Sunday, March 22, 2015

Chronicle news

Courtesy of The Chronicle,  March 19, 2015

Odebolt Community Blood Drive
Thursday, March 26, 2015
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Odebolt Community Center
Sign up online at  or call 800.287.4903

Spring Salad Luncheon and Card Party
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
St. Martin Church Hall in Odebolt
Serving 11:30a.m to 12:45 pm
Card Party to follow from 1 to 3pm
(Euchre, Bridge, Pinochle, 500)
Not for women only!  Please plan to attend to have a nice lunch and enjoyable afternoon
Good food and fun for $7.00
Take-outs available
Sponsored by St. Martins Ladies Guild

Alzheimer's Presentation
Know the 10 Signs:  Early Detection Matters
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
2:00 -  4:00 pm
Horn Memorial Hospital
701 East Second Street, Ida Grove
Register by calling 800-272-3900

Odebolt Fire Department
Fish and Chicken Fry
Friday, April 3rd - Starting at 5pm
Odebolt Community Center
Free Will Donation - Door prizes will be given.

Sac County Health Services
provides a wide range of homecare services
Visit us at for information

ONRC welcomes Administrator
Care initiatives is pleased to announce the transfer of Nancy R. Snyder as the Administrator for the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center.

Snyder is responsible for all planning and directing of the daily operations, financial and personnel functions of the facility.

She has a masters degree in Public Administration with specialization in Healthcare Administration from Drake University and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Social Worker.  She has 26 years in the Health Care and Long Term Care fields.

Snyder lives on a farm in rural Glidden with her husband, Kenny.  They have 3 adult children.

New Director of Nursing at ONRC
Katy Ewoldt has been announced as the new Director of Nursing at Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center in Odebolt.
Ewoldt has 34 years in nursing and has a variety of experience ranging from acute care, management and as an educator.  Her passion is geriatrics having been influenced by her grandmother who has Alzheimer's and lived with Kathy's family for 12 years.

Ewoldt and her husband Randy have three grown children.  She looks forward to meeting families and friends of all involved with ONRC.

Eco Family Project starts March 19
Iowans will learn how to maximize their resources and share their extras during the 2015 Eco Family Project from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Registration is now open for the project, which begins March 19 and runs through June 11.

“People who care about healthy environments and green living will be interested in the 2015 Eco Family Project,” said Kristi Cooper, a human sciences specialist in family life with ISU Extension and Outreach. “It’s designed to connect people who value learning about the environment and provide an opportunity to take action in their community.”

The 2015 Eco Family Project has three parts – TED-Ed lessons, online chats with other eco families and local community focused activities, said Brenda Schmitt, a human sciences specialist in family finance. Schmitt and Cooper are leading the project.

Registration is $25 for the series. Participants may register for just the online classes or for the online classes along with local activities.

The 2015 Eco Family Project will cover several topics:

  • Learn to live green. Participants will discover ways to minimize their impact on the environment in everyday practices. They’ll calculate their ecological footprint and create green cleaning products.
  • Explore local food systems. Participants will examine their food footprint and find ways to source local products. Learn how to prevent food waste and start home composting.
  • Evaluate priorities about “stuff.” Learn about barter, trade and other ways to share goods and services. Discover and advocate for new sharing opportunities with others in the community.
  • Explore where energy comes from. Participants will examine their energy consumption and find ways to conserve and share resources. Become an advocate to encourage diversity in the energy supply.
  • Learn how to conserve water at home and in the community. Become an advocate for clean water.
  • Find new ways to connect with nature.

Participating in the Eco Family Project tends to get people motivated to develop a greener lifestyle, Schmitt said. One participant used reclaimed building materials for a remodeling project. Another installed rain gardens and rain barrels to handle extra storm water in her yard.

“People are decluttering their homes and turning that extra stuff into cash at consignment shops, or donating it to help a charitable organizations and even get a tax deduction,” Schmitt said.

“Because of what we learned from the Eco Family Project, my father-in-law designed a Little Free Library and my husband and daughter installed it on the corner of our lot. Neighbors are using it, donating books and borrowing books,” Cooper said.

“It’s practical and fun to do things that help the Earth and help people at the same time,” Cooper said.

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