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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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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