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Wed
12
Jan

St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for March 13

Plans have been announced to hold the 2022 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon Sunday, March 13. All are invited to participate in this year’s parade with an Irish-themed entry at no cost. Further details of the annual event will be printed as they become finalized.

Wed
12
Jan

Status of water quality improvement funding application among variety of updates heard by Waukon City Council at first meeting of new year

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, January 10 to address a full agenda of items during its first meeting of the 2022 calendar year.

Mayor Pat Stone called the meeting to order with approval of the consent agenda which included several beginning of the year reorganizational matters and appointments. Council appointments included Health Officer Dr. Nicole Barbee, City Clerk Sarah Snitker, Water and Sewer Superintendent Jim Cooper, Street Superintendent Keith Burrett, Zoning Administrator Gary Boden and City Attorney Jeff Swartz. Mayor appointments included Police Chief Paul Wagner, Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Johnson and Fire Committee members John Lydon and Kevin Johnson.

Council meetings were again set for the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. The Standard was designated as the official City newspaper. There was no Public Comment and the meeting moved into Department Reports.

Wed
12
Jan

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to show video interview with veteran Ollie Emerson as part of program on World War II bombers


B-24 Liberator bomber ... Submitted photo.

B-25 Mitchell bomber ... Submitted photo.

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will celebrate the New Year by offering a  program to the public in the Program Room of its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building on the 100 block of Allamakee Street in Waukon.

This Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. a video interview with World War II Army Air Corps veteran Oliver Emerson recorded in 2006 will be presented, followed by a video documentary about the WWII bombers that Emerson served on during the war. The program will be introduced by Emerson’s son, Joe Emerson, who is also a retired Army veteran and pilot.

There is no admission or membership charge. The facility is handicapped accessible. Due to COVID-19 concerns, masks are encouraged but not required.  Light refreshments will be available.

Wed
12
Jan

January is Mentoring Month: Mentoring is a simple way to volunteer


January is Mentoring Month ... Pictured above, left to right, mentor Elaine Holthaus and her mentee Ebreanna enjoy spending time together. Helping Services for Youth and Families is celebrating January as National Mentoring Month with a variety of events and activities designed to promote youth mentoring. Submitted photo.

January is National Mentoring Month. Helping Services for Youth & Families is celebrating mentoring friendships and inviting others to engage in their community with the theme “Mentoring is simple! Be a friend to a youth.”

Mentoring has a positive impact on youth and the volunteer mentor. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships bring about powerful and positive changes in youth. Mentored youth have a greater chance of avoiding negative influences, such as substance abuse, bullying or dropping out of school.

One in three youth grows up without a positive adult role model to look up to.

Wed
12
Jan

Collaboration between library and hospital benefiting newborns celebrates five-year milestone ...

Robey Memorial Library and Foundation is marking its fifth anniversary in partnership with Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) reaching out to families delivering babies at the hospital. To promote Robey Memorial Library’s early literacy program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1,000BBK), the Library Foundation purchases items for a literacy care package gifted to each newborn at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Packages include a board book; a tri-fold brochure highlighting the 1,000BBK program plus the many other programs and activities available to families at Robey Memorial Library; and coupons for a library tote bag and the Library Foundation’s monthly Book Sale.

Wed
05
Jan

Allamakee County Veterans Museum to show video interview with vet Oliver Emerson as part of program on World War II bombers

B-24 Liberator bomber ...  Submitted photo.
B-24 Liberator bomber ... Submitted photo.
B-25 Mitchell bomber ...  Submitted photo.
B-25 Mitchell bomber ... Submitted photo.

The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will celebrate the New Year by offering a  program to the public in the Program Room of its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building on the 100 block of Allamakee Street in Waukon.

Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. a video interview with World War II Army Air Corps veteran Oliver Emerson recorded in 2006 will be presented, followed by a video documentary about the WWII bombers that Emerson served on during the war. The program will be introduced by Emerson’s son, Joe Emerson, who is also a retired Army veteran and pilot.

There is no admission or membership charge. The facility is handicapped accessible. Due to COVID-19 concerns, masks are encouraged but not required.  Light refreshments will be available.

Wed
05
Jan

Supervisors proclaim January as National Mentoring Month, hold annual reorganizational meeting as new calendar year gets underway


National Mentoring Month Proclamation ... The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors signed a proclamation at its Monday, January 3 regular meeting designating January as National Mentoring Month in Allamakee County. Pictured above at the proclamation signing are: Left to right - Front row: Helping Services for Youth and Families Mentoring intern Kaylee Martin, Helping Services for Youth and Families Mentoring Coordinators Kathy Schwartzhoff and Colinne McCann, Helping Services for Youth and Families Prevention Supervisor Jen Stolka; Back row: Allamakee County Board of Supervisors members Larry Schellhammer, Mark Reiser and Dan Byrnes, and Helping Services for Youth and Families Executive Director Carson Eggland. The Helping Services for Youth and Families Mentoring Program offers a caring adult role model for youth between the ages of six and 16. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors began 2022 with its annual reorganizational meeting in regular session Monday, January 3. Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer called the meeting to order with Larry Schellhammer being appointed Board of Supervisors Chairperson and Dan Byrnes being appointed Chairperson Pro-Tem for 2022 with Supervisor Mark Reiser also present at the meeting.

During Public Comment, Doug Mullen of rural Lansing discussed Hotel/Motel tax revenue from short-term rentals and questioned whether or not short-term rentals should be taxed the same as long-term rentals per the State of Iowa. Schellhammer clarified that the State of Iowa collects the Hotel/Motel Tax applied countywide to short-term rentals, advising that further clarification on the matter would be provided to Mullen.

Wed
05
Jan

Two-vehicle collision results in injuries, arrest on outstanding warrant

Tuesday, December 28 at 1:09 p.m. the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch Center received a report of a two-vehicle collision with occupant entrapment on Elon Drive east of Waukon, near its intersection with Strawberry Road. A report from the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office indicates that a vehicle driven by Lukas L Pitzer, age 35, of Wauzeka, WI was traveling westbound on the snow-covered roadway and crossed the centerline, striking an eastbound vehicle driven by Amy Joan McCormick, age 39, of Waterville.

Wed
05
Jan

Waukon Boy Scouts will pick up Christmas trees in town this Sunday

Waukon Boy Scout Troop 64 will be picking up Christmas trees this Sunday, January 9, beginning at 12 noon. Those who want their Christmas trees picked up in Waukon should have them set out curbside by 12 noon this Sunday.

Wed
29
Dec

4-H Toppers bake sale benefits new show barn ...

Allamakee 4-H Toppers 4-H club recently held a bake sale with all proceeds being donated to the new all-species show barn at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds. A total of $569 was raised by the event. Club members have expressed their excitement about the new facility and look forward to showing in the larger show ring. Pictured above at the check presentation, left to right, are 4-H Topper club member Cassidy Gibbs, Allamakee County Fair Board Treasurer Bobbi Baxter and 4-H Topper club member Kiersten Gibbs. Submitted photo.

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