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Tue
14
Aug

Pedretti’s Bakery Celebrating 50 years in business!

Christopher Reimer mixes a batch of glaze for doughnuts. Christopher is the third generation to run Pedretti’s Bakery.
Christopher Reimer mixes a batch of glaze for doughnuts. Christopher is the third generation to run Pedretti’s Bakery.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Tue
07
Aug

Artist inspired by great outdoors

Rabecca Hennessy
Rabecca Hennessy was photographed by fellow artist Jillian Webb Herrmann as she painted Elkader’s Keystone Bridge. Rabecca is one of 60 artists featured at the 4th annual Art in the Park Fine Arts Festival.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor
 
Rabecca Hennessy’s artistic talent was nurtured at her Grandma Amelia’s kitchen table where as a young child she sat for hours transforming pieces of paper into fanciful works of art.
“Old calendars, wallpaper, newsprint—she kept a stack of scraps handy and taught me how to draw on them,” Rabecca recalls. “She was my first teacher.”
Rabecca is one of 60 artists whose work will be showcased at the 4th annual Art in the Park Fine Arts Festival, which will be held August 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in Founders Park, Elkader. In addition to a showcase of original art, the event will include entertainment, kids’ activities, a youth art exhibit, a silent auction, wine tastings and food.

Tue
31
Jul

Cubs players, fans honor Buckner

Bob arriving
Bob Buckner, Elkader, was honored at a recent Chicago Cubs game for his service during WWII.

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Editor’s note: Elkader resident and World War II veteran Robert Buckner is a life-long Cubs fan. Last week, his team honored him for something that happened decades before any of them was born. His story follows.
In November 1943, future Central Community School District Superintendent Robert Buckner enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 after graduating from Marion High School. About 15 months after his enlistment, he found himself embroiled in the costliest battle in Marine Corps history—battle for Iwo Jima.

Tue
24
Jul

Clayton County Courthouse Time for more clock restoration work

Clayton County Courthouse
A recently awarded $50,000 grant will enabled restoration work to continue on historic the Clayton County Courthouse clock tower.

By Pat McTaggart
Freelance Writer

Clayton County has received a $50,000 Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP) state grant for continuing restoration work on the County Courthouse clock tower. The grant will be used for the upper areas of the tower. Since this is the highest part of the project, the costs escalate due to the use of tall cranes needed to get to the upper areas.
The areas in need of restoration are basically from the top of the windows on all four sides upwards, including all the roofing, wood decorative pieces, the wooden louvers, metal work and weather vane. This area has significant deterioration. Kendrick Lumber in Edgewood is donating all of the wood that will be used for this phase of the project. This donation was obtained through the efforts of Clayton County Supervisor Ray Peterson.

Tue
17
Jul

New pharmacy owners are settled in

Jennifer and Chris Clayton
Jennifer and Chris Clayton own three Northeast Iowa pharmacies, including Clayton Drug in Elkader, formerly Moser Pharmacy.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Long before Jay and Kay Moser retired last spring, companies interested in purchasing the pharmacy they’d owned and operated in Elkader for nearly 30 years approached them. But they turned down each offer preferring to wait for the right time and the right owners.

Tue
10
Jul

Central students make contribution

Quilts of Valor
Central students created enough blocks to make three Quilts of Valor, which will be presented later this year. Central instructor Deb Walz, second of the left, got a chance to see the finished work when members of the Breezy Ridge QOV group brought the quilts to The Backstitch in Elkader. Pictured above are, from left: Sharon Harmon, Walz, Cyndy Billmeyer and Bonnie Heiberger.

By Pam Reinig
Register Editor

Once again, Central students have proven they’re in a class by themselves by cutting and stitching together enough fabric blocks to make three Quilts of Valor, which will be presented later this year to a trio of deserving veterans.
“We felt so blessed to receive these blocks,” said Cyndy Billmeyer, Northeast Iowa QOV coordinator and a member of the Breezy Ridge QOV quilters. “Anytime we can get ready-made blocks, it makes it easier and faster to design a quilt top.”
Billmeyer added that Central is the only area school that’s participated in the effort she manages.

Tue
03
Jul

Francis has found her ‘happy place’

Jenni
Jenni Francis, owner of a new Elkader salon called A Little Off the Top, finishes a fancy braid for client Jamie Parish.

After nearly 30 years as a stylist, Jenni Francis has found her happy place. The Northeast Iowa native recently opened a hair salon on Mulberry Street, across from the Elkader Post Office. As part of refreshing the space, she turned one wall into the story of her life’s journey covering it with sayings that represent her irrepressible optimism and an “everything will be OK” attitude. One of her favorites is a Maya Angelou quote that also serves as her professional motto: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
“I truly believe that,” Jenni said, “and part of feeling good is looking good. That’s where I come in.”

Tue
26
Jun

Elkader women honored

Marilyn Nielsen and Janice Possehl, both of Elkader, have received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for their 35 years of dedication to the Central Community Hospital’s auxiliary rummage sale. Thank you to these special women for all they have done for our hospital and our community!

 
Tue
26
Jun

First auto returns to Clayton County


Dave Beck, Tom Chandler and Delbert Reimer are restoing a 1903 Crestmobile.

By Pat McTaggart

Freelance Writer

 

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Tue
19
Jun

Elkader Public Library: Grout Museum returns Thursday


Branch Kobliska touches an alligator brought to the Elkader Public Library by Blank Park Zoo workers while his mom, Melissa, and sister, Meadow, look on.

By Lisa Wilke Pope

Library Director

 

There’s still time to sign up children for the Summer Reading Program. Don’t let them suffer from the “summer slide” when their reading skills decline. Research shows that reading keeps those brains engaged, unlike some computer games. 

Coming up: Thursday, June 28, Grout Museum staff will present “Sound Science” at 1 p.m.

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