Riverside begins a talented and gifted program

Glance Back (From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, June 20, 2008)


The floods of 2008 have hit southeast Iowa ? closing roads, hampering travel and nearly shutting down several of the area?s communities.

Tragedies are the sources of many stories ? stories of survival, stories of strife, stories of hardships and stories of loss. But, to Richard Kirschling, administrator for the Colonial Manor care facility in Columbus Junction, the floods of 2008 provided a different story ? one of inter-city cooperation and a story of the dedication of two care facilities? staff members to the care of their residents.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors today took the first step of moving the Washington County Sheriff?s Department from its location in the Washington County Safety Center to the now-vacant Orchard Hill Building Four.

On June 11, the Washington School Board formed committees for the purpose of providing information to the public regarding the coming bond referendum to fund a new high school.


The honors keep pouring in for the Class 3A state champion Washington boys? track and field team. This time the honor goes to longtime track coach Steve Roth, who was named Class 3A coach of the year by the Iowa Track and Field Coaches Association.

Gary Brose, materials manager of the Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant, visited Washington Wednesday to present a $1,000 check and a ?care? package to Washington County Hospital officials.

An estimated crowd of 2,500 people enjoyed some food, fun and music during a ?Community Gathering? at the Washington County Fairgrounds Saturday evening.

OTTUMWA ? This was the team that Cary Justmann thought he had at the beginning of the season. Erin Richardson tossed a three-hitter, leading the Washington softball team to a 1-0 victory over Ottumwa and a split of this Southeast Seven Conference doubleheader at Huston Field in Ottumwa.


Matt Beenblossom, of Washington, received the Robert G. Bostrom Memorial Award at the Awards Day held recently at Iowa Wesleyan College.

RIVERSIDE ? Highland could become one of the first school districts in the state to offer a Talented and Gifted (TAG) program throughout the school system. District directors approved a TAG program for students in grades 7-11 and hosted preliminary discussions on a similar offering in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Lyle Moen and Nancy Rash, of Washington, joined Governor Branstad on Saturday for the Governor?s Invitational Canoe Trip on the Iowa River between the city of Steamboat Rock and Pine Lake State Park.


The final total for the Cystic Fibrosis Breath of Spring bike-a-thon in Washington April 22 is $3,000 according to Lynn Harvey, chairman of the drive.

The seventh annual charity horse show will be held at the fairgrounds here on June 18. Profits from the show go to the operation of the Developmental Center for Handicapped.

A fund is being started to help the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Miller, who lost their home and its contents in a fire Wednesday night.

Lightning is blamed for starting the fire at the Miller home about 2 miles east of Haskins.


The city of Washington will soon have a new water well. The bid of Thorpe Well Co. of Des Moines, low among five received, was accepted by the city council Wednesday night.

Lake Darling concession stand and beach area is now open. It was announced this morning by Richard Collins, mgr.