Holiday Sparkle in Downtown Jefferson

Jefferson Matters: Main Street invites you to the Hometown Holiday Sparkle Community Christmas Tree Lighting in the Greene County Courthouse tonight, December 5, 2013, at 5:30 p.m.

The St. Joseph Catholic Church choir will be singing carols, the Jefferson United Methodist Church Bell Choir will ring in the season, there will be a very special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to help us light the community Christmas tree in the rotunda of the court house.

The first 200 to come through the front doors of the courthouse will receive a coupon for a special FREE treat from Homestead Bakery! And the stores around the square will remain open throughout the evening for your shopping to begin right here in Jefferson. From 6 to 7 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the TOP OF THE BELL TOWER to greet those young and young at heart that would like to visit with them!

We hope to see everyone that night to help Jefferson Matters: Main Street kick off the holiday season!

Kucerak Appointed to Board of Directors

Deb Kucerak was recently appointed to the Jefferson Matters: Main Street board of directors.

Kucerak has lived in Jefferson since 2006, when her husband Milan accepted a position at West Central Cooperative. She is former business owner on the south side of the Square. She is also a career educator, having taught elementary school in New York, Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa.

Each board member of Jefferson Matters: Main Street is required to wear “two hats.” Kucerak’s second hat will be chair of the Design Committee.

“Deb brings a sense of vitality and commitment to this position,” said Alan Robinson, program director. “She has already been visiting the local businesses and explaining the opportunities and possibilities that Main Street can bring to them. She is a tremendous asset to our efforts to create a dynamic downtown district.”

The board has also made changes within its executive committee. Chris Henning moves from president to past president, Jamie Daubendiek moves from vice president to president, and Amy Milligan moves from treasurer to vice president. Carol Ahrenholtz continues as secretary.

Henning becomes co-chair of the Organization Committee with Karen Voge-Perkins, a newcomer to JM:MS.

JM:MS has also formed a Promotion Committee with board member Deb McGinn joining forces with Lynda Cochran, Amy Roberts and Dianne Piepel, who have worked with McGinn on the Tower View Team, serving as the core of the committee.

Continuing JM:MS board members are Mike Palmer, who serves on the Design Committee with Kucerak, and Bob Smith, chair of the Business Improvement Committee. Ex-officio board members are Ben Yoder, Home State Bank; Michael Cooley, Greene County Extension; and Jefferson Mayor Craig Berry.

The Jefferson Matters: Main Street program is looking for more community residents to get involved in all four points of the Main Street program—Design, Promotion, Organization and Business Improvement. Contact Alan Robinson, program director, at 515-386-3585 or email him at to ask how you can help with the Main Street program or contact a board member or committee chair.


JM:MS to Serve Meal at Farmers Market

Jefferson Matters: Main Street will serve a meal at the final Greene County Farmers Market of 2013 on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on the east lawn of the courthouse square in downtown Jefferson.

The menu will be a baked potato bar with toppings, cookie or bar, and beverage. The potatoes are grown at the Bullhead 1915 Farm south of Jefferson, owned and operated by Chris Henning, president of the Jefferson Matters: Main Street board of directors and manager of the Greene County Farmers Market.

The meal will be prepared and served by volunteers and staff of the JM:MS program.

The mission of Jefferson Matters: Main Street is to work together as a community to strengthen, support and energize Jefferson’s downtown through historic preservation. Funds raised from the meal will JM:MS support downtown Jefferson through the four-point Main Street approach: organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring.

RVTV Is Coming to Jefferson!

WHO sportscasters to broadcast live on the Square as part of big Iowa-ISU football game promo

WHO-TV Channel 13’s RVTV is coming to Jefferson on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Sportscasters Keith Murphy and Andy Fales will be broadcasting live on the courthouse square in downtown Jefferson for the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news programs.

RVTV rolls out once a year in the week prior to the Iowa-Iowa State football game. This year’s game is at Jack Trice Stadium on the ISU campus in Ames on Saturday, Sept. 14. RVTV spends a full day in four different communities during the week, Monday through Thursday, and ending its tour of “Cy-Hawk Country” in either Ames or Iowa City for two days of live broadcasting on Friday and Saturday as part of pre-game and post-game coverage.

This year’s RVTV tour schedule is Monday—Creston, Tuesday—Jefferson, Wednesday—Webster City, Thursday—Iowa Falls, and Friday and Saturday—Ames.

The RVTV crew will arrive in Jefferson between 10 a.m. and noon and set up its live remote operation. Murphy and Fales, known to sports fans in Iowa as “Murph and Andy,” will also broadcast their live radio show from Jefferson in the afternoon.

RVTV is welcomed in each town with a festival-like atmosphere. Planning is underway in Jefferson for a “downtown tail gate party” with a committee made of representatives from Greene County Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Matters: Main Street, Greene County Farmers Market, and the Greene County schools.  Events will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until the live sports broadcast during the 10 p.m. news program.





Window Display Consultant to Visit Jefferson July 23

Jefferson Matters: Main Street will host a meeting on Tuesday, July 23, for area businesses interested in enhancing their window displays and visual merchandising. Anna Buhmeyer, a visual merchandising consultant with Main Street Iowa, will conduct the meeting at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the Sierra Theatre.

Buhmeyer will then conduct on-site visits at four area businesses in downtown Jefferson to enhance their store window displays. Each business has agreed to provide $50 of materials to be used to enhance their windows, based on Buhmeyer’s recommendations. JM:MS volunteers will assist with each window display project.

Jefferson Matters: Main Street was one of 14 Main Street communities that successfully applied to Main Street Iowa for a day-long consultation visit from Buhmeyer.

For more information on Buhmeyer’s visit to Jefferson, contact Alan Robinson, program director, Jefferson Matters: Main Street, at 515-386-3585 or email