(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Dec. 27, 2002)
10 YEARS AGO
It seems every year students at Washington High School find themselves involved with holiday season service projects.
They’re just not used to this many at once.
WHS’ Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), Business Professionals of America (BPA), Washingtonian staff, Volunteers of Washington (VOW), and Peer Helpers (a student-to-student mentoring and social group) all have projects going on this year to provide toys, clothes, and food to the area’s needy families.
The Washington County supervisors addressed two housing issues during their meeting this morning.
The first was a request to consider establishing a tax increment financing (TIF) district north of town to allow for a new housing development next to Water’s Edge.
20 YEARS AGO
The contract for six Washington County paving projects planned for 1993 was awarded last week to Fred Carlson, Decorah. Carlson, the low bidder, offered to complete the work for $2,434,218. There were five other bidders for the work which will start in June or July.
It was a weekend of big performances around the area, especially in wrestling as two grapplers achieved something that few do. Adam Greiner of Mid-Prairie got his 100th career win, Saturday in front of the home crowd at the first-ever Mid-Prairie Golden Hawks’ tournament. Dan Sweening of Highland is close to 100 with 96, but he already put a big feather in his cap by upsetting the state’s top 152-pound wrestler in Class 2A, Ryan Cummings of Mediapolis.
Washington County supervisors today approved a change order in the construction contract to remodel the upper floor of the former county home Old Main building, to eliminate the danger of lead paint to residents.
30 YEARS AGO
Casey Renee Sievert of Oskaloosa celebrated her first birthday Sunday with a party in her honor at her home. In the afternoon, her grandmother, Hazel Sievert, attended church in Oskaloosa with the Richard Sievert family and had lunch in their home. About 20 friends gathered for birthday cake and to watch the honoree tear into her gifts.
Forty-two residents of Autumn Park enjoyed the Christmas potluck dinner Thursday evening. The committee members were Thelma Mast, Agnes Beliel and Agnes Messenger. Christmas carols accompanied on the piano by Rita Lowry were sung and Orrine Hart also played several numbers.
Mayor Ray Minnick was honored at the meeting of Noon Kiwanis this week, presented by Ralph Marshall. It was in recognition of Minnick’s devotion to his office.
40 YEARS AGO
WELLMAN — Huge clouds of black smoke, pouring from a fire that destroyed a building housing C & C Industries, blanketed the business district of this small town, Sunday. Authorities say they anticipate several smoke-damage claims will be filed with insurance companies.
Tom Pearl, MNFM, arrived by plane Saturday from Long Beach, Calif., to spend Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Pearl. He is stationed on the destroyer USS Edison and will report back for duty, Dec. 27.
50 YEARS AGO
Several members of the Royal Order of the Moose took 18 residents of the United Presbyterian Home, the Pines Rest Home and Halcyon House for a tour of Washington, Monday evening to see the local Christmas decorations.
The Camp Fire girls and the Bluebirds joined in caroling this afternoon after school with Mrs. Yaro Chmelar leading. Afterward, they all took mittens to the mitten tree at the library.