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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR , \ AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Vol. 41 No. 46 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 12121.2 MIXED ADC 500 SMALL TOWNf:'APERS 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE WA 98136-1208 II,l,,I,,I,,,,ll,,ll,,ll,,,,,ll,,hllh,,h,l,,,I,hll,,,I,,ll 981-0406 Thursday, April 8, 2010 Nicki Cortum is VEISHEA Co-chair USPS No. 395-120 Phone Clean-Up Days in May i Iowa Junior Miss 2009 Nadia Hiebowits, left, and Iowa Junior Miss 2010 Paige Curtis, right. Photo submitted. Paige CurtTd Named ........ Iowa Junior Miss 2010 Paige Curtis, Norwalk, was named Iowa Junior Miss 2010 during the annual Iowa Junior Miss program held Saturday, March 13, in Ottumwa. She is the daughter of Brent and Kim Curtis. Iowa Junior Miss is a scholarship program for senior girls in high school. They are judged on self-expression, interview, talent, fitness and scholastics. Curtis placed in self-expression, fitness and talent, which earned her the top spot and scholarship money for college. She will go on to the national program this June and represent Iowa at America's Junior Miss in Mobile, AL. Chamber Plans The 10th Annual RUNorwalk, sponsored by the Norwalk Area Cham- ber of Commerce, City State Bank and Anytime Fitness, will be held Satur- day, May 8, starting at the Norwalk High School Track at 8:30 a.m. The event includes an 8K Run, 5K Walk and a free Kids Fun Run. Chip timing is used for the main event. Cash and other prizes will be awarded. Registration forms are available at the Norwalk Chamber office, 1017 Main St., or online at www.nor walkchamber.org or at www.GetMeRegistered.com. For credit card orders, call the Chamber office at 981- 0619. Pre-registration and en- try fees due by Friday, April 30, which includes a free T-shirt, are as follows: ages 12-65, $20 per person; ages 5-11, $15 per person; ages 4 and under, free with no T-shirt, and ages 66 and 2010 RUNorwalk over, free with no T-shirt. After April 30, registra- tion is ages 5 - 65, $25 with no guarantee of a T-shirt. Race Day registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Norwalk High School Track. Race Packets may be picked up Friday, May 7 at the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce office from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. or at the registration booth on Race Day. Norwalk Family Den- tistry is sponsoring the Kids' 8 and Under Fun Run after the main race. The annual Norwalk City-Wide Clean-Up Days be- gin Saturday, May 1. The service is provided for City of Norwalk residential garbage customers only. All items must be placed at the curb before 7 a.m. Monday, May 3. Saturday, May 1, Hazardous Household Waste and Tire Drop-off will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cherry Street garage, corner of Cherry Street and North Avenue. Mayor's Moment By Mayor Doug Pierce j The Council and I had our first quarterly Town Hall Meeting Thursday, March 25. I appreciate those of you who attended and openly discussed your issues with us. As I stated when I was campaigning for Mayor, I would have "Town Hall Meetings" to provide transpar- ency tothe issues voted on or facing the city. We all felt that this event was very successful and beneficial in that it did allow interaction between the elected officials and the citizens of Norwalk. What I have assessed in my first three months as Mayor is that Norwalk is a "city in transition." We are feeling the growing pains that all communities sur- rounding Des Moines are feeling, but we are a 85% resi- dential and 15% commercial city and that does not pro- vide the same tax revenues as say Clive, for example, who is 60% commercial and 40% residential. If you didn't already know it, commercial properties are taxed at 100% on their assessed value, whereas, residential properties are currently taxed at only 47% of assessed value. Therefore, since Norwalk does not have a high percentage of commercial properties, our tax revenues are generated, for the most part, from less than half of the assessed property values in Norwalk. Upon the completion of the 2010 census, we are an- ticipating that Norwalk will have a population at or near 10,000 residents. Chris Nosbisch, Community Develop- ment Director, has told the Council and Staff that once a community reaches a point where 10,000 folks live within a two mile radius of a community, it generates a lot of interest for commercial entities to strongly con- sider locating there. Because we are on the cusp of that 10,000 number, it is imperative that the leadership of the City be focused on the future and provide the plan- ning, direction, policies and guidance to attract and se- cure quality commercial businesses to help alleviate the tax burden on the residential property owners. I can tell you that is exactly the focus of this Mayor, Council and Staff as we lead this in "city in transition!" No registration is required Fundraiser for Norwalk for this event and prizes will be awarded. Area Food Pantry Chamber members also Norwalk Christian Church, 701 Main St., will host have the opportunity to an indoor FUNdraiser sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur- donate as follows: $350 - day, April 24, in the Fellowship Hall just prior to the your company's name/ city-wide clean-up days and garage sales. The public is logo on the back of the race invited. All proceeds will go to the Norwalk Area Food- T-shirt, on a mile marker Pantry. sign along the race route Area residents are invited to clear their clutter and and on the Thank You help feed the hungry at the same time. Admission to the sale is to bring three canned/boxed food items to Concluded p. 2 Concluded p. 4 Nicki Cortum of Norwalk and a former Warren County 4-H'er has taken on an important new role at Iowa State Univer- sity as VEISHEA general co-chair. Achieving high goals are nothing new for 4-H members and Cortum is no exception. Cortum, an Iowa State senior, is no stranger to preparation and hard work. | Cortum served on the VEISHEA committee her Nicki Cortum first and second years at Iowa State and worked asshe held an internship co- i ] the office manager in 2009. ordinating the Madison ! This year she went straight County Fair, which cel- to the top - general co-ebrates all the great things chair. "The more I got in- 4-H members have done volved and learned about VEISHEA, the more pas- sionate I be'came about see- ing it continue to be a val- ued tradition at Iowa State," said Cortum. Cortum credits many of her leadership skills today back to her North River Limelighter's club involve- ment. 4-H is the youth de- velopment program of Iowa State University Ex- tension dedicated to ad- vancing the leadership, citizenship, communica- tion and life skills of Iowa's youth. She is not alone; re- search from ISU Extension shows that 72 percent of 4- H members improved their leadership skills, among others. "I think all the presen- tations I gave, project goals and reports I wrote and all the judges I talked to about my projects definitely made me a strong commu- nicator, which has helped me be successful at many things I've done," said Cortum. "Participating in 4-H gave me a sense of work ethic and taught me what it means to finish a project you start," said Cortum. "That also taught me problem-solving skills and responsibility." Responsibility is in no shortage with Cortum. Along with her co-chair, Hallie Satre, she is in charge of seeing that 2010 VEISHEA showcases all that Iowa State has to of- fer. Again, Cortum credits 4-H as helping prepare her for this task. In the past, over a year. In 2010. VEISHEA will celebrate Iowa State by us- ing Today's Vision, Tomorrow's Tradition for the week of April 12-18. Dur- ing this week the Iowa State campus will host col- lege showcases, entertain- ment, parades and much more. Cortum encourages other 4-H members to use the skills they have learned and remain involved. "Take advantage of all the opportunities you have to learn something new or practice what you have learned," advises Cortum. "I know that sometimes giving a presentation doesn't seem like much fun, but these really are skills you~ will use in the future." Also, don't be afraid to set your goals high and pursue what you love to do," said Cortum. "If you are passionate about a goal and are will- ing to work hard to accom- plish it, anything is pos- sible." Cortum has proved her statement through dedica- tion to what she is passion- ate about and is confident that her 4-H background will continue to serve her in the future. "Being a gen- eral co-chair has been a re- warding and valuable ex- perience that I know will continue to serve me well in the future," said Cortum. VEISHEA is an annual i' Concluded p. 10