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Message From Our Mayor

May 10, 2013
Northern-Sun Print
Here we are in the first week of May and we can mow green grass one day and shovel 3” of snow the next day – only in Iowa. What a great way to welcome all the snow birds back home, especially my brother-in-law, Larry Jensen, who always waits until May 1st to come back. Last month I forgot to mention another council person with a joyful event in her life. That would be Betty Dahms and the birth of her great grandson. Congratulations, Betty! It has been a good winter for your elected officials in family expansion. We only have two council members left to celebrate new births-Trudi and Sam must be next! I would also like to take this time to congratulate Kendra Vavroch on her great year as 3rd District Jr. Auxiliary President. Good job, Kendra! It is also the time of year when many of our young people are graduating from both High School and College. Our young adults leave here representing our community very well. Most all of them are receiving additional honors along with their diplomas. Congratulations to all of you and to your parents for raising such fine young adults. The City of Gladbrook has seen many changes in the past few months including the new water tower along with new water lines. There are also some new faces in our businesses. Annie Stocker has joined with Gladbrook Insurance Agency bringing her skills as a real estate broker and insurance agent. This is a new type of business that we needed to have as a home base here in Gladbrook. Next if you have not been to Westbrook Acres you have missed what a great job they did with the interior being redone. New paint, new carpet, new vinyl flooring and new reception area make Westbrook a very inviting place. All this along with a great friendly and caring staff makes this a great place for our seniors to live. This comes from first hand experience with my mother living there and I would recommend Westbrook Acres to anyone. The latest business news is the announcement of Carolyn Moe selling Gifts of Grace to Deb Osborn. Carolyn has put in many years of running a Christian book store along with a cozy sandwich shop. We all owe Carolyn a big thank you for her dedication to running a business as well as all the time she puts in volunteering to help make Gladbrook a better place to live. Thank you Carolyn! Deb Osborn is a GR graduate and has lived in the Gladbrook community all of her life and along with her husband, Jim, has raised two girls both of whom are graduates of GR. Deb will take over the business sometime in June. Deb says she will close the store for just a few weeks when she takes over the business. Along with many of the same services that are now offered, she will be offering scrapbooking and photography. We wish Deb the best of luck and welcome her to Gladbrook’s Main Street. A few months ago we put out the call for help and volunteers for the Ambulance squad. Eight new people from our community have stepped forward and are willing to start training. This training will probably be in November. There is still time for a few more volunteers. If you are interested, please call me or Jeannie Paustian and we will get you signed up. The Fireman and Ambulance personnel are moving ahead with the new Fire and Ambulance building. Watch the paper and we will keep you informed of the progress. Corn Carnival dates are June 27 – 30.

Keith Sash, Mayor Death and taxes may be inevitable but they shouldn’t be related. J.C. Watts, Jr.



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