Monday, November 30, 2015

Courier News

Courtesy of the 11/25/15 edition of Ida County Courier (  The Ida County Courier is available at Cubby's in Odebolt, and Sparky's in Arthur.

Odebolt’s Christmas party is Saturday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the community center. All ages are invited to visit with Santa. The event also includes barbecue beef and pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, chips, cookies and a soft drink, coffee or milk.

The 4-H Club will be providing crafts and prizes for the kids. Drawings for various prizes will be held. To be eligible for the grand prize drawings, you must bring a nonperishable food item for the Sac County food pantry.

The Iowa Rural Schools Museum in Odebolt will be open Dec. 5 from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Arthur Community Christmas is Sunday, Dec. 6, from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Arthur Community Center. Bring a snack to share and a nonperishable food item for the food pantry, plus a wrapped “white elephant” item that will be used as prizes for Bingo. Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m. The City of Arthur and the Arthur Library sponsor Santa’s visit.

O-A/BC-IG facilities study committee meets
The Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove School districts combined facilities study committee met Nov. 16. Members present were Vicki Beckman, Traci Bengford, Roger Buehler, Dave Anderson, Mary Schroeder, Jennifer Bower, Grant Patera, Julie Weeda, Shelley Malcom, David Petersen, Ann Holst, Kevin Dausel and Superintendent Terry Kenealy. Guest Stephanie Konradi was also present.

Superintendent Kenealy began the meeting and asked each member present to introduce themselves, describe their position on the committee, etc. Kenealy reviewed the mission of the committee to review academic and activity program needs, review program and facility equity needs, review program and facility handicapped accessibility needs and to identify other needs that need to be considered related to the facilities and grounds.

During the opening segment of the meeting, Kenealy shared information related to:
• enrollment trends for both districts,
• a spreadsheet developed by Kathy Leonard, shared business manager, that identified the projects completed in both districts since the 2009-10 school year through the 2014-15 school year and the costs associated with those projects that totaled more than $7.9 million spent on facilities, grounds, projects and equipment since the 2009-10 fiscal year through the PPEL Fund and the LOSS/SILO/SAVE Funds,
• a document that listed the summer projects undertaken during the past summer and the costs associated with those projects,
• and additional documents that listed the major projects undertaken since whole-grade sharing and operational sharing began, other projects completed in classrooms during the same time period that weren’t on the previous documents and a list of identified needs for the Odebolt-Arthur buildings and grounds that were prepared by Roger Walter, shared director of facilities.

Following the review of the previously listed documents, the committee members were led on a tour of the Odebolt-Arthur Elementary and O-A/BC-IG building. The tour was led by Doug Mogensen, elementary/middle school principal, and Walter.

At the conclusion of the tour, the committee met to review what they had learned and then set the next meeting for Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the O-A/ BC-IG High School Building in Ida Grove. The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:20 p.m.

School Christmas concerts to begin
Students at Odebolt-Arthur Elementary and O-A/BC-IG High School will present holiday programs and winter concerts at area schools, Dec.3, 7, 10, 14 and 17.

Dec. 7 
On Monday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m., the O-A/BC-IG High School music departments will present a madrigal.

Dec. 10
On Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., the Odebolt-Arthur Elementary kindergarten through second grade classes will present “Holiday Wishes” by Michael and Jill Gallina.

The fourth/fifth grade children’s choir will sing “Santa Is the Man” by Brownsey/Lantz, “The Reindeer Twist” by Lawrence and “Santa’s in the House” by Brownsey/Lantz.

The fifth grade band will also be performing

Dec. 14 
The Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove High School music departments will present their holiday concert Monday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., in the high school gym.

The concert band and jazz band will perform.


From the Faith Lutheran Church newsletter:
Higher Power in Concert Dec. 6th
On Sunday evening December 6th at 6:30 at the Odebolt Community Center, Higher Power Quartet will be in concert.  There will be a free will offering for the simple meal served before hand and also for the concert. Come and join us for a wonderful evening of fellowship and inspirational music.

Thanksgiving Baskets Delivered
What a joy it was on Wednesday, November 18th when a number of people from Odebolt, Arthur and Kiron gathered together to fill the Thanksgiving Baskets that the congregations of our communities provided. There were 9 baskets for Kiron, 11 for Arthur, 24 for Odebolt and another 3 families who are faithful recipients at the Community Basket Mobile. We were also able to provide 3 turkeys to others in the community. None of this would have been possible without your generous donations. Thank you so very much.

Kris Gunderson receives so much credit as she is the one who watched the papers for all of the specials to get the best prices for the baskets. The baskets contained, a turkey, 5lb of potatoes, carrots, pie, rolls, sweet potato/yam, 2 cans of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, french fried onions, jello, marshmallows, cranberries, stuffing mix and gravy mix.

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