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Dysart PTO to Host Craft and Vendor Fair

Dysart-Geneseo Elementary School recently formed a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to support and enhance the educational experiences for all students at the school. The group’s initial fundraiser will be a Craft and Vendor Fair, which will feature 20+ area vendors selling everything from home decor, personal care products, health, fashion, food and entertainment items.
The Fair will be held Saturday, March 7 at D-G Elementary School, 411 Lincoln Street in Dysart, from 9 AM – 2 PM. Proceeds from the event will be used to kick start the PTO’s mission by having parents participate in the educational process, thereby helping kids do better in school.

Monsanto Supports La Porte-Dysart FFA Chapter

Local farmer and past La Porte FFA President Alvin Bauer entered last year’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities online drawing and was selected to receive a $2,500 donation made payable to a local organization. Alvin directed Monsanto, the sponsor of the initiative, to contribute the monies to the La Porte-Dysart FFA Chapter.
Chapter instructor Louis Beck noted that the group is planning to use the donation this fall to sponsor another “Hunger Blitz” whereby the Union High School student body will spend a day packaging meals, as they did in 2013. The high protein, vitamin enriched meals are then distributed by Meals from the Heartland, a non-profit organization composed of volunteers who package meals for delivery to starving people around the world.

Catch UHS Musical Comedy (If You Can)

The Union High School Fine Arts Department, under the direction of Tim J. Mitchell, Korina Carlson and Mike Bistline, announce the upcoming production of the full-scale musical hit, “Catch Me If You Can.” Based on the hit DreamWorks Motion Picture, starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DeCaprio, this high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught tells the incredible true story of Frank Abagnail Jr.

Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager Frank Abignale, Jr. runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer- living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when his lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Frank is pursued across the country in an effort to make him pay for his crimes.

Many Broadway regulars are behind the creation of the musical. The book is by Terrence McNally who also wrote the book of Union’s 2014 production of “Ragtime”. Music and Lyrics are written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman who also wrote the smash hit “Hairspray”.

A cast of 38 students will bring this production to life at the Matt Auditorium at 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21. Reserved tickets cost $5 each and may be purchased at the Union High School office beginning Thursday, March 5, on weekdays between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM. For more information, contact Tim J. Mitchell at

Zion Lutheran Church to Host “The Last Supper”

“The Last Supper” based on Leonardo da Vinci’s portrayal, will be performed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church-Jubilee on Thursday, March 12, at 7 PM. Each disciple, along with Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ mother Mary, the Roman Soldier and others will be portrayed by men and ladies from the Independence area churches.
Zion invites everyone to come and enjoy this moving portrayal as we commemorate the Lenten season. A freewill offering will be taken for the Women at the Well prison ministry at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women at Mitchellville, Iowa.
Fellowship with a light lunch follows. The church is located at 12007 Jubilee Road, rural La Porte City.

Let it Go (the cold, that is)


BRRRR – Whoever said, “The cold never bothered me anyway,” wasn’t perched atop the East Central Iowa Co-op with record-low temperatures blowing in from the north. For additional views of chilly LPC and snow angels, logon to Photo by Mike Whittlesey with special thanks thanks to the LPC Co-op).