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Wed
11
Jan

Waukon City Council approves replacement windows for City Hall, Capital Improvement Fund for airport and first reading of electric utility franchise fee rebate ordinance

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met Tuesday, January 3 in the first regular session of 2017, delayed a day due to observance of the New Year holiday. Among the agenda items discussed were appointments of various City positions and employees, establishing an Airport Capital Improvements Fund and discussion and review of estimates for new City Hall windows.

No comments were made during the Public Comments portion of the meeting. Under Departmental Reports, Water and Sewer Superintendent Bob Campbell discussed the increase in seepage and water flow during rainfalls due to older manhole covers installed in the 1980s. Campbell indicated that there are six to eight manhole covers that may need to be addressed or included with other projects in the future.

Wed
11
Jan

Robey Memorial Library Thursday Night Book Club

Those who may be interested in discussing the books they read with other readers, in meeting new people, in looking for a new author or genre to read but not quite ready to jump all in just yet, or who are simply at a loss for what to read next are invited to join the Thursday Night Book Club held at Robey Memorial Library in Waukon the third Thursday of every month.

All are welcome to attend. Book discussions coming up during the monthly Thursday Night Book Club sessions for the early half of the 2017 calendar include:

• January 19: Classic
• February 16: By a Foreign Author
• March 16: About Someone You Admire
• April 20: An Author You’ve Never Read
• May 18: All-Iowa Reads - Bottomland by Michelle Hoover
• June 15: Non-Fiction.

Wed
04
Jan

Boy Scout Troop 64 will be Scouting for Trees January 7

Have trees curbside by 7 a.m. this Saturday

Boy Scout Troop 64 of Waukon is conducting its annual city-wide Christmas tree pick-up this Saturday, January 7 as a service project. Trees will be used to provide shelter for animal habitat in rural Waukon.

Residents are requested to place their “live” trees curbside before 7 a.m. the day of the pick-up. Be sure to remove all ornaments and garland. Wreaths, artificial trees and other decorations will not be accepted.  For more information, contact Maura Jones at 563-568-1126.
 

Wed
04
Jan

Veterans Memorial Hospital turns small profit for November, looks to have stronger month of December

by Brianne Eilers

The month of November ended with a small profit of $2,641 at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon. According to statistics shared at the hospital's recent Board of Trustees meeting, acute patient days were down 10.4% and skilled days were up 27.1% at the hospital.

“After December, I would guess that it will be the first time in the history of this place that we have more skilled (patient) days than acute (patient) days,” VMH Administrator Mike Myers said.

He noted that statewide and nationwide, inpatient volumes are dropping. “You have to be really sick to be in (the hospital), and they (hospital staff) work really hard to get you out,” he added.

Wed
04
Jan

Waukon Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for awards to be distributed at annual banquet

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from community residents for awards to be distributed at the Chamber's annual meeting scheduled for Friday, February 24. Those awards include Years of Service, Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors within the Waukon community. The Chamber will bestow those honors upon more than one individual/group or local business fitting the following award criteria:

Years of Service Awards
Businesses celebrating an anniversary of five-year increments (five, 10, 15, 20 years, etc.) in 2017 will be recognized with Years of Service Awards.

Wed
28
Dec

Allamakee County Community Foundation now accepting grant funding applications for 2017

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) is now accepting grant applications for 2017. The application is completely online and will be available at the Foundation’s website, www.dbqfoundation.org/accf. Applications are due February 1 at midnight.

Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants from the ACCF for projects or programs that address significant community issues and benefit a broad spectrum of the community. Projects must be in Allamakee County.

The ACCF awards grants in the areas of Health and Human Services; Education; Neighborhoods and Community Development; Environment; Children, Youth and Families; and Arts and Culture, including historic preservation. Preference is given to projects that:

Wed
28
Dec

Iowa DNR and ACCB to host First Day Hikes January 1

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Allamakee County Conservation Board (ACCB) will be hosting two First Day Hikes January 1 of the New Year, at Yellow River State Forest at 10 a.m. and at Pikes Peak State Park at 1 p.m. Hikers are asked to meet at the Forest Headquarters at 729 State Forest Road, Harpers Ferry at 10 a.m. or at the main shelter of Pikes Peak State Park at 1 p.m.

Participants are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather and conditions. If needed, snowshoes and trekking poles will be provided free of charge, but participants may bring their own.

First Day Hikes are a nationwide initiative held in state and local parks. In 2016 nearly 28,000 hikers hiked 66,000 miles January 1 in an effort to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. The hike will be led on designated trails by experienced staff of the Iowa DNR and the ACCB. No hiking experience is necessary and families are encouraged to attend.

Wed
28
Dec

Be A Hero, Become A Mentor! January is National Mentoring Month


Mentor pair Lawrence and Dave enjoy spending time together. Submitted photo.

In Allamakee County five people are superheroes to a local youth. This January, Helping Services for Youth & Families is celebrating those champions and inviting others to become a hero, during National Mentoring Month.

Mentoring has a positive impact on youth, but many youth are without this type of role model. Nine million kids in America say they are growing up without adults whom they can turn to. In this area, 22 youth are currently waiting for a mentor.

Research shows that mentored youth are more apt to learn more, earn more and live healthier lives. Mentored youth have a greater chance of avoiding negative influences, such as substance abuse, bullying, or dropping out of school.

Wed
21
Dec

Christmas collector Sue Kiesau spreads the spirit of Christmas


Sue Kiesau of Waukon has a love for Christmas and collecting that has resulted in a collection of more than 300 Santas, along with a number of other Christmas items, compiled over the past 30 years. The only thing she may enjoy more than accumulating that collection is sharing it with others. Photo by Lissa Blake.

This shelving unit in the home of Sue and Ron Kiesau of Waukon displays just a small handful of the more than 300 Santas Sue has collected during the past 30 years. Her collection turns her home into a bit of a holiday museum during this "most wonderful time of the year." Photo by Lissa Blake.

by Lissa Blake

To call Sue Kiesau of Waukon a Christmas enthusiast would be a serious understatement.

Stepping into her home this time of year is like visiting a holiday museum, with walls covered with hundreds of Santas and other Christmas treasures.

Kiesau’s holiday enthusiasm is contagious, and she spreads the joy each year by welcoming visitors into her home for coffee, homemade holiday treats and, of course, a tour of her 300-plus Santa collection, which she has been amassing for more than 30 years.

“I’ve always loved Christmas,” said Kiesau at her home on Northgate Drive. “I’ve always loved to decorate for holidays. Perhaps I got that from my mom.”

Wed
21
Dec

Lansing Lions Club hosting fund raising campaign for playground enhancement

The Lansing Park and Recreation Board has accepted a proposal from the Lansing Lions Club to enhance the playground on South Front Street near the Sports Complex in Lansing. Last year, the Park and Recreation Board removed a large piece of playground equipment which was deemed to be unsafe for children from that location.

The Lions Club has developed a plan to add new equipment for five- to 12-year-old children that is safe, handicap accessible and educational. The proposed equipment will have a theme which relates to the area. The plan also includes a bicycle rack, sidewalks, and benches for parents to use as they observe their children playing or ice skating.

A significant part of the plan is a fundraising campaign. The project has a budget of $60,000. Grants are being applied for; however, the campaign needs to raise at least $15,000 from the local community to achieve its goal.

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