A Dunkerton native has been sworn in as a full-time West Union police officer. Prior to being administered the oath of office Monday by Mayor Kent Halverson, Benjamin Baskerville previously served as a reserve officer with the Oelwein Police Department for three years. His hiring was approved by the West Union City Council on Monday, Nov. 18.
Baskerville is a 2009 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a BA degree in criminology. The 26-year-old intends to soon move from his current Cedar Falls residence to West Union.
“I felt West Union is a nice town, a bit of a hub,” said the newly hired police officer.
The proposed plans to finish the lower level of West Union Community Library hit a snag due to parking requirements in the City zoning ordinances.
As reported in last week’s Union, the local library’s Board of Trustees has approved the installation of a geothermal system, a new stairwell, classroom area, restrooms, large meeting room, an elevator, small kitchen, and additional program/storage rooms in the lower level of the 15-year-old facility.
According to the code, the library’s current proposal would require 169 parking spaces be available to patrons. There are currently 39 available parking spaces.
West Union City Council members discussed the issue Monday during a presentation provided by Library Board President Blake Brown, board member Bill Moellering, and library director Jill Clark.
Holiday visitors to Montauk between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, will discover the historic Clermont home decked out in Christmas decor and ready for guests, as it would have been when Governor William Larrabee and his family lived there.
During the Clermont historic site’s annual Christmas Open House, the home will come to life as each room is decorated in its own unique style. This year, as in the past, different group, clubs, shops, and individuals have decorated various rooms throughout the elegant home.
In addition to horse-drawn wagon rides, entertainment will be provided throughout the afternoon by area piano students. Refreshments will also be provided for the public’s enjoyment.
"A house you once lived in is always partly home," so said Max Brand.
Hawkeye resident Ty Halverson must believe it's true after deciding to taking a leap of faith and move a four-bedroom, two-story home a block and a half to a new site.
Ty, 27, is the son of Brad and Lori Halverson, who lived in the house at Hawkeye's north edge from 1980 to 1990. With its pedestaled porch and attractive location, the house built in 1900 beckoned to those who drove past.
Born in late 1985, Ty only lived there until he was 5, when his parents made the decision to move to the country, choosing a home about four miles away. Even so, Ty has memories of living in the house.
“I just felt like I was supposed to be here,” shared Audrey (Novak) Hurd, owner of the new flower shop in Calmar.
On Monday, Nov. 25, the city of Calmar officially welcomed The Flower Pot to Maryville Street, right next to the Horse Shoe.
“It has been a great first week,” Hurd expressed. “The people of Calmar and surrounding communities have been stopping in all week to welcome me and to see what I’ve got going on in here.”
Hurd, who graduated from South Winn High School in 1987, recently moved back to northeast Iowa with her husband, Michael. After spending several years in Oklahoma and Georgia, the Hurds were ready to come home to be near their family.
Students at DeSales Elementary/Middle School gave thanks last week as they gathered together as a DeSales family for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Students from all grades were intermingled at different tables to ensure students were making new friendships. Older students helped out the younger ones as all the Thanksgiving dinner favorites were passed around.
During the meal students were asked what they were thankful for this year. Their unedited answers are as follows:
“I am thankful for my friends, family, my teachers, our wonderful cooks. I’m also thankful for my house and the things I have.” ~ Kenadee Schnuell, age 14
“I am thankful for turkey, house, my mom and Dad, Jackson and Owen, grandma and papa, Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Chuck.” ~ Isabelle Goltz, age 4
Joe’s original 1912 sailor suit in Arkansas
Dorothy Langerman tells her orphan train story
By Rich Holm
(Final part of a two-part story)
Nobody is alive today who remembers the orphan train arriving in Fayette 101 years ago. Nine children found new homes in the surrounding area, and now the descendants of Joe Langerman are learning more and more about their father, grandfather, and great-granddad who stepped off that locomotive train car when he was 5.
Joseph Fischer was born June 13, 1906, in New York City. He was the son of Anna and Josef Fischer. Joe’s dad was a painter and died when his son was 4, so Anna put her son the train, thinking a better life was waiting for him in Iowa. Anna worked at a laundry and made $4 a week.
It all started with the familiar jingle of my phone sounding that I received a text message. Nothing that should be alarming; I’m 22, I get text messages all the time. However, when I read the message, it got me thinking.
The message was from a guy friend of a friend that I knew from high school, it read: “Say, would you like to have dinner together sometime?”
Again, this is not alarming, since I love to eat dinner. But what was the subtext of that text message? Did he mean he was hungry right now? He couldn’t have meant right now, the Broncos game was on; I wouldn’t go to dinner during the Broncos game.