Drakesville

By Andrea Bogert

This year the Master Gardeners have four students. Each week they do a field experience locally and will also have a day at Iowa State University. I hosted a tour of my garden plantings on August 27. Other gardeners and local businesses will also host weekly field experiences.

Three of my sisters and I traveled to Guttenberg this past weekend. It was an early birthday weekend for Deb. We toured Pattison Dairy; owner Lee Pattison is a cousin of my brother-in-law. He upgraded his milking operation to robotic milkers last year — the robots are made in Pella. They are currently milking 340 cows. They average five births a week; any baby calf is adorable! We chatted with one of the workers, Jess, who is from Wisconsin, She is a city girl who decided she liked cows. It’s a small world, as she lived in Davis County for a couple years. She is now raising her own Guernsey cows and takes them to cattle shows during the summer.

We then traveled down the road to see Lee’s wife, Sara. She is a chef and world traveler. The Mississippi is in their backyard. She roasted and grilled a great lunch and we ate in their outdoor kitchen.

We stayed in Dubuque and Deb drove us around to the sites where she does her plein air painting.

Of course, we also had to stop at a couple greenhouses.

Drakesville area residents, if you have any information about your trips, reunions, or local events, please contact me and I will add it to the news.

Moulton

By Carol Howard

Orleans Church Youth Group will be starting their youth group on Wednesday evenings starting this Wednesday, September 11, from 7-8 p.m. There will be Bible lessons, songs, treats and games from 7-8 p.m. Call 641-642-3781 for a ride.

Moulton Christian Church will be starting their SMASH (PreK-6 grade) and CREW (7 grade-high school) youth on Wednesday evening starting this Wednesday, September 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be a meal served from 6-6:30 p.m. with lessons, songs and games starting at 6:30 p.m.

Our Moulton Chamber of Commerce and M-U School have done it again and put together another great Moulton Jamboree. I heard good and bad comments, but the weather was great and a lot of people put a lot of time and effort into the three days to bring the community together to show support for our little area.

Thursday evening the Chamber hosted a BBQ held at T & L with seating outside the store. They served 111 meals and ran out of pulled pork sandwiches. It was a gorgeous evening to sit around and visit with your neighbor. Then, wandering on down to the stage, the crowd was entertained by gospel music furnished by Ashley Brinegar and Darrell Koehler from the Fairview Church of the Brethren. Following the music, 25 small 5-9 year old children from the Moulton area entertained the audience with the answers to their questions in the Prince and Princess contest. Contest director Sarah Ogden said things went very smoothly and the newly selected Princess was Kenna Lancaster, daughter of Casey and Paula Lancaster, and the Prince was Wyatt Brinegar, the son of Ashley and Ryan Brinegar.

Friday evening the crowd was entertained with Kevin Horner, a ventriloquist, and also the Bill Riley Talent Contest.

Saturday morning started off bright and early with the 5K run and the car show. This year the car show was the Richard Payne Memorial Car Show. Tammy Wheeler and Kenny Wood, the organizers, were very pleased when there were over 100 cars exhibited. Best of Show was a 61 Chevrolet Biscayne shown by Vicki Scott of Bloomfield. The Richard Payne Memorial Award went to a special Pontiac car. It went to Dave Fenton of Moravia for his 65 Pontiac GTO.

Saturday you had lots of choices of where to eat lunch. The Sports Association had their stand. The American Legion was serving their normal chili and hamburgers — 90 gallons of chili were served. After prom committee was serving sandwiches. Christian Church had their large buffet meal of roast pork and ham ball. T & L was also available. Oh, and I forgot there was also carnival food. Last that I checked, everyone was pretty busy at noon so I guess that means that everyone was eating something somewhere (smile)!

Promptly at 1 p.m., “A Century of Service” parade started. The service men that presented our nation’s colors traveled here from Cedar Rapids. This always puts me in awe at the start of any parade. This year the parade included 41 entries — plus cars and tractors. There were three grand marshals — Robert Morrow, Richard Southern and Ralph E Newcomer, Jr (deceased).

The parade floats are divided into divisions by school grades, church and organizations. Moulton Community Betterment pays prize money of $50, $25 and $15 for first, second and third places in each float division and $75 for the Overall Parade Winner.

• Kindergarten, 1, 2 and 3: First place went to the 1st grade class, second place went to the 3rd grade class and Kindergarten received third place. It was announced that all of the winners in this division — teachers and students — voted to give back their winnings to the local Legion and the Legion Auxiliary.

• Grades 4, 5 and 6: First place went to 6th grade, second place west to 4th grade and third place went to 5th grade. The 6th grade also received the Overall Parade Prize with their theme as “Veterans Paved Our Way: Education Keeps Us Moving. Life is a Highway With Freedom and Education.” The 6th grade teacher is Lynne Taylor.

• Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: First place went to the 12th grade, second place went to the 9th grade, and third place went to the 11th grade.

Fairview Church of the Brethren was the first place winner in the Church Division.

The local PEO Sisterhood was the first place winner in the Organization Division.

The Lapland Antique Tractor and Equipment Club drew in 14 antique tractors for their display in the afternoon. They were from the Mystic, Moulton, Udell, Centerville and Bloomfield areas. This, along with Andy Withrow, Richard Taylor and Jerry Daniels operating their threshing and baling machines, made for some old-time demonstrations.

Meanwhile, there were 11 teams participating in a Corn Hole Tournament. It was great that Neebz Graphix contributed some of their boards to the Chamber for this tournament. The Corn Hole Tournament winners were first place, Justin Ricard and Wes Deevers; second place, Logan Jarr and Trent McDermott; and third place, Kylie and Stewart Nebel.

Saturday evening the 2019 Moulton Jamboree Queen crowned was Abbie Probasco; first runner up was Lexi Smith; second runner up was Alannis Emmart; third runner up was Alyssa Savage; and Miss Congeniality was Alicia Savage.

Pulaski

By Deb Baughman

Well no, the Pulaski Corn Show Parade was not held in Bloomfield Saturday, despite what you may have heard.

The grand marshals of the parade were all the local businesses who sponsored the festival. The Veatch family won best float, so they get to choose next year’s theme. New events this year included a Little Farmer contest. According to Jerry Robison, the whole event was really good with excellent weather until Saturday night and the rain that cancelled the tractor pull on Sunday. Jerry said the Augspurger family continued their Corn Show reunion tradition. There were 79 people attending the wonderful morning worship service. Rock of Ages praise band and the Kelly sisters provided praise music, including the Kellys’ hit song. I am sorry I missed it, and everyone thanks Jerry and all the volunteers who make the Corn Show a continuing and lively fall festival for our little town.

I spent the weekend with some sisters touring northeastern Iowa. We visited Garnavillo, Guttenberg and Dubuque, with that area’s completely different landscape than southern Iowa’s —hilly, very curvy roads and rocks; lots of rocks. The bean fields have started to change color there. We toured a large robotic dairy farm, which had 600+ herds of black and white cows and calves. When we met one of the young workers, she asked where we were from. We are used to many people not having heard of Davis County, Bloomfield or Pulaski. Not the case there; this former city girl from near Green Bay who loves cows, had lived in Bloomfield and worked a dairy farm for a couple of years in Davis County. She knew a lot of local people (Luke, Lori and Snowman, Teri). She now has some of her own cattle and shows at various State fairs and the Cattle Congress, in addition to her job working on the dairy we visited. It’s a small world!

Last weekend Gin Lammert and I participated in the Amana Plein air event sponsored by Catiri’s Art Oasis Gallery. It was perfect weather and 44 artists were there, including several who have participated in Bloomfield in our December plein air event. I was very surprised and fortunate to come home with a second-place medal, and a small fig plant from the huge ones growing in Catiri’s back yard. We also got to walk through the woolen mill and see the huge looms where they weave their beautiful Amana wool blankets. There is a lot of construction going on around the woolen mill area, with a hotel being created in some of the old buildings there, and a watershed drainage project included in the paving and streetscape. Ginny camped this time under an oak tree, and had to move her camper due to loud crashing acorns on metal roofs.

Troy

By Donna Olinger

August 31 to September 1 Troy hosted a lock-in for our youth. Sara Lawson and Shannon Garrels led the overnight with games, scripture, music and cooking. The kitchen smelled delicious Sunday morning. The youth presented a virtual video during worship. It was a moving portrayal of how we are so busy with modern temptations we should remember to center ourselves on a relationship with God. This is the second year for this lock-in and we hope to continue it annually.

Plans for another fall hayride and wiener roast are in progress. Last year the wagon was full; we will make room for all.

Sunday’s service encouraged us to have hope. Not just superficial hope, but a deep, comforting hope assuring us that through God all things are possible.

The scripture of the week is Romans 15: 13, “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Pray for the victims of hurricanes.

Join us Sundays for worship — Cantril at 9 a.m. and Troy at 10:30 a.m.