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Everyone is invited to enjoy this free piano concert on Saturday April 16th at Trinity Lutheran Church 223 S. Water Avenue New Hampton, IA sponsored by the Carnegie Cultural Center and ArtsShare. The Performance time is 2:00- 3:00 p.m. on Saturday April 16th.
For more information, contact the Center by phone at 641-394-2354, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
The first, Pedal & Play Sports, will be located on North Chestnut in Bob Messersmith's building. They will be a bicycle sales and repair shop with sporting goods retail. Their mission statement is to support the community with local, quality, affordable sporting good options. Their tentative open date is April 16 with bicycle repair and limited sales. They will have a grand opening in June and be a full service bicycle and sporting goods store. Owners, Brandon & Allison Hemann, are excited to start a new adventure in New Hampton!
The second, Newy's Cellular 1, will be located on Main Street in the former Boos & Straw Insurance building. They will be a cellular phone accessory and repair shop. Owner, Jeff Neuendorf, owns two other shops, one in Denver and one in Cresco. Besides cellular accessories and used phones, they will offer repair of cell phones/tablets/ipads etc. They are hoping to open their doors at the beginning of April.
We are very excited to have these two new businesses to Main Street New Hampton!! Please show them your support when they get open!
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging serves 18 counties in Northeast Iowa, Chickasaw being one of them. They have senior centers spread across these counties, each one with a meal program. Most of these sites prepare hot meals, delivered by volunteers. Their home delivered meals are delivered Monday-Friday over the lunch hour. They are seeking volunteers to pick up meals at the site and personally deliver them to homebound community members in our area.
While the number of meals that need to be delivered may vary from place to place, the typical time commitment is from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm. Volunteers are encouraged to deliver meals whenever they can, whether it's every week day or once a month.
If this volunteer opportunity interests you, place contact Kim Hinz, 319-874-6863.
If you have any questions, contact City Hall at 394-5906.
For the homebuyer we have a Homebuyer Workshop packed with activities and information to determine how much house you can afford, who the players are in the home buying process, identify assistance programs, and get you into the mortgage product that is right for you. The course also introduces what to expect as a new homeowner.
The Money Mapper is the budget counseling course. It offers activities and information to help identify where your money is going and how to take control of your finances. Make Your Money Move with The Money Mapper.
Both courses continue to be available free of charge. Please register by contacting NEICAC Housing at 563-382-8436 (ext 151 for Jeremy, ext 109 for Lesa) or email email@example.com.
For more information or to register contact Nora Kurtovic or Vicki Mueller at Pathways Behavioral Services at 319-235-6571.
The New Hampton Compost Site located at 2130 Odessa Ave will open on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Hours for the site will be:
Tuesday - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Fees will be: $2.00 per licensed vehicle or trailer; $5.00 per dump truck load
Compost will be picked up curbside on Friday, April 8, 2016 and compost and brush (no longer then 4 feet) will be picked up on Friday, April 22, 2016. No barrels will be picked up.
Kevin Spire, a volunteer with the Iowa Genealogical Society will conduct a beginning genealogy class on from at the New Hampton Public Library. The title of the class is Finding Your Roots - A Beginner's Guide to Genealogy.
The class covers organizing your information - forms, charts, physical storage of papers and an overview of software programs. We'll also discuss how to evaluate sources and learn about the pitfalls of relying on others research, both online and in books. We'll explore genealogy websites and work through some basic building blocks of genealogy, including your personal family items and census records. Attendees are encouraged to bring birth and death dates and locations for their grandparents or great-grandparents so we can try to locate more information about them. When we're done, everyone should have a good idea on how to start, where to go for more information and how much fun family research can be.
Class is restricted to 20 participants and you can save your place by calling (641) 394-2184.
Chicos is a small business counselor for NICC SBDC. Her background includes small business ownership, non-profit start-up, teaching, employment & training, and counseling. Chicos will provide advice for those thinking of starting a business. Existing business owners may receive assistance on topics such as expansion challenges or marketing issues. Chicos's visit to New Hampton is sponsored by New Hampton Economic Development, NICC, and the Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBN), which consists of economic development staffers from Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties.
Participants from throughout the county interested in the free counseling session should contact New Hampton Economic Development at 641-394-2437 to make an appointment.
An odorless, colorless gas could be causing a serious health hazard in your home. The Chickasaw County Environmental Health Office and Chickasaw County ISU Extension will be hosting an informational program about radon at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at the Extension Office, 104 E. Main St., New Hampton.
Behind smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer. The gas that occurs naturally under certain soil conditions is estimated to cause thousands of death each year. Chickasaw County and the entire state of Iowa are considered at high risk for elevated radon levels.
A lung cancer survivor will speak about her experience with radon and information will be available on testing and reducing the risk in your home during this free program.
For more information about the meeting or about radon, please call the Chickasaw County Environmental Health Office at (641) 394-2406.
Thank you to all the businesses and industries who have taken time out of their busy schedules to help make this week possible!
7:30AM- BREAKFAST WILL BE PROVIDED
COMMUNITY CENTER (112 E. SPRING ST., NEW HAMPTON)
• LEARN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF EMPLOYING A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY
• GET ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS, ABOUT THIS TOPIC, ANSWERED BY THE EXPERTS
• HEAR FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS THAT EMBRACES THIS OPPORTUNITY & HAS EXPERIENCED THE BENEFITS
SPONSORED BY: CHICKASAW CO. SOCIAL SERVICES, IOWA DEPARTMENT OF VOCATIONAL SERVICES, NEW HORIZONS CHAMBER, & NEW HAMPTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
Please RSVP to Bobbi Jo O'Donnell-641.394.3426, ext.2
Milkhouse Candle Creamery, a leader in the soy candle industry, is the latest winner of Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa Leader Award. A new focus and timely business mentoring helped turn the Sparrow's candle making hobby into a booming business, with national clients and a growing employment base.
The 'Milkhouse Candle Creamery' success story began in 2002, when the Sparrows set their sights on making the best, and healthiest candle possible. Through experimentation and selling the experiments to co-workers and friends, the Sparrows discovered an untapped market niche that ultimately led to their company's tremendous growth and success.
Most candles are made from paraffin wax, a carcinogen, according to Sparrow. And, even the 'green' and healthier candles advertised as 'soy-based' have just a small percentage of soy. The Sparrows learned that consumers were looking for a candle product that didn't have carcinogens, so the couple experimented with different soy blends, trying to get it just right, noted Sparrow.
"We were living on an acreage at the time, surrounded by soybeans, so we thought we'd give soy wax a try," said Eric Sparrow. "It doesn't have any of the carcinogens; it's renewable; it's a product of American agriculture; and hey, you can look right out our window and see the soybeans where this wax comes from."
As the soy candle market grew, so did the success of Milkhouse Candles. Following the closure of a candle factory in New Hampton that employed 120 people, the building and machinery went up for auction, and the Sparrows launched their plan to expand their candle business.
While Milkhouse Candles doesn't have the staff size as the previous company, county leaders say the company's growth and economic benefit for Osage has been extremely valuable.
"I was here when the original candle factory closed down, and I know how important those jobs were to our community," said Chickasaw County Farm Bureau President Travis Swehla. "It's great to have Milkhouse Candles in our community and getting some of those jobs started again. I'm looking forward to their future in New Hampton."
The Sparrows say they're looking forward to their future in the community as well, and business continues to grow rapidly. Milkhouse Candle's original factory in Osage can produce a couple thousand candles per day; their new operation in New Hampton can produce 30,000-40,000 candles per day. With consumers seeking higher quality, soy-based candles, the future is bright for Milkhouse Candles. Janet Sparrow is quick to remind folks that despite the rapid growth, they are family focused and part of the community. "We are a family company," Sparrow said. "I truly believe that everyone that comes to work with us feels they are part of a family, part of a team, and part of something bigger than just making candles."
Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an IFBF initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring, and financial resources. The next Renew Rural Iowa Business Success Seminar, "The Journey to Your Vision," takes place November 10 at Iowa Farm Bureau Auditorium in West Des Moines. For more information, go to www.renewruraliowa.com.
New Hampton Hotel/Motel Grant - http://www.newhamptonia.com/hotel-motel-grant-application.html
Chickasaw County Community Foundation Grant - http://www.cfneia.org/affiliates/ChickasawCounty/grants
Friday, October 23rd- Compost only
Friday, November 6th- Compost only
Friday, November 20th- Compost & Brush
NO CONTAINERS OVER 33 GALLONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
The compost site will close November 21, 2015 (depending on weather).
Steve provides free, one-on-one business counseling services to start up and existing businesses in almost every area imaginable (i.e. business planning, marketing, financing, personnel management, import/export assistance, and succession planning).
For an appointment with Steve on November 10, contact Tammy or Megan at the Economic Development office at 394-2437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to New Hampton Light Plant for putting it up for us!
Face Painting ~ Carnival Games ~ Balloon Man ~ Prizes
The mission of the Carnegie Cultural Center is to establish a vital presence of the arts, history, and cultural awareness for the benefit, enlightenment, and enjoyment of all Chickasaw County residents and visitors. The Carnegie Cultural Center is made possible through a public/private partnership between the City of New Hampton and the Carnegie Cultural Center, a private, non-profit corporation. It is governed by a ten member volunteer board of directors and currently managed by one volunteer administrator and one part-time paid staff assistant. The Carnegie Cultural Center is funded primarily by private donations and its activities are designed and implemented by volunteer committees. Carnegie Cultural Center has been the recipient of many Chickasaw County Community Foundation grants and Hotel/Motel grants.
Carnegie Cultural Center is home to many different attractions & exhibits; history records of all sorts; and monthly temporary exhibits! Visit http://www.carnegieculturalcenter.org/ for more information!
If you want to advance your career opportunities by making yourself more employable, you are encouraged to earn your National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).
Iowa Workforce Development will be offering free testing for the NCRC on Tuesday, July 14th at , 8:30 a.m. at the New Hampton Economic Development office.
The Skilled Iowa Initiative is a public/private partnership dedicated to connecting Iowa employers with highly skilled employees. Connections are made when individuals take the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) assessment to measure crucial workplace skills in areas such as applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information. To date, more than 35,000 Iowan have earned an NCRC.
What are the benefits of the NCRC initiative for those seeking to advance their career? The Certificate will highlight your strengths in math, reading comprehension and problem solving. Over 30 Chickasaw County businesses have joined the Skilled Iowa initiative and will ask for your NCR Certificate when you apply for a job. Having the Certificate will help you land that job!
What are the benefits of the NCRC initiative for businesses? Ask job applicants to present a NCR Certificate and you immediately have an understanding of the skill levels of your potential employee. The Skilled Iowa NCR Certificate will help you optimally connect your new hire with the position to be filled. Contact Megan Gleason, New Hampton Economic Development Assistant, to learn about becoming a Skilled Iowa Business.
Register to take the NCRC by calling Megan at 641-394-2437. Visit www.skillediowa.org to learn more about the Skilled Iowa initiative and the benefits it provides for students, workers, employers and communities.
NICC OFFERING "YOU'LL BE CHARMED: MAKING A BEADED CHARM BRACELET" COURSE
NEW HAMPTON—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class, "You'll Be Charmed: Making a Beaded Charm Bracelet", with instructor Melissa Nelson on Friday, June 26, from noon to 4 p.m.
The class will be held at New Hampton High School, Room 206, at 710 West Main Street in New Hampton. In this class, participants will make a charm bracelet using beads, chain and other objects of their choice. NICC provides the tools, supplies and instruction, and students need only bring their creative ideas and enjoy a pleasant afternoon of creativity, conversation and charms. A $15 supply fee for one bracelet is due to the instructor at class. Additional bracelets are $10 each.
To register and pay online for "You'll Be Charmed: Making a Beaded Charm Bracelet"(#41872), or for more information, go to www.nicc.edu/solutions or call (800) 728-2256, ext. 399 (Calmar Area), or (888) 642-2338 (Dubuque Area).
NICC OFFERING "THE ART OF MOSAIC: MAKING A GARDEN STEPPING STONE" CLASS
NEW HAMPTON—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class, "The Art of Mosaic: Making a Garden Stepping Stone", with instructor Becky Schoenfeld on Wednesday, July 8, and Wednesday July, 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This class will be held at Becky Schoenfeld's home, located at 1053 South 4th Avenue in New Hampton. This two-session class provides the materials and teaches the basic skills needed to create simple mosaic stepping stones. Starting with a precast cement stone, participants learn to plan, arrange and finish a project using different types of adhesives and basic grouting and sealing techniques. In the course, stones may be customized with "Tessarae" china, stained glass, marbles and tiles - all materials provided - but students are welcome to bring jewelry parts, beads or even items of sentimental value, such as family-heirloom, antique china.
Students should bring an apron or smock to protect their clothing and pair of Playtex gloves to wear for grouting. A $30 supply fee is due to the instructor at class for materials and the use of the instructor's tools.
To register and pay online for "The Art of Mosaic: Making a Garden Stepping Stone", or for more information, go to www.nicc.edu/solutions or call (800) 728-2256, ext. 399 (Calmar Area,) or (888) 642-2338 (Dubuque Area).