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Wednesday, April 22, 2015|
|EDUCATORS LEARN WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT SPECIAL ED IN WINTERSET|
| They came from Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Grenada – the wider area known as the Caribbean – to get a whirlwind, first-hand view of how the Winterset schools handle special education instruction needs.
State officials recommended Winterset as a site visit, because the local school system has made strides in recent years on what it offers, and how it uses, special education in the school.
Winterset was at about the place 10 years ago that the Caribbean nations are now, in terms of dealing with special education.
|WHAT ARE ALL THE RIBBONS FOR?|
| Victims of crime is an issue which more and more transcends political boundaries.
The point that it really is a bi-partisan effort was illustrated Monday as Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, and Republican Madison County Attorney Matt Schultz held a joint press conference to talk about victims’ rights, and how far the effort has come over the years.
But victims’ rights is a continually expanding issue, and can be evidenced not only in the courtroom, but also in day-to-day activities.
|UTILITY BOARD: ‘WE’RE SERIOUS ABOUT MOVING’|
| The three-member Winterset Utility Board of Trustees says it is quite serious about moving operations out of the Winterset City Hall.
It also is a subject which the city council has yet to broach in a public meeting.
And it comes despite a proposal to the utilities board from city administrator Mark Nitchals that the city would be willing to reconfigure the ways it does things, and perhaps expand City Hall to accommodate the concerns of the utility board.
|LATEST WRINKLE COULD JEOPARDIZE PLANS FOR A CITY PUD SUBDIVISION|
| In a surprise move Monday, a handful of Winterset land owners – including two churches and a separate developer – petitioned the city council asking for a supermajority vote to approve a Planned Unit Development (PUD) subdivision on the city’s west side.
That would mean at least four members of the city council would have to approve a re-zoning plan to let a proposed 32- to 34-building duplex facility move forward.
At issue is the proposed Glenwood Villas project, a project which could bring in more than 60 families into the new PUD subdivision.
|WINTERSET RESIDENTS LEARN ABOUT NEW CITY SUBDIVISION PLANS|
| There will be increased vehicle traffic with a planned subdivision for Winterset’s west side, but project planners predict it won’t be quite as bad as national traffic studies suggest.
Now if the area were to feature a major commercial development project, vehicle traffic would increase markedly.
But since families would rent duplexes, and vehicles would be limited to two cars per household, or four vehicles per duplex, traffic would be more navigable.
|WINTERSET RECEIVES TREE CITY USA DESIGNATION|
| The National Arbor Day Foundation and the forestry bureau of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources have announced that the city of Winterset has received a 2014 Tree City USA award. The award was handed out to Iowa communities earlier this month as part of the 25th Annual Community Forestry Awards.
A total of 83 Iowa communities, including Winterset, received the designation.
“The Tree City USA award is a symbol for communities who have made a commitment to the management of public trees,” said State Forester Paul Tauke.
|GARDENERS REMINDED TO MIND THE BIRDS (HUMMERS) AND THE BEES, AND BUTTERFLIES|
| Attendees of a special gardening symposium were reminded Saturday to “remember the pollinators” when they plant flowers this summer.
Especially the humming birds, and the bees, and the butterflies.
Many people know the bee populations have been on the decline for years, and lately, there’s talk of losing monarch butterflies.
Jessie Lowry of the Blank Park Zoo encouraged about 50 people to join the zoo’s Plant.Grow.Fly. campaign this summer. At the center of the campaign is taking care of our pollinators.
|WHS HONOR ROLLS|
| Winterset High School has released the honor roll lists for third term. All-A honor roll is denoted by an asterisk (*). Students are listed alphabetically, by grade.
|TRIAL OF FORMER METHODIST YOUTH PASTOR BEGINS|
| The trial of a former Winterset Methodist Church youth pastor was scheduled to get under way in Madison County Tuesday.
Former youth pastor Brian Maxwell faces charges of having lascivious conduct with a minor.
The charge stems from a mid-March 2014 incident at the Winterset United Methodist Church, in which Maxwell is accused of fondling and having inappropriate contact with a female youth group member.
|COUNTY PASSES ATV ORDINANCE|
| In what appears to be becoming the in thing for Iowa counties to do, Madison County Supervisors completed the effort to create a new county ATV-UTV ordinance.
The county ordinance, known as Chapter 25 in the county books, spells out where ATVs and UTVs can be used, who can drive them, and the fines for misuse.
|A-BLOOMIN’ AT GROTH’S|
| Most would agree that driving north out of Winterset on Highway 169 isn’t all that exciting. So, why not take a little detour?
Instead of continuing north, why not turn right on Cumming Road and take a leisurely drive, admiring the countryside as you go? When you arrive at a bend in the road your car can’t help but make a left turn into the parking lot of Groth’s Gardens; the colors are that enticing!
Deb and Marvin Groth have lived in the stately old farm house since 1982, raising two children there.
|... FROM THE ARCHIVES|
| Our second selection for mystery archive photos was Ethel Lee Osborn Tucker.
Many people submitted entries – and a number of memories. Among them were Chuck Fenimore of West Des Moines; Tom Frank, Bob and Velma Van Scoy, Betty Lauer and Vicki Jackson, all of Winterset; John Paull, and Judie Ory of Earlham.
Norma Slater of Adel wrote, “She was the drum majorette of WHS band when I played clarinet.”
RoxAnn Rhoads of Peru wrote, “She led many students traveling around the world with American Institute of Foreign Study – years ago, in 1973, when I went with her to Japan. She was also an amazing elementary teacher!”
| When Valerie Huntley contacted The Madisonian she was literally out of breath from “big city rudeness” and quite anxious to share her story.
But instead of concentrating on the negative, she chose to accentuate the positive; that’s where Steve Korte, manager of U.S. Cellular in Winterset, comes into the picture.
“I wish I had never left town,” Huntley said. “The difference between the store in Des Moines and the one on the Winterset square was like night and day.”
|ACING NATIONAL HISTORY DAY|
| Eleven Winterset Junior High students took part in the district-level National History Day event at Grand View University earlier this month. Students in grades 6-8 from greater Des Moines area schools competed with one other.
National History Day is a special day for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their an in-depth research on the topic. The theme this year was Leadership and Legacy. Students created museum-style exhibits, documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances to illustrate the theme.
|READY FOR A SWEET TREAT|
| Alison Naber, owner of Frostee’s says, “Come on over!” Complete with a freshly painted red roof, new awnings, paved parking area – and even new ice cream machines – Winterset’s popular Frostee’s is open for business. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.|
| Despite the intermittent cold and rains, WASC is in the process of practicing and playing games at the many soccer fields around Winterset. Here, Coach Nicole Fusco instructs her team on how to control the ball.|