Thursday, September 18, 2014

Around Town September 23

Russell Fall Festival Featured Best in Smoke Competition


  On Friday, September 12, entertainment at the bandstand started the Russell 2014 Fall Festival at 8 p.m. and lasted until midnight. 
   On Saturday, the following day, the Russell Museum and Library provided a breakfast to 90 people for a free will offering from 7-9:30 a.m. People were able to start their day by enjoying biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, coffee, juice and milk, along with enjoying good company before the events of the day got started.  People who had never been to the building before were surprised to find the many interesting books in the library and then even more surprised when they stepped into the past when they entered the incredible museum the Museum staff has maintained for anyone to visit and learn about Russell's past history.
   The Russell Volunteer Fire Department sponsored the "Best in Smoke" BBQ competition on Saturday.  Winners will be announced in this blog later.
   Live music was played on the bandstand from 2 p.m until 4 p.m.
 The Fall Festival Parade "Russell is Smokin' Hot" started at 4 p.m. with Marilyn and Butch Evans as Parade Marshals.  They have been very prominent in their community.  The 1st place entry award went to Beaty Insurance, 2nd place entry to Methodist Church and 3rd place to Southside bar. 
   The car show was held from 6 p.m. to midnight.  Russell's 1st Annual "Take Pride in Your Ride Show N' Shine" brought a variety of cars, tractors, a vintage race car, lawn tractors and more.  Many participated in the parade as well.  Calling all rides:  No matter what it was, show up and show it off was held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next to the bandstand.  Cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, bicycles, golf carts, hot rods.  If it had wheels and a motor it was welcome.
  The Fireman's Dinner BBQ aromas filled the area and people enjoyed the delicious food at 5 p.m. with a free will offering.  
   There was a gun raffle, a Henry 30/30 Golden Boy.  Participants had to be over 18 and winners will be announced in a later blog.
   The Southside held a street dance from 9 p.m. to midnight.  It benefited the Fire Department and had music by the band "Ruination Day".
   The weather was perfect and everyone had a lot of fun.  The planners are to be commended for the good job of including a variety of activities for all ages.
photos submitted by Carol Swigart


September Calendar 
Tue, Sept 23, 3-7 p.m. Blood Drive at the Community Center, sponsored by the Community Club. Call 1-800-452-1097 to schedule a time. 

Sun, Sept 28, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Ladies only handgun clinic. NRA instructors will conduct a handgun instruction clinic for ladies only at the Russell Sportsmen’s Club, 41570 280th Avenue southwest of Russell. Participants must be 14 or older. For more information or to register, call Ted at 641-340-1022

Mon, Sept 29, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot 

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Around Town September 16th

Russell City Council Mini-minutes
September 8, 2014
   Ownership changes at Harley Haven were made from Scott Jordan 100% owner to Scott Jordan 50% owner and Vicki Jordan 50% owner.
   Permission was denied to allow the street closure (Harley Haven) for their event on September 20, due to earlier music problems.
   Wendy, City Clerk, is to attend the fall Data Technologies software training session in Des Moines on Wednesday October 15.
    Approval was granted to close the street in front of the Southside all day on September 13 for the parade and street dance from 9 p.m. -12 a.m. 
   Water/ditch issues regarding Shaw St and Highland St. and others were discussed.
   Congratulations to RVFD on 3rd place finish at the state convention. The City of Russell is extremely fortunate to have such a stellar fire department keeping us safe. 
   It was approved the city paying for one Kybo and the fire department will pay for a second for the Fall Festival. Shawn Werts will be cleaning Maple and Shaw streets sometime during the week of Sept. 8-13.
   Larry is going to get several estimates on fixing the switch on the pickup and estimates for emergency lighting for the dump truck/skid loader/backhoe and to get more cold-patch to fix potholes.
   Smoke testing the sewer system was mentioned and having Larry do the work. Storm drains are in bad shape. Some clay tile drains were found that are not on the maps of the city system.
   The City of Russell received $20,000 in grant money from the Vredenburg Foundation to resurface the tennis court. Norris Asphalt bid on the project and that bid amount is good through the end of this year. Duane will seek a bid from another asphalt company before a decision is made.
    Along with posting the City Council agenda at city hall it will also be posted at the post office and bank.
    It was decided not to proceed at this time with finding funds for a generator at the community building.
    Permission was granted to move the bus stop to West Shaw St. at the bandstand. Dana will meet with the school officials to inform them of this change.
    Duane had obtained bids from Menards (shingles) and Lockridge (metal) for replacing the shelter house roof at the volleyball court. The metal roofing bid was comparable to the bid for shingles. Susan will take a copy of the metal roofing quote to Gingerich metal roofing for a bid.
    The council asks to be thinking about money-making ideas for the city. 
   There is a need for an employee handbook implemented for the city. The clerk will ask EMC insurance to see if they can assist.  Susan has an old handbook from the City of Chariton to use as a guideline. Employee reviews should be done every year. None have been implemented since the clerk or the city employee has been hired. 
     Discussion followed about the tax increase.
    Marvin Neer received a bill for mowing that was assessed to the previous owner’s taxes.  He was told charges remain with the property. The city can waive these charges. It was requested the clerk find out if there were any charges to waive the mowing charges.
    Larry brought his log-book in that he uses to document his daily work. He is requested to bring the log-book to every meeting.
    Council members in attendance were Dana Blue, Crystal Moore and Susan Beecher along with Mayor Pro Tem Duane Bedford and Wendy Nickell, city clerk.  Mayor Ed Scheel was absent as was council member Jay Pierschbacher. Others attending were City employee Larry Mitchell, Jim Neer was in attendance representing the fire department. Visitors were Ken Mumford, Dolores Carroll, Kevin Tanner, Sue Neer, Marvin Neer, Chris Knust, Brenda Knust, Becki Neer, Pat Conway, Butch Evans and Jeff Neer. The next meeting will be on Monday, October 6 at 7pm.
September  Calendar
   Sunday, September 21, 2 p.m.  Russell Sportsmen's Club .22 rifle (youth shoot free)
   Russell Sportsmen’s Club and Southern Prairie Pheasants Forever will sponsor a free .22 rimfire rifle shooting experience for youth. The activity is open to youth 3rd grade through high school.  Targets, ammunition, eye/ear protection, and safety instruction will be provided.  A limited number of .22 rifles will be available for use.  Participants may bring their own firearm if they desire.  Both optical and iron sights are acceptable.  The range is located at 41570 280th Avenue southwest of Russell.  Youth should arrive early.  Required safety instruction will start promptly at 2:00.  For more information, call Dan at 641-203-5296.
   Monday, September 22, 1:15 p.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum, new members are needed
   Tuesday, September 23, 3-7 p.m. Blood Drive at the Community Center, sponsored by the Community Club. Call 1-800-
452-1097 to schedule a time.
   Sunday, September 28 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Ladies only handgun clinic
   Monday, September 29, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
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   For Russell news updates try the Russell Historical SocietyBlog http:// russelliowahistoricalsociety.blogspot.com <
   For Lucas County information try their blog at http://lucascountygeneology.blogspot.com


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Around Town September 9

Russell Fall Festival/Bestinsmoke Competition and More 

   The theme for the parade at 4 p.m on September 13 is “Russell is Smokin Hot”. There will be 1st., 2nd, and 3rd places chosen for the winners of the parade. 
   From 7-9:30 a.m. The Museum is providing a breakfast. For a free-will offering, they will provide biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, coffee, juice and milk. Start the fun day visiting with old friends, check out the many books available for a donation and also all the many new books added for check-out. 
   September 12 &13, Russell Volunteer Fire Dept.'s Best in Smoke BBQ Competition Contact Shawn Werts at 641-203-3164 or russellbestinsmoke@gmail.com for rules, sign-in sheet and other information. 
   Friday- Set-up, check in. Enjoy entertainment at the Bandstand from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. 
   Saturday, Cooks are working, winners announced at 6 p.m., Car and tractor show­-12p.m. , Live band at the bandstand 2 -4 p.m. Parade- 4 p.m., Dinner with free-will offering-5 p.m.
   There will also be a gun raffle, a Henry 30/30 Golden Boy. The drawing will be on Saturday. You must be 18 to enter.

The day will also feature Russell's 1st Annual "Take Pride in Your Ride Show N' Shine". Calling all rides: No matter what it is, show up and show it off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next to the bandstand. Cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, bicycles, golf carts, hot rods. If it has wheels and a motor, we want to see it. Afterward, cruise your ride in the parade at 4 p.m. 
   The Southside Bar is planning a street dance from 9 p.m-12. It will be a benefit for the Fire Department with music by the band "Ruination Day". 

September Calendar 
   Tuesday, September 9, noon-8 p.m. Chariton School Bond election, see Chariton paper for more information. 
   Monday, September 15, 5:15 p.m. Museum Board meeting 
   Monday, September 15, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap Shoot 
  Sunday, September 21, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club .22 rifle (youth shoot free)
  Monday, September 22, 1:15 p.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum, new members are needed
  Tuesday, September 23, 3-7 p.m. Blood Drive at the Community Center, sponsored by the Community Club. Call 1-80-452-1097 to schedule a time. 
  Sunday, September 28 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Ladies only handgun clinic 
  Monday, September 29, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot 
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For Russell news updates try the Russell Historical SocietyBlog http:// russelliowahistoricalsociety.blogspot.com <

For Lucas County information try their blog at http://lucascountygeneology.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Area Firefighters take Fire Truck to Africa

Area Firefighters take Fire Truck to Africa in 2014

Submitted by Bob McCurdy 

After two years, a group of Indianola and Norwalk Firefighters including Mark McCurdy of Russell, returned to Zambia, Africa to deliver a fire truck on a promise made in 2012. The fire truck was found in Alaska and made its way to Indianola. There it was updated with equipment for the truck and for the fire fighters. Many Iowa fire departments donated surplus items. The State of Iowa found several copies of fire prevention training books used in teaching the elementary students in Iowa. 

This trip is a follow-up to the 2012 visit to help the village of Katete, Zambia. This project had two major parts with this mission. One was to get the fire truck to the village and get the Iowa group of firefighters to the same spot in Lusaka, Zambia. 

To retrieve the truck, starting in Indianola the fire truck had to be transported to a shipping line. With the help of the Des Moines Truck Brokers and Luett Farms, the fire truck was taken to Jacksonville, Florida to be placed on a cargo ship to leave on April 14, 2014 to Walris Bay, Namibia on the west coast of Africa. This was helped by Worldwide Export. The next step was to get the truck to Lusaka, Zambia which is the capitol city. 

To begin their long journey the group of firemen took vehicles to Chicago to depart by plane to Washington DC, Johannesburg, South Africa and then to Lusaka, Zambia.

At Lusaka there is an airport where the firemen could meet up with the fire truck. In Lusaka the Zambia Officials welcomed both the fire truck and the firemen and sent them on the final leg of the journey to the village of Katete with the fire truck and two other vehicles.

On the trip to Katete the fire truck ran out of gas at one-thirty in the morning. The group was lucky to have more than one vehicle, one of which went ahead on a dirt road. A half hour up the road they found an African gas pump out in the open and not near any village. It was made up of a gas pump and a pole for a light, nothing else.

Once the fire truck was fueled, they continued on to Katete where they were to meet with the village manager and the mayor. The village leaders were proud to show off the new fire station that they had erected. This was a surprise and was an act faith between the two cultures that were involved. Many times in the past, foreigners had made promises to people in Africa that never happened. Also the people of the village and the nearby community showed how well they appreciated the help provided two years before. 

In the nearby village was the Saint Francis Hospital that the team visited and inspected two years ago. During the 2014 inspection they found that many of the fire safety suggestions had been acted upon, which made for a safer environment for the hospital of 350 beds that served 200,000 people with referrals from the whole Eastern Province of Zambia.

During the next week the group split up into two groups, one group taught the Katete fire fighters how the fire truck worked and helped with their training activities. The other group worked with the youngsters in schools to teach fire safety. STOP-DROP-ROLL was a part of the program and the young people enjoyed all of materials from Iowa schools that help them with fire safety.

Before the return trip the group did a re-inspection of fire safety procedures at the Hospital.

The official Hand-off Ceremony was held with Governor of The Eastern Province of Zambia, District Fire Secretary, the village manager, the mayor, and the community was in attendance to receive their new fire truck. There they held a demonstration of how the old fire truck worked and then how well the fire truck that Iowa fire fighters had just presented to Katete.

The Ministry in the capitol of Lusaka, on the way home, also invited the Iowa group back to help them in the future.

Mark has pictures and is willing to talk to groups when available. Contact him at 641-535-4302.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Around Town September 2nd

Russell Fall Festival/Bestinsmoke Competition and More 

   Saturday, September 13 from 7-9:30 a.m. The Museum is providing a breakfast. For a free-will offering, they will provide biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, coffee, juice and milk. Start the fun day visiting with old friends, check out the many books available for a donation and also all the many new books added for check-out 
   September 12 &13, Russell Volunteer Fire Dept.'s Best in Smoke BBQ Competition Contact Shawn Werts at 641-203-3164 or russellbestinsmoke@gmail.com for rules, sign-in sheet and other information. 
   Friday- Set-up, check in. Enjoy entertainment at the Bandstand from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. 
   Saturday, Cooks are working, winners announced at 6 p.m., Car and tractor show­-12p.m. , Live band at the bandstand 2 -4 p.m. Parade- 4 p.m., Dinner with free-will offering-5 p.m.
There will also be a gun raffle, a Henry 30/30 Golden Boy. The drawing will be on Saturday. You must be 18 to enter.
   The day will also feature Russell's 1st Annual "Take Pride in Your Ride Show N' Shine". Calling all rides: No matter what it is, show up and show it off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next to the bandstand. Cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, bicycles, golf carts, hot rods. If it has wheels and a motor, we want to see it. Afterward, cruise your ride in the parade at 4 p.m. 
   The Southside Bar is planning a street dance from 9 p.m-12. It will be a benefit for the Fire Department with music by the band "Ruination Day". 

September Calendar 

   Tuesday, September 2, 2 p.m. Garden Club, an outing planned by Jackie Andrews. For information call Ginger at 535-2023 or if you need a ride. New members or guests are always welcome. 
   Tuesday, September 2, 6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary 
  September 3 at 6:30 p.m. Night Owls at Faith United Methodist Church. Esther Harlan will be the hostess , Zelda Boldt will have the lesson.
   September 6th weekend in Grinnell, Russell Volunteer Fire Department State Convention, again we want to thank the firemen and their families, for the time they devote to making Russell a safer place.
   Sunday, September 7, 2 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church in Russell will have a Gospel Concert, silent auction and ice cream social. Please join them for a fun afternoon. 
   Sunday, September 7, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club and Southern Prairie Pheasants Forever will offer a free trap shooting experience for middle school and high school youth at the Russell Sportsmen's Club range. Clay pigeons, ammo, eye/ear protection, safety instruction and shooting fundamentals will be provided. Youth model firearms will be available for use as well. Youth may bring their own firearms if desired. The range is located at 41570 280th Avenue southwest of Russell. For more information, call Dan at 641-203-5296
   Monday, September 8 , 7 p.m. Russell Council Meeting
 Tuesday, September 9, noon-8 p.m. Chariton School Bond election, see Chariton paper for more information. 
  Monday, September 15, 5:15 p.m. Musuem Board meeting 
  Monday, September 15, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap Shoot 
 Sunday, September 21, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club .22 rifle (youth shoot free)
 Monday, September 22, 1:15 p.m. Russell News meeting at the Museum, new members are needed
 Tuesday, September 23, 3-7 p.m. Blood Drive at the Community Center, sponsored by the Community Club. Call 1-80-452-1097 to schedule a time. 
  Sunday, September 28 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Ladies only handgun clinic 
  Monday, September 29, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot 
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For Russell news updates try the Russell Historical SocietyBlog http:// russelliowahistoricalsociety.blogspot.com <

For Lucas County information try their blog at http://lucascountygeneology.blogspot.com

If you have comments or suggestions for this column, please e-mail myoak10@gmail.com or call 641-535-2402.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Around Town August 26th

Around Town

   The Russell Museum/Library welcomes Kathy Willetts as a new board member. The Museum is also providing a breakfast on the Saturday of the Fall Festival, September 13 from 7-9:30 a.m. For a free-will offering, they will provide biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, coffee, juice and milk. 
   Start the fun day visiting with old friends, check out the many books available for a donation and also all the many new books added for check-out.

September Mini-Calendar 

   Tuesday, September 2, 2 p.m. Garden Club, an outing planned by Jackie Andrews. For information call Ginger at 535-2023 or if you need a ride. New members or guests are always welcome. 
   Tuesday, September 2, 6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary 
   Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. Night Owls at Faith United Methodist Church. Esther Harlan will be the hostess , Zelda Boldt will have the lesson. 
   September 6th weekend in Grinnell, Russell Volunteer Fire Department State Convention, again we want to thank the firemen and their families, for the time they devote to making Russell a safe place. 
   Sunday, September 7, 2 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church in Russell will have a Gospel Concert, silent auction and ice cream social. Please join them for a fun afternoon. 
   Sunday, September 7, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap Shoot (youth shoot free) 
    Moday, September 8 , 7 p.m. Russell Council Meeting 
  September 12 &13, Russell Volunteer Fire Dept.'s Best in Smoke BBQ Competition Contact Shawn Werts at 641-203-3164 or russellbestinsmoke@gmail.com for rules, sign-in sheet and other information. 
   Friday- Set-up, check in. Enjoy entertainment at the Bandstand from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. 
  Saturday, Cooks are working, winners announced at 6 p.m., 12 p.m. -Car and tractor show, 2 -4 p.m -Live band at the bandstand.. 4 p.m. -Parade, 5 p.m. dinner with free-will offering. 
   Monday, September 15, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap Shoot 
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For Russell news updates try the Russell Historical SocietyBlog http:// russelliowahistoricalsociety.blogspot.com < 

For Lucas County information try their blog at http://lucascountygeneology.blogspot.com 

If you have comments or suggestions for this column, please e-mail myoak10@gmail.com or call 641-535-2402.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Clothing Swap Held At First Baptist Church in Russell

Chariton Herald-Patriot August 21, 2014
Bill Howes, Associate Editor

   Recently the First Baptist Church in Russell held a clothing swap in order to help out the community.  This is the first year the clothing swap has been held and during it clothing was given away to about 30 families.  The pastor of Russell First Baptist Church is Marshall Felderman, who is the son of Mark and Becky Felderman, formerly of Chariton and now of Ankeny.
    "Our church has been looking for ways we can serve our community in a no-strings-attached way.  The clothing swap was a great opportunity to meet a need in the community and also give people a chance to give back.  Basically, we got the idea to do a clothing swap from other churches that have done it in the Des Moines area.  We asked the community as well as the church for donations," Felderman said.
   A couple of days before the swap, the Russell First Baptist Church members sorted through all of the clothes and arranged them on tables in the basement of the church just like you would for a garage sale.  On the day of the swap, the church members handed out cookies to everyone who came.  They had several church members from ages six to 80 helping out.
   "The clothing swap was a pretty big success and we're looking forward to making it an annual event.  We want to thank everyone who helped," Felderman said.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Around Town August 19th

Around Town
   The Russell Volunteer Fire Department is busy preparing for the State Convention to be held the weekend of September 6th  in Grinnell. Please give them your support and appreciation.
   Russell Volunteer Fire Dept.'s Best in Smoke BBQ Competition will be September 12 &13,  in Russell.  Contact Shawn Werts  at 641-203-3164 or russellbestinsmoke@gmail.com for rules, sign-in sheet and other information. There will be a 4 p.m. parade and a 5 p.m. dinner with free-will offering.   

   First Baptist Kids4Truth Club starts Wednesday, August 20th. See details below. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Around Town August 12th

Russell Council Mini-minutes August 4, 2014

Upcoming Annual Best-in-Smoke BBQ Competition 
Along with The Annual Russell Fall Festival

   Russell Volunteer Fire Dept.'s Best in Smoke BBQ Competition will be September 12 &13, in Russell. Contact Shawn Werts at 641-203-3164 or russellbestinsmoke@gmail.com for rules, sign-in sheet and other information.   The Fire Department requested the use of the bandstand from Friday 8-12 p.m. and Sat 1-3 p.m.   The Cookers will be setting up in the park Friday evening for the Annual Fire Dept. Smoke Off.  At 5 p.m. a dinner (with a free-will offering) will follow.
   The Fall Festival will be on Sept 13, also.  There will be a 4 p.m. parade.  A request was made to close Shaw St. for the garden tractor pulls that afternoon.  More information later.
   Sarah Peek asked about the bus stop location. The Mayor will contact Jay and will post signs around town where it will be located.
   The sealed bids for the property at 803 S. Prairie were opened. Terry Faulkner had the successful bid of $4444.56. Two other bids were submitted with one bid of $2071.00 and the other bid of $1330.00. The Mayor made the suggestion that the money from the sale of 803 S. Prairie be put into a fund to be used to clean up other properties in town. Fees required for the transfer of the property will come out of money from the sale.
   Vicki Jordan had questions on when she can close the street for her events. It was approved to allow Harley Haven to block the west end of Short Street on Friday night after 8 p.m. before the events on August 9, Sept. 6 and Sept. 27 until 10 a.m. the following Sunday.
     Craig Gooder reported a grant has been submitted to the Vredenburg Foundation for the resurfacing of the tennis court. Results should be heard in a couple weeks. 
   Scott McGee will be repairing the area of pavement on South Prairie on Wednesday(6th) so the street will be blocked off during that time... A water leak was found and repaired. Larry is putting 
root killer in some of the sewer drains. Craig Alexander gave estimate of what it would cost for the pipe to replace the drain that runs east on Shaw and south of Pollards. The costs are as follows; 12" pipe 5.50/ft, 15" pipe 7.57/ft, 18" 10.58/ft.   Installation is price of the pipe times two or three.
   Duane said the DNR recommends we exercise the valves yearly and flush the mains on a scheduled basis.
   There was discussion on getting a grant to purchase a generator for the Community building, as it is our emergency shelter. Susan has documents from the USDA that need to be filled out and sent in to begin the application process for the grant money.
   Duane checked on shingle material for replacing the roof of the shelter at the volleyball court.
   The council asked for Duane to check on cost for metal roofing. Larry will ask Scott McGee to see what it will cost for concrete from the north bandstand steps out to the sidewalk.  Duane checked on paint to repaint the curbs uptown. We can get the paint from the City of Chariton for around $50 a gallon.
   Council members present were Susan Beecher, Dana Blue, Crystal Moore, Duane Bedford,
along with Ed Scheel, Mayor, and City Clerk - Wendy Nickell.  Jay Pierschbacher was absent. Also attending was city employee Larry Mitchell and Fire Chief Craig Alexander.  Visitors were Jerry Dillman, Sarah Peek, Craig Gooder, Chris
   Due to the Labor Day Holiday, the next meeting will be on Monday, September 8 at 7pm.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Russell Wayside Garden Club August Yard of the Month


The Russell Wayside Garden Club has chosen the Grigority Lituin home on East Smith Street as the Yard of the Month for August.  Their front yard is filled with many different beautiful flowers surrounded by a bed of Hostas.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Around Town Aug 5th

Russell News August 5

Around Town
                First Baptist Church in Russell will be hosting a clothing swap on TUESDAY, AUGUST 5TH from 12-8 p.m.
There will clothing in all sizes, and all items will be FREE!! If you would like to donate gently used items for the swap, please drop them off  at the church.  Contact Emily at 515.249.6651 with any questions.
Sand Volleyball Fun
           
Every Sunday  evening around 5 o'clock, the group called the Dirty South, meet over at the volleyball court by the railroad tracks in Russell and play some volleyball.  They sometimes bring hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. and grill out,  and just go to have a great time.  Everyone is invited to come and join in the fun.  This group would welcome all the new players that might be interested to come and play or just watch. The whole family is invited and the children have a great time of meeting new friends and also having fun.  So come one and all and see what the game of volleyball is all about at the Russell Court. You need not be from Russell, the people from   surrounding communities are invited.  (It is good to see the court being used.)
August Calendar
Tue, Aug 5, 6 p.m. American Legion/Auxiliary meeting at the Community Cent                
Tue, Aug 5, Clothing Swap at the Baptist Church 12-8 p.m.
Wed, Aug 6, 6:30 p.m. Methodist Church Night Owls with Gus Harlan hostess/lesson.
Thu, Aug 7-17,  Iowa State Fair
Mon, Aug 11, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
Tue, Aug 12, 6:30 p.m. Russell Sportsmen’s Club will conduct an Iowa Permit-to-Carry class at the Education Building southwest of Russell.  The course takes approximately two and a half hours and is required before receiving an Iowa permit.  This is the last class planned for this year.  For more information or to register, call Dan at 641-203-5296.
Sun, Aug 17, 2 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club, Any caliber handgun
Mon, Aug 18, Chariton School begins for the 2014-2015 school year. Watch for youngsters around buses.
Mon, Aug 18, Wayne Community School begins classes for the 2014-2015 school year.
Mon, Aug 18, 5:15 p.m. Russell Museum Board meeting
Mon, Aug 25, 1:15 p.m. Russell News Committee at the Museum, everyone welcome
Mon, Aug 25, 7 p.m. Russell Sportsmen's Club Trap shoot
Thu, Aug 28, 6:30 p.m. Community Club meeting at the Community Center.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Around Town

As you drive through Russell, especially the length of Prairie Street, you can see many beautiful, well-kept yards with an abundance and wide variety of flowers.  From the triangle as you enter from the north all the way to the south, it is evident people care.  There are many other yards in Russell that are equally appealing.  We wish to thank those who make Russell beautiful and especially those who do the Russell sign areas and the triangle.  It is noticed.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Russell City Council Meeting July 8th

   The city approved the motion by Dana with second by Susan to advertise for sale the property at 803 S. Prairie by sealed bid with reserve price on the property.  Motion carried 5-0.  The ad will be run in the July 15 and 22 issues of the Chariton Newspaper.
   On a motion by Dana with second by Jay the cigarette licenses for Harley Haven, Last Chance and the Southside were approved.  Motion carried 5-0.
   Duane made the motion with second by Jay to approve the request from the resident at 213 W. Ames to have a tree removed by Paige Tree Services west of the hall.  Motion Carried 5-0.  The city requires a copy of the liability insurance from Paige Tree Services, which the clerk will obtain from Beaty Insurance.
   Police Chief Jeff Johnson reports that the city police car is having some electrical issues.  He will have it looked at to determine if a new battery is needed.  The council approved that purchase if needed.  Jeff will do a follow up on the five properties that received junk and debris letters and will proceed with filing charges if warranted.
   Larry will get prices on new chains for the dump truck.  Scott McGee will be repairing the pavement on S. Prairie sometime this month, weather permitting.  Larry will get another load of cold patch when time permits.
   Dana made the motion with second by Jay for Larry to attend a free water operations class on July 16th in Newton.  Motion carried 5-0.
   On a motion by Duane with second by Crystal, it was approved to send a letter to a resident that we will certify his unpaid utility bill to his property taxes, if not paid within 30 days.  Motion carried 5-0.
   A resident is willing to offer a sum of money to help take down a property in town.
  Craig Gooder is still looking into grants for resurfacing the tennis court.
  The city will request a local business bring a schedule of events to city hall.
   New business - Crystal talked with Michelle Moore at the USDA regarding possible funds for sewer improvements.  The council approved for her to pursue this issue.  
   The Mayor asked Susan to check into grants to purchase a generator for the community building and get prices on propane generators.
   The neighborhood watch committee purchased and donated 2 new plastic tables for the community building.  A newer wood table was also donated.  Larry took three of the worst tables down to the shop to see if they can be repaired.
   A resident needs to make monthly payments of $300 a month until he is caught up on his agreement with the city.
   City Council members in attendance:  Duane Bedford, Susan Beecher, Dana Blue, Crystal Moore and Jay Pierschbacher.  Also in attendance were  Police Chief Jeff Johnson, Fire Chief Craig Alexander and City employee Larry Mitchell.  Visitor:  Craig Gooder arrived at 7:50 p.m.
   Jay made a motion the meeting be adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
   The next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, August 4th at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Russell Wayside Garden Club

   The Garden Club changed their plans and didn't have a picnic for their outing in July.  Instead, they went to eat lunch at the Charitone Hotel.  Pat Blue joined them and they had a nice visit.  After lunch Pat showed them her new apartment in the hotel.
   There is no meeting in August, as the 4-H Fair will be going on then.  Our September meeting will be at Jackie Andrews' home on September 2 at 2:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome at our meetings.  Call Ginger at
 535-2023 if you would like to join the Garden Club or attend a meeting.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Russell News for July 1st

Around Town

   The annual (2014-2015) election for the Russell (Iowa) Historical Society Officers was held recently and the following are now on the Board of Directors - President: Terry Newcomb; Vice-President:  Terry Elmore; Secretary:  Duane Bedford; Treasurer:  Jacque Chester.  Other Board members are Betty Cross, Joe Gookin, Wanda Liddell and Ed Sellers.
   Be sure to stop in and check out a book, videos, DVD's, use the Internet and browse the many acquisitions in the Museum and find out more history of the Russell are and your relatives.
   Eight elderly citizens of the Russell Development apartments are again enjoying potted tomato plants gifted to them.  You can see them as yoiu drive by the apartment buildings.  The senior residents need only to water, nurture and enjoy the fruits of their labor.  Later this summer they will be enjoying delicious big red tomatoes.

Friday, June 20, 2014

News for this Blog

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Story Time

Around Town
                We regret announcing the Story Time at the Museum has been discontinued due to lack of interest.  
Reminder-First Baptist Summer  Wednesday evening kids program. 7-8  p.m until August 20.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Russell Fire Department Received Governor's Volunteer Award - 20 years Ago

This article appeared in the Herald-Patriot on June 5, 2014 in the Years and Years ago column by Ursula Bingham

The Russell Volunteer Fire Department received the Governor's Volunteer Award.  The Russell VFD taught fire safety at the Russell School each year and provided tours of the fire station as well as many other community volunteer activities.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Council Meeting June 2, 2014

Mini Council Minutes
June 2, 2014
Craig Gooder is seeking funds to resurface the tennis court. Council instructed him to proceed .  The weeds have been removed.  Duane and Craig will patch the crack in the meantime.
Larry Templeton is asking on behalf of Sarah Peek if concrete tiles could be used to divert water to the culvert and alleviate the buildup of water in her horse pasture.  Our city employee with go look at the issue...Susan asks that ditches be cleaned out on Chapman and Garfield. Water backs up and eventually floods Smith St.... Mr. Templeton shared a letter from the DNR regarding his race track. He will not proceed with doing anything with his semi-trailer until the council has checked the area he is referencing and give their approval.
Fire Department- can city pay half of door openers on the first 3 bay doors of the original building. Kevin Tanner-donation of $200. City approved $800....The annual Fall Festival will be on Saturday September 13... The AED grant allows a key-less entry to be installed on one of the community building doors, a person could call 911 and dispatch would give the PIN code to access the AED.  The council agreed to have a key-less entry on the south door.
Street Department-Larry found 1100-1200 ft. of 12” clay bell storm drain pipe that needs cleaned out from Shaw east and then into field to the south.   Craig Alexander will get some tiling prices.
Water/Waste water-a large amount of water goes through lagoon during times of heavy rain, it was decided to stay with current contract with Utility Service Group for maintenance of the water tower.  
Parks and rec-The roof on the shelter house at the volleyball court needs replacing. We will be needing concrete for repair on Prairie St and possibly put a sidewalk from the north steps of bandstand to the main sidewalk. No action taken on this issue at this time. Ideal Ready mix will not charge us for delivery.
Old business-The council wants the businesses to abide by Police Chief Jeff Johnson recommendation that bands stop playing by 1am. The trailers for the bands must be moved from blocking any street by 10 a.m. the next morning.
New business-council approved a resident to match the paint color with the concrete color to paint over yellow paint on street curb. He has had no success with trying to remove the paint with paint stripper.
The neighborhood watch group wants to donate the funds in that account to use for new tables for the Community Building. Susan will get prices on tables.
The 4-H group is looking for some service projects around town, the council approved the 4-H group to paint the outside trash cans at the Community Building and at the Park uptown, do weeding at the volleyball court and paint the lattice around the Bandstand.
Duane Bedford, Mayor Pro Tem called the meeting to order. Council Members present were Susan Beecher, Dana Blue, Crystal Moore, and Jay Pierschbacher, and Wendy Nickell, City Clerk. Mayor Ed Scheel was absent.  Also in attendance- city employee Larry Mitchell and Fire Chief Craig Alexander. Visitors were Craig Gooder, Vicki Jordan, Jake Rodgers, Shanna Rodgers, Larry Templeton, Kevin Tanner and Daryl Nine,
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday July 7.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Story Time at the LIbrary cancelled

CANCELLED



Story Time Arrives Again! 


The Museum will be offering story time again this summer beginning this Friday, June 6 at 1 p.m. for ages 4-7. Craig Gooder will be again sharing treasures of literature. See you there.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

First Baptist Church Mission Adventure Kids

Starting Wednesday, June 4th through August 20th from 7-8 p.m., the First Baptist Church will be holding a summer Wednesday evening kids program called Mission Adventures.  Kids are invited to travel the world this summer as they study missionary adventures of the past and present!  Kids will earn a stamp in their passport for each night they are present, games and snacks from all over the world will be enjoyed by everyone attending.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Reminder- Russell City-Wide Garage Sale

Reminder-Russell City-Wide Garage Sale

  June 7, 8-noon, The Russell City-Wide Garage Sale. Please notify Roberta (535-4191) or Wanda (535-4361) to get on the map. 

  The Museum will be offering beefburgers, hot dogs, chips and a dessert for sale. 
  
  If you don't want to do your own sale, the Museum will accept donations for their sale.

  The Russell Wayside Garden Club will also be having their annual plant sale at the same time in front of the museum.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Council Meeting on May 13th

Council Meeting Mini-Minutes

  Regarding the property at 803 S Prairie, Ray Meyer explained the deed Wells Fargo is giving the property to the City of Russell. This is not a standard deed. It is somewhat like a quit claim deed. The city will put the property up for bids when all paperwork is completed and the city has complete ownership.  On a motion by Duane with second by Dana, the city will accept the property at 803 S. Prairie from Wells Fargo Bank. 
  The second reading of Ordinance 141 regarding charges for meter-repairs was approved on a motion by Dana and second by Susan.  Dana made the motion to waive the third reading.
  Willis Chambers-introduced himself and is running for Lucas Co Sheriff. He would appreciate any votes on June 3.
  It was discussed that all businesses in town need to give the council a schedule of events.  There was a trailer that was across the west end of Short St and was still blocking the street until 3:45 p.m. the next day.  The council will compile a list of requirements for any business that has outdoor activities to follow.  
  Fire Chief Craig Alexander gave the Fire Department report. They have been awarded a SCICF grant to buy pumps and motors for the grass trucks. Craig received pricing to put openers on the three bay doors of the original building at a approximate cost of $2400. He asked if the city could pay half of the cost. No decision was made.
  Street repairs are ongoing. A repair was done on a sinkhole on South Prairie, a water leak that wasn't tamped properly. It will be repaired after trucks have driven over the area for 2-3 weeks. The Mayor will approach Scott McGee about doing the cement repair to the street.
  There was a lengthy discussion about blocked culverts on E Shaw, Chapman and Garfield that causes water to go over the road. Kevin Tanner will check with Chariton City manager to see if Russell can rent the jetter the City of Chariton has to use to open up blocked culverts.
  Kevin Tanner asked about procedure to get water in his shop.
  There is needed repair to the curb at the post office and also to repaint that area.
  Craig Gooder asked about abandoned properties and if that issue will be addressed. Jeff Johnson explained how derelict/abandoned properties are addressed in Chariton.  The Mayor asked the Jeff to compile a list of properties that need to be mowed.
  Council members present were Crystal Moore, Susan Beecher, Dana Blue, and Duane Bedford. Jay Pierschbacher was absent. Others in attendance were Ray Meyer; City employee Larry Mitchell; Police chief Jeff Johnson and Fire chief Craig Alexander. Visitors were Sarah Peek; Larry Templeton; Penny Stouwie; Kevin Tanner; Willis Chambers; Dave Hager; Marilyn Evans; Corey Paige; Pat Conway; James Stewart and Craig Gooder.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday June 2 at 7pm.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Around Town May 20th

A correction is being made to an article in last week's news.  It was Mark McCurdy who went on the Mission trip to Africa.  My apology.
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Russell City Wide Garage Sale
The Russell City Wide Garage Sale is set for June 7, the same day as Chariton's, from 8 a.m. to noon.  Please notify Robert (535-4191) or Wanda (535-4361) to get on the map.
If you don't want to do your own sale but have objects you would like to get rid of, the Museum will accept donations for their sale.  
The Russell Wayside Garden Club will also be having their annual plant sale at the same time in front of the museum.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Around Town May 13

Around Town

           Congratulations to the following Russell area 
High School Graduates:

From Wayne Community High School: 
Faith  Sibert, will be attending Indian Hills Community College, 
Kelly McCurdy, enrolled at AIB 
Lorenzo Baker-Martinez will attend Grand View University in Des Moines.  
From Chariton Community High School:
Chasen Blue will enroll at Graceland 
George Collins is selecting between Indian Hills or DMACC 
Madison Feehan will attend Iowa School of Beauty 
Dusty Simmons is enrolled at Indian Hills 
Stephen McCurdy is enrolled at William Penn University
Alex Reynolds plans include attending Indian Hills  
(If any of this is in error or we have omitted anyone we apologize and urge you to  contact us and we will print corrections. (e-mail myoak10@gmail.com or call 641-535-2402)
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Area Medical Personnel on Mission Trip to Africa
  On May 5th , Mark McCurdy departed with a group of EMT’s, firefighters, nurses and other medical professionals on a mission to Zambia, Africa. They will be gone for ten days to help the community of Kalele, Zambia. He has a objective of getting an updated fire engine to the community and helping to train the firefighters in Kalele, Zambia on how to use the fire engine. The group will work with the local EMT’s and help develop efforts to treat patients in the field and in the local hospital.
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Russell Museum/Library Thanks Community
  The Russell Museum/Library  wishes to thank the community for their support in a successful breakfast fundraiser held on May 3.  Over half of the bill for the furnace repair was met. If you haven't ever been there, come see what your local volunteers are doing to provide service to the community.
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  Wednesday, May 28th ,  6:30 p.m. First Baptist Church will  be holding a closing program for Kids4Truth. Each class will be performing, kids will be promoted,  and they will also be kicking off  VBS . Refreshments will be served after the program. Parents are encouraged to attend as well as others who may be interested in joining next year.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Russell News April 29

Saturday, May 3rd, Russell Clean-up Day, 8 a.m. to noon, $15 for car or pick-up load. There will be a scrap person taking these items at cleanup day. He will accept for free: washer and dryers, refrigerators (must be empty of all food), air conditioners, small propane tanks, water heaters, stoves and computer towers (no monitors or TV's). Country trash will take TV’s -$10.00 each, computer monitors $10.00 each and standard size tires $5.00. 

Also on Saturday, May 3, 7:30 to 10 a.m.  The Russell Museum will be holding a breakfast fundraiser at the Museum to help pay for repairs on the furnace/air conditioner. Items available will be pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and rolls. This is a free-will offering. Come enjoy the meal and fellowship on your way to the Russell Clean-up Day that morning.