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a 4879 41978 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR (Quolk' gem-3m» mm. NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Vol. 54 No. 14 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Warren and News Phone 981 -O406 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, September 2, 2021 It’s Time for N orwalk Music Fest This Sunday! Mayor’s Moment By Tom Phillips Summer is quickly coming to a close and cooler days are ahead. After being shut down last year, it was nice to go to the Warren County Fair and the Iowa State Fair, and it was really great to get away on vacation. I hope you have all had a fantastic summer. Great Western Trail connector update: As of August 26th, the first phase of our trail connection to'the Great Western Trail was opened. Currently, the trail begins just west of Clearwater Drive and runs west along Beardsley. The trail then heads north along 50th Ave to County Line Road. The new trail connection will make it much safer for walkers, bicyclists, and drivers along the route. ‘The Cityhas contracted for phase 2 of the Great Western ’Tr-ail‘coii‘néCtion. While this phase is much shorterthan phase I, this part of the trail connector will take the trail over the creek feeding into Lake Colchester and up to Clearwater Drive. Work on this phase will begin soon. As we head into Fall and all things pumpkin spice start appearing on menus, I wish you all a safe and healthy September. Reminder: Upcoming Community Chat Saturday, September 11th Update: . Early Deadlines Continue at N/Warren Town and County News Our newspaper will continue with an early weekly deadline of noon on Thursdays for the next month. Our office will continue to be open on Fridays. We will try to accommodate any submissions received on Fridays, but we cannot guarantee items received after noon on Thursdays will be printed in the following week’s issue. We will resume our regular deadline of noon on Fridays in October. Upcoming Holiday Closure at N/Warren Town and County News Due to the upcoming Labor Day holiday, our office will be closed Friday, September 3rd through Monday, September 6th, and will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, September 7th. *The September 9th issue of the newspaper has an early deadline of Thursday, September 2nd at noon. Norwalk Music Fest — our own day-long live music end-of—summer event — returns Sunday, September 5th, at City Park, sponsored by Norwalk Hometown Pride complete with 12 musical acts, food trucks and vendors, kids’ activities, a 'beer garden and 50/50 raffle and prizes throughout the day. Here’s what you need to know to have a great day of music and fun thanks to Hometown Pride and partner organizations: Hours: Gates open at 11:30 a.m. with the Air Force and Army Guard presenting colors at 1 1:45, and live music beginning at noon until 10:30 p.m. on two stages in City Park, 907 North Ave. Admission Cost: None, zero. It’s totally free with a free will donation suggested to support future community and projects of Norwalk Hometown Pride, such as Music Fest and the 4th of July parade and in 2022 and more. Parking: Parking is available at the Norwalk High School parking lot. Bus transportation will carry you from NHS to the park with final trip at 9 p.m. What to Bring: Lawns chairs or beach blankets. Sunscreen, summer hats, sunglasses. What NOT to Bring: N0 coolers, food, or beverages may be brought into Music Fest. A beer garden and food trucks will satisfy your thirst and appetite. Kids’ Activities: Games and activities noon to 8 p.m. including balloon twisting by Silly Sally, a GaGa pit (for grownups, too), corn holes, life sized jenga games, life size checkers, face painting, and more. 50/50 Raffle & Prize Raffle: Presented by the Norwalk Lions Club, you can buy chances for a drawing to win 50 percent of ticket sales at Music Fest with the other half going to Norwalk Hometown Pride for future activities. Our last 50/ 50 winner took home $950. You can buy chances at the event and need not be present to win. Live Bingo: Presented by the Norwalk Lions Club from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Michael Foods-sponsored Shade Tent. Eats & Treats: Food trucks and vendors will feature a variety of menus, including The Big Red Food Truck with mozzarella sticks, mini chicken tacos and cheeseburger basket; The Three Stooges BBQ with pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches and beef sausages; Pho Wheels & Sushi with veggie and specialty rolls; and Fruits ‘n’ Such with burgers, veggies, fresh fruit and more. Dessert vendors include Tropical Sno, Sweet Swirls Rolled Ice Cream. Dunk A Celebrity Tank Schedule: 12:00 — Mrs. Taylor, 12:30 — Fire Chief Jenn Porter, 1:00 — D.T. Magee, 1:30 — Mayor Phillips, 2:00 Chief Staples, 2:80 Fireman Ky Hill, 3:00 — Pastor Travis Stanley, 3:30 — Pastor Marti Stanley, 4:00 — Martin Squier. Check out Norwalk Music Fest’s site at norwalkmusicfestcom or our Facebook page for up- to-date information. Iowa COVID—19 Update Like most of the country, Iowa has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in recent weeks. The hospitalization rate is currently highest among middle age to older adults, with 87% of those hospitalized being age 40 and older. Children under the age of 18 account for just 2% of COVID- 19 hospitalizations. Preventing avoidable COVID-19 hospitalizations helps preserve health care resources for other needs, including illnesses, injuries, and emergencies. Some Iowa hospitals have recently reported an increase in hospitalizations among children with RSV, limiting their bed capacity for other patients. There are a number of things Iowans can do to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and prevent spreading the virus in their communities: Get vaccinated. According to the CDC, over 60% 0f Iowans 12 years of age and older are fully vaccinated. All Iowans over the age of 12 are eligible to get the COVlD-19 vaccine. Vaccines are free and available statewide. You can find a vaccine provider by visiting www.Vacccinateiowa.gov. Iowans with questions about the vaccine should contact their healthcare provider. Get tested. If you or a loved one are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, get tested as soon as possible. Symptoms may include coughing, shortness of breath, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Testing is widely available with many convenient options. Iowans can access testing at primary care providers, urgent care, local and national pharmacies, and private labs in local communities. Seek treatment. If you are diagnosed with COVID- 19, you may be able to reduce the severity of your symptoms and prevent bad outcomes by receiving Monoclonal Antibodies. These antibodies can reduce the amount of virus in your body. Monoclonal Antibodies do not contain the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s important to do this before your symptoms progress to ensure the best possible outcome. Talk with your healthcare provider. ~See our First Day of School Photos inside on pages 6 and 7~