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of the Day "Dad,
where did I come from?" asks this 10-years-old. The father was shocked
that a 10 year old would be asking a question like that. He was hoping
to wait a few more years before he would have to explain the facts of
life, but he figured it was better a few years early than a few days
too late, so, for the next two hours he explained every thing to his
When he got finished, he asked his son what prompted his question to
which his son replied, "I was talking to the new kid across the street
and he said he came from Ohio, so I was just wondering where I came
The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors made 4 visits in August.
The first was to Kluesner Flooring to meet with owner Jason Kluesner
and manager Lyle Hoffman. Kluesner has been an installation
contractor for all types of floor and tiling (includes shower surrounds
and black splash) projects since 1996 and has now expended to be able
to sell you the “dream” flooring of your choice. Kluesner Flooring
carries a large variety of floor covering for both the home and the
office in their showroom. Jason and Lyle invite people to stop out and
visit them in the Corcoran Furniture Building on West Main St. and they
look forward to the opportunity to serve the community.
Delaware County/ISU Extension
The second visit was to the Delaware County/ISU Extension Office to
meet the newly appointed Extension Program Director, Amber Luckstead.
Prior to becoming the director Amber served on active duty in the Air
Force as a Force Support Officer for over seven years. She has
continued her military service through the Air National Guard in
Madison, Wisconsin. While her military experience is important to her,
she is also a familiar face to extension and the 4-H program. She was
an active 4-H member, serving at county and state levels along with
serving as staff at the county and state levels for extension. Amber
would like to thank all of the members of the Delaware County community
for the warm welcome and she looks forward to working with all of you
in the future.
Mueller Family Dentistry, P.C.
The third visit was to Mueller Family Dentistry – across from the
Courthouse - to meet Dr. Chad Mueller who purchased an existing
practice from Dr. Krista Berryhill. Dr. Mueller was born and raised in
Marion, IA, graduated from the Univ. of Iowa College of Dentistry and
practiced in the Chicago area for approx. 5 years before moving back to
Iowa in late 2011. He practiced in Coralville before purchasing and
renaming Berryhill Dentristry in late May 2014. Mueller has family
all over eastern Iowa and told the Ambassadors his goal is to make a
seamless transition for his patients and to continue providing the
highest quality comprehensive dentistry while incorporating cutting
edge advances in the field. Dr. Mueller will be accepting new patients.
K & J Café
The Ambassadors had lunch at the new K & J Café ( formerly the
Glenn Restaurant) while meeting new owner Kim Harker. Kim, who lives
in Winthrop, has more then 20 years experience in the restaurant
business and is very proud to say everything she serves is made with
homemade ingredients. K & J offers a daily breakfast and lunch
special and an all you can eat cod fish dinner on Friday evenings. For
now their hours are 8 – 2 Sunday through Thursday and 8 – 8 on Friday
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Groundbreaking at RMC
Medical Center and community members celebrated the future with a
ground breaking celebration for the hospital expansion. The addition
will include a new Specialty Clinic, Inpatient Unit, covered carport,
Gift Shop, patient information center, public dining area, family
lounges/waiting areas, solarium, and outdoor patio.
“This is an exciting day for Regional Medical Center and our
community,” said Lon Butikofer, RN, PhD. “The impact of our $20 million
dollar project has been thoroughly examined against the needs and
expectations of the communities we serve. It provides the needed space
in which to provide services to a growing patient population and
service area, advancement in our technology, and expanded specialty
“Anything we can do to improve our residents' access to healthcare
today and in the future is important to me, stated Dr. Thompson, DO,
FAAFP. “This expansion project will enable us to continue to provide
healthcare for the increasing number of patients and families seeking
additional and more complex healthcare, close to home.”
“This groundbreaking is possible because of the dedication of our 427
employees, those behind the scenes and those in the frontlines, along
with all our volunteers,” said Pat Doyle, Chief Nursing Officer. “They
go the extra mile each and every day to ensure that our patients are
provided the best care possible.”
“This project represents our continued commitment to promote the health
and well-being of this community, in response to the tremendous support
Regional Medical Center has received from the community,” Danette
Kramer, MBA, Chief Financial Officer, added.
The project is managed by Carl A. Nelson, with architecture by INVISION
Architects. Regional Medical Center’s 40,000+ square foot
expansion project is expected to be complete by 2016.
Pictured: Joe Keith, Building and Grounds Committee Member, Allison
Hunger, Bev Preussner, Governing Board Chair, Bob Holtz, Friend of
Regional Medical Center, Alissa Holtz, Pat Doyle, Chief Nursing
Officer, , Dr. Lon Butikofer, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ried Boom,
In-Patient Physician Leader, Christopher LaRosa, Hayden Tucker, Dr.
Christiansen, Chief of Staff, Tiana Washington, Danette Kramer, Chief
Financial Officer Rhubarb Festival
Annual Rhubarb Fest
Saturday, June 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
BAUM PARK (Anderson/E. Butler Streets)
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☺ “Free Activities for
the Kids” the Kids”
Face Painting & Balloons! Face Painting & Balloons! See more detailshere.
Edgewood Rodeo Days June 26 - 29, 2014
See more detailshere. Delaware County Fair July 7 - 13, 2014
Area Attractions, Fairs & Festivals Grant Wood Festival
Wood was born on a farm near Anamosa on February 13, 1891. He displayed
early evidence of his artistic ability and upon graduation from Grant
High School in Cedar Rapids, enrolled at the Handicraft Guild in
Minneapolis. His subsequently taught school, attended night classes at
the Art Institute of Chicago, served in the Army, and later was
appointed an art instructor at the University of Iowa.
the 1920s, he traveled to Europe several times. On his last journey,
his contact with Flemish and German primitive art forms resulted in his
decision to return to the Midwest, settle in Iowa, and paint scenes he
knew best in the style for which he would become famous.
Grant Wood died on February 12, 1942 and is buried at Riverside
Cemetery in Anamosa.
annual Grant Wood Art Festival honors the heritage of Grant Wood and
the legacy of the early Irish immigrants who settled in Stone City.
Attracted to the natural beauty of the terrain, Grant Wood chose this
area for his art colony during the summers of 1932-33. The aim of
the original art colony, as outlined in the school’s brochure, was “…to
join in working together toward the development of an indigenous
expression. To this end we do not strive for any particular
formula or technique. We rather seek for a stimulating exchange
of ideas, a cooperation of a variety of points of view.”
journey back in time to view architectural landmarks of the mid 19th
century is promised to those who visit the area. The legend is
that early immigrants came to Stone City in the 1800s and carved a
legacy of stone in the bluffs of the Wapsipinicon River Valley. See more detailshere. Great Jones County Fair July 16-20, 2014
by the Iowa legislature in 1993, for great family fun at the annual
Pumpkinfest and Weigh-off! The event is scheduled for the 1st
Saturday of October with events scheduled throughout the day including
the Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off, Pumpkinfest Parade, pumpkin
carving exhibits, food and craft booths, pumpkin recipe contest, games
and much more!
The Iowa record for a big pumpkin was broken
several years in a row in the pumpkin capital of Iowa, Anamosa.
In 2007, Anamosa received national recognition by weighing in the
second largest pumpkin in the world at 1662 pounds from Don Young of
Des Moines, IA.
Downtown Main Street in Anamosa will be closed
to showcase Food and Craft Vendors. Pumpkinfest activities include
Pumpkin Carving Exhibitions, Pumpkin Recipe Contest, Kids Games and
Rides, Parade, Scarecrow Contest, Golf Tournament, Bowling Tournament,
Hay Bail Toss, Live Music and 5K Run. The annual Chili Cook-Off
benefits the free medical clinic. See more detailshere.
National Farm Toy Museum
amongst the patch worked fields of green and gold, the National Farm
Toy Museum, has been home to thousands of farm toys and collectibles
since 1986. The idea of a farm toy museum came from the growing
awareness of the farm toy hobby through passionate and enthusiastic
collectors, and the demand for additional space to house the National
Farm Toy Show. Taking note of these two elements Dave Bell, then of the
ERTL Company, and Claire Scheibe, founder and past president of the Toy
Farmer Ltd. met with the Dyersville Industries, Inc. (DII) Board of
Directors to propose the National Farm Toy Museum.
expected, the DII Board did not immediately accept the idea of building
a museum. One major concern the Directors focused on was the expense to
construct the facility. To help defray the costs a fund raising
campaign was put together that included introducing and selling a
series of collector tractors. The first series was a line of vintage
Cockshutt tractors. The series consisted of a three-tractor set that
was produced from 1986 thru 1990. Those who purchased the first set are
still acknowledged in the museum today. The result of the fund raising
campaign and the sales of the Cockshutt series tractor sales was the
National Farm Toy Museum. Every year the National Farm Toy Museum
selects an exclusive collector's series tractor to produce for the
benefit of the Museum. See more detailshere. Ghost Players at the Field of Dreams Movie
see the world famous Ghost Players on Sundays, July 6 & 20 August
3, 17, 31 at the Field of Dreams Movie Site. The ghosts will appear at
1 pm and perform their "Greatest Show on Dirt." Come play some
ball and have some fun! Free admission. See more detailshere. Basilica of St. Francis Xavier
Basilica of St. Francis Xavier is the Catholic parish for the residents
of Dyersville, Iowa. It is one of 70 basilicas in the United States.
The parish is part of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. The church was named
in honor of the missionary Saint Francis Xavier.
features Gothic architecture. This includes columns and vaulted
ceilings. The church has a seating capacity of about 1200 people. There
are about 5000 people total in the parish. It has 64 large
stained glass windows. There are two notable windows in the
church. See more detailshere.
Elkader Opera House
beautifully renovated 1903 Elkader Opera House is nestled in the scenic
Turkey River valley in Elkader, Iowa. In addition to being on the
National Register of Historic Places, the Opera House is best known as
Northeast Iowa’s entertainment leader. With its rich cultural heritage
the Elkader Opera House provides a charming and unique setting for any
event. See more detailshere.
Clayton County Fair
an Iowa Great Place, The Turkey River Corridor is unique in its
geographic size and potential. It truly is a regional great place. The
communities of Clermont, Elgin and Elkader in Fayette and Clayton
Counties are linked by the special, scenic beauty of the Turkey River
corridor. Visitors relish in the abundance of wooded hills and rich
rolling plains, streams and rivers, diverse wildlife and recreational
opportunities. The corridor communities are linked in a common mission
to develop and enhance the existing natural resource base of the Turkey
River Corridor through the creation of land and water trails
infrastructure. See more detailshere.
Acres Agribition Center is located off Highway 20 Exit 252, in
Independence, Iowa. Dedicated to exhibiting the past, present and
future of agriculture in the National Heritage Area, Heartland Acres
has something fun and educational for people of all ages. Heartland
Acres has seasonal livestock, new and antique farm equipment, a classic
car museum, events center and a one-room schoolhouse. See more detailshere.
your senses with outstanding BBQ, slow cooked for hours over hardwood
smoke. New vendors for 2014 will bring a delicious new flavor to the
menu selection. Food and standard beverages are available by purchasing
tickets at the event.
Our Craft Brew Zone features over 50 craft
brews and is open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Passes for the Craft Brew Zone
are available in advance or at the gate.
Bring your lawn chair, music starts at 2:00 and lasts until 9:00 p.m.
See more details here.
Center for the Performing Arts
in the Fall of 2003. The construction of the center was part of a
project which included a wellness center and other festures. The
williams center for the arts includes a state-of-the-art auditorium, a
multi-funtional, sound/light booth, a spacious work area, several
spacious dressing rooms and multi-level storage. See more detailshere.
held 3rd Weekend in August. This year's event will be held August
great chance to get in touch with local heritage and celebrate our
past. Railroad History - Large Flea Market - Beautiful Quilts - 5K Race
- Vintage Cars - Arts & Crafts - Street Dance - Musical
Entertainment - Games - Window Displays - Sidewalk Sales - Lunch
Stands. Out-of-town guests can make Oelwein their weekend destination
and area residents can renew their local heritage. Fun for the entire
family! See more detailshere.
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