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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. 

Wed
23
Oct

National Bullying Prevention Month


October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Clayton Ridge fourth graders (from left) Colin Backes, Madison Meyer, and Mara Pierce share posters their class made in support of the school's anti-bullying campaign. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

She pulls a blue envelope from her pocket. It is postmarked and addressed to her office, but the return address has been left blank. The envelope arrived carrying a white sheet of computer paper, folded into a chunky square.

“I opened it up and I read it. It said that everybody is talking about me, and it was making fun of my body,” said a Guttenberg woman, recounting this painful experience. The anonymous letter targeted her weight, clothing, and hair, and repeatedly hinted that she was the topic of negative conversations among her adult peers.

An adult target is not the first thing that comes to mind when one hears the word ‘bullying’; however, the scenario is not uncommon. The workplace, with its power struggles and conflicts between coworkers, is all too often the backdrop for adult bullying. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), workplace bullying is “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators that takes one or more of the following forms: verbal abuse; offensive conduct/behaviors (including nonverbal) which are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating; and work interference (sabotage) which prevents work from getting done.” 

Wed
23
Oct

Fields of gold signal harvest time

 

The golden sun of summer has evolved into fields of corn that are now ready for the harvest in Clayton County.  Above, a farmer near Colesburg joins in the autumn ritual of reaping what was sown. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer Combs)

Wed
16
Oct

Soccer season winds to a close

 

In the last soccer game of the year played in Guttenberg on Saturday morning, Oct. 12, Joshua Stade kicks the ball off his knee, looking to score the goal. (Press photo by Bruce Thein)

Wed
16
Oct

Autumn angler

 

Under a blue October sky, a Sunday fisherman casts a line in the Mississippi River at Guttenberg. Cooler temperatures and shorter days are summoning brilliant fall colors to the Wisconsin and Iowa bluffs in Northeast Iowa. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Wed
16
Oct

Dr. Raul Ruiz reflects on life in Paraguay and Guttenberg


Dr. Raul Ruiz began working to support his family in Paraguay at age 10, and went on to serve the Guttenberg area as a surgeon for 14 years. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

Dr. Raul Ruiz served as Guttenberg’s surgeon for 14 years, from 1992 through 2006. He now resides in Waterloo with his wife, Mari, but has fond memories of time spent with the doctors of Guttenberg and their families. 

For over a decade prior to relocating to Guttenberg, Ruiz lived and worked in Eldora. Tim Wick, who was CEO of the hospital at that time, sent Dr. Ruiz a postcard with a picture of Guttenberg. “I decided to come because I wanted to do only surgery. The doctors were very nice, that was also part of the decision,” said Ruiz. 

Wed
16
Oct

Redecorated library to host open house Saturday


Library patrons are already enjoying the updated look. Suspense mounts as the date of the open house approaches and the library awaits new furniture. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

 

By Molly Moser

The freshly redecorated Guttenberg Public Library will host a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 19. The library was closed for several weeks while receiving its first comprehensive face-lift since the building’s dedication in July of 1989.

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