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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER .FOR AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren Town and County Vol. 41 No. 48 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, April 22, 2010 Groundbreaking Auditorium & Stadium Construction Project By Kate Baldwin, School District Business Manager Auditorium site and district staff alSpreci - ate all of the Norwalk Chamber Members, City and Warren County offi- cials and citizens that were able to attend. The Board and School District are very grateful for the new State Sales Tax funding that has made all of this construction possible. Ev- erybody will be invited back to the grand opening of these facilities in the fall of 2011. More Groundbreaking Photos page 9 Stadium site. Staff photos by Mary Lou Gray. Wednesday, April 14, was a beautiful, warm, sun shiny day. The kind of day that was made for a Groundbreaking Celebra- tion and Norwalk Schools did celebrate! Approxi- mately 250 citizens, par- ents, students and staff members witnessed the official "shoveling of the dirt" for the new Audito- .rium, Stadium, Tennis Courts and Paved Parking Lot construction project to kick-off the event. Many of the students and citi- zens donned a hard-hat and picked up a shovel to mark the occasion with a little equity sweat. Stu- dent athletes and coaches from the track and soccer teams took a pause from their daily practice sched- ule to join in the festivities on the west side of the campus where the new stadium and synthetic turf field would be located. After officially digging in on the stadium side, the celebration group traveled over to the east side of the campus to the new audi- torium construction site. There were drama stu- dents and music teachers anxiously awaiting their turn to put on a hard-hat and pick up a shovel. To many of the teachers, watching the ground- breaking for the audito- rium was like watching the show of a lifetime. In the words of Board President Katherine Schmidt, "My arms are purple from pinching myself because it is hard to believe this day has actually arrived." The long-awaited auditorium will be a reality in 15 months and the clock is ticking for the opening performance. Following the dirt shov- eling exercises, everybody was invited to attend a short program at the Eastview 8/9 Cafeteria. The High School Jazz Choir began the program by singing our National Anthem. Board President Katherine Schrnidt recog- nized the construction planning committees, ar- chitects and facility plan- ning consultants for all of their time and commit- ment to planning both fa- cilities. Superintendent Denny Wulf explained how these new facilities will parity to Norwalk stu- dents when competing and performing with other similar size school dis- tricts. Activities Director A1 Lammers expressed sincere appreciation to the School Board, administra- tion and community for maintaining a strong focus on providing facilities for student athletic and music programs. Music Booster President Dave Campbell and Athletic Booster Presi- dent Scot Meuler each spoke on behalf of the community student booster clubs. The work and dedication of Meuler and Campbell have been very instrumental to the planning of these facilities. Kate Baldwin recognized project planning architects from Frevert-Ramsey- Kobes and construction managers from Story Con- struction. Members of the High School band finished up the program by playing the Norwalk School song, followed by a huge round of applause. The Board of Directors Fun Booth at RUNorwalk Norwalk Physical Therapy will have a booth at the High School track during RUNorwalk Satur- da); May 8, where a clown will be providing face painting and balloon ani- mals FREE to kids. The entire family is welcome to cheer on the runners and walkers and participate in the festivities. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with award pre- sentations, around 10 a.m. Free Parenting Seminar New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Dr., is offering a free and open parenting seminar from 6:30to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the church. The seminar is for parents of teens and pre-teens. Tiger Mcluen, president of Youth Leadership in St. Paul MN will present the seminar that is fun, inter- active and accessible to everyday parents. The video-driven seminar will give parents the insights and tools to improve the parenting of teenagers and pre-teens. Individuals in- terested in Raising Right Side Up Kids in an Upside Down World may register by contacting Pastor Nate Liedtke at njliedtke @gmail.com or by calling 480-1733. WHOOPS The above photo of the old Norwalk water tower, which was located at the corner of Sunset Drive and Richard George Drive, was taken in June of 1980. The tower had just been painted when Jim Becker noticed the misspelling of "welcome." He called Ron Perkins, who took the photo.. Shortly thereafter half of the "O" was painted over to make a "C'. Photo submitted by Perkins. NORWALKEdPOUCEKuhl CHIEF ] The Norwalk Police Department is requesting your assistance in curbing the recent upsurge in underage drinking parties in our community. Parents should be very concerned if such conduct occurs on their prop- erty; they may be criminally and civilly liable. Obviously, anyone providing alcoholic liquor for underage con- sumption at such parties will be prosecuted. Deaths can result from this activity, both from the excess alcohol consumption itself and from subsequent traffic acci- dents. The list of unintended consequences can be very lengthy and may involve violations of school policies. The old question is still a good one, "Do you know where your children are?" Please verify with other par- ents beforehand, will they be there? Do you know them? How will it be controlled? Do they know how to con- tact you? If you become aware of such a party, please contact our office and let us know. Our goal is to keep our com- munity safe and a place where all of us want to live. Thank you again for your support. After Prom Grand March Norwalk After Prom is sponsoring the 1 st Annual Grand March at the Norwalk High School gymnasium Saturday, May 1, at 5 p.m. Students participating are asked to enter through the band room doors start- ing at 4:45 p.m. Cost is $1 with proceeds benefiting After Prom. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Volun- teers are needed to help with this event. Contact Lisa Smith at 515-360-4828 if you are willing to help. KC Breakfast 25 Members of Knights of Columbus will host a Breakfast Sunday, April 25, from 8 to 11 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk. The breakfast will fea- ture pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, coffee and juices. The cost is a donation. J Proceeds from the event will go to YMCA Camp scholarships for young- sters. ,