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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren SMALLTOWNPAPERS 'b,! 7 tAl ....... T COTA ST SHELTON ^ a,' ,.,, VA 9,.,,.,84-,..,.63 I II1-_11_1..i. I I.I. 1.1... I "!!'"!!"!'!'lI'll,,ll,,,q d.,.l!!! .... ,.i. ,, . ..... , :o.u!.,l,,!lll,,,,llllh[llll Town and County ws 50 ,gin Vol. 45 No. 33 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, January 2, 2014 LEISURE LINE .4.,,.. and Events Norwalk Fire By Lori Miller, President Department By Dustin Huston Fire Chief OFFICE INFORMATION Pick up registration forms 24 hours a day at the Parks and Recreation office or print them off our website: www.ci.norwalk.ia.us. You can mail registration forms, place them in our drop box or walk in. Our office is located at 1100 Chatham Ave, (Public Safety Bldg.). Of- fice hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The drop box is open 24/7! If you have any questions, call us at 981-9206. Online registration is available. (See website: www.ci.norwalk.ia, us). UPCOMING REGISTRATIONS Lakewood Craft Club, through January 3; Fitness classes, through January 3; Norwalk Family Tae Kwon Do, through January 3; Wine Class, through January 3; Adult Ed Jewelry, through January 10. NON-REGISTRATION EVENTS Senior Exercise, Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. at Norwalk Christian Church; Senior Wii Bowling, Thurs- days, at Public Safety Building, 1:30 p.m.; OPALS lunch, January 3. CRAFT CLUB Get out your glue guns and imaginations for this pro- gram. Children in 3rd through 5th grades at Lakewood Elementary are invited to join. They meet once a month after school on Thursday to make special arts and crafts projects.Registration: Through January 3; Time: 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.; Dates: January 9, February 6; Location: Art Room at Lakewood; Cost per class: Norwalk residents $11.50/class, non-residents $13.25/class; Minimum/ Maximum: 6/20. ADULT PICK-UP BASKETBALL GAMES Pick-up basketball games will be offered for adults. Bring clean tennis shoes to wear for the games. This program is only for residents who live within the Norwalk School District. Program Dates: January 8,15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26; Time: 7 to 9 p.m.; Location: Middle School Gym; Registra- tion: (closes when full); Cost: $31.80 (includes sales tax) Norvalk residents, $37.20 (includes sales tax) non-resi- dents; Maximum number of participants: 40. ADULT ED COMMUNITY EDUCATION AT MAIN STREET MONTESSORI SCHOOL Different classes are being offered at the Montessori School on Main St. Registrations are either online or at the ParKs and Rec office. Jewelry Design- Join us for an evening of jewelry and tim! Arelaxed, casual atmosphere means no-stress jewelry- making and you will go home with a sheet of reminders and tips on technique. Necklaces...earrings...bracelets...a whole new world will open to you when you can make your own jewelry. Our instructor is a professional artist who will walk you through the simple basic techniques. You needn't bring anything with you.,.we will supply all the tools and materials you will need for the class and you will receive a list of suppliers: Join us...making jewelry is easier than you think! Date: January 16; Time: 7-8:30 p.m.; Cost: $15; Limit: 10 individuals. Home Brewing- Beer Making 101- It's time to truly test your skills and give brewing a try. In this class you learn the basics of home beer making from brewing to bottling. This class will run two sessions- the first month to brew, the second tO bottle. Each participant will leave Concluded p. 3 Pictured is Lori Miller (NSEF) and WCPP staff mem- ber. Photo submitted. The Norwalk Student Education Foundation (NSEF) received agrant from the Warren County Philanthropic Partnership (WCPP) this month. WCPP offers grants to help non-profit organizations in Warl;en County complete projects they have begun. The monies will be used to complete our Special Needs iPad Project for the 6th-7th graders. Thank you to WCPP and all who support NSEF!!!! Thanks for helping our students excel!! See www.norwalkstudentfoundation.org for more information. Christmas Tree Pickup Just like yard waste, Christmas trees are collected from the curb and recycled into compost. Trees are picked up on your regular garbage day Thursday, Jan. 2, and again on Tuesda) Jan. 7 and Wednesday, Jan. 8. Trees must have a Compost It! sticker attached. Stick- ers are sold at City Hall and Scott's Foods for $1.20. Re- move all decorations. This is also the last time any remaining yard debris is collected before spring. Use a Compost It! cart or bags, or attach Compost It! stickers to generic bags to ensure your yard waste is picked up. Snow Ordinance Reminder Check the City website to know if the snow ordinance is active and when it is to be lifted. Information is also posted on the City's Facebook page (City of Norwalk, Iowa - City Hall) and has a new automated phone op- tion. Residents can call City Hall at 981-0228 and select option 6 to listen to notices regarding the snow ordi- nance and trash and recycling delays. When the snow ordinance is in effect, there is no park- ing on the street regardless of how many times the snow plow has been down that street. While the snow 0tdinance is in effect, all vehicles that are parked on the street are subject to ticketing and tow- ing. Regular Friday Noon Deadline Next Week! NFD Press Release- Adding To Our Team By the time you read this, most of us will have hope- fully enjoyed the Christmas Holiday with our friends and amily. Most of us have chosen to live in Norwalk for its small town atmosphere and close proximity to all needed amenities. This year, like the last several years, your hometown has been protected from fire and EMS emergencies and general calls for help by a group of four full-time staff that covers Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.-5 p.m., 26 Paid On-Call (Volunteer) mem- bers and five part-time members. These people meet the same training standards that every firefighter and EMS provider is required to in the State of Iowa. They cover nights, holidays and may even miss a family function to render whatever type of aid is needed in an emer- gency. I'm thankful for these people, happy to Work with all of them and am very proud of the work they do mad the service they provide. I'm not trying to pat ourselves on our back, make you think about bringing up a plate of cookies, or many of the other generous things that people have done for us. I'm hoping to get you thinking about joining a great group of people. We need people that have an interest in helping others, may want to try a job like no other, have a great sense of commtmity pride, are interested "m making sure our community is protected and may want to make some friends along the way. The Fire De- partment is a family of type A personalities that will do all we can to help other people. We will also openly admit that the adrenaline rush of not knowing what you are getting into at two o'clock in the morning, going down the highway with lights on in a big truck is some- what appealing. We train, work and play hard. I know that sounds clich6, but once you meet this group of people I think you will understand. We have to train at least 24 hours per year for fire training and have similar requirements to maintain our EMS certifications, re- spond to the same emergencies that our customers ex- perience in-"big cities" and have a similar need to de- compress after going through and seeing some of the things you will experience while helping others. I hope that as you think about all that you have done in your life that maybe now you would have some time to give back to your community to help make it safer, maybe you would like some additional training to switch careers, or maybe you simply want to help oth- ers. Starting in January we will be having a couple of open house events that we will share via the newspa- per, City and Department Facebook pages and City email lists. Please think about stopping by and letting us show you what we do, how we do it and what it would take for you to possibly join the team. Once we start our hiring process, we will get things moving fairly quickly and from there the possibilities are limitless on what you can learn, do and experience. I hope you and your family had a blessed holiday and have an even better 2014. Happy New Year from your Newspaper Staff! UlIL,