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From five blackberry plants they purchased in their first year, they learned about soil, water, disease, pest and insect management, as well as how arbors affect quantity, quality and ease of harvest. He studied the latest research on commercial arbors and worked with Iowa State University Horticulture Re- search and Extension specialists. Jeff designed an arbor and had a skilled Warren County business build the 14 arbors that are currently in their yard. Then came the idea of having more arbors and shar- ing the berry growing experience with friends and neighbors. Arbors don't take much land, they take capi- tal so the goal is to get 500 arbors. Thus the idea of Berry Happy Club. Jeff says this is a unique process by letting them put two or more 10 ft. arbors in your yard. You harvest the first arbor, they harvest the rest. They also do all of the work except harvesting your arbor. They will install and manage a multi-unit Turnkey Arbor System in member's yards or acreages. Members receive all of the berries from one 10 ft. bed. Depending on how many 10 ft. beds you choose, you get 100-200% of your money back and keep the arbor system at the end of the Agreement. He advises the more you let them install, the more it switches to its investment potential. While helping the Raun's get supply" members also get supply of fresh blackberries from their yard. The couple say, "Growth through mutual benefit and treats for your body." Once established, one 10 ft. arbor should produce enough fruit for the member. Multiple arbors will give 100-200% of their money back over time, while increas- ing the privacy of their yard. The Rauns say they went from no privacy to high privacy on a very busy Norwalk corner. They call it their own little oasis. Jeff said, "You can bring a full-sized pick-up with a dump trailer to afiywhere in our yard. You can walk through and not Concluded p. 13 Candidates SeekSeats On Council Norwalk City Clerk, Jeff Rosien, has announced that several candidates filed nomination papers seeking elec- tion to the Norwalk City Council by the 5 p.m. deadline Thursday, Sept. 19. Tom Phillips_and Dave Murillo are running for Mayor. Those seeking the four-year term as council are Jaki Livingston, Herman Riva, Erika Isley and Mike Leto. Seeking the two-year term vacancy left when Frank Curtis resigned as a council member are Kyle Jackson, David Lester, Pat Wahl and Bryan Nelson. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 5. A sample Bal- lot will be published at a later date in this newspaper. Riva Announces He Is Council Candidate Name: Herman Riva Address: 3720 Bluestem Road Personal Information and Reason for Running: I grew up in a town of 600 in central Illinois. I re- ceived my BA in Econom- ics from University of Illi- nois-Springfield and MBA from Western Illinois Uni- versity (Macomb). I began my career in institutional fixed income investments in Illinois, followed by five years in Cedar Rapids and 11 years in my current po- sition. I earned my Char- tered Financial Analyst accreditation several years ago and have been married to my wife Stephanie for 15 years. While living in Clive I served on the Clive Li- brary board and I am cur- rently serving on a non- profit foundation board of directors. Since moving to Norwalk in 2006, I have been a regular attendee at City Council meetings in addition to other city gov- ernment related meetings. I am running for City Council because I believe I can help the city develop - into a community that ev- eryone can be proud to ,live. My financial back- ground and attendance at past city council meetings Will allow me to immedi- ately contribute to work- ing with current city staff. If elected, I will proac- tively seek opinions and viewpoints from citizens in order to serve the city in a conscientious manner. My focus will be transpar- ent government, commer- cial development and in- frastructure improvement. Feel free to contact me at Herman Riva rivanorwalk @gmail.com, or 515-221-1356. Visit my Facebook page: Riva for Norwalk Iowa for my viewpoints on city related issues. Farmer's Market Friday, Sept. 27, is the last Norwalk Area Cham- ber of Commerce spon- sored Farmer's Market from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the Dollar General Store in Sunset Plaza. A variety of vendors have been selling their products throughout the summer. Deb Mineart, ex- ecutive secretary for the chamber, advises there ffaay be some vendors who will continue to bring fall produce to the Norwalk market including zucchini and squash. Clothing Swap Community Clothing SWAP Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday" Oct. 5, at Lake- wood Elementary School. Drop off gently used items Friday between 5 and 9 p.m., then return Saturday morning between 9 a.m. and noon for FREE shop- ping Public Reception for Ed Kuhl; ; Ed Kuhl'showing the proclamation and his shadow i!i!;;:i::i Photo submitted. I YOUR CITY. ] GOVERNMENT IN ACTION By Mary Lou Gray City Clerk Jeff Rosien announced candidates for upcoming city elections. Mayoral candidates are Tom Phillips and Dave Murillo. The 4-year council seat candidates are Jaki Livingston, Herman Riva, Erika Isley and Mike Leto. The 2-year councilseat (vacated by Frank Curtis) candidates are Kyle Jackson, David Lester, Pat Wahl and Bryan Nelson. The Norwalk City Council meeting was held Thurs- day" Sept. 19, at city hall. Mayor Pro Tem Dave Murillo called the meeting to order as Mayor Doug Pierce was absent. Councilmembers Jamie Sylvester, Mike Leto and Eric Delker were present. Presentation-Dave Stone, of BRAVO, shared infor- marion about BRAVO and thanked the city of Norwalk for its participation. The BRAVO organization supports arts, arts education and the creative economy of Greater Des Moines and surrounding communities. Public Comment-Resident Kurt Lankford, Woodmayr Circle, invited council to take a drive along Woodmayr to experience the condition of the street. Tom Greteman addressed the wisdom of asking resi- dents for social security numbers on water bills. He stated it opens the door for the city to be liable if this informa- tion is used for identify theft or stolen from the city. Newton Standridge advised the council of the Simon 1" Estes concert to be held at the Norwalk Performing Arts Center October 20. Steve Carlson, Norwalk resident, stated he would like to know how long before information is Coming con- ceming the city manager's contract changes. Note: This item was pulled from the agenda. Consent Agenda-Tax abatements were approved for Classic Builders, Inc., 405 Sycamore Dr., single-family residence (SFR), $200,000 and Wright Storage LLC, 150 W. Wright Rd., new commercial for $850,000. Liquor license was approved for Git N Go Conve- nience Stores, Inc. Mayor Pro Tem-With the resignation of Councilmember Frank Curtis, Councilmember Dave Murillo was appointed for the remainder of 2013 for , the position of Mayor Pro Tem. concluded p. 11