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Wed
30
Jun

Army Golden Knights to drop-in at 5 p.m. July 4

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce is hosting the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team on Sunday, July 4, at 5 p.m. 

The event is set to take place at Stephen D. Shannon Memorial Athletic Complex located west of the Marina Road in north Guttenberg. There is no admission fee for the performance, and everyone is welcome. 

Wed
30
Jun

Stars and Stripes fun & fireworks July 3

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg invites everyone to celebrate the nation's birthday at its popular annual Stars and Stripes celebration to be held Saturday, July 3. A fun day of family activities has been planned by the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce. This year's theme is "Bold Stripes, Bright Stars, Brave Hearts."

The weekend will kick off on Friday evening, July 2, at the weekly River of Music concert in Ingleside Park, featuring music by "Triple Threat" from 6-9 p.m.

Wed
23
Jun

Management plan update for East Becker


An east Becker wildlife area field day was held on May 28. From left are Robert Kies and Kenny Slocum, Clayton County Conservation Board member and resource manager/naturalist, as they locate newly-sprouted pollinator species. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

In October 1988, philanthropists Irene and Oakland Becker bequeathed two parcels of land, Becker east and west in Millville Township to Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF). A Life Estate on this property was arranged with INHF and reads: “Said property to be used for demonstration of conservation practices, enhancement of wildlife habitat and public recreational use and benefit, after the termination of the life estates.”

Wed
23
Jun

Growing up in Guttenberg evokes fond memories


Adele Parker, 96, was born and raised in Guttenberg. Her parents, John and Frances Mahowald, owned Riverside Cafe, a popular local eatery in the late 1920s. (Photo submitted)

By Caroline Rosacker

Local historian and nonagenarian Adele Parker has lived in Guttenberg along the shores of the Mississippi River most of her life. She  was born to parents John and Frances Mahowald. The 96-year-old was raised in a humble household with sisters Jane and Zella Ruth "Peppy." Adele shared the story behind her sister's familiar nickname. "My sister, Zella Ruth, was sitting at the table at my uncle's farm. She was always wiggling around and he said, 'Your name should be Peppy,' and it was ever since," explained Adele. 

Wed
23
Jun

City council hires new police chief

By Shelia Tomkins

Derek Chambers, an officer with the Guttenberg Police Department for 13 years, was hired as police chief when the city council approved his appointment at its regular monthly meeting on June 15.  He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of long-time Police Chief George Morteo, who will leave the position in late July after nearly 30 years with the local department.

Wed
16
Jun

County Genealogical Society seeks members


Clayton County Genealogical Society volunteer members encourage individuals to join their organization. From left are Diana Cherne-Kirby and Phyllis Noack-Owings. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

In 1982, local historians who had been assisting the Clayton County Clerk of Court's office and Elkader Public Library with an increase in genealogy and local history requests, formed the Clayton County Genealogical Society (CCGS), a non-profit organization of volunteer members assisting individuals in beginning, developing and improving genealogical pursuits and endeavors through literary and educational means. The group met in local libraries, churches and other historical places, and the Elkader Public Library housed the materials for public access. 

Wed
16
Jun

Creativity Center offers Sunday brunches


The Guttenberg Art Gallery and Creativity Center will host "Farm to Table" Sunday brunches every other Sunday throughout the summer from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in their indoor gallery and outdoor courtyard. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

The Guttenberg Art Gallery and Creativity Center located at 214 South River Park Drive is hosting "Farm to Table" Sunday brunches every other Sunday throughout the summer from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in their indoor gallery and outdoor courtyard. Reservations are required due to limited seating. For additional information or to make a reservation Call 563-252-2787 or private message at www.facebook.com/artbytheriver or e-mail creativitycenterusers@gmail.com

Wed
16
Jun

Chamber plans for Stars & Stripes Day

Planning for the 2021 Stars & Stripes festivities is underway by the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce. The annual community celebration of our nation’s independence will be held on Saturday, July 3. 

Activities will be held in Ingleside Park north of Clayton Ridge School. "We will have a carnival this year, beanbag tournament, parade, and fireworks at dusk over the river," said Brandie Tomkins, Chamber director.

Wed
09
Jun

Municipal swimming pool opens for the season


Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool lifeguards ran through practice lifesaving drills under the direction of Kelly Erickson, off-site pool manager, on June 2. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Municipal Swimming Pool opened for the 2021 season on June 3. The pool has 25 full and part time employees and two volunteer staff members. "Al Ullerich and I serve as the adult volunteers," said volunteer Bec Knudtson. "City employee Jamie Blume serves as the main resource and all around right-hand woman for the pool staff out of the city office. Our certified pool operators are Dan Walke, Dan Pierce and Kylie Bolsinger, and they oversee the operations of the pool — in other words, they make sure the pool is up and running every day." 

Wed
09
Jun

"Guttenberg Rocks" promote kindness


The Guttenberg Library Foundation is sponsoring a "Guttenberg Rocks" summer challenge. Community members of all ages are invited to paint and embellish rocks with uplifting, hopeful messages and disperse them in appropriate places throughout Guttenberg. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Library Foundation is sponsoring a "Guttenberg Rocks" summer program, modeled after  the "Kindness Rock Project" originally initiated by Megan Murphy on Cape Cod in 2015. The viral trend, where individuals, commonly children, paint pebbles or stones and leave them for others to find and collect has spread to other countries all over the world.  

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