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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR align {saw NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk VVarrinrs Warren and ' News 50¢ Vol. 51 No.39 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981 -0406 email: news@norwalknewspapemom Thursday, February 28, 2019 The N orwalk Shop Honored as N orwalk Chamber’s , Business of Year , mm», The Norwalk Shop was chosen as the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, and was honored at the annual chamber banquet held at Echo Valley Country Club. A question asking what he always wanted to do led Chad Smith to ownership of The Norwalk Shop. Smith took ownership of the long-time Norwalk business in August 2016 and in 2018 moved to a large retail location at 810 Main Street. Now customers from throughout Warren County and beyond come to the shop for N orwalk community school logo items and custom-designed apparel for area schools, businesses, teams, and even family weddings and reunions. Smith had spent 20 years in financial services and also covered high school sporting events for local radio stations when his wife Mindy asked him what he really wanted to do. At the high school events, Smith said, he noticed many people were often not wearing apparel that celebrated the high schools competing in the sport. He saw an opportunity, 3 chance to do something he really wanted to do after telling Mindy jokingly he really wanted to design athletic uniforms. The opportunity became a reality in 2016 when he had an opportunity to purchase local store JJ Designs. “For years I saw an opportunity to create a store that filled a need I had, and I hoped others were looking for as well,” he said. “I couldn’t be more thankful that my amazing wife and father-in-law also believed in the vision and took a chance on this venture.” Smith moved the store from the basement of Lane Insurance to a 2,000-square foot main floor space at 8710 Main where the chamber staged a ribbon cutting event on August 2nd, 2018. Thanks to a relationship with the Norwalk Community School District to produce logo apparel, the Norwalk Shop is a realm of purple with hundreds of shirts in all sizes and designs, hoodies, sweats, workout shirts, hats, stadium seats, sport drink cups, and even onesies for infants. I “The selection at the Norwalk Shop surprises many people,” Smith says. “We’re a great place for gifts, popular for folks looking for logo items for local fans.” The Shop has dozens of logo items ready to wear and Smith can also create silk screened special request shirts on a quick turn-around. Besides Norwalk logo items, Smith does gear for other area schools as well as club and Park & Recreation teams and special event teams like Iowa Special Olympics and Norwalk Robo Warriors and all sorts of special requests. An unusual 2018 request was a T-shirt design for a fan of actor Mark Wahlberg who was in Des Moines for the opening of Wahlburgers restaurant. The fan who wore the Smith-designed shirt was able to meet Wahlberg for selfies in the shirt. . Beyond the special request shirts, Smith and The N orwalk Shop are a visible presence throughout the community thanks to his commitment to be involved. “All of this is motivated by a phrase I’ve had repeated to me by several mentors in my life: Leave it better than you found it,” he said. “That message is what drives me to find a mix of projects to move the business forward and also take on projects that allow the Shop to give back to the community. It’s a mix that makes my job incredibly rewarding and has afforded opportunities to engage in people’s lives on a level I never thoughtipossible considering we make t-shirts.” And more...says the Chamber in recognizing The Norwalk Shop as Business of the Year. Smith is shown receiving his award from Chamber President Eric Simon. Information for this article was provided by the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. Norwalk Boys Basketball Single Game Scoring Record Broken After 54 Years Written by Erik Fisher, Photo by Lynda Downs 54 years. That is the number of years that Jack Lane had held the Norwalk Warriors Boys Basketball single game points record. Back in 1965, Jack Lane scored 45 points in a game. Not only was this an amazing feat, but he did it before the introduction of the three point line. On Friday, January 25th, in a game against Little Hawkeye Conference rival Pella, Junior guard Bowen Born eclipsed Jack’s record by netting 47 points in the Warriors 83—76 win. Born shot 15-21 on the night, including 8—11 3 pointers and 9-11 from the free throw line. Bowen was also playing with a heavy heart. Earlier in the week Bowen’s grandfather, legendary girls basketball coach Gene Klinge, passed away. Born said about the game “I just felt like he was there watching, and it was pretty meaningful.” Now that is a story in itself, but it gets even better. Jack’s great—grandson, Nate Lane, is a Junior guard on the team and one of Bowen’s good friends. “I didn’t know it was Nate’s great—grandpa until he told me in Spanish class” said Bowen. Nate had decided that Bowen was a good option to break the long-standing record. “If anyone was going to break the record, I’m glad it was him” said Nate. In a ceremony before the February 1st game against Newton, Norwalk honored both Bowen and Jack’s accomplishments. Pictured below are Nate Lane, Bowen Born, and Jack Lane. MW Norwalk Dance Marathon Will Be Held March 9th ‘ Submitted by Tessa Palmer On March 9th, Norwalk Dance Marathon will celebrate all the money they have fundraised for the children fighting pediatric cancer at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. Norwalk participates in a mini dance marathon which contributes to the University of Iowa’s Dance Marathon. This past weekend, the University of Iowa celebrated their own dance marathon and fundraised 2.96 million dollars! All the money fundraised goes towards cancer research, operating costs, and financial aid to families affected by pediatric cancer. The goal this year is to fundraise $10,000. Dance Marathon fundraises in many ways: going door to door to ask households for money, collecting money at school events, having tables at stores, and hosting yellow out events. Raising $10,000 is not simple. It’s a year-long effort that requires a lot of hard work. N orwalk Dance Marathon President, Annie Balk, had to say this about dance marathon: “Dance Marathon does not only build a network of young adults fighting to make an impact but dramatically affects the lives of those who are fighting for their lives. It has continued to create an Marathon, Lily Quade, said “It will be a four-hour event with lots of snacks, pizza, and fun. We will have activities like yard games, spikeball, nine square, gaga ball, an‘awesome DJ, and other fun power hour activities.” If you are not a dance marathon participant, you are still allowed to come to participate in the event for an entrance fee. Norwalk Dance Marathon wants all the help they can get! A way you can spread the word about dance marathon is by donating to or sharing the online donation link. If you are interested in donatin to this