Pair of Greene Co students place first at state physics contest

Linsey Kitt (left) and Regan Lamoureux

The Greene County High School physics competition team participated in the state physics competition on Tuesday, April 10. The event was hosted by the University of Northern Iowa department of physics in the UNI McLeod Center.

Junior Linsey Kitt and senior Regan Lamoureux placed first in the Challenge Problem event by earning an impressive 199.23 points out of 200 and finishing well before the 30 minute time period ran out. Continue reading Pair of Greene Co students place first at state physics contest

Larson wins Greene County March Mania contest

First place winner Autumn Larson

Villanova pulled off the win in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament securing Autumn Larson first place in the Greene County March Mania contest.

Nearly 350 individuals participated in this year’s contest. All winners were awarded Greene County Chamber checks as prize money for the contest. Larson earned the most points in the contest and was awarded $250. Allison Behne came in second place and received $150 and Shawn Angell finished in third, winning $75. Amy Milligan won $50 in Greene County Chamber checks in a random drawing that all contestants were eligible for regardless of standings at the end of the challenge. Continue reading Larson wins Greene County March Mania contest

Fundraiser for Iowa Donor Network’s RAGBRAI effort next Sunday

Diane Wise (center) is riding RAGBRAI in July with a team from the Iowa Donors Network.

All are invited for homemade ice cream and dessert Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 4 pm at the Grand Junction Presbyterian Church. The sweet afternoon is hosted by Diane Wise as a fundraiser for the Iowa Donor Network.

Serving ice cream and dessert is much easier than the fundraiser Wise is undertaking in July. She’ll ride RAGBRAI® with a team from the Iowa Donor Network, speaking along the way on behalf of organ donation and raising money for the cause. Continue reading Fundraiser for Iowa Donor Network’s RAGBRAI effort next Sunday

Special A+ Teacher Award to Tom Braun

Tom Braun (center) with John Ryan (right) and Susie Schrader (left) of Carroll Broadcasting Company

Greene County middle school social studies teacher Tom Braun was presented with a Special A+ Teacher Award by Carroll Broadcasting Company at a student recognition assembly Wednesday.

Nominations were student letters sent to the radio station. John Ryan of Carroll Broadcasting read excerpts from some of the letters before presenting Braun with a crystal apple. Continue reading Special A+ Teacher Award to Tom Braun

Learn the tricks of healthy eating on a budget at Extension program

Iowans can eat healthy and stick to a tight grocery budget. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s “Spend Smart. Eat Smart.” program is a great resource for households with this goal.

Area residents are invited to join registered dietitian and ISU Extension and Outreach nutrition and wellness specialist Ann Heuer for a presentation and grocery store tour about learning ways to reduce food expense in menu planning and food shopping. Continue reading Learn the tricks of healthy eating on a budget at Extension program

About 60 discuss book with author Bryn Greenwood

Bryn Greenwood (right) and Jefferson library director Jane Millard

About 60 persons attended the Greene County Reads sessions Thursday of “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things” by Bryn Greenwood. Greenwood, who lives and works in Lawrence, KS, was at all the discussions.

Retired East Greene English teacher Jan Scharingson led the discussions in Grand Junction, Paton, and Jefferson.

Readers at the Jefferson session characterized the book as “chaotic,” “frustrating,” and “beautifully disturbing.” Continue reading About 60 discuss book with author Bryn Greenwood

Orris honored as Guardian of Integrity by Rotary District 6000

Don Orris and his wife Bonnie

Don Orris, retired Jefferson businessman, was honored as a Guardian of Integrity at the Rotary International District 6000 “Toast to Rotary” Saturday at the Santa Maria Winery in Carroll.

The Paul Hellwege Guardian of Integrity Award was instituted eight years ago to recognize longtime Boone Rotarian Paul Hellwege, Each Rotary Club in the district can nominate one member who has made contributions in business, media, academia or government and who has by his or her actions, writing, policies and public pronouncements strengthened and fostered development of integrity and ethical practices. Continue reading Orris honored as Guardian of Integrity by Rotary District 6000

Toddler Fest draws big crowd of little people

(Edited April 14 with correct employer for Cindy Duhrkopf)

The crowd of small people was larger than ever before at the 13th annual Toddler Fest, held Saturday morning at the Greene County Community Center.

The come-and-go event, which encourages children to “bee readers”, was attended by 154 youngsters ages 2-5, along with 130 adults. Sixty volunteers helped at the event. Cindy Duhrkopf of the Partnerships 4 Families Early Childhood Iowa board remarked that some of the teen volunteers had come to the early Toddler Fests as children themselves. Continue reading Toddler Fest draws big crowd of little people

New literacy program for parents of preschoolers

Greene County Extension & Outreach photo

Parents of preschool children participated in a new literacy program called Raising School Ready Readers at Greene County Extension in March. Families that attended were able to participate in fun and educational activities and enjoy an evening as a family. The program was made possible by funds received from Communities 4 Children and Community Partnerships for Protecting Children neighborhood/Community Network Mini Grants. Continue reading New literacy program for parents of preschoolers