T. Jefferson Gardens produce going to food pantry

The most recent delivery of produce grown at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens of Greene County (TJG) was taken to the Greene County Christian Action Resource Center (ARC) for distribution to clients on Wednesday. During recent weeks more than 70 pounds of fresh vegetables were given to the ARC by the gardens, according to Becky Greiner, TJG gardener, (pictured, left, with ARC volunteer Shirley Haupert.)

The produce distribution will continue as long as the harvest lasts. Continue reading T. Jefferson Gardens produce going to food pantry

Fundraiser Saturday for Adam Brubaker

Adam Brubaker

The Friends of Rippey will host a benefit supper and silent auction for Adam Brubaker Saturday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 7 pm at the Rippey Community Center.

The supper menu includes maidrites, baked beans, bars and beverages. A free will donation will be accepted.

Items for the silent auction are still coming in, according to Friends of Rippey president Mary Weaver. The auction bill already includes an oil change at Hoffman Brothers, homemade caramels for Christmas, two pairs of homemade mittens, and more. Continue reading Fundraiser Saturday for Adam Brubaker

In the neighborhood

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Aug. 14, 2017

The summer reading program went great! We had approximately 10 kids including one teen. We kicked it off on July 14 by building a Rube Goldberg machine. The kids enjoyed using their building and thinking skills with this project. It taught them leadership and team building skills, along with problem solving skills. Continue reading In the neighborhood

Counting up the years at the community center

Esther Weaver doing her usual routine on her 98th birthday

Esther Weaver started her 98th birthday on Saturday the same way she starts most days – with a work out at the Greene County Community Center, followed by coffee “out”.

Esther, who was born Aug. 12, 1919, has been a member at the community center since it opened in November 1998.

Included in the birthday celebrations was pie at the Uptown Café on Friday and brownies with lots of chocolate frosting on Saturday, according to her son-in-law Charlie Thompson.

Esther is the oldest regular patron at the community center. Her usual workout partner is Betty Johnson, whose age also starts with a 9.



Gretah Johnson in Bill Riley semi-finals

Gretah Johnson, 12, of Jefferson, performs a tap dance in the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 12. (Iowa State Fair/ Steve Pope Photography)

Greene County will have at least one act in the semi-final round of the Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair.

Gretah Johnson, 12, of Jefferson will perform her tap dance solo next Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

She is no stranger to the Bill Riley Talent Search. She was one of six Sprout acts (ages 2-12) selected to perform in exhibition at the final competition in 2015. She was a tap soloist that year, also.


Register now for youth soccer, flag football, and more

Registration deadlines are approaching for several Jefferson park and recreation fall programs, including soccer.

Youngsters who plan to play in the U8, U10 or U12 soccer leagues must register by Aug. 25.
The U8 (born in 2010-11) games will begin Sept. 16 and will be played in Jefferson and Ogden. U10 (born 2008-09) and U12 (born 2006-07) games will be played in Fort Dodge starting Sept. 9. Practices will be held in Jefferson on a schedule that will be determined by the coaches. Continue reading Register now for youth soccer, flag football, and more

Fundraiser slated for Pat Fields Memorial Scholarship

The Greene County Cattlemen, Community State Bank, Dunlap Livestock Auction and friends are collaborating on a fundraiser to establish a scholarship fund to honor Pat Fields, the Paton farmer who was killed while driving his tractor on a county road in June.
A meal and live auction is planned for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the home farm of Mike and Kathy Bravard, 746 Q Ave in Hardin Township. Continue reading Fundraiser slated for Pat Fields Memorial Scholarship