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19
Aug

Brewers invited to enter annual GermanFest Tasting Sept. 26

The Saturday Sep. 26 GermanFest celebration in Guttenberg will continue to feature a homebrew tasting. Festival goers who enjoy stout, pale ale, pilsner, and wheat beer can sip and compare local suds.

The tasting will be held from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm in the main festival tent located in the 600 south block of River Park Drive. Festival-goers are asked to make a free will donation for the people's choice ballot. 

Ballots will be collected and the winner announced at 2:30 pm in the main tent. 

Wed
19
Aug

IAC gives local after school art program a boost


Pottery instructor Steve Solomon will guide students in three separate wheel pottery workshops during the after school art program. The program is being supported this year by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, a Guttenberg nonprofit, is the proud recipient of an Art Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council to enhance the organization's free after school art program. Funding for Art Project Grants is made possible by an annual appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to the Arts Division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (Iowa Arts Council) and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Wed
19
Aug

Five file for four seats on Clayton Ridge School Board

By Shelia Tomkins

Five candidates have declared for four vacancies on the Clayton Ridge School Board in the upcoming election on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The field includes two incumbents, Christine Aulwes and John Heying, along with Sharon Cunningham, Alicia Helle and Ellen S. Johnson.

Wed
19
Aug

Local empathic medium describes her personal spiritual journey


Kelly Roth is a wife and mother of two, a veteran hairstylist, and an empathic medium with the ability to relay messages from the spiritual world. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Angels, healing stones, solar flares, spiritual beings, and Guttenberg resident Kelly Roth: What do all these things have in common? “Energy. Everyone is a big ball of energy,” says Roth, who describes herself as an empathic medium. “I feel the emotional energy of other people and of spaces.” 

Wed
12
Aug

River of Music concludes this Friday with Uncle Sam's Band

Guttenberg’s River of Music, a free summer concert series for residents and guests, will come to an end this Friday, Aug. 14, with a performance by Uncle Sam's Band. 

The local group will feature sounds of the Fifties, Sixties and beyond from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the band shell in the park along the river north of the school near China Street. 

Concert goers should bring their own lawn chair or blanket and are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and coolers and enjoy dinner or snacks during the concert. Wine and beer are allowed. However, glass bottles are not permitted. 

Wed
12
Aug

City council amends golf cart ordinance

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg city council at its monthly meeting on Aug. 3 amended the city's golf cart ordinance that was passed last year. The action came in response to discussion at the previous month's meeting regarding reports of irresponsible behavior involving the carts.

The new wording specifies that all occupants of a golf cart must be in a seated position at all times, and that no one may be standing on the vehicle or sitting on another passenger while the vehicle is in operation.  

Wed
12
Aug

VA medical care now closer to home


Dr. Andy Smith meets with local veteran Jim Hansel, who's enrolled in new VA programs provided through GMH and Cornerstone Family Practice. While still highly regulated by the VA, Smith says the programs are a step in the right direction. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Vietnam veteran Jim Hansel of Guttenberg is one of many area vets taking advantage of new medical programs offered locally by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Guttenberg Municipal Hospital and Cornerstone Family Practice have recently been approved as providers of VA Choice and VA Blue Button, both programs designed to give veterans more convenient access to medical care.

Wed
12
Aug

Vickery joins Guttenberg as St. John's director of children, youth, and family ministry


John L. Vickery has begun work at St. John's Lutheran Church in Guttenberg as the new director of children, youth, and family ministries. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

On Sunday, Aug. 2, St. John’s Lutheran Church held an installation service for John Vickery, their new director of children, youth, and family ministries. Vickery is a native of Washington state with a background in music and youth ministry.

Vickery arrived in Guttenberg on Thursday, July 30, after making the four day journey from Washington in a moving truck with his car in tow. He sat down with The Press during his second day on the job.

Wed
05
Aug

Oil sheen near Guttenberg under investigation

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and two federal agencies are investigating the source of a sheen reported Tuesday afternoon, July 28, on the Mississippi River near Guttenberg.

DNR specialists and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist spent three hours on the river Tuesday afternoon tracking the sheen up the main channel of the Mississippi. The U.S. Coast Guard is also looking for the pollution source.

Wed
05
Aug

Enjoy the ride at the 2015 Clayton County Fair

By Shelia Tomkins

The Clayton County Fair, a family tradition for 161 years, opens this week at the fairgrounds in National, located east of Highway 52 five miles north of Garnavillo.

The fair board has planned a busy schedule from the opening on Wednesday, Aug. 5, to the concluding livestock auction on Monday, Aug. 10. 

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