Godzillas compete in First Lego League

The Greene County Godzillas team competed in the regional round of First Lego League competition on Sunday, Dec. 2, on the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Boone.

The team put in many hours of practice this fall and performed well in the categories of Robot Performance, Research, and Core Values. The Godzillas were presented with the Project Award in recognition of their research and innovative solutions to problems astronauts face in space. Continue reading Godzillas compete in First Lego League

Santa Claus lights Community Christmas tree

Talking with the Big Guy

About 150  children and parents welcomed Santa and Mrs Claus as they arrived in Jefferson to light the Community Christmas tree Thursday. Last year they arrived on the back of a fire truck. This year’s ride was a little warmer, as they rode a limousine into town from the airport, where they left their sleigh and reindeer. Continue reading Santa Claus lights Community Christmas tree

Used book sale at the Jefferson library

The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library invite residents to do their Christmas shopping at the library.

The Friends are sponsoring a used book sale throughout December in both the adult and children’s departments. Come in during regular library hours to see an assortment of children’s books as well as fiction and non-fiction for adults. Movies and children’s T-shirts are also available. Items will be continually added throughout the month. Continue reading Used book sale at the Jefferson library

Reservations open for Elks Christmas dinner

GCNO file photo

Jefferson Elks Lodge 2306 is taking reservations now for the annual Christmas Day dinner, to be served Dec. 25 at 4 pm at the lodge, 103 W. Harrison St.

The dinner is for all those who wish to attend, and particularly those who have no one to have dinner with on Christmas Day. The menu includes turkey and ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, rolls, and pumpkin pie. Continue reading Reservations open for Elks Christmas dinner

In the neighborhood

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Five students of Janice Johnston will perform at their winter recital on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 pm in the library. There will be a supper served afterward. Everyone in invited to this event that showcases the hard work of these youngsters.
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December starts with Breakfast with Santa

Little Sister wasn’t sure she liked the Clauses, but Big Brother was ready to share his wish list.

About 115 youngsters and  their parents enjoyed a breakfast buffet,  Christmas carolers, crafts, stories, and a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs Claus Saturday and the Greene County Community Center.

Parents were able to have the traditional pictures with Santa taken, and many children came dressed for the photo shoot, in Christmas pajamas or their prettiest Christmas dresses.

Breakfast with Santa was hosted by the  Community  Center staff with help from HyVee and Meythaler  Photography. Close to two dozen Greene County High School students also helped.



Dessert concert, Carol with the Kids slated

The Greene County High School music department will present its 36th annual holiday Dessert Concert Monday, Dec. 10 in the middle school gymnasium. Doors will open at 6:45 pm for dessert and refreshments. The concert will begin at 7:30.

Roaming ensembles will provide dessert music, The concert will feature the concert band, treble choir and concert choir. Continue reading Dessert concert, Carol with the Kids slated

4-H club part of ‘Operation Christmas Child’

(front, from left) Joel Schroeder, Autumn Barrett; and (back, from left) Olivia Shannon, Amie Schroeder, Meadow Losee, Elise Badger

Again this year, as a community service project, the Greenbrier 4-H club members filled Christmas shoeboxes for children in need in other countries around the world. The boxes will be delivered to children whose parents couldn’t afford to buy school supplies, hygiene items, and special fun things.

(front, from left) Taylor Gierstorf, Sadie Shannon, Kaitlyn Halterman, Ely Booth; and (back, from left) Conner Allender, Katrina Heupel, Emma Halterman, Brian Hardaway, Cody Stephenson. Not pictured, Elias and Kaleah Messer

Each member chose a specific age of a boy or girl to surprise with special trinkets and toys. As Joel Schroeder chose a small car for his box he said, “I think this little boy might like two cars!” so he chose to put another one in his box. All of the 4-H’ers had fun searching for items that would please other children their age. Continue reading 4-H club part of ‘Operation Christmas Child’

Ledges campground open again

Iowa DNR photo

The Ledges State Park campground will reopened  Saturday following a renovation project that has kept it closed for all of 2018 season.

The renovation project included upgrading the electrical system to 50-amp service, extending the current water and sewer systems to establish new full hook-up sites, and resurfacing all campsite pads with new rock. Continue reading Ledges campground open again

Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa and Mrs Claus have several visits to Greene County planned in the next few weeks, according to Greene  County Chamber & Tourism.

Next Saturday, Dec. 1, the Clauses will be at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson for breakfast and pictures with Santa. The breakfast buffet is free for children; there is a charge for adults. There is also a charge for photos. Pre-registration at the community center is requested but not necessary.

Santa will be at the Grand Junction Community Center Sunday, Dec. 2, for Jingle Into Junction. He’ll be ready to listen to wish lists from 5 to 6:30 pm. In addition to Santa time there will be a soup supper, a display and silent auction of Christmas trees, wreaths and stockings, and a drawing for turkeys.

The Clauses return to Jefferson Thursday, Dec. 6, for the Community Christmas Tree lighting at the Greene County Welcome  Center. They’ll arrive at about 6:15 pm to help light the tree.  After that task is accomplished they’ll ride to the top of the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower to talk with children as they enjoy the holiday lights.

While families wait for the Clauses they can listen to Christmas stories at the Jefferson public library and at the courthouse, and there will  be carolers to entertain, too.

Before families go home for the evening they can check out residential light displays. Maps will be available showing participating homes.

Santa will return to  the Welcome Center Saturday, Dec. 15, from  10:30 am to 1:30 pm


Jingle into Junction Sunday, Dec. 2

All are invited to Jingle into Junction Sunday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7 pm  to enjoy holiday hospitality at the Grand Junction Community  Center.

A soup supper in the large Lincoln Highway Room will feature chili, potato and chicken noodle soup with a sandwich, bar and beverage. Free will donation will be accepted.

Persons who would like a meal delivered in Grand Junction should call Grand Junction city hall at 738-2585 by Friday, Nov. 30. Callers should leave their name, address, phone number and the number of meals they’d like. Deliveries will be made at4:45, before Jingle into Junction begins. The delivery crew will pick up donations for the meals then.

The Festival of  Trees, Wreaths and Stockings will also be in the Lincoln Highway Room. Some items will be for display only, while others will be available  to go home to the high bidder in a silent auction. Bidding will end at 6:30.

Greene County Carolers will sing at 6 pm. At 6:30 the Grand Junction fire and rescue squad will hold its annual turkey drawing.

The Grand Junction library will host Mrs Claus’s bake sale and a quilt raffle in the smaller Junction Room. Santa will also be there with cookies and cocoa.

Jingle into Junction is sponsored by Grand Junction Horizons, fire and rescue,Garden Club, the library, and Diane Wise.Proceeds from Jingle into Junction will go toward the celebration of Grand Junction’s 150 years.