The Manchester Chamber Ambassadors made several visits on Thursday.
The Chamber’s first visit was to Helping Services for Northeast Iowa where we met the four staff that serve Delaware County. Ellen Krogmann, Mentoring Coordinator and Certified Prevention Specialist, now serves all 3 school districts in the county. Jen Stolka, Certified Prevention Specialist and Certified Health Education Specialist has been in Delaware County since 2010 working on reducing underage drinking through policy changes and education. Sue Greene, Prevention Specialist serves Delaware and Dubuque Counties where she focuses on reducing alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse by creating awareness and providing education. Laura Albert is the new Tobacco Prevention Coordinator and Prevention Specialist in Delaware County. She partners with the substance-free youth groups in the schools, works with employees on creating tobacco free workplace policies and local government on tobacco free parks and trails. These Helping Services staff are available to provide a wide range of resources available to the public.
The second visit was to congratulate and recognize Rev. Merlyn Farrand on his 25 years as Pastor of Manchester’s New Life Assembly – a Pentecostal Church. After serving on Staff Positions and Pastoring in Illinois and Wisconsin for 18 years, Rev. Farrand and his wife Linda brought their family to Manchester on November 1, 1990. Rev. Farrand told the Ambassadors that he has enjoyed the challenge of presenting the Gospel and Spirit-led worship to the citizens of our beautiful city and that God has been good to them as they have faithfully served this wonderful congregation for the past 25 years.
In October 1992, Franklin Street Underground Youth Center, originally known as East End Youth Center, was added to the ministries for the youth of the community.
For the past few years, New Life Assembly has partnered with Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo to host a once a month Mobile Food Pantry serving an average of 140 families.
The third visit was to the office of the Manchester Press to meet and greet the new owners and staff of the local newspaper. Three members of the executive staff – Vice President Bob Woodward, Publisher TH Media Steve Fisher and Publisher/General Manager Mary Ungs-Sogaard – along with Press Managing Editor Beth Lutgen, reporter Mary Potter Kenyon and sports reporter Steve Thiltgen met with the Ambassadors to share their thoughts, plans and hopes for the future of the Manchester Press. The Ambassadors were pleased to learn that those plans include a return to “broadsheet”, which is the original larger size of the paper, the creation of a website that will allow subscribers to read the newspaper on the internet via computers, laptops, iPods and smart phones, and more stories and photos of local interest. Five different writers and six different sports journalists will use their skills and expertise to provide stories.
(Photos courtesy of Manchester Chamber)