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Akron EMS has automatic CPR aid

Posted July 2, 2015 at 4:07 pm

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 personnel’s energy by aiding in the performance of CPR procedures during the transport time to area hospitals. All tax exempt entities and organizations are encouraged to apply for these grants. For more information, visit the website: http://www.iowacommunityfoundations.org/community-foundation-of-greater-plymouth-county.aspx. Posing with the Lucas 2 machine are (top) Arkon Ems Director Justin Heydon

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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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    Eldest Akron alumnus selected as parade marshal

    By Julie Ann Madden

    She’ll be just a month shy of her 101st birthday when she serves as the Akron and Akron-Westfield All-Class Reunion Parade Marshal this Saturday.

    Elvera Marple Wilken, who resides in the Alcester Care & Rehab Center, will have the honor of riding in a golf cart at the front of the All-Class Reunion Parade, which begins at 10 a.m.

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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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    Westfield Ball Field improvements made

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron-Westfield T-ball players may not realize the differences made to the Westfield ball diamonds but their coaches and community volunteers do.

    Improvements made include:

    • Leveling ground in outfields;

    • Installation of new removable bases with concrete base placements;

    • A new home plate;

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    A-W’s ‘Henry Ford’ performers place third at National History Day finals

    Akron-Westfield students have returned from the 2015 National History Day contest in College Park, Maryland.

    Amidst sightseeing, trading buttons, and meeting students from all around the country, they also found time to compete.

    Five A-W competitors in Junior Group Performance achieved third place medals for their project on Henry Ford and his legacy of the assembly line.

    “Henry Ford” performers Megan Swancutt, McKenna

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    Akron EMS needs volunteers

    Akron Emergency Medical Service parked an ambulance near Reed Street to get the message across about the need for volunteers. The sign on the right, says, “Out of service due to lack of volunteers.” If interested, call Akron EMS Director Justin Heydon at 568-3700 or Akron City Hall at 568-2041.

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    Travel back about 200 years ago right in Akron on June 24

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Ever wonder what pioneer life was like back in the 1700s and 1800s?

    New Horizons United Church of Christ is giving everyone the opportunity to experience being on the “Trails of the Pioneers.”

    It’s their ninth annual Community Fun Night, and the theme is pioneer life. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 24 at the Akron City Park.

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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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    Akron Tractor & Truck Pull is Saturday

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Tractor & Pull will be six weeks earlier than usual this summer — for a good reason.

    Akron Tractor & Truck Pull coordinator Kyle Hoffman, of Westfield, plans to be with family in August when his sister, Kendra Hoffman, has her first child.

    Therefore, this year’s Akron Tractor & Truck Pull begins at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 20 at the Akron Industrial Park, which is the former

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    A-W Girls destroy MMC-RU

    Posted July 2, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    By: Hank Krause

    The Akron-Westfield girls were on the road to Cleghorn to play Marcus-Meridan-Cleghorn/Remsen Union on June 25.

    A-W went to work early to defeat the Eagles, 14-3 in

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    A-W girls playoffs

    Posted July 2, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield will host the quarterfinals and semifinal rounds of the Class 1A Region No. 1 girls state softball tournament, as announced by Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

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    Oh-Oh!

    Posted July 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    By Hank Krause

    Akron-Westfield, playing in the Spencer tournament, met the Class 3A Spirit Lake Indians on June 26 and fell, 7-5.

    The Indians are ranked in Class 3A. I

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    Wardrip fans 11 as A-W gains 11th win

    Posted July 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield got another double-digit strikeout performance and made a trip to Marcus profitable with a 6-1 win against Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn/Remen Union in War Eagle Conference play June 26.

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    Austin Allard fans 12; A-W beats Trinity

    Posted July 2, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    A seven-run sixth inning led Akron-Westfield’s baseball team to a 9-1 win against Trinity Christian of Hull in non-conference play June 24.

    A-W led 2-0 after two

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    Heartbreak in Hinton for Westerners

    Posted June 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    If there ever was a good time to play War Eagle Conference baseball power Hinton, Akron-Westfield seemed to have timing on its side, until the very end, June

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    A-W baseball squad rallies for eighth win

    Posted June 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Wesfield’s baseball team bounced back from a tough three-game stretch with a 10-4 win over South O’Brien in War Eagle Conference play June 19 in Paullina.

    “Caleb

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    2015 A-W baseball team

    Posted June 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Akron-Westfield baseball team members for 2015 are, front row l to r: Damien Ericson, A.J. Nemesio, Schon Mack, Aaron Allard, Cal Eskra, Caleb Colt, Conner Anderson, Reagan Frankl, Aaron Hartman and Kyle Johnson. Back row from

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    2015 A-W softball

    Posted June 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Akron-Westfield softball team members for 2015 are, front row l to r: Brynn VanEldik, Hannah Boehme, Jessica Hansen, Jordan Neubrand, Danika Smith, Natalie James, Makayla Swancutt. Middle row from l to r: Samantha Johnson, Kammi Bishop,

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    Engagement Announced

    Posted July 2, 2015 at 4:08 pm

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    Brittany Flack

    Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey and Lisa Wolthuizen of Akron, Iowa, proudly announce the union of their son Benjamin Charles Wolthuizen in Holy Matrimony to Miss Brittany Ann Flack, daughter

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    Join the 85th Anniversary Parade

    Posted July 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    The Union County Fair Board will be holding a parade to help celebrate our 85th Anniversary at the Union County Fair.

    The parade will be held in downtown Alcester on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 3:30

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    SNB has new personal banker

    Posted July 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Security National Bank Marketing Director Connie Blake announced the promotion of a customer service representative to Personal Banker.

    Lori Rabey received this promotion May 26. She

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    Happy 75th Birthday

    Posted June 24, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Marilyn Radtke

    Mom, Grandma and Great-grandma

    With Love and hugs from Her kids, Sherry Jacobs, Butch Liston and Randy Liston, Her Grand Kids, Matt Jacobs, Kyle

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    Engagement announced

    Posted June 18, 2015 at 5:00 am

    John and Mary Wilken, of Akron, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Taeji Marie Wilken, to Anthony Michael Ridgway, son of Todd and Colleen Ridgway of Scotland, S.D.

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    90th Birthday

    Posted June 18, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Earl Oetken

    Open House ~ June 26

    6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Akron Care Center

    Great Room

    Hawarden couple celebrates 65 years

    Posted June 17, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Vince and Lavonne Hook, of Hawarden, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on June 27, 2015, with a Mass and family dinner. The couple was married in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hawarden on

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    Celebrate 50 years

    Posted June 11, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Tom and Jane Zebus of Akron will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an Open House on Saturday, June 20, 4 – 7 p.m. at Akron Jo’s Cafe. Tom Zebus and the former Jane Schlinz were married June

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