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Silver Springs Golf and Country Club to celebrate 25 years

Jim Mathis, course manager; Arlan Paulson, board member; Roger Koenig, board president; and Nathan Winter, employee (l-r) stand on the porch of Silver Springs Golf and Country Club in Ossian. The local golf course will celebrate its 25th anniversary this summer and will celebrate by hosting a chicken dinner Friday, June 14, followed by the music of Steven Schroeder. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Silver Springs Golf and Country Club to celebrate 25 years

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Each and every summer, Silver Springs Golf Course and Country Club in Ossian provides a getaway for countless area golf enthusiasts of all ages. The beautiful 9-hole golf course, however, has not always been a part of the community.

“It was the early ‘90s. The community didn’t have a golf course and a lot of people were traveling to other locations to golf,” said Dr. Arlan Paulson, an original club boardmember. “We started a group, which was headed by John Schmitt, and decided to move forward with building our own course.”

This June, the local course is set to celebrate its 25th year anniversary as it has developed immensely over the years.

“The course used to be farm land, which was purchased from Sylvester Moellers in 1992,” explained Paulson. “The course was designed by Lowell Erdman, who has also designed several other courses throughout the area.”

Wed
12
Jun

Future Hawkeye wind-farm project discussed by Supervisors

Future Hawkeye wind-farm project discussed by Supervisors

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Wind turbines were once again the topic of discussion at the Fayette County Supervisors meeting on Monday, June 10.

Kevin Lehs, Hawkeye wind farm project manager, brought concerns he has for a new wind-energy project being proposed in Hawkeye by NextEra Energy Resources in Juno, Fla. He also presented these concerns to the Fayette County Planning and Zoning Commission. While the specific details of the proposal haven’t been made publically available at this time, the company has sent contracts to potential landowners for easements on their property. 

“Fayette County has verbiage that isn’t very specific, which will be exploited by companies like NextEra Energy,” Lehs said. “I think there are about a half-dozen areas that need to be shored up in the ordinance. Let’s get these shored up and change the ordinance so there is no grey area.” 

What concerns Lehs is the fact that these easement contracts are for a landowner’s entire farm, which means the company can put wind turbines wherever they want on the person’s property, as long as they are still in compliance with the current ordinance. 

Wed
12
Jun

Fox well retires after 30 years at REC

Paul Foxwell worked at Allamakee-Clayton REC for almost 30 years before his recent retirement. He started as director of operations and engineering in 1989 before he was promoted to executive vice president and general manager in July 2010.  (Submitted photo)

 

Foxwell retiers after 30 years at REC

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Paul Foxwell retired as executive vice president and general manager of Allamakee-Clayton REC on Friday, May 31, after almost 30 years with the local electric cooperative. 

REC promoted Hollee McCormick six months ago to replace Foxwell. Since her promotion, McCormick has worked closely with Foxwell to understand the ins and outs of her new position. Her first day as executive vice president and general manager was Monday, June 3. 

Foxwell is a native of rural Elgin, and he now resides on the farm that he grew up on, which has been in his family for 156 years. He is a 1975 graduate of Valley High School. 

Wed
12
Jun

Maynard FD celebrates 100th year during Maynard Days

Grand Marshals for Maynard Days Friday-Sunday, June 21-23, is the Maynard Fire Department, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Helping protect the community of Maynard from fires are (front, l-r) Ashley Paul, Jim Donat, John Schrader, Paul Hoeger, Tom Bloom, Brad Struve, Don Westendorf, Eric Albert, and Caleb Baker; (back) Eldon Rose, Duane Cushion, Brian Thompson, Kathy Carey, Andrew Paul, Nick Post, Brad Kleppe, Shane Kappmeyer, Nate Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Mark Wegner, Gary Seegers, Bob Puls, Blake Brownell, and Jason Puls. Not pictured are Cheryl Melchert, Jessica Stempfle, and Bonnie West.

 

Maynard FD celebrates 100th year during Maynard Days

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

For 100 years, brave men and women have helped keep Maynard safe from fire by volunteering for the Maynard Fire Department. 

It’s these efforts to protect friends and family in the community that has garnered the fire department the honor of being this year’s grand marshals of Maynard Days, Friday-Sunday, June 21-23. 

Wed
12
Jun

"The Ruby's Shine in Hawkeye" this weekend

Hawkeye Fun Days grand marshals Jerry and Diane Homewood.

 

"The Ruby's Shine in Hawkeye" this weekend

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Get ready to let “The Ruby’s Shine in Hawkeye” during the 40th Annual Hawkeye Fun Days Friday-Saturday, June 14-15.

It all kicks-off with the annual softball tournament at 6 p.m. Friday evening and will continue the following day at 8 a.m. At 6:30 p.m. is the Seventh Annual Run/Walk 5K with registration starting at 4:30 p.m. 

With only one contestant entered your 2019 Miss Hawkeye will be Katelyn Kuehner. More about Kuehner will be published after she is crowned the next Miss Hawkeye at 7:30 p.m. in Hauth Park. Megan Chapman is the current Miss Hawkeye. 

While they don’t permanently live in Hawkeye, Jerry and Diane Homewood will be Saturday’s parade grand marshall for all their work in putting together the Hawkeye Fun Day’s annual Tractor Ride. They’ll be honored before Aaron Smith provides the evening’s musical entertainment. 

Wed
12
Jun

Celebrating 40 years of delivering quality pharmaceutical services

Scott Pharmacy in Fayette is celebrating 40 years in business from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 18. Co-owners (l-r) Jeff and David Scott are excited to share the milestone with the area residents that have helped make their business so successful.  (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Celebrating 40 years of delivering quality pharmaceutical services

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

For 40 years, Scott Pharmacy has been providing quality prescription drug services to Fayette and its surrounding communities. 

To celebrate 40 years in business, the pharmacy will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Yoga Genesis building located next to Scott Pharmacy. Light refreshments and door prizes will be available. A photo display of old photos of the business will also be up for visitors to enjoy.

“When the pharmacy first opened it was me and one other person,” said Jeff Scott, who co-owns the business with his son, David. “We have grown to about 35 total employees with about half of them full-time employees and the other half part-time employees.”

“We want to recognize and support the community that has supported us so well over the last 40 years,” David added. 

Wed
12
Jun

West Union's 7th Annual Block Party Thursday

Chelsey Matthias (left) of Unionland Feed & Supply poses alongside Joni Spies as the two show off some of the goods that will be available during West Union’s seventh annual block party will be held on Thursday, June 13 in downtown West Union. The annual event, which started after the Downtown Streetscape Project finished seven years ago, gives West Union businesses a chance to promote themselves and show area residents and visitors what they have to offer.  A variety of area businesses will offer specials throughout the day and evening, including a Show and Shine car show sponsored by NAPA at 6 p.m.  (Megan Molseed photo)

 

West Union's 7th Annual Block Party Thursday

 

By Meagan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“We have a lot going on this year, it’s really exciting,” noted local business owner, Joni Speis.  “There are so many things for people to do.” 

Tomorrow evening, June 13, the public is invited to the seventh annual downtown West Union Block Party from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  

The annual downtown event gives West Union businesses a chance to promote themselves and shows area residents and visitors what they have to offer. All West Union businesses are welcome to participate. 

This year’s event will kick-off with a variety of specials at businesses throughout the community, a Show and Shine car show, vendors, and live music.

“A lot of businesses are offering some great deals and specials,” noted Speis. 

The Show and Shine car show will begin the evening of shopping and celebration at 6 p.m. along East Elm St.  

Wed
12
Jun

Miller says goodbye to decades-long career in healing

Dr. Kenneth A. Miller, DO (center) has been practicing medicine in Fayette County since 1978. After over forty years in practice, and serving as Fayette County’s first doctor living within the county to deliver babies, Miller is hanging up his stethoscope as he enters retirement. During his time in the area, he has had many hardworking nurses by his side including Erin Hart (left) who has been with Dr. Miller for five years; and Laurie Miller (right) who has been with him for seven years.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Miller says goodbye to decades-long career in healing

 

One of the areas most beloved physicians hung up his stethoscope and coat last week as he said goodbye and officially retired from the profession to which he had dedicated his life.  

Dr. Kenneth Miller, D.O. has been practicing at the Gundersen Lutheran’s West Union and Postville clinics for nearly three decades, and practicing in Fayette and Allamakee counties for just over four decades.

Wed
05
Jun

Franzen's Case 830 featured

Arlin Franzen of rural Ossian proudly sits on his 1961 Case 830 tractor, which will be the featured tractor for the 27th annual Castalia Tractor Day parade on June 9. Sitting on the hood of the classic tractor is an Ertl 50th Anniversary toy tractor that was modeled off Franzen’s tractor in 2010. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Franzen's Case 830 featured

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The annual Castalia Tractor Day parade is one of the most well attended parades in northeast Iowa. This year, leading the 27th annual parade celebration will be the featured 1961 Case 830 tractor owned by Arlin Franzen of rural Ossian.

“My dad (Pete) bought the tractor new in 1964 and we used it for just about everything on the farm,” explained Franzen. “We used it for custom work, chopping, planting – just about everything. It was one of our main tractors on the farm.”

Franzen, one of 13 children in his family, went on to say that he and almost all of his siblings learned to drive a tractor on this particular piece of machinery.

Wed
05
Jun

Expect delays this summer during Highway 18 project

Expect delays this summer during Highway 18 project

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The Iowa Department of Transportation's Highway 18 Project from Clermont to Postville officially got underway two weeks ago with surveying and vibration monitoring taking place.  

It could be awhile before we see actual paving get underway on the road, there is plenty of other work to be done in the meantime. 

IDOT provided the City of Clermont with a road map of how construction of the project should play out over the summer and into the fall. According to the roadmap the project was officially slated to start on May 20 and should end by Oct. 25 barring any delays due to weather. The following is a brief summary of when certain parts of the project are slated to begin, but are always subject to change. 

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