of History and Archives THE TITONKA TOPIC VOLUME LXXVH TITONKA, KOSSUTH COUNTY, IOWA 50480 THURSDAY, JULY 10, 1975 NUMBER 27 Housing Development ^chuller-Strayer Wedding Vows Placed On Tax Rolls Archa ^ e<i Here June Tyke Bowlers Place In State Tournament Results of the Iowa State Bowling Association Tournament held at Newton have been released, and Titonka bowlers placed high in the .noney in the team event. Representing Boyken Insurance Agency, the local bowlers finished in 25th place in the open team division with 562 entries. In the two-man team event, Earl Knudson and Merle Hoover totaled 1139 pins to finish 117th out of 2,946 entries. There were 5,892 entries in the singles, and the only local bowler to place was A. J. Budlong, who finished 659th with a 568 series. Merle Hoover also placed in the all events with a 1,723 total for nine lines. He finished in 167th place in the event. FFA Chapter Plans Slave Auction July 18 The Titonka Chapter of the Future Farmers of America will have a slave auction on Friday, July 18 at 7:30 at the school. All members will be auctioned off to the highest bidder for 8 hours of work to be completed by July I, 1976. FFA members who do not show up at the auction will be fined the average selling price. If any member is unable to attend the auction, contact Brent Rippentrop, president. Absentee Bridal Shower Honors Sandy Hjelmaas A miscellaneous absentee bridal shower honoring Sandy Hjelmaas, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Roy Hjelmaas of Titonka, was held July 1 at the Doan United Methodist Church. Mrs. Roger Carlson, mistress of ceremonies, welcomed the guests and introduced the bride's mother and grandmother, Mrs. Edith Hjelmaas, of Mason City. They were presented corsages of small pink roses, pinned by Mrs. Russell Kiley. An artificial rose in a bud vase decorated the gift table and will be presented to Sandy with the unopened gifts. The program, which was taped for Sandy, consisted of devotions by Mrs. Ilo Buffington, a guitsr solo by Mrs. Jan Wilbcck, a reading by Mrs. Dwight Seaberg, games and the group singing "The Wedding Prayer", and was closed with a prayer by Mrs. Bradford Buffington and the group singing the Wesley Grace. Mrs. Mary Young poured coffee. Hostesses were Mrs. Ross Struthers, Mrs. Roger Carlson, Mrs. Ilo Buffington, Mrs. Mary Young, Mrs. Dwight Seaberg, Mrs. Ray Cunningham, Mrs. Royce Gray, Mrs. Kenneth Carlson, Mrs. Gladys Christensen, Mrs. Russell Kiley, Mrs. Merrill Zwiefel, Mrs. Tom Ellefson and Mrs. Bradford Buffington. Sandy will become the bride of Edwardo Fraction on Saturday, July 19. Following several years of tax exemption, the four duplexes, two five-plexes and garages erected by the Titonka Development Corporation arc being placed back on the tax rolls. The Kossuth County Board of Review, which had granted the exemption in the past, based their decision on an Io\va Supreme Court ruling filed June 25, 1975 concerning the Dow City Senior Citizens Housing, Inc. vs. Board of Review of Crawford County. The Supreme Court decision stated that the Dow City project did not prove that it is a charitable or benevolent institution using its property solely for its appropriate objects without a view to pecuniary profit. It further stated: "Our review is governed by well established principles of law. The exemption statute must be strictly construed. Any doubt upon the question of exemption must be resolved in favor of taxation. Taxation is the rule; exemption is the exception. The claimant must prove his right to the exemption. Each case depends largely on its own facts. " It went on to say, being a non-profit corporation does not make it a charitable or benevolent institution. Its contribution to the community is laudable, but not charitable or benevolent with the meaning of the exemption statute. The decision concluded, "Our interpretation of the exemption statute in favor of taxation in this case is supported by recent legislation. The Legislature has now separately provided property tax relief for low-income elderly persons regardless of where they live. " Persons ov or 65 years of age with an arauial income of less than $6,000 may apply for a reimbursement of a percentage of the part of his gross rent paid which is attributable to property taxes. Larry Hudson, Kossuth Co. Assessor, said that persons in the above category may make application for the reimbursement after January 1, 1976. Since the tax on the dwellings was not in effect this past year, residents of the housing development need not apply at the present time. Mr. Hudson.stated that the property tax on the seven buildings erected by the Titonka Development Corporation will be over $4,000 per year. All residents of the apartments have been notified by certified mail of a rent increase that will go into effect on August 1, 1975. Sue Buffington Named To State Track Team Sue Buffington, outstanding track star for Titonka during the past season, has been named to die 1975 All-State Track Team by the Iowa Association oC Track Coaches. Sue was presented a certificate recognizing her for her outstanding performance? during the 1975 school year. The certificate was signed by John Sletten, IATC president. Only four selections were made in each event in the . state. Bonacker Films Are Given To Library The Gsorgc Bonacker family, daughters of Mrs. Bill Ward and Mrs. Ed Nelson, have donated the movies that their father had taken of activities in Titonka to the Titonka Public Library. The movies depict activities from Late World War II through the early fifties. A great portion of the film shows scenes from the Titonka Saddle Club. The community is fortunate to receive such a thoughtful gift, and a special showing will be held at 7:30 p. m. , Wednesday, July 16 at the Library Meeting Room. Everyone is invited to view th premiere showing. John Welhousen To Assume School Duties John Welhousen, manager of the United Building Center in Titonka for the past six years, will assume his new duties as bus foreman and grounds keeper at the Titonka Consolidated School on Monday. According to Supt. Rod Wilbeck, his new duties will be that of bus driver, some light bus maintenance, record keeping and care of the grounds. He will also be the bus driver for extra-curricular activities. Wilbeck added that it is hoped that the new job will stay within a 40-hour work week. NOTICE! The Titonka Consolidated School office will be closed from Monday, July 14 through July 28. On Duty At The Pool. Vicky Schullcr became the bride of Frank Strayer on June 14 at 2:30 p. m. in the Good Hope Lutheran Church at Titonka. Rev. Herbert Hunson performed the double ring ceremony. The bride is ihe daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eulan Schullcr of Titonka and the .'.room's parents ore Mr. and MK. Donald Straycr of Burt. The bride wore a long white • gown of Nottingham lace with a high neck, bishop sleeves and ruffled crochete-1 lace trim with circle skirt. Completing the total look was a c % .^dieted, lace- trimmed, chapel length silk illusion veil of bonnet style with matching lace headpiece. Jeannettc Mp.dscn served as maid of honor, with Jean Buffington as bridesmaid. Nancy Culbertson was the bride's personal attendant. Dennis Miller of Burt served as best man ami Steve Dietrich was groomsman. The guests were registered by Cindy Strayer, sister of the groom. They were ushered by Rick Schuller, brother of the bride, and Tom Easter of Algona. The candles were lit by Thomas Schuller, brother of the bride, and Mike Strayer, brother of the groom. Bonna Rae Tapper was the soloist with Mrs. Leonard Leeck of Woden as organist. A reception was held in Fellowship Hall for the guests with Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Redenius as host and hostess. Connie Meyer served punch. Mrs. Lillian Hecrdt and Mrs. Emelia Schuller, great-aunts of the bride, poured coffee. Mrs. Dale Scharn and Mrs. Steven Fry, aunts of the bride, cut the wedding cake. Julie and Jeffrey Schuller, sister and brother of the bride, carried gifts. The gifts were opened by Cindi Baade and Leanne Thacker. The four girls pictured have been entrusted witti the operation of the Titonka Swimming Pool. They are Ronda Heyer, manager, and lifeguards Coma Hoover, Laura Boekelman and'Deb Movick. Special Nights Planned At Swimming Pool With the arrival of hot weather, the Titonka swimming pool is becoming a very active place, and some special evenings are being planned. Soccer, water polo, some exercise and fun are being offered to teens 13 and older on Teen Night, Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p. m. Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 p. m. have been set aside for Family Night. Everyone in the pool must be accompanied by a member of their family who is 18 years of age or older. Persons interested in Advanced Lifesaving are asked to stop at the pool and sign up so a time can be set for the class. To be eligible for the 21 -hour class, a person must be 13 years of age or older and have taken the swimmers course. Rhonda Heyer, pool manager, said, "This would be an ideal time for past lifesavers who have let their cards expire to renew them. " The class will be for two weeks with a probable time of 8:00 / to 10:00 a. m. Teacher Ass'n. Petitions For Collective Bargaining Unit Deborah Janssen Enters Swea City Pageant The Swea City Community will host the annual Fair and Field Days on July 23-25. Fun Shows, Inc. will be on the midway with rides, shows and amusements. The Miss Kossuth - Winnebago pageant will climax the activities on Friday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m. Fifteen young ladies have entered the pageant; all with the hope that can lead to die Miss America title. The following will participate: Nancy Hcrrick and Marilyn Person of Burt, Trudy Boman and Rita Asncss of Forest City, Joan Clement of Garner, Connie Diekmann of Algona, Cindy Hcydelhoff of Buffalo Center, Helen Bollig of Lone Rock, Laurie Block of Thompson, Colleen Rcilly of Ledyard, Lisa Eichenbergcr and Ann Hanker of Lakota, Valerie Farrow of Swea City, Jill Miller of Lake Mills, nnd Deborah Janssen of Titonka. Scholarships totaling over $850.00 will be awarded at the Swea City event. The winner will advance to the Miss Iowa Pageant in June, 1976 at Davenport. The current reigning queen is Andrea Johnson of Forest City. The Fair and Field D.-iys will begin Wednesday, July 23 with a merchandise shoot at the North Kossuth Gun Club at 7:00 p.m. The horse show and the 4-wheel drive pull will be Thursday at 1;00 p. m. The Sweet Corn-Hamburger Community Supper, band concert and square dancing will be the evening activities starting at 5:00 p. m. The big parade will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30, with the reigning Miss Iowa, Debra Wcuve of State Center, participating in the day's activities including the businessmen's luncheon at noon. Arts and Crafts will be exhibited during these days. The Iowa Girls Sectional Softball tournament will be held at Swea City. Three games on July 19, tvy<o on July 21 with the finals on Wednesday, July 23. The Sv/ea City gals currently have a 14-1 record and are ranked in the top twenty in the state. Titonka Jaycees To Send Boy To Camp The Titonka Jaycee Club is taking applications from area boys from 10 to 14 years of age who would like to attend a three- day camping and educational experience from August 8 to 10. The Iowa Jaycees and Iowa NationalCuard Boys Camp will be held at Camp Dodge, northwest of Des Moines, and the camp is being limited to the first 150 applications in the state. A busy three days is planned for the boys. In addition to on- ground activities, they will tour die State Capitol and Historical Building, attend a program where Karl Kassulky will be the main speaker, and attend an Iowa Oaks baseball game. This is a first-time project for both the Jaycees and National Guard, and it is hoped for 3 successful project this year and the possible expansion of the project next year. Area boys who would like to attend must get their name into Darrell Wubben or "Butch" Gerdis by Tuesday, July 15. A five- man committee will screen the applicants, and one boy will be selected. Reception Held For Hjelmaas Family A welcome-back reception was held at the Doan United Methodist Church for Rev. and Mrs. Roy Hjelmaas and their family on July 2. A program, with Mrs. Kenneth Carlson in charge, was presented by all departments of the church. Gifts were presented to the Hjelmaas family after which the group sang "How Great Thou Art" and Rev. Hjelmaas closed with a prayer. Lunch was served in the annex by the Family Night Committee, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kiley, chairmen. Plan Work Day At Gruis Recreation Area Dr. Jay Rush, president of the Tri-County Recreation Association, has announced that a second work day will be held this Saturday, July 12 at the Cruis Recreation Area. It is hoped that work will start about 8:30 a. m. Workers are asked to bring hammers, wrecking bars and other tools for use in tearing down the old corn crib. Rush said that they c:ui also use several tractors and loaders as well :is more Bobcats. There was a fine turnout at the first work day, and it is hoped that a lot of work will be accomplished again this Saturday. Harold McCullough of Des Moines, course architect and builder, has been out: at the site and work has started in laying out the greens for the course. Once this work actually expands to the course, things arc going to be moving fast and it is hoped that other phases of the program will be ready to move ahead. Rush said, "What we're interested in now is getting some help for work day number two, Saturday, July 12. We appreciate the willingness of people in getting involved at Cruis. It is this spirit of cooperation that's going to see the job through." Vo Ag Instructor Assumes Duties Mr. Doug Streepcr, a 1975 graduate of Iowa State University will take over the position of vocational agriculture instructor in the Titonka Consolidated School today, Thursday, July 10. He is a 1971 graduate of Monticello Community School. He and his wife Nancy have moved into the apartments in the southeast part of town. Plan Tournaments At Titonka Youth Center Fooshball arid pool tournaments are being planned for all youngsters at the Titonka Youth Center. Entry deadlines are nearing, so if you are interested in taking part and haven't signed up, you arc urged to do so before the final date. The fooshball tournament for 13-18 year olds will be held July 11, 12 and 13, with a final signup date of Thursday, July 10. Competition on Friday and Saturday will start at 7:30 p. m. with doubles preliminaries on Friday and the finals on Saturday. Sunday afternoon and evening will be devoted to singles competition. Games will be drawn at random, there will be judges, and 1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded. Entry fee is $2. 00 for doubles and $1.00 for singles. Youths 12 years old and under will compete on Sunday, July 13, starting at 2:30 p.m. Entry fee will be 50$ for doubles with no singles competition. Signup deadline is July 12. Two prizes will be awarded. A pool tournament for 1318 year olds will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, with competition to start at 7:30 p.m. Once again, the entry fee will be $2. 00 for doubles and $1.00 for singles. Final signup date is July 11. The new telephone number at the Youth Center is 928-2868. The Titonka Education Association (TEA), an affiliate of die Iowa State Education Ass'n. (ISEA), has filed a petition with die Titonka Board of Education to establish a bargaining unit. The unit will include full and part-time certificated (permanent professional, professional, pre-professional, and temporary certificates) classroom teachers in grades K-12 with assigned duties to diagnose student needs, prescribe instruction and instruct students; guidance counselor and librarian. Excluded from the unit will be (certified personnel) substitute teachers, teacher associates, administrative assistant with major assignment as a certified classroom teacher, certificated classroom teachers less than 1/2 day, superintendent of school, and high school principal. (Non- certificated personnel) secretarial, clerical aides, custodial, food service, transportation, health and all others excluded by Section 4 of the Act. Under the provisions of the Public Employment Relations Act, passed by the 1975 Iowa State Legislature, the bargaining unit will be able to negotiate certain specific items of a contract. Mandatory negotiable items will include wages, hours, vacations, insurance, holidays, leaves of absence, shift differentials, overtime compensation, supplemental pay, seniority, transfer procedures, job classifications, health and safety matters, evaluation procedures, procedures for staff reduction, in-service training and other matters mutually agreed upon. The petition also request that the TEA be the exclusive bargaining agent for the above described unit. However, this will be decided at a later time by an election held under the supervision of the Public Employment Relations Board. Those listed in the bargaining unit will be eligible to vote on the matter. A elate for the election has not been set. If approved, the bargaining unit will be basically set up as any other union. Allyn Boelman, president of the TEA, said that with the bargaining unit, he hopes the local association will be able to take a more active role with the administration and school board on how the budget will be spent. He added that at the present time there are several grievances, but that no official list has been drawn up. If the bargaining unit is adopted and a decision cannot be reached on any of die negotiable items, the first step would be for a fact-finding committee to investigate, further negotiations, more mediation, and as a final step, binding arbitration. The regular meeting of the Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Office Lounge at 6:15, Monday, July 14. Adivities At The Titonka Care Center On Monday we played bingo in the afternoon widi Emma Martinek, Amy Johnson, Emma Smith, Bud Heerdt, Butch Swan, Stella Peterson and Hulda Peterson as winners. Tuesday we' had our exercises and the men had crafts following that. They planted lettuce in the garden, weeded and watered it, so our garden is in pretty good shape now. Wednesday we had music. Mrs. Janssen came in the morning and we all sang some of our favorite songs. That afternoon the Immanuel Lutheran Church ladies presented a program. They brought some instruments for us to use as we sang songs together. We all really enjoyed their program. Thursday morning we had a movie, "Really Big Family". It was very interesting and it pointed out the individual needs of each one in the big family. In the afternoon we played bingo again. Our winners were Bertha Smith, Roy Mann, Sylvia Davenport, Anna Harringa, Lena Gutknecht and Amy Johnson. On Friday we all celebrated Independence Day. We would like to thank the Sarah Circle of Immanuel Lutheran Church for the program they presented. Also, a special thanks for the cookies and bars they brought. We also would like to thank Mrs. Janssen for her time each week when she comes and .shares her music with us.
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