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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren SIAALLTOWNPAPERS 2 i7 \\;NES.T COTA ST. : SHELTON WA 98584-226.5 i ':\\; 'i ,,'" I,I il,i,i i,,i,,iili,,;l[h.I, '1fi !, I! I .... ............... '11111 Town and County WS Vol. 45 No. 15 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981-0406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, August 29, 2013 First in a Series Stratton Family Appalachian Trail Journey By Mary Lou Gray In 2012, Richard Stratton of Norwalk was home re- covering from a knee injury. During the recovery he started watching documentaries and videos about the Appalachian Trail. Stratton's wife, Cathy, stated her husband always had an adventurous spirit and after viewing the video started making plans to hike the trail. Daughter, Kasey, a 2009 graduate of Norwalk High School was attending col- lege at Abilene Christian in Texas when she heard of her father's idea of hiking the Appalachian Trail. Kasey decided to join her father on the hike. After consulting with her professors, she delayed plans to pursue a master's degree and graduated in December 2012 from Abflene Christian with a degree in Business Marketing. The Appalachian Trail, a public footpat h, runs from Maine to Georgia and covers about 2,186 miles start to finish. The trail is managed by the National Park Ser- vice, a branch of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The trail was constructed in the 1920s and 1930s by vol- unteer hiking clubs and along with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy works in partnership with the National Park Service. Wednesday, March 13, Cathy drove Richard and daughter Kasey to Springer Mountain, GA. This is the official start for the south to north version of the hike. They estimate it will take six months to hike the entire trail, averaging 12-20 miles per da3 ending in Maine. As of today they have approximately 500 miles to the north finish at Mt. Katahdin. The following highlights were taken from the Stratton's blog at 2186miles.wordpress.com. February March Highlights Danger along the trail includes bears and deer ticks. Also, rattlesnakes, moose and rat snakes. Most hikers report seeing at least one bear as there are an average of two bears per square mile. Cathy said they took along medication in the event a deer tick, which is a carrier of Rick and Kasey on top of Map on stone shows Ap- Springer Mountain at the palachian Trail official official start, start in Georgia. Lyme disease, should be needed. Rick will be sleeping in a hammock and Kasey will be sleeping in a light- weight contrail tent. There are three-sided shelters Concluded p. 7 r This newspaper office will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day. Deadline for the Thursday, Sept. 5 issue is noon Thursday, Aug. 29. No exceptions' The paper will go to the printer Friday a.m., Aug. 30. John Branyan at Performing Arts Auditorium At 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Comedian John Branyan will perform in the Norwalk Performing Arts Center. Born and raised in the Midwest, John is committed to "comedy that won't leave a filthy residue." There's nothing in his act that you wouldn't want to hear your children repeat. (In fact, if your children repeat anything he says, send him a video copy of it...he'd love to see it!) According to John, "People didn't invent laughter. It was given to us by someone who knew we'd enjoy it. Every show, my goal is to hurt people. Seriousl I want people's jaws to ache. i want their sides to cramp up. I want them to experience dizzi- ness from oxygen depriva- tion. When they are in pain, I've done my job." And hundreds of audienc- es eagerly respond, "Bring on the pain..." If you're a comedy con- noisseur, you may already know John has toured with Tim Hawkins in the past and is again perform- ing with him at several venues in the Midwest this summer. You can view portions of John's perfor- mances with clips of some of his performances at http://www.johnbranyan. com/video.html: This will be an event you can bring the whole family t0! Not only will it be fun and appropriate for all ages, the tickets are also totally affordable for this quality program - just $10 per adult and $8 per stu- dent. There will not be an admission charge for pre- school children. Tickets are available on- line. Just visit www. norwalkmusicboosters.com and follow the link. For ad- ditional information, con- tact Rhonda Huegerich at 321-7811. Proceeds from the event will be used by the Norwalk Music Boosters to support vocal and instru- mental music programs in all Norwalk schools. Open House September 9th Central Office The Norwalk Schools will host an open house 4:30-7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, at the new Central Of- fice and Buildings and Grounds Department lo- cated at 380 Wright Road. The District finalized the purchase of this office/ warehouse building in April. District personnel moved operations on July 16. The District would like to welcome members of the public into visit the new offices and ware- house during the open house. Absentee Ballots Available Ballots are now avail- able for absentee voting for persons who will be absent from the polls Tuesday, Sept. 10. The ballots may be mailed to the voter no later than Friday, Sept. 6 or per- sons may come into the Warren County Adminis- tration Building, 301 N. Buxton, Suite 101 and vote through September 9, 2013. Persons applying for absentee ballots should mail these ballots back to the Auditor's Office as soon as possible, as the envelope must be post- marked no later than Sep- tember 9, 2013. A voter is not required to own property in a School District in order to vote in the election, but must be currently regis- tered in your county of residency. The Auditor's office will be testing the voting equipment Thursda3 Aug. 29, 2013 at 9 a.m. in the Auditor's election office. Sample Ballot on Page 13 Norwalk Police Chief Announces Retirement Norwalk Police Chief Ed Kuhl has announced that he will retire October 1, 2013. "We would like to take this opportunity to thank Chief Kuhl for his service," said Mayor Doug Pierce. "He has been with the Department since 1999 and his retirement date marks the 40th anniversary of being sworn in as a law enforcement officer. Forty years is quite a milestone and I am excited to commemorate the occa- sion and honor his service to the community." A reception will be held in honor of Chief Ed Kuhl's retirement September 19, 2013, prior to the Chief's final council meeting. The public is welcome to attend an open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Norwalk City Hall in the Council Chambers. If you would like to send Chief Kuhl a card, you can send it to Police Chief Ed Kuhl, Norwalk Public Safety, 1100 Chatham Ave., Norwalk, IA, 50211. Reflections on a 40-Year Law Enforcement Career The Police Chief of Norwalk, has announced his re- tirement. The Chief will take off his badge 40 years from the day that he first pinned it on. Chief Ed Kuhl began his career as a patrolman for the City of Blair, NE, Octo- ber 1, 1973. He rose through the ranks as a patrol ser- geant, detective sergeant, assistant chief and served twice as acting chief. Ed and Diane came to Norwalk August 16, 1999. When Ed arrived, four officers were patrolling the streets and they worked from an old two-bedroom "little white house." He reached out to the community and devel- oped partnerships to foster public support and confi- dence. The first day he told the officers and the commu- nity that Norwalk Officers would do the right thing, even when no one was looking and that creed has re- mained the cornerstone of the Department's policies to this day. "It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve this community. We appreciated the opportunities presented to do things that most police officers will never experi- ence. We helped the community to build a professional police department, selecting, training, developing and equipping the officers. We started the School Resource Officer program and formed a partnership with the Norwalk Public School District that has been copied by other jurisdictions. We were able to organize commu- nity support for the construction of a new police facil- ity, that later became the Public Safety Building. We developed written policies, established a work sched- ule that reduced overtime, put more officers on when we needed them and improved days off for the officers families. We designated some tasks as critical, devel- oped certified instructors in those tasks and developed an in-service training program. We changed case man- agement to track the progress of assigned actions and disposition of all cases. We invited the input of officers on budgeting, goal setting and training." Twice in his career, Ed has received unsolicited pro- motions. Both had their unique challenges. The first was as the County Emergency Management Director of Washington County, Nebraska. That county is the home of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant. The second was the Public Safety Coordinator for the City of Norwalk, Iowa. During his brief tenure, Ed supervised the Emergency Operations Center, Police and Fire De- partments, managed the construction of the new Fire Station, the replacement of a pumper truck, an ambu- Concluded p. 13