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Thursday, January 17, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven BUSINESS MPO Plans Public MeetingFebruary 7 approved in December 2007 during HY 2035 MTP development. The PAB is being updated due to an- nexations by several member cities since the last update. There are some instances in which the municipal boundaries of member cities extend outside the MPO's current PAB and the updated boundary will be ex- panded to include these annexes. For questions or com- ments, contact MPO staff at 515-334-0075 or email zyoung@dmampo.org. The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will host a public meeting to re- ceive input and comments on an amendment to the Horizon Year 2035 Metropoli- tan Transportation Plan (HY 2035 MTP) at 6 p.m. Thurs- day, Feb. 7, at the MPO Office's Burnham Room, 420 Watson Powell, in Des Moines. The proposed amend- ment to the HY 2035 MTP is to include the changes to the MPO's Planning Area Boundary (PAB). The MPO's current PAB was REVIEW CHINESE NEW YEAR Continued from p. 1 give their time and energy to support our community. Previous award winners have all been excellent ex- amples of the leadership and volunteer spirit celebrated through the awards. From the oldest member to the youngest, these individuals, businesses and organiza- tions have demonstrated generosity and a strong com- mitment to improve the well-being"of our communi- ties through their leadership, volunteerism and sacri- fice. The award ceremony will be held at the annual Iowa Chinese Achievement Awards Ceremony at Norwalk High School, 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday-Feb. 2, 2013. The ceremony, reception and the New Year dinner for the award winners, their families, sponsors and commu- nity members will feature a keynote speaker, Chinese traditional music and demonstrations. The ticket will be $25 for the New Year dinner. The award ceremony is free admission. For more information about the reception or awards ceremony, contact the chamber office or Andy Mogle at the high school. Volunteers are also needed to ensure the smooth operation of the event. If community members or youth groups would like to volunteer for any of the nearly 400 hours of time necessary to make the New Year's Celebration successful, contact the Chamber office or Mogle at the high school. Volunteer workers are needed Friday evening to help setup for the ceremony, as well as all day Saturday. Volunteer shifts can be as short as three hours. Chinese New ;ear is the most important of the tra- ditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as 'Spring Festival', the literal translation of the Chinese name, since the spring season in Chinese calendar starts with lichun, the first solar term in a Chinese calendar year. It marks the end of the winter season, analogous to the Western Carnival. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calen- dar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. The first celebration is Chinese New Year's Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their an- nual reunion dinner, literally means "remove evening" or "Eve of the Passing Year." Because the Chinese calen- dar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year" and Agrarian Calendar's New Year. Chinese New Year is the longest and most impor- tant festivity in the Chinese calendar. The origin of Chi- nese New Year is itself centuries old and gains signifi- cance because of several myths and traditions. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, such as China, includ- ing Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Indone- sia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Mauritius, Philippines,Vietnam, and also in Chinatowns elsewhere. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar New Year celebrations of its geographic neiglSbors. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 ,liii Chamber Banquet Planned The 21st Annual Awards Banquet of the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce will be held Frida Jan. 25, at Echo Val- ley Country Club. The so- cial hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m. Honored this year are Capital City Fruit - Busi- ness of the Year, Kelly Cortum - Chamber Mem- ber o'[ the Year, Linda Bussanmas - Citizen of the Year, Lisa Popken- Teacher of the Year and Lily Clark - Student of the Year. Reservations must be made no later than Janu- ary 18. The cost is $40 per person and $310 for a table of eight. Pancake Breakfast at New Life Lutheran New Life Lutheran Church will host its an- nual Pancake Breakfast Sunday, Jan. 20, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Buttermilk and other "creative" pan- cake recipes will be avail- able through 10:20 a.m. Milk, juice, coffee, sausage and fruit will also be available. Proceeds will benefit the growing JOURNEY Sunday School program at the church. All are wel- come. A free-will donation will be accepted. New Life Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Southeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Sunday morn- ing worship times are 8:15 and 10:30. More info1"ma- tion may be found at www.newlifenorwalk.org. Library's Novel Year Books Norwalk Easter Public Library has announced the Novel Year Books for 2013. A Novel Year book club is a series of pro- grams featuring six nov- els throughout the year. Programs consist of dis- cussing the book with a facilitator, watching the movie version of the books and enjoying a program/ speaker related to the book topic. Following are the six novels for 2013: January/ February - The Shipping News (1993) by Annie Proulx; March/April - Life of Pi (2001) by Yann Martel; June - The Year We Left Home (2011) by Jean Thompson; August - The Accidental Tourist (1985) by Anne Tyler; October - Empire Falls (2001) by Ri- chard Russo and Decem- CITY OF NORWALK AGENDA Concluded from p. 1 B. Consideration and second reading of a proposed Ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Norwalk, Iowa, 2008, Chapters 55, 56, 57 and 177, related to animal control and associated fees (second of three readings) C. Consideration of a resolution naming the official newspaper of the City of Norwalk, Iowa D. Consideration of a resolution naming the official depository bank of the City of Norwalk, Iowa E. Consideration of a resolution approving the preliminary plat of The Ridge atEcho Valley Plat 2 F. Consideration of resolution approving the first addendum to the 28E Sharing Agreement between the City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Community School District for the sharing of Fiber Optic Communication Cable 8. Current Business A. Discussion of a potential sidewalk policy  9. Reports-Mayor; Murillo, Curtis, Delker, Leto, Sylvester; City Manager; City Clerk; Community Development Director; Director of Planning and Building; Public Works Director; Police Chief; Fire Chief; Parks & Recreation Director; Library Direc- tor 10. Adjournment TED'S USED CARS & AUTO SERVING THE NORWALK AREA SINCE 1966 We Repair All Makes & Models! 802 Sunset Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211 Phone: 515-981-0649 Residence: 515-287-6512 iim WE'RE A lIAr) AUTO CARE CENTER REPAIR Kids 00t!rlin: Club I00MEDICAP PHARMACY. 2521 Sunset Drive Norwalk Call 285-2026  medicapcentraliowa ber - Atonement (2001) by Ian McEwan. To sign up for any or all of the programs, stop by the library for an informa- tional brochure and reg- istration form. Financial Peace University Class Make Your New Year's Resolutions Come "True! Have you resolved to be- come more in control of your finances, spending and budget? Would you like to have financial secu- rity? You could have Fi- nancial Peace in your life. The New Life Lutheran Church is hosting Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. This 9-week class began Tuesday, Jan. 15 and classes last about 90 min- utes. This is a small group setting of couples and/or singles that learn the tried and true methods for fi- nancial security. Some topics are the influence of personalities on spending, establishing accountabil- ity and financial manage- ment techniques. We will also explore common myths about credit, insurance and in- vestments. We will learn about college financial planning, retiremen' planning, real estate and the role of mortgages in our lives. Ramsey will also reveal to you the secret to financial peace. Experi- enced facilitators will help guide the discussions. Last year's group expe- rienced an average change of about $10,000 per couple in their financial position just during the class. It does really work. Check online for more information at http:// www.newlifenorwalk.org or call 515-974-8336. SHERIFF'S REPORT Disclaimer: All defendant! are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. January 2 A gas drive off was re- ported at Jiffy in Martens- dale; $60 loss. 8000 block of Suncrest Drive, resident reported identity theft. January 4 8600 block of Ridgeway Drive, theft of a motor ve- hicle; it has been returned. LIBRARY HOURS Monday- Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays MemorialD00-raborDay) 1