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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT a;',P,,-,-. u .... P ST. ' ........ .'r cOTA ZII MY -" ' sHELTON WA 95554-2263 .IA .... II. I ., .__.__.-.v.H.,i|dli ..... tll'"lt|l I ...,,,!v,!,i,l!;l!,,w,'mr"..:;. ' "-' Warren Town and County News 50 Norwalk 'Warriors e Vol. 46 No. 7 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, July 3, 2014 NORWALK POLICE CHIEF By Greg Staples Police and The Iowa Storm Chas- ing Network (ISCN) brought their new Tor- nado Tank, nicknamed Dorothy, out to the No rcalk Public Safety Building to show off the latest technology that they are using for chasing storms. The tank is a con- verted van with 10,000 pounds of steel wrapped around it. It ig designed to get the storm chasers as close as possible to active weather without actually driving into the middle of a tornado. The vehicle has drop down steel skirting that when deployed will prevent wind from com- ing under the vehicle and lifting it up. "Planes can't fly without lift and with the skirts down, hopefully Dorothy can't fly either," said Zach Sharpe, one of the members of Team Dor- othy. Sharpe is a Norwalk resident who has alwa;fs been interested in the weather. He is currently studying at Iowa State University to be,a meteo- rologist and likes storm chasing for the science of it and for the thrill of the chase. When Police Chief Staples learned about Dor- othy, he approached the guys at ISCN about bring- ing the vehicle over for a visit. "I was excited to have the opportunity to help showcase the vehicle," he said. "Here at the public safety building we are al- ways interested in remind- ing people to take these storms seriously. Hope- fully, when our residents see how massive and heavy this tank is, it will serve as a reminder about how damaging severe winds can be." Chief Staples was glad to be able to help showcase the storm chasing group's efforts. "We wanted to J Team Dorothy Visits Norwalk Storm Chasers Promote Tornado Safety Storm Chaser Team Dorothy in Norwalk. !1/iii Team member Zach Sharpe explaining how the ve- hicle operates during a chase. Photos submitted. give one of our young ing Network are out there Norwalk residents a chance to showcase their dedication to weather and also give residents an op- portunity to see and meet the people who help keep ussafe." Staples went on to say "not everyone in- volved in public safety is a police officer or a fire tighter. People like Sharpe and the Iowa Storm Chas- putting themselves in harm's way trying to gather data'that allows improved tornado fore- casting." Sharpe plans to have Dorothy in the Norwalk July 4th Parade and on dis- play in City Park after- ward. Weather permitting, of course. D.A.R.E. Golf Fundraiser July 11 The Warren County - Norwalk 12th annual D.A.R.E. Golf Fundraiser will be held with a shotgun start at 4:30 p.m. Frida July 11, at Rolling Hills Golf Course, south of Norwalk off Highway 28. Proceeds from the four-person best ball event go to the D.A.R.E. program at the Warren County Sheriff's Office and the Norwalk Police Depaffment. Registrations are due by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at either office. The cost is $40 per person, which in- cludes golf and cart. There are several hole prizes/games, door prizes and a silent auction. 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 opinions of the N/Warren Town and County News staff. Letters are printed as received. We do not correct spelling and grammatical errors. Norwalk Lions Club: Volunteers are needed! /Ve need your support by purchasing raffle tickets, donat- ing prizes & $$$, working. Raffle Tickets to help support the Fireworks on july 4th are on sale $1 for I ticket or $5 for 6 tickets. We have numerous prizes with more coming in every day. See a Lions member to purchase your raffle tickets. Lions wilt be selling at Fareway and Scott's at various times. The following businesses have tickets available for sale also: Villagio, Scott's, Warrior Run, Maid-Rite, Barbers Un- limited, Wendy's Ice Cream Shoppe, City State Bank, Bedwell Gardens, Haskin Chiropractic, North Warren Town & County News, CALS, The Cumming Tap, Norwalk City Hall Rosco's, Rudy's Bar & Grill Rolling Hills Golf Course, Community Bank and Harvey's Au- tomotive & Machine, Inc. Thank you to all who have purchased tickets! Raffle Prizes and $$$ donations are still being ac- cepted. Please contact Linda Bussanmas at 979-8757 or mailing address is 1119 Skylane Drive, Norwalk, IA 50211. Abig Thank you to all individuals and businesses who have contributed already! We couldn't put the show on for our community without you! Look for our float in the parade! Bingo will be at the library following the parade. Black out for $50 is a t 3:00 sharp. We are in need of 2-3 people to help with parking at 6:30 at McAninch Complex Friday, July 4. Call Linda Bussanmas if interested at 979-8757. Free Will Donation Buckets for the Fireworks will be at McAninch Complex and St. John's. We are in need of several more volunteers to help with setting up fireworktisplay (Must be 18). Call John Dagenais for more information at 330-5285. Weare in need of at least 6 more volunteers to help with clean up Saturda July 5, at 6:45 a.m. Bring gloves, bucket, rake, drink up to fireworks area. Norwalk Lions Club looks forward to seeing all of you at the Fireworks on the 4th! POLICE REPORT Disclaimer: All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ][une 20 Found Property, I100 block E. 18th Street. Re- trieved property and en- tered into evidence. Owner located; property returned. Warrant Arrest, 700 block Lane Avenue. Eric Jones, Norwalk, was ar- rested on an active Des Moines warrant. Subject was processed and turned over to the Des Moines Police Department. Theft Report, 1100 block South Avenue. Re- portmade; investigation continuing: June 22 Domestic Disturbance, 1000 block Norwood Drive. Spoke with both parties; report made. Theft Report, 1900 block Cedar Street, Infor- mation taken and report made. June 25 Theft Report, 1500 block Sunset Drive; report taken. June 26 Theft Report, 500 block Sunset Drive. Information taken; re'port made. Lane Receives Wellmark Top Agent Award Michael Lane Michael Lane of Lane Insurance Agency Inc was recently recognized by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa with the Individual Sales 2013 Top Producer Award.This award acknowledges the expertise and sales experi- ence Lane uses to find the right product to fit the needs of his customers. Three percent of all Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield agents in the state of Iowa achieved this honor. Friday, July 4 Various Activities "10 a.m. Parade. No pre-registration is re- quired; entry forms avail- able at site of parade lineup, Norwalk High School parking lot. *Noon to approxi- mately 3:30 p.m. - Activi- ties in City Park on North Avenue. Various game and vendor booths, food and snacks. You must pre-reg- ister for a booth and orga- nizers must know in ad- vance if you will need elec- tricity. (For electricity, reg- ister by Monda3 June 30.) Booth registration forms are available at the City website (ia.gov.citynor walk.corn). Cost is $25 for food vendors and $15 for all others. *Bingo - Noon to ap- proximately 3:30 p.m. in the community room at Norwalk-Easter Public Li- brary by City Park. Black- Concluded p. 7 .q