Saturday, May 16, 2015

News from The Chronicle

Courtesy of the 5/14/15 edition of THE CHRONICLE.

St. Martin Holds May Crowning Ceremony
During the final class of the year, St. Martin RE students (K-11) held a May Crowning Service.  They began with the Rosary starting at the Crucifix on the hill.  The students and teachers proceeded around the outside of church and ended at the Mary Shrine.  A hymn was sung and Mary was crowned.

Poppy Distribution
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 313 of Odebolt will be distributing poppies on the following days:
Wednesday, May 20
Friday, May 22
Saturday, May 23.

Always remember our veterans and be proud to recognize them by wearing a poppy!

Odebolt CityWide
Garage Sale
Fri. June 12th 6-8 p.m.
(some open earlier)
Sat. June 13th
8 a.m.-noon

Call Cam Pierce
@ 668-2898 to register
or for information

Sac County 4-H Program Looking for Scrap Metal
The ISUEO Sac County 4-H program is looking for scrap metal to be used for our Bucket of Junk projects. The Bucket of Junk project allows the 4-H'ers to create something new out of old scrap metal by welding the materials together and entering them into the fair. If you have a donation of scrap metal please have it to the Sac County Extension Office by May 22nd. If you need the donation picked up please contact the Sac County Extension Office by calling 712-662-7131 or email

Pressure Canner Testing Offered
Do you know the last time your pressure canner was used?   Sac County Extension and Outreach will test your pressure canner to ensure it's working properly and check for other repairs at no charge.  You will additionally receive the new preservation guidelines for canning and freezing when you bring your canner in.  Please call 712/662-7131 or email to set up an appointment.

County Hometown Pride Program Selects Community Coach
Sac County Hometown Pride steering committee has selected Georgia Freerks of Clarksville, Iowa to become Community Coach for Sac County. The Hometown Pride program is made possible by a five-year $300,000 grant from Keep Iowa Beautiful. The nine Sac County communities, Sac County supervisors, and the board of SETD form the partnership that receives the grant.

The purpose of the program is to help the communities of Auburn, Early, Lake View, Lytton, Nemaha, Odebolt, Sac City, Schaller, Wall Lake, as well as the entire county, improve pride in their local image and appearance as well as enhance economic and cultural vitality. Sac County is the sixth Hometown Pride program in Iowa.

As Community Coach, Ms. Freerks will work with local committee members to get their ideas for projects developed, approved, funded, implemented and completed. Freerks earned a master in business administration degree, as well as degrees in economics and public relations from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Before working in special education for the past 10 years, Freerks was an adjunct instructor at Upper Iowa University, Hawkeye Community College, and UNI in economics, quantitative methods for decision making, and introductory statistics. She was also a student advisor and statistical consultant at UNI.

Freerks, who grew up in Sac County and is an alumnus of Crestland Community School, commented, “It’s been a wonderful circumstance to find myself working in rural Iowa where I started out. The people in Sac County have the energy and motivation to put great plans together. I hope to meet as many people as possible to listen to their ideas." She will begin her duties June 1.

Sac City councilperson Bruce Perry, chair of the County Hometown Pride Committee, stated, "We are thrilled to have a community coach with Ms. Freerks' energy, expertise, and understanding of rural America. The committee was impressed with her tireless work ethic, her ability to listen, and her enthusiasm and positive attitude. As we work together, Sac County can become an even better place to live, work, and play."

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