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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR ii,'  it.' .W . ' NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SMALLTOWi',IPAPERS 217 WEST COTA ST.  r L SHELTON WA 98584-2263 "i Warren,- Town and County w$ 50 Noz'v Warriors Vol. 45 No. 7 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-1;0 Phone 981-0406 emaih news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, July 4, 2013 4 T 4 ,,.,,,... NORWALK LIBRARY * 10001 Noflh Ave. " 981-0217 Monday, July 8 Groundbreaking Exhibits, during library hours through July 20. Enjoy a self-lirected tour of Rocks & Fossils of Iowa. (Exhibit activity sheets are available at the front desk.) Tuesday, July 9 Pre-School Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For 3-5 year- olds, join us for stories, finger plays, songs end flannel boards. This storytime is also a good fit for parents at- tending with several children and for daycare groups. Wednesday, July 10 American Girl Tea Party, 2 p.m. For girls ages 6 and up, if you enjoy the American Girl book series, join us for a Tea Party, American Girl style! We'll have a craft, game, snack and more. Participants are welcome to bring any doll of their choosing, but don't have to bring one. (Registration required.) Thursday, July 11 Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For children 18 months to three years. Join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards, all to help develop critical early lit- eracy skills. Kids Lego Club, 1-2:30 p.m. For kindergarten through 4th grade. If you love Legos, stop by the Li- brary to build your own creation. The Library provides all Legos and no registration is required. Summer Book Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. For 5th to 8th graders, we'll be reading Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli and having a collaborative skit performance, t-shirt deco- rating and treats, along with a special guest appearance by a mystery animal...The Library will provide copies of the*book to all participants. Friday, July 12 What's Neat Beneath Our Feet, 10:30 a.m. Presented by the Science Center of Iowa, join us for an exciting program where we will discover that there is more be- neath our feet than just dirt! From dinosaurs to dia- monds to drilling, we will dig into it all! Everyone is welcome. Brown Bag Lunch & Learn, 12-1 p.m. Bring your lunch and enjoy this special speaker series! Sponsored in part by City State Bank and in conjunction with the Adult Summer Reading program, "Groundbreaking Reads," authors and experts will present interesting talks on groundbreaking events, people and topics dur- ing three consecutive Fridays. This afternoon, our guest is Robert Wolf, author of Fossils of Iowa. Pre-registration is required. If you want your book signed, bring a copy to the luncheon. Teen Movie & Snacks, 5-7 p.m. For 6th through 12th graders. Join us to watch the movie Beautiful Creatures (rated PG-13). (Participants must have a signed permis- sion slip from a parent or guardian.) Annual NABC Golf Benefit The 6th Annual Norwalk Athletic Booster Club (NABC) Golf Benefit will be held Saturda3 Aug. 24, at Countryside Golf Course with a shotgun start at noon. The 18-hole event will be a four-person best shot. The cost is $65 per person or $260 per foursome and includes dinner. There will also be prizes. For a registration form go to srosonkeCour captive.com. Celebrating 101 Years Elaine Dubbs, who resides at Norwalk Nursing & " Rehab, turned 101 on July 3. Happy Birthday, Elaine! Photo submitted. W 0000wolh Mayor's- Moment By Mayor Doug Pierce J As you know, Independence Day (Fourth of July) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration Of Independence on July 4, 1776. Historians have long disputed whether Con- gress actually signed the Dedaration of Independence on July 4; however, most have concluded that the Dec- laration was signednearly a month after its adoption on ,&ugust 12, 1776. I have been out of the United States on military de- ployments on two Fourth's and it was strange in that July 4 didn't really mean anything special fo the coun- tries that I was in. My first absence was in 1991 when I was deployed to Germany for a flying training exercise with the German Air Force as well as with American forces stationed there. The second was when I was de- ployed to Kuwait where we were flying combat mis- sions out of AI Jaber AB in support of Operation South- ern Watch. I can still vividly remember flying a mission over Iraq on July 4, 2001. Many of the military members of the 124th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron (Des Moines ANG) stationed at A1 Jaber wanted US flags flown in the cockpits of our F-16s on that date as a memento. I had taken several small US flags, a couple 3'x5' flags and a Bible with me to the jet only to find that the crew chiefs had several more flags that they wanted flown over Iraq on the Fourth. Although not a wise decision from a safety standpoint, I took all the extra "baggage" that tilled my cockpit and made access to numerous switches difficult. I am sure that all of you have special memories from previous Fourth of July events. However, as you cel- ebrate with family and friends, it's good to remember how bolda decision it was for the Second Continental Congress to approve a resolution of independence for the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain. SUMMERTIME Drive Carefully Watch for Children Playing Community Chat July 13 The monthly Community Chat will be held at Maid- Rite Saturda July 13, from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Discussion will be aboutwhat to expect with the State's Property Tax Reform. All Norwalk citizens are welcome to attend. Annual Booster Club Meeting Wednesday, July 31, 2013 The Annual Meeting for the Norwalk Athletic Booster Club will be held Wednesday, July 31, at 8 p.m. follow- ing the regular monthly meeting held at 7 p.m. All booster club members are welcome to attend the regu- lar monthly meeting and are encouraged to attend the annual meeting where voting of 2013-2014 officers will take place. Both meetings will be held in the Norwalk High School Media Center. DARE Golf Fundraiser The Warren County Sheriff's Offic and the Norwalk Police Department are hosting their 11th Annual DARE Golf Fundraiser. This is a four-person best shot held at Rolling Hills Golf Course south of Norwalk Friday, July 19, starting at 5 p.m. The fee is $40 per person and includes golf, cart, as well as prizes for various hole events and door prizes and silent auction. Registrations are available at the Rolling Hills Golf Course, WarrenCounty Sheriff's Of- rice, the Norwalk Police Department, as well as various businesses. For more information, call Randy Spurr at the War- ren County Sheriff's Office (961-1122) or Brad Criswell or Ja'yson Spurr at the Norwalk Police Department at 515-981-0666. Registrations are due at either the Warren County Sheriff's Office or the Norwalk Police Department by Friday, July 12, at 5 p.m. Registrations are limited to the first 80 golfers. All proceeds go to the Warren County Sheriff's Of- fice and Norwalk Police Department's DARE program. Norwalk Swimming Pool Regulations The weather is starting to get hot and it is tempting to purchase and put up your own swimming pool. Remember, Norwalk requires all swimming pools to first have a permit. On average, nearly 10 people drown everyday in tl.e United States, making pool related regu- lations a top priority and concern of the city. To help understand what is required for pools, Norwalk has put together a brochure. Go to www.n orwalk.iowa.gov. The brochure defines swimming pools as follows: A Swimming pool is a waterfilled structure--whether permanent or temporar in-ground or above ground-- that is capable of holding 24 inches or more of water. A Wading pool is a water-filled structure which is portable, has a depth of 24 inches or less at any point and is primarily intended for the use of young children. A permit is required by the City of Norwalk for all swimming pools as defined above. A separate fence permit is required for the non-climbable fence or bar- rier. Permits for permanent swimming pools--those which are not taken down annually are $40. Permits for temporary swimming pools--those which can be easily taken down annually--will be charged a flat rate of $25 each year prior to set up. Obtain and fill out a permit application from Devel- opment Services Department at Norwalk City Hall or online at www.norwalk.iowa.gov. AI ,,4