New day care in Cleghorn -
Amanda Millikan (pictured)has resided in Cleghorn for three years. During most of that time, she traveled to VT Industries in Holstein to work, and it was wearing on her family, as she has two young daughters, 5 1/2 year-old Olivia and 4 year-old Allie.
"It is very difficult to find someone who would watch children for that short period of time prior to school and right after school until you get home from work. I finally decided to do day-care and be there for my two and help others out who are in similar situations. I have two full-time children here now and a few who come shorter periods of time while others may just need a sitter a day here or there. I find it really working out well and hope a couple of other children will join these two," explained Millikan.
Her home is one the northwest portion of Cleghorn on a dead end street with little traffic. The children have a great place to play outside and Millikan can watch her own two walk down to the school and get on the bus. Her oldest is in kindergarten and the youngest in preschool on Tuesday and Thursday. She has a neat large play room loaded with toys with sun streaming in the windows. She charges so much per day so if one runs late or gets back early, they don't have to mess around adding or subtracting minutes.
In addition to weekdays, Millikan will take children overnight or on the weekends. She has done it a few times and the experience was pleasant. Some times emergencies or special times come up when a sitter is required.
"It requires patience and energy to get this job done and done right. I enjoy it and am so glad I decided to give it a try. It is working out great for my family. Except for babies that require formula and jars of baby food, I provide meals that are healthy serving fruits and vegetables. I actually find I have more time now for my children and family is where it's at me," added Millikan.
Millikan is listed in the phone book and she will be happy to try to help you out with child care.
(Story and Photo by Nancy Hohbach, correspondent)
Adding to Cleghorn park -
The Cleghorn Community Center board has embarked on yet another project - to add playground equipment at their park. They already had a few swings, a slide, and an animal to bounce on.
Park equipment is expensive, so they looked to purchased some used equipment that is in good shape from Storm Lake. They found a jungle gym for climbing on and around that also includes another slide. They already purchased some new swings and a crane digger, so kids can dig up sand.
Proceeds for the project have come from donations and meals such as their ice cream day, egg bake brunch or their baked potato meals.
Funds will be needed to dig up cement bases, get the new equipment to Cleghorn, and then set the equipment up. P & S Construction has been hired to put it all together. The playground area will measure 45 x 35 feet and be boardered off with timbers.
In small towns, there has to be a great amount of cooperation to get the job done. There is no better town at this than Cleghorn. They are building it for the children of the community.
(Story and Photo by Nancy Hohbach, correspondent)
Kindness Club grows at MMC -
This fall the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School had an all day presentation that issued a challenge from "Rachel's Challenge" which set into motion an incentive to begin a new program to improve the climate of the school. It will build sensitivity towards each other. Not to be left out of these fine ideas, the Elementary School in Cleghorn decided to have a "Kindness Club". This club extends all the way down to Pre-Kindergarten through the sixth grade. All students will be actively involved with this club sometime throughout the year.
Each grade level meets weekly to discuss projects or ideas of how to reach out to others with acts of kindness. Students are given ownership of the project through their decisions on what they want to do and who to reachout to (classmates, staff, families, community members or people they don't know).
The fourth grade members for the first groups of the year of the Kindness Club are: Jazzmine Bruneau, Nicky DelaCruz, Carolynn DeLong, Cody Dias and Douglas Gengler. The fourth graders are making a compliment box for each classroom in grades 4-6. The box is equipped with rules and compliment forms to fill out. The rules are that students may not compliment each other on anything that has to do with one's physical appearance such as clothing, jewelry, hair, shoes, and so forth. They must compliment each other for a good deed (cleaning up a spill without being told), a talent (being artisitic), or personality trait (being friendly to all students). Students are watching for opportunities to compliment each other on. Once a week, the compliments are handed out and enjoyed by the recipients ...
(Photo) -These five MMC fourth graders are heading the Kindness Club for their grade for the first nine weeks of school. from the left, Jazzmine Bruneau, Nicky DelaCruz, Carolynn DeLong, Cody Diaz, and Douglas Gengler.
(Story and Photo by Nancy Hohbach, correspondent)
... The fifth grade Kindness Club members for the first quarter are: Jordan Booher, Trinity Clark, Kennedy Cronin, Mahaley Dirks, Brad Galles, Jarren Harper and Amanda Helseth. They have chosen to reach out to children who are hospitalized. They came up with this idea to provide children with a quiet activity to do while in the hospital. They are putting together kits with craft items including socks to be transformed into puppets or slippers of their liking. There will be a variety of craft materials to use in decorating the socks to their liking. The club felt this was a way to reach out to a child, let them know they are being thought of while lifting their spirit ...
(Photo) - This group of MMC fifth graders are heading up their Kindness Club. From the left are Jordan Booher, Trinity Clark, Kennedy Cronin and Mahaley Dirks. In the back are Brad Galles and Jarren Harper.
... The sixth grade Kindness Club members for this quarter are Kylee Ames, Hunter Bentz, Jenna Jo Block, Jessica Cave, Quinten Clark and Abby Hantsbarger. This group chose to get involved with Support Siouxland Soldiers. The students wanted to focus on the families of deployed soldiers or soldiers themselves to let them know we appreciated their dedication to ur country and our freedom. After some research, they found a group out of Sioux City called Support Siouxland Soldiers. This group collects a variety of items, packs them into care packages and then pays for the shipping of the packages every month. The sixth grade students have set up a collection site in the Cleghorn building, and they plan to help pack and ship the items they collect. Their goal is to have items collected before Thanksgiving.
Through participating in acts of kindness, MMC students wil learn first hand how to treat others and feel good about what they are doing. They will learn that one small act of kindness can have a great effect on the person receiving it as well as the person giving it. It is their hope that acts of kindness will cause a chain reaction and others will also reach out in kindness. If anyone would like to make a donation to any of these Kindness Club projects, please bring your donation to the MMC Elementary School in Cleghorn, or contact Ali Vasher at 712-436-2244.
(Photo) -These MMC sixth graders are heading the Kindness Club for the first nine weeks. From the left,in front are Kylee Ames, Hunter Bentz, Jenna Jo Block and Jessica Cave. In the back are Quinten Clark and Abby Hantsbarger.
Smart boards come to Cleghorn -
Promethean is the proper name for what many refer to as "smart boards". The technology is used with one's computer loaded with software which allows one to send information to a white board which prints or shows what the sender wants the observer to see. The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School district has five such boards right now with three of them situated in the Cleghorn building. The students in the building are thrilled and excited to see the smart board in action. To say it holds their attention is putting it mildly.
The boards were purchased with funds derived from a lawsuit settlement from Microsoft. The class action lawsuit settlement was based on a set of criteria for school districts determining the amount they would receive. For MMC, that amounted to $14,000 with half to be spent on hardware and half on software.
Strings were attached to the money. Staff has to send regular reports in letting them know how the money was spent and how they are regularly used. For MMC, they wanted the focus in to be in the area of math achievement. The staff has a manual which describes what each software piece contains and the knowledge learned from its use. Staff can take parts of various software presentations, and "cut and paste" another to whatever they want the students to learn. The staff base their decision on what students need to learn.
Staff has taken training to use this new technology, which is similar to using a power point presentation. It holds student interests. The board itself runs from 78 to 87 inches wide.
What makes this even better, parents may latch onto the information on their home computers which will benefit their children. It's use will constantly grow.
As Elementary Principal Kathy Tritz-Rhodes said, "I can't think of much you can't do with it. It is a wonderful addition to our district and brings enthusiasm to our district."
(Photo) - Four MMC students are enthusiastic about the new "Smart Board" they can use, which makes learning a lot of fun. Bunched together, left to right, are Tanner Coombs, Jesse Rose, Brandon Tutt and Ben Barritt.
(Story and Photo by Nancy Hohbach, correspondent)
Larrabee restaurant provides healthier options -
The Feedmill restaurant in Larrabee (pictured) has recently entered into a partnership with the University of Iowa College of Public Health, a program which encourages customers to make healthy choices from the menu.
The program involves table signs which inform customers of small changes they could make to their order to make it healthier, such as the following: requesting low-fat salad dressing, low-fat milk, eliminating one or more high-fat ingredients, choosing meat and fish that are grilled or baked instead of fried, choosing whole wheat breads, and having their toppings "on the side."
The changes are things the restaurant would normally do anyway for their customers, but they don't usually advertise them. The program was tested and evaluated in five other restaurants in the last three years, and is now being offered to owner-operated, full menu restaurants across Iowa.
Dining away from home is both convenient and enjoyable, and since busy lives are a reality for most families, Americans are eating out more often than ever before.
This trend is not likely to change, and the health of these individuals may suffer as a result. Studies show that foods eaten away from home tend to be higher in fat, calories and cholesterol and lower in other important nutrients than those eaten at home.
Having a healthy diet is one of the most important components of overall health, and is essential to maintaining a healthy weight. This is of utmost importance, because being overweight or obese increases one's risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, breathing problems, arthritis, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and some cancers.
In previous research, the University of Iowa College of Public Health found that more than half of Iowa restaurant customers were trying to make changes to improve their diet. The Feedmill has taken a great step toward helping customers reach their goals
Heidei Haines, Center Coordinator and Evaluator, stated, "We wanted to let you know of a local restaurant, The Feedmill in Larrabee, that is participating in our healthy options program to help make their customers make healthier choices from their menus."
"This program has been well received in other communities, and we are now in the process of offering it statewide to rural restaurants," added Haines.
(Story and photo by Mike Leckband, Staff writer)
Heritage Center hosts Halloween hoot -
For the past several days, a wide variety of slithering spooks, galloping ghosts, ghastly ghouls, devilish demons and other critters generally found only in the dark corners of your nightmares have been seen wending their way to the general vicinity of the Grand Meadow Heritage Center.
The purpose of this mass migration of restive spirits was obviously precipitated by the irresistible opportunity to join in on the cardiac arrest carnage that be will be waiting for the faint of heart at the Grand Meadow Heritage Center's Haunted House, a little annual celebration guaranteed to put the howl back into Halloween.
This year's Heritage Center Haunted House is bigger, badder and even scarier, promising three stories of stark terror.
The nearly century old three room school house/teacherage has once again been converted into a rollicking, goosebump-inducing Halloween hoot boasting of a bevy of boogeymen that will undoubtedly put you in the proper holiday frame of mind...
If you are a youngster not quite old enough to undertake the rock and roll adrenaline rushes found in the haunted house or maybe even one of those timid-types whose fear factor gauge registers on the wimpy side, don't worry...There will be plenty of other more sedate fun activities found at this year's Heritage Center's Halloween celebration.
While their elders are exploring the parameters of their clench factor, the youngsters can participate in the kids' games that will be taking place in the Center's Old Barn...
(Photo)- Name your poison
(Photo) - If you happen to visit this year's Grand Meadow Heritage Center Haunted House, you just might need a glass or two of witches brew to steady your nerves. By all appearances, there will be plenty of beastly bartenders (Roy Townsend, Trish Flannagan and Joel Volkert) on hand to serve up your favorite poison ...
(Story and photos by Ron Flewelling, correspondent)
Peeping pumpkin -
... The Grand Meadow Heritage Center's Haunted House is only a scream and a couple of fraidy-cat whimpers away. Even now, a bevy of ghoulish ghosts, devilish demons and other sundry specters, including the Great Demented Pumpkin (Jerry Townsend), are gathering in anticipation of the popular Halloween freak-out...
Half-pint haunters -
... During any given visit to the Grand Meadow Center's Haunted House, you run the risk of encountering a wide spectrum of spooks including these half-pint howlers (Jesse and Garrett Rodby and Chance and Paige Reusch) who were seen recently haunting the horror house's stairway.