The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

October 28, 2013

They've earned their morning cup of coffee

OTTUMWA --- Former soldiers say the government does a pretty good job looking after older veterans. But the budget doesn't allow for many luxuries.

That's why over the past five years, Ottumwa Elks have raised money and collected coffee for the veterans home in Marshalltown.

"They get some coffee, a little bit," said Don Lewis, a combat vet in both the U.S. Army and later the Air Force as part of the Iowa Air National Guard, "but it's not mandatory [per the] VA."

Lewis is a member of the Elks, as well as the Vietnam Veterans of America, both of which team up to do an annual coffee drive. He was at Hy-Vee on Saturday morning, then Fareway in the afternoon.

"Thank you," said US Navy veteran Willard Beghtol to a donor. He and Lewis were manning the table inside the entrance to Fareway on Albia Road. In fact, there was a fairly steady level of donations.

"I'm proud of the response we get from the republic," Lewis said.

He chatted briefly with another donor, who told him both her husband and her father had served in the military. He asked her to pass along his gratitude for their service.

Wapello County's local veterans have started to see the benefit of the Elk's and VVA's efforts.Starting last year, they began donating coffee to the VA Medial Clinic in Ottumwa. They also purchased coffee makers for the clinic.

"The Elks are dedicated to our veterans, our kids and our communities," Lewis said. "We say that so long as there are veterans, Elks will not forget them."

To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

Text Only
Local News
  • 0731 OTT Aviation plane -T -M Flying free OTTUMWA — The financial obstacle may have been removed if your career goal starts with learning to fly. "We have it set up for three terms, about nine months," said pilot and chief flight instructor Darren Graham at Indian Hills Community College. "

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supervisors discuss pipeline potential KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors received preliminary, general information on a new pipeline being proposed to carry oil from North Dakota through Iowa, including Van Buren County, then crossing into Illinois. The proposed Bakken Pipeline wou

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairfield stabbing suspects' trials separated FAIRFIELD — The three people accused of dragging a man into a Fairfield apartment before robbing and stabbing him have had a judge grant their requests to separate their trials. Dawn Dunn, Dustin Roll and Brett Hedblade are each charged with willful

    July 30, 2014

  • Local business donates grain rescue tube KEOSAUQUA — Stockport Elevator, owned by Roquette America, donated a grain rescue tube to Birmingham and Stockport Fire Departments. A training session was conducted Monday, led by Dale Ekdahl, a representative of Outstate Data, LLC, the device’s man

    July 30, 2014

  • Where do my taxes go? OTTUMWA — Wapello County Board certified its tax levy. But what does that mean? Based on budgets submitted by various levying authors, the Wapello County Auditor prepares and certifies the levy rates for the county. Budgets for each levy are based on

    July 30, 2014

  • OCSD releases elementary supplies list

    OTTUMWA — For years, parents of the students in Ottumwa's elementary schools have had to check to make sure the school supplies list they grabbed was the right one for their school. No more.

    July 30, 2014

  • Reducing runoff at the local level AGENCY — Pollution isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you look out at a field of Iowa corn or soybeans, but there’s growing concern about what manages to get out of the fields and into the water. The same nutrients that benefit the crops c

    July 30, 2014

  • Supervisors wrestle with staffing woes KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisor Chairman Bob Waugh says he wants county supervisors to help alleviate staffing problems within the county treasurer’s office. In May, supervisors opted not to replace a vacancy within the treasurer’s office. Va

    July 30, 2014

  • 0730 OTT Better Buildings -T -M Wildwood could be your home OTTUMWA — There was always one child per class who just adored school. If they went to Wildwood, they may soon be able to move in permanently. The Ottumwa board of education met Monday, where staff told them where the district stood as far as "facili

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • A changing roster -- for school board OTTUMWA — If the last time you saw your board of education was before Christmastime, the current school board might surprise you. Two members retired from the board: longtime educator Ron Oswalt stepped down, as did board president Carol Mitchell. Bo

    July 29, 2014

Photo reprints