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Dec

Allamakee Ecumenical Choir to present 41st annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” this Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church

The Allamakee Ecumenical Choir will present its 41st annual "Festival of Lessons and Carols" service this Sunday, December 10 at 7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, located at 8 Fifth Street SW in Waukon. Area clergy will read the lessons, and carols will be sung by the choirs and congregation. Choral numbers will be presented by the Ecumenical Choir, Ecumenical Men’s Choir, Ecumenical Women's Choir and Ecumenical Children’s Choir. Musical selections will also be presented by a Brass Ensemble and the St. John’s Lutheran Church Youth and Senior Handbell Choirs.

The Bixby Children String Quintet will also perform and accompany some of the choral selections. They are the grandchildren of James Bieber, who first organized and continues to prepare and direct the Allamakee Ecumenical Choir for this annual community celebration of Christmas that is open to the public. He will once again be assisted by his daughter, Sarah Palmer, this year.
 

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06
Dec

Honoring of their brother at the Vietnam Veterans Wall Memorial turns out to hold much more meaning for pair of area sisters


Sisters share opportunity to honor their brother ... Pictured above, left to right, sisters Margaret Walter of Decorah and Chris Bolson of Lansing had their recent trip to Washington, D.C. to honor their fallen brother, PFC Lloyd C. Wohlford, Jr., at the Vietnam Veterans Wall Memorial end up being much more meaningful when they had the honor of actually reading their brother's name from a list of fallen soldiers on the memorial. The two both wore buttons of their brother's photo (inset at bottom right). PFC Wohlford lost his life during the Vietnam War in 1967 at the age of 20. The Army Reserve Center recently closed in Decorah due to the occupying unit moving operations to Nevada was named in his honor. Submitted photo.

by Susan Cantine-Maxson

Longtime Lansing resident Chris Bolson and her sister, Margaret Walter from Decorah, recently returned from Washington D.C. where they took part in  the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Wall Memorial. Their brother, PFC Lloyd C. Wohlford, was killed in the Vietnam War in 1967 at the age of 20.
Every five years, a ceremony is held where the  58,318   names of the individuals who died in the Vietnam War are read. When Bolson and Walter learned of the ceremony this year, they decided it was a memorial they wanted to be a part of for their brother and they quickly made travel arrangements.
Volunteers read the names over a period of 19 hours from 5:00 a.m. until midnight over a period of four days. They  knew  the approximate time that their brother’s name would be read was at  12:32 p.m. and they wanted to be there to hear it.

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06
Dec

Annual holiday parade in Waukon brightens the beginning of the season ...

The annual Lighted Holiday Parade held in Waukon Monday evening, December 4 brightened up the beginning of the holiday season in more ways than one as nearly two dozen entries made their way through the city streets. Unseasonable temperatures hovering in the lower 50s made for comfortable viewing conditions for parade-goers, and a rare December rainstorm had made its way out of the area just in time to not be a bother for the event. Among the many displays and messages featured by this year's parade entries was the one displayed by First Presbyterian Church in its parade entry pictured above reminding all parade viewers of the foundational message of "Peace on Earth" that will likely be heard throughout many holiday services and events this season but should be a year-round consideration. Standard photo by Joe Moses. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more from the holiday parade and additional area events by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

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05
Dec

Pat Stone elected as Mayor of Waukon in December 5 run-off election

Voters in the city of Waukon elected a new mayor in the Tuesday, December 5 run-off election. That run-off election was necessary after the November 7 City Election did not yield a true winner based on none of the five candidates in that initial mayor's race receiving the necessary 50%+1 vote majority, pushing the top two vote-getters, Dwight Jones and Pat Stone, into the run-off election.
According to initial unofficial results released by the Allamakee County Auditor's Office December 5, those voters elected city government newcomer Pat Stone to the Waukon Mayor's office by a 395-236 final vote count. Stone's margin included an absentee vote margin of 83-49 and an election night tally of 312-187.
Stone will now assume the office of mayor, replacing outgoing mayor Duane DeWalle, who did not seek re-election to the mayor's seat this year. Stone will assume the office in January 2018.

Wed
29
Nov

More questions asked in regard to Waterville Elementary School; board work session planned for Thursday

Constituents of the Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) have continued to ask questions of the district's board of directors in regard to the board's consideration of the future of Waterville Elementary School. The ACSD Board of Directors is scheduled to ultimately make a decision on the future of the school at its Monday, December 18 regular board meeting.

The board has also scheduled a pair of work sessions prior to that December 18 regular meeting, each of those work sessions being scheduled for other purposes needing to be addressed by the board but also offering the opportunity for board members to further discuss any Waterville Elementary considerations. Those work sessions have been scheduled for this Thursday, November 30 and again Tuesday, December 12, both starting at 7 a.m. and both being held in the board room in the school district's administrative office area accessible through the Waukon Middle School front entrance.

Wed
29
Nov

Waukon voters to choose between Dwight Jones, Pat Stone in December 5 run-off election for Mayor of Waukon

NICC Waukon Center will be lone polling site

Voters in the city of Waukon should be going to the polls Tuesday, December 5 to help determine the town's mayor for the next two years in a special run-off election scheduled following none of the five candidates for Mayor of Waukon in the November 7 City Election receiving the required 50% + 1 vote majority to win the office. Polls for the run-off election will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. December 5, with just one polling location serving all Waukon voters in this particular election, that polling site being located in Room 109 of the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center.

Wed
29
Nov

Stopping in both Lansing and New Albin December 7 ...

Allamakee County residents and visitors will have a pair of opportunities December 7 to visit the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train within the county's borders, as the lighted holiday spectacle will be stopping in both Lansing and New Albin again this year. Both locations will feature 25-minute performances by scheduled country music performers Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott, along with an appearance by Santa Claus. Those visiting the train at its stops are asked to contribute a non-perishable healthy food item or monetary donation, with those food and funding proceeds from the Lansing visit being donated to the Allamakee County Food Shelf and the same from the New Albin stop being donated to The Way Station. Canadian Pacific urges those bringing food items to consult their “healthy donations” link on their website at www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/healthy-donations for donation suggestions.

Wed
29
Nov

Bridge projects top Supervisors agenda


Supervisors tour bridge projects ... The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors toured a pair of bridge projects within the county with Allamakee County Engineer Brian Ridenour Monday, November 27. The first stop on the tour was the bridge on North Fork Hollow Road pictured above, which replaced a sub-standard narrow steel pony truss bridge at a cost of $444,000. That project is expected to be completed within the next two to three weeks. The group also visited the bridge replacement project on Ferris Mill Road at the border between Allamakee and Winneshiek counties, a shared project between the two Counties. That new bridge, pictured below, replaces the previous structure that had a posted three-ton weight limit and was nearing closure. The bridge replacement cost was $290,000, with the project anticipated to be completed within the next one to two weeks, depending upon the weather. Standard photos by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, November 27 to address agenda items including the agreement between the City of Waukon and Allamakee County for construction of the Green Valley Road Bridge replacement project, plat requests and discussion regarding employer of record and insurance. There was no Public Comment.

Wed
29
Nov

Waukon High School Choir to perform its 23rd Annual Tour of Churches this Sunday ...

The Waukon High School Choir will be sharing its music with the area church community during its 23rd Annual Tour of Churches this Sunday morning, December 3, singing at seven different churches according to the schedule printed on the front page of this week's edition. At each stop, the choir takes a freewill offering to be donated to the Allamakee County Relief Office, the Allamakee County Food Shelf, the Backpack Program in the Allamakee Community School District, the Allamakee Giving Tree and the Waukon Community Meal program. If inclement weather prevents safe travel, a cancellation announcement will be made through the usual school-closing channels, and the tour will not be rescheduled for a later date. Submitted photo.
 

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