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Dec

What's up at the FSA Office?

by Jeremy Leitz, Allamakee County Executive Director (563) 568-2148

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• December 15: Report acreages intended to be used for forage and pasture in 2018
• December 15: Sign up for, or opt out of, the 2018 Margin Protection Program
• December 25: Office closed for Christmas

Fall Forage Certification
Make sure you stop in and certify all forage and fall seeded crops by December 15! This includes all hay and pasture acres you are planning on cropping for the 2018 crop year. Also any cover crops that were seeded this fall will need to be reported. If reported after the December 15 deadline a $46 late-filed fee per farm can be assessed. 

Wed
13
Dec

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... about night noises.

The forecast was for high winds overnight the night before trash collection day, and I knew if winds blew that strongly, my smaller “garbage” container with its light load would not stand. But I figured the larger “recyclables” container, with four sacks of newspapers and magazines accumulated over two weeks, was heavy enough to make it, so I put it out.

Just one thing wrong. The wind blew the yellow lid off. Same thing happened to another resident not far away. My prostate acts like the bladder with the lady in the TV commercial, leading me to the bathroom anywhere from three to six times a night, which interrupts sleep. But I am used to that. What I am not used to is the syncopated drum beat banging of two trash container lids following the baton of the wind all night long!

A night before that, I woke to an unexpected December sound, thunder.

Wed
13
Dec

Letter to the Editor: The Waukon community is a special place

To the Editor:

Waukon and its surrounding community is a special place; I know, as it was my hometown for the first 18 years of my life. And for the past 46 years that I have lived elsewhere, in my heart it has always been my hometown.

Very recently I had an opportunity to experience my hometown in a new way, one I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but then again it was the perfect place to have it happen. My mom, Abigail Osterholm, died Saturday, November 18 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Her six kids, their spouses and significant others, many grandkids and even some great-grandkids spent the final six days of her life in her hospital room, surrounding her with love, compassion and even lots of humorous stories.

Wed
13
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Wonder is the movie to see

To the Editor:

Treat yourself. If you are only able to see one movie this year, make it “Wonder”. If you are able to see a number of movies, include “Wonder”. Be sure to take the kids and/or grandkids!!! Happy holidays.

Harold Pronga
Waukon

Wed
13
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Drain the swamp

To the Editor:

Washington D.C. is so rotten you can almost smell the stench here in Iowa. Our tax money spent on a slush fund to settle sexual harassment claims. It looks as if that fund that has paid out tens of millions of dollars in settlements over the last 20 years comes from the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, which was sponsored by our very own Chuck Grassley.

How about the Johnson law forbidding clergy from giving their view on certain laws or they would lose their tax exemption? How about all the perks and retirement benefits they have voted for themselves? How about all the congressmen that didn’t support term limits and a balanced budget? How about when they removed or forbid the Bible, 10 Commandments or any Christian symbol? That’s when the devil walked into our schools and our country has been on a downhill slide ever since.

Wed
13
Dec

Letter to the Editor: December 7 Waterville school meeting

To the Editor:

I attended the December 7 school board meeting held at the Waterville school library  and must share a few comments and observations.  The meeting was well attended. It was much more information based than previous and presented facts needed in this critical decision. And I personally want to commend Mrs. Nordheim for her candor and professional approach to the evening.

I left with more concerns. We were advised there are no short-term or long-range plans to guide the school board in determining the future of the school district and, specifically, the Waterville building. We learned the water is fine. We learned there are no capital repairs that must be completed in the near future. What we did not learn is what is so pressing.

Wed
13
Dec

Letter to the Editor: Football appreciation

To the Editor:

Congratulations to the 2017 Waukon football team, and we thank you for the beautiful trophy and for the many Friday nights you entertained your fans. You made all of us very proud of how you played the game. You were always playing together.

You set the bar pretty high for next year’s team. We are sure they can meet the challenges and we will all be there to cheer you on. Again, thanks for a good season.

Your fans from Elon,
Arlyn “Butch” and Lois Fossum
Waterville

 

Wed
13
Dec

Veterans Memorial Hospital receives 2017 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance in Inpatient Services


Guardian of Excellence Award ... Pictured above is the 2017 Guardian of Excellence Award® that was presented to Veterans Memorial Hospital recognizing top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in patient experience and inpatient services. Submitted photo.

VMH recognized with Guardian of Excellence Award ... Veterans Memorial Hospital has again received national recognition at the annual National Press Ganey Conference for achieving the Guardian of Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance in Inpatient Services. Pictured above, left to right, are members of the hospital staff who accepted this award on behalf of the hospital: Suzette Mahoney, RN, Surgery Supervisor; Bailey Estebo, RN, Quality Assurance Coordinator; with Patrick Ryan, Press Ganey, CEO; Amy Bowden, RN, Maternity Services Supervisor; and Mike Myers, Veterans Memorial Hospital CEO. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing facilities that consistently achieved the 95th percentile, or top five percent of hospitals nationwide, of performance in Inpatient Services. This is the seventh time Veterans Memorial Hospital has been awarded this honor in the last 10 years. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon is pleased to announce it has been named a 2017 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in Patient Experience/Inpatient Services.

The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top five percent of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period during the course of one year.

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13
Dec

Ness family makes contribution to new 3D mammography machine at Veterans Memorial Hospital thanks to Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in October


VMH receives donation for 3D mammography machine ... Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Saturday, October 7 in the Waukon City Park to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and detection. Saturday, November 25, the Ness Family awarded $1,200 in proceeds raised from that walk to Veterans Memorial Hospital to be used towards the purchase of the new 3D mammography machine that was recently installed. Pictured in the front row in the hospital’s mammography room, left to right, are Leslie Ness, breast cancer survivor Barb Ness (seated) holding Liam Ness, with Chad and Diana Ness presenting the donation to hospital X-ray Technologist Siobhan Kurth. In the back row, left to right, are Carter Ness, Wyatt Kiley, Sigurd Ness, Evan Ness, Colin Ness and Kayla Ness. Submitted photo.

Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals of Waukon hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Saturday, October 7 in the Waukon City Park to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and detection. Despite the cool rainy weather that day, a large number turned out for the event. Breast Cancer survivors were asked to sign a pink porta potty sporting the breast cancer ribbon, t-shirts were distributed and refreshments served.

Saturday, November 25, the Ness family awarded the proceeds raised from that walk to the hospital to be used towards the purchase of the new 3D mammography machine recently installed at the hospital. The $1,200 donation will help Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon finance the newly-installed 3D mammography machine at its facility.

Wed
13
Dec

Healthy Lifestyles Weight Loss Class offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital dietitians will be offering a new eight-week weight loss class beginning in January that will teach the healthy lifestyle choices needed to lose the weight for good.  The key to permanent weight loss is to adopt new daily choices that, with consistent repetition, become habits. That is why the hospital offers the Healthy Lifestyles Weight Loss Class, which is open to anyone in the area communities of any age. The class will be offered Mondays from 5:30-6:45 p.m. starting January 15 running through March 5.

A free, introductory class will be held Monday, January 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. Anyone can hear more about the program and see if they wish to sign up for the eight-week program, beginning the following Monday.

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