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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY " SCHOOl., DISTRICT SlVlALL T OWNPAPER, 217 WEST COTA ST. $HELIOF WA 98564-2263 i'iil"!!'r!'!'J!llbl!!,l!!l!,,l!t!!H,,i,lflll,hhi@,lllll Warren Town and County ws 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 41 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, February 28, 2013 J - Chinese New Year Katherine Schmidt sent her story about the visit to one of her Chinese visitors. (published in this newspa- per February 21, 2013). She wrote a story back about her visit. Her story fol- lows: Return Feelings of the United States of America By Angela Wang Congyi Although I have re- turned to China for some time, everyday in Des Moines is still fresh in my memory. Let me talk about the local conditions and customs. The local people's ctflture The Americans gave me the impression that they are: polite, open and warm, direct and indepen- dent. Americans are so polite. We can hear "Excuse me," "Sorry" "qlaank you"every- where. Americans are open and warm. Remember when we went to visit the state government, the gov- ernor and vice governor are so warm. We shook hands, smiled and chatted. It made me feel very warm and close. Americans are direct. For example, if you don't like a dish, just say no. Maybe it looks impolite in China, but we still "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Americans pay atten- tion to being independent, having their own private space. Katherine from the host family did well in this point. So that we can real- ly put it as a home, a warm harbor. The local people's feelings Chinese Association of Iowa: Thanks to the chair- man Swallow of the Chi- nese Association of Iowa and all the people who helped us; we had a good time in America. We are very grateful to them. Host family: In the five days, the hostess Katherine left me most impression. We spoke En- glish together, so my En- glish has improved a lot. We played with her cat "Kitty". So I really feel very warm, very happy. We keep in touch when I returned home. She told me that I am in the local newspaper and she emailed me the photo. I feel very happy. Senior high school stu- dent: When I visited the Photos submitted. senior high school, I me t a black sister called Mesha. She is very enthusiastic, active and we shook hands, took pictures. Be- yond all expectations, on the very next day to per- form, we met again. We chatted, took pictures and left each other email. She also gave me a present, I'm so happy. Now we still keep in touch. I feel great for having such a pen pal across the Pacific Ocean. In a word, this trip to the United States of Amer- ica is a worthwhile trip. I will never forget it. Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! Fundraiser For Thunder Baseball Team Members of 8U Norwalk Thunder Base- ball team will hold a Fundraiser Thursday, March .7, at Chick-fil-A, Paradise Pointe, 6555 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. Enjoy dinner at the res- taurant between 5 and 8 p.m. Following dinner, pu t you r receipt in the collec- tion box that evening and a percentage of the busi- ness the Norwalk team generates wil! go directly back to the team. For $1, you may also take a turn spinning the Prize Wheel for free food and other fun Chick-fil-A items. The team receives each dona- tion. Participants can con- tribute either in the dining room or drive-thru. If us- ing the drive-thru, tell the staff person who takes your order. Martensdale FD Chili Supper March 2 Members of the Martensdale Fire/Rescue Department will host their Annual Chili and Soup Supper Saturda); March 2, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Martensdale St. Marys School Cafeteria. Cost for the All-You- Can-Eat event is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Proceeds are used to purchase equipment for the department. Representative Garrett to Host Forum State Representative Julian Garrett will host a legislative forum at the Norwalk City Hall Satur- day, March 2, at 10 a.m. Representative Garrett will discuss the current legislative session and re- spond to questions and comments from the audi- ence. CASINO PROPOSED FOR NORWALK Wednesday, Feb. 20, Norwalk Mayor Doug Pierce led the announcement of an economic development group in Warren County which proposed a new casino, hotel and state-of-the-art events center for Norwalk. The press conference was held at The Wright Place in Norwalk. The proposed site is in the northwest part of Norwalk near the Iowa Highway 5 and Iowa Highway 28 inter- change. Jason White, Executive Director of the Warren County Economic Development Corp, Warren County Super- visor Doug Shull, Warren County Citizens for Good Jobs, local leaders and county citizens pitched the pro- posal noting that it would bring new jobs to the area and bring much needed revenue t o Warren County. Warren County residents must vote on whether to allow gmbling in their county before such a project can proceed. Leaders noted that the vote could come as early as May 7. If Warren County residents vote to have gam- bling in their county, the project must then be approved and licensed by the state's Racing and Gaming Com- mission. Of the state-licensed gambling sites in Iowa, the clos- est to Norwalk are Lakeside Casino in Osceola (Clarke County) just south of Norwalk and Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino near Altoona (Polk County) north- east of Norwalk. Proponents are now seeking the approximately 3,000 signatures necessary for the ballot measure to be put before county residents. Newspaper Office Moving In March -qll The office of N/Warren Town and County News will be moving in March to 1122 Main St., Ste. 1. Staff will be at the new location Monda} March 18, "m and plan to be operational before the end of that week. The deadline for the March 28 issue will remain at noon Frida36 March 22. Customers may park on Main Street, behind the of- rice building. There is a drop-box so patrons may drop off news items, payment and ads. You may use either the back or front door to the office. The move is being precipitated due to the pending sale of the Norwalk Hardware Store, where the news- paper office is currently located. Norwalk Hardware store owner Domonick Cimino was a blessing when we had to move suddenly in April of 2010 when there was much water damage in our of- rice due to heavy rain that weekend. With little notice, Cimino advised us we could move in for a day or two ql[y or we could stay. He has been a fantastic landlord and couldn't have been more helpful in a number of ways. POLICE REPORT ] Disclaimer: All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. case has been referred to Warren County juvenile - court for prosecution. Officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Gordon; information was taken for a Criminal Mischief and Theft from Motor Vehicle. Concluded p. 9 February. 13 Officer was called to the Norwalk High School for a report of a student in possession of a narcotic substance. A 16-year-old male juvenile was charged with Possession of Mari- juana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The