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L q OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT WS Graduation Issue Norwalk City'Council Agenda p. 2 Norwalk Warriors Vol. 46 No. 3 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com. Thursday, June 5, 2014 Lunch in the Park Norwalk United Methodist Church will be starting the annual Lunch in the Park Frida June 6. Feel free to join in every Friday throughout the sum- mer at the pavilion in City Park for a free lunch, activi- ties and fellowship. All are welcome! Lions Club Activities Saturda3 June 7, at the Norwalk Easter Public Librar the Norwalk Lions Club will be serving hot dogs, chips and bottled Water, donated by City State Bank, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. A free willdonation will be accepted for the Summer Read programs at the library. The Lions Club will have July 4th Raffle tickets for purchase. Tickets are six for $5 or $1 each. In 2013, the club gave away 88 raffle prizes donated by local busi- nesses, metro area businesses, community members and Lions Club. Monetary donations are gladly accepted, also. Norwalk has a great Fireworks show planned for you on the 4th!I! KidSight eye testing will be offered Saturda June 7. Contact Jim Cain if you have questions, 981-0432. f no000000wath Mayor's Moment By Tom Phillips Happy June!!! I don't know about you, but this year is flying by at a tremendous rate. School is out, so watch out for children having fun playing, walking, running, biking and generally doing what kids do in the summer. One of the things that past councils and the current council have talked about is making the entry into Norwalk look more welcoming. We- live in a great com- munity and it should look that way as we welcome our friends, family and others to visit us. There are two things that I think you'll notice as June and July roll along. The first is the building of a new welcome sign along Highway 28 at the north edge of town. Initially, a Wel- come to NOrwalk banner will be installed at the site of the new sign arid will remain posted until the perma- nent sign has been completed. The permanent sign should be completed in July or August. The second thing you'll see, in the medians along Highway 28, is new landscaping. This addition should spruce up this entryway into Norwalk and make our community look even more appealing to our visitors. Landscaping will start in June and should be wrapped up before the Home Show Expo. This leads to my next topic: The Home Show Expo 2014. This year, the Des Moines Home Show is located right here in Norwalk at The Ridge at Echo Valley. The Greater Des Moines Home Builders Associationhas se- lected Norwalk, specifically The Ridge at Echo Valley, as the site for the Home Show Expo 2014. This is an exciting opportunity for Norwalk and is a great oppor- tunity to show people why Norwalk is a great place to live. Norwalk will have over 10,000 visitors to and through the City, duringthe Home Show Expo's three- weekend run in July. The Ridge at Echo Valley is a beau- ti development with stunning homes and is sure to grab the attention of a lot of people. Help me in warmly welcoming these visitors to Norwalk. You'll see more on the Home Show Expo 2014 as the event gets closer. Finally, I'd like to thank the Warrior Football Team for their effort in helping to plant new trees along Cherry Parkway. You did a great job guys! When you see a member of the football team, let them know you appre- ciate their efforts. Music Festival This Sunday Sunda June 8, is the long awaited Connection Mu- sic Festival scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Crossroads Church, 260t Border St. (Beardsley). Although Cross- roads Church is hosting the event, other area churches are assisting including Norwalk United Methodist Church and Fellowship Community Church, according to Glen Blumer, senior pastor at Crossroads. The event is free to everyone and is a way to connect people to the power of Jesus. The festival will be held outdoors, rain or shine. If dangerous conditions exist, the festival will be canceled. Food and product vendors will be available for par- Concluded p. 2 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 opinion s of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. Grab the family and com e join us for the 9th Annual Norwalk Soap Box Derby Street Race Saturday, June 14. For those of you who have never seen it, you are in for a treat. Soap Box Derby racing has laeen around since the 1930s. Youth ages 8-17 from all over Iowa come to Norwalk to compete in downhill, gravity-powered rac- ers that they build themselves with a parent/adult to compete for a chance to represent Norwalk at the 74th 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 compete also. The Norwalk race is one of 450 races held throughout the country each season. The race is held on Main Street going downhill from the Christian Church to Elm starting at 9:30 a.m. Come cheer the racers on. For some, it is the first time that they have competed in a race. We race both stock and Concluded p. 2 Dear Friends: The Norwalk Lions Club is gearing up for the 2014 July 4th Celebration in Norwalk. Norwalk certainly is well known for its wonderful display of fireworks, drawing people into our community from all of the greater Des Moines area. Friday, July 4, at McAninch Sports Complex at dusk is the fireworks display. The Norwalk Lions Club has put the preliminary or- der in for the fireworks and will begin a raffle ticket campaign in June to raise funds for the fireworks dis- play. The Norwalk fireworks show is one of the largest in the state. To keep as one of the largest, we are once again aking for your help by providing us with a mon- etary gift and/or raffle prize. Monetary gifts help pay for the extensive fireworks display. Any raffle prize that we receive will be awarded during a drawing after the July 4th celebration with winners notified later that week. We will publish ap- preciation for all donors in the North Warren Town and County Newspaper. We appreciate any gift that you can give. Monetary gifts and/or raffle prizes can be delivered Concluded p. 2 Chamber Golf Outing The annual Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing is Monda3 June 16, at Echo Valley Coun- try Club. Check in is at 10:30 a.m. with a Shotgun Start at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $80 per golfer or four golfers with a hole sponsorship at $450, a $20 savings. Remit payment to Norwalk Area Chamber, PO Box 173, Norwalk, IA 50211. Raffle ticket and one Mulligan are $10 each with pur- chase at check-in time. Hole Sponsorships are $150 and Hole-In-One Sponsorship is $250. Community Bank is sponsoring the beverage cart. For information on a lunch sponsorship or appetizer sponsorship, contact the chamber office at 981-0619. Norwalk Police Unveil New Cruisers Norwalk City officials, Chief Staples, members of the Police Department and students from Norwalk High School were present at the unveiling of the new chris- ers. Alex Bennett and Abby Livingston scamain the QR Codes. Staff photos by Mary Lou Gray. Friday, May 23, Chief of Police Greg Staples an- rounced the unveiling of two newly redesigned police cruisers. The new police cars are black and white with the City of Norwalk's logoin blue and green. One added feature is the cars are equipped with Quick Response (QR) Code stickers and if you have a smart phone these stickers will allow residents an easy access to the Norwalk Police Department's website, Facebook page and Twitter. The goal of ,ese stickers is to reach the younger and technologically advanced generation. According to Chief Staples, the car is a traveling bill- board and QR Codes on two cruisers are designed to be interactive. The codes are not meant to distract drivers and the idea is to scan the code while the cruiser is parked or for a passenger in your vehicle to scan it while moving. Chief Staples advises all distracted drivi.g laws still apply. City officials, residents and students were present to check out the QR Codes and the new cruisers. q