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Winter water woes continue

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg's problems with frozen water lines are continuing as the calendar moves into March.

City Manager Mary Willett reported at the March 3 city council meeting that as of that date there were 90 properties that reported frozen water lines this winter, with 78 of those still frozen. 

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Mar

Haiti mission inspires local pastor


Upon arrival in Port-au-Prince, Hofer snapped this photo of a Haitian market, from which many carry their goods away on their heads. Painted on the wheelbarrow at right is the message, "Thank you Jesus." "If you're lucky, you have a wheelbarrow," Hofer said. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“There are no conveniences. Everything is much harder to do, and takes much more time,” said Neil Hofer, who traveled to Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti in January with the Haitian Christian Development Fund (HCDF).  On Sunday, Hofer spoke about the experience to members of Guttenberg’s United Methodist Church, where he serves as pastor.

Hofer and others in his group worked at L’Exode, a school serving roughly 500 elementary students and 170 more in grades seven through nine. The school is currently being developed to hold classes for high school students, and is expected to be complete in 2018. Armed with boxes of screws donated by Meuser Lumber, Hofer helped fix and build desks, paint walls, organize the school’s library, and teach others to use tools. 

“Less than 50% of children in Haiti go to school, and only a fifth of those that do make it to secondary school,” said Cheri Lane, Hofer’s niece and HDCF representative. Hofer shared a photo of primary school students at L’Exode, and explained that Haitian children who attend school are required to take a government test to determine if they get to continue their formal education. “The official language of the country is French, so the tests are administered in French – which is not the native language,” said Lane. 

In spite of the odds, said Hofer, “The big revelation is that people are getting educated, and are staying there rather than moving away.” 

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Mar

Local performers showcased in talent contest


Of the 13 acts at the annual Talent Show, these three performers came out on top. From left are Isaac Sweet, 16, of Guttenberg, Autumn Kivi, 14, of Prairie du Chein, Wis., and Claire Friday, 16, of Guttenberg. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

G&G Living Centers and GD&T hosted their annual talent show on Sunday in the high school gymnasium. Thirteen acts of singing, dancing, and gymnastics kept audience members entertained for the afternoon. Behind the scenes, performers scurried to make last-minute substitutions and react to technical difficulties. 

“We started practicing around 10:41 a.m.,” said ten-year-olds Kayla Kelly and Emma Kulper, just moments before the show began. After a week of practicing a gymnastic dance routine, Kayla’s partner called in sick on the morning of the talent show. Emma stepped up to the plate, and the girls, who study together at the Moser School of Dance, pulled together a routine that had the crowd cheering. “We expect to bring home $100 today!” the two giggled before heading backstage.

Kelly Rutledge and Ben Howard, of White Chili Sauce with a Dash of Panther, opened the show with the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis hit “Same Love.” With Howard on keyboard, Rutledge voiced the song’s hard-hitting lyrics tackling the issue of gay rights. 

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05
Mar

Clayton County Womenade spring potluck March 11

By Shelia Tomkins

Organizers of Womenade, a grassroots organization formed in Clayton County this summer, plan to hold a benefit potluck on Tuesday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Guttenberg Municipal Building, 502 South First Street. 

"Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share if you like and plan to enjoy an evening of fellowship," say organizaers. 

An update will be given regarding the donations received thus far and the contributions that have been distributed.  

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05
Mar

World Day of Prayer this Friday

Women of the Guttenberg United Methodist Church invite all community members to attend the World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m. 

This year's theme is "Streams in the Desert" and was written by the women of Egypt. It will feature an exploration of the Biblical story of the Samaritan's woman's conversation at the well with Jesus. 

The mission offering that day funds grant made to women's and children's groups in each country.

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05
Mar

Communication is key for CRHS speech competitors


Large group speech contestants are, front from left, Hailey Peterson, Noelle Hines, Anna Berns, Isabella Berns, Dustin Kelly, Josie Broxson, and Katie Zimmer; back row, Amanda Hansel, Janelle Burr, Alex Simon, Kelly Hawkins, and Maysie Scherer. Not pictured are Blake Bolsinger, Rebecca Scherer, Claire Friday, and Carrigan Moser. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

In what extra curricular activity can students perform as radio news announcers, mimes, and screenwriters? Clayton Ridge High Schoolers get this opportunity through individual and large-group speech. Speech competitions provide an outlet for a wide variety of interests, and unlike many extra curricular activities, allow students to determine their individual level of commitment. 

Speech competitions are well underway at Clayton Ridge. Practices began just after Thanksgiving, and 17 students participated in the State Large Group Speech Contest on Saturday, Feb. 8. 

“We have a young team this year,” said high school English instructor and speech coach Nicole Shaw. Participating students included junior Anna Berns and sophomores Claire Friday, Carrigan Moser, and Blake Bolsinger, who performed musical theater pieces; Rebecca Scherer, Maysie Scherer, and Josie Broxson, who presented an ensemble acting piece; and a five-minute film written, directed, performed, and edited by sophomores Isabella Berns, Noelle Hines, Kelly Hawkins, Rebecca Scherer, Jane Robinson, and Hailey Peterson. 

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Mar

Snowshoes improve CR winter physical education


From left are middle school students Taylor Palmer, Sophie Berns, Nicole Schaefers, Eric Ihde, Brandon Wahls and Hunter Friederick showing off their snowshoes. “If you don’t pick up your feet, you fall on your face,” laughed Ihde. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Clayton Ridge Wellness Committee has accomplished one of its initiatives for the 2013-14 school year in purchasing 30 pairs of snowshoes for middle school students. “We wanted to incorporate a new method of wintertime exercise, as well as more outdoor exercise all year round,” said Superintendent Allan Nelson. 

Clayton County Naturalist Brian Gibbs led students on a winter expedition last year, when many students strapped on snowshoes for the first time. That outing sparked the wellness committee’s interest in investigating the activity, and the superintendent was on board.

The snowshoes arrived in January from Red Feather Snowshoe. The company is based in LaCrosse, where the University of Wisconsin conducted a study which found that snowshoeing at an average speed of three miles per hour compared favorably to running at six miles per hour, cycling at 14-16 miles per hour, and cross country skiing at five to eight miles per hour. Because of the way participants must lift their feet, snowshoeing burns 420 to 1,000 calories per hour. Exercising in the cold requires the body to burn even more calories to stay warm.

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Feb

Awards presented at Guttenberg Fire Dept. banquet


Service awards went to, front from left, Dave Tschantz - 30 years, and Denny Roth - 40 years, Jeff Troester - 20 years; back, Larry Goedken - five years, Josh Roth - 10 years, Austin Greve - 10 years. Not pictured are Tim Kuempel - five years and Jen Radl - 10 years. (Austin Greve photo)

The Guttenberg Fire Department helds its annual awards and appreciation dinner on Saturday evening, Feb. 22, at the Stadium Bar and Grill in Guttenberg. Following a social hour, dinner was served to approximately 50 firefighters, retired members, spouses, guests and friends.

Special guest was Alan Esch, President of the Iowa Firefighters Association. 

A program and awards presentation followed the dinner. Fire Chief Chad Esmann thanked the volunteers for their service during the past year and gave a brief summary of yearly activities. The following awards were presented:

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Feb

United Methodists to host World Day of Prayer March 7

Women of the Guttenberg United Methodist Church invite all community members to attend the World Day of Prayer service on Friday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m. 

This year's theme is "Streams in the Desert" and was written by the women of Egypt. It will feature an exploration of the Biblical story of the Samaritan's woman's conversation at the well with Jesus. 

The mission offering that day funds grants made to women's and children's groups in each country.

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26
Feb

Grocery cart race benefits food shelf


With help from Farm Bureau, Bender's Foods, and teams from Clayton Ridge High School and Clayton County 4-H, the county food shelf received over $300 in donated food. Front from left are Farm Bureau representative Jesse Westhoff and Bender's manager Karl Behning; second row, Farm Bureau rep Nick Westhoff, contestants Abby Von Handorf, Hannah Andregg, Andrew Burgin, Jacob Kahle, and Farm Bureau rep Erik Oberbroeckling; back row, competitors Joe Kann, Colten Rastetter, and Sharon Keehner. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

At the call of “Ready, set, go!” two teams rushed their shopping carts forward and began a race to feed the hungry. Hannah Andregg, Abby Von Handorf, Colten Rastetter, and Joe Kann, of the Clayton County 4-H Youth Council, competed against Clayton Ridge High School faculty and students Sharon Keehner, Andrew Burgin, and Jacob Kahle in the Clayton County Farm Bureau’s Grocery Cart Race at Bender’s Foods in Guttenberg on Friday.

The annual event is part of Farm Bureau’s Our Food Link program, a new year-round pro-ject to reach consumers of all ages and backgrounds with information about today’s agriculture. “We’re here to promote the fact that by the third or fourth week in February, the average family of four in America has earned enough income to buy their food for the rest of the year,” said Farm Bureau representative Erik Oberbroeckling. Samantha Erhardt, regional manager at Farm Bureau, detailed another focus of the event – farm to fork. “By sponsoring this grocery cart race, we hope to help consumers understand where their food comes from,” said Erhardt.

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