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,ai,~ OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 'i ; ,~/k-t;, i dO i A ':-~i llii} Norwalk Warriors Vol. 46 No. 50 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, April 30, 2015 WALL OF FACES Norwalk Wins Build with Bags Grant Photo submitted. Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds recently were joined at their weekly press conference by Iowa Newspaper Association Executive Director Chris Mudge to ask Iowans for their assistance in the locating photo of an Iowan who died in the Vietnam War for the Vietnam Memorial Fund's "Wall of Faces" elec- tronic memorial. According to information from the National Archives, 851 Iowans died in the Vietnam War. Of those casualties, David L. McCombs of Oskaloosa is the only Iowan whose photo has not been located and obtained. "As a Vietnam-era veteran and as governor of the state, I want to ensure that Io- warts who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation are properly recognized and honored," said Branstad. "Iowa has always been supportive of our military mem- bers and I am hopeful that we can work together to locate a photo of this brave soldier before Memorial Day." The following information is known about the Iowan whose photo is missing: David L. McCombs Date of Birth: 5/5/1943 Date of Death: 10/11/1969 Hometown: Oskaloosa, Iowa Branch of Service: Army "With Memorial Day approaching on Monda) May 25, 2015, we see this next month as an opportunity to take the time to locate a photo of David L. McCombs for the 'Wall of Faces" memorial," said Reynolds. "Together we can ensure that every Iowan that gave his or her life in the Vietnam War protecting the freedoms we cher- ish is honored." Concluded p. 2 UnityPoint Clinic Transfers to New Electronic Medical Record System Sunda) May 3, UnityPoint Clinic- Central Iowa, including more than 50 primary and specialty care locations within the Des Moines metropolitan area, will transfer to the same electronic medical record system used across the entire UnityPoint Health system. Three years ago, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines, including Iowa Methodist Medi- cal Center, Iowa Lutheran Hospital Methodist West Hospital, Blank Children's Hos- pital and John Stoddard Cancer Center, made the switch to electronic health records. Now, with UnityPoint Clinic transitioning to the same system, both health care pro- viders and patients will benefit, as providers can now quickly compile and view patient information in one place, resulting in better, more comprehensive care for patients. "We are pleased to be joining the electronic health record platform shared by the affiliates of UnityPoint Health," said Ronda Montgomery, clinic administrator. "Hav- ing the same electronic documentation at both the hospital and clinic level allows for better communication among health care providers, ensuring consistent, improved care for patients in whatever setting they might be." This advancement in technology will improve patient care by providing: Current medical information at the providers' fingertips no matter which UnityPoint Health hospital or clinic the paffent is receiving care. Concluded p. 12 The City of Norwalk will soon have four hex picnic tables courtesy of the Build with Bags pro- gram. The plastic bag recy- cling program being led by Iowa grocers announced on Earth Da) April 22, that the City of Norwalk is one of 22 recipients of a Build with Bags grant award in 2015 and will receive $2,000.00 to purchase four hex picnic tables that are made from recycled plas- tic bags by Plastic Recy- cling of Iowa. For example, one table represents ap- proximately 20,000 bags that won't end up in the landfill. Scott's Foods and Fareway in Norwalk played an important role in making this grant pos- sible. Owner Scott Havens and Store Manager Bryan Greiner wrote a letter of support on behalf of the City of Norwalk that led to it being selected to receive a grant. "We are excited to an- nounce the winners of the Build with Bags grant pro- gram," says Michelle Hurd, president of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association. "Now in its sixth year, the Build with Bags program has ex- ceeded our expectations in encouraging individuals to recycle their plastic bags so those bags can be turned into products that beautify our communities. This year's grant winners are reaping the rewards of their recycling efforts and we hope other communi- ties will follow suit and expand their recycling ef- forts." A total of 45 applica- tions were submitted from which 22 winners were se- lected by a committee of four representatives in support of the Build with Bags program. Each com- mittee member individu- ally scored applications prior to meeting as a group to combine the scores for an overall point total. The top 22 applicants with the most points received grants totaling $38,888.30. Encouraging purchases of furniture and equip- ment made from recycled plastic for parks and schools through its grant program is one of four goals established by Build with Bags. The otherthree include increasing the amount of plastic bags re- cycled, reducing con- sumption of plastic bags and increasing the safe use of reusable bags. Scott's Foods and Fareway in Norwalk are two of many participating retailers, including all Fareway Stores and Hy- Vee locations statewide plus many independent grocers. Build with Bags, a coop- erative effort of the Iowa Grocery Industry Associa- tion, Keep Iowa Beautiful, Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines, Iowa Depart- ment of Natural Resources and The Des Moines Reg- ister, was originally launched in August 2009. For more information on Build with Bags or its grant program opportuni- ties, visit www.itseasy torecycle.org or www. iowagrocers.com. Congratulations to the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Dept. who received one of 22 Build with Bags grants awarded across Iowa this year to purchase recycled plas- tic park picnic tables. This award was for $2,000. The Lakewood Elementary school classes were challenged to bring in clean grocery sacks for a summer pool party going to the class who brought in the most. They col- lected 50,000+ bags. We, in return, let the local Mighty Mat Makers sort them and choose the colors they needed for making homeless shelter mats. The remaining bags were then taken to a local processor to be recycled. The Build with Bags program has helped to: Reduce the consumption of plastic bags Encourage the use of reusable bags Increase the amount of plastic bags recycled Establish a grant program to aid parks and schools in purchasing products made of recycled plastic bags This grant program is administered by the Iowa Gro- cery Industry Association and funded by IGIA partici- pants and partner organizations, provides funds for the purchase of recycled plastic playground equipment, benches and tables and more. City Council Agenda p. 15 Legal Notices Inside This Issue CITY OF CUMMING Notice of Public Hearing 7 p.m. May 11, 2015 in re: Amendment of Current City Budget NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOLS Notice and Request for Bids for Roof Replacement Project before 2 p.m. May 5, 2015 Notice of Public Hearing 6 p.m. May 11, 2015 on Designating First Day of School for 2015-2016 school year to be August 24 WARREN COUNTY CLERK OF COURT Public Hearing-Adoption, 1:30 p.m. May 15, 2015 WARREN COUNTY ZONING Public Hearing 7:35 p.m. May 14, 2015 in re: Application for Special Use Permit ~:q/r