It’s Homecoming week at BGM High School, Oct. 3 - 7. Pictured are members of the BGM Homecoming Court. From left, front row: Halina Hershey, Chloe Etten, Olivia DeGeeter, Karsyn Minnaert, Alliyah Hawkins, Mackinze Blankenship. Back row: David Kirkpatrick, Chryton Arens, Logan Heishman, Shamus Keller, Cooper Winter and Jacob Maurer. The Homecoming Parade is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 5:30 p.m. followed by the BGM Bear Backer Meal and Pep Rally in the elementary cafeteria and gym.
Homecoming Week Dress Up Days per Student Council
Monday, Oct. 3 - PJ Day
Tuesday, Oct. 4 - Adam Sandler Day
Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Dress your type day
Thursday, Oct. 6 - Class Colors Day (See below)
Friday, Oct. 7 - SPIRIT Day
7th and 8th Grade GREEN
TEACHERS & STAFF GRAY
The Homecoming Parade is at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Members of the 2022 Grinnell High School Homecoming Court are, from left: Amanda Small, Gretta Dodd, Tamer Bush, Jaylen Eitel, Grace Kiphanzu, Gene Blalock, Annika Ford, Janae Hall, Livie Herbers and Oliver Louden. The Homecoming Parade gets underway downtown at 5:30 p.m. followed by a pep rally and Dogs for Dollars at Central Park will follow the parade at around 6 p.m.
Grinnell-Newburg High School Homecoming Parade, sponsored and organized by Grinnell-Newburg Dollars for Scholars and the Grinnell Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held downtown on Thursday, Sept. 29! The Grinnell Tigers play the Keokuk Chiefs on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at T.T. Cranny Field!
Lineup for the parade begins: 4:30 p.m. (near Central Park, downtown)
Parade Begins: 5:30 p.m.
**2022 Route will be held in downtown Grinnell, with lineup being held on 4th Avenue & Park Street. The route will head north on Broad Street, west on 5th Avenue, south on Main and east on 4th Avenue. A Pep Rally and Dogs for Dollars, a fundraiser for Dollars for Scholars, will be held following the parade at approximately 6 p.m. in Central Park.
*Please Note: Candy should be thrown by walkers, as opposed to people riding on floats, for safety concerns.
All entries must be submitted by Sept. 27, 2022 to participate in the parade.
Harold Raffety enjoyed showing school children how to make a kit during their art class in this 2019 photo. Raffety joined the Grinnell Rotary Club in 1987. Dennis Anderson, who is also being recognized this year, joined the Grinnell Rotary Club in 1974. Both men passed away last year. Submitted photo.
The 2022 Kites Over Grinnell, now on its sixth year since its revival by the Grinnell Rotary Club, will honor the memory of two long-time Rotarians – Howard Raffety and Dennis Anderson.
Called “A Festival to Remember,” Kites Over Grinnell will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ahrens Park at 1510 Penrose Ave.
Anderson, who joined Rotary in 1974, passed away in October last year while Raffety, who joined Rotary in 1987, passed away in November.
Both their lives had been rooted in agriculture. Anderson, a native of Minnesota, came to Grinnell in 1969 and was plant manager at Cargill and then a hail adjustor for Grinnell Mutual. Raffety farmed for 60 years, representing the third generation of Raffety farmers in the area.
Megan Veldbloom, Raffety’s daughter who is carrying on the family’s farming tradition with her husband, Lance, said that her father joined Rotary in 1987 after she graduated from high school and went off to college. Since both her brother, Mike, and she were out of the house, she speculated that her father joined Rotary because he had more time on his hands.
“My father’s legacy is that he modeled being generous with his time,” said Veldbloom. “Through Rotary, he could be part of the community, get to know more people, and be an ambassador for agriculture.”
Raffety, in fact, made it a point to share crop reports at club meetings, according to Jim White, himself a long-time Rotarian. White recalled with fondness how Raffety would bring to the Club the first ear of corn that he would harvest. An Iowa State graduate, Raffety also kept members abreast of how Cyclones were doing during both the football and basketball seasons.
Anderson served as president in 1978-79. White said that as president, Anderson made sure that weekly speakers received the attention that they deserved.
“Rotary meant a lot to Denny,” according to his widow, Joy Anderson. “He enjoyed it very much.”
White said that both Anderson and Raffety were strong supporters of Rotary Scholarships that the Club awarded annually to numerous Grinnell High School students who went to college. Both always lent a helping hand at Rotary’s annual chicken barbecue.
“They did whatever good Rotarians do for the Club that they cared about,” said White.
The tradition of honoring Rotarians at Kites Over Grinnell was started in 2017 when the festival was dedicated in memory of Bob Brierly. The following year, three generations of the Urfer family – Samuel Urfer, Jim Urfer and Jim’s daughter, Julie Beach, were honored in 2018; Jim Ahrens in 2019, and Dewey Meyer in 2021. There was no Kites Over Grinnell in 2020 because of COVID.
For more information about Kites Over Grinnell, contact Bruce Blankenfeld at 641-990-1152.
German foreign exchange student, Nina Beier, second from left, is shown with, from left, Shadlee Hazelwood, Karlee Bellenger, host family member, and Caden LaKose, all members of the BGM Varsity Football Cheer Squad. Shadlee and Caden came to support their new teammate at the flag presentation and raising at the Brooklyn Avenue of Flags late last month. Nina, who is attending BGM during the 2022-23 school year, is cheering on the Bears sports teams.
By J.O. Parker
The Brooklyn community welcomed German foreign exchange student, Nina Beier, by hoisting a German flag at the Avenue of Flags late last month. Nina, who hails from a suburb of Berlin, is spending the 2022-23 school year at BGM.
“She plans to try as many new experiences as she can while here,” said Franci McClenathan, the new community representative for AYUSA, an exchange program based in San Francisco. “Her father was also an exchange student when he was in high school.”
Nina plans to take part in the BGM cheerleading squad cheering on the sports teams.
Her host family is Lacey, Karlee and Brock Bellenger.
The Ruritans of Brooklyn purchased the German flag for Nina to hoist at the Avenue of Flags.
“The flag will fly throughout her stay in Brooklyn and she will get to take it home with her when she returns home next spring,” McClenathan said.
German foreign exchange student, Nina Beier, middle, is joined by Lacey Bellenger, host mom at left, and Karlee Bellenger, host sister at right.
German foreign exchange student, Nina Beier, left, is joined by, from left, Emmett Taylor, Rusty Clayton, Brooklyn Ruritans; Angie Crabtree, Brooklyn Ruritan president; and Karlee Bellenger, host sister, prior to raising the Germany flag at the Avenue of Flags in Nina's honor last month.
German foreign exchange student, Nina Beier, right, is joined by Franci McClenathan, the new community representative for AYUSA, an exchange program based in San Francisco, following the raising of the German flag last month. Nina will spend the school year at BGM.
A number of Poweshiek County 4-H’ers had projects advance to the 2022 Iowa State Fair.
Seal of Excellence, Anna Johnson, Poweshiek Pioneers, Avian Bird Flu Presentation
Seal of Merit, Dasha LaRue, Mighty Golden Clovers, American Paint Horse Presentation
Seal of Excellence, Lucy Turley, Mighty Golden Clovers, Service Dogs Presentation
Seal of Merit, Molly Turley, Mighty Golden Clovers, Origami
Participation, Anna & Samuel Johnson, Poweshiek Pioneers, Taekwondo
Participation, Slane McCue, Mighty Golden Clovers, Oboe Solo
Participation, William Schalmo, Mighty Golden Clovers, Piano Solo
Blue, Cameyon James, Sugar Creek 4-H’ers, “Hereford an American Born Pig”
Blue, Linkyn Bru, Madison Moovers, Wheelchair for a disabled duck
Ag & Natural Resources:
Blue, Cameyon James, Sugar Creek 4-H’ers, Deer Food Plot
Blue, Kinze Lacaeyse, Poweshiek Pioneers, 8 X 10 Photo of Sunset & barn
Red, Leyton Lacaeyse, Poweshiek Pioneers, 8 X 10 Photo of Rainbow
Blue, Thea Larsson, Mighty Golden Clovers, 8 X 10 Photo of a Red Cone Flower
Blue, Thea Larsson, Mighty Golden Clovers, 8 X 10 Photo of Dog holding a rag
Blue, Grace Schalmo, Mighty Golden Clovers, 8 X 10 Photo of a Tree Frog on a Leaf
Red, William Schalmo, Mighty Golden Clovers, 8 X 10 Photo of a Frog in Moss
Blue, Ireland Sebetka, Sheridan, Photo of a Golden Retriever sitting in a Truck
Red, Tinsley Stowell, Poweshiek Producers, 8 X 10 Photo of a Robin’s Nest
Red, Alea Bru, Madison Moovers, Clay Carving and Painting of a Horse
Red, Molly Turley, Mighty Golden Clovers, Drawing of a girl
Red, Lucy Turley, Mighty Golden Clovers, Painting of a nurse and a Covid Germ
Food & Nutrition:
Blue, Breckyn Brand, Sugar Creek 4-H’ers, Dutch Letter Bars
Blue, Hayley Burnett, Deep River Helping Hands, Molasses Cookies
Blue, Rylie Smith, Sheridan, Sugar Cookies
Blue, Gracie Kaufman, Mighty Golden Clovers, Banana Bread
Blue, Ivy Kellogg, Sheridan, Coffee Cake
Blue, William Manatt, Poweshiek Pioneers, No Knead Bread
Blue, Andrew Arkema, Sugar Creek 4-H’ers, Black Wooden Chair with Cushion
Blue, Evan Arkema, Sugar Creek 4-H’ers, Square Wooden Table
Sewing & Needle Arts
Blue, Grace Schalmo, Mighty Golden Clovers, Crocheted Coasters
Blue, Breckyn Brand, Sugar Creek 4-H’ers, Hippology Quiz
Red, Casey DeZwarte, 4 Bar H, “For the Vets” Tri-fold
Red, Ava Seney, Sheridan, Seed Cards
Science, Engineering, & Technology:
Blue, William Manatt, Poweshiek Pioneers, “The Noble Gases” Tri-Fold