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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR norwolk fifimt‘flw milk NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Vol. 47 No. 21 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 NHS Activities Director By Al Lammers This past week was an eye opening experience in the relationship to decisions made by the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the future potential classifica- tion for N orwalk High School Football. The ISHAA Board of Control on the recommendation of the IHSAA removed the classification threshold of a school’s en— rollment for 4A football classification from the 700 BED count to the largest 48 schools by enrollment in the state for the 2016 season. This year there are 45 schools classified as a 4A foot? ball school with the smallest enrollment of 750 and the largest enrollment of 2,196. This decision will impact a number of schools whose enrollment will be close to the 48 including North Scott of Eldridge, Epworth West- ern Dubuque, N orwalk, Newton, and Dallas Center Grimes. In the current BED count (2015-16) classification Norwalk is the 48th largest school in the state with an enrollment of 633 students in which we are classified as a 4A schpol in the athletic programs of Boys 8: Girls Cross Country, Boys Golf, Boys 8: Girls Track, Basket- ball, and Baseball. If BED counts for the 2015-16 school year do not fluc- tuate and Norwalk remains a 4A school next year, then we will be redistricted into a 4A district schedule. While there is no recourse in attempting to have the classifica- tion decision reversed our coaches and athletes will embrace the challenge and work tirelessly to compete at the 4A level if that challenge presents itself (a reminder that this years BED count will determine next year’s das- sification). It should be noted that a number of schools, including Norwalk, who are potentially impacted by this decision, lobbied extensively to keep the 700 en— rollment threshold in place when determining Class 4A football. Unfortunately, those school’s efforts proved to be fruitless as the decision was made despite those ef- forts and the rationale and arguments as to why the decision should not have been made. From the viewpoint of the IHSAA the rationale for the decision is one that is probably viewed as credible and valid from their perspective, however from the per- spective of those schools that are potentially impacted, the decision to classify the top 48 schools as 4A football is detrimental, destructive, and competitively inequi- table to those Schoolsl! Cross Country: The Warrior Cross Country teams participated last week at the largest cross country invi- tational held in the state which was the Ballard-Huxley Invitational. The varsity boys cross country team com- peted in the A class with a total of 11 teams and 72 run- ners in class. As a team Norwalk finished in 7th place, and were led by Freshman Seth Harper (25th place) in a time of 18:49. Junior Tyler Hirl (29th) in a time of 18:57, ' Junior Carter Gornick (32nd), 19:10, Senior Ben Armstrong (50th) in a time of 20:29 and Freshman Tyler Vaughn (59th) in a time of 21:47. The results for the girl’s team at Ballard were not available. Football: The Warriors hosted the #1 ranked and de- fending Class 3A state champion Pella on Friday and proved that they are indeed capable of being a force in District 7 play as they dropped a hard fought 21-0 deci- sion to the Dutch. Pella jumj 't'il out to a 21-0 halftime lead but the Warrior defenSc‘ : flayed perhaps their best defensive half of the year kE‘t: - mg the Dutch from scor- ing and providing opportuni " ‘ for the offense for the possible upset. The Warriors had opportunities includ- ing three possessions in the red zone but a pair of tum- Concluded p. 8 USPS No. 395-120 ‘ Warren Town and County News Norwalk City Council Agenda p. 2 Pancake Breakfast October 10th Members of Norwalk Lions Club will host a Pan- cake Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in the community room at O’Leary Celebration of Life Center and Flower Shop, 1020 Main St. A free-will donation will be accepted for the all- you-can-eat meal. All proceeds from the event will be used for Community Service Projects. Phone 981 -0406 Halloween Parties At Middle School October 17 The annual Halloween Parties at Norwalk Middle School, sponsored by the Norwalk High School Dance Team, will be held Saturday, Oct. 17. Admis- sion is $5. The third grade party is from 3 to 4:30 p.m.and the fourth and fifth grade party is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sixth and seventh grad- ers will have their party from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy dancing, fun, games, con- tests, prizes and conces- sions. Taste of Norwalk Do you enjoy GOOD FOOD and GOOD COM- PANY? Tickets are now available for the 2nd an- nual Taste of Norwalk UMC being sponsored by the Missions Committee of the N orwalk United Meth- odist Church. Consider purchasing tickets for yourself, family members and friends to enjoy some wonderful food while helping support needs in our community and abroad. Twenty-five guest chefs will be preparing a variety of dishes to be tasted during the event that is being’held Sunday, Oct. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. The event is a fundraiser for the Mis- sions Committee and all proceeds from ticket sales will be used to further Missions Work, both within the Norwalk com- munity and outside. From last year’s proceeds, funds were used to purchase dia- pers for the Norwalk Com- munity Baby Shower to assist local new moms with newborn needs, help a church member finance a missions trip to a Haiti orphanage and also help a group from the church travel to Kentucky for a Missions project to work on homes of local resi- dents. Many good things can happen from this event. Support the project by pur- chasing a ticket to attend and taste some great dishes. Tickets are avail- ‘ able for $10 each from the church office or from any Missions Committee member. Contact the church office or Doris Cose at 515-981-4584 for more information or tick- ets. Lions Club Blood Drive The annual Norwalk Lions Club Blood Drive is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15, from 3-7 p.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr. Blood donors are needed to make the event a success. You may sched- ule an appointment on line at www.Lifeserveblood center.org or by calling Sharon Burns 981-4184. Walk-ins are welcome. SHERIFF’S REPORT Disclaimer: All defendants are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ACCIDENTS September 14 —- 9:31 p.m., 8318 Beardsley Street: Makenzie Evans, 18, Norwalk, vehicle/deer. /6l 50¢ email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Thursday, October 1, 2015 Dr. Lori Miller Resigns from UnityPoint Clinic After December 1, Dr. Lori Miller will no longer practice at the UnityPoint Clinic-Family Medicine at N orwalk, the place she has called home for the past 15 years. "I want to thank this community for the privi- lege of providing care to you and your families for the last 15 years,” said Dr. Miller. “You have become my friends and family and thank you for the love and support you all have given to me.” Dr. Miller completed a Functional Medicine Fel- lowship (additional medi- cal training) in 2013. Func-' tional Medicine takes an approach of finding the "why" of illness and dis— ease; looking at nutrition, stress and lifestyle change. Dr. Miller will be joining an established Functional Medicine practice as a con- sultant. "While this saddens us all at the clinic, we are so very happy for Dr. Miller to be able to pursue this opportunity and be able to use this training that she worked so hard to obtain,” said Ronda Montgomery, Clinic Administrator. W Dr. Lon Miller ’fOur patients’ care is our "primary goal and all of us at the clinic want to make this transition as smooth as possible. We look forward to continuing to provide the Norwalk area the best health care possible, close to home,” Montgomery concluded. The administrative team for UnityPoint Clinic Norwalk is actively re- cruiting a replacement provider for the clinic. Pa- tients can call the clinic at 515—285-3200 if they need assistance with transfer- ring care or if they have questions or concerns. Fire Prevention Open House At Norwalk Fire Station Members of the Norwalk Fire Department will host a Fire Prevention Open House at the station, 1100 Chatham Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. Visit the station for an evening of pizza and fun while learning about fire prevention. Pizza will be available (free—will donation to cover costs) from 6-6:45 p.m. while child-centered videos play on the big screen. Free activities include Blank Children’s Fire Safety House, Stop, Drop and Roll Station, Gear Demonstra- tions and take your child’s picture in real fire gear. Also, meet the firefighters for station and truck tours, receive fire extinguisher training and spray water into a "burning house,” plus much more. X'X'X' Thursday, Oct. 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Norwalk firefighters will be delivering fire prevention with Pizza Hut from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Norwalk ‘31de who order pizza from Pizza Hut will ha"3 3 Norwalk Fire Truck accompany the pizza dtherY- Firefighters will deliver fire prevention materials, ChECk 5m°ke de' tectors and explain how important it is to be fire safe! ./~»