Wednesday, June 03, 2015

News from The Chronicle

Courtesy of the 5/28/15 edition of THE CHRONICLE

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A Picture Story Collection

Several years ago, Ross and Valorie Craig planned to open a little restaurant so that Valorie could share her talent and love for good food, bakery items and homemade candy.  A building was rented in Schaller and the restaurant opened.  Their plan included pictures on the walls depicting scenes of early Iowa life.  About that time, they met Arlene Sundell.  Arlene agreed to put her talent to work and drew the 13 pictures.  She has served as an art teacher for many years in the school systems of our community.

One of the favorite pictures includes a country school building with about half a dozen children playing in the front yard.  Arlene says this is a favorite scene from her first teaching job.  The school building is identical to the school she first taught in and the children are pictures of her first students.  The collection begins with the coming of covered wagons to Iowa and ends with a Model T Ford sloshing down a muddy road.

However, before the artwork was completed, the Craigs were forced to close the restaurant due to electrical and structural concerns about the building.  The pictures have been safely stored by the Craigs over the years.  Because of the unique quality of the pictures, they then planned to do a fundraising program for youth.  This idea was met with hearty support from Mrs. Sundell.  The years passed.  Last year, the Craigs were able to purchase the restaurant building in Odebolt due to the outstanding support of the Odebolt Development Corporation.

High quality copies of the pictures were reproduced and they were professionally framed.  They now hang in Craigs' restaurant dubbed Angel’s Place (which opened May 26).

With a sense of anticipation, Arlene’s family and friends gathered at Angel’s Tuesday evening, May 19, to honor Arlene for her talent and goodness in making this glimpse of Iowa’s history available for her friends and neighbors and visitors to Odebolt.  They still hope to use the pictures in a fundraising project to benefit the youth of Siouxland.


1.  All flower arrangements, wires and potted plants placed on graves for the Memorial Day weekend should be removed by
Monday, June 8th

2.  Any time after the two-week period immediately following Memorial Day, floral arrangements must be in a well-anchored, sturdy container.  They must be on, or in line with, the base of the monument, so as not to impede the mowing and trimming of the cemetery.

3.  Any arrangements that become unsightly will be removed.

Odebolt Cemetery Association

Odebolt Creek Days Are June 19-21
Odebolt Creek Days will be celebrated June 19-21.  This year's parade theme is "Mardi Gras."

The second annual cook-off for the Odebolt Creek Days will be Sunday, June 21, starting at noon.  There is no fee to enter; contact Jerry Ullrich at 712.369.9839 if interested.  Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places.

If your child would like to participate in the Mr. and Mrs. Creek Days contest, stop in Shear Magic and pick up a packet.

The Odebolt Car and Motorcycle Show and Shine will be held on Saturday, June 20.  Contact Deb Reinhart at 712.668.4185 for information or to register.

The Trinity Lutheran Church 5K run/walk will be Saturday, June 20, at 7:30 a.m., starting at the Odebolt-Arthur bus barn.  Registration begins at 7 a.m.  Age categories are under 30, 31-50 and over 50.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each age group.  The entry fee is $20 before June 17 and $25 after June 17.  T-shirts are part of the registration fee and given to each participant.  Proceeds go to Odebolt Development and Trinity Lutheran Church projects.

Make check out to Trinity Lutheran Lydia Circle and mail to Irene Thayer (Trinity 5K), 1348 340th St., Odebolt, Iowa, 51458.  For more information, click here

Odebolt Community Center Event Calendar
Wednesday, June 10th:  OCC MEETING 
Thursday, June 11th:  Home Town Pride Meeting
Friday, June 19th - Sunday, June 21st:  CREEK DAYS
Wednesday, July 8th:  OCC MEETING
Thursday, July 16th & Friday, July 17th:  Lake View All School Reunion
Saturday, July 18th:  Frank Family Reunion

 Renovations Made to Memorial Walk in Odebolt
Next time you take a walk along the Memorial Walk check out the new cement pads that have been placed under the picnic tables.  This project was made possible by INS, Greg Neville Construction and the Odebolt Memorial Walk Committee.

Renovations at Heritage Square Park
Last fall the Rural Legacy Project steering committee received an $8,000 grant from the Sac County Endowment Foundation for the purpose of putting a shelter on the Outdoor Classroom area.  This will facilitate using the seating and meeting area during lass than perfect weather and provide shelter from direct sunlight.  Look for the backyard area also to sport a structure to display the two bells and a recent gift of another bronzed statue.  Formal presentation and dedication of these items will take place on Saturday June 20 at 10:00 a.m. during Creek Days. 

"Every Hero Has a Story" Program
Ben Buehler, an Odebolt-Arthur High School alumnus, talked to the East Sac Co. Elementary students in Wall Lake about being a Vietnam veteran to promote the 2015 summer library program "Every Hero Has a Story" for Wall Lake and Lake View libraries.

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