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Woodworking and generous spirit keep him young


Delos "Pockey" Weseman (age 95) recently donated one of his meticulously-designed, hand-crafted checkerboard tables to River Living Center in Guttenberg. From left are Judy Ashline, "Pokey" Weseman and Virginia Roth. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Through the years, Delos "Pockey" Weseman has artistically designed and created hundreds of handcrafted checkerboards and checkerboard game tables in his garage workshop. 

"Originally, when I started 10 or 12 years ago, I made them to donate to St. Mary's Fall Festival," Weseman told The Press. "I will give them to anybody that has a fundraiser that I know of. They are not for sale. If they want one bad enough I will gladly give them one or two." 

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Jul

Senior Wealth Manager opens office in Colesburg


Donna A. Kuhlman, RFC, LUTCF, Senior Wealth Manager with Cetera Wealth Advisors has moved into her new location at 325 Main Street, Colesburg. (Press photo by Melissa Spielbauer-Combs)

By Caroline Rosacker

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Jun

Meet this year’s Stars & Stripes Grand Marshal and Super Senior


Grand Marshal Mary Waterman remains involved in her community through volunteer efforts. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

Super Senior Ivanelle "Nell" Stone, soon to be 100 years old, wakes up each morning eager for the day. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

The Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce has chosen Mary Waterman and Ivanelle “Nell” Stone of Guttenberg, as this year’s Stars & Stripes parade Grand Marshal and Super Senior. 

Mary Waterman

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Stars and Stripes fun & fireworks in Guttenberg this weekend

By Shelia Tomkins

Guttenberg invites everyone to celebrate the nation's birthday at its popular annual Stars and Stripes celebration to be held this Friday and Saturday, June 30 - July 1. A fun line-up of family activities has been planned by the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce. This year's theme is "Adventure to Guttenberg."

Friday evening

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Jun

June V. Freilinger

June “Junebug” Violet Freilinger, 93, of Monona, died Friday, June 16, 2023, at Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian.

Visitation was Wednesday, June 21, at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, and before services at the church

Funeral services were Thursday, June 22, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Monona, conducted by Rev. Martin Coolidge.

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28
Jun

Autumn Hall

Autumn was born on Jan. 21, 1972, in Independence. She, her parents (Skip and Marcia Hall), and her brother (Michael Horn) would remain in Independence until 1979. The family then relocated to Guttenberg, where they lived on “the Island.”

Autumn graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1990. She went on to attend Hamilton Business College in Cedar Rapids, where she received a degree in Business Administration. Autumn then returned to Guttenberg where she worked mainly in the food industry. She was married to Josh Usher in 1995 until 2005. They had one daughter (Bailee Usher) in 1996.

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Gary F. Torrey

Gary Frederick Torrey, 78, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, June 15, 2023 at Heritage Specialty Care.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, prior to the service.

Funeral services will follow the visitation at the church, conducted by Dr. Timothy Chavers.

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Jun

Billie E. Smith

Billie E. Smith, 88, passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.

Visitation was Saturday, June 17, at Morris Funeral Home in Guttenberg.

Inurnment was at Bethel Cemetery in Colesburg with military honors accorded by the Guttenberg Legion Post #0373 and Amvets Post 15. 

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21
Jun

Plans for Guttenberg Dog Park move forward


Ray Black and family dog, Shelby, are looking forward to Guttenberg's completed dog park. (Press photo by Austin Greve)

By Caroline Rosacker

Fund-raising for a handicap accessible dog park in Guttenberg can now move forward following city council approval of a site adjacent to the wastewater building off of Dekalb Street  at the regular city council meeting on May 8. 

Chamber/Community Vitality Director Brandie Tomkins brainstormed the idea in late 2022 and sent out a plea for donations in January 2023. 

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German couple enjoys Great River Road trip


Michael Thieme (left) and Christina Gulish of Cologne, Germany are on a month-long vacation traveling the Great River Road. (Press photo by Caroline Rosacker)

By Caroline Rosacker

Traveling along the Mississippi River on the Great River Road is something many northeast Iowans take for granted. 

Michael Thieme and Christina Gulish, who live near Cologne, Germany, traveled to the United States to spend a month taking advantage of the scenic route, stopping along the way to experience the amenities larger cities and small, rural communities have to offer. 

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