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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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EASTERN MC RESIDENTS BALK AT PLANNED BIKE RACE FOR THEIR AREA
 A group of nearly 20 eastern Madison County residents converged on the county supervisors’ office Tuesday, asking if there was anything that could be done to stop, or restrict, a planned Aug. 9 bike race through their area.
 A 24-hour race, expected to attract perhaps 75 or more riders, is being planned. Event organizers say at least 45 riders have already signed up to participate in the endurance race over gravel roads. The bike course is a 400k, or more than 250-mile, route, on gravel roads in Madison and Warren counties.
 Event organizers say there will be several races, a solo race, and a race for both teams of two and teams of four riders.
 Race officials say they will have four separate 100k, or 60-mile routes. Contestants will have to complete all four circuits within 24 hours. The first one who completes all the routes wins.
LOCAL BANKS INVEST IN SPILLWAY REPAIRS
 Two of the three local Winterset banks have invested in the Cedar Lake spillway repair project, local bankers have acknowledged.
 The city of Winterset sold $4.5 million in revenue bonds – to be repaid both from the monthly lake fee and money from water rates – to complete the $3.784 million spillway repair job.
 Spillway repairs should begin in the next week. The project includes reinforcing the earthen dam and rebuilding the spillway. Work will begin with repairing the spillway.
 Contractors say they would like the lake to be a bit lower than the present levels to work on the spillway.
 Cedar Lake is running two to three feet below normal, thanks in part to the ongoing dredging project.
 Contractors say they would like the lake to be 10 feet low to work on the spillway, but city officials said they can begin work when the lake is five feet below normal.
CITY DODGES A BULLET ON LIBRARY FIX
 The million-dollar repairs on the Winterset Public Library might not be as costly as earlier thought, with city administrator Mark Nitchals remarking Monday that the city “dodged a bullet” with the work that has been completed thus far.
 A couple of contingency items in the budget to fix the library apparently will not have to be tapped into, Nitchals said.
 Crews have removed most of the exterior of the building.
 There was a plan in place to have funds available to fix some of the hollow clay blocks that were under the thin layer of blocks that have been removed.
 “There was little or no damage” to the existing clay blocks, Nitchals said.
 More money for other things, or a savings.
SIDEWALK ASSESSMENTS FOR WEST JEFFERSON, NORTH 8TH AVE.
 Preliminary assessments for the 2014 round of sidewalk improvements have been mailed out to residents and property owners on both West Jefferson Street and North Eighth Avenue, as city officials attempt to bring more sidewalks to Winterset.
 Officials were particularly concerned about the north end of North Eighth Avenue to provide pedestrians a clear path to the Winterset Fareway Store on the northeast corner of Iowa Hwy. 92 and North Eighth Avenue.
 Following are the preliminary assessments, and the number of feet of 4-inch sidewalk to be constructed.
SUPERVISORS MOVE TO BRING CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION UP TO DATE
 Madison County Supervisors and the county auditor reaffirmed the membership of the three-member county Civil Service Commission Tuesday.
 It’s something that is supposed to be done on a regular basis.
 Somewhere along the line, officials forgot to re-appoint the panel’s members.
 The Civil Service Commission is the committee that oversees testing for peace officers who want to become county deputies.
 The group met in late May to choose the newest sheriff’s deputy.
NEW CUSHIONS FOR COURTROOM BENCHES
 County supervisors Tuesday approved the purchase of 18 cushions for the courtroom benches, or pews, located in the Madison County Courthouse.
 A Hutchinson, Kansas-based company, – Waggoners Inc. – will provide the custom comfort pew cushions for the courtroom.
 The company bid $3,275 to install the cushions.
 Supervisors voted, 2-0, to proceed with the work. Supervisor Duff was absent from the meeting.
ONE MORE PASS
 The Winterset City Council Monday said it is willing to allow residents one more chance to get their larger storm-damaged tree limbs out to the curb for the city to pick up.
 But after Friday, as councilman Ed Seaward said, “it’s all over.”
 City administrator Mark Nitchals asked the council for guidance, saying that there are still some trees and limbs showing up curbside, and asked if the council was willing to make a last pass to pick up the stuff.
 The council said, OK, but this is it.
WALKER RECEIVES DAISY AWARD
  Jean Walker, RN was nominated recently for the 2014 DAISY Award by the Madison County Health Care System. Nominated by fellow staff and grateful patient families, she and others were honored for their services by the Mercy Network.
  DAISY, or Diseases Attacking the Immune System, is a foundation formed in November 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Following Barnes' death, his family wanted to do something to honor his memory, holding onto the only positive they could come up with during his eight-week hospital stay – the skill, kindness and compassion of the nursing staff that treated him day after day. Even when under complete sedation, Barnes' nurses treated his resting body with respect and care.
LOCAL MUSICIANS FEATURED IN 5-DAY COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
 A group of four local musicians played on the main stage at the 17th Annual Wahoo Country Music Show last month. Wahoo, Neb., is home to the annual music show, sponsored by the Roger and Sharon Kenaston family, filling three stages with continuous country music and dancing over a five-day period. Known for the “danciest dance of the west”, it also features a band scramble, a songwriter’s contest and a dance contest.
 The group hopes to perform locally at the Covered Bridge Festival in October. Members are Ron DuPuy, guitar of Adel; and Earl Binns, bass, Mike and Tesa Heldenbrand, guitar and fiddle, all of Winterset.
LOCAL ART GALLERY FINDS COMMUNITY NICHE
 Nearly 30 art enthusiasts and craft hobbyists from age 7-70 visited Madhaus Gallery this past Saturday, July 19, for the first annual “Playing with Broken Glass,” event. Gallery owner Robin Paul, a glass and metal artist, led sessions in stained glass, fused glass, bead making, enameling and ornament blowing during the day-long event. All finished the class with a confident knowledge of a variety of broken, melted and molten glass techniques.
 Paul, an award-winning artist and instructor who has been showing her work for well over a decade, hoped to engage local residents in the craft, helping them expand their relationship with the glass arts.
FAIRLY FUNNY FACES
 What a great week at the fair! But what’s fun for some is not fun at all for others. The line at the face-painting station was never-ending. Sophie Christensen, left, was a little wary on the first day and opted out. She made up for it the second day with this full-face butterfly, finished off with a puff of iridescent glitter.
 The cat show was relatively tame this year with only one hissing, clawing, growling female. The remaining felines were just scared, plain and simple. This black and brown tabby, top right, wasn’t quite sure about Lonna Nielsen’s “one-over” but frozenly sat with wide, dilated eyes. Nielsen, veterinarian from Winterset Veterinarian Clinic, served as the judge for the cat show.
A ROYAL MOMENT
It’s not every day you can have a reunion like this one: six present and former county fair queens in one location. The five past county fair queens, along with 2014 county fair queen Ericka Bass, gathered at the fair Saturday to help with the annual bottle calf show. Do you remember their names? From left: Becky Faust (2006), Marci (LaFratte) Boldman (2007), Savanah Farrell (2010), Stephanie Boardman (2011), Sarah Al-Mazroa and Ericka Bass (2014).
WHEN YOU PLAY WITH FIRE, YOU MIGHT GET BURNT
Saturday’s Winterset Bike Night featured fire breathers and stuntmen. Music on stage was provided by the band, “Cold Filtered.”