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Page Six N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, June 3, 2010 Hike Polk County[ Go on exciting hiking adventures each month with a Polk County Con- servation naturalist. Be ac- tive and learn about nature as you explore a new area in Polk County each month on foot. These out- door hikes are free and fun for all ages. Upcoming hikes in- clude June 7:6:30 p.m., Fort Des Moines Park; June 29: 6:30p.m., Sandhill Prairie, Chichaqua B )t- toms Greenbelt; July 8: 6:30 p.m., Jester Park, Shel- ter #5; July 24:9 a.m., San- dhill Prairie, Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt and August 3: 6:30 p.m., Engeldinger Marsh. Pre-registration is not required. If you attend six or more hikes, you will be awarded a free gift. Nature Play Dates Reserve time to recon- nect and rediscover the wonders of nature with your child or family, this summer. Join a Polk County Conservation naturalist June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21, or August 4 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for a nature play date. Locations include June 9: Jester Park Playscape; June 23: Fort Des Moines Park, Shelter #1; July 7: Easter Lake Park, Shelter #4; July 21: Brown's Woods and August 4: Jester Park, Shelter #5. Make time for some unstructured nature dis- covery of the woods and natural areas. Wear clothes and tennis shoes that can get dirty. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park following the play date. This free program is sponsored by Polk County Conservation and does not require pre-registration. Grab your wading boots and experience first hand the life of a pond Thursday, June 17, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Jester Park, Shelter #5. A Polk County Conservation naturalist will explain the importance of this unique habitat. Naturalists will lead participants out into the pond, so plan on wearing old boots and clothes. Wade into the pond with aquatic nets and sampling equipment in search of in- sects and other "pond" life. This free program is open to individuals, fami- lies and youth groups. For more information or directions, call Polk County Conservation at 323-5300 or go online to www lingyouou d org. Pre-registration is not re- quired. All equipment is provided. No individual with a disability will be excluded on the basis of a disability from participation in pro- grams and activities con- ducted by Polk County Conservation. To request an accommodation to par- .ticipate in this program or activity, contact Polk County Conservation. leo!kCou Conservation Canoe and Join Polk County Con- servation naturalists as you float down the Boone, Iowa, Upper Iowa and Middle Raccoon Rivers. A series of canoe and kayak trips have been planned for the summer of 2010 and are open to the pub- lic. Boone River Canoe Trip: June 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Fee: $25; Iowa River Kayak Trip: June 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Fee: $35; Upper Iowa Ca- noe/Kayak: July 17-18, Bluffton, Fee: $100 and Middle Raccoon Kayak Trip: August 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Fee: $35. Prior canoe or kayak experience is necessary, mation about the trips can Check out the Polk County also be found on the Polk Conservation website at County Conservation wwwJeadingyououtdoors.ovg website. To register for any for beginner canoe andof these trips, go to kayak classes. More infor- www.mycountyparks.com. PEO Presents 2 Scholarships Kati Gehringer Molly Richardson P.E.O. Chapter OR of Norwalk has awarded $200 scholarships to Kati Gehringer of Martensdale-St. Marys High School and Molly Richardson of Norwalk High School in recognition of their achievements in academ- ics and their service to the community. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869 at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, is a philan- thropic and educational organization interested in bring- ing to women increased opportunities for higher edu- cation. There are 5,959 local chapters in the United States and Canada with 246,585 active members. Norwalk's Chapter OR was organized in .1992. For more information about the P.E.O. Sisterhood, visit the international website at http://www.peointe rnational.org/ f Welcome, Molly Elizabeth, to our family! Love, Your Big Brothers, Alex and Patrick J Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce History, Present and Future By Mary Lou Gray Dale Moser, Jim and Lou Mission Statement: The Lane, and Larry Hughes. Norwalk Area Chamber Scott Havens, Scott's of Commerce enhances Foods, was the first presi- the quality of life for the dent of the Norwalk cham- Norwalk area through:ber. Sue Bohlender, John Community Leadership,Phillips, Mark Miller, Economic Development Denny Wulf are a few of and Promotion of the past presidents. Ad- Members ministrative Assistants be- The organization nowgan with Shelly known as The Norwalk Heisdorfer, followed by Area Chamber of Corn- Julie Manatrey, Angela merce (NACC) had its be- Byrd and Deb Mineart, the ginnings in 1991. The fore current administrative as- runner to the present sistant for the chamber. NACC was the Norwalk The first year of the Development Corporation NACC members totaled and the Norwalk Business 83 and in 2010 the mem- and Professional Associa- bership has grown to 125. tion. According to long- In April of 1992 the cham- time resident, Charles Sto- ber started its tradition of ver, the Norwalk Business recognizing members of and Professional Associa- the community at their tion had its beginnings in awards banquet. The first the early 1960s. Stover year, Dorothy Graham, of stated the population of N/Warren Town and Norwalkwas around 2,000 County News was recog- and there were not many nized as Business Leader businesses in the area. of the Year; Farmer of the The group included Year was Ben Kern; Corn- Bob Donhowe of Norwalkmunity Leader of the Year Cumming Bank (now was Mayor Newton known as City State Bank); Standridge and Educator Howard Klobnak of of the Year was Deb Snider. Norwalk, Norwalk Drug That tradition still carries Store; Liggett Cleaners; on today. Charles Stover of Stover The NACC is one of the Photography, Lynn most productive business Bishop; Norwalk Hard- organizations in the ware Store, Ivan Eggers Norwalk area and works and Desenberg Real Estate with the community to and others. Eggers and promote its members, en- Desenberg built the shop- courage economic devel- ping area known as Sun- opment and works with set Plaza. Donhowe was community leaders. the first president of the Some of the benefits the Norwalk Business and NACC offers to its mem- Professional Association bers are throughnew busi- and Stover also served as ness contacts. They can president during the life of connect businesses with the association, new clients and customers Inthe 1960'stheJaycees and promote members' were instrumental in get- businesses. Ribbon cut- ting the NACC started and tings are held for new today the Jaycee organiza- businesses, one free adver- tion is known as the Jun- tisement in the chamber ior Chamber of Com- newsletter and "Welcome merce. Others instrumen- to Norwalk" packets are tal in the history of NACC sent to every new resident include Lorraine Lear, with business information included. Opportunities to NORWALK CENTER mmm t010 Sunset Drive (Hwy 28) Norwalk, IA 50211 15151 981-4522 Tow Service & Jump Start Service Available. 1010 Sunset Dr., (Hwy 28), Norwalk Across From Dollar General Brake Special Free brake inspection UP TO $100 OFF complete brake service. 18 month/18,000 mile warranty on all parts installed. www.norwalktirecenter.com Mon.-Fri., 7:30-6 p.m.; Sat., 7:30-noon Commercial Business & Fleet Accounts welcome. We work with all National Accounts like ARI, PH & H, Voyager, MAP. NO REPAIRS ARE NC Working? DONE WITHOUT Smacked a curb? Hit a pothole? 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