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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR ........... AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren i ~'~ ~ ~ rI !.,,,) Town and County ws 50 Vol. 41 No. 38 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, February 11,2010 County Democrats Soup Supper Governor Chet Culver will be the keynote speaker at the Warren County Democrat's An- nual Soup Supper Mon- day, Feb. 15, at the First United Methodist Church, 307 West Ashland Ave. in Indianola at 5:30 p.m. Bill Maske, candidate for Iowa's 4th Congres- sional district, will also be in attendance. This is a great opportunity for Democrats to get ac- quainted and share their concerns with state and local elected officials and candidates. The public is encouraged to attend this free-will offering supper. Visit the website at www.warrendemocrats.org for additional information. Clover Kids To Meet Norwalk Clover Kids is a fun 4-H program for chil- dren currently in kinder- garten through third grade who are living in Warren County. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. every third Sunday of the month at the Norwalk Easter PublicLi- brary in the meeting room, with the first meeting set for Sunday, Feb. 21. The cost is $15 per year with financial aid available. Youngsters will experi- ence hands-on activities designed to build lots of different life skills. They will explore science with simple science experi- ments, strengthen motor skills through a variety of art and craft activities, learn and play cooperative games, as well as make friends and learn to work together with others in a group setting. For more information, contact the leader, Valene Hautekeete at 981-4094 or hautekeete@msn.com. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! Blood Drive A community blood drive will be held Thurs- day, Feb. 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Or- chard Hills Dr. The drive is sponsored by the Norwalk Christian Church. Walk-ins are wel- come. Optimist Club To Host Fundraiser Members of the Norwalk Optimist Club will host a fundraiser for 13-year-old Stephan Arends, Des Moines, who has suffered with Cystic Fibrosis since birth. The event will be Fri- day, Feb. 12, at The Daily Grind coffee shop, 813 North Ave. Dan Trilk will play his guitar with sing- along songs for youngsters beginning at 6:30 p.m. Par- ents are invited to bring their children, up to age 8, for the fun. The cost is a free-will offering. Optimist will give 100% of the donations to the Arends family to help with transportation and costs related to the three-month checkup in St. Louis, MO to determine when Stephan will need a double lung transplant. By Ed Kuhl, 2010 Chamber President The Norwalk Area Chamber, much like our community, remains vi- brant, active and growing in 2010. We currently are representing 68 busi- nesses-105 members, so if you have not sent in your membership renewal form, please do so as soon as possible. Deadline to be included in the GDMP Directory/ website & the Norwalk Chamber Director/website is March 1[ We answer many re- quests from prospects and residents with informa- tional community packets. If you are having an Open House or event, let Deb at the Chamber office know so she can pass the word along to our other mem- bers. We encourage all of our chamber members to make use of all the benefits that come along in being a Chamber member. ActivitieSat the NORWALK LIBRARY 1051 North Ave. 981-0217 How did Lincoln get the name Honest Abe? Why do we find Lincoln's face on a penny? Find out the answers to these questions and many more as you take the Abraham Lincoln Trivia Quiz at the Norwalk Easter Public Library this month. On dis- play are artifacts and paraphernalia depicting the great life of our 16t" president. His ability to rise above com- mon roots to lead the nation during one of its most try- ing times, the Civil War, with anti-slavery issues that rocked the core of the very existence of a United States, have preserved him as one of the nation's favorite lead- ers. On loan from local resident, Gerry Miller, is an au- thentic pressed document from the 1890s, a treasured family heirloom. Also highlighted are the 2009 Lincoln one cent collection series. The display can be viewed through the month of February honoring the president's February 12th birth date. Our Chamber is respon- sible for many of Norwalk's signature events and we do our best to make Norwalk a great place to live and do busi- ness. In the next few months our chamber busi- nesses will be sponsoring the following: RUNorwalk (10t" annual 8k Run/5k Walk Saturday, May 8), Golf Outing, 4th of July Party and the Wine Har- vest just to name a few. Our annual awards ban- quet had a new record at- tendance and honored our volunteers and their ac- complishments. Chamber members that were present at the Awards Ban- quet got the opportunity to see samples of the pos- sible new Norwalk logo and slogan the city is working on and to have their input into the selec- tion process. With the economic times still a little uncertain, we want to remind our members to always "Buy Local" to keep the busi- nesses that we cherish so much in our community to continue to be in business and prosper so that they can not only keep support- ing the Norwalk Chamber and Community but also support our many school activities, youth programs and other organizations. Our Chamber is proud to partner with the city, school and its residents to make it "the place you want to be!" Whether it is to do business here or live here, Norwalk is a great community. Call 911 for emergencie s ! McFarland Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame Joe McFarland, former Norwalk High School baseball coach, was in- ducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during the 42nd Annual Awards Banquet held Sat- urday, Jan. 30, at the Marriott Hotel in Cedar Rapids. He spent 40 years in education and coaching. Current Norwalk High School baseball coach, Chad Wiedmann, was named Coach of the Year for Class 3A Central Dis- trict and for 3A State. McFarland began his coaching career in 1958 in Callaway, NE. He coached in four other school dis- tricts before landing in Norwalk in 1974, where he spent the next 20 years. McFarland's career coaching record is 313 wins, 196 losses. His Norwalk teams won 11 conference champion- ships, two sectional cham- pionships, four district championships and a state title in 1982. His 1982 state championship team fin- ished the year with a 23-3 record. McFarland retired from Norwalk in 1998, but continued coaching, one year in the Diagonal School System in 2002 where they were District champions, and then seven more yearsat Grand View College coaching men's and women's bas- ketball. An Open House for Coach McFarland will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Rolling Hills Golf Course, south of Joe McFarland Norwalk. Former players, baseball fans and friends are invited to attend. They are asked to bring pictures, articles and stories to "re- play the game." Other Hall of Fame in- ductees were Harley Schieffer, athletic director for the Clarinda Commu- nity Schools; John Lewis, head baseball coach at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids; Bill Burback, who played high school baseball at Dubuque Walhert and played nine seasons in professional baseball retir- ing in 1973; John Waddle, head baseball coach at Coon Rapids for 26 years and Bill Boyd, New Hampton, an umpire who worked in 14 state tourna- ments and who was New- comer of the Year in 1995 and State Top Umpire in 1999. McFarland's Norwalk conference records can be seen on page 12 of this is- sue. KC Lenten Fish Fries To Begin The annual Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fries will begin Friday; Feb. 19, at St. John's the Apostle Catho- lic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr., with serving from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu includes baked or fried fish, French fries, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, relish, bread, ice cream and beverage. Cost for the meal is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children under 12. The fish fries are held each Friday throughout Lent with other serving dates set for Feb. 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26.