A-W softball: Class 1A 2016 state runner-up

Posted July 28, 2016 at 3:15 pm

The Akron-Westfield softball team is the 2016 Class 1A State Softball runner-up. The Westerners were defeated by Kee, 7-3 in the championship game. The state tournament was July 18 – 22 in Fort Dodge. With the trophy (Front Row l-r:) Lily Kenny, Jessica Hansen, Jordan Neubrand, Makayla Swancutt, Katie Johnson, Trisha Frerichs, Hannah Boehme, Alayna Mullinix, Assistant Coach Melissa Meinen, Kammi Bishop, (Back Row l-r:) Assistant Coach Kent Johnson, Assistant Coach Kayla Tindall, Kiana Appley, Brooke Koele, Brynn Van Eldik, Danika Tindall, Bailey Davis, Kaberly Coyle, Ann Hedlund, Danika Smith, Courtney Waterbury, Jaden Harris, and Head Coach Todd Colt. See story in this week’s Akron Hometowner.

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    Tradition Renewed: A-W softball heads back to state

    By Steve Peterson

    Blaring sirens and vehicles heading east on a Sunday in July is tradition in Westerner land, and the tradition was renewed with enthusiasm at a send-off held July 17 for the Lady Westerners’ softball squad.

    The vehicles were painted with such sayings as “In Todd We Trust,” referring to Head Coach Todd Colt; and “Just Dodge It” and the theme for this year, “Mission Accepted.”

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    Iowa DOT closes Akron Maintenance facility

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Come Aug. 31, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Maintenance Shed doors at the corner of Iowa Highways 3 and 12 will be permanently closed.

    It was announced last week that IDOT officials have decided to close the Akron facility along with the IDOT facilities in Centerville, Corning, Gowrie, Rock Valley, Sabula and Soldier.

    This is the result

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    Union County Historical Society is planning ‘Country School Reunion’

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A Country School Reunion.

    That is the vision of the Union County Historical Society, and members are busy planning the “country school day” for Saturday, Sept. 10.

    It may include a typical country school itinerary — a flag raising ceremony, lunch, recess with games, school songs — and of course, teachers speaking, and students recalling memories.

    “We envision it as something that starts out small and grows annually,” said one Historical Society

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    Audubon Society members help Bluebirds

    Recently the Loess Hills Audubon Society received a donation of several "Roger Tory Peterson" style bluebird boxes and some additional box material.

    Bill Zales, Audubon Society Conservation Chairman, finished construction of more boxes and suggested that a Bluebird trail be established at Heendah Hills State Preserve north of Stone State Park in Plymouth County. Zales; his wife, Dotty; and Tyler Flammang installed 12 boxes at Heendah Hills.

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    Living 4-H motto as an adult

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Graduating from high school was easy when compared to leaving a 4-H club and not creating exhibits for the annual county fair.

    For the past three years, Shelby Puhl, daughter of Mark and Kelly Puhl of Le Mars, has found a way to still be involved in the local 4-H & Youth Program and continue living the 4-H motto: Make The Best Better.

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    Wednesday’s Farmer’s Market is ‘Senior Night’ in Akron

    This Wednesday, (July 13) those attending the Akron Farmer’s Market are in for a real treat.

    The theme is “Seniors Night,” and in addition to several organizations having informational booths about their local services for seniors, there will be musical entertainment by Allyn Anderson of Le Mars and a fundraising supper cooked by the Akron Care Center staff.

    But the real treat will be the

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    Colt reflects on keys to success at 500th win

    By Steve Peterson

    When Akron-Westfield shutout Cherokee Washington, 9-0 at Spencer’s tournament June 24, Head Coach Todd Colt reached the milestone of 500 wins.

    Just 67 coaches in Iowa have reached 500 or more wins. Of those, A-W has the highest winning percent with 90 percent under Colt’s coaching years at A-W.

    A few days later, just as a ninth grade softball game was about

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    Legion Auxiliary presents flag to Akron Care Center

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Flying a United States flag has special meaning for many Americans on July 4, United States’ Independence Day.

    For some its meaning is deep in their soul no matter what day it is.

    That’s how it is for World War II veteran Earl Oetken, of Akron, who resides at the Akron

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    Fire temporarily closes Akron Children’s Center

    By Julie Ann Madden

    It’s deja vu for some of the Akron Children’s Center staff this week.

    After a fire closed the current center at 270 N. Fourth St. last Tuesday, June 21, the daycare reopened on Monday at Wesley United Methodist Church.

    Three staff members — Director Deb Kroksh, Three-Year-Old Preschool Teacher Chris Lewison and Infant Caregiver Claudia Rasmussen — began

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