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May

Waukon baseball team returns mixture of 14 varsity letterwinners representing each of three upper grade levels for 2018 season

The 2018 Waukon baseball team will benefit from the return of 14 letterwinners from a squad last season that played to a 7-23 record that included only a single win in 18 Northeast Iowa Conference tries. That veteran group will include a group of six seniors who will provide the greatest share of that leadership for this season’s 45 players on the eighth-12th grade team roster, many of those seniors sporting multiple varsity baseball letters to their credit.

That group of seniors includes Evan Armstead, Garrett Garin, Abe Schwartz, Colin Waters, Isaiah Welch and Mitchell Snitker. “We have a group of seniors that will provide valuable leadership to the younger players,” Waukon baseball coach Jerry Keenan said.

Wed
23
May

Sullivan just shy of shot put finals, top-20 finishes for 4x200 and Welch in long jump at State Track Meet to wrap up Waukon boys track season

One final flight ... Waukon boys track senior Isaiah Welch elevates himself in the Class 2A long jump competition at the State Track Meet in Des Moines Thursday, May 17, finishing 14th among the Class 2A field in the event with a leap of 19’8.5”. He also joined fellow senior Abe Schwartz and the sophomore pair of Brock Hatlan and Dawson Baures in the 4x200 relay at the season grand finale, running to a 20th-place overall finish in the 24-team Class 2A field of the event with a clocking of 1:35.07. View and
Shot puts himself into Class 2A top-10 ...  Waukon boys track junior Brady Sullivan launches a shot put effort in the Class 2A shot put competition at the State Track Meet in Des Moines Thursday, May 17. Sullivan posted a best throw of 50’7.5” to finish ninth in the 24-thrower field of Class 2A competitors. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on The Standard’s website, www.waukonstandard.com.

The 2018 Waukon boys track season came to an official end at every team’s and athlete’s ultimate destination, the Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19. The Indian track boys had five team members qualify in three events among this season’s Class 2A track and field elite.

A pair of field event efforts accounted for the Indian track boys’ Thursday efforts at the season grand finale, each ending up short of qualification for the eight-competitor final rounds of their respective competitions. Senior Isaiah Welch’s return to the State Meet in the long jump yielded a best effort of 19’8.5” that left him short of the eight-jumper finals and in 14th place in the Class 2A 24-jumper field. Carroll Kuemper senior Miles Rupiper claimed the Class 2A long jump crown with a leap of 22’1”.

Wed
23
May

Waukon Memorial Day Observance will feature Voice of Democracy National Finalist; No parade being held this year

The 2018 Memorial Day Observance Program being held at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon Monday, May 28 will begin at 10 a.m. this year. In the event of rain, the program will be held at the Waukon Banquet Center.

The program at the cemetery has typically followed the annual parade, but this year’s Memorial Day observance will not include a parade, according to local officials. A joint decision was made by the local American Legion and VFW organizations to not hold the parade this year, citing reasons of “lack of participation” and “too much commercialization taking away from the true meaning of what Memorial Day is supposed to be about.”

Volunteers will still be needed to help set up the Avenue of Flags Saturday, May 26, beginning at 7 a.m. Those efforts will begin at the Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon.

Wed
23
May

Area Memorial Day Observances

Memorial Day Observance in Waukon

MONDAY, MAY 28

Wed
23
May

More than 58,000 stories to tell: Gwen Brainard shares her story of husband Terry Miller’s death in Vietnam

by Lissa Blake

Over the past 50 years, the world has repeatedly heard about the more than 58,000 Allied soldiers who died in Vietnam.

But on this Memorial Day, and every day, Waukon’s Gwen Brainard wants to remind everyone that each of those soldiers has a story.

“I want people to know what war is really like, and that I really feel my husband died in vain,” said Brainard of the death of her husband, Terry Miller.

HER STORY
Next year will mark 50 years since Terry Miller died in Vietnam. A young newlywed, almost finished with college and with a baby on the way, Miller was drafted because he wasn’t able to secure a student teaching assignment in the summer of 1968, which voided his education exemption.

Wed
23
May

Allamakee County native Roy Vickery honored during National POW/MIA Day

A fallen Allamakee County soldier from the Korean War never had the proper burial or closure to his passing, but he was one of many honored at a ceremony held last fall in Waterloo at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.

Roy Martin Vickery, a native of Post Township of Allamakee County, was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW) during the Korean conflict and died in captivity. His remains, however, were never returned and he and 139 other Iowans are still listed as “Missing in Action” (MIA).

National POW/MIA Remembrance Day was observed September 15, 2017 with that ceremony held at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo. The ceremony focused special attention on servicemen and women who were listed as missing from the Korean War era, noting that “As the frontlines rapidly changed in 1950 and 1951, many fallen heroes were unable to be recovered due to the hostility of the enemy.”

Wed
23
May

Grampovnik and Waters each named recipients of Hammel-Zoll Scholarship

Alexz Grampovnik ...
Colin Waters ...

Alexz Grampovnik and Colin Waters, 2018 graduates of Waukon High School, were both awarded the $1,000 Hammel-Zoll Scholarship Sunday, May 13 following the Baccalaureate Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon.

Grampovnik, the daughter of John and Anne Grampovnik of Waukon, plans to attend Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) in Calmar for two years to complete her RN degree and then transfer to Upper Iowa University in Fayette to complete her BSN degree.

Waters, the son of Tim and Sarah Waters of Waukon, plans to attend Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo and then transfer to the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls to major in Education.
 

Wed
23
May

ACSD Board of Directors hears variety of updates as school year draws to a close this week; Board member Tom Baxter announces his resignation

by Brianne Eilers

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) school board members met for two meetings Monday, May 21. Board members first met for a special meeting Monday morning for a public hearing on the sale of public school property in Waterville. No written or oral comment was given. The board then opened bids on the LP gas tank located at the Waterville Elementary School property. Three bids were submitted, including one from the City of Waterville for $5,000; one from Distant View Farms for $20,070 and one from Hovey LP Gas, Inc. for $27,500. The board chose to accept the bid from Hovey LP Gas, Inc.

The board then met for its regular monthly meeting Monday night. Prior to the meeting, a tour of the Waukon High School Construction class home was given.

Wed
23
May

EACSD Board of Directors discusses full-day preschool option; Julie Hawes hired as varsity volleyball coach

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

The regular monthly meeting of the Eastern Allamakee Community School District (EACSD) Board of Directors was held Monday, May 21 at Kee High School in Lansing. Board members Bruce Palmborg, Bobbie Goetzinger and Board President Heather Schulte were present, along with Board Secretary/Business Manager Marian Verdon, Kee High School and Middle School Principal Mary Hogan, New Albin Elementary School Principal Chad Steckel and EACSD Superintendent Dr. Dale Crozier. Absent were board members Kelli Mudderman and Melanie Mauss.

President Schulte called the meeting to order. The initial item on the agenda included approval of the 2018 budget amendment which allows the budget to cover additional revenues and expenditures not covered in the original budget. Public comments were called for but none were given. The normal and customary authorizations were approved.

Wed
23
May

Gundersen Health System donates to Walk-On Waukon sidewalk project ...

The Walk-On Waukon Committee recently received a $1,000 donation from Gundersen Health System toward its planned sidewalk project. Pictured above representing the donation to Walk-On Waukon is Hallie Linderbaum, Business Office Coordinator at Gundersen Health System - Waukon Clinic. The Walk-On Waukon Committee is continuing to work on plans and reaching financial goals to start improving walkability in Waukon. Submitted photo.
 

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