Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

Local News

September 7, 2011

Sayres named Pancake Day Parade Marshal

CENTERVILLE — Perhaps best known for her work at the city pool and teaching swimming lessons, Nancy Sayres has spent a lifetime helping children. From working in education to participating in volunteer safety programs, Sayres has influenced the lives of thousands of kids.   

When asked about her roles, Sayres makes it clear that she doesn’t do it for the recognition; she does it because she is passionate about helping kids and keeping them safe.   

Her dedication to one of her volunteer roles, coordinator of the Pancake Day Kiddie Parade, has earned her the honor of being named the Parade Marshal for this year’s Big Parade.

Originally from Grinnell, Sayres began her teaching career in Moravia in 1972 where she taught K-12 art until 1986.   After a stint as a stay-at-home mom and doing some substitute teaching, she joined the AEA in 1994.  She retired from AEA in 2009 and began doing some remedial counseling. Along the way, Sayres has coached the swim team, worked at the YMCA, managed the city pool, taught swim lessons, educated kids about good touch/bad touch through the Appanoose Family Alliance’s Happy Bear program, coordinated the Healthy Kids Fair and organized the Kiddie Parade at Pancake Day.  This year she is the president of the Iowa Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and this fall she is hoping to return to substitute teaching.

Sayres’ dedication to children comes from her heart.  “It’s about kids getting what they need and providing a level of support that they may not be getting at home.  Some kids need another person to talk to,” says Sayres.  “I love kids.  Even the tough ones — especially the tough ones.”

Staying positive is something that has helped Sayres continue her work with kids.  It’s also something that has helped her deal with challenges in her own life including her Stage 4 ovarian cancer diagnosis in July 2010.  While enduring surgery and then chemotherapy, Sayres stayed active through treatment.  In December 2010, doctors told her there was no evidence of cancer.  This past May, she suffered a relapse and is once again undergoing treatment.    

She draws strength from her family.  Gary, her husband of 28 years, has always been supportive of everything she does, as are her children, Emily Sayres, Hillary Sayres, Bradley Van Blaricon and Erin Lawson.

Just as she has for the past 15 Pancake Days, Sayres will set up her table in front of the Methodist Church on North Main and register kids for the Kiddie Parade.  She will take down all the information, instruct kids on where to line up and send them off with a Tootsie Pop.  Many of the kids recognize her from one of her many other roles.    “I love seeing the kids and watching them grow up,” she says.   “When kids come up and give me a hug, I feel that maybe I’ve made some sort of an imprint on their lives.”

The Kiddie Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the Big Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Pancake Day.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Honey Creek Resort recognized for recycling MORAVIA — Honey Creek Resort State Park on Rathbun Lake has been selected as having the best government recycling program by the Iowa Recycling Association.“Iowa’s Greenest Resort” received the award July 17 during the Iowa Recycling Association annu

    July 23, 2014

  • Appanoose County Farm Bureau annual meeting President Mark McGill welcomed 85 members and guests to the annual meeting of the Appanoose County Farm Bureau on Tuesday, July 15 at the Faith United Methodist Church, south of Centerville. Guest speaker Walt Hackney, who writes DTN’s “Talkin’ Lives

    July 23, 2014

  • School board reviews legislative priorities The Centerville School Board met for a regular meeting Monday, July 14, welcoming new member Steve Hoch, who replaced Tom Lange after his resignation.High School band director Jim DePrizio approached the board to see if the Band Boosters could receiv

    July 22, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.July 23,1920-1926: For some people, the changing role of women in this time, was leading to the breakdown of the family. The "Divorce Rate Is Appalling," said one headline. It was the KKK Southern Iowa America

    July 22, 2014

  • 072214 Medics Skills Photo Local medics advance skills Recently, six EMT’s from Mercy Medical Center advanced their credentials and skill levels to become paramedics.Dan Howington, Brenda Howington, Jeff Devoll, Katy Devoll, Andy Mericle and Jerilyn Inman invested their time over the last 18 months to ob

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved. July 22, 1945: Exline’s L. Jay Johnson, who opened a funeral home on East Maple Street on his return to Centerville from World War 2, survived the U.S. 8th AAF. He won a “Lucky Bastard” award from his fellow airmen on completion of 25 dangerous missi

    July 22, 2014

  • 072214 AC Fair Photo1 Antique tractor display The Lapland Plowboys Antique Tractor Club will be displaying a large selection of antique tractors Monday through Friday at the Appanoose County Fair.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Fire protection score improves CENTERVILLE – The Centerville Fire Department recently received word that the community’s rating on Insurance Services Office’s Public Protection Classification survey had improved.The survey in question analyzes the fire suppression services in a co

    July 22, 2014

  • Humble Heroes Foundationhelps soldiers' children CENTERVILLE — Justin Zaputil remembers when Master Sgt. Travis Riddick died. The common reactions didn’t feel right.Mourning and then moving on left something undone. It didn’t seem to accomplish what Zaputil and a handful of others wanted. It didn’t

    July 22, 2014

  • A.C. history by Enfys McMurry © 2014 Enfys McMurry All rights reserved.July 20, 1942-5: As the country geared itself into second World War production, vital raw materials were critically short. Collections of metals, rubber, greases, nylons and silks, paper and rags, even milkwee

    July 21, 2014

  • Street paving project update tonight Nancy Huisman with Hall Engineering is on tonight’s Centerville City Council agenda to deliver an update on the East and West State streets and North 10th Street paving project.The council will set a time and date to again discuss the second reading

    July 21, 2014

  • 072114 Howard Service Photo 2 Hundreds attend Howard graveside services Several hundred men, women and children attended the 11 a.m. Saturday graveside services for Moulton native Staff Sgt. Robert E. “Bobby” Howard at Sunset View Cemetery north of Moulton.Pastor Brian Hargrave officiated. Hargrave talked about why we co

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Solicitation ordinance at a standstill Solicitation ordinance at a standstill

    The Centerville City Council during a special meeting Thursday at City Hall did not pass the second reading of an ordinance that will modify city code to prevent solicitation of funds on city streets.
    Instead, the council voted 3-2 to ...

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Graveside services for Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard Graveside services for Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard

    Graveside services were held Saturday morning at Sunset View Cemetery just north of Moulton for Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard.

    July 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • American flags for Robert E. Howard American flags for Robert E. Howard

    At least 200 men, women and children came to the Centerville Fire Department firehouse at 2 p.m. Friday to participate in placing more than 2,000 American flags along the route from Centerville to Sunset View Cemetery just north of Moulton, the place where Moulton native Staff Sgt. Robert E. Howard will be laid to rest Saturday at 11 a.m.

    July 18, 2014 4 Photos

Obituaries
Featured Ads
Poll

The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook