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Oelwein Daily Register (Newspaper) - March 29, 2006, Oelwein, Iowa sunny 50s Smith cloudy Student writers recognized SEE PAGE 3 take to the greens SEE PAGE 5 Volume 126 Number 72 50 cents 6 Wednesday March 292006 BRIEFS Weather spotter class at Oelwein OELWEIN The National Weather Service NWS will be holding two Severe Weather Spotter Training classes in Fayette County on Thursday April 13 One will be held starting at 2 pm at the Fayette County Courthouse in West Union The second class will start at pm at the Oelwein Fire Station in Oelwein The ciass will last around two hours and includes a multi media presentation Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters but is open to the public and free of charge A review of recent severe weather will be included The NWS relies heavily on actual storm reports from spot which can include sheriffs departments local emergency management officials police and fire departments amateur radio operators radio stations or anyone that has attended one of these classes Anyone involved in the safety of others is invited to attend because severe weather safety is also covered Todd Shea Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the weather service inLa Crosse Wis organizes the training each year and ages large groups and active vol Accurate and timely reports of severe weather by trained individuals not only helps our office but can save lives in the local community Shea said According to Shea Fayette County as well as other areas of northeast Iowa always needs more eyes to report severe weather to the National Weather Service For more information contact Fayette County Emergency Management or the National Weather Service at Todd Shea WCM National Weather Service County Road FA La Crosse WI 54601 JOHN JENSEN PHOTOS Friday March 31 will be a night for the arts as pre sented by Oelwein High School Students will pres ent two comedies and there will be perform ances by the AllState Speech winners Randee and Justin Dewey above A scene from A Dramatic Reenactment top left includes lr Mallory Stocks Amanda Woods Lucy Franck Justin Dewey Liz Schmitz and Jeff Michels A scene from Puberty The Game Show includes lr Johnny Jensen Molly Schlumbohm Randee Dewey and Sarah Chase The show starts at 7 pm at the Williams Center Speech and Drama awards will also be presented Randee and Justin will be participating at the All State Speech Festival at UNI Monday April 3 Those chosen for AllState are considered to be out standing performers Oelwein Band instructor resigns Comedy this weekend at Opera House ELKADER The Opera House Players present Caught in the Net Friday March 31 the historic Elkader Iowa Opera House Other shows are scheduled for Saturday Aprii 1 Thursday April 6 Friday April 7 and Saturday April 8 ali at pm There will be a Sunday mati nee April 22 pm This is a British comedy by Ray Cooney The show is packed with nonstop action and belly laughs according to the Opera House Players Tickets are available by call ing 563 8732378 or Email at BY JOHN JENSEN OELWEIN High School will be seeking a new band director for the 20062007 school year Monday night during the regular meeting of the Oelwein Community School District Board of Directors band director Josh Greubel announced his resignation Greubel who took over for longtime director Doug McFarlane three years ago after assisting McFarlane for four prior years will be relocating to Duluth Minn this sum mer where his wife will be attending graduate school Greubel said he would be willing to sign an extended contract to stay this summer and assist in the transition to a new director This has truly been a home Greubel wrote in his letter of resigna tion My seven years in the District have gone by too fast and will always stay near and dear in my heart JOSH GREUBEL The Board gave final approval to the 20062007 budget This years budget is for million with million of that coming from taxation and the remainder from state aid and other resources The Board voted to purchase a new copy machine from Advance Systems for The Board opted to purchase the machine rather than lease it hoping to save money in the long run Over the life of a lease purchasing saves the district as much as per month The District wiil also purchase a maintenance agreement that includes all supplies except paper as well as all maintenance Any time you buy versus lease you are gambling but Im assuming this is a good product and its a good gamble Superintendent Jim Patera said in recommending the purchase Oelwein High School ag instructor Tim Felderman gave a pres on the schools FFA chapter chapter has earned several awards this year including a Gold Supreme National FFA Chapter Award that places it among the top 10 percent of chapters in Iowa There are currently 36 students involved in FFA Felderman also made a funding and cost analysis presentation to the Board regarding a proposed greenhouse The School Board See BAND page 2 hear candidates at banquet BY DANIEL UMTHUN HAZLETON Buchanan County Democrats gathered at The Sportsmen in Hazleton on Saturday evening for a sustaining banquet and ral lying speeches from candidates for various Iowa offices The banquet was emceed Richard Machacek county chair of the Democratic Central Committee Speakers included First Congressional District Candidates Braley of Waterloo Rick Dickinson of Sabula and Gluba of Davenport Ag Secretary and Lieutenant gubernatorial candi date Patty Judge speaking on behalf of Chet Culver State Senator Brian Schoenjahn spoke for Michael Blouin Mike Mauro candidate for Secretary of State and Dusty Terry candidate for Secretary of Agriculture and Pete McRoberts Democratic nominee to the Iowa House District 23 seat Candidates spoke on multiple issues but focused on the importance of educational funding and the expansion of agriculture into he renewable fuels market The Republicans are in for a terrific fight this November said an enthusiastic Pete McRoberts McRoberts a Hawkeye Community College instructor in Independence and Waterloo dis cussed his plan for the future of this area of the state and explained that better jobs health benefits and education will improve the overall condition of the state Other candidates had a time to express party solidarity Rick Dickinson apologized to fellow District One candidate Bruce Braley for comments that appeared in an article in the Waterloo Courier in which an aide to Dickinson allegedly questioned character Dickinson also addressed the war in Iraq and discussed the economy Bruce Braley also addressed the Iraq war stating that the American people must support their troops and bring them home Braley also discussed measures to make See DEMS page 2 DAN UMTHUN PHOTO Jodi Graver second from right of Rowley was presented with a Buchanan County Democrat of the Year Award at the Democrats sustaining banquet Saturday at the Sportsmen Restaurant near Oelwein ont Neglect Routine Maintenance Let Our Professionals 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