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10
May

NEIA Drug Task Force collects 830 pounds of prescription medications during Drop-Off Day event

The Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force, in its quest to make area communities a safer and drug free place, wanted to make the public aware of its latest endeavor. With the assistance of numerous volunteers, the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force participated in the National Prescription Drop Off Day Event Saturday, April 29.

Participation in that Saturday, April 29 event yielded 830 pounds of prescription medications. The purpose of these events is to keep medications out of the hands of people who may misuse or abuse them, especially youth. Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic in America; it is one of the fastest growing threats to youth today.

The following agencies participated and are members of the Northeast Iowa Drug Task Force:

Wed
10
May

VMH works through switch of electronic medical and financial records, closes on purchase of former dental clinic in Monona

by Brianne Eilers

In February of this year, Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon began switching over its electronic medical records and financial records to AthenaHealth. VMH Administrator Mike Myers noted that during the most recent board of trustees meeting, a financial report for the month of March was not available to share due to some initial "hiccups" in the process of switching over those records.

Myers noted that the hospital did have someone coming in to help sort out the issue and get things back on track to be able to generate reports. The hospital is also looking at putting in a time attendance system to merge with AthenaHealth to try and streamline payroll.

Wed
03
May

Side Street Cycles owner Kent Sweeney continues to create award-winning bikes


Kent Sweeney, owner of Side Street Cycles in Waukon, displays the motorcycle he created for a local motorcycle enthusiast, along with the First Place award the bike recently received in the Sport Custom Class at the 30th Anniversary Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show in Minneapolis, MN. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

Assistance from local businesses helps latest creation take first place in Sport Custom class

Following an initial custom motorcycle creation in 2015 that earned high accolades, Kent Sweeney of Side Street Cycles in Waukon was hoping to build on that momentum, and seems to have been able to do just that. A second such creation has already earned a first-place award in the Sport Custom Class of the 30th Anniversary Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show held in Minneapolis, MN March 25-26.

Sweeney once again teamed up with the local motorcycle enthusiast he had joined forces with to modify a 2003 Harley-Davidson Super Glide Sport in 2015 into a winner of two other Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show awards and high honors from Hot Bike Power Tour. With their follow-up creation, the pair chose a 2007 Harley-Davidson FXDSE, which Sweeney describes in plain words as a Screaming Eagle CVO Dyna.

Wed
03
May

Corner of Hope Foods Resource Bank holds annual Blessing of the Seed and Soil for local growing project ...

The Corner of Hope Foods Resource Bank local growing project held its annual Blessing of the Seed and Soil on a blustery Saturday morning, April 29 to kick off the growing season. The event was held at the Mt. Olivet food plot north of Waukon, and Father Mark Osterhaus of St. Patrick Catholic Church gave the blessing. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
03
May

Late-night fire destroys garage, but adjacent houses saved ...

The Waukon Fire Department responded to a blaze at 204 Fifth Street SW in Waukon just prior to midnight Saturday, April 29, finding an unattached garage owned by Vickie Larson of Waukon fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Crews were at the scene of the fire for several hours. The garage and its contents were a total loss, but the two houses adjacent immediately to the north and to the south of the garage were both saved from any serious damage by the efforts of the responding fire crew. The cause of the fire has been determined to be electrical in nature. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
03
May

Waukon City Council discusses couple of downtown matters among variety of agenda items; Public hearing for water rate increases scheduled for June 5

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, May 1 to address a full agenda of items, including an update regarding the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®), issues concerning parking on Main Street and Allamakee Street and an expansion at Reelcore.

During Public Comments, Howard Van Ruler of Howards Home Furnishings complimented the City Council and specifically Councilman Dwight Jones for following up with Town & Country Sanitation and helping resolve his concerns. Van Ruler was previously informed that he would need to have recyclables and garbage containers moved to the street for collection, rather than being left in the alley behind his business. Van Ruler indicated that garbage and recycling collection has been accomplished in the alley without any problem.

Wed
26
Apr

Allamakee County Community Foundation awards $91,500 in funding at annual grant award celebration


Several entities serving the Harpers Ferry area and Allamakee County overall received grant funding from the Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) at the Tuesday, April 18 ACCF awards presentation. The City of Harpers Ferry Volunteer Fire Department received $6,000 for its Personal Firefighter Protection Equipment Replacement Project, the Harpers Ferry Area Heritage Society received $6,000 for its Oil Springs School Preservation Project - Phases I and II, the Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc. received $6,000 for the Harpers Ferry Family Splash Zone, and Upper Iowa River Alliance received $2,000 to complete and publish a new and improved Upper Iowa River Canoe Guide. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row - Jack Heffern of the Harpers Ferry Fire Department, Wayne Hasek, Jane Regan and Jane Hasek of the Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc. and Harper Ferry Heritage Society, ACCF Board member Pat Cota and Theresa Gallagher of Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc. and Harper Ferry Heritage Society. Back row - ACCF Board member Betty Steege, Ron Steege and Robert Vavra of the Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc. and Harper Ferry Heritage Society, Josh Dansdill of Upper Iowa River Alliance, and Lindsey Deason and Paul Deason of the Harpers Ferry Boosters, Inc.

The Waterville Volunteer Fire Department received grant funding from the Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) at the Tuesday, April 18 ACCF awards presentation. The Waterville Volunteer Fire Department received $20,000 for firefighter self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and facemask equipment. Pictured above, left to right, are ACCF Board member Sheryl Evanson, and Roxanne Hawkins, Chip Lamb, Chief Loren Mitchell and Doug Kubitz of the Waterville Fire Department.

Several entities serving the Waukon and greater northeast Iowa areas received grant funding from the Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) at the Tuesday, April 18 ACCF awards presentation. The Northeast Iowa Community College Foundation received $500 for Allamakee County STEAM Creation - Makerspace Summer Camp; and the City of Waukon - Wellness Center received $7,500 for improvements to the Waukon Softball Complex and Park Diamond. Pictured above, left to right, are ACCF Board member Diana Johnson, Erica Nosbisch of Northeast Iowa Community College, Kim Krause of the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department, and ACCF Board member Jarrod Olson.

Several entities serving the Lansing area received grant funding from the Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) at the Tuesday, April 18 ACCF awards presentation. The City of Lansing Park and Recreation Board and the Lansing Lions Club received $10,000 for the Lansing Lions Playground Enhancement Project, and the Lansing Fire Department received $6,000 for Confined Space Equipment. Pictured above, left to right, are ACCF Board member Barb Winters-Kelly, Kelly Welsh of the Lansing Lions Club with Ada and Easden Welsh, Lansing Fire Chief Tony Becker, Tara Kolsrud of the Lansing Lions Club, and Leah Rohrer of the Lansing Lions Club with Lena Rohrer.

The New Albin Fire Department received grant funding from the Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) at the Tuesday, April 18 ACCF awards presentation. The New Albin Fire Department received $6,000 for Personal Protective Equipment Compliance. Pictured above, left to right, are ACCF Board member Betty Steege, New Albin Fire Department Secretary Ellie Harmon, New Albin Mayor Josh Dreps and New Albin Fire Chief Jon Johnson.

Several entities in the Postville and greater Allamakee County areas received grant funding from the Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) at the Tuesday, April 18 ACCF awards presentation. The Postville Volunteer Fire Department received $14,500 for a new fire truck-tanker/tender, Northeast Iowa YMCA received $6,000 for YMCA of Northeast Iowa equipment, and the Allamakee County ATV/UTV Club received $1,000 for Allamakee County ATV/UTV trail signage. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row: City of Postville Mayor Leigh Rekow, and Roxanne Hawkins, Chip Lamb and Marlene Blocker representing the Allamakee County ATV/UTV Club. Back row: Kevin Kohrs and Chief Jeff Bohr of the Postville Fire Department, Dennis Blocker representing the Allamakee County ATV/UTV Club, ACCF Board member Tony Gericke and Postville City Clerk Darcy Radloff.

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) awarded $91,500 to area nonprofits Tuesday, April 18 at its annual grant award celebration held at Empty Nest Winery in Waukon. Many of those grant recipients are pictured in the photos surrounding this article.

The ACCF receives funds each year from the Iowa Department of Economic Development County Endowment Program. Seventy-five percent of the money received is granted out each year. The other twenty-five percent is maintained in a permanent endowment with the income to be distributed in future years.

Wed
26
Apr

Msgr. Cletus Hawes to celebrate 65th Jubilee and 90th birthday this Sunday at Wexford

Msgr. Cletus Hawes ...
Msgr. Cletus Hawes ...

Msgr. Cletus J. Hawes will be celebrating his 65th Jubilee and 90th birthday at Immaculate Conception Church, Wexford this Sunday, April 30. The 65th Jubilee Mass has been scheduled for 11 a.m. at Wexford.

"Switchback" is planning to lead the music for the Mass April 30. The “Hibernian” Mass setting will be used during the Jubilee Mass.

In addition to celebrating 65 years as a priest, Monsignor Hawes is also celebrating his 90th birthday. There will be an Open House in the parish hall from 12-3 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.

Cletus Joseph Hawes was born March 28, 1927 to John and Ellen (Conway) Hawes of Wexford, rural Lansing. He was baptized March 29, 1927 in Immaculate Conception Church, Wexford. Following the tragedy of his father's sudden death May 9, 1935,  his mother raised him and his siblings on the family farm.

Wed
26
Apr

Board of Supervisors accepts resignation of County Disability Services Coordinator

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, April 24 to address a full agenda of items, including setting a letting date for two box culvert replacement projects, consideration of the Fiscal-Year 2018 health insurance recommendation and the Resolution to Vacate the Easement on Road #663. There were no public comments.

Wed
26
Apr

Waukon Trees Forever annual tree planting event is this Saturday

Volunteers needed to assist

Waukon Trees Forever will hold its annual spring tree planting this Saturday, April 29. Volunteers are asked to gather at the large parking lot at the Waukon Wellness Center at 10 a.m. Plans call for planting about 80 trees at several sites around the city. Shovels, rakes and work gloves are about the only tools needed. Work will consist of planting trees and mulching them. Everyone is invited to help with the project.
For more information contact Kenneth Olson at 563-568-4612. Rain date will be Saturday, May 13.

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