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A call to serve: Lansing Emergency Medical Services needs more “helpers”

EMT Class offered beginning in January at NICC Waukon Center

by Lissa Blake

(Editor’s Note: This feature on the Lansing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is the second in a multi-part series addressing the need for additional Emergency Medical Services personnel in Allamakee County. Additional area communities will be featured in subsequent articles.)

When Steph Hill was a child, her mother would always tell her to look for the helpers.

“I would see scary things in the news and my mother would say to me, ‘Just look for the helpers… You will always find people who are helping’,” said Hill, assistant director of Lansing Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

However, unless something changes in the near future, Hill said she fears her mother’s words will no longer be true.

“If Lansing EMS does not get more volunteers, there will not always be helpers. We are trying our best with limited people available,” she said.

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Allamakee Ecumenical Choir to present 43rd annual “Festival of Lessons and Carols” this Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church


This new baby grand piano at St. John’s Lutheran Church will be part of the Allamakee Ecumenical Choir’s Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols Service being held this Sunday, December 15. Submitted photo.

The Allamakee Ecumenical Choir will present its 43rd annual Candlelight Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols service this Sunday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, located at 8 Fifth Street SW in Waukon. Area clergy will read the lessons, and carols will be sung by the choirs and congregation while accompanied by organ, trumpets and handbells.

Choral numbers will be presented by the Ecumenical Choir, Ecumenical Men’s Choir, Ecumenical Women’s Choir and Ecumenical Children’s Choir. Musical selections will also be presented by the St. John’s Lutheran Church Youth and Senior Handbell Choirs and the Bixby String Quartet. The program is prepared and directed by James Bieber, Organist and Director of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church, and he is assisted by his daughter, Waukon Middle and High School Choral Director Sarah Palmer, and also by Lindsey Lund.

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Strong crowd and donation support for Holiday Train visits in Lansing...

Large crowds greeted the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train at both its stops in Lansing and New Albin Sunday afternoon and evening, December 8, as depicted in the surrounding photos. Those attending were treated to musical entertainment by country music artist Meghan Patrick, soul singer Tanika Charles and singer/songwriter Kelly Prescott, along with other holiday activities put on by community members, businesses and organizations.

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Dec

A call to serve: Allamakee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams in need of additional local help

EMT Class to be offered beginning in January at NICC Waukon Center

by Lissa Blake

(Editor’s Note: This feature on the Waukon EMS program is the first in a multi-part series addressing the need for additional Emergency Medical Services personnel in Allamakee County. Additional area communities will be featured in subsequent articles.)

Many people take for granted that during a medical emergency, help is just a phone call away. But what if that weren’t always true?

A group of local emergency personnel recently came together to try and make sure someone will always be there to answer those calls. Formed in August of this year, the new Waukon EMS Association, a local nonprofit, hopes to find a way to help keep local emergency personnel at the ready.

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04
Dec

Annual holiday parade in Waukon brightens the beginning of the season ...

The annual Lighted Holiday Parade held in Waukon Monday evening, December 2 brightened up the beginning of the holiday season in more ways than one as nearly two dozen entries made their way through the city streets. Temperatures in the upper 20s made for some chilly viewing conditions, but that didn’t seem to bother the many parade-goers lining the parade route, as evident in the above photo taken by Standard Newspaper Assistant Editor Joe Moses. View and find out how to purchase this photo and more from the holiday parade by clicking on the Photo Galleries link at www.waukonstandard.com.

A video presentation of the Lighted Holiday Parade, also created by Joe Moses, can be found on The Standard’s Facebook page at The Standard Newspaper, Waukon.
 

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WHS Concert Choir Tour of Churches this Sunday

The Waukon High School Choir, under the direction of Sarah Bieber, will be sharing its music with the area church community during its 25th Annual Tour of Churches this Sunday morning, December 8, according to the following schedule:

St. John's Lutheran 8:30-8:45 a.m.
Old West Lutheran 9:05-9:20 a.m.
First Presbyterian 9:35-9:50 a.m.
St. Patrick Catholic 10:00-10:15 a.m.
First Baptist 10:25-10:40 a.m.
Zion United Church of Christ 10:50-11:05 a.m.
St. Paul’s United Methodist 11:15-11:30 a.m.

The annual tour allows choir members to serve the community by singing several pieces of music at various church services. At each stop, the choir takes a freewill offering to be donated to the Allamakee County Relief Office, the Allamakee County Food Shelf, the Backpack Program in the Allamakee Community School District and the Waukon Community Meal program.

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Holiday Train to visit Lansing and New Albin again this Sunday ...

Residents and visitors of Allamakee County will have two opportunities to see the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train again this year, as the holiday spectacle on rails will make its way to northeast Iowa Sunday, December 8 to make a pair of stops within the Allamakee County borders. The Holiday Train will be stopping in Lansing that December 8 afternoon, at approximately 4:50 p.m., and again in New Albin a little over an hour later, at approximately 6:15 p.m.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights and serves as a stage for live musical performances. Both stops are scheduled to include performances by Meghan Patrick, a two-year Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Female Artist of the Year; Tanika Charles, internationally known soul singer and recording artist; and Kelly Prescott, a third-generation singer/songwriter that recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut with her family as a guest of Terri Clark.

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Allamakee County Community Foundation now accepting grant applications for 2020

Nonprofit organizations and governmental bodies eligible to apply for funds

The Allamakee County Community Foundation (ACCF) is now accepting 2020 grant applications. The application is available online at www.dbqfoundation.org/accf. Applications are due by midnight January 31, 2020.

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
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Nov

Waukon football season culminates in Class 2A State Runner-Up finish ...

Members of the Waukon football team bring their Class 2A State Runner-Up banner and trophy toward their fans after falling to OABCIG (Odebolt-Arthur-Battle Creek-Ida Grove), 37-12, in the Class 2A State Championship game played in the UNI-Dome at Cedar Falls Friday, November 22. The Indians and Falcons both entered the game undefeated, but turnovers, penalties and injuries limited the Indians in finishing their pursuit of a perfect season. Full game coverage, complete with photos, can be found on Pages 6A-7A inside the print edition and e-edition of The Standard. A full photo gallery featuring this and many other game photos can be found on The Standard’s website.

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Ride ‘em, cowboy! Local young man qualifies for Junior World Finals


Success in the saddle ... Colton Steiber, age 12, of Waukon shows his form that has won him numerous saddle bronc riding championships over the past year-and-a-half. His success in the saddle has now qualified him for the Junior Roughstock World Finals Senior Saddle Bronc Riding competition in Las Vegas, NV in early December. Submitted photo.

Displaying the hardware ... Twelve-year-old Colton Steiber of Waukon proudly displays the belt buckle he won in the Senior Saddle Bronc Riding competition at the 2019 Match of the Broncs held in Dayton this past September. Steiber has now qualified to compete in the Junior Roughstock World Finals Senior Saddle Bronc Riding competition in Las Vegas, NV in early December. Photo courtesy of BMW Photography by Brittany Tilleraas.

Colton Steiber to compete in Saddle Bronc Riding championship in Las Vegas

by David M. Johnson

Daydreams are oftentimes the spark that fuels life’s successes. Playing in major college or professional sports, appearing in television dramas or movies, being chosen to play in the symphony orchestra, or being a major player in business or industry are some things attained by the most gifted or hardest-working handful.

For one local student in Waukon Middle School, qualifying for world finals competition on a major stage in saddle bronc riding is one of those life success moments.

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