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Cochlear implants give sound to area three-year-old


Lucas loves to name objects, letters, and colors in picture books. He is beginning to transition from learning primarily through sign language to learning vocally. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

A Garnavillo boy born without the ability to hear is now dancing and singing along with the radio. 

Lucas Sadewasser, now almost three, received cochlear implants about 18 months ago, and he’s surprising those around him with his progress. 

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that partially restores hearing for people who have severe hearing loss and don't benefit from hearing aids. The implant consists of an external processor, which sits behind the ear; and a second portion, a receiver, that is surgically placed under the skin. 

A microphone on the external portion picks up sounds from the environment. The speech processor selects and arranges these sounds and transmits sound signals to the internal receiver. There, sound signals are converted into electric impulses and sent via the auditory nerve to the brain, where they are interpreted as a form of hearing. 

While a cochlear implant does not restore normal hearing, it can give a deaf person a useful representation of sounds and help him or her to understand speech. Results vary from person to person, but according to Mayo Clinic, most patients report improved ability to hear speech without needing visual cues and to recognize normal, everyday environmental sounds; the ability to hear soft sounds; and the ability to locate the sources of sound.

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Mar

Guttenberg Care Center introduces holistic health practices


Diane Loeffelholz (left) and Joyce Horstman traveled with Guttenberg Care Center residents to visit Nature Haven Farm in Garnavillo. The farm, operated by Kay and Vic Vifian, will provide edible flowers, squash, corn, herbs, berries, and melons for meals at the Care Center. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Aromatherapy. Reflexology. Massage therapy. Sounds more like a spa day than a nursing home, right? Wrong. The Guttenberg Care Center, with support from owner ABCM Corporation, has embarked on a journey to incorporate holistic health into the many options available to residents. Music and art therapy, tai chi, meditation, and locally grown foods are among the many facets of the care center’s holistic health plan.

“Holistic Health is the next logical approach for us in expanding the fundamentals of Person Directed Care. It is our responsibility to enrich resident’s lives while managing their medical care,” said marketing coordinator Jane Staebler. A stakeholder group formed last year consulted with the Maharishi University in Fairfield, Luther College in Decorah, and Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids. “We’ve learned through visiting some of these places that although it’s becoming more common, holistic health is still very foreign in the nursing home community,” Staebler told The Press.

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Feb

St. John's youth plan to attend national gathering in Detroit


St. John's youth held a Shrove Tuesday meal to raise funds for a summer trip. Front from left are Isaac Sweet, Mariah Balahaja; middle row, Matthew Andersen, Ben Schmelzer and Michael Andersen; back row, Emily Kraus, Carlie Hyde and Abrianna Moore. Not pictured are  Josef Von Handorf and Braydn  Harbaugh. (Photo submitted)

This summer ten young people from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg will be attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit.  

These local teens along with four chaperones will spend five days in Detroit at Fords Field with 40,000 other young Lutherans from around the country and world. While at the convention, they will spend one day doing volunteer work at an urban inner city setting.  

To help raise money for their trip, the group hosted a Shrove Tuesday spaghetti and pie supper at St. John’s on Feb. 17.  Thrivent  Financial assisted the youth with funds to help purchase supplies for the spaghetti supper. 

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Feb

Guttenberg Hospital Auxiliary offers free memberships


Gift shop manager and Auxiliary member Cheryl Simmons notes that GMH and CFP employees are the shop’s best customers. The Auxiliary distributes half of the profits from the gift shop to special projects that benefit the hospital and surrounding community. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Auxiliary has elected to waive the $10.00 membership fee for the remainder of 2015 in hopes of recruiting some fresh new perspective into the organization. The Auxiliary supports the hospital with fundraisers including Easter baskets, uniform sales, quilt raffles, and the annual Cookie Walk during the holiday season. 

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Feb

Superintendent Nelson approved for early retirement

By Molly Moser

The Clayton Ridge School board approved the early retirement of Superintendent Allan Nelson during a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17.  Members in attendance were Janice Andregg, Christine Aulwes, Mike Finnegan, Jason Reimer, John Heying, and  Dr. Jeff Hoffmann. Kathy Ihde was absent. Also in attendance were Allan Nelson, David Schlueter and Mary Seifert.

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Feb

CR school board authorizes April 7 bond referendum

By Molly Moser

During their February meeting, the Clayton Ridge School Board voted to accept a school improvement petition with 117 signatures from community members. The board has decided to hold a special election on April 7 to request the issue of up to $10 million in general obligation bonds for the purpose of renovating school buildings in Guttenberg. Public hearing dates have been set for March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the middle school auditorium in Garnavillo and March 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school gym in Guttenberg. 

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Feb

Volunteers invited to sewing day to make Quilts of Valor

A sewing day to make Quilts of Valor will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the conference room at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital. The event is sponsored by local members of the Veterans' Angel chapter of the national Quilts of Valor Foundation (QVF). 

Local volunteers are invited to help make the quilts, which are then presented to honor and thank U.S. military veterans.   

Organizers will be there starting at 9:00 a.m. until work is completed. Volunteers are welcome to come and go as their time allows. Those attending are asked to bring sewing machines and other supplies such as fabric. 

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Feb

Supervisors set budget hearing

By Pam Reinig

The tax levy for Clayton County residents will decrease for 2015-2016 under a proposed budget that will be presented at a public hearing March 9. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the county government building, 600 Gunder Road, Elkader.

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16
Feb

Wopat publishes emotional narrative


The last photo of writer Kathleen (Shannon) Wopat with her late brother Stephen Shannon was taken at Fort McCoy several weeks before Shannon deployed to Iraq. From left are siblings Stephen Shannon, Jack Shannon, and Wopat. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“Inside, the small room looked like a hospital. The walls were white, and the floor was made of concrete, and the fluorescent lights overhead made me squint. There was a long metal counter with metallic tools that I couldn’t name and everything smelled of antiseptic… This room made no effort to alter the stark reality of what we were there for: To identify a deceased human being.”

Just days before the anniversary of her older brother’s death, Guttenberg native Kathleen (Shannon) Wopat went public with a story about the experience of seeing her brother, Stephen, for the first time when his body was returned from Iraq. Wopat’s writing, titled, "May the Force be With You," was published by Story Club Magazine. 

“Growing up, my parents never denied me two things: Traveling and reading,” Wopat explained. “English was always my favorite subject in high school, and although I wanted to pursue English, I decided to study something more "practical" and applied for nursing school at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.” She could not deny her passion, though, and after two years in nursing school she changed her major to English Writing. 

Wopat is now an Employment Specialist at Riverfront in La Crosse, managing a program assisting low income individuals with obtaining and maintaining employment. She also works with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and receives referrals from them to place individuals in community employment. “I use my writing every day, whether it be report writing, creating resumes, writing cover letters, communicating with clients, composing letters, or practicing motivational interviewing,” Wopat told The Press.

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Feb

GHS grad becomes board certified plastic surgeon


Dr. Cindy (Deutmeyer) McCord is pictured with her husband, Jarrod, and children Kinnick (left) and Kraigyn. Cindy is the daughter of Ken and Margie Deutmeyer of rural Guttenberg. She has three brothers: Kraig (died in infancy), Todd (owner of Guttenberg Precision Machining) and Terry (TDS Automation in Waverly) and sister-in-law Tracy of Fairbanks. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Ken and Margie Deutmeyer are proud of the accomplishments of their daughter Cindy Deutmeyer McCord, a small town girl who dreamed of becoming a doctor. Over the course of three decades, a marriage, two children, and nearly 20 moves all around (and out of) the country, McCord recently completed her training and is now a board certified reconstructive surgeon practicing in Gadsden, Ala.

McCord graduated valedictorian from Guttenberg High School in 1993. She attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, then moved to Lincoln, Neb., to study for a Master’s Degree in biological sciences. She taught biology and microbiology at the ‘Big Red,’ while working full time at Pfizer Laboratories. 

In 2001, McCord enrolled at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. After two years studying in the Caribbean, she completed her doctorate in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2005. 

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