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Up, up and away: Retired teachers enjoys first balloon ride

Posted September 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

By Steve Peterson

A former Hawarden school teacher had a chance to complete a “bucket list” item with the help of one of her former first grade students.

Arlys Peters of Hawarden, and daughter, Jolee Thurn, rode a hot air balloon owned by MOC-Floyd Valley chemistry teacher Doug DeZeeuw on Aug. 30.

“We were on the waiting list, and he called and said that Saturday would be the best day this weekend because of storms and wind Sunday and Monday. He said it would be near perfect on Saturday for weather,” said Thurn.

The group gathered near Harvest Inn about 6 p.m. and the balloon appropriately named “Up and Atom” was in the air in a

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    Dimmick: Proud to reach century mark

    By Steve Peterson

    Bernie Dimmick enjoyed a good view of the Sept. 1 Big Sioux River Days parade. Dimmick was in a golf cart with a sign “100 years young” on it.

    The day before about 150 people attended a birthday party for Dimmick at United Methodist Church in Hawarden.

    “Perky” and “active” were words that people who knew Dimmick describe her. She resides at Hillcrest Health Services and Micah Hill Estates, where

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    Hillcrest staffer surprised with state honor

    By Steve Peterson

    Hillcrest Health Services and Micah Hill Estates staffer Katie Anderson has won a top honor in her profession.

    Anderson won the Iowa Healthcare Association Award of Excellence, it was announced Sept. 4.

    There was a reception, complete with cake, to congratulate Anderson the following day at Hillcrest.

    Anderson is a 10-year employee of the Hawarden nursing home

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    Scarecrow Festival is September display

    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. The festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 20 in the Akron City Park. Make a scarecrow to enter or just come and enjoy the fun.

    Commissioners question number requesting forensic training

    By Julie Ann Madden

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    Loess Hills Tour draws many to area

    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 Stone State Park where insect enthusiast M.J. Hatfield led a field trip called “Insects & Wildflowers of the Prairie.” Taking this field trip, led by Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Kevin Pape, were lots of enthusiastic hikers who arrived in 32 vehicles. On Oct. 11, Spirit Knoll will be dedicated

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    Celebrating Golden Anniversary

    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 Jo’s Cafe. Children are welcome, and dress is casual. The couple requests no gifts, as your presence is your gift.

    “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” classes – take care of yourself as you care for others

    Do you help take care of an older family member or friend? If so, you are not alone. Over 65 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis.

    Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is sponsoring “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” and the classes will be held in the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center on Thursday evenings starting October 2nd to November 6th from 5:30-7:00

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    Bats and Late Summer

    “About every third call received is related to bats: bats in churches, in homes, in barns”, says Dr. Jim Pease, Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University and Extension Wildlife Specialist, retired.

    “While everyone is concerned about them, the tenor of the calls has definitely changed. Ten years ago, every caller asked, “How do I kill them?” Now, only rarely do I hear that question. People know bats are extremely valuable in insect control. We want them flying around outside gobbling mosquitoes, crop damaging insects, and others. We’ve

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    Local student receives scholarship to Wayne State College

    Hailey DeRocher of Akron has been awarded the Bill and Betty Reeg Annual Scholarship to continue her education at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb.

    Hailey DeRocher, the daughter of Dale and Deb DeRocher is a 2011 Akron-Westfield graduate. She is a senior at Wayne State College and is majoring in Elementary Education.

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    Akron Farmer’s Market: Many choices each Wednesday

    Akron Farmer’s Market has chicken, lamb, eggs, garden produce, quick breads, fudge, jellies, jams, relishes and salsas for starters. On Aug. 20, garden produce included tomatoes, acorn squash, cucumber, zucchini, jalapenos and other peppers, okra, beets, potatoes, onions, green beans, sweet corn and kohlrabi. The vendors were from Akron, Hawarden, Sioux City and Jefferson, S.D. The “taco salad plate” meal was served by New Horizons United

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