Phyllis McCabe, 89, LS, Cresco

Phyllis Irene McCabe, 89, passed away on Jan. 26, 2012 at the Cresco Care Center in Cresco, Iowa.

Phyllis Irene DeGreve was born on Sept. 17, 1922 and grew up on a farm north of Cresco near Granger. She graduated from Cresco High School in 1939. She married J. Flynn McCabe on Dec. 27, 1943. They farmed near Lime Springs until 1973 when Flynn died. She moved to Cresco and worked at the creamery there for several years and then worked for the Community Action Agency in Decorah until she retired in 1988. For the next several years she did volunteer work with the meals site operated by the Area One Agency on Aging. She has been a resident at the Care Center the past six years. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s and Notre Dame parishes.

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Loma J. Roske, 73, Osage

Loma J. Roske, age 73, of Osage, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. She is the stepmother of Jill (Steve) Johnson of Lime Springs.

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Arthur Prinz, 84, of Lime Springs

Arthur Carl Fred Prinz, 84, of Lime Springs, Iowa, passed away Jan. 24, 2012, at the Riceville Family Care and Therapy Center in Riceville, Iowa.

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Gala shows generosity of community Haircut goes for $75, quilts for $800, $900, necklace for $1,000

Ruthie Fritcher shows her appreciation of hubby Dave after he purchased the sterling silver necklace with a micropave pendant donated by Holstroms and Dean and Libby Schwade for $1,000.

Someone greased the wallets of those attending the Second Annual Winter Gala! This year’s live auction raised over $2,500 more than last year at $9,315. Last year’s auction raised over $6,500 for Spring Ahead Learning Center (SALC).

Seventy persons were served the chicken in wine sauce supper on Jan. 21, which is down a few from last year, but that didn’t stop them from opening up their wallets and donating!

Those not able to afford a $75 haircut from Dale Reis could purchase children’s books. Barb Robinson explained. “I’ve been purchasing children’s books at reduced prices since Spring Ahead Learning Center’s inception. They are already donated to the center.” Now, others can pay full price for the books and have a “Donated by” sticker put on the inside.

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Will there be sweet corn for Sweet Corn Days?

That is a question that has plagued members of Lime Springs Community Club since it was announced in December that the Locker was closing. Owners of the Locker have supplied the corn cooking pot since Sweet Corn Days began 30 years ago.

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LSTP Picking up the slack

Lime Springs Travel Plaza Manager Sharly Rollie stands in the household/grocery aisle, which has been expanded since the closing of the Locker.

With the closing of the Lime Springs Locker and Grocery this month, residents have been concerned about how to get those forgotten recipe items while cooking dinner. It isn’t very convenient to jump in the car and run to Cresco, 13 miles away.

The Lime Springs Travel Plaza is trying to fill that void. Manager Sharly Rollie said, “With the Locker being closed, we are stocking more items.” She has already expanded the grocery and household aisle to include more baking items, such as flour, sugars, Bisquick, shredded cheese and a larger variety of cereals. “We are also ordering more bread and buns.”

She added, “If anyone asks for something, we are willing to get it in. I will take suggestions on items to order.” The business is also able to expand to another aisle to hold grocery items if needed.

A few brave souls managed to attend the first of four Think Tanks at the Lime Springs Community Center on Monday, Jan. 23. There are three more chances to help out the community by participating in the sessions.

The first session was designed to find ideas on how to promote the local culture and natural and agricultural resources. The Jan. 30 topic is about economic development; Feb. 6 is transportation and housing; and the Feb. 13 session will be about community facilities, infrastructure and utilities. The sessions start at 6:30.

Those attending get credit for in-kind hours which helps with matching grants in the future. Each session is different. You did not need to attend the first session to attend the rest.