Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ben Morrett Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Ben Morrett of Boy Scout Troop 149 in Chariton received Eagle Scout Rank at a BSA National Court of Honor November 5th.  The ceremony was held at First Lutheran Church and Pastor Rich Gates gave the invocation.  Troop members served as Color Guard and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ben's Eagle Scout project was replacing fire rings in Red Haw State Park campground.  His original proposal was to replace ten, but he raised enough money to provide 22 new fire rings with attached cooking grills.  Ben had setbacks during the process, mostly weather related.  The 22 rings made a big improvement to the 22 campsites and they will have a long-term significance .  How many campers will benefit from these rings over 20 years of expected lifetime.
Scoutmaster Mark Richardson explained the major steps on the path to earning the rank of Eagle, and concluded by leading Ben and all other Eagle Scouts attending in reciting the Eagle Scout Promise.  He then asked Ben's mother to present him with his Eagle Scout medal by pinning it to his uniform.
Ben took a few minutes to thank Scout Leaders, fellow Troop members and family for their roles in helping him attain Eagle Rank.  Ben presented his parents with silver "Mom" and "Dad" pins for their years of encouragement and support, and gave gold "Mentor" pins to Mark Richardson and Tom Goddard to acknowledge and thank them for their lea
dership, motivation, advice and guidance.

People's Choice Award Winners of Hay Bale Art Contest

Chariton Leader, November 19, 2013
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

The celebrity judging for this contest was held on October 8th.  This is the second year the contest has been held and it will also be held again next year.  Lyle Asell said the contest had two main objectives.  The first is to celebrate the importance of hay and pasture economically and environmentally.  The second is to promote tourism in Lucas County.
The members of the Hay Bale Art Committee include Carl DeJong, Donise Altenhofen, Janice Baillie, Shirley Frederiksen, Tina Slykhuis, Lyle Asell (Chairman), Joe Sellers and Kathleen Chester.
Asell then announced the first, second and third place winners of the Youth, Adult and Business divisions.  The winners in each division received various prizes.  The 1st place winners are shown above with a picture.
The second place winner in the Youth division was the locomotive done by brothers Carver and Sawyer Dow.  The second place winner in the Adult Division was the fisherman and pup done by Lyle and Char Asell.  The second place winner in the Business Division was a smoker done by G.O.S.H. (Good Ol 'Smoke House)
There were three third place winners in the Youth Division.  One was a minion from the movie "Despicable Me" done by the Chariton FFA Chapter.  Another third place winner was a Cub Scout made by the Lucas County Cub Scouts.  The other third place Youth winner was a minion form "Duck Dynasty" done by Madison Briggs.
The third place winner in the Adult Division was a minion done by the Bell sisters.  They include Linda Baynes, Janet Telleen, Bonnie Bell and June Donner.  The third place winner in the Business Division is a Christmas tree done by Hunter Brothers Tree Farm.  The winner of the Sponsor category was Lucas County Farm Bureau.
Asell thanked everyone for their support.
For more stories on this years Hay Bale Art Contest visit the following blog articles:  

Hotel Charitone Sign Back on Building

A worker puts the Hotel Charitone sign back on the southwest corner of the building on November 14th.  The sign had been taken down on Friday, September 20th, which happened to be Chariton's homecoming, to be worked on and restored.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Chariton Firemen Again Win State Firemen's Convention

Chariton Leader, November 5, 2013
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

The Chariton Volunteer Fire Department again brought home the first place trophy from the 2013 Iowa Firefighters Association Convention at Vinton.  The Chariton firemen won three events including the Thief Drill, the Advanced Leader Line Drill and the Hitching Post Drill.
The Chariton firemen had a fireman that placed second in the Hitching Post Drill.  They also had a fireman place second in the Coupling Drill and teams that placed second in the Replacing a Section of a Hose Drill and the Extending a Hydrant Line Drill.
Chariton placed first overall in the team standings with 31 points.  State Center was second with 17 and Russell placed third with seven.  Storm Lake was fourth with 6 points and Shellsburg was 5th with five points.  Williamson also participated and finished in a six-way tie for 12th with one point.