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27
Sep

Lima Leaf Day on Sunday

Lima Leaf Day on Sunday

 

The annual Lima Leaf Day celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Lima Church in rural Fayette. 

 

This year, Lima Leaf Day will feature a meal, craft vendors, a fall auction, and a quilt auction. Plenty of kids’ activities will be available, including barrel train rides, a ring toss, pony rides, a petting zoo, and more. 

 

Wed
27
Sep

Pancake Breakfast in Clermont

Pancake Breakfast in Clermont

 

Boy Scout Hunter Cummings will host a freewill-donation Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Clermont Opera House on Hwy. 18 in Clermont. 

 

Proceeds from Cummings’ event will benefit his Eagle Scout project as he looks to raise $15,000 for a digital sign to be placed at the Opera House. 

 

Wed
27
Sep

AcenTek Press Release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
27
Sep

Three to vie for pair of at-large council seats

Three to vie for pair of at-large council seats

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

With the deadline passing on Thursday for individuals to file the necessary paperwork to have their names on the ballot in the upcoming November election, three Ossian residents will be challenging for two at-large seats on the Ossian City Council.

Incumbents Mitchell Holthaus and Mike Meyer will each be looking for another term, while newcomer David Knutson will challenge for one of the seats.

With the mayoral seat also up for election, incumbent Bill Green will be the only candidate on the ballot when voters go to the polls in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, election.

Other ballots throughout Winneshiek County will include the following candidates on ballots within each respective voting district:

Wed
27
Sep

'A call to help' in a time of need

 

Calmar resident Jenny Johnson recently spent four days in Florida helping clean up damage caused by Hurricane Irma, including this house that was left completely destroyed. The initial purpose of Johnson’s trip to the Naples, Fla., area was to check on a condominium her family owns, but after finding no damage to her property, she decided to stick around and help others as they began the recovery process. (submitted photo)

 

'A call to help' in a time of need'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

While over 1,500 miles may separate calm and quiet northeast Iowa from the areas of Florida that were recently affected by Hurricane Irma, that wasn’t enough to keep one local woman from doing her part to help with cleanup efforts in the Sunshine State.

“One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa and goes, ‘If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other,’” recited Calmar resident Jenny Johnson. “That was one of the things that inspired me to help out in whatever way I could.”

Johnson went on to explain that her family owns a condominium in Naples, Fla., one of the hardest-hit areas to be affected by the Category 5 hurricane that approached the Florida shoreline on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Wed
27
Sep

Area community members on the Nov. 7 ballot

Area community members on the Nov. 7 ballot

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Area residents seeking a local elected position had until Thursday, Sept. 21, to submit paperwork to the Fayette County Auditor to get their names on the ballot. 

On Nov. 7, local residents within the 13 incorporated cities in Fayette County will head to the polls to cast a vote in their city council and mayoral races. Of the 13 races, Elgin, Fayette, Hawkeye, Wadena, and Westgate have contested races. West Union is the only town with a public measure on its ballot. 

It should be noted that these are the only candidates whose names will appear on the ballot. That doesn’t mean they are the only people a resident can vote for, as there is always a space to write in someone's name. 

Wed
27
Sep

Schori Park open house Sunday

 

Jim Knobloch and Stephanie Hermen display the large poster announcing the grand opening of Elgin’s Schori Park featuring its new playground equipment. The renovation of the playground was a combined effort of the Elgin Community Betterment Club and many volunteers. The grand opening will be held at Schori Park at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, in Elgin. (Megan Molseed photo)

 

Schori Park open house Sunday

 

 

Megan Molseed
Contributing Writer
mmolseed@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It started out as a small conversation nearly three years ago, as members of the Elgin community started talking about updating their existing park.  

That small conversation and the ensuing plans have finally come to fruition, as the Elgin Community Betterment Club will host an open house at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, to celebrate the recent renovation of Elgin’s Schori Park.

Wed
27
Sep

Don't miss WOW at WCLC

 

West Clermont Lutheran Church in Clermont has started a new worship initiative called Worship on Wednesdays (WOW) that incorporates religious education, a meal, and a contemporary worship services for a younger generation of families. Over 20 chidlren attended religious education class on Wednesday, Sept. 13, including (l-r) Avery Donnelly, Teagan Schrader, Taylor Dean, Lainy Donnelly, Layne Kleppe, Reed Cummings, Sarah Dean, Cece Cummings, and Emma Walker. WCLC is replacing religious education classeson Sundays and offering young families an option for worship other than just the traditional Sunday worship service. Chris DeBack photo

 

Don't miss WOW at WCLC

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It’s a question that many churches across the country continue to ask themselves. How do we get the younger generations involved in our congregations?

West Clermont Lutheran Church (WCLC) feels it has found an answer to that question in the form of Worship on Wednesdays, also known as WOW. 

“It is our family-friendly version of a complete worship package,” said Deb Jacobsen, West Clermont Lutheran Church secretary. “It is for families and for people who might be looking for a faith home.”

WOW is an evening of activities for young families to enjoy. With school getting out early on Wednesdays in the North Fayette and Valley school districts, children are invited to attend religious education at 4:30 p.m., dubbed WOW-ed.

Wed
27
Sep

Hawkeye seeks volunteers for Haunted Hayride

 

Community members from Hawkeye will host a Haunted Hayride from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The organizing committee is looking for businesses, agencies, or groups of volunteers who would be willing to take over one of the 15 Halloween scenes that will be featured in the hayride. Thanks to volunteers like (l-r) Alexa Pleggenkuhle and Zandrea Moore, last year’s Haunted Hayride was a huge success. submitted photo

 

Hawkeye seeks volunteers for Haunted Hayride

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Community members in Hawkeye will once again host a Haunted Hayride from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, but are in need of volunteers. 

Last fall, Keith Kovarik of Hawkeye was the lead organizer of the hayride. He said the idea was born simply because he owns a hay wagon.

“Hawkeye is a small town and we had trick-or-treating, but we just wanted something different,” said Kovarik. “I had the hay wagon, so I was like, ‘Hey, how about we do a Haunted Hayride?’ The people I got involved were overly excited about it, so it kind of snowballed from there and came together very fast.” 

Kovarik and other organizers are looking for businesses, agencies, or groups of volunteers to take control of one of the 15 different scenes that will be featured on the two-block hayride. The hayride will run down an alley between Main and Pearl streets with scenes set up in the backyards of community members along the alley. 

“We have the scene themes somewhat planned out,” Kovarik said. “There is an insane asylum, campground, car wreck, school bus with a marching band in a car wreck, and a Freddy Krueger scene. I am doing the arachnophobia scene. 

“With cast and support, we had approximately 60 volunteers last year, and we’re looking for more this year,” he added. “I don’t want this to come across as if ‘Hey, if people don’t volunteer, we aren’t going to do it.’ We are going to do it regardless; we are just trying to make it easier.” 

Those looking to volunteer may not be responsible for costs incurred with developing scenes. Kovarik noted that the organizing committee should be able to supply most groups with the necessary supplies; however, volunteers are needed to make props and help put scenes together on the day of the ride. 

Kovarik said that there will be two versions of the Haunted Hayride, so plan accordinging, Earlier in the evening, while it is still light out, will be a PG version of the ride for children. Once it gets dark, an R-rated version will be implemented for adults.  

Last year, the group was expecting to have approximately 70 to 100 riders for its event. However, over 500 people came to the small town to enjoy the Haunted Hayride. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Hawkeye Community Hall for its future renovation plans.

“Everyone was very happy with what we did,” the K&K Gardens owner explained. “You will always have some people say it should have been scarier, but other people said it was great. It needs to be faster. We didn’t expect that many people last year, so just the fundamentals of getting people through quicker, that is what we need to work on. We will have at least four hay wagons this year.” 

At $3 a person to ride, Kovarik said that they will once again be donating the proceeds to the Hawkeye Community Hall. Attendees can expect the ride to last approximately 15 minutes. 

If you are an individual, group, or business interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Keith Kovarik at keith@kkgardens.com.

 

 

Wed
27
Sep

Community members on the Nov. 7 ballot

Community members on the Nov. 7 ballot

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Area residents seeking a local elected position had until Thursday, Sept. 21, to submit paperwork to the Fayette County Auditor to get their names on the ballot. 

On Nov. 7, local residents within the 13 incorporated cities in Fayette County will head to the polls to cast a vote in their city council and mayoral races. Of the 13 races, Elgin, Fayette, Hawkeye, Wadena, and Westgate have contested races. West Union is the only town with a public measure on its ballot. 

It should be noted that these are the only candidates whose names will appear on the ballot. That doesn’t mean they are the only people a resident can vote for, as there is always a space to write in someone's name. 

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