(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Oct. 18, 2002)
10 YEARS AGO
Tara Rohrig of Ainsworth spent part of Friday leading blindfolded children from tree to tree. That’s just one of her duties as the Americorps employee working for the Washington County Conservation Department.
A group of eight or nine adults attended last night’s Washington City Council meeting to express their concerns and frustrations about illegal drug activity in the city and in Washington County.
The Washington County supervisors learned today that Iowa’s lowest-in-the-nation Medicare reimbursement rate is affecting the Washington County Ambulance Service.
Ambulance director Richard Young told the supervisors during their weekly meeting this morning that since April 1, the service has only received $225 from the government and $56 from the Medicare patients it takes or transfers to a hospital.
20 YEARS AGO
A prohibited practice complaint has been filed with the Iowa Public Relations Board against the Washington Community School District by the Washington Education Association, according to school officials. Superintendent Kim Kreinbring told the Washington School Board last week that the complaint concerns a proposed change in the district’s health insurance carrier.
If funds can be found and if a foolproof system can be discovered, the Washington County Courthouse may be outfitted with an alarm system which would directly ring into the Washington Public Safety Center in case of an emergency.
Emerging Child Care Service is expanding because of new money received. The five counties received $42,000 for fiscal year 1992-93. Program director Georgann Haeffner said the challenge is making people aware of its existence.
30 YEARS AGO
Galen Howsare, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Howsare of Crawfordsville and a 1968 graduate of WACO High School, has written a math textbook in collaboration with Glendon W. Blume and Julie A. Graham. The trio worked over a year to produce “Algebra and Trigonometry: Structure and Method, Book II” with an emphasis on computer activities, which was recently published by Houghton-Mifflin Corp.
The Mid-Prairie FFA chapter held its annual Appreciation Night at the high school, Oct. 21. The Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree was presented to Bob and Dora Kallaus, publishers of the Kalona News. This is the highest honor the chapter can bestow upon individuals.
Railroad tracks in the Washington area, which have seen little or no activity during the past two years, soon will be handling the Milwaukee Road freight trains. Work is progressing on the restoration of the former Rock Island Railroad Line from Washington to Muscatine. Complete rehabilitation is expected by Nov. 20.
40 YEARS AGO
The board of supervisors updated the county’s ambulance equipment considerably today with the purchase of a new vehicle. Purchase price was $13,650, which includes an optional scoop, a stretcher that facilitates handling of the sick and injured.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Obal and their three children of Council Bluffs were weekend gusts of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Singleton and the Claire Keatings. The Obal family are former residents of Perdock Court here.
The budget for the 1973 Washington Community Chest has been set at $37,830. The Washington County Association for Mentally Retarded Citizens is a new participant in the Chest budget this year.
50 YEARS AGO
Mr. and Mrs. Stan Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Knupp, and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stewart attended Parents’ Day at Drake over the weekend. Their son and daughters, Phil Foster, Sara Knupp and Ann Stewart, are all at Drake.