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Wed
26
Oct

Trunk-or-Treat set for Halloween at elementary school playground

Parents and Halloween-spirited community members are reminded to plan ahead for Trunk-or-Treat at the Clayton Ridge Elementary School playground on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m.

Wed
26
Oct

Greve traces family roots to 1595


A mural on Austin Greve's wall holds photographs of ancestors he's learned about by studying his family geneology. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

Greve has compiled seven volumes of history on the different branches of his family: Greve, Knudtson, Leliefeld, Hefel, Pelzer, Hingtgen and Jaeger. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

October is family history month. It’s an opportunity to research the branches and roots of our family trees, and a reminder that we are all connected. For one Guttenberg man, those family connections are rich in history.

Wed
26
Oct

Busy October school board meeting

The Clayton Ridge School Board of Directors met in regular session on Oct. 13. Members in attendance were John Heying, Christine Aulwes, Michael Finnegan, Alicia Helle, Ellen Johnson, Jason Reimer and Kathy Ihde. 

Heying was unanimously elected president of the board with Aulwes unanimously elected vice president. Mary Seifert was appointed board secretary with an hourly raise of 45 cents and Dave Schlueter was appointed treasurer. Board members Heying, Ihde and Finnegan will remain on the negotiations committee. 

Wed
26
Oct

Downtown fish pole public art project planned


From left are RC&D Byways Coordinator Jared Nielsen, Mayor Russ Loven and Umbrella Arts Chair Juanita Loven, who gathered with others on Oct. 13 to formulate a plan for a series of sculptures in Guttenberg's historic downtown. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg has been named one of two communities along the River Bluff Scenic Byway to receive funding for a public art project as part of a larger movement across Iowa’s byway corridors. Umbrella Arts and Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce have worked together to get city approval for the installation of a series of sculptures on light poles along the eastern side of River Park Drive in the historic downtown. 

Wed
19
Oct

Methodists plan Election Day meal

Roast beef and pork roast will be on the menu at the traditional Election Day meal served at the United Methodist Church, 200 South First Street, Guttenberg, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 4:30-7 p.m. 

Rounding out the menu will be mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cole slaw, rolls, pie, and beverages. 

Advance ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for childeren ages 3-10. Advance tickets must be purchased by Nov. 5. Adult tickets will be $2 higher at the door. Children age 3 and under eat for free. Carry-outs are available by calling 252-2153.

Wed
19
Oct

Main Street program Oct. 24

A Main Street 101 presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor of city hall on Monday, Oct. 24, for residents and the business community to learn more about how the Main Street program could work to revitalize Guttenberg. The mission of the Main Street Iowa Program is to improve the social and economic well-being of Iowa's communities by assisting selected communities to capitalize on the unique identity, assets and character of their historic commercial district.

Wed
19
Oct

Ghouls' and Goblins' Night Out


Ghouls' and Goblins' Night Out is an opportunity for adults to get in on the Halloween fun by dressing up, meeting friends, shopping and enjoying an evening out in Guttenberg. From left, Judith Elias, Eileen Wiskus, Mary Goebel, Diane Schieltz and Elaine Goebel enjoyed last year's festivities. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Ghouls' and Goblins' Night Out will take place this Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5-7 p.m. at the shops in Guttenberg. The sixth annual event gives adults the opportunity to celebrate Halloween and support Guttenberg businesses. 

Merchants and shoppers are encouraged to dress in costume. Participating businesses are offering spooky sales, deadly discounts at participating restaurants, devilish door prizes, and cauldrons of complimentary refreshments while shopping. 

Wed
19
Oct

Local baker adjusts to new gluten-free lifestyle


Joanne Svoboda was recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease and is holding an Oct. 24 meeting for those interested in gluten-free diets. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg resident Joann Svoboda has spent hours upon hours in the kitchen, baking breads and cookies as flour poufs into the air. Her husband claims to have married her for one of her delicious cookie recipes, and on early Saturday mornings, shoppers would gather around her farmer’s market booth for loaves of her fresh-baked bread. 

Wed
12
Oct

Heads up on Guttenberg Halloween festivities

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg residents can look forward to spooky Halloween traditions in the coming weeks.

Ghouls' and Goblins' Night Out

Each October, Guttenberg merchants get into the Halloween spirit with Ghouls' and Goblins' Night Out. The sixth annual event, scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, gives adults the opportunity to celebrate Halloween and support Guttenberg businesses. 

Wed
12
Oct

City council moves forward on bridge, cat licenses, camera system

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council, meeting in regular session on Oct. 3, moved forward on the Garber Road bridge replacement project,  accepted a bid for a new camera system and instructed the city attorney to draw up an ordinance providing for the licensing of cats. 

Mayor Russ Loven led councilmembers Austin Greve, Fred Schaub, Jane Parker, Virginia Saeugling, and Steve Friedlein through the agenda. Also at the council table were Assistant City Manager Jamie Blume and City Attorney Michael Schuster.

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