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07
Jun

Blood Donor Day set for June 12

The next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive will be held Monday, June 12 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once per month. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.

Over half of the United States population is eligible to donate blood, yet less than four percent donate on a regular basis. A single donation of blood can be used to save up to three lives and help in treatment of cancer patients, accident victims, hemophiliacs and surgery patients. The LifeServe Blood Center is committed to serving the needs of Iowans by saving lives through volunteer blood donation.

Wed
07
Jun

VMH Prepared Childbirth Education Class held

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, July 10. That class will continue 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
07
Jun

Be aware of ticks

by Sheryl Darling Mooney, RN
Veterans Memorial Hospital Community & Home Care

It’s great to get out and enjoy the outdoors here in Allamakee and Clayton counties, but remember to be vigilant about checking yourself and others with you for ticks. Examine your skin as best you can and use a hand held mirror if available. Fine-toothed combs can also be used in helping to check your scalp. “I’d Like to Check You for Ticks” isn’t just the catchy title to a country song, but a good idea to have someone else check the areas you can’t easily see.

There are ways to help decrease the likelihood of a tick bite or attachment:

- Treat dogs and cats for ticks
- Wear insect repellant containing the ingredient DEET (not recommended for children under two months of age)
- Wear permethrin-treated clothing
- Check yourself for ticks after being outdoors, especially after being out in the woods
- Shower soon after coming indoors.

Wed
07
Jun

Euchre Marathon June 15

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, June 15. 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 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.  The cost is $3 per person with all proceeds going towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

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.

Wed
07
Jun

Memorials received by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Hazel Rissman by Les and Ada Marie Kerndt, Marv and Marge Strike, Frank and Patty Goltz, Geralyn and Fred Smith, Rick and Cathy Larson, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, Bob and Linda Thompson, Chuck and Marcy  Fritz, Mike and Teresa Myers, Steve and Maureen Thode, Gordy and Darlene Kaeser, Nyles and Ruby Herman, John and Sheryl Prestemon, Betty White, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Meg Schaller,  Dan and Sue Schlitter, Gary and Carol Bahr, Marian Smedsrud, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Marlys Leiran, Lois Evans, Joel and Teresa Sommer, Laura Duvel, Jane Dietrich, Gayle Larkin, Mae Jean Bakke, Leotia Flage, Marcella Selberg, Mary Fink, Joan Bieber, and family and friends of Hazel Rissman.

Wed
07
Jun

Van Ruler and Bartling to wed July 8 in Ames


David Bartling and Heather Van Ruler

Randy and Kathy Van Ruler of Waukon and Tom and Julie Bartling of Waterville announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Heather Van Ruler, originally of Waukon, and David Bartling, originally of Waterville. The wedding ceremony is scheduled for July 8, 2017 at Heartland Baptist Church in Ames with a reception at Gates Memorial Hall in Nevada, IA.

The bride-to-be is employed as a Sales Operations Analyst at Workiva in Ames and will be graduating from Iowa State University in December with an accounting degree and will continue her employment at Workiva. The groom-to-be is employed as a mechanic at Skunk River Restorations in Ames.

Wed
07
Jun

Jim and Helen Johnson 60th wedding anniversary


Helen and Jim Johnson, then and now

Jim and Helen Johnson of Waukon will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week. The Johnsons were married June 8, 1957 in Middlebranch, OH.

They will be celebrating with their four children, Sherrie (Gil) Hunstad, Scott (Noreen) Johnson, Chad (Cheryl) Johnson and Heather (Cary) Hermanson, and their families, which include ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In honor of the occasion, cards and well wishes may be sent to 430 Fourth Street SE, Waukon, IA 52172.
 

Wed
07
Jun

Alice Johnson 90th birthday card shower

Alice Johnson
Alice Johnson

Alice (Dougherty) Johnson, formerly of Waukon, will be celebrating her 90th birthday with a June 10 event. Her birthday was March 19. In honor of the occasion, cards and well wishes may be sent to 1267 Winchester Drive NE, Swisher, IA 52338.
 

Wed
07
Jun

Birth announcement: Hager

Byron Hager
Byron Hager

Michael and Jennyanne Hager of Waukon announce the birth of their son, Byron Lyle Hager, born May 29, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 7 lbs. 11 ozs. and measured 20 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins siblings, Marlin (4) and Wylo (2).

Grandparents are Glenn and Karen Grimstad, Janet and Keith Schroeder and the late Mark Hager, all of Waukon. Great-grandparents are Margie DeBower of Decorah and Hal and Andrea Grimstad of Juno Beach, FL.
 

Wed
07
Jun

Birth announcement: Roffman

Deanna and Ethan Roffman of Waukon announce the birth of their daughter, Jaina Mai Roffman, born May 27, 2017 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She weighed 6 lbs. 14 ozs. and measured 19-1/2 inches in length at the time of her birth. She joins a sister, Ava Rose (1-1/2).

Grandparents are Sylvia Roffman of Waukon and Susan Giancaspro of Buffalo Grove, IL.
 

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