Friday, May 23, 2014

Courier news

 Courtesy of the Ida County Courier - 
Memorial Day Services

Odebolt Odebolt American Legion Roose Post #313 will conduct Memorial Day services at the Odebolt Cemetery at 11:15 a. m. on Monday, May 26, 2014.

The program includes a flag raising, playing of the national anthem by the O-A/BC-IG Middle School Band and presentation of colors. Tech Sgt Stephanie K. Therrien from Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE will be he guest speaker. The legion auxiliary will lay a wreath and read the names on the Avenue of Flags. The color guard will fire a rifle salute.  John Ekstrom, the post chaplain, will give the opening prayer and benediction.

There will be a lunch at the community center following the cemetery service.

Odebolt garage sale days set
Odebolt city-wide garage sales days are Friday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p. m., and Saturday, June 14, 8 a. m. to noon.  Call Cam Pierce at 668-2898 to register or for more information.

Community Basket update

The Community Basket, an agency of the Foodbank of Siouxland, is almost two years old. Each month, the mobile food distribution is in one of seven communities: Arthur, Battle Creek, Galva, Holstein, Ida Grove, Kiron and Odebolt. It is always the third Thursday of each month.  In May, the Foodbank of Siouxland delivered more than 4,000 pounds of food to Ida Grove. This couldn’t be done without the community and churches’ financial support and the many volunteers that help on distribution day.

Food products left over from the distribution are placed on the shelves of the Community Basket site pantry, located in back of the Horn Physicians Clinic in Ida Grove. The site pantry is for additional food needs and is open every Thursday from 1 to 4 p. m.

The next mobile food distribution will be held at the Arthur Community Center in Arthur on June 19, beginning at 4:30 p. m.

Relay Iowa coming through Sac County

Relay Iowa will be coming through Sac County on Friday, June 6, from approximately 3-10 p. m. This year marks the fifth annual relay run across Iowa, where teams of up to 12 people run continuously for three days and two nights, from Sioux City to Dubuque, for a total of 339 miles.

Relay Iowa facts:

• Teams have 60 hours to complete 339 miles of non-stop relay running.
• This is the longest relay run of its kind in the world and the only two-overnight running relay in the U. S.
• This year will have about 35 teams, for a total of about 350 runners.
• The route across Iowa passes through 35 towns.
• Relay Iowa is a nonprofit organization, and proceeds from this run support an orphanage in South Africa for children affected by the AIDS epidemic. The orphanage, Restoring Hope Village, was founded and is run by former Iowans.

This event continues to grow each year, and it’s always exciting to see the local citizens come out in support of our runners as they pass through towns.  There are many volunteer opportunities available.  We have also seen some towns put on bake sales as a fund-raiser for their own community.  Most of all we love to see people coming out to encourage the runners and share that Iowa friendliness for which we’re known.

Any assistance you could give us in spreading the word about this event would be very much appreciated.  If you would like more information, please check out our website at or contact me at the email below.

Thank you for your time,
Lynn Rhein

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