Go Solar! Workshop

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What: Go Solar! Workshop
Thursday Feb 25 @12:15pm
Where: Keystone AEA, Elkader, IA

Calling Clayton County farmers, business owners and homeowners interested in going solar – now is your chance to learn what you need to know, in one afternoon, and start your project!

The Winneshiek Energy District and Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, together with newly formed Clayton County Energy District, are hosting a Go Solar! Workshop on February 25th, beginning at 12:15pm at the Keystone AEA, Elkader. Registration is free but required, please register today, because space may be limited, or contact Clayton County Energy District at (563)933-4062.

The workshop is designed as a “one-stop-shop” for those considering solar PV for electricity production at their farm, home, or business. The agenda includes a presentation covering the technical and financial basics, plus a solar owner panel discussion and comments from utilities. The Go Solar! Workshop will also feature a vendor expo with many local solar contractors, and an optional tour of a farm or home solar system. Specific details can be found at EnergyDistrict.org.

Why go solar? According to Winneshiek Energy District Director Andy Johnson, “Now is just a great time to consider solar, as prices have dramatically dropped in recent years and tax incentives are still available. When economics and stewardship come together, it makes for a powerful combination. Local ownership of solar is both great for your pocketbook and a great investment in a stable climate for our kids and grandkids.”

“Our new solar panel installation project has proven to be the right thing to do! First we reduced our electric demand by installing LED lighting and a more efficient hot water heater. Next, we sized our project based on the reduced demand. Our solar panels have lowered our electric bills by over 50% and with the tax incentives we should realize a 10 year return on investment. This is good for our pocket book and more importantly good for the planet,” says Joleen Jansen a member of the Clayton County Energy District Board.

Jansen SolarBusiness owners, home owners and agriculture producers are welcome to attend the Go Solar! Workshop, as the information will be relevant for everyone. The expo and site visits will be valuable to everyone. Special opportunities for specific types of customers and situations, such as depreciation for farm and business, will also be covered.

In fact the Energy District would like to extend a special invitation to local agricultural producers. Solar PV is a good fit for many farms, and the Energy District is currently offering comprehensive farm energy analysis and planning services that include both energy efficiency and renewable energy. These will be explained briefly at the workshop, and farmers can learn more at EnergyDistrict.org/programs/farm-energy-planning.

Energy District workshops are supported in part by the Iowa Energy Center and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Central Carnival Raffle

IMG_20160128_181508928Tickets for the Music & Fine Arts Booster’s Carnival raffle will go on sale next week. Be sure to purchase your tickets for a chance to win this beautiful Music & Fine Arts quilt, by Tracy Nemecheck along with many other super prizes! To purchase raffle tickets see your your favorite Central Music & Fine Arts student. Carnival 2016 is set for February 13th at Central Community School.

Schera’s All Mead Dinner is Thursday 1/28

honey beeSchera’s American Algerian Restaurant, Elkader, IA
Thursday, Jan 28,2015

A wonderful night to learn about mead, also known as honey wine.

Though one of the first fermented beverages known to humanity, mead has been regulated to obscurity in the last few hundred years outside of Renaissance Faires and Merry Olde England. But, with the rise of the craft beer and homebrewing cultures, mead has reappeared as something new and exciting on the alcoholic beverage scene, especially since mead is naturally gluten-free.

The upcoming All Mead dinner is an excellent opportunity to learn about and try a wide variety of meads from some really exciting meaderies. Though made from honey, meads run the gambit from dry to sweet, and go well with food. Check out the full mead selection, as well as food pairings here.

The meal is only $40 per person, which includes tax and tip!
Space is limited so please call (563-245-1992) or email  today to reserve your spot!

I look forward to seeing you there!


P.S. Check out the full list of beer dinners and menus at scheras.com.

P.P.S. Our Valentine’s Day Weekend menu will be posted shortly.

Walking Tacos by Central Dollars for Scholars

Picture1Tuesday, January 26 The Central Community Dollars for Scholars Chapter will be selling walking taco’s during the quad-header basketball games against West Central, in Elkader. Sales will begin at 3:45 p.m and run throughout the evening and will be conducted in the foyer near the concession stand.

Singing Valentines 2016

Have your sweetheart serenaded by a Barbershop Quartet in Northeast Iowa

Friday, February 12, 2016

Each Package includes:

2 Love Songs

1 Small box of Chocolates

1 long stem rose



$40 Package:

We deliver your Singing Valentine to your sweetheart between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$55 Package

We deliver your Singing Valentine to your sweetheart at a specific time which you determine

(Guaranteed within 10 minutes of the requested time)


Call or text:

Jon @ 319-533-9302


Talk to any member of the Keystone Chorus

Sponsored by: Northeast Iowa’s Keystone Barbershop Chorus

Schera’s Beer Dinner Season

Join us for the Evil Twin Femme Fatale Beer Dinner on Jan 14

Schera's FemmeThe beer season got underway with our New Year’s Eve beer dinner, and we are so happy to hear back from our attendees that they had a wonderful time. But don’t worry, there is still a whole slate of beer dinners over the next several months for you to attend.

Up next is our Femme Fatale Beer Dinner. Femme Fatale, from Evil Twin, is an IPA brewed with Brettanomyces, a type of yeast well-loved in the beer world. We will feature six variations of the beer, all paired in a six-course menu. View the menu here. And since many of the versions feature Japanese citrus fruit (yuzu, sudachi and kabuso), the menu will include several Japanese dishes as well!

The meal is only $40 per person, which includes tax and tip! Space is limited so please call (563-245-1992) or
email ( info@scheras.com) today to reserve your spot!

I look forward to seeing you there!


P.S. Check out the full list of beer dinners and menus at scheras.com.

P.P.S. Also check out our new Winter Menu which begins on January 6.
Upcoming Beer Dinners:

Jan. 14 – Femme Fatale Dinner

Jan. 28 – All Mead Dinner

February 27 – Lion Bridge Brewer’s Dinner

March 12: Spanish Beer/Wine Dinner (rescheduled)

March 31: All Cider Dinner

April 14: All Sour Dinner

12/24 Where in Clayton County am I?

Attention this week’s game has been extended through Wednesday, Dec 16th

Congratulations to Pat Brothers from Potter Nebraska,who correctly submitted the answer, “Elkader General Store & More” and was selected the winner of last week’s contest.
Thursdays are always busy in Osterdock. The open seating area is full of happy and smiling customers enjoying their tasty tacos. Find a seat at one of the free tables and look through the full menu. Thursdays feature their famous, customizable tacos while other days of the week feature items like juicy, flavorful baked chicken or smoky pork chops. Enjoy delicious prime rib with their homemade salad bar once a month or try their famous Hog and Beef Roast , available twice a year! Whichever night you stop by, the friendly staff will help you decide on a delicious meal and you can try another local favorite during your next visit, because the fantastic food and friendly atmosphere at this Osterdock location will have you coming back again and again.

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Dec 23rd is Edgewood’s Ugly Sweater Day

edgewood-logo1 copyGet your ugly Xmas sweater ready for December 23rd for the 3rd Annual Edgewood Town Wide Ugly Xmas Sweater Contest on December 23rd. We have added three categories, youth, individual and group. Post your pictures on the Welcome to Edgewood Facebook Group and the most likes wins Edgewood Chamber Bucks.

Did I mention that Thieu at Thai One On is offering $2 beer for anyone wearing an Ugly Xmas sweater December 23rd?
And guess what? The girls at Steel Magnolias will give you a 10% discount on merchandise if you are shopping in that ugly Xmas sweater that day.ugly sweater
Wear that Ugly Xmas sweater to Café Rose on December 23rd and your first drink is ½ price.
Aunt Necee’s is always up for a good time and she is offering 10% off your entire bill, (eat in or carry out and excluding movies) if you come in wearing your ugly Xmas sweater.

Village Auto Customer appreciation and Edgewood ugly sweater day is December 23rd. To celebrate we are offering $19.99 oil changes and free coffee and snacks December 21-23. No appointment necessary.

BLOOMS: Anyone shopping in an ugly Christmas sweater that day will receive a 20% discount on all in store purchases (excluding consignment) and all Christmas merchandise will be 50% off!

Edgewood Reminder and Edgewood Signs and Designs will offer 50% off one item on December 23rd – if you are wearing an ugly sweater!

This just in from Franny’s: Wed the 23rd Christmas Eve Eve stop by in your ugly sweaters and we will be offering $2.00 beer specials on domestic and can beer also its wing night stop by for our wonderful broasted and boneless wings.

Garments & Goods is offering 30% off any item off choice if you wear your ugly Christmas sweater in to Garments and Goods on Dec 23rd!

Want do you get a fan of the Edgewood Pro Rodeo for Christmas? Edgewood Pro Rodeo tickets! Yes, call me at 563-928-7036 or director@edgewoodchamber.com and we can get you set up with 2016 rodeo tickets at 2015 prices.

12/17 Where in Clayton County am I?

Clayton County experts here is the clue for this week’s “Where in Clayton County am I?” contest:
Sugar, spice, and everything nice is exactly what you’ll find in this downtown Elkader shop. Stop into the light, country inspired store and sit at one of the tables topped with a familiar checked table cloth. For lunch have soup and a sandwich and partake in a creamy, hand-dipped ice cream. Ogle at the rows of sweet confections like malted milk balls, chocolate covered nuts and raisins and much, much more along with savory trail mixes take center stage while cutlery, spices, kitchen utensils and gadgets, as well as soup, dip and bread mixes line the walls so you can make delicious meals at home. All of your culinary needs are here at this Elkader deli and specialty store.

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