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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. 

Wed
24
Jul

Clayton Ridge school board news

The Clayton Ridge School District board of directors met in an afternoon session on July 11 at the high school library in Guttenberg.

Vice-president Christine Aulwes called the meeting to order with board members Mike Finnegan, Kathy Ihde, Ellen Johnson and Alicia Helle in attendance, along with Superintendent Shane Wahls and board secretary Dave Schlueter.

Wed
24
Jul

Guttenberg swimming pool dedication and open house


Wave of the Future becomes a reality The dedication and grand opening of the new Guttenberg Swimming Pool was held Wednesday, July 17, and marked the culmination of many years of planning and fund-raising by the Wave of the Future committee. The event featured remarks by Mayor Bill Frommelt, right, as well as by other speakers. See story below. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

An open house dedication and grand opening was held on Wednesday, July 17, for the newly-built Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool. The event was held at the pool by invitation from 3-5 p.m. for funders and major donors to tour the new facility and enjoy a private swim. A public dedication was held at 5 p.m. followed by a free open swim until 8 p.m. Refreshments were served at the landmark event.  

Wed
17
Jul

Fresh blueberries available in Littleport


Blueberry Hill proprietor Keith Ashline is surrounded by his chemical-free blueberry bushes. The bushes are loaded with berries and ready to be picked. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

July is National Blueberry Month. Blueberries, often marketed as a super food, are an excellent source of vitamins, beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants. They are naturally low in calories and thought to regulate blood sugar levels and aid in heart and brain health. The berries' pleasant, sweet taste makes them perfect for snacking, baking, and preserve making.  

The tasty treats are native to North America but are also grown commercially across America and Europe. 

Wed
17
Jul

Giant Steps program to be presented at library on July 25


Stop in and visit the Guttenberg Public Library's space shuttle and attend the "Giant Steps" program on Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held in the main library and is part of the library's summer reading program. From left are Ethan and Lindi Mueller. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to set foot on the surface of the moon. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. 

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