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Thornton Manor celebrating 40 years; Open house is this Sunday


Thornton Manor Department Heads ... Left to right - Front row: Barb Byrnes, Tatum Iverson, Nancy Rethwisch, Julie Fossum, Cathy Mulholland, Carla Schnuelle. Back row: Sam Kuhn, Bonnie Weymiller, Diane DeLong, Angie Strong, Cheryl Fetketter, Tyler Plein. Submitted photo.

Current staff ... Left to right - Front row: Megan Adolphs, Lane Delaney, Becky Mettille. Back row: Kim Fruth, Anna Weighner, Jessica Miller. Submitted photo.

Current staff ... Left to right - Front row: Michelle Steele, Karla Jevne, Nicole Hauge, Nancy Rethwisch, Cathy Mulholland, Kim Miller, Kay Troendle. Middle row: Lisa Penrose, Cindy Callahan, Sarah Mitchell, Sue Saddler, Keri Becker, Renee Pillath, Ruby Lensing. Back row: Sandy Goree, Jan Pfiffner, Diane DeLong, Lois Radamacher, Mimi Picray, Stacie Leppert. Submitted photo.

by Brianne Eilers

Thornton Manor, located in Lansing, will be celebrating a big milestone for the facility this month - 40 years of service to Lansing and the surrounding area. An open house will be held at Thornton Manor this Sunday, April 23 from 2-4 p.m. in honor of the 40th anniversary.

Thornton Manor accepted its first resident April 21, 1977 and has continued to change and grow to meet the needs of the community since that time. The original facility was named for Dr. John Thornton, a well-known physician in the Lansing area.
Administrator Sam Kuhn noted that the nursing home has always been licensed for 60 beds. In 2003, the Thornton Heights Assisted Living apartments and the Thornton Manor Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic were added to the facility. "It was a great way for us to expand our services to keep pace with growing trends," Kuhn said.

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Apr

Waukon City Council hears of improvement plans for State Highways through town, discusses Aveka issues with company CEO and approves July 1 water rate increase

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in both a special session, Tuesday, April 11, and its regular bi-monthly session, Monday, April 17. Coverage of both meetings appears below.

APRIL 11 SPECIAL SESSION
The Waukon City Council met for a special session Tuesday, April 11 to discuss several items, including street repairs and sidewalks, the review of water rates and the review of Water Department employment applications. In Mayor Duane DeWalle's absence, Mayor Pro-Tem Dwight Jones called the meeting to order.

Wed
19
Apr

Waukon Trees Forever honored at Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon ...

Waukon Trees Forever was recently honored as an Outstanding Community Organization by the Iowa Urban Tree Council. The award presentation was made Thursday, April 6 at the 27th Annual Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon in Des Moines. Pictured above at that award presentation are, left to right, Paul Tauke, State Forester; Dr. Ken and Sharon Olson and Mary and Joe Cunningham, representing Waukon Trees Forever; and Heath Ellis, President of the Iowa Urban Tree Council.

Waukon Trees Forever will hold its annual spring planting Saturday, April 29. Volunteers are asked to gather at the large parking lot at the Wellness Center at 9 a.m. Plans call for planting about 80 trees at several sites around the city. A shovel  and work gloves are about the only tools needed. Work will consist of planting trees and mulching them. Everyone is invited to help with the project.

Wed
12
Apr

Town & Country Sanitation to begin transition process to One-Pass Automated Collection of garbage and recyclables in Waukon


Photo above shows the now automated process of picking up garbage and recyclables to be utilized by Town & Country Sanitation in the Waukon community beginning in the month of May. The new process will utilize the same garbage toters, but residents should expect new recyclable toters, similar to the current garbage toters but with gold lids, to be delivered to their residence by the end of April. Additional information will be publicized about the transition as it becomes available. Submitted photo.

New recyclable bins to be delivered within next two weeks for May change

Town & Country Sanitation, contracted collector of garbage and recyclables with the City of Waukon, will be introducing the new One-Pass Automated Collection process to the community of Waukon starting in May of this year. Pick-up of recyclables will experience the greatest change, although pick-up scheduling for both garbage and recyclables will see a change for most all residents, with further details to be publicized as they become available.

Wed
12
Apr

4-H Citizenship Club pledges service, takes part in trip to Washington, D.C.


Allamakee County 4-H members attending the Citizenship trip to Washington, D.C. included: Left to right - Front row: Ainsley Lydon, Ashley Liddiard, Carly Palmer, Maddie Ellingson, Diana Davison, Meridian Snitker, Abby Wiemerslage. Second row: Daniel Gruman, Nathan Liddiard, Sean Liddiard, Soraya Reyes. Third row: Derrick Wiemerslage, chaperons McKayla Stock, RN and Holly Palmer, Logan Kucera, Faith Palmer. Fourth row: Landon Reinhardt, Denzel Decker, Robbie Drew, chaperons Shelly Lydon, John Ellingson. Back row: Kaeden Snitker, Zach Davison, chaperons Fred Reinhardt, Cindy Shogren, Bernie Gruman, Joyce Kucera, Brad Decker, County Youth Coordinator Morgan Bjerke, Teresa Wiemerslage. Not pictured is chaperon Regional Youth Coordinator Lynette Houser. Submitted photo.

Allamakee County 4-H members Diana Davison and Sean Liddiard (left to right at left center in above photo) lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during the 4-H Citizenship Trip to Washington, D.C. in late March into early April. Looking on in the photo foreground at right are, left to right, Gavin Sims and Maria Hendrickson representing Winneshiek County 4-H. Submitted photo.

Each time they recite the 4-H pledge, 4-H members promise to use their "hands to larger service." Now, Iowa 4-H members are taking that pledge to a new level as they use citizenship to improve the communities in which they live.

Citizenship Regional Focus is a 4-H citizenship program for middle school and high school youth. A selection of 4-H delegates from Allamakee and Winneshiek Counties committed and participated in a two-year program, as well as attended a seven-day trip to Springfield, IL, Gettysburg, PA and Washington, D.C. during the final week of March into early April. The program is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by expanding their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. They learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals.

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Apr

Annual P.E.O. reception held for girls in Waukon High School graduating class ...

The annual P.E.O. reception for girls from the graduating class at Waukon High School was held Monday, April 3 at Zion United Church of Christ in Waukon, marking the 54th anniversary of the event. The evening began with refreshments served. After a welcome by Chapter President DiAnne Haler, introductions by members and guests were made. Karen Carlton then presented the program on "Diversity in Today's World." The graduating young ladies from Waukon High School's Class of 2017 then shared memories from their high school years. Submitted photo.
 

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Apr

Knights of Columbus Youth of the Month …

Breelyn Dahlstrom, third grade student at St. Patrick School in Waukon, was selected as the Youth of the Month by the St. Mathew’s Council #1570 of Knights of Columbus. The award is given to a student “for setting a good example of Catholic values.” Submitted photo.
 

Wed
05
Apr

Waukon City Council sets May 6 as Spring Clean-Up Day, hears RAGBRAI® plans update

by Joe Moses

The Waukon City Council met in regular session Monday, April 3 to address a full agenda of items, including an update on the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®), setting a date for spring clean-up and a review of City insurance rates. There were no public comments and the Council moved into Departmental Reports.

Water and Sewer Superintendent Bob Campbell discussed equipment expenses and working through recent power outages. Park, Recreation and Wellness Director Jeremy Strub discussed that park employees started back to work Monday with their focus on the soccer field in anticipation of Youth Soccer starting this Saturday, then their focus shifting to park clean-up projects.

Wed
05
Apr

Larson presents program on her 200-plus teapot collection at Farm Bureau Women meeting ...

Marilyn Larson of Waukon presented a program on her teapot collection at the Tuesday, March 21 Allamakee County Farm Bureau Women meeting held at the Farm Bureau building in Waukon. Larson has a collection of over 200 teapots and has been collecting them for more than 20 years, saying she considers them a reflection of her travels and times in her life. She said many of the teapots are gifts from family members and friends but she has also picked up many at thrift shops and flea markets. Larson has taken her collection to care centers in the area including Good Samaritan Society in Waukon and Thornton Manor in Lansing, and she anticipates going to Northgate Care Center in Waukon in the near future. When not traveling with them for program presentations, Larson says the teapots are on display in her home and in her hair salon on shelves and three old wood stoves she has in her home. Standard photo by Joe Moses.

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05
Apr

Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 15

Donations sought and volunteers are needed to assist in filling and setting out eggs, as well as with registration

Epic Wear is hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt in Waukon Saturday, April 15, beginning at 10 a.m. with registration. The event is being held at a new venue this year, Green Valley Getaway, to provide for better parking and restroom accommodations for participants and families.

Kids ages 12 and under are invited to participate in this free event and are reminded to bring their own basket to gather eggs. There will be over 10,000 eggs filled with candy, and the Easter Bunny will also be in attendance. During registration, kids will also be entered into a random drawing for one of 50 Easter baskets filled with toys and activities.

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