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Church serves

meal today

WATERLOO — Jubilee UMC Resource Center, at East Fourth and Newell, will host another LeChristopher’s Southern cuisine dinner today, beginning at noon.

This month’s menu may include meatloaf, fried chicken, baked chicken, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, salmon patties, collard greens, okra, pies and cakes. Salads and beverages are served with meals.

Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children.

Valentine event

with singing set

WATERLOO — The Proud Image Chorus, an a cappella, nonprofit barbershop group from the Cedar Valley, is taking reservations for the annual Singing Valentine event.

Quartets from the chorus will be available to deliver a rose, candy and sing a song to a special someone. There are limitations regarding distance — within 30 miles of Waterloo/Cedar Falls — and time restraints — Tuesday from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. To make a reservation, call 291-2806. Cost starts at $50.

Project fights

local hunger

HUDSON — Harvest of Hope raised $24,500 for the Foods Resource Bank during its recently completed 13th year.

The Food Resource Bank works to alleviate hunger and creating food security through funding and awareness.

Churches participating were St. Timothy Lutheran and Zion Lutheran of Hudson and the South Waterloo Church of the Brethren in Waterloo.

Local participating farmers include BarLee Farms Ltd., Lanehaven Farms Inc., Rousselow Bros., Ohrt Farms Inc. and Kevin and Diane Sittig. Spence Fertilizer also contributed.

For more information on Foods Resource Bank, please visit

Washburn man

wins big prize

CLIVE – A Black Hawk County man was at a loss for words after winning a $250,000 prize Tuesday.

Eric Schaefer of Washburn claimed the 13th of 18 top prizes of $250,000 available in the Iowa Lottery’s “$250,000 Riches” scratch game.

“I don’t even know how to feel right now because we typically don’t run into that kind of money,” Schaefer told lottery employees Tuesday, just a few hours after buying his winning ticket. “We’re usually not very fortunate.”

The 37-year-old said he bought his winning ticket at Pronto, 7305 La Porte Road in Washburn and joked with a store clerk about winning the lottery sometime.

Schaefer, an inspector for Union Tank Car, said he continued onto work and scratched his ticket off in the parking lot of his workplace.

He said he plans to use his winnings to pay off his mortgage and some other bills to become debt-free.

The $250,000 Riches scratch game is a $20 ticket.

CF man wins

lottery prize

CLIVE – A Cedar Falls man said his interest in tiny houses led him to try a new Iowa Lottery scratch ticket based on the tiny home movement, and he ended up winning a $50,000 prize.

Benjamin Smith claimed the second of eight top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery’s “Tiny Home, Big Wins!” game.

“I’ve been into (tiny houses) for a long time and always wanted to build one,” Smith told lottery employees Tuesday as he claimed his prize at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids.

The 34-year-old said he bought his winning ticket Monday at Hy-Vee, 4000 University Ave. in Waterloo. He said he thought he had a losing ticket until he uncovered the very last play space.

Smith, a firefighter, said he plans to use his winnings to help pay for a scheduled home addition this spring.

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