Friday, July 31, 2015

Courier News

Courtesy of the 7-29-15 edition of Ida County Courier (

Odebolt pool party
A pool party will be held at the Odebolt swimming pool Thursday, Aug. 5, from 5:30 to 9 p. m. A freewill supper of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and beverage will be served.  A drawing will be held for a free 2016 pool pass.  Funds raised at the party will be used for pool improvements.

Area school registrations are set for the next two weeks.
Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek -Ida Grove students may register Monday, Aug. 3, from noon to 6 p. m., at the O-A/BC-IG Middle School in Odebolt or Wednesday, Aug. 5, from noon to 6 p. m., in the media center at the Battle Creek-Ida Grove Elementary School in Ida Grove. Students may register at any location after Aug. 1.

All school registration forms for 2015-16 must be turned in by Thursday, Aug. 13.

Registration fees for O-A/BC-IG students are as follows:

Book fees—KEY, $20; K-5 elementary, $40; middle school, $55; and high school, $70. Each student is responsible for their own college level class books.

Music—$10 for band and vocal uniform fee, $20 for percussion rental and $35 for instrumental rental.

Activity tickets—$35 for K-12 students, $70 for adults, $170 for family and senior citizens (age 62) free pass available upon request.

Breakfast—$1.30 daily for elementary and intermediate students, $1.40 daily for middle school students, $1.50 daily for high school and $1.65 daily for adults.

Hot lunch—$2 daily for elementary and intermediate students; $2.25 for middle school students; $2.50 daily for high school students; and $3.35 daily for adults. Second entrĂ©e costs $1.10, second meal (all ages) is $2.50 and high school juice is 75-cents.

Milk—BC-IG KEY through second grade, $27 for each semester, $54 a year; O-A preschool and kindergarten, $60 for 20 days; extra milk, 30 cents.

Town bus—$25 a semester; maximum $50 a semester and $100 for the year.

Driver’s education—$350. In-service days will be Wednesday, Aug. 19, through Friday, Aug. 21.

The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 24.

O-A/BC-IG open houses are Thursday, Aug. 20—4 to 6 p. m. at both BC-IG Elementary and O-A/ BC-IG High School; Thursday, Aug. 20—4:30 to 6:30 p. m. O-A Elementary and O-A/BC-IG Middle School.

Sixth grade orientation is Wednesday, Aug. 19—5:30 to 6:30 p. m. in the middle school gym.

Freshman academy will be held Friday, Aug. 21—9 to 11:45 a. m. at the O-A/BC-IG High School.
Students are encouraged to bring their supplies, find their rooms and/or lockers and meet their teachers.

Sac County Quilt-a-Fair registration underway
Quilt-a-Fair: Deann Buddin shows one of her quilts to the Sac County Quilt-a-Fair planning committee. The fair is slated for Sept. 26-27. (Photo submitted)

Quilt makers and quilt owners, it’s time to get those special quilts entered for the Sac County Quilt-a-Fair. The quilt show takes place on Sept. 26-27, but registration forms for quilts to be displayed must be completed in advance.

They are due on Aug. 21. The registration forms are available in Sac County libraries. There is also a form on the website: that can be downloaded and printed.

Only the registration form is due in August; the quilts themselves do not need to be delivered until September, just prior to Quilt-a-Fair dates. Completed registration forms should be mailed or delivered to the Sac City Library at 1001 W. Main St.

There are many categories of quilts that can be entered in the Sac County Quilt-a-Fair. A new category for 2015 is Civil War quilts. “Since 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, we decided to feature quilts representative of that era in our country’s history,” said Atoya Oliver, chair of the planning committee.

“Naturally, we would love to display any quilts that have survived from that era, but we are also displaying quilts with reproduction fabrics and blocks typical of that time.”

The group will also have a special display of quilts of valor. These are quilts made especially for a soldier or veteran who has been wounded in service to our country. Other categories include bed-size quilts, vintage or antique quilts, baby quilts, miniature quilts, wall hangings, table quilts, wearable quilts, such as jackets or bags, holiday or seasonal quilts and patriotic quilts.

“There is an opportunity to enter any type of quilted item that people might have,” said Oliver. Entrants do not need to have made the item themselves; quilts that are gifts or were purchased from others are welcome.

The only requirements are that the quilts should not have been entered in the Sac County Quilt-a-Fair previously and that they are made individually, not mass-produced. Quilt owners do not have to live in Sac County to display their items in the Quilt-a-Fair.

The quilt registration form provides the committee with vital information needed to design the display for the 300-plus quilts at the show. “We need to know the measurement of the quilt to plan what size space is needed for display,” said Barb Knight, a Sac City committee member who prepared the registration forms this year.

“We use the color information to design a layout that is pleasing to the eye and we request a photo with the registration form, so we can plan to display the quilt in a complementary setting. The photos also help us identify the quilts as they arrive in September,” she added.

Entrants also have an opportunity to share a brief story about the quilt and visitors have commented that they really enjoy reading information about each quilt as they visit the show.

“Anyone who needs help completing a registration form can certainly contact one of the committee members,” said Knight. “We would be happy to help with photos or whatever people need to get the quilts registered.”

The Quilt-a-Fair will once again have Steve Kettering’s Barn Quilt as its welcoming feature. “This is the only quilt that is repeatedly displayed at each Quilt-a-Fair,” said Gloria Bromley of Lake View.

Kettering’s quilt was made by a group of Lake View quilters and it includes all blocks that were on the original 55 barn quilts of Sac County. Since the quilt show began as an additional means to publicize the Sac County barn quilts, quilts that have some design element related to barns are especially welcome for the Quilt-a-Fair.

Sac County area quilters who are planning the 2015 Sac County Quilt-a-Fair include the following members. Any of these individuals can be contacted for help with registering quilts for the show:

Early: Judy Hartsell and Kay Pickhinke; Lake View: Gloria Bromley, Diana Nutt, Mona Lou Pugh, Teri Meyer, Deb Stehr, DeAnn Buddin and Londa Haukap; Lytton: Laura Orth, Jo Scharn and Darleen Degner; Odebolt: Linda Sleight; Sac City: Bev Duncan, Kay Christian, Vera Thomas, LaRue Schade, Sue Peyton, Atoya Oliver, Norma Hecht, Susan Irwin, Bonnie Rahn, Pat Wirtjers, Jan Von Ahn, Mavis Simms, Ann Watson, Larrette Kolbe, Katie Irwin, Pam Wallace, Denise Opsal and Sandy Zeman; Schaller: Carolee Franzkowiak, Jan Ronfeldt and Ilene Cook; Wall Lake: Cathy Cook; and Rockwell City: Marlene Armbrecht.

“We encourage everyone in the area who owns quilts to consider entering them to display and share with others,” said Oliver. “Members of the Sac County Quilters group will have numerous quilts to display, but we know that there are many others in the area who have beautiful quilts and we would like to have them registered for the show,” she added.

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