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Progress at Akron’s newest park site

Posted February 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

Two Farmers Cooperative Company bins were taken down over the last two weeks. The bins were purchased by Rick Hughes of rural Westfield. The bins, which set along the Big Sioux River to the west of the former Pronto convenience store and City of Akron’s utility building, were removed as part of a land swap and purchase agreement between the Coop and Akron city officials, who have plans to create the Riverview Park on the cleared site which is now owned by the city. In the photo the left bin is still partially standing while the one on the far right is ready to be hauled away. Passersby were intrigued that the sides of the bin were taken down first, ring by ring, before the roof was removed.

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    2015 Akron Chamber officers selected

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 2014 successes at their annual banquet Saturday night at the Akron Golf Clubhouse.

    The evening began with hors d’oeuvres and a dinner featuring prime rib and crab-stuffed talapia. Both were provided by local caterer, Akron Jo’s Cafe.

    Entertainment was the Surge Band, featuring hometown musician, Michael Oetken.

    Chamber businesses supplied many door prizes for

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    Vote for TreePans!

    An Akron entrepreneur needs Hometowner readers’ help. The Bill Brown family is entered in a statewide competition, “Dream Big, Grow Here.”

    To vote:

    1. Go to www.dreambiggrowhere.com

    2. Click on the VOTE tab

    3. Under contest click AG INNOVATION

    4. Vote for

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    Four A-W Speech teams receive All-State honors

    Of the 20 Akron-Westfield Large Group Speech teams which advanced to state, four were named “All-State” recipients.

    On Feb. 9, A-W Large Group Speech Coach Susan Anderson was notified that two groups will be performing at the All-State Festival, which is this Saturday at Iowa State University in Ames. The other two team recipients are non-performers at the program.

    The notification letter states the students

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    Don’t miss ‘Contempt of Court’

    The cast of “Contempt of Court” is ready to entertain you this weekend at Akron Opera House.

    Come prepared to laugh and be a part of the action in this fun-filled play directed by Doug Olson, of Akron, and sponsored by Security National Bank.

    Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Feb. 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Opera House. Call 568-2614 to reserve your seat.

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    Blinde, Berg head to state wrestling meet

    By Steve Peterson

    Akron-Westfield will be back competing at the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A state wrestling tournament in Des Moines as Sebastian Berg qualified at 138 pounds and Dylan Blinde qualified at 152 pounds at the Sibley-Ocheyedan Class 1A District Meet Feb. 14.

    Berg and Blinde each won second place finishes to qualify for the state tournament, which is at Des Moines’s Wells Fargo Arena, Thursday, Feb. 19 to Saturday, Feb.

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    Congrats A-W Speech!

    Four groups

    made it

    to All-State

    Feb. 21 in Ames:

    Choral Reading

    “The American Family”

    Solo Mime

    “Music Box Dreamer”

    Ensemble Acting

    “Just One Day”

    Ensemble Acting

    “Libby Pearce Drinks”

    (See names of participants in speech story)

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    From classmates to soulmates

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Although they met in second grade, Cupid had a hard time getting his “love” arrows to stick for this Westfield couple.

    Alyce Swanson and Marvin Toben were in the same class for second grade. Normally, he attended Toben Country School in rural Westfield but it was closed for a year so he joined Alyce’s class, taught by Mrs. Dottie Clark at Westfield Community School. The next year, he returned to

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    A-W Large Group Speech shines at state contest

    The Akron-Westfield Large Group Speech team left at 6:00 a.m. Feb. 7 to take part in the Iowa High School Speech Association’s state contest held at Sioux City East High School. There are only four state sites set by the association for each quarter of the state. Approximately 110 schools are assigned to the Northwest site.

    Speech is the only extracurricular activity that does not compete by school enrollment. The Westerners had nine groups performing at the state competition. In order to compete at the state

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    Gravy was this marriage maker

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s the family joke, said Bud Kots of rural Akron. “I was living in the house by myself, and I’m not a very good cook.”

    “I had a terrible time making gravy,” he told The Akron Hometowner. “It’s either watery or lumpy. I decided one day to solve the problem — get married.”

    “To this day, I still can’t make

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