “They were really accommodating. We got to the clinic at 12:35 p.m. and the boat was supposed to leave at 1:00 p.m. – so they were also working under that time constraint. I left him there and went back to the boat to update them.”

She returned to pick up the ailing crewmember, who was all patched up thanks to GMH staff, and got him back to the boat in time for the 1:00 p.m. departure. Captain Kevin Stier was so grateful that he invited Moser to join the crew for the rest of the day and offered to have a driver return her to Guttenberg when the boat docked in Dubuque that evening. 

“I asked her if she wanted to get on the boat and go down the river and she said, ‘Well, yeah!’” Stier chuckled. 

Wed
01
Oct

Local talent in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Hear the roar of the Twenties when talented local actors  present Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Elkader Opera House in October.

The cast and crew is made up of local talent, including many with Guttenberg ties.

Cheri Moser (McGregor) has the lead road of Millie, a fast-talking and highly-determined new-New Yorker journeying to become a modern woman in the decadent year of 1922.

Wed
01
Oct

Applications for heating assistance

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) Family Service offices will start taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning on Oct. 1.

If a household applied for LIHEAP in the 2013-2014 program year, applications can also be done online at: http://www.neicac.org/energy.html/

Wed
01
Oct

Audit report shows thriving hospital Potential alignment discussed at GMH board meeting

By Molly Moser

During their regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital board of directors received a glowing report on their fiscal year 2014 audit. Joe Splinter, who presented the report on behalf of the Eide Bailly firm of Dubuque, congratulated GMH staff on a year of decreased debts and increased income. “If you look at the numbers, you’re doing very, very well,” Splinter told the board. 

Wed
01
Oct

CR students attend annual Mississippi Riverfestival


Students from Clayton Ridge, Central, Edgewood-Colesburg and MFL participated in an out-of-the-classroom river experience last week held in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

On the heels of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative annual meeting in New Orleans, attended by Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven, comes an opportunity for area students to get involved in river patronage. Junior high students from Clayton Ridge, Central, MFL Mar-Mac and Edgewood-Colesburg school districts participated in the third annual Mississippi Riverfestival in Guttenberg early last week. The students experienced fishing and birding along the river while soaking up lessons on river ecology from area experts. 

The Mississippi Riverfestival has a multitude of partners, including the Clayton County Conservation Board, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,  Iowa DNR,  Army Corps of Engineers, and Maiden Voyage Boat Tours. Clayton County Conservation naturalist Brian Gibbs organized the event, lining up presenters and volunteers to help students get involved with the river in their backyards. “This year's event was funded by a McElroy Trust Foundation Grant from Waterloo and also by in-kind donations from Don Dunbar and Murray's Outdoor Store,” said Gibbs.

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