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Wed
27
May

Public art display schedule

After spending time at River Park Place and two weeks at Rivers Edge Bakery in Guttenberg, on May 19 Walley, a traveling piece of public art, checked in at the Family Resource Center for the next two weeks. Walley is a 30"x80" recycled bottle cap fish mosaic that was created under the auspices of Umbrella Arts.

Next on Walley's travel agenda is Fidelity Bank and Trust, June 2-16;  Lockmaster's House Museum, June 16-30; Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, June 30-July 14, and Garments and Goods, July 14-28.  

Wed
27
May

Board approves salary increases

The Clayton Ridge School Board met in regular session on Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m.    Members in attendance were Katherine Ihde, Janice Andregg, Mike Finnegan, Jason Reimer, John Heying and Christine Aulwes.  Jeff Hoffmann was absent. Also in attendance were Allan Nelson, Shane Wahls, Steve Hoff, David Schlueter, Mary Seifert, Louis Cook, Mindy Reimer and senior Jason Rolfe.

Rolfe demonstrated his final project in the computer applications class, which consisted of a Lego Mind Storm – Rubic Cube Solver. 

Wed
27
May

Nelson retirement open house


Community members are invited to honor Superintendent Allan Nelson at an open house on Thursday, May 28. Nelson is retiring after serving as the Clayton Ridge superintendent for 13 years. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

The Clayton Ridge School District will hold a public open house in honor of retiring Superintendent Allan Nelson on Thursday, May 28, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the elementary multi-purpose room. Nelson served as Clayton Ridge superintendent for 13 years, beginning July 1 of 2002 with his retirement becoming final this year on June 30. 

Nelson was born in DeKalb, Ill., and raised on a farm near the community of Sandwich. He graduated from Sandwich High School and attended Joliet Junior College while working on the family farm, then earned both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in agricultural education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  

After working for 15 years as an agricultural education and FFA teacher, Nelson  decided to earn administrative endorsements. For over two decades following those endorsements, he served as a principal and superintendent in three rural school districts, including Clayton Ridge.  

“During those years, my wife, Sheryl, and I raised two children, Matthew and Kimberly,” said Nelson. Sheryl is a high school English teacher in the Starmont Community School District, and both of the Nelson children graduated from Clayton Ridge High School.  “Matthew lives in Elkader and works for RISE Ltd. Kimberly completed her Bachelor of Arts in English at Buena Vista University and works for Stelter Company in Des Moines,” the superintendent told The Press. 

Challenges throughout Nelson’s tenure at Clayton Ridge include the declining enrollments and statewide budget cuts experienced by many rural Iowa schools, as well as the merger between Guttenberg and Garnavillo school districts, the closing of the Garnavillo elementary school building, and the recent defeat of a bond referendum to address the deteriorating 1903 school building and outdated facilities at the Guttenberg site.  

Wed
27
May

'Sit in the Scenery' sculpture project entries due June 15


Several sculptures have already appeared around town, including this set on River Park Drive from new resident Janice Adkins. Next door, Lori and Jeff Wallace are also participating in the project. To participate, sign up online at www.guttenbergcreativitycenter.com/summer-sculpture-project or pick up an entry form at the Welcome Center or Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Artists, businesses, organizations, families, and individuals of all ages are invited to participate in a summer-long community sculpture project. This year's theme is "Sit in the scenery." Participants are encouraged to create unique seating that will provide opportunities for conversation, relaxation, and appreciation of the beauty of Guttenberg.

"Sculptures can be as simple as a painted chair,” organizers say, emphasizing that anyone can participate. Contest entries will be accepted until June 15 (an extension from the previous June 1 deadline), but community members are encouraged to help beautify the city and celebrate the season by displaying – and sitting on – these functional artworks throughout the summer, whether or not they choose to formally enter the contest.

For those who do decide to enter, there are two categories. The first, traditional sculpture, includes new or recycled materials constructed to resemble a chair, bench, swing, or other form of seating that can be enjoyed and used by the public. Sculptures should be weatherproof, as they will be displayed in outdoor locations around town until October.

The second category is altered seating, for which participants may use a pre-made chair, bench, swing, or other object designed for seating as the base of their project and then repurpose or decorate the sculpture creatively. 

Wed
20
May

Dr. George Auer

Dr. George Auer, 86, of Guttenberg, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Visitation was one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Monday, May 18, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, conducted by Rev. Marvin Bries.

Inurnment was at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Guttenberg.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Wed
20
May

Pool opening set for Memorial Day

Opening day at the Guttenberg Swimming Pool has been tentatively set for Memorial Day, May 25, weather permitting.

The hours that day will be: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. for laps; 1:00-5:00 p.m. open swimming; 5:00-6:00 p.m. for laps and 6:00-8:00 p.m., for open swimming.

Wed
20
May

Memorial Day tribute is May 25

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg area residents will pay tribute to veterans both living and dead at the community's annual Memorial Day parade and program on Monday, May 25.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Guttenberg Municipal Building. All veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and anyone else planning to participate in the parade should meet at the municipal building between 9:00-9:15 a.m.

Wed
20
May

New charter service offers river tours


Captain Josef Vich is a self-proclaimed river rat, having fished and boated near pool 10 for five decades. After completing the long-time goal of acquiring his Coast Guard captain's license, Vich will operate Mississippi River Charters out of Guttenberg. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

With the arrival of warmer weather comes a new Guttenberg business that will make the Mississippi River more accessible than ever to those without their own boats. 

Led by Captain Josef Vich, Mississippi River Charters offers private fishing, sightseeing and cruising experiences on the upper Mississippi River. Groups of up to six people can board the 17-foot Montauk Boston Whaler for four or eight hour trips to meet the business, entertainment and recreational interests of customers in the Guttenberg area. 

Wed
20
May

River of Music concert series returns for second season


Triple Threat, a country and rock band made up of Jesse Moser, Steve Moser, and Scott Fischer, opens the River of Music Concert series on June 5. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Molly Moser

Umbrella Arts has announced the schedule for their upcoming River of Music concert series. For the second consecutive summer, Umbrella Arts celebrates local musicians with 10 free Friday night concerts in the park in Guttenberg.

Last year, the family friendly event drew an estimated 1500 visitors over the course of the summer with musical groups like Sounds of Nashville, Friends of the Backbone Bluegrass Festival, Topp Flight, and Uncle Sam’s Band. Many of those bands are returning this summer for the opportunity to play an outdoor show alongside the Mississippi River. 

Wed
13
May

EMS benefit pancake breakfast

The public is invited to attend the annual pancake breakfast sponsored by Guttenberg EMS on Sunday, May 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the hospital conference room.

Those attending will also have the opportunity to tour the Lifeguard helicopter from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the hospital parking lot.

The breakfast will feature pancakes, eggs, sausage, cinnamon rolls, milk, juice and coffee. A free will offering will be taken.

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