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Wed
25
Jun

Bobbing for cash on the way to Italy

  By Taylor Schaefers

Press Intern

This year’s Stars and Stripes celebration in Guttenberg on July 5 has added new events to the schedule. One of these events is Bobbing for Cash, a fundraiser for the Italy 2015 trip for Clayton Ridge High School students.

The race is open to anyone who wants to participate. To be part of this, one must adopt a bobber for $10. All bobbers will have a number written on them and all bobbers will be dropped into the river along the north dike wall. These bobbers will race down the river to the finish line. The owner of the first bobber across the finish line will win a cash prize of $500. Second place finish will be awarded $100 cash, and third place finish will receive $50 cash.

Bobbers can be adopted from now up until 8:00 p.m. on July 5. People can sign up for bobbers with students going on the Italy 2015 trip. Some local businesses have sign-up sheets, and students will have sign-up sheets available during the Garnavillo Fourth of July celebration and the Guttenberg Stars and Stripes celebration on July 5.

All profits from the bobber race will directly benefit all trip-goers. Angie Cook is head supervisor of the Italy 2015 trip. I asked her about the ins and outs of the trip. First of all, what is this trip about? Italy 2015 is an 11-day trip to Italy to learn about the different culture and history of another place in the world and to promote international understanding.

Wed
25
Jun

Super Senior remembers Guttenberg's Princess Theater


Super Senior Kermit Dubbels owned and operated the Princess Theater in Guttenberg from 1954 to 1967. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

“When I was a kid – a few years ago – the Princess Theater was in the old rock building across from The Landing. That was back in the silent film days,” says Kermit Dubbels, who is being honored as Super Senior in the annual Stars and Stripes parade. He purchased the Princess Theater in 1954 and ran it for over a decade. 

Dubbels was born at 9:30 in the morning in 1923, delivered by midwife at his parents’ home in Guttenberg. “When I was growing up, it was wonderful. We spent all summer on the river, we played sandlot ball games; we’d shoot marbles, play out in the street, and beg ice from the iceman. Good old river ice.” 

He spent three years in the Army, then returned to Guttenberg and eventually married. “She was a Cedar Rapid-ian,” he laughs. “She lived next door to my aunt.” Kermit and Beverly had five children: Greg, Diane, Debbie, Tracy, and Linda, who now live all across the U.S. 

Wed
25
Jun

RAGBRAI committee chosen as parade grand marshals


From left are Austin Greve, Nancy McClellan, Amanda Rork and Larry Crubaugh, Guttenberg's RAGBRAI co-chairs. The four are being honored for their extensive efforts in organizing the event. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

This year’s Stars and Stripes parade will honor grand marshals Nancy McClellan, Austin Greve, Amanda Rork, and Larry Crubaugh, co-chairs in coordinating RAGBRAI’s ending in Guttenberg. Committee members work on RAGBRAI from February until July, managing logistics, hospitality, entertainment, and safety for the two weekends in question, July 18 and 26; and follow up with reports to RAGBRAI officials, bill pay, and a volunteer appreciation event. Since June, the four have been meeting weekly with other volunteers, and soon they expect to devote anywhere from 20 to 50 hours per week organizing the event. 

Wed
18
Jun

Meet Taylor Schaefers, Press intern


Taylor Schaefers is the summer intern at The Press. Look for her at area events and around town. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

Taylor Schaefers is the summer intern at The Guttenberg Press. She just completed her junior year at Clayton Ridge High School, where she participated in track, basketball, Interact, Spanish Club, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Club.

Readers may recognize Taylor from recent Press coverage of state track events and as a varsity starter on the Clayton Ridge High School girls basketball team.

Taylor is looking forward to her senior year in high school, and following graduation she plans to  pursue studies at an area college, as yet undecided.

Wed
18
Jun

Cause of Guttenberg fire, explosion remain unknown


 A June 10 explosion and fire damaged the house belonging to Susan Bartz, who was not home at the time. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

The cause of an explosion and fire last week at a Guttenberg residence remains unknown following an initial investigation, according to a news release from the Guttenberg Fire Department.

On Tuesday, June 10, at  6:23 p.m. the Guttenberg Fire Department was dispatched to 131 Garber Road in Guttenberg. The first fire personnel on the scene saw what appeared to have been an explosion in the two-story home. The fire department began an offensive fire attack in the structure to contain the fire.

Wed
18
Jun

Prepare now for fun at Stars and Stripes Celebration


Watching parades and fireworks are Independence Day traditions. This year's Stars and Stripes Celebration in Guttenberg will feature traditional events alongside new entertainment for adults, children, and the whole family. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Stars and Stripes Celebration organizers are planning a full day of entertainment on Saturday, July 5. In addition to the parade, fireworks, food, and children’s games, community members are encouraged to participate in several new activities.

- A ‘Team Game-a-thon’ for all ages will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Businesses, organizations, and individuals are invited to pair up on teams of two for a friendly competition in the park. Three games make up the event: Gunny sack races, a beanbag toss, and water balloon volleyball. 

Wed
18
Jun

A father's patriotic spirit remembered


The late Ben Krall of Charles City taught his family a love of music and a respect for their country. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

When Ben Krall graduated from high school in 1937, he was already reading everything he could find on Hitler’s conquest of Europe. Just three years later, Krall and 20 other young men from Charles City enlisted on a cold December night. When Ben passed away this spring, he was the only man of those twenty-one remaining.

Ben’s son, Tom Krall, is a staple of Clayton Ridge athletic programs and a familiar voice in the St. Mary’s church choir in Guttenberg. Tom remembers his father’s patriotism as one of the most important values he shared throughout his life. “He would never miss his yearly army reunions. He felt a pretty important tie with these guys, the 34th Red Bull Division, and he was actually the president of the national group for a couple of years,” said Tom. 

Ben spoke publicly about his experiences in World War II, visiting elementary schools, high schools, and nursing homes near his home in Charles City. He also put many of his stories down on paper. 

When he enlisted, Ben and the others from Charles City expected to be in and out in one year. It wasn’t meant to be. 

Wed
11
Jun

Stars and Stripes parade invitation

Guttenberg Development and Tourism announces an open invitation for participants in this year's Stars and Stripes Parade. The theme is “Where the rubber meets the river,” and the parade will be held on Saturday, July 5, at 7:00 p.m.

Children are encouraged to decorate bicycles and enter the mini-float division. GD&T will offer Guttenberg Dollars for winners in each category. The theme isn’t limited to bicycles, however, and participants are encouraged to think of clever ways to incorporate tires into their parade entries. One Guttenberg couple plans to ride their motorcycles in the parade. 

Wed
11
Jun

Guttenberg city council moves forward on ambulance financing

By Shelia Tomkins

At the regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 2, the Guttenberg city council heard discussion on the proposed golf cart ordinance and moved forward on ambulance financing. 

Mayor Russ Loven, council members Virginia Saeugling, Fred Schaub, Dave Schlueter, Jane Parker and Steve Friedlein, along with City Manager Mary Willett and City Attorney Michael Schuster were in attendance.

Golf cart ordinance

Kevin Mommer, a Guttenberg resident and Iowa State Trooper, addressed the council about the proposed golf cart ordinance. While he said that he supports such an ordinance, he expressed concern about the age restrictions. The proposed ordinance  says drivers must be 18 years of age; Iowa law allows for a drivers license at age 16. City Attorney Schuster said that cities can make laws that are more restrictive than state law. Discussion was held on the possibility of restricitng the city ordinance to age 19 and older. The local ordinance prohibits operation outside of city limits and restricts travel on Highway 52 except to cross it. The golf cart ordinance, which has passed two public readings, did not appear on the meeting agenda for a third and final reading. 

Wed
11
Jun

Pool refurbishment project continues


Since it was built in 1974, Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool has provided fun in the sun to the city and its visitors. A nine-member committee is currently discussing pool refurbishment options. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Members of the committee for refurbishment of the Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool met on Tuesday evening, June 3. Since the group began meeting in February, they have reviewed six concepts for potential site plans, working toward a plan that meets Guttenberg’s needs and budget.

Immediate concerns to be addressed include the malfunctioning wading pool, the deterioration of the main pool’s north wall, removal of trees and expansion of fenced in area to the north, and mechanical upgrades. Adding a zero-depth entry, slides, and other water features is also being discussed. 

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