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Thursday, September 17, 2015 N/Warren Town and County News CHURCH and SOCIAL Junior League of Des Moines is Now Accepting Retailer Applications for Gift Mart The Junior League of Des Moines is excited to L host the 27th annual Gift Mart November 19 — 21, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. They are now accepting applications for retailers to host a booth at Gift Mart. Prices start at $350 up to $1,500 for corner space. Telephone lines and elec- trical outlets are available for an additional fee. Com- plimentary meals are pro— vided for all retailers. The Junior League of Des Moines will be pleased to offer additional staffing to retailers at no extra charge. To complete a retail appli— cation, please visit our web site at www.giftmartdm .org. "Gift Mart is Junior League’s annual upscale shopping extravaganza attracting more than 2,500 shoppers in under three days,” said Erin Bemis, president of Junior League of Des Moines. "Many shoppers get a head start on holiday shopping, purchasing gifts from more than 60 vendors selling home de- cor items, health and beauty products, cloth- ing, toys, housewares and more." Gift Mart raises funds to fulfill the Junior League of Des Moines’ mission of building a bet- ter community. Proceeds from Gift Mart support community projects spon- sored by ILDM. In 2015- 2016, all proceeds benefit our community project. supporting survivors of human trafficking. Since 1989, Gift Mart has helped to raise close to $1 million for Des Moines area com— munity projects. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is the only moon in the solar system known to have an atmosphere of any substance. Ackworth Garden Club The September meeting of the Ackworth Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Cheryl Holland’s, 701 E. Salem in lndianola. The business meeting will be- gin at 11 am. Lunch will follow the meeting at ap— proximately Noon with a program afterwards at 1 p.m. Member’s and guests will need to bring a sack lunch. This month’s pro- gram is Geraniums by Cheryl Holland. Several member's will make open their gardens for tours af- ter the meeting. Guests are welcome. Our website is www.ackworthgardenclub .org. . Question: Can a government body charge a fee for a public records request?! ,. Editor's Note: This is a monthly column prepared by the Iowa Public Information Board to update Iowans on the IPIB's activities and provide information on some of the issues routinely addressed by the board. ANSWER: Iowa Code section 22.2 grants every person the right to examine and copy a public record. This right in- cludes “the right to examine a public record without charge while the public record is in the physical possession of the custodian of the public record.” Section 22.3 sets forth the procedure to arrange for view— ing and/or copying of public records. Section 223(1) al- lows, a custodian to “adopt and Enforce reasonable rules regarding) the examination and copyingwof :the records and the protection of the records against damage or disorgani— zation.” The custodian is to provide a suitable place for examination and copying, but if it is impracticable to use the office of the custodian, then “the-peridfiflbsiring to exam— ine or copy shall pay‘any nec— essary» expenses of providing a p1ace“‘for the examination and copying.” When the custodian is a part-time employee, it will require cooperation and coor— dination to set up the times and location for record review. Section 22.3 also allows a government .body to charge a “reasonable fee for the ser— vices of the lawful custodian or the custodian’s authorized designee in supervising the examination and copying of the records.” There is no set fee in the statutes; the govern— ment body must utilize “actual costs.” Prepayment can be re— quired prior to fulfilling the re— quest or releasing the records. Actual costs are defined in Section 22.3(2) to include “only those expenses directly attributable to supervising the examination of and making and providing of copies of pub— lic records. Actual costs shall not include charges for ordi— nary expenses or. costs such as employment benefits, depreci— ation, maintenance, electricity, or insurance associated with the administration or the office of the lawful custodian.” Although not required by law, it is best practices for a govern— ment body to have a policy in place concerning fees. Section 22.3A governs access to data processing software. A 2015 amendment to the statute requires the govern— .ment body absorb some of the costs of record retrieval and re— lease, while other parts of the amended section allow certain actual costs to be paid by the requestor. The fees charged by govern— ment bodies are an issue across the state. While other states have laws that set the fees, Iowa allows the fees to be set based upon actual costs, which can vary widely. The IPIB does not have the authority to amend current law; that would be up to the Iowa Legislature. (Adapted from the IPIB website — www. ipib.iowa.gov) ANNUAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COUNCIL MEETING AND EVENTS The Iowa Freedom of Information Council will hold its annual meeting and “Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government” events on October 8, 2015. The Council is sponsoring a round table discussion on police body camera issues from 1 to 3 p.m. Other events include a reception with the IPIB Executive Director, the annual business meeting, and “Journalism’s Core The Contempo- rary First Amendment” banquet. More information is available at www.inanews.com. 4-H Registration Open In 4-H, youth learn'by doing with their friends in a fun and safe setting. Join a 4-H club where they can learn more about their in- terests while having fun, improving their communi— cation skills and serving their community. 4-H clubs are both gen- eral in nature where youth can learn about many dif-‘ ferent topics and work to- gether to share their learn- ing. Clubs may also be fo- cu sed on topics that in- clude shooting sports or robotics. The only limit is their imagination. For more information contact Iowa State University Ex- tension and Outreach, Warren County at 515-961- 6237 or email ampalmer @iastate.edu, or visit our website at extension .iastate.edu/warren/4h. The Van Meter Visitor Festival Grab your pitchforks and torches (or flashlights) and come along on an old fashioned monster hunt and search for Iowa’s most infamous creature and try to solve this 100-year-old Iowa mystery. The festival will celebrate Iowa’s unique folklore history with guided monster walking tours, paranormal presentations, monster themed games, drinks, food, and much more. . The Van Meter Visitor Festival is in Downtown Van Meter, Saturday, Sept; 26, from 1 — 10pm. It is Free and open to all ages. Schedule of Events: 1- p.m. - FestiVal Kickoff, 3 p.m. Monster Hunt Guided Walking Tour, 4 p.m. Chasing Legends Presentation and 5 p.m. Monster Hunt Guided Walking Tour. Dinner is served from 5- 7 p.m. Enjoy a Monster sized dinner at this fundraiser — Van Meter Fire Department Fundraising Dinner. Also 6 p.m.- Presenta- tion- How to be a Monster Hunter, 7 p.m. Evening Monster Hunting Walking Tour and 8 p.m. - The Van Meter Visitor Author’s Pre- sentation along with ques- tions and answers. Re- searchers Noah Voss and Kevin Nelson talk about how the case was discov- ered, various explanafions, and their thoughts on what happened back in 1903. 9 p.m. Evening Mon- ster Walking Tour and 10 p.m. -Self Guided Dark Tour and 11p.m. -? Explore Van Meter. For more information: 515-996. 2435. Page Five , Margaret Huff Observing 90th Birthday Margaret Courtney Huff is celebrating her 90th birthday, Friday, Sept. 18. Sending love to her are her four children, Julie (Jack), Charles (Sucette), Cheryl and Roger (Meri Linn). Also grandchildren Pete (Suzanne), Paul, Merle, Mathew, Chad (Amber) and Jill and great- grandchildren, Katie, Courtney and Preston. Also, nephews Denny and Bob, who Margaret and her late husband, Merle, helped raise. Cards and greetings may be sent to Margaret at 716 Main St, Norwalk, IA 50211. Yoga Under the Moon The South Suburban YMCA, 401 E. Army Post Road, is holding Yoga Un- der the Moon Friday, Sept. 25, from6z30—8 p.m. Join us for an evening of strength, balance, meditation and relaxation as we take our yoga class outside under the moonlight. Please bring your own yoga mat. There is no charge; the class is free to ""'"' members and the commu- nity, 8 years and up. No raid date. For. more infor- - mation, contact Diane Thomas, at 285-0444, or ,diane.thomas@dmymca.org. (NAPS)—The U.S. Pre— ventive Services Task Force, an independent, volunteer panel of experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine, recommends all pregnant women be screened for gesta- tional diabetes after 24 weeks of pregnancy. For more on the Task Force or gestational dia- WT ' betes, visit wwwuspreventive servicestasld‘ome.org.