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Wed
02
Nov

NFVCC Youth Family Learning Center opens doors

 

A couple years in the making, the NFVCC Youth Family Learning Center is located adjacent to NFV Middle School and Valley Elementary School. The $300,000 40’ x 60’ building has six rooms. An open house at the new center will be held for the public from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

NFVCC Youth Family Learning Center opens doors

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

The North Fayette Valley Community Coalition (NFVCC) Youth Center is temporary no more!

Next week, the NFVCC will open the new Youth Family Learning Center (YFL) doors to children and families across the North Fayette and Valley school districts for the first time. It is a vision that has been 17 years in the making and one that hasn’t come without sacrifice from a number of volunteers.

Wed
02
Nov

'Tootie' Jensen says Go, Cubs, Go!

As the Chicago Cubs look to claw their way back from a 3-2 deficit in the World Series against the Cleveland Indians, die-hard Cubs fan Augusta “Tootie” Jensen will be cheering them on from Traditions in West Union. 

 

'Tootie' Jensen says Go, Cubs, Go!

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Go, Cubs, Go!

It is the rallying cry that every Chicago Cubs fan is shouting loudly as the World Series draws to a close.

One fan in particular, 92-year-old Augusta “Tootie” Jensen, can be heard shouting more loudly than the rest here in northeast Iowa.

Wed
02
Nov

Spin out your laundry anytime!

Anytime Laundry in West Union is owned an operated by Tony Osmundson (left), owner of Osmundson Lawn Care and Landscaping, and his family (l-r) Katelyn, wife Holly and Loren. (Chris DeBack photo) 

 

Spin out your laundry anytime!

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

Anytime Laundry will open for business on Friday, Nov. 4, giving the residents of West Union a new option for their laundry needs.

Wed
26
Oct

Trick-or-treating this weekend

Trick-or-treating this weekend

 

 

Halloween is the sweetest holiday of the year. This weekend, the sidewalks of many local communities will be filled with young trick-or-treaters looking to stock up on candy and show off their costumes.  

Local trick-or-treating details for Monday, Oct. 31, are as follows:

  • Ossian – 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Calmar – 5 to 8 p.m. (Trunk or Treat will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Washington St. parking lot)
  • Spillville – 6 p.m.
  • Decorah – 4 to 8 p.m.
  • West Union – 4:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Festina – 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30

 

Trick-or-treaters are reminded to only approach homes that have a porch light on during the specified times.

Wed
26
Oct

A 'win-win' arrangement in place

 

 

 

 

A 'win-win arrangement in place

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

Several months ago, Winneshiek County Sheriff Dan Marx approached City officials from Ossian and Calmar to discuss an idea.

“A police force in a town the size of Calmar can have a difficult time recruiting and keeping quality police officers,” he explained. “They will invest resources in training the officer, only to have them leave for another position in law enforcement.“

Wed
26
Oct

South Winn to present 'Mary Poppins'

 

This fall, students at South Winneshiek High School will present the musical Mary Poppins. Lead roles in the upcoming, Nov. 10-13, presentation include (front, l-r) Sawyer Breitsprecher (Bert) and Christina Nesvik (Mary Poppins); (back) Lucas Feltz (Robertson Ay), Kaelan Boe (George Banks), Tiana Bullerman (Jane Banks); Skyler Luzum (Winifred Banks), and Josie Kriener (Mrs. Brill). (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

South Winn to present 'Mary Poppins'

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

South Winneshiek High School is proud to announce its fall musical production of Mary Poppins.

The fun and heart-warming musical tells the story of a magical nanny that helps reunite the meaning of family within a family that has become too busy to take time for one another.

Wed
26
Oct

Studio D now open in Calmar

 

Danielle Humpal is excited about opening the doors to her own downtown Calmar salon, Studio D. The 2012 South Winneshiek graduate has over two years of experience working in a salon, much of which was spent at a former Calmar business. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Studio D now open in Calmar

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

A new business is officially open in downtown Calmar. Danielle Humpal, a 2012 graduate of South Winneshiek High School, recently opened a new salon in town, Studio D, after working in the community for over two years.

Wed
26
Oct

Trees cut down in Clermont

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office took a call of criminal mischief at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the 700 block of Mill Street in Clermont. It was discovered that an individual had cut down four trees along Hwy. 18 next to the Viafield Co-op (LeAnn Larson photos)

 

Trees cut down in Clermont

 

 

he Fayette County Sheriff’s Office took a call of criminal mischief at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the 700 block of Mill Street in Clermont. 

 

When a deputy arrived on the scene, it was discovered that an individual had cut down four trees along Hwy. 18 next to the Viafield Co-op. The four trees were left on a sidewalk. City officials estimate the damage to be approximately $2,000. 

 

The four trees that were cut down were originally purchased as part of the Living Roadways grant through Trees Forever and the Iowa Department of Transportation in 2011. 

 

Wed
26
Oct

Celebrating an undying friendship

 

Vel Orth (right) invited his friend Dennis Rear to accompany him to Charlotte, North Carolina, as he took some personal items to his son Brad, who lives there. The two went on quite the adventure, from dipping their toes in the Atlantic Ocean at Myrtle Beach to riding in the back of Barney Fife’s police car. Chris DeBack photo

Celebrating an undying friendship

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

For best friends Dennis Rear and Vel Orth, life hasn’t been the easy the last couple of months.

Both men lost their wives just 10 days apart; Rear’s wife, Carla, died on June 18, while Orth’s wife, Mary, died on June 28. While it is hard to lose one’s better half, both men understand that the women they loved are in a better place.

Wed
26
Oct

Trick-or-Treating times

Trick-or-treating times

 

 

Clermont: Before Halloween Costume Party at 6:30 p.m.Monday, Oct. 31.

West Clermont Lutheran Church: Trunk ’n’ Treat 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Elgin: Trunk ’n’ Treat 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Fayette: 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Hawkeye: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

St. Lucas: 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

West Union: 4:30-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31

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