Naylor on panel at Sierra Club annual meeting


George Naylor

George Naylor, an organic and non-GMO farmer of rural Churdan and former president of the National Family Farm Coalition, will be part of a panel discussion on the future of sustainable agriculture at the annual meeting of the Sierra Club’s Iowa chapter Saturday, June 23.

Recognizing the common goals of farmers and environmentalists as well as the connection between agriculture and the environment will be the focus of the meeting. Continue reading Naylor on panel at Sierra Club annual meeting

Donations being accepted for Scranton garage sale

A garage sale fundraiser for the Scranton Community Center is slated for June 29-30. The public is invited to donate items for the sale now through June 22.

Donated items can be taken to the Community Center or to 801 9th St in Scranton. Persons who want more information can call Dawn Rudolph at 515-370-5605.

The garage sale and vendor sales will be at the Community Center Friday, June 29, from 5 to 8 pm and Saturday, June 30, from 8 to 11 am. There will be other garage sales at various locations in Scranton; maps will be provided at participating sales.

Sixth graders attend outdoor classroom

Sixth graders from Coon Rapids-Bayard, Paton-Churdan, and Greene County schools congregated at Squirrel Hollow Park  May 17 to learn about nature and conservation. There were nine mini-courses beginning at 9:30 am that included soils, bees, timber wildlife, Iowa trees, native birds, Monarch butterflies, gun safety, grasslands, and birds of prey.

The all-day event was presented by Greene soil & water conservation district and Greene County Conservation Club. The Greene County Environmental Habitat Corp. sponsored Kay Neumann-Judson from SOAR (Saving Our Avian Resources).

Presenters who donated their time included Dan Towers and Dan Sayre, Greene County conservationists; Susan Cort, Iowa DNR; Steve Hanlin, USDA entomologist; Brad Riphagan, Trees Forever; Aaron Eggert, NRCS soil conservationist; Steve Haupert, 4-H shooting sports/gun safety; Chrissy Rhoades, wildlife biologist; and Keith Bidne, USDA insect specialist.

A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who participated and helped out!

Calling all former Radke music students

Chuck and Virginia Radke taught music lessons, primarily piano, in their Grand Junction home for 30 years. They’re now living at Regency Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Jefferson.

A former student of Chuck, Gabrielle (Stier) Anderson, a member of the East Greene class of 1999, visited them recently and is now hoping to arrange an appreciation reception for them. Continue reading Calling all former Radke music students

Scranton Little League to have fundraiser

Scranton Little League will host a fundraising barbecue Thursday, June 21, at 5 pm at the Scranton Little League field.

The Greene County Pork Producers will grill pork burgers. Chips and pop will round out the meal.

“Bring yourself and a friend for food, fun and fellowship,” a spokesperson said.

Watching students grow pleased Braun in 35-year teaching career

by Taylor Bates for The Scranton Journal

Tom Braun

Thirty-five years is the amount of time Tom Braun gave to students, and he has decided that’s the close of his educational chapter. With 18 years of his teaching in the Greene County area, Braun enjoyed his time being with students, helping them grow and learn.

Braun relished getting to know and build with his students, and seeing them grow as readers, writers and speakers. He developed new ways to engage learners as society has changed. Continue reading Watching students grow pleased Braun in 35-year teaching career

Trio of retiring teachers reflect on careers

The Greene County School District bid farewell to seven teachers who retired at the end of this school year. Concluding their service to the district were Tom Braun, Donna Carhill, David Destival, Annette Meier, Susan Turner, Elizabeth Vander Wilt and Diane Wallace.

The Scranton Journal contacted them via email on their last day of work last week. Three responded to our request for information.
~by Taylor Bates for The Scranton Journal

Donna Carhill

Donna Carhill has decided that after 38-1/2 years of teaching, it is her time to retire. Greene County’s family and consumer science teacher has been part of the district for 20 years.

The students and staff are what Carhill will miss the most. She said, “I enjoyed working with high school students and athletes.” She said that she really enjoyed the hands-on nature of what she taught and loved to see the students and athletes acquire and refine skills. Continue reading Trio of retiring teachers reflect on careers