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Tue
05
Feb

Central school upgrade Sports can be viewed in concessions area

A new camera system streams the action across the Internet so it can be enjoyed on this 55-inch TV.
With help from Alpine Communications, Central has been able to solve the issue of missing the action in the gym while enjoying a snack in the new concessions area. A new camera system streams the action across the Internet so it can be enjoyed on this 55-inch TV.
Mounted near the ceiling of the gym
Mounted near the ceiling of the gym, the camera gives a panoramic view of the action on the floor.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

If you’re a parent, relative, friend or classmate of a Central athlete, you’ve probably had this happen: You’re sitting in the stands watching the game and you decide you need something to eat. You want to avoid the rush so with time on the clock you ease out of your seat, make your way down the bleachers and out the gym door. Just as you’re digging into your snack, a loud roar erupts from the crowd and you know you’ve missed something big.

Thanks to collaboration between Central Schools and Alpine Communications, fans will never miss another big sports moment. The school recently unveiled a system that enables fans to see real-time action from the gym on an LED smart TV located in the new concession area. The equipment, which was researched and installed by Alpine, is part of the school’s nearly $7 million capital improvements project.

Tue
29
Jan

Central teacher honored Gritzner named NE Iowa Teacher of Year

Ann Gritzner’s Teacher of the Year honor
On hand to celebrate Ann Gritzner’s Teacher of the Year honor were former students Kate Lower, Jacob Jansen and Andrey Shirbroun.
Ann Grtizner is surrounded by the current members of her Global Science class
Central science teacher Ann Grtizner is surrounded by the current members of her Global Science class, which was interrupted Friday for a special announcement: Gritzner has been selected as the 2019 Northeast Iowa STEM Teacher of the Year.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Central science teacher Ann Gritzner was caught off guard last Friday afternoon when High School Principal Noah Reinhart knocked on her door during her last class of the day and asked if he could come in for a minute.
She was even more surprised when Reinhart entered her room with an entourage of parents, former students, a colleague or two, school board members and several photographers, camera men and reporters.

The reason for the interruption was to inform Gritzner that she had been selected as the 2019 Northeast Iowa STEM Teacher of the Year. The honor recognizes educators who take extraordinary steps to enhance their students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Only six Iowa teachers, one per region, receive the honor.

Speechless when the presentation began, Gritzner eventually found her voice and in characteristic style deflected the attention from her to others in the room.

Wed
23
Jan

Outdoor fun Event addresses joining, starting clubs

 Outdoor fun Event addresses joining, starting clubs
Outdoor rock climbing was one of several recreation topics discussed last week at a special event at Osborne Conservation Center. Participants were given information on joining and starting clubs along with reminders of recretional opporunties in area parks.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Two local groups last week teamed up to share information on enjoying the great outdoors year-round.

Clayton County Conservation and Turkey River Recreational Corridor hosted an event at Osborne Conservation Center that gave representatives of several outdoor recreation clubs a chance to recruit members and to share suggestions for starting new clubs. Participating groups included Dubuque Paddlers, Tri-State Mountain Bikers, Mississippi Valley Running Association and Climb On (a climbing group).

An overwhelming response to other presentations was one reason for hosting the event.

Wed
16
Jan

Good Neighbor Award Honor goes to Betty and Roger Buchholz

Betty Buchholz
Betty Buchholz has been a long-time Carter House Board member. Her husband, Roger (green jacket) has worked on many community projects, including installation of the playground equipment in Founders Park. Both will be honored at Elkader’s Annual Awards Banquet.
Her husband, Roger

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

An Elkader couple whose involvement in the community has touched everything from the Founders Park playground to the Carter House Museum will be the latest recipients of the Register’s Clayton County Good Neighbor Award.

Roger and Betty Buchholz will be honored Monday, January 21, as part of the annual Elkader Community Awards banquet. The Register award was launched four years ago as a way to recognize people in the community for their “untiring, selfless acts of compassion, generosity and caring spirit.”

Elkader residents for 50 years, Betty and Roger moved to the area when Roger was offered a teaching job at Central.

Tue
08
Jan

Medical mission Bormann shares skills with Guatemalans

Jackie Bormann, an NIT physical therapist based in Elkader, works with a Guatemalan woman whose prosthetic leg doesn’t fit. Bormann spent a week in the country on a medical misson.
Jackie Bormann, an NIT physical therapist based in Elkader, works with a Guatemalan woman whose prosthetic leg doesn’t fit. Bormann spent a week in the country on a medical misson.
Medical mission Bormann shares skills with Guatemalans
Bormann does an assessment on a 14-year-old girl with spina bifida and severe scoliosis. She is hoping that a medical team will come and do surgeries to straighten out her back, but Bormann is unsure it will happen at this time.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

The desire to help others that drew Tipton native Jackie Bormann to a career in physical therapy is also the reason she applied for a medical mission to Guatemala.

Bormann, who lives in Elkader with her husband, Jarod, and their three children, works at Central Community Hospital. She recently returned from a weeklong work trip to Latin America sponsored by her employer, Northern Iowa Therapy (NIT). NIT is the company that provides therapy services to the hospital. Bormann was one of three employees who made the trip. The spouse of one woman also participated. He helped villages figure out how to monitor chlorine levels in the new pipes of their water system.

Wed
02
Jan

Clayton County Conservation 2019 will be a year of major milestones

A rainfall simulator was one of several updates to the Nature Center displays and exhibit area at the Obsorne Conservation Center.
A rainfall simulator was one of several updates to the Nature Center displays and exhibit area at the Obsorne Conservation Center.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Clayton County Conservation will celebrate a number of milestones in 2019, including 30 years as an Iowa welcome Center (May 2) and 60 years as a conservation board (July 12). The 45th annual Heritage Days will be celebrated in October and as 2019 closes, the annual Motor Mill Bridge Lighting ceremony will honor the 150th year of the structure.

And while 2019 will be a remarkable year, the one that’s ending has been equally successful. Here’s a look at Clayton County Conservation achievements shared by Director Jenna Pollock.

Wed
26
Dec

Looking back at 2018 Local events, people dominate headlines

Christopher Reimer
Christopher Reimer, owner of Pedretti’s Bakery, is the third generation of his family to own the popular Elkader business.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Natural disasters, political scandals, a royal wedding, mid-term election surprises and the refugee crisis are some of the stories have dominated the national and international news landscape this year. Much closer to home, we celebrated the people who live here, local events, school improvements and community projects. Here’s a look back at some of those stories.

January
The Elkader City Council approved an Art on the Byways Project for Founders Park. Three Bells is the title of a metal sculpture created by Marion artist Cara Briggs Farmer. The artwork has been designed to “reflect the rolling hills of the countryside and to echo the bells of the Clayton County Courthouse and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Tue
18
Dec

All I Want for Christmas Second, third graders share Santa letters

For several years, the Register’s holiday tradition has been to share letters to Santa Claus written by Central students. This year, students in one second grade and two third grade classes participated. Their letter are published here, just as we received them. We’ve made no attempt to edit or censor.

We hope you enjoy these letters as much as we did. And many thanks to the students and teachers for helping us continue this tradition.

Mrs. Kuehl’s class
Dear Santa Claus,
What are your reindeers name? I am so excited for Christmas day! For Christmas I want to give Weston Stannard a Nintendo Switch for him. What I want is a I pod and a phone and an I phone with a rally sparkly case with water with the sparklys. Please Santa Claus.
Love Claire Orr

Dear Santa Claus,
How are your elves and reindeer? I am excited for Christmas! Can you give my mom stuff for her back and can I have a Xbox one please?
Love, Brenden Russell

Tue
11
Dec

Learning life lessons Preschool launches kindness project

Blake Hunt
Central fourth grader Blake Hunt ties a message to a sucker that was given to a fifth grader as part of the Kindness Project.
Alexis Ingles
Alexis Ingles shows the candy canes and notes Central preschoolers placed on vehicles last week.
Drake Moser, Emersyn Wiley, and Alexis Ingles
Central students Drake Moser, Emersyn Wiley, and Alexis Ingles enjoy decorating Christmas cookies during a preschool-kindergarten get-together to launch the preschool Kindness Project.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

There’s truth to the old adage, “Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.” And if you need proof, look no further than Central Schools where the very youngest students last week launched a month-long kindness project that they hope will ultimately embrace all students, faculty and staff.

“During the month of December, the students will participate in one ‘kindness’ activity daily,” explained Central preschool teacher Caroline Erickson. “We are making goodies for the school board, bus drivers, janitors, cooks, nurses, police department and fire department. And we’re filling mugs for the teachers.”

Tue
04
Dec

Meet Hollee McCormick Allamakee-Clayton REC names next GM

Meet Hollee McCormick Allamakee-Clayton REC names next GM
Hollee McCormick was recently named to succeed Paul Foxwell as General Manager at the Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative when Foxwell retires next year.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

A familiar face will take over as general manager at Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative when current GM and Executive Vice President Paul Foxwell retires. The ACREC Board named Hollee McCormick to the post earlier this fall. She has been with the REC for four years as its manager of economic development and community relations.

Foxwell had high praise for the board’s decision, noting that during McCormick’s time with the REC, staff, members and Northeast Iowans in general have all benefited from McCormick’s efforts.

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