What do people want for Akron?

Posted September 21, 2017 at 5:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on the visit of SaveYour.Town co-founder Deb Brown who came to Akron Sept. 5 – 7.

What do you want to see come to this town that is not already here? That is the first question SaveYour.Town cofounder Deb Brown asked Akron councilors and their 11 guests at a special council meeting Sept. 5.

The answers were:

Councilors/City Officials

• Beautification of the downtown area — restore the downtown, using the early Akron photos.

• More business in town — retail, food, anything, it doesn’t matter what.

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    17th Annual Great Akron Scarecrow Festival

    Saturday, September 16

    10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Akron Ciity Park

    Fun for the Whole Family!


    8-9:30 a.m. Register Scarecrows

    10 a.m. Vendors, activities, food tent open. Scarecrow judging

    12 p.m. Winners announced

    2 p.m. Scarecrow Auction

    4 p.m. Vendors, activities,

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    Casey’s construction began Monday

    Construction of a new Casey’s General Store facility at the corner of Iowa Highways 3 and 12 has started. No completion date has been announced.

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    Akron community receives business suggestions from SaveYour.Town expert

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series on the visit of SaveYour.Town co-founder Deb Brown to Akron on Sept. 2 – 5.

    1. Gather Your Crowd & Plant Your Flag…Decide what you’re going to do.

    “We’re going to save our town. Anybody interested come join us. We’re not looking for whiners,

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    A-W Homecoming Royalty candidates named

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Westerners will have their annual week-long Homecoming celebration the week of Sept. 17.

    Last Wednesday, the Homecoming Royalty candidates were announced:

    Queen Candidates

    Selected for the Queen’s tiara are:

    • Kiana Appley, daughter of Dustin and Melinda Appley of Akron;

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    Akron council: No ambulance rig replacement

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron EMS will not be receiving an ambulance vehicle any time soon.

    That was the answer they received from Akron councilors at their Aug. 22 meeting.

    First, Akron EMS Director Lynette Kiger reported City Administrator Dan Rolfes had informed her the Akron EMS’ Vehicle Replacement Fund has been depleted by nearly 50 percent to pay over-budget operating expenses the past three years.

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    SaveYour.Town’s Deb Brown to present live

    Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs will host a free presentation of Innovative Rural Business Models featuring Deb Brown from SaveYour.Town on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.

    Security National Bank, located at 251 Reed St. in Akron will provide the location. Brown will share real-world examples of pop-ups, tiny business villages, shared buildings, business inside a business and more that work in small towns.

    “Rural business people are trying a variety of different business models today, including pop-ups, shared buildings,

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    Clean slate, clean start at A-W

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron-Westfield students returned to the classroom Aug. 23 with a traditional American start.

    It included a welcome by local Legionnaires, the Pep Band performing the Star Spangled Banner and school fight song, and the student body reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

    “Today, all of you students will be starting with a clean start to a new year of

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    The Welcome Home they never got…

    Many of the 85 Midwest Honor Flight recipients’ memories included derogatory shouts and people spitting on them but that was all changed Aug. 22 at the Sioux Falls Airport.

    They stepped into the airport terminal to the sounds of the South Dakota Pipes & Drums Band, shouts of “U-S-A” and people clapping. Instead of being shoved and pushed, they were held in hugs from not only the Honor Flight guardians and staff but friends, family and the South Dakota Patriot

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    Custodians keep A-W clean

    By Julie Ann Madden

    They work “behind the scenes” and often miss out on the kudos faculty and other support staff receive.

    But that doesn’t matter to them — they do their work quietly, efficiently and with plenty of humor as they work to keep Akron-Westfield Community School clean and operating so students can learn in a safe, healthy environment.

    They are the custodians: Kim Henke, Doug Lingle, Don McCully and Kenny Waag

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