(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Nov. 15, 2002)
10 YEARS AGO
Several improvements to the Washington Municipal Airport are drawing positive reactions from around the state, Mike Roe, president of the Airport Commission, said during last week’s Washington City Council meeting.
“We’re getting good comments on the facility out there [from the] fuel farm [to] the facility as a whole,” Roe said at the beginning of his update.
The Washington County supervisors heard this morning that 95 percent of the careers that Iowa students would consider choosing are available in Iowa.
“It’s just a matter of getting them in the doors of those workplaces,” said Mary Lou Erlacher of the Workplace Learning Connection (WPC).
The WPC is affiliated with Kirkwood Community College, and helps link students of all ages with employers through job shadowing and unpaid internships.
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Washington County Conservation Board (WCCB) and the Washington County Board of Supervisors in the lawsuit concerning timber management at Sockum Ridge.
20 YEARS AGO
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of America, the Washington Knights of Columbus recently sponsored a poster contest for St. James Elementary students. The winners are kindergarten to third grade: Erin Ledger, first place; Melissa Kos, second place; Justin Letcher, third place; fourth through sixth grade: Jonathan Greiner, first place; Jessica Capper, second place; Nicole Dayton, third place; and honorable mention to kindergartner Tiffany Stout and first-grader Bethany Vittetoe.
The Washington County Hospital board will decide soon if it will hire outside help to determine what direction the institution will take in the future. The estimated cost is $4,200 to $5,000.
30 YEARS AGO
Ainsworth City Council met Nov. 2 with routine business on the agenda. The final reading of the snowmobile ordinance was heard. This regulation states that snowmobiles may be ridden on city streets only as an entrance or exit to the rider’s home or on the way to or from work outside the city. Snowmobile speed is 15 miles per hour. The city council also matched the $250 to purchase decorations for the town.
Two newly elected board members, Robert Shepherd and Ferd Marie, are to be sworn in Wednesday evening at the Washington County Hospital’s regular board meeting.
Friends of the DAR have expressed a great deal of interest in the restoration of the Alexander Young Log House, which has been a historic landmark and a focal point of the community for 70 years. The cabin is located at Sunset Park here.
40 YEARS AGO
Sgt. Steve Eagle and friend Sgt. Gene Monsett of Cannon AFB, New Mexico, were weekend guests in the Clem Eagle home.
Sweeping changes in the Washington Junior High School math curriculum, primarily affecting the eighth-grade individualized math instruction, have been approved by the board of education and will be implemented soon. The major change will allow advanced students to complete their eight-grade course work in three school quarters and begin Algebra I, formerly a ninth-grade course, during the final quarter.
Bill Seifert Jr. is spending the week here in the local Seifert store and central office. He has been spending time at the various stores in preparation for taking over the management of the new store in Ames, around the first of the year.
50 YEARS AGO
Washington captured five spots on the two all-conference football teams selected by conference newspaper sports writers. Both ends Gene Zeck and Dan Kos along with fullback Jerry Stalder earned berths in the first all-conference teams. Quarterback Bob McClure and linebacker Marcus Henry were chosen on the second team.
William Helscher, Judd Mallory and Paul Miller of Washington have been elected members-at-large of the Wauhawk district committee at the meeting of the Boy Scout leaders held in Wellman.