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Memorial Day

Posted May 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

“Memorial Day is really about remembrances,” said Iowa Ninth District Commander Chuck Brunsting at the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No. 186’s Memorial Day Program Monday morning. “It’s not one day a year. We need to make this every day of the year — the Americana Legion Preamble states ‘to preserve the memories and incidences of our association in the Great Wars.’”

“Everybody’s got stories to tell,” said Brunsting. “Crosses at Normandy, markers at Punchbowl, tombs at Arlington, and the unknown places where we don’t know where they are.”

From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terriorism, there have been over 1 million soldiers, sailors, airmen who have been killed, he said, telling a

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    Nine flags to be dedicated during Memorial Day program

    Albert E. Hoschler Post No. 186 Commander Warren Thompson announced the annual observance of Memorial Day will be held in Akron Monday, May 25 with a Memorial Program in the Akron City Park starting at 10:00 a.m. Nine flags will be dedicated during the program.

    The program begins with Collin Coyle presenting a musical salute of tunes popular with American Soldiers from the Revolutionary War through World War II. Come sing along with the songs your parents and grandparents enjoyed. In case of rain, the program

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    Off to state!

    Akron-Westfield sophomore Danika Tindall has qualified for the State Track Meet in the 1500 meter run in Class 1A. She qualified by winning the event May 14 at West Sioux. Danika will run Saturday, May 23 at 2:15 p.m. at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. State track runs May 21 – 23.

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    Three A-W History Day projects advance to nationals

    Congratulations to Akron-Westfield National History Day students who competed at the state competition and their coach, Val Philips, in Des Moines on Monday.

    Competition was fiercely competitive with Akron-Westfield holding our own superbly, said A-W Coach Val Philips.

    Three projects, eight students, were chosen to compete at Nationals:

    • Junior Individual Performance: “Alice Paul, Leading Women to Equality” performed by Hailey Wait;

    • Junior Group

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    A-W has one teacher retiring

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “I want to figure out what I want to do when I grow up,” is on the top of Akron-Westfield Second Grade Teacher Kathy Serck’s retirement list.

    Originally, she decided to retire to spend time taking care of her parents and mother-in-law. However, her own medical issues ended her 19-year career last month.

    “You find out life is too short, and that was part of what impacted my decision

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    A-W has six valedictorians

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At Akron-Westfield Community School, it could almost be called an annual tradition now.

    Multiple valedictorians and/or salutatorians that is.

    Since 1991, there have been several classes where there was more than one valedictorian.

    In 1991, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2012 there were two valedictorians.

    In 2009 and 2010, there were three, and 2005

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    Akron faces tree issue

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Does the Akron community have a problem with Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)destroying its ash trees?

    Not yet but it will have, according to Copper Tree Consulting LLC Consulting Arborist Brandt Jelken, who conducted a tree inventory in Akron last summer for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Forestry Service.

    “This is not a matter of if, but when (the insects arrive),” Jelken told councilors at their March

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    A-W administration presents Facilities Plan to public

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series on the school board’s April 13 meeting and April 21 Open House on the Long-Term Facilities Plan.

    On April 21, Akron-Westfield administrators showcased their Long-Term Facilities Plan at an open house in the school’s auditorium.

    The crowd of about 35 patrons, which included mostly school board members, staff and retired staff, was able to see the preliminary plans and bond

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    A-W Community Service Day: Lessons in ‘Paying it forward’

    Trees for Kids Assistant Coordinator Evan Miller shows seventh and eighth graders how to plant a tree at Fifth and Reed Street. Then all 81 of them planted 17 trees during Monday’s annual Akron-Westfield Community Service Day.