Community Foundation aids GCELC playground improvements

Enhancing learning through play was the focus of the 2019 Greene County Community Foundation (GCCF) grant awarded to the Greene County Early Learning Center (GCELC). The grant of $4,834 was used to improve the comfort of the playground learning environment including outdoor furniture and activities focused on the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Continue reading Community Foundation aids GCELC playground improvements

Robinson named Jamaica library director

Alan Robinson has been named director of the Jamaica public library.

“The Jamaica public library is a tremendous resource for the community of Jamaica,” says Robinson. “The staff and board of trustees have done an amazing job of developing and nurturing the facility. I see opportunities for continued outreach of the library as a resource center for residents of Jamaica and nearby communities in Guthrie, Greene and Dallas counties. I am excited about the possibilities for expanded programming and special events.” Continue reading Robinson named Jamaica library director

Genealogy Society to meet

The Greene County Genealogy Society will meet Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10 am at the Junk Yard Café for brunch. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a memento of a Christmas past to share with the group.

Iowa Select Farms, Hansen Foundation provide food for school kids

Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation are continuing to reduce childhood hunger in Iowa with the Power Snack™ program. This year, food insecure children across Iowa will receive Pork Sticks in addition to existing Power Snack coupons for deli ham and whole wheat bread. Between November 11 and 22, Foundation volunteers and Iowa Select Farms employees will distribute 10,000 Pork Sticks and coupons for 1,000,000 ham sandwiches to 22,571 children at 125 schools. Continue reading Iowa Select Farms, Hansen Foundation provide food for school kids

Iowa Bankers Achievement Award to Will Hansen

Bob Allen (left)  presented Will Hansen (right) with the Iowa Bankers Association Student Athlete Achievement Award

Will Hansen of Jefferson, a Greene County senior on the Ram football team, was one of six Iowa student athletes to receive a 2019 Iowa Bankers Association Student Athlete Achievement Award during the Iowa high school state football championship games Nov. 21-22 in Cedar Falls. One student from each class was presented with a $1,000 scholarship from the IBA to the college of his choice.

Scholarship recipients include:
• 8-Player: Alex Perrin, Fremont-Mills High School, Tabor
• Class A: Jack Sievert, St. Ansgar Community High School, St. Ansgar
• Class 1A: Max Pettit, Van Meter High School, Van Meter
• Class 2A: Will Hansen, Greene County Community High School, Jefferson
• Class 3A: Cody Hall, Dallas Center-Grimes High School, Grimes
• Class 4A: Sam Belding, Ankeny High School, Ankeny Continue reading Iowa Bankers Achievement Award to Will Hansen

2020 Farm Bill decisions topic of Dec. 6 program

Upcoming Iowa State University Extension and Outreach meetings will provide guidance for Iowa farmland owners and op202erators reviewing their options under the 2018 Farm Bill. Farmland owners and operators have the opportunity to make a new decision on their enrollment and election between the commodity programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Continue reading 2020 Farm Bill decisions topic of Dec. 6 program

Private pesticide applicator CIC is Dec. 6

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Greene County office will offer two opportunities to attend the private pesticide applicator continuing instruction course led by Extension field agronomist Mike Witt.

The first session is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 3 pm at Clover Hall on the Greene County Fairgrounds. The course will be offered again March 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Greene County Extension office. Attendees are asked to return their registration form or call Cindy Adamson at 515-386-2138 to register. Continue reading Private pesticide applicator CIC is Dec. 6

Storefront signage mini-grant for Junkyard Café

The Junkyard Café at 108 W State St received a $288 mini-grant towards the new signage for the business.

New owners Karla Holman and Krystal Dzuris named the café after Karla’s father who had a cool Cadillac that she had dreamed about using if she opened her own restaurant. As soon as they purchased the business, they worked to get the new signage in place before they opened.

The storefront signage mini-grant is a project of Jefferson Matters: Main Street’s design committee.

Creative and unique signage that reflects the business and fits the space of the façade is the goal of the design team in offering this mini-grant program. Unger Insurance and Meythaler Photography have also received this grant funding for their new signage. This mini-grant is a 50/50 match up to $500.

There are still funds available for projects approved by the design team. Persons who want more information or the application can visit www.jeffersonmatters.org under Resources, or contact director [at] jeffersonmatters [dot] org

Commercial ag weed, insect, plant disease course set for Nov. 20

Greene County Extension will offer the Commercial Ag Weed, Insect and Plant Disease Management Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators Wednesday, Nov. 20. The program will be shown at locations across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). Continue reading Commercial ag weed, insect, plant disease course set for Nov. 20

DAISY Award to Theresa Davis

DAISY Award recipient Theresa Davis (left) and chief nursing executive Katie Heldt.

Theresa Davis, acute RN, was named Greene County Medical Center’s 12th DAISY Award honoree at a ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 5. There were 12 nurses recognized at the event.

Davis has been an acute nurse at the medical center since 2017. Her nomination came from a visiting care provider who noted that when her patient desired to have end of life at the medical center, “Theresa went above and beyond providing extra care, comfort and support to the patient and her large family. The patient’s family stated to me how comforted they felt having Theresa as their nurse. Theresa is patient with her patients and is a great nurse to collaborate with between disciplines.” Continue reading DAISY Award to Theresa Davis

GrCo HS to present ‘Boyfriend by Blackmail’ this weekend

A cast of 29 Greene County High School students will present Tony Howell’s comedy “Boyfriend by Blackmail” Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10, at the high school auditorium. Both performances will begin at 7 pm, with the National Honor Society selling refreshments at intermission. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for students. The public is invited. Continue reading GrCo HS to present ‘Boyfriend by Blackmail’ this weekend