Piece of Akron memorabilia found in Spokane, WA

Posted March 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

This ashtray, dated 1971, from Akron’s Gay Nineties celebration with the Akron Opera House featured, was found in a thrift store in Spokane, WA. The woman who purchased the ashtray has no ties to Akron but found the ashtray interesting and did some research on the Opera House. She contacted Board President Doug Olson asking if the theatre would like to have the ashtray. Here is what her note to Doug said, “Hope this funny little ashtray is enjoyed by you and so many others in your community! Smoking certainly used to be the thing to do back in the 70s and thank goodness it’s not anymore but this ashtray needed to go back to its roots. Hope you, as well as so many others in your small town, will find it interesting. Not sure how

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    Cast for ‘Oliver’ is selected

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Opera House’s next production is “Oliver” and performances will be April 12, 13, 14 and 15.

    Sponsoring this musical is The Akron Hometowner.

    The cast has been selected and practices have begun. Directors are Val Philips and Amy Linder.

    This musical is based on a story of an orphan surviving on the

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    Ice storm brings communities to standstill

    Old Man Winter refuses to concede to Mother Nature’s desire for spring. On Friday, the area was dowsed with rain that soon turned to sleet and ice. Several evening activities, including the Westfield Fish Fry, were postponed as motorists skated home that evening. The icy mixture continued throughout the night but had stopped by 7 a.m. Saturday. Many reported tree damage and some communities lost electric power, not locally though. This photo was taken about 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

    A-W jazz choir to perform at Vocal Jazz Championships

    The Akron-Westfield Jazz Choir I, also known as the “Groove It or Lose It” choir, qualified to perform March 27 at Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships at the Staplin Performing Arts Center in Des Moines.

    The A-W Jazz Choir will perform with other Class 1A jazz choirs: Central City On That Note; Central Lyon Roarin’ Jazz, Harris-Lake Park Vocal Jazz, Nodaway Valley Jazz Choir, Riverside Jazz Choir, and South O’Brien Jazz Choir.

    Members of A-W’s Groove It or Lose It

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    Police Patch Contest deadline nears

    Entries for the Akron Police Patch Contest are due no later than March 15.

    Kids of all ages — with any and all artistic abilities — are invited to enter this free design contest.

    The only requirement is the design should be no larger than 8.5” x 11” and should include the words Akron, Iowa, and Police.

    The winning designer will receive $100 in Chamber Bucks, said Young, adding they will also

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    Celebrates 90th

    Colleen Barwick of Akron will celebrate her 90th birthday with an Open House Saturday, Feb. 24, 2-4 p.m., at the Akron Care Center hosted by her children.

    Colleen was born Feb. 23, 1928, on a farm near Pierson, IA.

    Her family includes four sons and their families: Gene and Lori Barwick and children Brett Barwick and Brenna Bohnen; Jim and Brenda Barwick and children Hilary Jamieson and Jamee Barwick; Jerry and Karen

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    Celebrates her 90th

    Betty (Brown) Hoffman of Westfield will turn 90 on March 2. Her family would like to shower her with cards. You may send a card to Betty at 14815 220th St., Westfield, IA 51062.

    Betty still lives on a farm outside of Westfield with her husband, Ray.

    Happy Birthday,

    Gramma Betty!

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