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Thursday, January 28,12010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine JV GIRLS BASKETBALL Concluded from p. 8 and beat Oskaloosa 31-22. Only up by two at hall the girls came out fighting and finished the game with a win. They picked up the pressure and started to create more opportunities to score. Everyone contrib- uted both defensively and offensively. Brown was the top scorer With six points and Shannon Stephany added five. Seibert and Welden each had two buckets. Hyden and Noel each threw up a three- pointer. Lyndsey Pritchard also had three points. Calyn Thompson scored two points and Billingsley rounded out the team with a free throw. The next JV game is at home Friday, Jan. 29 against South Tama. OVIATT Concluded from p. 8 that many, many children are dealing with the same issues, and that learning to deal with their diseases in- dependently (with the oversight of school nurses and others) is important to helping them grow up healthy and strong. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday ....... k0~ a.m.~,Span ...... Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Memoml Day-Labor Day) Norwalk High School Students Launch Brand New FCCLA Chapter By Olivia Bratt and Amber Myers Norwalk High School is starting an FCCLA chapter this year for high school students. FCCLA-or Family, Career and Community Leaders of America-is the ulti- mate leadership experience. FCCLA targets on making its members influential leaders everywhere. The FCCLA focuses on making the community better for all its citi- zens. The FCCLA provides different competitions for areas of interest, such as culinary arts, interior design, early childhood development and entrepreneurship. FCCLA also promotes "the power of one" which proves how much difference a single person can make. The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America truly is the ultimate leadership and community service experience. The high school FCCLA chapter has started a babysitting service at home varsity girls and boys bas- ketball games. If you would like to get involved or need more information, contact Mary Norstrud or Andy Mogle (981-4201) the local Family and Consumer Sci- ence teachers. The chapter's first project will be to provide a babysitting service during the girls .and boys varsity basketball games Frida3~ Jan. 29 and Friday, Feb. 12, start- ing at 6:15 p.m. and ending at the end of the boys game. Ages one-year-old through 3rd grade are welcome to use the service. All money raised will be used for the FCCLA chapter to attend events and perform service activities in the community. The location will be in the high school library and will cost $8 for one game and $10 for both games. We will have games, activities, movies and a snack available for the children attending. Contact Mary Norstrud at mnorstrud@norwalk.k12.ia.us or call 515- 981-4201 to reserve vour spot! ROBERTS HEATING - COOLING - PLUMBING In-Floor - Geothermal I-leating.\ f_tl.~ " "Insured & Certified" (515) s8S.OlOa SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *COMMUNITY STATE BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *JJ DESIGNS CUSTOM embroidery/screen print - 953-6306 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *MAID RITE SANDWICH SHOP 981-1031 *NORWALK INSURANCE SERVICES 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 JV and Varsity Wrestlers Compete Ankeny Saturday, Jan. 16 the JV and Varsity wrestlers trav- eled north to Ankeny to compete at the annual Bob Sharp Tournament. Teams competing were Algona, Ankeny, Des Moines Lin- coln, ' Des Moines Roosevelt, Mason City, Norwalk, Sioux City East and South Tama. In varsity action, Evan Reynolds was the lone Norwalk champion for the day. The freshmen wrestled well in the 103 lb. weight class and brought home the gold medal de- feating his Roosevelt op- ponent in the finals. Other place winners for varsity were: Third place: Tyler Th- ompson (HWT). Fourth place: Christian Ogle (112), Zach Cowie (119), Kyle Coates (125), Lance Pevestorf (171). Fifth place: Zach Miller (140). Sixth place: Tyler Stanley (130), Brandon Britt (145), Blair Cooper (189). Four junior varsity grapplers finished in the top three and brought home hardware. Trey Castle (140) third place, Austin Diedrichs (145) third place, Nick Huffman (152) third place and Alex Landgrebe (189) second place. J Lady Warriors Basketball The Norwalk girls' bas- ketball team traveled to Grinnell Friday, Jan. 22 and spotted the Tigers a 9- 0 lead before coming back to win, 44-41. The Warriors had a tough time adjusting to Grinnell's up-tempo game and press early on and trailed at the quarter 19-10, but the Warriors made some adjustments in the second quarter and tied the game at 27. Brie McAninch scored on a lay- up with 2:25 left and cut the lead to 23-19. Megan Patava followed with a three-p~ointer to pull within one at 23-22. Paige Lammers connected with 55 seconds and followed a three-pointer half a minute later and the Warriors led 27-25. A late Tiger basket tied the game at the half. Both teams traded bas- kets in the third and the score was even at 32 going into the fourth. Makenzie Reed got a traditional three-point play and ex- tended the lead to 35-32 with 6:35 left to play. Reed showed a great deal of se- nior leadership scoring 11 points in the final frame. She gave Norwalk the fi- nal margin of victory with 5.4 seconds left hitting both ends of a one-and- one. Grinnell was able to get off a last chance shot at Concluded p.10 MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS II I By Ken Foster, 6-7, Principal I would like to remind everyone of the school hours. Classes run from 8:05 a.m. until 3:22 p.m. The building doors open up at 7 a.m. and lock at 4 p.m. Recently, parents have been bringing their students at 6:30 a.m. and students have had to sit outside until 7 a.m. when teachers arrive. No one wants students to suffer in the cold, but we can't guarantee someone will let your stu- dent in prior to 7 a.m. If you transport your student to school, it is recommended that you have them here prior to 7:55 so they will have ample time to get to their first hour class without being tardy. Parents are encouraged to pick their children up prior to 4 p.m., if possible. Stu- dents are not allowed to be in the building after 4 p.m. unless supervised by a staff member. LETTERS OUR P~)LICY We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. January 20, 2010 The International Residential Code sprinkler require- ments announced recently mandate installing residen- tial fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes effective Jan. 1, 2011. The Iowa State Fire Marshal and the Iowa Building Code Commissioner have both rec- ommended delaying implementation of the law for two years. The Home Builders Association has also voiced their concerns. As a safety professional, I would like to advocate for making home fire sprinklers maAdatory for new home construction in our State of Iowa, sooner rather than later. While we have never had a serious fire in our home, there have been a couple of close calls. We main- tain our home with battery and electrical operated smoke alarms, but they are not failsafe. With the way my kids sleep, I would wonder if they would hear a smoke alarm. We have a fire safety plan that we have discussed should a fire ever occur'in Our home. We have an escape ladder on the second floor and accessible fire extinguishers, but are these en0ttgh? According to a study published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S: fire departments responded to an estimated 399,000 home structures fires in 2007. These fires caused: 2865 civilian fire deaths -;~ 13,600 civilian fire injuries '~'; $7.4 billion in direct damage Roughly 84% of civilian fire deaths were the result of home structure fires. On average, 8 people die each day from home structure fires in the United States. These statistics point to the need for increased dili- gence in prevention efforts to prevent fires in our homes. I think that mandating home fire sprinklers is a good idea. A number of states.currently require them and sev- eral states have jumped on board in the past couple months including NH, PA, and CA. Fire in the home poses one of the biggest threats to the people of Norwalk and Warren County. Home fire sprinklers are a proven way to protect lives and property against fires at home. Studies through the National Fire Protection Associa- tion (NFPA) show tl~at the risk of dying in a home fire is reduced by 80% 'when home fire sprinklers are present. While life safety is paramount in any fire situ- ation, the sprinkler system is also shown to reduce the average property loss by 71%. The system responds quickly and effectively to the presence of a nearby fire. Model safety codes which are being proposed would require the use of home fire sprinklers in new one- and two-family homes. These requirements offer the high- est level of safety to protect the people of Norwalk, Warren County and the State of Iowa. Home sprinkler systems respond quickly to reduce the heat, flames, and smoke from a fire, giving families valuable time to get to safety. Roughly 90% of the time, fires are contained by the operation of just one sprinkler. Each individual sprinkler is designed and calibrated to go off when it senses a significant heat change. Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire. We have a fine fire department protecting citizens in Norwalk. Home fire sprinklers would also reduce the number of calls that would endanger the lives of these Norwalk citizens who are serving in this capacity. Concluded p. 10