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May 13, 2010

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OFFICIAL Warren Town and County ws 50 NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT MIXEU ADC 500 SI'I I IuWNPAPERS b0','0 CAL IF-L:q,dqIA AVt!: SW '4 " WA 98t36-1208 II,l,,I,,I .... II,,ll,,II ..... II,,hllh,,h,l,,,I,hll,,'l"ll Vol. 41 No. 51 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 Thursday, May 13, 2010 Hot News from the Norwalk Fire Department By Dustin Huston Fire Chief I would like to take a minute and thank the members of the Fellowship Community Church that came out and performed a public service day at the Public Safety Fa- cility last weekend. As a token of their appreciation to the departments; they washed Police cars and waxed them, put down sod, planted trees and bushes and fed the members of the departments and their families. Giv- ing us an extra hand on some things that would have gotten done at a later date was greatly appreciated and really shows one of Nolrwalk's main attributes; friendly people and organizations willing to give back and help others. Thank you again very much. I also wanted to take a little bit of time to update people on a few changes and give a little more back- ground on how the department operates. First, your Fire Department is made up of four career staff and 28 paid- on-call (POC) members; which classifies our department as a Combination Fire Department. The hours of 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Monday-Friday) are covered by the career staff- ing as on any gi.ven day, only six (on average) of the POC members could be available during the day to help in the event of a call as most of the members are work- ing outside of Norwalk. Given that over the last two yearsour call volume between the hours of 6 a.m.-6 p.m. have accounted for 60%-65% of our calls, providing staff- ing during these hours are critical. We also have assigned crews for nightly responses from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. for a first out ambulance and a first out fire engine seven days a week. The other four hours a day are picked up by the POC staff on an availability basis. We are also working to guarantee a first out ambulance on the weekends. We, like most departments are hindered by the lack of volunteerism and lifestyles of busy families, but our group of individuals are very dedicated (as are their families) and I'm very happy with the coverage and ser- vice level we are providing; especially when compared with the cost of adding additional full time staffing. As you can see, we have a good pool of resources to choose from but even with thirty-two people we can run a little thin when looking at the work that needs to be done, so when we have people to help us we really appreciate it. I would also like to thank everyone who took time to support the Norwalk Firefighter's Association at the pancake breakfast again for another record year. I can honestly tell you that it does mean a lot to the members and I to see the great support we get from the commu- nity; even with the long hours we are required to put in to ensure we are providing you with the best service possible. I will be following up next week with some addi- tional information about your Fire Department. I am always available by phone or email if you have a ques- tion or would like some additional information. Stay safe. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PC Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 KC PANCAKE BREAKFAST SUNDAY Members of Knights of Columbus will hold a Pan- cake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a:m. Sunday, May 16, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. The menu will feature pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. The cost is a goodwill donation with proceeds from the event going to the Iowa National Guard Officer's Auxiliary Bear Hug/Medallion Project. Kathy Pierce of Norwalk is the fundraising chairper- son for the project. Early Deadline For Holiday Noon Wednesday, May 26, is the deadline for the Thursda June 3rd issue. Remember, we have moved and are now lo- cated at 727 Main St. When you place items in the drop box by the door, always include your name and daytime telephone num- ber in the event we have questions. The newspaper office will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. Memorial Day Services The Cumming American Legion Post #562 will con- duct Memorial Day Services Monday, May 31, at area cemeteries. Mayor Doug Pierce will be guest speaker at the Norwalk Cemetery at 11 a.m. Following is a schedule of services, including times and locations: Webb Cemetery - 8:15 a.m., Linn Grove Cemetery - 8:30 a.m., Churchville - 9 a.m., St. Patrick's Cemetery - 9:30 a.m., St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Cumming - 10 a.m., Orilla Cemetery - 10:30 a.m. and Norwalk Cemetery - 11 a.m. Need Volunteers To Deliver Meals Meals on Wheels is a community service that deliv- ers hot meals to homeb'ound indiiduals in the Norwalk community and the surrounding area. Meals are prepared at the congregate meal site in Martensdale. A volunteer from Norwalk takes empty trays from the previous day to Martensdale and picks up the hot meals for delivery. The meals for the "town route" are dropped off at Norwalk Christian Church, 701 Main St., and the volunteer who picked up the meals continues on with the "country route." As meals are delivered, empty trays from the previous day are col- lected and returned with warming bags to City Hall, 705 North Ave. Currently there is a need for drivers for the "town route" to pick up meals at Norwalk Christian Church and deliverthem to approximately 20 homes in the city of Norwalk. Meals arrive at the church at 11:15 a.m. and delivery takes approximately one hour. If you are interested in delivering Meals on Wheels in Norwalk, call Diana at Norwalk Christian Church, 981-0176. You can drive once a month, once a week, or more. This is a much appreciated and rewarding vol- unteer experience and a great opportunity for a family or individual who wants to serve. Linn Grove Cook-Out For Monthly Meal Members of Linn Grove United Methodist Church, 7483 50th, Prole, will host their "free-will offering" din- ner Thursday, May 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. Meals can be dine-in or carry out. The menu is hamburger, hot dogs and brats cooked on the grill, along with side dishes, dessert and bever- age. There is no cost, but a free-will offering will be accepted. Kathy Pierce Heads Fundraiser for Teddy Bears/Medallions Members of the Iowa National Guard Officer's Aux- iliary (INGO Aux) have been collecting Teddy Bears since 2001, after the 9/11 disaster. The custom-made bears are given to each child, age 12 and under, of de- ployed Iowa soldiers and airmen. Recently, the Auxil- iary also has been providing a patriotic medallion for teens. Kathy Pierce of Norwalk, who is the fundraising chairperson for the project, said the purpose is to give children of deployed parents a tangible object to help them feel connected to their parent while Dad or Morn is away on duty serving our country. Currently, the Auxiliary is in the process of collect- ing funds for 5,000 bears to be given to children of Iowa parents who are scheduled to be deployed this sum- mer. The INGOAux can produce Teddy Bears for six dollars each. Due to the large potential deployment of Iowa soldiers and airmen, the organization needs to raise $30,000 in order to provide Teddy Bears and Medallions for the Iowa children and teens. Pierce stated that the Iowa National Guard is preparing for its largest troop deployment since World War II. Accompanying each Teddy Bear and Medallion is a loern, that was written by Nikelle Morris, who was a Johnston fifth grader at the time the project began in Concluded p.2 NORWALK. POLICE CHIEF Ed Kuhl 1 We would like to publicly thank J.B. Silver and the other members of the congregation from the Fellowship Community Church. They helped in improving the landscaping of our Public Safety Building and cleaning our police vehicles. These are the kinds of actions that help us appreciate the community we serve and can also save our community tax dollars. Volunteerism insures that individuals in the commu- nity can help to insure the public support and the qual- ity of the effort. It provides an opportunity for each of us to be involved and to take pride in what we can cre- ate in our community. The cruiser wash was a breath of fresh air for all of our officers and an opportunity to remember the support we have in our community from the majority we normally don't get to have contact with. Thank you for efforts, your kindness and your sup- port.