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Norwalk, Iowa
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Thursday, April 1, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News Page Fifteen It was April 8, 1983 - 27 years ago, When then edi- tor and publisher of this newspaper wrote: "They say people get the govern- ment they deserve. You also get the newspaper you deserve. "Today I feel like you deserve no newspaper at all. And that is what you shall have." With that, she announced, "It's no joke: this is the final issue." It was five years prior to that fateful day, that Dor- othy Graham, founder and publisher, had sold the pa- per. With the notice on the front page that there would be no more paper, Graham left retirement, hastily put out a one-page issue to maintain the "Of- ficial Status" and planned a meeting at the Norwalk Christian Church to see if area residents and busi- nessmen wanted to keep the paper alive, and if so, would they support it. More than 50 business and civic leaders met to decide the fate of the N/Warren Town and County News. Then city leader and Clerk the late Merle Huff, was a staunch supporter. Some of those attending that meeting are still involved with the community now and to this day - they still support the newspaper with ads, news and words of encouragement. The problem is - some of the younger civic lead- ers and business people either take the newspaper for granted or just don't care. They aren't willing to share their news or ads with us. Instead, they send them to the "big paper" or a periodical with color. Thankfully, our new Mayor has started bring- ing in his column. For [ years, each city and school department head and each school principal have been given the same opportu- nity. I recently reminded City Administrator Mark Miller that we welcome information from him and his staff and noted that our subscribers pay for their paper and therefore it is not left on the counters at the Post Office the day it is delivered or at the door of apartments where they lay for a couple of days untouched. A couple of us at the newspaper have strong feelings about our paper. When one of us hears that a councilmember is send- ing information to the "big paper," but won't be send- ing it to us, it hurts. Why are we excluded? Since we are a legal newspaper for the city we should be in- cluded "in the loop". SALLY SPEAKS 1 By Sally Huntoon The Superintendent of Schools, the School Board Secretary and the Princi- pals of the Middle and El- ementary schools are great about getting news to us. There are some families with one parent living in other communities. They are interested in getting the local news so they can keep abreast of their children's activities. Grandparents subscribe for the same purpose. We have a few coaches who are fantastic about turning in sports stories of high school events. There are some teachers who faith- fully turn in news items and photos of class activi- ties. Scout and 4-H leaders are truly great about turn- ing in items and photos and parents of various sporting teams also are very cooperative. This is what it is all about. I have written and said many times - this is YOUR newspaper. We are just here to put it together for you. But it can't be done without cooperation. Due to high costs and consolidation, the number of weekly newspapers has dwindled the last few years. Yet, we are happy that we have been able to maintain our paper and still make money for the publisher. Not enough money to purchase all new updated equipment or hire full-time reporters to cover council and school board meetings, but none- theless, we are happy with the results. What does not make us happy is that with all the electronic conveniences that are readily available, if people can't send some- thing to us by pushing a You and your Family are Invited to with us at Fellowship Community Church Friday April 2nd - 7:00 pm Sunday April 4th- 8:30 &. 10:30 am (3 Identica[ Easter Services) FREE Continental Breakfast (Before Sunday Services) Easter Egg Hunt during all services for children ages 3 years- 5th Grade FREE 5x7 family portrait taken by a professional photographer (Available before and after all services with the opportunity to order additional prints) Live Artwork During the Services . HWY G14 (NORTH AVENUE) ELLOWSHIP ITY CHURCH 225 North Avenue, Norwalk * 981-0699 * www.fccnorwatk.org button - they don't send it. Print it off and drop it off at the office. (We have an after-hours mailbox by the door.) If it is city hall busi- ness - print it off and we will come get it. Am I discouraged, yes! And today, I must admit I feel a little bit like the edi- tor did in 1983! Thank goodness my love for this newspaper and my belief that the town needs one is very strong. The number of legals that we receive has grown and those legals are what pays the bills. The N/Warren Town and County News is alive and well and we will continue to survive. As we come upon the 42nd Anniversary of the N/Warren Town and County News, which was first printed May 2, 1968, I am sure the late Dorothy Graham would still be proud. I am too. Parents" Guide AdJustingTo ADD And ADHD (NAPS)--Parenting a child with ADD or ADHD can be a challenging under- taking. However, applying specific behavior strategies can help families manage these conditions. TheEckerd Academy--a residential alternative school for youth with ADD, ADHD and other emotional behav- ioral challenges--offers the following pointers: Having a child with ADD or ADHD provides the oppor- tunity to create structure and discipline for the whole family. Establish a clear set of rules for everyone in the household so that other fam- ily members can serve as rote models. Maintain a predictable daily routine. Give user-friendly direc- tions. Using a combination of verbal and physical cues serves both to model appro- priate body language and to reinforce the child's focus. Prepare for new sur- roundings and situations. Unfamiliar conditions can often exacerbate attention problems. Set up a system of rewards and consequences. For more information, visit www.eckerdacademy.org or call (800) 914-3937. The organiza- tion has locations in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida. I Deadline for ads, I legals and stories I is Noon Friday! Call 911 for emergencies!