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Armstrong takes a leap

By Staff | Feb 23, 2008

Workers are making good progress on the new pool in Armstrong, despite snow and frigid cold the past several weeks. Hopes are to open the pool by July 4.

It might just come every four years, but everyone in Armstrong and the surrounding area is going to remember next Friday, Feb. 29 for some time to come.

That’s when the Armstrong Aquatic Center Committee will hold its Leapin’ Ahead event at the Armstrong Community Center. The event is a fundraiser for the new Armstrong pool.

While there is no set admission, free-will donations will be accepted with all proceeds going toward the swimming pool fund. Daycare service will be available from 5:30-9:30 p.m. A free-will donation will be accepted for babysitters.

The event kicks off with a lasagna supper, in a regular or vegetarian meal, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The meal will include garlic toast and sides. Guests are encouraged to donate salads for the salad bar as well. Beverages will include coffee, milk, or water and the bar will be open for those who desire other beverages.

Comedian Jan Heinz will entertain with family oriented comedy from 8-9 p.m. Heinz’ comedy is told through the eyes of the average soccer mom (although she has never owned a minivan). The only difference though is that Heinz tells it the way it is, the way it was, and the way it should be. Jan’s comedy isn’t just for women, though. She takes the men’s side on many issues as she offers her views on marriage, having children, the corporate world, the state of our country, and more. Heinz has performed at both “A” list comedy clubs and for Fortune 500 corporate functions. Her venues have included A&E, Comedy Central, and most recently clips from her CD “Did I say that” can be heard on XM Radio.

The thermometer shows fundraising at nearly two-thirds of the $300,000 goal set by the Armstrong Aquatic Center Committee. Another fundraiser will be held Feb. 29.

Heinz’s appearance is sponsored by Northstar Bank, Bank Midwest, Oleson Chiropractic Clinic, and Speltz Studio of Wild Life.

Raffle winners will be announced at 9 p.m. Raffle items include a grand prize of a five-person hot tub from CWR Satellite & Spas. The prize includes a cover and ozone/chemical setup kit. Second prize will be a certificate for $500 at Bridges Bay Resort at East Okoboji. Third prize will be $150 in Armstrong Bucks good at any business in Armstrong.

Tickets are $5 or five for $20 and are available from Vickie Rooney, 712-868-4020; Cami Paulson, 712-868-3305; or Connie Thackery at Armstrong City Hall at 712-864-3535.

Thre will also be a one-item silent auction for a $1,000 Jetta laptop computer donated by Iowa Telecom. The laptop will be listed at 5:30 p.m. when the doors open and the winner will be announced afer the raffle winners have been drawn. The laptop has all the bells and whistles and includes six months of free DSL service.

The evening will wrap up with a DJ dance from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The dance is sponsored by the Armstrong Community Center and Kurt and Luann Bjorklund in honor of their 50th birthdays.

Cami Paulson of the Armstrong Aquatic Center Committee shows the committee logo.

Cami Paulson of the Aquatic Center Committee said $190,000 has been raised to date toward the committee’s $300,000 goal. The committee recently received its 501c3 nonprofit status so it is able to accept donations as a nonprofit group.

Pool construction continues, despite the less-than-ideal weather of late. Hopes are that the pool can be completed by the annual Fourth of July celebration. The Aquatic Center Committee plans for a mechanical bull fundraiser by the park on Friday, July 4 with a meal assisted by the Emmet County Cattlemen, street dance, and beer garden on Saturday, July 5.

The pool plays an essential role in providing wholesome recreation for children and adults during summer months.

To donate to the pool project, send your check to: Armstrong Aquatic Center Fund, P.O. Box 229, Armstrong, IA 50514 or drop off your donation at Armstrong City Hall.