Robert “Bob” Henry Jr., 77

--img010Robert “Bob” Henry Jr., 77, passed away on Dec. 23, 2012 at St. Mary’s in Rochester, Minn. following a lengthy illness.

Robert Howard was born March 10, 1935, the only child of Robert Howard Sr. and Alfreda (Peterson) Henry in Washington, Penn. He was raised on the family sheep farm by his father and father’s sister, Goldie, after his mother died when he was a baby. He graduated from Trinity High School in 1953, earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science from Penn State University and went on to graduate school. Bob was in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960. He was wed to Janet Louise Wolfe on April 20, 1963, and to this union five children were born.

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2011 Christmas miracle continues

Tom and Notie Smith are just glad to have each other.

Tom and Notie Smith are just glad to have each other.

Second in a series

By Marcie Klomp

It was a normal day at Cresco Food Technologies for 54-year old Tom Smith. Christmas 2011 was just five days away, and he was looking forward to spending the holidays with his family—especially his grandkids.

Then BAM! Smith found himself in a fight for his life.

It happened about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 20. The prilling tower he was working near exploded, tossing Smith from the third floor to the second floor. “I was standing in front. There are eight nozzles. I was looking at a nozzle and saw blue fire. I knew right away something was wrong. I turned away and put my arm up [to protect my face]. It blew me down to the second floor.”

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Instead of birthday hats these folks wear Santa hats

Carla Moser sometimes feels ripped off for having a birthday on Christmas Eve.

Carla Moser sometimes feels ripped off for having a birthday on Christmas Eve.

By Marcie Klomp

As the mother of a “Christmas baby” (Dec. 23), I know how disappointing it can be for kids who were born near Jesus’ birthday. I can tell you that bringing our bundle of joy home on Christmas Day was the best present we could have ever received.

Every year we have tried to make her birthday special by having a family birthday party with non-Christmas cake and birthday wrapping paper. Maybe one year a Christmas was held the same day, but it was at a different house or different time of day.

Having said that, separating presents has always been somewhat of a chore. She needed some for her birthday, presents for two family Christmases, and we always hoped we wouldn’t double up on the presents Santa brought!

Our daughter is a whole two days before Christmas. She has plenty of time to recover in time for Dec. 25.

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Shaughnessy ‘Joe’ McNamara, 56

--mcnamaraFuneral services for Shaughnessy “Joe” McNamara will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at Lime Springs United Methodist Church with Pastor Candraeah Carey officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lime Springs. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hindt Funeral Home in LeRoy. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday for one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

Shaughn “Joe” McNamara, age 56, of Lime Springs, Iowa died Saturday Dec. 15, 2012 at Rochester Methodist Hospital.

He was born Sept. 3, 1956 in Leavenworth, Kan. to Francis and Wilma “Blue” (Loar) McNamara. He attended and graduated from Immaculata High School in Leavenworth and was united in marriage to Kristine “Kristy” Walker on April 18, 1981 at the Presbyterian Church in Lime Springs.

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Close to Home

By Pamela Buresh

It took me by surprise recently when Marcie Klomp contacted me about writing a column for the Herald. In preparing the “Going Back in the Herald” features each week, she’d read the “Lime Springs Profile” columns I’d written 25 years ago for Carl Cassidy. That had her thinking my writing now might contribute to preparations for the Lime Springs sesquicentennial in 2018 and the new history book that will be written for the event. I am happy to do it. I love Lime Springs. I loved growing up there. Although I haven’t been “home” since my brother Fred and I buried our father, Dr. Abner Buresh, in July of 2008, my heart is still very much there and I think so often of “the dear hearts and gentle people who live and love in my hometown.” They are the ones I love to remember and about whom I now look forward to writing.

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Chester USPS meeting

Chester residents attend the post office meeting.

Chester residents attend the post office meeting.

Residents of Chester were told hours at their post office will be reduced from eight down to two hours per day in the future at a meeting on Dec. 4.

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Carroll helps get state award

Chalsea Carroll

Chalsea Carroll

By Marcie Klomp

Besides personal satisfaction for a job well done, Chalsea Carroll, CPC (Central Point of Coordination) Administrator for Howard County, and her colleagues were recognized with an Excellence in Action Award at the Iowa State Association of Counties conference last week.

According to ISAC, the Excellence in Action Award program is a competitive awards program, which seeks to recognize innovative county government employees, programs, and projects. Nominations were reviewed and rated based on the following seven attributes: creativity, innovation, cost savings, replication, leadership, increased efficiency, cooperation with others and perseverance.

Carroll was invited to join a steering committee that was to help develop software to bill clients for mental health and disabilities funding.

“For over a year, I was in Des Moines every two weeks attending meetings for the County Community Services Network (CSN),” she said.

The group’s mission was to connect county and state agencies with a shared system which will capture and report standardized information for Iowans accessing the Community Service system, while abiding by HIPAA, state and federal laws.

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