The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

April 27, 2013

Enjoying our differences

OTTUMWA — When we travel, or even simply meet travelers, we can learn as much about our own way of life as we do about theirs. And sometimes, similarities make our differences stand out.

Ottumwa Rotary had five visitors from the South American nation of Chile. One, John Bolton, is a Rotarian from there. The other four are young professionals, sponsored by Rotary to travel internationally.

"This is our fourth week in Iowa," said John Bolton, the Chilean Rotary member and leader of the delegation.

Though the four travelers with him are not currently Rotary members, their guides locally were.

"Part of the [idea] is to promote peace," said John Helgerson of Ottumwa, "through communication and friendship."

His guests, all young, English-speaking professionals, agreed that it's less likely friends will declare war on one another.

"We exchange opinions and learn from each other," Bolton said.

Rotary makes sure the exchange groups get to visit and study businesses, but they are also able to tailor a trip to professional interests of the party, which in this case consisted of four teachers and an attorney.

For example, that morning, the group observed a lesson on English Language Learner reading at the Ottumwa school district. Bolton said it was similar to what the group's English teachers do in Chile: teach a Spanish-speaking child how to read in English. The visiting teachers even had their own suggestions on how to enhance the learning.

"Not only does the student read, but talk about what they are reading as well," said Javiera Reyes Araya, an English teacher.

That way, the student is encouraged to speak and think, in English, about the words they've read on the page.

Club members also adjusted on the fly. The travelers had already visited an area education agency, where they witnessed the co-op nature of those regional education supporters and the surrounding schools. So instead of going to another one as scheduled in Ottumwa, member Tom Lazio contacted his daughter, a teacher, to see about getting the group a visit to an in-session public school.

Text Only
Local News
  • Quincy Ave. project starts Aug. 4 OTTUMWA — Updates on the Quincy Avenue project was given to residents and businesses residing between Albia Road and Hwy. 34 on Thursday night at Ottumwa City Hall. About a dozen people attended the meeting where City Engineer Dan Sturm gave an updat

    July 25, 2014

  • Silence continues on fatal shooting OTTUMWA — Law enforcement is exercising its right to remain silent about a shooting death that occurred south of town this week. The Wapello County Sheriff's Office, which had responded to the shooting, said most information on the case would now com

    July 25, 2014

  • 0726 OTT cedar creek Gone in a flash

    BLOOMFIELD — Bob Parker got about as close to lightning as you can Friday morning, and came out of it without injury. A line of thunderstorms started moving through southeast Iowa in the early morning hours. Parker was heading to work at about 7 a.m.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0726 OTT Garden Bites III Color Photo -T Garden Bites sees growth BLOOMFIELD — Nearly one month ago, families gathered at Pioneer Ridge Nature Center to plant various vegetables to harvest and eat on Thursday at Garden Bites. The program allows families to get their hands a bit dirty at Pioneer Ridge and plant food

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Resolution — Techel verdict reached

    DAVENPORT — The father of a slain Wapello County woman said he began to heal as soon as he heard the guilty verdict today. The jury unanimously pronounced Seth Techel, 23, guilty on charges of first-degree murder and non-consensual termination of a h

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0725 OTT Riverfront design A new outlook on Ottumwa OTTUMWA — A "River Renaissance" is brewing in Wapello County. Planners working for Christian Rushing Studio from Tennessee took the public's ideas, and gave them life via maps, numerical projections and artists' renderings. "Hold onto your seats; you

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police to parents: check kids' online activities BLOOMFIELD — The Bloomfield police chief says the arrests of nine men in connection with sexting a teenage girl underscores the need for parents to keep an eye on their children online. Chief Shawn Armstrong said cases involving one or two people are

    July 24, 2014

  • 0725 OTT birthday rumble -T -M Age 106, still ready to rumble OTTUMWA — With the stories flowing, Celma Birdsall had the ride of her life Thursday. "She shared a lot of memories," said her chauffeur for the day, Dennis Parrish. Birdsall has built up a lot of stories over the 106 years she's been around. After h

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0725 OTT College Connections color photo -T -M IHCC eases transition to college OTTUMWA — When choosing a college that's just right for you, it is important to find one that works its hardest to ensure your success as a student. Indian Hills Community College is doing just that this week with a College Connections Workshop spons

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0724 OTT Tehel mug -T -M Techel found guilty on both counts

    DAVENPORT — Jurors have found Seth Techel guilty in the 2012 murder of his wife, Lisa, and the couple’s unborn child.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook