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Guttenberg Marine and RV Center to host safety class


With boating season just around the corner, river-lovers can brush up on their knowledge through a boat safety course on May 17. Call 252-2628 to sign up. (Press photo by Jane Thein)

By Molly Moser

Brooks Ante, owner of Guttenberg Marine and RV Center, is announcing a course led by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in boating safety. Class will take place on Saturday, May 17, the first day of national boat safety week.

This beginner boating class will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely, and the course is required for children ages 12-16 to legally operate any watercraft. 

The course will be held at the Guttenberg Municipal Marina Center. Participants are asked to register by May 10. To sign up, contact Guttenberg Marine and RV Center at 563-252-2628. Family discounts will be available. 

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NE Iowa Farm Antique Association calls for volunteers


The Northeast Iowa Farm Antique Association is calling for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks this summer and fall, from money collection and monthly event supervision to overseeing machinery at Plagman Barn Show Days. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The Northeast Iowa Farm Antique Association is calling for volunteers for the 2014 season. President Larry Moser hopes to increase interest in membership this year, thereby increasing the volunteer base to make activities at Plagman Barn sustainable. With roughly 50 current members, organizers worry they’ll have to eliminate some of the activities from September’s Show Days. 

The Association is dedicated to the historical preservation and the education of area youth by demonstrating the area's early farm and home practices and techniques. Volunteers are needed to help with general upkeep and events all season long, and there’s a need for a variety of skill sets. “I think a lot of people don’t volunteer out there because they think it’s driving tractor, and it’s not,” said Bill Niehaus, the organization’s secretary. Volunteers collect money, work in the kitchen, mow grass, paint, perform building maintenance, and help out at monthly events like barn dances and chicken dinners. 

Of the estimated 50 current members, a small core group volunteers on a regular basis. The rest help out at Plagman Barn Show Days, overseeing steam powered engines, single cylinder engines, and horse drawn equipment. Volunteers run machinery for threshing oats, chopping silage, baling straw, cutting wood from logs, and a working grist mill. Help is needed to make interactives like a blacksmith shop, butter churning, a horse pull, and an antique
tractor pull possible.

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Blood drive here Tuesday, May 6

A blood drive will be held in Guttenberg on Tuesday, May 6, from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church - Fellowship Hall, 203 Pearl Street.

No appointments are necessary, and walk-ins are welcome.

A blood donation is a gift that doesn’t cost a thing but can provide hope to hospital patients in need. Every day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide, including 34 in the Badger-Hawkeye Region. 

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Blood drive set for Tuesday, May 6

A blood drive will be held at St. John's Lutheran Church, 203 Pearl Street, Guttenberg, on Tuesday, May 6, from 1:00-6:00 p.m.

A blood donation is a gift that doesn’t cost a thing but can provide hope to hospital patients in need. Every day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide, including 34 in the Badger-Hawkeye Region. 

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply, and those with types O negative, A negative, B negative and AB positive and negative are especially encouraged to give.

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23
Apr

Braley tours Care Center, discusses fraud prevention


Representative Bruce Braley, left, spoke with Care Center Administrator Dr. Janette Simon and staff member Jim Powers about quality resident care - which includes the view from Acre Street. Simon told Braley, "The view of the river is very orienting and calming for residents." (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Guttenberg Care Center welcomed representative Bruce Braley on Tuesday, April 15. The congressman visited to discuss senior fraud and his recent efforts to protect Iowa’s seniors from scam artists. Braley also spoke in depth with Care Center Administrator Dr. Janette Simon about the challenges and achievements of care facilities in rural Iowa. 

On a tour of the Care Center’s neighborhoods, Simon and Braley discussed a wide variety of topics, including funding and regulations, the assisted living and outpatient therapy additions that are underway, and a four-year study conducted at the Care Center which proved that residents involved in meaningful planned activities had increased appetites and decreased need for pain medication. 

Braley recently announced his support for two pieces of legislation aimed at senior fraud prevention. The Anti-Spoofing Act would prohibit deceptive caller ID spoofing—a popular scam that defrauds unsuspecting seniors by displaying a name or entity on caller ID that appears to be trustworthy.

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23
Apr

Fredlake shares love of travel with coworkers and lifelong friends


Marilyn Fredlake, left, and Toni Schmelzer enjoyed a seven-day Hawaiian cruise aboard the Norwegian Pride of America. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“Marilyn came up to me one day at the office and asked, ‘If you could go anywhere, where would you go?’ Thinking it was just a simple question, I said Hawaii.” Toni Schmelzer, who works with Marilyn Fredlake at Brown’s Sales and Leasing in Guttenberg, didn’t know she was signing up for two weeks of tropical adventures.  

Schmelzer thought her long-time friend was teasing when she invited her on a Hawaiian vacation. “Oh my goodness. It took months. I had to hand her a ticket before she really believed she was going,” recalls Fredlake. 

The two women boarded a plane headed for the Honolulu Airport on Oahu. It was Schmelzer’s first flight, the first of many more ‘firsts’ she’d experience in the days to come. When the plane reached its destination, she set her eyes on the ocean for the first time in her life. She enjoyed her first bite of lobster, learned to barter on the streets of Waikiki, and boarded a cruise ship for the first time.

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23
Apr

Council reviews zoning matters

By Shelia Tomkins

Discussion on the powers and duties of the city planning and zoning commission and zoning board of adjustment highlighted a special city council meeting on Monday, April 14. 

Mayor Russ Loven, council members Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Steve Friedlein and Jane Parker, City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Mike Schuster were in attendance.

Members of the P & Z board — Dan Parker, Howard Hubbell, Don Herkes, Jim Eglseder, Janette Hansel, Steve Dikkers and J.J. Rochford — were present as City Attorney Michael Schuster reviewed the  purpose and history of zoning regulations. "The idea is to balance the needs of individuals with the welfare of society as a whole," he said.

In the 1970s Guttenberg prepared a comprehensive plan that included its first zoning ordinances.  The city's Planning and Zoning board serves in an advisory capacity, making recommendations to the council. The Zoning Board of Adjustment is a stand-alone quasi-judicial body that hears appeals and grants variances. Schuster explained the relationships between the P &Z board, the Board of Adjustment and the city council. Discussion was also held on what the city's zoning ordinance specifies about building garages on contiguous lots.

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Apr

Food vendors needed for RAGBRAI

The RAGBRAI Committee is still in need of food vendors for Saturday, July 26. Nearly 20,000 visitors are expected here that day.

If you have a club, organization or business that has a need for a fundraiser, consider becoming a food vendor for RAGBRAI. The deadline to register is May 15.

Following is general information for food vendors. More detailed information is available from Linda Benskin at 252-2020 or 252-3538, or Jane Augustyn at 252-3820 or 252-1938.

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16
Apr

Money matters occupy council

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on April 7, took the first step in increasing water and sewer rates, heard a request to replace an ambulance,  accepted responsibility for maintenance of a park restroom, listened to a RAGBRAI update,  and moved forward on funding for the Acre Street project.

Mayor Russ Loven, council members Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Steve Friedlein and Jane Parker, City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Mike Schuster were in attendance.

Water, sewer increases

The council approved the first reading of an ordinance that will increase water and sewer rates each $1 per month. Before final passage, the ordinance must be approved at a second and third public reading. Upon final approval, the new base rate will be $24.25 for water and $24.50 for sewer. 

"The revenues for the utilities are not keeping up with expenses," City Manager Willett told The Press. "The council is looking to examine the revenues and expenditures and evaluate the rates every year, instead of having large rate increases."

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Apr

Following the garbage truck: Where does our trash go?

By Molly Moser

As the world around us comes back to life, we once again dedicate a day to celebrating and protecting its splendor. Though we might be better served by observing Earth Day every day, this year marks 44 since the day many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, capitalized on directing the energy of the anti-war protest movement, and bringing attention to environmental concerns.

Collecting litter is a typical way to honor Earth Day, and Guttenberg is offering several special collections on April 26. The Guttenberg Police Department will sponsor its annual prescription drug drop-off that Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the alley behind the Municipal Building. A shred-a-thon, for secure disposal of sensitive documents, will be held that day thanks to Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol. In conjunction with these events, the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital is sponsoring a sharps disposal at the site.  

The GMH Auxiliary recently heard a presentation from Todd Kuhse, a representative of Waste Management (WM), who spoke in detail about what happens to Guttenberg’s trash and recycling after it’s been picked up by the company. 

Waste Management states that Guttenberg's trash is sent to the Winneshiek County Landfill, located between Frankville and Decorah. Yard waste ends up in a compost site in Prairie du Chien. 

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