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f OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SM/\\;LLTOWNPAPERS 21,7 WEST CO1-A ST, SHELiON WA 98584-2263 J'lll"ll'Jl'!'qlq'h!l,l!pli,,hl!l!l,,i,hll00,j,l,00000000hlllll / Warren NTOWn and County ews 50 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 44 No. 45 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, March 28, 2013 Due March 29 .... RUNorwalk Sponsorships .......... Planning is currently underway for the 13th annual RUNorwalk, sponsored by the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce, City State Bank and Anytime Fitness, Saturda3 May 11. Businesses are invited to help sponsor the event. A $360 donation puts your company's name/logo on the back of the race t-shirt, on a mile marker sign along the race route and a sign on the Thank You Sponsor Board. A $260 donation puts your company logo on the back of the t-shirt and for $160 your business name can be on the shirt without a logo. This is an excellent way to advertise your business to approximately 275 race participants. The Chamber of- fice is also accepting business give-aways, which are stuffed into the race packets. Sponsorships are due to the Chamber office by Fri- da March 29, to be on the t-shirts. Prizes and dona- tions for the race packet are due Friday,May 3. For more information, contact the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce, 1039 Sunset Dr., or at 981-0619. LETTERS We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. Dear Editor, Our Iowa communities work diligently to provide new employment opportunities for their residents. These economic development efforts generate many positive benefits not only to the communities, but for the people who call these Iowa towns home. For the men and women who choose to work, raise their fami- lies and retire in a place they find solace, these economic development projects are meaningful and can make a difference between a community prospering or slowly declining. These economic developments become a reality of- ten with assistance from the communities, counties and even the State of Iowa.. However, what if a business wanted to develop in our community without the mil- lions of dollars in incentives? Would you welcome them with open arms? Absolutely! There aren't too many com- munities or its leaders who would turn its back on any plan to bring more than 600 jobs that offer all full-time positions and eligible employees a 401k plan and health care. They also offer paid-time off, holidays, eye care insurance and dental insurance. These type of business developments would be very welcome - especially if they are not seeking millions of dollars in incentives in return. However, to make this vision a reality and create jobs and a non-profit that generates millions of dollars in revenue to improve our Warren County schools and infrastructure, it needs your support! It requires the support of our families, neighbors and friends on May 7th. A Yes vote on the proposed new casino, 150-room hotel, state-of-the-art events center for local concerts, and bowling center will bring these jobs to Warren County and with it a plethora of untapped resources and potential. There are those, though, who have expressed con- cerns about the social impacts on the proposed project, such as the assertion that casinos "prey" upon those with Concluded p. 10 Staff photo by Mary Lou Gray. Newspaper Office in New Location The office of N/Warren Town and County News has moved to the new location and is up and running at 1122 Main St., Ste. 1 (right across the street from Scott's Foods). Customers may park on Main Street behind our of- fice building and are to use the front entrance. There is a ramp on the side of the building next to Dr. David Elwood's Chiropractic Office, so clients do not have to use any stairs. After regular business hours, patrons may drop off news items, payment and ads by placing them in the mail slot on the back door of the office. Steve Eggers, property manager for all of the Eggers properties, has been extremely helpful. He has even helped move furniture, carry out some of our empty boxes and has checked on us several times to see if we need anything. It looks like once again, we will have another fantastic landlord. Norwalk Firefighters Assn. Pancake Day Norwalk Firefighters Association will hold their an- nual Pancake Breakfast Saturda3 March 30, from 6 - 11 a.m., at the Norwalk Fire Station, 1100 Chatham Ave. Residents are invited to the all-you-can-eat event. The cost is $5 per person. The menu includes pancakes, sau- sage, juice, milk and coffee. Proceeds will be used for training and purchasing equipment and supplies. Community Spaghetti Dinner The Norwalk Ministerial Association will host the third Community Spaghetti Benefit Dinner Saturday, April 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr., Norwalk. This is an all-you-can-eat meal for $7. Desserts will be provided from each congregation. Gluten-free din- ners will be available. A total of 400 tickets will be sold at Norwalk Hardware and participating churches. Mu- sic will be provided by singers from Norwalk High School. All proceeds will be used for the Community Food Pantry and Relief Fund. Last week the Norwalk Food .Pantry provided meals for 14 families; the need for your help has nearly doubled this past year. Participating churches are Christ Our Savior Lutheran (LCMS), Fellowship Community, New Life Lutheran (ELCA), Norwalk United Methodist, Norwalk Christian, Crossroads and St. John the Apostle Catholic. Kindergarten Round-Up Parent Preparations The annual Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled for Monday, April 1, in the Oviatt gym. If your child will attend kindergarten for the 2013-2014 school year, you can pick up a registration packet at the District Office, or Oviatt Elementary; or you can access registration pa- pers from the District's website, www.norwalk.k12.ia.us. You should return your completed registration by mail or in person as soon as possible and before the April 1 Round-Up, using one of the following addresses: Norwalk Community Schools, District Office, Attn: Cheri Atherton, 906 School Ave., Norwalk, IA 50211 or Norwalk Communily Schools, Oviatt Elementary, Attn: Karin Stewart, 713 School Ave., Norwalk, IA 50211. Kindergarten Registration (posted on District website) We appreciate the families who participated in the February 7 early registration for the 2013-2014 Kinder- garten program. Knowing our registration numbers on a timely basis allows us to hire the correct number of teachers to keep class sizes in the smaller classroom size range we prefer--18-20 students. Share tlais registration information with friends and family. Your assistance helps us be prepared for the children. Included in the registration paperwork, you will find the Kindergarten Classroom Preference Form which asks you to prioritize your classroom setting preference for your child. A child's placement in either a classic or loop- ing classroom setting is determined by the date and time received. April 1, 6-7:30 p.m. Kindergarten Round-Up Agenda 6-6:30 p.m. - Program in the Oviatt gymnasium. We invite parents of incoming kindergarten students to at- tend the 6-6:30 p.m. program Monda) April 1, in the Oviatt gym that is facilitated by Dr Denny Wulf, district superintendent, and Laura Sivadge, principal. This pro- gram includes an overview of the two classroom set- tings at Oviatt Elementary, transportation, nutrition, technology and special programs services, along with a description of the anticipated May 30 and 31 Kinder- garten Orientation program. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Submit Registration forms if not already done A copy machine is available if you need to copy a child's birth certificate or proof of residency document. Directors of various programs are present to answer questions. Kindergarten classrooms are open from 6:30-7:30 p.m. if you want to conduct a self-guided tour with your child. Teachers will not be present; however, Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students, Laura Sivadge, Principal and Sheila Taylor, Oviatt Elementary Principal begin- ning with the 2013-2014 school year will be available to address questions, etc. I Norwalk Student Education Foundation Activities and Events By Lori Miller, President 1 After the long winter and whiney kids....nothing sounds better than winey adults! Norwalk Student Education Foundation's (NSEF) Tastes for Education is the event for you! Come join us for tasting of wine, beers, cheeses and chocolates while celebrating our students and teachers of this amazing community! The event will be held Friday night, April 5, at the Wright Place in Norwalk. An elegant atmo- sphere and music will add to an exceptional evening. Concluded p. 2