Saturday, May 27, 2017

SATURDAY

MAQUOKETA'S NEW DOWNTOWN FLAGS ARE FLYING THIS WEEKEND, FROM THE NEW  DOUBLE LIGHT POLES.    IMPRESSIVE.

ANDREW'S MEMORIAL DAY EVENT IS TODAY AND TOMORROW.   TODAY, THE
CAR AND TRACTOR SHOW AND LUNCH IN  THE PARK.   THE ANDREW LIONS
FEATURED A BEEF OR  HOT DOG LUNCH AND THE GARDEN CLUB HAD
HOME MADE PIES, SERVING OVER 125 SLICES.     THERE WILL BE A CHURCH SERVICE AND CEMETERY PROGRAM TOMORROW, AFTER AN AMVET
BREAKFAST OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
STANDING, SITTING  AND HOME TOWN CHATTER UNDER THE PARK SHELTER
THE PIE WAS EXCELLENT
SALLY ROWAN, ANDREW CITY CLERK, A JOB SHE HAS HELD FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS IN THE HOME OF ANSIL BRIGGS, IOWA'S FIRST GOVERNOR.
THE CAR AND TRACTOR SHOW TOOK UP BOTH SIDES OF A CITY BLOCK...
MORE ENTRIES THAN EVER FOR THE EVENT....NICE PATRIOTIC  ENTRY ABOVE

MY FAVORITE...A TWO PASSENGER COUPE
A PANEL OF 3 JUDGES PICKED WINNERS IN FIVE DIVISIONS, PLUS A
TRACTOR WINNER.   I DIDN'T GET A PHOTO OF ALL WINNERS, SORRY

ABOVE, COLLEEN HERMAN IN THE "E"  DIVISION, YEARS '80 AND UP,
FROM MAQUOKETA, GOT THE WINNING PLAQUE...FOR HER 86 MONTE CARLO

STEVE HUDRLIK OF ANDREW GOT THE PLAQUE FOR HIS CLASS "D" ENTRY,
THE LINCOLN TOWN CAR

WINNING PICKUP, THIS CHEVY IN THE  '50-'69 DIVISION.   ALL I SCRIBBLED DOWN WAS HIS INITIALS, V.S.    SORRY AGAIN

WINNER IN THE "C" CLASS, RICH CURRENT OF MAQUOKETA WITH HIS '67 DOGE RT

THIS SUPER 1954 MTA IS OWNED BY DERRY KUNDE OF ANDREW.    HE BOUGHT IT IN 1968 OR 69 AND IT WAS HIS FIRST FARM TRACTOR.
TRADED IT AND MUCH LATER WAS ABLE TO GET IT BACK AND RESTORE IT

ALL AGES WERE HAVING FUN IN THE DOWNTOWN PARK.    THE FIRST JACKSON COUNTY JAIL IS IN THE STONE BUILDING IN BACKGROUND...A
POPULAR TOURIST ATTRACTION.

LOWEL CARLSON, RURAL ANDREW, RETIRED BELLEVUE HERALD-LEADER
EDITOR AND MEMBER OF ANDREW LIONS, SURPRISED ME WITH A BASKET
OF GOODIES FOR PROMOTING ANDREW ACTIVITIES ON KMAQ.  
SOME HOME-BAKED COOKIES BY MARY KUNDE, AND SEVERAL GIFT
CERTIFICATES FROM L.R.'S...MAQUOKETA STATE BANK...AND THE CITY OF
ANDREW.    I HAVE RECEIVED MANY GIFTS OVER THE YEARS, BUT IN ALL
MY 59 YEARS AT KMAQ, I HAVE NEVER RECEIVED A GIFT  FROM A CITY.
MUCH APPRECIATED!!
NOT NECESSARY, BUT NANCY AND I SAY THANK YOU. 

NEXT BIG THING COMING IN ANDREW FOR US TO PROMOTE...THE ANDREW
LIONS ANNUAL SWEET CORN SALE.   LARRY McMURRAY, CHAIRMAN, SAYS
THE CORN IS PLANTED AND STARTING TO COME UP.    KMAQ WILL LET
EVERYONE KNOW WHEN THE CORN IS READY TO ENJOY.
YES, FINGER LICKING GOOD AND TEETH BITING GREAT!

THANKS ANDREW FOR PUTTING ON A LOCAL MEMORIAL WEEKEND EVENT FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY.

DENNIS VOY












Friday, May 26, 2017

FRIDAY DAILY

LAST NIGHT WAS "APPRECIATION NIGHT" FOR THE MAQUOKETA STATE BANK, WITH OFFICES IN MAQUOKETA, PRESTON AND ANDREW AND THE
DRIVE-UP  BANK ON MAQUOKETA'S WEST SIDE.    HUNDREDS OF ADULTS
AND KIDS STARTED COMING AT 6  AND SOME DID NOT GO HOME UNTIL AFTER 11, AFTER THE MOVIE.     THE WEATHER WAS VERY NICE.
 NOTE THE BUMPER STICKED!
THE FACE PAINTING TENT WAS BUSY.    SO WAS
THE 61 DRIVE-IN TRAIN WITH ENGINER CASEY
CASEL AND SEVERAL BANK EMPLOYEES AS 
CONDUCTORS.

THE SWINGS WERE BUSY AND THE SANDBOX TO RIGHT, ALSO.

THESE M-S-B CUSTOMERS RELAXED AFTER ENJOYING A FREE SANDWICH
OR TWO, COURTESY OF THE BANK.    THE JACKSON COUNTY CATTLEMEN
DID HAMBURGERS ON THEIR BIG GRILL AND THE JACKSON COUNTY PORKP
PRODUCERS PREPARED THE PORK RIBLET SANDWICHES.    THE SANDWICHES WERE SERVED UNDER A BIG WHITE TENT AND THERE
WAS A DRINK TO GO WITH THEM.
AND THERE WAS A LINE-UP ALWAYS AT THE CONCESSION STAND, WAITING
TO GET IN FOR FREE POPCORN, COURTESY OF MAQUOKETA STATE
BANKS.
IT WAS A FUN NIGHT.   ONE PROBLEM, WAS THE PROJECTOR.   IT DID
NOT WANT TO SHOW THE MOVIE.    IT WAS MISSING THE RIGHT KEY.
THE PROJECTOR KEY, LIKE A PASSWORD ON A COMPUTER, ALLOWS THE
MOVIE TO BE SHOW,   MANAGER JACK JONES  HAD TO CALL AN EMERGENY NUMBER TO GET IT AND CONSEQUENTLY THE MOVIE STARTED NEARLY AN HOUR LATE.
THOSE WHO COULD NOT WAIT, WERE GIVEN A PASS FOR A DIFFERENT
MOVIE SOMETIME THIS SUMMER. 

A BIG THANK YOU TO CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER KEVIN BURNS AND MANY OF HIS EMPLOYEES FOR SPONSORING THE EVENT.

THE 61 DRIVE-IN THEATRE, IN YEAR NUMBER 67, IS ONE OF ONLY FOUR
IN IOWA AND EFFECTIVE TONIGHT, WILL BE OPEN EVERYNIGHT UNTIL 
MID AUGUST AND THEN WILL GO BACK TO WEEKENDS ONLY  UNTIL MID OCTOBER.    

THE DRIVE-IN WAITING FOR FIRST CARS.   WEEK DAYS, THE GATE OPENS AT 7 AND WEEKENDS AT 6:30.   TWO NEW MOVIES FOR ONLY $8.
KIDS $5.   UNDER 5 FREE.   BRING FOOD ALONG AND TAILGATE
IF YOU LIKE.   BRING A LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET OR COUCH AND A PORTABLE RADIO SO YOU CAN WATCH THE MOVIE UNDER THE STARS.
 
DISNEY'S NEW PIRATES MOVIE STARTS TONIGHT, NATIONWIDE AND WILL
BE THE FIRST MOVIE TONIGHT AT THE  61 DRIVE-IN.... AND WILL EASILY BE THE NUMBER ONE MOVIE OF THE MEMORIAL WEEKEND.                   
IT IS ALSO SHOWING DOWNTOWN AT THE VOY THEATRE.
THE SECOND MOVIE TONIGHT AT THE 61, THE HIT MOVIE, "GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY,   VOLUME 2" AND ALSO RATED PG-13.

MEMORIAL WEEKEND OFFICIALLY STARTS THE BIG MOVIE SUMMERTIME, WHEN EVERYONE SEES A MOVIE OR TWO OR THREE...OR MORE.
NOTHING BEATS SEEING A MOVIE ON A BIG SCREEN WITH GREAT SOUND.








Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WEDNESDAY DAILY

THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING ON JONES AND ACROSS PLATT AND REASON FOR 3 WEEK DETOUR.     THE DAC BUILDING IN THE DISTANCE WAS ONCE
THE SUPER VALUE  STORE, THEN ALDI'S, AND I  HEAR HAS BEEN SOLD AND WILL BE SOMETHING ELSE AGAIN.






STARTS FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE VOY THEATRE AND NATIONWIDE.


DALE CARAWAY SPOKE AT ROTARY TODAY.      HE WROTE A BOOK.   
MORE AT WWW.KMAQ.COM AND CLICK-ON ROTARY BLOG.


 MONDAY WAS A BIG DAY FOR ASHER SCHROEDER.    FOR DETAILS, GO TO
WWW.KMAQ.COM HOME PAGE AND CLICK-ON THE ROTARY BLOG BUTTON.

DENNIS VOY










Tuesday, May 23, 2017

TUESDAY DAILY

ABOVE PHOTO OF BUILDINGS ON WEST PLATT, EARLIER THIS SPRING.
THE BUILDINGS ARE NOW ALL DOWN.   NOTE THE SIDE OF DECKER HOTEL.
I  ASSUME IT WILL BE PAINTED TO MAKE SIDE ALL ONE COLOR.  TO THE RIGHT, THE BUILDING WITH THE "BRICK TAP"  (FOR MANY YEARS, THE LOFT)
RESTURANT AND BAR UPSTAIRS.    BRAD DEERY NOW OWNS THE LOTS AND WILL USE THEM FOR MORE NEW AND USED CAR DISPLAYS.
THE "BRICK TAP" IS CLOSING THIS WEEK IN ABOVE BUILDING.    WONDER
HOW THEY WILL FIX UP THE WALL.    THIS BUILDING (NOT OWNED BY
DEERY) HAS BEEN FOR SALE.


ABOVE, THE ADDITION TO "TIMBER LANES".    WILL SEAT UP TO 500 PEOPLE.


 DETOUR ON WEST PLATT.
YES..YOU CAN STILL GET TO THE "DOLLAR GENERAL"  STORE...BUT NOT
AN EASY TASK.     AND YES..THE NEW "DOLLAR GENERAL" STORE IS
GOING UP ON HIGHWAY 64 IN PRESTON.
THE ABOVE DETOUR WILL LAST AROUND 3 WEEKS.


 
ADVENTURE RACE IS ON JUNE 24TH.




IN BOYS SOCCER LAST NIGHT, MAQUOKETA BEAT MOUNT VERNON, 3 TO 0
AND ADVANCE TO ACTION TOMORROW NIGHT AT CLEAR CREEK AMANA.

IN GIRLS GOLF LAST NIGHT, 4-A REGIONALS AT CEDAR RAPIDS, TEN TEAMS AND MAQUOKETA CAME IN 6TH.    THE TWO TOP TEAMS GO TO STATE.
JUNIOR TAYLOR THEDE OF MAQUOKETA TOOK 2ND AND NOW MOVES ON TO
TO STATE IN INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION.


I EDIT THE CURRENT MAQUOKETA "ROTARY WEEKLY" NEWSLETTER,ON KMAQ
HOME PAGE....AND LOOKING FOR SOMETHING IN ROTARY FILES TODAY, I CAME ACCROSS VOL 1 NO 1 OF THE "BULLETIN"  WHICH I ALSO EDITED IN 1980...37 YEARS AGO THIS JULY.    51 MEMBERS THEN.    MOST  CLUB EVER HAD WAS 58 AND NOW WE HAVE 34 AND ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW
MEMBERS.    CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFORMATION.

DENNIS VOY







Monday, May 22, 2017

MONDAY DAILY (May 22nd)

THE EMILINE SCHOOL (OPENED IN 1848 - CLOSED IN 1966)...ONE OF THE OLDEST IN JACKSON COUNTY, HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH A RESTORATION AND SUNDAY, AN OPEN HOUSE TO SHOW OFF THE EXTENSIVE WORK COMPLETED.    SEVERAL WHO ATTENDED WENT TO SCHOOL THERE.
THEY HAVE DONE A NICE JOB OF RESTORATION.  EVEN THE OUTHOUSES.
SHERI WROTE A BOOK ABOUT THE SCHOOL WITH MANY STUDENT PICTURES
AND TALKED TO THE VISITORS YESTERDAY, WHILE  THEY ENJOYED COFFEE, LEMONADE AND COOKIES.   EMILINE ALSO HAD A CHURCH AND FAMOUS GENERAL STORE AND BOTH ARE GONE.   EMILINE IS NORTHWEST OF MAQUOKETA OFF THE CAVES ROAD, ABOUT  3 MILES FARTHER THAN THE CAVES PARK.    ANYONE WANTING TO BUY THE BOOK OR HAVING QUESTIONS IS INVITED TO VISIT SHERI AT HER TAX AND ACCOUNTING OFFICE ON EAST PLATT STREET.    BY THE WAY, THIS IS THE 2ND OLD COUNTRY SCHOOL
TO BE RESTORED.   THE OTHER IS JUST SOUTH OF BALDWIN.
PHOTOS BY DENNIS VOY   



169 GRADUATED FROM MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.
ONE SENIOR, KELSI LANGE (AND ON SOCCER TEAM) HAD A BURN
ACCIDENT LAST FRIDAY AND INSTEAD OF BEING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL
TO GET HER DIPLOMA YESTERDAY, SHE WAS A PATIENT AT UNIVERSITY
HOSPITAL IN IOWA CITY AND THESE FOLLOW CLASSMATE GRADUATES WENT
OUT TO VISIT HER.   SHE IS IN MIDDLE WITH THE BLUE HOSPITAL SLIPPERS.
THROUGH "SCREENING" SHE WENT DOWN A RED CARPET AT THE HOSPITAL
WHILE HER NAME WAS CALLED TO ACCEPT HER DIPLOMA.
PHOTO ABOVE CONTRIBUTED BY MICHELLE ATIENZA





ABOVE, THE NEW PIER AT HORSESHOE POND.



MAQUOKETA WILL HAVE A NEW WRESTLING COACH NEXT SEASON.   HE
IS BRENDAN SCOTT, WHO HAS GRADUATED FROM WARTBURG COLLEGE WHERE HE PARTICIPATED IN BOTH  WRESTLING AND FOOTBALL.     HE WAS
A TWO-TIME STATE CHAMPION AT NORTH LINN HIGH SCHOOL IN TROY
MILLS.    HE IS SINGLE AND WILL ALSO BE A SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER
AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.   DR. PAUL KOOB, WRESTLING COACH THE PAST
FEW YEARS, WILL CONTINUE TO BE INVOLVED IN THE WRESTLING PROGRAM
IN THE FUTURE.
AND....ANOTHER HEAD COACH WILL NOT BE COACHING NEXT YEAR.
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH MAGGIE FURLONG THE PAST 4 SEASONS HAS RESIGNED AS COACH BUT WILL CONTINUE TO TEACH AT THE
HIGH SCHOOL.    NO ONE HAS BEEN HIRED TO REPLACE HER, BUT APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE JOB.
IN BOWLING (NOT HIGH SCHOOL), AT THE RECENT MAQUOKETA MENS BOWLING ASSOCIATION DINNER, JOCK EDWARDS WAS NAMED BOWLER
OF THE YEAR AND JASON HOSCH WAS ELECTED TO THE ASSOCIATION'S
HALL OF FAME.    DAVID SCHNOOR IS THE NEW PRESIDENT REPLACING
JOEL DAVISON.     IN THE NEAR FUTURE, THE MENS AND WOMENS
BOWLING ASSOCIATIONS WILL BE JOINED TO JUST ONE ORGANIZATION.
LOUIE CLASEN, OWNER OF TIMBER LANDS WAS THE EMCEE AND SAID
HIS NEW EVENTS CENTER BEING ADDED TO THE CURRENT BUILDING WILL BE OPEN LATE THIS SUMMER AND WILL HAVE BANQUET SEATING FOR
AROUND 500. 

FOR ABOUT 3 WEEKS, THERE WILL BE A DETOUR ON WEST PLATT
STREET DOWN BY THE DOLLAR GENERAL STORE.    IT STARTED AT NOON
TODAY AND WILL ALLOW SOME BIG REPLACEMENT CONCRETE PIPES TO CROSS PLATT STREET, UNDER THE PAVEMENT.    THE OLD ARE IN BAD
CONDITION.

AVERLE WILSON, AGE 91, DIED FRIDAY AT HER HOME IN DUBUQUE.    SHE WAS BORN IN MAQUOKETA AND GRADUATED FROM MAQUOKETA HIGH
SCHOOL.   WHEN I FIRST CAME TO MAQUOKETA IN 1958, SHE WAS ONE OF
THE FIRST BUSINESS PERSONS I MET AS SHE WAS PRINTING A DAILY
NEWSLETTER THAT WAS TAKEN TO ALL THE RESTAURANTS IN TOWN,
GIVING NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS AND AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS
OF THE BUILDING OF KMAQ.    WHEN THE STATION WENT ON-THE-AIR,
THE PUBLICATION ENDED BUT SHE CONTINUED TO DO OTHER PRINTING
WORK FOR KMAQ.   SHE STARTED A "SHOPPER" IN MAQUOKETA THAT
IS STILL GOING.   SHE HELPED ME AND THE JAYCEES WITH THEIR FIRST
MISS MAQUOKETA PAGEANTS.   HER BROTHER WAS THE LATE LARRY
HAGAR, THE MAQUOKETA SIGN PAINTER.   ARRANGEMENTS ARE BY EAGLE HOFF FUNERAL HOME IN DUBUQUE.    

DENNIS VOY