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Page Two N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, June 28, 2012 ,-iB- NORTH WARREN TOWN AND COUNTY NEWS P.O. Box 325, 727 Main St Norwalk, IA 50211 515-981-0406 A weekly publication of Klein Publications, Inc. Published every Thursday in Norwalk, Iowa Official newspaper for Norwalk, Cumming, Norwalk Community School District and Warren County. Member of Iowa Press Association and National Newspaper Association Stereo F. Klein Publisher Sally Huntoon Advertising/Managing Editor Mary. Lou GrayReporter/Proofer/Computers Arlene Knust Typesetter/Office Lori Ford Proofer/Office Established May 1968 by Dorothy L. Graham Subscription Rates: $18 per year - Single Copy 50 cents Senior Citizens and College Students $15 per year Residents outside Warren, Madison & Polk Co. - $24 per year Periodicals Postage Paid at Norwalk, Iowa and Additional Mailing Offices ALL COPY/ADS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 12 NOON FRIDAY TO INSURE PUBLICATION IN NEXT ISSUE We reserve the right to accept or refuse all advertising. We reserve the right to cancel any advertisement at any time. Postmaster: Send Form 3579 to P.O. Box 325, Norwalk, IA50211 Member of: National Newspaper Iowa Newspaper Association Association Legislative News By State Representative Julian B. Garrett julian.garrett@legis.state.ia.us Revenues Continue to Increase Last month I reported that state revenues were pro- jected to be above the earlier estimates for the fiscal year ending June 30. As we approach the June 30 date, it ap- pears that revenues will be even higher than projected last month. Revenues for the first 11 months are up $218.4 million or 4.1% over 2011 fiscal year revenues. When a change in the law on the Health Care Trust Fund is taken into account the increase is 6.1% above 2011. Breaking down the increases, we find that personal in- come tax receipts are up $148 million or 4.6%. Corpo- rate tax receipts are up $106.3 million or 32% over 2011. Sales and use tax receipts are up 111.4 million or 5%. After filling the state reserve account and the emergency fund (together called the rainy day fund) for the first tim(' since 2008, the maximum allowable amount of $60 miiiion will be placed in the taxpayer trust fund and there will be an estimated ending balance of $400 mil- lion. This surplus should help us pass tax cuts in the coming session. Keep in mind that these revenue in- creases occurred because of increased economic activ- ity, not because of increased tax rates. Here is a concrete example of the fallacy of the theory, held by some, that the only way to raise revenue is to increase rates. These same factors can actually result in an increase in rev- -, enue, even if tax rates are cut. I believe that a prosperous agricultural economy and responsible budgeting on the part of the State, have helped Iowa's economy grow and have helped reduce Iowa's unemployment rate to 5.1%, well below the na- tional rate. (Warren and Madison County are slightly below the state average.) That is not to say that we can- not do better, however. One area that we need to ad- dress is our high commercial property tax rates. Governor Announces Job Skills and Training Program Governor Branstad has announced the Skilled Iowa Program, a jobs and career readiness program, to help Iowa employers and job seekers. The program will be administered by Iowa Workforce development and will have two parts. The first will use the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). This program allows potential employees to take a test assessing their skills and rating them in several areas so potential employers will have an idea of their skills. Iowa Workforce Devel- opment says that these tests will be free and widely avail- able. The other part of the program is an internship. A screening process will match individuals with employ- ers who participate in the program. Interns will spend 24 hours per week in training at the employer's work site and 16 hours per week in basic skills training. They will continue to receive any applicable unemployment benefits during this time. Hopefully this will address the shortage of "middle skilled" workers that are in demand in Iowa. As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas or concerns at julian.garre.tt@legis.state.ia.us or 515-281- 3221. Medicine for the Funny Bone By Dorothy Rosby . Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated columnist whose humor column appears in newspapers in 11 Western and Midwestern states plus several magazines. She lives in Rapid City, SD with her husband and son. / Modeling Mom My mother raised ten children in a three-bedroom house with one bathroom. And she did it without a cell phone, a mini-van, or a reality show. She's a remarkable woman and I could have learned a great deal from her if I were the type to catch on. I can't help but think about all the ways I wish I was like my morn. For example, I wish I'd learned to stay cool under pressure like she does. When I was a child, I watched her prepare'more food for every meal than I cook in three days. I watched her kill a rattlesnake that was coiled up in the yard near where I was playing. It didn't stand a chance. I watched her pull a needle out of my thumb after I sewed over it with the sewing ma- chine. I quit sewing shortly after that. So it could have been "a reality show around our house, but despite the drama, I never saw my mother curse, yell, or collapse into tears. She's either a saint or she was in a constant state of shock. If I had watched my mother closer, I would have learned how to be patient with the shortcomings of oth- ers. Out of all the possible explanations for someone's rude behavior, she always chooses the one that leaves her feeling the least slighted. "They're busy. They're fired. They forgot." I never once heard her say, "What a JERK," which I've already said three times today. She doesn't gossip or trash the reputation of others and she doesn't join in when those around her do, even when I try to get her to. one big lesson my son hopes I learn from my mother is that once your kids leave home, you're no longer "the boss of them." You don't get to tell them to clean their rooms anymore, or eat their vegetables, Or come in by midnight--unless they move out when they're eight years old. Of course, you can try to tell them, but you shouldn't be surprised if they don't listen--and if they don't seem happy to see you. I'm not speaking about your children, of course, but did you know there are adults who dread visits from their mother because they worry she'll criticize" their spouse or' check for dust bunnies under the beds. And they're afraid she'll ask whmn they're going to have chil- dren, or when they're goimg to have MORE children. My mother never, from the moment I left home, com- mented negatively on my housekeeping, my parenting, my cooking, or my clothing: Plenty of visitors who are not my mother have criticized all of the above. I don't invite them back. Another lesson my son hopes I learn from my mother is that it's best not to offer unsolicited advice to your adult children-- and maybe no one else either. The magi- cal result of my mother never giving unsolicited advice is that her children solicit it, calling long distance to ask her how to make gravy without lumps or sauerkraut casserole, though not all our spouses fully appreciate that recipe. I mean no offense to any other mother, but I've actu- ally heard certain women say with great trepidation: "OH NO! I'm becoming my mother." Of course, reader, that wasn't your daughter. Nor was it my daughter, but only because I don't have a daughter. I WISH I could be more like my mother. Coinciden- tall my son also wishes I could be more like my mother. Unfortunately, the apple not only fell far from the tree, it rolled down the hill and across the street. I have high hopes though. My son has been blessed to spend lots of time with my mother. Maybe he'll be more like her. Start the "day off right! matters 515-223,1150 P.O. Box 160 Norwalk, Iowa www.kwl .com SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 Worship atthese Norwalk Area Churches NORWALK Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church (LC-MS) 515 Sunset Dr. 981-0226 Steven Klawonn, Pastor 9:00 am Worship 10:30 am Sunday School/Bible Study Wednesday Confirmation 6:30 pm-7:45 pm Crossroads Church 2601 Border St. www.2thecrossroads.com Glen Blumer, Pastor 515-287-8580 9:30 am Worship Nursery & Children's Programming 3 years old through 5th grade Wed. 6:30 pm K-I 2th grades Fellowship Community Church 225 North Ave. www.fccnorwalk.org Rob Jones. Pastor 981-0699 8:30 & 10:30 am Worship Disciple City Classes 18 mo.-yh grade Nursery also provided. 6 pm Sun. Sr. High 6:30 pm Wed. Prayer Service 6:30 pm Jr. High First Baptist Church Sunset Dr. &Marred - 981-439l Justin Lundberg, Pastor 9 am Worship 10:15 am Sunday School Class for all ages Nursery Provided 6 pm Evening Service 7 pm - Wednesdays Bible Study & Youth Hour *** New Life Lutheran Church 4380 Wakonda Dr. - 285-5965 www.newlifenorwalk.org Nate Liedtke, Pastor 8:15 am Traditional 9:30 am Sunday School 10:30 am Contemporary Nursery Provided 7 pm Youth-led Worship Norwalk Christian Church (Disciples) 701 Main St. - 981-0176 Dayna Kinkade, Pastor 8:30 am Informal Worship 9:15 am Church School 10:30 am Worship 6 pm The Gathering Service Nursery Provided Wed. pm CYF & Chi Rho *** Norwalk United Methodist Church 1801 Sunset Dr. - 981-4251 Rev. Kiboko I. Kiboko 8:15 & 10:45 am Worship 9:30 am Sunday School Nursery Provided St. John the Apostle Catholic Church 720 Orchard Hills Dr." 981-4855 FAX 981-9475 Father John Ludwig Sacrament of Reconciliation 4 pm Saturday Masses: 5 pm Saturday 9 am Sunday Nursery, Sunday School CUMMING Harvest Church (Evangelical Free) 4225 N. Birch Ave. PO Box 1'15 Laine Wilder, Pastor 981-4321 www.harvestchurchiowa.com 10 am Worship Nursery, newborn to 3 years Groups Thurs & Fri. 6:30 pm DES MOINES Christian Life Assembly of God Church Fleur Drive and Hwy 5 Warren Hunsberger, Pastor 515-953-0322 10 am Worship Children's Ministry, 0-5 Kids' Church 6 years & up Nursery ages 0-2 6:30 pm = Wed. Elevate Youth *** Grace Baptist Church 9936 County Line Rd. 285-8871 www.gracecares.net Doug VanWey, Pastor 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 am Worship Jr. & Sr. High, Men's and Women's Ministry Nursery Provided. *** Mt. Zion Church of God 8383 Ridgeview Dr. David Chu, Pastor 664-2828 MARTENSDALE Martensdale Community (An Evangelical Free Church) 1 Mile North of Martensdale on Hwy 28 Gary Crandall, Pastor 641-764-2491 Worship: 9 am Bible Study: 10:30 am Jr. High & Sr. High Youth: 6 pm Sunday *** St. Paul Lutheran Church (Ewangelical Lutheran Church in America) 641-764-2752 Meeting at Church of the Assumption in Churchville Keitb Lingwall, Pastor, 971-0504 Ron Mohr, Pastor. 770-1286 9:30 am Worship Call for times on Adult and Children Bible Studies PROLE Linn Grove United Methodist Church 7483 50th, Prole - 981-4062 Cindy Hickman, Pastor 9:45 am Sunday School 11 am Worship INDIANOLA Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELS) 202 N. Kenwood L 962-0351 Robert Harting, Pastor 9 am Worship 10:15 Sunday School *** The above free listings are to Help newcomePs know the Regular worship schedules of Norwalk-area churches. Special Events and services will not be listed here, Policy: Churches must be in the Norv4.alk Area and in Warren County for this free listing. I Deadline for ads, [ legals and stories I 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 (Memorial Day-Iatx)r Day)