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Jun

South Bear School to teach pottery on the kick wheel during summer program

For two weeks in July, South Bear School in rural Decorah will be re-opening its doors for students to join an intensive pottery workshop. South Bear School adheres to a ceramics tradition passed down from the European Guild System to the Bauhaus, to Pond Farm Pottery in California, to South Bear School.

Work and learning are based primarily on demonstrations, observation, and practice on the kickwheel. Quality one-on-one and group instruction will be provided by various alumni from the first iteration of South Bear School (1970-1987). Camp on the property at no extra cost for the full retreat experience, or commute from the nearby area.

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05
Jun

Bill Withers, M.D. honored with Distinguished Service award by Iowa Council of Administrators of Special Education for 2024

Bill Withers, M.D. from Waukon, Keystone Area Education Agency (AEA) Board Member in Director District 3, was recently named the recipient of the 2024 Distinguished Service Award by the Iowa Council of Administrators of Special Education (iCASE). The Distinguished Service Award is presented by iCASE to individuals making significant contributions to programs and service for students with disabilities. Annette Hyde, Director of Special Education at Keystone AEA nominated Dr. Withers for the honor.

Dr. Withers was one of the original board members for Keystone AEA when Iowa’s AEAs were established in 1974. Sue Updegraff, President of the Keystone AEA Board of Directors, noted that Dr. Withers has been on the board for 45 years; in the mid 1990s his medical practice took him out of state for five years. When he returned to northeast Iowa he was fortunate to be able to serve education again by returning to the Keystone AEA Board.

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03
Jun

James Driscoll

James Morgan Driscoll, 90, of Harpers Ferry passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side May 4, 2024. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at St. Ann-St. Joseph Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry with Father Joseph Sevcik officiating.

Visitation will be in the parish hall from 9:30 a.m. until the start of services. Interment will be at a later date in Williamsburg. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home in Lansing is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VMH Home Care in Waukon, WinnMed Hospice in Decorah, and Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

James Morgan Driscoll was born in the family home in Williamsburg February 12, 1934. He graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1952, where he lettered in football, basketball, track, and baseball. He also participated in band and choir. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953, and served in Japan and Korea until 1955.

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03
Jun

Larry Larson

Larry James Larson, 62, of Harpers Ferry passed away May 20, 2024 in Lusk, WY. A celebration of life will be held June 30 from 2-5 p.m. at Portside, located at 125 Jefferson Avenue, Harpers Ferry. Military honors will be held at 3 p.m. Memorials may be sent to the Larson family at 548 State Hwy. 76, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146.

Larry was born April 20, 1962 in Waukon to Lawrence I. Larson and Joanne A. (Iverson) Larson. He was baptized, and later confirmed May 29, 1977, at the Old West Paint Creek Church in Waterville. He graduated from Waukon Senior High School, Class of 1980, and went on to serve five years in the U.S. Navy aboard one of the Navy’s top destroyer tenders, the USS Sierra. Larry wore the title of Boatswain’s Mate.

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May

The role of home health care in helping older Americans


VMH Community and Home Care - Allamakee Public Health ... May is Older Americans Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care has a mission of aiding older Americans to remain in their homes, living independently for as long as possible. Pictured is the Community and Home Care-Allamakee Public Health staff located near their offices on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

May is Older Americans Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care-Allamakee Public Health has a mission of aiding older Americans to remain in their homes, living independently for as long as possible. Sometimes the role of the home caregivers is long-term, other times just for a short, transitional period of time.

Registered nurses and trained home care aides travel the Allamakee County and surrounding area offering nursing care and in-home assistance to people of all ages. They offer a variety of services including nursing visits, medication set-up and administration, dressing cares, IVs, catheter and colostomy cares, overseeing rehabilitation in-home programs, and all personal cares.  RN staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month; It’s OK to not be OK


Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ... May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s ok to have a mental illness and it’s important those with a mental illness know it’s ok to not be ok to help reduce the stigma and encourage them to seek the care and treatment they need. Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, offers local behavioral health care. Tara is achieving her goal of improving the community she grew up in through the lives she has already helped just in the nearly two years she has been serving the community. She provides consultations at both the Waukon and Postville clinic locations with no referral needed and all ages accepted. To make an appointment to see Tara in Postville call 563-864-7221 or in Waukon call 563-568-5530. Submitted photo.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s ok to have a mental illness and it’s important those with a mental illness know it’s ok to not be ok in order to help reduce the stigma and encourage them to seek the care and treatment they need.

Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, joined the Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic staff nearly two years ago to offer behavioral health care to help meet the great need for mental health care in northeast Iowa. Tara provides consultations at both the Waukon and Postville clinic locations and offers medication and non-medication management options for all mental illnesses.

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29
May

May is American Stroke Month; April showers bring May flowers


VMH Stroke Support Group to meet Thursday, June 6 ... May is American Stroke Month. No two strokes are the same. They can affect either the left or right side of the body and can range from mild to severe. Some strokes may only take a few months to recover while others could take a lifetime. If you, or someone you know, have experienced a stroke and wish to find others with similar experiences, consider stopping into the Stroke Support Group at Veterans Memorial Hospital the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. Pictured are a few members of the group, planting seeds to represent the good things that come from the showers in life; hence, April showers bring May flowers. Submitted photo.

May is American Stroke Month.  There’s an old saying: April showers bring May flowers. “The showers are the bad things that happen to us in life and the flowers are the good things that come from it,” reflected Danny Schlitter at the most recent stroke support group. Last month the group learned about the importance of drinking water to keep bodies healthy. This month the group planted seeds to represent the good things that come from those showers in life; hence, April showers bring May flowers.

No two strokes are the same. They can affect either the left or right side of the body and can range from mild to severe. Someone with a mild stroke may only have trouble remembering words at times, whereas, someone with a severe stroke may have difficulty walking, talking, or swallowing safely.

Some strokes may only take a few months to recover while others could take a lifetime.

Wed
29
May

Orthopedic Surgeon Val Lyons retires from private practice after serving Waukon for 32 years

Dr. Val Lyons of Charles City recently announced his retirement, effective May 31, 2024. He traveled to Waukon and many other communities providing orthopedic consultations and surgeries. He had been practicing in Veterans Memorial Hospital since 1992, serving hundreds of area patients in those 32 years. He recently made the decision to move to a new chapter in his life.

“I am honored to have served the Waukon and surrounding community for over 32 years and will certainly miss my interactions with my patients over the years. I have enjoyed working with the staff and in particular the specialty clinic and operating room staff,” states Dr. Lyons. “I am truly thankful to Veterans Memorial Hospital for accommodating and facilitating my practice over the years and wish them continued success.”

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29
May

Blood Donor Day set for Monday, June 3; Summer blood shortages: Donate now

Summer is a time of high blood demand in all communities. Donating blood is easy and one single blood donation can save the lives of up to three sick or injured hospital patients.

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, June 3, from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

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29
May

Auxiliary of VMH to hold Garage Sale June 6-7

The members of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) will be holding their second annual garage sale at Freedom Bank in Waukon in conjunction with the Waukon City-Wide Garage Sales. The Auxiliary garage sale will be open Thursday, June 6, from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and again Friday, June 7, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services. The Auxiliary also holds annual fundraisers such as the Women’s Health Day Luncheon the last Tuesday of September, the Pillow-Perk in mid-October, the Gift Case at the hospital and its annual membership drive each July.

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