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Wed
05
Feb

Matinee at Robey Memorial Library ...

Robey Memorial Library in Waukon is hosting a matinee movie “The Million-Dollar Duck” Saturday, February 8 at 1:30 p.m. Wildlife artists enter the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the winner of which is decided by the U.S. government. Only one entrant can win the prestigious event. (Not Rated). Contact Robey Memorial Library for more information at 563-568-4424, robeymemorial@waukon.lib.ia.us or www.waukon.lib.ia.us. Submitted image.
 

Wed
29
Jan

Mosaic invites area residents to “Open your heart. Open your home” with February 12 Mosaic at Home informational meeting

For over 100 years, Mosaic has supported people with disabilities and other challenges to live a full life at home and in their communities. Mosaic is a whole-person care organization reaching across 10 states and providing supports to more than 3,700 people.
Mosaic has had a footprint in Allamakee and Winneshiek counties for 34 years. In 1986, Martin Luther Homes was established in Waukon supporting eight people. In 2003, Martin Luther Homes and Bethpage, both of which were dedicated to supporting those with disabilities, merged their Lutheran-based organizations, renaming themselves Mosaic.

Wed
29
Jan

Not a water main break, water service line repaired in the 500 block of Rossville Road ...

City of Waukon Water Department crews worked with Skyline Construction to address an issue with a water service line in the 500 block of Rossville Road in the southeast portion of Waukon Thursday, January 23. Waukon City Manager Gary Boden said Thursday that Casey’s General Store on the east side of the Rossville Road location had noticed a considerable drop in water pressure and chlorinated water was also discovered in the City’s storm sewer running south from that location that Thursday morning - both indicators of a leak. City of Waukon Water Superintendent Jim Cooper said the issue was not a break or any other issue with the City’s main water line, but that main line still had to be accessed in the west boulevard (as pictured above) to address the problem. The issue, instead, turned out to be a leak within a connecting water service line to Casey’s.

Wed
29
Jan

Robey Memorial Library 2020 Adult Reading Challenge underway with a theme of “Imagine Your Story”

“Imagine Your Story” is the theme of Robey Memorial Library’s 2020 Adult Reading Challenge which began January 1 and will end December 31. Robey Memorial Library challenges area residents to read something new or different this year.

Receive a prize drawing entry for reading from one of each of 12 categories: fantasy fiction; myth or legend (F/NF); based on a true story (F/NF); biography; letter or journal (F/NF); reader’s choice; recommended; bestseller; graphic novel or picture book; award-winning; non-fiction; and book a participant has been meaning to read.

Wed
29
Jan

Waukon Dental celebrating its 30th year of Have A Heart Day


30th year of Have A Heart Day ... Waukon Dental Registered Dental Hygienist Tracy works on a young patient. Area youth who have not had a recent dental visit are welcome to have an appointment scheduled for the 30th annual Have A Heart Day being hosted February 8 by Waukon Dental. Submitted photo.

Early years of Have A Heart Day ... Pictured above are refreshments offered and pictured below is Registered Dental Assistant Tonja assisting a couple of young dental patients during some of the early years of the annual Have A Heart Day event. Waukon Dental is celebrating 30 years of providing the free dental care event to area youth this year. Submitted photos.

by Lissa Blake

The professionals at Waukon Dental in Waukon realize there can be a number of reasons children don’t receive regular dental care.

In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, Waukon Dental is hosting its 30th Annual Have A Heart Day Saturday, February 8, an opportunity for area youth ages four to 18, who may not have regular dental care as accessible as they may need or prefer, to receive such care at no cost.

“We realize there are a number of obstacles families can face when seeking dental care. We want everyone to have access. That’s one of the reasons no financial proof is needed to be seen,” said Kristen Wilke, public relations and marketing director for Waukon Dental, Family Dentistry Associates of Monona and Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. in Wisconsin.

Wed
22
Jan

Waukon City Council sets public hearing date of February 3 regarding potential property tax levy to help cover insurance premium increases

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, January 20 to address a full agenda of items.

During Public Comment, Kim Sylvester discussed concerns related to snow removal in downtown Waukon with snow being pushed next to the curb causing a safety issue for business customers walking from parked vehicles. Sylvester indicated that is a safety concern affecting the elderly especially but said there has been improvement with snow removal during the last two snowfalls.

Wed
22
Jan

Waukon Chamber of Commerce accepting nominations for Person of the Year, other honors

The Waukon Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from community residents for awards to be distributed at the Chamber's annual meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 7. Those awards include Business of the Year and Person of the Year honors within the Waukon community. The Chamber will bestow those honors upon the best nominated candidate fitting the following award criteria:

Business of the Year
The Business of the Year Award, presented by the Waukon Chamber of Commerce, is given each year to a business that offers high-quality products or services, demonstrates strong ethical standards, exhibits leadership with its employees and clients and within its industry, and is active in the community. The award winner must be in business for at least five years, locally owned or a locally-owned franchise, and an active member of the community.

Wed
22
Jan

Going Global: Waukon Middle School/High School art classes participate in Global Traveling Mural Project ...

Waukon Middle School and High School sixth through 12th grade art students under the direction of Mrs. Carlyn Lechtenberg participated in an all-inclusive group project throughout the first semester of this current school year. The Global Traveling Mural Project is in its second year, and the Waukon students were part of a collection of nearly 400 classrooms/schools to be involved in this year’s project.

After signing up to participate in the project and being assigned to a 10-classroom/school grouping, students created their own 10-foot long mural of anything they wish to convey (the mural created by the Waukon students is pictured below). That completed student-designed mural was then cut into 10 different sections and a piece was sent to each of the nine other participating schools in the Waukon students’ group from across the globe. Pieces of the Waukon mural were sent to Connecticut, Wisconsin, Washington, Mexico, Missouri and New Hampshire.

Wed
15
Jan

A family tradition at Village Farm & Home in Waukon now extends itself to a third generation of ownership


Ownership transition at Village Farm & Home ... The start of the new year has seen a change in ownership at Village Farm & Home in Waukon. The four Sweeney brothers pictured left to right in the photo above, Jan, Joe, Jerry and Jake, had been the sole business owners since 1994. As of January 1, 2020, Joe has now been joined in that ownership by his two sons, Matt and Steven, who have purchased the ownership interest of their uncles and are pictured at left and right, respectively, in the photo below. Submitted photos.

In 1962, Ray and Monica Sweeney started the Village Farm & Home in Waukon along with their 11 children. Throughout the years, some of the children started their own stores or took other career paths.

Sons Jan (Lorraine), Joe (Judy), Jerry and Jake (Beth) became partners with Ray at the store. When Ray passed away in September of 1994, those four sons became sole owners of the Waukon store.

As of January 1, 2020, a third generation will now be carrying on the family business, as Joe’s two sons, Matt and Steven, bought the partnership interests of their three uncles to join their father in the ownership of the business. Both Matt and Steven have been involved with the store since they were old enough to be helpful. Both live north of Waukon, Matt with his girlfriend, Jess, and their four dogs, and Steven with his wife, Jessie, and their three sons, Raymond (10), Elliott (8) and Emmett (5).

Wed
15
Jan

Waukon City Council approves changing regular council meetings to Wednesdays at 6 p.m. among other matters as new year begins

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, January 6 to address a full agenda of items including mayor and council appointments, setting the time and date for future council meetings and designating the official depositories for City funds.

There was no Public Comment and the council moved into Departmental Reports with Police Chief Paul Wagner providing an update. Wagner indicated that Officer Fallon Cassidy is attending the academy and that he will be contacting the STEP Program relating to the purchase of preliminary breath testing (PBE) equipment. Wagner provided an update on work being done relating to the background check policy and recommended discussing recruitment methods used to assist in filling vacancies in the department.

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