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bM~,LL i OVVN P',~,HLNb 927 WESI RAILROAD AVi- ~H~L I UI" t vVA ~Jog, b4-J, b4;' OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT tlhldu,u l ull,l,l,l ,i*htllU, ,ll,i,t,i,!i,iiil,l,! Norwalk Warriors Vol. 51 No. 38 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, February 21,2019 Haylee Katsehman Honored as Norwalk Chamber's New Provider at Norwalk am~T Haylee Katschman was chosen as the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year, and was honored at the annual chamber banquet held at Echo Valley County Club. Getting involved means giving back, getting to know the community, and especially getting to know its citizens. That philosophy guides Katschman, the Member of the Year for the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce. Haylee's active involvement with the Chamber and other community projects has a natural source: her parents and her grandmother and their roles in small communities in Warren County. 'WIy mother Christie Gehringer was involved in the parent teacher organization in Martensdale-St. Marys for years. My dad, Marty Gehringer, of course, was well known in the community as a firefighter and is missed by many today," Katschman says. "My grandmother Janet Gehringer was mayor of St. Mary's for many years. All have been role models for me." Katschman began following in their footsteps in 2012 after earning a degree from DMACC, getting involved when she became a teller at City State Bank in Martensdale. In 2013 she transferred to City State Bank in Norwalk where she is a personal banker. "The commitment at City State Bank is that it's very important to know our customers, especially by name, and I make a point to try to greet everyone by name," she says. "Becoming a part of the Chamber and of many projects in Norwalk in the past several years has enabled me to meet even more people, get to know them and get to know their names. That's very important to me." Katschman got involved three years ago as a committee member for the Chamber's RUNorwalk 5k/10k event each Mother's Day weekend, and by 2018 was chair of the event, a role she'll have again this year. Her most extensive 2018 involvement was for Music Fest, the full-day outdoor concert project of the new Norwalk Hometown Pride committee in partnership with the Norwalk Chamber. Katschman is already involved in planning the 2019 Music Fest set for Sunday, September 1st, at Warrior Run. Music Fest is raises funds for projects of Norwalk Hometown Pride which in 2018 sponsored Front Porch Norwalk and promoted the installation of the Veterans Memorial Freedom Rock, a project dear to her since her new husband Brady Katschman is a veteran. "The Music Fest project was a wonderful experience in 2018 and our committee is excited to present Music Fest again in 2019," she says. "We achieved our fund- raising goals, giving us a solid foundation for Music Fest 2019 and other Hometown Pride activities the community will see in 2019. I am immensely proud of the work our committee did and the entertainment we gave people." Another volunteer role is on the board of Warren County Habitat for Humanity where she is secretary and a member of the family selection committee. She also manages the chapter's Facebook page and works to explain how Habitat's building projects help families secure housing by working on their own build and financing an affordable mortgage. The Katschmans live a mile south of Norwalk with their two dogs Otis and Stella. The most surprising volunteer role for Haylee often means Otis and Stella share the couple with dogs fostered through Forever Home Dog Rescue. Over the past two and a half years Katschman has fostered over 15 dogs for the volunteer organization which emphasizes in-home temporary care for dogs needing families. "We get a kick out of watching Otis and Stella adapt to the visiting dogs," she says. "At first they are wary. Then they begin forming doggy friendships and finally, when the foster dogs leave, they seem to wonder where they've gone and when they'll have new dog friends. It's been fun watching their reactions." Information for this article was provided by the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. Author Kimberly Stuart Presents at the Library Join us on Tuesday, February 26th, at 6:30 p.m, atof the power of the human spirit." Norwalk Easter Public Library for a presentation by Kimberly is a frequent speaker to church and civic Iowa author, Kimberly Stuart. Kimberly's books focus groups and is passionate about helping others let God on the power of love, hope, and family, as her characters write engaging stories with their lives. She lives, plays, meet life's hard challenges with faith and humor. Stuart works and eats lots of chocolate in Des Moines, Iowa, is the author of eight novels, including the Heidi Elliott where she makes her home with a forgiving husband series, Sugar, and Heart Land, released this past July. and three great kids. The library has seven of her titles. Pageturners Bookstore of Indianola is bringing the Nicole Baart, author of Little Broken Things, writes author's books, which will be available for purchase and about Stuart's book Heart Land, "A tender, funny book signing, following the presentation. Register for this that hits all the right notes This endearing, beautifully free event by stopping in at the library, or by calling told story will leave readers hope-filled and convinced 981-0217. UnityPoint Clinic UnityPoint Clinic ! Family Medicine Nor- walk is excited to announce another new member to their care team, Kassidy Chen, PA-C. Kassidy completed her medical education at Des Moines University in 2011 and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in biology. She is certified through the of the office. I have National Commission of complete confidence in Certification of Physician her medical knowledge," Assistants. says Newland. Kassidy has been a Kassidy particularly practicing physician enjoys educating patients assistant for the past 8 so they are prepared to years. She has exper- be an active part of their ience in both urgent care own wellness. "I am and family medicine, excited to work side by Kassidy will be side withDr. Newlandin working with Dr. providing care for people Patricia Newland to of all ages here in provide a full spectrum of Norwalk," says Kassidy. care to their patients. "I When Kassidy isn't at am thrilled to have the clinic, she enjoys her Kassidy join us in time with her husband, Norwalk. She will be young son, and dog. available to see patients Kassidy enjoys running, when I am fulfilling my baking, music concerts, responsibilities as med- and participating in ical director and am out endurance sports. Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast February 24th The Norwalk Knights of Columbus will have a pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 24th, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Drive in Norwalk. We will serve pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit, coffee, milk, and juice. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Norwalk High School Dance Marathon to help children with cancer. The Dance Marathon is a large college event that high schools are starting to get involved in, to help those children with cancer. We hope to see you at our breakfast to help us support our young people as they work to support these children. As always the Knights would like to thank the Norwalk community for their support in helping us support our young people and our community. Hope to see you there! City of Norwalk Seeks New Board of Adjustment Member The City is soliciting applications for a seat on the Board of Adjustments committee. If you are interested, please visit http://www.norwalk.iowa.gov! government/boards and commissions g