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Evans FIRE AND ICE Returning
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:16

 

The Evans Middle School Student Council will host their annual Fire and Ice Ice Cream Social at Ottumwa's North Fire Station on Tuesday, May 6 from 4-7 p.m. Money raised will be used to purchase smoke detectors for families in Wapello County. The event is sponsored by Hy-Vee, the Ottumwa Fire Department, and Evans Middle School. Tickets may be purchased from a student council member or at the event. Tickets are $3 for one bowl or 2 bowls for $5. Students hope to raise $1,000 this year.

Ottumwa firemen will provide tours of the fire station. The Blank Children's Hospital Fire Safety House will also be at the event this year. This safety house will teach children important aspects of fire safety through hands on learning.

 

 
IHCC Presents Macbeth
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:13

 

Indian Hills Community College to present “Macbeth”

OTTUMWA --- One of Shakespeare’s darkest tragedies, the Scottish play “Macbeth,” will be performed on the Indian Hills Community College stage on Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26, at 7:30 p.m. in St. John Auditorium. Admission is free, but patrons are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance by calling (641) 683-5144. 

“Macbeth” is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Manipulated by his wife and the ethereal Hecate, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt because of his actions, and is forced to become a tyrannical ruler. The play ensues with Macbeth committing murder after murder to protect his family. A civil war against Macbeth takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness and death.

Playing the title role of Macbeth is Mason Ferguson of Wayland and Lady Macbeth is played by Molly Overturf from Ottumwa. Macbeth’s enemy is Macduff, played by Tyler Breeding from Fairfield. Arlina Miller of Des Moines is Lady Macduff. King Duncan is played by Gage De La Cruz from Oskaloosa. Lucas Clark and Elizabeth Pickens, both from Ottumwa, are Duncan’s sons. The evil Hecate is Andrew Kecy of Knoxville and his three dark witches are Nicole Giberson from Packwood, Colleen Hunkele of Chariton and Hailey Haring from Cambria.

The ensemble of the play includes: Gabrielle Wells of Albia; Sara Deaton of Bloomfield; Aaryn Frazier of Blue Earth, Minn.; Hannah Parker of Columbus Junction; Trey McIntosh of Des Moines; Tanner Benson Six of Knoxville; Lee Brookhart of LeClaire; Stevie Wallace of Norwalk; Ethan Goetz of Oskaloosa and Parker Anderson and Larissa Mincks, both of Ottumwa.

The play is directed by Indian Hills Theatre Professors Ronelle Willadsen and Dr. Jennifer Boyenga.

 

 
OHS Bulldog Cafe Open Thursday
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 07:12

 

The OHS Bulldog Café will serve lunch on Thursday, April 17. The cafe, located outside room 212, will serve at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and noon. The menu will include parmesan baked pasta with or without chicken, crescent roll, salad, lemon blueberry cupcakes, and a beverage for $6. Meals are available for delivery for an additional $.50 per meal, without the beverage.

OHS students in the Culinary Entrepreneurial Opportunities class are involved in all aspects of operating the cafe. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 683-4444 x 1212 oremaildebb.kent@ottumwaschools. com. All proceeds support the program.

 

 
City Street Work Tomorrow
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:36

 Motorists and neighborhood residents are being advised that Marion Street, from Fifth Street to Court, will be closed to all traffic on Tuesday, April 15, weather permitting, for a water main project.   All traffic will need to take other routes.  This project should be complete by the end of the day. 

 
City of Ottumwa Street Work
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:34

 

North Quincy Avenue Closing For Street Project

  The North Quincy Avenue Reconstruction Project is scheduled to resume Monday April 14.     Quincy will be closed to all traffic north of Theater Drive. Access to Pizza Hut, Sherwin Williams and Ottumwa 8 Theaters will be available at all times during the construction.  There will be no through traffic to or from Blackhawk Road and rural areas; those drivers will need to use alternate routes to access Highway 34.   The final stage of the project includes storm sewer installation and pavement widening.  Drivers should plan ahead for delays and expect work zone driving conditions on North Quincy Avenue.

 

 
City of Ottumwa Street Work
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:33

 

East Court Street Project Resumes

 Ottumwa, Iowa – Work on the second phase of the East Court Street reconstruction project will resume on Monday, April 14.   This will continue the full depth street reconstruction, storm sewer and sanitary sewer installation from the crest of Court hill to the intersection with Green Street.   During this project, that section of East Court will be closed to all traffic.   Residents will need to make use of adjacent streets and alleys to access their homes. 

 

 
Annual TENCO Awards Banquet Results
Monday, 14 April 2014 09:31

 

A crowd of nearly 250 people attended the Annual Tenco Awards Banquet on Friday evening at the Ottumwa High School cafeteria.  This event honors selected businesses and industry, civic organizations, benefactors, Tenco staff and Tenco individuals served.

Attendees were entertained by juggler Scott Baird, as well as an outstanding musical group including Miriam Kenning, Kyle Roemerman, Sydney Maxwell, Brenda Hinebaugh, and Dennis Willhoit who performed a medley of songs with an Iowa theme.  Dinner was prepared by Hy-Vee North and served by the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Honorees receiving awards from Tenco Executive Director Benjamin Wright included:

Tenco Individuals Served Awards:

Top Effort Award:  recognizes individuals for achievements in the areas of personal growth, skill development and movement toward independence. (Top Effort Awards Recipients: Dakota Gordon, Michael Crossett, Richard Hotz, Nancy Jameson)

Mitzi Martin Award:  is presented to individuals who have overcome adversity and are an example to all of us that hard work and determination does indeed lead to personal success.  (Mitzi Martin Award Recipients: Beverly Rice, Jennifer Droz, Charlie Miller, Tim Svejda)

Supported Employment Award: recognizes individuals who are successful in transitioning to employment within the community.  (Supported Employment Award Recipient:  Jeremy Aldridge)

Independence Award:  recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding growth in socialization and becoming more independent in their living situation.  (Independence Award Recipients: Jill Jones, Laura Nichols, Alicia Dossey)

Tenco Staff Awards:

Fidelity Award -for the reliability, devotion and loyalty portrayed to the community, the individuals Tenco serves and other staff members. (Fidelity Award Recipients:  Lori Lahvic, Annie Thornburg)

 Image Award - for the outstanding reflection and vision portrayed to the community, the individuals Tenco serves and other staff members. (Image Award Recipents:  Miranda Tucker, Tracy Barnett)

Allegiance Award - for the loyalty, commitment and faithfulness portrayed to the community, the individuals Tenco serves and other staff members.  (Allegiance Award Recipients:   Carrol Franklin, Dixie Merritt)

Community Awards:

Employer of the Year:  South HyVee

Business Partner of the Year:  Nypro, Inc. (Mt. Pleasant), The Sky Factory (Fairfield)

Community Service:  Knights of Columbus Council #888

Visionary Award:  John Deere Ottumwa Works

Exemplar Award:  Dr. David and Sheryl North

Tenco is a non-profit local corporation currently serving nearly 200 people with disabilities.  Founded in 1965, Tenco will soon be celebrating 50 years of service to the people of southern Iowa and throughout our state.  To carry out its good work, Tenco has vocational centers in Ottumwa and Fairfield and also provides residential services in Ottumwa, Fairfield, and Keosauqua.       Bob Morrissey, Tenco Marketing & Development  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

 
Iowa Water Summary
Friday, 11 April 2014 05:40

 

WATER SUMMARY UPDATE SHOWS DRY CONDITIONS PERSIST

Overall, dry conditions persist for most of Iowa. Precipitation average for the past two weeks has been 0.76 inch — a half inch less than normal.

The continuing drought is reflected in the change of stream flows across the majority of the state. The lowest conditions are in the Raccoon and Des Moines river basins, which have less than 10 percent of normal stream flow.

Shallow groundwater levels are lower in southwest, west central and south central Iowa. Adequate spring rainfall will be critical to recharge the alluvial and shallow bedrock aquifers.

Conditions are close to normal for northeast Iowa, which had near normal rainfall during the past two weeks.

For a more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends March 27 through April 9, go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/ watersummaryupdate.

The report is prepared by the technical staff from the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering and the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.

 

 

 
Easter Egg Roll at Gothic House
Friday, 11 April 2014 05:39

 

Easter Egg Roll at “our White House” to be held April 19

 GATE and the American Gothic House Center invite the public to attend the Easter Egg Roll at “our White House” on Saturday, April 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the American Gothic House Center.

The event will begin with an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. followed by an afternoon of crafts and activities. Just like the annual event at the “official” White House, children will roll eggs across the lawn. Children will have the opportunity to make bunny ears and take pictures in front of “our White House” with the Easter Bunny. Families in attendance will receive a special commemorative egg and photograph in front of the American Gothic House with the Easter Bunny. Admission to the event is free.

For more information contact Holly Berg at 641-652-3352 or email TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail. com.

 

 
Evans 5th Grade Orientation
Friday, 11 April 2014 05:37

 

 Evans Middle School will host at Fifth Grade Parent Orientation Night on Tuesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Evans auditorium.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide fifth grade parents and students with general information, including scheduling, policies, and procedures for sixth grade students. Parents and students will also have an opportunity to meet with teachers, counselors, and principals as well as take a tour of Evans.

For more information, contact Evans Middle School at641-684-6511.

 

 
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