Monday, March 30, 2009

3 INCHES OF SNOW SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT.
BUT, MOST OF IT MELTED BY SUNDAY NIGHT.
TODAY, SUNNY AND HIGH TODAY 51.
RAIN TONIGHT AND TOMORROW.

THE SNOW HURT A LITTLE THE ATTENDANCE FOR THE "RIDERS IN THE SKY"
SHOW SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT AT OHNWARD. GOOD SHOW.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT.

THE MAQUOKETA GIRLS OPENED THE GOLF SEASON TODAY AT MANCHESTER.
TODD BOWMAN IS THE NEW GOLF COACH.

HAVE A GOOD WEEK.

DENNIS VOY

Friday, March 27, 2009

SUNNY DAY, BUT COOL. MAYBE AN INCH OF SNOW SATURDAY NIGHT AND
SUNDAY MORNING COMING OUR WAY.

TWO LONGTIME HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES WILL BE RETIRING. ARLA MUHL, A NURSE IN THE ER FOR 30 YEARS IS RETIRING MONDAY. AND DENNY FLENKER, WHO
HAS BEEN SERVING AS AMBULANCE PARAMEDIC IS RETIRING TUESDAY AFTER 34 YEARS WITH THE HOSPITAL.

THE FAMOUS SINGERS "RIDERS IN THE SKY" WILL PUT ON TWO SHOWS AT THE OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER TOMORROW.

THE KIWANIS CLUB HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THEIR ANNUAL CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR WILL BE ON MAY 19TH. A 9-HOLE EVENT AND AUCTION.
DON CARSON IS CHAIRMAN AT 563-652-2444.

HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.

DENNIS VOY
TEST

Thursday, March 26, 2009

SO FAR THIS WEEK, 1 AND 1/10 INCHES OF RAIN AND A LITTLE MORE (MAYBE A LITTLE SNOW TOO) IS COMING LATER. TODAY, DRY, CLOUDY AND IN 50'S.

FIRST, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES TO MEL STILES. MEL WAS 91 YESTERDAY.
I CALLED HIM YESTERDAY MORNING TO WISH HIM HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND HAD A
CHAT WITH HIM. HE LIVES ALONE (WIFE BERNICE DIED YEARS AGO) AND IS DOING
WELL. LIKE EVERYONE, HE IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND REMEMBERS WELL THE DEPRESSION IN 1931. WHEN I CAME TO TOWN IN 1958, I TOOK MY
LAUNDRY WEEKLY TO STILES CLEANERS, RUN BY MEL AND BERNICE. IN 1974, THEY DECIDED TO RETIRE AND I BOUGHT THEIR BUILDING, HELD A PUBLIC SALE OF
THEIR EQUIPMENT AND CONVERTED THE BUILDING TO THE VOY 2 THEATRE.
IT OPENED IN THE WINTER OF 1975.

MAQUOKETA WILL BECOME FAMOUS STARTING THIS FALL. ROSE FRANZEN'S
"PORTRAIT OF MAQUOKETA" WILL BE SEEN BY AN ESTIMATED MILLION PEOPLE
AT THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION AND NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY IN
WASHINGTON, D.C. THERE ARE 180 HEAD-AND-SHOULDER PORTRAITS OF
PEOPLE LIVING WITHIN A TWO MILE RADIUS OF MAQUOKETA THAT SHE PAINTED
IN A DOWNTOWN STOREFRONT IN 2005 AND 2006. THE EXHIBIT WILL OPEN
NOVEMBER 6TH AND WILL END NEXT JULY 6, 2010. LAST YEAR, ALL 180 WERE ON DISPLAY FOR SOMETIME AT THE OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER IN MAQUOKETA AND SOME OF THEM ALSO WERE IN SHOWS AT DUBUQUE AND CHICAGO.
NEXT SUMMER, THEY WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY AGAIN IN MAQUOKETA, PROBABLY IN THE FORMER OSTERHAUS PHARMACY BUILDING DOWNTOWN WHERE THE
MAQUOKETA ARTS CONNECTION IS NOW LOCATED IN PART OF THE BUILDING.
THEN, WHO KNOWS HOW MANY TOURISTS WILL VISIT MAQUOKETA MONTH AFTER MONTH, YEAR AFTER YEAR, TO SEE THE PORTRAITS THAT WERE ON DISPLAY IN OUR NATION'S CAPITOL FOR OVER 6 MONTHS. KMAQ TRAVEL IS MAKING PLANS TO TAKE A BUS TO WASHINGTON D.C. NEXT SPRING TO TOUR THE CITY AND
VISIT THE FRANZEN DISPLAY AT THE SMITHSONIAN.

THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT WILL PUT ON
THE MUSICAL "GREASE" ON APRIL 3RD AND 4TH AT THE OHNWARD CENTER,
DIRECTED BY JOEL HAGEN. EVAN COLLISTER WILL PLAY THE LEADING MALE
ROLE OF DANNY ZUKO, LEADER OF THE POPULAR T-BIRDS AND COOL GUY ON CAMPUS. ADDIE FELTEN TAKES ON THE LEADING FAMALE ROLE OF SANDY.

THE MAQUOKETA AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY IS STILL ACTIVE AND
HAD 13 AT THEIR MEETING EARLY THIS MONTH. MONA EASTMAN IS PRESIDENT.
PHYLLIS ROCKWELL IS TREASURER AND DOLORES KLEIN IS MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN. AMERICANISM CHAIRMAN IS BETTY HOFFMAN.
I DON'T KNOW OTHER OFFICERS. THE LEGION MEN I UNDERSTAND ARE
NOT AS ACTIVE, BUT THERE ARE SOME MEMBERS AVAILABLE FOR PARADES AND MILITARY FUNERALS. I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER FOR MANY YEARS BUT NEVER ATTEND MEETINGS. AND THAT IS THE CASE WITH MOST MEMBERS.
THE LEGION OWNS THE BUILDING ON THE CORNER DOWNTOWN WHERE
A LADIES STORE WAS FOR MANY YEARS. JUST RECENTLY, A CELL PHONE STORE WAS THERE AND MOVED TO WEST PLATT. SO, THE STORE IS NOW EMPTY.
THE LEGION CLUBROOM, OFFICE AND KITCHEN IS UPSTAIRS. THE BASEMENT WAS A BAR FOR MANY YEARS BUT HAS BEEN CLOSED A LONG TIME. THE VFW
IN MAQUOKETA IS ALSO NOT VERY STRONG THESE DAYS, BUT STILL OPERATES FROM THEIR BUILDING NORTH OF THE CITY. A BOY SCOUT BREAKFAST WILL BE THERE THIS SUNDAY. I ALSO BELONG TO THE VFW.
WITH ALL ORGANIZATIONS TODAY, MEMBERSHIP IS DOWN AND NOT ACTIVE....
JUST TOO MANY THINGS GOING ON, ESPECIALLY WITH YOUNG FAMILY MEMBERS.
SENIORS KEEP MOST ORGANIZATIONS GOING, INCLUDING MOST CHURCHES.

A MAQUOKETA MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE BURGLARY
OF THE IRENE MYATT HOME IN RURAL BELLEVUE, MARCH 9TH. TERRY PINAIRE, AGE 45, WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY IN THE 3RD DEGREE AND IS BEING HELD
IN THE JACKSON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER.

THE GOVERNOR DID COME TO MAQUOKETA AND THE CITY HALL CHAMBERS
WERE NEARLY FULL. HE CAME TO PROMOTE HIS PLAN TO USE $750 MILLION
IN BONDS FOR A JOBS PROGRAM FOR THE STATE, TO BE PAID BACK IN 20 OR MORE YEARS WITH CASINO AND LOTTERY PROFITS. HIS IDEA IS UNPOPULAR.
MOST WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM RAISE THE GAS TAX AND CREATE JOBS IMMEDIATELY BY REPAIRING ROADS AND BRIDGES.....AND PAYING AS WE GO.
I AGREE. ROADS AND BRIDGES ARE IN BAD NEED OF WORK.

ENOUGH FOR TODAY. HAVE A GOOD DAY AND NIGHT.

DENNIS VOY

THIS WEEK, FIRE CHIEF MARK BECK AND MAYOR TOM MESSERLI (SHOWN HERE)
WERE IN THE CORNER BUILDING DOWNTOWN THAT WAS PURCHASED BY MIDAS
AND WILL BE TORN DOWN SOON. IN THE DOWNTOWN FIRE, THIS BUILDING WAS SAVED. PRIOR TO THE FIRE, IT WAS NEARLY READY TO OPEN AS A DELI RESTAURANT. OVER THE YEARS, IT WAS THE BUILDING FOR RINGLEP HARDWARE, KENDALL MEN'S WEAR, A BOOK STORE, AND A SCRAPBOOK STORE. MANY YEARS AGO, IT ALSO HAD A BARBER SHOP IN THE BASEMENT, THAT ONE COULD GET TO FROM A STAIRWAY OFF THE SIDEWALK THAT IS STILL THERE, BUT BLOCKED OFF. THIS SIGN WAS PAINTED ON THE WALL IN THE BASEMENT. I DOUBT IF THIS SIGN WAS INTENDED FOR BARBER SHOP CUSTOMERS, SO THERE MUST HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT BUSINESS AT ONE TIME THAT THE SIGN WAS FOR.
ANYWAY, INTERESTING SIGN. THIS PHOTO TAKEN BY CHIEF BECK.
DENNIS VOY

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

NO REPORT TODAY

ST. REP. TOM SCHUELLER (D-MAQUOKETA) WELCOMES THE DADISMAN FAMILY
TO THE STATE CAPITOL RECENTLY. THE FAMILY, FROM LEFT: PASTOR JEFF,
DAUGHTERS DANIELLE AND KARISS AND MOM SUSAN. PASTOR JEFF IS THE
PASTOR OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN MAQUOKETA.

Monday, March 23, 2009

CLOUDY THIS MORNING...SUNSHINE LATE THIS AFTERNOON. 60 DEGREES.
RAIN IS COMING TONIGHT, TOMORROW AND TOMORROW NIGHT.

THE IOWA GOVERNOR (CHET CULVER(DEM) IS COMING TO MAQUOKETA TOMORROW
TO PUSH HIS "JOB'S" PROGRAM. HE WAS GOING TO SPEAK OUTSIDE (NEXT TO THE FIRE DEBRIS) IN DOWNTOWN MAQUOKETA, BUT BECAUSE OF THE GOOD CHANCE OF RAIN, THE APPEARANCE WILL BE AT THE MAQUOKETA CITY HALL.

THE PEACE PIPE PLAYERS LITTLE THEATRE GROUP HAS ANNOUNCED THAT
THE PROPOSED COMEDY "SUNSHINE BOYS" HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
IT WAS SET TO BE ON STAGE AT THE OHNWARD FINE ARTS CENTER IN EARLY
MAY. I HEARD THAT IT CALLS FOR 8 ACTORS AND ONLY 4 SHOWED UP FOR AUDITIONS.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT AND TALK ABOUT MORE POSSIBLE CUTS.

HOSPITAL BOARD MEETING TONIGHT AND COST REDUCTIONS WILL BE DISCUSSED.

CHRISTINA AND STEVE BAXTER OF FT. BRAGG, N.C. ARE PARENTS OF A GIRL BORN IN FEBRUARY. GRANDPARENTS ARE MICHAEL AND EDNA REUTER OF MAQUOKETA.

THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.

CHECK THE PHOTO BELOW.

DENNIS VOY
WHO IS THIS HANDSOME WORLD WAR 2 SGT.(E-5)?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

NICE SUNNY DAY IN MAQUOKETA....HIGH OF 48.

SEWARD CLAMPITT'S BIKE IS STILL MISSING. BUT, HE IS GETTING AROUND TOWN
WITH AN OLDER BIKE THAT HE HAS AND HE PULLS A LITTLE CART WITH IT.
ALSO LEARNED THAT HE HAS A NEWER ONE ALSO. HE'S DOWN FROM 3 TO 2 BIKES.

MAQUOKETA'S WATER/SEWER RATE WILL BE GOING UP SLIGHTLY JULY 1ST.
FIRST RAISE SINCE 1996. EXAMPLE: A PERSON WHO USES 970 CUBIC FEET OF WATER WILL SEE HIS/HER BILL GO UP FROM $61.62 TO $62.34 A MONTH FOR BOTH WATER AND SEWER. THE INCREASE IS EXPECTED TO MEAN AN ADDITIONAL $21,500 A YEAR FOR THE WATER DEPARTMENT.

BREITBACH'S COUNTRY DINING AT BALLTOWN, TWICE DESTROYED WITHIN A YEAR BY FIRE, WILL REBUILD AND BE OPEN THIS JUNE OR JULY. IT IS IOWA'S OLDEST RESTAURANT, THAT STARTED AS A STAGECOACH STOP IN 1852. THEY ARE
AN ADVERTISER ON KMAQ.

DEE SUCKLING OF MAQUOKETA REPORTED TO POLICE YESTERDAY MORNING THAT THE TIRES ON HER VEHICLE AND THOSE OF HER NEIGHBORS WERE SLASHED AT 702 PERSHING ROAD.

RACHELLE AND BRENDAN ZEIMET OF MAQUOKETA ARE PARENTS OF A GIRL BORN MONDAY NIGHT AT THE LOCAL HOSPITAL. MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS
ARE MARK AND KAREN INTLEKOFER OF MAQUOKETA. A GREAT-GRANDMOTHER IS DOROTHY ZEIMET OF MAQUOKETA.

AUDREY HANKEMEIER OF MAQUOKETA IS THE MOTHER OF A BOY BORN TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE MAQUOKETA HOSPITAL. MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS ARE DARCY AND BRENDA HANKEMEIER OF MAQUOKETA AND GREAT-GRANDPARENTS ARE
BILL AND NANCY BAKER OF MAQUOKETA.

SHUCKS....UNI OF CEDAR FALLS LOST TO PURDUE THIS AFTERNOON IN THE
NCAA TORUNAMENT.

HAVE A GOOD WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.

DENNIS VOY

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SUNNY AND 65 YESTERDAY. TODAY, SUNNY AND IN 70'S. BUT...COOLING OFF STARTING TOMORROW.

NO REPORT TODAY

HAPPY ST. PAT'S DAY.

THE EAGLES CLUB IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TONIGHT FOR A ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER....
..........CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE OF COURSE. ADULTS, $8.00!

WE HAVE BEEN PLAYING QUITE A FEW IRISH SONGS TODAY, INCLUDING A COUPLE BY DENNIS DAY. REMEMBER HIM? RIGHT, FROM THE JACK BENNY SHOW!

DENNIS VOY

I TOOK THIS PHOTO OF SEWARD CAMPLETT LAST WEEK ON QUARRY STREET.
HE CAN BE SEEN DAILY WITH HIS THREE-WHEELER, ALL MONTHS OF THE YEAR.
HE LIVES IN A RIVER VILLAGE APARTMENT AND NOT MUCH IS KNOWN ABOUT
SEWARD. HE HAS BEEN AROUND TOWN FOR YEARS. THIS PAST WEEKEND, THIS (HIS) BIKE WAS STOLEN WHILE PARKED AT RIVER VILLAGE. AS FAR AS I KNOW, IT HAS NOT BEEN FOUND AND I'M WONDERING WHAT HE WILL DO IF NOT. I'LL KEEP YOU POSTED. I TOLD HIM TO STOP IN HERE AT KMAQ TO GET THIS PICTURE AND HE SAID HE WOULD. ANOTHER ONE-OF-A-KIND MAQUOKETAN.
DENNIS VOY

Saturday, March 14, 2009

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY IN MAQUOKETA.
AND THE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE EVEN BETTER. WE WILL BE NEARING 70 DEGREES ON TUESDAY.

BECAUSE OF COMPUTER PROBLEMS, I WAS UNABLE TO BRING YOU REPORTS
LIKE ALWAYS THIS PAST WEEK. THE KMAQ-FM TRANSMITTER ALSO
DEVELOPED PROBLEMS AND WE ARE OFF THE AIR A COUPLE TIMES DURING
THE HECTIC WEEK.

HOPEFULLY, WE'LL GET BACK TO NORMAL THIS COMING WEEK.

HAVE A GOOD ONE!

CHECK THE NEW PHOTO BELOW AND CLICK-ON IT TO ENLARGE IT.

DENNIS VOY

BRAD DEERY MOTORS HOSTED A FAREWELL RECEPTION THIS WEEK AT THE
SHOWROOM FOR JERRY AND DORTHY RASMUSSEN WHO ARE MOVING TO
THE STATE OF WASHINGTON LATER THIS MONTH, TO LIVE NEAR THEIR SON.
IT WAS A BUSINESS AFTER HOURS EVENT SPONSORED BY THE MAQUOKETA AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. A LITE LUNCH WAS SERVED TO CHAMBER MEMBERS AND GUESTS. IN PHOTO ABOVE, A PLAQUE OF APPRECIATION WAS PRESENTED FROM BRAD TO JERRY. NEXT TO DOROTHY, AT THE FAR RIGHT IS JOHN DEERY, UNCLE OF BRAD, WHO IN 1985 HELPED BRAD GET INTO THE AUTO BUSINESS WITH THE PURCHASE OF RASMUSSEN MOTOR SALES. BRAD LIVES IN BURLINGTON WHERE HE ALSO HAS A DEALERSHIP, AND JOHN LIVES IN CEDAR FALLS, WHERE
THERE ARE DEERY DEALERSHIPS TOO, RUN BY HIS FAMILY.
JERRY AND DOROTHY WILL BE MISSED IN MAQUOKETA AND I WISH THEM WELL
THEY WILL BE LIVING IN A BRAND NEW ASSISTED LIVING CENTER, OVERLOOKING THE MOUNTAINS ON ONE SIDE AND A RIVER ON THE OTHER.
DENNIS VOY

Monday, March 09, 2009

MAQUOKETA GOT 2 1/2 INCHES OF RAN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.
TODAY, MOSTLY CLOUDY, NO RAIN, AND HIGH IN UPPER 30'S.

A SEMI TIPPED OVER ON HIGHWAY 61, SOUTH OF MAQUOKETA, NEAR FAMILY DOLLAR DISTRIBUTION CENTER AND THE RESULT WAS, THE HIGHWAY WAS CLOSED DOWN FROM AROUND 11:30 A.M. UNTIL 3:30 P.M. THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. NO OTHER DETAILS WERE AVAILABLE. TRAFFIC WAS REROUTED ON OLD HIGHWAY 61 SOUTH TO HIGHWAY 136.

SUNSHINE SCHOOL RAISED AROUND $10,000 YESTERDAY AT THEIR ART SHOW AND AUCTION. THEY HAD A $100 A CHANCE RAFFLE AND HAROLD GIBBS OF BERNARD, WON $2,500. NANCY MOORE OF MAQUOKETA, $1,500 AND MATT OSTERHAUS OF MAQUOKETA, $1,000. THE AUCTION RAISED $3,500. MAQUOKETA STATE BANK GAVE $2,000 , THE MAQUOKETA OPTIMIST CLUB GAVE $1,000 AND
MAQUOKETA COMMUNITY SERVICES, $500.

FORMER MAQUKETA RESIDENT AND DELWOOD SUPERINTENDENT, MARY JO HAINSTOCK, HAS RESIGNED FROM HER CURRENT POSITION AS SUPERINTENDENT AT NORTH CEDAR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HAS TAKEN THE SUPERINTENDENT JOB WITH VINTON-SHELLSBURG, EFFECTIVE THIS JULY.

THE MAQUOKETA SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT.

THE CITY COUNCIL HAS A BUDGET MEETING TONIGHT.

MORE ON BOTH OF THESE MEETINGS ON FUTURE DAILY REPORTS.

MARK MOYER, AGE 48, OF MAQUOKETA, DIED YESTERDAY AT HIS HOME AND
HIS OBITURARY CAN BE READ AT www.carsonandson.com

THE NEW MAQUOKETA LIONS CLUB MET LAST THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE
YMCA AND FOUR MEMBERS VOLUNTEERED TO BE OFFICERS NEEDED FOR THE
NEW CHARTER APPLICATION. TOM DEVINE VOLUNTEERED TO BE THE PRESIDENT.
TOM STEWART VOLUNTEERED TO BE THE SECRETARY. STEVE FOWLER
VOLUNTEERED TO BE THE TREASURER AND LINDA GRIMM VOLUNTEERED TO BE THE MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN. OTHER OFFICERS WILL BE ELECTED AT A LATER MEETING. THE NEW CLUB IS BEING FORMED BY THE DELMAR
LIONS CLUB AND DELMAR PRESIDENT PAUL SEYFERT WILL BE THE GUIDING LION FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. RALPH BENNY OF THE LOW MORE LIONS
WILL BE THE OTHER GUIDING LION. TWENTY MEMBERS ARE NEEDED TO
FORM A NEW CLUB AND SEYFERT SAID TWENTY TWO MEN AND WOMEN HAVE
JOINED SO FAR. AND MORE ARE EXPECTED TO JOIN BEFORE THE NEW CLUB
HAS ITS CHARTER NIGHT BANQUET THIS SPRING.
MAQUOKETA HAS HAD A LIONS CLUB TWICE BEFORE.
THE FIRST CLUB WAS CHARTERED IN 1936 AND WAS DISBANDED IN 1941 BECAUSE OF WORLD WAR TWO.
THE CLUB WAS RE-ACTIVATED IN 1951 AND REMAINED ACTIVE UNTIL 1998.
AT ONE TIME, THE PEAK MEMBERSHIP WAS 129 MEMBERS.
THE NEXT MEETING OF THE NEW MAQUOKETA LIONS CLUB WILL BE ON
THURSDAY NIGHT, MARCH 19TH, AT THE MAQUOKETA YMCA. ANYONE WANTING MORE INFORMATION ON THE NEW CLUB, OR ANYONE WANTING TO JOIN,
IS URGED TO CALL PRESIDENT TOM DEVINE. HE CAN BE REACHED AT THE
YMCA. DEVINE IS THE PROPERTY MANAGER OF THE Y AND HIS NUMBER THERE IS 652-6566.

THANKS FOR CHECKING IN TODAY AND HAVE A GOOD WEEK.

DENNIS VOY

Sunday, March 08, 2009


GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR GROUPS AND ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVING AND SERVING JACKSON COUNTY YOUTH. "THE PHILANTHROPY BOARD" IN JACKSON COUNTY HAS ANNOUNCED THAT GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON www.maqarea.org AND CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE "YOUTH PHILANTROPY BOARD" TAB. GRANT APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL APRIL 1ST. THIS NEW BOARD IS A COOPERATIVE EFFORT OF THE MAQUOKETA AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AND THE JACKSON COUNTY ISU EXTENSION SERVICE.
THE NEW BOARD WAS CREATED TO PROVIDE JACKSON COUNTY STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXAMINE AND IDENTIFY THE NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES AND TO MAKE GRANTS TO GROUPS STRIVING TO MEET THOSE NEEDS.
ANY QUESTIONS, GO TO THE WEB SITE ABOVE OR CALL THE FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANGIE MCCOLLEY AT 563-652-4179.
MEMBERS OF THE YOUTH BOARD ARE IN ABOVE PHOTO.
BACK ROW: PEGGY JOHNSON, BAILEY SWANSON, ELLEN SCHULTZ, KATELYN PAUL, AND CLARA STAGE.
FRONT ROW: JOSIE JACOBS, KAITLIN KILBURG, JENI SCHURBON.
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED. SORRY IT IS SMALL. THERE MAY BE A WAY YOU CAN
ENLARGE IT ON YOUR SCREEN. MAYBE ZOOM IN.
DENNIS VOY

Thursday, March 05, 2009

65 TODAY

THERE WILL BE SOME NEEDED STREET WORK DONE THIS YEAR IN MAQUOKETA.
THE IOWA DOT HAS NOTIFIED THE CITY THAT IT WILL PATCH HIGHWAY 64 (WHICH IS PLATT STREET) FROM HIGHWAY 61 EASTERLY TO HIGHWAY 62 ON THE EAST EDGE OF TOWN.
AND THE CITY PLANS TO USE ITS FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY TO RESURFACE NORTH AND SOUTH MAIN STREET.

NO INJURIES IN A ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT 6:30 THIS MORNING ABOUT 4 MILES NORTH OF MAQUOKETA ON THE CAVES ROAD. CHIEF DEPUTY ED CLARK SAID JUDY NEINKARK, AGE 52, OF MAQUOKETA, WAS DRIVING SOUTH ON THE CAVES ROAD AND IT WAS COVERED WITH FROST. SHE LOST CONTROL AND SLID ACROSS THE HIGHWAY AND HIT A CULVERT. HER 2000 OLDSMOBILE WAS TOTALED.

ON THE SHERIFF'S BLOTTER: DARIN DYSON REPORTED YESTERDAY THAT SOMEONE BROKE INTO HIS HOME.
MARILYN FRANZEN REPORTED YESTERDAY THAT TWO TRACTORS IN THEIR SHED HAD THE WINDOWS BROKEN OUT.
AND LEONARD BONK REPORTED TUESDAY THAT SOMEONE TOOK A CHAIN SAW AND MOTOR FROM A LOG SPLITTER. THE TWO ITEMS VALUED AT OVER $800.

MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL GOT THIS NICE LETTER FROM A PARADE WATCHER IN HOUMA, LOUISIANA.
"WORDS CANNOT EXPLAIN THE AMAZING PERFORMANCE THAT THE MAQUOKETA HIGH SCHOOL BAND PRESENTED TO US ON MARDI GRAS DAY. WHEN YOUR BAND PASSED IN FRONT OF US, THEY STOPPED AND PRESENTED A VERY AMAZING AND REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE....ONE THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. IT WAS TRULY AN HONOR TO HAVE YOUR BAND BE A PART OF OUR 2009 MARDI GRAS
FESTIVITIES AND HOPEFULLY WILL COME BACK NEXT YEAR."

OMA SAGERS OF MAQUOKETA CELEBRATED A BIG BIRTHDAY TODAY. AND SHE'S STILL DOING TAX WORK AT THE LAW OFFICE NEXT DOOR.

TAKE IT EASY OUT THERE.

DENNIS VOY

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

45 TODAY
55 TOMORROW AND FRIDAY

MAQUOKETA COMMUNITY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT KIM HUCKSTADT
SAID TODAY HE WAS A FINALIST FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT POSITION
IN THE NORTH SCOTT SCHOOL DISTRICT IN ELDRIDGE.
HOWEVER, HUCKSTADT SAID TODAY THAT HE WAS NOT SELECTED
HE SAID HE INTERVIEWED FOR THE JOB AND WAS ONE OF THE FIVE
SELECTED BY THE BOARD AS FINALISTS. HE SAID ANOTHER PERSON
WAS SELECTED. HUCKSTADT SAID HE IS NOT INDISCRIMINANTLY
LOOKING FOR ANOTHER JOB, BUT HE CALLED THE NORTH SCOTT JOB ONE OF PROFESSIONAL GROWTH.

HAVE A GOOD THURSDAY.

DENNIS VOY

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

30 THE HIGH TODAY IN MAQUOKETA.
40-PLUS TOMORROW.
AND IN 50'S THURSDAY.
GOOD WEATHER NEWS.

MAQUOKETA HAS RECEIVED AN $85,000 FORGIVABLE LOAN FROM THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TO HELP CLEAN UP THE DEBRIS FROM THE JANUARY 2008 FIRE IN DOWNTOWN MAQUOKETA. THE MAQUOKETA CITY COUNCIL RECEIVED THE NEWS AT THEIR MEETING LAST NIGHT.
ANOTHER $25,000 GRANT IS ALMOST CERTAIN, AND SHOULD BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
A REQUEST FOR A $200,000 GRANT IS ALSO POSSIBLE, BUT WORD ON IT COULD BE
TWO OR THREE MONTHS AWAY. PLUS, THE CITY WILL BE GETTING THE INSURANCE MONEY FROM THE PROPERTY OWNERS. IF EVERYTHING WOULD COME THROUGH,
THE TOTAL WOULD BE OVER $400,000 AND MAYBE MORE THAN NEEDED TO DO
THE CLEAN-UP. I'LL KEEP YOU POSTED. CROSS YOUR FINGERS.

MAQUOKETA SCHOOL SUPT. KIM HUCKSTADT HAS APPLIED FOR THE JOB OF
SUPERINTENDENT AT NORTH SCOTT IN ELDRIDGE. IN FACT, HE IS AMONG THE FIVE FINALISTS. ABOUT 50 APPLIED FOR THE JOB. HUCKSTADT, AGE 53, HAS HAD THE HEAD JOB HERE SINCE 2001.

TAKE CARE.

DENNIS VOY

Monday, March 02, 2009

SUNNY WEEKEND.
SUNNY TODAY...BUT ONLY IN MID 20'S.
WARMER WEATHER COMING WITH EACH DAY THIS WEEK.....MAY HIT 50 OR BETTER
BY WEEK'S END.

BIG WEEKEND EVENT WAS "MEN WHO COOK" DINNER YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.
READ ALL ABOUT IT AND SEE SOME PHOTOS I TOOK.....BELOW TODAY'S REPORT.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING TONIGHT.

TOMORROW, I WILL HAVE NEWS ABOUT A GRANT RECEIVED BY MAQUOKETA FOR DOWNTOWN FIRE MESS CLEAN-UP.

HAVE A GOOD TUESDAY! THANKS FOR CHECKING IN.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN ENLARGE PHOTOS BELOW BY CLICKING-ON THEM.

DENNIS VOY

THE 4TH ANNUAL "MEN WHO COOK" DINNER WAS HELD YESTERDAY FROM 5 UNTIL 7 P.M. AT THE PEARSON MEMORIAL CENTER ON THE FAIRGROUNDS IN MAQUOKETA.
IT AGAIN WAS SPONSORED BY THE MAQUOKETA ROTARY CLUB, MAQUOKETA KIWANIS CLUB, MAQUOKETA OPTIMIST CLUB AND THE DELMAR LIONS CLUB.
CHAIRPERSON, ROTARIAN NANCY MOORE (WITH LOTS OF HELP FROM OPTIMIST LOIS FISCHER), WAS HAPPY WITH THE EVENT AND SAID 700-800 ATTENDED. WHO
WERE THE BEST COOKS? LEFT TO RIGHT: FIRST PLACE TO MIKE FRANZEN....
SECOND PLACE TO JACK WILLEY, AND A TIE FOR THIRD PLACE BETWEEN
JERRY FARRELL AND FAR RIGHT, MARTI BALLIU. I'M HAPPY TO MENTION ALSO
THAT ROTARIAN JOHN GILROY DID HIS USUAL EXCELLENT JOB AS EMCEE OF THE AFTERNOON.
DENNIS VOY

THE BLACK VELVET BAND OF MAQUOKETA, ENTERTAINED WITH A VARIETY OF MUSIC AT THE "MEN WHO COOK" DINNER SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT THE FAIRGROUNDS. THEY NOW HAVE A CD.....JUST OUT. ONLY $10 AND ON SALE
AT OSTERHAUS PHARMACY. THAT'S FELLOW ROTARIAN ROB DEEGAN WEARING
THE APRON.

SPECIAL GUEST OF THE "MEN WHO COOK" EVENT THIS YEAR WAS BILL WUNDRAM, WHO WRITES A VERY POPULAR COLUMN FOR THE QUAD CITY TIMES. HE'S 85 AND IN HIS 65TH YEAR WITH THE PAPER. YESTERDAY'S EVENT WILL BE WRITTEN-UP BY BILL THIS WEEK. HE ATE AND ATE AND ATE! BUT THEN, SO DID I! HE WAS
REALLY IMPRESSED BY THE WHOLE AFFAIR. LIKED THE MUSIC TOO. HIS WIFE
HELEN IS DOWN IN THEIR FLORIDA APARTMENT. HE DROVE HER DOWN, BUT COULDN'T STAY VERY LONG BECAUSE HE'S STILL A BUSY MAN BACK UP HERE.
HE FLEW BACK. THANKS BILL FOR ATTENDING "MEN WHO COOK".
DENNIS VOY

THE MAQUOKETA ROTARY CLUB, ONE OF FOUR "MEN WHO COOK" SPONSORS, WAS HAPPY TO HAVE MIKE FRANZEN AS THEIR CELEBRITY GUEST COOK, SHOWN HERE IN THE MIDDLE. ON THE LEFT CHIEF PORK COOK STEVE FLYNN AND ON THE FAR RIGHT, ERIC ELKIN, ROTARY CLUB PRESIDENT.
THAT PORK, AGAIN COOKED BY THE LADIES AT THE EAGLES CLUB, WAS AGAIN
VERY POPULAR AND VERY TASTY.
DENNIS VOY