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Wed
28
Jun

Fireworks and more Saturday, July 1


Stars & Stripes Grand Marshals From left are Joyce Kopecky and Rosalie Kickbush, leaders of The Veterans Angels. The group is being honored for their contributions to area veterans, pieceing and quilting blankets with love, prayers and healing thoughts to give to vets since 2013. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The iconic summer Stars and Stripes Celebration, hosted by the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to take place this Saturday, kicking off with the Farmer’s Market at 8 a.m. on the 400 block of South River Park Drive, and ending in the timeless custom of fireworks over the Mississippi River. The third annual Interact 5K Walk/Run will also be held that morning at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m. at the gazebo in Ingleside Park.

Wed
28
Jun

Finches declared Stars & Stripes Super Seniors


From their solid family business to their civic engagement, Charles and Joanne Finch have helped shape the Guttenberg community. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Stars and Stripes committee has chosen to honor Charles and Joanne Finch as the Super Seniors for this year’s celebration on July 1. “The Finches are hard working, model community members,” said Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce Director Emily Sadewasser. “Their contributions to local business and culture over their shared lives are immeasurable.” 

Wed
21
Jun

Facility improvements to begin; new teacher hired

The Clayton Ridge School Board met in regular session on Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. in the middle school library.  Members in attendance were John Heying, Ellen Johnson, Mike Finnegan and Kathy Ihde. Christine Aulwes, Jason Reimer and Alicia Helle were absent. Also in attendance were Superintendent Shane Wahls, Principal Andy Peterson, Steve Hoff, Dave Schlueter, Mary Seifert, Bob Bodish, Darrin Troester and Mary Ann Troester.

Payment to BLDD in the amount of $38,219.49 was approved for schematic design and design development at the Guttenberg site pending clarification on several cost items.  

Wed
21
Jun

Fatality following one-vehicle accident west of Guttenberg

By Shelia Tomkins

A Guttenberg teenager has died following a one-car rollover accident on Monday, June 12, west of Guttenberg. Emma Hefel, 16, died Thursday, June 15, at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City.

She was one of three teens injured in the accident that took place at approximately 4 p.m. a week ago Monday on Garber Road, just west of 310th Street. 

Wed
21
Jun

Fireworks legal in Iowa, but still illegal in Guttenberg


Although the new Iowa fireworks law doesn't change the rules in Guttenberg, residents can still enjoy a colorful display on Saturday, July 1, during the Chamber of Commerce's annual Stars & Stripes celebration. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Early last month, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a new law into effect that allows fireworks to be sold throughout the state to buyers age 18 and up. According to the bill, fireworks companies with permanent buildings can sell fireworks June 1 through July 8 and Dec. 1 through Jan. 3, in conjunction with the Fourth of July and New Year’s celebrations. Fireworks companies with temporary buildings, or tents, can only sell fireworks June 13 through July 8. 

Wed
21
Jun

New shop opens in Guttenberg Starving Artists: Purposefully made, carefully curated


From left, Molly Moser, Stephanie Svoboda, and Emily Sadewasser will welcome customers in their new store, Starving Artists, starting Saturday, June 24. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Shelia Tomkins

Sisters Emily Sadewasser and Molly Moser have teamed up with Vinton, Iowa native Stephanie Svoboda to create Starving Artists, an eclectic shop featuring handmade artwork, fun antiques, and one-of-a-kind designs. The storefront will open for business at 222 S. River Park Drive, Guttenberg, on Saturday, June 24, with a grand opening set for Friday, July 14. 

Wed
07
Jun

Volunteers, donations sought for Stars and Stripes event

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce committee members are gearing up for the community's annual Stars and Stripes celebration on Saturday, July 1. 

Monetary donations are currently being sought for the fireworks display that evening. Estimated cost of this year's fireworks is $4,400. "Your contribution will help us to provide our residents and visitors with a dazzling show to remember," said Emily Sadewasser, Chamber director.

Wed
07
Jun

Driftless Youth Theater selects actors for 2017 season

By Molly Moser

Auditions for a new youth theater group in Guttenberg were held last month, and eight children ages 10-15 have been selected to participate in the Driftless Youth Theater 2017 Summer Arts Ensemble. Participants will begin meeting this month on Friday afternoons at River Park Place in Guttenberg.

Wed
07
Jun

Be aware of turtles now crossing area roadways

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg’s location along the Mississippi River brings a variety of yearly visitors. Like tourists who flock to our river town on warm summer days, fish flies, geese, and gnats show up around the same time every year. The months of May and June coax a slower moving creature into view.

Wed
31
May

Guttenberg native retires from career with Los Angeles PD


Deb (Kickbush) Dickerson, who recently retired from the Los Angeles Police Department, is pictured with her family: in front, Olivia; back from left, Deb, Zoe, Nathan and husband Manny. (Photo submitted)

Officer Debra (Kickbush) Dickerson, a native of Guttenberg, recently retired from the Los Angeles Police Department after 27½ years.

Officer Dickerson began her career in December 1989 as a police recruit in the police academy, graduating as an officer in May 1990.  As a police officer, she worked assignments in Hollywood Division, Foothill Division, Hollenbeck Vice, Newton Division and Planning and Research Division before transferring to Air Support Division in December 1996.

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