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Wed
06
Nov

Buy a Light for Honor Flight: Fundraising for veterans


Though her father, a WWII veteran, did not get to make an Honor Flight during his lifetime, Roxy Knockel and Riverview Café are supporting the cause. Readers can participate in this fundraiser by purchasing a light from the strand pictured. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Riverview Café is supporting America’s veterans with an ongoing fundraiser for Honor Flight of Greater Dubuque. “Buy a Light for Honor Flight,” allows participating businesses to give away a cash prize to one lucky winner and simultaneously raise money for a noble cause.

Wed
06
Nov

Java Queen is "docked" in Guttenberg


Molly Moser works on a mural of the mythical Java Queen riverboat at Riverside Grind in Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

By Shelia Tomkins

A colorful new mural in downtown Guttenberg celebrates the community's riverboat heritage. Located on the north interior wall of The Riverside Grind, artist Molly Moser recently completed  a painting of a mythical sternwheeler dubbed The Java Queen.

The project had its genesis in a suggestion made by a coffee shop patron to owner Cheryll Shireman, who then approached Molly with the idea.

Wed
06
Nov

Veterans Day program in Guttenberg

 

The Guttenberg German Band, along with the Clayton Ridge High School band and any community musicians who care to do so, will form a community band for a program in the high school gym to honor the veterans in the area on Monday, Nov. 11, at 10:00 a.m.  

The program will be presented to the entire Clayton Ridge School, along with students from St. Mary's/IC School, and will involve all the veteran organizations in Guttenberg and Garnavillo, plus the music programs in the school.   Some of the faculty will also be involved and have been the highlight of the programs in the past.

Wed
06
Nov

Veteran Adam Eilers settles into life back at home


With the help of family and friends (like his mother, who designed the pictured patriotic landscaping), Adam Eilers has settled into his newly remodeled home in rural Garnavillo. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

To peek down a gravel road and into the quiet country life of rural Garnavillo resident Adam Eilers, you’d never know that his not-so-distant past contains wheelchairs, surgeries, and hospital beds. Surrounded by fields of corn, his nine-acre property is a picture of Iowa serenity. A creaking, rusted windmill turns slowly, a cow and a goat graze, and two friendly dogs greet visitors at the door.

Two and a half years ago, a bomb detonated near the armored vehicle that contained Army National Guard Corporal Adam Eilers and two other Iowa National Guard Soldiers. Eilers spent nine months recovering from his injuries, and now, it seems, he’s settled back into civilian life.

“I bought this place at the end of June last year,” he says, “but I didn’t move in till that October.” In just three months, with the help of friends and family, Eilers’ house got a complete overhaul. It required new wiring, windows, and plumbing; removal of multiple layers of wallpaper; and an entire revamp of the kitchen and ground floor bathroom. 

Though he lives a peaceful life near his family and childhood friends, one doesn’t have to look far to see the impact of his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. He points out the cedar walls and heated tile floors in his bathroom, then notes, “The shower is handicap accessible. I’ve been in a wheelchair, so I know what that’s like.” 

Wed
30
Oct

In the spirit of Halloween

 

Happily anticipating Thursday evening's trick-or-treat rounds, Loretta Pierce, daughter of Betty and Paul Pierce of Guttenberg, has plenty of front-porch pumpkins, ghosts, witches, cobwebs, goblins and bats to put her in the holiday spirit. Official door-to-door hours in Guttenberg are from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Oct. 31. (Press photo by  Shelia Tomkins)

Wed
30
Oct

Four generations of Clefisch family on Century Farm


Members of the Clefisch family with ties to their Century Farm are: from left, on the hood, Sage and Braeden Plagge, Katelynn and Makenzie Clefisch; standing, from left, Mike, Nichole and Chayse Plagge, Carolyn and Dick Clefisch, Judy and Steve Clefisch, Travis Clefisch and Lynn Hall and Sally (the dog). (Photo submitted)

 

The Clefisch family farm in rural Clayton County was recognized as a Century Farm this year at the Iowa State Fair. Three generations of the family attended the award ceremony in August. 

Wed
30
Oct

A touch of Paris at St. John's Gala


The bell within the tower at St. John’s is original and is not electronic. It rings out the beginning of services, during the Lord's Prayer, and tolls for the recently departed. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

A night of fine dining, live music, and fundraising is planned for Nov. 2 at Lakeside Ballroom. The first annual St. John’s Gala Auction will begin with a social hour from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Dinner and the live auction will follow.

Funds raised during the auction will be used to make facility repairs, especially to the church bell tower. “The bell tower is original to the church building, circa 1948, and has been an issue for several years that has been addressed with patches, band aids, etc. Now, this upcoming year, we are trying to get it fixed correctly so as to avoid water damage,” said St. John’s Pastor Shane Anderson. “We need to raise a significant amount of money to get it fixed correctly.”

Gala committee member Linda Benskin told The Press, “We started brainstorming as to what we could do to raise some money for the church, and this gala auction came up. We’ve been planning for over a year, and we really started getting the wheels rolling at the first of the year.”

Wed
30
Oct

Municipal election day is Nov. 5

 

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to elect municipal leaders. (Look for candidate interviews elsewhere in this issue.) 

Absentee ballots are available at the County Auditor's office, or by sending a completed request form to the Auditor's office. Forms are available for downloading at www.claytoncountyia.gov or by calling 563-245-1106. Votes can also be cast in person at the Auditor's Office prior to Nov. 5.

Wed
23
Oct

A chat with Mrs. Lincoln

 

Actress Laura Keyes of Schaumberg, Ill., visits with Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven following her performance at the Guttenberg Public Library's open house on Saturday, Oct. 12. All seats were filled for her entertaining presentation of "Mrs. Lincoln: The First 'First ' Lady." Her appearance was sponsored by Friends of the Guttenberg Library Foundation.  (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Wed
23
Oct

Bus trip veers off course due to snowstorm and shutdown


Vernon Heck and his wife Margo (not pictured) enjoyed their trip to the Badlands even after the national parks closed and the snow began to fall. (Photo submitted)

 

By Molly Moser

A record-breaking snowstorm dumped four feet of snow on Deadwood, S.D., early this month. The storm left Guttenberg residents Margo and Vernon Heck and Anthony and Lucy Schissel stranded for days without power in their Deadwood hotel room.

On Sept. 29, they joined a 35-person bus tour on a 7-day trip headed for Mount Rushmore.  “We got to see the Corn Palace, in Mitchell, S.D., and the Rosebud Casino,” Margo told The Press. On the second day, the group toured the South Dakota Air and Space Museum, stopped at the infamous Wall Drug, and visited Badlands National Park – just one day before the two-week federal government shutdown. 

“That night we were told that we couldn’t go to Mount Rushmore the next day,” said Margo. Oct. 1 marked the first day of the shutdown, and the tour group passed by Mount Rushmore but couldn’t get close or take photographs. “The federal park rangers – that they laid off, so we couldn’t see it – were still there to keep us from seeing it, putting up barriers. That made some of us upset,” Margo explained. 

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