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Memorial Day 2020

Toledo Legionnaire Martin Christensen holds the flag staff during a firing sqaud salute on the Tama County Courthouse Square on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. Events were curtailed or cancelled in many places due to Covid-19 regulations this year. News-Chronicle photos/John Speer

Online workshops planned for safe mushroom foraging

AMES- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a two-part online workshop in the spring and fall of 2020 for anyone interested in learning more about identifying and foraging local mushrooms. The first spring workshop will be held on May 5 from 6-7 p.m.The workshops will be ...

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Parade for Landon Balmer’s 11th birthday in Garwin

Landon Balmer of Garwin wanted to go camping to celebrate his 11th birthday on Sunday, April 19. But, as is known, the COVID-19 restrictions made that venture pretty much not possible.Well, family and friends tried to come up with what might be at least as good.How about a birthday parade with ...

Norma Lenhart to observe 90th birthday

You are invited to come celebrate Norma Lenhart's 90th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 23m from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Premier Estates Village common area.Take time to visit with Norma and share your memories over cake and punch.No gifts please, your attendance will be your greatest gift to Norma.If you ...

Ora Mae Bro feted at 90th birthday party

Ora Mae Bro, Toledo, observed her 90th birthday at a party at son Brett Bro's rural Toledo home on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.Guests from near and as far away as Arizona and Minnesota were on hand to help her celebrate. The Seymour Band provided entertainment during the party. ...

Ida Kosnan to observe 103rd Birthday

Ida Kosnan of Traer is going to be 103 years old on September 13. A card shower is planned. Cards may be sent to Sunrise Hill Care Center 909 6th Street Traer, IA 50675Ida was born on a farm south of Traer to Vince andJulia(Salasek) Axler. Ida had four sisters - Lillian Podhajsky-Kucera,Hattie ...

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Frouard announce birth of baby boy

Malynda and Julien Frouard are very pleased to announce the birth of their son, Neal David Lucien Frouard. Neal was born on June 12, 2020 at 3:44 p.m. in Rockville, MD. He weighed 8 lbs 2 ozs and was 21 1/4 inches long. Neal is welcomed home by his big sister, Élodie, age 2. ...

Slinkard

Shaun and Ashley (Nekola) Slinkard, 608 BrickellLane, McCordsville, Ind. welcome their second son, Parker Jeffrey, born January 29, 2020 at 1:21 P.M. at Community North Hospital, Indianapolis. Parker weighed in at 8 lbs 2 oz. and is 21 inches long. He is welcomed home by big brother Carter, age ...

Townsends welcome new arrival

Derek and Amy Townsend, Chelsea, are the proud parents of a son, Judah George, born Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at 6:29 p.m. at UnityPoint Health- Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell, Iowa. He weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. and was 20 inches long.He is greeted by big sisters Haven and Lucy at home ...

Boldts welcome baby girl

Brody and Sami Boldt are the proud parents of a baby girl, Everleigh Jude born on April 21, 2019 at 10:45 p.m.She weighed 7 lb, 13 oz and was 21 inches long.Grandparents are Warren and Nikki Betz, Tama, Steve and LeAnn Rouse, Vining, Todd and Deb Boldt, Jefferson. Great grandparents are Ron and ...

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The glass slipper fits

South Tama Vocal Music department has received the following honors through the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, for its October/November production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA . South Tama received the “Distinguished Scene” ...

Groteluschen gets going at STC

As schools around the state set to return in some fashion from a year that has been like no other, Mark Groteluschen will be looking for a sense of balance. Groteluschen is the new high school principal at South Tama County. He replaces Roy Frakes who retired at the end of the 2020 school ...

South Tama school board to meet Monday

The STC School Board is meeting for a regular session Monday, August 3 at 5 p.m. Superintendent Jared Smith will be present at the Partnership Center Gymnasium for citizens who plan to attend in person and will limit the number in attendance. The meeting can also be accessed in “real time” ...

STC to start year with hybrid plan

Plans for the return to school in August took another step forward at South Tama County last week when the school board voted to begin the fall semester using an A/B hybrid scheduling model. Superintendent Jared Smith presented findings from a parent survey as well as a response from the ...

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South Tama staff members offer encouragement

Two South Tama County Elementary staff members Melody Cole (left) and Anita Townsley (right) hung a sign on the fence of the former site of the STC Primary building. The sign reads stay safe, stay strong, stay connected, friends at STC Schools. The sign was purchased by the two staff members ...

Foresee possible delay in second South Tama middle school bond vote

It appears the South Tama School Board may look to next spring if a second middle school bond issue vote is brought before district voters. Brad Leeper, an architect with the Invision firm which developed plans for the March bond proposal, reviewed options for the board during a two and ...

Chelsea students keep busy replacing street signs during COVID-19 restrictions

The City of Chelsea is benefiting from a grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation's Traffic and Safety Bureau's program to replace damaged, worn out, obsolete, or substandard signs, and signposts.In the fall of 2019, signs throughout Chelsea were identified for replacement, and during ...

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Zmoleks observe 40th anniversary

Celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary- Pete and Gerry Zmolek were married on October 12, 1979 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Tama. Greetings may be sent to 800 East State Street, Toledo.

Gray- Loftsgard engagement, wedding plans

Parker and Camdyn Gray are excited to announce the engagement of their mother, Crystal Gayle Sokol Gray to Joey Lee Loftsgard, both of Hiawatha.Crystal is the daughter of Dave Sokol and Polly Sokol, both of Toledo.Joey is the son of Roger and Joni Loftsgard of Clermont.Crystal is a 2001 ...

Hoffman-Chute to wed

Mark and Sheryl Chute, Chelsea, would like to announce the engagement of their son, Brion Chute to Erin Hoffman. The couple plan a May 4 wedding in Sioux City, Iowa.Erin is the daughter of Terry and Jane Hoffman, of Clarion, Iowa.Erin is a graduate of Ankeny High School, and the University of ...

Heckt, Turnquist announce engagement

David and Laura Turnquist of Alta announce the engagement of their daughter Lesa Turnquist to Tanner Heckt, son of Angela Keese and Bob Heckt of Dysart, Iowa.Lesa graduated from Alta High School in 2011, and Tanner graduated from Union High School in 2013. The couple met at Buena Vista ...

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South Tama, Meskwaki Settlement School updates

School updates:South Tama-Academic Enrichment Packets became available on Wednesday, April 15 for each grade level (K-8). Packets can be picked up between 11:00-1:00 (same as lunch distribution) at the elementary, middle school, and partnership center.New packets will be available every two ...

Meskwaki Settlement School update

Dear Meskwaki Settlement Parents/Caregivers:We realize the issues connected to the current health concerns are creating some difficult times. We are grateful for your trust and patience as we respond to support our students and community. As more information becomes available, we will continue ...

Tama County Legion, Auxiliary cancel Government Day

The Tama County American Legion Posts and Auxiliary Units along with our Tama County government officials have cancelled Tama County Government day scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center this year due to the restrictions placed on social events and the COVID-19 ...

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Food Preservation Workshop set for Sept. 19 in Toledo

Jill Weber, ISU Extension Human Sciences Specialist, is offering a Food Preservation 101 workshop at the Tama County Extension office,203 West High, Toledo, on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.The workshop is intended for those wanting to learn how to safely preserve food and will also ...

Iowa Public T V presents new season of Iowa Ingredient

JOHNSTON- Season 8 of Iowa Public Television's Iowa Ingredient will feature sizzling new episodes exploring fresh ingredients grown in Iowa, the passionate farmers who produce them and the creative chefs who cook with them. The new season premieres Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, ...

Eat Well- Stay Independent at Tama Senior Center

Learn about the health benefits of eating well and moving more; sample healthy, tasty, low-cost recipes and exchange ideas to help meet your health goals by attending Stay Independent, a nutrition and wellness program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.This four week series ...

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Blockers hold family reunion

The Melvin and Tena Blocker family held their annual reunion at Toledo Heights on Sunday, August 4. The following were in attendance:From Tama: Gordon Blocker, Kim Blocker, Pat Seymour, Jim and Audrey Blocker, Jill Blocker, Debbie Blocker, Eric, Stacie, and Tim Hauser, Larry and Bev Blocker, ...

Hanus / Hladik reunion Aug. 11

Attendees at the Hanus- Hladik famly reunion held August 11. 2019, at the Tama Civic Center were Arlene and Keith Alexander of Altoona; Douglas and Heather Alexander and Mary Greco of Des Moines; Brad. Kim and Isabel Andes of Fairfax, lowa; Carol and Michael Wilcox, Mike, Abbi and Kvler Sieck ...

Cibula reunion on July 28

The annual reunion of the descendants of Martin and Marie (Stanek) Cibula was held July 28 at The State Bank of Toledo Community Room. Lillian Wacha and family hosted the event.Forty six members enjoyed the delicious potluck.A business meeting was held after the meal. Entertainment was provided ...

55th Dostal Reunion held Aug. 4, 2019

Sunday, August 4th 57 descendants of Joseph and Anna Dostal, who came from Kingdom of Bohemia Czechoslovakia, attended the Dostal reunion. Attends were from Washington, Oregon, Texas, Arizona, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois as well as all over Iowa. Reva Dostal, at age 95, was the oldest in ...

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School year start date approved for Sept. 8

The South Tama County school board approved a start day of September 8. The start date was pushed back due to damages sustained at the STC Middle School after the August 10 derecho. School officials have had revamp plans following the derecho. State Requirements All public schools are ...

The glass slipper fits

South Tama Vocal Music department has received the following honors through the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, for its October/November production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA . South Tama received the “Distinguished Scene” ...

STC releases hybrid details

School administrators revealed details of the hybrid learning model South Tama will follow at a school board meeting Monday, August 3. The board had previously approved opting with a hybrid model for returning to learn on Thursday, July 30 at a special session. STC students and families ...

Groteluschen gets going at STC

As schools around the state set to return in some fashion from a year that has been like no other, Mark Groteluschen will be looking for a sense of balance. Groteluschen is the new high school principal at South Tama County. He replaces Roy Frakes who retired at the end of the 2020 school ...

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Isaacson is new Hawkeye Valley Agency on Aging executive director

TOLEDO CHRONICLE - WATERLOO- Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Isaacson as the new executive director. Mike Isaacson was formerly the executive director of Community Based Services (CBS) based in Waverly, a position he held since 2006. HVAAA is a ...

Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging Senior Meals-Toledo

Monday, Feb. 21 Activities 12 p.m., Lunch Menu A: Breaded Veal Patty. Tomato Basil Sauce, Red Potatoes, California Vegetables, Raisins B: Corn Chowder, Egg Salad, Tossed Salad, Raisins, Salad Dressing Tuesday, Feb. 22 Activities 9 a.m., SIMS, 12 p.m., Lunch, 500 Club Menu A: Pepper Beef Patty, ...

Toledo Senior Meals & Activities

Monday, Feb. 7 Activities 12 p.m., Lunch, 1 p.m., Cribbage Menu A: Taco Beef, Shredded Cheese, Mexican Corn, Lettuce & Tomatoes, Corn Chips, Pineapple Cherry Crisp, Taco Sauce B: Chicken Caesar Salad, Orange Juice, Pineapple Cherry Crisp Tuesday, Feb. 8 Activities 9 a.m., SIMS, 11:45, Chef ...

Toledo Senior Meals

Monday, Jan. 31 Activities 9 a.m., Walk, 12 p.m., Lunch Menu A: Sloppy Joe, Potato Bucks, Mixed Vegetables, Fruited Cherry Gelatin B: Chef Salad, Orange Juice, Wheat Crackers, Fruited Cherry Gelatin, Salad Dressing Tuesday, Feb. 1 Activities 9 a.m., SIMS, 12 p.m., Lunch, 1 p.m., Cribbage Menu ...