Two teachers retire from A-W

Posted June 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Two Akron-Westfield teachers have a combined service of 50 years to children but that will end come June 30 as they embark on the next chapter in their lives: retirement.

They began teaching with chalkboards, crayons and colored pencils and now it’s white boards and markers and computerized SmartBOARDS, iPads and laptops.

Second Grade Teacher Carol Palmer and Grades 6-8 Reading Teacher Lucy Baker will soon begin packing up nearly three decades of lessons they’ve taught — a process both will shed many tears over as they reflect on their careers packing it in box by box.

Lucy Baker – 27 Years

Into her box

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    A-W girls golf Bound for state!

    For the third straight season Akron-Westfield girls’ golf team gained a spot at the Class 1A State Meet May 31 and June 1 in Granger. Above, the team poses with its Class 1A State Qualifier banner earned May 24 at Kingsley. From left: Danika Smith, Brooke Koele, Bailey Davis, Sam Johnson, Kaberly Coyle and Ann Hedlund. Head Coach is Todd Colt (not pictured).

    Memorial Day: A time to honor…a time to remember

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A photograph. A certificate of military training. A military discharge form. Just a few mementos.

    That’s all many families have of their loved ones’ military service to their country.



    O.M. Molsbee

    “He didn’t talk about it,” said retired U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Kyle Roberson, of Akron, about the

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    A-W graduates 36 May 22, 2016

    12 boys led football team to state runner-up title

    9 All-State Speech honors

    2 students with seats in heaven –

    who should be on this stage with us

    These are some of the Class of 2016 stats that Akron-Westfield senior Katelyn Johnson told the audience at the A-W Graduation Ceremony this past Sunday.

    Akron’s Avenue of Flags honors 452 veterans

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Weather permitting, there will be 452 veterans’ flags flying this Memorial Day in the Akron City Park.

    The Avenue of Flag honors deceased veterans of Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Grenada–Panama, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.

    The Avenue of Flags will include 11 new veterans’ flags, which will be dedicated at the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post No.

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    Westfield City Hall renovation

    On May 10, Westfield councilors took a tour of City Hall renovations. It’s been more than five months since a nighttime fire destroyed the interior of the town’s brick city hall. According to City Clerk Angela Olson, all that’s holding up the reopening is a little painting, a frame constructed around the new air conditioner, installation of two city officials’ work areas and the purchase of table and chairs for councilors’ meetings.

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    A-W names McCully new business manager

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Handling the finances of the Akron-Westfield School District will be Mandy McCully, who replaces Business Manager-Board Secretary Cari Brogden who resigned recently.

    McCully’s first day on the job was May 9. Brogden will continue as an A-W employee to provide training to McCully.

    Prior to accepting this position, McCully was employed as a chiropractic assistant at Britton Chiropractic & Rehab

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    A-W Class of 2016 sets new valedictorian record

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Class of 2004 has held the record for the class with the Most Valedictorians in Akron-Westfield history. It’s a record of seven that was tied in 2006 and again in 2011.

    But this year, it has been broken by the Class of 2016, which has eight valedictorians.

    They are:

    • Tabitha Banks, daughter

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    ‘Click n Pick’ opens Sunday in Akron

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The city’s new spec building on the south side in the first block of Reed Street has its second business opening next week.

    The first business, Broken Kettle Wine Cellars owned and operated by Akron residents John and Mary Lucken and Tony and Jennifer Heisterkamp, is located in the western half of the building. They haven’t opened for business yet.


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    What should Care Center focus be?

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Should the Akron Care Center trustees pay off theloan for the Village North Apartments (8-plex)?

    That was the question trustees asked Care Center Administrator Alan Bruinsma to research at their March 15 meeting as it appears there is plenty of cash on hand to do so.

    At their April 19 meeting, Bruinsma didn’t bring an answer. Instead he posed more questions for the trustees to consider by their May

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