Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Roaring 20's Piano Returned to Chariton High School

1929 Mason and Hamlin Grand Piano back at CHS

The newly restored and rebuilt 5'8" piano is again sitting in the Chariton High School music room.  The piano was in need of repair and it was taken away to be restored last fall and is now back in service at CHS to be enjoyed by music students for years to come.  CHS Vocal Music Teacher, Mike Deatz, who has been at CHS for 33 years, fell in love immediately with the piano when he first came to Chariton in 1980 and he wrote a grant to rebuild and restore the piano this past summer.  Deatz, who is retiring at the end of this school year, was happy to give back to the school by making it possible again to have a top-of-the-line instrument in the vocal music room.  The total cost to rebuild and restore the grand piano was $17,740.  The Vredenburg Foundation donated $15,240 and the Chariton Alumni Association contributed $2,500 for the restoration project, which was done in Colorado by Greg Shaffer, who used to live in Iowa and had tuned pianos in Chariton years ago.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

SCICF has $90,000 Available for Grants

Over $90,000 in grants available to Lucas County

The Lucas County - South Central Iowa Community Foundation grant deadline is approaching.  To be considered for a grant, applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2013.  This grant application is available to non-profit organizations located and/or operating within Lucas County.  Applications may be obtained at the Foundation website at www.scicf.org under the Lucas County tab, or by contacting the Foundation office at 108 N. Grand in Chariton, 641-217-9105.

Lucas County SCICF Board Directors are:  Adam Bahr, Betty Hansen, Mary Stierwalt, Ray Thurlby and Jim Wright.

Lucas County Health Center Annual Homemade Candy Sale

The Lucas County Health Center Volunteer Services to hold
 Annual Scholarship Homemade Candy Sale.

The Candy sale will be held this year on February 14, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the atrium of the Health Center.  Two $500 scholarships and a $200 donation to IHERF are given each year to students pursuing a career in the health care field.

There are 3 ways you can help support the scholarship program, make and donate candy, send a check to LCHC Scholarship Fund or come to the Health Center and purchase homemade candy for your valentine. 
For more information about the event please contact Linda Baynes at 641-774-3226.  Please mark your calendar and come see us on Valentine's Day

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Grand Opening at new Shopko

The former Pamida store at 1901 Court Ave in Chariton is now a Shopko store.  On the morning of January 10, 2013, several people spoke to the large crowd that had gathered to wait the opening and receive free $10 gift cards, hoping they were in the first 100 to enter the store.  The Chariton Ambassadors were present for the official ribbon cutting, which took place out in front of the store.  Also, Shopko presented a check for $2,500 to the Chariton Schools to be used for document cameras for each of the schools.  Chariton Schools Superintendent, Paula Wright was present for the check donation.  Shantel Dow, Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street Executive Director congratulated Manager Rania Snider and her crew for a job well done.
 The ribbon cutting was held and Smider cut the ribbon with her assistant manager, Judy Fitzgerald, standing next to her and Meves holding the bow on the ribbon.  Ambassadors Mary Stierwalt and Linda Baynes held both ends of the ribbon.
Brian Meves, on the left, the regional manager with Shopko Hometown Stores, speaks at the Chariton Shopko Grand Opening along with Shantel Dow on the right.