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1, 2010 N/Warren Towii and County News ..... Thursday, July :: BUSINESS Iowa State Fair Sew-In Seeks Donations, Volunteers If you are interested in donating, volunteering, or receiving information about the Sew-In, contact Sharon Meisenheimer by "phone at 515-986-1145 or by email at rmeis@ The Iowa State Fair is set for "Non Stop Fun" August 12-22, 2010. For more infor- mation, call 800-545-FAIR or visit Volunteers Needed July 10 For Flatland Youth Triathlon National-level day-long event at Gray" s Lake first of a kind in Iowa Volunteers are needed Saturday, July 10, at Gray's Lake Park for the Flatland Kids Triathlon Festival. The festival is the first of its kind in e area. A day-long event for ages six through 19, the event will inclhde four elite athlete draft-legal races and two races for new triathletes. One-hundred fifty young athletes are al- ready signed up to com- pete. Volunteers are needed 6:30-9:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the finish line, in the food tent or recovery zone, offering course direction, providing transition assis- tance or as parking atten- dants. Visit www.Flatland to volun- teer with the event. The Flatland Tri has been designated a USA Triathlon Youth Elite and Junior Elite Cup Race and is the only qualifying event for the National United States Triathlon competi, tion in San Diego in Au' gust. The event is sponsored by Action Accents, Ameri- can Equity Insurance Com- pany, Children and Fami- lies of Iowa, Des Moines University, DSM Tri, Elder Corporation, Iowa Events Center, Iowa Network Ser- vices, MidAmerican En- ergy, Scion of Des Moines, Speedo, Ume Compete and the YMCA. Call 911 for emergencies! The Iowa State Fair Fab- ric and Threads Depart- ment is seeking fabric do- nations and volunteers for the second annual State Fair Sew-In, which offers Fairgoers a chance to try their hand at simple sew- ing and quilting while pro- viding warm blankets to local children in need. The 2010 State Fair is set for "Non Stop Fun" August 12-22. Donations of two-yard cuts of fabric in juvenile prints and patterns are needed for quilt backings. In addition, cash dona- tions are needed to help cover the costs of quilt bat- ting and materials. All do- nations can be dropped off in the Competitive Events Department in the Admin- istration Building or mailed to the Iowa State Fair Competitive Events Department, P.O. Box 57130, Des Moines, IA 50317-0003. All donations should be labeled for the Sew-In project. The Fair is also search- ing for sewing assistants to help Fairgoers make the simple strip quilts. Volun- teers are asked to commit to four-hour shifts from Noon to 4 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m. A site supervisor will be on-hand to supply ma- terials and help with ma- chines. All volunteers will receive one parking and admission ticket to the Fair. Volunteers at last year's inaugural State Fair Sew- In completed 173 quilts, which were donated to children at the University of Iowa Children's Hospi- tals and to Angel Tree Camps, an organization that offers summer pro- gramming for children with a parent in the Iowa prison system. The 2010 goal is to complete 200 quilts over the course of the 11 days of the Fair. The Sew-In will be open daily during the Fair from noon to 5 p.m. in the Will- iam C. Knapp Varied In- dustries Building. Fairgoers are invited to stop in and try their hand at quilting basics (no expe: rience necessary). Each Participant will receive a commemorative pin for their efforts. j- J Page Seven REVIEW Women of Today The Norwalk Women of Today is a local chapter of the nationwide non-profit community betterment organi- zation, Women of Today. The group is open to women 18 years of age and older who would enjoy supporting the community, socializing, networking and just having fun. Chapter members work towards a better tomorrow by sponsoring activities for people of all ages, raising funds for local and national charities and aiding existing community services. Members also benefit from inter- nal programs which teach them to be better leaders, workers, parents, volunteers and friends. Since their inception in 2008, the Norwalk Women of Today has raised funds through various fundraisers including an-Annual Garage Sale (first weekend in May) and the Prom event. To date they have used these funds in the following manner: Annual scholarship to a local high-school senior, Donations to North Warren'County Ministries, Norwalk Elementary Schools for snacks, The Heart Connection, Wonderland Camp, Dylan's Smile, etc. The group has monthly member meetings and encourages guests to attend. The latest meeting was June 8 hosted by Laura Greiner at The Daily Grind, 810 North Ave. The speaker was Mackenzie West, a young girl from the area, who is raising money and awareness of children's cancer. She spoke about her involvement in St. Baldrick's shavees program. Information about the group LIBRARY MINUTES Concluded from p.2 A mural is being dis- cussed for the welt wall in the children's area to be around the new wall unit. Old Business - Trea- surer Andrea Johnson re- ported the fiscal year is winding down and the li- brary budget is on track to meet the allotted funds. Foundation Chairper- son Tom Dunn told of a discussion with Children's Reading Re- source Annette Clark re- garding a penny program to raise funds for addi- tional programs with weekly drawings for the most funds collected by a group. The trustee vacancy is still being discussed with no results for a candidate as yet. The City Council will be the deciding fac- tor on the appointee. Dick Schreiber led the discussion on the subject of suitable benches for the outside Pathway to Read- ing Area. Concrete pads had been poured at th, time of the sidewalk beinl installed to have benches placed for any one to sit, relax or read i im i TED'S USED CARS & AUTO REPAIR BEEN DOING BUSINESS SINCE 1966 We Repaw All Makes & Mmfeist 802 Sunset Drive - Norwalk, IA 50211 Phone: 515-981-0649 Residence: 515-287-6512 JIIt :Ei'REO WE'RE A AUTO CARE CENTER including an upcoming meeting schedule can be found at book to another person. Due to budget pressure at the time, the benches had to wait for additional funds to appear. Recent donations and assistance from the Library Founda- tion has presented re- sources to pursue the pos- sibilities of having a blend of art, whimsy and practi- cality of a butterfly bench for patrons. A team of Tom Dunn, Andrea Johnson and Dick Schreiber are working with the metal artist, design details and funding of the two benches. New Business - A safety concern was brought up by Dick Schreiber about a 10' high grove of wild trees and weeds behind the library on City property. The ne- glect of this rubble pile has let the volunteer trees grow larger over the years and now has become an unpleasant eyesore for our neighbors. Director Wells was asked to inform the City Maintenance Man- ager about the problem. Director Wells asked for permission to hire a land- scaping firm to provide 'once a month' mainte- nance. Board discussion was held with a decision to pursue having the City crews handle the outside duties of maintaining the grounds. The Board felt Library funds should pro- vide library services, new books, computer access and resources for the com- munity and not ground maintenance. Chairperson Dunn will be consulting our City Council liaison Erik Delker for guidance and resolution on this is- sue. Conner Electric's bid was accepted for the instal- lation of the night-time spotlight for the flagpole in front of the library. An- drea Johnson made the motion to accept the bid, with Jolene Huen second- ing. Director Wells will make the necessary ar- rangements for the pre- scribed work to be done. Adjournment - Chair- person Tom Dunn re- quested a motion for ad- journment, Andrea Johnson motioned for ad- journment, and Dick Schreiber zeconded. The motion passed and Chair- person Dunn called the meeting adjourned at 7:16 p "Dick Schreiber, Secre- tary for the Norwalk Eas- terPublic Library Trustees, respectfully submits the above minutes, May 25, '2010. I Deadline for ads, legals and stories is Noon Friday! Superior Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning ! Tile and Grut Cleaning i t " , Pet Urine Removal Norwalk Special. , 24 Hour Water Damage : -"- $30 Off any Servic00 I. ii .... " ......... I th The Natr;: only from Chem-Dry"