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Quilt display, silent auction at Akron library now

Posted January 12, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Whether you’re a quilter looking for a quilting masterpiece or someone looking for a quilt to keep warm with this winter, the Akron Public Library has just the chance for you.

Internationally-known quilter Jaynette Huff, of Conway, Ark., and rural Union County, S.D., has donated one of her quilts entitled “Attic Window Batiks” for a silent auction to benefit the Akron Public Library.

Explaining the librarians have always been so helpful to her husband, Larry, and she when they are here, “It’s a matter of giving back because they have provided us with so many nice things — from a place with free WiFi to audio books that Jaynette

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    A-W Large Group Speech Recital is set for Sunday, Jan. 15

    This Sunday evening, Jan. 15, the Akron-Westfield Large Group Speech team will be performing all of the selections they will be performing for the district competition.

    The district competition will be held on Jan. 21 in Le Mars. The Westerner team has been spending early mornings, late nights and weekends working on their group’s selections for the district competition.

    Thirty or more schools of all sizes will be competing for the right to continue and perform on the state

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    Akron Chamber Banquet to feature the ‘SPA Players’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Jan. 21 will not only feature local musicians as the entertainment — but one has been inducted into the Iowa Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice.

    Amy Harris-Linder was inducted with the Sioux City Rockestra and the Smokin’ Clams bands. She and her husband, Kevin, founded the Birdie & Carol Harris School of Performing Arts.

    At the Chamber banquet, the

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    Akron man assists with rescue of home explosion victim

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It was just a normal wintry day, taking a load of cattle to Omaha, Neb., for an Akron man on Dec. 19 but it turned into a day he won’t soon forget.

    Jake Benton, an Akron-Westfield Class of 2003 alum, stopped his semi tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 75, south of Winnebago, Neb., when he came upon wood debris covering the roadway.

    At first he thought someone had been hauling

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    Rain, wind take its toll on the area

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron and Westfield area residents faced both rain and snow the last couple of weeks in December but causing the most damage were high winds.

    On Dec. 16 – 17, Akron received 2.4 inches of snow, according to Brad Adams, Observing Program Leader of the National Weather Service – Sioux Falls.

    The snowstorm postponed or cancelled many activities in

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    Akron woman named ‘Nurse of the Year’

    A Mount Marty College faculty member was recently recognized by the Iowa Nurses Association (INA) for her excellence in nursing practice and education.

    Mount Marty College’s Division of Nursing Chief Nurse Administrator Dr. Diane Smith, of Akron, won the 2016 INA Northwest Region’s Nurse of the Year Award.

    The Nurse of the Year Award recognizes an individual nurse who has made significant contributions to the professional

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    Akron councilors appoint committee to resolve shooting range issues

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron councilors requested a committee draft written guidelines for the Akron Gun Club’s shooting range.

    At the Dec. 13 council meeting, Dan Rolfes reported he had met with Akron resident/gun enthusiast Jim Henrich about the shooting range issues.

    With safety concerns, Rolfes told the council most of these had been resolved by moving the target farther down the dike. Those target practicing will now be shooting more downward into

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    Community ushers in Christmas Spirit

    By Julie Ann Madden

    From the first brass strains of “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” to the final congregational hymn of “Joy to the World,” Akron’s 46th annual Community Christmas Program was filled with Christmas spirit.

    On Dec. 4, Trinity Lutheran Church was crowded with community members enjoying the sounds of Christmas and Christian fellowship.

    A community brass ensemble performed several Christmas

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    There will be a paper Dec. 21 but

    there will be NO paper Dec. 28.

    The next paper will be

    Jan. 4, 2017.

    The Akron Hometowner will be

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    Christmas tree: Annual tradition at Gales

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Christmas traditions in the Gale household included a lit Christmas tree, celebrating their grandfather’s birthday and attending Mass.

    “Christmas was very homey,” said Arden Gale, who has lived most of his 81 years in Akron.

    “As long as I can remember we had a Christmas tree,” said his sister, LaVada.


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