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Arc of Story County, ISU partner to teach important work skills October is Disability Awareness Month in Iowa and the Arc of Story County is celebrating the accomplishments of four young people achieving great goals through a unique partnership between Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences and The Arc of Story County. Project SEARCH launched in August of this year. The four selected students will complete the program in April 2017. Recent high school graduates Andy Casady, Paige Fritz, Julia Martin and Tom Burbey are participating in the program hosted by ISU’s College of Human Sciences and The Arc of Story County. It is an intense schoolto-work training program

2016-17 Project SEARCH class, from left, Julia Martin, Paige Fritz, Skills Instructor Lauren Wernau, Andy Casady and Tom Burbey. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

with the goal of helping individuals with disabilities develop the skills necessary for gainful employment

following completion of the program. Lauren Wernau, program coordinator at

The Arc of Story County and Project SEARCH Skills instructor, spends 16 hours a week teaching the

students in the classroom and the rest of her week as a job coach, providing handson assistance to interns or facilitating communication with each of the intern supervisors. Wernau leads Andy, Paige, Julia and Tom through a national curriculum that teaches communication, goal setting, interviewing, resume writing, and the job application process to help prepare students for becoming future employees and contributing members of society. Each student participates in rigorous goal setting and then works hard to achieve those goals through classroom skills training and also through on-the-job experience in a rotational internship

program at ISU. In addition to skills training, the group functions as a close-knit team, spending time talking openly about their fears and challenges, successes and opportunities, and feelings about people, the program, themselves and each other. Julia Martin beams with pride when talking about achieving her goals. She interns five days a week with the Human Development and Family Studies department, half her time performing administrative tasks and the other half of her time working at the Child Lab School, preparing snacks, doing dishes, and her favorite “job” — reading to the preschool children. See page 2

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Andy Casady recognizes that sometimes it takes a lot of work to achieve goals like staying focused or accomplishing specific job tasks, but the joy at succeeding bring tremendous sense of personal satisfaction. “I feel really good when I make progress on my goals,” he said. “And everyone else is proud of me, too.” Paige Fritz interns at the ISU Food Lab and has discovered that not only does she really like to clean, but that she is quite good at it. Paige appreciates the guidance provided by her supervisor to help her become efficient at her work. John Kramer, who oversees the Joan Bice

Project SEARCH students volunteering on the Iowa State University campus. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Underwood Tearoom, has enjoyed having Tom Burbey participate as an intern, and he sees many benefits from having his students

learn how to work and interact with Tom. “The hospitality industry employs a large number of people with disabilities,

so providing this unique experience for the students and for Tom is great.” Expectations are high for the four students, as the program outcome demands they all secure employment after graduating from Project SEARCH. Project SEARCH nationally has a 93 percent job placement rate. All four interns say their favorite part of the program is having the opportunity to work with and get to know ISU students. Wernau is very proud of the Project SEARCH participants. “Although we are bound to face challenges, I am most proud of the way our interns learn from their mistakes and their determination to be better than they were the day before,” Wernau said.

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Nevada FFA members Brody Miller & Jay Calentine move a player piano through a garage to an apartment. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Nevada High School ag students and FFA members accept a donation of $150 from the Nusbaum family for moving a piano to their home. Front row, sitting, from left, Hailey Weber, Ellie Nusbaum, Emma Griffin and Grace Francis; back row, from left, Nick Johnson, Mike Nusbaum, Ethan Wild, Amber Nusbaum, Noah Nusbaum, Connor MacVey, Brody Miller, Hunter Anderson, Aiden Alderson, Connor Hines, Chance Steffes, Aidan Anderson, Ryanne Barker and Tyler Hansen. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Nevada FFA transports more pianos Referral business is best, as it requires no advertising dollars. This is certainly working for the Nevada High School FFA as the students recently moved a fourth piano this year. “We moved the first piano for community service, after that moving pianos have become yet another income stream for the FFA chapter treasury,” said Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School ag ed instructor and FFA advisor. After the transport request is received, Cooper and the students network efficiently to execute the move. Most resources are already in inventory including pickups, trailers, load Nevada ag students and FFA members roll a piano to a trailer using dollies, clockwise from front, Jacob MacVey, Aidan Anderson, Corbin Jones and Hunter Anderson. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

binders and protective cover sheeting. And, the most important resource is the students willing to work. “I really admire our students and how they make time to help,” Cooper said. Recently, one of the pianos was a player piano and required removing the doors on the home, and was quite heavy. “You have to be careful, people are very particular about their home, furnishings, floors, so attention to detail is important,” Cooper said. The Nevada FFA has earned $450 this year moving pianos.


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Roland-Story agriculture education students participate in a communication activity in which they could see, but couldn’t talk as they tried making the string into the shape of the state of Texas. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

‘See no evil, speak no evil’ Roland-Story agriculture education students have been learning about effective communication over the past several weeks, and one of their activities involved being limited on their forms of communication. The activity was titled, “See no evil, hear no evil,” in which they had to work

with team members to create different figures out of string. In some cases, they were blindfolded but could talk, and in other situations, they could see, but couldn’t talk. According to Brad Taylor, biology instructor, “This was an interesting activity that taught

them about differences between verbal and nonverbal communications. “It allowed them to understand that on a daily basis, there are multiple forms of communication that can be used and that speaking and use of visual aids are tools used to communicate effectively.”

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Nevada FFA Freshman “Greenhands” front row, from left, Madison Fitz, Peighton Kannel and Kennedy Steffes; second row, from left, Carter Luing, Kenneth Weidler, Tyler Arends, Luke Schmitz, Eden Highland, Macey Backoff, Macy Filbrandt and Ashlyn Fritz; back row, from left, Avery Mather, Kacie Rewerts, Carter Franzen, Carter Melton, Kody Kruchwitz, Aidan Sellberg, Ross Uthe, Keaton Fry, John Ankrum, Anna Brown, Meredith Harter, Aby Doty and Claira Miller. Not pictured: Mason Adams, Allie Arthur, Bailey Crain, Madison Davis, Samantha Lindsey, Camryn Ludwig, Haley Miller, Raven Pritchard and Erica Sporrer. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Nevada FFA soils team qualifies for state, freshmen attend leadership conference One of five Nevada FFA soils judging teams placed fifth out of 49 soils judging teams at the North Central District FFA soils judging contest. Having a team in the top five qualified Nevada for the state contest The district contest was held at Ellsworth Community College on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Connor MacVey was 10th highest overall individual score, Luke Ferguson was 23rd overall high-scoring individual, and Logan Stufflebeam placed 29th individually. The contest had 189 FFA members participating in the skill development

contest. Nevada FFA had 17 students competing on five teams. The soils evaluation career development event is designed to provide the student an opportunity to display their agricultural knowledge and skills in the area of Soils Evaluation. The Soils Evaluation Career Development Event included the evaluation of four soil pits, plus a written exam about soils in Iowa. The scorecard used to judge the soil pits is divided into five parts: Surface Features, Soil Features — The Profile, Land Capability Classification and

Productivity Potential, Evaluation of Management Practices, and Sustainability of Soils for Non-Agricultural Uses. While the Nevada upperclassmen were judging soils, 24 new FFA members attended the “greenhand fire-up” on campus. The freshmen participated in breakout sessions which provided information on what FFA activities they are able to participate in. Also the fire-up provided the opportunity for the students to meet other FFA members from 52 high schools in attendance.


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Nevada FFA soils team members, front row, from left, Noah Nusbaum, Madysen Farmer, Chance Steffes, Jay Calentine, Hunter Anderson and Colby Vincent; second row, from left, Connor Hines, Joanna Ferguson, Luke Ferguson, Emma Griffin, Logan Stufflebeam and Tyler Hansen; third row, from left, Ryanne Barker, Luke Fevold, Brie Pratt, Connor MacVey, Lindsey Donnelly, Wyatt Frerk, and Catherine Griffin. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Nevada agriculture students and FFA members study a soil site in the evening. The students studied many evenings and Saturdays to better understand soil characteristics and land evaluation. Clockwise, from left, Megan Mumm, Joanna Ferguson, Madysen Farmer, Lindsey Donnelly, Wyatt Frerk, Luke Fevold, Logan Stufflebeam, Connor Hines, Ryanne Barker, Emma Griffin, Noah Nusbaum, Tyler Hansen, Brie Pratt, Catherine Griffin, Connor MacVey and Hunter Anderson. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Caleb Schlatter works on one of the engine blocks that was purchased in the early 1980s. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Roland-Story ag mechanics learn about small gas engine repair Roland-Story agriculture mechanics continue to study about small gas engine repair as they have undertaken the task of working on old, pieced-out engines. According to Brad Taylor, ag mechanics instructor,

“This is proving to test their skills as the engines they are now working on have been torn down and put back together over 140 times since they were originally purchased between 20 to 25 years ago. “It is exciting to see

them take on the challenge of trying to gather a bunch of parts and find out if they are able to make an old engine run. “We have several engines that were originally purchased in the early 1980s remaining.”

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Oct. 20

Rummage sale: The Fall Rummage Sale will from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, 159 Sheldon Ave. Everything half-price on Saturday. Proceeds support the Mission programs of the church.

Oct. 21

Spiritual Healing: Bridgette Schneider, licensed healing practioner from Germany, will present “Healing as a Spiritual Path” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at at the Ames Friends Meeting House, 121 S. Maple Ave. The event is free; donations are appreciated. Candiate forum: A candidate forum for the House District 49 candidates will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 in the Senior Center in Nevada, 1231 Sixth St. Dave Deyoe, Mickie Franklin, John Evans and Mike Knox will present their views and answer questions from the audience.

Oct. 22

Dinner: Salem Lutheran

Church will host an old fashioned chicken and biscuit dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the church in Roland. Free-will donation, carryouts available Bird feeder cleaning: Get ready for fall and winter bird feeding, and support Gilbert Boy Scout Troop 157, by having your feeders cleaned. Gilbert Boy Scouts will be cleaning birdfeeders from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Wild Birds Unlimited, 213 Duff Ave. Cost is $5 per feeder. Barn dance: The Central Iowa Barn Dance Association will host its monthly dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Collegiate-Wesley Annex, 130 S.Sheldon Ave. No experience, partner, special costume or lessons necessary. Ames’ own Barn Owl Band will provide their usual fine live music. Admission is $7, students $5. Free parking north of the Annex.

Oct. 23

Candidate forum: A forum for the candidates for Story County Board of Supervisors and Story County Auditor will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Oct.


23 at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, 159 Sheldon Ave. Wayne E. Clinton, Scott Schaben, Linda Murken, Martin R. Chitty, Lauris Olson, Lucy Martin and Becky Jordan will be present. Bingo: Bingo is at 6 p.m. every Sunday at the American Legion Post 37, 225 Main St. Event is open to the public. Play sheets of three, six or

nine squares are available for $6, $12, or $18. Funds raised go to support local community programs.

Oct. 24

High-School Equivalency program: DMACC High-School Equivalency program registration will

be from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Oct. 24, at DMACC Hunziker, 1420 S. Bell Ave. Classes are free and prepare students to take the highschool equivalency tests. For more information, contact (515) 290-4775 or amundel@

Oct. 25

Ames Interfaith Refugee Alliance: AIRA will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at United Church of Christ Church in the fellowship hall. AIRA is a consortium of faithbased communities with the common goal of resettling refugees in the Ames area.

Dining Guide

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Ames Christian School students celebrate Grandparents Day

Members of the Ames Christian School early kindergarten class pose with their grandparents. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Second-grader Audrey Hilleman and her grandpa play ladder ball on Grandparents Day. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Third-grader Chloe Koch enjoys a snack with her grandparents. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Ames Christian School hosted its annual Grandparents Day on Friday, Sept. 30. Grandparents of the students gathered at the school for a special program put on by the kindergarten through sixth-graders and their teachers. Each class presented a special song or reading that honored their grandparents and made them feel loved. After the program,

grandparents were invited to each classroom to read, have snacks and participate in physical education activities with their grandchild. Those activities included tetherball, hopscotch, ladder ball and bean bag toss. The students of Ames Christian Preschool also presented a program for their grandparents and enjoyed snacks, a craft and playtime.

Kindergartener Lida Teske plays bean bag toss with her grandparents. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


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Jake Kluesner, right, with his sponsor, Eldon Weber, during an induction ceremony held at a recent meeting of the club. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Lions Club welcomes new member Jake Kluesner, a new member of the Ames Breakfast Lions Club, will be providing leadership for Kids Deserve Better, a new program of the club which is dedicated to serving families suffering from lost or ailing loved ones. Kids Deserve Better will partner with Pizz-AThon, under the leadership

of Eldon Weber, a program featuring activities to help youth discover their selfworth and develop leadership skills. Kids (kindergarten through eighth grade) get excited about creating a new pizza where they learn by doing and helping others in a “mock pizza” business. These two programs

working in concert will provide a way for the Lions club to better serve families of sick or diseased parents or children by conducting activities that focus on children. More information about these programs can be obtained at or Kids Deserve Better on Facebook.


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PEOPLE Trenton Becker, of Gilbert; Teri Jensen and Katie Schmidt, of Ames; and Jordan Stewart, of Slater were named to the dean’s list for summer at

R-S ag department hosts farm safety camp The Roland-Story Agriculture Department/ FFA chapter, in cooperation with Van Walls and Brent Larson, of Story City, recently hosted their 39th-annual agriculture farm safety camp for all third-graders at the elementary school. The camp was designed to give the third-grade students further insights in being safe when visiting a farm. In all, 124 students participated. According to Brad Taylor, Roland-Story agriculture instructor, “the topics that the high school students picked out and prepared for are very relevant and should serve as a reminder to any student who visits a farm about being safe. We had 52 high school students working with the third graders and each did an excellent job of using communication skills to get their points across on how to be safe.” Chairing this year’s committee was Mason Thomas. Topics that students identified and prepared for included: lawn mowers — riding and push as well as weed whips and safety gear; grain safety involving combines and grain carts; tractors safety involving PTO dangers; small and large farm animal care with sheep, pigs, goats, chickens and horses; pets including dogs, snakes, hamsters, turtles, ferrets and rabbits; first aid treatment and fishing/casting.

The Roland-Story Agriculture Department/FFA chapter, in cooperation with Van Walls and Brent Larson, of Story City, recently hosted the 39th-annual agriculture farm safety camp for all third-graders at the elementary school. In all, 124 third-grade students participated in this year’s program. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Upper Iowa University. To be named to the dean’s list, honorees must have a 3.50 GPA for the semester and be enrolled as a fulltime student.

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Ames Golden K Kiwanis presented a check for $600 to Ames Northwood Public Preschool on Oct. 6. This donation will be used to help purchase children books for the school library. From left, Ames Golden K’s Doug Provow, Northwood Principal Brandon Schrauth and Golden K’s Bill Shrum. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Members of the Iowa State Rotaract Club recently volunteered at the Ames Days for Girls sewing meeting. The students cut fabric and helped assemble hygiene kits for girls in South Africa. Front row, from left, Lorena McGee, Aimee Rodin, Sean Wasion and Ahsas Malik; back row, from left, Tanner Rons, Jordan Golla, Farrah Welu, Monica Moylan, and Kayla Ahrens. The sewing team meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month and at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month in the Mother Teresa Room (formerly Sunroom) at St. Cecilia Church, 2900 Hoover Ave. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Hagie 280 high clearance donated

Nevada High School students pictured with donated Hagie 280, front row, from left, Samantha Lindsey and Libby Burlage; second row, from left, Trevor George, Tyler Arends, Carter Luing, Noah Nusbaum, Kody Galles and Luke Schmitz; on machine deck, Mark Kenney and Mr.Cooper. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Mark Kenney, Nevada area farmer, stands by the Hagie 280 diesel sprayer that he donated to Nevada agriculture education and FFA. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Mark Kenney, Nevada area farmer, donated and delivered a Hagie 280 diesel hydrostatic high clearance tractor to Nevada FFA on Friday, Sept. 16. The 280 is powered by turbocharged Cummins diesel and features complete “all wheel” hydrostatic drive. Originally a sprayer, Kenney’s have been refitted the machine for destroying male seed corn after pollination with row cutters. “I would like our

students to set up the 280 with precision guidance components for auto steer and swath control,” said Kevin Cooper, Nevada High School ag ed instructor and FFA advisor. Kenney was a student of Mr. Cooper’s and graduated from Colo-NESCO in 1998.

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Debra Marquart, professor of English at Iowa State University, and Neil Nakadate, professor emeritus of English at Iowa State, spoke at the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation’s Author Cafe on Saturday, Oct. 8. This was the second Author Cafe, which provides a showcase for writing talent in Ames. The event, which included tea and treats, was held at the Ames Public Library. The Friends Foundation raises funds for library events and services. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Andrew Webb, Nebraska-Iowa District 11 Lt. Gov., recently installed the 2016/2017 Officers and Board Members of the Ames Town and Country Kiwanis Club. From left, Randy Griffith, past president; Gerri Bugg, president-elect; Don Beitz, secretary; Dan Franklin, president; and Andrew Webb. Not pictured: Don Erickson, treasurer and the Club’s board members. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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