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Aurelia Daily Times (Newspaper) - October 27, 1999, Aurelia, Iowa Wednesday, October 27,1999 129th Year, Edition 202 Daily Ti Serving Cherokee, Aurelia, Cleghorn, Larrabee, Marcus, iWeriden, Quimby and Washta, Iowa Rupp family opens The Teen Center in downtown Cherokee It m- 27c Home Delivery 50c Single Copy Pages 1 - 8 -9-10-11 Ashley Schable REPORTER A place for teens to hang-out and enjoy themselves in a variety of ways has been put together downtown in Cherolcee. The Teen Center is located at 219 W. Main in the old Brown Shoe Fit Building. The Teen Center has been purchased by Brad and Nancy Rupp of Florida and is being operated by Nancy and their daughters, Jessi and Sara. "Cherokee is a great place for raising a family and teenagers," said Rupp, "Cherokee has good kids in town and ari)und the area that have jobs, work hard in school and give a lot back to the community." Rupp believes many of these kids arc looking for different things to do on the weekends with many of their options being limited if they have to work until 10:00 p.m. "We want to give them something that they earned and deserve," said Rupp, "a teen center that is strictly for teenagers only." The center offers them free pool, ping pong, foosball, dancing, and a place to just cut loose. "Instead of trying to find a house to hangout at, they can mingle, karaoke, country line dance, or whatever sounds like fun for them to do," said Rupp. Teens can start signing up any time as pool, ping pong. and foosball tournaments are being planned and will start very soon. The Teen Center also offers snacks and drinks to go right along with the fun. Friday, October 29, will be high school Halloween Night from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. "We will be giving away free admission drawings and have all our snacks and sodas at haunting low prices," said Rupp. The admission will be $3.00. "Saturday, October 30, we encourage grade school students between the 2nd-6th grades to stop in from 6-9 p.m. on Halloween to party down," said Rupp. The admission will be $2.00. F'ridays will always be junior high night from 7-11 p.m. An exception will be made on the night with home ball games. "We will invite grade schtxil kids to come have fun while mom and dad go to the game," said Rupp. Saturdays will always be high school night from 8-12 p.m. "We also welcome kids from (he surrounding areas to come and join in on the fun," said Rupp. The Teen Center will always have adult supervision and Rupp said, "so far the kids have been great." "We are proud of their behavior and enjoy _TEEN CENTER Pleae turn to page 4 Brad Rohwer and his daughter, Tayler, work on'creating their jack-o'-lantern during the annual "Dad's Nighf Out" at Mustard Seed Preschool In Aurella. PhofSty Lorri Glawe There's nothing corny ibout Gerald Hahn - he's number one in the state for corn picking Lorri Glawe EDITOR Gerald Hahn knows how to pick them. So much in fact, that he has won a trophy and the title of Iowa's best corn picker in the age category of 65-73. He picked 280 pounds of corn in 20 minutes. The rural Cherokee man competed in the annual state corn picking contest held in Kimballton earlier this month and as a state winner, was able to compete on the national level held in Nebraska. He picked 2(X) pounds of corn in the 20 minute allotted time on the national level. Hahn noted that he beat out the second place winner on the state level by a mere two pounds to claim the first place title. That same fellow beat him on the national level by iwo pounds of corn. He began picking corn by hand when he was no bigger than a half-grown stalk; helping his dad, Lincoln, on the same farm where he still resides and still farms. It was 50 years ago that he got his first automalic corn picker; what a treat thai was. He recalled seeing neighbors, many years earlier, driving past him while he was working hard picking the corn by hand, with their newfangled corn pickers. "We felt kind of foolish." he said. And now, the corn picking contests are a way to remember those early days of farming. They've been going on for 53 years. He has competed several times but has never won first place. The hand corn picking is now considered a sport rather than (he hard work it once was. "People don't realize what farming was like 50 or 75 years ago. If anyone think it's easy, they should ct)me out and try it. They think it's a bunch of old guys out playing. You cannot see the hands of a good corn picker," he said, "because they are moving so fast," Hahn also enjoys the challenge of it all. "When you're 72 vears old, this is the only thing you can do; you're too old to run races. There are several age categories at the contests - the old timers (ages 75 and up), 65-75, open class, under 50 years, boys under 20 and two women's categories. He explained lhat it's the "old i'ellinvs" that you have to worry about at the competitions.'- _CORN Please turn to page 4 Gerald Hahn is tops in corn picking. The rural Cherokee man won first place in the annual corn picking contest and went on to compete in the nantional event. Photo by Lorri Glawe. PTA plans haunted house The Cherokee Community I'TA is hosting their 2nd Annual Haunted House on Sunday. October -31, from 1-4 p.m. at the Roosevelt school. The admission will be $2.00 per person with an $8.00 maximum admission for families. The admission will include a trip through the haunted house, a snack, a drink, and a goodies bag. The Haunted House is for any and all ages and they'll have adult guiilcs lo help forewarn those j younger individuals before entering an area. ^^ The haunted house will include a witches cave, a fortune teller, Dracula. and more. It wdl al.so have a game room with a variety of things to do including decorating a cookie. -l Those who choose should wear ct)stumes through the haunted house and be ready for the trick : or treating following. Today's Weather Today's High 71 Low 36 Extended Forecast: Thürs. Partly Sunny Fri. Partly Cloudy Sat. Partly Sunny Sun. Sunny Dry weather with a variety of temper atures will rule the balance of the week.. 35/66 38/62 32/58 29/63 Index Abby..... Classifieds 12 Horoscope . . 12 13 2 12 Aurelia 8-11 3 Sports . , . . 6-7 Sports Cherokee Volleyball See Page 6
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