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Thursday, January 31, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Thirteen RED WING STONEWARE AND POTTERY TO DESCEND UPON DES MOINES, FEB. 8-10 Every year, a variety of rare and unexpected treasures show up for sale at the Red Wing Collectors Society's MidWinter GetTogether. These photos show a sampling of the goodies one dealer had for sale at last year's affair. This year's event will occur on the weekend of Feb. 8-10 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Des Moines, IA, with the Show & Sale portion taking place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. Photo submitted. Lovers of Red Wing stoneware and pottery will have the opportunity to quench their thirst for that next great treasure when they attend the Red Wing Collectors Society's (RWCS) Annual MidWinter GetTogether in Des Moines from Feb. 8-10. All activities will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 4800 Merle Hay Road, in Des Moines. For more information on the MidWinter GetTogether, or the annual Red Wing Collectors Society Summer Convention, which is slated for July 11-13 in Red Wing, MN., log on to www.redwingcollectors.org. The MidWinter GetTogether includes a number of other organized activities like a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. The theme of this year's event is "Wild, Wild West: The Red Wing Watering Hole." Attendees are encouraged to don their cowboy hats, leather chaps, spurs and over-sized belt buckles to take part in the fun. A formal Show and Sale will run from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 followed by an auction at 6 p.m. - both of which are open to the public. Annual membership in the Red Wing Collectors Society costs only $25 and in- cludes six 16-page full-color newsletters mailed to your home throughout the year. The Red Wing Collectors Society was founded ir 1977 in Red Wing, MN., and is devoted to educating people about all American pottery. Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us Governor's Budget Proposal The Governor has presented his budget proposals for fiscal year 2014 that begins July 1, 2013. Without going into too much specific detail, here is a general overview of his proposals: K-12 School Aid: Medicaid: Regents Institutions: DHS Outside Medicaid: Corrections: Property Tax Credits: All Other: TOTAL: $2,635,218,726 $1,279,848,679 $ 571,929,955 $ 474,583,230 $ 368,045,923 $ 206,700,000 $1,007,137,026 $6,543,463,539 Not only do these figures tell you about the Governor's recommendations, but they also give you a general idea of where your tax dollars go. There are seven joint House-Senate Appropriations Subcommittees that are now beginning to work on the budget. The Governor"s recommendations are a starting point, but they will very likely be altered as we go through the budgeting process. Though the hope is that the House and Senate members of the subcommittees will be able to agree on common budget proposals, my experience over the last two years is that they probably won't, at least initially. In the past it has taken extended negotiations to come to a final agreement on a budget. You may remember that in 2011 it took until June 30, the last day of the fiscal year, to get an agreement with the Senate leaders to spend less than we were expected to receive in revenue. We had the same issues to deal with in 2012, but it did not take quite as long. As a result of the responsible budgets that we passed in the past two years, we are projected to have excess funds left over when the current fiscal year ends June 30, just as we did when the last fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. I have been amazed to hear some Democrats claiming that they set the stage for the state's excellent fiscal condition when they were in charge. (Does anyone remem- ber 10% across the board cuts?) In fact they consistently spent more than the state's incoming revenue. The state's reserve account and the emergency fund were not filled to the legally required 10% of the state's annual budget, until the end of the 2012 fiscal year last June. The last time that had happened was 2008. Norwalk Forum I will be at the city hall in Norwalk for a legislative forum Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at 515-281-3221 or JuliarLG arrett@legis.iowa.gov. Norwalk Music Boosters 2012-2013 Minutes for January Meeting Meeting held Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 High School band room, 7p.m. Teacher Reports: Elementary: * 5th grade band - Next concert will be February 4. Middle School: * 7th and 8th grade win- ter concert was January 8. *Middle School Simp- son Honor Band will be January 15. * SCIBA Large Group Contest will be February 9. * Middle School Jazz Band will have a clinic on January 26. * The new Show Choir uniforms are here. Exhi- bition show will be Friday, Jan. 11. * DC-G Show Choir contest will be January 19. * Indianola Show Choir contest will be Friday, Feb. 15. High School: * HS Vocal students are preparing for Solo and Ensemble contest Thurs- day, Feb. 28. There will be 65 soloists and six en- sembles in four centers. * HS Show Choir took 1st place at their first com- petition of the season at Cedar Rapids Prairie. * Upcoming vocal dept. events: Saturday, Jan. 19 - DCG Show Choir contest, performance at 4:35; Satur- day, Jan. 26 - Valley Jazz Choir Summit with Dr. Steve Zegree, clinic at 4:10, concert at 7:30; Monday, Feb. 4 - State Jazz Choir Contest at Jefferson HS, performance at 7:35; Satur- day, Feb. 9 - Benton Show Choir Contest; Saturday, Feb. 16- Indianola Show Choir Contest, perfor- mance 2:05. * We will be hosting the UNI Men's Glee April 11 and 12. Will need housing for 95-100 men. More into to come. * SCIBA Honor Band concert was Saturday, Jan. 5 in Ames. Five students were selected. * Upcoming instrumen- tal dept. events: The State Jazz Festival will be Satur- day, Jan. 12 in Pella; Simpson Jazz, Friday, Feb. 1, Indianola. Urbandale Jazz, Saturday, Feb. 2, Urbandale; Conference Honor Band, Monda)4 Feb. 4, Oskaloosa; Winter con- cert, Thursday, Feb. 7; Indianola Jazz Festival, Saturday, Feb. 16, Indi- anola. Treasurer's Report: * Moved and carried that the profit from the fruit fundraiser be split equally between vocal and instrumental now so they can use the money this year. Fundraising Programs: * The Patron Program - Donations are coming in. * Notable Donors - A few donations trickling in. * Fruit sale - Done for this year. * Cal's Dinner - Will be February 10. Funds from this will go toward choir robes. Will need student workers. Tracee Saltz is working on marketing. *Wells Fargo - The January/February wish list is out. Money raised can be carried over for expenses next year, like the High School Choir trip. This fundraiser is not limited to families with high school- aged kids. Money can be used for ANY music ex- pense - private lessons, camps, instrument repair, trips, etc. *Younker's Community Day coupon books - March 1 and 2 is next event. Annette Campbell will be picking up books in mid-January. *Concerts- Drake Wind Ensemble is a possibility -for this Spring. Mr. Huen says they are very inter- ested in performing here. *Butter Braids - Voted that yes, we would like to do this sale again. Dates will be set that are compa- rable to last year. Money will go toward choir robes. Upcoming events in the Norwalk Performing Arts Center (NPAC): Saturday, Feb. 2 - Chi- nese New Year event. Boosters can have a table at this event for recruiting and fundraising. We will need volunteers to help set up on February I from 5-9 p.m. Students can volun- teer and it will count to- ward their service hours. The event is Saturday from 11-3. The Lakewood Honor Choir will perform. Other groups can, also. There will be a group from China performing. February - Middle Sc- hool Large Group Contest Other items: *Publicity for the music department- is going very well. *Scholarship applica- tions -Jodi Henke is ctlair- ing this committee. *Jackets and shirts with a Norwalk Music design are available from JJ De- signs. A portion of the pro- ceeds will go to the Music Boosters. *Ken Huen and Nick Menke have started the process of creating an All State plaque to display in the trophy case. It will in- clude 108 musicians going back to 1971. It was moved and carried that the boost- ers will pay for this. Money will come from the general fund, since it will include both vocal and in- strumental musicians. The plaque will be 36 x 32 inches and will have room for 30 more years of stu- dents. Music Boosters website: Contact Ken Henke if you have anything to add to the site: www.norwalk musicboosters.com Treasurers Report- Avail- able on request Next Meeting If you have a child in K- 12 Norwalk music, you are already a Booster. Join us at our next meeting Tues- day, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the High School band room. Respectfully submitted, Rhonda Huegerich, 2012/ 2013 Secretary Did You Know? (NAPS)--Creating a Johnson's Baby gift basket can be a great way to ensure expecting mdms are fully prepared for their new baby. Moms will appreciate being "showered" with a variety of new baby products, such as Johnson's Baby Lotion, No More Tears* Baby Shampoo, Head-To-Toe Baby Wash and Desitin . For informa- tion on fun gifts, visit www. johnsonsbaby.com. To maintain your blood health, the American Society of Hematology suggests you know your family history, eat healthy foods, exercise regu- laxly and talk with your doc- tor. 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