ACF grants awarded

Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Akron Community Foundation (ACF), recently awarded grants totaling $19,577 during its second grant cycle.

Since the first grants were announced in 2006, over $171,695 has been awarded to support needs in the community and the services provided by Akron nonprofit organizations.

This cycle of grants has been awarded to:

Akron Park and Recreation Board: $9,650, To improve Lefty Swift Field and Playground Improvement Project.

Akron EMS: $8,310, For the purchase of pagers and training equipment; and

Akron Senior Center: $1,617, For Senior Center chairs.

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    Poultry show is much different at county fairs this year

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s still called the Plymouth County Fair 4-H & FFA Poultry Show.

    And it’s the same time as usual — 9 a.m. Saturday in the Poultry Barn — and exhibitors will still face a real Poultry Show judge and receive ribbons and trophies.

    But the only chickens exhibited will be wooden chickens and photographs of chickens.

    Another change is this Poultry Show

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    Feauto sign comes down

    On Monday, the Feauto Auction & Realty awning came down to make way for a new awning for Diamond Pro Realty which will be coming in the future. Diamond Pro Realty has officially opened with broker Adam Frerichs of Akron. Office is located at 214 Reed St.

    Akron Care Center administrator resigns

    The Akron Care Center Administrator Brandon Verros will be stepping down in August, according to an Akron Care Center press release.

    “Brandon has been great to work with. He was a breath of fresh air when he first came to the Akron Care Center. He brought a positive attitude and outlook along with great determination and work ethic. I’m going to hate to see him leave, but I’m happy for Brandon and his family knowing he is moving on to other opportunities,” stated Dr. Brad Britton,

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    Iowa Farm Bureau offers members Market Study Tour of South Africa

    The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) is offering its members an exclusive opportunity to participate in an intensive market study tour of South Africa, March 13-24, 2016. The market study tour will visit several sites in South Africa, exploring various agricultural and cultural sites in a country relatively unknown to most Iowans, but a growing player in international agriculture.

    “There is significant potential for agriculture in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, and South Africa will clearly be the economic and financial leader of those gains,” said

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    Akron EMS has automatic CPR aid

    Akron EMS received a Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County grant in 2014 to purchase a Lucas 2 machine, which aids emergency personnel in performing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). According to Akron EMS Director Justin Heydon, the Lucas 2 performs automatic chest compressions, giving a patient better quality CPR with its exact depth and timing of compressions to a patient’s chest and heart. This gives the emergency personnel the freedom to focus on the patient’s other medical needs. In addition, it saves emergency

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    Akron Tractor & Truck Pull

    2015 Results

    On June 20, the Akron Business Park was filled with the sounds of tractors and trucks and a large crowd enjoying a night of pulling at the annual Akron Truck & Tractor Pull.

    Here are the results:

    5,700 lbs. Farm

    1. Joe Hoffman, Westfield, 192’4.8” Farmall 460

    2. Jim Diimig, Ida Grove, 159’6.84” John Deere 3010

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    Westfield council changes police providers

    By Julie Ann Madden

    By unanimous vote, Westfield councilors decided not to accept Akron’s 2015-2016 police services contract which included an increase of $2,000 a year bringing the cost to $8,000 annually.

    Instead Westfield residents will receive police services through the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office. There is no charge for this law enforcement coverage.

    The change will go into effect July 1.

    Westfield residents will continue

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    See who’s coming!

    The following is a list of all of the people that have sent in reservations for the Saturday evening banquet and meal. As of June 14 we have 352 people planning on attending just this event.

    1932 Elvera [Marple] Wilken (2)

    1938 Mildred [Eshleman] Baker (1)

    1942 Oscar Anderson (2)

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    STEM Council awards Scale Up programs across Iowa

    The Iowa Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council will impact more than 100,000 Iowa learners through approximately 2,818 educators in year four of the statewide STEM Scale-Up initiative for the 2015-2016 academic year.

    Through a rigorous review process, the STEM Council selected 14 high-quality STEM programs across Iowa’s schools, after-school programs and other settings for Grades Pre-K-12. These programs range from building robots and wind turbines to virtual reality and STEM career awareness, demonstrating an appeal to diverse youth, success in improving academic

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