(From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, April 4, 2003)
10 YEARS AGO
In regular session today the Washington County Board of Supervisors again opened discussion to resolving the financial crisis at Washington County Ambulance Inc. Richard Young, director and part owner of Washington County Ambulance Inc., presented documentation on a new bill now in Congress which will increase Medicare spending and reimbursements by $320 million in the next year and $2.5 billion in the next five years. This will not resolve the situation, but will certainly help.
City engineer Liz Finarty spoke with members of the Washington Chamber of Commerce this morning about the upcoming Downtown Sewer Rehabilitation Project.
As a member of the executive committee of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), rural Washington’s Yaro Chmelar is excited about keeping the staple Iowan cash crop one of the most versatile and sought after in the nation and in the world.
Fred Stark, retired Washington Community School District teacher, will be honored by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) at its annual delegate assembly in Ames. Stark will receive the association’s highest award, the Charles Martin Award, for service to the ISEA.
20 YEARS AGO
KALONA — With the recent memory of the fire which destroyed the Hitching Post Mall on Feb. 18 on their minds, the Kalona City Council voted Monday evening to instruct their Planning and Zoning committee to begin investigating the possibility of adopting selected sections of a state Life and Safety Code Manual.
Marty Lea Whitehead said she’s thinking about a barbecue May 19 to celebrate the Washington Economic Development Group’s (WEDG) latest accomplishment: WEDG is on the verge of completing the six-year task of selling the Iowa Southern Utilities speculative building on East 15th Street.
Jerry Brinning of rural Brighton participated in the Invent, Iowa! State Invention Convention April 3 in Des Moines. Nearly 300 inventors displayed their creations. Over 20,000 students from kindergarten to eighth grade participated at the local level. Brinning is the son of Tom and Louise Brinning.
30 YEARS AGO
KALONA — While acknowledging that the majority of the base bids for the Kalona Recreational Center renovations “probably were pretty tight,” the City Council is facing higher costs than anticipated. Originally estimated at $260,000, the plumbing and electrical work already has totaled $250,929. The mechanical contracting is not included yet.
The Washington Jaycees are sponsoring a “slave auction” in Central Park, Thursday. There will be a lot of “Yes, Master,” and “No, Master,” heard in Washington as a result of the fundraiser. Auctioneers Keith Murphy and Ross Green will conduct the auction with proceeds going toward community Jaycee projects.
Plans for a comprehensive renovation of the Washington County Courthouse were finalized by the county Board of Supervisors today. The estimate of the $100,000 plan called for replacing the courthouse’s 118 windows with aluminum-framed, insulated glass windows.
40 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Ursula Scheldrup announced the grand opening of her ladies’ wear store for Thursday, April 12. The new store will be located on the north side of the square in the building formerly occupied by Zelinsky Gifts. It will be called Put-On Ltd.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Young were in Des Moines this past weekend while she attended the Iowa Optometric Assistants Association. Young has been president of the association for the past two years. She is an assistant in the office of Drs. Smith and Westphal.
In a move to deter a serious shortage of nursing care facilities for the aged here, the Board of Trustees of Washington County Hospital voted Wednesday night to expand the hospital’s Long Term Care unit to 43 beds. The proposal was made by administrator Norman Jensen, who cited the recent closure of the Pines Rest Home and the announced July 1 closing of Sunny Haven Home.
50 YEARS AGO
More than 600 persons inspected a special meat exhibit during the three days it was in Central Park, according to Jim Frier, county Extension director.
Ron Marek is serving as historian and Phil Ahrens as social chairman of the Farm Operation Club at Iowa State University. Both are graduates of Washington High School.