Wednesday, April 11, 2012

News from the Courier

 (Courtesy of the April 11, 2012 Ida County Courier on-line edition,

O-A/BC-IG to present ‘Spy School’

Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove High School will present “Spy School” by Don Zolidis this Saturday, April 14, at 7 p. m., at the ECC auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

It’s 1961 and ordinary teenager Jane Doe is drafted by the CIA to become a super-secret secret agent. Her mission? Infiltrate an American high school to locate a Russian spy about to send classified space program information to the USSR.

It’s not easy being undercover, especially when your spy family consists of a femme fatale mom, a 40-year-old younger brother and the most dashingly narcissistic dad ever. Add that to obnoxious fellow students, a blatantly sexist curriculum and the horror that is prom, and you’ve got a mission that might be impossible.

The cast includes Laurel Bengford, Sam Miller, Hannah Gustafson, Seth Wheeler, Anissa Ladwig, Nick Endrulat, Joey Elley, Colin Lierman, Angela Veit, Maggie Neddermeyer, Cailin Carstensen, Amy Stangl, Beth Stangl, Garrett Rohlk, Zach Senhen, Jake Matthies, Alan Peine, Jeremia Marron, Paige Whitney and Kaylea Killian.  Whitney Simonson is the play director.

Rhinestones and Rodeos
O-A/BC-IG gears up for prom night

The Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove junior class has chosen a country music inspired theme for this year’s prom, “Rhinestones and Rodeos.”

Committees have been chosen, invitations distributed and RSVPs collected for the second O-A/BC-IG junior-senior prom, Saturday, April 21, at Skate Palace. The décor will feature red, black and silver with rhinestone accents.

Decorations will include perimeter red drape with lighting accenting giant banners of bejeweled cowboy boots and a city skyline. Groupings of three different sized silver tintype barn stars will outline the dining room and dance floor, along with large rhinestone belt buckles bearing the theme “Rhinestones and Rodeos.”

Black table linens and chair covers will be accented with red satin ties and table runners and silver metallic charger plates will complete the table settings. The overhead ceiling will have thousands of icicle lights while fresh flowers with barbed-wire-encircled votives will complement the tables.

The reception will feature appetizers and sparkling cider offered by the sophomore servers. The upper level of the Skate Palace will feature a split rail fence and wagon wheels encircled with strings of lights, along with vignettes featuring saddles and western banners. Prom goers will have the choice of two photo stations.

Open house to view the prom décor at Skate Palace is prior to the grand march from 2:30-4:30 p. m. After 4:30 p. m., the doors to Skate Palace will be closed to the public and prom goers can arrive any time after 5:15 p. m.

The grand march begins at 4:50 p. m. at the Ida Grove Community Hall. Juniors, seniors and their dates are encouraged to visit the local nursing homes prior to arriving at their preassigned times. The public is invited to view the grand march in the community building, entering the hall from the east doors.

Doors open at 4:15 p. m. and junior valet dads will assist the attendees entering the west doors with parking reserved only for the juniors, seniors and dates.

The prom dinner begins at 7 p. m., followed by a program at 8:30 p. m. Junior committee members have been working on a special senior video tribute and “Junior Round-up.” The dance begins at 9 p. m. and ends at midnight. After-prom begins at the O-A/BC-IG High School following the dance.

The prom sponsor is Kathleen Gunderson with assistance from Karen Cranston and junior moms.

After-prom activities will be held at the high school immediately following the dance.

Area groups receive ‘Paint Iowa’ grants

Diamond Vogel Paint and Keep Iowa Beautiful have announced the grant awards for the 2012 “Paint Iowa Beautiful” program.  The program provides free paint to a variety of public service projects throughout Iowa. The program is administered through Keep Iowa Beautiful with the paint provided by the Diamond Vogel Paint Company.  There were 38 statewide award winners for the 2012 allocation of paint from the Diamond Vogel Paint Company.

Winners and projects from the area were:
• City of Breda, a home.
• Ida County Historical Society; 1856 Stage Coach barn.
• City of Odebolt; 1883 rural schoolhouse.
• Sac City Partners for Progress; low-income homes.
• Wall Lake Historical Society; Andy Williams' home.

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