May is National Foster Care Month. While this month celebrates the parents who are dedicated to supporting Iowa children and their birth families, this is also a time to raise awareness for the hundreds of children who urgently need safe, temporary foster care.
Spencer Sunshine Services/Hope Haven has been helping the Spencer Volunteer Fire Department with Fire Prevention Week the past three years. The Sunshine/Hope Haven team has stuffed approximately 1,500 packets the fire department handed out to schools during the week. Fire Prevention Week this year is Oct. 9-15, but it takes almost the entire month of October to visit all of the public and private schools, as well as the area preschools.
The interim board for the Spencer Area Activity Center met Monday afternoon to discuss ideas for upcoming plans and projects for the center, including the election for SAAC’s new board members on June 9.
The Spencer DayBreakers and Hy-Noon Kiwanis will be preparing dinner and desert Tuesday, March 31, between 4:30-7 p.m., at their respective Clay County Fair stands. All proceeds will go to the Stolley Trail Fund to replace the deteriorating trail system. (Above) Work is completed on the west side of Stolleys with more work yet to be done. Made popular last year during COVID protocols, the two service clubs will be hosting the drive-thru event to benefit the project.
Arts on Grand welcomed artist, musician and old friend Chad Elliott to the gallery for a special performance Tuesday night. Elliott played several of his own compositions and raffled off one of his paintings to help kick off the renovation of Arts on Grand’s Multi-Purpose Studio Renovation.
Instead of traveling to Rochester, Minnesota, for their annual regional competition this year, the Spirit of Harmony Chorus gathered at The Venue in Spirit Lake on Saturday afternoon, April 23, to view the results of their virtual competition.
ORANGE CITY — Melissa Lansink and Patricia Zimmermann were among 221 graduates to receive bachelor’s degrees at Northwestern College during commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14. Twenty-seven students received Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, while the rest of the graduating seniors were granted Bachelor of Arts degrees. Lansink, of Sioux Rapids, graduated with a major in elementary education.
SHELDON — Iowa community colleges are offering free tuition. It is absolutely true. It is made possible through a state of Iowa program called Future Ready Iowa — the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship. Future Ready Iowa is a workforce initiative that started in 2019 that connects Iowans to the training and education required for high-paying jobs and careers that improve Iowans lives.
The Lakes Area's three main flea markets are gearing up to host a variety of vendors over the weekend. Visitors will no doubt browse through a number of vintage collectables as part of the Memorial Day celebration.
The Spencer Chamber Ambassadors gathered Tuesday at Spencer Sacred Heart Catholic Church to recognize its 150th anniversary in the Spencer community. Rev. Tim Hogan has been with the Spencer parish for four years. Celebration activities include a float in the Spencer Flagfest parade on June 11. There will be a weekend celebration, June 24-26. June 24 will be a Family Fun Night, June 25 Sarah Hart will be in concert.
Purple graduation caps were launched into the air and landed scattered across the Spencer field house floor after SHS Senior Class President Evan Johnson introduced the class of 2002 for the final time during commencement ceremonies. Rascal Flatt’s “Life is a Highway” boomed from the speakers as the newly named graduates exited the gymnasium Sunday afternoon — now Spencer alumni.
The Spencer Police Department has welcomed a new officer to its force. Thomas Bauler, who was officially sworn in May 10, is a certified drug recognition expert, D.A.R.E. and field sobriety instructor.