Pool is open and it’s ‘Blue’tiful

Steve Timmerman applies some putty to cracks in the Lime Springs Pool.

Some dedicated individuals have been working hard on getting the pool ready for kids this spring and they didn’t! Opening day is set for the day after school lets out—Saturday, May 29. An open house will be Memorial Day 5:00-7:00 p.m. with FREE swimming all day (1:00-9:00 p.m.)

Pool and Park Board members and concerned residents have put in many hours getting the shallow end more swimmer-friendly. But nobody has logged more hours than Steve Timmerman.
Last year, it was estimated to cost around $30,000 to fix the shallow end. The solution seemed to be to take out the old cement and put in new. Thank goodness for Timmerman, an Iowa DOT inspector for highways, culverts, bridges and erosion control. He figured his 37.5 years of knowledge of concrete structures might save his hometown some money and he was right! The project has cost about half of what was estimated.

Robinson attains Eagle

Sian Robinson’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor on April 18.

Sian Robinson, a former member of Lime Springs Boy Scout Troop 121 and current member of Cresco’s Troop 261 has attained the highest rank given by the Boy Scouts of America—Eagle.

Club gears up for summer

Junior Club member Zach Dietz helps plant flowers on May 22.

Community volunteers are still needed to sign up for watering plants this summer. That is what members of the Lime Springs Community Club learned at their May 17 meeting. To sign up, volunteers can contact Earl and Kareen Johnson or Johnson Comfort System.

Merlin W. Krueger, Sr., 92

Merlyn W. Krueger, Sr., 92, of  Friendship Village, died Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Lakeview Landing of Friendship Village. Merlyn William Krueger was born February 2, 1918, in Cresco, the son of  William and Ada Mae Fox Krueger.
Merlyn married Pearl Schmidt February 18, 1943 in Lime Springs, Iowa. He had worked at Stech’s DX, Dahl Motors and then for 24 years at Rath Packing Co., retiring in 1978. He served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.
He was a member of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church. He and Pearl liked to travel and did so extensively. He relaxed and spent his hobby time building many beautiful pieces of furniture and grandfather clocks.
Merlyn is survived by his wife, Pearle; daughters, Kay (Gary) Dickson of Collierville, Tenn. and Sue (Elvin) Meller of Waterloo; and sons, Merlyn Krueger Jr. of Greenleafton, Minn. and Davy (Marlene) Krueger of Waterloo.  Also, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren: Robert Dickson; James (Angela) Dickson and their sons Andrew “A.J.” and Nicholas; Jennifer (Jacob) Elwart and their children Johnathan, Julia and Josie; Scott Meller; Chad (Krueger) Strausser; Seth (Jodi) Krueger and their son Zachery; Tiffany (Shawn) Moses and their daughter Lakota; Michelle (Joe) Connell and their children Stanley, Jacob and Kaitlyn; and Heather Krueger.
Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents; three infant grandchildren; seven sisters, Florence Melcher, Myrtle Smith, Inez Gunnelson, Naomi Sommer, Vilda Mandelko, Lenora Lingbeck and Violet Reinhart; and one brother Eldon Kruger.
Services were held on May 25, 2010 at Walnut Ridge Baptist Church with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Waterloo. Memorials can be sent to  Iowa Waterloo Christian School or Friendship Village. Condolences may be made on line at http://www.LockeFuneralHome.com.

Ilah Emerson, 91, formerly LS

Ilah Lenore Emerson, 91, died peacefully in her own home on Sunday, May 23, 2010.
Born on April 27, 1919, in Lime Springs, Iowa, she was the daughter of Samuel and Esther (Phillips) Roberts and was very proud of her Welsh heritage.
Ilah was a resident of Des Moines for over 70 years and was a longtime member of Central Presbyterian Church.  She was united in marriage to Merle F. Emerson, and they were together for over 55 years.
Ilah is survived by her daughter, Gay (Tom) Ross of Des Moines. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Merle F. Emerson.

Working together . . . works

After surveying the finished project are Harold Chapman (Conservation), Mick Gamez (Supervisor), Elaine Niewoehner (Mayor of Chester), Pam Wendel (Partners in Progress), Elaine Govern and Don Burnikel (Supervisors) and Alice and Dean Schroeder with Jace (PIP).The idea first cropped up over 10 years ago and two or three Chester mayors. But it was the right people at the right time who were able to work together and get a canoe access built along the Upper Iowa River at Chester.

Looking for donations to pay for fire trucks

Lime Springs Mayor Barb Robinson said, “The Forest City Trustees and City fought a hard battle to come to an agreement over a purchase price for the fire trucks. Now, it’s going to be a stretch to get funds to pay for them.”

Looking for donations to purchase trucks

Lime Springs Mayor Barb Robinson said, “The Forest City Trustees and City fought a hard battle to come to an agreement over a purchase price for the fire trucks. Now, it’s going to be a stretch to get funds to pay for them.”

Fun event held in Cresco

Arielle Engelhart enjoyed stacking golf balls during the fun event in Cresco. MY Club is currently seeking male mentors for two Lime Springs boys ages five and seven.

Cresco – Prairie’s Edge Nature Center was the site for the most recent mentoring event hosted by MY Club, Howard County’s community-based mentoring program at Helping Services for Northeast Iowa.  Twenty-five mentors, mentees, and Steering Committee members gathered for a morning of fun activities on Saturday, May 15.

Steering Committee members and five high school students, working to earn their Silver Cord honors, set-up and facilitated several indoor and outdoor games for all to play.
Outdoor games included a spider web, three-legged races and Frisbee tosses. Indoor games included stack it up, defy gravity, hanky panky, breakfast scramble, nose job, dizzy mummy, hanging around, face the cookie, stack em and noodle around.

Benefit for McNamara Saturday

A benefit for Shaughn McNamara is set for Sat., May 15.

“The side effects of cancer are knocking my shorts off,” said Shaughn McNamara of Lime Springs when talking about his medical problems and the benefit to be held for him on Saturday, May 15.

Although McNamara was diagnosed with stage three Multiple Myeloma (a blood/bone cancer) in February, he and his family have not been able to concentrate on that disease as other problems have taken precedence.
Looking back, McNamara can see symptoms may have been cropping up for several years. He and wife Kris would usually put about 5,000 miles on their motorcycle a year but the past few years Shaughn didn’t feel up to riding and they only put on about 500. “I just thought I was getting old and tired,” he explained. That may be true, but it may have been the first sign.