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Sep

Adventure Cat’s debut

My mom once taught me to crochet a basic chain, but I never absorbed the lecture on turning around—so I was doomed to spend eternity weaving one continuous strand of yarn. Thanks to a lesson from a friend, now I can turn around and do a double stitch for double the fun! (I still refuse to count my stitches. Counting will never be a part of any hobby I take up.) Like most valuable skills, learning this one came with its share of cursing, yelling and bleeding. That’s just what happens when you try to keep two cats away from miles of colorful moving string.  

Wed
24
Sep

Germanfest You be the Judge winners named


Guttenberg's Germanfest featured a brewing contest with winners decided by popular vote. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Ballots were cast by 90 Germanfest guests who sampled beer and wine in a  competition that featured Park Farm wines and ten beer entries from area home brewers.

Iowa LeCrescent, a moscato, took first place for favorite wine, with Mississippi Red coming in second. Both were supplied for the contest by Park Farm.

The beer contest ended in a tie between Tigerhawk Ale, submitted by Fred Smith, of St. Paul, Minn., and Dr. Andy Smith’s Altbier.

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24
Sep

Mick elected to bar association board


Gary Mick

Guttenberg attorney Gary Mick was recently elected by his peers in Judicial District 1A to serve on The Iowa State Bar Association’s Board of Governors. He will serve a multi-year term on the board, which is the policy-making body of the ISBA.

A native of Waverly, Mick received his B.S. degree from Cornell College, and his law degree from Creighton University School of Law, the latter in 1976. He practices with the Schuster and Mick Law Firm in Guttenberg as a general practitioner.

The 46-member Board of Governors meets quarterly to discuss and decide on issues impacting attorneys in Iowa.

Wed
24
Sep

Local artist Evan Ventris featured in Dubuque art show


Evan Ventris graduated from Clayton Ridge High School in 2002 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University in 2012. Evan works primarily in oil paint on panel, but has also produced digital art and sculpture. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Over a dozen artists from across the U.S. are currently participating in the Voices from the Warehouse District exhibit in the Historic Millwork District of Dubuque. Evan (Stickfort) Ventris, who grew up in rural Garnavillo and attended both Garnavillo and Clayton Ridge High Schools, is one of the show’s featured artists. 

“There is a wide variety of art on display, ranging from sculpture to paintings to site-specific installation. There are artists from around the country exhibiting their work, and a great deal of effort is put into making Voices successful each year. If you are a fan of art in general, it’s worth a visit,” says Ventris. 

Voices is a month-long art exhibit and cultural event located in a cavernous 15,000 square foot gallery space. Voices began in 2005 as a way for the artists’ voices to be heard, and quickly gathered support from the Dubuque community. 

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24
Sep

Loven joins 25 river city mayors meeting in New Orleans


Flowing through Guttenberg is the ecological linchpin to the 37-state Mississippi River Basin. The river creates $200 billion worth of U.S. Gross Domestic Product; provides drinking water for more than 18 million people; transports 62% of our nation’s agricultural output; delivers nearly 400 tons of coal and petroleum products; and directly supports one million jobs – and millions more indirectly. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg Mayor Russ Loven joined 25 mayors in New Orleans on Sept. 17 for the unveiling of the Mississippi River Sustainable Development Fund and a partnership between the Mississippi River World Trade Center Alliance and 18 Community Foundations serving communities along the River. 

The Mayors were attending a two-day annual meeting for the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a mayor-led effort comprised of 65 River Mayors committed to creating a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River. MRCTI is an effort to bring national attention back to the Mississippi River—America’s most critical natural asset—and spearhead a new level of regional cooperation to make it more sustainable.

"As MRCTI members, we have been able to collectively bring national attention back to America's most important river. Our livelihoods, health, and futures are all linked to the Mississippi River; and I am proud to host these Mayors as we protect and promote our precious waterway," explained New Orleans Mayor Landrieu.

Wed
17
Sep

Brown's Ford to celebrate 50 years with car show & cruise Sept. 20


Dave Brown, founder of Brown's Ford in Guttenberg, is shown with a 1947 Studebaker. Dave invites everyone to help Brown's celebrate their 50-year anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 20, with a car cruise and show. (Photo submitted)

Brown's Sales and Leasing in Guttenberg and Elkader, and Victory Ford in Dyersville, are coming together to celebrate with the Brown family as they observe the opening 50 years ago of Brown's Ford in Guttenberg. “As part of a year-long celebration we are sponsoring a car show and cruise that will feature local cars to be held in conjunction with Guttenberg Germanfest,” said David Brown, business founder.

The three-city car show and cruise will take place Saturday, Sept. 20. There will be a "Show and Shine" from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Brown's Sales and Leasing in Guttenberg, Victory Ford in Dyersville and Brown's Sales and Leasing in Elkader. 

At 11:30 a.m. the cars will cruise from Elkader and Dyersville to the parking lot at Brown's Sales and Leasing on Highway 52 in Guttenberg where they are expected to arrive by 12:30 p.m. From 1:00-3:00 p.m. the combined cars from all three dealerships will be on display and be voted on in 14 classes for trophy awards. Spectators as well as registered car owners will have a chance to vote.

Wed
17
Sep

Riverboat tour to depart from Guttenberg marina


Live music by John Stravers, navigation information, and river stories will accompany passengers aboard The Maiden Voyage on Sunday. Last year, Captain Robert Vavra led three tours that headed south from Guttenberg on his pontoon. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Following the condemnation of his old boat in April, Maiden Voyage owner and captain Robert Vavra experienced an outcry from people in the area who didn't want his tours to end. He spent five months preparing a new vessel for river travel, and later this week passengers will board the new boat for a scenic tour of the Mississippi River. 

"We splashed the new boat 23 days ago," Vavra told The Press on Friday. The new Maiden Voyage, built in Florida, is a handicap accessible 49-passenger pontoon which has now passed a total of eight coast guard inspections.

The boat will leave Guttenberg's south marina at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21. A two-hour tour will include live music by John Stravers, birding information, and the sharing of river stories. "I hope to be able to work in Guttenberg more next year, during other community events," said Vavra, recalling the success of the tours he guided from Guttenberg last summer.  

Wed
17
Sep

Upcoming area theater experiences


Jason and Nika Tipsword, new members of Umbrella Arts, are leading the charge toward theater in Guttenberg. “I’m super excited about it, because it’s something I’m passionate about and Jason and I have a lot of experience in it," Nika says. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A theatrical couple recently relocated from Iowa City to Guttenberg, and the pair immediately began stirring up drama. Avonique (Niehaus) Tipsword grew up in Guttenberg, graduating from CRHS in 2004. She and husband Jason Tipsword, originally from the Iowa City area, were back in town for just a few short months when they attended their first Umbrella Arts meeting and began planning community theater events.  

Avonique (who now goes by Nika) holds a BA in Theatre Arts with a vocal music minor from the University of Iowa. She has worked professionally as stage manager for Riverside Theater and acted, directed, and worked administratively and behind the scenes on nearly 60 productions. She holds the rank of Certified Actor Combatant in the Society of American Fight Directors with three recommendations.

Jason Tipsword is a graduate of the National Stage Combat Workshop at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He works as a freelance fight choreographer throughout the region with over 80 stage productions and three films to his credit. In addition, Jason has taught stage combat at Central College, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, Drake University, Cornell College, and Kirkwood College. He also directs, acts, designs, and produces. Jason is Iowa's only Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher.

Wed
17
Sep

Acre Street residents object to proposed cluster mailbox plan

By Shelia Tomkins

A contingent of Acre Street residents attended the regular Guttenberg city council meeting on Monday, Sept. 8, to express disatisfaction with proposed plans to install cluster mailboxes in the area.

Mayor Russ Loven and councilmembers Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein were at the council table, along with City Manager Mary Willett.

Wed
10
Sep

Goodwill truck to visit here following city-wide sales

Arrangements have been made for the Goodwill truck to visit Guttenberg following city-wide garage sales on Sept. 19-20.

Residents may leave usable donations at the Goodwill truck to be parked at the Guttenberg Industries parking lot from Friday, Sept. 19, to Tuesday, Sept. 23. The truck will be open during daytime hours and closed at night to prevent vandalism.

Goodwill has released the following list of items they do NOT accept. Please note that televisions are not accepted; Goodwill has to pay $25 to dispose of each TV left in their truck. 

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