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7,.. , , .... " Thursday, May 13, 2010 N/Warren Town and County News "% Page Seven I MPO Public Meeting The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will host a public meeting to receive input and com- ments on the Federal Fiscal Years 2011-2014 Transporta- tion Improvement Program (FFY 2011-2014 TIP). The- meeting starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at the West Des Moines Public Library-4000 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. The West Des Moines Public Library is accessible via public transportation using the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority's #11 route. The final draft FFY 2011-2014 TIP will be sub- mitted to the Iowa DOT for review and comment on June 15, 2010. Any revi- sions suggested by the Iowa DOT will be incorpo- rated once they become available. The final FFY 2011-2014 TIP is due to the Iowa DOT by July 15, 2010. The MPO staff will host the meeting using an open forum format to encourage attendees to express their views and opinions and to ask questions regarding the proposed projects. One may share their opinion with MPO staff in three ways: 1) orally at the meet- ing; 2) in writing via forms available at the meeting; or, 3) by submitting writ- ten comments to the MPO after the May 20, 2010, meeting but prior to the close of the comment pe- riod on June 1, 2010. If anyone has questions or comments, contact the MPO staff by telephone at 515-334-0075 or via email at bwilcoxon@dmampo .org. LIBRARY HOURS Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Closed Sundays (Memoml Day-Labor Day) BUSINESS The Appel Report [ By Staci Appel, State Senator Iowa gets high marks for economic growth, fis- cal strength: Our country has been hit hard by the national recession. Yet things are looking brighter here in Iowa. Our state government is nationally recognized for strong fiscal management. Iowa is one of only seven states to receive the high- est possible bond rating from the three national bond rating agencies. The independent agencies all give Iowa AAA status. Our business climate is also strong compared to other states. Forbes, the re- spected business maga- zine, recently included several Iowa communities on its list of America's "Best Places for Business and Careers." Des Moines ranked No. 1 overall. Five smaller Iowa cities were in the top 20 (Iowa City-2, Waterloo- 13, Sioux City-14, Dubuque-15 and Ames- 17). Cedar Rapids was named the top city in America for projected job growth. According to Forbes, Iowa's success comes from our low cost of doing busi- ness, low cost of living, well-educated workers and employment levels that are expected to in- crease along with house- hold incomes. Iowa also ranks high in other recent economic rankings: MarketWatch placed Des Moines No. 1 in the country for doing busi- ness. CNBC's 2009 "Top States for Business" survey ranked Iowa fourth best overall and No. 1 for low cost of doing business. The U.S. Bureau of Eco- nomic Analysis named Iowa the eighth-fastest growing economy in the nation. This national recogni- tion says a lot about the Legislature's bipartisan ef- ROBERTS HEATING - COOLING "- PLUMBING In-Floor - Geothermal H eating4.fj "Insured &Cert/fled" I (515) 989.OLO6 sALES-SERVICE-REPLACEMENT II BATHROOM REMODEL forts to foster a pro-busi- ness climate. 2010 Iowa maps now available: The 2010 edi- tion of the Iowa Transpor- tation Map is now avail- able at driver's license lo- cations, Iowa DOT district offices, rest areas and wel- come centers throughout the state. To order a free Iowa travel packet that includes the new map, call 800-345- IOWA (4692) or visit http:/ /www.traveliowa.com. You can also view the transportation map and other Iowa maps online at http://www.iowa dotmaps.com. New scholarship op- portunity for military family members: Through May 15, Thanks USA is accepting applica- tions for need-based schol- arships for children and spouses of U.S. military personnel. The organiza- tion plans to award 500 scholarships at $3,000 each in 2010. Scholarships for depen- dent children and spouses are for first-time under- graduate study at an ac- credited two-or-four-year college, university or voca- tional-technical school. Spouses may also use the award for non-degree li- censure/certification pro- grams. For complete details and an application, go to http://www.thanksusa .org/main/scholarship s.html. To contact Senator Appel when the Legisla- ture is not in session, call her at home at 515-961- 6982. E-mail her at staci.appel@legis.state.ia.us. Cage Bird Carnival Sunday, May 16, Mid America Cage Bird Society will be hosting a Cage Bird Carnival at the Des Moines Botanical Center, 909 Rob- ert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Birds and bird-related items will be offered for sale and there will be a bake sale. Admission is free with a paid admission to the Botanical Center. Mid America Cage Bird Society is a non-profit or- ganization. I REVIEW RIBBON CUTTING The Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday, April 29 for the new RE/Max American Dream Realty located at 1220 Sunset Dr. Suite 103. Photo submitted. Spaceships and Pirates Invade Des Moines For the 21st straight year fans of imaginative fiction and media con- verge upon Des Moines to attend Demicon, central Iowa's only Science Fiction convention at the Holiday Inn Northwest on Merle Hay Road May 14-16. Registration is $55 at the door, $20 for children and includes access to all events and the hospitality suite. One-day rates are available. Demicon offers fans a chance to meet and mingle with industry profession- als, swap stories and col- lectibles, wear costumes they couldn't get away with anywhere else and have a weekend of fun in a party atmosphere. This year's special theme is Pi- rates. Demicon began in 1990 under the guidance of Les and Jeanette Roth. The first convention featured well- known science fiction au- thor C.J. Cherryh and art- ist J.R. Daniels and was well attended at nearly 400 fans. The convention now regularly draws attendees from across the Midwest and continues to bring in the most sought-after au- thors, artists and person- alities from the world of science fiction and its many related industries. This year's Writer Guest of Honor is Karl Schroeder, award-winning Science Fiction writer of Ventus, the Virga series, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Science Fiction and many other wonderful works. Fantasy and nauti- cal artist Don Maitz is the Artist Guest of Honor and is best known for creating Serving BUFFET 5 - 8 p.m. TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY Salad Bar, Pasta Bar & Meat Item just $9.95! Full menu also available. Open: Tue. & Wed., 5-9; Thur. thru Sat., 5-10 BAMBIN(00' S RESTAURANT 4221 South Orilla Rd. 981-9127 the logo for Captain Mor- gan Spiced Rum. His work has been featured on the History Channel, Stephen King novels and has won him a Hugo award. His wife, Janny Wurts, is als0 an accomplished author and artist and will accom- pany him at the conven- tion. In addition to many other guests from the pro- fessional world of science fiction and fantasy, musi- cians will take the stage all weekend including a visit from The Great Luke Ski, a Dr. Demento favorite, and Tom Smith, a legend in the world of science fic- tion music. Serving as toastmaster is Tadao Tomomatsu, a former Iowan turned Hol- lywood celebrity. Tadao is most famous for his role as Mr. Shakes-Hands Man on USA Network's Banzai Movie Friday and Banzai TV United Kingdom. A special showing of Metropolis will take place on Friday night, with spe- cial tickets available for those who cannot attend the entire convention. This is the recent restoration of the classic silent movie which includes the origi- nal musical score. , Demicon is open to all fans of science fiction and fantasy, and members of the public are encouraged to attend. The convention runs nearly non-stop from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, filled with discussion panels that range from specula- Concluded p.ll TED LARE GARDEN CENTER 2701 Cumming Ave. I 981-1075 Sat., May 15, DIY 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Do you need a little help planning out an important flower bed or section of your yard? Join one of our talented landscape designers from Ted [_are Design Build and have your questions answered. Due to the high demand for this free service, please call to schedule an appointment time. Time is limited to 20 minutes per household, per session. Please bring photos, sketches and notes about the area in question. Your designer will show you all the plants we carry for your landscaping. Plus you will receive a 10% discount on all plant material you purchase for your design that day. Sat., May 22, Art in the Garden Local Artists/Crafts People Jewelry, Paintings, Metal Sculpture, Garden Art, Photography, Soaps, Stained Glass, Cards and More! 20% Off Artsy Plants: Coralbells, Hostas, Itoh Peonies and Topiaries Class $25 10 a.m. - Noon: Create your own Mosaic Stepping Stone for the Garden 10% Off All Garden Art Free Wine Sampling with Summerset Winery ' www.tedsgardens.com 7