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Wed
14
Aug

Bilden hired as 6-12 grade principal


Laura Bilden is the newly-hired principal for grades 6-12 at Clayton Ridge Community School. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Clayton Ridge Community School District recently hired Laura Bilden as the principal for grades 6-12. She will replace Andy Peterson, who has resigned to accept a position in Dubuque. 

Wed
14
Aug

How to keep your children safe on the Internet

By Caroline Rosacker

The GMHC Family Resource Center and the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce hosted an internet safety program at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital & Clinics (GMHC) on Monday, July 15, in the education room. 

Rick Floyd, internet safety consultant, presented the program. 

Wed
14
Aug

Clayton Ridge school board news

The Clayton Ridge School District board of directors heard  reports from school administrators, awarded bids, and approved routine agreements when they met in regular session on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the high school library in Guttenberg .

President John Heying called the meeting to order with board members Ellen Johnson, Alicia Helle, Christine Aulwes and Mike Finnegan in attendance, along with Superintendent Shane Wahls, Board Secretary Dave Schlueter, Dean of Students Wade Marlow, and School Nurse Renae Kraus. 

Wed
07
Aug

Isabella's wish granted through Make-A-Wish Foundation


From left, Isabella Auer and Jackie Marker are seated in preparation for a tea party held in Isabella's honor at Thornewood Castle. The castle is a 500-year-old Tudor Gothic historic site located in Lakewood, Wash. The event was funded through money raised by the Asbury Eagles Club 4458 and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is on a mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The foundation, which began in 1981, is the largest wish-granting organization in the world. Make-A-Wish serves every community in the United States and its territories through 60 chapters nationwide. The foundation has granted more than 315,000 wishes since its inception, averaging a wish granted every 34 minutes. There are nearly 40,000 volunteers who help grant wishes each year. 

Wed
07
Aug

Relay of Voices & Big Blue Sky music and storytelling event


Victoria Bradford-Styrbecki and her husband, Tom Styrbecki, departed from the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park on July 9. The couple is on a running and cycling expedition, determined to reach the mouth of the Mississippi River in November, a distance of about 2,375 miles. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

"Relay of Voices," a project of A House Unbuilt, a nonprofit corporation based in Lake Charles, La., and Chicago, Ill., is making its way on a four-month expedition from the headwaters to the mouth of the Mississippi River. 

Wed
07
Aug

Celebrate Guttenberg this weekend

By Shelia Tomkins

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to celebrate Guttenberg and its river heritage this weekend with a variety of summer activities for the whole family. 

The event opens Friday evening at the River of Music in Ingleside Park from 6-8 p.m. featuring music by Pizzin' in the Wind. The winner of the summer sculpture contest will be announced by Umbrella Arts. The Guttenberg library will sponsor youth activities from 5:15-6 p.m. in the gazebo north of school.

Wed
31
Jul

Mayor of Guttenberg greets Mayor of Guttenberg


East Coast and Midwest Guttenberg officials  Visitors from Guttenberg, N.J., enjoyed a guided tour of Lock and Dam 10 on Friday, July 26. From left are tour guide Eric Thiese of the Lock and Dam staff; Cosmo Cirillo, New Jersey town administrator; Monica Fundora, New Jersey councilwoman; Wayne D. Zitt, New Jersey mayor; John Habermann, New Jersey councilman, Bill Frommelt, Iowa mayor, and Austin Greve, Iowa councilman. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Many cities in the United States and around the world share the same name. Sometimes there is a connection – sometimes there is not. In the case of Guttenberg, N.J., and Guttenberg, Iowa, there is a long-standing connection of camaraderie and respect. 

Wed
31
Jul

Alzheimer's Association annual Walk in the Park slated for Aug. 10


Nancy McClellan registers a participant in last year's annual "A Walk in the Park" for Alzheimer's. This year's event is set for Saturday, Aug. 10, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. Participants are asked to meet at the Riverside Rotary Park south of the Clayton Ridge School. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

Dr. Alois Alzheimer first identified Alzheimer's disease in 1906. The two characteristics of the disease are plaques and tangles. Plaques are described as numerous tiny, dense deposits scattered throughout the brain. The plaques become toxic to brain cells at excessive levels. Tangles in the brain interfere with vital processes, eventually strangling off living cells. The two characteristics cause the brain cells to degenerate and die, making the brain shrink in certain regions. 

Wed
31
Jul

Clayton County Fair under way

By Shelia Tomkins

Clayton County's annual salute to its agricultural heritage is under way this week at the National fairgrounds north of Garnavillo with a full line-up of family entertainment, exhibits, and "fair food."

Activities began Tuesday when 4-H and FFA members opened a week-long schedule of judging and shows. 

Wed
24
Jul

Annual Backbone Bluegrass Festival scheduled for July 26 - 28


Dr. Michele Dikkers and Steve Dikkers took the stage at Lakeside Ballroom in Guttenberg on Friday, June 28, as part of the River of Music series. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

In the 1600s people from Ireland, Scotland, and England migrated to America and brought with them the basic music styles that are considered to be the roots of bluegrass music. 

As the colonists began to settle in the Appalachians, they wrote songs depicting their day-to-day life in the hill country.  The songs reflected life on the farm in the remote areas they inhabited. The music was referred to as country music, mountain music or bluegrass. 

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