A-W PTA reschedules Scrapbooking & Crafting Day

Posted March 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm

The Akron-Westfield Parent-Teachers Association has planned a fun day for all who need some time to catch up on documenting their families’ histories and/or just some time for crafting.

From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, March 29 at St. Patrick’s Fellowship Hall, there will not only be time for scrapping and crafting but time for fellowship and fun.

Each person will get an 8-feet table spot. In addition, PTA members will have a tools area with tools, stamps, punches, cricut cartridges and more to share. Participants do not have to bring their own circuts but it’s suggested they bring their own mat.

The PTA is supplying lucn and supper as well as there will be pop, bottled water

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    At a special Akron-Westfield School Board meeting March 13, there was only one item of business on the agenda: expulsion of a student.

    After more than an hour of deliberation in closed session, Board President Jim Black opened the meeting up to the public and made the following motion:

    • “To accept the superintendent’s recommendation that the student who is the subject of this disciplinary hearing

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    New sign graces former Akron mill site

    An Akron Community Foundation grant made it possible for Akron officials to obtain a new historical site marker for the town’s former mill site, which was located on the edge of the Big Sioux River at the west end of Reed Street. On Thursday, those responsible for this new addition to the town’s river front area gathered to see what the marker will look like once it’s officially installed. From left: Akron Community Foundation Board Member Mike Hohenstein, Akron Historical Preservation Commission member

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    SNB has new personal banker

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Security National Bank Market President Connie Blake announced the hiring of a new personal banker.

    Stacy Heydon of Akron has replaced Melea Nielsen, who resigned and is now Akron’s city clerk.

    Heydon’s first day of training was Feb. 18 in Sioux City. Her first day at the Akron bank was March 3.

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    Akron officials renew contract with Van’s Sanitation of Le Mars

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Van’s Sanitation Inc. of Le Mars will continue to be Akron’s solid waste and recycling hauler.

    Every two years, city officials review the contract with Van’s Sanitation Inc. and decide whether to renew it. Van’s Sanitation has been the city’s garbage hauler since 1998.

    “They do a great job,” said Akron City Administrator Gary Horton, recommending the council renew the contract at their Feb. 11 meeting.

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    Certified Handlers Program set for March 26

    Plymouth County Extension & Outreach will offer the Certified Handlers Continuing Instructional Course (CIC) Wednesday, March 26.

    The program will be shown across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pest Management and the Environment program (PME).

    The local attendance site is LeMars Extension and Outreach located at 251 12th St. SE in Le Mars.

    Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the course runs from 9 to

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    2014 HUD
    80 Percent Area Median Income Limits

    The Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) was recently awarded funding from the Iowa Finance Authority’s (IFA) HOME Program. The program is designed to help targeted Siouxland communities preserve affordable housing for low-to-moderate income households. The targeted communities include: Akron, Cherokee, Correctionville, and Onawa.

    First-time homebuyers may be eligible for up to $12,000 in down payment assistance and/or closing costs towards the purchase price of an existing home, plus

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    National History Day events begin

    “National History Day is not just a day but an experience!” Students at Akron-Westfield have continued to live that motto over the past several months as they prepare for the upcoming History Day season.

    The kickoff to the competition season will be Akron-Westfield’s History Day Locals event held Sunday, March 2 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium and various classrooms.

    Thirty-five sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are participating

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    It was a usual day for 75-year-old Dennis Wilken of rural Akron Feb. 20.

    He drives a tractor-trailer rig hauling grain for Tom Nason of Akron.

    Wilken told The Akron Hometowner he had the 42-feet trailer filled with about 900 bushels of beans the night before in Ireton, then drove to Akron.

    At about 7 a.m. the next

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    Just before Christmas, Akron-Westfield students, teachers and some parents completed a survey answering the question: How is the 1:1 Initiative working?

    At the Jan. 13 meeting, A-W/West Sioux Shared Director of Operations Bob Bak shared the Technology Survey results with school board members.

    “The results came back exactly as I thought they should be with someone who just went 1:1,” said Bak. “There were some good

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