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Wed
28
Apr

Master Gardeners seeking donations for Floral Hall shelves

The Master Gardeners of Fayette County are excited to raise funds so they can start installing shelves for displays in the Fayette County Fairgrounds historical Floral Hall building. Pictured are (front l-r) Sue Updegraff, Sally Boie, Gail Hackman, Christine Harvey, (back) Glen Boie, Mary Kalb, Sue Kuennen, Sue Stevens, Cheryl Melchert and Carol Holtz. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Master Gardeners seeking donations for Floral Hall shelves

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

“The goal is to bring the inside of the Floral Hall back to the original,” smiled Fayette County Master Gardener, Sue Keunnen.  

“Right now there is nothing to place displays on during the fair, and we want to raise enough money to bring display shelves back to the Floral Hall,” she continued.  “Display shelves that are even better than ever!” 

The Master Gardeners of Fayette County are looking to raise funds to help fund this project.  

Wed
28
Apr

Adding SPARK creativity to the West Union Elementary

North Fayette Valley SPARK students (l-r) Tyler Menne, Claire Britt, Leo Phan, and Emerson Ward show off tires donated by Baumler Implements for the natural playground they are installing at the West Union Elementary.  Not pictured: John Moellers.  (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

Adding SPARK creativity to the West Union Elementary

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

The North Fayette Valley West Union Elementary will soon be seeing a “spark” of ingenuity added to its newest playground as NFV SPARK students begin building a natural playground to go along with the center’s all inclusive play space that was installed earlier this school year. 

“This project was proposed by the NFV PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) community,” said NFV SPARK student Claire Britt.  

Wed
28
Apr

Former NFV grad Mia Gibson elected State FFA President

 

Former NFV grad Mia Gibson elected State FFA President

 

By Alyssa Bohr, NFV FFA Reporter

Former North Fayette Valley FFA Chapter President Mia Gibson was elected to be the State FFA President for the 2021-2022 year, at the State convention in Des Moines, Sunday, April 18.

She had just ended her service as the State secretary for the current school year. She is the first person in the history of the NFV Chapter to serve as the State president.

Wed
21
Apr

A special welcome home parade for Lewis

Last weekend was a big one for the Lechtenberg family as they celebrated the final radiation treatment for 4-year-old Lewis (held) with a parade. Lewis was able to ride in the first part of the parade inside the cab of an Ossian Fire Department fire truck. Lewis was joined by (l-r) sister Brinley, mom Karla, brother William (carrier), sister Eloise, and dad Justin. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

A special welcome home parade for Lewis

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

It was a big week for 4-year-old Lewis Lechtenberg of Calmar. After a long battle with a rare form of brain cancer, the young warrior was able to ring the victory bell at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Friday which signified the completion of his final round of radiation.

“In July of 2018, Lewis was diagnosed with a rare, cancerous brain tumor at the age of 18 months,” explained Lewis’ parents, Justin and Karla of Calmar. “After routine appointments, he was diagnosed with a reoccurrence of his cancer on February 5 (2021).”

Wed
21
Apr

Manderfield finds freedom behind 'joystick' of new truck

Logan Manderfield of rural St. Lucas demonstrates the lift for his new truck. Manderfield, a junior at Turkey Valley who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at 16 months old, got his license last year and now, for the first time, is able to drive. (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

Manderfield finds freedom behind 'joystick' of new truck

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

For 17-year-old Logan Manderfield, it’s a newfound freedom. After being diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at only 16-months of age, the Turkey Valley junior has been bound to a wheelchair for much of his life. Thanks to a recent opportunity to get a specially outfitted pickup truck that allows him to drive on his own, Manderfield is able to experience the freedom and convenience of being able to drive himself around.

“It’s actually a lot like operating my wheelchair,” explained Manderfield, who lives with his family near St. Lucas. “It’s taken a little practice to get used to it, but I’ve pretty much got the hang of it!”

Wed
21
Apr

K & K Gardens set to open for its 25th season

 

While Keith Kovarik, (left) owner and operator of K&K Gardens in Hawkeye is steadfast against doing any major gardening until after May 15, he does prepare as much as he can before opening at the end of April.  With the help of their two children, Andrew (right) and Emma, Keith and his wife, Kelli, make sure the local nursery is usually ready to go well before the official “blooming” season. (Megan Molseed photo) 

 

K & K Gardens set to open for its 25th season

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

“I’ve always had an interest in gardening,” smiled Keith Kovarik, owner and operator of K&K Gardens in Hawkeye.  “I started growing heirloom vegetables with artificial lights, and eventually we expanded into what K&K is today, 25 years later.”

Wed
21
Apr

WU Chamber hosting UTV ride

West Union Chamber/A Main Street Community Board members (l-r) Tiffany Johansen, Jason Knox and Garett Crandall are inviting the public to join them for the UTV/SXS Poker Run this Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

West Union Chamber hosting UTV ride 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

The West Union Chamber/A Main Street Community is hoping that more people will see the town and the surrounding area from a different perspective when they host the UTV/SXS Poker Run, Saturday, April 24 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We think it’s going to be a unique way to get people into town. They’ll get to see our beautiful downtown and then get to see some really neat scenery,” said Chamber/Main Street member and one of the organizers of the ride Garrett Crandall.

Wed
21
Apr

Whack paintings on display

Ron Saboe looks at printouts of some of the Richard Waack paintings he transported to West Union not too long ago.  Waack, a former North Fayette art instructor donated a variety of his watercolor paintings, such as this West Union streetscape to the West Union Historical Society.  

 

Waack painting on display

 

By Megan Molseed
mmolseed@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

Every once in awhile someone will encounter an event that makes them step back and realize how small the world actually is.  

The West Union Historical Center now has several original paintings depicting pieces of West Union done by former West Union resident, and North Fayette Art instructor, Richard Waack due to a series of events that proves just how small the world can be. 

Wed
21
Apr

Dotzy's to open soon under new ownership

Dotzy’s in downtown Elgin should be opening again in about a month, according to new owner Heather Messler. Messler said the restaurant won’t be going through any extensive remodeling or changing much from its original offerings. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Dotzy's to open soon under new ownership

 

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

Elgin will have a restaurant again in about another month.

Dotzy’s Restaurant in downtown Elgin was recently purchased by former employee Heather Messler.

“I’m hoping we’ll have it open again before Memorial Day. We need to do some structural repairs and it needs a whole new roof, but other than that we’re going with what we have,” Messler explained.

Wed
14
Apr

Ossian Citywide Garage sales April 23-24

Ossian citywide garage sales April 23-24

 

 

Mark your calendars! Ossian’s annual spring citywide garage sales will be held Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24.

Get your family, neighborhood, service organization, church, or school/community group organized for the upcoming garage sale weekend.

Registration cost is $5 (checks can be made out to the Ossian Crown Club). Please send name(s), address, dates, times, and a brief listing of items to Clark Goltz at clark.goltz@gmail.com by Sunday, April 18.

 

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