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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.

Wed
12
Oct

Active in Guttenberg: American Legion and Auxiliary


Front from left are Legion members Cheryl Urbalejo, Charlene Andregg, Barb Arthur; back row, Dennis Hanna, Jerry Peck, Rory Kempf, Frank Davis, Loris Kickbush, Joe Moser and Pete Davis. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Editor’s note: This story is one in an ongoing series to highlight local groups and organizations that welcome members of the community and enhance our city’s culture. If you would like your group to be featured, please contact The Guttenberg Press. 

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Wed
12
Oct

Exchange student shares study abroad experience


Lena Thurich is a 15-year-old exchange student from Hamburg, Germany, who will study at Clayton Ridge High School this year. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

German exchange student Lena Thurich is two months into her 10-month stay in the U.S., attending high school at Clayton Ridge and living with host parents Carolyn and Neil Hofer. The 15-year-old has joined the cross country team and is enjoying her new family. “My exchange organization YFU focuses on finding a host family for you that fits to you no matter where the family lives. And they made their job good, because my host family fits perfect to me!” Thurich told The Press. She’s looking forward to a family trip to San Francisco, Calif., and traveling throughout New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. with other exchange students before heading back to Hamburg. 

Wed
05
Oct

Leap into reading — 1,000 Books before Kindergarten


Little Asher Hall is ready to listen to a reading of a Dr. Seuss book. (Photo submitted)

Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Guttenberg Public Library. The  program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills. 

Wed
05
Oct

Pool committee meets with Burbach Aquatics


A series of patches have fixed immediate problems with Guttenberg's 40+ year-old pool, but it is quickly reaching the end of its life. Inset, one of many holes that have appeared in the north wall. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Guttenberg pool committee met Sept. 15 with Josh Layer of Burbach Aquatics, Inc. (BAI). In attendance were committee members Mary Streich, John Barron, Deb Moser, Jane Parker, Al Ullerich, MJ Smith, and Molly Moser. 

Wed
05
Oct

Rains hamper county road work

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Journalist

The heavy rains of the past few weeks have put a heavier work load on the county’s Secondary Roads Department.  “It was more in the northern part of the county, but locally, it’s bad all over,” County Engineer Rafe Koopman said.  “There are a lot more mud spots than we usually see, and we need to be hauling spot rock to handle the problem.”

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