The Winterset Citizen, May 8, 2020

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Spruce up the Covered Bridges

Volunteers are being recruited to help repaint the white panels inside the covered bridges and clean up any profanity/political graffiti. Join them at the Cutler-Donahoe Bridge at City Park OR Hogback Bridge at 10:00am on Monday, May 11th. On Tuesday May 12th, volunteers will meet up at Roseman Bridge at 10:00am. Wear clothes and shoes that you are comfortable painting in, and please bring a personal mask if you can.

Donate to the Winterset Flower Project

One thing that will not change in the midst of this global pandemic is our downtown flower display. Now more than ever, we need a breath of fresh air and the beauty that these flowers bring to our historical square. The flower project is a private effort made possible by volunteers and donations from individuals, businesses and civic organizations. It is not a city or county project. Due to social distancing, no personal calls will be made this year seeking donations. However, your financial support is still needed. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Ben Franklin; Montross Pharmacy; or any of our three local banks (Union State, Farmers & Merchants or American State). Donations of any size are appreciated and will be recognized when the list of donors is published in August.

Donations may be mailed to: Dave Trask, 72 East Court Ave., Winterset, Iowa 50273

Community Updates

Madison County Conservation Board

Wednesday, Governor Reynolds announced the opening of campgrounds. As such, the Madison County Conservation Board has some information:

The Criss Cove and Pammel Park Campgrounds will tentatively open for the season on Wednesday, May 13th. Here are the proposed guidelines that will likely be formally approved on Monday, May 11.

Effective Wednesday, May 13, 2020 until further notice

1. All camping units will be allowed at Pammel Park and Criss Cove campgrounds beginning 5/13/20

2. On-site self-registration transactions are to be done while maintaining physical distancing

a. Campers shall use the pay box to make payment

3. Campground restrooms and showers will be open with elevated sanitation schedule

4. Total number of people at each campsite is limited to 6 people and proper physical distancing is to be maintained at all times.

5. Access to campground and campsites will be restricted to paid campers only – NO VISITORS PERMITTED and will be enforced by Park staff.

6. Restrooms will be posted to advise the following:

a. Campers with self-contained campers encouraged to use restroom/shower facilities in their camping units
b. Limit of 2 people at any given time in Men’s & Women’s bathrooms
c. Foaming hand soap will be provided in restrooms with running water.

7. Restrooms and showers to be closed as needed for sanitizing:

a. Restrooms, including shower stalls, will be cleaned twice daily
b. Restrooms to be closed to public access while park staff clean the restrooms

8. Yurt Cabins will be open for use, but will be closed following each rental period for sanitizing:

a. Approved disinfectants will be utilized to clean all cabin surfaces and furnishings
b. 3-day “block-out” period (Mon-Wed) will be utilized between cabin rentals

9. Signage will be maintained at dump stations encouraging the use of vinyl/nitrile gloves and/or hand sanitizer.

10. Firewood sales may be provided with the following requirements

a. Physical distancing required between the campground host and campers.
b. Campers will not be allowed to enter inside the firewood shelter

11. All staff and hosts should wear protective gloves when handling registration envelopes and money transactions and shall wait 24 hours prior to processing pay envelopes

12. Playgrounds will remain closed

13. Shelter house usage is restricted to groups of less than 10 and proper physical distancing is to be maintained at all times.

Summer Program registration

Registrations are also open for summer programs through the Conservation Board—there are opportunities for children from age three to fifteen.

We had a nice chat this week with Amy, the naturalist at MCCB, and she’s preparing several interventions to make sure that the summer programs are safe for all participants including moving all programs outdoors, utilizing activities that keep children spaced out, eliminating the use of shared materials and adopting recommended cleaning procedures.

You can find all of the details about the summer programs and get your child signed up online. Email Amy at if you have any questions.

Winterset Art Center Sidewalk Chalk  & Art Kits To Go

Available tomorrow • 5/9 • 10:30 – 12:30

Swing by the Winterset Art Center tomorrow, May 9th, between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm and pick up some sidewalk chalk and an Art Kit To Go. It looks like kits are being distributed on the south side of the building which is located on John Wayne Drive and High Street just a block south of the John Wayne Birthplace Museum.

Virtual Programming at the Iowa Quilt Museum

Every Wednesday

While they can’t welcome you to the museum in person yet, the folk at the Iowa Quilt Museum are working hard to bring the quilts and the stories to you!

Join them on Wednesday, May 13th, at 9:30am, for a virtual meet-up with Deb Geyer, Executive Director at the The Quilters Hall of Fame, and quilters Arnold Hegy Savage and Jack Edson featuring three quilts that are part of our current exhibit, Man Made. IQM director Megan Barrett and the curator of Man Made, Tony Jacobson, will host this program via Zoom.

This event is being offered free of cost by the Iowa Quilt Museum and The Quilters Hall of Fame although donations are welcome and appreciated. All donations will be split equally between the two institutions to continue the vibrancy of our exhibits and programs.

The first 100 participants will be able to login to the meeting. Viewers are encouraged to share questions that they would like the panelists to answer. We’ll record the meeting and share it the next day for anyone who isn’t able to join us for the live meet-up.

To join the meeting via Zoom download the application on your computer or mobile device (free) and enter the following meeting details:

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The Quilters Hall of fame, located in Marion, Indiana, exists to celebrate quilting as an art form by honoring the lives and accomplishments of those people who have made outstanding contributions to the world of quilting; by restoration and reservation of the home of quilt designer Marie D. Webster in Marion, Indiana; by promoting educational programs, exhibitions, publications and research; and by collecting, preserving and documenting materials related to the Honorees of The Quilters Hall of Fame.

Among other fabulous collections, The Quilters Hall of Fame is home to the quilts collected and created by Arnold Hegy Savage who first learned to quilt in the early 1930s. Our Man Made exhibit features two of Mr. Savage’s quilts—both were started in the 1930s although one was not finished until nearly 80 years later!

Jack Edson is a professional librarian as well as quilter who has made a name for himself through his portrait quilts. He says, “These portrait pieces are conceived as works or art, rather than quilts per se, so I see them closer to paintings or collages than traditional quilts.” One of Mr. Edson’s self-portraits is on display in our Man Made exhibit and The Quilters Hall of Fame will feature a full exhibit of his quilts when they are able to re-open.

Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset

Facebook Live Watch Party • 5/13 • 12:00pm

The cancellations of big events, like graduation ceremonies, state sporting events, the spring theater production, prom, for COVID-19 can leave our kids feeling like they missed out on a big moment or rite of passage. The Science of Parenting hosts have some tips to help walk with our kids through this tough situation! Join the Virtual Wellness Wednesday watch party on Wednesday, May 13th, at Noon. You’ll need to be on Facebook for this; look for the Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset page

Winterset Rotary

Virtual Virus Victory Race

In place of their usual John Wayne 5K, the Winterset Rotary Club is also offering a non-traditional race opportunity—the Virtual Virus Victory Race, a 5K walk/run, 25K bike. Register online, run or bike, take a pic & report your time by May 25th. Each entry gets a t-shirt & medal and proceeds will go to support Madison County & Central Iowa Food Banks.

Latest COVID-19 Information & Guidelines

Yesterday (April 30) the Iowa Department of Public Health and Madison County Public Health reported that they have identified four additional cases of COVID-19 in the county. Evidence of community spread is now present in Madison County, which means at least one new confirmed case cannot be directly tied to an existing known case or outbreak.

“The actions people should take to protect themselves and slow the spread of the disease have not changed,” said Madison County Public Health Administrator Sharon Miller. “If we stay calm and are consistent with our preventive measures, we will get through this together as a community.”

COVID-19 is very contagious and can be spread by individuals who are not yet showing symptoms or never show symptoms. All residents should:

  • Stay home as much as possible. Leave only for essential errands like groceries or getting medication. When you run these errands, send only one person from the household, if possible.
  • Wear a cloth face covering that completely covers your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Stay home when even mildly ill (the kind of illness that normally wouldn’t prevent you from your everyday activities.)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Remember, avoid rumors and misinformation by going directly to reputable and trustworthy sources for the latest updates and guidelines.

Madison County Public Health
Iowa Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Be Well and Thank you for Reading!

Thank you for reading The Winterset Citizen. All community announcements are provided at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:

American State Bank
Anchored Walls
Ben Franklin
Blanchard Family Dentistry
Covered Bridge Realty
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses
Homefront Real Estate
The Iowa Theater
Johnson Insurance
John Wayne Birthplace Museum
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
McGowen Hurst Clark Smith
Medicap Pharmacy
Midwest Heritage Bank
Montross Pharmacy
Pine Creek Ltd.
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

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