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Thursday, May 30, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News Page Five Senate News By State Senator Julian B. Garrett j ulian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov Continued Good Economic News The good economic news just rolls on and on. As you may have read, according to the U. S. Department of Labor, 263,000 new jobs were created in April. The unemployment rate fell to 3.6%. That is the lowest since December of 1969. Iowa is at 2.4%. The economy grew at a rate of 3.1% in the first quarter of 2019. I ran into an interesting analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics dated December 2013, showing the economic outlook by the Obama administration at that time: "Looking forward to 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, the Bureau) expects slower GDP growth to become the "new normal." In addition to the recession's impact on potential growth, the economy faces a number of hurdles "From 2012-2022, BLS expects GDP to grow at a rate of 2.6 percent per year, reaching $17.6 trillion in the target year of the projections. The unemployment rate is projected to gradually decrease to 5.4 percent, accompanied by a gain in household employment of 12.3 million jobs." As you can see by comparing the projections with the real figures I set out in the first paragraph, the real Trump numbers are much better than the pessimistic predictions from the Obama era. Also, the number of new jobs has already reached more than 14 million since 2012. We are so fortunate to have moved away from the policies of stagnation of that era. As always please feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns. Last Call for Century and Heritage Farm Applications Eligible farm owners are reminded to apply for the ,2019 Century and Heritage Farm Program by June 1, 2019. The program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and recognizes families that have owned their Century Farm for 100 years or Heritage Farm for 150 years. "The Century and Heritage Farm Program is one way to recognize the hard work and dedication that is necessary to keep a farm in the same family for 100 or 150 years," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said. "The award ceremony provides a great opportunity to Consider all of the challenges and unexpected obstacles each of them would have to overcome during their time on the farm." Century Farm applications are available at iowacenturyfarms.com and Heritage Farm applications can be found at iowaagriculture.gov/ heritageFarmsProgram.asp. Applications may also be requested from Becky Lorenz, coordinator of the Century and Heritage F rm Program via phone at 515-281-3645, email at Becky.Lorenz@ IowaAgriculture.gov, or by writing to Century or Heritage Farms Program, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land'Stewardship, Henry A. Wallace Building, 502 E. 9th St Des Moines, IA 50319. The Century Farm program began in 1976 as part of the Nation's Bicentennial Celebration. To date, more than 19,000 farms from across the state have received this recognition. The Heritage Farm program Was started in 2006, on the 30th anniversary of the Century Farm program, and more than 1,000 farms have been recognized: In 2018, 359 Century Farms and 148 Heritage Farms were recognized. The ceremony to recognize the 2019 Century and Heritage Farm Families is scheduledto be held at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, August 15th in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion. NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES[ Fifteen Central College psychology students, including Jen Kern of Norwalk, presented their capstone research projects. Kern's project was Attachment and Personality as Predictors of 'Relationship Satisfaction in Emerging Adulthood. Norwalk Police Report This information was obtained directly from the Norwalk Police Department. Disclaimer: All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. May 15th Eluding- 100 mile marker Highway 5 bypass. Sona Or, Philadelphia, PA, was arrested and charged with Eluding and Reckless Driving, and was cited for a speeding violation. Subject was processed and cited and released to appear at a later date. May 16th Forgery- 700 block School. Fraudulent transactions were found within an email system resulting in missing deposits. Information was taken and a report made. Case remains under investigation at this time. Impaired Driver - Hwy 5 at Veteran's PW. Peter Porto, West Des Moines, was arrested and charged with Operating While Intoxicated. Subject was processed and transported to the Polk County jail. May 17th Counterfeit Bill- 1300 block Sunset Drive. Business discovered a counterfeit bill that was received as a payment for services. Customer was contacted and made payment to cover the cost. Report made. Theft - 1700 block Sunset Drive. Theft of merchandise reported from local business. Case is currently under investigation. Vehicle Crash - Richard George & Cherry. Vehicle driven by Cheryl Sondall, Norwalk, struck a vehicle driven by Nicole Forget, Norwalk. The collision caused the Forget vehicle to strike a vehicle driven by Kylie Simpson, Cumming. Sondall was issued a citation for Failure to Obey Stop Sign. Information was taken and a report forwarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation. May 19th Violation Protection Order - 200 block Braeburn. Zachery Wilson, West Des Moines, was arrested and charged with Violation of a Protection Order. Subject was processed and transported to the Warren County jail. May 20th Hit and Run Vehicle Crash - 4400 block Wakonda Drive. Vehicle owned by Joshua Hake, Des Moines, was struck while legally parked on the roadway. Information was taken and a report forwarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation. May 21st Theft - 2600 block Cedar Street. Digital TV, HDTV Antenna and a DVD player were reported stolen from a residence. Information was taken and a report made. May 22nd Vehicle Crash - Sycamore & North Ave. Vehicle driven by Steven Couchman, Norwalk, struck a vehicle driven by Hanna Helmick, Norwalk. Information was taken and a report forwarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Vehicle Crash - Cherry PW & Richard George Dri Vehicle driven by Charlie Poppens, of Norwalk, struck a vehicle driven by David Lester, also of Norwalk. Poppens was issued a citation for Failure to Maintain Control of Vehicle/Reduce Speed. Information was taken and a report forwarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation. On your mark! Get set! Go! New Life Lutheran Hosts VBS At The Incredible Race, we're on a race around the. world as we discover that no matter where we live: what language we speak, or what we look like, we are all part of the same family! Kids will discover we are all pa.rt of the same race, the human race, as they enjoy songs, crafts, games, goodies, and dramas. New Life Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Drive in Norwalk, will be hosting The Incredible Race from June 9th through the 13th from 5:00 to 7:30. Dinner will be served to attendees from 5:00 to 5:30 with activities beginning at 5:30 and ending at 7:30. Children ages 3 through 5th grade are welcome to attend. Registration is available at www.newlife norwalk.org. There will also be a registration event on Sunday, June 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 at the church. Please contact Leslie Merriman, Children and Families Ministry Coordinator at New Life Lutheran Church with any questions 515-240-3970 or orangeles5@msn.com. Events at Norwalk Easter Public Library 1051 North Avenue 515-981-0217 Friday, May 31 (Ok drum roll, please! Thank you!) It's SUMMER READ! A Universe of Stories Our kickoff party for Summer Read is tonight, 4:00 - 7:00 pro! Come by the library (Don't be shy! You are welcomed and we want you here! "Anyone who's anyone" in Norwalk will be here, too!) So come by and have fun with bounce houses, crafts, ice cream, and the first day to sign up to read for prizes! (And a special thank-you to our sponsors to those who help make this a memorable, and signature, event for our library patrons and the Norwalk community - we couldn't do this without you!) Monday June 3 Baby Time 10:30 am- A special story time for babies up to about 18 months and their grownups. Lots of songs, rhymes, and bounces! Tuesday June 4 Reading Time 10:30 am- This story time focuses on books and pre-reading skills. We'll also sing songs and do other activities. Make and Build, 1:30 pm- 3:30 pm- Drop in to build with LEGO bricks and other building toys, and make buttons and other crafts. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Wednesday June 5 Wilderman's Treetop Tales, 10:30 am- Enjoy a concert by musician and songwriter Chad Elliott, and see his whimsical paintings! All ages of children and their caregivers are welcome at this family concert! Sponsored by City State Bank Thursday June 6 Rhyme Time, 10:30 am- This story time focuses on songs and rhymes. We'll also play with shakers and read some short books. How to Be An Astronaut, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Learn about being an astronaut through stories, crafts, and activities. Recommended for K-2nd Grade. Friday June 7 . Friday Movie, 1:00 pro- Space and Universe themed movies for a variety of ages. You are welcome to bring snacks! This week's movie is: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (PG, 117 min, 2018) Warren County Fair Hosts Orientation Session To ensure all exhibitors are fully informed on all things Warren County Fair, you're invited to join Warren County ISU Extension staff for an informative meeting on Monday, June 3rd from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. at the Warren County Fairgrounds (starting in the large show ring). The following topics will be covered: county fair schedule, how to sign up for county fair classes and exhibits, and how to fill out fair forms. This is a great opportunity for new families to get to know each other. To ensure there are adequate materials, R.S.V.P. to the Warren County Extension office at 515-961-6237 or lkinyon @iastate.edu. $$$$$::$$$$ SPECIAL SPRING SAVINGS ,WINDOW/SIDiNG/DOOR DECK/PORCH ENCLOSURE :i: IOWA LUMBER & CONSTRUCTION 104 1st Street West Des Moines, IA 255-1200 $ $ $ $ CALL NOW $ $ $$ 1