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Chamber hosts ribbon cutting for winery

Posted November 3, 2016 at 5:00 am

On Oct. 28, Akron Area Chamber of Commerce members welcomed the Broken Kettle Wine Cellars to the Reed Street Downtown Business District. Owners Mary and John Lucken and Jennifer and Tony Heisterkamp, officially opened their winery which features apple and aronia berry wines and other food products. In addition, the store features local artists’ work, including jewelry and pottery. Surrounded by family and Chamber members, Tony and Jennifer cut the ribbon with Mary and John to the the right. Holding the ribbon are Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs (l) and Akron Area Chamber of Commerce President Julie Ann Madden.

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    Autumn in Akron

    This brightly-colored autumn scene greets Akron Care Center residents every morning. Not only do colorful scenes like this mark the changing seasons, the cooler days and nights with plenty of fog and rain showers make autumn a reality. On Oct. 20, The Akron Hometowner staff began their day scraping frost off their windshields!

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    Akron man: Worldwide inspiration

    By Julie Ann Madden

    In doing for others, he was so selfless — always trying to help other people have better lives, said fellow missionary Linda Rowe about the late Ron Wilmot and husband of Meriele Wilmot of Akron.

    Ron had so much energy and knowledge that he shared, especially through the Iowa-Nigeria United Methodist Church Partnership, a mission building schools and wells for the people of Nigeria,

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    By Julie Ann Madden

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    At about 9:30 p.m., Oct. 13 north of Stone State Park on Iowa Highway 12, an Iowa State Patrol trooper recognized a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

    When the trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the driver, a 17-year-old girl from Sioux City, fled and a pursuit ensued. Driving the stolen Pontiac G6, she continued north on Iowa

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    Firefighters dowse field fire

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At about 3 p.m., Friday afternoon, Akron firefighters were called to a corn field fire, just north of 160th Street and Evergreen Avenue.

    Farmers Alex and Dennis Wilken were harvesting corn when the corn stubble caught on fire.

    According to their grandfather, Denny Wilken, of Akron, it appeared the combine had gotten some particle hot and it had been thrown out of the combine as

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    Akron Chamber sets Halloween Parade & Trunk-or-Treat

    By Julie Ann Madden

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    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is expanding its Halloween activities.

    In addition to the traditional Halloween Parade, there will be a Trunk-or-Treat afterward.

    Halloween Parade

    The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31

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    By Julie Ann Madden

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    Do not leave property of value inside your vehicle.

    And, always lock your vehicle.

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    “People in small

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    Ribbon cutting held at Click n Pick

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    Amy Harris-Linder will present her own original music — written and arranged by herself. Some pieces will be from her 1994 “Walk With The Life” compact disc.

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