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  •  Since the first of January, the Mills Masquers have been preparing their 34th annual Winter Musical – “Annie Jr.”

    Craig Florian returns to the director’s chair for the first time since 2012’s “Bye, Bye Birdie” and once again Florian has assembled a talented and diverse cast that combines both seasoned theater veterans and fresh newcomers. 

    Starring in her first production, Sydney Major steps into the well-worn shoes of the iconic rags-to-riches girl, Little Orphan Annie. 

  •  Mills County Courthouse employees said goodbye and offered their well wishes to a familiar face last week.

    Janice Johansen, a secretary in the county attorney’s office for more than 25 years, officially entered retirement Friday afternoon after being honored at a reception in the board of supervisors meeting room.

  • MINEOLA - Do a Google search for the word “Mettwurst” and you’ll be guided to Wikipedia, the popular online encyclopedia.

    Three paragraphs into its definition of the German pork sausage, Wikipedia has this to say:

    “The town of Mineola, Iowa, which was settled almost exclusively by immigrants from Schleswig-Holstein, hosts an annual heritage dinner with “Schoening-style” cold-smoked Mettwurst known in the Low German dialect as “Metvuss.”

  • By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

    Last fall, Myron Roker received a special package at his home in Glenwood. Inside the white envelope was a letter from Consulat General de France A Chicago and a medal making him a Knight of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest military distinction given to living U.S. veterans who risked their lives during World War II while fighting on French territory.

  • While many Mills County residents were ringing in the new year in the comfort and warmth of their own homes, a Glenwood man was roughing it in a tent outside Grace United Methodist Church (GUMC).   

    Jeff Mitts spent New Year’s Eve camping in the tent to fulfill a promise he made to members of the church congregation for surpassing its “Blankets +” missions project fundraising goal.   

  • By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

    Temperatures outside have fallen into the single digits on several occasions this month, but six residents at Linnwood Estates assisted living in Glenwood are sleeping warmly under new quilts. Everett Shaw, Carl “Lee” Anderson, Roger Orrin Lonnevik, John Matula, Marvin E. Meggison and Eugene A. Murdock were presented “Quilts of Valor” in a special ceremony Dec. 7.

    Quilts of Valor is an organization that presents veterans and service members with handmade quilts as a way of thanking them for their military service.

  • Among those attending the 50-year class reunion in Glenwood this weekend will be a tall, slender woman with grey hair and kind eyes. She doesn’t live in Glenwood; in fact, she doesn’t even live in the United States.

    Judy (Nightingale) Bain attended Glenwood High School for one year. She was the school’s first female exchange student, arriving in Glenwood in August 1962 from her hometown of Truro, England.

  • By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

    People walking in the door of the Glenwood Pet Lodge are often greeted by a tan and white Jack Russell terrier named Gracie.  Gracie, the unofficial operations manager, sniffs at patron’s hands and wags her tail back and forth.

  • The Davies Amphitheater, Frontline Church and LTD-Leadership Through Drama, Inc., are teaming up to present “Family Movie Night at the Davies Amphitheater” Saturday, July 20.

    The free evening of entertainment will include a showing of the LTD film “The Elpis Orb” and movie-themed activities and games beginning at 7:45 p.m. on the lawn east of the amphitheater.
     
    Dan Hardcastle of the Frontline church said he’s hopeful the movie night will be the first of many in Glenwood.

  • MALVERN - Artist Zack Jones has worked in various mediums.

    Digital animation, watercolor, film, pen and ink, oil on canvas.

    Nowhere on that list does “139-year-old former Presbyterian church” appear.

    But that is exactly the “medium” Jones is working in with his Art Church Project.
     
    Jones bought the former Presbyterian church just off Main Street in Malvern on the brick-lined street corner of Prospect and East Fourth Streets from the Malvern Historical Society last May.

  • Exercise has long been known to reduce a person’s risk for getting cancer, and walking is often one of the easiest ways to exercise.

    Hundreds, potentially more than a thousand, people will walk during the 2013 Mills County Relay for Life. The event runs from 4 p.m. June 1 to 8 a.m. June 2 at Ram Memorial Field in Glenwood. Leading the event will be four Relay for Life ambassadors - Bob Blasi of Glenwood, Mary May of rural Silver City, Mary Renze of Glenwood and Roger Wyant of Malvern.

  • A Glenwood preschool teacher and single mother of two children is making a name for herself as a blogger for a San Francisco-based website geared toward issues of interest to women.

    “The website is Lipstick and Politics and I’m not the lipstick” Bobbi Jo Rohrberg said during a recent interview.

    “I’m not into fashion and entertainment. The politics is what I like most, but I’m also a single mom who’s been through divorce so I also like to write things for co-parenting and general parenting.”

  • BY ALLIE FORD
    SPECIAL TO THE OPINION-TRIBUNE
    Mills County businesses and community members are working together, making exciting changes to create healthier lifestyles. One way that this is occurring is through support and changes from local restaurants.

    Live Healthy Iowa helps bring more awareness to what Iowans are eating and the importance of being physically active.

  • OMAHA - Memphis, the musical the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, will play at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater Tuesday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Jan.  20, as part of the Omaha Performing Arts Broadway series.

    Tickets for Memphis start at $25 and are available online at TicketOmaha.com; by phone at 402.345.0606  or at the Ticket Omaha office in the Holland Performing Arts Center.

  • In all reality, little has changed for the Glenwood Rotary Club over the past 90 years.

        Members still meet on Thursday nights for dinner and an evening of fellowship, the club has 22 members (the same number it had in 1922) and most importantly, the club is continuing its mission of giving back to the Glenwood Community.

  •     Attendees at Keg Creek Days in Glenwood may be familiar with watching children pedal Ken Myers’ small tractors down a stretch of sidewalk.
     

  • Glenwood Pastor Evan Welcher has a vision.

    “I want people to be obedient to Christ,” the senior pastor at Glenwood’s First Christian Church said.

      Welcher and his wife, Danielle, are passionate about being disciples of Christ. In June, the couple took a mission trip to Emmanuel Christian Training Centre and Academy in Goli, South Sudan.

  • Laura Millar, once she gets going, can’t sit still very long. She snaps her fingers, bounces slightly in her seat and travels between the vending machine containing small toys and the dining table. She loves sports.
         “In the summer I like to swim,” said the 9-year-old with curly red hair and a big smile. “Sometimes in winter I play hallway soccer.”

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