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Easter comes to Akron a day early

Posted April 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Easter came a day early for the youngsters of Akron, or at least the Easter Bunny did!

Saturday, April 15 Easter festivities began with an Easter Egg Hunt which ended up at the school due to inclement weather. Members of the Akron-Westfield FFA assisted at the Easter Egg Hunt.

Following the hunt, the sun came out and was a beautiful day for the Easter Basket Hunt in downtown Akron. Children up to age 12 were given a number and had to find the corresponding number at a participating Chamber business to get their bag of goodies. Along with the basket hunt, many businesses offered fun activities such as seeing chicks, decorating cookies, coloring, face painting, Easter treats, and much more.

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    Neighbors’ yards are not path to ball fields

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Living next to a park or ball field can be an asset but it is also a liability for nearby homeowners.

    That is the message that Charles and Diane Von Hagel of Akron told Akron councilors at their March 28 meeting.

    The Von Hagels’ requested city officials consider installing a 6 feet tall “Cyclone” chain-link fence along the west side of the Lefty Swift and Bob Tucker ball fields.

    Not only children

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    Care Center to celebrate social worker’s 31 years

    By Julie Ann Madden

    She’s helped patients deal with their life’s situations for more than 31 years — at the Akron Community Hospital, Akron City Convalescent Care Center and the new Akron Care Center.

    Now it’s time for her to make her own transition from employee to retiree.

    Akron Care Center Social Worker Becky Borchers announced her resignation last month with

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    Akron has new vet

    By Julie Ann Madden

    An Adel native has brought her veterinary skills to Akron, joining Dr. Jeff Van’t Hof at the Akron Veterinary Clinic.

    After taking care of equine in Florida and Kentucky, Dr. Kaitlyn Oberembt decided to return home to be closer to family. Her mother and step-father are Sandra and Dr. Dick Johnson DVM of Hawarden.

    Oberembt graduated from Adel-DeSoto-Minburn High School in 2007 and at Iowa State University, she earned

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    ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ opens Thursday

    By Julie Ann Madden

    They memorized their lines, practiced singing and dancing and have become the Fiddler On The Roof cast family.

    At 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 6, they will debut this musical on the Akron Opera House stage.

    The remaining performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and on Sunday, a 2 p.m. matinee.

    Tickets are still available by calling 568-2614 or emailing daolson@premieronline.net.

    This production is sponsored

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    A-W Jazz I Choir places second at state championships

    By Julie Ann Madden

    “It was their best performance of the year,” said Akron-Westfield Vocal Music Director Ryan Schuknecht. “They gave their best performance at the right time.”

    The right time was at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships on March 28 at Staplin Center in West Des Moines.

    The jazz choir, aka Groove It Or Lose It, auditioned by video, then was one of eight Class 1A jazz choirs invited to the state

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    A-W middle schoolers begin National History Day trek

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Each year, Akron-Westfield students, Grades 6-12, have the opportunity to create a National History Day project for local, state and national competitions.

    This year’s theme is “Taking A Stand In History.”

    Under the direction of A-W’s National History Day Coach Val Philips and a host of community volunteers,

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    Accident leads A-W alum to become EMT

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    Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun

    By Natalie Brandt

    “I was coming home from work and, all-of-a-sudden, my life changed,” said Jason Bumsted of Chamberlain/Oacoma, S.D.

    On July 20, 2007, while traveling back to his home after working at Pizza Ranch in Akron, Iowa, Bumsted was in a horrific head-on collision.

    “We both were traveling

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    Congratulations to six Akron-Westfield High School Individual Events Speech students who were selected as Outstanding Performers based on their performances at the IHSSA State Individual Events Speech Contest held on March 11.

    They are Cameron Wahlberg, Charlie Anderson, Makayla Swancutt, Emmy Knuth, Max Anderson, and Marlene Zamora.

    Cameron was chosen to attend in two events, both Poetry and Acting.

    All will perform on Monday, March 27 at the IHSSA Individual Events All-State

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    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron’s three doctors, Dr. David Wolff, Dr. Cindie Wolff and Dr. Allison Schoenfelder, told city officials they were resigning from Mercy Medical Services last week.

    On the evening of Monday, March 20, Mercy officials were meeting with the Akron staff, said Mercy’s Vice-President of Network Development Brian Monsma.

    “Nothing’s a done deal,” he told The Akron Hometowner Monday morning. “Our intent is to continue to operate a clinic in

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