Akron organizations request municipal LOST funds

Posted May 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

The Akron Children’s Center, Akron Golf Club Inc., Akron Opera House, and Akron Historical Society requested financial assistance from city coffers.

Each year councilors decide how much, if any, of their Local Option Sales Tax revenues to give to local nonprofit organizations.

In January and February, Akron councilors heard appeals from the four organizations. Then the council’s Finance Committee made its LOST funding recommendations to the council for the FY 2017 Budget.

LOST FUND

ALLOCATIONS

LOST funds were allocated as follows:

• Akron Children’s Center, $12,000 as requested;

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    ‘Fascinations of the Loess Hills’ seminar set for June 3 – 5 at Onawa

    With no Bison Day at The Nature Conservancy near Westfield this summer, a prairie seminar may be the public’s next opportunity to learn about the Loess Hills history and ecosystems.

    The public is invited to attend any or all sessions of programs at the 40th annual Loess Hills Prairie Seminar. The weekend event begins in Onawa at 6:00 p.m., Friday, June 3, and ends northeast of Onawa at noon on Sunday, June 5.

    Sponsored by Northwest Area Education Agency,

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    A-W names McCully new business manager

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Handling the finances of the Akron-Westfield School District will be Mandy McCully, who replaces Business Manager-Board Secretary Cari Brogden who resigned recently.

    McCully’s first day on the job was May 9. Brogden will continue as an A-W employee to provide training to McCully.

    Prior to accepting this position, McCully was employed as a chiropractic assistant at Britton Chiropractic & Rehab

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    Westfield City Hall renovation

    On May 10, Westfield councilors took a tour of City Hall renovations. It’s been more than five months since a nighttime fire destroyed the interior of the town’s brick city hall. According to City Clerk Angela Olson, all that’s holding up the reopening is a little painting, a frame constructed around the new air conditioner, installation of two city officials’ work areas and the purchase of table and chairs for councilors’ meetings.

    What should Care Center focus be?

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Should the Akron Care Center trustees pay off theloan for the Village North Apartments (8-plex)?

    That was the question trustees asked Care Center Administrator Alan Bruinsma to research at their March 15 meeting as it appears there is plenty of cash on hand to do so.

    At their April 19 meeting, Bruinsma didn’t bring an answer. Instead he posed more questions for the trustees to consider by their May

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    Boyer makes full restitution

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The former treasurer who misappropriated funds from the Akron Senior Center has repaid what he took, according to Akron city officials.

    At their April 5 meeting, Akron Senior Center Governing Board members learned that former Treasurer Steve Boyer still owed $29.73, according to current Treasurer Bruce Mitchell, and Boyer hadn’t made a payment since March 9.

    After the meeting, Mitchell told The Akron Hometowner, he would have to contact

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    ‘Click n Pick’ opens Sunday in Akron

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The city’s new spec building on the south side in the first block of Reed Street has its second business opening next week.

    The first business, Broken Kettle Wine Cellars owned and operated by Akron residents John and Mary Lucken and Tony and Jennifer Heisterkamp, is located in the western half of the building. They haven’t opened for business yet.

    But

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    Doc Walker Trio wraps up Opera House season

    The Akron Opera House is presenting The Doc Walker Trio, May 14 — it’s back by popular demand so make plans now to attend.

    The Doc Walker Trio consists of three musicians: Doc Walker, pianist and vocals; Jerry Houpt, bass player; and Greg Forney, percussionist.

    Doc Walker has a tie to Akron as he is married to Mildred Baker’s daughter, Pam.

    The Doc Walker Trio plays in many varied settings, and performs

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    A-W seeks bids for 2016 Annual Projects

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Expanding the parking paved areas, increasing safety with parking lot lighting, remodeling the ICN Room and renovating the kitchen loading dock area are Akron-Westfield’s 2016 Annual Projects to be completed this summer.

    In February, A-W School board members held a public hearing on the proposed 2016 Annual Projects and two special meetings. One was to present project details to area contractors for bidding purposes, which was

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    Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Grant offered

    The Floyd Valley Foundation, along with the Musson family, have announced that they will be accepting applications for the Steven H. Musson Memorial Emergency Services Grant until May 31, 2016.

    To be eligible, the applicant(s) must reside and actively engage in emergency care in Plymouth County. This can include: paramedic, first responder, or emergency care technician (EMT). The $500 grant must be used for direct expenses related to pursuing an emergency care training including books tuition, classes, transportation, squad trainings and certifications.

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    A-W: Regional first round

    Posted May 25, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    girls’ golf champs

    By Steve Peterson

    On a sunny spring May 16 in Hull, the Akron-Westfield girls’ golf team won the Class 1A

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    DeRocher qualifies in 110 Hurdles

    Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield junior Ty DeRocher provided the Westerners’ highlight at the West Sioux Class 1A Boys Qualifying Track and Field meet by winning the

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    Lavaway qualifies for state track

    Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ track and field season will continue for one state qualifier who advanced at the West Sioux Class 1A State Qualifying meet

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    Westerners just miss regional golf spot

    Posted May 17, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ golf team saw its season end at the Boyden-Hull Sectional at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Hull on a wet and frigid May 13.

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    Northwestern softball year ends for A-W alumni

    Posted May 17, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Northwestern College’s softball team ended its season in a winning fashion May 2 with a sweep in Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) action against Hastings. NWC won 3-1 in Game One and 6-4 in Game Two.

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    Westerners receive football honors

    Posted May 17, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    All football players left the Akron-Westfield High School Athletic Banquet with some cherished hardware that will occupy prominent places in their homes and businesses forever.

    “The school

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    Westerners finish year eighth in WEC

    Posted May 17, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield boys’ golf team finished fifth of six teams at the weather-threatened War Eagle Conference Meet May 9 at The Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center.

    A-W

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    Again: A-W has high softball expectations

    Posted May 17, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield’s softball squad had a 28-5 record in 2015 and won the War Eagle Conference title for the 13th straight year. Now, A-W will try for conference title No. 14 in a row in

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    Girls’ regional golf assignments announced

    Posted May 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield girls’ golf team will be competing at the Class 1A Boyden-Hull First Round Regional Meet on Monday, May 16 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Hull.

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    40th Anniversary

    Posted May 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    The family of Robert and Linda Bouwman would like to celebrate with a card shower in honor

    of their 40th Wedding Anniversary ~ May 28,

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    Engagement announced

    Posted May 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Russ and Beth Van Beek of Akron, Iowa, announce the engagement of their daughter, Cristy Lee Van Beek to Bradley Joseph Bunt, the son of Dave and Jan Bunt of Aberdeen, S.D.

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    ‘Pay It Forward’ gift bestowed in Akron

    Posted May 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

    There are really angels among us, according to an Akron man who received an anonymous gift in the mail on Friday.

    “I really don’t know what to write but just “Thank you,” said Jed Gross of

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    CASA volunteers are needed

    Posted May 17, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    May is National Foster Care Month. A child is in need of a Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer today!

    There are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. In Iowa alone, nearly

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    The Paper Barn gets a face lift

    Posted May 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

    During the past few weeks repairs were made to the Paper Barn by Bob Watson, Dee Watson, James Kiger, and Lynette Kiger. The Barn was painted on May 2 by Akron- Westfield FFA members

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    Engagement Announced

    Posted May 11, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Mark and Sonya Eskra of Akron, Iowa, are happy to announce the engagement of their son Eric Eskra to Hannah Adams, daughter of Don and Mary Adams of Davenport, Iowa.

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    Flag donations are being accepted now

    Posted May 5, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Albert E Hoschler Post 186 of the American Legion is preparing for its annual Memorial Day Services and Avenue of Flags on May 30, 2016.

    If anyone has a flag of a deceased veteran that they

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    Memory Loss

    The Alzheimer and Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the South Dakota Alzheimer’s Association, will meet Monday, April 25, starting at 7:00

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