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Apr

Accident claims life of Elkport man

An Elkport man died after the car he was riding in went out of control and crashed this weekend.

Zachary Lee, 22, of Elkport died Sunday, March 29, following a single vehicle crash on Glacier Road north of 395th Street in Clayton County.

He was a passenger in a 2006 Pontiac driven by Kyle Sear, 20, of Garber, who was injured in the crash.

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01
Apr

Regional art show to be held in Guttenberg on April 11


Gail Larson, coordinator of the Region 3 Iowa Artists Show, is a member of the Clayton County Artists, who have their own show each summer in Guttenberg. Larson and many other Clayton County Artists will be submitting work for the upcoming regional show. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The Clayton County Artists are hosting this year’s Region 3 Iowa Artists Show in Guttenberg on Saturday, April 11. The show will be held on the third floor of the Municipal Building and is open to the public from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Coordinator Gail Larson expects about 35 artists (fourteen of which are from Clayton County) to exhibit up to three works each.

Local artists Pat Peck, Carol Hartmann, Bev Hamann, Sue Bolsinger, Harry Gresham, Verna Lenth, Heather Meyer, Larson, and others are expected to have work in the exhibition. All the work to be exhibited has been created within the past two years and has never before been shown in Iowa Artists regional or state shows, so viewers can expect to see pieces they’ve not yet encountered.

Guttenberg artist Pat Peck plans to bring three oil paintings depicting scenes from her travels. One image shows a hill town in Italy built on the outcropping of a volcano known as Overito. The second is a painting of Gallway Bay in Ireland, and the third features a group of children watching a man shear a sheep. “With a competition like that, it really inspires you to do your best and find unusual things,” Peck told The Press.

“This year the judge at the show will be David Prehm, noted watercolorist and book illustrator,” said Larson. Prehm will select one piece from each 10 exhibited in Guttenberg for a first, second and third place ribbon, as well as a number of honorable mentions at his discretion. Blue ribbon winners from the regional shows go to the state show, which will be May 2 in Cedar Falls. 

Wed
01
Apr

Community celebrates Merrick's 44 years of service


Dr. Merrick and his wife, Karen, celebrated with dozens of community members during a reception hosted by Guttenberg Municipal Hospital on Friday, March 27. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Dr. Robert Merrick retires this month after 44 years of practice as a physician in Guttenberg. “Dr. Merrick has been a model physician,” says long-time coworker Dr. Andy Smith, who admires Merrick’s longevity, compassion, and dedication to the community.

Merrick and his wife, Karen, raised their three children, Kate, Emily, and Paul, in Guttenberg after Dr. Downey hired Merrick in 1971. “No one wanted to hire me because they thought I’d be drafted,” Merrick explained. “Dr. Downey said he’d take me as long as he could have me. I never got drafted.”

Over the course of his career in Guttenberg, Merrick mentored many medical students. In 2008 he was awarded Medical Educator of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians. The award is given annually to recognize quality in family practice education to a member of the Academy involved in teaching at a student level, resident level or in the continuing education of family physicians. “He's been very involved in education and self-education, and continues to read and learn. He wanted to be the best doctor he could be, and he certainly is,” said Smith.

Wed
25
Mar

Sculpture project announced

Umbrella Arts, an initiative of Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, announces their second annual community sculpture project to be held this summer, culminating in awards at the Celebrate the River festival in August.  

Artists, businesses, organizations, families, and individuals of all ages are invited to participate in a summer-long community  sculpture project. This year's theme is "Sit back and enjoy the scenery." Participants are encouraged to create unique seating that will provide opportunities for conversation, relaxation, and appreciation of the beauty of Guttenberg.

Wed
25
Mar

School facility info meeting and open house March 30

The Clayton Ridge School Board and Administration invites all eligible voters to attend a public information meeting on Monday, March 30, at the high school gymnasium in Guttenberg from 7:00-9:00 p.m. An open house and optional tour begins at 5:00 p.m.  

The purpose of the public meeting is to answer questions about the proposed plan and tax impact on residential, commercial, and agricultural property owners.  The meeting will begin with an overview of the process leading to the proposed plan, a description of the building plan, and information necessary to accurately estimate your increase in property taxes if the bond election passes.  

Wed
25
Mar

Thomas inspires and motivates


Aplington-Parkersburg principal and football coach Aaron Thomas, son of the late Parkersburg coach Ed Thomas, presented a free public program on March 18. Pictured with Thomas, from left, are eighth graders Audrey Helle, Emily Ertl, Abrianna Moore and Courtney Olson. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

In the third grade, Aaron Thomas already knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a teacher and a coach. Coach Ed Thomas, Aaron’s father, became the national high school football coach of the year in 2005. He sent five players to the NFL, won two state titles, and led his team to 292 victories over his 37-year career. Perhaps most importantly, Thomas led cleanup efforts after an F5 tornado destroyed many homes in Parkersburg – including his own. 

Coach Thomas taught his son Aaron many lessons, which Aaron shared with a large audience in Guttenberg. When the elder Thomas gave interview after interview while leading clean-up efforts in 2008, he told his son, “Anybody can lead when things are going well. True leadership gets revealed when you’re going through adversity.” Little did his son know he would need that advice just one year later.

In June of 2009, Aaron Thomas learned that opportunities arise from tragedy as well as from hard work. “I got the platform to speak on the worst day of my life,” he remembers. When his father was slain by Mark Becker, a former football player in the team’s weight room, Aaron was called upon to give a statement to the media in which he publicly asked for prayers for the Becker family. That was the first of many opportunities Thomas was granted because of his noble response to the tragedy.

He admitted to having “the easiest first 30 years of life,” and expressed unending gratitude for having three decades with a great father. He chose to continue his father’s legacy of leading by example,  agreeing to take over as football coach and principal at Aplington-Parkersburg and encouraging his students to follow their passions and become better spouses, parents, and community members.

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25
Mar

Designer Erin Tepper featured at Omaha Fashion Week


Erin Tepper, a 2011 graduate of Clayton Ridge High School, stands at center between eight models who debuted her clothing designs during Omaha Fashion Week in March. Tepper is a senior apparel design student at ISU and has interned in New York City at The Row, Jill Stuart, and Tory Burch. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

“Let me show you the fabric,” says Erin Tepper, a 2011 Clayton Ridge graduate who is about to finish school at Iowa State University with a degree in apparel design. She pulls a coppery brown garment from her bag. “The fabric is what started it all.”

It’s easy to see why. Reversible sequins, each held in place by a single stitch, cover the cloth like scales. From a distance the fabric appears distressed, soft, and even slightly furry. When it’s close enough to touch, that’s exactly what you feel compelled to do – flip the sequins back and forth, revealing a light side and a dark side that create organic, ever-changing patterns. 

Tepper purchased three-and-a-half yards of this fabric while interning in New York City. The unique find inspired eight outfits that debuted on the runway during Omaha Fashion Week (OFW), March 10-15. 

“Despite what many people on the coasts might expect, fashion in the Midwest is strong,” commented OFW producer Brook Hudson. “There is a very real possibility Omaha can claim to be a leading fashion hub in the Midwest.”

Wed
18
Mar

Recommendations from city audit

Steven Clausen, a partner with Dietz, Donald & Company, Certified Public Accountants, recently released a routine agreed-upon  procedures report on the City of Guttenberg for July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. 

Wed
18
Mar

Early voting now open for upcoming school facility bond

Early voting is now available for the special election in the Clayton Ridge Community School District  to be held on Tuesday, April 7.

The polling hours for the Clayton Ridge School District will be from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. that day. Anyone not able to vote during those hours is encouraged to vote early at the Clayton County Auditor’s Office or by mail.  

The notice of the election and sample ballot will be printed in the March 25 issue of The Guttenberg Press. 

Wed
18
Mar

Exercise demos at wellness fair


Last year over 500 people attended the Clayton County Wellness Fair. This year's organizers are, front from left, JoAnn Janssen, Kari Harbaugh, Emily Moser; back row, Leigh Ann Judge, Shane Anderson, Lynn Bockenstedt, Tracy Yelden, and Claudia McCalley. (Press photo by Molly Moser)

By Molly Moser

Area health resources will come together next month for the fourth annual Clayton County Wellness Fair & Family Night, co-sponsored by Guttenberg Municipal Hospital, St. John's Church, Clayton Ridge Schools, Thrivent, Clayton County Dairy Promotion, Families Helping Hand, and Prairie Farms Dairy. The event will take place at Clayton Ridge High School in Guttenberg on Tuesday, April 14, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The wellness fair will fill the high school gymnasium with over 40 vendors. New this year, the multipurpose room has been designated as an area specifically for interactive presentations. Exercise demonstrations will include weight lifting, balance exercises and equipment-specific instruction. “These groups are going to have a lot more space than before,” said Kari Harbaugh, one of many volunteers who help organize the annual countywide wellness fair. 

A professional health market place navigator will be in attendance to provide information on health care coverage options. Resources for families who may need specialty clinics will be available, and cancer-related support groups and education will also be represented at the wellness fair. Numerous organizations will have booths offering various health screenings as well as information on area fitness, recreation and education opportunities. The event includes information relevant to people of all ages living all across Clayton County.

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