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Thursday, April 21, 2011 N/Warren Town and County News Page Fifteen 2pi!otneu F d: Library Board Minutes Lakewood Elementary Receives Donation ! Following are the rain- funded-except for the utes of the Norwalk Easter $1,000 by the Found ationL Spring is finally here Public Library Board of from the current 10/11 and, with Memorial Day around the corner, now is the perfect time to play a worry-free weekend in the great outdoors. The Iowa State Fair Campgrounds has plenty of space avail- able now through mid- July with country comforts alongside big city style and excitement. Ranked among the most beautiful in_the Mid- west, the 160-acre Iowa State Fair Campgrounds are home to century-old trees, woodland flora and sm ll wildlife. The Camp- grounds house more than 1800 sites fully equipped with water and electrical hookups, 600 sites with sewers and three large bathhouses outfitted with clean showers, toilets and sinks. In addition to the excel- lent facilities, the Camp- grounds offer affordable rates: $23 per night for sites equipped with water, electricity and sewer; $20 per night for sites equipped with water and electricity; and $18 per night for sites without utilities. Reservations are sug- gested and can be made by calling the Iowa State Fair Campgrounds office at 515-262-3111 x284. Camp- ers without reservations are welcome as well. Enter through one of the Fair- grounds main entrances off East University Avenue or East 30 Street and fol- low the signs into the Campgrounds. The Iowa State Fair Campgrounds are easy to find and conveniently lo- cated just off Interstates 80 and 35. Just minutes from Des Moines-area attrac- tions like Adventureland Park, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, the East Village and endless dining and shopping op- tions, the Iowa State Fair Campgrounds are the per- fect place to enjoy the com- forts of home and the ex- citement of the city at a manageable cost. "Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair, celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow August 11-21. For more information, call 800-545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & SaturdW 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Memorial Day-labor Da 9 Trustees for the regularbudget. Funding for the meeting of March 14t": program was not included Roll Call - The meeting in the current budget, but was called to order by $3,000 was requested in Chairperson Tom Dunn, at the FY 11/12 budget. 6:35 p.m. Clyde Sievers, CI3 has been having dif- Jordyn Hill, Andrea ficulty loading the soft- Johnson, Tom Dunn and ware on the library com- Dick Schreiber were puters that manage the present. Donna Kitterman door access system, they and Diana Duffle were not recently installed. They in attendance. Library Di- will be returning to finish rector Julie Wells was the job. present. Sixteen individuals at- Guests - Jet Kofoot tended the program, Life fromtheRegionaILibrary Above the 98th Percentile, Services was present, presented bymembers of Review and Change Central Iowa Mensa. The Agenda-Andrea Johnson presentation was in con- made the motion to ac- junction with Novel Year's commodate our scheduled February title, Flowers For speaker-Ms. Jet Kofoot be- Algernon. fore the business part of Old Business - Trea- the meeting. Dick surer Andrea Johnson re- Schreiber seconded this ported the budget is on motion. Tom Dunn asked schedule and accurate. for a vote to accept the The card access system amended agenda, with the for library doors has been board passing it. installed, however, not the New Business - Direc- software to manage it. This tor Julie Wells introduced will be resolved soon. Ms. Kofoot to the Board The "Universal Class" and told of the assistance product was discussed Jet was going to provide with pros and cons given; for organizing the commit- looking forward it is be- tee to provide input for lieved it will be a valuable Library goals and direc- learning tool at a reason- tion for the next five years, able cost. This is an online Bang Bang Mongolian Grill donated $707 to the Lakewood teachers as part of the recent "Guest Griller" Contest. Pictured are Jill Anderson, Jenny Sinclair, Bailey McFaddin, 4th grader at Lakewood, Steve McFaddin and Trishia McFaddin, own- ers of Bang Bang. Photo submitted. COMMENTS FROM SENATOR CHARLES GRASSLEY ,l our size. Patrons interested in participating in this sur- vey; contact Director Wells at the Library 515-981- 0217. Review Last Meetings Minutes - Tom Dunn asked for a motion to ac- cept the February'minutes as written. Andrea Johnson made the motion to accept and Jordyn Hill seconded with the motion passing. Pay the Bills - Director Wells circulated the ballot for approving or disap- proving the submitted bill. All trustees present ap- proved paying the bills. Director's Report - Di- rector Julie Wells reported 44 new patrons registered and 6,350 items circulated during the last 30 days. Annette has ordered the incentive prizes and scheduling programs for the 2011 summer reading program. This year's pro- gram will have to be Adjournment - Chair- panic attacks, passing out and significant hallucinations. K2 can be deadly. June 6, person Tom Dunn re- 2010, an 18-year-old Iowan, David Rozga, smoked a package of K2 with friends. quested a motion for ad- They bought it at a shopping mall in Des Moines and, since it was legal and mar- journment, Clive Sievers keted to appear natural, they thought smoking it would be risk-free fun. According motioned for adjournment to David's friends, after smoking K2, he became extremely agitated and terrified. He and Andrea Johnson sec- killed himself with a shotgun less than two hours later. By all accounts David was a onded. The motion passed happy young man looking forward to starting college in the fall. David's family and and Chairperson Dunn friends believe that he would still be alive if he hadn't smoked K2. The police inves- called the meeting ad- tigation found no evidence that David was suicidal. journed at 7:50 p.m. David's tragic case isn't an isolated incident. During the summer of 2010, a 28- ................................ year-old mother of two in Indiana and a 19-year-old man in Texas died, possibly from heart failure due to K2 use. In January 2011, an Omaha teen shot two school The above minutes were reviewed and ac- administrators, killing one, before taking his own life. Medical tests revealed that cepted by the Board with K2 was in his system at the time of death. Another case involved a 21-year-old Indi- a motion from Andrea ana man who slit his throat while high on K2 for the first time. Luckil3 his mother was able to control the bleeding until help arrived. Another former K2 user recently Johnson and a second from Jordyn Hill at the regular said of the drug, "It can make a person who is sane, insane." monthly meeting on April Q: What can be done to stop K2-related tragedies? A: With Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, I introduced the David Mitchell 11th, 2011. /s/Dick Schreiber, Secre- Rozga Act in March of this year. Senator Feinstein and I are co-chairs of the Senate tary, April 13, 2011 Caucus on Inte.rnational Narcotics Control. Our bill would ban the chemicals iden- Dick Schreiber, Secre- tiffed in K2 by the Drug Enforcement Administration and list them as illegal sub- tary for the Norwalk Eas- stances in the same category as other deadly drugs, such as heroin and methamphet- amine. The chemicals used to make this drug would be banned permanently and ter Pub/ic Library Trustees, respectfully submits the nationwide. This legislation would also increase the timeframe the Drug Enforce- above minutes, April 13th, ment Agency has to temporarily ban a substance from 18 months to 36 months. This 2011. increased timeframe would help the Drug Enforcement Administration to remove other dangerous substances from the market to be studied for a permanent ban. W " ' " " " avid Rozga s father, Mike Rozga, is now a national advocate for banning K2 and is Deadline for ads, testifying in April before a hearing of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics legals and stories Control in Washington, D.C. is Noon Friday ! Passage of the David Mitchell Rozga Act is a necessary response to this harmful and dangerous drug. It would help prevent further senseless tragedies. Ms. Kofoot told of the pro- product and will need to Q & A: Banning the Harmful Drug K2 cedure for recruiting vol- be advertised and demon- unteers to spend a day strations given for intro- Q: Whatis K2? i{ commenting about im- ducing it to our patrons. A: K2'is the common name for incense that is laced with toxic, mind-altering chemi- cals. It is also called spice, genie or synthetic marijuana, among other things. K2 is provements and additions Andrea Johnson made thepackaged as a h,,armless product. Young adults are smoking it to obtain what they for the Norwalk Easter Li- motion to proceed with brary. Ltmch will be pro- purchasing the system and consider to be a legal high." Many of them think K2 is natural and, therefore, harm- vided and a facilitatorDick Schreiber seconded, less, when in fact K2 is anything but natural and harmless. According to a recent ( would lead the discus- Chairperson Tom Dunn stud34 most of the chemicals found in K2 aren't even on the package iiagredient list sions for the six hours. This asked for a vote with all for the incense that has been laced. The study determined that this was intentionally is tentatively scheduled members present voting done to be misleading. Most of the chemicals that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Ad- for Saturda) June 18. This 'yes'. Director Wells Will ministration has identified in K2. were invented in the 1990s and used in experiments survey is one of the re- proceed in contacting the on mice. The researchers never intended for the chemicals to be used outside the i quirements for being 'ac- Universal Class' peoplelaboratory, so the chemicals were never tested on humhns. credited in the State of and begin the enrollment Q: What are the effects of K2? Iowa; this is a prestigious procedure. A: Common effects are elevated heart rate and blood pressure, seizures, agitation, award for a community