Aug. 24: first day of WS classes

Posted July 14, 2016 at 8:20 pm

By Steve Peterson

West Sioux School Board members approved the 2016-2017 school calendar by unanimous vote June 23.

Board Member Ken Koch gave some concerns, including a May 28 graduation day, and in his view, a too-long spring break. The first day of school will be Aug. 24. Staff development will take place Aug. 19 and 22, and Aug. 23 will be a Teacher Work Day.

Christmas Break will be Dec. 23 – 30 with New Year’s Day celebrated for no school Jan. 2.

Board’s Response

“To me it looks like a lot of down time (during Spring Break) for educational purposes,” said Koch. “That is a lot of

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    Swans make a comeback in Iowa

    By Steve Peterson

    Sioux County Naturalist Sunday Ford showed an audience of home-schooled students a Trumpeter Swan on May 12 at Oak Grove State Park near Hawarden.

    The swan was one-year-old.

    “This swan is a baby. It will change its color from grey to white. They mate for life. They won’t breed until age three or four. They lay eggs, about five or six at a time,

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    City officials tour hospital addition

    Hawarden city officials, including councilors, tour the Hawarden Regional Healthcare hospital addition construction project June 22. Those present included Regional Healthcare CEO Jayson Pullman, City Councilors John Feldhacker and Tim Kurth, Project Superintendent Jason Steinke, Administrator Gary Tucker, City Attorney Jim Pickner and Public Works Director Tom Kane.


    Adventure Camp held at Oak Grove

    Sioux County Conservation Board offers several camps this summer. Adventure Camp was offered for seven to nine-year-olds June 22.. Activities included games, canoeing, and carving soap. Micah Driesen is one of many who created artwork by carving bars of soaps.

    Two authors to speak at Hawarden library this month

    The Hawarden Public Library is sponsoring two events in July that adults will not want to miss.

    On Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m., author Suzie Parron will present a program and slide show about barn quilts throughout the country. She will also be offering her books for sale following the program. This should be a great evening. There are several barn quilts in Sioux County. It should be fun to see what else is available throughout the United States for area residents enjoyment.

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    Calliope Village car show all set for July 9

    By Steve Peterson

    Plans are being finalized for the Inaugural Calliope Classic Cruise In and Car Show to be held Saturday, July 9 at Calliope Village.

    The car show is open to 1972 or older modified cars and trucks. There will be mild customs, lead sleds, traditional hot rods, and muscle cars displayed.

    Registration will take place starting at 10 a.m. at Calliope Village, located at Iowa

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    Improvements planned for community track

    By Steve Peterson

    At the June 23 meeting. West Sioux School Board members tabled action on improvements to the West Sioux Community Track, which is 12 years old. The estimate was for $60,290 for the track and field work.

    Following a presentation from Activities Director Ben Bouza and some school board members’ comments, incoming Superintendent Ryan Kramer suggested the matter be tabled until the next school board meeting on July 11.

    Also tabled

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    Bestselling author-illustrator to share at Hawarden library

    On July 6 at 1:00 p.m., Elise Parsley will be giving a special all-ages presentation as part of the Hawarden Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program.

    Elise will read from her latest picture book, “If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, DON’T!”

    She will also give a fun and interactive drawing demonstration, allow for questions from both children and adults, and share some music of her own (Hey, no one said you can’t bring your

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    City officials grateful for recent storm cleanup

    By Steve Peterson

    At the June 22 Hawarden Council meeting, Hawarden city officials shared their appreciation for the community’s help with storm cleanup.

    “I wanted to thank everyone for their patience with our electric outages June 17. I want to thank our electric department (crew) for their work until 5 a.m. June 18, and they were out again at 7 a.m. I want to thank everyone for picking up their trees. Our crews have been picking up trees for three

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    Falcon wrestlers host golf tourney

    The Falcon Wrestling Club will have its Second Annual Golf Outing Saturday, July 9 at Hawarden Golf Course.

    The event supports Falcon Wrestling Club for wrestlers, ages 3 to high school. The event includes two meals, door prizes and a silent auction.

    The fundraiser starts at 11 a.m. For more information call Mark Van Oort at 712-541-7272.