February 2019

Thu
21
Feb

Falb finally steps away from the profession he loved

 

Former Detroit Lions athletic trainer Kent Falb kneels down next to an unconscious Reggie Brown during the final game of the 1997 regular season against New York Jets. Brown wasn’t breathing after suffering a spinal cord injury, so Falb and the other medical personnel took off his helmet and began giving CPR. The medical staff saved his life. Falb was the head athletic trainer of the Detroit Lions for 32 years. Bob Brodbeck Photo

 

Falb finally steps away from the profession he loved

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

On March 1, Kent Falb will finally step away from professional football.  

While the Elgin native hasn’t been directly involved with the National Football League (NFL) since he retired as the head athletic trainer for the Detroit Lions in 1999, he continued to work from the sidelines as an executive assistant in the Professional Football Athletic Trainers’ Society. 

“As an executive assistant, I did all the meeting planning, some travel planning, and some of the programing,” said Falb. “Right now, I am working about 45 hours per week on a meeting to be held in Indianapolis in late February. That will be my last meeting. I coordinate all that for a president who is an athletic trainer in the NFL but doesn’t have the time to do it. It has been a great experience, but it is time to pass the torch onto someone else.” 

Falb will finally walk away from a profession that had a profound impact on his life. Ever since he was 12 years old, Falb knew he wanted to be an athletic trainer.

Thu
21
Feb

UIU graduate 'Face the Truth' with Vivica A. Fox

 

Upper Iowa University graduate Paul Lamar Hunter appeared on the national television show “Face the Truth” with Vivica A. Fox on Friday, Feb. 15, to talk about his story of being the 19th of 21 children birthed by his mother. He was the first person in his family to graduate college.

 

UIU graduate 'Face the Truth' with Vivica A. Fox

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

A former Upper Iowa University graduate appeared on “Face the Truth” with Vivica A. Fox on Friday, Feb. 15. 

Paul Lamar Hunter, a 2012 UIU graduate, was on the national television talk show that is produced by Dr. Phil McGraw. The shows website says that, “Fox and a team of experts solve problems and sort fact from fiction” on the show. 

After graduating from UIU, Hunter wrote a book about his success in life despite growing up poor in the inner-city of Racine, Wis. He was the 19th of 21 children birthed by his mother, Louise Hunter, and was the first person in his family to graduate from college. The book is entitled, “No Love, No Charity: the Success Story of the 19th Child.”

Thu
21
Feb

Ronald Schlatter

Ronald Schlatter

 

 

Ronald Erwin Schlatter, long time farmer, 82, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019.  He was born October 27, 1936 to George and Ruth (Nieman) Schlatter in Hawkeye, Iowa. 

Thu
21
Feb

Roulson, close at SQM

 

Trenton Clausen displays his high backswing during the recent Senior Day meet at Lilac Lanes in West Union. In Thursday’s state qualifying meet in Dubuque, the NFV senior bowled a 129-176-306 to finish with the team’s third-highest score. (Jerry Wadian photo)

 

Roulson close at SQM

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

NFV bowlers competed at the Class 1A State Qualifying Meet on Thursday, Feb. 14, at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque. 

  The boys came in with a 6-3 record, but illness drained some energy as they finished fifth with a 1,649. Central DeWitt smoked the field with a 2,084. None of the boys finished high enough to qualify for the State Bowling Meet in Des Moines this week.

  Brian Roulson came the closest to qualifying with his 172-232-404; he needed 13 more pins to qualify. His 202 average was four pins higher than his season average, and the 404 series was seven points higher than his average series for the year.

Thu
21
Feb

Rodgers, Fantz each win 1 at State

 

Gunner Rodgers squares off against West Delaware’s Jayden Peyton in their 138-pound, third-round match at the State Wrestling Tournament last week in Des Moines. Rodgers was eliminated by Peyton with a fall in 3:51. However, the NFV senior did earn a 6-2 victory in round two. (photo by Pete Temple of the Monticello Express)

 

Rodgers, Fantz each win 1 at State

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

“The State Wrestling Tournament is an amazing atmosphere and the matches are always tough,” noted NFV wrestling head coach Jacob Pedersen after his two grapplers each won a match during last week’s tournament.

Both Gunner Rodgers (138) and Weston Fantz (160) faced ranked opponents in round one, but came back to win in round two.

Thu
21
Feb

Girls fall to Waukon

 

NFV’s Makenna Koch drives the baseline for two of her team-high 15 points in Thursday’s regional semifinal against Waukon. The senior also led the team with three long-range bombs. (Chris DeBack photo)

 

Girls fall to Waukon

 

 

 

By Jerry Wadian
jwadian@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

NFV had no answer for Waukon’s height, shooting ability, and experience Thursday night as the Indians’ won the Class 3A Region 4 semifinal, 68-34, in Waukon.

 The TigerHawks missed their opening shots, but Waukon nailed most of theirs in opening a 25-9 first-quarter lead. By halftime, the Indians led, 45-17.

 “We really had no answer for them in the first half,” commented NFV head coach   Jim Calkins. “Waukon is not an easy team to prepare for, and coach Greg Criswell had his team focused and playing at a very high level.”

Thu
21
Feb

Darlene Mathys

Darlene Mathys

 

 

On March 7, 2019, Darlene Mathys, formerly of Wadena, IA, will celebrate her 96th birthday.  Her family would like to honor her with a card shower.  Birthday cards can be sent to Darlene Mathys, 3300 G W Carver Avenue, Ames, IA 50010.

Thu
21
Feb

Fayette Sweets offers tasty treats

 

Fayette Sweets Café is now open in the former Pavo Blue location in downtown Fayette. Owner and pastry chef Kristy Donovan is looking forward to bringing her slogan “Paris vacation, Iowa prices” to life in Fayette with her many different pastry and café drink choices.  Chris DeBack photo

 

Fayette Sweets offers tasty treats

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

“Paris vacation, Iowa prices.” 

That’s what you’ll get when you visit the newly open Fayette Sweets Café in the former Pavo Blue building in downtown Fayette. Owner Kristy Donovan is baking all sorts of sweet and savory treats that will fool your taste buds into thinking you're actually in Paris. She also has a host of coffee and tea drinks available.

“It’s a completely from scratch bakery,” Donovan said. “All the syrups in our coffee, the graham crackers in our cheesecakes; everything is made from scratch with the highest-quality ingredients available to me. I do things the slow food way. Everything takes time.”

Thu
21
Feb

It's all in the family — Bowling that is!

 

 On any given day you might find someone in Jessica Sadler’s family bowling at Lilac Lanes in West Union. With nine bowlers spanning four generations in the family, bowling has become a fun family tradition for (front, l-r) Jennifer Everitt, Katelynn Sadler, and Thomas Sadler; (back) Joyce White, William Sadler, Neil Lansing, Jessica Sadler, Julie Lansing, and Bob Sadler (not pictured).  

 

It's all in the family — Bowling that is!

 

 

By Chris Deback
cdeback@thefayettecountyunion.com

 

 

 

 

Bowling is a family tradition in Jessica Sadler’s family with nine bowlers spanning four generations able to hit the lanes on any given night in West Union. 

In 1960, the family tradition got started in Fort Dodge with Sadler’s grandmother, Joyce White, joining a league shortly after moving to town. 

“One of the gals I worked with needed a bowler, and she asked if I bowled,” White recalled. “I told her, ‘Well, I haven’t before, but I would like to.’ She invited me to bowl, and I have been hooked ever since.”

Pages

Comment Here