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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR AND NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Warren ll'!"l"l',l,i,l,,I,,I,,I,,i,l,,l,l,ll,,,,ll .... i!l,,,l, Town and County ws .50 Ballot for June 5 Primary Election p.12 Vol. 44 No. 1 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, May 24, 2012 Two Area Post Offices to Have Reduced Hours Recently the U.S. Postal Services announced modi- fied hours at some of the nation's smallest post offices in order to cut expenses and still provide service to cus- tomers. Cumming and Martensdale Post Offices are among those to be cut from eight hours to four hours. Others in the same category include Lacona, Milo, New Virginia and Truro. Saint Marys is being cut from six hours to two hours and Liberty Center is among those being cut from four hours to two hours. Postal patrons need to check with their individual Post Offices for hours they will be open for customer service. According to a report from the Iowa Newspaper As- sociation, the new hours would be implemented over a two-year period with changes made by September of 2014. Hot News from the Norwalk Fire Department By Dustin Huston Fire Chief It's summertime and everyone is taking a much de- served break by having BBQs, going on vacations, or simply laying around the poolside. However, Fire Safety should not be relaxed. There is just as much risk for fire in the summer as there is in the winter, but as long as you keep your guard up, your risk for fire will be greatly reduced. GRILLING TIPS... Keep barbeque grills far away from anything that can burn...y6ur home, cars, dry vegetation, etc. Stay with the grill when lighted and keep children and pets well away from the area. When barbecuing, protect yourself by wearing a heavy apron and an oven mitt that fits high up over your forearm. If you get burned, run cool water over the burn for 10 to 15 minutes. Do NOT USE BUTTER or a salve on burns because these seal in heat and can damage the tissue further. If you receive a serious burn, with charred skin, for example, seek medical attention promptly. Barbecue grills must never be used inside the home because, in addition to the fire hazard of indoor grill- ing, the grill can easily cause carbon monoxide poison- ing. If lightRing appears while you're grilling, seek shel- ter and wait for the storm to pass. For charcoal grills, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills. NEVER USE GASOLINE! Use a lim- ited amount of starter fluid before lighting the fire. If the fire is too slow, rekindle with dry kindling and add more charcoal if necessary. Don't add liquid fuel to re- ignite or build up a fire, as flash fires can result. Soak the coals with water before you discard them and leave the grill away from the house until completely cool. For gas grills, always store the gas cylinder outside and away from structures and turn off the valves when not in use. Check frequently for any leaks in connec- tions by using a soap-and-water mix that will show bubbles if gas escapes. When purchasing a gas grill, se- lect one that bears the mark of an independent testing laboratory. Follow manufacturer's instructions and if needed, have it repaired by a trained professional. Racin' on the Hill By Pat Wahl Grab the family and come join us for the 7th Annual Norwalk Soap Box Derby Street Race Satur- day, June 9. Soap Box Derby racing has been around since the 1930s. Youth ages 8-17 from all over Iowa come to Nor- walk to compete in down- hill, gravity-powered rac- ers that they build them- selves with a parent/adult to compete for a chance to represent Norwalk at the 75th annual All-American Soap Box Derby. The All-American Soap Box Derby is the premier youth and family oriented racing program in the United States. Established in 1933, it is an American tradition. Racing is not just for boys, many girls com- pete also. The Norwalk race is one of 450 races held throughout the coun- try each season. The race is held on Main Street going down- hill from the Christian Church to Pine Avenue starting at 10 a.m. Come cheer the racers on. For some it is the first time that have competed in a race. We race both stock and super-stock divisions. Come help us cheer on the drivers. Bleachers are set up on Main Street for your viewing pleasure. The Christian Church will be serving hot dogs, loose meat sandwiches, chips and drinks during the day. We do have extra cars that carl be used but you need to contact us by May 26. We also have a raffle to help defray costs of the race. Many great prizes have been donated by lo- cal business owners. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Pat Wahl at 981-4928. Anyone wishing to donate raffle prizes or cash to help de- fray the cost of the race, contact us. Drawing will be held at the race. For more information on the race, contact Lowell Kleen, race director at 285- 9900. Hope to see many of you there! DNR Public I Meeting May 29 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is hosting an informal gath- ering of hunters, anglers and trappers to discuss the future direction of these sports in Iowa. The meet- ing is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, at the Annett Nature Center near Lake Ahquabi State Park, south of Indianola. Anyone with an interest or opinion on the outdoors is encouraged to attend. The Iowa DNR will present a brief history on hunting, fishing and trap- ping in Iowa, including success stories and issues on the horizon facing sportsmen. "We want to see a good turnout so we can have a frank discussion about Iowa's natural resources here locally and across the state," said Rick Trine, cen- tral Iowa district wildlife supervisor for the Iowa DNR. "We held similar meetings two years ago and received excellent in- put that was used to make decisions on where we as an agency should focus our efforts with our given resources." Trine said license buy- ers pla}, a major role on outdoor improvements in Iowa through the fees they pay. "License dollars go to the Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund. That fund belongs to our license buyers. We are the stewards of that fund making decisions in their best interest based on sci- ence, data and input from license buyers," Trine said. The meeting offers an opportunity for hunters, anglers and trappers to learn more about how their license money is spent and to discuss local priorities with DNR fish, wildlife and law enforce- ment staff. NORWALK POLICE CHIEF l Ed Kuhl This week we pause to reflect on our fallen Police comrades and all those who have and are serving to protect our Nation, State and Communities. Police Week began Sunda May 13 and will endSaturday, May 19, 2012. During this week all across our nation we honor and celebrate those officers who have lost their lives in the performance of their duties. Nationally 362 such Police Officers are remembered on the Police Memorial in Washington D.C. Constable Jack Wheelan was the first name to be entered on the national memorial. He served in Los Angeles County, California and was stabbed to death while serving an arrest warrant December 7, 1853. That murder was never solved as the suspect fled and was never identified. Here in Iowa our Police Memorial stands on the Capi- tol grounds and contains the names of 165 fallen Offic- ers. Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. the Governor and Law Enforcement Officials conducted a public ceremony of remembrance. The first Officer to be killed in the line of duty in Iowa was Thomas D. Moore. July 7, 1869, he was walking his beat when he was struck by lightning and killed while on Ogilvie Hill at 7:30 p.m. The last Officer to be enshrined on the memorial was Trooper Mark E Toney; September 20, 2011, he was killed in the crash of his police vehicle. The Trooper was 43 years old and a 24-year veteran of the force. The area had several celebrations including West Des Moines picnic in the park May 16 and the City of Des Moines displays and celebration of area Law Enforce- ment May 19. We marked the event in Norwalk by con- ducting our 15th annual DARE graduation at Lakewood Elementary Wednesday, May 16. The winning student read their essay on why and how to say no to drugs. We also conducted a bike safety day in partnership with the Fire Department and Parks and Recreation at the Public Safety Center May 19. We had 80 young people registered for this event. Prizes were awarded. Policing has always been a challenging and exhila- rating profession at the same time. There were many changes that I have seen in Law Enforcement during my 40-year career: court rulings, technological and leg- islative changes. Through it all common threads exist: character, tenacity, fairness and a desire to serve from the beginning of policing to today, it is there. The next time you see an officer please express your gratitude for their service, as they usually hear the contrary. Benefits and Services For County Veterans Bill Hitsman, Assistant Director of Warren County Veterans Affairs, reminds Warren County veterans that his office is available to assist them with their questions and to make sure they receive earned benefits. He notes that there are a number of benefits avail- able to those who served. They include health care, edu- cation benefits, disability compensation, nursing home benefits and transportation to mention a few. For assistance, contact Warren County Veterans Af- fairs, 105 W. 1st Ave., Indianola, IA 50125, call 515-961- 1045 or go to )awarren@qwestoffice.net. Drug Raid In Norwalk Thursday, May 17, about 6:30 a.m. Norwalk officers, assisted by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mine Area Drug Task Force, conducted a raid of a residence in the 2000 block of Shady Lane Drive. The warrant and subse- quent search of the residence resulted in the arrest of Jerry L. Pancoast, 40, Allison K. Wegner, 42, and Mathew A. Runner, 32. They were charged with Conspiracy To Manu- facture Methamphetamine over five grams, a class B felony. They are currently in the custody of the Warren County Sheriff.