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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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ASH BORER VERIFIED IN 5 MORE SOUTHERN IOWA COUNTIES
The emerald ash borer is not in Madison County yet, but 2015 may well tell a different story.

The emerald ash borer (EAB) has been discovered in five more Iowa counties, bringing to 18 the number of counties where the invasive pest is known to be on the prowl, state officials save.

5 southern Iowa counties
State officials say evidence of the ash borer has been found in Appanoose, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, and Monroe counties; in addition to that in other Iowa counties, including neighboring Union County.
EAB kills all ash tree species and is considered to be one of the most destructive tree pests ever in North America.
NORMAN LEAR RETURNS TO WINTERSET
Norman Lear, 92, returned to central Iowa this past weekend to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the release of his movie “Cold Turkey”. The movie was filmed in both Greenfield and Winterset.

He was a special guest at a gala at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines Friday evening, with honorary chairs Governor Branstad and First Lady Chris Branstad.
SAVE YOUR TREES ... FOR THE FISH
Save your Christmas trees this season, the city wants to feed ‘em to the fish. Well, almost.
With the Cedar Lake dredging project nearly complete, officials with the three-member city utility board will be urging folks to recycle their natural Christmas trees with the fish in Cedar Lake in mind.

The utility board decided at its December meeting Monday that it should have people hang onto their natural Christmas trees – they want to figure out a way to give the fish in Cedar Lake some structure to breed on this spring.
WINTERSET LIBRARY SAGA CONTINUES ...
There are plenty of stories, from various authors, to be found in the Winterset Public Library.
But do you want to hear a story ... about the library?

Another one? Yes, another one.

There doesn’t seem to be a consistency to the decorative brick they are applying to the library’s exterior.

“The bricks aren’t uniformly sized,” City Administrator Mark Nitchals told the Winterset City Council Monday.
OPERATION SANTA CLAUS
“Maybe Christmas,” the Grinch thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”

That’s exactly what the people of Winterset say this time of year as donations of toys and food pour into the MATURA Multi-Purpose Center. Giving generously to the less fortunate families in our community is what small-town living is all about.

There is a need in our community. There are many families who simply can not afford the joys of shopping for presents, and struggle just to put food on the table. There are many in the community who, knowing they are blessed, want to give, and enjoy sharing with others. MATURA is here to bridge the gap.
THE MANGER SCENE, LIVE!
Join the Winterset United Methodist Church for the celebration of their 19th annual live nativity.
Again this year, Bethlehem may be found nestled on the west side of Winterset for two days, Monday, Dec. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 6-8 p.m.

Bethlehem may be found at 1145 W. Summit St., known 363 days a year as the acreage and home of Innkeepers Robert and Lynn LaFollette.
SLINGS TAPPED AS NEXT CLERK OF COURT
There will still be a familiar face in the Clerk of Court’s office on the second floor of the Madison County Courthouse.

Pam Slings has been tapped to replace Janice Bowers as Madison County’s next Clerk of Court.
Bowers announced recently she would retire at the end of the year, launching a search for her replacement.
JAN. 5 HEARING PLANNED ON RE-ZONING REQUEST
A Jan. 5 public hearing date has been scheduled on a request to re-zone a parcel of land on the northeast side of Winterset.

The public hearing would be held at the Jan. 5 Winterset City Council meeting. The plan is to re-zone the 30-plus acre parcel to Industrial from R-2 Residential.
COUNCILMAN HINTS ‘IT’S TIME FOR A RAISE’
One Winterset City Council member says he thinks it’s time for Winterset City Council members to get a raise.

It is at least the second time in the past year that councilman John Hunt has broached the subject, and with city budget time just around the corner, the item may get some consideration in the coming weeks.
YOUTH INJURED IN AFTER-SCHOOL ACCIDENT
A six-year-old girl received what are being referred to as “life-threatening injuries” in an after-school mishap southeast of the old Winterset Middle School, on First Avenue.

The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. Authorities say a car struck the youth, an elementary school student, and she was flown to a Des Moines hospital for treatment.

The name of the child has not been released. Authorities say the incident remains under investigation.
WINTERSET HOSTS SCIBA JAZZ CONTEST, PLACES 2ND
Winterset High School hosted the Class 2-A and 3-A jazz bands for the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association (SCIBA) Jazz Festival Saturday.

The Jazz Band, under the direction of Pam Schroeder, took home second place in the contest, qualifying them for the Iowa Jazz Championships, held in the spring in Des Moines.
DEAR SANTA, I CAN EXPLAIN...
What do Jack Daniels and Santa Claus have in common? You didn’t know, but they are one in the same. And he has an authentic Santa suit to prove it. The Madison County Historical Complex invited Santa to stop by last Saturday for their annual “Old-Fashioned Christmas” celebration.

Among the handful of questions that have plagued mankind for the last several hundred years, “Does Santa exist?” has been one of those questions for which there exists a lot of controversy.
MACKSBURG METHODISTS BUILD NOAH’S ARK
It’s been a year since the Macksburg United Methodist Church set out to build Noah’s Ark. The small congregation in a town with a population of just over 100 joined Heifer International in an effort to help end poverty and hunger across the world by corporately financing a Gift Ark.

The small Macksburg church family joined together to fund the most generous project offered by Heifer, raising a total of $5,000 for an ark that “changes the world, two by two.”

Macksburg parishioners have been raising money since last January for the purchase of an ark.
BEVINGTON GARDEN CLUB ACTIVE, EVEN IN THE WINTER
The Bevington Garden Club met at the Lyons Hall in Martensdale on Nov. 19. After the business meeting, Nancy Meyer gave an informative program on Iowa winter birds. After listening to the program, the group made edible ornaments to attract winter birds.

A tree was donated by Dixon’s Tree Farm on which edible ornaments were hung. The tree will be planted at the Norwalk Care Center.
AREA TEENS COLLECT FOOD FOR NEEDY FAMILIES
The youth of Word of Life Church in Winterset held their annual Life Saver Food Drive. 32 teens and eight adults spent last Saturday collecting non-perishable food items from local residents. They collected 825 items, and the teens and leaders also donated $125 to buy hams and gift cards to help less fortunate families in our community during the holiday season. The goal is to teach teens one easy way to put their faith in action.
MIGRATORY CONFUSION?
Which way do we go? The weather of late has been somewhat confusing. After a cold November, it was almost shirt-sleeve weather for a few days here in December. That probably left the birds pondering ... north or south?
RENAISSANCE SCHOLARS
First term Renaissance students were named recently at Winterset High School. Each were presented with scholarships from Union State Bank. Above, from left: Renaissance sponsor Kylie Nelson, freshman Mackenzie Lawrence, sophomore Adelina Reels, junior Bailey Jackson and senior Elias VanHorn. Not pictured: Jeff Nolan, Union State Bank.