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21
Apr

Good Samaritan Society-Waukon nurse receives DAISY Award


Recipient of DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Good Samaritan Society in Waukon ... Barb White of Waukon is pictured in the photo above with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses that she received in a ceremony held at Good Samaritan Society - Waukon April 8. Along with the award certificate she is displaying in the photo at right, White is also holding a stone sculpture handcarved for Good Samaritan Society by the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe, a civilization that holds its caregivers in especially high regard. White has been a nurse at Good Samaritan Society-Waukon for more than 32 years, and pictured with her in the photo below at right adding special meaning to the April 8 award ceremony are two of the four Directors of Nursing White has worked with during her career, Connie Pronga (standing at left) and Sarah Welsh (seated). Photos submitted by Good Samaritan Society-Waukon.

Barb White of Waukon was recently awarded “The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses” at a presentation held Thursday, April 8 at the Good Samaritan Society - Waukon. White, who has provided more than 32 years of service as a nurse at Good Samaritan Society - Waukon, was presented the award by Steve Bargar, the new Executive Director at the Waukon facility.

Also present at the award ceremony were Sarah Welsh and Connie Pronga, two of the four Directors of Nursing that White has worked under during her three-plus decade career at Good Samaritan Society - Waukon. White was also presented with a stone sculpture hand-carved for Good Samaritan Society by the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe.

The serpentine stone sculptures hold special meaning because of the profound respect the Shona people pay their traditional healers. Shona healers are affectionately regarded as treasures by those they care for, and the well-being and safety of the healer is of community-wide importance.

Wed
21
Apr

Blessing of the Seed and Soil for Corner of Hope Growing Hope Globally local growing project ...

The Corner of Hope Growing Hope Globally local growing project held its annual Blessing of the Seed and Soil Saturday morning, April 10 to kick off the 2021 growing season. The blessing event was held at the field being contributed to this year’s growing project by Dave and Suzanne Hahn located southwest of Waukon. Father John Moser, Pastor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Waukon, performed this year’s blessing. Submitted photo.

Wed
21
Apr

Waukon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter claims Chapter of the Year honors at 2021 State Leadership Conference


Waukon High School FBLA Chapter finishes as 2021 State Chapter of the Year at Leadership Conference ... Members of the Waukon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter are pictured above displaying the awards they earned in helping the chapter finish as the State Chapter of the Year at the 2021 FBLA State Leadership Conference held virtually in early April. Pictured immediately at center is outgoing Iowa Region 1 Vice President and Waukon High School senior Lilly Kossman holding the Lloyd V. Douglas Chapter of the Year Award earned by the Waukon FBLA Chapter this year. Pictured below is Waukon High School junior Vivian Khan, who will be replacing Kossman as Region 1 Vice President. Submitted photos.

The Waukon High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter participated virtually in the 2021 State Leadership Conference in early April. Prior to the State Leadership Conference, students spent time preparing projects and taking tests to submit virtually to conference judges.

With the points accumulated through the students’ various project and testing finishes, the Waukon FBLA chapter earned the 2021 Iowa FBLA State Leadership Conference Lloyd V. Douglas Chapter of the Year Award in honor of the chapter’s first-place finish. In addition to the project, testing and overall team honors, Waukon High School junior Vivian Khan was voted in as the Region 1 Vice President for the 2021-2022 year, replacing Waukon High School senior Lilly Kossman, who has been serving as the 2020-2021 Region 1 Vice President.

Wed
14
Apr

City of Waukon to begin annual flushing of hydrants and water mains April 19

The City of Waukon Water Department will begin its annual fire hydrant/water main flushing program Monday, April 19 and continue throughout that week until the process is completed. Residents are advised that the flushing activity can cause decreases in water pressure and may cause short-term discoloration in water, which may affect laundry and water used for drinking or cooking.

Residents are advised to let their water run for a couple minutes following the flushing activity in their neighborhood to make sure any discoloration has been eliminated. For additional information, call the City of Waukon Water Department at 563-568-2683.

Wed
14
Apr

ABCM Corporation continues to ease visitor restrictions at Northgate and Southcrest locations, incorporates reservation system

For more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, visitor restrictions have been in place throughout ABCM Corporation locations in Iowa, including 31 rehabilitation and long-term care centers and 24 independent and assisted livings. Among those locations are Northgate Care Center and Southcrest Manor II Assisted Living in Waukon.

March 11, 2020, entry points to those locations were locked per the direction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Since then, those facilities have followed guidance on easing visitor restrictions from both federal, state and county public health agencies as they pertain to long-term care facilities, with updates in May 2020, June 2020, September 2020, and most recently in March of 2021.

Wed
14
Apr

IDPH announces upcoming vaccine information sessions

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Iowa announce their collaboration to host information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine yet this month of April. The sessions will provide a virtual forum for Iowans to learn about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and have an opportunity to ask questions of medical experts.

“In a little over one year, we’ve gone from having our first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, to now having three vaccines, which are excellent tools to help stop the spread of the virus. We are grateful to our partners who are helping amplify the importance of vaccine education”, said Dr. Caitlin Pedati, IDPH Medical Director and State Epidemiologist.

Wed
07
Apr

Supervisors accept retirement resignation of County Treasurer Lori Hesse, proclaim April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

by Joe Moses

The Allamakee County Board of Supervisors met in regular session Monday, April 5 to address a full agenda of items including the Proclamation for National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, setting a date and time for the Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing and consideration of purchasing heavy equipment for the Secondary Roads Department.

During Public Comment, Executive Director Val Reinke of Allamakee County Economic Development (ACED) discussed the Introduction to the Allamakee County Budget Process to be held virtually via Zoom and at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center Thursday, April 29. Reinke noted that those interested in attending will need to pre-register and that presenters will include Allamakee County Auditor Denise Beyer, Allamakee County Treasurer Lori Hesse and Allamakee County Assessor Ann Burckart.

Wed
07
Apr

Helping Services hosting Diaper Drive; Local drop-off locations available ...

In conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Family Education team is holding a diaper drive to benefit the families enrolled in home visiting services in Allamakee, Clayton, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. Roughly one in three families struggles to afford diapers at the estimated cost of $100 per month for each child.

Not being able to purchase basic necessities significantly impacts the physical, mental and economic well-being of both children and their parents. Particularly during this time of economic uncertainty, families are having to make the tough decision to hold off on purchasing a new pack of diapers to pay for essentials such as food and housing. By donating diapers, people can play a role in keeping their communities safe and healthy. Donations of the following are appreciated:

Wed
07
Apr

Saturday Clover Kids celebrate Read Across Iowa ...

Those attending the Saturday Clover Kids program in Allamakee County in March read “The Very Hungry Iowa Caterpillar” through a program put together by Polk County Farm Bureau. While they read about the different foods grown in Iowa they added pictures of the foods to a paper chain to make a caterpillar (such as pictured at right).

After eating numerous foods grown right here, such as corn, wheat, chickens and watermelons, the caterpillar was full. He ate a milkweed leaf, made a cocoon and turned into a beautiful butterfly. All Clover Kids also went home with a book about an Iowan chicken farm, “My Family’s Egg Farm” (also pictured at right), donated by Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.

Wed
31
Mar

Waukon High School chapter of National Honor Society inducts new members for 2021 and also honors inductees from 2020 ...

Waukon High School both welcomed the newest members from this year (pictured at right) into its local chapter of the National Honor Society and honored those not able to be formally recognized last year (pictured below) at an induction ceremony held Thursday, March 18 at Waukon High School. Pictured at right are this year’s new inductees, left to right - Front row: Abby Wiemerslage, Vivian Khan, Hailey Houg, Kiara Ahlstrom, Madelyn Helgerson, Justine Sullivan; Second row: Brenna Berns, Meridian Snitker, Hannah Teslow, Ashlyn Johnson, Brinley Jones, Ella O’Neill, Emily Bieber; Third row: Tanner Kiel, Vicente Quiroz, Lincoln Snitker, Logan Delaney; Back row: Elliot Kooiker, Aidan Jones, Andrew Osmonson, Braden Hemann, Drew Stock. Not pictured: Hayley Christensen, Janett Farning, Braxton Stewart.

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