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Wed
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May

Wellness Fair enjoyed by many during National Hospital Week


Family Wellness Fair balloon artist ... This year’s Family Wellness Fair included some special added attractions including a radon testing display in honor of balloon artist Paul Kammarmeyer, better known as “Greenie”, who attended this wellness fair sharing his balloon art talents with this community for the last decade. Paul lost his battle to lung cancer caused by radon in his home at the end of 2017. His apprentice, Mike Chapman, pictured here, very successfully carried on his talents at this wellness fair. Submitted photo.

“Klyde Thinger” the Clown at Family Wellness Fair ... A crowd of over 325 individuals attended the Family Wellness Fair at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday evening, May 9, enjoying the information, entertainment and free health screenings. “Klyde Thinger” the Clown, an always popular addition to the Family Wellness Fair, is pictured here visiting with a group of youth who enjoyed the fair. Submitted photo.

Wellness Fair demonstrations ... Many free health tests and demonstrations were offered at the fair and enjoyed by all. A new popular display sponsored by the Respiratory Therapists at the hospital included two pig lungs, one healthy and one that had been exposed to second hand smoke. Visitors were invited to see and feel the effects of smoking on the lungs, which are similar to human lungs. Submitted photo.

The 21st annual “Family Wellness Fair” was held Wednesday, May 9 at Veterans Memorial Hospital with a spectacular turn out. Over 325 individuals attended the wellness fair and enjoyed all the information and activities provided by over 45 agencies and businesses that serve Allamakee and northern Clayton counties.

Entertainment for the evening included special appearances by “Klyde Thinger” the Clown, plus a new balloon artist, Mike Chapman, who very successfully carried on the talent and tradition of Paul Kammarmeyer, who brought fun and excitement to the wellness fair for over a decade. Paul lost his battle to lung cancer caused by radon in his home at the end of 2017, but had shared his talent with Mike so he could carry on this service. In his honor, a special radon educational display and even radon kits were offered for sale at a very reasonable price by Melinda Berns of the Allamakee County Environmental Health Department.

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16
May

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, May 17. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if not an Auxiliary member. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner, if chosen.  Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 if choosing to eat dinner. Card playing will follow at 12:30 p.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m.  Anyone wishing to stay and play cards following the Senior Citizens meal is more than welcome to do so.

Anyone interested in attending, but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in. It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

For more information, call Auxiliary President Nona Sawyer, at 563-568-3105.
 

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May

25th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament June 18

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation annual Three Person Best-Shot Golf Tournament is set for June 18 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club.

Teams of three will begin the day with a shot gun start at 9:30 a.m. and play 18 holes of golf. Breakfast rolls, lunch and dinner and prizes for everyone will all be provided for the donation of $75.

All those interested are asked to pre-register their team by calling the Waukon Golf and Country Club at 563-568-9939. For more information about the golf tournament, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

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May

Diabetes support group to meet May 17 at VMH

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, May 17 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or has a friend or loved one with diabetes. For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

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May

NAMI Northeast Iowa offering monthly Family Support Group the second Monday of each month in Decorah

Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing. When someone is struggling with a mental health condition, it affects the whole family, not just the person with the diagnosis. Family members and caregivers can often feel overwhelmed or powerless as they try to learn more about the illness, treatment options, and how to help.

If these feelings sound familiar to anyone looking for some extra support, NAMI Northeast Iowa’s Family Support Group might be the place to find it. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.

Wed
16
May

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Dakota “Toad” Ness by Jim and Jill Kiesau, Arlyn and Lois Fossum, Fred and Geralyn Smith, John and Lorna Kerndt and family and friends of Dakota “Toad” Ness.

Memorials were also received in memory of Harriet Snitker by Patsy Kerndt, Mary Ann Hager, George Pickett, Tom and Karen Regan, Lillian Larson and Dave and Laurie Martin.

In addition, memorials were also received in memory of Matt Howe by Rick and Cathy Larson, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, George Pickett, Arlyn and Lois Fossum, Mae Jean Bakke, Chris and M’liss Bulman, Angeline Schulte, Meg Schaller, Patsy Kerndt, Dan and Sue Schlitter, Fred and Geralyn Smith, Ernie and Donnalee Osland, Terry and Diane Oesterle, Ardys Kuhse, Dave and Laurie Martin, Orrin and Nan Grangaard and Rachel and Anthony Langenohl.

Memorials and donations are appreciated by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation.

Wed
16
May

Paul and Mary Farley 60th wedding anniversary


Mary and Paul Farley - then and now

Paul and Mary (Palmer) Farley will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. In honor of the occasion, a dance is planned for Saturday, June 2 from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Vets Club in Waukon.

The couple requests no gifts.
 

Wed
16
May

Wesley Winters 90th birthday

Wesley Winters of Waukon will be celebrating his 90th birthday Saturday, May 26 with an open house from 3-7 p.m. at the Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank Community Room, located at 201 West Main Street in Waukon. All friends and family are welcome.

If unable to attend, cards and well wishes may be sent to him at 602 West Main Street, Waukon, IA 52172.

Wed
16
May

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I have become sort of addicted to watching the presidential press briefings, and have come to the conclusion that Sarah Huckabee Sanders not only earns her government check as spokesperson, but should also get hazardous duty pay.

She faces a press corps that is almost unanimously hostile toward the president and his administration, but lately toward Sarah herself. And she is frequently confronted with things on which the president has ricocheted two or three times while forming a position.

Today’s conference was a short one, because Sarah wanted to clear time for the First Lady, who was going to talk about cyber bullying. I watched a few minutes of her talk, and then went to set out the two trash carts for next morning’s pickup.

Wed
16
May

What's Up at the FSA Office?

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

Upcoming Deadlines and Important Dates
• May 15 - August 2: Primary Nesting Season. No MCM Activities on CRP Acres
• May 31: Marketing Assistance Loans for Prior Year Harvested Corn and Soybeans
• June 1: Margin Protection Program (MPP) Signup
• July 15: 2018 Crop Reports
• August 1: ARC/PLC Sign-up

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