Akron Fall Cleanup Days set for Oct. 3 – 5

Posted September 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

Ready to get rid of all that junk you’ve been storing?

At their Sept. 9 meeting, Akron councilors set the annual Fall Cleanup Days for Oct. 3 – 5.

Dumpsters will be set up at the Akron swimming pool parking lot, and don’t forget about Akron’s recycling bins at the northern end of Third Street, next to the Akron Paper Barn.

Look for more details about the cleanup in future Hometowner editions.

In other business, the council unanimously approved renewing the liquor license of Pour House, located at 201 Reed St. The vote was 4-0 with Councilor David Irizarry absent.

    Yard and Garden: Applying Herbicide and Fighting Fall Weeds

    Fall is the ideal time to prepare a lawn for the months that lie ahead before spring, making sure it emerges healthy and happy.

    Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on how to apply fall herbicide and control fall weeds, with help from ISU Extension horticulturists. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or hortline@iastate.edu.

    When is the best time to apply a broadleaf herbicide to the lawn?

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    Community and Retail Academy to be held in Le Mars

    Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Plymouth County and the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Community and Retail Academy conference coming to Le Mars Wednesday, Oct. 29.

    Business, industry, and community leaders are invited to learn about ways to create and market business branding, social media marketing, creating livable communities, and learning the customer trends for Northwest Iowa and Plymouth County.

    The Iowa Retail Initiative with Iowa State University will be the “teachers”

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    Real Estate & Mobile home Taxes Are Due

    Plymouth County Treasurer, Shelly Sitzmann, reminds property owners that the first-half real estate and mobile home taxes are due now and can be paid in the office, online, or through the mail.

    The delinquent date is Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Mail must be postmarked on or before September 30, 2014 to avoid delinquent interest. Send your payment before the last day, as mailing your payment on September 30 does not guarantee a September 30 postmark.

    Delinquent interest of 1.5%

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    Homecoming Float Contest

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Parade Float Contest during the Akron-Westfield Homecoming celebration, Sept. 26.

    There are two categories: 1) Businesses and 2) Non-Profit Organizations/Individuals. Prizes are $25 Chamber Bucks to the winner of each category. Akron-Westfield’s theme is “Living in the Movie Scene in 2014.”

    For more contest information, contact Chamber President Brad Britton, 568-2304, or for parade information, contact Krista Weiland at 568-2020.

    Boy Scout sign-up is Sept. 16

    Akron-Westfield students who are interested in becoming Boy Scouts are invited to register for the 2014-2015 activities at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Akron-Westfield Community School.

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    Motorcyclist crashes just north of Akron

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron Emergency Medical Service and Akron Fire Department personnel responded to a one-vehicle accident north of Akron on Iowa Highway 12 at about 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6.

    Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reported Kevin Buffington, age 54, of Sioux Fall, S.D., was injured when his motorcycle entered the east ditch and he was thrown from the bike.

    Buffington was transported by Akron EMS to

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    Councilors closed street for Tri-State Cruisers

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At their Aug. 26 meeting, Akron councilors took action to make room downtown for those cruising with their classic vehicles to Akron Wednesday, Sept. 3.

    Councilor Barb Johnson made the motion and Councilor Denise Loutsch-Beitelspacher seconded it to close Reed Street from in front of Jacobson Auto Parts, which is located in the west half of the 200 block, to the U.S. Post Office at the intersection of Reed and Fourth Streets. This will still allow

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    See the progress being made on Reed Street

    On Monday, the first concrete was poured at the intersection of Fourth and Reed Streets, giving Akronites hope that the street would be done in time for the annual Akron-Westfield Homecoming Parade. Not to worry though, an alternate parade route has been planned — just in case Mother Nature or Old Man Winter has other ideas.

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    Akron Tractor Pull: Quite a few ‘firsts’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Whether it was a youngster’s first time pulling or a spectator’s first time to see the sport of tractor pulling, everyone appeared to have a good time.

    There were spectators from as far away as Alaska and Chile that came to Akron Business Park to see tractor enthusiasts hookup to a weighted sled and see how far their tractors could pull the sled down the track.

    The Akron Tractor

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    HMS shuts out A-W spikers

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn girls downed Akron-Westfield, 3-0, in a War Eagle Conference volleyball match Sept. 4 in Hartley.

    HMS won 25-10, 25-18 and 25-18 for a 3-2 record overall.

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    2014 A-W Volleyball Team

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    The Lady Westerners’ 2014 volleyball team includes (Front Row l-r:) Maddison Hemmelrick, Lexi Hageman, Desirae Oltmanns, Hannah Koele, Cali Westergard, Kortney Hedlund, Kali Kriener, Katie Johnson, (Middle Row l-r:) Natalie Harvey, Danika Smith, Alicia Sanchez,

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    A-W drops home opener

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    By: Hank Krause

    In Akron-Westfield’s first home game of 2014 on Sept. 5, the Westerners faced the Westwood Rebels of Sloan. The game proved to be mismatched with a final score of 34-6 in favor of the

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    Tourney nets more than $2,500

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 7:58 pm

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    On Saturday, six ball teams battled it out on the field to raise funds to improve Westfield’s Ball Fields where Akron-Westfield youngsters

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    WS Fifth-Sixth top A-W to start season

    Posted September 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    By Steve Peterson

    Youth football season began Aug. 23 with Akron-Westfield hosting West Sioux Third-Fourth Grade Team No. 2. West Sioux won the game, 34-0.

    West Sioux Quarterback Dillon Wiggins

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    Four generations

    Posted September 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    of Swansons were in attendance at the Sand family reunion in Akron on August 31. They were (left to right:) Lynn Swanson holding Annabelle Lily Swanson, Brendan Swanson and Lee Swanson.

    Four

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    Volunteers clean out Paper Barn

    Posted September 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Akron Lions Club members and Akron-Westfield High School students load paper recyclables from the Lions Club Paper Barn on to a truck on a chilly morning Sept. 12. Above, Warren Thompson (l) and Mike Hohenstein (r) help load

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    Scarecrow Festival is September display

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Friendship and Service Club has decorated the bulletin board for September at the Akron Public Library. This beautiful autumn display features decorations and pictures from past Scarecrow Festivals along with information on the current annual event.

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    Loess Hills Tour draws many to area

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    On Aug. 16, the public was invited to participate in the Iowa Prairie Network’s day-long tour of several prairies in Plymouth and Woodbury counties, including:

    • Spirit Knoll, three miles north of the west entrance to

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    Celebrating Golden Anniversary

    Posted September 12, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    In celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, John and Mary Lucken would like to welcome friends to the Hole ‘N The Wall, 14396 Diamond Ave., on Sunday, Sept. 21, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Finger food and refreshments will be served by Akron

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