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16
May

SW approves grad class, purchases

SW approves grad class, purchases

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

The South Winneshiek school board met Monday evening and approved the graduating Class of 2018. 

Superintendent Kris Einck informed the board that all 57 members of the senior class will meet the graduation requirements and participate in Sunday’s Commencement ceremony.

The board went on to approve the district’s technology services contract agreement with Keystone, a practice it has done for the past several years.

Wed
16
May

'Party at the Pavilion' to kick off June 2

 

'Party at the Pavilion' to kick off June 2

 

 

The City of Ossian and the Ossian Crown Club are kicking off the summer entertainment with the first "Party at the Pavilion". 

The event will be a concert in the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion in Carey's Park on Saturday, June 2, beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

The event will feature the "Don't Quit Your Day Job" big band, a northeast Iowa band 16-piece big band that features the music of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glen Miller and includes the vocal styles of Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole. The feature vocalist is Kathleen Ayers. 

Wed
16
May

Whooping cough cases confirmed at Valley Elementary

Whooping cough cases confirmed at Valley Elementary

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

Two cases of whooping cough were confirmed at Valley Elementary last week. 

Jessica Wegner, Fayette County Public Health nurse, said that all close-contact and high-risk individuals have been contacted. She has worked with the high-risk individuals to make sure they were tested last week, while checking in to see if any close-contact individuals were experiencing symptoms. 

Wed
16
May

Summer fun at Montauk Historic Site

 

Hannah Frederick, Montauk Historic Site coordinator, is excited to announce the summer events happening at the home of former Iowa Governor William Larrabee, including “Leisure with the Larrabees” on Saturday, June 16, and the Old-Fashioned Community Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 18. Chris DeBack photo

 

Summer fun at Montauk Historic Site

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

May may be Preservation Month, but Montauk Historic Site in Clermont is ready to keep that celebration going all summer long with some exciting events it has planned. 

Since she was hired at the end of 2017, Hannah Frederick, Montauk Historic Site coordinator, has been busy planning a number of special events for the area. With Montauk open for tours from noon to 4 p.m. seven days a week this summer, Frederick is thankful she had this winter to settle in. 

“This winter I took the time to get to know the area, get to know the house, and the Larrabee family,” she noted. “I did some research and got to know Clermont and the area. Clermont is a nice town, but it has been an adjustment moving here from Ames and getting used to the smaller side of things. We have already started the summer season, as we have already had some school tours.”

Wed
16
May

Chase gets injection that enhances stroke patients' outcome

 

Chase Aeschliman (far right) recently visited the Institute for Neurological Recovery in Boca Raton, Fla., to receive an injection of Enbrel. Enbrel is a FDA-approved anti-inflammatory drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis that Dr. Edward Tobinick is using to treat stroke survivors. The drug should help with inflammation in the brain caused by the stroke. Chase’s family, (l-r) Kenny, Lincoln, Brock, and Laine, all joined him in Florida for the procedure. Submitted Photos

 

Chase gets injection that enhances stroke patients' outcome

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Laine and Kenny Aeschliman of Wadena made their 13-year-old son, Chase, one promise after he suffered a stroke in August 2015: No matter the cost, no matter the odds, the couple would do whatever they could to help him recover. 

Chase has made a remarkable recovery in the two years and eight months since his accident. With the support of his family and friends since he left the rehabilitation center On With Life in Ankeny, the young boy has grown to be over 6 feet tall and has seen incredible improvements in his movement and speech. 

“I think his speech is always continuing to grow,” said Laine. “It isn’t something you see day to day; it is slow progress, but there is still progress. He has made so much progress that he isn’t doing speech therapy anymore.”

While Chase slowly continues to improve day by day, that hasn’t stopped his parents from keeping an open mind about new treatments they have come across. It was that persistence that led Laine to discover a new treatment for stroke patients through a stroke survivor support group on Facebook. 

Wed
16
May

Davis ready to lead Fayette PD

 

West Union native Ben Davis started his new position as Fayette police chief on Saturday, May 12.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Davis ready to lead Fayette PD

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

The Fayette Police Department has a new police chief in West Union native Benjamin Davis. 

Davis started his new position on Saturday, May 12, after the resignation of former Police Chief Richard Pisanti. Pisanti resigned after taking a similar leadership position with a police department in Tallahassee, Fla.

“Chief Pisanti has 30 years of law enforcement experience, and for him to have the confidence in me that I can do this is an honor,” Davis said of Pisanti recommending him as the next police chief.  

Pisanti accomplished much in the little over two years he was with the department, and Davis looks forward to carrying on that legacy. 

Wed
16
May

WU council to discuss new fireworks ordinance

WU council to discuss new fireworks ordinance

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

West Union residents will soon have a much clearer picture of the legal use of fireworks for this Fourth of July. 

A public hearing will be held on a new fireworks ordinance at the next West Union City Council meeting on Monday, May 21. 

The current ordinance bans use of all consumer fireworks within the city limits of West Union. The new ordinance only deals with the consumer’s use of fireworks, not their sale. In short, the new ordinance would ban the use of first-class consumer fireworks, as described by the Code of Iowa, section 727.2, from being used within the city limits. The use of all second-class and novelty consumer fireworks will be allowed. 

Wed
16
May

A blazing win for WUE third grader

 

West Union Elementary third-grader Keegan Weidemann proudly shows off his Fire Pevention Week poster, which took second place in the statewide contest.  His poster, which illustrates this years theme of “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!” will be displayed in the Iowa Firefighters Hall of Flame booth at the Iowa State Fair later this summer.  (submitted photo)

 

A blazing win for WUE third grader

 

 

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“Every second counts!” reads the message on the cherry-red fire engine that sits parked in front of a large three-dimensional house, drawn and carefully shaded green by West Union Elementary third-grader Keegan Weidemann.  

“Plan two ways out!” read the words on the ambulance, which sits parked just behind the engine in the detailed picture.  

Both the front and back doors of the home are visible in the drawing; orange and red flames shoot out the top corner of the back door while a figure requesting Help from the emergency responders shouts from one of the upstairs front windows of the meticulously drawn home.

There is a lot going on in Keegan Weidemann’s winning fire safety poster, and that is exactly what the West Union Elementary third-grader was going for.

Wed
16
May

Heins competes in Rubik's Cube competition

 

A few years ago, Decklyn Heins discovered the simple, yet complex Rubik’s Cube on a random trip to Walmart. Since then, he has used YouTube to learn how to quickly solve the popular 1980s puzzle and moved onto other variations of the original. He recently bought a Speedcube Rubik’s Cube, which he is holding in his hand. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Heins competes in Rubik's Cube competition

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

It doesn’t take long to discover the plethora of toys available to children these days. From walking down the toy aisles at Walmart to shopping on websites like Amazon, children have more options than ever before when it comes to entertaining themselves. 

Amidst all the G.I. Joes, Barbie dolls, Tonka trucks, and other toys that can be found in the toy section of any store, it was Rubik’s Cube that caught the eye of Decklyn Heins a couple years ago while walking through Walmart. He attempted to solve the simple, colorful, 3x3x3 puzzle cube that day before asking his parents to buy him one. 

Wed
02
May

Crown Club announces Ossian Fest theme

Crown Club announces Ossian Fest theme

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

 

Ossian Crown Club and the Visioning Committee met Wednesday evening, April 25, to decide on details for the upcoming 2018 Ossian Fest on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Among the details announced was the theme for the annual celebration, which will be “Ossian Fest…a Little Bit Country and a Little Bit Rock-‘N’-Roll.”

The local organization also announced that the El Caminos will be the band for the fest; they will perform in the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion.

Planned events for Ossian Fest will include a citywide breakfast, kids’ games and activities, face painting, a balloon artist, a water ball fight, the Strong Man Striker game, a Car Show and Shine, food booths, various entertainment throughout the day, and a grand parade, which will be held at 7 p.m. prior to the live band taking the stage.

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