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Wed
29
Jun

A chance to remember, honor and learn

 

Union photographer Jerry Wadian took this photo of the moveable version of the Vietnam Wall when it came to Dubuque a few years ago. The angled light of the late afternoon sun, highlights the lettering of the names, units and dates of death of the over 57,000 soldiers, Marines, Navy and Air Force personnel killed in the nine-year war. At the base of the Wall are mementoes left by families, friends, and comrades in arms to honor the dead.

 

A chance to remember, honor and learn

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Vietnam Memorial Wall – at least the traveling version – is coming to the Clayton County Fairgrounds in National Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5; it will be open to the public 24 hours a day.

I urge all who can go to make the short trip. It is a chance for remembrance, honoring and learning.

For the vet, the Wall is a powerful remembrance and emotional stimulus. The names of the over 57,000 dead engraved on the marble surface speak eloquently to the living.

Wed
29
Jun

A chance to remember, honor and learn

 

Union photographer Jerry Wadian took this photo of the moveable version of the Vietnam Wall when it came to Dubuque a few years ago. The angled light of the late afternoon sun, highlights the lettering of the names, units and dates of death of the over 57,000 soldiers, Marines, Navy and Air Force personnel killed in the nine-year war. At the base of the Wall are mementoes left by families, friends, and comrades in arms to honor the dead.

 

A chance to remember, honor and learn

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Vietnam Memorial Wall – at least the traveling version – is coming to the Clayton County Fairgrounds in National Thursday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 5; it will be open to the public 24 hours a day.

I urge all who can go to make the short trip. It is a chance for remembrance, honoring and learning.

For the vet, the Wall is a powerful remembrance and emotional stimulus. The names of the over 57,000 dead engraved on the marble surface speak eloquently to the living.

Wed
01
Jun

My, how time has flown

My, how time has flown

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

It seems like just yesterday I was packing up my apartment in Waverly to move to Elgin. I had worked for Waverly Newspapers for just about sixth months after a two-year stint as sports editor of Vinton Newspapers.

For those of you who may not know me, I’m originally from Webster, N.Y., a suburb of Rochester, N.Y. I’ll just go ahead and answer the question that is surely on your mind: Why did I move to Iowa?

Well, Vinton was my first job as a writer. It was a leap of faith I took, knowing that working as an assistant manager at an Arby’s wouldn’t allow me to achieve my dreams. I needed a change, so I thought, why not the cornfields of Iowa?

Thu
30
Jul

To the editor:

To the editor:

Zakary Kriener has been a wonderful addition to the Ossian Bee. Several friends and neighbors besides Bob and I have begun to look for his writings as soon as the paper arrives. He makes his article interesting from beginning to end, writes about a variety of topics and from various perspectives. What a treasure the paper has in him! Congrats to the paper and to him.

Blessings,

Judy Alford

Castalia

Thu
30
Jul

To the editor:

To the editor:

Last week, I issued a call for a special session to overturn Governor Branstad’s $56 million school funding veto in order to make educating our kids a top priority again.

This means that [according to the Legislature’s nonpartisan legislative agency] North Fayette Community School District will lose $90,780 and Valley Community School District will lose $43,940 for the upcoming school year. [Editor’s note: According to NFV Supt. Duane Willhite, North Fayette will lose $93,121 and Valley, $45,073.]  If we don’t take action, school leaders all over Iowa have told us it will result in larger class sizes, fewer quality teachers, and higher property taxes.

Our schools have been in this school funding crisis for almost two years now. Enough is enough.

Wed
08
Jul

Potholes, raindrops, and vacation?

Potholes, raindrops, and vacation?

 

By Jerry Wadian

wadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Another year, another “vacation,” and more proof that potholes and raindrops don’t mix.

My wife, Becky, and I were going back to visit my brother and mom in Massillon, Ohio. As an added bonus, our son Taylor is spending the summer in Cincinnati, so we decided to extend the vacation a few days, rent a car, and   go to both cities.

Fortunately, we left on a Thursday; the Wednesday before the Eastern Iowa Airport was shut down due to a bomb threat!

That’s just what you need as you approach the TSA security area; where it is easier to get a bomb onboard the plane than my wife’s nail file!

Wed
29
Apr

I bit of deja vu

A bit of deja vu

 

 

Janell Bradley
editor@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

            As I walked through the back door of the Fayette County Union office Monday, April 20, there was a wave of déjà vu – but only briefly. Even though it had been 22 years since I last entered the office as an employee of the newspaper folks in Unionland depend upon, a few facets (and people) remain the same, while so much of the technology has changed. Gone are the light tables and old Compugraphic machines that were so familiar to our then staff of 9 or 10 people  who produced the Union each week in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Wed
22
Apr

Beginning a new chapter

Beginning a new chapter

 

by Mike Van Sickle

 

 

I have experienced writer’s block in the past, but this is the first time it is because I have so much to say and don’t know where to start.

     After nearly 20 years in the newspaper industry, I have accepted a new career opportunity in Editorial Services at Upper Iowa University. So this will be the last article I will be writing as editor of The Union and as regional manager of the Elgin Echo, Fayette Leader, and Ossian Bee.

     Over the years my role as news, feature, and sports writer has provided me the opportunity to personally meet a countless number of people, many of whom I owe an extreme amount of gratitude. I guess I’ll start at the beginning.

     I am indebted to fellow Hawkeye native Janell Bradley, then owner/publisher of the Elgin Echo, who first took a chance on me as an unproven writer.

Wed
24
Dec

Kern - To the editor

To the editor:

What a wonderful display of Christmas lights at the West Union Rec Center! Each year the display becomes bigger and better! We’ve driven through several times this season and continue to be amazed at the large unique display of lights. 

Our community is so fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers who give of their time, talent, and hard work to make such a beautiful, inspirational display possible.

Thank you to all the volunteers for making such a special holiday display for our community to enjoy and share with visitors from other communities.

Del and Joan Kern

West Union

Wed
17
Dec

It could have been worse . . . then it was

It could have been worse . . . then it was

 

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

You may have noticed by the improved writing in the sports section last week that I was on a short vacation, a quick trip to Lubbock, Texas, to visit our daughter, Shena, and her husband, Chad.

The visit was fine, but the trip was another story.

We foolishly booked with an airline I shall call – due to a litigious society and sensitive corporate types Russian Buzzard Airline (Buzzard Air, for short).

Known for its delays, Buzzard Air kept its reputation untarnished by being over an hour-and-a-half late out of Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Dec. 4. That meant we’d miss the connecting flight out of Dallas, even though that airport is famous for “no plane leaves on time.”

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