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Thursday, January 14, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven Take Steps to Help Manage Winter's More Costly Energy Bills Monthly utility bill amounts often increase this time of year in Iowa because of high heating costs associated with cold winter weather, but some simple short-term or long- term steps to manage those costs can often help many customers cope. In the near term, taking steps to use energy wisely, in addition to budgeting, can help many people get through high-cost months. Cost savings can be achieved through energy efficiency measures like turning the thermostat down a few degrees, espe- cially when away from home or when sleeping, if you can do so safely. A pro- grammable thermostat can help you do so with peak efficiency and comfort. Another measure that can : save money and energy is sealing air leaks around windows and doors, also, turn off extra lights, elec- tronic devices, or appli- ances that are not needed at any given rime. However, simple short- term measures may not provide enough savings for many low- or fixed-in- ment plan. you should be able to find the telephone number of your utility company near the op of the first page of your bill. Leadership Class of 2010 The Warren County Leadership Institute (WCLI) has announced participants for the Class of 2010. The Leadership Institute, formed in 1993, is affiliated with the War- ren County Economic De- velopment Corporation (WCEDC), and has a pri- mary objective to train and inform leaders throughout Warren County. WCLI's Class of 2010 will consist of 17 members and will be the 17th class in WCLI his- tory. Area residents to par- ticipate are Steve Rose of Norwalk and Kyla Lenze of Prole. Others are Shauna Agan, Troy Bass, Amanda Henry-Nelson, Michelle Hinrichs, Robert Nalean, Kurt Ripperger, Mindi Robinson, Mike Schultz, Misty Soldwisch, Justin Stuart, Mallory VanderLinden and Andrea Wells, all of Indianola, and come customers, or for Teri Caldwell, Tasha those with extenuating cir- , .,. .........  ............. anson and McKinley cumstances, your local Steig, all of Carlisle. utility can provide a The Warren County longer-range solution for managing utility costs by enrolling you in a level- payment or budget-billing program that will enable you to make equal monthly payments throughout the year. The utility sets a level payment amount based on your av- erage costs for energy use mad you pay the same amount each month. The monthly payment amount is adjusted from time-to- rime to account for actual usage. Customers who have difficulty paying their utility bills only during certain times of the year can quickly benefit from participating in a level payment plan. a level pay- ment plan may be the right choice for many customers simply because it elimi- nates surprises on the monthly bill or makes bill planning easier for people who have other bills to pay from a limited income. Budget billing may also be beneficial for customers who have notoriously managed to pay their util- ity bills, but it has been dif- ficult or they have been late paying other bills or unable to afford other ne- cessities like food or medi- cations. Please contact your util- ity if you would like to enroll or incl4re out en- rollment in a level pay- Leadership Institute facili- tates interactive classroom programs and networking opportunities designed specifically to assist emerging leaders. This year's schedule consists of eight sessions followed by a graduation ceremony. Students will learn about different personality traits and effective com- munication, how to deal with controversy and emergency management in Warren County. WCLI class participants will also hear from educators in Warren County and will learn about local govern- ment. A bus tour will fol- low the class sessions and will encompass spots in Warren County that were not visited during the regular class sessions. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! TAX CREDIT Concluded from p. 4 Credit Program was estab- lished in 2003 to encour- age individuals, busi- nesses and organizations to make lasting invest- ments in their communi- ties. Those who give will be able to take advantage of the increased Endow Iowa tax credits in con- junction with federal tax benefits for charitable gifts. Endow Iowa tax credits are offered on a first come, first served ba- sis. "With this tax credit program, Iowa is at the forefront in creating solu- tions that make charitable giving easier, more re- warding and more effec- tive," said Angela Dethleis-Trettin, director of Iowa Council of Foun- dations. "We're excited by how donors are respond- ing to the program. It pro- vides a powerful tool for people across the state to strengthen their local com- munities and also benefit from the tax incentives. They're able to see how their philanthropic gifts are making a difference right where they live." Since the start of Endow Iowa, donors have given more than $59 million to community foundations across the state through the program alone. To date, Warren County Phil- anthropic Partnership has grown its total endow- ment assets to $110,725. Donations have been used to support Arts, Culture & Humanities, Education, Human Services, Public & Social Benefit, Health and Environment & Animals in the Warren County area. Warren County Philan- thropic Partnership pro- vides local residents a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving-so that their gifts do good works within the community, forever. For more information on how Endow Iowa is changing lives in Warren County and across the state, con- tact Warren County Phil- anthropic Partnership at 515-961-1067 or visit our website at http:// www.wcedc.com/wcpp/. clip and save Norwalk Schools Phone Directory Central OfficeAdministration High School (Grades 10-12) High School Activities Eastview 8/9 School Middle 6/7 School Lakewood Elementary (Grades 4-5) Oviatt Elementary (Grades PreK-3) Transportation Office (Bus Barn) Food Service/Nutrition Office Building & Grounds Office 981-0676 981-4201 981-4204 981-9655 981-0435 981-1850 981-1005 981-0016 981-9876 981-0917 RAGBRAI Bus - "Cops Behind Bars" Photo submitted. Cops Behind the Bars Bus Area residents have seen the "Cops Behind Bars" bus in the Norwalk area and some have won- dered who and what it represents. The bus started out as bus number 12 in the Norwalk Community School District fleet of bus- ses. After faithfully serv- ing many years as a trans- port for Norwalk students, it was purchased in 2008 by the RAGBRAI team known as "Cops Behind Bars." The RAGBRAI team consists of law enforce- ment officers, along with friends and family, who are avid bicycle riders. The pilot of the "Paddy Wagon" is a Norwalk man, Don Duff. Not only is the bus utilized as RAGBRAI transportation, but mem- bers of the team are also heavily involved in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The bus can be seen at many Special Olympics fundraising events such as the "Polar Plunge" and "Cop on Top" building sits. Along with his duties as driver, Duff also works hard at lining up the many sponsors who have as- sisted with the operating expenses and transforma- tion from a school bus to what it is today (pictured above). The local sponsors are listed on the side of the bus and reflect the home-town spirit that Norwalk is known for. During the last July 4th parade, many re- marks were overheard about the bus and the im- pressive list of sponsors listed on the side of the bus. Also, during the trav- els across Iowa, the team has encountered people who have made favorable comments about the bus, individuals and busi- nesses that sponsor the team. There have been timesf01ks approached the team wanting to talk about having lived or worked in Norwalk and who are fa- miliar with some of the sponsors. Sponsors include Ac- counting Associates of Des Moines, American Secu- rity, Brian Wood Construc- tion and Home Improve- ment, Benshoof Farms of Winterset, Countryside Golf Course, Doll Distrib- uting of Des Moines, En- dodontics PC of West Des Moines, Haskin Chiro- practic Clinic, Holmes Chevrolet, IDG Iowa Den- tal Group of Des Moines, JJ Designs, Scott's Foods, Miller Auto Body of Cumming, Struthers Brothers of Des Moines and Hy-Vee Food Stores. Warren County Conservation Board 515-961-6169 1565 ll8thAve, Indianola, IAS0125 FAX: 515-961-7100 Bald Eagle Watch - Sat- vited to ski on the trails at urday, Jan, 23, leawng the .itl/re Center. from the Annett Nature Reservations are required Center (ANC) at 6 a.m. if you need skis. Call 515- and returning around 8:30 961-6169 to register. The p.m.: Join us as we trek to Warren County Conserva- Dubuque for a day-long tion Board has cross coun- event in celebration of the try skis for rent at ANC Bald Eagle. Several pro- most weekends. Skis may grams throughout the day also be rentedon Sundays will feature the Bald Eagle from 1-4 p.rh Rental fees, and other raptors. There paid in advance, for a com- are activities for children, plete package are $10 per A variety of exhibitors of- weekend plus a $10 de- fer everything from nature posit. books to nature photo- TheAnnettNatureCen- graphs. Spotting scopes at ter is located five miles Lock and Dam 11 provide south of Indianola. Travel an opportunity to see Bald four miles south on Hwy Eagles in their natural set- 65/69 ant I i'b14 for the ring. We will couple this Annett Nature Center event with a visit to the signs. From there, turn National Mississippi River west on G-58 to Lake Museum and Aquarium Ahcifiabi and then turn for Ice Fest. See ice harvest- north on 118th Ave. The ing demonstrations, ice ANC is on the east side of sculpting demonstrations, the road..Fo re infor- special indoor presenta, marion, contact theANC at tions and outdoor games 515-961-6169.' S'' as well as the main mu- seum and aquarium at- 1 tractions. Fee: $15 (admis' ira, rr"qE. 1"O" sionto00e00ve u and Aquarium not in- cluded). Registration re- quired. Call Missy at 515- 961-6169 ext. 25 to sign up. Cross Country Skiing- The pound sign (#l is Sunday, Jan, 24, 1-3 p.m. called anoctothorpe. at ANC: This is a free - ', workshop for beginning LIBRY HOURS skiers who are ready to Monday- Thursday explore the winter out- 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. doors. Cross country ski- Friday & Saturday ing is an active stimulus for both the mind and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. body and it is easy to learn. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Participants will be in- Closed Sundays structed indoors then in- (Memorial Day-I_alxrr I)ay)