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And then I wrote...

by Dick Schilling, "Editor Emeritus"

... that I noticed that in the news this Monday morning of the week of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta, GA, there were severe weather warnings for that area.

That’s always an event held in beautiful surroundings, if not always beautiful weather.

Yesterday, one of the dailies did a story about Iowan Zach Johnson, who won that event ten years ago. The story noted that he has won 11 other tournaments, including the British Open in 2015. Last year seemed to be not a very good year for Zach, but the story says he won over $1.7 million in 2016, which would be a pretty good year for any businessman. His lifetime earnings in prize money top $40.8 million, at age 41.

Key words in that final sentence are prize money.

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Word for Word 4/12/17

Greetings brothers and sisters in Christ, it is April and we are beginning to see the spring weather. As I am writing this, I recall that just a couple of weeks ago we had rain, lightning and thunder. The beautiful weather we are receiving comes with a price and that is the severe weather that can come seemingly from out of the blue.

The other day I saw a robin, and I have noticed some of the flowers in the beds around the parsonage growing with the promise of blooming soon. Spring planting season is nearly upon us and flowers are getting ready for the day when they will bloom in glorious color. This reminds me of what it is like to be a Christian.

We go through a time in our lives when all is cold, dark and gloomy and then as we learn of Christ we come to the time of a new life. This new life is not without its own storms but through those storms we receive the precious rain that waters our faith so that we may grow as Christians.

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Letter to the Editor: Reality 101 is terrific

To the Editor:

The “Reality 101” events are terrific learning experiences, but shouldn’t the topics included be part of every school’s regular curriculum?

David Anderson
Waukon

 

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Letter to the Editor: Sin or crime?

To the Editor:

Between birth and death, we are criminals, living in a prison that we cannot escape from. We have been imprisoned since the day we were born, living among a bunch of criminals, all of us committing crime after crime against our creator. We are on death row as punishment for living a life of crime. There is only one door which after having served time in this prison that will open for each one of us. That door is death.

Each of us have a soul that is at death separated from our bodies and goes to one of two places. The choice is ours while we serve our sentence here alive on earth. There is no other choice. Originally man was placed on this earth to worship and serve our creator. A couple of our ancestors decided to follow Satan. That criminal act is still following us. The Bible calls it sin. Sin is doing something that is against the laws of our God and creator. Such as changing His laws, eliminating some of them or disobeying them.

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Dr. Bill Withers is inaugural recipient of new award from Iowa Area Education Agencies


Dr. Bill Withers of Waukon celebrated his reception of the inaugural Dr. E. Robert Stephens Award from the Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEA) with most of his family in attendance at the AEA Boards of Directors Conference March 30 in Des Moines. Pictured above, left to right, are Dr. Withers' son, Dr. Jim Withers; Dr. Withers; his wife, Libby Withers; and his sons, Dr. William Withers and John Withers. His daughter, Jane, was unable to attend. Submitted photo.

Left to right in above photo, Keystone Area Education Association (AEA) Administrator Pat Heiderscheit speaks of the significance of the service of Dr. Bill Withers as a Keystone AEA Board Member and Board Vice President at the AEA Boards of Directors Conference in Des Moines March 30. Dr. Withers was the recipient of the inaugural Dr. E. Robert Stephens Award at the Conference for his dedication and years of service to Iowa's Area Education Agencies spanning four decades. Submitted photo.

Dr. Bill Withers of Waukon, board member at Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA), was recently honored as the recipient of the first-ever Dr. E. Robert Stephens Award from Iowa’s Area Education Agencies. Withers received the award during a presentation at the AEA Boards of Directors Conference held March 30 in Des Moines.

This is the first year for the award and it is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate outstanding candidates for their contributions to education and the AEA system. Withers was nominated for the award by fellow board member George Holland of Dubuque.

"It's very humbling and a great honor, especially when considering the legacy the award is named after, the man we call the 'founding father' of AEA, Dr. Bob Stephens," Dr. Withers remarked. "He was just a grand guy, and was pretty much single-handedly responsible for putting this all together before it was enacted by the State Legislature in 1974."

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Main Street Lansing program, leaders honored at annual Main Street Iowa Award Celebration


Main Street Lansing was recognized as a Million Dollar Main Street District at the annual Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration held Friday, April 7 in Des Moines. The plaque above was presented to the Main Street Lansing program, signifying the achievement of the milestone of one million in private dollars invested in commercial district rehabilitation and property acquisition in Lansing's Main Street district since the program's inception. Submitted photo.

Main Street Iowa hosted the 31st annual Main Street Iowa Awards Celebration Friday, April 7 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. The program honored the efforts of those who work day in and day out in downtown revitalization in Iowa. The event was attended by approximately 550 individuals representing communities across the state.

Main Street Iowa has annually presented awards honoring outstanding accomplishments, activities and people that are making a difference in Iowa’s Main Street districts. Projects large and small are recognized and serve as outstanding examples of what historic commercial district revitalization is all about.

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Waukon High School music students perform well at IHSMA State Solo, Ensemble Contests


Best of Center … Saxophone Trio - Left to right: Erika Johnson, Katie Hagensick, Michael Smith. Submitted photo.

Perfect scores ... Left to right: Saxophone Trio - Erika Johnson, Katie Hagensick, Michael Smith; Vocal Duet - Adam Gruman and Matt Hoins; Multiple Percussion Solo - Adam Gruman. Submitted photo.

Division I ratings … Left to right - Front row: Allison Sletten, Aislinn Goettel, Logan Houg, Oonaugh Ahouse, Katelyn Leiran. Second row: Cassidy Byrnes, Gabby Power, Olivia Rathbone, Emily Kolsrud, Adam Gruman, Leslie Halverson, Heidi Dougherty. Third row: Connor Berryman, Matti Pladsen, Katie Hagensick, Erika Johnson, Mary Vander Velden, Morgan Van Ruler, Micah Treptau, Brooke Wasson, Allison Hagensick, Carley Sweeney. Back row: Steven Shogren, Nathan Smith, Micahel Benson, Matt Hoins, Aaron Sherman, Dolan Jones, Owen Halverson, Sophie Halverson, Miann Barr, Michael Smith. Submitted photo.

Division II ratings ... Left to right - Front row: Cassidy Byrnes, Gabby Power, Emily Kolsrud, Harli Holzwarth, Logan Houg, Aislinn Goettel. Second row: Alison Sherman, Zaida Bockman, Olivia Rathbone, Madelyn Marti, Adam Gruman, Leslie Halverson, Allison Hagensick. Third row: Matti Pladsen, Theodore Holthaus, Katie Hagensick, Mary Vander Velden, Morgan Van Ruler, Micah Treptau, Lauren Griffith, Katie Gress, Carley Sweeney. Back row: Nathan Smith, Michael Benson, Aaron Sherman, Matt Hoins, Gabby Ewing, Lane Grotegut, Brigid Berns, Owen Halverson, Brooke Wasson, Sophie Halverson. Submitted photo.

Division III ratings ... Left to right - Front row: Alison Sherman, Zaida Bockman, Madelyn Marti, Harli Holzwarth, Olivia Rathbone. Second row: Erika Johnson, Cassidy Byrnes, Mary Vander Velden, Morgan Van Ruler. Back row: Katie Hagensick, Theodore Holthaus, Gabby Ewing, Michael Smith, Miann Barr. Submitted photo.

Saturday, March 25, students from the Waukon High School Band and Vocal programs traveled to Cresco for the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) State Solo and Ensemble Contests. Each soloist or ensemble performed for a certified judge and following their performance they received a rating.
A Division “I" rating is the highest rating and is considered to be a "superior" performance. Division “II” is an excellent performance, Division “III” is a good performance, Division “IV” is fair, and Division "V" is a poor performance.
The Saxophone Trio of members Erika Johnson, Katie Hagensick and Michael Smith received a “Best of Center Award” for the day, which consists of receiving a perfect score from their judge and being designated by that same judge at the end of the day as the best performance from that center for the day.
Results for Waukon High School performances from the contest day are as follows:

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Kee High School’s “Big Bad Musical” and “Cinderella” a big hit with audience interaction …

Kee High School’s production of the two one-act musicals “Big Bad Musical” and “Cinderella” was performed April 1 and 2. Pictured are members of the cast and crew of this year’s production. The musicals were both family-oriented shows that allowed the cast to interact with the children in the audience. Many of the children wore fairytale character costumes and were invited for a meet and greet after the show. Pictures in Cinderella’s carriage and with the other characters up on the stage were a highlight of the evening, as pictured below and to the right. Submitted photos.
 

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St. Patrick School to host 5K Walk/Run Saturday

St. Patrick School in Waukon will be hosting its annual 5K walk/run this Saturday, April 15. The event is open to all ages.

Registration for the event will be held from 7-7:45 a.m. the day of the race at the St. Patrick School Upper Building gymnasium but will not guarantee receipt of a long-sleeved t-shirt. The registration fee is now $25 ($20 for youth shirt sizes), and checks can be made payable to St. Patrick School.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. Medals will be awarded to the first two male finishers and first two female finishers in each age group.

For more information, call 563-568-2170 or e-mail kfahey@st-pats.pvt.k12.ia.us. Rain date has been set for Saturday, April 22.
 

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Town & Country Sanitation to begin transition process to One-Pass Automated Collection of garbage and recyclables in Waukon


Photo above shows the now automated process of picking up garbage and recyclables to be utilized by Town & Country Sanitation in the Waukon community beginning in the month of May. The new process will utilize the same garbage toters, but residents should expect new recyclable toters, similar to the current garbage toters but with gold lids, to be delivered to their residence by the end of April. Additional information will be publicized about the transition as it becomes available. Submitted photo.

New recyclable bins to be delivered within next two weeks for May change

Town & Country Sanitation, contracted collector of garbage and recyclables with the City of Waukon, will be introducing the new One-Pass Automated Collection process to the community of Waukon starting in May of this year. Pick-up of recyclables will experience the greatest change, although pick-up scheduling for both garbage and recyclables will see a change for most all residents, with further details to be publicized as they become available.

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