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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.

Wed
12
Mar

No injuries in Millville house fire


No injuries were reported in a Saturday fire at the Joan Wacker residence in Millville. The Guttenberg Fire Department responded to the call at 12:30 p.m. and were assisted by departments from Holy Cross, Colesburg, and New Vienna/Luxemburg. The cause of the fire remains undetermined. Visit The Guttenberg Press on Facebook for more photos. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

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 Guttenberg Fire Dept.

On Saturday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. the Guttenberg Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at 2530 South Main Street in Millville. 

First reports were that fire had broken through the roof of the structure. The fire department began a defensive fire attack on the structure to protect surrounding structures and contain the fire to the initial home.

Wed
12
Mar

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. 

Wed
12
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.” 

Wed
12
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. 

Wed
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.  

Wed
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.

Wed
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. 

Wed
05
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.

Wed
26
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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