Monday, May 25, 2015

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

BELOW...CLIFF MERRICK, AMERICAN LEGION ADJUTANT
  ABOVE, LOWELL SCHROEDER, VFW CHAPLAIN
BELOW, KENT CRAWFORD, DIRECTING THE MCHS BAND
ABOVE, GINA LAUGHLIN, VFW AULILIARY PRESIDENT
ABOVE, ANGIE OSTERKAMP, PAST 2ND DIST. VFW AUX. PRESIDENT.
ABOVE, SCOTT HANSEN, MAJOR IN THE IOWA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, GIVING THE MEMORIAL DAY ADDRESS.
ROGER SCHNOOR, VFW COMMANDER, READING LIST OF PAST YEAR DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE LEGION AND THE  VFW.
JOHN SCHMIDT, LEGION CHAPLAIN, WITH THE BENEDICTION

BELOW PHOTOS TAKEN AT MT. HOPE CEMETERY.
2ND DIST. VFW VICE-COMMANDER TOM WATTERS RAISING THE FLAG.
VFW AND LEGION CEREMONIAL RIFLE SQUAD...ROBERT LAUGHLIN, JERRY WEIS AND
SHANE MERRICK.
THERE WERE ALL AGES AT THE CEMETERY.....MOSTLY SENIORS...SOME
YOUNG FAMILIES...BOY SCOUTS AND ABOVE, JIM RANKIN OF MAQUOKETA, AGE 91.   HE SERVED IN WORLD WAR II AS A BOMBADIER IN A B-29 AND
WAS IN THE WAR FROM 1941 UNTIL IT ENDED.

A BEAUTIFUL LATE MORNING FOR MAQUOKETA'S ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM AT THE MAQUOKETA MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM AND
AT MT. HOPE CEMETERY.

DENNIS VOY

Friday, May 22, 2015

FRIDAY DAILY REPORT


NO RAIN TODAY AND HIGH IN THE MID 70'S.    ABOUT THE SAME TOMORROW BUT WE ARE TO EXPECT RAIN SUNDAY
AND MONDAY.

JACKSON COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF MIKE PETERS REMAINS ON LEAVE FROM HIS DUTIES AT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.    ACCORDING TO CHIEF DEPUTY
STEVE SCHROEDER, DEPUTY PETERS WAS FIRST PLACED ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE IN FEBRUARY.   HE IS ON MEDICAL LEAVE AND ACCORDING TO SCHROEDER, PETERS IS USING ACCRUED BENIFITS SUCH AS SICK LEAVE AND VACATION DAYS.   WHEN HE WILL RETURN TO THE JOB WILL BE DETERMINED BY HIS MEDICAL TEAM.      SHERIFF KETTMAN ADDED
THAT THERE IS NO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AT THIS TIME.   IT IS
TOTALLY A MEDICAL ISSUE.    SHERIFF KETTMAN CALLED PETERS A "REAL
GOOD" EMPLOYEE DATING BACK TO HIS DAYS AS A JAILER PRIOR TO BECOMING A DEPUTY.
SPORTS:
AT THE STATE TRACK MEET TODAY, GIRLS CLASS 3-A ACTION, MAQUOKETA SOPHOMORE HAILEY SCHWENKER AND JANEY SAUNDERS WERE BOTH ENTERED IN THE 100 HURDLES.    SCHWENKER FINISHED 10TH IN A TIME
OF 15.60 AND SAUNDERS 16TH IN A TIME 16.06.   THE WINNING TIME WAS
14.70.    NEITHER QUALIFIED FOR THE FINALS.     ALSO SCHWENKER THEN TOOK PART IN THE 400 HURDLES AND SHE FINISHED 14TH IN A TIME
OF 1:08.86.
NOW SHOWING DOWNTOWN AND THE DRIVE-IN!

"GO FLY A KITE!"    KITE FLYING WILL BE HELD MONDAY, MAY 25TH, BETWEEN 10 A.M. AND 3 P.M. AT THE HURSTVILLE INTERPRETIVE CENTER.    BRING YOUR OWN OR BUILD ONE AT THE CENTER AND FLY IT OVER THE NEARBY
PRAIRIE.    NO COST IF YOU BRING YOUR OWN KITE.

NEXT WEEK, 39 MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS AND BAND STUDENTS WILL LEAVE FOR A ONE WEEK TRIP TO WASHINGTON,  D.C.
THE CHORUS AND BAND TRIP IS TAKEN EVERY THREE YEARS.    BAND DIRECTOR KENT CRAWFORD AND CHORAL DIRECTOR JOEL  HAGEN HAVE
ORGANIZED THE TRIP AND TWO OTHER STAFF MEMBERS, JACKIE CROWLEY AND BETH WOLD, WILL TAKE THE TRIP ALONG WITH SEVERAL PARENT
CHAPERONES.     THEY WILL VISIT LOTS OF SITES AND WILL NOT BE DOING ANY PUBLIC PERFORMANCES.     THE STUDENTS HELD FUN RAISING EVENTS SO THEY COULD PAY THEIR OWN EXPENSES.   SCHOOL ENDS NEXT TUESDAY AND THE BUS WILL LEAVE AT 3 P.M AND GET BACK TO MAQUOKETA ON JUNE 1ST.

SCHOOL BOARD NEWS:     PLANS FOR A NEW BIOLOGY ROOM  HAVE BEEN FINALIZED AND THE CABINETS ARE ORDERED.   WORK SHOULD BEGIN
IN8 WEEKS.   THE CARPET INSTALLERS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE 3RD
WEEK IN JUNE AND THE SCHOOL RECEIVED A GRANT FOR 40 GALLONS OF PAINT THAT WILL BE  USED FOR SUMMER PROJECTS.      THE SCHOOL DISTRICT USES ROUGHLY 100 GALLONS OF PAINT A YEAR SO THIS GRANT
WILL REDUCE PAINTING COSTS.
KRISTY WEISS WAS APPOINTED AS THE NEW BOARD SECRETARY AND
BOARD TREASURER FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE 2014-15 SEASON.
SHE TAKES OVER FOR BARB MCKEON WHO IS RETIRING.
THE BOARD PURCHASED A NEW SCHOOL BUS FOR $78,000.
AND SUPT. HOOVER GAVE AN UPDATE ON HILLCREST, SAYING HE HAS MET WITH 8 OTHER DISTRICTS TO FORM A SPECIAL CONSORTIUM AND
THEY HAVE COME TO AN AGREEMENT THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY
HILLCREST AND THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.   CURRENTLY THE CONSORTIUM IS MAKING FINAL ADJUSTMENTS ON THE AGREEMENT.

ANDREW IS BRINGING BACK BRIGG'S MEMORIAL DAY THIS SUNDAY, NAMED AFTER IOWA'S FIRST GOVERNOR BURIED IN THE  ANDREW CEMETERY.
THERE WILL BE A COMMUNITY BREAKFAST, COMMUNITY CHURCH SERVICE AND THE  HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY, A STAND-STILL PARADE.    THE PARADE DOES NOT MOVE AND THE SPECTATORS WALK AROUND AND LOOK AT THE
PARADE ENTRIES.    FOOD AND FUN FOR ALL AGES IN ANDREW.    TAKE
A DRIVE OVER AND SUPPORT THE EVENT IF YOU CAN.

THE EASTERN IOWA BRASS BAND PLAYS AT HOOVER PRESIDENTIAL
LIBRARY (ON THE LAWN) IN WEST BRANCH SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 2.    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME (IF EVER) YOU HAVE VISITED IOWA'S ONLY PRESIDENT'S LIBRARY?

MY GRANDDAUGHTER CASSIE VOY (DAUGHTER OF RICK AND SHERI)
GETS HER DIPLOMA SUNDAY AT BETTENDORF HIGH SCHOOL.  
CONGRATULATIONS CASSIE!    SHE IS ON TO COLLEGE THIS FALL AT
CLARK COLLEGE.  

HAVE A NICE  HOLIDAY.   DRIVE WITH CARE  AND BUCKLE UP.

DENNIS VOY






Thursday, May 21, 2015

THURSDAY DAILY REPORT

SUNNY AND 69 TODAY.
GOING TO BE NICE TOMORROW.
GOING TO BE NICE  SATURDAY.
NOW SO NICE SUNDAY.
AND NOW SO  NICE EITHER MONDAY, MEMORIAL DAY.

TOMORROW IS ED SEEBERGER'S 94TH BIRTHDAY.   GIVE HIM A CALL..563-652-3869.    HE'S A LEGION AND V F W MEMBER.    FOR MANY
YEARS A VERY GOOD CAR SALESMEN AND THEN FOR MANY YEARS, A
VERY GOOD REAL ESTATE SALESMAN.     I SEE HIM OFTEN ALL  AROUND
TOWN ATTENDING FUNCTIONS.    STILL LIVES ALONE IN HIS HOME ON
WEST SUMMIT STREET.   HAVE A GOOD BIRTHDAY ED.

FRONT ROW, SECOND FROM LEST, MALLORY MARIE CASEL OF MAQUOKETA.
SHE RECEIVED AN END OF YEAR AWARD AT ASHFORD UNIVERSIYT IN
CLINTON.   THE ASHFORD NEWS RELEASE SAYS:  MALLORY RECEIVED THE ALEX ESQUIVEL PROMISING TEACHER AWARD GIVEN TO A GRADUATING FUTURE TEACHER WHO EXEMPLIFIES THE CHARACTERISTICS OF ENTHUSIASM FOR LEARNING, DEDICATION TO TEACHING, A SPIRIT OF JOYFUL SERVICE AND PERSEVERANCE THROUGH CHALLENGES.
FAMOUS COUNTRY SINGER JOHN CONLEE  WILL DO A CONCERT AT 2 P.M. ON JUNE 14TH AT OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER IN MAQUOKETA.   ADVANCE TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW.

SPORTS:   TODAY, THE CO-ED STATE TRACK MEET WAS HELD AT DRAKE
STADIUM IN DES MOINES.   FOR THE BOYS IN CLASS 3-A:
HIGH JUMP, MAQUOKETA SOPHOMORE XAVIER ADAMS FINISHED 5TH WITH
A JUMP OF 6-3.
100 METER DASH, MAQUOKETA JUNIOR JACOB KLOFT WAS 16TH IN THE
PRELIMINARIES AND DID NOT QUALIFY FOR THE FINALS.
400 METERS, FRESHMAN JARED TYRRELL WAS 24TH AND DID NOT QUALIFY FOR THE FINALS.
IN GIRLS COMPETITION:
MAQUOKETA'S SHUTTLE HURDLE RELAY TEAM FINISHED 9TH AND JUST MISSED GETTING TO THE FINALS.    THE MAQUOKETA TEAM OF JANEY SAUNDERS, BRITTANY TEBBE, SHELBY PETTYJOHN AND HAILEY SCHWENKER RAN THE RACE IN 1:08:83.

AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING THIS, THE COUNCIL LEARNED THAT
BECAUSE OF THE GAS TAX INCREASE, CONTRACTORS HAVE PLENTY OF
NEW PROJECTS TO BID ON AND THEREFORE, BIDS ARE STARTING TO
BE HIGHER THAN ESTIMATES.     IN MAQUOKETA FOR INSTANCE, THE
QUARRY STREET BID CAME IN NEARLY 50%  OVER ESTIMATES.

IN BUSINESS NEWS:   MAQUOKETA HAS A NEW MOTORCYCLE SHOP THAT OPENED THE DOORS THE LAST WEEK.    R-F CYCLES IS IN THE FORMER
DINER BUILDING ON EAST PLATT AND WILL BE OPEN FROM 1  UNTIL 5
AFTERNOONS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.    THE OWNER IS SHANE
HALVERSON AND HE IS RUNNING THE BUSINESS HIMSELF.    THE SHOP
IS RENTED FROM THE NEW OWNERS OF THE BUILDING, J AND S AUTO ACROSS THE STREET.    HALVERSON HAS APPROXIMATELY 29 YEARS OF
EXPERIENCE IN THE MOTORCYCLE REPAIR BUSINESS, REPAIRING
MOTORCYCLES, ATV'S, MOPEDS, GO-CARTS AND CUSTOM BIKES.

DIANNE RATHJE (MRS.  VIC) OF AMANA RECENTLY FOUND AN OLD
MAQUOKETA NEWSPAPER IN HER GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE,
FEBRUARY 15TH PAPER, AND SENT IT TO ME.     RONANN'S FLORAL
SHOP THIS MONTH CELEBRATED ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY ON WEST
PLATT IN MAQUOKETA AND WAS STARTED BY DIANNE'S MOTHER AND
FATHER, RON AND ANN MEADE.    HER SISTER WENDY STILL RUNS THE BUSINESS AND 3 FLOWER POTS FROM THE STORE ARE AT MY 61 DRIVE-IN THEATRE EVERY SUMMER, NEXT TO THE CONCESSION STAND.    AS A
YOUNG KMAQ RADIO SALESMAN (ALONG WITH ANNOUNCING) I CALLED
ON RON AND ANN WEEKLY FOR RADIO ADS.   I ALWAYS ENJOYED MY VISITS.
ANN WAS QUITE INTERESTED IN (AND HAD SEVERAL) FOREIGN EXCHANGE
STUDENTS FOR MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL.   VIC WAS A BANKER HERE
UNTIL THEY MOVED TO THE AMANAS.   NOW RETIRED, THEY BOTH LISTEN
TO KMAQ NEWSCASTS ON THE "STREAMING" RADIO ON KMAQ'S HOME PAGE,
WWW.KMAQ.COM.    BELOW, AN AD FROM THAT PAPER.
RAY KROEGER OWNED THE BUSINESS FOR MANY YEARS.   IT WAS GOING STRONG WHEN I CAME TO TOWN IN 1958 AND I KNEW RAY, WHO WAS AN
EARLY KMAQ ADVERTISER.   HE WAS ALSO A LONGTIME MEMBER OF THE JACKSON COUNTY FAIRBOARD.   HIS SALE BARN WAS ON WEST SUMMIT
STREET AND BURNED TO THE GROUND.   IT WAS REBUILDT AND IS STILL IN BUSINESS AND OWNED BY BOB LARKEY AND LOCATED FARTHER WEST ON SUMMIT UP ON THE HILL.    THE DAY OF THIS SALE IN 1945, BOB LARKEY
WAS A LITTLE BABY, NOT A YEAR OLD, BUT  LOOKING FORWARD TO
SALE DAYS AHEAD.  IN FACT, HE STARTED WORKING FOR RAY WHEN HE WAS 14 YEARS OLD.    THANKS FOR THE PAPER DIANE.   I WILL PUT OTHER
THINGS FROM THAT PAPER UP HERE ON THE DAILY REPORT IN THE FUTURE.

FLAGS WILL BE PUT UP AT 5 FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR MAQUOKETA'S AVENUE OF FLAGS, AT MT. HOPE AND SACRED HEART CEMETERIES.   HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED.   THEY WILL BE TAKEN DOWN MONDAY AFTERNOON AT
5:30 AND AGAIN THEY WOULD LIKE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP.
THE MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM IS AT 10:30 MONDAY MORNING AT
THE MIDDLE SCHOOL, THEN AFTER AT MT. HOPE AND THE FLAG-BURNING
CEREMONY STARTS AT AROUND NOON MONDAY AT MT. HOPE.
CONTACT CLIFF MERRICK IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

DENNIS VOY