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Wed
05
Jul

Kee softball team claims another perfect UIC title, ends regular season with second loss


Kee softball junior catcher/first baseman Chloe Severson heads for home and an excited greeting from her teammates after blasting a three-run homerun in the first game of the Hawks’ home doubleheader sweep of South Winneshiek Thursday, June 29. Severson was a combined three-for-four at the plate in the two games, driving in four runs and scoring four more of her own. Photo by Jordyn Burroughs. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this website.

The Kee softball team turned in some ending results on each end of the spectrum during its final week of the regular season this past week. The Hawks completed a second consecutive undefeated Upper Iowa Conference (UIC) campaign to win their fourth straight UIC season championship, but brought their regular season to a close with just their second loss of the season, completing their best-ever regular season record of 32-2 with an unblemished 18-0 mark in UIC play.

Mon
03
Jul

Allamakee County to participate in Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon again this year

Allamakee County will be taking part in the 2017 Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon once again this year, inviting people to read 30-minute or more segments of the Bible Thursday, July 6 throughout an 8 a.m.-8 p.m. timeframe. This is the second year Allamakee County has participated in the event, with some changes in location and longevity of the event taking place this year.

This year’s event for Allamakee County will take place at the Waukon City Park at the small shelter between the wooden playground and the ball diamond, a different setting than the Allamakee County Courthouse lawn used last year. The timeframe of this year’s event has been pared down from a three-day event to just a 12-hour format on a single day.

Those wanting to participate are asked to bring a Bible and a lawn chair to that Waukon City Park shelter house and local volunteers will meet them with a portion of the Bible to read aloud on their own in the park.

Fri
30
Jun

Colleen Gebel

Colleen (Welch) Gebel, 83, of Charles City died Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City. A Funeral Mass was held Monday, July 3 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City with Father Gary Mayer celebrating the Mass. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Charles City.

Mary Colleen Welch was born May 8, 1934 in Waukon, the daughter of Ray and Rita (Ryan) Welch. She graduated in 1952 from St. Patrick’s High School in Waukon. Following high school, she began her career with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Waukon and in the years following she worked for the telephone company in Independence, Oelwein and Charles City.

April 18, 1964, Colleen was united in marriage to James Gebel at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City. Jim and Colleen made their life in Charles City, where they raised their three children, Suzanne, Patrick and Elizabeth.

Wed
28
Jun

And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I was one of those students who really enjoyed diagramming sentences and showing off my skill at the blackboard. Remember blackboards?

But it has been 70 years or so since I really knew the terminology, so a couple years ago, when one of the booksellers whose catalogs I get offered a book on diagramming, I ordered it. I was informed it was not available and was out of print. I wondered at the time if that was because it is not being taught anymore, or maybe the rules have changed.

Radio and television almost have me convinced that the language skills I learned no longer apply.

The day of that shooting at the baseball practice, one network ran a crawl on screen that read “capitol police were on sight” when it happened. I kept waiting for someone to correct that to “on site” but it never happened. Doesn’t anybody at the network read those things? Or don’t they know any better.

Wed
28
Jun

Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Golf Tournament results


The winner of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 24th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament held June 19 is team “Three Strikes and You’re Out” with a score of 57. Pictured, left to right, are team members Jim Strike, Aaron Strike and Rich Strike. The Foundation Golf Tournament is an annual event held in June at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Submitted photo.

The 24th annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament was held Monday, June 19 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Twenty-nine teams of three participated in this tournament. Each team enjoyed 18 holes of golf plus lunch and dinner prepared by Rich Schulte, Marge and Bud Strike, and the Foundation Directors.

The Foundation gives credit for the success of this tournament to the many local businesses that provide great prizes so everyone participating wins. Plus, many businesses serving this area contribute as hole sponsors to the tournament making it an enjoyable, community-wide event.

Wed
28
Jun

Blood in special demand during the summer

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, July 6 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church located in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once a month in Waukon, to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its 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
28
Jun

VMH Prepared Childbirth Education Class July 10

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, July 10, and will continue those classes for two more consecutive Monday evenings, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.
The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn more on. They may choose to attend one, two or all three sessions. Session 1 covers labor, delivery and the postpartum period following delivery; Session 2 includes relaxation, breathing and pain management; and Session 3 covers infant care. Tours of the OB Department are available with each session as well.

Wed
28
Jun

Health Care Provider CPR offered

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) Monday, July 10, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is the same and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of three participants is required. For more information and to register for the “Health Care Provider” CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
28
Jun

Memorials recently received by VMH Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Calvin Shindoll by Al and Jeanne Stein, Tom and Karen Regan, Dale and Virginia Kurth, Leotia Flage, Patsy Kerndt, Mary Fink, Mary Ann Hager, Dr. Bill and Libby Withers, Nona Hansmeier, Rick and Cathy Larson, Connie Hansmeier, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Charlotte Reeder, Jim and Eli Klenske, and Brad and Erin Berns.

Memorials were also received in memory of Fred Miller by Dianne Rissman, Marcella Selberg, Larry and Jane Lamborn, Larry and Nancy Straate, Gayle Larkin, and Dan and Traci Byrnes.
Memorials and donations are greatly appreciated by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation.  The Foundation is a 501C3 organization.  All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.  Memorials and donations can be sent to 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.

Wed
28
Jun

Becker, Signor wed April 7

Jennifer and Austin Signor
Jennifer and Austin Signor

Jennifer Renee Becker and Austin James Signor, both of Chicago, IL, were united in marriage April 7, 2017 at the Barceló Maya Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico surrounded by 70 of their closest family and friends. Making the trip to Mexico was Austin’s grandfather, Jerry McGinnis, who officiated the wedding, and his grandmother, Mercedes Signor.

The bride is the daughter of Cullen and Denise Becker of Lansing. She is the granddaughter of the late Robert and Mary Peters and the late Joe and Kathleen Becker, all of Lansing.

The groom is the son of Trish Signor of Clive and Tom and Vicki Signor of Norwalk. He is the grandson of Jerry McGinnis of Shenandoah and the late Sharon McGinnis, and Mercedes Signor of Mason City and the late Don Signor.

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