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22
May

National EMS Week is May 19-25; A time to thank those dedicated volunteers for making a difference

This is National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. National EMS Week honors the lifesaving care EMS providers offer nationwide, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The national theme for EMS Week this year is “Honoring our Past, Forging our Future.”

EMS Week began in 1974 after a proclamation was called on the nation to support efforts to improve emergency medical care across the county. Much has changed in the care provided by emergency medical professionals since that time, but the dedication to help others continues.

The theme this year recognized all of those past contributions, saving more lives with less suffering.  The theme also inspires EMS professionals who are just starting out, to build on the successes of the past and forging the future of the next generation and the tools they will need to deliver compassionate care and alleviate suffering in communities everywhere.

Wed
22
May

Bandmates, Brothers and Friends and Toe Tappers reunion a huge success


Bandmates, Brothers and Friends performing in Waukon ... Friday evening, May 10, for the second year in a row, eleven original members of four local bands, reunited as Bandmates, Brothers and Friends, performed in Waukon to benefit the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. The crowd at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion was estimated well over 500 who attended the event to witness this second reunion. Submitted photo.

The Toe Tappers celebrate 50th anniversary as a band ... This year, The Toe Tappers joined the line-up of entertainment, celebrating their 50th anniversary. They never had the opportunity to celebrate this milestone due to COVID, but were overwhelmed by fans at this event. Pictured is Joe Sweeney, at left on the drums, with long-time member, Lyle Hanson, at right, on the guitar. Submitted photo.

Friday evening, May 10, for the second year in a row, eleven original members of four local bands, reunited as Bandmates, Brothers and Friends, performed once again in Waukon to benefit the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation.   The crowd at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion was estimated well over 500 who attended the event to witness this second reunion and celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Toe Tappers band as well.

The Toe Tappers never had the opportunity to celebrate this milestone due to COVID, but were overwhelmed by fans at this event. Joe Sweeney, who has always been the one concrete member of this band all these years, opened the show with Lyle Hanson, another long-time member, in addition to Dean Mielke and Sis Stemper.

Wed
22
May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month; The steps to take to help

According to the Healthiest State Initiative, there are steps you can take to help a friend or family member through a mental health crisis. A mental health crisis could look like suicidal thoughts and behaviors, self-injury, a panic attack, a reaction to a traumatic event or disruptive/aggressive behavior.

Wed
22
May

Start planting your vegetable garden

by Brandy Strub, MS, RD/LD, Dietitian, Veterans Memorial Hospital

Spring has sprung! That means it’s time to start thinking about getting your vegetable garden started, if you haven’t already. Never had a vegetable garden... then now’s a good time to start one, especially if you want to eat a little healthier, increase your activity level, need to decrease some stress, want to save some money on groceries, or need to increase your vitamin D level with a little sunshine.

Wed
22
May

Blood in special demand during the summer months

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, June 3, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church located in south Waukon. Blood drives are held the first Monday of each month in Waukon, to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with their blood and blood products.

Blood centers across the United States see a decrease in blood donations during the busy summer months.  During the summer, people become more active, have busier schedules, spend more time outdoors and take vacations. While donations decline, hospitals see an increase in the need for blood.  More driving can mean more automobile accidents.  A person who has suffered severe injuries from an automobile accident can need up to 50 units of blood.

Wed
22
May

Birth announcement: Kubitz

Cody and Christine Kubitz announce the birth of their son, Kolton Kubitz, born May 10, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 6 lbs. 14 ozs. and measured 19-1/2 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins a brother, Klayton Kubitz (5).

Grandparents are Chris and Rebecca Wagner of Clinton and Bob and Tracy Kubitz of Harpers Ferry. Great-grandparents are Doug and Sharon Kubitz.

Tue
21
May

Robert (Bob) Maxson

Robert (Bob) P. Maxson, age 75, was born December 14, 1948, to Marian and Paul Maxson in Richfield, MN. He graduated from Richfield High School in 1967 and began his college career at Eastern Illinois University where he received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He enjoyed being involved in many sports,  playing football in both high school and college. In college, he found his niche in  student government.

After college, he worked for a time as a bank examiner, but because he wanted to be closer to family, he moved back to Richfield, where he met Paulette Brutger. They were married and had two children, Erin was born in 1983 and Michael was born in 1988.

Tue
21
May

Ronald Ashbacher

Ronald Wayne Ashbacher, age 76, formerly of Waukon, went home to be with the Lord Monday, December 5, 2022. His interment service will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Waukon Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. All are invited to attend.

Ronald was born May 15, 1946 in the French Creek area of rural Waukon, the son of Harold and Louise (Scharping) Ashbacher. He was the youngest of the children. His sisters were Arlene and Dorothy, and his brothers were John A. and Richard.

They lived on a farm between Waukon and Lansing. He attended Waukon High School, after which he was a student at the University of Iowa.

Ronald was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the U.S. Army in Germany. Following the war he worked for the Goodyear Company in Topeka, KS. He retired to Lead Hill, AR where he enjoyed fishing and boating. He was also dedicated to visiting family across the country.

Mon
20
May

Patricia Powell

Patricia A. Powell, 90, of Luana died Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Northgate Care Center in Waukon. A private burial will be held at a later date in Smithfield Cemetery, rural Luana. A celebration of life will also be held at a later date. Martin-Grau Funeral Home in Waukon is handling arrangements.

Patricia Ann Powell was born November, 24, 1933, to Emeroy and Garnet (Lockwood) Bowen. She graduated from Anamosa High School and received her Bachelors in Education for teaching from the University of Northern Iowa. While on a blind date, Pat met the love of her life, Lawrence Powell.

The two were married May 30, 1954, in Monona.

Throughout her life, Pat loved teaching. She taught for a few years at Waukon High School before teaching first and second grade in Monona for eight years. She later substitute taught before becoming a full-time farm wife.

Mon
20
May

Garvin Larson

Garvin Keene Larson, 90, of Ankeny passed away May 16, 2024. He was born May 26, 1933, the son of Floyd and Helen (McClintock) Larson, in Waukon. A private graveside service will be held at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. In lieu of a funeral, a celebration of life will be held on Garvin’s birthday, May 26, at his daughter, Shelly Larson’s, house from 2-5 p.m.

Full obituary can be found online at www.MemorialServicesOfIowa.com.

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