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PIVO Brewery beer wins medals

PIVO Brewery recognized for brewing excellence at world’s largest commercial beer competition.

CALMAR, IOWA, 10/16/2020. PIVO Brewery was awarded Gold and Silver medals at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition, the world’s largest commercial beer competition. The GABF, presented by the Brewers Association, recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The best beers in 91 beer categories covering 170 different beer styles (including all subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals during a virtual ceremony Friday, October 16, hosted on The Brewing Network.

PIVO Brewery was awarded a Gold Medal in the Historic Beer category for its Decorah Nordic Gruit. This traditional Scandinavian style of beer is brewed with no bittering hops. Juniper berries, rosemary, bay leaf, black walnuts, bog myrtle and toasted caraway seed are the Nordic style beer flavorings that make this a truly unique Viking era beer.

PIVO Brewery was awarded a Silver Medal in the Chocolate Beer category for its Balltown Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Brownie Milk Stout. This beer has deep and complex dark chocolate flavors blended with salted caramel. It is aged on bourbon barrels for several months to mellow the flavors and add some vanilla and bourbon accents from the oak barrel.

Judges for the 34th edition of the celebrated GABF competition evaluated 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Socially distanced judging took place in 35 sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures in place.

PIVO Brewery is a 15 barrel microbrewery located in Calmar, Iowa that strives to make a large variety of different beers and ciders. Their brewery taproom in Calmar has 40 taps that are typically serving over 36 different PIVO made beverages. They are the only brewery in Iowa co-located with a commercial art studio (Blepta Studios) that teaches classes and produces art for sale. PIVO Brewery also has an event center attached to the brewery that can seat 370 people. Craig and Sara Neuzil of Calmar are the owners of PIVO Brewery and Blepta Studios.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

September 22, 2020

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month”

 

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) is hosting Domestic Violence Awareness during the month of October. In Iowa and around the world, October is a month to create awareness around domestic violence, using the color purple to symbolize the cause.

 

Throughout the month of October you will notice areas that highlight domestic violence awareness. We have a few ways you can support local survivors of domestic violence:

 

  1. Throughout the month of October, Pivo Brewery & Blepta Studios in Calmar will be donating 20% of their online sales to DARC.
  2. On Saturday, October 17, Luna Valley Farm in Decorah will be providing 20% of pizza sales to DARC. All pizza orders need to be made in advance.

 

Last year, the Helping Services’ DARC team of advocates and volunteers assisted 223 individual survivors of domestic abuse in the 7 counties the team serves (Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek). Staff and volunteers also answered 1,728 calls on our Resource Line and provided 88 transportation trips for clients.  For more info about Helping Services’ DARC please call 800-383-2988 or visit www.helpingservices.org to access our chat option with an advocate.

 

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CIA Insurance, CUSB Bank, CUSB Wealth Management Solutions donates 6,700 masks and shields to area school districts

CIA Insurance, CUSB Bank, CUSB Wealth Management Solutions, and Thomson Charitable Foundation donates 6,700 masks and shields to area school districts

CUSB Bank, CIA Insurance, CUSB Wealth Management Solutions, and the Thomson Charitable Foundation are proud to partner to provide masks and shields for the Howard-Winneshiek, Notre Dame, Riceville, Osage, Charles City, Immaculate Conception, and LeRoy-Ostrander school districts as they return to learn this Fall.

J. Scott Thomson, CEO and President of CUSB Bank and CIA Insurance said, “As a community-minded bank we have reinvested in the financial well-being of our communities and now we are re-investing in the personal well-being of our youth and educators. We’re proud to donate 6,700 masks and shields to area school districts as they return to school.”

Washable and adjustable adult and children masks, personalized by school district in school colors, have been donated to each school for distribution. Youth face shields have also been purchased and given to schools for distribution. Donations of masks have also been made to area day care centers for their employees to use.

Caring and family are core values of CUSB Bank, CIA Insurance, and CUSB Wealth Management Solutions. Thomson said, “As community-minded institutions, we feel a deep responsibility towards supporting the communities that we are fortunate to serve. Our communities and our families have been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and we want to show our support as the transition back to school starts. Many of our employees are parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles and we wanted to help provide a layer of protection for their loved ones and yours as they start a new school year.”
Be sure to tag CUSB Bank and CIA Insurance on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) in your back to school masked photos.

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Brian Midthus Pic
CIA Insurance Agent Brian Midthus is pictured with his wife, Michelle, a teacher at Crestwood Elementary, and their two daughters, Madison, and Mackenzie.

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CIA Insurance Agency Manager Cindy Butikofer (second row, right) has her grandchildren (Cole, Lawson, Aiden, Kyra, and Carver) all masked and stacked up, ready for school at Crestwood Schools.

Dan and Janice Ollendick
CUSB Vice President Dan Ollendick and his wife, Janice, are pictured with their granddaughters, Oaklee and Etta, who are ready for school at Notre Dame Elementary.

Jeanne Voyna
CUSB Employee Jeanne Voyna is pictured with her three children, Emily, Brock, and Trenton, ready for school at Crestwood.

Face Shields and Masks
CUSB Bank, CIA Insurance, CUSB Wealth Management Solutions, and the Thomson Charitable Foundation are proud to partner to provide 6,700 masks and shields for the Howard-Winneshiek, Notre Dame, Riceville, Osage, Charles City, Immaculate Conception, and LeRoy-Ostrander school districts as they return to learn this Fall.

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Blood Drive

BLOOD DRIVE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
Community Presbyterian Church In Postville will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, August 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  COVID-19 guidelines will be followed in the building. You will have to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Unfortunately, we will not be able to have homemade goodies available, but there will be juice and pre-packaged snacks. If you are interested in signing up for an appointment to give blood, please call Travis  (563) 380-1607.

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Boy donates 3 new bikes

Gage Hovey, son of Tammy and Trav Hovey won a bike at the Races at the Upper Iowa Speedway on June 13, but Gage told his parents, “I already have a bike, so I want to donate it to a kid in need”. Gage’s parents collected names on Facebook for a drawing for that bike. Jana Albers, social worker at the Child Health Specialty Clinic, saw the post on Facebook and  contacted Gage’s parents to let them know she has several children they work with at their clinic whose families cannot afford a bike but she cannot share their names due to HIPPA/confidentiality laws.  Gage had such an overwhelming response to his offer to donate the bike he won, that people started donating money so Gage could give more bikes away.

Gage’s parents contacted Jana to let her know they now had 3 more brand new bikes to donate and they wanted to donate them to children served by the CHSC clinic. Gage and his family met Jana and  her co-worker, Tracy Meirick in front of their clinic to  give the bikes to them and Gage wanted to have a picture taken with the clinic staff.

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