Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fred Amos to Celebrate his 80th Birthday

   June 28, 1934 in Barnes County, ND.  Roy and Engeline Amos gave birth to a son, Fred Thiel.  He weighed nine pounds and was 21 inches.
   To celebrate Fred's 80th birthday, his wife Ruth, his children Joe, Bryant, Ann, Bruce and Tom, his grandchildren Chad, Cory, Cole, Whitney, Mallory, Brandy, Luke, Amber, TJ, Cody, Josh and Trevor, his great grandchildren, Kennedy, Parker, Dylan, Blaine, Payton, Blake, Colby, Nicole, Denali, Emerlee, Katelyn and Colten will be hosting a card shower in Fred's honor.  Please send birthday wishes to Fred Amos, 42598  225th Ave., Chariton, Iowa 50049

Merle Conrad Retires From Hy-Vee

Merle Conrad is retiring from Hy-Vee and his children and grandchildren are hosting an open house in his honor on Saturday, June 28 from 1-4 p.m.  Stop by and congratulate him at 331 South Main Street, the Buddy Conrad residence.  If you are unable to attend, please send your greetings to 55674  250th Avenue Chariton, IA 50049.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ruth Roach Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

Ruth Roach celebrated her 100th birthday on June 27, 2014.
Her daughter Mary Kay Kaikkonen hosted a card shower in her honor.
Please send your greetings to Ruth Roach, 1214 N. 7th St. Chariton, IA  50049.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ribbon Cutting Held at Country Cabins Glamour Camping Resort


   Ambassadors from the Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street held a ribbon cutting on June 23rd at the Country Cabins Glamour Camping Resort. The Resort's themed suites, outdoor decks, burn pits and trails leading through the woods to adjoining Lake Ellis have drawn many large wedding parties and other groups to Chariton since its opening. The virtual tours provided on the Country Cabins website lets visitors choose from the Harley Davidson, Tikki, western, and other suites that offer kitchens, living rooms, washer/dryers, and other amenities.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Norm and Juanita Owens to Celebrate their 85th Birthdays


Norm and Juanita Owens are celebrating their 85th birthdays on June 15th at 2 p.m. at the Weldon Community Center.  Come celebrate with us and have cake and ice cream!  No gifts please.

Better Homes Club


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Melvin Tubbs Celebrated his 62nd Birthday

Melvin Tubbs celebrated his 62nd birthday on May 31st.  His family hosted a card shower in his honor.
 Please send your greetings to V.A. Hospital, CLC 2 Building 12, Melvin Tubb's Room B207, 3600 30th St., Des Moines, IA  50312.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Merlin and Becky Pierschbacher Celebrate 40th Anniversary

You are invited to attend Merlin and Becky Pierschbacher's 40th wedding anniversary Open House, Sunday May 18th, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at House of Prayer Church, 160 E. Albia Rd. Chariton.  Cake and refreshments will be served.  If unable to attend; cards may be sent to 54194 265th Ave. Chariton, IA  50049.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Klaassen Receives International Award for Rotary Polio Service


  At the recent Rotary District 6000 Conference in Ames, Corliss Klaassen received the prestigious International Service Award for a Polio Free World.  International Awards, given in recognition of broad service to the cause of polio education, do not exceed ten individuals in the world.

  During the presentation, Klaassen was described by Bill Koellner, the District's Award Chair, as "A tireless soldier in the battle against polio, Corliss Klaassen has taken the fight to many fronts.  He had led District 6000 fundraising for Polio, plus eradication efforts for 14 years.  In 2005-06 as District Governor he utilized the platform to carry the polio eradication message to over 4,000 members in more than 60 clubs.  From 2010-2013, Klaassen served as District Rotary Foundation Chair.  Through his efforts, polio eradication funds raised per individual donor in the district exceeded $140 per person.  Corliss has been a powerful advocate for Polio Plus fundraising.  Under his leadership as the District Rotary Foundation Chair, District 6000 achieved the Zone Polio Champion Award as a district that donated 20 percent or more District Designated Funds (DDF) to Polio Plus. The District was also honored as a top total DDF contributor in the Zone of $42,480 (28.8 percent of DDF) given to the polio eradication effort.  Corliss has led by example through personal contributions, rolling up his sleeves to immunize children in two countries against polio and providing influence and encouragement for others to give to the eradication effort.  He is a constant source of information for district leaders on polio and foundation giving, unselfishly devoting untold hours to educating others.  This is the true measure of his outstanding effort, the dedication with which he has shared the mission of polio eradication to clubs, district, zone and internationall.  The battle is not over for Corliss until the last country is declared polio free and he will continue the fight until that special day."
  Klaassen's commitment to polio eradication has gone far beyond the District borders.  He and his wife, Jeanne, have taken the initiative to participate in two National Immunization Day trips, one to India during the 2004-2005 Rotary year and one to Nigeria in 2007.  They personally financed these journeys to two of the most challenging fronts for fighting the disease.  They have shared their National Immunization Day experience through speaking at over 60 additional clubs - carrying the message of polio's devastating effect through photographs and the desperate need to eradicate the disease.
  Both Corliss and Jeanne Klaassen have received the Regional Service Award for a Polio Free World.  
  At the last Chariton Rotary Club meeting, Corliss received a standing ovation when it was announced that he was one of ten in the world to receive the International Service Award.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Joe and Rose O'Reilly Celebrate 60th Wedding Anniversary

The children of Joe and Rose O'Reilly are hosting a card shower to help them celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary, which is May 1st.  Cards may be sent to Southgate Apartments, 429 South Main, Apt 523, Chariton, Iowa 50049.

Chariton Couple Wins Vision Award at Indian HIlls Community College

  A Chariton couple was honored at the Third Annual Vision Awards at Indian Hills Community College.
  The Vision Awards were created to help honor entrepreneurship in Indian Hills' 10-county region.  All of the individuals and businesses selected are great examples of the entrepreneurial spirit that can be found in southeast Iowa.
  The winner of the entrepreneurial business award was Fat Baggers, Inc. of Chariton.  The company, owned by Gary and Amy Chipp, manufactures complete, custom motorcycle baggers and custom bagger parts.
  The business was born when customers of an existing family business started asking for customized parts.  Since those first requests this year's winning business has steadily grown over the past 10 years.
  Fat Baggers' reputation for producing one of a kind baggers has spread far and wide.  In fact, their products are shipped worldwide.  They now employ 30 people.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thatcher named CNRC's Volunteer of the Year

Chariton Leader, April 15, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Free Buffet for Veterans and their Spouses


On Saturday, April 12, 2014 the Lucas County Veterans Affairs Commission sponsored a free buffet meal at Carpenter's Hall in Chariton for Lucas County Veterans and their spouses or guests.  It was an appreciation dinner for their service to our country.  Two hundred eighteen attended.  Pictured are the members of the Commission:  Left to Right:  Melody Allen, member; Don Sellers, member; Dick Jones, Director and David Amos, Chairman.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dick and Lucille Young

Chariton Herald-Patriot, April 10, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor


When it comes to volunteering, Dick and Lucille Young give new meaning to the word dedicated.  The couple volunteers at Legacy Lodge Hospice House in Chartion and they are tireless in their dedication and all the help they give to residents and staff at Legacy Lodge.  The benefit Luncheon for Legacy Lodge was held at Carpenter's Hall Wednesday, April 2, and the Young's and other voulnteers were present at the luncheon.
The Young's go out and prepare lunch at Legacy Lodge on Thursdays and other times as needed.  After they prepare lunch, they take it to the residents' rooms or the dining area, whichever they need.  After preparing the meals they clean up and the kitchen is spotless when they're done.
"They're the most dedicated couple.  They are there in that kitchen every Thursday no matter what.  Often Lucille makes her own homemade noodles and brings them out to the Lodge for the residents.  They just love them.  Dick and Lucille give so much of themselves.  I call them my two angels," Legacy Lodge Campaign Director Linda Braida said.
Dick also visits with the men residents at Legacy Lodge to help them pass the time away.  "It's nice for them to have a man to talk to about farming and other subjects.
The Young's have volunteered at Legacy Lodge for three years.  Dick also does odd jobs there and has done some painting.  He painted the garage floor of the Lodge.  When Legacy Lodge opened, Dick went out there and painted and hung pictures and helped out where needed.
"Anything we need that pertains to odd jobs, Dick can do.  He's a jack-of-all-trades.  He's so willing to help out with things," Braida said.
The Young's explained why they liked volunteering at Legacy Lodge.  "We like helping to support the actual employees and help relieve them of the duties of meal time.  Both patients and staff are very appreciative of us being there to help them," they said.
The Young's will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on May 16th.  They owned and ran Young's Inc., a Hallmark shop on the southwest corner of the square for many years.  They sold greeting cards along with home decorating items, paint and wallpaper.  Connie and Eldon Head later ran the store.

Roy and Evelyn Cochran and Daughter, Mary Celebrate Birthdays

Chariton Herald-Patriot, April 10, 2014

Roy, Evelyn and Mary are celebrating upcoming and past birthdays this weekend.  Roy wil be 91 years old on Saturday, April 12; Evelyn turned 89 years old on March 16 and Mary turns 65 years old on April 10th.  Please send greetings to 49233 245th Trl. Chariton, IA 50049.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dachenbach Family 5 Generations


Sitting, Ryan Dachenbach, Father, who is holding daughter, Hadley Reuse Dachenbach; Great-Great Grandmother, Maisel Dachenbach and standing behind them are Great Grandfather, David Dachenbach and Grandfather, Keith Dachenbach

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Peggy Christensen is Retiring from Morton Buildings after 40 years


Peggy Christensen is retiring from Morton Buildings after being there for 40 years.  Her coworkers are honoring her with an open house on Wednesday, March 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Morton Buildings.  Please come and celebrate with Peggy on 40 wonderful years.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Betty Johnson to Celebrate her 88th Birthday

The family of Betty R. Johnson (formerly of Chariton) would like to host a card shower for her 88th birthday on March 19th.  You may send a card to Betty at Emeritus of Rockford, Apt 143, 1545 Temple Lane, Rockford, IL 61112

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Don and Joyce Peterson Celebrate Their 60th Wedding Anniversary

Don and Joyce Peterson are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.  Their family is hosting a card shower in their honor.  Cards can be mailed to 52751 200th Ave.  Chariton, Iowa 50049


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Kenneth Culver Turns 95

Friends and family would like you to join us in celebrating Kenneth Culver's 95th birthday with a card shower on February 27th.  Please send cards to 429 S. Main St. Apt 346 Chariton, Iowa 50049

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Olive Milledge 75th Birthday

Olive Milledge celebrated her 75th birthday on February 23, 2014.  In her honor, her children, Kristen, Kara, Shelly, Joseph, Peter, Erin and Timothy hosted a card shower.
Greetings may be sent to 735 Auburn Ave., Chariton, Iowa 50049

Sunday, February 9, 2014

June Halferty Celebrated her 90th Birthday


The family of June Halferty celebrated a 90th birthday party on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Everyone was invited.  They had a potluck dinner starting at noon and cake was served at 2:00 p.m.  It was held at the Humeston Community Center.  If you were unable to attend and visit with her, she would enjoy cards being sent to 10991 585th St., Numa, IA  52544.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

John and Gloria Gardner Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

John and Gloria Gardner will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, January 19, 2014.  Their family is hosting a card shower in their honor.  Please send cards to:  1407 Osceola Ave. Chariton, Iowa  50049

Paul Hoskins turns 90


The family of Paul Hoskins will be hosting an open house on Saturday January 25th, 1:00 to 3:00p.m. at the Edgewater in West Des Moines.  If you are unable to attend, cards may be sent to him at 9225 Cascade Ave., #1206, West Des Moines, Ia  50266.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tim and Darcy Fitzgerald Celebrate 25th Wedding Anniversary

Tim and Darcy Fitzgerald will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on Dec. 28, 2013.
Their family is hosting a card shower in honor of Tim and Darcy.  Please send cards to 43023 170th Ave.  Chariton, IA  50049.

Todde and Michelle Folkerts 25th Wedding Anniversary

Todde and Michelle will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.  Their family is hosting a card shower for them in their honor.  Cards can by sent to 1202 Ashland Ave. Chariton, IA  50049.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Benji Bingaman Celebrated is 80th Birthday

Benji Bingaman celebrated his 80th birthday.  In his honor his family hosted an open house on Sunday, December 22 at the Freight House.  If you did not attend, please send birthday wishes to 810 N. 14th Street, Chariton, Iowa  50049

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lucas County Health Center Volunteer Services Open House

Lucas County Health Center Volunteer Services held an Open House for volunteers on December 18 at the hospital.  Lucas County Health Center thanks the Volunteers for all they do throughout the year and wish all volunteers Happy Holidays.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Goodenow resigns as Chariton City Manager

Chariton Herald-Patriot, December 12, 2013
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

Joins City of Pella as finance director

Chariton is losing a valued city leader as City Manager, Corey Goodenow, has resigned.  Goodenow resigned as city manager because he has accepted the position of finance director for the City of Pella.  His last day in Chariton will be Jan. 17th and he will start his new job Jan. 20th.  The Chariton City Council will likely accept Goodenow's resignation at their next meeting, Dec. 15th.
Goodenow, 31, has been Chariton's city manager since August 2011.  
Goodenow was able to mention some significant accomplishments that have occurred during his tenure as city manager.  One is that he, along with the city council and other city staff members, have reduced the general fund deficit balance to nearly zero.  It was roughly $500,00 in the red when he came here.
The main ways they were able to significantly cut the general fund deficit balance were by cutting spending and identifying additional revenue sources.
Also during Goodenow's tenure, the city council approved a re-purposing of the local option sales tax for the purpose of infrastructure construction or improvements.  The city council has also partnered with Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street to help Chariton achieve Main Street status.  The city council has also helped acquire the downtown revitalization grant or the facade grant while Goodenow has been here.