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Young adults gather for Friday discussion at Theology On Tap


St. John's Youth Leader holds Theology on Tap, an informal discussion group, at 5:30 every Friday evening over dinner and drinks. He invites young adults of all backgrounds to attend. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Religion and politics are the two things we’re taught not to discuss at the dinner table – except at Theology On Tap, a Friday night roundtable at Guttenberg’s Stadium Bar and Grill where anything is up for discussion. Led by Kyle Jaeger, St. John’s Director of Youth and Family Ministries, Theology On Tap meets at 5:30 p.m. every Friday. 

Jaeger, 23, has been holding the open forum weekly since October, when he decided to open up the topic of religion for young adults over dinner and drinks. Jaeger studied religion and communication at Wartburg University, where he attended a series of similar discussions led by professors. 

The ecumenical gathering consists of several regular attendees as well as those who drop by occasionally. “For the most part, it’s about having relationships,” he said when describing the informal gathering of interested young people. “Many times we do end up talking about religion, but it’s always organic.” 

Jaeger grew up in Grinnell and was confirmed in the Lutheran church, but began attending a Methodist church the following year, when he became involved in their youth program. “I was an active part of the youth group there from then on,” he said.

Wed
02
Apr

Hundreds expected to attend Clayton County Wellness Fair


Even more activities and information about personal and family wellness will be available at this year's Clayton County Wellness Fair. A pair of tickets to a Chicago Cubs game is one of many prizes attendees can win. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Organizers have been hard at work to bring area health resources together for the third annual Clayton County Wellness Fair & Family Night, sponsored by Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, St. John's Church, and Clayton Ridge Schools. The event will take place at Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg on Tuesday, April 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

“We are at capacity!” says Kari Harbaugh, who is helping to plan the event. The wellness fair will fill the high school gymnasium and multi-purpose room with an estimated 50 vendors. The organizing committee has worked hard on mapping the layout this year to improve traffic flow and efficiency. 

Numerous organizations will have interactive booths including massage, giveaways, and Xbox fitness games. Various health screenings will be offered, 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
26
Mar

Don't miss Richie Lee's tribute to Buddy Holly at Rock the River Road Show in Guttenberg

By Shelia Tomkins

Three bands will headline this spring's Rock the River Road Show on Saturday, April 12, at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg.

The evening will feature music by the PastMasters, Richie Lee and the Fabulous 50s, and Midnite Express.

Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.  with dinner specials and music available. Showtime is from 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Wed
26
Mar

Unlimited Services, Inc. awarded three-year CARF accreditation


"It's just U.S., bringing independence home!" say directors of Unlimited Services, Inc., whose business has been accredited by an independent, nonprofit accrediting body that establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. From left are partners Amy Vonderhaar, Angi Lawson, Barry Armstrong, Michelle Armstrong, and Johnna Sweers. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Early this month, CARF International announced that Unlimited Services, Inc., of Guttenberg, has been accredited for a period of three years for its community employment services. This accreditation is the fourth consecutive three-year accreditation that CARF has awarded to Unlimited Services.

Unlimited Services began in 2003 with five HCBS homes and 25 staff, and now serves roughly 80 consumers and supports 13 homes in Guttenberg, Dyersville, Dundee, Manchester, West Union, and Elgin. With offices in both Guttenberg and Manchester, Unlimited Services employs 100 people who work to further the company's mission, ‘Bringing Independence Home.’ Unlimited Services provides supported community living on a daily and hourly basis, and their recent CARF accreditation highlights another important aspect of their business – vocational rehabilitation.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of business at Can Do Redemption Center, Unlimited Services’ vocational program at the Manchester Vocational Center. Trainees are paid working wages while learning or regaining skills to prepare for competitive employment in the community. 

Wed
26
Mar

Guttenberg City council awards $1.1 million Acre Street contract

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in special session on March 17, awarded a $1.1 million contract for the 2014 Acre Street renovation project. Low bidder was Eastern Iowa Excavating and Concrete of Cascade.  

Steve Friedlein served as mayor pro-tem in the absence of Mayor Russ Loven. Councilmembers present were Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter and Jane Parker, along with City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster

At the public hearing that preceded the contract award, comments were received on the merits of concrete versus asphalt surfacing. Proponents of concrete said that though the initial cost of concrete would be higher, asphalt would have higher maintenance costs in the long-term. After bids were adjusted to reflect an error in bid specs regarding the cul de sac at the south end of the street, the cost of concrete was approximately $167,390  more than asphalt. The council chose concrete and accepted the EIA low bid of $1,126,230.10. Discussion followed on sewer and water main extensions and storm water run-off in the project area.

Wed
26
Mar

Adams raises $33,000, wins Des Moines competition


Brandon Adams, right, was interviewed by Van and Bonnie on WHO Radio during his fundraising campaign for Endure Iowa. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Brandon Adams swept the My People App-rentice: Des Moines competition, winning first place of 50 contestants and returning home with a cash prize and many valuable new relationships. Since The Press last interviewed Adams (see the Jan. 22 issue), he has accomplished all three tasks the competition posed.

During the first task, Adams urged readers to connect with a webpage for his invention, Arctic Stick. His pleas were successful, bringing him the most connections and earning him an interview on celebrity entrepreneur and competition host Tana Goertz’s radio show, “Hey Tana! Time.”

The second task required Adams to show his sales skills. By advertising Arctic Stick in 10 major papers like the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, he was able to breeze past the other competitors.

The third task was about strategy. “It was a true apprentice task, figuring in expenses, breaking even, and making a profit on top of that,” said Adams. In this case, the profit benefitted Adams’ chosen charity, Endure Iowa. 

Wed
19
Mar

New location in the works for annual Easter egg hunt

By Shelia Tomkins

The annual Easter egg hunt traditionally held on the grounds of the Guttenberg Care Center will continue this year on Saturday, April 19,  at a site to be announced.

Following last week's announcement that the hunt was going to be cancelled this year due to construction work at the Care Center, the Guttenberg Rotary Club stepped forward and offered to partner with the Care Center to continue the tradition at another site. 

Wed
19
Mar

Kids Kampus Community Fun Fest to be held Sunday


The ballooon origami artist returns to Kids Kampus Community Fun Fest this year and will be making hats, animals, and other shapes by request. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Members of the community are invited to attend the third annual Kids Kampus Community Fun Fest fundraiser in the Clayton Ridge gymnasium on Sunday, March 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Fun Fest is a family-style carnival complete with food, games, and prizes for all ages. The Kids Kampus parent group, including Crystal Duwe, Annette Willenborg, Julie Hansel, Sam Schroeder and Sara Cherne, has been working with the organization’s board since January to organize the event. 

Tickets are on sale now for a 50:50 raffle, which has paid out $1,200 to one lucky winner at each of the last two events. Local businesses and community members donated cash and prizes for all ages to a junior raffle that will also take place at the Community Fun Fest. Dr. Dre Beats headphones, an American Girl doll, Joe’s Pizza gift certificates, two nine-hole rounds of golf including green fees at the Guttenberg Golf and Country Club, and a family pass to the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool are among the long list of prizes. The junior raffle prize drawing will be held at 2:30 p.m., and entrants must be present to win.

Wed
19
Mar

ReCycle summer sculpture project


This bicycle, spotted on RAGBRAI in 2012, sported an impressive 'bikestache.' The reCycle summer sculpture project encourages community members to transform bicycles into works of public art. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A new group of volunteers have come together under the umbrella of Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center to organize a summer sculpture project they call ‘reCycle.’ The project is open to all members of the community, and volunteers hope to see submitted public artworks enliven the city’s appearance throughout the warmer months, during RAGBRAI and into Germanfest.

Artists, businesses, organizations, families, and individuals of all ages are invited to enter a sculpture in one of three categories. The first category, traditional sculpture, includes bicycle parts assembled into a sculpture of any size or shape. Other recycled materials constructed to resemble a bicycle are also included in this category. Sculptures in this category should be weatherproof, as they will be displayed in outdoor locations around town from May to October.

For those who want to try their hand at something even more unique, kinetic sculpture – sculptures that function as rideable bicycles – make up the second category.

Wed
19
Mar

New faces at Guttenberg Development & Tourism


Harold Waterman has been hired as executive director of GD&T, and Jodie Ball is the new assistant director. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

A new leadership team is now in place at Guttenberg Development & Tourism following the departure last month of Mary Beth Theis, who left to accept a new position in Dubuque.

Executive Director

Harold Waterman of Monona has been hired as executive director. "My duties will include reworking the current GD&T website along with social media integration to target a larger demographic of potential visitors and investors," said Waterman. Other duties will be to facilitate and help plan upcoming events like the Stars & Stripes event and assisting with RAGBRAI 2014 planning. 

GD&T President Tom Augustyn commented, "At the present time, we expect Harold to be devoting 15-25 hours per week to GD&T and our activities."

Waterman said that his first priorities will be to get the GD&T website updated and social media going. "Guttenberg needs a stronger web presence to generate interest and more importantly, income from visitors in the tourism market," he noted.

The new executive director is looking forward to his new position. "I found the challenge of working in this role hard to ignore. Marketing a business to a target audience is one thing, but to market a community to the world is another. Guttenberg has a tremendous amount of potential given its location on the Mississippi and the natural beauty it provides," he commented.

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