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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR /i / AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren Town and County ws 50 Voh 41 No. 34 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, January 14, 2010 Take Steps to Help Manage Winter's More Costly Energy Bills Monthly utility bill monthly bill or makes bill amounts often increase planning easier for people this time of year in Iowa who have other bills to pay because of high heating from a limited income. costs associated with cold Budget billing may also be winter weather, but some beneficial for customers simple short-term or long- who have notoriously term steps to manage managed to pay their util- those costs can often help ity bills, but Jt has been dif- many customers cope. ficult or they have been In the near term, taking late paying other bills or steps to use energy wisely, unable to afford other ne- in addition to budgeting, cessities like food or medi- can help many people get cations. through high-cost months. Please contact your util- Cost savings can be ity if you would like to achieved through energy enroll or inquire about efficiency measures like enrollment in a level pay- turning the thermostat ment plan. You should be down a few degrees, espe- able to find the telephone cially when away from number of your utility home or when sleeping, if company near the top of you can do so safely. A pro- the first page of your bill. grammable thermostat can help you do so with peak efficiency and comfort. Appel Listening Another measure that can Post at Norwalk save money and energy is sealing air leaks around Library Jan. 15 windows and doo=A4so, Senator Staci Appel of turn off extra lighm,-c- orth invites area resi- tronic devices:oapli-  to discuss legislative ancesthat are iJs with her at a at any given time, walk listening post However, sima-. FriLay, Jan. 15, from 9 to 10 term measures:,maff., n ' m. at the Norwalk Easter provide enough savings Public Library, 1051 North for many low- or fixed.-in- Ave. come customers, o for. "As the 2010 legislative those with ext--- session gets going, I'll be cumstances. 1  loa iNovalk to gather ideas utility can Ivl::  aiput from my con- longer-range-: stilructs," said Appel. managing coat "Pliease come share your enrolling yoiw,azl  s the state budget, payment or hitiFm n and healthcare." program thavvt[ : "The:national economic you to   rsion has taken its toll monthly paywents: o Icxw families and we throughout the year, Ttie need tofight back," added utility sets a level payme Appel. "My top priority at amount based on your av- the Statehouse will be put- erage costs for energy use ting people back to work and you pay the same and ensuring our kids amount each month. The have a bright future in monthly payment amount Iowa." is adjusted from time-to- "If you can't make the time to account for actual meeting, you can always e- usage, mail me at Staci.Appel Customers who have @legis.state.ia.us or call me difficulty paying their util- at home at 515-961-6982," ity bills only dur!ng cer- said Appel. tain times of the year can quickly benefit from par- ticipating in a level pay- ment plan. A level pay- ment plan may be the right Deadline for ads, choice for many customers legals and stories simply because it elimi- is Noon Friday! nates surprises on the OES Dinner This Sunday The regular monthly public dinner, sponsored by members of Good Will Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, will be served from 11 a.m. to I p.m. Sunda}5 Jan. 17, at the Masonic Hall on Main Street. The menu includes minute steak, potatoes, green beans, cole slaw and homemade pie for $6 per person. Proceeds are used for community service programs. DodgebaU Derby for Children's Charity What's better than a costumed team playing dodgeball on a chilly Saturday? Raising money for Va- riety-The Children's Charity while dodging, dipping, ducking and diving at Des Moines University (DMU). DMU student dub American Association of Podiat- ric Sports Medicine (AAPSM), is hosting the first an- nual Dodgeball Derby at DMU Saturda Jan. 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the DMU Wellness Center, 3200 Grand Ave. Themed and costumed teams are encouraged. "Community service is a really important part of the DMU atmosphere and we wanted to make a big splash in helping out Variety," said DanieHeButto, AAPSM vice-president and derby co-organizer. "Plus, how fun will it be to have people from all around the metro play- ing their hearts out in costume for a dodgeball tourna- ment?" Cost to participate is $75 per team and teams can be six to eight people. All players must be over 18. Stu- dents, staff, faculty and the public are invited to play or cheer on their favorite team. All players will receive a free t-shirt. The top teams, most creative team and best costumed team will win prizes. Please register by Jan. 18 at www.dmu,edu/rsvp/ dodgeball. Email Danielle .N.Butto@DMU.edu if you have questions. The Appel Report By Staci Appel, State Senator Focusing on middle- class families, small busi- nesses and a balanced budget: With the 2010 leg- islative session just around the corner, I'm keeping my focus on helping middle- class families and small businesses, creating good- paying jobs and balancing the state budget without raising taxes. In spite of tough times, we can protect the progress we've made in these areas by continuing to change state govern- ment to make it more ac- countable. The first major review of state government opera- tions in nearly 25 years is already producing results. Republican and Demo- cratic legislators and the Governor have put to- gether cost-saving propos- als that will provide better services to Iowans while I reducing bureaucracy and saving taxpayer money. The Governor has al- ready issued an Executive Order to implement new practices that could save the state more than $700 million over the next five years. In addition, the Legislature's bipartisan State Government Reorga- nization Commission, which I co-chair, has unanimously approved a number of cost-saving rec- ommendations, including increasing oversight and accountability for corpo- rate tax credits, e-govern- ment innovations and con- solidating purchasing. Big corporations re- ceive tax credits and other incentives that total hun- dreds of millions of dollars each year. Those tax cred- its should be re-evaluated Concluded p.'6 Girl Scout Cookie Time Girl Scouts will be go- ing door-to-door taking orders for Girl Scout cook- ies now through Jan. 31. The Scouts will also be conducting Booth Sales at retail locations through Sunday, April 18. Girl Scout Cookies cost $3.50 per package and all money raised supports girls in Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, with a portion of the money going directly to the Girl Scout troop. The purchase of Girl Scout Cookies helps bring out the confidence in a gift. It is no easything to ask a stranger to buy something. You have to speak up, look them in the eye and believe in what you're doing. Be- lieve in yourself. With every season of Girl Scout Cookies, an- other generation of girls learns to set goals, make a plan and decide where the money goes. As women, they'll need these skills, whether their goal is to start a business or a fam- ily. When Girl Scots par- ticipate in the annual cookie activity, they are part of the largest girl-led business in the country that generates more than $700 million for girls and communities nationwide. This year's Girl Scout Cookie varieties will again contain zero grams of trans fat per serving. The eight cookie varieties this year are Daisy Go Rounds, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Thanks-A-Lot and Lemonades. If you are not contacted by a Girl Scout and wish to order cookies in Norwalk, contact Rhonda Huegerich, 321-7811. "Novel" Year At Norwalk Library This year, 2010, will be a "novel" year at the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary. Six classic novels will be discussed through- out the year and a series of corresponding programs will be offered. Programs will be held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the library's meeting room. The pro- grams are free and the books will be provided. The programs will run every other month, begin- ning in February, with each book having a three- week series of events. Dur- ing week one, participants will disouss the book; week two; they will watch the movie versior of the book' and week three, there will be a p::ogram related to the topi of the book. The six titles are alie & Julia by Julie Pow !11, And Then There Were  Ione by Agatha Christie,  {y Dog Skip by Willie l dorris, Catch Me If You Frank Abagnale, Falcon by [ Hammett and Women by Loui Alcott. This is the thirc the program, whic participants from and the surroundi munities. "Disc novel with others isfaction and enjo) reading," said'Juli library director. " gram is also a goo make new friends Advance d regi is required. Info: and registration f available at the 1051 North Ave., www.ci.norwall library.php. For r formation, call 98 Annual KC Free Throw Cont( The annual Free Throw Contest for boys a ages 10 - 14 will be held Sunda Jan. 24, in the High School gym. The event is sponsored annually by St. John cil #7556 Knights of Columbus. Participants m ter day of the contest at the school or may pick u at DeRocher Chiropractic. For more informati, tact Dr. Brent DeRocher at 285-9030. Can by vlaltese ashiell Little a May year of draws [orwalk g com- sing a :lds sat- ment to , Wells, he pro- way to :ration mation ms are ibrary, and at .ia.us/ tore in- -0217. d girls orwalk ; Coun- F regis- forms ,n, con-