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Aug. 9, 2017

Family reunion – Gary and Mary Weaver of rural Rippey hosted Mary’s cousins on Saturday evening for their annual family gathering. The usual building of a human pyramid and the breaking of a piñata was overshadowed this year by the introduction of group line dancing. Continue reading In the neighborhood

Building Teamwork outdoor obstacle challenge party caps summer reading program

During the 2017 summer reading program, “Build a Better World” at the Jefferson public library, children worked individually on their BINGO sheets and reading, and also participated in team activities.

Not only did children earn a final party complete with performer Richard Renner at the end of the program, but children who read at least 240 minutes during the program were invited to participate in a Building Teamwork outdoor obstacle challenge party at Russell Park July 31. Continue reading Building Teamwork outdoor obstacle challenge party caps summer reading program

Jefferson Telecom tells photo contest winner

Tiffany Smith with her winning photo

Tiffany Smith of Jefferson will have her photo of Brown Bridge featured on the cover the 2017-18 Jefferson Telecom telephone directory. As winner of Jefferson Telecom’s directory photo contest, Smith won $100 in Greene County Chamber Checks.

Smith took the photo at the Brown Bridge access three miles north of Scranton on County Road E-33 as the sun was setting in July 2017. She shot this photo as she entered the North Raccoon River off the boat ramp to fish. A concrete boat ramp, fishing riffle, and parking lot have been developed at the access. Catfish, walleye, and smallmouth bass are most common species caught. Continue reading Jefferson Telecom tells photo contest winner

Humpal wins smoker in fair drawing

Rick Humpal with his smoker

Rick Humpal of Jefferson was the winner of a new Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite gas smoker in a drawing held at the Greene Soil & Water Conservation District’s booth at the Greene County Fair.

SWCD staff and board members thanked all who visited the booth.

Pheasant count in progress, looking for good numbers

Iowa’s 15-day annual pheasant population survey began Aug. 1, and after a mild winter and early spring, wildlife experts are cautiously optimistic about what they hope to find.

“Our weather this year is nearly identical to what we saw in 2015,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources who coordinates and collects the data from the 208, 30-mile survey routes. Continue reading Pheasant count in progress, looking for good numbers

In the neighborhood

July 31, 2017

Shawneene’s Corner: The summer reading is off to a good start. The kids have been working on their handouts, do at home projects, and we have been making projects here at the library on Mondays and Fridays.

We have made things such as a Rube Goldberg machine, explaining the continuance of an item in constant motion. They have also created their own town using boxes. The kids have really enjoyed this recycling project as they learn how to “Build a Better World.” Their instructions were to make a town, name it, and include several different public buildings/service stations of their choosing. They also needed to include a historic marker of their choice, an attraction for tourists, and a park. They did all of this and more! They named their town “Heartwood.” Continue reading In the neighborhood

Landus donates to local 4-H program

The 4-H program in Greene County was awarded $1,000 from the Jefferson Landus Cooperative location recently.  In July, Landus Cooperative awarded $20,000 as part of its annual donation to county 4-H programs in areas in which it does business.

Greene County youth and 4-H coordinator Kayla Hyett accepts a check from Jay Sturtz of Landus Cooperative (right)

“Landus Cooperative is proud to support county 4-H programs,” said Milan Kucerak, CEO of Landus Cooperative. “Many of our farmer-members, employees and their families are involved in 4-H. Those programs play an important role in our rural communities because they focus on rural youth development and agricultural advancement.”

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Sweet Corn Festival Sunday, Aug. 6

Members of First United Methodist Church in Jefferson will host what has become an August favorite,  the  annual Sweet Corn Festival  Sunday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 6:30 pm at Russell Park and the adjacent United Methodist Church parking lot.

The meal will feature sweet corn picked Sunday morning, along with pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, and homemade fruit cobblers served with ice cream. Take-outs will be available with drive-thru service in the parking lot. Continue reading Sweet Corn Festival Sunday, Aug. 6