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Tue
21
Apr

Lifting spirits with inspiring messages


Norah Harbaugh, 4, daughter of Andrea and Eric Harbaugh, Edgewood, shows one of the signs made by Kendrick Products to boost spirits during the current pandemic.

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

What do you get when you cross a graphic designer with a production manager both of whom committed to making people smile during this uncertain time? You get a series of creative yard signs with messages reminding people to stay strong, wash their hands and think positive thoughts.

The signs are the brainchild of Kerra Boriskey, production manager at Kendrick Home and Shimleee, both located in Edgewood.

“I wanted to do something that would encourage people to feel hopeful and make them laugh at a time when many are feeling scared or uncertain,” explained Boriskey. “Morgan Dams, a member of our Kendrick Home design and sales team, had an idea of printing designs on yard signs and putting them up throughout the community.”

Tue
21
Apr

Positive COVID-19 cases at 3,159

As the Register went to press, the Iowa Department of Public Health was reporting 3,159 positive cases of COVID-19.  Almost 22,600 people have tested negative.  The total number of deaths attributed to the virus is 79.  IDPH updates their figures daily on their website  Clayton County has reported 7 positive cases and 1 death.  The Clayton County figures have not changed since April 11.  214 Iowans were hospitalized as of press time, 91 in an ICU unit and 58 on ventilatiors.  The state has 4,402 hospital beds, 552 ICU beds, and 691 ventilators.

Tue
21
Apr

Pews are full at Elgin Church


The pews at Illyria Community Church, Elgin are filled with self-portraits of congregation members. Photo by Mark Reinig

 

By Pam Reinig

Although churches have been closed since late March I have “seen” the members of my congregation weekly—and not once have we defied the governor’s order prohibiting large gatherings.

            I am pastor of Illyria Community Church in Elgin, which is home to some of the area’s most caring and clever people. I’ve been live streaming our Sunday services and mid-week Christian Ed class for four weeks as part of our commitment to stay connected even as COVID-19 keeps us apart.

Mon
13
Apr

A sign for the times


A sign for the times

Ketaki Poyekar, Elkader, created a colorful yard sign to acknowledge the efforts of healthcare workers, postal carriers, law enforcement personnel, grocery store employees and others working on the frontlines during the COVID pandemic.  The initial run of 40 yard signs sold out immediately.  Coffee mugs are also available.

Register Photo by Pam Reinig

 

 

Mon
13
Apr

Central gears up for continuous learning

By Pam Reinig, Register Editor

With Central Schools closed through April 30 and its students hunkered down at home, reading specialist Liz Tuecke has turned to video clips to keep kindergartners and first graders from falling behind. The energetic and creative Tuecke has already posted several videos using a fence line, an office chair, and even her collection of reading glasses as props. Assisting in her productions are her husband, Joe, who uses his smart phone to film the videos, and her Central colleague Jarod Bormann, who’s done some editing.

“In the time we’ve been out of school, I’ve taped 12 videos and have plans to tape 12 more,” said Tuecke. “They’ve intentionally been kept short so students can view them for quick review and move on, or visit them over and over.”

Tue
07
Apr

Retooling to make protective devices


Fire Farm owner Adam Pollock wears the face shield he has designed for mass production.

By Pam Reinig, Register Editor

An Elkader business is shifting gears to make equipment to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Fire Farm Lighting, a custom lighting design and manufacturing company, is ramping up to make intubation boxes and face shields for use by frontline healthcare workers and others who are at high risk for exposure to the virus. The design, development and approval process took less than a week to accomplish.

“For the intubation boxes, we’ve formed a partnership with Cope Plastics out of Cedar Rapids,” said Fire Farm owner Adam Pollock. “They’ll take orders and provide materials, and we’ll deliver the finished product.”

Tue
31
Mar

Three area groups receive Aureon grants


Clayton County Conservation Board was one of three area groups receiving a recent Aureon Charity Grant. Pictured are, left to right: Bill Meyer, Aureon; Jenna Pollock, Clayton County Conservation; and Sara Hertrampf, Alpine Communications.

Mar-Mac Police Department received $1,500.00 to purchase new portable radios for the officers.

 

Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to area non-profit organizations in Northeast Iowa. The grants were presented in conjunction with Alpine Communications who sponsored the grant applications. Upon reviewing an abundance of applications, the Aureon Charity Grant Committee delegated funds to projects committed to the betterment of local Iowa communities.

Tue
31
Mar

Zapfs say "good-bye" after 37 years


Joni and Mike Zapf are retiring after owning and operating their Elkader business for nearly 40 years.

By Pam Reinig

For the first time in nearly four decades, Mike and Joni Zapf’s daily to-do list is a blank slate. There’s no mention of writing out employee work schedules, contacting vendors, checking inventory, stocking shelves, or anything else related to the operation of their Elkader gas station and convenience store. And that’s because as of today the Zapfs are officially retired. After 37 years, the Littleport couple doesn’t have a schedule that hinges on the day-to-day demands of running an established and popular business.

Tue
24
Mar

Schools close, businesses restrict hours

By Pam Reinig

Register Editor

Last week,  Chelsea Armstrong confronted a challenge that few restaurateurs anticipated: She had to close her restaurant to dine-in customers.

“I saw it coming when the state Illinois closed its bars and restaurants,” she said. “We immediately started making plans for take-out and delivery. ”She wasn’t alone in her efforts. All of Elkader’s restaurants put strategies in place after Governor Kim    Reynolds banned gatherings of more than 10 people in one area. All are offering take-out; many have added curbside delivery and delivery with a limited radius. Treats on Bridge Street has even cordoned off a parking place for customers to use as they dash in for their orders.

Tue
24
Mar

Dine Local; Here's who's open in Elkader

Deb’s Brewtopia (563) 880-5666
Elkader Pizzeria (563) 245-2800
Fast Trak (563) 245-2852
Fennellys’ Irish Pub (563) 245-3663
General Store and More (563) 245-1799
Johnson’s Restaurant & Reception Hall (563) 245-2371
Pedretti’s Bakery (563) 245-1280
Pronto Market (563) 245-1176
Schera’s Restaurant and Bar (563) 245-1992
Subway (563) 245-2722
Treats on Bridge Street Bistro (563) 245-2242
TD’s Sports Bar and Grill (563) 245-2541
The Store (563) 245-2787
Wilke’s (563) 245-2413
Call in to place orders for pick-up or delivery (at some locations)! Check websites or social media for more details on hours, specials, and added services.

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