Ostendorf and Danner, mainstays through school changes, retiring

Ann Ostendorf (left) and Lori Danner | photo by Noah Rohlfing

~by Noah Rohlfing for the Scranton Journal

Greene County Elementary has seen lots of change over the past 30-plus years, but two of the ever-present teachers at the school, Ann Ostendorf and Lori Danner, are hanging up their pencils and retiring at the end of the school year.

Ostendorf, a kindergarten teacher for 35 years who has labeled each one of her classes “The O Team,” expressed that she’s comfortable with stepping away and giving a new teacher an opportunity.

“We still have what we have, and that will be cherished,” Ostendorf said. “I feel blessed that I was able to give back to Jefferson what they gave to me.” Continue reading Ostendorf and Danner, mainstays through school changes, retiring

Habitat for Humanity’s Kretzinger to retire, Lamoureux to step up

Erich Kretzinger

The board of Heart of Iowa Habitat for Humanity announces that executive director Erich Kretzinger will retire effective June 30. Kretzinger has been in the position for 10 years.

Following a succession plan created in 2014, when service area and staffing were expanded to include supporting Guthrie County volunteers, associate director Jeff Lamoureux will move into the position of executive director on July 1. A new associate director will soon be named. Continue reading Habitat for Humanity’s Kretzinger to retire, Lamoureux to step up

GrCo HS tells honor rolls

(Editor’s note: Middle school honor rolls can be found under the Good News tab.)

Greene County High School guidance counselor Ruth Broman has released the honor rolls for the spring trimester.

Students on the high honor roll with a grade point average of 3.5 to 4.0 include:

12th grade – Jordan Aubrey, Arthur Bardole, Samantha Behne, Janella Brophy, Gina Brown, Kadircan Bulut, Brittney Daniel, Catelyne Davis, Brianna Ferguson, *Lacy Ganoe, Justin Geisler, *Linsey Kitt, Naomi Long, Andrea Quezada Correa, Kara Reed, Sydney Roberts, *Tyler Rysavy, *Matt Saddoris, *Emma Schroeder, *Zackary Schroeder, *Claire Teusch, Brock Wuebker and *Morrgan Zmolek. Continue reading GrCo HS tells honor rolls

Legion plants tree to commemorate ‘World War’ soldiers

~by Jacque Andrew for Floyd W. Brown Post 11, American Legion

A mission to recognize the service of Jefferson soldiers in World War I, in the works for more than 97 years, appears to be finally complete.

The Jefferson Floyd W. Brown Post Number 11 of the American Legion on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, planted a burr oak tree in the Memorial Garden on E. Lincoln Way in Jefferson to finish the continuing dedicated efforts of another local military support group started in 1922. Continue reading Legion plants tree to commemorate ‘World War’ soldiers

Open house at Churdan library June 23

The public is invited to see the addition and remodeled space at the Churdan public library at an open house Sunday, June 23, from 2 to 4 pm.

There will be a short program at 3 pm.

Pedal tractor pull slated at Scranton’s sesqui June 29

Pedal pull at the Bell Tower Festival

Greene County Farm Bureau is looking forward to participating in Scranton’s Sesquicentennial celebration on Saturday, June 29, by hosting a children’s pedal pull.

Kids ages 4 – 11 are encouraged to join a fun afternoon at Greene County Farm Bureau’s pedal pull. It’s a free activity, and all participants will receive a gift certificate to the Twiins Shoppe in Jefferson for a complimentary small ice cream cone. Age division winners will also receive a gift certificate to Breadeaux Pizza for a small personal pizza. Continue reading Pedal tractor pull slated at Scranton’s sesqui June 29

Historical Society meets Friday, program about Mason House hotel

~by Chuck Offenburger for the Greene County Historical Society

Mason House hotel, 2019

Nick and Annette Foster, owners for about a year now of the Mason House hotel in Jefferson, will share fascinating stories they’ve learned about their 130-year-old guest house when the Greene County Historical Society meets Friday, June 7, at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Continue reading Historical Society meets Friday, program about Mason House hotel