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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT / .... .... "  --4- (% 3 .. ,:, 6 .... Warren Town and CoUnty WS Nor00.k War.or, Norwalk City CouncilAgenda p. 15 Vol. 45 No. 5 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@ norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, June 20, 2013 Parks and Rec Commission Openings - The commission is made up of seven members from the community appointed by the mayor and approved by city council. The purpose of the commission is to set policies and advise the city council o n needed parks and recreation programs; oversee the city recreation pro- grams and park areas; plan, acquire and develop recre- ation facilities, parks and open space areas to meet fu- ture needs as the city grows. The commission meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Public Safety Build- ing. The meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. We are now accepting Letters of Interest for two open spots. They will begin August 2013 and will be a three- year term. If interested, send letter to the Norwalk Parks and Recreation office, 1100 Chathan Ave., Norwalk, IA 50211. Blood Drive Is June 27 The next Norwalk Community Blood Drive will be Thursday, June 27, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Or- chard Hills Drive. LifeServe Blood Center relies on donations from gen- erous blood donors to maintain an adequate blood sup- ply for the community. Blood donors are especially needed during the summer months as blood donations tend to decreaseat this time of year. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, contact Jim and Mary Cain at 515-981-0432. Appointments may also be made online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. July 4th Raffle Tickets on Sale Now The July 4th celebration and fireworks display has been held in Norwalk for several decades. People come from several communities and drive many, many miles to attend the celebration and observe the fireworks. Several area businesses are assisting the Norwalk Lions Club in selling the raffle tickets to help cover the cost of the fireworks. The cost of the fireworks display this year is in excess of $20,000 making the Norwalk show one of the largest in the state of Iowa. Each year all of the businesses and organizations in the Norwalk/ Cumming area are asked to make a contribution to help cover the cost of the fireworks. Many of these businesses and groups make a cash contribution while others do- nate merchandise or certificates which can be used as prizes for the raffle. The City of Norwalk contributes to the cost of the fireworks. Area residents are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets from any of the businesses listed below or from any Lions Club member. Some club members will be canvassing portions of the town as well as selling tickets at Scott's Foods and Fareway Grocery Store on certain evenings and weekends. Raffle tickets may be purchase d at: Barbers Unlim- ited, Bedwell Gardens, Cal's Restaurant, City State Bank, Community State Bank, Countryside Golf Course, Cumming Tap, Harvey's Automotive, Haskins Chiro- practic, Mr. Movies, North Warren Town and County News, Norwalk Chamber Office, Norwalk Chiroprac- tic, Norwalk City Hall, Norwalk Hardware, Rolling Hills Golf Course, Rosco's Restaurant, Rudy's Tavern, Scott's Foods, Wendy's Ice Cream and 50211 Salon. Any additional businesses or organizations that would be interested in selling raffle tickets should con- tact Jim Cain at 981-0432. "Salute to Old Glory; I Notes from Forever May She Wave"] NORWALK CITY HALL Shirley Geyer July 4th Parade Marshal Norwalk resident Shirley Geyer has been named the Reported Threats to Norwalk City Officials Resolved Parade Marshal for Norwalk's annual July 4th parade. The recently reported threats to Norwalk City Offi- The parade begins at the Norwalk High School parking cials have been resolved. The Norwalk Police Depart- " lot at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, and will follow the same ment expresses its gratitude to the Warren County At- route as last year. torney, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Joint Ter- Geyer is a long-time volunteer and organizer of the rorism Task Force, the Iowa Department of Public Safety Fusion Center, the Kalkaska County Sheriff's Depart- Norwalk Food Pantry, sponsored by the Norwalk Area Ministerial Association and housed at New Life ment, the Chicago Police Department and Batavia, Illi- nois Police Department. With their assistance actions Lutheran Church, 4380 Wakonda Dr. Geyer leads a team of volunteers who organize the have been taken to nullify the threat and assure the safety donations for the weekly distributions. Collections for of Norwalk City Officials and our Community. the food pantry come from various organizations, busi- "We thank our Community for their ongoing sup- nesses and the annual Letter Carriers food drive, as well port of our efforts to keep our community safe and to our neighboring law enforcement agencies as well for as food collections spearheaded by Norwalk schools. When large donations come Into the church, Geyer their offers of assistance," said Noi'walk Mayor Doug Pierce. "Those efforts have resulted in this situation and her team spend hours getting items sorted and bagged for clients. Geyer says the need in Norwalk has being safely resolved." really grown the last couple of years and that the dona- tions are an important part of the ministry of Norwalk churches. Openings On Norwalk School Board Shirley and her husband, Jim Geyer, moved to The Iowa Association of School Boards urges Iowans Norwalk in 1959. He worked at Meredith Publishing who are passionate about education to consider run- Company and she worked at a counseling ogency. They ning for election to their local school boards, in order to raised two sons, David and Paul, who graduated from ensure a bright future for all children and communities Norwalk High School. across the state. Nominations for open seats on the state's In addition to being involved with the food pantry, 345 local public school boards can be filed between July she does volunteer work for her church, New Life 8 and 5 p.m. Thursda),, Aug. 1, 2013. School board elec- Lutheran. She is a member of Legion Auxiliary #562. tions will take place Tuesda36 Sept. 10. Norwalk School She is an alumni of Ankeny High School. Board members Deb Hobbs and Tom Phillips have in- Geyer says she has seen many changes and much dicated they will not be seeking re-election. Those two growth in our community and is looking forward to new seats will need to be filled. challenges in the future. She says she is doll, but for Strong leadership in every school district is critical those of you who have met her, you know that is not to moving education forward in this state. School board true; she is a lovely person to be round and is very members play significant roles in their comrmmities - knowledgeable about the city. She states that she is members must have leadership, vision and dedication. "proud to be a citizen of Norwalk." School board members are locally elected public offi- cials charged with accountability for student learning, JULY 4TH ACTIVITIES determining educational goals, setting policy, oversee- ing school finances and other duties. Across Iowa, nearly By Pat Wahl 2,000 men and women serve on local school boards, Seems ]like just last week it was still winter and now we are almaost at the halfway point of summer. Where guiding the education of more than 475,000 young has the time gone? Three weeks from today will be July people at an annual expenditure of more than $5.1 bil- lion. 4th! I hope by then the monsoons will be over and we will have a beautiful day! School board members are elected to serve four-year As you are making your plans for the next few weeks, terms, with elections taking place in odd-numbered be sure to include Norwalk's July 4th Celebration. We years. Those elected receive no pay. Experienced school have a great day planned just for you and your family, board members say the rewards of service lie in meet- This year's theme is "Salute to Old Glory, Forever May ing the needs of children and communities. ,dill1 ' Nomination papers for school board seats are avail- She Wave." Bring your red, white and blue and stand able fromlocalschoolboard secretaries and from county proud. Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the Ma- auditors. School board candidates must obtain the sig- sonic Temple, 808 Main St., put on by the wonderful natures of at least one percent of the qualified electors of the district or 50 electors, whichever is less, but at ladies of the Eastern Star. Cost is $5 per person for all least 10 signatures. A quick reference guide and com- you can eat pancakes. Where else can you get a bargain prehensive information for board candidates can be like that? It runs from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Be sure to stop found online from IASB at http://www.ia-sb.org/ by and tell them Pat sent you! (Makes them think I have boardelections.aspx. friends!) The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board is When you are done with breakfast grab your lawn hosting a "Candidate School" July 19 at the Jesse Parker chair and pick out your favorite spot to watch the pa- rade, biggest in the Metro Area. Parade 8tarts at 10 a.m. Building on the Iowa State Capitol grounds, 510 E. 12th on Cherry. Route is the same as last year; map will be in St., Des Moines, in the Vocational Rehabilitation another issue of this paper. Building's Grant Room facility. The school will run from 1-3 p.m., with all candidates and their committee mem- Parade Marshal this year is Shirley Geyer. She is a bers welcome to participate. Register by July 8 to Sharon drill Corfcluded p. 13 Wright (sharon.wright@iowa.gov) at the IECD Board.