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Wed
17
Sep

Riverboat tour to depart from Guttenberg marina


Live music by John Stravers, navigation information, and river stories will accompany passengers aboard The Maiden Voyage on Sunday. Last year, Captain Robert Vavra led three tours that headed south from Guttenberg on his pontoon. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Following the condemnation of his old boat in April, Maiden Voyage owner and captain Robert Vavra experienced an outcry from people in the area who didn't want his tours to end. He spent five months preparing a new vessel for river travel, and later this week passengers will board the new boat for a scenic tour of the Mississippi River. 

"We splashed the new boat 23 days ago," Vavra told The Press on Friday. The new Maiden Voyage, built in Florida, is a handicap accessible 49-passenger pontoon which has now passed a total of eight coast guard inspections.

The boat will leave Guttenberg's south marina at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. A two-hour tour will include live music by John Stravers, birding information, and the sharing of river stories. "I hope to be able to work in Guttenberg more next year, during other community events," said Vavra, recalling the success of the tours he guided from Guttenberg last summer.  

Wed
17
Sep

Upcoming area theater experiences


Jason and Nika Tipsword, new members of Umbrella Arts, are leading the charge toward theater in Guttenberg. “I’m super excited about it, because it’s something I’m passionate about and Jason and I have a lot of experience in it," Nika says. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A theatrical couple recently relocated from Iowa City to Guttenberg, and the pair immediately began stirring up drama. Avonique (Niehaus) Tipsword grew up in Guttenberg, graduating from CRHS in 2004. She and husband Jason Tipsword, originally from the Iowa City area, were back in town for just a few short months when they attended their first Umbrella Arts meeting and began planning community theater events.  

Avonique (who now goes by Nika) holds a BA in Theatre Arts with a vocal music minor from the University of Iowa. She has worked professionally as stage manager for Riverside Theater and acted, directed, and worked administratively and behind the scenes on nearly 60 productions. She holds the rank of Certified Actor Combatant in the Society of American Fight Directors with three recommendations.

Jason Tipsword is a graduate of the National Stage Combat Workshop at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He works as a freelance fight choreographer throughout the region with over 80 stage productions and three films to his credit. In addition, Jason has taught stage combat at Central College, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, Drake University, Cornell College, and Kirkwood College. He also directs, acts, designs, and produces. Jason is Iowa's only Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher.

Wed
17
Sep

Acre Street residents object to proposed cluster mailbox plan

By Shelia Tomkins

A contingent of Acre Street residents attended the regular Guttenberg city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 8, to express disatisfaction with proposed plans to install cluster mailboxes in the area.

Mayor Russ Loven and councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein were at the council table, along with City Manager Mary Willett.

Wed
10
Sep

Goodwill truck to visit here following city-wide sales

Arrangements have been made for the Goodwill truck to visit Guttenberg following city-wide garage sales on Sept. 19-20.

Residents may leave usable donations at the Goodwill truck to be parked at the Guttenberg Industries parking lot from Friday, Sept. 19, to Tuesday, Sept. 23. The truck will be open during daytime hours and closed at night to prevent vandalism.

Goodwill has released the following list of items they do NOT accept. Please note that televisions are not accepted; Goodwill has to pay $25 to dispose of each TV left in their truck. 

Wed
10
Sep

Mommer youngest athlete at Honolulu summer volleyball camp


Macy Mommer, 14, practiced surfing as well as serving during her week-long stay in Honolulu, Hawaii, this summer for the NoKaOi Volleyball Showcase. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

At age fourteen, Macy Mommer has already been playing team volleyball for years. This summer, her passion for the sport took her across an ocean. 

Mommer, who just started eighth grade at Starmont middle school, is the daughter of Kevin and Shelly Mommer of Guttenberg and Lissa Tschirgi of Strawberry Point. She was invited to play in the NoKaOi Volleyball Showcase in July, so she and mom Lissa traveled to Honolulu for the camp.

“I was proud of how determined she was to raise the money needed to go,” Macy’s father told The Press. “She worked hard for seven months raising money and practicing.”

Wed
10
Sep

River Park Cruisers ready to roll Sat., Sept. 14


This 1972 Charger owned by Jeff and Kari Friedlein will be leading the cruise this year. (Photo submitted)

Saturday, Sept. 13, is the date of the 17th annual River Park Cruisers car show, cruise and dance in Guttenberg. The club has been meeting and cruising since 1992, sponsoring  their own cruises starting in 1997.

Registration for the car show is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in downtown Guttenberg, with the car show scheduled from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

There will be  69 trophies given out, including a kids choice trophy (kids 15 and younger can vote). 

Wed
10
Sep

Guttenberg Industries, Inc. celebrates 40 years in business


John Ertl opened Guttenberg Industries in 1974 with two machines and two employees. Today, the company operates 32 machines and employs over 100 full-time people. Their Garnavillo facility contains 65,500 square feet, where plastic parts are made for industries like automotive, child care, medical, and agriculture. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Picture it: You’re driving down Great River Road, through the rolling farmland of Clayton County, and you pass a piece of machinery planting kernels of corn into the ground, one at a time. A dump truck rolls past your car in the other lane, and you take a sip of the coffee you brewed this morning in your single-use coffee machine. 

Wed
03
Sep

Mark your calendars for car show, cruise and dance Sept. 13

Saturday, Sept. 13, is the date of the 17th annual River Park Cruisers car show, cruise and dance in Guttenberg. 

Registration for the car show is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in downtown Guttenberg, with the car show scheduled from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

There will be  69 trophies given out, including three kids choice trophies. There will be music in the park throughout the day.

Wed
03
Sep

Best of Guttenberg awards given


Best of the best Emily Moser, Director of Guttenberg Development & Tourism, presented Linda Ludovissy and Nancy Schroeder of Blooming Branches with a certificate and trophy for Best Overall in the Best of Guttenberg Contest. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

GD&T hosted their monthly Business After Five social hour at River Park Place on Thursday, Aug. 28. Director Emily Moser awarded certificates and a trophy to the winners of GD&T's Best of Guttenberg contest, who were selected by popular vote. 

Polls were open to the public for several weeks leading up to Celebrate Guttenberg, when winners were announced. "Participation in the Best of Guttenberg contest is one of the benefits of being a GD&T member," said Moser.

Wed
03
Sep

Remote-read meters planned for Guttenberg utilities


Dan Pierce, water operator for the city of Guttenberg, displays the new technology that will save time and improve accuracy when reading utility meters. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

The City of Guttenberg is in the first year of a three-year program to replace and update all utility meters to allow city employees to read them while driving by.

The new technology will greatly shorten the time city employees spend reading meters and will also address the problem of reaching meters during bad weather, especially during the winter when deep snow can make the job difficult.

City workers will update each water meter by installing a white box that will transmit a signal to a hand-held device as a utility worker drives by. Electric meters are also being updated; they will look similar to the old meters but will transmit a reading when workers drive by with the device.

Jamie Blume, utility billing clerk, assures residents that the only time the box sends a signal is when the reading device drives by. "Otherwise it just sits there and stores data — it won't transmit," she said.

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