Pictured are members of the Montezuma FFA Floriculture team. They are, from left: Ellen Cook, Bryson Stockman, Brady Boulton and Jordan Ranfeld. The team finished third at state.
Congrats to the 2022 Montezuma FFA Floriculture team for their third place finish at state! This team dedicated lots of time and hard work to learning about horticulture production, plant identification, and problem solving with FFA Advisor Hannah Garland this spring and summer. Additionally, they had the opportunity to make a variety of plant arrangements with the help of Jennifer Schuur, owner of Montezuma Floral.
“I enjoy helping the kids,” said Schuur, who was in FFA floriculture in high school. “I am thankful for the opportunity to pass my knowledge on. It is fun to see the students development from day one until the competition.”
Individual rankings: Bryson Stockman, third; Brady Boulton, 13th, Ellen Cook, 14th, and Jordan Ranfeld, 27th.
Montezuma Junior High Softball and Baseball teams traveled to Brooklyn to take on the BGM Bears on Wednesday, June 15. Pictured are both the "A" and "B" teams.
Past Vertical will be providing the tunes at the first of three Montezuma Booster Bash events on Thursday, June 23 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on the town square.
By J.O. Parker
Join us for another summer of fun for the first of three Montezuma Community Development Booster Bash family events on East and South sides of the Montezuma Square on Thursday, June 23 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Montezuma resident Adam Hubbard and his band, Past Vertical, will be providing the tunes. There will be pony rides for the kids, a car show and the Poweshiek County Conservation Archery Trailer will also be on hand. The Montezuma American Legion will be serving fresh watermelon and the United Methodist Church is hosting a bake sale. The Montezuma High School Fine Arts Department is serving hamburgers and hot dogs and By the Fire Pizza truck will be dishing up the pizzas.
This is the second year for the Booster Bash events to be held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Two other Booster Bash events are slated for Thursday, July 28 and Aug. 25.
Do you have an activity or entertainment in mind? Let us know, we’d love to partner with you! The Montezuma Community Boosters are looking for vendors who would like to sell their products (food vendors, garden produce, arts and crafts, home businesses, etc.) or promote their services. Civic groups and government entities are welcome to exhibit, as well! Vendor set-up is free of charge. If you are a local business, artisan, or organization and would like more information, call Deb at 641-623-2177.
Summer is a wonderful time to get together and celebrate. Come join us on the square this summer for Montezuma Booster Bash!
Members of the Deep River Morrison-Schrader American Legion Post 296 firing squad give the three-volley salute during Deep River Memorial Day services on Monday, May 30.
Montezuma American Legion Auxiliary Unit 169 President Bea Hensel and American Legion Commander Ron Hensel prepare to place the wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier as a token of our enduring memory during Montezuma Memorial Day services on Monday, May 30.
Pictured are members of the 4-H Poweshiek Prowlers 4-H teams who finished first at the second annual Iowa State WHEP (Wildlife Habitat Education Program) competition on Saturday, May 21 at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City. From left: William Schalmo, Frances Pederson, Ivy Kellogg, Haley Princehouse, Coach; Cora Kellogg, Lily Smith, Madeline Anderson and Wyatt Anderson. The team of fourth – tenth graders met virtually and in-person once a week since November to prepare for the competition.
By J.O. Parker
Congratulations to the Poweshiek County's Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) team for capturing a first place finish at the second annual state WHEP competition held at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City on Saturday, May 21.
This is the second year that Poweshiek has captured a first place finish at the state WHEP competition. These students are known as the Poweshiek Prowlers.
WHEP is the Wildlife Habitat Education Program who partners with 4-H. WHEP teaches youth all about different species, environment areas, and wildlife management programs. This year’s competition focused on the tallgrass prairie and urban ecoregions and species.
The Prowlers have been studying and practicing since November to compete in the competition. They put in a ton of hours with their coaches, Amy Andrews, Poweshiek County Naturalist; Signey Hilby, Poweshiek County Program Assistant; and Haley Princehouse, Poweshiek County 4-H Youth Educator, as well as on their own to prepare for this contest. The group of 4th – 10th graders met virtually and in-person once a week since November to study a 200 plus page manual that covered ecosystems, wildlife species, and concepts related to land and wildlife management.
According to Andrews and Kaycie Waters, a 4-H statewide coordinator with the WHEP program, the course work the team learned was geared more toward college students.
“It is so great to see youth outdoors and excited to be involved in conservation,” said Waters. “These youth are learning about the importance of conservation management and how to be stewards of the land. The future of conservation is bright.”
Poweshiek had two teams comprised of seven youth compete this year. Nineteen youth from five teams participated in the competition this year.
The Prowlers team 1 consisted of Cora Kellogg, Ivy Kellogg, Frances Pederson and William Schalmo. The Prowlers team 2 consisted of Madeline Anderson, Wyatt Anderson and Lily Smith.
At Saturday's competition, both teams worked together to write a three-page plan that described how they would manage a specific tract of land to meet the need of three target species - dickcissel, white-tailed deer and ring-necked pheasants.
Judges complimented them on their ability to write clearly and balance the trade-offs between the different habitats the three species required, along with their drawing skills during the map portion of their plans.
They were also graded on an individual test where they identified animal sounds, pelts, and answered questions about native prairie wildlife species. Medals were given for the top three individual test takers and William Schalmo placed second individually.
Between events, participants went on guided hikes and tours of the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge.
“If you see Cora, Ivy, Frances, William, Madie, Wyatt, Lily, or their families around, congratulate them on a job well done,” noted Princehouse. “They have been dedicated to this team and have put in a ton of hard work, and it shows. Great job representing Poweshiek County.”
Haley Princehouse, Poweshiek County youth educator (CYC) contributed to this article.
Members of the Montezuma American Legion Post 196 Fire Squad give the three-volley salute during Memorial Day services in 2021. This year's Memorial Day services starts at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30 at the Masonic IOOF Cemetery in Montezuma.
Following is a list of area Memorial Day services.
Montezuma Memorial Day services will be held at the Masonic IOOF Cemetery on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. The guest speaker is Dave Maxwell, Viet Nam Veteran and member of the House of Representative State of Iowa. The Montezuma Blakely Stevens Post 169 of the American Legion and its Auxiliary are hosting the services.
Montezuma American Legion Auxiliary Unit 169 President Bea Hensel will introduce this year’s Hawkeye Girls’ State Representatives, Sadie DeJong and Abby Cheney, and their reading of the Gettysburg Address. The reading of General Logan’s Orders by Post 169 Commander Ron Hensel and Boys’ State Representative, Justin Smith.
Montezuma Methodist Pastor Brian Cushman will sing “God Bless America.”
The Blakely Stevens Post 169 Ladies Auxiliary will place the wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier as a token of our enduring memory. Chaplain Boyd Sparks will give the invocation and the Post 169 firing squad will deliver the three-volley salute. The Montezuma High School Band, under the direction of Carri Burnett, will perform several patriotic numbers, including Taps.
Brooklyn and Malcom
A flag raising ceremony will be held at the Brooklyn Estates Nursing Home at 9 a.m., with assembly time at 8:30 a.m. The group will then proceed to the Brooklyn Cemetery for Memorial Day services at approximately 9:15 a.m.
Speaker for the services will be pastor Joyce Proctor of the Grace United Methodist Church. Others participating will be the BGM High School Band, Poweshiek Pioneers 4-H Club, Madison Moovers 4-H Club, Junior Troop 369 and Cadette Troop 633. The Legion Auxiliary will place the wreath (in honor of all the service men and woman who have answered the last call) with the American Legion Posts 294 and 733 firing squads giving the three-volley salute.
The BGM High School Band and Legion firing squads will proceed to the Malcom Cemetery where they will participate in the services at 10 a.m.
In case of rain, the services will be held at the high school in Brooklyn and at the Legion Hall in Malcom.
Slack-Light, Dresden, Guernsey and Deep River
The Deep River Morrison Schrader Post 296 of the American Legion is hosting Memorial Day services at four area cemeteries on Monday, May 30.
The day will begin at 9 a.m. at Slack-Light Cemetery (line up at the Legion Hall at 8:15 a.m.). Dresden Cemetery will be the next stop at 9:30 a.m. Guernsey Cemetery will follow at 10 a.m. Post 296 Commander Larry Webber will conduct ceremony orders at the above mentioned services. Commander Larry Webber will then introduce Randy Johnson, Vice Commander (Fifth District) of Iowa Department of the American Legion, who will deliver a speech.
The Deep River service will be held at Golden Rod Cemetery (Community Center if bad weather) beginning at 11 a.m.
Commander Larry Webber will conduct ceremony orders followed by the “National Anthem” performed by the Montezuma High School Band under the direction of Carri Burnett.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag will follow with Commander Larry Webber welcoming all. Auxiliary President Tammi Quinlan and SAL Squadron Commander Bob Wilhelm will pay respects to recent departed Veterans and Auxiliary members.
Invocation and Prayer for the Nation by Post Chaplain and Pastor Larry Naylor with the Church of Christ in Deep River. “Freedom is Not Free,” Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and “In Flanders Field” will follow.
Commander Larry Webber will introduce Randy Johnson, Vice Commander (Fifth District) of Iowa Department of the American Legion, who will deliver a speech.
The Montezuma High School Band will perform patriotic numbers with Legion/SAL and Auxiliary representatives depositing wreaths at markers.
Sergeant at Arms will give the "Salute our Departed Comrades.” The three-volley salute will follow with Legion Post 296 Bugler Zach Van Waardhuizen presenting Taps with echo.
Flag pick up will be Monday, May 30 at 5 p.m.
The Grinnell American Legion Post 53 and the VFW Post 3932 invite area residents to Memorial Day services on Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at Grinnell Central Park stage.
The Ladies Auxiliary will be laying wreaths for each major war. The event will include a prayer, three-volley salute and patriotic numbers by the Grinnell Community Band.
If it rains, the event will be held at the Elks Lodge.
The Victor American Legion Post 54 is hosting a Memorial Day service on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. The event will be held at the American Legion Post at 601 3rd St. After the service, there will be a short ceremony across the street from the Victor Memorial Cemetery with the laying of the wreath to the Unknown Soldier along with the three-volley salute and Taps.