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Area native Jay Mathis to begin his tenure as superintendent of the same district where his own education began


Coming home ... New Allamakee Community School District Superintendent Jay Mathis (far right) is pictured with his mother and father, Bob and Jean Mathis of rural Waterville. Jean Mathis taught at Waterville Elementary School for 30 years and her father, Robert McLeese, served as Superintendent of the Waterville School District.

by Brianne Eilers

The beginning of the 2018-2019 school year is right around the corner and this year the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) will begin a new school year with a new superintendent.

Jay Mathis is no stranger to the Waukon area or the ACSD. He was raised in rural Allamakee County and graduated in 1982 from Waukon High School. His wife, the former Maria Welsh, is also a 1982 WHS graduate and they both have family still living in the area.

Mathis spent the first 13 years of his career in education teaching math and coaching football and track. His first teaching/coaching job was with Garner-Hayfield schools in central Iowa. He then went on to teach and coach for the Decorah school district.

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Something in common: Pair of Good Samaritan residents reminisce about lifelong friendship


Lifelong friends together again ... Lifelong friends Marcella Selberg (left in above photo) and Norma Barr (right in above photo) are together once again now that Marcella has joined Norma as a resident of Good Samaritan Society in Waukon as of this past June. The two grew up a mile apart from each other and became friends early in life. Marcella’s family came across the photo at right of the two of them when they were moving her belongings from her apartment this past June. The photo is labeled “Boots and Norma, 1946” (Boots is Marcella Selberg’s nickname), and it now sits in Marcella’s room. Submitted photos.

by Lissa Blake

There is seemingly no end to the number of things Marcella (Kolsrud) Selberg and Norma (Sorenson) Barr have in common. Perhaps that is why they’ve remained friends for nearly all of their lives.

They were both baptized, confirmed and married at the Waterville Lutheran Church. They both attended Waterville Elementary and High School, participating in girls’ glee club, band and sports together. Both were raised in homes where Norwegian was spoken regularly.

And, as of June of this year, they now both reside at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon, where - much like their days growing up - they now keep up with each other on a daily basis.

FAMILY FRIENDS
Norma was born on the Fourth of July, 1924. “The doctor wasn’t available, so my two grandmothers delivered me,” said Norma.

Marcella was also born at home, March 20, 1925, with a doctor attending.

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Allamakee County holds 2018 Bible Reading Marathon ...

The third annual Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon took place throughout the state of Iowa this summer following a proclamation signed by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds February 14 of this year. Organized in Allamakee County by Mary Keatley and Kristi Hager, local residents took part in the Bible Reading Marathon on the lawn of the Allamakee County Courthouse over the course of its four days Thursday, August 9 through Sunday, August 12.

“We wish to make this a countywide effort bringing together all Christians and interested persons within Allamakee County,” local organizers shared prior to the event. “All ages are welcome.” Pictured at the podium, left to right, Drake Reisinger and Tara Reisinger, with a group of area church members in attendance during the 2018 Bible Reading Marathon. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

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Program by National Eagle Center at Lansing Fish Days ...

The National Eagle Center presented information about bald eagles Saturday, August 11 at Lansing Fish Days. A live juvenile bald eagle was part of the presentation that took place on the Festival Grounds. The National Bald Eagle Center is a non-profit interpretive center located in Wabasha, MN that connects people with nature, history and cultures. Photo by Deb Welsh.
 

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Circus and Corn Days draw considerable crowds...

Friday, August 3 was a busy day at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon, as both the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus and the annual Waukon Corn Days celebration took place that evening. Two shows of the circus performance sponsored by the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department to benefit its youth program offerings both experienced full crowds, as depicted by the long line emerging from the circus tent pictured above. A steadily sizable crowd also graced the food stand areas of the fairgrounds (pictured below) for the sweet corn meal, with an abundance of other activities available for all ages to help celebrate the annual Corn Days event. Addison Lickiss (pictured below), eight-year-old daughter of Les and Becky Lickiss of Waukon, was crowned this year’s Little Miss Corn Days. Additional photos from Corn Days and the circus appear on Page 2A inside this week’s print edition and e-edition of The Standard. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

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Allamakee County to host Bible Reading Marathon this weekend

Volunteers invited to sign up to read during four-day event

February 14 of this year, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the 99 County Bible Reading Marathon Proclamation encouraging all Iowans to participate in the occasion again this year. Allamakee County will be taking part in that annual event from August 9 at 8 a.m. through August 12 at 6 p.m., around the clock, 24 hours a day, until the entire Bible is read. This year’s local event will take place on the lawn of the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon.

The Allamakee County Bible Reading Marathon is seeking community volunteers to help read the Bible at the Allamakee County Courthouse over the course of these four days in August. Time slots of 15 minutes each are available, however, volunteers are more than welcome to sign up for multiple slots if they wish to read for a longer period of time or would like to read on multiple days or at different times throughout the day.

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Supervisors hold off approval of second reading of amendment regarding communications tower near New Albin, approve agreements for new tower with Interstate Power and Light

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, August 6 to address a full agenda of items, including the consideration of signing a Site Lease Agreement and Tower Lease Agreement with Interstate Power and Light Company, the Second Reading of Amendment 3 to Zoning Ordinance L pertaining to exceptions to towers located in the Bluffland Protection District setback area, and discussion of the Continuation of Operation Plan (COOP) relating to disaster planning and County offices.

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Regional Director for Senator Ernst to visit Allamakee County August 15

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst’s office will hold traveling office hours in August in all 99 counties in Iowa. Regional directors will be available to assist Iowans with problems or questions about eligibility involving issues like social security, veterans’ benefits, military affairs, passports, immigration issues and other federal programs. Senator Ernst will not be at the traveling office hours locations.

One of those regional directors will be in Allamakee County Wednesday, August 15 from 12-1 p.m. in the Large Study Room of Robey Memorial Library in Waukon, located at 401 First Avenue NW. Anyone who is unable to attend the traveling office hours and is seeking assistance with federal agencies is asked to visit Ernst.Senate.Gov to contact one of the offices listed on the site or submit a casework request.
 

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Stock family recognized with Bernie Heffern Memorial 4-H Family Award ...

The Bob and Irene Stock family of Waukon was awarded the Bernie Heffern Memorial 4-H Family Award before the 4-H/FFA Livestock Auction at the 2018 Allamakee County Fair Sunday, July 22 by the Bob and Bernie Heffern family. The award was created by the Heffern family in memory of Bernie Heffern, who passed away in 2008 and was very passionate about all areas of 4-H and its importance in the lives of youth and their families. She and her husband, Bob, were inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2007 for their lifelong dedication to 4-H. Each year during fair week, the Allamakee County Fair Board observes families and selects a family who emulates the Heffern family attitude of helping others, working well with each other, and going above and beyond for the fair. The Hefferns hope that creating this award and honoring a family each year will help to develop the kind of passion and dedication Bernie Heffern showed for the 4-H program.

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Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to Waukon this Friday


The circus is coming to town ... The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be coming to Waukon this Friday, August 3 for a pair of evening shows at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness, proceeds from the circus will be used to help financially support youth activities provided through the Waukon Park and Recreation program. See the advertisement on Page 10A of this week’s issue of The Standard for ticket and additional information. Submitted photo.

Clowning around at the library ... Skeeter the Clown made a visit to Waukon Wednesday, July 25 to help promote the upcoming Culpepper & Merriweather Circus that will take place in Waukon this Friday, August 3. Skeeter will be part of the circus entertainment planned for two shows this Friday evening at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon, and she is pictured above at Robey Memorial Library during her July 25 visit to Waukon. Photo courtesy of Robey Memorial Library and submitted by Waukon Park & Recreation.

Circus and Corn Days both at Fairgrounds

Under the sponsorship of the City of Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department, the Culpepper & Merriweather (C&M) Circus is coming to Waukon this Friday, August 3 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds located at 705 Allamakee Street in Waukon. Now in its 33rd edition, C&M Circus has become internationally known with its one-ring, big top circus format.

All proceeds from the circus will benefit the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department. Those funding proceeds will help support youth activities run through the Park and Recreation program.

In addition to the circus taking place this Friday, the annual Waukon Corn Days celebration will also be hosting several events around the same time and at the same Allamakee County Fairgrounds location. For a complete list of Waukon Corn Days events and more specific details, see Pages 6A-11A in this week’s issue of The Standard.

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