• If you’re curious about what’s going on inside the Loess Hills Maker Space shop on the south side of Glenwood’s Town Square, just picture your junior high shop classroom equipped with 21st Century tools and technology.

    “Our motto is, ‘Where old shop meets new shop’” Loess Hills Maker Space founder and co-owner Rich Dickeson said.

  • It didn’t take long to figure out what features at the new Glenwood Aquatic Center are going to be among the most popular with young swimmers.

    Within minutes of Friday afternoon’s grand opening, youngsters were waiting to get splashed by the big blue dump bucket and a line had formed at the lily pad walk. For teenagers, the low and high diving boards and the volleyball and basketball areas of the pool proved popular.

  • Glenwood-area residents are encouraged to attend a public meeting concerning the proposed $3.2 million Glen Haven Village project and capital campaign on Tuesday, July 12, 7 p.m., in the fellowship hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at Second and Locust St.

    The meeting will be an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project and get their questions answered. There will be a legacy quilt auction and refreshments and hors’ d’oeuvres will be served.

  • A controversial dirt extraction project near Mineola will go forward, following approval by the Mills County Board of Adjustment.

  • The third annual Blues & Brews festival will take center stage Sunday in Glenwood.

    The celebration of Blues music and Iowa craft beers has become an Independence Day tradition and is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Glenwood Lake Park.

    “It’s a fundraiser for the Mills County Trails System,” organizer Randy Romens said. “It’s been a success, but we couldn’t do it without the volunteers and the corporate sponsors we get. The sponsors make it possible.”

  • Glenwood’s $5 million outdoor aquatic center, located adjacent to the auxiliary gymnasium at Glenwood Community High School, will open to the public following a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon, July 8.

    Mary Gunderson, a longtime advocate for the outdoor swimming pool project, said the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m.

    The pool will open around 1 p.m.

  • MALVERN - Stop in for lunch over the noon hour at the Classic Café in Malvern and there’s a good chance you’ll catch pianist Bill Gilbert playing a familiar show tune or easy listening number.

    Gilbert, 85, comes by the café three or four times a week (usually during the lunch hour) to play the piano perched on a loft near the front window.

  • MALVERN - Carrie “Avis” Jones isn’t surprised that she’s lived to be 100 years old.
    It’s in her genes.

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the 2013 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music, will play Omaha’s Orpheum Theater Tuesday, March 15, through Sunday, March 20. The touring production is part of the Omaha Performing Arts Broadway series.

  • Dorothy Buch didn’t need time to think of an answer when asked recently what the secret was to reaching her 100th birthday.

    The Linnwood Estates assisted living resident answered the question with one word – vinegar.

    “My little secret is vinegar,” Dorothy said. “Every morning, since I was 25, I drink vinegar, about a teaspoon. I put it in a little glass with about two tablespoons of water. Vinegar is a cleanser and it gets rid a lot of bacteria. I tell people I get pickled every morning.”

  • By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

    Adahmariyah Kelley sits in a rocking chair away from other people in the room and braids her hair into two plaits, quietly surrounded by books. She has patiently answered questions for nearly an hour, when suddenly one question about pets captures her attention.

    “I know it’s weird, but I had a pet grasshopper,” Kelley said. “He lived in a huge fish tank in my room.
    Her mother, Melissa, smiled to herself.

    “Well, it was a terrarium, not a fish tank,” Adahmariyah said.

  • People driving north on Grove Street in Glenwood may or may not notice the important equipment planted in the ground at the corner of Fifth Street.

    It is quiet and unassuming, much like homeowner Larry Pratt. These two pieces of equipment, a thermometer and a rain gauge, however, are vital to the lives of southwest Iowa residents.

  • The late Elvis Presley, who would have turned 80 Thursday, has been an integral part of Craig Florian’s life for as long as the 46-year-old Glenwood city councilman can remember.

    Florian’s first exposure to the king of rock and roll came as a child in the 1970s  when he often listened to his mother’s Elvis Presley record albums. In high school, Florian had an Elvis-related role in “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

  • By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

    Glenwood native Jessica (Kamish) Ellis’ business, The Green Spot in Omaha, is a labor of love.

    The natural pet food business came easily to Ellis.

    “Her first words were not mama or dada, they were doggie, doggie, doggie,” said her mother, Dr. Jacque Young of Glenwood.

    That natural instinct for pets, and a head for business, was recognized this past May, when the young company was awarded the Small Business Association’s Small Business of the Year Award for Nebraska’s Second District.

  • Kenny Spencer admits he never envisioned his career in professional football leading to a prominent role on a reality TV show or personal friendships with rock-and-roll music legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS fame.

    Spencer, a 2005 Glenwood Community High School graduate, is the place kicker for the LA KISS, an Arena Football League (AFL) team partially owned by the two band members from KISS and the focus of the 10-week 4th and Loud docu-series that began airing in August on Tuesday nights on AMC (9 p.m. CDT).

  • Something magical happened Saturday evening outside a castle tucked away in the Loess Hills.

    Gary Giaffoglione walked side-by-side with his little girl down the aisle on her wedding day – a father’s dream that was seemingly shattered in March 2008 when an automobile accident left Gina, his only daughter, fighting for her life and paralyzed from the waist down.

    On this cool, late summer’s evening 6 1/2 years later, in the presence of family and friends, Gary and Gina made their dream a reality.

  • By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

  • By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

    Several Glenwood women sat at Vine Street Cellars on a warm Thursday evening talking about books they recently read at “Read Between the Wines,” a book discussion group from the library.

    The group is the brainchild of adult services librarian Teresa Buckingham, who started the group in 2012.

    “It’s always been a dream of mine,” Buckingham said. “I can’t think of anything neater than getting together over wine and talking about books.”

  • OMAHA — Bill Wyszenski’s been making home deliveries as a UPS driver for more than 25 years, but on Father’s Day he made his first delivery to home plate.

    The longtime Glenwood resident was given the honor and responsibility of delivering the game ball to the home plate umpire at TD Ameritrade Park for Game 4 of the NCAA College World Series between Ole Miss and Virginia.

  • By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

    Summertime to many people equates with thoughts of eating grilled corn on the cob and fresh rhubarb pie made from home-grown produce. The modern lifestyle, however, may mean fewer people actually pick the produce from their own gardens and are more often turning to farmers’ markets.