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Thursday, May 31, 2012 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven ( BUSINESS REVIEW National Junior High Finals Rodeos Coming to Fairgrounds in 2014, 2015 proof of our outstanding facilities at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and how the addition of the Jacobson Exhibition Center is help- ing to lure new groups to our city." "It's an honor for the Iowa State Fairgrounds to be chosen to host the Na- tional Jr. High Rodeo, said Gary Slater, CEO and Manager of the Iowa State Fair. We look forward wel- coming this fun, family- friendly event and its com- petitors and fans from across the country to our versatile facilities and vi- brant city." The Junior High Divi- sion students compete in a variety of. events, includ- ing Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Breakaway Roping, Tie- Down Roping, Chute Dog- ging, Team Roping, Rib- bon Roping and Junior Bull Riding. Approximately 900 of the best participants from around the world will compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes. More information on NHSRA can be found at www.nhsra.com. The National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) will bring the National Junior High Fi- nals Rodeo to the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines in 2014 and 2015. The event is expected to bring an estimated 10,000 attendees to the city each year. This will be the first time the event has been hosted outside of Red Rock Park in Gallup, New Mexico. The NHSRA based their decision on contestants having the opportunity to compete in a climate-con- trolled indoor facility for the first time ever at the new Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center, which should enhance the pro- duction of the event. Com- munity planning and the vibrancy of Downtown Des Moines also played a role. "We are proud to host this group in our city for the first time," said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Hosting the National Junior High Finals Rodeo is further "Quality Done With Pride!" Albert Bustillos, local roofing contractor Drywall Hang Tape & Texture, Roof Tear-offs Reroofs, Roof Repairs & New Construction Owens Coming Preferred Contractor A+ standino w/BBB 515-202-2173 I Job Creators Endorse Julian Garrett I Julian Garrett of rural Indianola has been named a "Friend of Iowa Business" by the Iowa Industry PAC, the political action committee of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Garrett is seeking re-elec- tion to the Iowa House in District 25 that includes all of Madison County and Jackson, Otter, Squaw, Vir- ginia and White Oak Townships, and part of Linn Township, and the cities of Norwalk, and Milo in Warren County_. The Iowa Industry PAC evaluates candidates based on their ability to help create jobs in Iowa by support- ing a competitive business climate. Criteria used to make the designations include the candidates' posi- tions on issues of importance to job creators in Iowa. "Julian Garrett has demonstrated a commitment to improve Iowa's business climate so that employers can create more jobs and grow the economy" said Michael Ralston, President of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) is comprised of approximately 1,400 companies em- ploying more than 300,000 Iowans. As "The Voice of Iowa Business Since 1903", ABI works to enhance the Iowa business climate to foster growth and prosper- ity for Iowans. The Iowa Industry PAC is non-parti - san and endorses both Republican and Democratic candidates for legislative offices. The committee en- courages voters to consider the endorsements when evaluating which candidates will help bring jobs to Iowa when voting in the June 5 t" primary election. Paid for by Garrett for Statehouse Conmittee Master Gardener Summer Webinar Series 'Garden Goodness' Announced The Warren County Master Gardener program is hosting a series of free summer webinars. The 2012 se- ries titled "Garden Goodness" offered by Iowa State University Extension Warren County began on May 22. Three additional webinars will be presented on the 4th Tuesday of the month, June through August. "Garden Goodness" is the theme for the 2012 series because of current public interest in growing food. Dates, presenters and topics for the 2012 series are: June 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Food Gardening and Health by Angie Tagtow, environmental nutrition consultant; Glenwood's Giving Garden by Denise Fikes, Mills County Extension horticulture assistant. The webinar will be held at the Warren County Farm Bureau (enter through East door). July 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Peoples Garden Project and Working with Youth by Linda Naeve, ISU Extension value- added agriculture specialist; Edible Ornamentals by Cindy Haynes, associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and an ISU Extension consumer/urban horticulture specialist. The presentation will be held at the Warren County Extension office (enter through west door of USDA Building). August 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Top Ten Sustainable Gar- dening Tips from Turtle Farm by Angela Tedesco, owner of Turtle Farm, an organic vegetable, fruit and herb CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) near Granger, Iowa. The presentation will be held at the Warren County Extension office (enter through west door of USDA Building). The series, in its third year, is offered by Iowa Master Gardener program in response to requests for more Iowa gardening educational opportunities. The sessions are open to all interested gardeners; participants are not required to have completed Master Gardener training to attend; however, the session will fulfill Master Gar- dener continuing education requirements. VOTE Tu00y,. June 5th tect Eric Hawo00h Warren Coun00 SherN al NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION ENDORSES GARRETT Representative Julian B. Garrett of rural Indianola, has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund for the upcoming June 5 pri- mary. Garrett is seeking the House District #25 seat that includes all of Madison County and Jackson, Otter, Squaw, Virginia and White Oak Townships, and the Cities of Norwalk and Milo in Warren County. In its endorsement the NRA stated, "Julian Garrett has earned an "A" rating from the NRA-PVF based on his strong pro-gun record. Dur- ing the 2012 legislative session, he voted in favor of Stand Your Ground/Castle Doctrine Enhancement as well as a right to keep and bear arms constitutional amendment. JULIAN GARRETT is a solid, proven and reliable supporter of your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage, and he needs your vote to win." "I am honored to receive the support of the NRA and its many members in our area," said Garrett. "I am a gun owner and a member of th e NRA, and I understand the importance of the right to keep and bear arms. I am looking forward to continuing to sup- port these important rights," he concluded. Paid for by Garrett for Statehouse Committee i Norwalk Hardware Serving Norwalk Residents for 80+ Years By Sally Huntoon Norwalk Hardware is one of the oldest business establishments in the Norwalk community. It was founded in 1931, but prior to that the building housed a Motor Inn and a restaurant. The late John Woods purchased the building and in 1952 an addition was put in place and a laundromat and barber- shop were put in where the newspaper office is currently located. In 1975 Dale and Bernadine Moser pur- chased the building and in 1979 they removed the laundromat and remod- eled the entire store. At that time, Moser discov- ered two large folding ga- rage-type doors in one wall indicating that there must have been a garage in the building at one time. Apparently the doors are still in the wall and were covered over in that re- modeling process. In January of 1991, Domonick and Anna Ci- mino purchased the busi- ness and once again, began updating the inventory and look of the store and items scanned and into the system, he put it on a disc and sent it to United Hard- ware. This was the begin- ning of their scanning pro- cess nationwide. For several consecutive years, Norwalk Hardware Store was in the top 50 na- tionwide for their paint sales. With the computer- ized set up with Valspar Paint, any paint the cus- tomer has can now be matched. One of the newer as- pects of the business was the addition of rental equipment. Customers can now come in and rent lawn and garden equip- ment, such as tillers and power rakes, as well as the Rug Doctor, either by the hour or by the day. The Cimino family have been running the business for 21 years. They are pleased and Domonick says "it is a good busi- ness." But, he says, "I'm getting tied., And with that he sighs and says, "the,: business is for sale." He has really enjoyed having the hardware store and being able to help people solve their prob- lems and help them find begaSunday hours. The the:right part 0r:piece-of .... direction of all of the aisles were changed. More shelving was added and they were made taller in order to accommodate more products. Currently thereare more than 11,000 different items in the hard- ware store, ranging from the usual screws, nuts and bolts to lawn and garden equipment. With the purchase of a fork lift, the Ciminos were able to order pallets of soil, rocks, grass seed and other heavy items, allowing them to double the amount of inventory. Domonick says he has customers who have stayed with him since the beginning, but says every- day there are new custom- ers. "Many are surprised at how much inventory we do have here," he said. "In addition to being conve- nient for area residents, our prices are competi- tive." After the inventory was set, Cimino used his com- puter background and be- gan barcoding every single item in the store. It took several weeks, but was worth it. By not having to hand-write every sales ticket at check-out time, the scanning process gave customers a faster, more efficient service. The local hardware store was the first to scan items with the barcode. After Domonick spent sev- eral weeks getting hia equipment to help with their home and auto fix-it projects. He isn't planning on closing the store down, he just wants the right per- son to come in and pur- chase the business and keep it going for many years to come. The Ciminos would like to keep the building, but that is negotiable. They just want a little more time to travel and enjoy family. And, Domonick said he would be willing to help run the business, he just doesn't want to work ev- ery day. When that special person comes along to purchase the business, one will always find Domo- nick and Anna working on a committee or fundraiser at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church. They will never be able to just "sit and do nothing." Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! 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 emo Day-Labor Day) F't" :', , !lN:|[;lhii`1ig!!m|jaIJ:!FlmilL[| ..................... ;