2020 Ely Citizen of the Year

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Jim Miller Ely Citizen of the Year

After reviewing many wonderful submissions, the Selection Committee has named Cheryl Krob the 2020 Ely Citizen of the Year! Volunteers are truly the heart and sole of every Community, which is why we are unbelievably lucky to have someone like Cheryl Krob spend her life helping make Ely a better place for us all to call home. After reading Cheryl’s nomination letter, it’s easy to see why:

 

“Cheryl Krob is a quiet, honest, hardworking and well deserving person. If you would ask her family and close friends, they would know of her quiet dedication to our community and to her church. She has given selflessly of herself and her time for many years to Ely, in many different aspects. With many in our community not knowing her and what she has done for the city or the residents. But that is how Cheryl is; she is happy knowing what she has contributed without recognition or accolades. Our library would not be where it is today without the countless hours Cheryl spent getting the library established and having it grow into the building that it currently occupies. Cheryl is one of the founding members of the Ely Public Library, along with Gladys C. Holets. The library’s humble beginnings started with donated books and materials, shelving and furnishings, as well as countless hours of volunteer time. The library was originally housed in Ely Community Center, in the small room where the Deputy Clerk’s office is currently located. Cheryl lovingly devoted her time as the first and only volunteer librarian at the time. As the library continued to grow with more and more community support, it then moved to where the current council chambers are. She organized the summer event programs when the library was in the Community Center. Those programs included ordering films and playing them on a film projector once a week. At that time the library was open limited hours on certain days. Cheryl organized the fund raising, cut box tops and counted the money raised to purchase the library’s first computer, which was an Apple 2GS. Without her key involvement at the beginning stages of our library’s existence, the library we have today would look completely different than it does. When the new fire station was being built, Cheryl was instrumental in acquiring, fundraising and planning/remodeling the fire station to the current library on Dows Street. The community celebrated their new large library, knowing and hoping that someday this space would be too small. Once Cheryl relinquished her role as volunteer librarian, she continued to serve the community as a Library Board member for many, many years. Cheryl now serves as the Treasurer for the Ely Iowa, Friends of the Public Library. Our little city library has definitely grown over the years, but Cheryl has stayed involved in many ways and is active through events held at the library as well as Friends of the Library fundraising and other community building events. Cheryl’s passion and dedication continue to influence the library as the staff look to her for visionary support and guidance. The one-woman volunteer operation that she started has grown to a paid staff of 2 full time librarians and 4 support staff. Cheryl assists with Ely Senior Dining as needed, taking time to cook, serve and deliver food as well as doing the dishes! She was also way ahead of her time, as being instrumental in starting the city’s first recycling initiative, by coordinating a drop off center near the Community Center. Donations of plastics and recyclable materials were dropped off at the shed, where she would then take the items into Cedar Rapids to be recycled. She is also involved with St Mary’s Catholic Church in Solon, where her husband David is a Deacon. Cheryl helps with various church service projects with St. Mary’s. Cheryl and her husband David have been residents of Ely since 1974, with David being one of the owners/operators of Krob Elevators. Cheryl and David raised 5 children, 3 boys & 2 girls in Ely. Cheryl worked at College Community School District in the library at Prairie Heights, retiring in 2012, but still volunteers there weekly. Her dedication to education and our community goes deep and reaches many. We are fortunate that libraries are near and dear to Cheryl, because ours would not be what it is today without her. Many residents have no idea of the small beginning of our library, they just think it has always been where it is. It would not be the vibrant, growing, prominent, and ahead of its time library that it is today, without Cheryl’s involvement and continued influence. We believe Cheryl is very deserving of the Citizen of the Year award because of her behind the scenes dedication to our town, to our children and their future.”

Congratulations Cheryl, thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for our community!

St. John Lutheran Church Donates to College Community Families

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(Reshared  from Prairie Pride Website): College Community Schools would like to thank the congregation at St. John Lutheran Church in Ely for their very generous donation of winter apparel, school supplies, hygienic items and gift cards to support our Prairie families. Special thanks to Pastor Brian Middleswarth, his wife Karen, and College Community District Registrar Jen Armour, for their coordination. Your support of Prairie students and families is truly appreciated!

Ely Teen Donates Birthday Money to Ronald McDonald House

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In lieu of gifts for her 16th birthday, Lauren Whinery from Ely, collected donations for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. In total she collected $1,042 from friends and family!

Such an amazing story about one of our very own!
What a wonderful gesture Lauren, you make all of us in Ely proud!

Fire Department Receives Christmas Donation

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Christmas Spirit! 

The Ely Fire Department received a generous donation from the Sons of the Ely American Legion just in time for Christmas!

This donation was made possible by all those in Ely who participate in the flag program through the American Legion. Not only do all the proud flags placed around our town make our streets look great on Memorial Day, Flag Day, the 4th of July, AND Veterans Day; it benefits our in so many ways, just like these lights for the Ely Fire Department! If you are interested in singing up to participate in the flag program and supporting our Veterans and programs such as this, visit the Ely American Legion webpage and click on Sons of the Legion Honor Flag Program.

2019 Winterfest Recap

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2019 Ely Winterfest

Winterfest was started as a way to celebrate the Holidays with the Ely Businesses. Winter is often a time where people go into hibernation, but this event provides a family friendly opportunity for people to get out of the house for a day regardless of the weather and enjoy everything that our small town of Ely has to offer. This end of the year celebration is thrown by the Downtown Businesses. It is their way of giving back to the Community and saying ‘Thank You’ to all of those who patronize their stores throughout the year. The day may have been chilly, but it was filled with laughter and warm smiles. Winterfest kicked off with the annual 5k Fun Run, which is always a big Holiday hit! Hundreds of people enjoyed a day filled with horse drawn carriage rides, a busy vendor fair, cookie decorating, hot cocoa bar and last but not least, a visit from the Ice Princesses AND Santa!

Our local businesses would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to all those who came out to celebrate and would also like to thank the amazing volunteers! On behalf of the City and all of our residents, we would like to thank all of those who worked so hard to make this event so magical! Until next year, Happy Holidays!

St. John’s Lutheran Church Receives AED Grant

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St. John’s Lutheran Church Receives AED Grant

Today was an important and special day at St. John’s Lutheran Church here in Ely. Thanks to Kent Noska, a resident in town and congregation member of the church, who successfully applied for assistance in receiving an AED via a grant through Think Safe. AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator is used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. It’s a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use, medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

In Ely we are fortunate that our Volunteer Fire Department is located right here in town – meaning that precious minutes can be saved when responding to an emergency; however, an AED may be necessary to use in a moments notice. In the event to of a medical emergency, always make sure that someone is directed to contact 911 immediately.

Pastor Brian wants to stress the importance that in the event of a medical emergency, if you are in or near the Church, this life saving resource is available to the entire Community and all residents and/or visitors. The location of the AED is mounted on the wall just inside their front doors off of Walker Street.

Present to receive the donated AED and the first three trained on how to use it were Pastor Brian Middleswarth, Guy Schultz and Ed Mertens.

Thank you to Think Safe and St. John’s Lutheran Church for helping to keep our Community safe and prepared!

Click here to watch a quick video on how to properly use the AED device.

Holiday Spirit

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Did you notice a little extra Holiday magic downtown last night? Thanks to the dedicated work of the Resident Decoration Committee and our Parks and Recreation Coordinator, we acquired additional lights/garland from the City of Dyersville for an amazing deal, allowing us to bring a even more festive spirit to our beautiful Community!

Extra thanks to our fantastic Fire Department that volunteers their time to hang the decorations on the street poles all around town, as well as the tree in front of City Hall. They worked through the rain this past weekend to bring Holiday cheer to Ely!

This is always such a special time of the year! “As soon as you see the lights and decorations coming into town, you instantly feel at home” – Luanne Miller (City of Ely Deputy Clerk)

#beEly #beHome

The final touches of our Holiday decorations are finally up! Don’t these new banners look sharp?

Thank you to Tyler from Public Works for getting them all up today!