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Thursday, September 12, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Fifteen Third in Series - Appalachian Trail (blog by Norwalk Residents) Rick and Kasey are now in West Virginia headed north. They have hiked/walked 707.4 miles of the Ap- palachian Trail. Injury update: Kasey's heel has healed and still slightly tender, but she is getting along fine. Rick's leg no longer needs an ace bandage and both are generally sore and aching all over. June 7 at the Keiffer Oak, the largest oak tree on the trail. The tree is over 18' around and 300 years old. The hills are alive with animals and plants. Today Kasey al- most stepped on a rattlesnake and came across a black rat snake crossing the trail. Also, turtles, beetles, spi- ders, huge snails, deer and many beautiful plants. Rick's Hammock with dead tree. Rick made the mistake of tying his hammock to a dead tree. After several hours when he was sound asleep, it fell down on top of him. Kasey commented, "There are hikers and there are campers and I have decided I am a camper. Each time we come to a nice clearing with fiat ground, a nice stream, I want to camp right there, it doesn't matter if we have hiked two or 20 miles, I want to camp. Dad is a hiker, he doesn't want to sit still at all, he would like to be the first one out of camp each morning and the last one in." June 24, Rick bought some playing cards from the conservancy, which have edible plant information and as hikers are always hungry, now they can safely select plants, berries and weeds around them to consume. Keiffer oak tree, the largest tree on the trail. 1,000 mile maker reached. Hikers are strict about being a "thru hiker" and feel you must walk the entire length of the trail. When they leave the trail to go to town they always return to the same spot they left the trail and continue their journey. Take no short cuts. Rocks and scenic valley along trail. Cicadas are insects that shed their skin and leave it attached to trees. June 28, Rick and Kasey arrive in West Virginia, the fifth state on the north trek of the trail. They appreciate all the mail and encouragement from homb. They both said the mail from home is very encouraging; they get to see the big picture again. They get lost in the daily routine of hiking, finding water, food and shelter and get discouraged at time. McAfee Knob has an elevation of 3,197 feet. The secret of concentration is the secret of self-dis- covery. You reach inside yourself to discover your per- sonal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge. -Arnold Palmer Kasey at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Photos submitted. Iowa Donor Network The football teams at Iowa's State Universities enter into new competition. The University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State Univer- sity and the University of Iowa have entered into a new competition to save lives starting this weekend. Along with Iowa Donor Network (IDN), the football programs, fans and students will compete to register more organ, eye and tissue donors in Iowa. "I0wa is ranked 4th in the country for donor regis- trations', explains Iowa Donor Network CEO Suzanne Conrad. "However, we know over 90% of the country believe donation is the right thing to do. With the help of our state's universities, we know we can increase donor registrations and save more lives in Iowa and across the United States." More than 18 people die every day in the United States waiting for an organ transplant. Another 1.5 mil- lion will receive a tissue transplant over the next 12 months, including 50,000 cornearecipients who will receive the gift of sight. "Anyone in Iowa can register as a donor and at the same time, vote for their favorite university to win this challenge," says Conrad, "just visit www.IowaDonor Network.org and click on your team's logo to register. In addition, fans can visit their favorite team's collegiate website andlick on a banner to register there. For fans who are already registered donors, they can vote for their favorite team on our website without registering again." Conrad says the competition will run all season long and the university who receives the most votes and sup- port will be presented with a traveling trophy after the football season. Based in North Liberty, Donor Network is the fully accredited and federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving Iowa. Certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, IDN coordinates with health care profession- als, funeral directors and others involved in the dona- tion process. IDN also works with donor families be- fore, during and after donation, to educate, support and help families'work through their grief. For more infor- marion, log on to www.IowaDonorNetwork.org, or call 800-831-4131. KEEP IOWA BEAUTIFUL Concluded from p. 14 Education, Health, Social and Emergency Services Local Economy Government / Public Services Recreation, Faith, Culture and Heritage General Observations information from Community Residents For each of us living in the same place for long peri- ods of time we soon become blind to things around us.- Each day on the trip downtown, to the store or to church we may pass very unattractive elements of our commu- nity and soon they disappear from our view as we avoid and disregard them. With rime those items that nega- tively impact our community disappear from our vi- sion. For newcomers or those that visit the area - the nega- tive or unattractive elements that disappeared from site of the local residents tend to stand out. They form a negative and lasting impression of the community or neighborhood. That is why the concept of a team from matching communities should consider trading places in order to receive a fresh outside view of the places where we live and work. Communities interested in the concept should check out the First Impressions program and utilize the audit forms or checklists that will guide each community evaluation. The Keep Iowa Beautiful "Hometown Pride" pro- gram works with clusters of communities that have a common interest by enhancing both their cultural and economic vitality. The community coach working with the communities utilizes the First4mpressions program as one of the tools in our Hometown Pride toolbox of programs for communities Contact Keep Iowa Beauti- ful if you would like to explore the potential of the Hometown Pride program in your area. For more specific information on the First Impres- sions program use the following web page: http:// cced.ces.uwex.edu/2012/08/04/first-impressions-pro- gram-2/ SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 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