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community 2 I Sioux County Index-Reporter October 19, 2016 Members of the Hull Chamber of Commerce took part in one of the ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Western Christian High School dedication and open house last Thursday. Jeanne Visser I Writer The Ceremony was in the new event minded the audience that the school jvisser@premieronline.net center, the former old gym, which can has much to be thankful for. now hold 500 with theater seating. Dan Barkel, principal at Western, Students, faculty and school board Western alumni representativesshared how the improvements to members of Western Christian High from each decade going back to the Western are fulfilling the school's mis- School welcomed alumni, friends of 1930s participated in a ribbon-cutting sion to serve the King."We hope to ex- the school and others who participat- ceremony. Western also invited alum- tend the service of God's kingdom to ed in the recent renovation project ni from each decade to the ground- the second century'he stated. to a dedication and open house last breaking ceremony 18 months ago. The event included three separate Thursday. Hull's mayor, Roger Buys, who sent ribbon cuttings. The first included The dedication celebrated the Sec- his eight children to Western, spoke faculty and board members, the sec- ond Century of Service Campaign, about the benefits of Western and the ond consisted of members of the Hull which included a science, engineer- other great educational facilities in Chamber andthethird ribbon cutting ing and agricultural facility renova- the town of Hull. involved alumni representing the dif- tion, an event center, new defined Western's board president, Kevin ferent decades. entrance and lobby, and corridors and Gesink, gave a brief overview of the Following the dedication, tours of HVAC updating, project and goals that have been met the building were given. through the renovation. He also re- Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Oct. 20 Compass Pointe Behavioral Health and the Sioux Coun- ty Sheriff's Department are partnering with the Drug En- forcement Administration for Prescription Take-Back Day Thursday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rock Valley Police Department. The service is free and anonymous. Anyone may drop off unused prescription drugs during the event for proper disposal. "Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides an opportunity to bring awareness to a local concern of prescription drug misuse as well as knowledge of proper disposal" said Cheryl Buntsma, Compass Pointe Behavioral Health prevention specialist. Last year, 4 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in Hawarden during the event, and other state, local and tribal law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines -- about 447 ton -- at nearly 5,400 sites spread across all 50 states. "These results show that more Americans than ever are taking the important step of cleaning out their medicine cabinets and making homes safe from potential prescrip- tion drug abuse or theft," said DEA acting administrator Chuck Rosenberg. "Unwanted, expired or unused pre- scription medications are often an unintended catalyst for addiction. Take-back events like these raise awareness of the opioid epidemic and offer the public a safe and anony- mous way to help prevent substance abuse" According to Buntsma, the majority of prescription drug abusers report in surveys that they get their drugs from friends and family. Americans understand that cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitch- en drawers and bedside tables reduces accidents, thefts and the misuse and abuse of these medicines, including the opioid painkillers that accounted for 20,808 drug over- doses -- 78 a day -- in 2014 (the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Eight out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing pre- scription painkillers and moved to heroin when they could no longer obtain or afford those painkillers. IZZi Woelber appointed to Boyden-Hull School Board FIREMEN RAISE FUNDS DELIVERING PIZZAS Austin Vonk (left) and Ron Hoksbergen (right) deliver pizzas Thursday to raise money for the fire department. The firemen took turns delivering pizzas Wedneday and Thursday evenings from 5-8 p.m. The department receives the delivery fees, 10 percent of the delivery sales from Pizza Ranch, and any additional donations they collect along the way. (Photo/June De Wit) Kids' Club enjoys time in the kitchen KITCHEN CREATIONS AT KIDS' CLUB Students at Kids' Club, the after-school afternoon snack Thursday. program in Hull, enjoyed making fruit pizza for their Jeanne Visser I Writer Northwest Iowa Community College for nurs- jvisser@premieronline.net ing and has worked at Prairie Ridge Care Cen- ter in Orange City the past 11 years. The Boyden-Hull School Board has appoint- The idea of serving on the school board ap- ed Laura Woelber to a seat on that governing pealed to her. "My kids are all attending Boy- body. She replaces Aric Van Voorst who has den-Hull and that's where a lot of my focus is moved out of the district, now anyway" she said. "1 feel it's important to The appointment will last for one year. If be part of the community, to be part ofsome- Woelber decides to stay on the board, she will thing bigger than yourself. The school is a big September 2017. part of my family's life right now. It made sense two-year t~fm' to fill~., to us for im~ tobe~ir~vOl~N~l'' .............. out the remainder of Vah Voorst's term when Woelber's family s~Jpports her decision to he was elected in 2015, serve on the school board, she adde~: ~ ~,~. The seat will be elected again in 2019 for a Because of her responsibilities as director four-year term. of nursing at Prairie Ridge, Woelber hopes she "If it all seems a little confusing, it is" said can bring benefits to the school district. Steve Grond, Boyden-Hull superintendent. "As the director of nursing, I manage a large "But these are the rules that we have to follow" number of employees" she said."l know what Woelber will represent District I, which is it's like to make decisions that affect a lot of most of the city of Hull. people's lives" Woelber, her husband, Todd, and three chil- She's also served on the planning and build- dren, Tyler, 1 Ith grade, Brody, eighth grade, ing committee at Prairie Ridge. 'q'hat was a and Jacie, seventh grade, live in Hull. valuable experience and I learned a lot about The 39-year-old is the daughter of Dave and making long-term plans'she added. Donna Hoekstra and graduated from Western When she has the opportunity, Woelber's Christian High School in 1995. She attended favorite activity is running. Kiss th Pig winner PUCKER UP Mitchell Fedders, an eighth grader at Hull Christian, was the luckiest person there Fri- day when he got to kiss not one, but two pigs. Fedders won the Kiss the Pig contest by receiving the most "votes." Students collected box tops and put them into the buckets of those they wanted to see kiss the pig in each classroom. Fedders' bucket had 1,545 of the 2,629 box tops collected in his bucket. Marianne Bleeker donated the pig and brought the baby pig's momma, giv- ing Fedders two pigs to kiss at the encouragement of his classmates. The contest was set up by the box top commit- tee, part of the Hull Christian School Parent Circle. (Photo/ June De Wit) SIOUX COUNTY (USPS 497-320) Established as the Pattersonville Press by D.A.W. Perkins in February, 1879. Published as the Indexsince 1897. Published weekly at 1013 1 st Street, RO. Box 420, Hull, Iowa, 51239. Phone (712) 439-1075 or (712) 472-2525. Fax (712) 439-2001. e-mail hulleditor@ncppub.com. Periodicals postage paid at Hull. POSTMASTER: Send ad- dress changes to The Sioux County Index-Reporter, RO. Box 420, Hull, Iowa 51239-0420. Jim Hensley ...................................... Chief Operating Officer Lisa Miller ..................................................... General Manager Jessica Jensen ............................................... Managing Editor June De Wit ........................................................................ Writer Jeanne Visser ....................................................................... Writer Lois Kuehl ................................ Advertising Representative Katie DeBoer ......................................... i .............. Graphic Artist Katie Kelderman ................................................ Graphic Artist Megan Punt ......................................................... Graphic Artist OFFICE HOURS: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday Register now for STEM Fest Registration is now open for area fourth- Parents must register their child(ren) online through eighth-grade students to attend Fall and choose their child's first, second and third STEM Fest 2016 hosted by Northwest Iowa choice color track which consists of different Community College and Iowa State University sessions and activities. Organizers will attempt Extension and Outreach 4-H and Youth Pro- to honor color track choices, but sessions fill grams, up quickly. No changes to color tracks will "Participation in STEM Fest is free" said Ben happen the day of the event. Pullen, youth program specialist with ISU Ex- Session topics for this year's event include: tension and Outreach. "Sessions are fun and Rockets to the Rescue; Cooking with Chemis- educational with mind-blowing activities, try; Exercise Science; FLEx Virtual Reality Lab; Youth are given the opportunityto experience Welding Technology; TechKnow!; Dairy Sci- hands-on, exciting applications of science, ence;Cancer Research; Electricity and Magne- technology, engineering and mathematics:' tism; Building Bridges; and Pottery Puzzles. Fall STEM Fest 2016 will be Saturday, Nov.12 Online registration can be completed at from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Northwest Iowa Corn- https:/Iform.jotform.com/4Hregion 112016- munity College, Sheldon. Check-in begins at fall-stem-lest-november-12 or visit with local 8:30 a.m. in Building A on the college campus, ISU Extension and Outreach youth coordina- with sessions starting at 9 a.m. Lunch and tor Honna Brown to register. Brown can be snacks are provided throughout the day, and reached at 712-737-4230 or hlbrown@iastate. a public showcase will be at 2:30 p.m. edu.