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Wed
14
Nov

Tobacco Awareness Week in northeast Iowa being observed in local area this week, November 11-17

According to statistics gathered by  Helping Services for Youth & Families, one in four Iowa adults uses tobacco in some form; cigarettes are the most used. Tobacco is the leading cause of death for Iowans, taking the lives of more than 4,400 adults each year. Each year in Iowa, 1,300 kids (down from 2,100) under the age of 18 become new daily smokers.

The week of November 11-17 is Northeast Iowa’s Tobacco Awareness Week. November 15 marks the nationwide Great American Smokeout. This annual event encourages people to stop using tobacco for the day and to make plans to quit. The Boards of Supervisors from Allamakee, Delaware, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties have proclaimed Tobacco Awareness Week throughout their counties.

Wed
14
Nov

Proclamation observes Red Ribbon Week ...

With National Red Ribbon Week being observed October 23-31 to raise awareness of drug and alcohol abuse prevention, the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors signed its own proclamation at its Monday, October 22 regular meeting. Pictured above at the proclamation are: Left to right - Front row: Waukon High School students Maddy Moser and Ryan VanderVelden. Second row: Waukon High School students Ava Bossom, Natalie Byrnes, Olivia Bossom and Dylan Hogan, and Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Director of Prevention Services Jean Bossom. Back row: Allamakee County Board of Supervisors members Larry Schellhammer, Dan Byrnes and Dennis Koenig, and Allamakee County Sheriff Clark Mellick. Standard photo by Joe Moses.
 

Wed
07
Nov

“Never Stop Believing” is the theme for this weekend’s Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy


Annual Christmas Fantasy scheduled for this weekend ... The “Never Stop Believing” Christmas Fantasy will be held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon this Friday through Monday, November 9-12 and is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Pictured is a scene from last year’s Friday Night “Tingle ‘n Mingle” event, and the annual celebration also features Saturday and Monday Noon Luncheons, a Saturday Wine, Cheese and Dessert event, as well as a silent auction and viewing opportunities for the general public throughout the weekend. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2018 will be held this Friday through Monday, November 9-12 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Never Stop Believing.”

The “Tingle ‘N Mingle” Happy Hour is an opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers. Over a dozen tables of hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees from 5-8 p.m. this Friday, November 9. The event is sponsored by Four County Ag Services and Four County Crop Services of Postville. Tickets are available at Veterans Memorial Hospital and local banks, as well as at the door of the event.

Wed
07
Nov

Charles Waters achieves Boy Scouts’ highest rank of Eagle Scout


Earns rank of Eagle Scout ... Waukon Boy Scout Troop 64 member Charles Waters stands with the Eagle Scout service project he had to supervise and execute as part of his achievement requirements, a shelter along the 5 Bridges Trail in Waukon City Park. Waters was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout October 15. Submitted photo.

Charles Waters, son of Jaime and Jessica Waters of Waukon, has achieved Boy Scouts’ highest rank of Eagle Scout, being recently designated with the honor October 15. He is a member of Waukon Boy Scout Troop 64 under the leadership of Scoutmaster Troy Lubahn.

Waters began his scouting career as a Bear Cub with Waukon Cub Scout Pack 64 in September of 2012. He achieved the highest rank in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light, in April of 2015. At that time, he became a member of Boy Scout Troop 64.

As a Boy Scout member, Waters has held such leadership positions as Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and he currently holds the position of OA Troop Representative. While working through his six ranks in Scouting, from Scout to Eagle, Waters has earned 23 merit badges, some of which include First Aid, Communication, Environmental Science, Lifesaving and Personal Management.

Wed
07
Nov

Waukon City Council discusses several matters involving wastewater treatment plant, street and sidewalk projects, possible letter of support to Menards

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, November 5 to discuss a full agenda of items including discussion of a tenant and landlord’s responsibility regarding an overdue water bill, discussion of drafting a letter of support to Menards and several matters relating to the new Wastewater Treatment Facility.

There was no Public Comment and the council moved into Departmental Reports. Street Superintendent Keith Burrett provided an update on street maintenance projects including core-outs that have been blacktopped. He also said preparation for winter has begun for the Street Department.

Wed
31
Oct

Army tank located in Waukon for past 25 years transported to new home in Maxwell

by Joe Moses

Those passing by the 100 block of Allamakee Street in Waukon have likely noticed some change with the recent removal of the Army tank that had been located near the Vet’s Club since the early 1990s. During the evening of Thursday, October 25 this past week, Hennessy Towing of Waukon and various personnel from veterans organizations and City employees of Waukon and the south central Iowa community of Maxwell were involved in moving the tank in preparation for its transport to its new location in that small Story County community.

The M60 Army tank located at the Vet’s Club was last used in Vietnam before being decommissioned, but it was developed for a late World War II campaign. The tank came from Fort McCoy in Wisconsin before calling Waukon home in 1993 after a two-year planning process. Its new location will be Maxwell, a small town of just under 1,000 people located southeast of Ames.

Wed
31
Oct

Supervisors seeking public input on four-way stops on Autumn Road


Tobacco Awareness Week proclamation ... The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors proclaimed November 11-17 as Tobacco Awareness Week at its Monday, October 29 regular meeting. In attendance to discuss and witness that proclamation were: Left to right - Front row: Helping Services for Youth and Families Prevention Specialists Jennifer Kimber and Ashley Havenstrite. Back row: Allamakee County Board of Supervisors members Dennis Koenig, Dan Byrnes and Larry Schellhammer. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 29 to address a full agenda of items including the Tobacco Awareness Week Proclamation, setting a date for the 2019 Driftless Half-Marathon and an update from the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC). Chairperson Larry Schellhammer called the meeting to order.

During Public Comment, SPF-SIG Coordinator Maxine Grotegut with Allamakee Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) took a photo of the Supervisors holding the Social Host Ordinance to fulfill a requirement of a grant. Executive Director Val Reinke with Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) discussed the November 19 Board of Supervisors meeting which will take place at the Robey Memorial Library in Waukon with a possible industry visit to follow at Aveka Nutra Processing. Supervisor Dennis Koenig also provided an update on the County Social Services (CSS) region.

Wed
31
Oct

Entertainment for Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation 27th Annual Christmas Fantasy announced; Reservations can be made now


Annual Christmas Fantasy scheduled for November 9-12 ... Reservations are now being accepted for the Christmas Fantasy Saturday and Monday Noon Luncheons and the Saturday Wine, Cheese and Dessert event. Pictured is a scene from last year’s Friday Night “Tingle ‘n Mingle” event. The “Never Stop Believing” Christmas Fantasy will be held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion November 9, 10, 11 and 12 and is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2018 will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 9, 10, 11 and 12, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme this year will be “Never Stop Believing.”

In addition to the nearly 60 decorated Christmas trees on display, this years’ event will again offer many, many shopping opportunities on the silent auction. Reservations are now being taken for the popular Saturday evening Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event, and the Noon luncheons.

The luncheons are sponsored again this year by the Allamakee County Cattlemen’s Association and will be held Saturday, November 10, at Noon, and again Monday, November 12, at Noon. A full meal will be served plus entertainment will be provided at both events.

Wed
24
Oct

Young local entrepreneur Denzel Decker receives special recognition at 2018 Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Gala


Receives special recognition at Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Gala ... Waukon High School sophomore Denzel Decker, son of Brad and Becky Decker of rural Luana, was invited to attend the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Gala at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in Mason City September 26, where he was given special recognition for his entrepreneurial efforts in starting his own cupcake business, Decker Delish. In addition to the special recognition award he is pictured above with, Decker also received a $1,000 award and was also able to meet and visit with John Pappajohn (pictured in the photo below), which he considered quite an honor. Submitted photos.

Waukon High School sophomore Denzel Decker, son of Brad and Becky Decker of rural Luana, received special recognition at the 2018 Pappapjohn Entrepreneur Gala held September 26 at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC)  in Mason City. The event celebrates north Iowa’s entrepreneurs in four award categories: Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, the Innovation Award, and Business of the Year. Twelve finalists were named in each category, and the winners were announced at the gala.

Wed
24
Oct

Supervisors proclaim October 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, October 22 to address a full agenda of items including the Red Ribbon Week Proclamation, signing of the Fiscal-Year 2019 Iowa Partnerships for Success contract and discussion of hiring a Dispatcher/Corrections Officer. There were no members of the public in attendance during the Public Comment portion of the meeting and Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer provided an update on the November 6 general election during that time, indicating that approximately 1400 absentee ballot requests have been made so far with just over 10,000 voters registered in Allamakee County.

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