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Community News

  • Varilek graduates Cum Laude

    Justin Varilek, of Red Oak, has graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., with a BA degree in Russian Area Studies. He also received “The Cloise Appleton Crane Prize In Russian,” awarded annually to the Russian major who has made the greatest contribution to Russian studies at Dartmouth.

    Varilek’s recognition was based on his scholarly achievement and participation in the program and his deep interest in the cultures and peoples of Eastern Europe.

  • University of Iowa releases President’s and Dean’s Lists

    The University of Iowa recently released the names of students who qualified for either the President’s List and/or the Dean’s List for the Spring semester of 2011.

    Local students named to the President’s List include Bryan Stein, of Griswold, and Justin Sukup, of Malvern.

    In order to be named to the President’s List, a student must have a GPA of at least 4.0 in all academic subjects for the preceding two semesters and carry a total of 12 semester credit hours or more per semester during that time period.

  • Rotary Club chips in for the Y, Friends helping Friends

    The Red Oak Rotary Club will be running the Can and Bottle Redemption Center in the Red Oak Fareway parking lot for the month of July.

    During this time all proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s “Chipping in for the Y – Friends Asking Friends” program.

    The program assists those in the community who wish to become members of the YMCA, or participate in a program, but cannot because of financial limitations.

    To learn more contact Jeff Schmidt at 712-623-5156.

  • Eagles Club supports Animal Rescue in Montgomery County

    The Red Oak Eagles Club is hosting a fundraiser Friday, July 15, for the Montgomery County Animal Rescue.

    The event will take place at 200 East Washington Street in Red Oak.

    Features include spaghetti supper at 5 p.m., a live auction, raffles, and musicians Jerry Forney, Britt Small, Paul Fay and Jim and Kathy Wymore.

    For more information or to donate items for the auction, contact Lori Murphy at 712-826-3139, or visit www.adoptour dogs.com

  • YMCA announces Summer Holiday’s Fitness Challenge

    The Montgomery County Family YMCA is pleased to announce the 2011 Summer Holiday’s Fitness Challenge began July 4.

    Participants can take part in the challenge through Labor Day by accumulating “60 miles” or more of activity.

    “Miles” can be earned through such activities as swimming, walking, running, playing tennisand more.

    Each participant to reach the 60 mile mark will receive five dollars in Y-Bucks.

    The top two participants will each receive a $10 Hy-Vee gift card.

  • ROCIA searches for booth staffers for the County Fair

    As in previous years, the Red Oak Chamber and Industry Association will be hosting a booth during the Montgomery County Fair.

    This year they are seeking volunteers to man the booth from Wednesday, July 20 through Saturday, July 23.

    As a benefit, the Association is allowing the option for volunteers to promote their own business and/or organization during their allotted time.

    Fair booth times still needing staffed are as follows:

    - July 20, Noon - 2 p.m., 2-4 p.m., 4-6 p.m., and 6-9 p.m.

    - July 21, 1-3 p.m., 3-5 p.m., and 7-9 p.m.

  • Montgomery County hosts Children’s Pet Show

    The annual County Fair Children’s Pet Show will take place Sunday, July 24, at Noon, in the show arena at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

    Children ages nine and under may enter up to three different pets, but only one pet per category (i.e. one dog, one cat and one bird.)

    Large farm animals are not allowed.

    Please bring pets on a leash or in a cage.

    Examples of classes include:

    - longest tail dog

    - longest hair cat

    - most colorful fish

    - ugliest reptile

  • Fairbooks are now available

    Open Class Fairbooks for the 2011 Montgomery County Fair are now available at the Montgomery County Extension Office.

    Open class is for all residents of Montgomery County and adjacent counties.

    Divisions include arts and crafts, gardening, photography, flowers and baking.

    For more information contact Bill Drey, Montgomery County Extension Education Director, at 400 Bridge Street, Suite 2, Red Oak, 623-2592, or email him at drey@iastate.edu

    Extension Programs are available to all .

  • Hanna graduates from Buena Vista University

    Sebastian Hanna, of Red Oak, received a BA degree in accounting from Buena Vista University Graduate and Professional Studies in Council Bluffs.

  • Local church calls for aid to flood victims in Hamburg

    As floods threaten communities throughout Southwest Iowa, one local church is stepping out to help.

    Red Oak Church of the Nazarene is hosting “A Day of Hope,” July 2, at 1 p.m. in Hamburg.

    The event is planned to be a family fun day, offering comfort and support to the community of Hamburg. But help is still needed to bring the event together.

    Items needed include picnic foods, games for kids and families, volunteers and monetary donations.