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Wed
30
Sep

The Green Door open for business

 

Located at the corner of Mill Street and Clay Street in Clermont, Lisa Davis is the proud owner of The Green Door. Davis opened the shop earlier in September, achieving a long held dream of hers to operate her own shop. An open house at The Green Door is scheduled for Oct. 2-4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. (Brian Smith photo)

 

The Green Door open for business

 

 

Brian Smith

bsmith@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

A lifelong goal has been realized for Lisa Davis, who now is the proud proprietor of The Green Door, a quaint little shop located at 301 Mill Street in Clermont.

            “Owning my own place is something that has been a goal of mine for quite some time, and it feels good to have achieved that. I am in a learning process right now, but things are going well and I am very excited,” said the new business owner.

            Davis always liked the location and the look of the shop when it was owned by Carol Swenson. When she saw that the building that formerly housed the Art Gallery was up for sale, she went in to talk to Swenson about the possibilities.

Wed
30
Sep

Swiss Valley celebrates expansion with groundbreaking

 

Swiss Valley employees Leann Carlson of Elgin and Chuck Brainard of Clermont visit with Swiss Valley Farms CEO Don Boelens Thursday, Sept. 24, regarding the company’s $20.6 million expansion, for which a groundbreaking was held earlier in the day.

 

Swiss Valley celebrates expansion with groundbreaking

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

A $20.6 million expansion to update the cheese-manufacturing facility at Swiss Valley Farms in Luana was celebrated with a groundbreaking last week.

“It’s exciting to witness the beginning stages of this momentous project,” said Swiss Valley CEO Don Boelens.

The Luana plant is the largest of the company’s manufacturing facilities, handling more than 7,000 milk trucks annually. Milk is supplied by SV’s network of farmer-members and used to make its award-winning Swiss, baby Swiss and gorgonzola cheeses. Also manufactured at Luana are cream cheese, Neufchatel, and sweet whey. Products are sold nationally and even internationally, including to Korea, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. The plant currently employs 112.

Wed
30
Sep

Undrafted: Cole Jaeschke

 

Former Upper Iowa University quarterback Cole Jaeschke has begun his journey to stardom. The Fort Dodge area native and four-year starter for the Peacocks recently attended a pair of NFL scouting combines and attended rookie camp with the Carolina Panthers. Jaeschke is also starring in “Undrafted,” an Emmy Award-winning show on the NFL Network. (submitted photo)

 

Undrafted: Cole Jaeschke

 

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently published a study that discovered that fewer than 2 percent of college athletes go pro. Don’t tell that to former Upper Iowa University quarterback Cole Jaeschke, who is making a run at continuing his football career and is starring in an Emmy Award-winning television show, “Undrafted,” on the NFL Network.

Wed
30
Sep

Maintaining water quality at Volga Lake

 

Representatives of Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) were at Volga Lake recently for a presentation commemorating a $10,540 grant to aid in assessing water quality and runoff into the lake. Pictured (from left) Vince Sitzmann, IDALS bureau chief of Field Services in soil conservation and water quality; Adam Grim, Volga Lake Project coordinator; Bill Bennett, director, Fayette County SWCD; Jim Gillespie, IDALS; Richard Jensen and Paul Hoeger, both directors, SWCD; and Jeff Tisl, IDALS Soil Conservation and Water Quality regional coordinator. 

 

Maintaining water quality at Volga Lake

 

 

Janell Bradley

Contributing Writer

 

 

Back in the 1960s people predicted that a lake proposed for Fayette County would never hold water. But 36 years later, the concern isn’t for maintaining levels of Frog Hollow Lake – which has remained stable since it was completed in 1979 – but improving on its impaired status.

Wed
30
Sep

Antiques and gifts right on Vine

 

 

Pam Rogers and Kim Mork (l-r) stated that their new antique and gifts store will be selling originals from local artist Annie Adams, hand-woven baskets and other unique items such as this chicken lamp. Antiques and Gifts on Vine will have a soft opening today (Wednesday). (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Antiques and gifts right on Vine

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Antiques and Gifts on Vine will open its doors today (Wednesday, Sept. 30).

The brainchild of Pam Rogers, Clocktower Antiques and Gifts in Sumner owner, and her friend Kim Mork of West Union will provide area shoppers with inexpensive, but unique items similar to Clocktower.

“We want people to know that it is antiques and gifts; it will be primitives and repurposed items, a lot of repurposed items,” Rogers said. “Most of our repurposed items are gonna be in that $20 to $75 range.

Wed
30
Sep

Unemployment rate drops in Fayette County

Unemployment rate drops in Fayette County

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Unemployment dropped in Fayette County to 4 percent in August. That is a .1 percent decrease over July and is .8 percent lower than in August 2014. Data from Fayette County Economic Development suggests that generally speaking, the county does see a roller-coaster effect when it comes to unemployment as it rises in the winter when not as many construction jobs are available.

Wed
30
Sep

Downtown Academy off to a smooth start

 

Downtown Academy behavior interventionist Jacob Pedersen (left) talks with (Clockwise from center) Tobin, Anne and Claire Britt during the centers open house on Thursday, Sept. 24. The hourlong open house allowed the public a first look at what the new Academy looks like and how it serves local alternative-school students. 

 

Downtown Academy off to a smooth start

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

As the new Downtown Academy on South Vine Street in West Union enters its second month of operation, it continues to help alternative-school students learn the skills needed to assimilate successfully into society.

The four-person staff is led by Brent Kuker, head teacher; Jacob Pedersen, behavior interventionist; Elise Vandersee, associate; and Kristen Pennebaker, associate.

The staff works to help the five full-time students and one part-time student learn at a pace that is conducive to their learning. The academy can host a maximum of eight students.  

Thu
24
Sep

39th Ft. Atkinson Rendezvous this weekend

 

A couple of blacksmiths set off one of the cannons at Fort Atkinson during last year’s Rendezvous. This year’s event will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27, and will feature endless amounts of fun and activities for the whole family. (submitted photo)

 

39th Ft. Atkinson Rendezvous this weekend

 

 

 

Fort Atkinson will look as it did nearly 175 years ago this weekend as the 39th Annual Fort Atkinson Rendezvous is ahead. The celebration will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27, with blacksmiths and Indians roaming the historic grounds.

Thu
24
Sep

Langreck, Troge to run for Ossian council

Langreck, Troge to run for Ossian council

 

 

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

The Ossian City Council will see a significant makeover come fall with four seats up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election, including the position of mayor that will be vacated by Charles Covell.

Along with the mayoral position, three council seats will be up for grabs. The terms previously held by Tom Bushman, Dan Langreck, and Earl (Scott) Meyer are expiring.

At the filing deadline of 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, there were only two candidates who filed the necessary paperwork to run for a position as a city official. 

Dan Langreck filed to run for re-election on the council, while Ossian resident Troy Troge will also have his name on the ballot for one of the three available positions.

Thu
24
Sep

TV royalty crowned

 

Turkey Valley High School held its 2015 Homecoming celebration last week. Robert Swestka (l), son of Gary and Roberta Swestka, was crowned king Thursday night before the varsity volleyball game, while queen Delaney Lensing (r), daughter of Pat and Kim Lensing, was crowned before the varsity football game Friday night. (submitted photo)

 

TV royalty crowned

 

 

 

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