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Page Ten N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, May 24, 2012 Norwalk Thunder 7U Baseball Team Takes 1st Place The Norwalk Thunder 7U Baseball team placed 1st at the Holiday Park 2012 Double Play Tournament. Pic- tured, left to right, Row 1: Braden Nicholson, Landon Hochstein, Cale Hughes, Dillon Ranck, Ben Ewing, Jake Freese, Cael Sherwood, Aidan Kane, Austin Gear, Austin Mills, Zach Burns and Gabe Johnson. Coaches are Ted Hughes, George Johnson and not pictured, Matt Burns. Photo submitted. LETTERS OUR POLICY We publish letters to the editor when they are not libelous and when they are signed by the person or persons submitting them. Opinions expressed are not necessarily the opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. On May 15th I left my wallet in a shopping cart at Hy-Vee on Fleur. I realized this an hour later after search- ing my vehicle. I'd never done this before! While on the phone with my bank to cancel my debit card, an angel by the name of Andrea Hunt knocked on my door to return my wallet! She just happens to live several blocks away from me in town. It just goes to show that there are still honest folks out there and what could have been a very expensive lesson learned just reminded me how proud I am to live and serve in Norwalk. Thank you again Andrea! Sincerely, Jamie Sylvester City Council Art Show 2012 is AWESOME This year's Art Show represented over 550 Norwalk Middle School 6th, 7th and 8th graders" outstanding artwork done this year. I am extremely proud of all of the students' efforts but especially those who did outstanding work consis- tently during each quarter. The careers and skills learned are for a lifetime. Forty-two careers are taught in three years here at Norwalk Middle School and you can find a professional artist doing them on a daily basis as their livelihood. We are working each day to bring out the many tal- ents of our students showing their thoughts and feel- ings on paper. Their talent is one of the best in the state as we have won many 1st place and best show ribbons at county and the state fair entries. Their accomplish- ments or recognition will look very good on their re- sumes for college in the future or tech schools, saving parents thousands of dollars. Art like music and sports or reading a book gives us al ! enjoyment as a visual image. These creative fields along many others help us m01d ourselves through our creativity by using our mental and physical skills. Through 6ur visual expression we all can find ourselves from within and connect with others with similar vi- sion like Walt Disne34 FDR, Thomas Edison and many others. The ability to see what could be there instead of what is there splits the real thinkers from the know-it- alls. Student learning comes from a very good memor experience, repetition and doing that skill over and over again. This is what makes great artists and Norwalk Middle School has several really great artists. I thank parents for taking time out for their kids when it comes to the fine arts. This kind of appreciation is priceless. B.J. Garrison Art Instructor Dear Sall}; May 12, was a beautiful day for Letter Carrier. It was the day of the 20th Annual Letter Carrier Food Drive. I would like to thank all the residents who had food sitting out for their carriers. I. was lucky enough to have the day off so my granddaughter, Maddie Wahl and I starting driving around town and picking up sacks of food for the carrier's. After stopping by Norwalk Hardware to borrow the scales from Dominic we then took it back to the post office and started weighing and packing it up. Then we would go drive another area and come back and weigh again. Made for a busy day. That 11 year old girl wore me out!! I would like to thank the communities of Martensdale and Cumming for their generous donations and a special thanks to Mr. Barnhill and th.e students and staff at the High School for their large donation, he even brought it all to the post office! Scott's Foods and Fareway stepped up to help also and for that we are grateful. Thank you to all the postal employees from Norwalk, Cumming, Martensdale and even a sub from Waukee who worked that day to pick up food from the routes, they went the extra mile! I am proud to be part of that team. Thanks to the Postal Service for allowing us to do it and Campbell's Soup for providing the postcards we sent out, everyone working together makes a better world. In these trying times so many people are utiliz- ing their food banks and donations are needed more than ever. After all the carriers were in from their routes Maddie and I finished weighing the food and packing it to be loaded and sent to our local Food Pantry at New Life Lutheran Church. Since it was Mother's Day weekend all my granclkids from Meriden, IA were here sooo I put them to work! They came up to the Post Office and packed the trucks and at 4:45 we were off to the church! My husband, Mike, sons Mitch and Matt Sr, grandsons Matt Jr.(9), and Mac Dean (8), granddaughters Maddie (11) and Zoey (5) along with Sharon Ripperger (?), Letter Carrier helped unload and deliver everything to the competent hands of Shirley Geyer at the church. I knew the pantry was getting low but didn't realize just how low until Shirley showed me. We collected 2,843 pounds of food and a few people donated cash to help out. I understand it took 4-6 hours for several ladies from the church to sort it all and put it on the shelves, there was a good variety of items. It was a very successful Food Drive and we have the residents of our local communities to thank for it. Again THANK YOU for the generosity of all those who donated in this once a year worthwhile event, it was very much appreciated. Thanks to you our food bank is well stocked for another few months. The grandkids really enjoyed the work and now want to have one in their town! Pat Wahl, President, NALC Branch 6265 LIBRARY MINUTES Following are the Norwalk Easter Public Li- brary Board of Trustees Minutes of the regular meeting of April 9, 2012. Roll Call: Chairperson Tom Dunn called the meeting to order at 6:32 p:m. Andrea Johnson, Tom Dunn, Diana Duffy and Dick Schreiber was present; Donna Kitterman, Jordyn Hill and Laura Greiner were not in atten- dance. Library Director Holly Karlen was present. Guests: Maryann Mori from Iowa Liberty Services was there for her presen- tation regarding "Strategic Planning 2012." Review and Change Agenda: Diana Duffy made the motion to accept the agenda as written and Andrea Johnson seconded the motion, with the board passing it. Review Last Meetings Minutes: The March Board minutes were ac- cepted with a motion from Andrea Johnson and a sec- ond from Diana Duffy. Pay the Bills: Director Holly Karlen passed arotmd the 'pay the bills' ballot, with each Trustee present approving the payment of the submitted bills for March. Director's Report: Throughout the month of March, we had 6,093 visi- tors to the library and cir- culated 6,507 items. We had 58 new accounts cre- ated. We also had 13 pro- grams with 235 partici- pants which included the adults visiting the Fiery Trail trailer from the State Historical Society. We also had 24 programs for youth services with 715 partici- pants. Again, these num- bers include the special programs from the past month including the 8th grade visiting the Fiery Trail and Toddler Festival on March 24 for toddlers and their parents in War- ren County. In general program ming was very successful this month, especially the Fiery Trail from the State Historical society. We had 491 visitors which in- cluded the 8th grade class from Eastview 8/9, two kindergarten classes from Oviatt and the elementary group from the Ask Learn- ing Center. The Coffee and Breakfast Friends of the Library Fundraiser was very successful with 80 community members join- ing us Saturday, March 31. Many groups of individu- als came together to pro- vide this delicious meal and we really couldn't have done it without them. We were able to raise over $500 which will be used as matching funds when we apply for a grant to install an automatic door to the library for patton usage. The new library circula- tion system is continuing to move forward. We had a staff training session March 23. I signed and faxed our agreement to the Alexandria Company March 29. I submitted the data for the conversion April 3 and it should take about one to two weeks to complete. We will look for a total transition by April 23. I will keep the board up to date as needed. A secondary technol- ogy issue that has been brought to my attention is the need to update the op- erating systems on the various computers within the library. Therefore, over the next few months, I will be looking at the costs to upgrade the computers to a Windows 7 operating systems as well as Office 2010 products. I would like to get this project done sometime over the sum- mer (before next school year). Again, I will keep the board updated on the progress. Finally, I am looking into pricing of what it would cost us to havethe grass fertilized and treated for weeds. I spoke to both Parks & Rec. and Public Safety for their recommen- dation. Both of themgave me contact information for the TruGreen Lawn Ser- vice. It will cost a little over $1,050 for three applica- tions each year. As always, if there are any questions, feel free to contact the library. Old Business: Trea- surer Andrea Johnson re- ported the budget looked in fine shape. Foundation President Tom Dunn re- ported the fundraiser is scheduled for June 1 from 7-10 p.m. at the Wright Event Center. New Business: Direc- tor Karlen introduced Maryann Mori from Iowa Library Services as a Li- brary Consultant for as- sisting with the library's re-certification process. Ours did expire in June of '2011. Maryann presented us with options for involving the public's comments in determining the library's focus going five years into the future. A volunteer committee representative of all age groups and gen- ders from the Norwalk area shall meet four times to give opinions and sug- gestions for realistic goals for improving the library and its services. It will be called "Strategic Planning 2012." Meeting one will be designing the planning process and starting. Meet- ing two is identifying com- munity needs and how to meet them. Meeting three is writing goals and objec- tives. Meeting four is writ- ing the strategic plan and obtaining approval. Interested patrons Concluded p.ll