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Volume 11, Number 13


The Sun Covering New Sharon, Fremont and all of Mahaska County

Thursday, April 9, 2014


Miss Iowa Works To Help Others Communities Show Support for Sexual Assault Survivors To raise awareness and stand in solidarity with survivors, a number of area towns are displaying teal ribbons this month. Locally, the town of New Sharon has allowed Crisis Intervention Services to decorate trees in its square in recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. These ribbons are meant to remind us that sexual violence touches all of us, with one in five women and one in 33 men being victimized by an attempted or completed rape in their lifetimes. Young people are at the greatest risk: almost half of first time rape victims are under 18, and 80% are under 25. However, sexual violence is preventable.

The first step in influencing societal attitudes that contribute to these forms of abuse is the willingness to openly discuss the issue. Just as awareness campaigns have reduced levels of smoking and drunk driving, public health efforts are underway to decrease the rates of sexual assault. CIS provides free and confidential counseling and advocacy services to sexual assault survivors of all ages and their loved ones, and can be reached 24 hours a day at 1-800-270-1620. They also provide speakers for community groups, as well as conduct prevention education at schools and colleges. To schedule a speaker for your group, call Charisa at 641-673-0336.

National Appearance Awaits OHS Sophomore By Ken Allsup, Contributing Writer MaKennah Little has found herself in almost uncharted territory as an OHS student. Not since debate teams of the 60′s and 70′s has an OHS student found their way to the nationals in debate. MaKennah Little joined debate as a way to learn to speak before a crowd, “and not get so nervous about that”. Some students may join debate as a way to “argue” with others, but it’s a skill that is developed by learning an assigned topic. This topic is called a bill, much like a bill that could find its way into congress. The debate participant then learns as much as they can about that bill, learns to find and cite sources to support or not support their bill. These bills often touch on current issues such as legalizing marijuana, gay marriage or minimum wage increase, as examples. MaKennah enjoys debating the subjects, and along the way “I really learned a lot by researching” MaKennah adds. “It’s kind of fun just to talk about it with people.” McKennah most recently debated the minimum wage increase at district competition. Along the way, research into a subject can change one’s mind. MaKennah said that happened to her during the research stage in preparing for district debate. “I didn’t think that was a good idea at first, but then I spoke about it and I thought it was a good idea”, MaKennah said. The Districts for MaKennah were on March 22nd, and she’s awaiting her subject matter for the National Debate which will be held in June. “Everybody submits a piece of legislation and then it gets sent out to everyone else” explained MaKennah. MaKennah is currently unsure what her legislation will be, and she’s considering her options, having only written one other piece of legislation for debate prior to being selected for national debate, which was the minimum wage bill. Speech presentation, the con-

tent of the speech are important factors in helping a debater attain a high rating. “If you have statistics to back up your argument and it’s not just your own opinion, they [judges] usually value that. Following parliamentary procedure is also a factor in attaining a good rating from judges. Fellow debaters can then question you after you have presented your opinion on a bill for up to two minutes. This can be a nervous time for the one presenting their opinion, “If you don’t really think about it, you can come up with a response, but if you over-think, then it makes it a lot more challenging”, MaKennah said. That part of engaging your peers is a factor in the judges’ decision for a score, and played a part in MaKennah moving on to nationals. MaKennah considers the questioning portion of debate as easier for her, “because it’s just easy to find flaws in what other people say and so I can point those out”. OHS teacher and advisor Jessica Weinreich has been teaching at OHS for the past 6 years, said that MaKennah is really good at delivery, “where a lot of debaters will just throw the facts and statistics at you, and go a mile a minute, she [MaKennah] talks to you like your a real person and puts it into her own words”, explained Weinreich. MaKennah’s style was described by Weinreich as a “professional casual” way of speaking,

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By Ken Allsup, Contributing Writer The third time is a charm, or so the saying goes, and for Oskaloosa’s Jessica VerSteeg, it proved to be true. VerSteeg recently was crowned Miss Iowa United States at a competition in February 2014, and will be representing the state at the Miss United States pageant on July 1st and 2nd in Washington D.C. She had faced disappointment in the past, but after switching systems she found that victory she had worked so hard for. The Miss USA system is typically a glamorous setting, but Miss United States has a platform. So at Saturday’s Relay for Life, the current Miss Iowa had an opportunity to be a part of the Miss United States platform, which is Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. “Miss United States works on a platform basis, so it’s not just a crown and a sash, and it’s not just about being glamorous.” says VerSteeg. “You actually are very involved with your community and very involved with other charities.” With being Miss Iowa and being able to help represent Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society as part of the pageant platform, will allow VerSteeg to help raise awareness for an illness that she says has impacted her life. “My mom is a breast cancer survivor and my mom is my queen. She’s the one who should be wearing this crown and sash.” VerSteeg says that cancer impacting lives helps people “not take anything for granted, espe-

cially somebody’s life”. For her personal platform, VerSteeg has chosen ‘Best Buddies’. ‘Best Buddies’ is a program similar to ‘Big Brothers and Big Sisters’, except with special needs children. VerSteeg along with her boyfriend, NFL Superbowl Champion Tyler Sash, both participate in the program. VerSteeg’s buddy is Abby, and she’s from the Des Moines area. “I’ve fallin’ in love with my buddy Abby”, who just recently celebrated another birthday. The two celebrated the day with a trip to the Cheesecake Factory. “I love being a part of ‘Best Buddies’, it’s why I chose it to be one of my platforms as Miss Iowa”, VerSteeg added. VerSteeg’s full-time job has her traveling often as a model. Some recent work includes a ‘Devious Maids’ music video and upcoming work in London and Miami. VerSteeg has been a model for several years now, and she will be the first to admit it’s a lot of work, but she loves it. Many may wonder VerSteeg’s connection to Oskaloosa, but she grew up spending Christmas and summers in town. Her father, grandparents and great-grandparents all call Oskaloosa home. VerSteeg and Sash actually grew up together, with Sash sitting behind VerSteeg in 7th grade math. So why would the couple decide to stay and live in Oskaloosa after traveling the world? “Homegrown. Nothing beats it” says VerSteeg of Oskaloosa. “The people here are so good.”

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MHP Trained on Artificial Pancreas System According to Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is a disease affecting over 25 million Americans. There are a variety of treatment options, and Mahaska Health Partnership recently began working with patients using an artificial pancreas system. The artificial pancreas system automates the insulin delivery system for people with diabetes. It monitors insulin levels and automatically stops delivery when sensor glucose values reach a set value. The improvements on the accuracy of the sensors help patients with diabetes better control their condition. “This new system can help people get better control of their diabetes and eliminate multiple injections on a daily basis,” MHP Certified Diabetes Educator Sharon Ferguson explained. “These systems are small and portable, and allow for more reliable, accurate readings.” The new sensors are 69 percent smaller than previous versions, which make them more discreet and manageable. “I’m very excited to see the new technological advances in diabe-

EBF 7th And 8th Grade Mathletes Compete At State Mathcounts Submitted For the first time in more than 15 years, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Schools sent a team to the State MathCounts competition at Drake University on Friday, March 21. The team placed 14th out of 24 teams representing the top math students from across the state. 141 individuals competed, and Harrison Mock placed 43rd-in the top 30 percent overall. The 2014 MathCounts team is pictured above: Harrison Mock, Derek Walker, Tylor Durbin, Julia Fairchild and Emma Bunnell (Alternate). tes treatment,” Ferguson said. “I know what my patients go through on a daily basis for treatment, so the automation the artificial pancreas provides can make their diabetes much more manageable.” Ferguson explained the suspension feature of the artificial pancreas stops the delivery of insulin if glucose levels reach a

certain point pre-set by a healthcare provider. Once the threshold is reached, an alarm goes off for the user. If the user is asleep or otherwise unable to react, the system delays the delivery of glucose for two hours. If insulin needs delivered before then, it can be resumed at any time. Dr. Jeffrey Fowler, OB/GYN Specialist at MHP, has also uti-

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Eddyville Elementary Rocket Pride Winners for March 21 - Back: Keegan Dudley, Skyler Young, Coby Schmitz, Collin Lobberecht, Abby DeWild, Dylan Matthew, Jasmine Garman, Eric Schutt, Hanah Grunig; Front: Brianna Fritzsche, Gavin Meeks, Dakota Myers, Blake Johnson, Jackson Hudnut, Gus Johnson, Antonio Pierce [submitted].

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Alumni Holds Consignment Auction By EBF AgriPower Chapter Reporters Katelyn Herr, Annie Larkin, and Cayla Glosser On Saturday, March 8, the AgriPower FFA Alumni held a consignment auction at the EBF High School. Many local individuals consigned and donated items of their choice to be sold at the auction. Former FFA members, and now a few of the current alumni members, Justin Doyle, Jake Davis, Curt Houk, and Sharis Bahr-Claver came up with the idea to have the consignment auction. All the proceeds went to the Agri-Power FFA Alumni. Percentage of the proceeds varied on the price of the item sold. The Alumni will distribute the money back to the FFA in ways of their choice. The auction began at 10 a.m. and brought in roughly around 350 people. Items such as tractors, hay bales, wagons, livestock trailers, and many more were auctioned off. Jim Kosmas-with Al Martin Auctioneer Company, Mike Stewart, Randy Sieren, and JD Sinnif-with the help of his son TJ Sinnif, an active FFA member, auctioned off the items. The Alumni also had a concession stand with baked goods and beverages that were donated by FFA members and people of the community. Many FFA members attended to help out in ways such as transport people from the parking lot to the sale, assist customers with their newly bought items, and work the concession stand. “There were a lot more people than I thought there would be, and it was pretty interesting to see how much each item sold for,” says Aaron Gordon, one of the FFA members that helped work the concession stand. The auction ended at around 3:30, for a total of five and a half hours. “The Alumni group really did an outstanding job getting this project going. I was glad that they were able to have a successful sale,” says Patrick Powers. Most of the items sold brought in a large amount of commission. The alumni thought it was a very successful way to bring in money to help their organization. They hope to hold another successful consignment auction next year.

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Mahaska Co. ‘For the Record’

G e r a l d Bond, 89 of New Sharon passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. Funeral services began at 10:30 am Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Assembly of God Church in New Sharon. Burial was in the Union Mills Cemetery at Union Mills. Visitation was Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in New Sharon with the family present from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Sharon Fire and Rescue or the MHP Hospice Serenity House. Friends may sign the online guestbook at Holland-Coble Funeral Home of New Sharon is in charge of arrangements. Gerald Glen Bond was born on June 22, 1924 to Alva and Florence (Plum) Bond in Jackson Minnesota. He was the 6th of 10 children. His family eventually moved to Iowa and settled in New Sharon, where he graduated from high school in 1943. On July 4, 1943, Jed was united in marriage to Eunice Bergsten

in a double wedding with Sam and June Glendening in Lancaster, Mo. In August of 1943, he joined the United States Navy, where he served aboard the Destroyer Escort for 27 months before being honorably discharged in December of 1945. Gerald started three businesses in New Sharon, New Sharon Sanitation, Bonds Fencing and Bonds Family Restaurant, which he ran for 25 years before selling it in 2000. Jed also was the New Sharon City Clerk for several years. He enjoyed fishing, watching anything sports related on T.V., visiting with his homebound friends and reading his Bible. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan and loved to watch Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling. Jed was very active in the Assembly of God Church, where he was a member and served on the board for many years. He was a member of the Coffin-Miller American Legion Post #446 and a past member of the New Sharon Fire and Rescue. His memory will be cherished by his wife of 70 years, Eunice Bond of New Sharon; four children, Patricia (Frank) Mick of New Sharon, Jerry (Pam) Bond of Adel, Jim (Sandy) Bond of Montezuma and Donna (Jack) Smith of New Sharon; nine grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; two sisters, Vera Miller of Cherry Valley, California and Margaret Corbett of New Sharon and a sister-in-law, Dorotha Bond of New Sharon. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Alva and Florence Bond; a son in infancy, John; one grandson, Todd Ferguson and seven siblings, Bessie Stanford, Edna Boomershine, Helen Kitzman, Gladys McBee, Harry Bond, Virginia Malloy and Marjorie Bond.

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Clyde Case 1930-2014 Clyde Case, of Pensacola, passed away March 28, 2014. He is survived by his wife,

Lorene Case; children, Danny Clyde (Janie) Case, Shellee Case Seely, and Doyle Drett (Debora) Case; grandchildren, Lesli, Amber, Daniyel, Austin, Sean, Shae, Casey and Zachariah as well as numerous great-grandchildren, gret-greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family. Visitation was from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 31, 2014 at Gulf Coast Christian Church with funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Memorials can be made in Clyde’s name to Gulf Coast Christian Church, 590 East Burgess Road, Pensacola, FL 32504. Faith Chapel Funeral Home South, 100 Beverly Parkway, Pensacola is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences online at

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Baptist Church of Fremont Pastors: Otto and Ruth Hayes Sunday School, 9 a.m. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Barnes City COMMUNITY CHURCH Rev. Jim and Linda Sears Sunday 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship 4 p.m. - Youth Group (Pre-6th) 6:30 p.m. Evening Worship Barnes City United Methodist Church Pastor Michelle Williamson Worship, 4:30 p.m., Sunday Cedar Christian Reformed Church Pastor Josh Van Engen 9:30 a.m., Morning Worship Cedar United Methodist Church Pastor Ronald C. Bupp Worship - 10:30 a.m., Sunday Children’s Sunday School - During Worship Service Fremont Nazerene Church Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.

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LACEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Pastor Roger White 641-673-5986 Worship, 8:30 a.m. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.

6:30-8:30 p.m. - PROS High School youth (9th-12th)/ Both Meet @ McVay Bldg. Park Church of Christ Evangelist: Mark Doland 1804 Burlington Road Oskaloosa, IA 52577 Sunday Bible Class (All Ages): 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Life Groups Sunday afternoon and Thursday evenings

LOWER GROVE CHURCH Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. New Sharon FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH Lead Pastor Rick Thompson Associate Pastor Chris Sampson Sunday Sunday School (all ages) 9 a.m. Worship, 10 a.m. UFC (Students), 6 p.m. Wednesday Gems/Cadets, 6:10-8 p.m.

PEORIA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 10 miles west of New Sharon Worship, 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Rural New Sharon

New Sharon FRIENDS CHURCH Marlene Smith, Pastor 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship Monday, 7 p.m. - Prayer Meeting Wednesday, 7 p.m. - Believer’s Hour of Power New Sharon Harvest Community Church 2083 Hwy. 102 Richard Smith, Pastor Phone: 641-891-5060 harvestcommunityfellowship2006@ Sunday School, 8:45 a.m. Fellowship, 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10 a.m.

UNION MILLS CHRISTIAN CHURCH Pastor Kerry Lake Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:35 a.m. SEARSBORO COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Don Job Sunday School, 10 a.m. Worship, 11 a.m. TAINTOR COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Mike Murrell 641-891-8128 Sunday Worship, 9 a.m. Coffee Time, 10:30 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Thursday Young Peoples, 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome

New Sharon UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Lead Pastor Terry Pollard 641-637-2561 Sunday 8 a.m., Traditional Worship 10:30 a.m., Contemporary Worship Service 9 a.m., Fresh Start Breakfast 9:15 a.m., Kid’s Sunday School & Adult Life Groups Wednesday 6-8 p.m. - G2C Children (1st-6th)/ Meet @ Church 5:30-7:30 p.m. - PROS Middle School youth (7th-8th)/

WEST LIBERTY CHURCH OF CHRIST 7 miles west of Montezuma on Diamond Trail Sunday Sunday School, 9:45 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Evening, 6 p.m. Fourth Friday Night April to October Singing and Fellowship, 7 p.m.

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NaDean A. Stefansen passed peacefully on April 3, 2014. As were her wishes, she will be cremated with a private family burial at a later date. Friends may sign the online guestbook at

NaDean was born to Ralph and Agnes Roundy on April 14, 1928 in Woodbine, Harrison County. She and her brother Duane Edwin Roundy were raised in the Woodbine area. On December 21, 1944 she was married to Max Morris Mann. To this union five children were born; Ronald Morris Mann, Terry Lee Mann, Keith Darran Mann, Linda Sue Steel, and Kenneth Eugene Mann. Nadean and Max later divorced and she met Steve Stefansen. The two were married in Loveland, Colo. in 1965. Steve preceded NaDean in death in August of 1978. NaDean lived in many locations throughout her life, including Colorado, Oregon, Iowa and most recently moving from New Sharon to the Oskaloosa Care Center in 2009. NaDean leaves a host of family and friends to mourn her passing.

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Tales of the Ancient Sportman by Burdell Hensley I just spent several days in summertime. It was in the low 80’s all four days we were in Alabama and I must admit that I had forgotten how being hot felt. It was gorgeous in Huntsville as the cherry blossoms were at peak and the magnolias and other flowering trees were showing off as well. The flowerbeds were beautiful as the pansies, daffodils, tulips and other spring flowers were doing their thing. The locals told us that spring is about two to three weeks late this year and that probably means it will be late here as well. I have already heard reports of the planting season being delayed due to the depth of the frost this year. All of that does not bode well for the Pella Tulip Time. A couple of years ago when everything was early, it was jokingly referred to as the stem festival. This year it might be the bud festival. We returned home on Thursday and from Paducah to St. Louis, we drove through some monster storms. Once we got to Iowa, it was miserably cold and windy. I couldn’t imagine running a track meet in that weather, but Mt. Pleasant and Van Buren held their meets. Burr! Friday I had to go to Parkersburg and host a day trip to Des Moines for my partner at the Parkersburg bank. She had been called away and she needed me to bail her out. It was windy and ugly with a dusting of snow and sleet up there. The trip went well, but when I got back home I was running on fumes. Saturday was a much better day and we took in Logan’s baseball doubleheader. We bundled up and sat where the sunshine could rest on our shoulders. I believe it was John Denver that sang, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy”. I had that feeling and two wins with Logan having an outstanding day even made me happier. The trip south did remind me that procrastination can get you in trouble. I had traded off my Impala with the wonderful On Star GPS system. Miss Scarlet, the sassy red Prius does not feature a GPS. So in true “Pa Kettle” fashion I said that I would get around to it one of these days. Sure enough, I forgot to get a system before we headed south. Since I knew the area that we were going to, I felt that I got get by very well with my atlas and my inborn GPS system. WRONG! The first problem arose just about 400 miles into the trip. I was headed for Paducah, KY when suddenly I crossed the Wabash River and soon saw a sign that said,

welcome to Indiana. But I didn’t want to go to Indiana! I went on to Evansville and took the bypass to the Pennyrile Parkway. That took me back down to I-24 and back on the route to Nashville. Being an old geometry teacher, I received a quick reinforcement that the shortest distance between two points is not a right angle. We did make it to Pigeon Forge and checked out the places I needed to know about before I host a tour there this fall. It is a great place, but what a traffic mess. We will use the trolley system and avoid as much to the traffic problem as possible. The hotel that we are using this fall was full so I decided to push on to Chattanooga. We had to go through the upper portion of the Smokey Mountain National Park and the traffic was bumper to bumper. We stopped at an information center and I asked the lady at the desk how to get out of the park and on to where I wanted to go. She said to go about another mile and take the Gatlinburg bypass. Then look for the sign that says to Townsend and take that road. You can’t miss it. Where have I heard that before? After driving for what seemed to be an hour I entered the village of Cherokee, North Carolina. But I didn’t want to go to North Carolina. This time it was an oblique angle and I was even further off course. We finally made it to Chattanooga and the rest of the trip was uneventful. But I can assure you that I will have a GPS unit before the next trip. Things have been slim on the high school sports scene, as the weather has made things tough. Hopefully we will get a break soon. The track athletes have only two weeks left to qualify for the Drake Relays. It has been a tough week for the Ancient-ess as she has celebrated another one of those birthdays. She has caught up to me again and she is running hard. She may be older, but she has not slowed down much. We both may be doing the Tim Conway act before long, but as long as they can get us on the bus we will keep on traveling. Let’s take a look over our shoulder and see what happened yesterday. 75 years ago: April 7, 1939The new Keomah Six-Man Football league has been formed. Teams expected to compete are; Hedrick, Delta, Eldon, New Sharon, Fremont, Eddyville and Bussey. April 13- Dale

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Phillips honored for school board service Jeani Phillips served on the North Mahaska School Board for four years from 2009 to 2013. During a recent basketball game, superintendent Randy Moffit presented Jeani with a plaque in gratitude for her service to the school and community. “We appreciate Jeani’s work with the school and her desire to do the best for our students.” stated Moffit.

The Elementary Christmas Program is now available on the school website The concert was held Thursday, December 19th at 1:30 and due to the weather the evening performance of the elementary winter concert was canceled. Grades Kindergarten through 4th grade along with the Elementary band can be viewed online at

Khloee Jean Watts was born at 12:47 am on Jan. 1, making her Mahaska Health Partnership’s 2014 New Year’s Baby. Khloee weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Her parents are Nathan and Christine Watts of Oskaloosa, and she has a big sister, 4-year-old Katelynn. Her grandparents are Diane Ferneau, Mark and Kathy Van Der Meiden and Steve and Jana Watts, all of Oskaloosa. Khloee was delivered by Family Practice Physician Stephen Mineart, MD. Christine, who delivered her first child in the old Birthing Center location, said she really appreciated the larger room and the whirlpool tub, which she used before and after her delivery. Obstetrics patients have been care for in the new patient care wing since September of 2013. “I was very thankful to have many of the same excellent nurses who helped me when I delivered Katelynn,” Christine said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better birthing experience.” As MHP’s first baby of 2014, Khloee received a wide variety of gifts from MHP and Whispering Tree Gifts, the Hospital Auxiliary’s gift shop located on the lower level of the new patient care wing. Katelynn also received a special gift to congratulate her in her new role as big sister. Mahaska Health Partnership, located in Oskaloosa, is a nonprofit health system accredited by the Joint Commission. It is guided by its mission to provide exceptional customer service and health improvement, linking the science of medicine with the humanity of compassionate care. For more information about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, call 641-672-3240 or visit www.

Pictured, from left to right: Brittany Lewis, Brittany Bedford, Pam Peters, Tami Overturf, MHP Home Health & Hospice Director Anne Hildreth, McNulty, Katie Caudron, MHP Hospice Patient Care Coordinator Kim Stek, Kara Shearer and Robyn Sayre.

Hair Designers donates to Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Serenity House The holiday season is about giving and that is exactly what the staff at Hair Designers in Oskaloosa wanted to do. “Lisa asked if we ever have nail polish we can’t use but we wanted to do more than that,” The Hair Designers owner Pam Peters said. Peters is referring to Lisa McNulty, MHP Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, who made the request after a patient at the MHP Hospice Serenity House wanted her nails painted. “This woman had never in

her life painted her finger nails. One of our volunteers brought in nail polish and did her fingers and toes, it made her feel so special,” McNulty explained. “We’ve had patients in the past who needed help with their hair or make-up and our volunteers do all they can, but sometimes we are lacking the right tools. This donation of hair products, make-up and manicure supplies will go a long way in meeting the wishes of some of our patients.”

Also included in the basket was a monetary donation which McNulty said will be used to purchase additional supplies. “We strive to meet the personal needs of each of our patients on an individual level,” McNulty explained. “Sometimes that means making purchases that aren’t always in the budget. Generous donations like this make it possible for us to deliver on those small wishes that make all the difference.”

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The Elks “Hoop Shoot” contest was held at the Oskaloosa Senior High School on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Participating in this event was: Caden McKay finishing in second place, Ty Kelderman, Brock Walkup finishing first in this age class, Levi Johnston, Aiden Woods, and Nic Fleming. Congratulations to Brock who will be advancing to the district competition in Oskaloosa on January 18.

Financial Aid Night

North Mahaska High School Monday, January 13th 7 p.m. High School Library North Mahaska High School will host a Financial Aid Presentation on Monday, January 13th, at 7 p.m, in the school library. The purpose of the program is to provide information in regards to: -- the types of financial aid available -- how to apply for financial aid -- how aid is determined -- what happens after completing a financial aid form -- what is a financial aid package Presenting the program will be a representative from the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN). All parents of college-bound seniors are encouraged to attend the program and complete the FREE APPLICATION FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL AID (FAFSA). This form must be completed in order to apply for and receive federal or state grants / loans / or scholarships (including the local C.H. & Helen A. Sheridan Scholarship and Lowry Scholarship). Parents of juniors who are interested in getting a head start in understanding the Grant/Loan/Scholarship process are also encouraged to attend. For further information or questions regarding the evening program, or general questions about financial aid, please contact David Crotts, North Mahaska guidance counselor at 637-4187. (Please Note: In order to complete the FAFSA, you will need both parent & student 2013 federal income taxes completed as soon as possible. Also, in order to complete the FAFSA online and provide a digital signature, both student and parent need to apply for a PIN number. Go to and on the top tabs click on “Pin Site.”

Youth basketball squad wins Pella Tournament

The North Mahaska 6th grade girls traveling basketball team has been busy this season and have had a successful start to the new year. The girls won the Pella Explosion Tournament and placed third in the Mount Pleasant Tournament. The team also played in the Central College Youth Tournament and have scrimmaged Ottumwa and Oskaloosa Christian, which had girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Coach Jason LaRue commented, “I was very proud of them when we played Oskaloosa Christian. They went up against older girls and won in a very good game.” LaRue also expressed, “The girls have shown great passion for the game and continue to improve. Acacia and I are very proud of them all.” The team competes nearly every weekend during their 2013-2014 season. Players on the Warhawk team include: Kassidi Steel, EmmaTerrell, Cheyenne Shaw, Madison McKay, Karlee Chandler, Elizabeth LaRue, Paige Layman, and Lyddia Stodghill. They are coached by Jason LaRue and Acacia Morris.

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Hicklin won the Bantamweight at the Central Iowa Open Boxing tourney. Jimmy Hicklin was the runner-up in the flyweight division. April 13- New Sharon smothers Barnes City 16-2 in the baseball opener. John Ankeny cracked four hits and Keith Miller laced three hits to lead the Bulldogs. April 13- What Cheer blasts Delta 15- 0, as Greeno, Strong and Elliott split the pitching chores. Gutknecht, Elliott, C. Lamb, Hazen and Kitzman each had a pair of hits for the Warriors. April 13 – Cedar clubbed Rose Hill 19-6. Eugene Tucker bashed a home run and a triple and Ray Towns and O. Brown each cracked three hits for Cedar. 50 years ago: April 8, 1964Leroy Powell and Jim Van Scoyoc teamed to pitch Penn to An 8-2 win over Coe. April 9- Keota wins a quadrangular track meet. The Eagles were led by Cliff Stoutner who won the high and low hurdles and the pole vault. Dave Temple won the long jump and the mile run and Ray Doud won the high jump. April 10- Eddyville’s Jerry Schleier fanned 16 batters, but the Rockets lost to Ottumwa Walsh 7-4. April 11- Fremont tags a 6-3 loss on Tri-County as Mel McKie tossed a four-hitter. Boyd Crosby led the Cats with a double and a single and Bob Swanson rapped a pair of singles. April 15- English Valleys wins the Class B title at the Ottumwa Relays. The Bears won the 440 and 880 relays and finished second in the mile relay. Ron Miller, Francis Johnston, Larry Denison and John Winegarden made up the 880 team, Miller, Johnston, John Reed and Winegarden formed the 440 relay and the mile team included Pat Blaylock, Vance Hall, Ted Rogers and Reed. April 15- Vern Meinders hurled a two-hit shutout and Pella Christian beat Fremont 8-0. Case DeHaan belted a triple and a single and Dennis Brass and Lowell Dahm each had doubles to lead PC. 25 years ago: April 13, 1989Pella Christian finished second at the Indian Relays. Nicole VandeVoort won the long jump, Diane Schinkel won the 200 and the sprint medley and the 4 X 200 relays were winners. The medley team included VandeVoort, Rhonda Houk, Steph Van Maanen and Sandi Van Wyk while the 4 X 200 team was made up of VandeVoort, Van Maanen, Van Wyk and Schinkel. Eddyville’s Holly Barnes won the 3000, the 1500 and she anchored the winning distance medley. Have a great week, warm things up a little and keep a GPS close by.

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Parson to Persons by Rev Kev The Importance of Being Tenderhearted

Tender Mercies is one of my favorite movies. Robert Duvall plays the role of Mac Sledge, a recovering alcoholic country music singer who seeks to turn his life around through his relationship with a young widow and her son in rural Texas. Mac’s conversion to Christianity transforms him from a hard living country music singer to a more tenderhearted, caring person. Tenderhearted people allow others to touch their souls. When people around them grieve, compassionate people feel sad. When they are needy, tenderhearted people sense that need. When you feel what others around you feel, you’re better able to do for them what they need. Are you compassionate and tenderhearted? Do you do good things

for others “just because?” Do you think of ways to serve and encourage your spouse? Family members? Co-workers? Those our culture devalues? Or are you too absorbed in your own life to feel what others are feeling? Are you too focused on the task at hand to pay attention to the people doing the task? Have you become too heard-hearted to empathize with others? Being tenderhearted does go counter to our culture, and you do risk being hurt sometimes. But tenderhearted people bring much needed grace, peace, and caring into the workplace, community, and families. Such a Christ-like presence can reduce anxiety and bring healing. Those are good and valuable things in almost any situation. Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you.”

Lower Grove News by Rosemary Schmidt Neighbor, Wilma Van’t Sant and I traveled over to Nancene Bruxvoorts for an afternoon of visiting on Thursday. She let us view the picture scrapbooks she made for her two kids. Looking at the life of others always interests me. How soon we forget what we have experienced in life and how fast it has passed us by. Also how important pictures will be the future generations. We don’t realize that fact when we are young, but as time goes by we start to realize it and of course then it is too late! We can never regain those years. She adds a few things to the scrapbooks, like bills showing what the car cost and etc. for that time period. When going on vacation we take all kinds of scenery pictures. But, as Nancene said, “They are beautiful and interesting at the time, but what is really important are pictures with people in them.” Most of time the scenery pictures are only interesting to those of us who were on the vacation. I made the remark that she inspires me to do the same kind of books, but seems as if I just don’t get it started. Charlene De Kock has also been working on books for her kids and says the house is just is ‘full of pictures’ while she was working on them. And she and Nancene said the same thing, “You just have to leave the mess out, because if you put it away, you never start on it again”. I guess that is why I don’t get started, I’ve had so much to contend within the last two years. Now I have been working on the last billings that I received from Mayo Clinic when I was in the hospital in 2012. Things just don’t ‘jive’, but they are always right (they say), so guess I will have to pay some. Isn’t that always the way it is…oh well, I am alive! My driveway, which is rock, was in need of replenishment. Randy Van Vark brought a load this week and now I am ready for rain. Don’t remember the last time that we had rock put on it, but there comes a time when things have to be done and it seems as if these last two years are it! Friday, I took the van into Pella to get serviced and the oil changed. Lois Van Wyk and I met at Arby’s for lunch. Then I went to Bibles for Missions to look at used things. It is

such a worthwhile organization. A good place to take all your unwanted things and then to buy some of others peoples unwanted things. Seems as if there is something wrong with that concept, but not really because the money goes for Bibles. Then I went home as Lois had went grocery shopping and then was coming out to my house to visit some more. Friday evening, I went to Pella to join the First Baptist Singles for a night out in Newton. We went to Montana Mikes to eat and who should I see there, but John and Lois Klyn and Sylvia Langstraat. I think they are following me…but, no I think it might be the other way around as I always come in later and there they are wherever I am going to eat. We have had a good laugh about that. Saturday evening, I took grandson, Scott Clark, out to eat at the Pella Family Restaurant. He loves their hamburgers and I ate a breakfast meal of French toast and sausage. Had enough leftover to eat for breakfast on Sunday. When the whole family gets together we never have time for ‘one on one’ visiting so it was a good time. Last Sunday I went to church then out to dinner with friends, Bob and Gleneva Peebler, Marlene Madden, Marilyn Weyers, Char Baumaan and then home to watch the ball game. It was a great time for the Iowa State basketball team. Winning over North Carolina in the NCAA tournament was not an easy feat, but I loved every minute of it. Hoping they can beat Connecticut on Friday evening. Monday was an eventful day in Lower Grove as the Jeff Craigo trailer caught on fire and burned. I was sitting at the kitchen table and seen the fire truck go by. I watched to see where it was going, seen it turn on their road and then a huge puff of smoke erupted into the air. When a person loses their home, it is traumatic occasion and one that no one wants to see. Tuesday was the Stroke Group meeting at the hospital and afterwards those joining me for lunch were: Valda and Lawrence Klyn, and Ruth (Visser) and Jerry Zear. It was supposed to be a nice day on Wednesday, but I went to Oskaloosa and it was windy and

TGL by Ada Kay Last week Sunday, March 23, guests of Carrol and Carolyn Bandstra to help celebrate her birthday were Calvin Bandstra and Caryn Rempe and Shane. 50th anniversary wishes to Marvin and Myrna G. and also Eleanor and Gene Jansen on March 26. The men’s prayer breakfast was held on Saturday, March 29 at the Taintor Community Church. Those attending were Mark VanWyk, Curt Braaksma, Justin Flander, Matt Johnson, Tim Geyer, Lyle Martin, Randy Vanwyk, and Pastor Joe Goemaat. Mark was the host and Pastor Joe led the devotions. Attending a play at the Newton Community Theater were Wanda Dunsbergen, Glenna Budding, and Denamae Maasdam. Guests overnight on Thursday of Walter and Ethel Sylvester were cousins, Jack and Pat Metcalf of Chicago. The Metcalfs had been to Ames to visit their daughter at college. April birthday wishes to Andrew Gertsma on the 1st, LaVerne VanWyk on the 2nd, and to Wilma Kaldenberg on April 6. A surprise birthday supper was on Thursday evening for Lowell Goemaat by his wife Linda. Joining them were Nick and Kristy Figland, Hayley and Kirsten. Lorrie Ludwick spent time in fort Collins, Colorado with her daughter Hannah Hopkins and grandchildren Sam and Violet. Carrol and Carolyn Bandstra attended the Peoria Cadets pork burger supper on Friday night at the Peoria gym. COLD. It wasn’t the best of days anyway as I paid the property tax, the car licenses, and got my income tax done. That was enough punishment for the day so I went home and took a nap. A while back I told about taking the ‘gals’ to Tanger Mall, but I forgot to tell you the funny thing that happened…Maybe I forgot because it happened to me! All of a sudden I felt my pants pocket and NO CELL PHONE! Now, I know you all have had that feeling and your stomach takes a flip flop. We had left the restaurant at the Amana’s and we were quite a few miles down the road. So, I pulled off the road and looked around to see it had fallen on the floor or what. Finally Sally used her cell phone and called my number. We could hear it ringing, but it sounded so muffled like it was down in a box of junk (like we all carry in the car) and we could not locate it. I said, “Oh well it is in the car so we will just go on and look for it when we get home.” So when we got home we looked again and couldn’t find it. Then as everyone was getting out of the van I got out and I had been SITTING ON IT. No wonder it sounded muffled! I can’t believe I didn’t feel it especially because I don’t have much padding on my ‘rump’. WISE SAYINGS by Phyllis Diller 1. Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing. 2. We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk. And the next twelve telling them to sit down and be quiet. 3. I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford and then I want to move in with them.

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Barnes City News by Mollie Loving Jordan Worrall celebrated his birthday last week on April 3rd and Larry Doonan celebrated his birthday on April 4th. Swiss steak was on the menu last Saturday evening at the Legion Hall, along with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salads, and homemade pies. A crowd of around 115 people were there to enjoy the delicious supper. The April Barnes City Fire Department meeting is the 10th at 7 p.m. at the fire station. Monthly training is April 17 at 7 p.m. at the fire station. The American Legion next meeting is April 14 at 7 p.m. The Barnes City scrapbookers and card makers are getting together on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 700 Cherry Street. Don’t forget to take your recyclables to the recycle bin. It is located on the north side of City Hall. Have a great week!

Bunker Hill & Beyond by Mary Jo Watson Today, Sunday the 6th of April and it finally warmed up later in the day so that every one was out side as much as they could be. This past week, the Fisk boys run our fertilizer on the fields. With the big track monsters it did not take long. Everywhere they are pulling anhydrous on fields. The men are having Spring fever and finally we are seeing greening up in the ditches and pastures. Looks like we may have some spring after all. Sunday found us going out for Chinese with Brian’s family to celebrate Camden’s 19th birthday. Brianne and Lydia came from DSM and Paige, Tyler and Riley from New Sharon. We were invited to join them and it was so fun to see the two little cousins play and kiss one another. So cute! They are both about a year old apiece. In the afternoon the men pulled posts from the former cattle coral. Maybe the frost is out by now. Karol stopped by Brian’s and then came over home to see me. Ryan rode the four wheeler over and we watched AFV on TV. Rachel Perez got home from Chicago on Friday from a two week training for the Navy. Then had to go to DSM for drill over the weekend. The little girls went to Marshalltown for the weekend. We went into his Mom’s on Friday evening and Luanne, Martha, Ron and Rilla Baker and Mary Lu and Raymond and I visited for the evening. Saturday evening we went to Oakland Acres to join friends and family of Larry Heishman to celebrate his birthday and made it a big surprise party. I visited with Marilyn Hunter which is her maiden name from when I knew her from running around with mutual friends from Searsboro in the 50’s. Loretta Lowry was a good friend of hers also. We knew a lot of the same people and she reads the news in the CR paper. Brian and Dawn and Ryan also attended. Been doing physical therapy a couple of times a week, and this week looks full already. Jed Bond from New Sharon passed away on Saturday and his visitation is Monday evening and the funeral is Tuesday morning. Colleen said she and Doc will attend. Jed was our Young Adult teacher when we were in New Sharon Assembly. So we have known the family a long while. RL sold most all the hay and coral panels and the phone rang non stop ever since he put it in the Spokesman. Dawn plans on a garden in the lot spot and it should be rich and mellow. Too rich and it will burn some plants. Hope it goes good. Karol and I need to make some lime pickles. One jar left to go. Talked to Patty Wickham on

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What a whirlwind of a week! I’m going to share something personal with you, and I only wish you could have been present during this experience to feel the emotion in the room. So settle back and try to lose yourself in this powerful moment. 28 years ago, I found a 2-week old Ankeny Shopper in the garbage and called a girl from a personal ad to be my son’s first babysitter. Her name was Kathy and we have been best friends ever since. You know the type...the one who you made great memories with but got busy with kids in life so you only talk occasionally but you are always there for each other when you really need someone who has your heart. When my dad passed away on a Sunday, I arrived home from the Hospice House and, since I was in a daze, started to do laundry to get ready for church. Unbeknownst to me, my husband had called Kathy and she left her home immediately just to come and give me a hug. It’s one of those hugs I’ll never forget. Well, Kathy’s mom has been battling health issues for the past 20 years but she just kept plugging away. In fact, 17 years ago she was considered ‘gone’, but as the doctors were trying to revive her, Kathy whispered in her ear that she was pregnant with her first granddaughter (she had 3 wonderful grandsons already) and ‘Nanna’ pulled through. Stevi was born and she and her Nanna were very close. Every time Nanna had another close call, Stevi begged her to fight for her life because she didn’t want to lose her. Now fast forward to last Sunday. I got the call at 7 a.m. I knew it would be news of Nanna’s passing. What I wasn’t expecting was the news that Stevi was so upset driving to the Hospice House for the final moments that tears blurred her vision and she missed the stop sign at a T intersection and hit the bank head on. She cut her forehead to the skull, broke ribs, punctured her lung, tore her spleen, and had numerous other minor injuries that will take time to heal from. In fact the wreck was so bad that the police were looking for another passenger because they thought there was too much blood to be from one person. The surreal part is Stevi remembers putting her phone in the passenger seat and miraculously she found it when she stopped. She doesn’t remember calling her mom and telling her that she was bleeding and all she could see were trees. Kathy had everyone out looking for her and luckily a nice the phone the other day and club (Forest Home) will be at 9:30 on April 16th at Simone’s Cupa Coffee place. It will be for Coffee time and meeting following. Mark on your calendar. We honked at our neighbors on the way to church. Don and Cecily are home and in time for Club. Rose Mary Schmidt called and we visited a while. We know mutual friends. Our granddaughter Abi Watson did some track time in Pella and Mark’s took Jacob and some friends out to eat on Sunday. Samantha Watson went to New York with a group of kids from Traer. They do this every other year. Mark told me why and where but I think my head has a leak because that is how long I seem to remember any thing. Josh Rockwell will be home from Ames tomorrow. He will graduate in May. For those who love the old west and the danger of adventure try a job in North Dakota where the oil wells are. Josh had his fill of up there and has a job offer, but is ready for a calmer atmosphere. Have a good week and stay safe. That means you farmers slow down, it always gets done and you want to be here to enjoy the Harvest!

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stranger had found her and held her neck in place until help could arrive. They still don’t know who that amazing man was. Due to my work schedule, I couldn’t go to Mercy until Monday evening. That turned out to be a good thing. Kathy refused to leave Stevi, but I told her I was spending the night and she felt comfortable enough with DeLaney and I being there that she finally went to her own bed to get some much needed rest...and move her mom’s belongings out of her apartment and plan her funeral. Can you imagine all of those emotions? Most of Stevi’s visitors were gone by 11 p.m. and that’s when things got serious. She started to talk. And as much as I like to talk, I hung on this girl’s every word and never wanted her to stop. She began telling us about the Friday before when she visited Nanna at her apartment. Nanna had made mention that she was so tired of being in pain and struggling every day. Stevi then asked her if she believed in God. Nanna had some hard times in her life and instead of clinging to her faith, she had turned her back on it. Stevi told her she wanted to see her again in Heaven and the only way that would happen is if she was saved and believed in God. This 16 year old girl went out to her car and got her Bible. As she prayed with her beloved Grandma, Nanna finally opened up her heart and said, “Yes. I believe!”. Stevi then did the hardest thing she has ever had to do. She told her best friend that she didn’t have to fight anymore and if she wanted to go be with God, that was O.K. now since they would be together again someday. Stevi’s aunt came and took Nanna to the Hospice House that evening and she passed away about 30 hours later. That was the first time Stevi didn’t beg her to hang on, knowing they will eventually be together again. As amazing as that story was, it was even more powerful when Stevi told her mom about it the next day. Kathy was sitting on the bed looking straight into Stevi’s eyes as she recounted the conversation. From our viewpoint we could only see huge tears running down Kathy’s face as she listened intently to every word her daughter was sharing. And when Stevi was done we witnessed the most intense mother/daughter hug I’ve ever seen as Kathy emotionally cried out, “Oh Baby. You have given me the greatest gift of all. You have given me my mommy back. Now I know I will see her again!” It was one of those moments that we wished we weren’t there due to the circumstances, yet it was one of the best moments of our lives. One of those moments that your heart is so huge. One of those moments when you know something larger than life is with you. One of those moments when you know you will be changed forever. One of those moments that you wish you could capture the emotion and feel that way again someday. One of those moments that you can’t explain but will never forget. We could all learn a lot from that 16 year old girl. I hope you all have a wonderful life, but I also hope you get to experience ‘that moment’ at some point. By the way, Stevi had just auditioned for a modeling job earlier that Friday...and got it. She jokingly said she could now model as a poster girl for ads that say “Don’t Cry and Drive”. She realizes the big picture in life and could have cared less about her curvy stitches covering her forehead. And she was released from the hospital Thursday night so she could attend her Nanna’s funeral on Friday. I see great things in that girl’s future. After all, she has a loving guardian angel now. And because of her, Nanna didn’t lose her life...she gained it for eternity.

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After this long cold severe winter, there just has not been enough snow and the ground is dry. We surely do need to pray the Lord will be gracious and send us some lifegiving spring rains. One day last week I helped a good friend with some cleaning chores—she was so grateful and it was a joy to help her. We had several cups of hot tea and at the end of the day her husband treated us to supper that he brought home. Loren’s brother Gaylor remains in the Iowa City Hospital as I write this on Friday, April 4. We went up to see him this past Wednesday and had a good visit with him, his wife Dorothy, and their oldest son, Scott, who is now here from the mission field in Kenya. Gaylor continues to improve, but still has a long way to go. It will be challenging for the family in the days ahead as he battles Lewy Body Disease and the aftermath of the stroke. We were amazed to see him pop up out of his chair so readily and walk around, but this all has taken a real toll—not only on him, but the rest of his family as well. Gaylor witnesses to everyone who comes into his room: “Do you know Jesus?” he says as he points up with his finger. Who knows what heart may be challenged by this dear man’s whispered words? Last week Thursday, we drove down to Fayetteville to spend the weekend with Mark and Susan. We were also happy to see grandchildren Nic and Chelsae to spend some time with them, too. Susan made up a nice supper of salmon steaks, rice and green beans and it was so good. She even had melted butter for the salmon. Yum! We are confirmed sea food lovers. On Friday, we hopped in her nice SUV and took off for Huntsville where Susan had discovered a Mennonite bulk foods store. She was waiting to take us there and had not seen it yet either. We found it and went in. Wow. They had everything the Amish store in Jamesport, MO, has plus Kalona. I felt like I had dropped into bulk food heaven. They even had the elusive powdered stevia I have been out of for some time. Then we purchased a container of ham salad, another of cheese curds, a head of lettuce, some chips, a loaf of fresh bread, a few drinks and went down the road five miles to With row Springs

State Park for the first picnic of the season. I have to tell you, every bite was simply delicious! The best ham salad I have ever tasted. And seeing the spring again and the surrounding countryside was also a treat. After that we drove back into Huntsville and whilst Loren sat in the vehicle and people-watched, Susan and I checked out some of the little shops. This is not a big town at all, so I was surprised to walk into a ladies’ clothing store that was jam packed with lovely clothes, shoes, and accessories. They had sales on, so we checked some of them out. I found a very nice pair of dark wash jeans for 60% off and if you know how hard it can be to find a nice fitting pair of jeans with all the criteria they have to meet, you will appreciate how happy I was. On Saturday, Nic joined Loren, Susan and I and we drove over to War Eagle, another nice drive. No, the leaves were not out yet, but daffodils and pansies are blooming all around down there in the Ozarks. War Eagle has a nice mill out in the country that is still in operation and a three-story red painted building that houses the mill beside War Eagle Creek, plus a gift shop and a modest restaurant on the top floor. During the summer they have War Eagle Days where vendors set up shop with their products and wares. A curved one-lane bridge goes over the creek and four miles down the road is a cave to explore and a couple of little shops set off in a wooded area. We checked that out, but didn’t do the cave tour. One day as we were out and about, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant. Oh, the restaurant. That was quite the experience. We ordered the ham and beans and Nic got a hamburger. He said it was good, but that is pretty much where the goodness stopped. As I sat down at our place where three small tables had been put together, the center table tipped spilling bean soup on my lap and coffee on the table. The waitress hurried over to help mop things up, but I noticed one of the table legs was already off kilter and had a piece of paper under it to keep it level. It didn’t work. Then we proceeded to eat our lunch—I have never tasted bean soup like that—full of pepper, not a particle of salt—then the cornbread with it was only half baked and our

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cold tea was spoiled. It was pretty bad. The kitchen lady came over to apologize and offer Susan more cornbread and the young waitress later refunded the cost of the beans and cornbread. Still, if they were what they should be cracked up to be, the whole thing should have been refunded. It was pretty poor management all the way around. The two girls were nice, however, and seemed a bit embarrassed. I would be, too. So hopefully, they will get their act together and do a better job for their customers, because it is a nice place to visit. One evening Mark treated us all to delicious pizzas at the Mello Mushroom. We had a cozy booth surrounding the seven of us which was really great for me as I could hear everyone fine. Sunday we attended church and then ate at Angus Jack’s, a new restaurant recently opened in Rogers. They offered gluten-free items, so we snapped that up. The staff there bent over backwards to make sure we had all we needed. The place was immaculate and the food very good. That night we watched a movie and enjoyed another of Susan’s good suppers. Monday came all too soon and we hugged our girl good-bye and headed up the road for home. We had a nice trip back and pulled into our driveway at 4:30—half an hour earlier than expected. It was very windy, so maybe that helped push us home faster. On Tuesday I unpacked everything, put it all away and did up a big wash. On Wednesday we traveled up to Iowa City Hospital to see brother Gaylor. Yesterday, April 3, I went to Pella for errands and to leave off some books at the new Strawtown Gallery & Gifts which is opening up next week Friday, April 11. They are setting up a Writer’s Corner in one room of the Gallery for local authors. The Open House will be from noon to eight that day. Please come and check it out, if you’ve a mind to. Thursday evening I drove up to Newton for a book signing/presentation at the Newton Library, which was quite enjoyable. Not a lot in attendance, but those that were there were appreciative of the reading I gave from The Quiet Road and dulcimer music played on my redwood McSpadden dulcimer. Until we meet again in this place, have a good week!

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By Ken Allsup, Contributing Writer At times it’s the youngest among us that help to teach us the most valuable lessons. A group of students at Oskaloosa Middle School have been working since January to write a personal note to every student at the middle school, over 500 in all. The students responsible for the notes are also part of group that helped to bring ‘Kindness Day’ to OMS last year. ‘Kindness Day’ found its roots in 2012 when OMS School Counselor Amanda Hoffman took a group of students to the governors 1st Annual Bullying Prevention Conference. Ruby Johnson, OMS student and one of those who attended the 1st Annual Bullying Prevention Conference, said, “The locker notes are a follow-up to last year’s Kindness Day. It’s important that random acts of kindness happen all the time. The locker notes let everyone have a reminder of why they matter and are important.” Hoffman said that the students used their Media Center time to write a personal note, addressed to a specific individual “and contains words of encouragement and praise directed to the specific student”. OMS students arrived to school on Wednesday to find the yellow notes attached to their locker. Hoffman said that, “Another group of students completed a similar project earlier this year”. “The goal is to encourage random acts of kindness and caring in our school.”

By Ken Allsup, Contributing Writer The Mahaska County Board of Superiors continues the process of hiring a new county engineer after not extending the current engineers contract. During this week, supervisors met with applicants in open session, where they asked questions of leadership style, techniques in repairs and construction of roadways, working with outside entities such as communities within the county and civic and business groups. They also asked questions of a more personal note, such as family. In turn, candidates could ask the supervisors about policy, community and other opportunities that might impact their decision to come to Mahaska County. Mahaska County Supervisor Mike Vander Molen said that the current interview process will be followed up by feedback from the community, “people that have a vested interest in who we hire”. The supervisors will then meet to further discuss the candidates. After all the considerations are weighed and a decision made, a contract will be offered to the winning candidate. “Once we come to terms with that applicant, I think we’ll probably do a three year contract”, which would take effect July 1, 2014.

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where you feel as though you’re talking to a real person and “not someone who just memorized a bunch of facts”. Weinreich, who had never taught or advised on debate, took up the task when she first arrived at OHS 6 years ago. “I’ve learned a lot with the kids” says Weinreich. With the experiences of both advisor and students growing year-byyear, Weinreich sees the team getting stronger year-by-year. Benefits to students who participate in debate is found in learning to research. “No one gets excited about research” says Weinreich, “but as they dig into things, they think of research of ‘How can we get

the other guys?’, so then it doesn’t feel like research anymore. Then comes that confidence and ability to articulate themselves and confidently stand in front of a group of people and talk back-and-forth about what can sometimes be sensitive issues.” MaKennah says there is a measure of pressure now to make it to nationals in the upcoming years since she has achieved that level as a sophomore. “I’m kind of nervous for next year”, says MaKennah. “Because if I don’t make it, I’ll feel kind of weird.” MaKennah will be traveling to Kansas City for nationals for 5 days of debate June 15th-20th.

Nationals Ahead....................Continued from Page 1 enter the program in the spring semester of their junior year and continue through the fall semester of their senior year. The students meet at Indian Hills a total of six times, three times in the spring and three times in the fall. Over the course of the summer, students complete a service project in their community. Every school district in the Indian Hills 10–county region is eligible to send up to three students to participate in the program.

During their on–campus meetings, students engage in a variety of hands–on activities designed to help them develop their leadership skills in the following areas: team building, goal setting, ethics, creativity, communication, handling conflict, problem solving, servant leadership, and leading change. Amy Griffin, Paige Hoffer, Samantha Edmundson will be attending for the North Mahaska School District.

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By Kathy Street On March 10, it was the annual celebration of our district’s bands. After the opportunity to enjoy a supper in the cafeteria, put on by the EBF Music Boosters and students, the gym began to fill. The evening of songs began with the youngest folk - the 5th graders, under the direction of Dezirae Russell and Robin Wendlend, playing “BINGO” and “Power Rock”. These two directors followed up with their 6th grade students, who performed “Royal March” and “Rock of Gibraltar”. The middle school concert band, under Dezirae’s direction, brought three numbers - “Valley Forge”, “Pinnacle”, and “Acclamations”. With the volume building, Mr. Joe Overton oversaw his high school concert band with energetic renditions of “The Mission”, “In the Presence of Heroes”, “Out West!”, and “Tsunami”.

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New Sharon City Council NEW SHARON CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING April 2, 2014 The New Sharon City Council met in regular session at City Hall, Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m. with Mayor Dustin Hite presiding and the following members answering roll call: Kenneth Ward, Larry Applegate, Keri Lamberson, and Jeff Foster present. Others in attendance were Lisa Munn, Kevin Lamberson, Jim Holz, Jack Pope, Jeff Bittner, Eric Dursky, Kristina Raney, Jerry Current and Terry Hudson Roll Call answered by: Ayes: Ward, Applegate, Lamberson, and Foster It was moved by Lamberson and seconded by Ward to approve the following consent agenda items: 1. 03/19/14 minutes 2. 4/02/14 Agenda 3. Pending Bills for April 2,2014 AYES: Ward, Lamberson, Applegate, and Foster; NAYS: None ; ABSTENTIONS: None Public Comments: Eric Dursky- county sanitarian gave us a report regarding the north side of town 25-30 homes not on city sewer. Terry Hudson- interested in city council position. Explained we need to publish a public hearing announcement regarding the opening. Will publish this week. Requests from the Community: Kristina Raney interested in what we were intending to do with Lot 19 trailer and sheds. Told her we were trying to clean up the park and they would be hauled away soon. Public Hearings: None Resolutions/Motions: A. Motion was made by Foster and seconded by Lamberson to allow street closures for car show for the New Sharon Spring Festival. AYES: Ward, Foster, Lamberson, Applegate; NAYES: None; ABSTENTIONS: None B. Motion to hire an engineering firm to prepare a report on the water system was tabled by Applegate and seconded by Foster to allow both MSA and Garden Engineering to show samples of a report and also prepare an estimate on the cost of the report AYES: Ward, Applegate, Lamberson, and Foster; NAYES: None; ABSTENTIONS: None C. Motion was made by Applegate and seconded by Lamberson to set a public hearing for April 16th for a building permit for Ken Williams for carport at 107 W. Walnut AYES: Foster, Ward, Applegate, Lamberson; NAYES: none; ABSTENTIONS: None D. Motion to approve contract from Maguire Iron to install an overflow pipe to water tower per DNR recommendation died do to lack of a motion. E. Motion was made by Applegate and seconded by Ward to approve a bid for Mahaska Rural Water to provide emergency connection to the City. AYES: Lamberson, Ward, Foster, Applegate; NAYES: None; ABSTENTIONS: None F. Motion was made by Applegate and seconded by Foster to approve Class C beer permit for East Market Grocery. AYES: Lamberson, Applegate and Foster; NAYES: Ward; ABSTENTIONS: none Ordinances: A. Motion made by Applegate and seconded by Lamberson to approve 2nd reading of Ordinance 031514-1 to increase water rates. AYES: Foster, Ward, Lamberson, Applegate; NAYES: None; ABSTENTIONS: None B. Motion was made by Lamberson and seconded by Ward to approve 2nd reading of Ordinance 031514-2 vacating the south half of the north/south public alley in block 8 of original plat of New Sharon. AYES: Ward, Applegate, Foster, Lamberson; NAYES: None; ABSTENTIONS: None Department Reports: a. Water Report - Jeff said that Casey’s

would be putting in a replacement line in front of the old Casey’s store. b. Sewer Report - Gritters Electric gave us an estimate of approx.$ 3-4,000 plus the concrete pad to hook up old river generator at the lagoon c. Street Report - Kruesman will be here sometime next week to look over the streets that need repaired due to water main breaks. Simmons will do the concrete work by the bus barn and the police department when it settles. Working on a plan to repair Mulberry street. d. Police Report – in packet e. Cemetary Report - looking into possible GPS instead of software for cemetery. f. City Clerk Report - 3 disconnects this week and then most of the old water bills will be caught back up to within 60 days past due. Will continue sending notices and disconnecting all that are not current. The city hall will only be open from 11-3 on Wed April 9 as Lisa will be attending a computer class in Des Moines for the day with Datatechnologies. g. City Attorney Report h. Fire Department Report 10. Departmental Requests: 11. City council Information - update on Lemke property. Dustin is working with the courthouse in regards to the past due taxes and then we will have it removed from the park. 12. Mayor Information: Adjournment: There being no further business to discuss, it was moved by Foster and seconded by Applegate to adjourn at 7:44 p.m. All in favor, whereupon the Mayor declared said motion approved. Lisa Munn, City clerk Dustin D. Hite, Mayor CITY OF NEW SHARON DISTRIBUTIONS PENDING 10/16/13 4/2/14 NAME FUND DESCRIPTION

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has a full time opening for a management position located in Oskaloosa. This position will be responsible to carry out the duties as the Coordinator of Disabilities Services for the Region and also to manage the targeted case management program in Mahaska County. This position requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a human service field and a minimum of one year experience working with persons with intellectual disabilities, chronic mental illness and/or developmental disabilities; or a licensed RN in the state of Iowa and at least three years experience working with persons with intellectual disabilities, chronic mental illness and/or developmental disabilities. Please send cover letter with explanation of experience and resume by April 18, 2014 to Julie Bak, CEO, Mid-Iowa Behavioral Health Region, P.O. Box 152, Knoxville, IA 50138.


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CITY OF NEW SHARON PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Because Jenell Steel has resigned from the city council, this has created a vacancy on the New Sharon City Council. The City Council intends to fill the vacancy by appointment on April 16, 2014. The electors of the City of New Sharon have the right to file a petition requiring that this vacancy be filled by a special election. If within 14 days of publishing this notice, there is filed with the city clerk a petition with 200 signatures or 15 percent of the total voting list in the last preceding regular municipal election, whichever is less, which requests a special election to fill the vacancy, then the appointment is temporary and the council shall call for a special election. If no petition is filed, then the appointment is permanent until the next regular election. Lisa Munn, City Clerk

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Marion Dean Scholtus and Gina R. Scholtus, offer for sale the following described real estate located in Mahaska County, Iowa as follows: 95 Acres more or less for sale located in White Oak Township and legally described as: The Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section Twenty-two, Except the South 600 feet of the West 544.72 feet of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section Twenty-two, Township Seventy-five, Range Fourteen; Lot two of Lot A of the North Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section Twenty-three, and a tract of land described as follows: Beginning at the Southwest corner of the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section Twenty-three, running thence South along the West line of Section Twenty-three, a distance of Forty feet, thence in a Northeasterly direction in a straight line to a point Forty feet East of the Southwest corner of said Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter, thence West Forty-feet to the point of beginning; all in Township Seventy-five, Range Fourteen. Fifty-seven (57) acres crop land with the balance suitable for pasture. This is hilly timberland and 20 acres of river bottom. The land is perfect for grazing or the sports minded; hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, etc. The real estate will be offered for sale by sealed bid at Palmer Law Office, 114 First Avenue East, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 on April 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. All bids must be received on or before that date and time. Anyone who has submitted a sealed bid will be allowed to continue bidding at that time. The real estate will be sold by the acre. The sellers reserve the right to reject any and all bids for any reason, including prior sale. Successful bidder shall enter into a standard bar form contract accompanied by a 20% down payment payable on the date of the sale. The unpaid balance will be due upon delivery of a warranty deed and an abstract showing merchantable title. Possession shall be given on or before May 30, 2014 Real estate taxes will be prorated to date of possession. If you need further information you may contact Dean Scholtus at 641/660-6374 or Eric J. Palmer, Attorney at Law at 641/673-7589.

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Submitted It was a seventh inning to remember for the No. 12-ranked Central College softball team. After Wis.Eau Claire broke open a 3-3 game with five runs in the top of the seventh inning, a three-run homer by freshman right fielder Sarah Bowen (New Sharon, North Mahaska HS, pictured above), the first of her collegiate career, capped a fiverun comeback in the bottom of the seventh. The Dutch went on to post a 9-8 victory in eight innings, then blanked Wis.-Eau Claire 8-0 in five innings to complete the sweep. Central got the game winner when second baseman Abbey Strajack (junior, Davenport, Assumption HS) reached on an error to lead off the eighth. Left fielder Jordan Overland (senior, Boone) bunted her to second base and third baseman Whitney Sowers (junior, Marshalltown) singled up the middle for the walk-off win. Coach George Wares has been involved in some memorable comebacks with the Dutch, and wasn’t waving the surrender flag after falling behind by five runs, but knew the odds were long. “You never give up but we were talking to our players saying, ‘OK, let’s do what we can and if we don’t come back, let’s make sure we win the second one,” he said. “To our players’ credit, they came back.” It was the second straight day that the Dutch got a key long ball from a freshman. Pinch-hitterAbbie Voas (Chanhassen, Minn.)belted a grand slam in a 7-5 win over Augsburg (Minn.) Sunday. “Sarah still has a ways to go, obviously, but for her to do that, and lay down a bunt for a hit as well, was big,” Wares said. “She also made a really good catch in right (field). She’s starting to do some things that we thought she would because of her athleticism. She can run really well and there’s a lot of upside for her. It was nice for her to break out like that.” Central had just tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth on a solo homer by designated player Karlee Rock (junior, Wheatland, Calamus-Wheatland HS), also her first of the season, after a threerun fifth inning put Wis.-Eau Claire up 3-2. With 35-mph south winds howling to left-center field, both clubs struggled at times. Wis.-Eau Claire (13-7) committed five errors in the opener. But the Blugolds were on the brink of spoiling another monster effort from Central sophomore pitcher Trisha Smith (New Hampton), with a five-run, five-hit seventh inning. Smith, who had also recorded wins Saturday and Sunday, threw 123 pitches, matching her previous high posted in a 10-inning win over Chapman (Calif.) March 21. Smith yielded a season-high 11 hits with two walks and two strike-

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outs. She was clearly tiring, Wares said, but he was impressed with her resiliency. “Trish went back out in the eighth inning and was lights out,” he said. “She threw as hard that inning as she had all day.” C e n t r a l also had 11 hits, including three by Overland and Sowers. Rock and Bowen each had two hits. Central rode the momentum of game one for six runs in the first two innings of the nightcap as Sowers continued to sizzle. She added two homers and a double, giving her five hits in six at-bats for the day and raising her average to a steamy .583. She has 35 hits and five homers in 22 games. Sowers moved into a tie for sixth on Central’s career home runs list with 11. Overland had two hits in the second game to also record five hits on the day as her average climbed to .394. CatcherKatie Canney (junior, Adel, ADM HS) was also 3-for-3, with a double and two singles, and improved to .370. The Dutch are hitting .364 as a team. “We’re in a pretty good place offensively right now, from one through nine (in the batting order),” Wares said. Mallory Schulenberg (junior, Kansas City, Mo., St. Pius X HS) tossed a three-hit shutout, allowing one walk and moving to 7-3. “For us to be able to win that first game I think maybe let Mallory relax a little more,” Wares said. “She had a pretty good outing.” Central’s Iowa Conference season-opening doubleheader with Luther College at Decorah slated for Tuesday was postponed until Wednesday at 3 p.m. because of unplayable field conditions.

Front Row: Mason Van Donselaar, Cole Poe, Seth Edmundson, Justin Richards, Madison Weller, Kaden Shaw, Megyn Walston, Head Coach Marc Current; Second Row: Assistant Coach Kevin Kubli, Assistant Coach Dwane Brown, Kevin Spoelstra, Chris Shaw, Callie Shaw, Jennifer Linder, Katie Shaw, Reece Strasser, Assistant Coach Bill Bainbridge; Third Row: Assistant Coach Gary Walker, Tyler Strasser, Dakota Readshaw, Chris Kubli, Leland Bainbridge, Tyler Shuttleworth; Back Row: Derek Brown, Brett Current, Samual Watts and Callen DeWitt. Not Pictured: Chase Koehler, John Ruby, Chance Parrish, Assistant Coach Jessica Strasser, and Assistant Coach Matt Strasser [photo submitted].

North Mahaska Shooting Team The North Mahaska Shooting Sports team is in full range and their season is underway for 2014. The team consists of 25 members and is coached by Marc Current. Assistant Coaches are:Kevin Kubli,Dwane Brown,Bill Bainbridge, Gary Walker, Jessica Strasser andMatt Strasser. The Shooting Team started their season the beginning of April and will compete through June and finish in Waukee at theIowa State SCTP Skeet and Sporting Clays Championships. The Warhawk Shooters will compete this season against eleven other schools in their SE Iowa conference. 2014 Schedule: April 12 @ Knoxville April 19 @ Fairfield May 3 @ Knoxville

May 10 @ Big Springs May 17 @ Ottumwa (SE Iowa Conference SCTP Championship) May 30, 31, June 1st Cedar Falls (Iowa State High School and Iowa SCTP Championships for Trap) June 7 and 8 Waukee (Iowa State SCTP Skeet and Sporting Clays Championships)

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