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Wed
04
Aug

School registration underway at St. Teresa of Calcutta

School registration underway at St. Teresa Calcutta

 

Preschool

Children from ages 3-4 learn age-appropriate small and large motor skills through a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Your child will participate in physical education, technology, music, science, and art, in addition to early literacy and quantitative activities.

Grades K-8

Students are a part of a classroom environment desifned to nurture and encourage their cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual development. St. Teresa of Calcutta School offers a curriculum of challenging academic course work as well as physical education, technology skills, art, and music instruction.

To schedule a tour, contact Debby in Ossian at (563) 532-9353 or Heather in Spillville at (563) 562-3617.

For more information on the registration process, visit http://www.st-teresa.pvt.k12.ia.us/ and click on the “Registration” link.

Wed
04
Aug

South Winn registration period open

South Winn registration period open

 

South Winneshiek registration will be done online only this year. The period to register opened Tuesday, Aug. 3, and will remain open through Tuesday, Aug. 11.

         New families can contact Tiffany Wagner (elementary/middle school) at 563-532-9365 or tiwag-ner@swinn.k12.ia.us or Karen Schroeder (high school) at 563-562-3226 or kaschroeder

Wed
04
Aug

Plenty of fun planned for Ossian Fest

The band Lonesome Road will highlight the 2021 Ossian Fest entertainment as it will play on the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion in Carey’s Park, starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday night. (submitted photo)

 

Plenty of fun planned for Ossian Fest

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

Ossian Fest week is here! Activities are set to get underway Thursday evening and continue through Saturday with something planned for everyone!

Wed
04
Aug

Playwright asking public's help in downtown presentation

Playwright Janet Schlapkohl is hoping to recreate a scene similar to this one when she presents her play “Godiva for Suffrage,” Saturday, Aug. 14, on the Court House Square in West Union. She is asking for community participation in the play.

 

Playwright asking public's help in downtown presentation

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

It may be a year late but that doesn’t mean the message is any less important.

That’s according to playwright Janet Story Schlapkohl who will present her play “Godiva for Suffrage”, Saturday, Aug. 14, on the Court House Square in West Union.

Last year was the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.  

“There wasn't a possibility of having it (the play) last year due to Covid. Women were denied their rights as citizens for long enough, a celebration of those rights may be delayed, but not denied,” said the playwright who kept her idea for the play alive throughout the year. Jill Bowden Blank is a co-author.

She went on to talk about the play that will feature audience participation.

Wed
04
Aug

Saved from drowning

A near drowning hasn’t kept Morgen Clark, left, for helping out at the sweet corn stand outside of Hawkeye that his grandparents Judi and Dennis Walvatne operate. He was found unresponsive at the bottom of the West Union Pool on Monday, July 19, but now he’s back selling sweet corn with his siblings Justin and Leah Clark. There parents are Greg and Jeana Clark of Pella. (Submitted photo)

 

Saved from drowning

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

 

 

“We’re very fortunate we have him here!”

That’s what grandmother Judi Walvatne of Hawkeye said about her grandson, Morgen Clark, following his near death drowning experience.

On Monday, July 19, Morgen, 16, the son of Greg and Jeana Clark of Pella, was swimming at the West Union Aquatic Center. Judi had dropped her visiting grandson off a few minutes earlier. The pool had been cleared for a safety check and that’s when Morgen was spotted at the bottom of the pool.

Wed
04
Aug

It's built, and they are coming!

Major League Baseball released a first look of the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, which will be the site of a game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees on Thursday, Aug. 12. Oversight of much of the project was done by Ossian native Isaiah Lienau, who has works for a company that builds and maintains ballparks for MLB. (submitted photo)

 

It's built, and they are coming!

 

Zakary Kriener

News Writer
zkriener@fayettepublishing.com

 

 

“If you build it, he will come.” From the movie “Field of Dreams,” it is undoubtedly one of the most iconic movie lines of all time. For Ossian native Isaiah Lienau, he is one of the people responsible for building it – the field that will be the site of Major League Baseball’s Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, that is.

“It was quite the surprise when I found out that I was assigned the project,” said Lienau, an account manager for MLB’s field consultant, Brightview Landscapes. “Before it was officially announced in 2019, there were a lot of rumors going around about the idea of playing a game at the Field of Dreams, which got my attention. When it was made official, I very eagerly volunteered for the project.”

Wed
28
Jul

Up next at the Pavilion

Up next at the Pavilion

Performances at the Pavilion in Ossian continue this week as The Bruce Bearinger Band will take to the stage on the Ossian Educational and Performance Pavilion tonight (Wednesday, July 28), at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Fidelity Bank and Trust.

Up next, the New Minowa Players will perform YPP Twelfth Night on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The live performance will be sponsored by the Ossian Crown Club.

 

 

 

Wed
28
Jul

Ossian Fest Grand Parade set for August 7

Jack and Jill toss out some candy to parade goers at the 2019 Ossian Fest Grand Parade, which had the theme of “It’s Rhyme Time in Ossian.” This year’s Grand Parade will be held Saturday night, Aug. 7, with the theme of “Golden Books Come to Ossian Fest.” (Zakary Kriener photo)

 

 

Ossian Fest Grand Parade set for August 7

 

Ossian Fest is back for another day of fun and entertainment around town. This year’s Ossian Fest will be Saturday, Aug. 7, and will include plenty of activities for the whole family.

The Ossian Fest Grand Parade has become one of the most renowned parades in northeast Iowa with hundreds of annual spectators. 

Wed
28
Jul

Holy Name Catholic Church to celebrate 150th Anniversary Sunday

The Holy Name Catholic Church 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee members are (l-r) Bonnie Patrick, LeRoy and Marcia Soppe, Barb and Mike Heins, Don and Donna Baumler, Laurie Thompson, Judy Roach, and Jane Marshall. (Jack Swanson photo)

 

Holy Name Catholic Church to celebrate 150th Anniversary Sunday

 

By Jack Swanson
jswanson@fayettecountynewspapers.com

Holy Name Parish built the first Catholic Church in West Union in 1870.

This Sunday, Aug. 1, the church’s 150th Anniversary is being observed. Although last year was the official anniversary year, the celebration was postponed until this year due to the Covid – 19 pandemic.

This Sunday, Archbishop Michael Jackels from Dubuque will be the mass celebrant, at 10 a.m. Mass will be followed by a free-will luncheon starting at 11a.m.

Wed
28
Jul

The 2021 Fayette County Fair is definitely 'one for the record books'

As the Fayette County Fair came to a close Saturday evening, most attendee’s will agree that the 168th Fayette County Fair is ‘one for the record books’! People turned out in droves to attend the 4H/FFA & Open Class Shows. Early attendance numbers include 1,300 through the line for the sweet corn feed, 1,400 for the races, 3,000 people filled the grandstand for the bus races, 2,000 for the demo derby and a whopping 4,100 individuals packed the grandstand and track area for Saturday’s Gary Allan and Sara Evans concert. (Jason Rubin / JMR Images photos)

 

The 2021 Fayette County Fair is definitely 'one for the record books'

 

When people start talking about great comebacks, it almost a foregone conclusion that this year’s Fayette County Fair will come to mind.

Last year, it was just an accomplishment to have a fair at all, considering the State and the Nation were in full-blown pandemic mode. The Fayette County Fair Board was determined they would have a fair of some type, even if it meant following a strict regimen of guidelines and restrictions, and the fair did come off.

With the pandemic in their rearview mirror, the fair board pulled out all of the stops on this one, and it appears to have paid off. People turned out in droves each day of the fair either to attend all of the community activities, see the livestock shows, look at the 4-H/FFA projects, see the entries in all of the open categories, attend the nightly entertainment, sample all of the different foods, see all of the new accommodations, talk to a queen, ride free carnival rides and more.

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