How old do you feel?

Third Generation of skatersJohn Niewoehner went to Chester Skating Rink when he was a boy. Now he takes his own kids, Rose and Chase. Read one of John’s mother Elaine’s memories in the accompanying story. (Photo submitted)

Third Generation of skaters
John Niewoehner went to Chester Skating Rink when he was a boy. Now he takes his own kids, Rose and Chase. Read one of John’s mother Elaine’s memories in the accompanying story. (Photo submitted)

By Marcie Klomp

Mention Chester Skating Rink and people get a twinkle in their eye, remembering all the fun they had on Friday nights.

After 40 years, it is still a place to meet new friends as kids come from LeRoy and Riceville, as well as Chester and Lime Springs. Some of those “new” kids were the first ones to go “steady” with.

Dawn Fairbanks remembers, “When we got out of school, you’d do as many chores as you could so you’d be allowed to go skating. Then we’d try to get in touch with Randy or Rhonda Lloyd about getting a ride.

“I remember loading about a million kids into Dick Lloyd’s pickup truck that had a camper top. He’d stop, and we’d all pile out to go skating.”

Some folks may think that skating is just going round and round in a circle. Well, it’s much more than that! There are special “skates” or activities. One that is special to Fairbanks was trio skating. “One boy would take two girls and they would fly off! Or, there were two boys and one girl. The boys got on either side, and they tried to stretch you. Those were the days when the skating rink was packed!”

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Commission appointments

By Marcie Klomp

The Lime Springs ordinance book had its first reading at the Jan. 8 meeting. No! The council did not have to listen to all 191 pages of the book, but the table of contents was read.

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Gas under $3.00

--2.999Gas got under $3.00 for a couple days last week before it jumped back over. Liz of Lime Springs Travel Plaza said the last time gas was under $3.00 at the station was two years ago, on Feb. 4, 2011. It was $2.999. The highest price in 2012 was $3.869 from Sept. 13-22.

Library soup supper

The past week has been especially cold, and nothing seeps into those cold bones than a hot bowl, or two, of soup. You can have some of that yummy soup at the Lime Springs Library’s second annual soup supper on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Community Center. The menu includes chicken noodle soup and chili, desserts and beverages for a free-will donation.

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Show support of LS-C school—attend meeting

Howard-Winneshiek School Board will be meeting at Lime Springs-Chester Elementary for its regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7:00 p.m..

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Permit paid anonymously

By Marcie Klomp

Two separate anonymous payments of $25.00 cash were given to Lime Springs City to be used for a building permit with a late fee for a resident. Both were found in the utility payment box before the Jan. 8 City Council meeting.

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From the ashes . . . A new Borderline Pizza

Is that what you remember? Dean Thompson is ready to cut this piping hot Borderline pizza for a customer. (Photo by Laura Berndt, St. Charles Press)

Is that what you remember? Dean Thompson is ready to cut this piping hot Borderline pizza for a customer. (Photo by Laura Berndt, St. Charles Press)

By Marcie Klomp

The area was stunned 17 years ago when residents learned Borderline Pizza in Chester had burned to the ground. The landmark business was known far and wide for its pizza, arcade and general ambiance.

Many conversations have begun when someone says, “Remember how good Borderline Pizza was?” Well, it can be experienced again, although the drive is a little further than it was before May 1995.

Dean “Deano” Thompson, a Chester native, has opened up a Borderline Pizza in St. Charles, Minn. “I talked to Jerry Sandry (original owner of Borderline) over two years ago about getting a contract for the name.” Well, it took a while, but his pizzeria is now a reality.

Thompson first tried to find a facility in Spring Valley but then found a building in St. Charles. “It took about six months with the contract and paperwork. I used my life savings and got a little loan.”

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Remembering Borderline Pizza

Borderline Pizza in Chester. (Photo by Dick Cray)

Borderline Pizza in Chester. (Photo by Dick Cray)

By Marcie Klomp

Now that Dean Thompson has opened up a Borderline Pizza in St. Charles, folks are remembering the old Chester Borderline Pizza. It was located on the corner, beside Cray Insurance.Jeannie and Jerry Sandry opened the business in July 1981 with just one small oven.

As the business grew, so did the number and size of ovens. They eventually boasted three large ovens to take care of all the orders. Within two years, the kitchen part of the business was located exclusively in the corner part. The building next door was purchased and held the dining area that could seat 160 customers.

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What a bunch of Pooh!

April Cheeseman surrounds herself with the happiness of Winnie the Pooh!

April Cheeseman surrounds herself with the happiness of Winnie the Pooh!

By Marcie Klomp

One of those odd celebrations days is coming up on Friday, Jan. 18. Winnie the Pooh Day is held each year on the anniversary of A.A. Milne’s 1882 birth. He is the author who created Pooh, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and Owl.

While the rest of the world celebrates Pooh just one day, April Cheeseman of Lime Springs celebrates Pooh and friends every day of the year! She has Pooh blankets, Pooh books, Pooh toys, Pooh back packs, a Pooh Christmas stocking, a Pooh toy box, Pooh banks, Pooh clocks and a Pooh Kleenex holder.

She has Poohs who sing, talk, dance and wiggle. She has snow globe Poohs and stuffed Poohs—75 at last count. She has Pooh shirts and Pooh earrings. She has regular Poohs, a Jewish Pooh and a Japanese Pooh. She even has a Pooh lunch box she sometimes uses as a purse.

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Children’s Theatre Troupe to perform

Cast membersSurrounding Wilbur’s pen are, in front: Amiah DeWolf, Emily Roberts, Veronica Fuentes and Savannah Roberts. Middle: Jennifer DeVries, Logan Crofton, Kristen Kuhl, Anna Mae Leverson, Dalton Heit, Nicole Klomp and Tommy Roberts. Top: Mattie Slavin, Kendel Slavin and Dalin Kitchen.

Cast members
Surrounding Wilbur’s pen are, in front: Amiah DeWolf, Emily Roberts, Veronica Fuentes and Savannah Roberts. Middle: Jennifer DeVries, Logan Crofton, Kristen Kuhl, Anna Mae Leverson, Dalton Heit, Nicole Klomp and Tommy Roberts. Top: Mattie Slavin, Kendel Slavin and Dalin Kitchen.

By Marcie Klomp

While most youth in the area enjoyed their Christmas vacation by sleeping in and playing games, 16 of their counterparts spent some of that time memorizing lines and attending play practice all in readiness of this weekend’s production of “Charlotte’s Web.”

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