1/5/2018 3:37:00 PM Local residents help hurricane victims
Jack Hagen, 9, a third grader at Bear Cave Intermediate School, operates a fire hose with assistance from Josh Murphy, a Stewartville firefighter, at the Stewartville Fire Departmentís annual open house on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The event is held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week.
Sue Edge, a librarian at the Stewartville Public Library, left, hosted a Halloween story time at the library on Saturday, Oct. 28. Edge encouraged those in the audience to make pumpkin faces, which drew an enthusiastic response from Sarah Syhakhoun of Stewartville, right, and her 2-year-old daughter, Celia.
On a warm and damp Saturday morning, Sept. 16, a group of Christians gathered to bake bread at Racine United Methodist Church. The participants worked as a team to bake 190 loaves of oatmeal wheat bread in the church's new woodfire oven. Church members sold the bread for $10 per loaf, with the proceeds going to help the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The group sold 178 loaves, raising $1,892 for hurricane relief. In October, Lynn Bussan and her students discussed natural disasters in their science class at Bear Cave Intermediate School. With hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria causing untold damage in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, Bussan and her students decided to focus on learning more about the huge tropical storms. "We focused on the hurricanes because it was relevant to current events," Bussan said. With Bussan and fellow teachers Leah Campbell and Regan Lonien as the leaders, 81 fourth graders split into four groups to research hurricanes and to begin a fund-raising project to help an elementary school in Texas that had been damaged by Hurricane Harvey. When all was said and done, the Bear Cave students had raised $1,116.39. Local and area residents' efforts to help the hurricane victims was one of the Stewartville STAR's top stories for the second half of 2017. Here, then, is a week-by week recap of some of the other major local news stores from July through December 2017... For more on this story pick up your copy of the Jan. 2 Stewartville STAR.