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‘Joseph’ cast rehearses for April 14 debut

Posted April 7, 2016 at 5:00 am

What a wonderful treat is in store for the Akron and Westfield communities and surrounding area.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” rehearsals are in full swing, and the vocal sounds are amazing!

Cast members rehearsed last week at the Birdie & Carol Harris School of Performing Arts center owned by Amy and Kevin Linder in lieu of the Akron Opera House space which was full of children for the children’s musical, “Pinocchio.”

The “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” cast has many attributes to share come performance time from delightful solo performances by Amy Linder, Michael Harris, Jon Harris, Ryan Schuknecht, Nick Schnell, and Tom Schroeder to a children’s chorus with 24

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    A-W celebrates Speech students named ‘All-State’

    Congratulations to three high school speech students from Akron-Westfield who were selected as Outstanding Performers based on their performances at the Iowa High School Speech Association’s State Individual Events Speech Contest held on March 12.

    They are Jackson Gereau, Charlie Anderson, and Emmy Knuth.

    Jackson was chosen to attend in two events, both Literary Program and Public Address.

    They performed on Monday, April 4 at the IHSSA Individual Events All-State Speech Festival

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    Is it really Spring?

    Mother Nature wasn’t quite done with the wintry white stuff as the Akron area was hit with 8” – 10” of snow the evening of March 23. Snow began around 6:30 p.m. and continued through the night dumping large amounts of the white, heavy stuff. Travel was not advised as visibility was zero.

    Akron-Westfield officials called off school March 24 due to the snow. Around the area, Sioux City received 14” and Le Mars received 15”.

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    Neunaber sentenced

    Plymouth County Correctional Officer Paul Kolker brings Jonathan Neunaber, of Akron, into the Plymouth County Courthouse before his sentencing hearing in Le Mars on Monday, March 28. Neunaber was represented by Attorney Billy Oyadare (r). A prison term not to exceed 60 years is what Neunaber received for killing his mother, 80-year-old Esther Grace Neunaber in June 2014.

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    A-W National History Day competitors on the road to state

    Akron-Westfield National History Day competitors include (Front Row l-r:) Cael Moffatt, Sam Philips, Landon Schuknecht, Elijah Hoffer, Michael Swancutt, Jader Briggs, Matthew Nielsen, Sadie Toben, Autumn Stowe, Emmalynne Knuth, Kyle Welch, Levi Small, (Second Row l-r:) Bryce Stowe, Mara Zorr, Megan Swancutt, Daytona Foley, Hunter Walkingstick, Tori Nemesio, Kayla Johnson, Aubie Hartman, Sydney Parks, Keira Hillrichs, Dakota Heeren, Natalie Lewison-Brooks, Emma Martinac, Madelynn Munsen, (Third Row l-r:) Teacher/Coach Val Philips, Logan Smith, Chance Foster, Cole Moffatt, Jack Anderson, Kailee Tucker, Sophie Knuth, Nola

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    A-W School Bond: Is sales tax the answer?

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron-Westfield School District voters will decide on Tuesday, April 5 if they agree with the school board’s desire to take a $6.685 million General Obligation Bond.

    This is the second attempt to pass a bond. Last September, the voters said no.

    School board members are appealing to the district’s voters this time to pass a bond, which is for the same bond projects but about $600,000 higher due

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    Largest part of A-W Bond proposal is Activities Addition, athletic improvements

    Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series on Akron-Westfield School’s proposed $6.685 million bond projects.

    Akron-Westfield School Board members have proposed those little bits of activities heaven as large parts of the proposed $6.685 million bond projects.

    Take a look at the school’s gravel track and it’s obvious, a new track would be better.

    Walking through the students’ locker rooms, it’s just

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    Akron community makes plans for Easter activities

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce members and the FFA Alumni Association members are gearing up for a fun-filled Saturday-before-Easter March 26.

    Easter Games

    At 9 a.m., there will be kids’ games at the Akron City Park — before the Easter Egg Hunt.

    The Akron Historical Society will have a croquet game for families to play and New Horizons United Church of

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    Akron, Hawarden clubhouses open under new management

    By Julie Ann Madden

    The Akron Golf Course will officially open on Sunday, March 20 under a new clubhouse management team.

    Akron-Westfield Class of 2004 alumnus Andres “Chito” Arreola and his partner and long-time family friend, Fabian Arana, will not only be managing the clubhouse but will be the clubhouse chefs this golfing season.

    Arreola, who earned an associates degree in Culinary Arts

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    Teaching students with equipment their grandparents learned on

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series on Akron-Westfield School’s proposed $6.685 million bond projects.

    Overcrowded lab space and outdated equipment — both dating back to Akron-Westfield’s 1974 building expansion — are the top concerns for Industrial Arts and Agriculture teachers.

    Only one student’s automotive project fits in A-W’s Auto Lab but there are 15 students in

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