In the neighborhood

~by Jean Borgeson

UMC announcements – Pastor Paul relayed the grateful thanks from the staff at the Greene County School for the delivery of the backpacks the congregation had collected and filled with school supplies. Also, a reminder to the students in the congregation to bring their backpacks to church on Sunday, August 25, to be blessed. Continue reading In the neighborhood

Pheasant harvest up, but number of hunters down

Pheasant hunters harvested nearly 320,000 roosters in Iowa during the 2018 season, which was the highest harvest total since 2008. In 2017, hunters harvested an estimated 221,000 roosters.

“The 2018 roadside survey showed our pheasant population was 39 percent higher than in 2017, so we were expecting an improved pheasant harvest,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Continue reading Pheasant harvest up, but number of hunters down

First winners in State Fair contest told

Karen Pope (left) and Kay Moranville (right), also known as The Springer Twins, won the Look Alike contest at the Iowa State Fair. (We can see why!)

Greene County had winners in the Twins, Triplets and More contest judged Thursday, the first day of the Iowa State Fair.

Kay Moranville and Karen Pope, Jefferson High School class of 1965, took first place in the age 18 and older most alike category. They’ve competed in the contest many years and have won  most times they’ve competed.

Anastasia, Bridget and Catarina Hobbs of Lohrville placed second in the age 9-11 least alike category. They aren’t Greene County residents, but their mother Shannon is the Paton-Churdan music director, making them almost residents.

Catholic Daughters, Knights of Columbus mark centennial

About 100 people attended the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Queen of Peace #390, and the Knights of Columbus Council #2030 from St. Joseph Church in Jefferson.

Bishop R. Walker Nickless celebrated a mass Saturday July 27, for this event; with Fr. Dan Guenther, Fr. John Gerald, Fr. Jeremy Wind, and Fr. Timothy Schott serving as concelebrants. Continue reading Catholic Daughters, Knights of Columbus mark centennial

Elks sponsor Safety Camp

Children who will enter kindergarten later this month were invited to attend the Jefferson park and recreation department’s annual Safety Camp this past week.

This year the local Elks lodge donated $200 to cover the cost of the camp. Children learned about safety in many places and situations including school bus safety, water safety, Stranger Danger, poison and drug safety, weather safety, pet safety, fire safety and more. Continue reading Elks sponsor Safety Camp

Water fun at Webb House

For more than 20 years the Webb House has offered alternative activities (see post below) for ‘tweens and teens.

The Webb House on Friday  ended a summer hiatus and kicked off a new year with a giant water slide, a barbecue, and a campfire with ‘smores.

According to Webb House volunteer Jim North, about 140 youngsters enjoyed the water slide, starting with children from the Greene County Early Learning Center and Natural Wonders Learning Center early in the day, elementary children during the afternoon, and sixth through eight graders in the evening. Continue reading Water fun at Webb House

In the neighborhood

~by Jean Borgeson

August 5, 2019

Elizabeth and Andrea Pearson are visiting their grandparents Dale and Nancy Hanaman. They traveled to Des Moines to see the “Big Boy” steam engine when it was parked near Court Street and walked along the track and viewed the engine up close. They then went to Science Center of Iowa and enjoyed the interactive displays, including the program on the Iowa night sky with many different constellations. Continue reading In the neighborhood

Yard of the Month honors to Telleens

A dream came true two years ago for Heath and Samantha Telleen, whose yard and gardens were selected as the Jefferson Garden Club’s Yard of the Month for August.

The Telleens had experienced living on an acreage and were looking for that kind of setting when they moved to Jefferson in 2014. When Heath, a teacher at the Greene County High School, met fellow teacher Dale Smith and saw his home, the dream began. Continue reading Yard of the Month honors to Telleens

State Fair 4-H exhibitors told

Judging of 2019 Greene County 4-H static exhibit entries was done Tuesday, July 9, at the Greene County Fairgrounds, by a variety of judges in the areas of animals; agriculture and natural resources; creative arts; science, engineering, and technology; family and consumer sciences; and personal development.  The static exhibit judging event was coordinated by static superintendents Michele Hardin, Linda Hedges, Shari Minnehan, and Jo Anne Schnebly.

Results of the 2019 Greene County 4-H static exhibit judging were as follows:
Iowa State Fair Selections:


  • Elizabeth Allen – Photography, IA Moulton Barn
  • Bailey Anderson – Photography, Stained Glass Window Star
  • Arthur Bardole – Photography, Mushroom Picture
  • Kayla Muir- Photography, Jack with Football
  • Brian Hardaway- Photography, Self Photo
  • Americus Squibb- Visual Arts, junk drawer
  • Elizabeth Allen- Visual Arts, color pastel mountains
  • Emma Halterman- Visual Arts, blue clay pot
  • Americus Squibb- Visual Arts, hole in book
  • Gina Brown- Visual Arts, repurposed old painter ladder


  • Lucas Oakes- Welding, tailgate bench
  • Ethan Hooper- Woodworking, building a shed with Grandpa
  • Joe Thompson- Small Engines, restored Ford YT-16 lawnmower
  • Caden Etherton- Woodworking, wooden toy box


  • Natalie Heupel- Clothing & Fashion, constructed romper
  • Megan Palmer- Sewing & Needle Arts, fringe pillow
  • Hannah Curtis- Sewing & Needle Arts, summer camp quilt
  • Maya Telleen- Food & Nutrition, grape pie
  • Aubrey Heupel- Food & Nutrition, lemon poppyseed scones
  • Autumn Villebro- Food & Nutrition, angel food cake
  • Avery Bardole- Food & Nutrition, Ttomato apple chutney
  • Bailey Anderson- Child Development, jean roads
  • Joe Thompson- Consumer Management, reupholstered & refurbished Lane cedar chest
  • Lanie Fish- Child Development, sensory busy board
  • Kara Reed- Home Improvement, black rustic frame
  • Aden Bardole- Home Improvement, coat rack door
  • Emma Halterman- Home Improvement, Refinished Table
  • Kaitlyn Halterman- Home Improvement, Serpentine Dresser with Harp & Mirror

Outstanding 4th Grade Exhibits:

  • Nehemiah Hoyt- Photography, Purple Flower
  • Kaliyah Minnihan- Photography, Waves, Water, Rocks
  • Maggie Reed- Photography, Cows by River
  • Natalie Towers- Food & Nutrition, gingersnap cookies
  • Natalie Towers- Child Development, toddler busy bags
  • Natalie Towers- Food & Nutrition, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
  • Paisley Lautner- Sewing, multi-color quilt
  • Paisley Lautner- Visual Arts, “Let’s Play Ball” painting

    Outstanding 4th graders and State Fair exhibitors include (front, from left) Maggie Reed, Americus Squibb, Nehemiah Hoyt, Aden Bardole and Maya Telleen; (middle row, from left) Natalie Towers, Ethan Hooper, Hannah Curtis, Lizzy Allen, Aubrey Heupel, Kayla Muir and Gina Brown; and (back, from left) Joe Thompson, Bailey Anderson, Arthur Bardole and Lanie Fish.

4-H, FFA members win ribbons at county fair

Greene County Extension youth and 4-H coordinator Kayla Willms has compiled the results of judged events at the 2019 Greene County Fair. 4-H and FFA members had many opportunities to exhibit what they’ve learned working in various program areas. 

The 2019 4-H Clothing Event was held Tuesday, July 9, at the Greene County Fair. Four  exhibitors competed in the event, which was judged by Barb Sexton of Rockwell City.  The show was organized by clothing superintendent Heidi Naberhaus.  Youth participants also showcased their projects in the 4-H Fashion Show held Friday, July 12, at Clover Hall on the fairgrounds. Continue reading 4-H, FFA members win ribbons at county fair